Went to see The Nutcracker yesterday. Sponsored by Brown-Forman and choreographed by Val Caniparoli, the Louisville Ballet, once again, presents an entertaining holiday treat. The dancing is incredible, of course, but audience members are also amused by fantasy scenes, magical acts and the full Louisville orchestra in the pit. This is my fourth year seeing the production and it changes every year. Check it out!
(Also, for the budget-minded, know that rush tickets are available for most performances.) Find out more information on the Louisville theater list.
"Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation" is on view at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) through January 19, 2014. Known as one of America's most influential architects, the KMAC exhibition contains examples of Saarinen's corporate, educational, cultural, public and private buildings, along with furniture and sketches.
"From sculptural design to architecture Eero Saarinen made iconic pieces that embody American ingenuity and progressive thinking, and all within a relatively short time frame. His work still continues to influence the making of our living environments and the creative possibilities of engaging with it. Fortunately, many of his greatest constructions are within a 5 hour drive from Louisville. This exhibition will inspire our artists, architects, designers, city planners, students and visitors alike," says Aldy Milliken, Executive Director and Chief Curator of KMAC.
There are also special events happening in conjunction with the exhibition:
- Thursday, December 12, KMAC Museum
Public Lecture | Saarinen in Context: Modern Architecture in the 20th Century
- Friday, January 10, KMAC Museum
Musical Performance by Audio Optics
- Saturday, January 18, University of Louisville
Crafting Space Symposium
This year hosts the 18th Annual Olde Tyme Christmas on Frankfort Ave. Festivities take place on Saturday, December 14, but there will even be things to do the week before, on December 7, in preparation for this annual holiday event.
Saturday, December 14 - Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration
8:30-10 a.m.: The Pancake Breakfast at United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM).
10 a.m.: Holiday Dog Walk, meet at Crescent Hill Library Parking Lot, 2762 Frankfort Avenue.
12 p.m.-5 p.m.: Free trolley rides.
12 p.m.-3 p.m.: Santa Claus at Margaret's Consignment, 2700 Frankfort Avenue.
1-4 p.m.: 50-cent horse and carriage rides.
2 p.m.: The Good Neighbor, Business of the Year and Golden Antler Awards at Margaret's Consignment, 2700 Frankfort Avenue.
Saturday, December 7 - Other Holiday Events
9 a.m.: The Santa Sprint and Stroll
9 a.m.-3 p.m.: The Holiday Bazaar
9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Holiday Open House at Hadley Pottery
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Holiday Card Factory Workshop
For more information, visit the Frankfort Avenue website.
Head to downtown Louisville on Friday, December 6, from 5-11 p.m. It's the first Friday of the month, and this Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop is filled with festivities.
This special hop, titled "Miracle on 4th Street," includes fantastic holiday window displays, carolers, live music, roasted nuts, hot chocolate and cider. If you make a few holiday purchases, there is a complimentary gift wrap station, too. Guests are invited to join in the fun and dress in their favorite vintage attire from the 40s & 50s.
Here's a sampling of the fun:
- Actors Theatre of Louisville will present 5/3 Bank's A Christmas Carol.
- Belle of Louisville/Spirit of Jefferson will host a Moonlight Ugly Sweater Party.
- Cressman Center for Visual Arts will host glass demonstrations throughout the evening.
- Galt House Hotel will host Christmas at the Galt House Hotel.
Park for FREE after 6 p.m. on the street or at Slugger Field.
An annual favorite, The Nature of Christmas is held at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen, KY. The event is FREE. Enjoy holiday music, crafts and hayrides. Hot dogs, chili and hot chocolate are provided. Gift bags are distributed to the first 200 children to arrive. This is the 11th year for this popular event.
When: Saturday, December 7, 2013, 12-3 p.m.
How Much: FREE, donations encouraged
Schedule: St. John Handbell Concert from 12:30-1:15 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The 3rd annual "Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness" is on Thursday, December 19. At 6 p.m. The Clifton Center will hum with performances from Louisville's finest artists and musicians including The Bibelhauser Brothers, Steve Cooley, Tyrone Cotton, Dick Sisto, John Gage, Hound of the Buskervilles, Will King, Justin Paul Lewis, Marta Miranda, the Clif-Tones, Joan Shelley & Nathan Salsburg, and several unannounced guests.
