All around town this month, the arts are kicking up and Derby preparations are officially underway. Get out your calendars and start filling your month with all these great events and happenings in Louisville in March.
March 2, 2016: Cocktails with Champions
The first ever “Cocktails with Champions will take place on Wednesday, March 2 at O’Shea’s in the Highlands from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The event will feature Happy Hour-priced specialty cocktails from Ballotin Whiskey, live entertainment and an array of prizes. A portion of the money raised will go to APRIN Inc. For more information, click here: ballotinwhiskey.com
March 2 – April 10, 2016: 40th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays
The 40th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays will take place from March 2 through April 10. Each year, thousands of theatergoers come to Louisville for the opportunity to see groundbreaking works before they travel to stages across the nation and around the world. The festival kicked off with an opening reception on February 25. Seven plays made it into the lineup this year. For more information, click here: actorstheatre.org
March 3, 2016: Roast & Toast
Terry Meiners is a household name in the Louisville community. He has made us laugh for many years, and now it’s time to return the favor. Seven Counties Services is hosting their inaugural Roast & Toast fundraiser on Thursday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m. at The Louisville Marriott Downtown. This year’s roast is dedicated to the memory of Mike Kremer, a 19 year employee of Seven Counties and long-time friend of Terry’s. In memory of Mike, the proceeds from this event will benefit the Child and Family Services Division at Seven Counties. Not only will the event be filled with laughter from roasting Terry Meiners, there will be stories shared to shed a light on mental illness in our community. Tickets start at $175. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here: roastandtoast.org
March 4, 2016: Wine, Women & Shoes, a Fundraiser for Family Scholar House
Ladies, do you love wine? And do you love shoes? On Friday, March 4, the Family Scholar House will host its fundraiser with fashion and wine at The Henry Clay from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be a fashion show, as well as silent and live auctions. Raffle tickets to win a $15,000 shopping spree at Von Maur will be available to purchase for $100. Tickets start at $250. For tickets, click here: winewomenandshoes.com.
March 4, 2016: Dress in Blue Day for Colon Cancer Awareness
Dress in Blue Day to promote National Colon Cancer Awareness Month is Friday, March 4. This is part of a public awareness campaign to increase colon cancer screening. Crit Luallen, former Lieutenant Governor and colon cancer survivor, will serve as the Dress in Blue Day chair for Kentucky. When you dress in blue, be sure to tell your friends why and call your doctor today to make an appointment. Don’t let fear, embarrassment or any other reason keep you from taking the next step. For more information, click here: www.kycancerprogram.
March 4 – 5, 2016: Spring Collaboration with Louisville Ballet and the Louisville Orchestra
For the first time in a full co-production, the Louisville Orchestra will be performing with the Louisville Ballet on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5. The Spring Collaboration will feature three fully-staged ballets, choreographed by award-winner Adam Hoagland, and featuring original music by Teddy Abrams. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased online or at the door. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here: kentuckycenter.org
March 5, 2016 through January 8, 2017: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Oddball™ at the Louisville Slugger Museum
Things are getting strange over at Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. But don’t worry. This is a good kind of strange. The museum and Ripley’s have collaborated to create a brand new exhibit featuring bizarre baseball treasures called Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Oddball™. The show runs March 5, 2016 – January 8, 2017. Themes will include quirky baseball oddities, bizarre ballpark food and team-focused treasures. More than 100 items will be on display including Babe Ruth’s Game-Worn Uniform, a giant Yankee Stadium made from toothpicks, Hank Aaron Sculpture made from Oh Henry! Candy Bars and much more. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, including exhibit hours, click here: sluggermuseum.com
Apricot Lane is celebrating keeping Louisville stylish for six years. To celebrate, the entire store is 25% off Thursday, March 3, through Saturday, March 5, making it a great time to stock up on new spring arrivals. For more information, click here: styleblueprint.com
March 5, 2016: Louisville’s Polar Plunge presented by Doc’s Cantina
This marks the 18th year of The Louisville Polar Plunge presented by Doc’s Cantina. On Saturday, March 5, participants will gather at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater and take a chilly plunge into the Ohio River. You must raise a minimum of $75 to participate in the event. Everyone gets an official Polar Plunge T-shirt, but participants who raise more money can earn even better rewards, with the top three fundraisers being entered into a drawing for a $1,000 travel voucher from AAA Travel. For more information and to register, click here: 2016louisvilleplunge.kintera.org
March 5, 2016: Speed Art Museum Opening Gala
Each year the Speed Art Museum hosts their most significant fundraiser, the Speed Ball. This year the Speed Opening Gala will serve as the 2016 Speed Ball as well as the inaugural celebration for the re-opening of the Museum. On Saturday, March 5, dress in white or black tie and explore the Museum while also witnessing art and dance come together for an intimate performance by the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Ballet. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here: 9620.blackbaudhosting.com
March 5 – 6, 2016: Junior League of Louisville’s Tulips and Juleps: Art and Gift Market
The Junior League of Louisville is hosting their annual art and gift market on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 at Louisville Slugger Field. The market will feature unique vendors from across the region with products for the whole family. For more information, click here: juniorleaguelouisville.org.
