This arts and entertainment calendar is updated weekly and lists events happening in and around Louisville, from concerts and comedy shows, to theater productions, musicals, and more.
SATURDAY JULY 2
Louisville Orchestra. “Star Wars Return of the Jedi.” The Louisville Orchestra performs the full score live as the film plays on the big screen. Jason Seber, conductor. 7 p.m., Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Tickets start at $23.40. kentuckyperformingarts.org.
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American aquarium. 8 p.m., Mercury Ballroom, 611 S 4th St. Tickets start at $20. mercuryballroom.com.
Machine Gun Kelly: Mainstream sold-out tour. MGK, rapper, singer, musician and actor is known for his compositional blend of contemporary and alternative hip hop with rock. With Avril Lavigne and Iann Dior. 7:30 p.m., KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza. Tickets start at $25. ticketmaster.com.
Meechie’s utopia. With Magic Domdi, Ace Pro and DJ Easy. 10 p.m., Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. Tickets: $20; $50 VIP. headlinerslouisville.com.
“Alice in Wonderland.” The Derby Dinner Playhouse children’s musical theater takes you on a magical adventure as Alice meets the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and ultimately faces off against the Queen of Hearts. At the theater, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Indiana. Breakfast, 9:00 a.m.; show 10 a.m. Lunch, noon; show, 1:15 p.m. Breakfast, $17; lunch $22. $39-$49. 812-288-8281. derbydinner.com.
“Come home.” Eve Theater Company presents this show from Kentucky’s own Scout Larken Link. A love letter to Scout’s own roots in western Kentucky, the show spans past and present to share a family’s final hours with the old home they all cherished. Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Martin Experimental Theater, Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Tickets start at $23. kentuckyperformingarts.org.
“Happy Windsor Wives.” Sir John Falstaff sets out to improve his financial situation by courting two wealthy married women. The roles are reversed, feminine wisdom triumphs and laughter reigns supreme in this hilarious Elizabethan farce presented by the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday-Next Saturday, Central Park, 1340 S 4th St. Food trucks, 6 p.m.; Kids’ Globe, Will’s Gift Shop and Will’s Tavern, 7 p.m.; performance, 8 p.m. Until July 23. Free. kyshakespeare.com.
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“Steel Magnolias.” Derby Dinner Playhouse presents the story of a circle of friends at Truvy’s Beauty Shop each week as they lean on each other for support through life’s tragedies and triumphs. Saturday, 7:45 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m., at the theater, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Indiana. Ends July 3. $39-$49. 812-288-8281. derbydinner.com.
Great Podversations Episode 41. Great Podversations is produced by the Kentucky Author Forum and distributed by Louisville Public Media and available on all podcast apps including iTunes, NPR, Google, Stitcher and Spotify. The podcast features author Geraldine Brooks discussing her book, “Horse: A Novel” with journalist Gal Beckerman. Géraldine received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2006 for her novel “March”. Many of his novels and nonfiction books have been New York Times bestsellers. Gal Beckerman is author and books editor at The Atlantic. Free. For more information: www.kentuckyauthorforum.com.
Great Podversations Episode 40. Great Podversations is produced by the Kentucky Author Forum and distributed by Louisville Public Media and available on all podcast apps including iTunes, NPR, Google, Stitcher and Spotify. The podcast features author Anna Quindlen and writer Amy Bloom discussing Quindlen’s book “Write for Your Life.” Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, novelist and opinion columnist. Amy Bloom is the author of four novels and three collections of short stories. Free. For more information: www.kentuckyauthorforum.com.
SUNDAY JULY 3
Dream Catcher. Billboard acclaimed the K-pop girl group. 7:30 p.m., Old Forester’s Parish Town Hall, 724 Brent St. Tickets start at $93. kentuckyperformingarts.org.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls’ Never-Ending Tour of Everywhere. 7 p.m., Mercury Ballroom, 611 S 4th St. Tickets start at $27.50. mercuryballroom.com.
“The Wizard of Oz.” Derby Dinner Playhouse presents one of MGM’s grandest and best-loved musicals starring Dorothy, Toto, the Wicked Witch, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Next Wednesday-Saturday, 7:45 p.m., at the theater, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville. Ends August 21. $39-$49. 812-288-8281.
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THURSDAY JULY 7
Late night Louisville. The variety show features performers from Louisville and the area. 8:30 p.m., Martin Experimental Theatre, 501 W. Main St. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Tickets start at $26. kentuckyperformingarts.org.
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: back on tour. Actor. 8 p.m., Caesar Southern Indiana, 11999 Casino Center Drive SE, Elizabeth, Indiana. Tickets start at $109. ticketmaster.com.
Alesana, palisades, vampires everywhere. Thursday, July 7, 8 p.m., Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. $22 upfront, $25 day of show. headlinerslouisville.com.
Geneva, Yellow Cellophane, Knotts. 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Tickets start at $10. www.zanzabarlouisville.com.
FRIDAY JULY 8
Jake Huot. 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Tickets start at $15. www.zanzabarlouisville.com.
Back 2 Mac: Fleetwood Mac Tribute. Part of Shoe Sensation Jammin in Jeff Concert Series. 7 p.m., Jeffersonville RiverStage, along the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Jeffersonville. Food trucks, Bud Light brewery and cocktails from Number Juan Tequila. Bring chairs and blankets. Smoking, pets, alcohol and large coolers are not permitted. Free. jeffparks.org/jammin-in-jeff.
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The Polkatz. Traditional Oktoberfest songs and polkas. Part of Concerts in the Park. 7 p.m., Sonny Brewster Bandstand, Warder Park, 109 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville. Sponsored by Jeffersonville Main Street Inc. and the Jeffersonville Department of Parks. Free. jeffmainstreet.org/concerts-in-warder-park.
Dallas Moore, Caleb Caudle. Part of the Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series. 6:30 p.m., Bicentennial Park, corner of Spring and Pearl streets. Free.
Johnny Berry and the outlier. Play country music. Part of the Friday Fest concert series. 6 p.m., Highview Park, 7201 Outer Loop. Local vendors will have food options. Bring a chair or blanket. Sponsored by Metro Council members James Peden, Madonna Flood and Mark Fox. Free.
NEXT SATURDAY, JULY 9
Satisfaction: International Rolling Stones Tribute Show. 9 p.m. Mercury Ballroom, 611 S. 4th St. Tickets start at $15. mercuryballroom.com.
Electric garden, indoor plant. 9 p.m., Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. $12. headlinerslouisville.com.
GoWild’s Send It Slam outdoor festival. With Cole Chaney, Wolfpen Branch, Justin Wells, Abby Hamilton, Dave Shoemaker and Dalton Mills. 2-10 p.m., Brown Forman Amphitheater, 1301 River Road. The festival also includes a 3D archery competition, food trucks (Grecian Mama, Alchemy, Ramiro’s Cantina and Pollo), breweries (Country Boy Brewing and West Sixth), youth entertainment and more.
- Water will be provided on site by Liquid Death Mountain Water. Bring chairs. Outside alcohol, tents or pop ups are now allowed in the amphitheater. Tickets start at $30. tickets.timetogowild.com/event/send-it-slam.
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