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    3rd Annual Smoketown GetDown for Democracy | KFTC

    Kentuckians For The Commonwealth presents the 3rd Annual Smoketown GetDown for Democracy! The Smoketown GetDown is a free block party powered by the people and open to the public with live entertainment and local food and beer from West Sixth Brewing. In addition, there will be voter registration, Smoketown organizations, family-friendly activities, food trucks, a beer garden and free photos by Magnolia Photo Booth Co. Celebrate Craft Beer Week at the Smoketown GetDown! Check out the website below for more details.
    When: September 16, 4-10 p.m.
    Where: Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, 735 Lampton St.
    Website: Smoketown GetDown
    Cost: Free to attend

    Opening Day at the Downs | Churchill Downs

    And they’re off! It’s opening day for September racing at Churchill Downs. Come out to the Downs this Friday and celebrate the start of the weekend with the ultimate Kentucky pastime. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., and the first race is set for 12:45.

    When: September 16, 11:30 a.m.
    Where: Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave.
    Website: Opening Day at the Downs
    Cost: $3

    Foreigner | Horseshoe Casino

    With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world. Responsible for anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Hot Blooded” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to kill the charts more than 30 years into the game. Must be 21 years or older to gain entry.

    When: September 16, 8 p.m.
    Where: Horseshoe Casino, 11999 Casino Center Drive, Elizabeth, IN 47117
    Website: Foreigner
    Cost: $58+

    17th Annual Global Gourmet Fundraiser | Mellwood Arts Center

    Kentucky Refugee Ministries is hosting the 17th Annual Global Gourmet Fundraiser this weekend. KRM is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resettlement services to refugees. At the fundraiser, there will be food by Wiltshire Pantry and various international restaurants, drinks by Brown-Forman and music by Harry Pickens, Osmany Chauvin Elias, Zim Marim and The Abraham Mwinda Band. In addition, there will be a silent auction featuring over 150 items including artwork, vacation getaways, home décor and furniture and more.

    When: September 16, 6:30-10 p.m.
    Where: Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave.
    Website: Global Gourmet Fundraiser
    Cost: $85

    Great Clips Friday Night Movie Series | Louisville Zoo

    Come out to the Louisville Zoo for the Great Clips Friday Night Movie Series, where you can enjoy a movie under the stars at the wildest theater in town. This week, they’re showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and you’ll be able to meet some of your favorite Star Wars characters! Movie nights are included in Zoo admission.

    When: September 16, 6 p.m.
    Where: The Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way
    Website: Friday Night Movie Series
    Cost: Free with zoo admission

    Laughter N The Ville Comedy Show | The Kentucky Center

    Five comics. One night. Bringing joy and smiles to The Ville. The Kentucky Center is hosting five different comics (Corey Holcomb, Gary Owen, Gary “Too Funny” English, Kimberly Vaughn and Michael Colyar) this Friday. DJ K-Nyce will open the show at 7 p.m., and the comics come out at 8 p.m.
    When: September 16, 8-11 p.m.
    Where: Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St.
    Website: Laughter N The Ville
    Cost: $50+

    Bob Mould Band and Fury Things | Headliners

    Well into his fourth decade as a singer-songwriter, Bob Mould is as relevant, ferocious and poignant as he has ever been on the compact epic that is Beauty & Ruin, a twelve-track journey of loss, reflection, conciliation, and coming through the other side. Beauty & Ruin is a challenging work of raw beauty—and may well be Mould’s finest work since his 1989 solo debut, Workbook. Come see Bob Mould and his band play with Fury Things at Headliners.

    When: September 16, 8 p.m.
    Where: Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road
    Website: Bob Mould Band
    Cost: $22 in advance; $25 at the door

    Kentucky by Design Symposium | Frazier Museum

    To celebrate their upcoming exhibition, "Kentucky by Design: The Decorative Arts and American Culture," the Frazier Museum will host a symposium that examines the intersection of Kentucky history, politics and arts during a time of national crisis. We are designing the symposium to be a robust learning opportunity for students, teachers and general public with an interest in Kentucky history, visual arts, political science, public history, cultural and folk studies, historic preservation and museum studies.
    When: September 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Where: Frazier History Museum, 829 W. Main St.
    Website: Kentucky by Design
    Cost: $20 General Admission; $10 Members

