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    FRIDAY

    Light Up Louisville | Downtown

    Light Up Louisville has been a tradition for more than three decades for thousands of residents and visitors to our city. Heading into its 36th year, Light Up Louisville will serve as a kickoff celebration to Louisville's Holiday in the City. Events include the Run, Run Rudolph 5K at 4 p.m., Lots of Lights Parade at 7 p.m. and Santa's arrival at 8 p.m.! Once Santa arrives, he and Mayor Fischer will light up the city. There will also be musical performances, including Dave Moisan!
     
    When: November 25, 4-11 p.m.
    Where: Holiday Square, Plaza at Fourth & Jefferson St.
    Website: Light Up Louisville
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    Opening of Christmas Tree Lane | Waterfront Park

    Celebrate the holidays by visiting Christmas Tree Lane and purchasing your tree and holiday greenery at Waterfront Park. Trees and greenery selections will include Scotch Pine, White Pine, Frazier Fir, Balsam Fir, Douglass Fir and Spruce varieties from North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nova Scotia and Vermont. Other items include wreaths, door charms, small trees and garlands. Christmas Tree Lane will open this Friday and stay open every day until Dec. 24th.
     
    When: November 25, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Where: Waterfront Park, 1 River Road
    Website: Christmas Tree Lane
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    Jim James | Louisville Palace

    91.9 WFPK presents Jim James with Twin Lamb! Whether it’s collaborating with his bandmates, recording guest vocals or hand-picking opening acts, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James has always radiated a spirit of camaraderie with his fellow musicians. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to My Morning Jacket's The Waterfall Project.
     
    When: November 25, 8-11 p.m.
    Where: Louisville Palace, 625 S. Fourth St.
    Website: Jim James
    Cost: $35

     

    Jim James Pre-Show Party | The Monkey Wrench

    Stop by the Monkey Wrench and grab a couple drinks before seeing Jim James. They'll also be hosting a toy drive, so bring a toy if you can!

    When: November 25, 4-8 p.m.
    Where: The Monkey Wrench, 1052 Barret Ave.
    Website: Monkey Wrench

    Cost: Free to attend
     

    Black Friday Blackout | Nachbar

    In honor of Black Friday, Nachbar is tapping sixteen beers "through which you cannot see light." Lovers of stouts and porters, this is your night - but how can you not love beers with names like Evil Twin Liquid Double Fudge and Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout?
     
    When: November 25, 2 p.m.-4 a.m.
    Where: Nachbar, 969 Charles St.
    Website: Black Friday Blackout
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    Ballotin Whiskey Presents: Eat, Drink, Donate | Gerstle's Place

    Ballotin Whiskey and Gerstle’s welcome you to eat, drink, donate and play on Black Friday! Canned goods, gloves, hats, socks and anything else yo bring will be donated to Wayside Christian Mission's Christmas Assistance Program, which provides Christmas presents and clothing to low-income families and individuals.

    When: November 25, noon-7 p.m.
    Where: Gerstle's Place, 3801 Frankfort Ave.
    Website: Eat, Drink, Donate
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    UnFarewell: Artist Reception | Louis's The Ton

    This month The Ton hosts a group show of artists all featured in another arts organization known as the UnFair in September. Many of these folks have a long history of involvement with said annual art festival and have helped make it what it is today. Featured artists: Kristina Bowersmith, Lisa M. DuPree, Mike Gutterman and DRTY AWSM. Come check it out! All art is for sale.

    When: November 25, 6-9 p.m.
    Where: Louis's The Ton, 1601 Story Ave.
    Website: UnFarewell

    Cost: Free to attend
     

    In Celebration of Women Artists | Mellwood Art Center

    The history of women’s art can be a reflection of women’s struggle over identity, equality, education, career and their position in and contribution to the culture of a society. This exhibition is born of a need to examine the modern woman artist’s relationship to our culture at this historic moment with the United States poised between the potential of the first woman President and stark reminders of a pervasive global background of misogyny and discrimination.

    When: November 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Where: Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave.
    Website: In Celebration of Women Artists

    Cost: Free to attend
     

    Louisville Improvisors Present: The Day After | The Bard's Town

     

    Louisville Improvisors are the originators of ensemble improvisation in Louisville. Since 1999, they've continued to explore the unique art form of theatrical improvisation. Their concept shows walk the tightrope of unscripted theatre, combining traditional stage work with the unpredictable elements of improv. The result is an adrenaline pumping night where anything goes...and usually does.

