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FRIDAY, JUNE 27

Merle Haggard & Loretta Lynn

As the legends of country music get old and die, it becomes more of a special occasion to see one of them in concert; it is more rare a treat, then, to see two of them together. As part of its Outdoor Concert Series, the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel (formerly Caesars Indiana) presents the double-bill of Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn. 

The Poet of the Common Man and the Coal Miner’s Daughter have been entertaining crowds for more than four decades and are still going strong. Penning such hits as “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind),” “The Pill” and “Another's On The Way,” Lynn became a superstar, putting a public voice to the thoughts of many middle- and lower-class women in the turbulent 1960s. She made an impressive comeback with the Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose in 2004. 

Haggard burst onto the scene from Bakersfield, Calif., with songs about mama, prison and drinkin’, mixing in such working-man’s anthems as “Workin’ Man Blues” and “I’ll Be A Hero (When I Strike).” Over the years, he has recorded often, releasing two albums in 2007, The Bluegrass Sessions and the Cracker Barrel exclusive Working Man’s Journey. —Eric Banister

Horseshoe Casino & Hotel

11999 Casino Center Drive

Elizabeth, Ind.

$45-$75; 8 p.m.


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Friday, June 27

Big Bone Art Show

Now, I know what you’re thinking when you hear the words “big” and “bone” together in a sentence, and no, the Big Bone we’re referring to is not a Kentucky state park. For the past two and a half years, The Big Bone has displayed an eclectic showcase of art — fun art with some fire-breathers on the side. It’s an art-show-sideshow, if you will. The ringmaster, Bryan Renfro, decided to break the usual art show mold after trying out the usual, seemingly-bland-in-comparison art show. “I love art shows, but sometimes they can be a little dry, so I thought, ‘Why not have a great art show, but also have some fun?’ I think that not only the viewers but also the artists themselves should have a good time. And a relaxed atmosphere really seems to make the experience more enjoyable for everyone.” —Jess Mahanes

Nancy’s Bagel Grounds

2101 Frankfort Ave.

 HYPERLINK "http://www.thebigbone.org" www.thebigbone.org

Free; 6-9 p.m. 


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FRIDAY, JUNE 27

Ashleigh Flynn

Singer, songwriter and performer Ashleigh Flynn — who, as it happens, is from here — will be making a stop back home next week. 

“I’m excited to be back in my hometown,” she said. “Louisville is where I cut my teeth on the stuff I love.” Flynn recalled being on the Belvedere while listening to bluegrass and attending heritage festivals. She’s released three full-length albums and is currently promoting her latest, the optimistic American Dream. 

“(My American dream) is a little skewed: people (having) enough opportunity to take care of their basic needs and to enjoy the finer things and the mysterious things,” Flynn said. In her opinion, the finer things include access to healthy foods and time to experience the wilderness.

American Dream was released in February amid promising reviews from Paste Magazine and The Village Voice. “To me, (Americana) is a story, a sort of a roots-y story telling about America … a lot of wide open spaces,” she said. —Cassie Book 

Derby City Espresso 

331 E. Market St. 

442-0523

Free; 7 p.m.


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JUNE 27-JULY 12

Jazz Fest @ The Seelbach

For the next three weekends, the Seelbach will host the Louisville Jazz Festival, which will feature many musicians known both locally and nationwide. This weekend kicks off with Jim Rotondi playing trumpet and Bill Moring on bass, accompanied by vibraphonist Dick Sisto and Mike Hyman banging the drums. The 28th includes Tim Coffman on the trombone and the renowned percussionist Ed Soph also joining Sisto and Moring.

July 4th replenishes the weeklong jazz-break, featuring bassist Rufus Reid with pianist Steve Alle, Sisto and Soph, followed by guitarist Dave Stryker, pianist Andy Laverne, drummer Steve Davis and Moring again on the bass.

The kickoff to the final weekend includes bassist David Friesen, Gary Cambell on sax, Fred Hamilton on guitar and drummer Jason Tiemann. The festival fun bows out with the Jamey Aebersold Quartet, leaving Louisville’s mind jazz-fully blown. —Jess Mahanes

The Seelbach Hilton Hotel

500 N. Fourth St.

585-3200

$TBD; 9 p.m.


