October 9, 2007

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<PHOTOGRAPHY>Thursday, Oct. 11Keith Auerbach book signingKeith Auerbach’s slightly askew photographs graced the pages of LEO for more than a dozen years. That seems appropriate, as he’s an “observer” with an “eccentric” eye who is a native of “Louisville.”Now his photographs are collected in his new book, “The Photographic Humor of Keith Auerbach,” now available at Carmichael’s Bookstore. It covers 40 years of commonplace yet humorous situations. “One cannot easily identify when the pictures where taken because I try to photograph feelings that exist outside of time,” he says. “There is much humor in anthropomorphizing animals as a reflection on us. I am trying to photograph that reaction and those moments.” —Jo Anne TriplettCarmichael’s Bookstore2720 Frankfort Ave.896-6950Free; 7 p.m.<SPOOKS>Friday, Oct. 12Caufield’s Halloween Parade    There’ll be something else to stare at in the Highlands other than the purple-headed goth grrl Friday night as the annual Caufield’s Halloween Parade makes its way up Baxter Avenue. Witches, Ghost Busters, cross-dressers, zombies, Freddies, Jasons … maybe even a Britney Spears … are sure to make an appearance on one of the dozens of floats. The parade starts at Tyler Park and ends, appropriately enough, at the Baxter Avenue Morgue (451 Baxter Ave., www.baxtermorgue.com), where we hear the Terpsichore Dance Co. performs Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance every weekend. Thrilling. —Sara HavensBaxter Avenue (from Tyler Park to beyond Broadway)292-3003www.baxterparade.comFree; 6 p.m.<MUSIC>Friday, Oct. 12Hanson walks into townHanson’s back in Louisville with a new album, a new tour and a new message. It’s been 10 years since these three musically inclined bros released “MMMBop.” And they’ve grown up, well, just like you and me. Fresh off their fourth studio album, The Walk, running their own record label and trying to encourage change in the world by starting at home, Hanson takes the stage Friday at Coyote’s. The show promises to be a quality night of passionate rock and high-energy fun. “This is a show for real music fans,” Taylor Hanson said in an interview with LEO. “We do not leave you sitting down.” While in town, the boys will host a 1-mile walk to focus awareness on AIDS and poverty in Africa, as they do in each city they visit. “Everyone has something they can use, everyone has something they can give,” Taylor said. Partnering with TOMS Shoes, for each pair of TOMS purchased at the event, a pair will be given to a child in South Africa. The walks usually begin around 3 p.m. at the venue. Go to www.hanson.net for more. —Katy GoodmanCoyote’s116 W Jefferson St.589-3866$25; 6 p.m.<MUSIC>FRIDAY, OCT. 12Joel Harrison & Harbor    Guitarist Joel Harrison brings his great New York band Harbor to the Jazz Factory for the first time on Friday. Also in the band are guitarist Pete McCann, who has worked alongside bassist Stephan Crump in the Mahavishnu Project, and drummer Jordan Perlson. This special evening, presented in conjunction with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, will also promote awareness of problems regarding mountaintop removal mining and the coal industry.     Harrison is an accomplished guitarist and composer whose most recent CD, Harbor, is an eclectic and moody recording of all original material, with hints of Bill Frisell and Ben Monder. Among the standout pieces are the evocative title track, and the eerie “Blue Ghosts of Bourbon Street,” which subtly samples traditional New Orleans jazz while remaining thoroughly in the 21st century. An earlier recording, Free Country, featured saxophonist David Binney, among others, in re-workings of traditional Appalachian, folk and country tunes. In a brief telephone interview, Harrison hinted that some of the material for his concert may be drawn from Free Country, in addition to pieces from Harbor and other recordings. —Martin Kasdan Jr.Jazz Factory815 W. Market St.992-3242www.jazzfactory.us$10; 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. <CLASSICAL MUSIC>Friday, Oct. 12Bourbon Baroque    What does Louisville’s native elixir have to do with a historic period of art, drama and music? The connection may seem like it’s only in a name, but Bourbon Baroque plans on digging its heels deep into the bluegrass. Created by native Louisvillian John Austin Clark (harpsichord) and his partner Nicolas Fortin (violin), Bourbon Baroque is Louisville’s premier