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    You probably spent at least the first few days of this week snowed into your house, and if you've got children, they've been out of school for an unexpected three days. Do you need more excuses to go party this weekend? Let's give you some. To get suggestions like these delivered to your inbox every week, subscribe to Louisville.com's Weekender! 
     
    V-GRITS Launch Party at the Monkey Wrench
    It's party time! This is an open event at the Monkey Wrench (1025 Barret Ave, Louisville), so bring and invite everyone you know! It's also kid-friendly. Because of the frigid weather, we'll be cooking and serving out of the Monkey Wrench kitchen. We don't want you guys standing out in the cold for your food! Starting at 6pm we’ll be serving Hot Brown Melts, Crab Poppers, BBQ Sliders, and Loaded Mac! Sides will include V-Grits Roasted Garlic Cheese Grits, Green & Beans, Mac & Cheese, and Cole Slaw. Annnnd… The first 50 GRITS grubbers will receive a really cool gift! A random 5 of those will get free food vouchers for the truck! Stay and hang out, and listen to Violet Knives!
    February 19, 6 – 10 p.m.
    The Monkey Wrench
    1025 Barret Ave.
    Louisville, KY 40204
    582-2433
    Free admission, price of food varies!
     
    Master Distiller Dinner at Down One Bourbon Bar
    Down One Bourbon Bar and Restaurant is kicking off a night to remember with a four-course dinner with cocktail pairings, including a tasting of the Rare Abraham Bowman Vanilla Bourbon and a discussion with the Master Distiller of Bowman Brothers, Brian Prewitt.  
    February 19, 5 – 8 p.m.
    Down One Bourbon Bar
    321 W. Main Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    566-3259
    $65

    Grass in the Gallery at Tim Faulkner
    Join us as we kick-off our Grass in the Gallery series! The Third Thursday of each month we will feature bluegrass artists from around the country! This first Grass event features the amazing talent of Storefront Congregation with very special guest Michael Cleveland. 
    February 19, 7 – 10 p.m.
    The Tim Faulkner Gallery
    1512 Portland Ave.
    Louisville, KY 40203
    $10
     
    Tailspin Ale Fest 2015: Louisville's Winter Warmer
    Tailspin Ale Fest warms Louisville with 150 craft beers and a new night for barrel-aged ales, bourbons & spirits! Last February, Louisville wholeheartedly embraced the celebration of craft beer with more than 2,500 patrons who raised their glasses to toast the city’s inaugural Tailspin Ale Fest, held in a revived WWII-era airplane hangar at Bowman Field. The Fest was such a rousing success that it has been expanded over two days this year!
    Tailspin’s Barrel Roll (New for 2015) – Feb. 20 from 7 – 10 p.m.
    Only 1,000 tickets will be sold to Friday’s VIP event. Prices range from $25 (Designated Driver) to $85, and highlights include:
    • Limited-edition, barrel-aged beers, bourbons and craft cocktails
    • Mingling with brewers, brewery representatives, and industry experts
    • Gourmet tapas from Mussel & Burger Bar, El Taco Luchador, CENA, and Guaca Mole
    • National recording artists out of Brooklyn and New Orleans, the Pimps of Joytime, will perform soulful music on stage, and
    • Professional photos, as well as a photo booth for candid memories with friends
    Tailspin Ale Fest – Feb. 21 from 3 – 7 p.m. with VIP entry at 2 p.m.
    Tickets to the Tailspin Ale Fest are $15 (Designated Driver), $45 (General Admission) and $75 (VIP with early entrance). A sold-out crowd is expected again this year, and the fest features:
    • More than 150 craft beers for sampling
    • Well-rounded varieties from 40 breweries across the U.S. (12 from Kentucky alone)
    • Brewery representatives on-site and talking about their beers
    • Lively Bluegrass music on stage and a photo booth for all to enjoy
    • Colorful biplane display and a Kentucky Heritage Section
    • One-of-a-kind raffle with 100 percent of sales going to the local Dare to Care Food Bank
    • Souvenir tasting glass and a 64-ounce glass growler for all paid attendees, and
    • Food from a wide selection of local food trucks/vendors available for purchase
    February 20 + 21,
    Louisville Executive Aviation Hangar at Bowman Field
    2700 Gast Blvd.
    Louisville, KY 40205
    tailspinalefest.com
    $85 for Fri Barrel Roll event
    $45 for GA to Sat Tailspin Ale Fest
    $75 for VIP tickets to Tailspin, with early entrance

