Call for art

Bernheim Forest is holding CONNECT on Aug. 23 and is looking for artists, inventors, sculptors, science techies, geeks, landscape light designers, installation artists, art collectives and innovative cultural comrades to participate. The four hour event of art, music, science and nature that takes place around Lake Nevin exactly two hours prior to sunset (this year it is 6:24PM) to exactly two hours after sunset (10:24 PM). There is food, beer and spontaneous creative chaos that celebrates and connects people with nature in many resourceful and clever forms. The Louisville Astrological Society brings large telescopes for stargazing, the Kentucky Science Center creates a fascinating project every year, there will be sound installations, performance, drum groups, video, puppeteers, and great music. This year Bonnie ”Prince” Billy will perform as one of the three bands scheduled for the evening.

Now in its sixth year, CONNECT continues to challenge minds and delight the senses. CONNECTglow, in its second year, is a sculpture challenge in which participants create light sculptures, installations, performance pieces without the use of a generator or AC power. This juried process will award the top entrant  $1,000 and $500 for the second prize.

To learn more about CONNECT and CONNECTglow, access participation forms and to see some exceptional images of last year’s event go to:

Weekend visual art events

Julia Comer is having a trunk show of her jewelry on Saturday, July 25 from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday, July 26 from 12-6 p.m. Also on display will be the work of artists Shelley Vaughn Hulsey (jewelry and mixed media) and Benjamin Ensor (photography). FLO, 803 E. Market St. in the courtyard behind Gifthorse.

The Arts Association of Oldham County and Gallery 104 presents “Meet the Artist Night” on Saturday, July 26 from 5-8 p.m. This month we feature Kathy Seelbach Hunter. Meet the Artist Night is a feature of LaGrange’s Art on the Tracks. Gallery 104, 104 E. Main Street, La Grange, 502-222-3822.



Weekender – July 26 & 27


Saturday, July 26

Derby City Roller Girls

Kentucky Fair & Expo Center

$12 adv., $15 door; 4 p.m.

SP_RollergirlsThe only thing better than one rowdy roller derby match? Three rowdy roller derby matches. To mark the end of their 2014 season, the Derby City Roller Girls are presenting their first-ever tripleheader this weekend. The special event will feature matches for all three levels of our local flat-track roller derby empire. The Lil Sluggers, the youth team, will kick things off at 4:30 p.m. with a game against a squad from western Kentucky. The Bourbon Brawlers, the B-team, will follow with their own game at 6 p.m. against the B-team from the Battle Creek Cereal Killers of Battle Creek, Mich. The main event at 8 p.m. will pit the Roller Girls’ A-team, The All Stars, against the Cereal Killers’ A-team. Both the All Stars (4-2) and The Bourbon Brawlers (2-1) currently have winning records, so expect a competitive and spirited event. —April Corbin




Sunday, July 27

Tap that Craft Beer Crawl

Diamond’s Pub (Highlands)

630 Barret Ave.

$30; 1-6 p.m.

The weather is ripe for a pub crawl, wouldn’t you agree? LEO is hosting its own version of a pub crawl, which is geared more for the beer-lover than the shot-taker. Titled Tap that Craft, a party bus will take thirsty patrons to and from four breweries — BBC Tap Room, Great Flood Brewing Co., Apocalypse Brew Works and Falls City — where you’ll get to SP_TapThatCraftsample their beer, talk to the brewers and discuss with others your stance on hops. Each person will also get a growler you can fill when you find your favorite. The event starts and ends at Diamond’s Pub in the Highlands, and after the tour is done, Diamond’s will offer free appetizers and pool to help soak up and wear off your beer buzz. Go to to secure your spot on the bus. —Sara Havens


Sunday, July 27

‘A Cold 40’


1134 E. Breckinridge St.

Free; 5 p.m.

