Friday, April 04, 2008
TLP April 4, 2008
While you’re fighting for the block, don’t lose sight of all the good things going on in town. Play ping pong at Al’s. Go to a show at The Shrieking Shack or The Red Planet or The Frowny Bear. Go watch the bike polo games in the park. Take a class at Mecca or the Capoeira Cultural Center. Listen to WRFL. Yeah, crap development sucks and I commend those fighting to preserve some semblance of an active downtown, but don’t let that define Lexington for you. Those buildings don’t make Lexington interesting. We make Lexington interesting.
Tonight, check out the FREE program of modern composers at the Singletary Center. Tomorrow, choose your own adventure – minimalist beauty at The Frowny Bear, literate indie pop at The Dame, or bacchanalia at the Beaux Arts Ball. Sunday, support your local rollergirls at Champs. Wednesday, get out to Lynagh’s to lend a hand to Tony Briggs.
Get ready for the return of Ill Ease at Al’s next Thursday. Gallery Hop’s coming up on the 18th. WRFL’s Alternative Music Week and FreeKY Fest follow close on the heels of that.
Thanks to Will Burchard for the curmudgeonly review of the new In Endeavors ep and to Greg Abernathy and Shane Tedder for compiling the outdoors haps. Happy Birthday, Eric Wilkinson.
Hope all are well.
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** Know Your Own vol.3 – Lexington music comp – OUT NOW!
Got yours yet? Presented by WRFL 88.1FM, Action Arts, and CD Central (and compiled by me), KYO3 is a FREE mixtape-style collection of tracks from 29 Lexington artists including Tight Leather, Big Fresh, Caboladies, In Endeavors, Eyes and Arms of Smoke, Brando & the Phantasmos, Bedtime, Dialectics, Everyone Lives Everyone Wins, Zavala, The Nastys, The Joybombs, Pezhed, and more. Consider it a field guide to local music, an introduction to the now sound of Lexington. Perhaps you've seen the names, but haven't heard the bands. Well, here's your chance. It's not everything that's happening in Lexington, but it's a damn fine jump point. Stop by CD Central, 377 S. Limestone, pick up your FREE copy (at the front counter), and get hip NOW! (NOTE: You’ll soon be able to find copies at other locales around Lexington. I’ll try to update the list in the next Lex Pro.)
** Saturday, April 26 - WRFL’s FreeKY Fest ontop of the Transit Center downtown
The list of elements for WRFL’s huge 20th anniversary celebration keeps growing performances by The Apples in Stereo, Jolie Holland, The Coup, Mahjongg, Hair Police, the Health & Happiness Family Gospel Band, and Big Fresh, a children’s concert, belly dance by Rakadu Gypsy Dance, an Indian Dewali & Punjab dance performance, atmosphere for the space designed by UK architecture students, and much much more. 12 full hours of fun. Put it on your calendar now and BE THERE!
Need a source for enlightened and incisive coverage of local and beyond political issues? Now you’ve got one, courtesy of our friend Joe Sonka (with help from Terri Whitehouse, David Shankula, and others) – http://barefootandprogressive.com. Check it.
:::::::::: YOU GO OUTDOORS. I GO OUTDOORS. LET’S GO OUTDOORS TOGETHER. :::::::::::::
Bike Events: - check http://www.lexrides.com for info on upcoming alleycat races, bike polo and other miscellaneous bike related events.
..:: Bike Polo ::..
Games are happening every Sunday 2pm @ Coolavin Park (corner of W 6th and Jefferson). There is a Google Map here -
http://www.catamountgeographics.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=8 Bikes and mallets available if you don't have your own. Everyone welcome! Check back for dates and times. What else do you have going on Sunday afternoons - come out and give it a try!
..:: Earthdays in the Bluegrass Bike Events ::.. - For more info on these events visit www.earthdaysinthebluegrass.org
:: Thursday, April 3 :: We Are Traffic and Return of the Scorcher - 10pm Worsham Theater UK Student Center. Two great documentaries about humanity’s greatest invention, the bicycle!
