Wednesday, Feb. 25
‘Muffin Top: A Love Story’
Cinemark, Mall St. Matthews
5000 Shelbyville Road
$11; 7:30 p.m
Local nonprofit Women Who Write is hosting a screening of the rom-com “Muffin Top: A Love Story.” Cathryn Michon writes, directs and stars in this film, playing Suzanne, a Women’s Studies professor at Malibu University, who critiques images of women in the media as she ironically suffers her own muffin top with guilt and loathing. Michon is unflinchingly hilarious as she endures butt-fat injections in her lips, assaults her husband’s skinny mistress, get caught wearing fake boobs on a date, makes a belly puppet (talking navel and all) and ultimately comes to love every inch of herself, muffin top included. The screening benefits Women Who Write. If you’re one such woman, you might want to join their first Thursday meetings, info at womenwhowrite.com. —Laura Snyder
‘As It Is In Heaven’
Black Box Theater
Wyatt Center for the Arts
2001 Newburg Road
$18: 7:30 p.m.
Looking for Lilith Theatre Company is commemorating Women’s History Month with a production of Arlene Hutton’s “As It Is In Heaven.” Centuries ahead of their time in their model of sexual equality, the Quakers accepted women in leadership roles as early as the 1740s. Set in the 1830s society of the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, the play focuses on epiphany and upheaval in the utopian community. The Sisters suspect newcomer Fanny is a nonbeliever — a “winter Shaker” — joining their community to escape a hard winter of farm work. But when Fanny sees a vision of angels in the meadow, the whole community starts to question deeper issues. Kathi E.B. Ellis directs this Looking for Lilith production, which is filled with singing and the Shakers’ ecstatic dance. —Laura Snyder
Thursday, Feb. 26
Drinks for Puckett’s Dead Kidney
Haymarket Whiskey Bar
331 E. Market St., 442-0523
Free; 8 p.m.
Bryan Puckett is the heart behind Little Heart Records, a label that he started a decade ago and has built to become one of the best boutique labels in Louisville. When Puckett recently found out his kidneys are failing, he began regular dialysis treatment. He’s been accepted onto the donor list and awaits his new life. Haymarket Whiskey Bar is putting on a benefit to raise money for past, present and pending medical bills. Come out, you won’t have to donate a thing if you don’t want to. All you have to do is drink, because a portion of Thursday night’s profits will go toward Puckett as he continues to battle with his asshole of a kidney. Puckett and some friends from groups like Uh Huh Baby Yeah, Ari and Skyscraper Stereo will be taking turns curating and DJ-ing all night. —Brent Owen
Thursday, Feb. 26
Gypsy Burlesque Medicine Show
The Monkey Wrench
1025 Barret Ave.
$7; 9 p.m.
Last year, hatter Olivia Griffin brought her shop, The Mysterious Rack, and her millinery talents from San Francisco to Frankfort Avenue. In addition to hats, the good folks at The Mysterious Rack make a lot cool things … unique clothing, music and merriment among them. They make community too and will be bringing all this merrymaking to The Monkey Wrench Thursday night, hosting a night of jazz and vaudeville with burlesque by The Gypsy Medicine Show — featuring Roaring Rositta, Brigitte Blanchette and Cheri Chapeaue — belly dancing by La Violette and burlesque with The Lady Eve. Jazz will be onstage too with the Frisky Frolics and their Dimestore Dandy. Wear your best vintage and bohemian threads to score a discount ticket. —Laura Snyder
FRIDAY, FEB. 27
Get The Led Out
315 W. Broadway St., 562-0191
$25+; 8 p.m.
At this point, your chance of seeing a Led Zeppelin reunion is about as likely as the Talking Heads getting back together, which registers somewhere between a cold day in hell and a freak chance. And you can get mad at Robert Plant all you want, but, come on, think about it: he has the most to lose. A voice ages more noticeably than hands. So, if you need a trip down memory lane, go see Get The Led Out, a solid cover band that has dedicated themselves to the religion of Plant, Page, Jones and Bonham. —Scott Recker
FRIDAY, FEB. 27
First Friends Louisville Screen Printing Party
610 E. Market St., 812-786-0026
Free; 5-7 p.m.