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Saturday, June 28

‘Little Sex Shop of Horrors’ kick-off party

As mentioned in our Film Issue a few weeks back, artist Dan Rhema and filmmaker Archie Borders are working on a new project that merges the scary with the sexy — the appropriately named 10-minute short called “The Little Sex Shop of Horrors,” in which one man, trapped in an adult store, gets pummeled by vampire mannequins and flying dildos, in a PG-13 sorta way. Rhema and Borders are casting the film and plan to begin shooting in July. But they want to create a healthy buzz around the project, so they’re hosting a party Saturday night where the curious can meet the filmmakers, cast and crew. Entertainment includes music by DJ “Jaybird” Campbell and female impersonator (think drag queen) Trista Ray. We hear there’ll even be tattoo artists (from Twisted Images) and leather models (from Leather Queer) and folks showing off naughty T-shirts courtesy of Dirty Tease. “Expect a little risqué business in the River City,” Rhema says. We’d advise to expect the unexpected. —Sara Havens

Clare Hirn Studio

552 Market St.

www.littlesexshopofhorrors.com

$40; 8-10 p.m.


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Tuesday, July 1

‘The Devil and Daniel Johnston’

Sick of mediocre blockbusters like “The Love Guru” and “Get Smart”? The Louisville Film Society has a cure. This month the group is presenting the documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” which follows the gifted artist and singer/songwriter whose abilities were stunted/enhanced by mental illness. Johnston struggled with bipolar disorder and drug addictions while trying to pursue a music career. It was not until his family stepped in and constant psychiatric care was given that he was able to stabilize. Finally, at 45, Johnston is in more control than ever of his life.

“The Devil and Daniel Johnston” was written and directed by Jeff Feuerzeig. He’s said he wanted to create a film with Johnston as its subject because he is a fan of the man’s work, which is used throughout the film. —Cassie Book  

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

715 W. Main St. 

589-0102

$5; 8 p.m. 


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TUESDAY, JULY 1

RTX at the PH

It’s the tight, trippy, head-bangin’, straight-up rock you’ve been itching for, and the lead singer is a chick. Rockers, take note — the California band RTX, fronted by the ever-hardcore Jennifer Herrema of the late Royal Trux, will be in town for some general ass-kicking rock ’n’ roll.

RTX offers a variety of classic, psychedelic sounds that are pleasantly face-melting but not overwhelming — it’s a breath of fresh air for those who long to just dig out those ripped jeans and leather jackets, and leave with their ears ringing, if not bleeding. 

For a groovy warm-up, The Teeth will open, along with the ambient, gloomy but gorgeous sounds of Imaad Wasif with his band, Two Part Beast. Wasif’s sound is experimental but logical; he is an adept guitarist whose soft, melodic voice complements his hard, dark guitar riffs. —Jane Mattingly

The Pour Haus

1481 S. Shelby St.

637-9611

$6; 9 p.m.


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Through July 26

‘Sculpture in the Dell 2008’

Yew Dell’s gardens are full of flowers, trees and, not surprisingly, sculpture. In fact, gardens and sculpture have a long tradition of cohabitation. This invitational exhibition features 49 pieces of outdoor sculpture by Kentucky and Indiana artists. 

Sculptors Meg White and Don Lawler are the chairs of the show. They selected a number of area sculptors with a variety of styles, as well as students from Oldham County High School (works by Lawler and White are also included). 

  Yew Dell was once the Oldham County home and business of Theodore and Martha Lee Klein, who specialized in unusual trees and plants. After Theodore’s death in 1998, the land was purchased, with plans to restore the gardens and open them to the public. Be sure to visit the Serpentine Garden — it’s one of Yew Dell’s signatures. — CONTACT _Con-419CB26F17 \c \s \l Jo Anne Triplett

Yew Dell Gardens

6220 Old LaGrange Road, Crestwood

241-4788

www.yewdellgardens.org

$7 (members free)


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Through Aug. 2

‘Capturing Light: A Wide Spectrum of Images’

David Harpe is a local treasure. His photographs are always bold, colorful and dynamic, such as his shots of Stephen Rolfe Powell’s majestic glass. In the show “Capturing Light,” his personal photographs are stop-action scenes captured in their most dramatic moments. “I have always seen the world as a collection of beautiful details … some cleverly hidden, others hiding in plain sight,” he writes on his website.

Other photographers in the show include Lorrie Dallek, Joan Schulte, David Toczko and Jaap van der Oort. All are giving Harpe a run for his money. Some of the images are from far-off lands, others from Kentucky; some are in sharp focus, others abstracted. It’s an exhibition with range, emotion and quality. — CONTACT _Con-419CB26F17 \c \s \l Jo Anne Triplett

Rayluma Gallery

2214 Frankfort Ave.

618-2787

www.raylumagallery.com