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    The Kentucky Center | Best of Leadership Summit 2016
    The Best of Leadership Summit sharpens your skills, challenges your assumptions, and connects you with the best training our region has to offer. Spend the day with more than 500 of Louisville Metro’s top leaders, learning from star-powered speakers. Choose from among 20 skills workshops tailored to three tracks: – Develop Yourself, Build your Team, and Lead your Community.
    When: March 3, 7:30 - 6 p.m.
    Where: The Kentucky Center, 501 West Main Street 40202
    Cost: $350


    Louisville Marriott Downtown | Roast & Toast of Terry Meiners
    Terry Meiners has made us laugh and cringe for years, and now it’s time for us to return the favor! Please join Seven Counties Services for the inaugural Roast & Toast with the guest of honor, Terry Meiners. 21+
    When: March 3, 5:30 - 9 p.m.
    Where: Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 W. Jefferson St., 40202
    Cost: $175


    Over the 9 | Wind Up & Wine Down with Pure Barre
    Enjoy a great network-out with Pure Barre at Over the 9! $10 gets you an hour-long workout session with coaches from Pure Barre New Albany, a well-deserved glass of Old 502 wine, and networking time with other like-minded individuals from the area. Bring your yoga mats and arrive early, class space is limited. 21+
    When: March 3, 6 - 7 p.m.
    Where: Over the 9, 120 S 10th Street, 40202
    Cost: $10


    Kentucky Science Center | HypotheSIPS
    This weekend Kentucky Science Center will premiere ‘hypotheSIPS,’ the newest evening event in its successful Adult Series, which will combine science, socializing, and spirits. Center’s mission to encourage people of all ages to do science in engaging, educational, and entertaining ways to inspire a lifetime of learning. 21+
    When: March 3, 6 - 10 p.m.
    Where: Kentucky Science Center, 727 West Main Street, 40202
    Cost: $20 museum members, $25 For non-members


    Derby Dinner Playhouse | "Into The Woods"
    This Broadway musical hits the stage with an epic and modern fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make.
    When: Various showtimes through the weekend, check website for details.
    Where: Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN 47129
    Cost: Varies


    Hilltop Tavern | Donkey Kong Night
    At this event, Hilltop will be giving away TWO tickets to the Arcade Expo! Goodwood is brewing a specialty keg inspired by Donkey Kong. Don't miss the Donkey Kong arcade tournament!
    When: March 3, 7 - 10 p.m.
    Where: Hilltop Tavern, 1800 Frankfort Ave, 40206
    Cost: Free!


    Tim Faulkner Gallery | Art Social
    Go for an opportunity to meet, collaborate, socialize, share art projects, music projects, or whatever creative endeavor your working on!
    When: March 3, 6 - 11 p.m.
    Where: Tim Faulkner Gallery, 1512 Portland Avenue, 40203
    Cost: Free!


    Carmichael’s Bookstore | “Kentucky Countryside in Transition” by Stephanie Bower
    Stephanie Bower examines three generations of families who migrated to and lived within the Cherokee Triangle in order to trace the transition of rural farmers and cultivators to city laborers and white-collar workers.
    When: March 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Where: Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, 40206
    Cost: Free!


    Varanese | Buffalo Trace Bourbon Dinner
    The evening will also feature guest speaker Bill Nolan, State Manager for Sazerac.
    When: March 3, 7:30 – 10 p.m.
    Where: Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Avenue, 40206
    Cost: $60


    The Bard’s Town | Improv Anonymous Presents “Good Thursday”
    Start March off with some Comedy! Come to The Bard's Town for a show made up right on the spot!
    When: March 3, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    Where: The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Road, 40205
    Cost: $5


    The New Vintage | Miss Tess & The Talkbacks, Crittenden Free, Alanna Fugate
    Miss Tess & The Talkbacks have just released a brand new single, "One Match Fire", on rootsy label Signature Sounds. The song was included on a 7" vinyl for this year's Record Store Day. Showcasing a new exploration into a country-rock direction, this tune proves to be a catchy look into a new sound for the band. Their next full-length release is eagerly anticipated.
    When: March 3, 8 – 11 p.m.
    Where: The New Vintage, 2126 S. Preston Street, 40217
    Cost: $7 - $10