:: Friday, April 4 :: Share the Road! Group Bicycle Ride - 5 pm Woodland Park
:: Monday, April 21 :: Bike Maintenance Workshop - 5-7pm North Campus Courtyard - Sponsored by Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library. Learn about the simple tools and techniques that will keep your mighty steed rolling smoothly. FREE FLAT TIRE REPAIR! Hosted by the Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library. www.wildcatwheels.org.
:: Saturday, April 26 :: Bike Sculpture Building - 11am-4pm North Campus Courtyard
The Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library will bring everything you need to make sculptures, jewelry, picture frames, and more. All from reused bike parts!!!
:: Sunday, April 27 :: Bike the Bluegrass - 1pm-4pm Wildcat Wheels Campus Bike Shop (Basement of Blazer Hall near corner of
MLK and Euclid Ave.) Easy 20 mile ride in the heart of bluegrass horse country. All are welcome and none will be left behind.
It is time to come out of your winter hibernation and get out-of-doors to see all of the glory of spring in Kentucky!
:: Saturday, April 5 :: Wildflower Hike at Floracliff State Nature Preserve (Fayette County) at 1 p.m. See the wildflowers at their peak on this hike led by KSNPC Botanist Tara Littlefield. Contact Beverly James at 859-351-7770 or Floracliff@aol.com for more information.
:: Saturday, April 5 :: Archaeology Tour at Lower Howard's Creek Heritage Park and State Nature Preserve (Clark County) at 10 a.m. Dr. Tanya Faberson will show hikers some of the sites discovered during a Phase I archaeological survey of the preserve. Preregistration is require for this event - to reserve your space or for more information, contact Clare Sipple at 859-744-4888
:: Saturday, April 5 :: Canoeing for Beginners. Learn the basics of canoeing on Mill Creek Lake at Natural Bridge State Park Nature Preserve (Powell County) and then experience river canoeing on the beautiful Red River at Red River Gorge Geological
Area. The river trip is eight miles on an enjoyable class I section of the Red River. Preregistration is require for this event. To reserve your space or for more information, please contact Park Naturalist Noelle Grunwald via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 606-663-2214, ext. 2104 or toll free at 800-325-1710.
:: Wednesday, April 9 :: Wildflower Hike at Lower Howard's Creek Heritage Park and State Nature Preserve (Clark County) at 9 a.m. Preregistration is require for this event - to reserve your space or for more information, contact Clare Sipple at 859-744-4888
:: Saturday, April 12 :: Join KSNPC Botanist Tara Littlefield as she leads a hike as a part of the Kentucky Native Plant Society at Jessamine Creek Gorge in Wilmore, Kentucky at 9:30 a.m. Come see the beautiful spring wildflower display of this remote and unique palisades gorge. Registration is required due to limited number of participants. Please call Tara at 859-333-9887 or email at email@example.com to register.
:: Saturday, April 12 :: Wildflower Folklore at Floracliff State Nature Preserve (Fayette County) at 1 p.m. Learn about how some of our most common wildflowers have been used for medicines, food, love charms and more. Contact Beverly James at 859-351-7770 or Floracliff@aol.com for more information.
:: Saturday, April 12 :: Blue Wildflowers Galore at Lower Howard's Creek Heritage Park and State Nature Preserve (Clark
County) at 9 a.m. Enjoy the height of spring as early blue phlox, Virginia bluebells, larkspur and other wildflowers paint the valley floor in various shades of blue. Preregistration is require for this event - to reserve your space or for more information, contact Clare Sipple at 859-744-4888
:: Wednesday, April 16 :: Wildflower Hike at Lower Howard's Creek Heritage Park and State Nature Preserve (Clark County) at
10 a.m. Play hooky from work and take time to enjoy the wildflowers. Preregistration is require for this event - to reserve your space or for more information, contact Clare Sipple at 859-744-4888
:: April 17-20 :: Wildflower Weekend at Natural Bridge State Park Nature Preserve (Powell County). Join botanists, gardeners and other nature lovers as they explore and enjoy the hundreds of native plant species that grow in the Natural Bridge and Red River Gorge area. To reserve your space or for more information, please contact Park Naturalist Noelle Grunwald via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 606-663-2214, ext. 2104 or toll free at 800-325-1710.
