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    Kentucky Derby Festival's 2012 Spring Fashion Show

    Hosted by Jessica Lee of 102.3 The Max, the Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show is one of the premiere fashion showcases of the year. The 2011 show featured designer eyewear from The Eye Care Institute and handbags by Divas. Hair and makeup will be provided by Lydia R. Willis, Inc. Salon. Official 2012 Derby Festival merchandise will also be available.

    March 29, 5:30 p.m.
    Horseshoe Indiana Casino
    11999 Casino Center Drive SE
    Elizabeth, Ind.
    kdf.org/events-Spring-Fashion-Show-presented-by-American-Founders-Bank.html
    866-676-7463
    $35-$690


    Origami Mathematics at UofL

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer scientist Erik Demaine, known for his interest in where art and math intersect, is giving a free, public talk, Geometric Puzzles: Algorithms and Complexity. Demaine’s research interests in problem-solving range from the geometry of how proteins fold to the data structures that improve web searches. He co-wrote the books “Games, Puzzles and Computation” about the computational complexity of games and “Geometric Folding Algorithms” about the theory of folding. As a visual artist, he collaborates with his father in media including glass and paper sculpture. His curved-crease folded paper structures are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and he recently was featured in the “Between the Folds” documentary about the art and science of paper folding, or origami.

    March 29, 6:30 p.m.
    Strickler Hall Room 101 on University of Louisville's Belknap Campus
    2301 South 3rd St
    php.louisville.edu/advancement/ocm/news/release.php?relid=1836
    502-852-5845
    Free


    Julie Marie Wade at Carmichael's

    Carmichael's is thrilled to host Louisville author Julie Marie Wade. In "Small Fires," Wade draws upon her childhood to craft a beautiful collection of essays. She recently won the Lambda Literary Award for her memoir "Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures."

    March 29, 7 p.m.
    Carmichael's Bookstore
    2720 Frankfort Ave.
    carmichaelsbookstore.com/event/louisville-writer-julie-marie-wade-come-carmichaels-march (RSVP here)
    502-896-6950
    Free

    Salute the Troops on the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop

    Say thank you and give a special salute to recently returned troops during the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop at the Crescent Hill United Methodist Church. Discounts available to anyone with a military ID at participating retailers and restaurants during the hop.

    March 30, 5:30 p.m.
    Crescent Hill United Methodist Church
    201 S. Peterson Ave.
    fatfridayhop.org/events/ecaluser.cgi?action=DETAIL&event=1557
    502-550-2054


    NULU Progressive Dinner

    Three local restaurants—Against the Grain, Mozz, and Rye—are hosting a progressive dinner experience. There'll also be a raffle for a Mini Cooper. Some parking will be available at Louisville Slugger Field.

    March 30, 6:30 p.m.
    NULU
    401 E. Main St.
    onalarkevents.com/progressive-dinner.html
    502-693-9898
    $50.00


    Sesame Street Live! “1-2-3... Imagine! With Elmo and Friends” at the Brown Theatre

    Imagine singing and dancing with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all your favorite Sesame Street Live friends. It’s as easy as counting “1-2-3 … Imagine!” This high-energy musical transports audiences to faraway places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rainforest and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues. It’s a story of adventure and fun that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything and go anywhere with the power of imagination.

    March 30–April 1
    Brown Theatre
    315 W. Broadway
    kentuckycenter.org
    800.775.7777
    $15.75 to $49.75
     

    Fan Fest at Fourth Street Live!

    Louisville's Biggest Tailgate Party continues on Saturday, March 31 and Monday, April 2 for the Final Four games of the NCAA Tournament!  Fourth Street Live is showing the games on a huge LED screen, and having live music. On Saturday, watch The Battle of The Bluegrass as Cats take on the Cards! The party starts at 3 p.m. with live music from Black Magik Marker. Tipoff is 6:09 p.m., followed by Ohio State and Kansas at 8:49 p.n. On Monday, find out who will walk away with the National Title! One team from the state of Kentucky will battle for the top spot. The party starts at 5 p.m., with live music from Jefferson Tarc Bus. Must be 21+ after 9 p.m.

    March 31 and April 2
    Fourth Street Live!
    4thstlive.com
    502-584-7170
    Free


    UK-UofL in the Final Four

    There's a 100 percent chance one of these two local squads will get to play for the national championship.

    March 31, 6 p.m.
    A television near you
    CBS


    Daughtry at the Palace

    After playing to millions around the world, it's no surprise that Daughtry's new album picks up where the quintuple-platinum, Grammy-nominated debut leaves off. The twists and turns of the band's journey lie at the heart of "Leave this Town." Burnished by countless miles on the road, the melodies shine like headlights in the night and are played with a restless energy that draws on all the challenges of life's experiences, exploring the different paths we take in our search for common understanding. "Leave this Town" is the first album to feature Chris with bandmates Joey Barnes (drums/piano), Josh Paul (bass), and guitarists Josh Steely and Brian Craddock.

    March 31, 7:30 p.m.
    The Louisville Palace
    625 S. 4th St.
    louisvillepalace.com/event/160048339BB16A27
    502-583-4555
    $30.50-$50.50


    Renoir to Chagall: The Allure of Color at the Speed Art Museum

    This major exhibition features paintings by the great French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters and related artists dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the who’s who of artists included are Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Mary Cassatt, Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Braque, and Marc Chagall.

    Through May 6
    The Speed Art Museum
    2035 S. Third St.
    speedmuseum.org
    502-634-2700
    $5 for museum members, $15 for non-members


    'How We Got On' at Actor's Theatre

    Hank, Julian and Luann are the flip side to the A story of hip hop’s rise in the late 1980s—kids who forge a cultural identity in the white suburbs by dueling with poetry in parking lots and dubbing beats on a boom box. In this coming-of-age tale remixed, A DJ loops us through the lives of three Midwestern teen rappers who discover the power of harmony over discord.

    Through April 1
    Actors Theatre of Louisville
    316 W. Main St.
    ActorsTheatre.org
    502-584-1205
    Tickets start at $25


    National Poetry Month Celebration Kick-off at Carmichael's Bookstore

    Carmichael's is celebrating National Poetry Month with Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, editor of "Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems." This collection features Kentucky poets including Frederick Smock, Nana Lampton, Richard Taylor and George Ella Lyon. Some of the authors will be in attendance.

    April 1, 4 p.m.
    Carmichael's Bookstore
    2720 Frankfort Avenue
    carmichaelsbookstore.com
    502-896-6950
    Free

      
     

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