12 events you should know about this week
‘Legally Blonde the Musical’
Kentucky Center for the Arts
501 W. Main St. • 584-7777
$22.50-$71.50; various times
Elle Woods is a girl close to my heart. As a bubbly blonde, wearing my sorority letters proudly, with eyes on the possibility of law school, Elle has been just the sweetest pop icon an AOII could look up to. But even if you’re not of that mold, the main thesis and characters of “Legally Blonde the Musical” are entertaining and endearing. It’s the story of a seemingly ditzy bimbo climbing the intellectual ladder, proving she really does have a brain underneath the blonde. Comedic, slightly dramatic, touching and now musical, the show will be dancing and singing in Louisville for a week, giving eight performances in all. This latest run includes a new song added to the score post-European tour. At the musical’s debut, it earned seven Tony Award nominations. —Jess Mahanes
Year of the Z
2100 S. Preston St. • 635-ZBAR
$8; 9 p.m.
Thoughts on the return of Zanzabar: Bands that have outgrown the Rud and Lisa’s but can’t pack Headliners have a mid-level place to turn. Better-than-your-average bar cuisine means eating well, not just drinking. Along with the Monkey Wrench, Nachbar and Seidenfaden’s, it’s helped make Germantown a neighborhood that nurtures exciting new music. It’s proximity to U of L (it’s right there, undergrads) provides students with a local watering hole; more than one U of L alum, my dad included, had a nostalgia trip upon its triumphant return. On Thursday, Crash Avenue and The Decibel Tolls jumpstart Z’s weekend-long one-year anniversary celebration with Disappears and Woven Bones, two acts that, like this club, prize originality. And in a nice touch, Black Diamond Heavies, the first act to play Z, rev up their satisfying swamp blues Friday night. The Bohannons open. —Mat Herron
Hidden Hill Nursery & Sculpture Garden
1011 Utica-Charlestown Road, Utica, Ind. • 812-282-0524
You may not know that beloved local writer Bob Hill is an avid gardener. So much so that he helped turn the family homestead in nearby Utica, Ind., into an 8-acre nursery and sculpture garden, Hidden Hill. It’s the place to learn more about the green stuff, including how to photograph the labors of your hard work.
Hidden Hill is hosting a two-day photography seminar led by more local treasures — photographers John Nation and Daniel Dempster. You know their work: Nation is the Louisville Magazine staff photographer and Dempster was the official photographer for the Kentucky Derby Festival. Friday is a meet-and-greet with the photographers plus a discussion on equipment and technique. “Shooting Day” is on Saturday. A laptop is not required but helpful. —Jo Anne Triplett
Louisville Greek Festival
$2 (kids under 9 free); 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), noon-8 p.m. (Sun.)
Don’t miss your chance to visit the 21st Louisville Greek Festival and experience the best in restaurant-style Greek food, libations, music and dance. The Kostas Kastanis Band will provide the live tunes and The Pegasus Dancers will entertain in authentic Greek costumes. A variety of Greek dinners, a la carte specials, beers, wines and pastries will be served up all weekend. If you aren’t hungry, take a minute to partake in arts and crafts, or take a peek in the gift shop. This three-day affair is one of the most popular ethnic festivals in Louisville, with members of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church working to give visitors the most authentic experience possible. —Whitney Spencer
Saturday, June 12
Fourth Street Live • 562-2100
Free; noon-3 p.m.
As a concert promoter, Stephen Zimmer once secured the fledgling My Morning Jacket an out-of-town gig and then waited around with them afterward for a prolonged “Spinal Tap” moment involving a broken-down van. Back in the day, Zimmer also ran an independent record label and established the brief but influential Midwest Entertainment Industry Conferences (which brought industry giants to the region to mentor aspiring Kentucky artists). In his spare time, he began producing movies — both documentary and feature films — and writing books. It is the promotional tour for his latest fantasy novel, “The Storm Guardians” (the second volume of the “Rising Dawn Saga”), that lands Zimmer back in town this week. Falling somewhere between Piers Anthony and C.S. Lewis, Zimmer’s fiction has been well received thus far. As an added bonus, limited-edition posters and T-shirts will be available at the Louisville stop. —Kevin M. Wilson
Saturday, June 12
21c Museum Hotel
710 W. Main St. • 217-6300
Donations Accepted; 7-9 p.m.
If I told you to imagine attending a party in your pajamas that spilled out into the streets of downtown, would it even seem plausible? Well, it is. The International Contemporary Art Foundation will host its fifth annual Pajama Party at 21c Museum Hotel. Partygoers in pajamas and red feathers will fill Seventh Street for a good cause. The money raised will benefit six local children’s art nonprofits, including The Art Program at Maryhurst, Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School, and River City Drum Corps. Last year’s event brought in more than $130,000. Enjoy the performances of local and national artists including several of the beneficiary organizations. Miami-based KRELwear will be selling couture knits for anyone in need of an outfit for the street party, which includes a parade, cocktails and live entertainment, all for a good cause. —Whitney Spencer
Saturday, June 12
The Monkey Wrench
1025 Barret Ave. • 582-2433
$5; 9 p.m.