:: April 18-20 :: Pine Mountain Wildflower Weekend at the Pine Mountain Settlement School (Harlan County). More information
available online @ http://www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com/events.php?view=details&id=61
:: Saturday, April 19 :: Wildflower Hike at Lower Howard's Creek Heritage Park and State Nature Preserve (Clark County) at 9 a.m. Preregistration is require for this event - to reserve your space or for more information, contact Clare Sipple at 859-744-4888
:: Saturday, April 19 :: KSNPC Botanist Deborah White will lead a hike as a part of the Kentucky Native Plant Society for "Wildflower Weekend" at Natural Bridge SPNP (Powell County) at 8:30 a.m. To reserve your space or for more information, please contact Park Naturalist Noelle Grunwald via e-mail at email@example.com or call 606-663-2214, ext. 2104 or toll free at 800-325-1710.
:: Tuesday, April 22 :: Earth Day. Find some way to get out and Love Your Mother! Check out www.earthdaysinthebluegrass.org for a listing of events happening throughout the month of April.
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In Endeavors—“Thoughts” e.p.
“Thoughts” is not aware of itself. It is non-thinking. It doesn’t know the type of music it contains. It does not know who created it, where it was recorded, who will listen to it. It doesn’t care. It doesn’t not care. It has no opinion of itself, and I, therefore, will share mine.
I hate the band In Endeavors. I sort-of hated them when they were called In Endeavors Italya, when they had the savy favtastic song “Enemy” on the Know Your Own 2 comp. I hate them because they are too young to be making music this cohesive. I hate them because that was they way I wanted to rock when I was their age, but I couldn’t, and I can’t now. Upon hearing their new record, “Thoughts”, both the band and my hatred for their abilities has matured. They are still young, but their sound has cracked it’s voice and sprouted a few tufts of hair where there was none before. This record moves—the vocals carry it, with the music behind them arm-in-arm stomping and jumping around, fully in support of the simply fantastic guitar-drum-bass formula. It’s linear and driving, point A to point B enjoy the ride kind of shit.
Live? Never seen them. I’d like to, but man I’m getting old and curmudgeonly. It’s too cold to leave the house, where I sit and stew, with a drink, listening to this record. Take your guitars and get off my lawn, damn kids! Quiet down! Quit sounding like you’re having such a great time! Hats off to you, boys, for sparking my jealousy. I love your record, but I hate you. – Will Burchard
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:: Friday, April 4 ::
Audio/Visual Chamber Music concert @ UK’s Singletary Center for the Arts (in the Concert Hall), corner of Euclid and Rose - 7:30pm, all ages, FREE
Here’s a description from our friend Clint Davis, who’ll be one of the performers -
“A group of UK music majors will be presenting an audio/visual concert of chamber music by living American composers. Jason Corder will be providing original video accompaniment that will be projected on to a screen measuring 14 feet square.
The works will be:
John Luther Adams - Red Arc/Blue Veil
Steve Reich - Drumming, third movement
George Crumb - The Voice of the Whale
John Luther Adams - The Farthest Place.
The Karate Jones Quartet played the first movement of Drumming at the Icehouse a while ago and it went over really well. The John Luther Adams pieces could pass for Sigur Ros. The George Crumb piece has all sorts of bizarre sounds in it (I'll actually be manipulating the inside of the piano, even placing a glass rod inside at one point for example). And of course, Jason Corder is the shit.“
:: Saturday, April 5 ::
JACK WRIGHT & MICHAEL JOHNSEN w/C. SPENCER YEH, and THREE LEGGED RACE @ Frowny Bear, 208 Forest Park – 8:30pm, all ages, $3-$5 suggested donation
Descriptions from CharlesMansion.org -
An early show of improvised electronics and otherwise at the Frowny Bear this Saturday.