    Haymarket Whiskey Bar | 2nd Annual Louisville Music Scene Beer Pong Tournament
    All the bragging rights are back on the table as the 2nd Annual Louisville Music Scene Beer Pong Tourny is back. Will In Lightning repeat as champions? Will the JaLin Roze team revenge their championship game defeat? Or will a new winner present themselves? PLEASE E-MAIL: with the subject line: BEER name (please use your band or affiliation) in the e-mail body.
    When: March 3, 8 – 2 a.m.
    Where: Haymarket Whiskey Bar, 331 E. Market Street, 40202
    Cost: $10


    Mag Bar | Pocket Candies / CAVE DWLR / The Waves
    Pocket Candies comes through Louisville on their most recent tour, armed with their uniquely intense brand of psychedelic industrial rock. Joining them will be Louisville's own The Waves, a hypnotizing psychedelic dream pop trio, and CAVE DWLR, an eclectic, multi-genre electronic dance music composer. 21+.
    When: March 3, 9 – 1 a.m.
    Where: Mag Bar, 1398 S. 2nd Street, 40208
    Cost: Free!


    Sky Bar | Live Salsa Thursday
    This venue is a spacious lounge bar, with plenty of hardwood floors to dance the night away and leather couches to sit back and take a break from the stress of the workweek.
    When: March 3, 10:30 – 2 a.m.
    Where: Sky Bar, 131 Breckenridge Lane, 40207
    Cost: $5


    Downtown Pilates | Monique Mottif
    Enjoy the first solo artist’s show in Downtown Pilates' beautiful new studio gallery: "Tree Top Series," oil paint on wood with tar & wax.
    When: March 4, 6 - 9 p.m.
    Where: Downtown Pilates, 1319 Story Ave, #2, 40206
    Cost: Free


    The Henry Clay | Wine, Women & Shoes
    The event, which will benefit Family Scholar House, will feature a fashion show, as well as silent and live auctions. Raffle tickets are also available for $100, for a 1 in 200 chance to win a $15,000 shopping spree at Von Maur. 21+
    When: March 4, 6 - 10 p.m.
    Where: The Henry Clay, 604 South 3rd Street, 40202
    Cost: $250 per person for the event; $100 per raffle ticket


    Mellwood Arts Center | Bottoms Up Bash
    Guests will enjoy a night of dancing with music provided from Kudmani, beverages (provided by Old 502 Winery, Falls City Beer, Hpnotiq, Tito’s Vodka, and more!), food (provided by North End Cafe), desserts, and an extensive silent auction. The event is at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville, Ky. and is blue-themed for National Dress in Blue Day for colon cancer. 21+
    When: March 4, 7:30 - 12 a.m.
    Where: Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave, 40206
    Cost: Ticket prices vary


    The Kentucky Center Louisville Ballet and the Louisville Orchestra | Collaboration
    On March 4 & 5 the Louisville Orchestra will join forces with Louisville Ballet for Spring Collaboration, which marks their first full co-production together. Comprising three fully-staged ballets, all with original choreography by Award-winner Adam Hougland, the program showcases the world premiere of Hougland’s reinvention of Stravinsky’s seminal ballet Petrouchka, alongside his Cold Virtues, set to the music of Philip Glass, and a world premiere ballet, Union, with original music, Unified Field, by Teddy Abrams, the Louisville Orchestra’s Music Director.
    When: March 4 – 5, check website for times
    Where: The Kentucky Center, 501 West Main Street, 40202
    Cost: $100-$28


    Headliners | Heartless Bastards with Susto
    Anchored by the powerful vocals and incisive songwriting of Erika Wennerstrom, the Heartless Bastards are a roots rock band whose tough, emotionally resonant music incorporates elements of blues, hard rock, garage punk, and country as filtered through tales of a hardscrabble life lived in the American Midwest.
    When: March 4, 8 - 12 a.m.
    Where: Headliners, 1386 Lexington Road, 40206
    Cost: $15-$17


    Baxter’s 942 | Velvet Ropes
    The Velvet Ropes is a professional band comprised of talented musicians located in Louisville, KY. The combined professional experience of The Velvet Ropes, well exceeds the century mark! This experience, coupled with their ability to "customize" an event to meet your needs, makes The Velvet Ropes a high caliber and highly sought after entertainment group.
    When: March 4, 9 - 11 p.m.
    Where: Baxter’s 942, 942 Baxter Avenue, 40204
    Cost: Free!


    Gerstle’s Palace| The Prankster Trio
    The Pranksters have been rockin’ Louisville in one form or fashion for 25 or more years, local....loud.
    When: March 4, 10 - 12 a.m.
    Where: Gerstle’s Palace, 3801 Frankfort Avenue, 40207
    Cost: Free!


