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    It’s been your first full week back at work. It’s already dragging, isn’t it? Let’s be honest, it was dragging by 3 p.m. on a Monday as you were taking the Christmas lights off your cubicle and munching your “this-is-my-year!” healthy snack. This weekend you might be tempted to stay in, eat your lettuce, and sleep as much as possible…why not fit some of these fun activities in?
    New Year's Auction at Floyd Street Stock Exchange
    The Floyd Street Stock Exchange is an auction house in Louisville, Kentucky, hosting once monthly absolute auctions, which are open to the public (welcoming first time auction goers!), and take place on the first Thursday of the month. Items available include vintage & antique furniture, decorative accessories, and architectural salvage from all over the globe. They are affiliated with a wholesale furniture importer based in Louisville, KY.
    January 8, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
    Floyd Street Stock Exchange
    817 S. Floyd Street
    Louisville, KY 40203
    General Admission

    Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee
    Forged on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers during the nineteenth century, jug band music was the early soundtrack for a new nation. Louisville was at the heart of it all. German and Irish immigrants, former slaves en route to Chicago and homesteaders moving into the city created a fertile ground for this new sound. Artists like Earl McDonald and his Original Louisville Jug Band made the city legendary.Tune in to Louisville’s jug band music history with local writer Michael Jones and discover a tradition that has left a long­
    January 8, 6 – 7 p.m.
    The Library at Oxmoor Farm
    720 Oxmoor Avenue
    Louisville, KY 40208
    $10, Free for members
    Blue Moon Circus at Haymarket Whiskey Bar
    Step right up! Right this way! If you’re gonna stare, you might as well pay for it! You’ve seen weird. You’ve seen beauty, danger and sass but, you ain’t seen it like this, folks! Ember, the fire bender will melt the eyeballs right out of your skull with her snakey hips, toughened feet and taste for the flame. Shawna the Dead will twist your brain with his shocking acts of danger. What is he putting in his nose now!? Vlad the Strong will make you swoon with arms of steel and feats of strength. There’s no job too tough! Wednesday bends, contorts, flies and has more hoop moves than a Swiss watch! Humans shouldn’t be capable of such things…special appearance by a surprise guest!
    January 9, 9 – 11:30 p.m.
    Haymarket Whiskey Bar
    331 E Market St
    Louisville, KY 40202
    (502) 442-0523
    Guy's Irish Red BBC Beer Tapped
    PNC Broadway in Louisville is thrilled to announce the creation of Bluegrass Brewing Company’s (BBC) Guy’s Irish Red – a beer to celebrate the upcoming production of ONCE playing The Kentucky Center January 20-25. Guy’s Irish Red, created by BBC Brewmaster Andrew Dimery, is brewed in the style of an Irish red with a nice malt background and a slight hop bitterness. Guy’s Irish Red will be tapped and available at the BBC St. Matthews and all other locations, on Friday, January 9th. 
    January 9, 12 – 12 p.m.
    Bluegrass Brewing Co.
    3929 Shelbyville Road
    Louisville, KY 40207

    Using Your Telescope Workshop at Gheens Science Hall
    Do you love your new telescope, but aren’t quite sure how to use it? Or do you have one stored away just gathering dust? Bring your scope and get tips on how to set it up as well as what to look for in the night sky in this free one-hour workshop. Plan to stay for our 8 PM Skies Over Louisville live presentation, which includes a map of the current night sky, and get in for the special one-time rate of $5! You will leave with a new-found confidence in your ability to navigate the night sky.
    January 9, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
    University of Louisville, Belknap Campus
    Louisville, KY 40292
    Monster Jam at Freedom Hall!
    Monster Jam starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over - OR smash through. The 2014 touring season brings more Monster Jam excitement tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.
    January 10, 7:30-11:30 PM
    Freedom Hall, KY Expo Center
    937 Phillips Lane
    Louisville, KY 40209
    (502) 367-5000
    Ticket prices vary
    A Birthday Party for Mary Ingalls: Celebrating National Braille Literacy Month
    "My sister Mary is the reason I am a writer," said Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House books. Mary lost her sight at age fourteen, and Laura became her sister's eyes, describing the world so her sister could "see" as well. Find out about her richly rewarding life and the challenges she faced as a blind woman a hundred years ago. Sing along with some of Pa's fiddle tunes, weave a beaded bracelet (the same as those Mary made for her sisters), and enjoy birthday cake made from Ma's recipe. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 899-2213 by January 9 to register. For adults and children age 5 and up.
    January 10, 10:30-12:30 p.m.
    American Printing House for the Blind, Inc
    1839 Frankfort Avenue
    Louisville, KY 40206
    Free! Call 502-899-2213 or email to register.
    Cabo Wabo at Mellwood Art Center
    The Cabo Wabo 22nd Coat Party is sure to impress and raise the bar on every Cabo Wabo event to date! Not to be missed! This event benefits Down Syndrome of Louisville, and new and gently used coats will be collected at the door for St. Vincent's! Featuring musical guests the Crashers! There will be drinks, there will photo ops, there will be good times. Don’t miss it!
    January 10, 8 – 12 a.m.
    Mellwood Art Center
    1860 Mellwood Avenue Suite 181
    Louisville, KY 40206
    Loufamfun's 5th Birthday Party at the Clifton Center
    Featuring: Steve-O the Magician suspending an audience member on stage and performing many more amazing & funny magical acts. Jungle Jim and the Monkey Bars entertaining with engaging family music to get your dancing in your seats! Comic relief from Pow the Panda & The Papa John's Pizza Slice. Free Moe's kids meal certificates for audience members (while supplies last) Lots of amazing Prizes and more! Complimentary popcorn courtesy of Your Community Rx and more!100% of ticket sales goes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana because giving back to the community is the best way to celebrate! Tickets will be $5/each if purchased in December, $6/each if purchased in January. Children under 3 may attend for free but must sit on a lap - if you want a seat for them you must purchase one! Remember, ALL money goes to charity!
    January 11, 2 – 4 p.m.
    Clifton Center
    2117 Payne Street
    Louisville, KY 40206

    Show Tunes Sundays at Play
    Just what it sounds like! This event will be held in the patio lounge from 6 - 10 p.m. and will feature $5 LITs. 
    January 11, 6 – 10 p.m.
    Play Dance Bar
    1101 E. Washington St.
    Louisville, KY 40206
    (502) 882-3615
    Cover charge may apply

    The Tenderloins at Louisville Palace
    The creators, executive producers, writers and stars of TruTV's hit show, Impractical Jokers, now entering its fourth season, The Tenderloins perform a mix of stand-up, never-before-seen hidden camera videos and stories.  Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn have entertained each other for years with the most hilarious practical jokes they could imagine.  These real-life best friends challenge each other to the most outrageous dares and uproarious stunts ever caught on their hidden camera and now they’re bringing their hilarity to the Palace Theatre on January 11th. 
    January 11, 7 -  9 p.m.
    Louisville Palace
    625 South 4th Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    (502) 583-4555
    Ticket prices vary
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