Louisville.com's Weekender: Events for April 3-6, 2014

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Spring Meet at Keeneland

Friday: Keeneland Spring Meet - College Scholarship Day

Full-time students receive free general admission with a college I.D. and can register for a $1,000 scholarship and other great prizes. The first 2,000 students to register receive their choice of a Keeneland t-shirt or a Vineyard Vines hat. Also on Friday, play the $200,000 Guaranteed Pick Four and win big when you pick the winners of races  6 – 9.

Saturday: Keeneland Spring Meet

Start your day at Sunrise Trackside. Enjoy Breakfast with the Works, see morning workouts, and entertain the kids with free children’s activities. Then tailgate on The Hill, with live music, food trucks, a wagering tent, big-screen TVs and much more. But be sure to find a spot at the rail to see the running of the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1).

Sunday: Keeneland Spring Meet - Military Day at the Races

Presented by Marathon in honor of our armed forces, all active duty, reserve, veterans and military families receive free general admission with a military I.D. Come to the North Terrace from noon to 4 p.m. for free food, live music, special giveaways, children’s activities and more.
April 4 - 6, 2014
4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, KY 40510
Prices Vary

McDonald’s Kentucky Derby Festival Thunder Preview Party

Kick off the Kentucky Derby Festival with a special preview of the 2014 Thunder Over Louisville.  Join Louisville in a night previewing this year’s Throwback Thunder on a night out with the family.  With feature planes displayed, a Coast Guard exhibit to enjoy, helicopter rides offered and a pilot Meet and Greet, this event is sure to kick off the Kentucky Derby Festival with a night of fun. 
April 3, 5 – 8 p.m.
Bowman Field, Central American Airways Hanger
2815 Taylorsville Rd
Louisville, KY 40205
Free admission with a 2014 Pegasus Pin or 2014 McDonald’s Thunder Funder cup.

Mayor's Music & Art Series

Bring a brown-bag lunch and enjoy the show! “Louisville has an international reputation for its music, performing and visual arts,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.  The Mayor’s Music and Art Series at historic Louisville Metro Hall spotlight local musicians and artists. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with music starting at 12:10 p.m.
April 3, 11:30 – 1 p.m.
Mayor's Gallery at Louisville Metro Hall
527 W. Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Hats Off for Hosparus at Margaret’s Consignment

This charitable event will include wine and hors d'oeuvres, as well as a silent auction of new and gently used Derby hats, fascinators, jewelry and accessories donated or made by local celebrities. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Hosparus of Louisville, an organization that provides comfort and support for patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.
April 3, 5 – 7 p.m.
Margaret's Consignment
2700 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 896-4706


Louisville Ballet: Complementary Voices

Join the Louisville Ballet as it strives to challenge your perception of dance today and brings the work three prominent choreographers to one program to push the limits. Tulsa World Fragile Stasis said, “…a ballet about the ways couples maintain a connection, the various forms that a romance can take.” Come to the Louisville Ballet for a night of luxurious sights of the Louisville Ballet Company. 
April 4, 11 – 12 p.m.
Louisville Ballet Studios
315 E. Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience at Downtown’s Trolley Hop

Spend the night hopping through downtown on the Trolley Hop.  Visit the Evan William’s Bourbon Experience, local art galleries, restaurants, shops, and clubs located along Main and Market streets, as well as the Fourth Street corridor.  The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience celebrates the 8th stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with a historical glimpse back in time. The Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop is open to the public and held rain or shine, so come out and explore downtown. 
April 4, 5 – 9 p.m.
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
528 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40207

HELLO, DOLLY! At the Kentucky Center

Spend the weekend at the theatre and applauding the classic musical Hello, Dolly! The As Yet Unnamed Theatre Company will present Hello, Dolly! a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, book by Michael Stewart and directed by Elaine Hackett.  With a story revolving around Dolly Gallagher’s mischiefs matchmaking in her quintessential American town, you’ll be singing “Hello, Dolly!” at the end. 
April 4, 8 – 10 p.m.
Kentucky Center, MeX Theater
502 West Main Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Theatre [502] presents The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn

Whether you've traveled with us on this whole yearlong journey, or you’re just hearing about this powerful magician, you'll find the complete tale teeming with magic and adventure. We don’t promise the “real” story (because a magician never tells her secrets), but we promise the whole saga. The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn are the serial stories of Ludlow Quinn, Harry Houdini, the mysterious Stranger Millicent Stone, and our hero, Louisvillian Bonnie Burke, intriguing and surprised Trolley Hop audiences on First Fridays since June 2013. Theatre (502) presents a chance to catch all ten chapters and the epic conclusion in one fluid story. Don’t miss this chance at Theatre (502)
April 4, 8 – 10 p.m.
Baron's Theater at Whiskey Row Lofts
131 W Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Bluegrass Magic Tabletop Weekend at Bluegrass Magic 

Play board games for charity! Louisville Card Board Gamers and Bluegrass Magic Game Shop are teaming up to offer gaming on International TableTop Day! With a library of over 300 games to check out, door prizes, snacks and proceeds benefiting Blessings in a Backpack, you will not want to miss this event at Bluegrass Magic Game shop.  Blessings in a Backpack provides food for elementary school children across America who have little or no food to eat on weekends during the school year. Bluegrass Magic Game Shop is Louisville’s largest game store with space for over 200 players, so why not come out and join the fun? 
April 4 - 5, 6 – 2 a.m.
Bluegrass Magic Game Shop
5629 Outer Loop
Louisville, KY 40219
$5.00 Adults, $3.00 children

The Crowns We Wear at Revelry Boutique

This show will feature hats from Nina Rosenberg, who makes hats unlike anyone else in a unique vintage turban style design that is her signature look. Each one is truly unique and no detail is left out – everything from the handmade flowers by Bri Bowers-Norman to the vintage jewels draped around the base. Every angle exudes beauty and refinement. As a Parsons graduate and designer from the NYC studios of Ralph Lauren and Alexander Julian Collection, it’s no wonder Nina Rosenberg was awarded ‘Best New Hat Designer in Louisville’ by the Courier-Journal in 2009. This event is free and open to the public.

