June 20, 2006

Staff Picks

ARTJune 21-24Stained glass conference    More glass artists are coming to town. The Stained Glass Association of America has a summer conference at the Galt House, and it’s open to the public. Several local artists are involved. The opening reception is at Glassworks, with Ken vonRoenn of Architectural Glass Art as the keynote speaker. “Finding your Muse” is the topic of sculptor Ed Hamilton’s presentation at the awards banquet. Bob Markert and Don Carlos Thomas will be holding workshops on the Sunday after the conference (June 25) that are open to the public as well. —Jo Anne Triplett(800) 438-9581 or 574-1365www.stainedglass.orgEntire conference: $265 member/$365 non-memberIndividual days: $25-$185MUSICThursday, June 22‘Bike Night with David Allan Coe’    Some 30 years ago, when the outlaw country music movement was in full flower, David Allan Coe burst onto the scene behind a strong musical command of the idiom and a penchant for tall tales. Some of it may have been apocryphal, but Coe sure was entertaining. Outlaw country is long gone, but Coe’s still kicking it, and he returns to Louisville Thursday night to help O’Malley’s Corner christen its new Fox Den — a motorcycle bar that lets customers ride right through the front door, past a 35-foot school bus bar and out a side door to a parking area. The new club also has video screens, a graffiti road, dancing girls and lots of other relevant touches (admission to the Fox Den and Vinnie’s are free for bikers; concert tickets are $10). I can’t think of a more appropriate musician for such an event than the man they call DAC. Dallas Moore opens. —Cary StemleCoyote’s Music and Dance Hall133 W. Liberty St. 589-3866www.omalleyscorner.com$10; 7 p.m. (doors)BENEFITFriday, June 23The Ultimate Drive    Want the chance to drive a signature BMW? Would you like the chance to drive said signature BMW while helping fight an ongoing battle? Join BMW’s 10th Annual Ultimate Drive Program for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at Sam Swope BMW on Friday.    The signature BMWs, decorated with pink ribbons and the phrase “10 years, 10 Million Miles, 10 Million Dollars,” are heading out across the nation, raising money for breast cancer research. For every mile driven during the Ultimate Drive, BMW is donating $1 to the Komen foundation. It’s a fun and novel way to get involved in a pressing public health issue. —Stephanie SalmonsSam Swope BMW3 Swope Autocenter Dr.499-5080Free; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.FESTIVALJune 23-24Sun Circle Celebration    Native American artisans, storytellers, musicians and atlatlists (I’ll explain) are coming together to keep alive the rich artistic history of the American tribes. The atlal is a kind of hunting spear that’s been in use for thousands of years, and in addition to historical displays and throwing demonstrations, the Indiana State Championship and International Standard Accuracy Contests will be held each day from 2-4 p.m. “The Mound Builders,” a film showcasing the many earthen burial mounds across North America, will play at 2 p.m. at the Interpretive Center. A wide variety of handmade items will be for sale, as well as T-shirts, books, jewelry, CDs and plenty of authentic Native American food. A $1 donation will get you in a raffle to win several unique hand-crafted items. —Nathan ThacherFalls of the Ohio State Park201 W. Riverside Dr.$5 ($2 children); 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (812) 280-9970FESTIVALJune 23-25Greek Festival    Has Louisville lost its luster? Are you tired of doing the same ol’, same ol’ every weekend? Take a trip and experience the excitement, the food, the drinks and the music of Greece without having to experience the pesky airports and other drawbacks that come with actually leaving the country.    The Assumption Greek Orthodox Church is hosting Louisville’s Greek Festival this weekend at the Belvedere, offering a slice of Greek life right here in the Derby City. With live Greek Music (courtesy of Cincinnati’s Lee Nourtsis and his Neo Ehos Band), authentic Greek food and drink (gyros, anyone?) and a Greek gift shop featuring art, clothes and jewelry, there’s no need to go looking for your passport quite yet. —Stephanie SalmonsThe BelvedereFifth and Main$2; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), noon-7 p.m. (Sun.)ARTJune 24-July 16Louisville Stoneware 33rd Annual Tent Sale    If Louisville Stoneware’s unique creations are your thing, now’s a good time to think about buying. The local company’s 33rd annual tent sale means some of the most popular stoneware patterns will be discounted up to 80 percent off, and all items at the Highlands and St. Matthews locations will be at least 25 percent off. Held this year in the Highlands location courtyard, the sale will feature a number of special events, including food sampling on Saturdays, “Family Paint Your Own” Sundays and live music on Wednesdays. In addition, on opening day of the tent sale, the first 100 shoppers at the Highlands location will get a free gift bag with a $10 gift card, a special voucher from Lynn’s Paradise Café and Kentucky chocolates. —Kevin GibsonLouisville Stoneware Highlands731 Brent St.(800) 626-1800www.louisvillestoneware.comHours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), noon-5 p.m. (Sun.)BOOKSunday, June 25Sister Mary Ellen Doyle    Thomas Merton is arguably the most significant spiritual leader associated with the greater Louisville area. But if Catherine Spalding were still alive, she might argue that point — and win. Spalding was co-founder, in the early 1800s, of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, and pursued a career that had a dramatic impact not only on the spiritual life of Kentucky but also its social, educational and physical health.    Orphaned at an early age, Spalding became, at age 19, the leader of what a century later would be known as one of the most significant American religious orders for women. She began her work as a Sister of Charity in a log cabin that Abraham Lincoln might have found uninhabitable. She created schools, educated teachers, treated cholera patients during a pandemic (at grave risk to her own health) and established an orphanage to raise the children of cholera victims she treated. She even sat in a courtroom and engaged in a multi-day verbal duel with Kentucky’s second-most-celebrated politician, Henry Clay. (And she won.)    This Sunday, Sister Mary Ellen Doyle will discuss her brand new book, “Pioneer Spirit: Catherine Spalding, Sister of Charity of Nazareth” (University Press of Kentucky). It should be a winning afternoon. —Terry TaylorCarmichael’s Bookstore2720 Frankfort Ave.896-6950Free; 4 p.m.BOOKMonday, June 26Author E. Lynn Harris    E. Lynn Harris, who’s signing Monday at the Carmichael’s on Frankfort Avenue, quickly grew into a popular novelist of some substance, and he’s kept focused on themes that are important to him. Harris chips away at the straitjacket of assigned roles that gays face in today’s America. In particular, he goes into black communities that publicly accept bias and bashing while their individual members wrestle with confusion. Harris’ most recent book is a bold step, but one that fans and the general readership might say is overdue: “I Say a Little Prayer” brings church spirituality front and center, to be viewed for its role in strengthening the many while scapegoating the few. As usual for this author, the writing is fast and balances some celebrity glamour notions with more thought-provoking material. The style is frisky but doesn’t hold as much resemblance to either chick-lit or queer literature as many might expect, given the subject matter. —T.E. LyonsCarmichael’s Bookstore2720 Frankfort Ave.896-6950Free; 7 p.m.ARTThrough June 30Bill Santen exhibit    Sometimes small is better. At least Lexington artist and musician Bill Santen thinks so with his latest exhibition. About 150 of his little paintings are in the gallery shop at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. These 5-inch square oil-on-foam works represent his take on “human interactions,” explains Santen in his artist statement. “I feel that these connections are often lost in verbal and written translation. By the simplest use of shape and composition, I try to explore these universal thoughts and expressions.” And there’s nothing small about that. —Jo Anne TriplettKentucky Museum of Art and Craft715 W. Main St.589-0102www.kentuckyarts.orgFree; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.)