20+ Louisville shows & concerts in January: Kentucky Author Forum, 'CATS,' & more

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This arts and entertainment calendar updates weekly and lists events taking place in and around Louisville, from concerts to comedy shows, theater productions, musicals and more.

SATURDAY, JAN. 22

Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet. Featuring Jamey Aebersold, saxophone; Gabe Evens, piano; Tyrone Wheeler, bass and Jonathan Higgins, drums. 7 p.m., Bird Recital Hall, University of Louisville School of Music, First Street and Brandeis Avenue. Those attending must show a vaccination card. Mask required. Free.

DJ Douggpound & Brent Weinbach. 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Tickets start at $20. zanzabarlouisville.com.

“Cats.” PNC Broadway in Louisville presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical. "Cats" tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 and 6:30 p.m., Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Mask required. Tickets start at $47.39. kentuckyperformingarts.org.

The North American Tour Company Of Cats
The North American Tour Company Of Cats

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“Ossietzky: A Peace Play.” This Bridge Theatre show tells the story of how Ossietzky went from struggling writer to Nobel Laureate, what it cost him, and why he wasn’t convinced he deserved the award. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; next Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Martin Experimental Theater, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Ends Jan. 30. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Mask required. Tickets start at $24.57. kentuckyperformingarts.org.

“The Red Velvet Cake War.” Derby Dinner Playhouse presents this comedy about the Verdeens family reunion. Things spin out of control when a jaw-dropping, high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake. Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday-next Saturday, 7:45 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 and 7:45 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 and 7:45 p.m., at the playhouse, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Indiana. Ends Feb. 13. Tickets are $39-$49. 812-288-8281. derbydinner.com.

"The Cake." Pandora Productions presents the story about Della, a North Carolina Baker and devout Christian, being asked to bake a wedding cake for her best friend’s daughter. Her joy is short-lived when she learns that the intended is another bride. Saturday, ; Sunday, 2 p.m., Henry Clay Theatre, 604 S. Third St. $22. 502-216-5502; PandoraProds.org.

Great Podversations Episode 32. 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 writer and professor Kathryn Paige Harden discussing her book "The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality," with journalist and author Carl Zimmer. Zimmer writes the ‘Matter’ column for The New York Times. Free. For more information: kentuckyauthorforum.com.

Great Podversations Episode 31. 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 writer Kurt Andersen discussing his latest book "Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History," with professor and author Daron Acemoglu. Daron is an Institute Professor at MIT. Free. For more information: kentuckyauthorforum.com.

Author Ethan Kross
Author Ethan Kross

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Great Podversations Episode 30. 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 writer and professor Ethan Kross discussing his book "Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters and How to Harness It," with journalist and author Maria Konnikova. Ethan Kross is a best-selling author and award-winning professor in the University of Michigan’s Psychology Department and its Ross School of Business. Maria Konnikova is the author of The Biggest Bluff, a New York bestseller. Free. For more information: kentuckyauthorforum.com.

SUNDAY, JAN. 23

J. Bryan Heath, bass trombone with the Louisville Orchestra. To continue performing during the pandemic, The Louisville Orchestra has moved to Paristown Hall and is practicing social distancing on stage, masked instruments (and performers) plexiglass barriers between musicians plus an altered configuration of where musicians are seat.
J. Bryan Heath, bass trombone with the Louisville Orchestra. To continue performing during the pandemic, The Louisville Orchestra has moved to Paristown Hall and is practicing social distancing on stage, masked instruments (and performers) plexiglass barriers between musicians plus an altered configuration of where musicians are seat.

Louisville Orchestra. “Peter & the Wolf.” Robert Franz, conductor. This “symphonic story” introduces children to the orchestra as each character is portrayed by a different musical instrument. 3 p.m., Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Mask required. Tickets start at $15. kentuckyperformingarts.org.

MONDAY JAN. 24

Congressman Jamie Raskin
Author of Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy
Congressman Jamie Raskin Author of Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy

University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum. Featuring Congressman Jamie Raskin author of Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy and Dr. Fiona Hill, author of There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century. Master of Ceremonies, Representative John Yarmuth. 6 p.m., Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Schedule: Wine and cheese reception, Carmichael’s book sale in the lobby (5 p.m.); discussion with Congressman Raskin and Dr. Hill (6 p.m.); Q&A (7 p.m.); dinner (Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N 6th St., 7:30 p.m.). Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. $130 includes all events; $30 includes reception and discussion. kentuckyperformingarts.org.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26

Low Cut Connie performs on the Elkhorn Stage at the inaugural Railbird Festival at Kenneland on Aug. 10, 2019
Low Cut Connie performs on the Elkhorn Stage at the inaugural Railbird Festival at Kenneland on Aug. 10, 2019

Low Cut Connie, Robert Finley. 8 p.m., Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. Headliners requires proof of full vaccination or a 48-hour negative test administered by a healthcare professional to enter the building. Masks are required. $18 advance, $20 day of show. headlinerslouisville.com.

FRIDAY, JAN. 28

Louisville Orchestra. “Pines of Rome.” Rei Hotoda, guest conductor. Works by Boulanger, Beeethoven and Respighi. Part of the Coffee Series. 11 a.m., Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Mask required. Tickets start at $23.40. kentuckyperformingarts.org.

80’s Night with Vinyl Richie. 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Tickets start at $12. zanzabarlouisville.com.

Back2Mac, Doorway. 8 p.m., Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. Headliners requires proof of full vaccination or a 48-hour negative test administered by a healthcare professional to enter the building. Masks are required. $12 advance, $15 day of show. headlinerslouisville.com.

NEXT SATURDAY, JAN. 29

Louisville Orchestra. “Pines of Rome.” Rei Hotoda, guest conductor. Works by Boulanger, Beeethoven and Respighi. Part of the Classic Series. 8 p.m., Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Mask required. Tickets start at $31.59. kentuckyperformingarts.org.

“Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly.” StageOne Family Theatre show follows 9-year old Tonia Bridge and her best friend, Theo on a journey of self-discovery. 2 p.m., Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Recommended for students in grades 3 and up. Ends Feb. 12. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Mask required. Tickets start at $20 for adults, $15 for children. stageone.org.

Tommy Emmanuel, Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley. 8 p.m., Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Mask required. Tickets start at $52.65. kentuckyperformingarts.org.

The Brook & The Bluff. 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Tickets start at $17. zanzabarlouisville.com.

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Todd Snider, Chicago Farmer. 8 p.m., Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. Headliners requires proof of full vaccination or a 48-hour negative test administered by a healthcare professional to enter the building. Masks required. Sold out. headlinerslouisville.com.

The Four Horsemen: The Ultimate Tribute to Metallica. 9 p.m., Mercury Ballroom, 611 S 4th St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Masks encouraged. Tickets start at $9. mercuryballroom.com.

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