When I hear the phrase “art show,” my mind immediately goes to a scene where wealthy socialites walk around with other wealthy socialites, sipping champagne and gazing at art SP_ACold40pieces that only they can afford. “A Cold 40” is an art show with the exact opposite in mind. The event aims to be more relaxed, offering local art at affordable prices for the average, non-socialite crowd. When I say “affordable,” I mean $40 and under, hence the name of the event. Pieces come from Louisville artists including Miss Happy Pink, Robby Davis, Damon Thompson, Matt Haas and LEO’s own John J. Cobb. Cold brews and food trucks Boo Boo Smoke Shack and Grind Burger Kitchen will also be present. —Olivia Krauth

African art at U of L Hite Art Institute

U of L’s Hite Art Institute is showing “African Art from the Margaret and Frederick Merida Collection” from July 25-Sept. 13. The opening is Friday, July 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“The French Poster: A Glimpse into 19th Century France”

Local Speed, 822 E. Market St., is presenting the lecture “The French Poster: A Glimpse into 19th Century France” by Dr. Wendy Yoder is on Friday, July 25 from 6-6:45 p.m. as part of their current exhibition, “Art of the Streets: The French Poster 1880-1930.” Free and open to the public.

Cryptid Carnival @ Nancy’s Bagel Grounds



Friday, July 25

Cryptid Carnival

Nancy’s Bagel Grounds

2101 Frankfort Ave.

Free; 6 p.m.

Apologies if my next two sentences make you feel old. Do you remember “Tales from the Crypt,” the HBO television show with the creepy intro featuring a cackling skeleton? That SP_CrytidCarnival_ArtbyYokoMolotovprogram debuted 25 years ago last month. The film buffs behind the local podcast “Movie Meltdown” probably already knew that. They know a lot of stuff, including how to throw an awesome event. On Friday, the gang channels that beloved horror anthology with their Cryptid Carnival. The event will feature a “Tales from the Cryptids” original art show, live music (from bands Sweatermeat and The Formalities) and a screening of the film “The Legend of the Pope Lick Monster.” Director Ron Schildknecht will be on hand to answer some questions. —April Corbin

All City Art Weekend @ Spinelli’s Pizzeria


July 25-27

All City Art Weekend

Spinelli’s Pizzeria

239 S. Fifth St.

Free; noon-6 p.m.

Remember that time you had Spinelli’s sober? Nah, I’m kidding. The pizzeria, which delivers until 4:30 a.m., is hosting its first ever weekend-long art festival, which will include live SP_AllCityArt_Venusstreet art and music. The live painting will come from both local and national street artists, who, from noon-6 p.m., will be spread among all Spinelli’s locations save St. Matthews. Afterwards, Identity Customs, Tim Faulkner Gallery, Electric Blue Tattoo and Ultra Pop! will be hosting art shows until 11 p.m. And if you really like doing things that much, Spinelli’s Downtown is throwing an after party Friday night until 5 a.m. that’ll feature live music from local label Little Heart Records. Saturday night, rapper Freeway, who recently released a collaborative EP with Girl Talk, will be performing at Spinelli’s Downtown. Admission for the show is $22, the only cost of the weekend. —Matthew Adams

African Art @ Hite Art Institute


July 25-Sept. 13

African Art

Hite Art Institute

Schneider Hall Galleries

Some of the oldest civilizations and cultures derived from the rich and vast continent of Africa. As a result, the nations therein are home to some of the most ancient and long-running SP_AfricanArt_KholukaDetailcultures and art. In 2012, Margaret and Frederick Merida donated a substantial collection of African art to the Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville, and this summer, for the first time, it is available for public viewing. The pieces, largely sculpture-based, come from nations ranging from Nigeria to Cote d’Ivoire to Sierra Leone to every soccer fan’s favorite, Ghana. The collection of 40 works is available for everyone to view free of charge starting at the reception on Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. —Ian Ording

‘In Between’ @ Carnegie Center for Art & History


July 25-Oct. 11

‘In Between’

Carnegie Center for Art & History

201 E. Spring St., New Albany


          Rebecca Norton and Nicolas Jorcino have created a world that is “In Between.” This exhibition of their paintings focuses on the illusion of depth with its sense of “come on in.” Except you can’t. “I began this series of paintings a few years ago while exploring different aspects and similarities between (architecture and urban planning) and painting,” Jorcino SP_InBetween_NortonCounterBellssays. “In these images, the process is revealed more as an intellectual exercise than a physical execution.” Norton’s sense of perception comes with a story. “I ‘tell’ the tale of travel to a bell shop in Berlin,” she explains. “In my new work, I want to capture an unfolding experience of wonder and melody …” The opening reception is Friday from 6-8 p.m. —Jo Anne Triplett

July 25 FAT Friday Trolley Hop

FAT Friday — the Frankfort Avenue Trolley on the final Friday of the month, July 25. Explore the art galleries, shops and restaurants along Frankfort, Story and Mellwood Avenues from 6-10 p.m. There’s free parking, then hop on and off the free trolley.

