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    Diana Ross at the Palace

    In a remarkable career spanning more than 40 years, Diana Ross has proven herself the consummate music artist as well as the most successful female singer of all time. In the 1960s as lead singer of The Supremes, she achieved the unprecedented feat of 14 consecutive number one records, rivaling The Beatles for the position of most successful recording act of that generation. To the delight of her fans, both young and old, Ross is returning to her roots and embarking on a national tour with The Supremes, Lynda Laurence and Scherrie Payne. The Return To Love tour gives Ross the chance to perform the songs that seduced and dazzled an entire generation since she left the group in 1970.

    April 26, 8 p.m.
    Louisville Palace
    625 S. 4th St.
    louisvillepalace.com/event/1600485CD2FD7EF6
    502-583-4555
    $69.50-$350


    Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

    The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, part of the HSBC FEI ClassicsTM, is one of only six Four Star Three-Day Events in the world and the only one in the Western Hemisphere. Many of the world’s best riders will be competing with the hopes of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics. This is a rare opportunity to watch riders compete in Olympic level competition before the London Olympic Games begin.

    April 26–29
    Kentucky Horse Park
    4089 Iron Works Pkwy.
    rk3de.org
    800-678-8813
    $275-$325


    Celebrate the Kentucky Derby's history at Carmichael's

    Carmichael's is hosting author James C. Nicholson for a reading and signing of his new book "The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America's Premier Sporting Event." Nicholson provides an intriguing and thorough history of the Kentucky Derby, examining the tradition, spectacle, culture and evolution of the brightest jewel of the Triple Crown.

    April 26, 7 p.m.
    Carmichael's Bookstore
    2720 Frankfort Ave.
    carmichaelsbookstore.com
    502-896-6950
    Free
     

    Apassionata: The Beginning at the Kentucky Expo Center

    Apassionata has been Europe's most popular live arena show for nearly a decade, thrilling more than 5 million fans across 15 countries with a breathtaking display of the beauty and the bond between horse and rider. Apassionata features original music scored specifically to work with trained horses while displaying the finest equestrianship, stunt-riding and dressage.

    April 27–29
    Freedom Hall
    937 Phillips Lane
    apassionata.com/usa
    502-367-5180
    $27-$180


    Bacon Ball 2012 at the Water Tower

    With such an unexpected turnout last year, the Bacon Ball is making changes to make sure everyone enjoys the evening. There will be more restaurants involved in the Bacon King Competition, a 3,500 sq. ft. tent for all the bacon tasting your heart desires, music and dancing on the back patio, fun art activities for all who are interested, as well as the piggybank and gift basket silent auction.

    April 27, 6–10 p.m.
    Louisville Water Tower
    3005 River Road
    louisvillevisualart.org/BaconBall2012.html
    502-896-2146
    $25 for LVAA members, $35 for non-members


    Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow

    This annual event provides an up-close and personal look at the participants in the Great Balloon Fest. Attendees can view the balloons, meet the pilots and join in the festivities of this beloved tradition.

    April 27, gates open at 6 p.m., balloon glow begins at 9 p.m. (rain date, April 28)
    Kentucky Exposition Center - South Wing A, Lot C and D
    937 Phillips Lane
    kdf.org
    Included with purchase of 2012 Kentucky Derby Pegasus Pin

    Cherokee Triangle Art Fair

    The Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is a juried fair with more than 220 artists’ booths. The outdoor event is in Louisville’s historic Cherokee Triangle neighborhood on tree-lined Cherokee Parkway between Willow Avenue and Cherokee Road adjacent to the Gen. John Breckinridge Castleman statue. Activities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the Children’s Parade, which lines up on Cherokee Road at Longest Avenue.

    April 28–29
    Cherokee Parkway between Willow Avenue and Cherokee Road adjacent to the Gen. John Breckinridge Castleman statue
    cherokeetriangle.org
    502-969-5152
    Free


    Churchill Downs Opening Night

    Churchill Downs is rolling out the red carpet on Opening Night to celebrate the kickoff of its spring meet. Opening Night will feature The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial Stakes, Kentucky Derby and Oaks contender connections and entertainment including the famed Ken Arlen Orchestra starting at 4 p.m. World-renowned DJ Clinton Sparks taking the stage at 9 p.m.

    April 28, 4 p.m.
    Churchill Downs
    700 Central Ave.
    churchilldowns.com/calendar/day/2012-04-28
    502-636-4400
    $10


    Béla Fleck and the Flecktones at the Brown Theatre

    Back together for the first time in 20 years, the original Béla Fleck & The Flecktones return to where it all began with all-new music from their number one CD "Rocket Science." Joined by Howard Levy, Victor Wooten and Futureman, Béla will explore every corner of the musical landscape for an evening of discovery, revelation and just unabashed good times.

    April 28, 8 p.m.
    Brown Theatre
    315 W. Broadway
    kentuckycenter.org
    800-775-7777
    $25-$45


    Yew Dell's 10th Annual Plant Sale and Garden Market

    This weekend is your big chance to get your hands on some of the best, newest and time-tested plants available anywhere – and actually, some that aren’t available anywhere. Whether you're looking for trees or shrubs, perennials or vines, native or exotic, Yew Dell has them in spades. It’ll have special items in its shop, mini-lectures throughout the day, a great collection of garden vendors, food and more.

    April 28–29
    Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood
    6220 Old LaGrange Road
    Crestwood
    yewdellgardens.org
    502-241-4788
    Free with admission (adults $7, seniors $7, 12 and younger free)


    Little Sisters of the Poor's 20th Annual Turtle Derby and Chicken Dinner

    Come enjoy a fun-filled family event featuring a silent auction, raffles, little treasurers, grandma's attic, bake sale, cake wheel, pull tabs, live music, and of course, The Slowest Two Minutes in Sports. Race announcers are Tom Ulmer of WXMA 102.3 The Max (12-2 p.m.), Reed Yadon  of WHAS 11 TV and cable channel 19 (2-4 p.m.) and  Steve Hale of Sell with Hale Realty & Auction (4-6 p.m.).

    April 29, 12–6 p.m.
    St. Joseph's Home for the Aged
    15 Audubon Plaza Drive
    littlesistersofthepoorlouisville.org
    502-636-2300
    Chicken dinner: adults $8, 12 and younger $5


    Slaughterhouse at Headliners

    Four-man rap group Slaughterhouse was recently signed to Shady Records, Eminem's record label, as Shady's newest addition to his camp of lyricists. All four individuals are well known for their creativity and lyricism, and as a group, they are, well... a Slaughterhouse. 18 and over event.

    April 29, doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m.
    Headliners Music Hall
    1386 Lexington Road
    headlinerslouisville.com/calendar
    502-584-8088
    $15, $30 VIP (includes a meet and greet)

      
     

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