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Friday, June 6

That tingly feeling

The Seattle art pop duo Two Loons For Tea will be making a stop in Louisville as part of their tour to support their third album, Nine Lucid Dreams. Sarah Scott and Jonathan Kochmer describe their new album as a “hybrid of many distinct musical species,” which is certainly an accurate description, as the album beautifully intertwines genres such as jazz, folk and rock plus a little something else.

Their music has thematic ties to their lives, and they are improvisational songwriters who draw inspiration from everything they can, particularly the given environment. When recording music, they say the right sounds can issue a physiological response in their lower backs, which they refer to as the “tingle.”

“It’s less about being onstage,” Scott says, “and more about us all hanging out in this intimate space and sharing in this experience together.” —Jane Mattingly

Glassworks

815 W. Market St.

584-4510

$10; 9 p.m. 

 

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Friday, June 6

Thistle & The Mack

The Cincinnati post-rock trio Thistle found the time to craft its latest album, The Small Hours, by blocking out time for the sessions, and the result is a brash, Dinosaur Jr.-inspired 11-song journey meted out by the solid hands and minds of folks that have been playing together since 1994.

“The two things that we really wanted to do with this record is capture the energy of the live show and also highlight the songs more, because the songwriting process has changed a bit,” says Rick McCarty, who, along with Mike Montgomery and Toby Weiss, makes the lineup.

The Small Hours was recorded in the band’s studio, Candyland, where Montgomery is the main engineer. Running their own show allowed the band time and space to create. “The biggest thing is the songwriting itself,” says McCarty. “We really never collaborated in the same room, on every tune, with every aspect of every song. It took us a little while to get used to it and get comfortable with it.”

See how comfortable they are Saturday. The Mack opens. —Mat Herron

Lisa’s Oak St. Lounge

1004 E. Oak St.

637-9315

$TBA; 9 p.m.


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June 6-July 3

Gay & Lesbian Film Fest

No matter which side of the fence you sit, Apex Theatre’s annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival brings interesting, hard-to-find pictures to the big screen. This year’s mix includes some Oscar nominees and both foreign and domestic releases. First up (June 6-12) is “Shelter,” about a surfer who catches a wave into curious territory; and “Vivere,” a romantic drama from German director Angelina Maccarone about three women on the run who bond (imagine that). Next (June 13-19) it’s “Les Temoins” (“The Witness”), about an oh-so-tangled web of acquaintances in Paris; and “Kiss the Bride” — think: “My Best Friend’s Wedding” with dudes and Tori Spelling (as a bonus?). The third weekend (June 20-26) features “The Houseboy,” about a young and curious fellow looking for love in all the wrong places (Internet porn!); and “Finn’s Girl,” a Canadian drama from directors Laurie Colbert and Dominique Cardona about a grieving mother and her rebellious daughter (is there any other kind?). And for the last weekend (June 27-July 3), it’s “The World Unseen,” about two women, part of a tightly knit community of South Asians in South Africa, who go south, so to speak; and “TransAmerica,” the Felicity Huffman film that tucked away some Oscar nods in 2006. Enjoy. —Sara Havens

Village 8 Theaters

4014 Dutchmans Lane

897-1870

www.apextheatres.com

$5; various times


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Friday, June 6

Illegal Graffiti Art Show

In an effort to breathe new life in to Louisville’s Gallery Hop, Derby City Espresso will be holding its first ever Illegal Graffiti Art Show this Friday. Illegal Art will feature the works of several Louisville graffiti artists, including Eddie Santiago, Lawson Rogers and Frank Martinez. 

Since the Free Graffiti Project on Market Street dissolved a year ago, local graffiti artists have been looking for a place to show off their work; Derby City Espresso owner Matthew Landan hopes Illegal Graffiti will help fill that void. 

Landan said he thinks the show will help others to understand graffiti’s positive, artistic side. “It’s just as legitimate as painting with acrylic or brush,” he said. Curator Braylyn Stewart said she thinks the show will also help these artists show off “marketable skills that can be utilized in graphic design, advertising and fashion.” She said too many people are still under the impression that graffiti artists are only responsible for “scribbles on mailboxes and trashcans.” 

To spice things up, local DJ duo Azns N Bnzs will be spinning Friday, and there’ll be live painting outside. —Aaron Frank

Derby City Espresso

331 E. Market St.

442-0523

Free; 6 p.m.


