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    My three-year-long Louisville variety showcase and arts networking event Sub Rosa came to an end in May, but it will be seeing a holiday reunion this Saturday, December 10 offering friends and fans of the showcase a chance to catch up, swap items to use for gift giving, and share the stage once more thanks to the Great Escape on Bardstown Road, who is presenting the event. The event is kid friendly for the first two hours.

    A lot of regular attendees will be there to perform music, spoken word and comedy as local artists will have a few things for sale. The reason for the reunion is to encourage people shopping for the holidays to support local businesses and artists, which was always the driving force behind Sub Rosa. 

    Aside from buying items from local artists and performers for under $50, the event offers a unique opportunity: a gift swap table. Attendees are encouraged to bring at least one item to set on the swap table and may take something from it as well. Items do not have to be works of art and should be new or gently used. This is a great opportunity to save some money, which seems to be tight for a lot of people - especially artists. 

    An array of scheduled performers will entertain attendees. There will also be a sign up sheet for open mic opportunities, meaning anyone is welcome to show up and go up during the four hour event, which runs from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. leaving plenty of time for guests to attend other events that night. Attendees do not have to stay for the event. Many people plan to pop in throughout the event to say hello, swap a gift, and browse the art and items available by Michael Gaither, Truth B. Told, Mark James, and others. 

    The event will be at the Bard's Town. The restaurant is an appropriate place to show local love to, since it often offers a home to much of Louisville's creative and performing scene.  There is no cover charge, although there will be a donation jar. You can RSVP to the event by visiting the Facebook event page. Any questions can be sent to divinityrose at

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    Jessica Lynn has been writing for since fall of 2010 and has also been published in LEO, Velocity, Voice-Tribune and others after serving as Editor in Chief of The JCC student newspaper, The Quadrangle. She has also served as columnist or contributing writer to an array of online publications.

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