-=Jack Wright/Michael Johnsen Duo=- Saxophone/electronics duo from Pennsylvania.
-=C. Spencer Yeh=- Violin/voice from Burning Star Core mastermind.
-=Three Legged Race=- Solo electronics from Hair Police/Eyes and Arms of Smoke member.
:: Saturday, April 5 ::
Beaux Arts Ball @ 497 Angliana Ave (next to the Kentucky Eagle beer building)
doors 8:30pm, performances start at 9pm, ages 18+, $20 adv/$30 at the door
A blissfully unruly party put together by the UK School of Design with profits benefiting the Hospital Hospitality House and Bluegrass Domestic Violence Shelter. This year the event features music by The High Water Marks, Symbiance, Chico Fellini, and One Be Lo, dance from the UK Dance Ensemble, fire poi by Passion Fire, a drag show, and a headlining dj set by Devlin and Darko of Spank Rock. For the full info including a tentative schedule for when each act will go on and information about shuttles running to event from different spots downtown and near campus, go to http;//www.beaux-arts-ball.org. Note: I think the advance ticket price is only good through this afternoon, so hustle to Pence Hall, 3rd Street Stuff, The Black Market, CD Central, Sqecial Media, or one of the other pre-sale spots to save a few bucks.
:: Saturday, April 5 ::
THE SCOURGE OF THE SEA w/THESE UNITED STATES, and VANDAVEER @ The Dame
10pm, ages 21+, $6
An evening of well-crafted, literate indie pop/rock from locals the Scourge of the Sea and our DC friends These United States and Vandaveer (aka Lex-patriate Mark Heidinger). http://myspace.com/thescourgeofthesea, http://myspace.com/theseunited, http://myspace.com/vandaveer.
:: Sunday, April 6 ::
Roller Derby – ROLLERGIRLS OF CENTRAL KENTUCKY vs HARDKNOX ROLLERGIRLS @ Champs Skate Center, 297 Ruccio Way – doors 7pm, bouts 8pm, all ages, $10 adv/$12 at the door
Tough chicks on skates. Flat track roller derby. Advance tickets available at Palms Tanning, BeMedi Spa, and on the UK campus in Rm 817 of the Patterson Office Tower. Kids 12 and under get in FREE. http://www.rockandrollergirls.com.
:: Wednesday, April 9 ::
Benefit for Tony Briggs featuring THE TALL BOYS, GNARLY LOVE, PAUL K., and NIGHTSHADES @ Lynagh’s Pub - 7pm, ages 21+, donations accepted
A benefit show for influential Lexington musician Tony Briggs who’s recently encountered some serious medical problems. The event will feature a live art auction and performances by The Tall Boys, Gnarly Love, Paul K, and Nightshades.
