October 2, 2007

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<FILM>Thursday, Oct. 4‘Day Night Day Night’    Maybe it’s the moon. Maybe it’s the indomitable will of Louisvillians to see weird shit, but right now we are being inundated with quality, cutting-edge films. It’s like a film festival every week.    Case in point: With good movies also opening at the Baxter and Village 8, U of L is putting on “Day Night Day Night” Thursday. Directed by Julia Loktev, it follows two days in the life of an ethnically and politically ambiguous suicide bomber as she prepares to blow herself up in Times Square.     The movie has been divisive, partly because of how it humanizes terrorism, but also because it’s so deliberately uncertain. In other words: It’s the type of challenging film that most cities — which until recently included Louisville — get too few of. —Alan AbbottFloyd Theater, U of L852-6691campuslife.louisville.edu/sab/floydfilms$2; 6 & 8:30 p.m.<THEATER>Oct. 4-7‘My Name is Tracy’ Last year, the Center for Woman and Families and Bunbury Theatre’s producing and artistic director, Juergen Tossmann, began working together to develop a play that addresses the myriad faces of domestic violence. This week — which is part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month — that effort is onstage in “My Name is Tracy,” a production written by Tossmann that reveals an array of characters who are victims and perpetrators, men and women in different kinds of relationships and part of different economic backgrounds. One woman describes her husband as a “good Christian” who “likes a dry martini, well shaken with two Egyptian olives.” Another describes her own feelings: “Honestly, I think I know what it feels like to be a dog.” The script depicts a collage of characters and experiences that show how violence becomes acceptable to some people and how one in three women in our community are victims of domestic violence. After each performance, trained advocates and educators will host a panel discussion. —Elizabeth KramerBunbury TheatreHenry Clay Building, 604 S. Third St.585-530www.bunburytheatre.org$20; 8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.)<MUSIC>FRIDAY, OCT. 5Eric Person & Meta-FourSaxophonist Eric Person returns to the Jazz Factory for his third appearance with his band Meta-Four. Person has performed and recorded with jazz greats such as Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner and Chico Hamilton, not to mention rock icons Ben Harper and the Allman Brothers Band. Person’s band includes pianist Jerod Kashkin, drummer Peter O’Brien, and bassist Adam Armstrong. Person’s Jazz Factory appearance is the kickoff date for a tour in support of his brand-new release Rhythm Edge, featuring Meta-Four plus occasional guests. This new disc covers mainstream, progressive, funk and occasional forays into more pop-oriented fare. His 2003 release Live at Big Sur captures the band comfortably straddling mainstream and progressive jazz styles, akin to their prior concerts here. Both these and other recordings are on Person’s own label, Distinction Records, available at www.ericperson.com.    Person’s alto and soprano saxophone work is not merely supported by his bandmates but enhanced by their abilities to listen carefully to one another and to respond to the challenges of jazz improvisation. Keeping the same lineup together allows Person to maximize his own creative energies as well as the collective energy of the ensemble. —Martin Kasdan Jr.Jazz Factory815 W. Market St.992-3242$12.50; 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.<GERMANS>Oct. 5-6Downtown Oktoberfest    Every year about this time, the first week in October, beer trucks assemble in front of LEO’s offices. It starts as early as Wednesday. Suspicious people gather to measure, point, scratch their heads and finally drop off the goods. At first we figure our collective office prayers have been answered. But then we remember the Germans. “Isn’t it time for that Oktoberfest thing?” Buddy asks. “Sara, back away from the window. You’re drooling.”     He’s exactly right. I need a tissue, and the annual Oktoberfest/Oktoberfeast celebration on Fourth Street, this year sponsored by Belterra Casino, is this weekend. Prepare yourself for beer (including Beck’s Oktoberfest), brats and numerous German bands. —Sara Havens600 block of Fourth Street (between Broadway & Chestnut)Free; 4-11 p.m. (Fri.), 1-11 p.m. (Sat.)