KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 589-0102, is presenting “KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway” on Friday, April 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is a benefit for KMAC with tickets starting at $125.

Brent Estabrook @ Tom Faulkner Gallery


Through May 1

Brent Estabrook

Tom Faulkner Gallery

1512 Portland Ave. • 389-0347

I recently visited the Tim Faulkner Gallery at its new location. As we walked through the massive space, I was continually drawn to an assortment of paintings of rifles, money and skulls (not my normal areas of interest). Faulkner said they were created by Brent Estabrook, a U of L dental school student with a degree in art. These paintings had me puzzled. It turns out it’s not the subject matter but Estabrook’s technical skills and use of swirling color that had my attention. “This collection of artwork is intended to redefine social and cultural icons in modern-day society,” says Estabrook. “Color and texture manipulation are used to produce  familiar images that are uniquely my own. The broad variance in subject reflects the diversity of my personal interests, including anatomy and mechanics.” —Jo Anne Triplett

Revelry showing “The Crowns We Wear”

Revelry, 980 Barret Ave., 414-1ART, is showing “The Crowns We Wear” through Derby. The gallery will be moving to the NuLu area on April 25 and will continue the exhibition there.

‘Gem of the Ocean’ @ The Playhouse


April 9-13

‘Gem of the Ocean’

The Playhouse

1911 S. Third St. • 852-6814

$12-$15; 8 p.m. (2 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun.)

Playwright August Wilson’s 10-production “The Pittsburgh Cycle” chronicles the black experience in the 20th century and earned him two Pulitzer Prizes. This week, U of L’s Department of Theatre Arts and the African-American Theatre Program present “Gem of the Ocean,” the earliest-set play in Wilson’s important and moving epic. Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, the play follows a “soul cleanser” believed to be nearly 300 years old and her efforts to help a young black man who seeks forgiveness for a crime he committed. The production is guest directed by Clinton Turner Davis, who last visited Louisville back in 2005 for an Actors Theatre production of “Pure Confidence” by Carlyle Brown. —April Corbin

Karen Barry at Gallery 104

Karen Barry is the artist of the month at Gallery 104, 502-222-3822, 104 E. Main St., La Grange.

Weekend visual art events

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 715 W. Main St., 589-0102, is hosting a free event on Sunday, April 6 from 2-4 p.m., “Kentoki: Kentucky through Jewish Eyes, 1925″ will be read. The Yiddish poem was written by I.J. Schwartz. The Louisville-based klezmer band Lost Tribe will also perform. This is in connection with KMAC’s “PRESS” exhibition as well as U of L’s Jewish Heritage Series.

‘January’ by Danielle Elise Bartley @ Day’s Espresso & Coffee



April 5-30

‘January’ by Danielle Elise Bartley

Day’s Espresso & Coffee

1420 Bardstown Road

Opening Reception: April 5, 7 p.m.

Danielle Elise Bartley had a bad year. “I remember being barely three weeks into January, and 2013 already knocked me on my ass,” says the Western Kentucky photojournalism graduate. Her exhibit “January,” on display this month at Day’s, is all about her terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. “Heartbreak and then a string of unhealthy manic relationships that always landed me in far worse situations, friends dying, so much debt, too much pride … I felt like I spent 2013 running from one bad thing and not noticing I was running right into another,” she explains. Bartley turned to her camera for comfort and began creating photos that helped her process her drama. For her, this exhibit is “like finally ending an awful chapter in a better book,” she says. “What I want people to take away from the show: Always stand back up.” —Sara Havens

Weekender: April 5-6


Saturday, April 5

J. Cobb

Ultra Pop!

960 Barret Ave.

Free; 6 p.m.