    The Americans | The New Vintage

    The Americans specialize in original rock & roll with deep roots in traditional American music. They’ve performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, twice joined Grammy and Oscar winner Ryan Bingham on national tours and played the first dance at Reese Witherspoon's wedding. As if that isn’t enough, they’ve backed up Nick Cave, Tim Robbins and Lucinda Williams. "The Americans are part of this group, these genius twenty-first century musicians that are reinventing American heritage music for this century. And it sounds even better this century." - T Bone Burnett

    When: September 16, 8 p.m.
    Where: The New Vintage, 2126 S. Preston St.
    Website: The Americans 
    Cost: $10+



    2nd Annual Louisville Pride Festival | The Highlands

    The Louisville Pride Foundation is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Louisville Pride Festival, a celebration of the spirit of Louisville coming together as one. The 2016 Louisville Pride Festival is scheduled to take place this Saturday on Bardstown Road in the Highlands. The event is all ages, family friendly, free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the entrance. Join the community. Join the fun.
    When: September 17, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
    Where: The Highlands, Bardstown Road
    Website: Louisville Pride Festival
    Cost: Free to attend

    Butchertown Oktoberfest 2016 | St. Joseph Catholic Church

    The Original Butchertown Oktoberfest is one of Louisville, Kentucky's oldest and most beloved traditions. Butchertown is a historic neighborhood in Louisville, well-known for being the center of German and German-American culture. Each year, the festival hosts a variety of events and activities in celebration of Oktoberfest such as an art fair, performances from folk bands, a German Mass and a party complete with authentic German cuisine and beer.
    When: September 17, 8-10 p.m.
    Where: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1406 E. Washington St.
    Website: Butchertown Oktoberfest
    Cost: Free to attend

    National Jug Band Jubilee | Waterfront Park

    The National Jug Band Jubilee is an annual festival celebrating the history of jug band music in Louisville. Featuring Dom Flemons, founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and seven other jug bands. Jug Band workshops, merchandise, kids activities, local food, beer and wine will all be available!

    When: September 17, 12-11 p.m.
    Where: Brown-Forman Amphitheater at Waterfront Park, 1301 River Road
    Website: National Jug Band Jubilee
    Cost: Free to attend

    Rare Beer Roundup | Bierworks Taproom

    To kick off Louisville Craft Beer Week and celebrate Kentuckiana’s booming craft beer scene, Bierworks is tapping some stashed-away, unique kegs for the Rare Beer Roundup! The party will feature seven of our rarest beers, several that have never been tapped before at the Jeffersonville location. All beers will be tapped at noon, so get there while they last.

    When: September 17, 12-2:30 p.m.
    Where: Flat 12 Bierworks, 130 West Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
    Website: Rare Beer Roundup
    Cost: Free to attend

    "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type" | The Kentucky Center

    StageOne Family Theatre brings the musical "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type" to the Kentucky Center in September. This show is perfect for the entire family. The cows and the hen are freezing their hides and feathers off in the barn. Duck is bored with the lily pad and wants to spice up his pond. None of the animals can communicate with Farmer Brown, but with the help of an old typewriter, they set off to get what they want! This musical, based on the classic book by Doreen Cronin, teaches an important lesson in working together to resolve a conflict. For ages 4 and up.
    When: September 17, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
    Where: Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St.
    Website: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type 
    Cost: $20 adults; $15 children 12 and under

    2nd Annual Ramen Night | Asia Institute-Crane House

    Indulge yourself at the Second Annual Ramen Night presented by the Crane House Young Professionals. This year, we're going bigger, with bigger bowls and more ingredients! Enjoy all-you-can-eat ramen, cooked by chef Griffin Paulin, in a festive area right behind the Crane House. Bring your friends and family to taste this famous, authentic Japanese cuisine. Not only will we have the tastiest ramen in Louisville, but bring extra cash so you can sample the delights of Hillbilly Tea, Arctic Scoop, Joy Luck, Charim, and a Bristol Catering cash bar.
    When: September 17, 5-9 p.m.
    Where: Asia Institute-Crane House, 1244 S. Third St.
    Website: Ramen Night
    Cost: $23 online; $30 at the door

    Ella and Louis: All That Jazz | The Kentucky Center

    Happy Birthday, Ella! The Kentucky Center celebrates the 100th birthday of the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald with a tribute concert. Giving us a taste of two unique performers, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, the sultry voiced Marva Hicks and the hot trumpet player Byron Stripling recreate that sentimental era. We mark Ella’s birthday with music of Gershwin, Ellington and more.
    When: September 17, 8-10 p.m.
    Where: Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St.
    Website: Ella and Louis
    Cost: $27+