March 8 – 13, 2016: Cabaret at the Kentucky Center
Kick up your heels and head out to the Cabaret. Starting Tuesday, March 8 through Sunday, March 13, The Kentucky Center for the Arts is hosting Cabaret. Audiences will get a glimpse of a troubled time in history when they step inside the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee and her ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd. Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased online or at the door. For more information, click here: kentuckycenter.org
March 12 – 13, 2016: The Speed Art Museum Public Opening
After closing its doors in 2012 for a $60 million renovation and expansion, the Speed Art Museum is opening its doors to the public once again. Starting Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. with the ribbon cutting, there will be 30-hours of non-stop events and activities, ending Sunday, March 13 at 4 p.m. For more information, click here: speedmuseum.org
March 15, 2016: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The Alvin Ailey American Ballet Theater has performed for over 23 million audience members in 48 states and in 71 countries on 6 continents. The Alvin Ailey American Ballet Theater has celebrated the African-American cultural experience and the American Modern dance tradition for many years and is bringing the celebration to Louisville on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. for a night of unforgettable dance. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here: kentuckycenter.org
March 18, 2016: American Printing House for the Blind’s Braille Readers Theater presents The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie
The American Printing House for the Blind’s Braille Readers Theater is presenting The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie. No props, no lights and no costumes will be used. There will be two chances to catch the performance, Friday, March 18 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 from 1-3 p.m. The event is free to the public, but as space is limited, registration is necessary. Reserve your spot by noon on the day prior to the show you wish to attend by calling 502-899-2213 or by emailing [email protected] For more information, click here: aph.org
March 18, 2016: Tony Bennett at the Louisville Palace
Tony Bennett turns 90 years old this year. You read that right, 90 years old and still out touring; in fact, his last tour was with Lady Gaga. Friday March 18, Tony Bennet will be performing at the Louisville Palace and you definitely don’t want to miss out. Tickets start at $69.50 and can be purchased here: concerts.livenation.com
March 19, 2016: Bonnie Raitt at the Louisville Palace
Hey Louisvillians, let’s give them something to talk about……Bonnie Raitt is taking to the stage at the Louisville Palace on Saturday, March 19. Like Tony Bennett, Bonnie Raitt just keeps getting better with age. Tickets start at $69.50 and can be purchased here: livenation.com
March 19, 2016: Letters to Daniel Book Launch and Party
Join Amy Leigh McCorkle to celebrate the launch of her new book, Letters to Daniel, at the Nerdy Planet, a comic book store on Preston Highway, on Saturday, March 19 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Amy as well as the stars of the film that is based on the book. For more information, click here: facebook.com
March 23, 2016: Diane Rehm interviewed by Ann Patchett at the Kentucky Center
We don’t know who is more popular here, Diane Rehm or Ann Patchett. Does it matter? You can see both on Wednesday, March 23 at the Kentucky Center when Diane is interviewed by Ann. The interview will take place at 6 p.m. in the Bomhard Theater with a Q&A session to follow. A $20 ticket includes the Carmichael’s Book Sale at 5 p.m., the interview and the Q&A. For a $110 ticket, you can enjoy dinner with both women at Humana’s 25th Floor. For more information and to purchase your ticket, click here: kentuckycenter.org
March 24 – 26, 2016: NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Regional Championship
Here in the Bluegrass state, basketball is a big deal. This year the KFC Yum! Center has the honor of hosting the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Southern Regional Championship from Thursday, March 24 to Saturday, March 26. Tickets are available for all sessions, the semifinals or just the championship game. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here: primesport.com
March 28, 2016: Women on the Move Luncheon
On Thursday, March 24, The National MS Society is hosting Women on the Move Luncheon, which honors “Women of Courage” who demonstrate compassion, strength and dignity in their everyday lives. This year, the luncheon will honor Marianne Barnes, the first female Master Distiller of Bourbon in Kentucky at 29 years old. The keynote speaker will be Rain Pryor, daughter of Richard Pryor. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hillard Lyons. Tickets start at $35. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here: kywmain.nationalmssociety.org
Luck o’ the Irish to you this month!
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