The first thing you need to know, to avoid any confusion, is that artist J. Cobb’s day job is art director of this publication. Before you go accusing us of playing favorites, we’re here to say, “Heck, yeah, we’re playing favorites!” If he wasn’t a favorite, why would we have hired him? They don’t just give these jobs to any … well, anyway, while the artist may remain the same, the art being unveiled at Ultra Pop! on Saturday is a bit different than what Cobb brings to LEO each week. This show, entitled “Fiends of the Apocalypse,” will reveal much more about his subconscious — or conscious — than the average News of the Weird fan might expect. His pen and ink will folk you up! —Peter Berkowitz


Saturday, April 5

Rob Mazurek & Darin Gray


810 E. Market St.

$10; 8 p.m.

Two of Chicagoland’s finest improv/rock/noise/art/jazz musicians, cornetist Rob Mazurek and bassist Darin Gray, come together at Dreamland for an evening of solo and/or duo performances. Mazurek, who will perform with his Chicago Underground Duo (with drummer Chad Taylor) at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft on April 24, has also spent time in Brazil. Over two decades, his résumé has included Isotope 217, the São Paulo Underground, Exploding Star Orchestra and many more. Gray has been paired with drummer Glenn Kotchke in On Fillmore, worked with modern guitar legend Jim O’Rourke, and been a member of the bands Grand Ulena, Dazzling Killmen and Brise-Glace (again, as well as many more). For any making assumptions, leave those way before the door — trad jazz might happen, only to get stomped on by heavy rock or electronic beats. —Peter Berkowitz


Sunday, April 6

‘The Winding Stream’

Clifton Center

2117 Payne St.

Donations; 7 p.m.

Hot off its world premiere at the SXSW festival, award-winning documentary filmmaker Beth Harrington’s “The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes and the Course of Country Music” is a must-see for anyone who cares about roots music — and that should be all of us. The tale of the Carter Family (originated by A.P., Sara and Maybelle) is an American epic, full of tragedies and triumphs and even a flash of scandal here and there, and Harrington’s chronicle of the saga is a moving one — well-researched and featuring interviews with family members including Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash and Carlene Carter, proving the circle remains unbroken. This is part of the Clifton Center’s vital Southern Circuit Film Series. —Jason Howard 

‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ @ Henry Clay Theatre


April 4-20

‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’

Henry Clay Theatre

604 S. Third St.

$21 ($10 students); 7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Sun.)

Our last moments with a person are usually not labeled as such. Death or departure is often abrupt and unexpected, transforming the seemingly ordinary moments that preceded them into powerful memories. “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” focuses on one such moment. The musical play re-imagines one of Billie Holiday’s last public performances, at a seedy Philadelphia bar in 1959, just four months before her untimely demise. “Lady Day” features more than a dozen musical numbers interlaced with between-song banter that reminisces on the extraordinary life of a jazz performer whose music still registers with ears and hearts today. Janelle Hunnicutt tackles the titular role in this Bunbury Theatre Co. production, which runs until April 20 at the Henry Clay Theatre. —April Corbin

Hatmaker Sarah Havens to speak at “Food for Thought”

Pre-registration required.

Hatmaker Sarah Havens is speaking at the Louisville Visual Art Association’s next “Food for Thought” on Tuesday, April 8 from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Louisville Boat Club, 4200 River Rd. LVAA members $15, non-members $25. Includes lunch, dessert and beverages. Pre-paid reservations by Friday, April 4. Contact LVAA at 584-8166 ext. 100 to make the reservation. Walk-ins welcome after 12:30 p.m. for $10 (no lunch).

Cocktail Culture Conference @ Brown Hotel & St. Charles Exchange


April 4-5

Cocktail Culture Conference

Brown Hotel & St. Charles Exchange

$10; 8:30-11:30 a.m. & 1-6 p.m.