    Butchertown Get Down Week 7: Batman | Louis's The Ton

    The Butchertown Get Down presented by Lunazul, PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, and Domaine de Canton is a weekly movie-themed dance party in Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood at Louis's the Ton. The dance party goes from all night and features drink specials with Lunazul, PAMA, and Domaine de Canton! Each week is themed off of a film and the film’s soundtrack, which inspires the DJ set, all while the film is projected on a wall. For Week 7, we're diving into Prince's soundtrack for the 1989 Batman with JP Source!
    When: September 17, 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
    Where: Louis's The Ton, 
    Website: Butchertown Get Down
    Cost: Free with RSVP



    Kentuckiana Authors Book Blitz | Jeffersonville

    Kentuckiana Authors presents their second annual Book Blitz. This year's book fair will be on Spring Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana, one block east of the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge. Over 50 fantastic authors will be signing their latest work. Doors open for VIPs an hour early for a mingle-n-munch with the authors. Every VIP receives a KABB goodie bag and a ticket for a chance to win our Big Basket O' Books.
    When: September 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Where: 300 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130
    Website: Book Blitz
    Cost: Free to attend; $6 VIP ticket

    Family Adventure Day | Churchill Downs

    Bring the kids to Churchill Downs for a day of racing and family activities including pony rides, inflatables, petting zoo, stick horse races in the Paddock, face painting and more. Tickets are just $8 when purchased online in advance, and include unlimited access to all kid-friendly activities.

    When: September 18, 11:30 a.m.
    Where: Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave.
    Website: Family Adventure Day
    Cost: $8 online

    Old Louisville LIVE: The Mike Tracy Brazilian Jazz Ensemble | Central Park

    Old Louisville Neighborhood Council is proud to announce Old Louisville LIVE, a new performing arts series that takes place at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in Central Park. Food and drink will be available for purchase. This week, come hear The Mike Tracy Brazilian Jazz Ensemble.
    When: September 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    Where: Old Louisville's Central Park, Fourth & Magnolia
    Website: Old Louisville LIVE
    Cost: Free to attend

    Student Art Show | Schrodt Art Studio

    Schrodt Art Studio will be hosting its Student Art Show, featuring approximately 100 pieces from its students, on display this one day only for family, friends, and the public. Everyone is invited to attend this free event where Schrodt’s talented students will display their work from the past two years, some who have been painting at the studio for two decades. The studio is inviting everyone to participate in this long-standing Louisville tradition celebrating art, its students and the community.
    When: September 18, 1-5 p.m.
    Where: Schrodt Art Studio, 4014 Dutchmans Lane
    Website: Student Art Show
    Cost: Free to attend

    Jane Austen Society September Meeting | Historic Locust Grove

    Greater Louisville Region member Carrie Wright is back again!  This time she is tapping into her geology background to take a look at the importance of jewelry in Jane Austen's novels in her presentation, “Socio-Political Implications of Jane Austen's Jewelry, and the Jewelry in Jane Austen's Novels”. There is more to Mrs. Elton's pearls than meets the eyes! And of course, she will also discuss Jane’s own jewelry. Meetings are open to the public.
    When: September 18, 2-4 p.m.
    Where: Historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane
    Website: Jane Austen Society
    Cost: Free to attend

    KevFest 2016 | Diamond Pub & Billiards

    Come out to Diamonds this Sunday for a benefit concert to promote awareness of prostate cancer and support Louisville local legend Kevin McCreery, who is diagnosed with prostate cancer and beginning his treatment. Kevin is the fearless and lovable guitarist/singer/songwriter for Uncle Kracker, AvantGardeDog, Velvet Saints and The Dark Side Of The Wall. The lineup includes several Louisville artists and bands, including one of Kevin’s own.

    When: September 18, 1-9:30 p.m.
    Where: Diamond Pub & Billiards, 630 Barret Ave.
    Website: KevFest
    Cost: $20 donation requested

    August Burns Red: Legends of the Fall Tour | Mercury Ballroom

    Since their formation in 2003, the local upstart from Lancaster, PA has evolved into one of the biggest names worldwide in the modern metal scene, continually growing and connecting fiercely with a colossal legion of fans. August Burns Red has spent years skillfully crafting a balance between a ferociously heavy sound with empowering lyrical content, while showcasing a rich surplus of inventive guitar riffs, blistering solos and dynamic drumming. Come out to Mercury Ballroom to see them perform as part of their Legends of the Fall tour.

    When: September 18, 7 p.m.
    Where: Mercury Ballroom, 611 S. Fourth St.
    Website: Legends of the Fall Tour
    Cost: $27


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