With a cash bar, silent auction, and savory foods from local restaurants, the event is much more than a concert. Every musician, artist, and chef involved is donating their time and talent to support the Coalition for the Homeless. Tickets are $10 for event admission, or guests can pay $20 for admission (which includes $12 in food and drink vouchers). Pay your admission at the door or pick up tickets at Carmichael's Books. Proceeds will be donated in order to curb homelessness in our communities.
On Saturday, November 23, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., spend a festive day in Nulu. With neighborhood businesses offering discounts and remaining open for extended hours, this is an annual East Market St. holiday event.
A handful of the deals offered:
Taste Fine Wines & Bourbons: 10% off all merchandise.
Red Tree: 15% off entire purchase.
Ghyslain: 2 count chocolate box with a receipt from a Nulu retailer.
Scout: 20% off all full priced merchandise.
Mayan Café: Free order of Lima Beans with a receipt from a Nulu retailer.
Why Louisville: Free Vintage Louisville Poster with purchase of $10 or more.
Local Speed: $5 off exhibition poster of your choice with receipt from Nulu retailer.
This year, Light Up Louisville will take place from November 29-January 1. An annual spectacle, lights and festivities fill four blocks of 4th Street, from the Galt House to Fourth Street Live.
"Louisville is a city known around the world for our festivals and events and we are always working to make them the best they can be," Mayor Greg Fischer said. "By continuing to grow and improve Light Up Louisville and 40 Nights of Lights, we're keeping alive the tradition that families have enjoyed for decades."
Light Up Louisville launches the day after Thanksgiving.
Schedule of events for Friday, Nov. 29
- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Christmas at the Galt House
- 2 p.m. Light Up Louisville opens
- 2-3 p.m. Run, Run Rudolph 5K run and walk
- 3-7 p.m. Santa's Workshop Children's area
- 4 p.m. Main Stage entertainment begins
- 6:30-8 p.m. Light Up Louisville Parade
- 8 p.m. Santa's arrival
- 8:15 p.m. LIGHT UP!
- 9 p.m. First nightly light show
- 10 p.m. 4th Street Live! After Party; outdoor Light Up event ends
The ice skating rink was a hit last year and it returns for the 2013 celebrations. The rink uses a synthetic ice so revelers can go skating in temperatures above freezing. The fee for skating is $5 an hour for adults, $3 for children under 13. Daily rates are $10, and a season pass is $40, $30 for children. Skates will be available to rent for $2.
If you want to register for the Run Run Rudolph 5K or learn more about the visit the website.
It's hard to resist Thanksgiving dinner, whether you are cooking up farm fresh ingredients or heading to a local restaurant for turkey with all the trimmings. But what if you want the best of both worlds? How about a gourmet meal delivered right to your doorstep?
Home Cuisine offers the following meal for $30 per person, with a 4 person minimum. Delivery is $15.00 (limited area only), or you can pick it up for free at any Rainbow Blossom location.
- Fresh Turkey, Herb Brined and Slow Roasted
- Cornbread Stuffing with Turkey Sausage
- Whipped Potatoes (with lumps, of course)
Choice of two of the following:
- Balsamic Brussels sprouts
- Roasted Carrots and Beets with Butternut Squash
- HEALTHY Sweet Potato Casserole
- Green Beans with Shallots
- Pumpkin-Molasses Pie
- Bourbon Pecan Pie
During the upcoming holiday season, the Bourbon Women Association will be hosting three events in Kentucky. Each evening will include a bourbon tasting, snacks of Kentucky Proud foods, specialty cocktails and more. The events are FREE but the association does request a $10 donation and an RSVP. Of course, you must be 21 or older to participate. Contact Bourbon Women for more information.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Bowling Green Liquor Barn, 2625 Scottsville Road in Bowling Green, KY, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Repeal Day - Thursday, Dec. 5
Springhurst Liquor Barn, 4301 Towne Center Drive in Louisville, KY, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Check out this list of other Repeal Day Celebrations, too.
Thursday, Dec. 12
Hamburg Liquor Barn, 1837 Plaudit Place in Lexington, KY, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.