:: Also worthwhile in the April 4 – April 9 timeframe ::
Fri/Apr 4 DIALECTICS w/SYMBIANCE @ Al’s Bar, corner of 6th and Limestone – all ages
Fri/Apr 4 BITCH AND THE EXCITING CONCLUSION w/TINA COFER @ The Dame – early show
Fri/Apr 4 BIG MARACAS @ The Dame – late show
Sun/Apr 6 BEZOAR w/THE SUSPECTED TERRORISTS @ The Void, 518 E. High St – all ages
Mon/Apr 7 STUCK LUCKY w/CHRIS AND THE DICKENS, IRON MIKE, and POOL PARTY @ The Shrieking Shack, 503 Oldham Ct – all ages
Mon/Apr 7 MATT SPARKS AND THE UTTERLY INDIFFERENT w/JASMINE FOUTS @ The Dame
Tues/Apr 8 THE EVERYBODYFIELDS w/SMALL TALKING THIEVES @ The Dame
:: Soon Soon ::
Thurs/Apr 10 ILL EASE w/ZAVALA @ Al’s Bar, corner of 6th and Limestone – all ages
Thurs/Apr 10 CADAVER IN DRAG @ Busters, corner of Main and Upper - FREE
Fri/Apr 11 JON CROCKER w/TINA COFER, and JOE MANGUM @ The Shrieking Shack, 503 Oldham Ct – all ages
Sat/Apr 12 Half Pipe Contest @ The Void, 518 E. High St
Sat/Apr 12 TINA COFER w/FOR STELLA and MERMAID POLICE @ The Red Planet – all ages, myspace.com/redplanetshows
Sun/Apr 13 WAX FANG w/J.RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS @ The Dame
Tues/Apr 15 GALACTIC @ Headliners (Louisville) – ages 18+
Wed/Apr 16 FROM THE DEPTHS w/TAKE MY WORD @ The Shrieking Shack, 503 Oldham Ct – all ages
Thurs/Apr 17 KATHLEEN EDWARDS w/DAN WILSON@ Headliners (Louisville) – ages 18+
Thurs/Apr 17 IDAHO, ALASKA w/FDU and LUCKY PINEAPPLE @ Busters, corner of Main and Upper – FREE
Fri/Apr 18 THE YELLOW BELTS w/GNARLY LOVE @ The Dame
Sat/Apr 19 BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB @ The Dame (Note: The band will be playing a free, acoustic set at CD Central earlier in the day.)
Sat/Apr 19 WILDCAT REVIVAL w/AMPLINE, and KNIFEWORK @ The Shrieking Shack, 503 Oldham Ct – all ages
Sun/Apr 20 WRFL fundraiser featuring THE SEEDY SEEDS, THE IRON MIKES, and SMUTTYNOSE @ The Shrieking Shack, 503 Oldham Ct – all ages
Tues/Apr 22 WRFL fundraiser “Build the Tower/Boost the Power” benefit @ the Kentucky Theatre – all ages
Tues/Apr 22 MALAMUTE @ The Shrieking Shack, 503 Oldham Ct – all ages
Tues/Apr 22 JOHN HAMMOND w/WILLIE EAMES @ The Dame – early show
Wed/Apr 23 WRFL fundraiser featuring ZAVALA, EYES AND ARMS OF SMOKE, and WRETCHED WORST @ The Void, 518 E. High St – all ages
Thurs/Apr 24 OUR MAN FLINT w/THE CHOPS @ Busters, corner of Main and Upper - FREE
Thurs/Apr 24 ENON @ Gypsy Hut (Cincinnati)
Fri/Apr 25 THE SWELLS w/RAKADU GYPSY DANCE and more @ Al’s Bar, corner of 6th and Limestone – all ages
Sat/Apr 26 FreeKY Fest - WRFL’s 20th Anniversary Celebration/Festival – performances by THE APPLES IN STEREO, JOLIE HOLLAND, THE COUP, MAHJONGG, HAIR POLICE, HEALTH & HAPPINESS FAMILY GOSPEL BAND, BIG FRESH (presenting a “History of College Radio” covers set), and many more – on-top of the Transit Center (corner of ML King and High St) – 11am-11pm, all ages, FREE – wrfl.fm
Sun/Apr 26 NAPPY ROOTS @ The Dame
Sun/Apr 27 HALF-HANDED CLOUD w/LAKE (part of WRFL’s post-FreeKY Fest potluck) @ Loudoun House – all ages, FREE
Sun/Apr 27 EARTH @ The Dame
Mon/Apr 28 THE ROSEBUDS w/NOISYCRANE @ The Dame
Tues/Apr 29 JACK ROSE w/WARMER MILKS @ The Dame
Wed/Apr 30 BIG FRESH w/FISHBOY @ The Shrieking Shack, 503 Oldham Ct – all ages
