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    'Lincoln's Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky' book discussion at the Filson Historical Society

    Joseph Holt, the stern, brilliant and deeply Unionist from Kentucky spent the first several months of the American Civil War successfully laboring to maintain Kentucky’s loyalty to the Union. He then went on to serve as President Lincoln’s judge advocate general. In Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky, Elizabeth Leonard offers the first full-scale biography of Holt, who has long been overlooked and misunderstood by historians and students of the war. The book seeks to restore Holt, who dedicated both his energy and his influence to ensuring that the Federal victory would bring about lasting positive change for the nation, to his rightful place in American memory.

    June 14, 12 p.m.
    Filson Historical Society
    1310 S. Third St.

    Gov't Mule at Iroquois Amphitheater

    With 2 million paid song downloads through their site MuleTracks, seven critically acclaimed studio records already released, a handful of DVDs and live albums, plus an ever-expanding fanbase and sold-out coast-to-coast tours, Gov't Mule could easily rest on its laurels. Yet when you're in one of the hardest working bands in rock history, pushing yourself to greater heights always supersedes cashing in on past successes.

    June 14, 7:30 p.m.
    Iroquois Amphitheater
    1080 Amphitheater Road

    Bourbon & bowties: A taste of Corbett’s

    Enjoy an evening of gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Louisville’s top chefs, music and live and silent auctions to benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Includes special back-of-the-house tours” with the opportunity to mingle with the chefs and enjoy reserve wine and specially prepared hors d’oeuvres.

    June 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
    Corbett's: An American Place
    5050 Norton Healthcare Blvd.

    Kentucky Pride Festival at the Belvedere

    Each year on the Belvedere, the Kentuckiana Pride Festival becomes a place where the LGBT community and its supporters celebrate diversity with food, drinks, entertainment and showcases from area businesses and organizations. Don't forget about our other events, like the Friends of Pride party. Make a donation today, then enjoy a casual evening while you mingle with sponsors, contributors and members. Open bar; must be 21 or older.

    June 15–16
    Firth and Main St.

    Smokin' on the River at the Jeffersonville RiverStage

    Smokin’ on the River has become the second largest BBQ festival in the state of Indiana. The event includes a great variety of blues music, fantastic BBQ and local crafted beer.

    June 15–16
    Jeffersonville RiverStage
    Riverside Drive
    Jeffersonville, Ind.

    Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremony

    Don't miss out on the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremony at The Louisville Palace.

    June 15, 6:30 p.m.
    The Louisville Palace
    625 S. 4th St.

    Herb Workshop at the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

    For the cooking gardener (as most of us are at Yew Dell!) there’s just nothing like going out to the garden, picking a handful of fresh herbs and bringing them back to the kitchen where they work their magic. But as wonderful as fresh herbs are in our food, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This class will focus on the many uses for that wonderful group of garden plants that wow us with their flowers, foliage, fragrance and taste. You’ll go home with a new appreciation (and a long list of uses too) for the many uses of these indispensable garden treasures.

    June 16, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
    Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
    6220 Old LaGrange Road
    $25/$35 members/non-members

    Rites of passage: A celebration of Louisville Artists

    Do you ever wonder who created those works of art that adorn the River City’s streets, parks, galleries, and homes? Well, here’s your chance to meet the artists up close and personal. Figurative and portrait artist Sharon Matisoff recently embarked on a personal journey to paint artists of national and international acclaim who live and work in Louisville.

    Through Sept. 6
    Kaviar Forge & Gallery
    1718 Frankfort Ave!gallery/vstc3=current-exhibition

    Downs After Dark at Churchill Downs

    The biggest summer parties in Louisville return in earnest to Churchill Downs as the home of the Kentucky Derby welcomes back its wildly-popular nighttime racing series, “Downs After Dark” Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka. Saturday’s 11-race program includes a graded stakes tripleheader, and the June 16 program will feature four graded stakes races cumulatively worth $750,000, topped by the Grade I, $400,000 Stephen Foster Handicap. The June 30 finale will showcase rising 2-year-old stars in the Grade III, $100,000 Bashford Manor.  Saturday night’s season premiere will showcase the return of the popular VJ 2nd Nature (8:30 p.m. to midnight) and Cincinnati-based cover band Off The Hook (4-8:30 p.m.). Admission gates will open at 4 p.m. and the first of 11 live races will begin at 6 p.m. (all times Eastern). The final race will be after 11 p.m. and the on-track party will continue in the paddock until midnight.

    June 16, 5 p.m.
    Churchill Downs
    700 Central Avenue
    $10 cover charge (general admission)

    Looking for what to do with your dad on Sunday? Check out "Father’s Day 2012 fun (read: bourbon-related) ideas for Louisville dads."

    'A Streetcar Named Desire' at the Kentucky Center

    Lost homes. Desperate people with nowhere to go. Sex, violence, and the flirtation between the two. A society in flux, unable to go backward and unsure of what it’s becoming. Sound like America, 2012? It’s not. It’s the world of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

    Through June 17
    The Kentucky Center for the Arts, MeX Theatre
    501 W. Main St.
    $16 / $11 for students or groups of 10 or more.

    'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' at the Kentucky Center

    The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

    Through June 17
    The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater
    501 W. Main St.
    $29.75 Adult, $24.75 Senior (60 +) / Student (18 and under)

    Drum Corps International at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium

    DCI Louisville returns to the Drum Corps International Tour schedule in 2012 as part of the very first weekend of competition in June. A lineup of top World Class corps including the 2011 DCI World Champion Cadets will march into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at the University of Louisville for this always-exciting event.

    June 17, 7:30 p.m.
    Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium
    2800 S. Floyd St.



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