period instrument ensemble. If you aren’t familiar with period instruments (harpsichord, gut-strung violins, etc.), a whole chamber orchestra of them will be featured in a program of all German chamber works on Friday. Selections include works by Handel, Muffat, Telemann and the always stunning Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 by Bach. Does Louisville have room for a brand new chamber group specializing in such a specific genre? Of course we do, especially if it’s in the hands of such an enthusiastic (and well educated) duo. So witness history in the re-making as Bourbon Baroque sails its maiden voyage. —Jeremy PodgurskySt. Joseph Catholic Church1406 E. Washington St. 614-7178$10 adult, $5 student; 8 p.m.<SPORTS>Saturday, Oct. 13Kentucky Treeclimbing ChampionshipSome things just seem cool on their face — a treeclimbing championship, for instance.     This Saturday, professional arborists from across the country will gather in Central Park for the annual championship, a family-friendly daylong affair where brute strength and hand-eye finesse come together in something more complex than it might sound.     The competition began in California in the ’70s as more of a climbing jamboree for everybody from rock climbers to the modern-day professionals. Among Saturday’s events will be a straight-up speed climb, a simulated rescue and a test of climbers’ agility among branches.     Louisvillian Chris O’Bryan, owner/operator of Limbwalker Tree Services, has won the past four years. The winner of Saturday’s competition will advance to Hawaii for the international championship. —Stephen GeorgeCentral Parkwww.limbwalkertree.comFree; 7 a.m.-sundown<GILLIGAN>Saturday, Oct. 13Tina Louise book signing    Every guy in my generation has been faced with the almost impossible-to-answer question, “Ginger or Mary Ann?” It’s just not fair that we’d have to choose, but typically my answer would be, “I’d pick Ginger … but I’d be thinking about Mary Ann.” Sure, it’s non-committal, but I can’t bring myself to reject either one. Yeah, well, here’s the rough part, guys: There’s more to Tina Louise than the role she played on the 1960s TV series “Gilligan’s Island” as the sultry movie star and castaway, Ginger Grant. It’s true. After a long, full career as a model, singer and actress, Louise, now 73, is a volunteer reading tutor in the New York public school system and has written a children’s book titled “When I Grow Up.” She’ll be at Borders Books and Music on Hurstbourne Lane Saturday to sign copies and do a reading. I hope to go and at least see in the flesh the woman who (unbeknownst to her) got me through puberty. (But I will be thinking about Mary Ann.) —Kevin GibsonBorders Books and Music2520 S. Hurstbourne Gem Lane495-6640Free; 11 a.m.<THEATER>Oct. 17-20‘Meet Me in St. Louis’    With so much toil and trouble in the world, sometimes it’s refreshing to go to a show for some good, old-fashioned, escapist fun. “Meet Me in St. Louis” fits that bill. Set in St. Louis on the brink of the 1904 World’s Fair, the story centers on the Smiths, whose four daughters’ worlds are suddenly upset with the news that they are moving to New York. The musical actually is based on the 1944 MGM film that stars Judy Garland, which debuted two songs that have since become standards: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Trolley Song.” Just try to walk out of the theater afterward without singing, clang, clang, clang went the trolley … —Rebecca HaithcoatUrsula Theatre, Ursuline Campus3105 Lexington Road897-1816$4/$8; 10 a.m. (Wed.-Thu.), 7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.)<ART>Through Oct. 19Louisville Artisan’s Guild Juried Show    This year the Louisville Artisan’s Guild is holding its Annual Juried Show in the Margaret Parshall Gallery at the new headquarters of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Many local artists including Mary Craik and Gloria Kemper-O’Neil entered art based on the theme of music.    The Guild also has an upcoming Holiday Showcase featuring work by about 30 juried members from the Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana area. Part of the Showcase is to raise funds for their Nelle Peterson Memorial Art Scholarship that awards one high school senior a year. It will be held on Nov. 10-11 at the American Legion Highland Post, 2919 Bardstown Road. —Jo Anne TriplettEmbroiderers’ Guild of America426 W. Jefferson St.www.louisvilleartisans.orgFree; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)