I usually shy away from organized conventions because the topics just don’t hold my attention enough to give up an entire afternoon. But then I heard about this Cocktail Culture Conference, and my outlook began to change. Organized by U of L and Drake University, the event spans two days and is fairly reasonable — the morning sessions at the Brown Hotel are free, and the afternoon sessions at St. Charles Exchange are $10 and include drink samples. Some of the more interesting topics include “Cocktail Culture, Idealized Feminity and Post-War Cocktail Dress” by Lori Hall-Araujo (independent); “Hangovers, Hairs of the Dog, and the Inevitability of Excess” by Stephen Schneider (U of L); and “Confessions of a Cocktail Nerd” by Sonja Kassebaum of North Shore Distillery. I’m participating in Saturday afternoon’s panel discussion on Louisville’s own cocktail scene. Mom is proud. —Sara Havens

‘Music and Films of Koen Holtkamp’ @ Dreamland


Friday, April 4

‘Music and Films of Koen Holtkamp’


810 E. Market St.

$7-$10; 6 p.m.

For this unique double-stuffed presentation, progressive composer/musician Koen Holtkamp (known as half of Mountains, whose records are released by Thrill Jockey; the influential label also released his recent solo album, Motion) performs, and screens some of his shorts (films, that is — it’s not really springtime yet). In addition to the 8 p.m. official performance, the public is welcome to drop in from 6-8 for a “meet the artist open soundcheck” (though soundchecking might prove difficult if too many want to meet the man at once). The cheaper tickets are for students, who can learn much in a night here. This event is part of Dreamland’s “First Friday Subscription Series,” intended to make your Trolley Hop more musical and interactive, adding inspiration and culture to that crappy free wine you got down the street. —Peter Berkowitz

‘Complementary Voices’ @ Kentucky Center


April 4-5

‘Complementary Voices’

Kentucky Center

501 W. Main St. • 584-7777

$30+; 8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat.)

It’s time to say goodbye to Louisville Ballet artistic director Bruce Simpson. “Complementary Voices” is his final production, as well as the season ender, so he made sure he packed a lot into the program. The triple bill features Ma Cong’s “Tethered Pulse,” Adam Hougland’s “Fragile Stasis” and Val Caniparoli’s “Spaghetti Western.” “Tethered Pulse” mixes classical ballet with Chinese folk dance. Set to cello solo, Cong describes it as a dance “about people finding a relationship based on emotional rhythms and feelings.” Hougland is Louisville Ballet’s resident choreographer; his “Fragile Stasis,” full of athleticism, chaos and moodiness, was created for the company in 2007. A ballet based on Spaghetti Western films? It’s got to make you curious. Caniparoli will present the world premiere of his dance with costumes by Sandra Woodall. —Jo Anne Triplett

April 4 First Friday Trolley Hop

The First Friday Trolley Hop is on the the first Friday of the month, April 4. Explore the art galleries, museums, shops and restaurants along East & West Main & Market Streets from 5-11 p.m. Hop on and off the free trolley.

“Party Animals” by Amy Wiedl is opening during First Friday at Block Party Handmade Boutique from 5:30-9 p.m. It runs through April.

“MASS: An Exhibit of Cast Glass Work” is the latest show at Flame Run, 584-5353, 815 W. Market St. It will open during First Friday from 6-9 p.m.

Speed Local, 822 E. Market St., is showing “Art of the Streets: The French Poster, 1880-1930″ from April 4-July 19. The opening reception is during First Friday from 5-9 p.m.

The opening for “Giddy Up Too” at Why Lou Two, 806 E. Market St., 290-7778, is during the April 4 First Friday.

CRAFT(s), 572-S. 4th St., 584-7636, is showing “Art in the Loo” through April, with the opening from 6-10 p.m. during First Friday.

Zephyr Gallery is showing “Project 2: Defining Installation” from April 4-May 24.

“Look at Me” by Keith Stone is showing at garner narrative, 641-8086, from April 4-May 30.

“Greening the Older Home” at Preservation Louisville

Pre-registration required.

Preservation Louisville, 540-5146, Brennan House Historic Home, 631 S. 5th St., is presenting “Hands On History: Greening the Older Home.” Hands on History is an educational series designed to give participants an in-depth look at various preservation issues and methods of maintaining and preserving historic buildings. April’s will explore the concept of “green”; how to make it work in the older home and why so much of what is presented to us today does not work. Led by architect Gary Kleier, this workshop will explore components of a historic home and highlight how preservation can be the ultimate in “green” living. Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Preservation Louisville members $20, non-members $30.




