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From the fine folks at KET:
This August, KET is hosting four community screenings of Independent Lens documentaries featuring the stories of exceptionally strong women.
The events, which will be held at the KET Network Center at 600 Cooper Drive in Lexington, are free and open to the public. The films begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings, and a panel discussion with experts on that night’s topic will be held immediately following each screening.
The film series begins Aug. 5 with Shadya, a documentary about a 17-year-old girl who is a Muslim Arab living in Israel and a world champion in karate.
On Aug. 12, the Emmy Award-winning Made in L.A. follows three Latina immigrants on an odyssey to win basic labor protections.
Then, Sunset Story delves into the friendship between two feisty and free-thinking retirement home residents on Aug. 19.
Finally, the series finishes up on Aug. 26 with Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, which tells the story of how a small women’s movement to plant trees in Kenya became a major political force powerful enough to bring down a dictatorship.
More information about KET programming and education services can be found at http://www.ket.org.
TONIGHT (Friday, July 23): Slowest Runner (Brooklyn); Ascent of Everest (Nashville); and ARA (Lexington) at at Institute 193
7 pm/ $6 suggested donation
I think I first stumbled across Ascent of Everest on a Lastfm.com Godspeed You! Black Emperor channel. I was really impressed that they were based so close by and surprised that I had never heard of them. Been keeping my eyes out for a local or regional show for a while, and lo and behold here it is! This is going to be one of those really cool shows a lot of people sleep on. It’s a tiny little venue so get there early.
The Ascent of Everest: High quality, heavy mostly instrumental post-rock.
Slowest Runner: self-described “instrumental post-baroque band” from Brooklyn. Wasn’t familiar with them until I just listened to some of their songs – recommended if you like Rachel’s, Explosions in the Sky, Silver Mt Zion, etc. From the looks of the picture on their MySpace page, they put on quite the energetic live show.
Saturday, July 24:
Jesco White, the Dancin’ Outlaw, with Sunday Valley and at Cosmic Charlie’s.
Doors at 8/ $15.
I gotta admit, by the time Sunday night at Forecastle hit last weekend, I was pretty wiped. Nonetheless, being in the photo pit for the beginning of the Flaming Lips set (and having Wayne hit me in the face with a huge balloon he was swinging around) was by far the highlight of my entire weekend.
Somehow, I’ve managed to see the Lips probably 6 times over the past 7 years (I think Bogart’s circa ’03 was my first full show – I ducked out of their midnight Bonnaroo show earlier that summer after a couple songs to catch a late night set by Medeski Martin and Wood. It’s a decision I may have later slightly questioned after realizing how many Dark Side covers the Lips threw in that set, but one that I still stand by, by and large.). As most repeat-Lips showgoers know, their set really hasn’t changed too terribly much in the past decade, with the exception of many of the Yoshimi and Soft Bulletin single-oriented ballads having been replaced by more psychedelic Embryonics and At War with the Mystics jams, a few different videos and other subtle tweaks. Anyway, don’t take that as a complaint, b/c the Lips have successfully established their live performance as one of the most entertaining and enjoyable shows you can catch today, hands down, andif anything the show has gotten bigger and better. Their festival production rivals any multi-million dollar arena stage show, while somehow maintaining a boutique, audience-centric vibe that doesn’t feel fake or forced – gaudy, yes, but in a delightfully giddy way. Unbelievably, they go through the (extensive) motions of setting up the most copious party stage in the world – fully equipped with a 20+ft. tall arched LCD screen, scores of ginormous balloons, massive fully-loaded confetti guns, animal costumes, etc. – night after night after night (with Wayne Coyne himself meticulously walking around the stage for a good 10 minutes before the set making sure everything’s in it’s place). But you would never know it by watching, because the band genuinely appears to be having a blast. Whether or not the Flaming Lips is a band you listen to with regularity – or even like – I dare you to go to a Lips show and not have a damn good time. Eating bad acid doesn’t count.
I do rather miss the fake blood and Don’t Snort Your Brain video that used to be staples of their set, but the huge plastic bubble and increased confetti are nice additions to the show that I’ve noticed in recent years.
No two ways around it, Devo slayed at Forecastle. They might not have had the insane stage antics that the Flaming Lips did, but hell, they pulled off at least 4 wardrobe changes and they still sound great. The set blended old faves (‘Whip It,’ ‘Jocko Homo’) and new stuff from the recently released Something for Everybody (their first album in 20 years). Unlike, say, The Smashing Pumpkins’ newer material, Devo’s new stuff is completely in line with the old fan favorites, and they mixed in enough old stuff to keep the fans happy. Coming from someone who has seen the Lips probably 5 times (and who loves new wave something awful), DEVO probably pulled off my favorite show all weekend. Unfortunately, we were only allowed in the photo pit for the first couple songs, so I wasn’t able to capture all the sweet costume changes.
Lexington’s March Madness Marching Band bedazzled the crowds at Forecastle all weekend, including a stage show Friday night and a surprise appearance with the delightfully macabre Ciruqe Berzerk, a circus troupe from Los Angeles. Forecastle marked their first festival performance outside of Burning Man.
MMMB photos from Saturday afternoon; Cirque Berzerk from Sunday evening.
My Morning Jacket announced today that they will be making a stop Louisville’s soon-to-be-opened KFC Yum! Center October 29 to play a show with the Louisville Youth Orchestra. Check out the full press release from Production Simple after the break…