“HOT! HOT! HOT!” at Gallery Janjobe

“HOT! HOT! HOT!” by the Louisville Artisan’s Guild is at Gallery Janjobe, Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave., 899-9293, from July 24-Aug. 23. The opening reception is on Thursday, July 24 from 5-7 p.m.

‘Dog Days’ @ Archives & Special Collections, U of L


Through Aug. 29

‘Dog Days’

Archives & Special Collections, U of L

Ekstrom Library • 852-6752

I’m a cat person. That said, I have nothing against dogs and have even owned a couple. So if a photography exhibition featuring dogs doesn’t make me salivate (like a dog), it at SP_DogDaysleast makes me stop for a look. Except the press release states, “This exhibit is not really about dogs.” “The idea for ‘Dog Days’ came from an inventory …,” says curator Marcy Werner. “We found ourselves stopping to admire the many photographs of dogs. We were stopping a lot. It is striking how many photographers saved a frame or two for the dog, even in times when film was not cheap or easy to use. From our oldest acquisition to our newest fine prints, ‘Dog Days’ contains historic, touching and unique moments captured with dogs.” —Jo Anne Triplett

‘Pallet Works’ @ Revelry Boutique Gallery


Through Aug. 14

‘Pallet Works’

Revelry Boutique Gallery

742 E. Market St

Free; 7 p.m.

Jewelry maker, wood salvager, a man who just really wants to go to the beach — all of these titles aptly describe local artist Bobby Hinkel. Hinkel’s art career began after bringing home SP_BobbyHinkela wire ring he bought from a craft fair for his wife. His wife responded, “Couldn’t you just make me this?” (my words, not his), and the rest is relatively recent history. But Hinkel’s true calling harkened as he noticed wooden pallets being thrown away at his full-time shipping job, as if they were merely wooden shipping pallets! His latest exhibition features a variety of wall art upcycled and created from found wood. As far as subject matter, Hinkel has his favorite: “Painting beach themes is most rewarding. I’ve never been to the beach.” And he hasn’t even heard about driftwood yet. —Matthew Adams

‘Hard Candy’ with Trinity K. Bonet @ Play Dance Bar


Wednesday, July 23

‘Hard Candy’ with Trinity K. Bonet

Play Dance Bar

1101 E. Washington St.

$5-$10; 10 p.m.

A single loss in a young career won’t stop one up-and-coming diva from dazzling crowds. If you tuned into this year’s season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” you are familiar with young yet SP_TrinityKBonet_byMathuAndersenseasoned queen Trinity K. Bonet. Born Joshua Jones, the Atlanta native was ousted in the ninth episode despite wowing audiences, especially in the “Comedy Queens” episode. She has been performing drag since the wee age of 15 and will bring all of that fabulous experience to Play with the Play Mates. Bonet recently opened up on an episode of “Untucked” about being HIV positive, but tells her fans — or as she calls them, her Transformers — to not feel sorry for her. “There’s people living with much worse,” she says. —Ian Ording

Jazz Collective Night @ Dreamland


Wednesday, July 23

Jazz Collective Night


810 E. Market St.

$7; 7 p.m.

On this fine Wednesday evening, you can treat yourself to not just one but two jazz groups from our nation’s capital. Team Players and Liver Quiver will be hosting an event dubbed “Washington, D.C., Jazz Collective Night.” Team Players is headed by the currently D.C.-based Louisville native and bandleader Brad Linde. He also helms the jazz trio Underwater SP_BradLinde_byJeffFowlerGhost and the groups Gingerbread and Dix Out. Linde is a highly sought after lecturer on jazz history and musical improvisation. One of his bandmates, guitarist Aaron Quinn, is the leading man on the six-string for Liver Quiver. Linde brings the experience of working with notable jazz musicians such as Lee Konitz, Teddy Charles and Barry Harris to Market Street with his two-sax quartet. —Ian Ording

Call for art

The Portland Art & Heritage Fair, scheduled for Sat., Oct. 11, is seeking art from Louisville and Kentucky artists. It is a free one-day festival featuring a juried art exhibit, trolley tours of historic Portland with stops along the way, river-craft demonstrations, children’s activities, art cars, craft booths, food trucks and music. The purpose of the juried art exhibit is to showcase fine art and photography on the theme of “The Ohio River.” The art exhibition is limited to 2-D artwork. The Art & Photography Exhibition will take place at the Historic Marine Hospital at 2215 Portland Ave. The deadline for entry is Saturday, Aug. 30.