    The Hideaway Saloon| Charge the Atlantic
    Currently Nashville-based, they are originally from Rhode Island. CTA was founded on the idea of creating music that is not only catchy and memorable, but also musically and lyrically profound.
    When: March 4, 11 – 3:30 a.m.
    Where: The Hideaway, 1607 Bardstown Road, 40205
    Cost: Free!


    PLAY Louisville | Moulin Louge, A Baz Luhrmann Cabaret Extravangaza!
    Presented by the Fair Event Vendors Alliance, Moulin Louge will  be a Baz Luhrmann-themed cabaret extravaganza! This party will feature songs from the soundtracks of "Moulin Rouge," "Strictly Ballroom," "Romeo + Juliet" and "The Great Gatsby" performed by, the professional cast of PLAY and members of  Vaudeville Louisville. There will be choreographed dance routines and a costume contest with prizes! 18+. Please visit Facebook to view costume contest rules, prizes, and further details for this event!
    When: March 5, 7:00-10:00 PM
    Where: Play Dance Bar, 1101 E. Washington Street, 40206
    Cost: $10 suggested donation at door, all proceeds go to FEVA


    Doc's Cantina | Louisville Polar Plunge
    The Polar Plunge presented by Doc's Cantina is one of the biggest Special Olympics fundraisers of the year. The Plunge is a truly unique event and includes a fun, festive atmosphere with food and great prizes. The Plunge works just like a Walk-a-Thon, but with one big twist. Participants still solicit donations to support their effort (a BEAR minimum of $75 to take part or $50 for Junior Plungers), but instead of walking, Polar Bears take a chilly dip into the Ohio River off the docks at Doc's Cantina by the Big Four Bridge in Louisville.
    When: March 5, 9 - 5 p.m.
    Where: Doc's Cantina by the Big Four Bridge
    Cost: Participants must raise $75 to plunge


    Actors Theatre | "Smoke & Soul" Panel Discussion
    Two of the nation’s most respected food writers, Adrian Miller and Toni Tipton-Martin will join Chef Edward Lee as he moderates a panel discussion about the current state of soul food in America and the trends that we are seeing in Southern Food. Immediately following the panel talk, there will be a book signing by the two authors of their seminal books:  This event also celebrates the conclusion of the first year of the "Smoke & Soul" internship program. Four interns who have completed the Youth Build apprentice program with Chef Edward Lee will be celebrating their graduation.
    When: March 5, 11 – 1 p.m.
    Where: Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 West Main Street, 40202
    Cost: Free, RSVP at 502-584-6455


    Kentucky Center | Ford Motor Company Spelling Bee
    The Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee showcases Kentucky and Southern Indiana’s top spellers in a suspenseful competition that leaves only one standing. To advance to this event, students must first win their county competition. The top five finishers receive savings bonds from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, while the overall champion gets to ride on the Winner’s Float in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade.
    When: March 5, 11 - 2 p.m.
    Where: Bomhard Theater, 501 W Main Street, 40202
    Cost: Free


    Kentucky International Convention Center | Louisville Health Kick Festival
    The Louisville Health Kick Festival, is an annual spring festival benefitting Kosair Children's Hospital. This free family fun event will have lots of kid-friendly activities, interactive vendor booths, a petting zoo, face painting, and fire and safety vehicles. There will also be special appearances by Disney Princesses and Marvel Heroes. Bring your checkbooks to participate in our silent auction that has a huge variety of items including UK and UL sports memorabilia and much, much more. At 2 p.m. attendees will be amazed and entertained by an exciting martial arts demonstration by hundreds of Hwang's Martial Arts students for a small $5 donation. ALL proceeds benefit the Children's Hospital Foundation.
    When: March 5, 12 – 4 p.m.
    Where: Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 Fourth Street, 40202
    Cost: Free from 12 - 2 p.m., $5 donation for the martial arts show from 2-4 p.m.