Shadwick Wilde, the self-proclaimed artist of punk expression whose current projects include Iron Cross and Brassknuckle Boys, has shed punk’s louder trappings on his debut solo album. Here, his approach is charming and folksy. Or maybe charming isn’t the correct word. As before, Wilde’s solo outing, Unforgivable Things, is anything but secondary to or detached from real experience, and this album shows off a melancholy yet optimistic outlook. See it at the Monkey Wrench Saturday, right after a quick 2 p.m. preview at ear X-tacy. Kathleen Hoye and Sam Hadfield accompany. —Jess Mahanes
Saturday, June 12
‘Everything But the Crystal Skull’
Baxter Avenue Theatres
1250 Bardstown Road • 456-4404
$12; 10 p.m.
For nine months out of the year, there is relative serenity across cities and towns due to the absence of rowdy teens. During this time, high schoolers and college kids are hidden behind the walls of their schools. But now the end is here, and Baxter Avenue is kicking off this summer of fun and childhood abandon by showing an “Indiana Jones” triple feature for the price of one. Moviegoers will be in for a long night of old-school entertainment: Starting at 10 p.m., the theater will show “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Temple of Doom” and “The Last Crusade.” Summer is a time for adventure, right?
This is how Saturday nights should be — entertainment by way of a dreamy, young Harrison Ford. Minus the aliens. —Jess Mahanes
Monday, June 14
‘On the Grid’
2720 Frankfort Ave. • 896-6950
Free; 7 p.m.
If you’ve ever turned on a faucet and wondered where the water’s coming from — and eventually going to — Scott Huler has the answers. Billed as “a lively, captivating investigation into the infrastructure that makes society possible,” his book “On the Grid” examines what it takes to sustain our modern lifestyles, starting with the drop of water that traveled form the Gulf of Mexico to his bathroom sink. Be it transportation, tap water, municipal garbage service or even the Internet, Huler will atomize our everyday world via a reading at Carmichael’s Bookstore, with a signing to follow. —Jonathan Meador
June 16-July 5
‘The Glass Menagerie’
Louisville Visual Art Association
3005 River Road • 741-8392
$12-$15; 8:30 p.m.
What could be more perfect for the Glass Art Society Conference than to bust out this Tennessee Williams classic? If you’ve never seen it, now would probably be a good time, as the LVAA Water Tower Gallery transforms into its own glass menagerie with the “Ne10” Louisville exhibit. Having performed a play called “Art” last December at the PYRO Gallery, ShoeString Productions is on to something by partnering with area arts organizations, taking these plays out of the theater and putting them into spaces like these, surrounding the actors with art that harmonizes with the story. This familiar “memory play,” under the direction of Kathi E.B. Ellis, explores what the colorful, transparent, reflective and fragile beauty of glass might symbolize. —Jane Mattingly
Through June 27
‘Aesthetic Refugees’ by Bruce Linn
Huff Gallery, Library Building
845 S. Third St. • 585-9911
Bruce Linn is a thoughtful, learned man. His latest paintings feature the familiar objects of ships and suitcases, but they are metaphors for what we value in our personal lives and culture. Linn explains that he “began this series of paintings exploring the idea that beauty is a form of refuge, escape, self restoration and regeneration.” He was inspired by a friend’s musings: “When all of this goes up in flames, will we really make room for this on the boat?” Insert anything into the blank that is “this” — art, film, books, whatever culture has produced. Stir in a little Fellini (his film “And the Ship Sails On”), the writing of artist Ron B. Kitaj, plus Hurricane Katrina, and the result is a body of work that has built-in personal reflection. —Jo Anne Triplett
575 Eastern Parkway
With the help of Dairy Kastle, I’ve finally gotten over the fact that Dairy Queens in Louisville only dispense vanilla soft-serve. “I need an Oreo Blizzard with chocolate ice cream!” I proclaimed on Facebook last month. So my friend Kate took me by the arm and led me to Dairy Kastle, a place I had passed often but never visited. I hesitantly placed my fantasy order and stood back, amazed when they delivered the goods. A “medium Flurry,” by the DK definition, was delivered in a 22-ounce cup at a remarkable $3.13! As the Dairy Queen Blizzard has suffered from shrinkage over the past few years, the Dairy Kastle Flurry flaunts with size and girth. The creamy chocolate soft-serve left me full and satisfied, and — get this — I had bits of hand-crumbled Oreo throughout the entire dessert. The Queen has been dethroned from the Kastle. —Sara Havens