Sat/May 2 THE PHARMACY w/CHRISTOPHER BELL @ The Shrieking Shack, 503 Oldham Ct – all ages
Sun/May 3 GOOD TEETH/GOLD TEETH @ The Red Planet – all ages, myspace.com/redplanetshows
Fri/May 15 COINSLOT w/SMUTTYNOSE @ The Red Planet – all ages, myspace.com/redplanetshows
Wed/May 19 ITALY NEOKARMAR JOOKLO DUO (members of Rawdunes) @ The Void, 518 E. High St – all ages
Thurs/May 20 COUGAR MAGNUM w/TINA COFER, and THE BETTY RATS @ The Red Planet – all ages, myspace.com/redplanetshows
Sun/May 31 Void video release party @ The Void, 518 E. High St – all ages
:: Pertinent Resources ::
THE DAME, 156 W.Main St, Lexington - http://www.dameky.com
< ON HIATUS > THE ICEHOUSE, 412 Cross St (off W.Maxwell), Lexington - http://myspace.com/icehouselex < ON HIATUS >
THE SHRIEKING SHACK - http://www.myspace.com/503oldhamct
THE RED PLANET - http://www.myspace.com/redplanetshows
THE VOID, 518 E. High St, Lexington – http://myspace.com/thevoidskateshop
CHARLES MANSION (a venue no longer, but the website's a good spot to find out about shows) - http://www.charlesmansion.org
MECCA dance studio/gallery, 451 Chair Avenue, off S.Broadway near Bolivar - http://www.meccadance.com
FROWNY BEAR, 208 Forest Park
THIRD STREET STUFF COFFEE, corner of Limestone and 3rd Street - ph. 859/255-5301
THE FISHTANK, corner of Woodland and Euclid Ave - http://www.thefishtankbar.com
NATASHA'S CAFE, 112 Esplanade - http://www.beetnik.com/
DOWNTOWN ARTS CENTER, 141 E. Main St, Lexington - http://www.lexarts.org
ARTSPLACE, 161 N.Mill St, Lexington
SINGLETARY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, corner of Euclid and Rose Sts - http://www.uky.edu/SCFA/
CRICKET PRESS (amazing local poster art) - http://www.cricket-press.com
WRFL 88.1FM (UK's student-run radio station) - http://wrfl.fm
YOU AIN’T NO PICASSO (great locally-produced music blog) - http://www.youaintnopicasoo.com
LAVA (Louisville Assembly of Vanguard Artists) HOUSE - R.I.P.
HEADLINERS MUSIC HALL, Louisville - 1386 Lexington Road, ph. 502/584-8088 - www.headlinerslouisville.com
UNCLE PLEASANTS, 2126 S. Preston, Louisville - p.502/634-4147
THE POUR HAUS, 1481 S. Shelby Street (corner of Shelby and Burnett), Louisville
THE RUDYARD KIPLING, 422 West Oak Street, Louisville - http://www.therudyardkipling.com/pages/206999/index.htm
OLD LOUISVILLE COFFEHOUSE, 1489 S. Fourth St, Louisville - ph. 502/635-6660
PRODUCTION SIMPLE (produce many of the events at Headliners and Uncle Pleasants) - http://www.productionsimple.com
BACKSEAT SANDBAR (good blog spreading the word about regional events) – http://backseatsandbar.wordpress.com
THE SOUTHGATE HOUSE, Newport, KY - http://www.southgatehouse.com
ALCHEMIZE, 3929 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH - http://www.alchemizebar.com
THE COMET, 4579 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH - http://www.cometbar.com
BOGART'S, 2621 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH - http://www.bogarts.com
NORTHSIDE TAVERN, 4163 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH - http://www.northside-tavern.com
Know of an upcoming event that others should get hip to? Let us know - email firstname.lastname@example.org. All Picks by Ross Compton unless otherwise noted.
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