Play about German transvestite and tattoo parlor-cum-art gallery opening keep Louisville weird this weekend

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This weekend's lineup in Louisville will thwart the evil forces of gentrification once again. (And check out Abbey Road on the River, Kentucky Reggae Festival highlight Louisville's May festivals for details about Forest Fest and the Kentucky Women's Book Festival.) I Am My Own Wife May 14-23, 7:30 p.m., May 16, 2 p.m. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and based on a true story, this play tells the story of a German transvestite who survived both the Nazis and East Germany's communist government. Former Courier-Journal theater critic Roger Fristoe stars in Pandora Productions' one-man show. (Or is it one-woman show? Kind of-man, kind of-woman? I'm confused, but I guess I'm not the only one.) Tickets are $15. Bike to Work Day May 15 Between your home and your office Full disclosure: I drive my lazy butt the one mile to Day's Espresso where I work out of most mornings rather than ride my nifty bike. But hopefully this day will encourage me--and you--to burn calories rather than fuel. Visit the Bike to Work Day 2009 Web site for details on meet and ride locations as well as bike routes. Liberty Tattoo & Art Parlor Opening May 16, 7 p.m. 2801 S. Third St. I've never been inside a tattoo parlor (I got all my ink in prison), but I like Louisville having an abundance of them -- they serve as outposts, keeping a watchful eye on the ever-present threat of gentrification. Liberty Tattoo & Art Parlor's opening (free) will allow you to buy art for yourself or your home. And if you choose the former, it doesn't have to be permanent either; the store also sells clothing with original screen-printed designs. (Via LEO Weekly Alien: The Director's Cut May 16, 11:55 p.m. Baxter Avenue Theaters 1250 Bardstown Road Sci-fi action has returned to theaters with Star Trek and X-Men Origins. But if you want to go old school, or show those kids how Hollywood used to do the genre, check out Midnights at the Baxter's showing of Alien: The Director's Cut Saturday night. Tickets are $8.50. (Via Consuming Louisville) Butchertown Art Fair May 17, 11 a.m. Butchetown My sentiments about them not withstanding, a lot of you folks seem to dig art fairs (which probably explains why it seems there's one in Louisville every weekend). The Butchertown Art Fair, held with the Butchertown Home and Garden Tour, will include the usual array of booths featuring crafts, jewels, sculptures, paintings, wind chimes, junk and art. (Photo: Flickr/Vee Dub)
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I'm the travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest. Previously, I was a freelance writer, contributing to The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, USA Today, Condé Nast Traveller, BlackBook, Curbed, Gridskipper, Deadspin, and Fox News. I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville and the director of content and editorial strategy for Louisville.com.
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