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Saturday, June 7

Big Hearts Big Steps Walk-a-thon

Carrie Cloyd Godbey is someone reputed to have had a big heart — she was an elementary school teacher, loved kids and wanted children of her own. Godbey, who was 29, was diagnosed with Turner’s Syndrome and died last year from an aneurysm in her heart just hours after giving birth to twins. The Big Hearts Big Steps Walk-a-thon happens this Saturday in Clarksville, and is dedicated to her memory. In addition to raising awareness for TS, the walk will also include a silent auction that will raise money to benefit families who have dealt with TS and Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection. Donations can be sent to: Big Hearts Big Steps, PO Box 36272, Louisville, KY 40233. —Kevin Gibson

Providence High School

707 Providence Way, Clarksville

HYPERLINK "http://www.bigheartsbigsteps.com/"www.bigheartsbigsteps.com

9 a.m. (registration)


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Saturday, June 7

Garden & Herb Fest

Learn from the masters: The Sunnyside Master Garden and Herb Festival on Saturday features various speakers, such as “Farmer Bob” Hill and meteorologist John Belski, who will be giving a presentation called “Weather Lore and Gardening.” The Master Gardeners of Southern Indiana will be preparing a $7 luncheon using local ingredients, and vendors have annuals, herbs, perennials, garden décor, books and fresh-cut flowers for sale. Five local garden stores will each be giving away $25 gift certificates as door prizes, and there will also be an information booth for gardening and lawn care questions. Feel free to bring any disease-infected or insect-infested plant samples for analysis and advice. —Jane Mattingly

Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds

9608 Highway 62, Charlestown

(812) 948-5470

Free; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


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Saturday, June 7

Americana World Festival

If you’re looking to travel but can’t afford the gas, head over to the 18th Annual Americana World Festival Saturday at the Americana Community Center in South Louisville. Artists from around the world come to the Americana World Festival to show off their music, crafts and food. Musicians of various genres will be performing as part of the festival, including African drum ensemble Kyene and Louisville-based Latin ensemble Kalor. Dance troupes from various ethnic backgrounds will be busting out their best moves as well. There will be more than 20 booths of food and crafts and, best of all, it’s free. —Aaron Frank

Americana Community Center

4801 Southside Drive

366-7813

Free; 11 a.m.


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Through June 21 

‘Out of Sound: an aural experience’ 

Sound and music aren’t just for listening anymore. They become part of the visual arts world when involved in an interactive exhibition. That combination of visual and audio is what makes “Out of Sound,” co-curated by artist Lori Beck and sound engineer Tyler Trotter, so intriguing. 

The show features works by Gregory Acker, Leah Crews, J.C. Denison, Leslie Doyle, Bill Santen, Dmitry (Dima) Strakovsky and Nick Zammuto. Santen’s video installation is called “The Living Room,” which was “inspired by my negative reactions to MTV-style music videos,” Santen says. “Fast video cuts give me a headache, and the camera dictates what the viewer is allowed to see. In this project, I was trying to approach the performance and the song more like a painting, whereas the viewer can absorb the entire portrait.”  

Santen’s project is also at the Masc Foundation in Vienna, Austria, where it’s presented as “Kentucky songs from Kentucky living rooms, from Kentucky artists.” 

“Since I arrived, I have had the opportunity to visit the living rooms of several Austrian musicians, recording their original song,” he says. “Yesterday, I recorded a theremin player, who happened to know Tyler and Lori Beck! Yes sir, (the) world (is) getting smaller.” 

The band Development, featuring Trotter, Shawn Trail and Mark Campbell, will play during the June 6 First Friday Trolley Hop from 6-9 p.m. — CONTACT _Con-419CB26F17 \c \s \l Jo Anne Triplett

Zephyr Gallery 

610 E. Market St.  

585-5646 

www.zephyrgallery.org 


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Through June 28 

‘Revolutionary Voices’

The Crane House is Louisville’s Asian cultural center, with a rich collection that includes posters from the Chinese Cultural Revolution that began in 1966. The propaganda needed to promote the Revolution’s necessary societal changes is reflected in the 38 colorful posters selected by Youn Ju Yu, a master’s thesis candidate of U of L’s Critical and Curatorial Studies program, for the exhibition. 

The documentary “To Live” will be shown at 7 p.m. during the June 6 First Friday Trolley Hop. A panel discussion with curator Youn Ju Yu, U of L professor Yuxin Ma and Changde Liu is June 21 at 2 p.m. — CONTACT _Con-419CB26F17 \c \s \l Jo Anne Triplett

Cressman Center for Visual Art  

100 E. Main St. 

852-0288 

www.art.louisville.edu