<FAIRS>Oct. 5-7St. James Art Fair and Un-FairOh, the crowds and the strollers. Oh, yeah — and tons of art. All will descend on Old Louisville this week for the 51st St. James Art Fair. The Magnolia Bar & Grill (1398 S. Second St., 637-9052) also continues to offer an alternative with its own “Un-Fair,” now in its 10th year. —Elizabeth Kramerwww.stjamescourtartshow.comwww.un-fair.org<ART>Oct. 5-Nov. 10‘Art Quilts’ by C.J. PressmaThese are not your grandma’s quilts. Master photographer C.J. Pressma continues to expand the boundaries of photography first explored in his 2005 exhibition, where he collaborated with artists who incorporated his “Weave Suite” images in their work. This time it is all Pressma in a solo show of 12 large quilts that combine his photography with his fiber designs. “My last exhibition involving 16 other artists whetted my appetite for the tactility of fiber and the ability to scale these fiber works to sizes much larger than my normal prints on paper,” Pressma says in the press release. “This exploration of art quilts is a natural evolution of a series of images I have been working on and learning from for over three years.”PYRO’s Garden Gallery continues the theme with “Wrapture — The Wearable Adventure.” Pressma and Mary Dennis Kannapell are business partners who market a line of clothing and home décor featuring Kannapell’s fiber designs decorated with Pressma’s photography.The opening reception is during the Oct. 5 First Friday Gallery Hop from 5-9 p.m. Pressma gives a gallery talk on Saturday, Oct. 6, at noon. —Jo Anne TriplettPYRO Gallery 624 W. Main St.587-0106www.pyrogallery.com<ART>Saturday, Oct. 6 ‘Festival in Toonerville’I had to get out the map for this one. Toonerville, a neighborhood near Old Louisville off of Floyd Street, is hosting a festival dedicated to cancer survivors. The event will have an art exhibition, craft booths and art cars, as well as cancer support speakers and information tables.The art show, “Celebrating Life,” is housed in the Chapel of St. Philip, a work of art in itself. Built in the 1900s, it was formerly the Church of St. Philip Neri before the Archdiocese of Louisville closed it in 1997. For the past 10 years, it has been known as the Chapel of St. Philip, used by the community as an art and devotional center. If you can’t get to the festival after a long day at the St. James Art Fair, the exhibit will continue till Dec. 31, with viewing available by appointment Tuesdays through Thursdays. —Jo Anne TriplettChapel of St. Philip236 Woodbine St.635-7073Free; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.<MUSIC>SATURDAY OCT. 6Buffalo Bill Memory lane will be revisited somewhat when Buffalo Bill celebrates the release of its album, This is How You Will Die, at Cahoot’s Saturday. Cahoot’s, formerly The Cherokee, formerly Tewligan’s, was ground zero for inspirational, legendary and fantastic alt-rock and punk shows in the ’80s and ’90s. Don’t hold your breath on a revival. Just have a good time.    Lead Bill Christian Tonegawa says the band’s subject matter — murder, death, betrayal — is influenced by what he sees on movies and television, and the songs are all wrapped in a cast of ’90s indie rock and ’70s and ’80s hard rock. “I try to keep it somewhat fiction-based,” Tonegawa says of the lyrics. “There’s not any kind of truth in any of it.”    The Invaders, featuring Joe Meredith and J.C. Denison of Lucky Pineapple, open the show, as do DJs A. Bell and Narwhal. —Mat HerronCahoot’s1047 Bardstown Road454-6687$3; 10 p.m.<HOODS>Oct. 6-14Week in the HighlandsThis year’s Week in the Highlands celebration is packed with a number of events and entertainment attractions. Starting with this Saturday’s Highlands Cup 5K Run/Walk, there’s something going on just about every day. Another highlight is the Highlands-Douglass Big Rock Jazz Fest, starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, followed by next Wednesday’s Neighborhood Puppet Parade, featuring the Squallis Puppeteers. Next weekend also features the 13th Annual Belknap Fall Festival and Farmington Harvest festival, both of which are family-friendly events. Visit http://highlandsweek.org for times and details. —Kevin GibsonBardstown Road Corridor451-7535http://highlandsweek.org