Perfect gift ideas for avoiding Christmas catastrophes

Perfect gift ideas for avoiding Christmas catastrophes


For the Sports fans:
University of Louisville basketball single-game tickets are still available for some games.  You won’t get UK vs. UofL, but several games have open seats. $85 buys a pair.
Tickets are also available for University of Kentucky men’s basketball.  Try getting seats for those early-January games, when college kids are still on winter break.
For the “Do-ers” in your life:
Try Glassworks, downtown. They offer “walk-in workshops” that range in price from $12.50-$135 as well as scheduled classes. Your delighted relative can create one-of-a-kind art, from ornaments and suncatchers to coasters and candy dishes. Gift certificates are available by calling the Mark Payton Glass Center at Glassworks at 502-992-3270.
Louisville Stoneware has a Paint Your Own Stoneware and Studio Tour, which includes a factory tour, studio fees, and a $20 piece of pottery that's ready for Auntie's artistic flair. They also have individual paint-your-own offerings that range from $10-$50. 
For the Theatre Lover:
Louisville is filled to the brim with many local theatre companies. Tickets to one or all of their season’s performances would not only make a great gift for your loved one, but for the company as well. Most of these not-for-profit companies produce good work on tiny budgets. Some to check out:
CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center. Performances include the musical, Company in mid-January, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in February, and Avenue Q in April. Check online or call (502) 459-0660 for details. Most tickets are $18.
Clarksville Little Theatre is producing Crimes of the Heart, a comedic and touching story of three sisters, beginning January 18. Tickets are $12-15. Call (812) 283-6522 for details.
Louisville’s professional theatre scene is not to be missed. These tickets are a bit higher in price, but provide a different level of entertainment.
Derby Dinner Playhouse offers gift certificates in any amount (single-show/dinner tickets run $35-$44), as well as a New Year Sampler, which includes tickets and dinner to 3 shows: romantic comedy/thriller Kill Joy, musical Little Shop of Horrors and musical comedy 9 to 5, based on the movie of the same name. New Year Samplers are $96. Gift certificates are available. Call 812-288-8281.
Actors Theatre offers several options of individual performance and season-ticket packages. Gift certificates are available. Call the box office at 502-584-1205.
The Broadway in Louisville series at Kentucky Center has 4 musicals remaining in the season, including Flashdance, Million Dollar Quartet, Memphis, and West Side Story. Pick up a 4-show pass starting at $100 or individual tickets as low as $25. Questions? Call  502-584-7777.
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About Michelle Rynbrandt
Before landing in the Possibility City, Michelle toured the country performing in various regional theatres. Having been there and done that, she can honestly say that Louisville's cultural opportunities are second to none.
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