    The New Vintage / Zbar | Three-and-a-Half Sense Festival
    The first-ever Three-and-a-Half Sense Festival will feature 15+ local and regional musical acts (performing at one outdoor stage and two indoor locations), local/regional breweries, three local food trucks, and a tequila and bourbon tasting from Bernie Lubbers. The event will be held at The New Vintage, Zanzabar and the back alley-way connecting the two venues. Imagine a back-alley party with warm cocktails, big beers, string bands, heaters and lights, as well as shows running in both venues. The mini festival is a fundraiser for the FREE Seven Sense Festival to be held again for the third year on Preston Street (Aug. 20, 2016), which in turn benefits the local Boys and Girls Haven.
    When: March 5, 2 PM – 1 a.m.
    Where: The New Vintage, 2126 S. Preston Street, 40217
    Website: Get tickets here
    Cost: $10 - $15


    The Speed Art Museum | Opening Gala
    The Speed Ball is the Speed Art Museum’s most significant fundraiser and is critical for the current, and future, success of the Museum. With the opening of the new Museum in March 2016, The Speed Opening Gala will serve as the 2016 Speed Ball, and will be the inaugural celebration for the new Speed Art Museum, having been closed since 2012 for a $60-million dollar renovation and expansion. Dress is white or black tie. 21+
    When: March 5, 7 - 11 p.m.
    Where: The Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third Street, 40208
    Cost: $250+, ticket prices vary


    Louisville Slugger Field | Tulips & Juleps Art and Gift Market
    For nearly a decade, the Junior League of Louisville has offered a unique shopping experience featuring a variety of vendors from across the country.
    When: March 5, 10 - 10 p.m.
    Where: Louisville Slugger Field, 401 E Main Street, 40202
    Cost: Free!


    The Intuitive Connection | Psychic Fair
    Stop in for a Psychic Reading to bring spiritual guidance, a Medium Reading where the reader brings through messages from loved ones that have passed. They will also have Reiki and Energy healers offering sessions.
    When: March 5, 11 - 6 p.m.
    Where: The Intuitive Connection, 1626 Story Avenue, 40206
    Cost: No admission fee, $25 for reading


    Mercury Ballroom | Keller Williams Kwahtro
    The Keller Williams Kwahtro featuring Gibb Droll (guitar – Brandi Carlisle/Bruce Hornsby), Danton Boller (bass – Roy Hargrove/Jazz Mandolin Project) and Rodney Holmes (drums – Santana/Steve Kimock) is a four-piece collaboration with two acoustic guitars, double bass and drums, and will reinterpret Keller originals and choice cover songs with sounds ranging from new disco, reggae, drum and bass, jazz afro trap, and much more.
    When: March 5, 9 - 11 p.m.
    Where: Mercury Ballroom, 611 S. 4th Street, 40202
    Cost: $22


    Woodhaven Country Club | Bridal Show
    This is your chance to meet with a variety of wedding professionals all in one afternoon that can make your wedding and reception special. Three lucky Brides/Grooms will each win one $1000 cash voucher towards a future wedding reception at Woodhaven Country Club. One bride and groom will win a $500 cash coupon you will be able to use towards any of the vendors in this bridal show.
    When: March 6, 12 - 3 p.m.
    Where: Woodhaven Country Club, 7200 Woodhaven Road, 40291
    Cost: Brides and grooms free, all guests $8 cash only


    Kentucky Center | Something Blue Bridal Show
    Looking for great wedding planning resources all in one place? Look no further. SomethingBlue Bridal Show provides a series of wedding shows in the Kentuckiana area throughout the year to help brides, grooms, and their partners plan their big day with the BEST vendors the area has to offer.
    When: March 6, 1 – 4 p.m.
    Where: The Kentucky Center, 501 West Main Street, 40202
    Website: Website
    Cost: Free!


    KCD | Classical: Around the World in 80 Minutes
    The LYO, founded in 1958, provides an extraordinary musical experience for young people from grade school through age 21. The LYO is made up of four orchestras, an elementary string program, and various ensembles in which students advance according to their own musical progression and interests.
    When: March 6, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
    Where: KCD , 4100 Springdale Road, 40241
    Cost: Free!


    Mercury Ballroom | Metric with Joywave
    Life is beautiful. The world is cruel. Music still matters. Metric have wrestled with these truths for 15 years, but their new album, Pagans in Vegas, takes them on in an entirely new way.
    When: March 6, 8 - 11 p.m.
    Where: Mercury Ballroom, 611 S. 4th Street, 40202
    Cost: $35


    Zanzabar | 2100 S. Preston Street, 40217
    Rob Crow is the frontman for the relatively well-known group Pinback. When he's not touring with, or making albums for one of his many collaborations (including the aforementioned Pinback, The Ladies, Goblin Cock, Optiganally Yours, Other Men, Alpha Males, etc.), he makes solo records. His latest album, 'Living Well', is his most focused and heartfelt album yet.
    When: March 6, 8 - 11 p.m.
    Where: Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston Street, 40217
    Cost: $35



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