‘NIGHT LIGHTS — A Multimedia Exhibition’ @ PYRO Gallery


April 3-May 11

NIGHT LIGHTS — A Multimedia Exhibition’

PYRO Gallery

909 E. Market St. • 587-0106

Art begets art. For photographer C.J. Pressma, an early influence was the Fellini film “Roma,” when electrical sparks from a streetcar illuminated a nighttime city street. Fast forward to 2012, the year Pressma visited New Mexico and the place where his interest in dramatic lighting was used to great advantage. “One day, a guide took me to the remote site of an abandoned 1800s cattle ranch that overlooked the Pecos River,” says Pressma. “I could see a storm brewing miles away, and as the time passed, the late afternoon light combined with storm clouds was spectacular.” To highlight the surreal quality of his “Night Lights” photographs, Pressma has created soundtracks that will be playing in the gallery. The best time to experience the multimedia presentation will be during the April 4 First Friday Trolley Hop. —Jo Anne Triplett

“Stars of the Silver Screen by George Hurrell at Paul Paletti Gallery

The Paul Paletti Gallery, 713 E. Market St., 589-9254, is showing “Stars of the Silver Screen: Through the Lens of George Hurrell” from April 3-June 30.  A special reception will be on Thursday, April 3 from 5-8 p.m.

Finnigan’s Fest of Funky Fresh Fun @ The Bard’s Town


April 3-5, 10-12

Finnigan’s Fest of Funky Fresh Fun

The Bard’s Town

1801 Bardstown Road • 876-0532

$16; 7:30 p.m.

Now that the Humana Festival is coming to an end, it’s time to showcase a more local crew of playwrights, directors and actors in the annual Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun. This year there’ll be 11 short plays, directed by 11 locals and performed by 16 actors. The descriptions of some of the performances are equal parts intriguing and bizarre — David Clark’s “Hippopotamus in the Room” is an absurd look at love and large African animals; Ben Gierhart’s “The Art of Card Selection” depicts a character whose job it is to pick out greeting cards; and Eli Keel’s “Choke Room” gives an insider glimpse at haunted houses and the people who perform in them. The other plays focus on meth addiction, online addiction, feminism, unlikely friendships, and life on Mars. Bet you can’t get all that at a night out at Flanagan’s. —Sara Havens

GonzoFest 2014


April 3-5

GonzoFest 2014

Thursday: The Monkey Wrench, 7 p.m.

Friday: Kentucky Science Center/Muhammad Ali Center, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 418 E. Main St., 3 p.m.

The fifth incarnation of GonzoFest, Louisville’s annual celebration of all things Hunter S. Thompson, draws to a close this weekend. Both controversial and beloved, Thompson was a pioneering journalist best remembered for riding with the Hell’s Angels, penning Johnny Depp’s drug-fueled adventures in a certain Nevada town, and talking some serious trash about Derby. The fest, founded in 2010, celebrates Thompson’s contributions to art, music and literature, and it seems they’ve saved the best for last in this week of tributes and hoopla. From concerts, readings and puppet parades to a screening of the Ralph Steadman documentary “Life, For No Good Reason” (narrated by fellow Kentucky rapscallion Depp), a keynote address by Thompson’s widow, Anita, and the unveiling of the much-anticipated Hunter’s Gonzoville banner, the fest promises to go out with a delightful bang. —Jennifer Harlan

“A Wilderness of Monkeys” by Art Snake at Swanson Contemporary

Rodney Hatfield, aka Art Snake, is showing “A Wilderness of Monkeys” at Swanson Contemporary, 638 E. Market St., 589-5466, from April 3-May 10. The preview party is Thursday, April 3 from 5-8 p.m.