Craft vendor booths are also available for $25 (Portland residents, $12.50). Craft booths will be located indoors at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, 1512 Portland Ave. The application deadline to reserve a craft booth is Aug. 15.

Wye Oak @ Zanzabar


Tuesday, July 22

Wye Oak


2100 S. Preston St.

$15-$17; 9 p.m.

Wye Oak, the band’s namesake, was the 460-year-old honorary state tree of Maryland before being destroyed by a lightning storm in 2002. I thought there might be a metaphor there, SP_WyeOak_byShervinLainezbut I’m just not seeing it. Wye Oak, the band, is currently touring in support of their newest LP, Shriek. This album finds the Baltimore-based duo trading in histrionic, reverb-heavy guitar jangles for slightly brighter synth rhythms — but don’t worry, vocalist Jenn Wasner doesn’t let things stay cheerful for long. Throughout this tour, the band has been working with Air Traffic Control, donating $2 of every sold ticket to a local charity, so you don’t have to feel bad. Former-quartet-now-twosome Pattern Is Movement opens, bringing the many melodic vocal harmonies of their newest, self-titled album. —Matthew Adams

Maxwell @ Louisville Palace


Tuesday, July 22


Louisville Palace

625 S. Fourth St.

$52+; 8 p.m.

In 1999, when Maxwell released “Fortunate,” I was in love … with him … and his song. I loved his silky smooth voice and the way he melted my heart like a dab of butter on a SP_Maxwellsteaming pile of mashed potatoes. I had never been in love back then, but he made me believe it was possible — that some day my prince or, as it turned out, princess would come and sing these lyrics to me: Fortunate to have you, girl / I’m so glad you’re in my world / Just as sure as the sky is blue / I bless the day that I found you. Even today the song can stop me in my tracks as I’m pushing a cart through Kroger or stepping onto an elevator. I love you, Maxwell! He stops by the Palace Tuesday night, his first major tour since 2010. —Sara Havens

‘Growth’ by Helen Tegeler @ Cressman Center for Visual Arts


Through Aug. 16

‘Growth’ by Helen Tegeler

Cressman Center for Visual Arts

100 E. Main St.

The University of Louisville Hite Art Institute is currently showing the works of Ohio-based artist Helen Tegeler in the nature-inspired exhibition “Growth.” The show “brings togetherSP_CressmanCenter_Study (Tegeler’s) love of plants and the human desire to collect, classify and ultimately define life and our understanding of the world.” A visiting U of L faculty member and alleged tree-hugger, Tegeler worked primarily with glass before expanding to include new media in order to “explore new visual and tactile qualities in her work,” she says. Reportedly, glass was intimidated by the task of solely representing the human desire to define life, forcing Tegeler to look elsewhere. —Matthew Adams

‘word. object’ @ Swanson Contemporary


Through July 28

‘word. object’

Swanson Contemporary

638 E. Market St. • 589-5466

Although they pop up occasionally, we usually don’t expect to find words in visual art. That’s reading, not seeing. But what if the work is made up of words, where what is printed isSP_SwansonContemp_Unamusing the art? Welcome to “word. object.” Artist Douglas Lucas has curated a group show that features art made of text as well as found objects. The featured artists, a thought-provoking bunch, are Valerie Fuchs, Nathan Hendrickson, Russel and Shelley Hulsey, Thaniel Ion Lee, Norman Minogue, Gibbs Rounsavall and Lucas. “The theme of the exhibition is the aesthetics of appropriation along with the associative powers of language and objects,” says Lucas. “The artists deal with such issues by exploring the realms of pre-existing text as well as found materials to discover their intrinsic aesthetics.” —Jo Anne Triplett