Calling all Millennials and post-Millennials: IDEAS is seeking all who want to learn how to create an art print while making new friends. They’re hosting a screen printing event with First Friends Louisville as part of their “Who’s Louisville?” project at Zephyr Gallery. First Friends Louisville is a peer-to-peer welcome center. It’s a project of Bridge Kids Louisville/International, a group of young people who are assisting newly arrived African and African Diaspora refugees aged 14-25 as they adjust to life in Louisville. At the Screen Printing Party, attendees will make welcome bags (assisted by the artists at Steam Exchange) that will be presented to the refugees. Light refreshments will be served. —Jo Anne Triplett
SATURDAY, FEB. 28
2100 Preston St., 635-9227
$10; 9 p.m.
When listening to Brooklyn’s Moon Hooch, it’s easy to see how they’ve started spontaneous dance parties at NYC subway stations. Sounding like classical theorists on PCP, the trio — armed with two saxophones, a drum kit and slick synth loops — can transition from free-flowing, intense jazz to atmospheric indie complete with dreamy vocals at a moments notice. No matter the case, their mission is to keep the tempo up. And where some neo-jazz falls into the trap of being too serious and full of itself, they seem more interested in developing weird and interesting ways to make you dance, even while you’re doing something boring, like waiting for a train. —Scott Recker
SUNDAY, MARCH 1
‘An Evening with Downtown Abbey’
The Brennan House Historic Home
631 S. Fifth St., 540-5146
$40-$50; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Are you a Carson? Mrs. Patmore? Or do you fancy yourself to be one of the upper crust like the Earl of Grantham or his delightfully sharp-tongued mother, the Dowager Countess? The characters of the English TV show “Downton Abbey” have become beloved over the years, so much so that a finale party in a Victorian mansion should bring out many a countess and lady’s maid. Preservation Louisville is hosting its annual “Downton Abbey” fundraiser with bourbon, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. This year, the event is offering a VIP ticket, which has reserved seating as well as themed gifts. The crème de la crème, of course, is the costume contest. It’s your chance to become who you were meant to be. —Jo Anne Triplett
THROUGH MARCH 7
‘Knock on Wood III’
Arts Council of Southern Indiana
820 E. Market St., New Albany,
When you see an exhibition title with the word “wood” in it, you think you know what it’s about. Yes, the Arts Council of Southern Indiana’s third showing of “Knock on Wood” does have art made of wood, but they certainly didn’t limit themselves to just that. Printmaker Susan Harrison’s woodblock prints are on display as are Michael Beringer’s black and white photographs of wood. As far as wooden art, there are woodturned bowls by Bob Hubbuch, furniture by Kevin Nowlin and carvings by Floyd Cornett. Dennis Schaffner’s round baskets are included, as are boxes by John Kemple. Michael Wimmer and Katrina Pate designed assemblages and installations, while ornithologist Joe Emerson’s art reflects the natural world he knows well. —Jo Anne Triplett
THROUGH APRIL 5
‘Simone Leigh: Crop Rotation’
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
715 W. Main St., 589-0102
The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s promoted civil rights through the arts. Coupled with American women getting the vote in 1920, you would think women artists finally had smooth sailing. The reality is female artists of all colors have had to prove themselves over and over again. Today we know that’s poppycock, although the occasional reminder doesn’t hurt. Simone Leigh states she’s here to remind us about “the biological, political and social experiences of women” in her exhibition “Crop Rotation.” According to curator Joey Yates, “Her artwork often employs crafting techniques borrowed from methods of adornment, jewelry and pottery making in order to critically address contemporary issues relating to gender, race and cultural identity.” —Jo Anne Triplett
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