This article appeared in the September 2010 issue of Louisville Magazine. To subscribe, please visit loumag.com .
What are the odds you'll like these five local September events?
9:1 The Clydesdale Games
Upside: According to the website for this first-ever athletic event, the Clydesdale Games are for men weighing at least 205 pounds and women who are at least 135 pounds. Though the site is coy about specifics — there is speculation about an eating contest — it does promise that “heavy weights will be moved.”
Downside: Realizing you are a weakling.
Sept. 11 & 12. Free for spectators. Waterfront Park; call 502-641-2980 or visit clydesdalegames.com  for information.
7:1 The National
Upside: The National formed in Cincinnati, and critics (and the always-fickle indie crowd) fell in love basically the first time they heard Matt Berninger’s baritone.
Downside: Hipsters everywhere.
Sept. 27. $35. Brown Theatre, 502-584-7777, kentuckycenter.org 
13:2 Reflections on a Louisville Landmark
Upside: The Louisville Water Co. celebrates its 150th anniversary Oct. 16, the date in 1860 the Water Tower was officially put into service. This event, among other things, showcases artwork depicting the historic landmark.
Downside: Yeah, it’s OK if the Louisville Water Co. doesn’t excite you.
Sept. 3-Oct. 22. Prices vary. Louisville Visual Art Association, 502-896-2146, louisvillevisualart.org 
5:2 Odds-on-favorite The Louisville Orchestra presents: Louisville
Upside: By now, you’ve surely heard of Music Makes a City, the documentary about the history of the Louisville Orchestra. To celebrate the film — released in New York and Los Angeles this month — the Louisville Orchestra will perform the pieces “Fanfare for Louisville” and Elliott Carter’s “Variations,” which is memorably featured in Music Makes a City. It’s probably worth mentioning that pianist and Louisville native Lee Luvisi will be playing.
Downside: Too bad Randy Newman, who’ll be onstage with the orchestra in Louisville the previous week, can’t be at these shows, too.
Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. $20-$75. Brown Theatre, 502-584-7777, louisvilleorchestra.org 
Photo: Courtesy The National