    When: November 25, 10-11 p.m.
    Where: The Bard's Town, 1801 Bardstown Road
    Website: Louisville Improvisors

    Cost: $5

     

    SATURDAY

    Cirque Musica Home for the Holidays | The Kentucky Center

    Bring the family to home for the holidays with Cirque Musica and experience all the excitement in a kid-sized holiday show. Christmas and holiday music plus acrobats and dazzling effects in a 60-minute performance with no intermission. Best suited for children ages 3-10.

    When: November 26, 11 a.m.-noon
    Where: Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St.
    Website: Cirque Musica
    Cost: $15

     

    Light Up Corydon

    Head out to Indiana for Light Up Corydon this Saturday! There will be festivities all day, including free carriage ride, children's crafts, prize drawings, costumed characters, live music and more! At 6:45 p.m., Santa will arrive and light up the square.

    When: November 26, noon-9 p.m.
    Where: Historic Corydon, IN 47112
    Website: Light Up Corydon
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    Make Local: $5 Drop-In Paintings | Side by Side Studio

    Side by Side encourages imagination and creative thinking, and they provide the materials for you to create and paint as you wish! No two paintings ever look the same! However, books are available when a little inspiration is needed. This is a drop-in event and no registration is required.
     
    When: November 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Where: Side by Side Studio, 2528 Frankfort Ave.
    Website: Drop-In Painting
    Cost: $5

     

    Develop New Albany Jingle Walk | 

    Kick off your holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday in beautiful downtown New Albany while tasting wines from all over the region. New this year, the City Square Beer Garden with local beer samplings. Don't miss the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.!
     
    When: November 26, 2-7 p.m.
    Where: City Square, Corner of Market and Bank St., New Albany, IN 47150
    Website: Jingle Walk
    Cost: $20

     

    UofL vs. Kentucky | Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

    Show your support for the Cards as they take on their biggest rival for the last home game of the year! Go Cards!
     
    When: November 26, 7-10 p.m.
    Where: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, 2800 S. Floyd St.
    Website: UofL vs. Kentucky
    Cost: $80+



    Luke Bell | Zanzabar

    Luke Bell puts the cowboy back into country and western. Come out to Zanzabar on Saturday to hear him croon.

    When: November 26, 9 p.m.
    Where: Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St.
    Website: Luke Bell
    Cost: $10

     

    SUNDAY

    Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular | Derby Dinner Playhouse

    This holiday musical follows the comic escapades of three country gals as they reunite for a Christmas show at “The Hillbilly Heaven Club.” They bring with them a line-up of Christmas classics and country favorites perfect for the holiday season. Honky Tonk Angels has two shows on Sunday and will running through Dec. 31.

    When: November 27, 1:30 & 7:45 p.m.
    Where: Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN 47129
    Website: Honky Tonk Angels
    Cost: $39+

     

    Slur Your Role | Kaiju

    Nerd Louisville presents Slur Your Role, a night of roleplaying games and boozing in the belly of Kaiju on. It's Thanksgiving weekend, so to thank everyone for their continued support and the success of Nerdlouvia, Kaiju isn't requiring a donation to play. 

    When: November 27, 4-8 p.m.
    Where: Kaiju, 1004 E. Oak St.
    Website: Slur Your Role
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    Makoto Kawabata & Tatsuya Nakatani | Dreamland

    On the surface, guitarist Makoto Kawabata and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani would appear to be unlikely collaborators. Save for their shared country of origin and prolific musical outputs, they seem to occupy very separate ends of the musical spectrum, but improvisation provides a space where these two unique musicians can meet on equal footing. Come hear them perform!

    When: November 27, 8-11 p.m.
    Where: Dreamland, 810 E. Market St.
    Website: Kawabata & Nakatani

    Cost: Free to attend


    Jodi White | Laughing Derby

    Three times divorced, relationship expert Jodi White started her comedy career in Sarasota, Florida (i.e. God’s waiting room) and is now based in Louisville. Everyone can relate to her stories of life, love and heart break.

    When: November 27, 7:15 p.m.
    Where: The Laughing Derby, 1250 Bardstown Road
    Website: Jodi White
    Cost: $15

     

    Howards End | Speed Art Museum

    This 4K restoration of director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant’s beloved masterpiece is an adaption of E. M Forster’s classic 1910 novel. It follows the saga of class relations and changing mores in Edwardian England. Margaret (Emma Thompson in her Oscar-winning role) and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter) become involved with two couples: a wealthy industrialist (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife (Vanessa Redgrave) and a working-class man and his mistress.

    When: November 27, 3 p.m.
    Where: Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St.
    Website: Howards End
    Cost: $9

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