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Honey, it’s the Weekend: Pink, Justin P. Lewis at the Clifton Center and a Hip hop showcase

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Pink

Loaded.

That’s what Louisville is this weekend.

Best in local hip hop, an exclusive film that says your anger can change the world, beauty and rage at the Yum! Center, another intimate night at the Clifton Center, world premiere theatre at Kentucky Center … and so much more as spring gets you out of your house, finally.

Get out, grab a honey or two, and consider these options for your weekend pleasure.

Let Fury Have The Hour
Dreamland Film Center, Fri., Mar. 8
Showtimes 7pm and 9pm
Tickets $8 or $5 for Louisville Film Society members

Filmmaker Antonino D’Ambrosio asks audiences “What kind of world do you want to live in?” This inside look of the counter-culture of 2012 questions everything we believe about rule and rules, power and the illusion of power. Featuring some of the biggest thinkers in music, literature and even comedy, and in-depth visuals of movements within society that challenge the status quo, Let Fury Have The Hour argues that anger and acting in anger might be the answer if that anger is put into ideas, art, and action. Featuring 50 different artists including rapper Chuck D, novelist Edwidge Danticat, comic Lewis Black, musician Billy Bragg, plus dozens more voices from poets to street artists to filmmakers. Reviews for the film range from “exhilarating” to “must-see.” Showing two nights, four times, only at Dreamland.

Pink
Yum! Center, Fri, March 8
Show 8pm
Sold Out but independent tickets remaining start at $114

One of the most still-relevant rock stars in the world, Pink has not relented in pushing the edge in social commentary, in her lyrics, or her stage act. Her tour, landing (or flying) into the Yum! Center is called The Truth About Love, described by a Columbus, Ohio reviewer as “Vegas decadence.” Pink’s biggest appeal, aside from true vocal talent and an empowerment message, is the honesty of her story she’s shared with fans both lyrically and through media. Not afraid to show anger, vulnerability, and hurt, this woman has a message as important to youth today as ever. Opening for Pink are The Hives, headliners in Europe and soon to headline in the US, no question. You already know their music. This show is sold-out, but tickets are still available through independent outlets.

Justin Paul Lewis
Clifton Center, Sun, Mar 10
Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:00pm
Tickets $5

The Clifton Center continues its Sunday live concert series with local artist Justin Paul Lewis. I first saw Justin when he opened at The Brown for Lucinda Williams, and he brought the crowd to their feet. Seeing him many times since throughout the city, and already gaining a local following, Justin is poised to break-out. With an electric on-stage performance, often seeming as if he’s in a constant attempt to seduce his guitar, this performance at Clifton will get you as close to that intimate exchange as you can save sitting between them. Justin’s latest album, Rinse, Repeat, Rewind was produced by Ben Sollee. You’ll want to pick it up. Clifton’s first intimate performance with Tyrone Cotton sold-out with people turned away, so get your tickets now.

Hip Hop Showcase
Phoenix Hill Tavern, Fri, March 8
Showtime 10pm
Tickets $10 or at door

Louisville based Lively Productions present Hip Hop Showcase, Vol 4. They bring to one venue, Phoenix Hill Tavern, in one night over 12 different local hip hop artists and DJs. Louisville has a long history of rap, R&B, and hip hop artists who gain national attention yet very little local acknowledgment. If you’re curious what some of the best sounds coming out of our city are in 2013, check out this long night of varied voices and visions. Featuring:Shyine, King Dadoo, Renzo Charlez, Skyscraper Stereo, Boombox Poets, CPHR DVN, Grimey Rhyme Regime featuring Xcapeartiz, DOH, MethWun and Blitz. Also DJ KGee, DJ AK,
DJ B-Rite, DJ YNG Steve and Rhinomortis

The Vibrolas with Deezen, and Opposable Thumbs
Third Street Dive, Saturday, March 9
Show 10pm
$5 Door

Blasting the walls off Third Street Dive this weekend are a trio of regional bands. Together since 1999, the three members of The Vibrolas work together like shiny clockwork. They intend to have fun as they’ve done for over a decade. As they like to brag, they want to be the soundtrack for your next police chase. Joined by friends and Louisville based rockersOpposable Thumbs, and Deezen, an Indianapolis ‘super’ group made of members who have played for some of Indy’s best. Hard rock in one of downtown Louisville’s longest running 4am music establishments. This is a get out and do something different opportunity, and a hell of a lot of fun.

64 West
Manny and Merle, Sat, March 9
Show 6pm
Free

I’ve never written up a cover band before, and probably won’t again. There is too much originality in Louisville to waste cyber-space. But if one must be written about, it’s a band who works hard and has talent out both ends. Many readers like the party bands; dancing to the music you already know.  64 West has opened for major acts, have been called ‘Louisville’s Best Live Band’ by news outlets, and are playing Manny and Merle’s, a venue I hope doesn’t routinely succumb to the cover band epidemic. You’ll dance, you’ll sing along, and you’ll do it to a band with enough talent they probably could have done their own thing. Plus, to make up for the well recycled music, the food options are nothing short of original.

Alice in Black and White
MeX Theatre, Kentucky Center
March 7,8,9  7:30 and March 9 2:30
Tickets $18 adults, Students and seniors $15

The final weekend of the world premiere Looking For Lilith Theatre Company’s performance of Alice in Black and White, written by Robin Rice Lichtig, and directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis. The story is based on the life of Alice Austen, born in 1866, who became a leader for women in the field of photojournalism, an emerging field of the time period; a field dominated by men. When Alice falls in love with dance instructor Gertrude Tate, the women face nothing but an uphill battle in an age of intolerance for women seeking status and, frankly, choices. The cast includes incredibly talented regional actors: Shannon Woolley Allison, Laura Ellis, Trina Fischer, Joe Hatfield, Jennifer Thalman Kepler, Ted Lesley, and Dawn Schulz.

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