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    Harvest Homecoming Festival in Downtown New Albany

    Honored by the Library of Congress Bicentennial Local Legacies Project in 2000, Harvest Homecoming, a festival drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to New Albany, Ind., has been thriving and growing for 44 years. The festival was conceived as a means of bringing the people of Southern Indiana together to share in its wealth of talent, historic background and beauty.

    Oct. 11-14, 12 p.m.
    Downtown New Albany
    Pearl, Market and Bank Streets
    812-944-8572
    harvesthomecoming.com
    Free


    Halloween Trilogy of Radio Plays at The Bard's Town

    The Coffee Cup Theatre Company opens its 2012-2013 season with a trio of Halloween plays. Presented as a traditional 1940s style radio program, the evening begins with W.W. Jacobs' The Monkey’s Paw. The story is based on the famous setup in which three wishes are granted.  In The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde a man is doomed to spend the rest of time haunting until his wish is finally granted due to an act of kindness by a child. The evening ends with Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado in which Montressor is driven by a burning desire to avenge his family’s suffering and his father’s death.

    Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.
    The Bard's Town
    1801 Bardstown Road
    502-299-8501
    thebardstown.com
    $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors


    Measuring the Age and Size of the Universe at the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium

    Dr. Kris Stanek of Ohio State will give the 12th annual Bullitt Lecture in Astronomy. Starting with a surprisingly accurate measurement of the size of the Earth by ancient Greeks, Stanek will discuss how humans gradually came to appreciate the vast size of the universe, and where the solar system fits in the cosmic history. He will then briefly discuss the future evolution of the solar system and the universe. After the lecture, telescopes will be available to view the night sky, weather permitting.

    Oct. 11, 7 p.m.
    Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
    106 W. Brandeis Ave.
    502-852-6790
    physics.uofl.edu/talks/128-bullittlecture2012
    Free

    Classics 2: Guitar Fantasy at Whitney Hall

    Multiple Grammy Award-winner Sharon Isbin makes her Louisville Orchestra debut in October. Isbin studied with Andrès Segovia and has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time." While Joseph Schwantner's original work for guitar and orchestra is for a soloist and orchestra, it is not set in a typical concerto form in a classical sense. The piece, as the title informs the listener, is a fantasy. Beginning with a bold orchestral gesture, the guitar enters with a musical figure that is entwined within the orchestra music. The strum of a guitar and its ringing strings, with each note articulated quickly after the note preceding it and sustaining, especially influenced Schwantner's orchestration. In this sense, the orchestra acts as one colossal guitar.

    Oct. 12, 8 p.m.
    Whitney Hall
    501 W. Main St.
    502-587-8681
    louisvilleorchestra.org/2012-13-classics-coffee-concerts/classics-2-guitar-fantasy/
    $25 and up



    Belknap Fall Festival at Douglass Loop

    The signature event of the official Week in the Highlands, a Louisville Metrofest event, the festival features live music, juried arts and crafts, family fun, local food, food trucks and beer garden. It is the largest fall gathering of people in the Louisville Highlands. In addition to the more than 100 exhibitors and family activities, the festival will feature live performances from musical acts.

    Oct. 12-13, 6 p.m.
    Douglass Loop
    2200 Block of Bardstown Road
    502-216-9245
    neighborhoodlink.com/Belknap
    Free


     

    A Taste of St. Michael at St. Michael Orthodox Church

    Enjoy foods from more than 12 cultures (including Arabic, Ethiopian, Greek, Indian and Slavic), watch ethnic dancing from around the world, and experience Orthodox Christianity through church tours, music and lectures on architecture and iconography. St. Michael Orthodox Church is the only Byzantine-style structure in the state of Kentucky.

    Oct. 12-13, 4:30 p.m.
    St. Michael Orthodox Church
    3701 Saint Michael Church Drive
    502-454-3378
    stmichaelorthodoxchurch.org
    $2 to $20

    Pops 1: Brian Stokes Mitchell at Whitney Hall

    Star of Broadway, television and film, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will charm Louisville audiences in an elegant and riveting program of the greatest hits of Broadway and beyond. Dubbed “The Last Leading Man” by the New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television and film, along with appearances in the great American concert halls. His musical versatility has kept him in demand by some of the country’s finest conductors and orchestras.

    Oct. 13, 8 p.m.
    Whitney Hall
    501 W. Main St.
    502-587-8681
    louisvilleorchestra.org/2012-13-louisville-pops/brian-stokes-mitchell/
    $25+


     

    Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Iroquois Park

    The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the largest series of 5k run/fitness walks in the world. You can run or walk the 5k route with a team or as an individual. All registration fees include the official Komen Race for the Cure t-shirt and race bib.

    Oct. 13, 8 a.m.
    Iroquois Park
    5216 New Cut Road
    502-584-2873
    komenlouisville.org/komen-race-for-the-cure/
    $25 and up


    Murder Mystery Dinner at The Galt House

    Set in the roaring 20s, Beauty for a Benefit's Murder Mystery Dinner will be a veritable scream and a great opportunity to support the local charity The Home of the Innocents. The event will include red carpet, cocktail hour, auctions, sit down dinner, and, of course, murder.

    Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m.
    The Galt House
    140 N. Fourth St.
    502-426-2213
    facebook.com/events/186986511434043/
    $75

     

    Weird Al Yankovic at The Louisville Palace

    Weird Al Yankovic is an American singer-songwriter, music producer, accordionist, actor, comedian, writer, satirist, and parodist. Yankovic is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and that often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts. Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007), recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and has performed more than 1,000 live shows. His works have earned him three Grammy Awards among nine nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States.

    Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
    Louisville Palace
    625 S. Fourth St.
    502-583-4555
    louisvillepalace.com/event/160048D9E9E86D9B
    $19.50-$75

     

    Eric Church at KFC Yum! Center

    Eric Church stops in Louisville for his Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour. Opening acts include Justin Moor and Kip Moore. In April, this tour was met with praise by many outlets including The Boston Globe which wrote, "With his vivid songs, frenetic performances, and outsider allure, Church is a refreshing figure on the country scene."

    Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.
    KFC Yum! Center
    1 Arena Plaza
    502-690-9000
    ticketmaster.com/event/160048BE94BB3C9B?artistid=1020885&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=2
    $37.50 to $42.50


    Free Fall Festival and Kids Fair at Louisville First Church

    This free festival includes food, fun, games, prizes, and much more.

    October 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Louisville First
    2988 Newburg Road
    502-459-0250
    louisville1stfreefallfestival.eventbrite.com
    Free
     

      
      

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