    The Young Breast Cancer Survivors Benefit and Celebration
    Young Survivors breast cancer support group through the Norton Cancer Institute and Norton Healthcare Foundation.The benefit is an evening with music by Mick Sullivan and refreshments, as well as raffles featuring vacation, spa and dining packages. The proceeds benefit the Norton Cancer Institute Breast Health Program, which offers special services for young breast cancer survivors such as financial counseling and assistance, music therapy, massage therapy reiki and art therapy.
    February 20, 6 – 10 p.m.
    Frazier History Museum
    829 West Main Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    (502) 629-1234
    $10 in advance, $15 at the door

    Theatre [502] presents - Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
    Without watching it again (because you can't), how much of that classic episode do you remember? Just after, 7-years after, and 75-years after a cataclysmic event, humanity holds on to our identity and beats back the darkness with a little help from Springfield's First Family. In this musical version of the downfall of society, you have to know your Simpsons to survive the end of the world.
    February 20, 8 – 10 p.m.
    Clifton Center
    2117 Payne Street
    Louisville, KY 40206
    mrburns.brownpapertickets.com
    502-889-5600
    $17 General Admission, $12 Students/Seniors

    Lewis Black the Rant is Due, Part Deux at the Louisville Palace
    Lewis Black, Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs over 200 nights a year to sell out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and United States.
    February 20, 8 – 11 p.m.
    Louisville Palace
    625 S Fourth Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    www.louisvillepalace.com
    800-745-3000
    $45-$65
     
    Year of the Sheep After-Party at the Gillespie
    Join the Crane House Young Professionals as we bring in the Lunar Year. We'll be celebrating the Year of the Sheep with dancing, gambling, food, and fun!
    Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door!
    ·       Cash bar
    ·       Silent Auction
    ·       Asian snack bar - Provided by The Joy Luck
    ·       Gambling: poker, black jack, and roulette 
    ·       And as always, a few surprises - 3 to be exact!
    All proceeds go to benefit the Crane House and strengthening the cultural presence in Louisville!
    February 21, 9:30 - 1 a.m.
    The Gillespie
    421 West Market Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    www.eventbrite.com/e/year-of-the-sheep-after-party-tickets-15276552580
    $20
     
    2015 Bourbon Classic Presents the Ultimate Bourbon Experience at the Kentucky Center
    Expirience Ultimate Bourbon Experience: Saturday, February 21, 2015 
    2:30pm - 4:00pm General Session - Master Distillers Welcome and Panel 
    4:15pm – 5:15pm Bourbon University Classes (4 classes) 
    5:45pm – 6:45pm Bourbon University Classes (4 classes) 
    7:00pm – 9:30pm The Ultimate Bourbon Experience, a bourbon marketplace with bourbon tastings, bourbon-inspired food, and other products.
    February 21, 2:30-9:30 p.m.
    The Kentucky Center
    501 West Main Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    502-584-7777
    Ticket prices vary!

    Louisville Heart Ball at the Louisville Marriott Downtown
    Join Heart Ball Chairs David & Leslie Tate for an unforgettable evening of entertainment and hope at the 2015 Louisville Heart Ball. Each year, community members, medical professionals and corporate leaders come together to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. From the gourmet dinner to the silent and live auction - it's an exciting night of glitz and glamour. The Heart Ball celebrates our important mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
    February 21, 6 – 9:30 p.m.
    Louisville Marriott Downtown
    280 West Jefferson Stret
    Louisville, KY 40202
    $500
     
    2015 Louisville Film Society Oscar Watch Party at Copper & Kings
    Please join us on February 22, 2015 at 7:00pm at Copper & Kings Brandy Distillery as we roll out the red carpet and watch the 87th Annual Academy Awards.
    ·       Heavy hors d'oeuvre and dessert stations
    ·       Hollywood-inspired libations
    ·       Silent auction
    ·       Ballot competition
    ·       Door prizes
    Tickets are $100 each and include a one-year LFS membership and $75 each for current LFS members. 
    February 22, 7 – 11 p.m.
    Copper & Kings
    1121 E. Washington Street
    Louisville, KY 40206
    $100
     
    Pellom McDaniels Signing Event at the Kentucky Derby Museum
    The Kentucky Derby Museum would like to invite you to a special event and opportunity to meet Pellom McDaniels III, author of the book The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy. McDaniels will be at the Museum Feb. 22 for a forum and book signing from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., which includes an open discussion with Curator of Collections Chris Goodlett. The event is FREE, but please RSVP to Julie Henry at (502) 637-1111 or DerbyMuseum.org. Guests will have the opportunity to explore exhibits and watch a showing of The Greatest Race, our 360 degree film that puts you right in the heart of the Kentucky Derby action.
    February 22, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
    The Kentucky Derby Museum
    704 Central Ave
    Louisville, KY 40208
    (502) 814-3030
    Free! 
     
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