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Louisville Weekend Arts Picks: Hitchcock And Historical Musicals

Courtesy Speed Art Museum Cinema

Film, theater and visual art -- and a can't-miss show that's about to close -- dominate the agenda this weekend. Or, may we humbly suggest, they should.

Expand your mind for movies at the Speed Art Museum’s newly constructed cinema by watching “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” a film that is essentially the most famous master class in the history of cinema. In 1962, French film director François Truffaut convinced Alfred Hitchcock to consent to a week-long candid interview in which the admired auteur would share the secrets of his work, which were later published in the revered book “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” on which this film is based. (More information about screening times can be found here.)

Make a trip to the Tim Faulkner Gallery for a one-night pop-up art show this Friday. The show will feature work by local street artists, who will keep 100 percent of the sales (as organizers put it, artists will “bring the work that night, and either sell it or take it home that night”). The event starts at 8 p.m. and will feature music by the band Years at Sea.

While “Hamilton” won’t be traveling to Louisville anytime soon (unless someone at PNC’s Broadway in Louisville can pull some strings?), there’s another historical musical hitting the Kentucky Center stage. “1776 The Musical” follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. (Showtimes and ticket information is available here.)

And finally, catch the Zephyr Gallery exhibition “PROJECT 11: this, this is for you” before it closes on Saturday. Featuring the work of the beloved late artist and Louisville transplant Stephen Irwin, this show represents a personal reflection on Irwin’s work-- which blends the blunt sexuality with the ephemeral-- from the close friends and confidants who knew him best. (More info here.)