April 5, 6 – 9 p.m.
Revelry Boutique Gallery
980 Barrett Ave
Louisville, Kentucky 40204

Civil War Encampment 2014 in Corydon

Civil War living historians will be encamped on the historic downtown square. Walk through the camps to experience the life of a Civil War soldier and civilian during the War. The re-enactors will provide demonstrations in infantry, artillery, nurses, cooks, laundresses, sharp shooters, and surgeons. Civil War field embalming by Dr. Benjamin Lyford of Washington City, DC is certain to be a unique experience for visitors. The encampment is free and open to the public. Friday is an educational day for schools, but public are welcome. Firing of weapons and the cannon will occur on Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. While visiting the square, be sure to take a tour of Indiana's First State Capitol, built in 1816 and the Governor Hendricks' Headquarters, built 1817.

April 4, 10 - 5:00 p.m.
Corydon Capitol State Historic Site
126 E Walnut Street
Corydon, Indiana 47112

Monster Jam 2014 a the KFC Yum! Center

Fans of all ages at the KFC Yum! Center Monster Jam shows will experience thrilling races and freestyle performances by the following Monster Jam Trucks: Grave Digger driven by Carl Van Horn, Madusa, Lucas Oil Crusader driven by Linsey Weenk, Captain's Curse driven by Alex Blackwell, Predator, Prowler, Heavy Hitter and more!

April 5, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
KFC YUM Center
1 Arena Plaza
Louisville, KY 40202
$28 adult / $7 kids


Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame 

With 5,000 square feet of amazing and rare memorabilia, GRIDIRON GLORY is the largest travelling exhibition in the history of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Visitors will have the opportunity to relive the exciting careers of America’s professional football icons including Jerry Rice, Fran Tarkenton, John Elway and Bret Favre, while tracking players still in the game like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. This interactive, multimedia exhibit features more than 200 objects including the iconic Vince Lombardi Trophy, select showings of original Hall of Fame busts, new material from NFL Films, never-before-seen artifacts and a chance for fans to see if they can measure up to the pros by throwing and kicking a football. Fans will also get a chance to second-guess some of the most famous close calls by referees in the history of the sport.

April 5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Frazier History Museum
829 W Main Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
18.50 adults, 10.00 children 5-13. Children under 4 free.

Louisville Waterfront Walking Tour

Join us for a tour of the Louisville Waterfront Park; stops include the historic Belle of Louisville steamboat, the Lincoln Memorial, the Flock of Finns, and the Big-4 Walking Bridge. Intended for both blind and sighted, the tour will emphasize the sensory aspects of the waterfront. Limited transportation from APH to the Waterfront Park is included. The event is free, but registrations are required Call and register by April 3rd.
April 5, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206


Maker's Mark Bourbon Brunch at the Village Anchor

The best part of waking up is bourbon in your cup! Join our friends at The Village Anchor for a Maker’s Mark-inspired brunch featuring Maker’s™ maple syrup, Maker’s™ butter, pork belly bread pudding with a Maker’s Mark® sauce and much more! Hungry yet? We are. Specialty cocktails like bourbon Bloody Mary’s – trust us, they are delicious – and other new concoctions like Maker’s Shakers made in souvenir glassware will get your taste buds tingling as well! We’ll be there sipping ourselves with Bill Samuels, Jr., so make sure to say hi and ask him all your burning bourbon questions.

April 5, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
The Village Anchor
11507 Park Rd
Anchorage, KY 40223
Not specified


Fleur - De - Lis on Fourth: An Evening of Arts & Hors D`oeuvres

Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres by Chef Dallas McGarity while perusing our silent auction filled with fleur-de-lis inspired artist platters hand-painted by talented members of our community. Tickets are $10 per person online, or $15 at the door. All proceeds will be donated to help support The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. For more information and tickets, please visit our website.

April 6, 5 - 8 p.m.
Marketplace Restaurant
651 S. 4th Street.
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

502 -636 - 5023
$10 online; $15 at the door

The Wandering Stream at Clifton Center

This music history documentary-in-progress tells the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carter and the Cash families. The film traces the ebb and flow of their influence and the efforts of present-day family to keep this legacy alive.

April 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Clifton Center
2117 Payne Street
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 896-8480
Free, but donations are suggested

WizeCrackz & Silly Sundayz at Laughing Derby

WizeCrackz Media is back with Silly Sundayz and they have made it bigger and better for their loyal fans. The first Sunday of every month, WizeCrackz Media will be showcasing a group of diverse comics that will be sure to smack everyone's funny bones.

April 6, 7:45 – 9 p.m.
Comedy Caravan/Laughing Derby
1250 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204

Billy Joel at the Yum! Center

Legendary singer/songwriter/composer Billy Joel will perform at the KFC Yum! Center for the first time. With a career spanning more than five decades, Billy Joel is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world. Having sold over 150 million albums globally, his music has remained among the most popular in the world. He is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. Billy Joel has received six GRAMMY Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. He has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards. His music has also served as the inspiration and score for the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway play "Movin' Out."

April 6, 8 - 11 p.m.
KFC YUM Center
1 Arena Plaza
Louisville, KY 40202
$32.50, $52.50, $93.00, $124.00


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