Fall is what it's all about in Lexington, Kentucky as the magnificent Keeneland Fall Meet starts Friday, kicking off a week in the bluegrass that will include Bike Prom; the first entry in this fall's UK Little/Gaines series; a 90th birthday party for the Kentucky Theatre; a trip to Lexington for the Reddit crew; a vice presidential debate in Danville... and that isn't even the half of it. You can also get your hounds blessed this weekend down at the Lexington Farmers Market (courtesy Christ Church Cathedral); race for the Cure; bone up on the Vote at a candidates' forum at the Lexington Public Library downtown; jaunt over to Georgetown for the Festival of the Horse; or trek to Louisville for the fabulous St. James Art Fair. But wait, there's more. THURSDAY OCTOBER 4, 2012 It seems only yesterday we were writing about the early fundraising efforts to restore the Kentucky Theatre's Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. In fact, it was 1995. Tonight, the Kentucky Mighty Wurlitzer celebrates the Kentucky Theatre's 90th anniversary by showing a new print of the 1929 first Academy-Award winning silent picture, Wings, with live theatre organ accompaniment. FRIDAY OCTOBER 5, 2012 Keeneland's Fall Meet begins today. The late Christopher Hitchens once wrote, of Keeneland, in Vanity Fair, “A bit like Cuba’s, Kentucky’s economy depends almost entirely on things that are good for you but are said to be bad for you: Cuba has sugar, rum and tobacco; and Kentucky has bourbon, tobacco, and horse racing. When you see the Derby run on TV, the cameras linger on opulence in hats and horseflesh, and the farms often look like rolling feudal estates, but if you go to Keeneland [sic] racetrack at Lexington you see…real, popular participation in the sport of kings.” He was mistaken about a lot of that of course. The cameras at Derby are typically lingering on corpulence more than opulence at Churchill Downs. Keeneland far more closely resembles an English day at the races. SATURDAY OCTOBER 6, 2012 Let's start with Traffic, and work backward from there. What time is the UK Game? UK takes on Mississippi state at home. Kickoff at 12:21. Early risers will be thronging Lexington's downtown streets Saturday morning to Race for the Cure. At 11:30 am, Christ Church Cathedral will treat animal lovers to the annual Blessing of the Hounds (and maybe kitties or gerbils and what-have-you) on the steps by Farmers Market at Cheapside Square. After lunch (or if you finish tailgating early, and we suspect you might), the League of Women Voters and Lexington Public Library will host a congressional candidate's forum. If you're downtown Saturday evening, keep an eye out for cyclists in some highly reflective takes on formal wear. It's Bike Prom, benefiting the Living Arts and Science Center. And for anyone who stays up late and likes it REAL LOUD, Taildragger plays Willie's Locally Known. SUNDAY OCTOBER 7, 2012 The Festival of the Horse in Georgetown or Louisville's St. James Art Fair would make for a lovely Sunday drive, but matinee fans could take in crashing chandeliers at UK Opera Theatre's performance of Phantom of the Opera, or Lexington's GLSO film series at the Library. (Sunday's entry is the Dutch film, Northsea Texas.) Racing fans will have more to love than just Keeneland this weekend. Friends and fans of the late Thoroughbred Times will gather for a lunch at the Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center for book signings, lunch, and a memorabilia auction. TUESDAY OCTOBER 9, 2012 UK's Gaines Center is one of those institutions that makes a college town like Lexington beyond awesome. The first artist in the Fall 2012 Little/Gaines Series is Mary Rezsny, with Collaborate: a creative visual potential. Does anybody (or everybody) remember the Lexington 80s band Stealin Horses? Kiya Heartwood plays Natasha's tonight. WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10, 2012 Reddit's Alexis Ohanian and Erik Martin are bussing across the U.S. sowing the seeds of democracy and will co-host a Debate Eve shindig with Lexington's own Fark.com/Drew Curtis at West Sixth. Tonight is the Kentucky Theatre's 90th birthday party. You get to eat the cake. (They'd like a few presents though. About $1.5 million of em. Click here.) THURSDAY OCTOBER 11, 2012 And finally, all eyes will be on Danville, Kentucky as Centre College hosts the Vice Presidential debate, the Thrill in the Ville. Tickets? Forget about it. But there is a Festival outside on the lawn and it includes Kentucky fave Ben Sollee. The one sure Winner will be Burke's Bakery on Danville's Main Street. (Do not think about leaving town without trying their world-famous donuts.) ________ Founded in 1989, Ace’s highly curated and selective list of Ace Picks for the next eight days in the beautiful bluegrass region of Lexington is available at aceweekly.com every Thursday, and delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning via the Ace e-dition (click here to subscribe). And anytime you need an Ace rec for what to go, see, do (or eat and drink!) in Lexington, tag us on twitter, facebook, pinterest, tumblr, or instagram.
GIGS and CONCERTS Lexington, Kentucky Music Listings OCTOBER 4 - OCTOBER 11, 2012 THURSDAY OCTOBER 4 Chris Campbell Band 5 pm, Thursday Night Live, Cheapside Park Storefront Congregation 9 pm, Natasha’s Langhorne Slim and the Law 10 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s Mail the Horse | Snoozerz | Best Friends Band 9.30, Green Lantern Crazy Janie 8 pm, Henry Clay’s Public House Boogie G & The Titanics 8.30 pm, Parlay Social Jacob Reynolds Band 10 pm, Tin Roof The Kentucky Hoss Cats 8 pm, Willie’s Locally Known FRIDAY OCTOBER 5 Warren Byrom and the Fabled Canelands | Wilder Maker 10 pm, Al’s Bar Slug Guts 10 pm, Al’s Sidecar PRHBTN 2.0 8 pm, Buster’s Billiards and Backroom Plan B 9.30 pm, Bigg Blue Martini Flashback 9 pm, Bogart’s in Crowne Plaza Ben Lacy, The Cellar The Sundog Revival 10 pm, Cheapside Bar Generationals | Devin 10 pm Cosmic Charlie’s Vibrolas | Honah Lee | Dead Dick Hammer, Green Lantern Scott Said 9 pm, Henry Clay’s Public House Justin and Parsons 11 pm, Lynagh’s Pub Mitch Barrett | Owen Reynolds 9 pm, Natasha’s See Alice 10 pm, O’Neill’s Jordan English 9.30 pm, Parlay Social Caught Red Handed 9 pm, Southside Pub Brinley Addlington 10 pm, Tin Roof SATURDAY OCTOBER 6 Blind Corn Liquor Pickers 10 pm, Al’s Bar Fiona Apple 8 pm, Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati A Thousand Times No 8 pm, The Attic Plan B 9.30, Bigg Blue Martini Flashback 9 pm, Bogart’s in Crowne Plaza Wayne Whitehouse, The Cellar The Sundog Revival 10 pm, Cheapside Bar Rasputina | Fawn Fables 10 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s Rough Customers | Demon Waffle 9 pm, Green Lantern Fabulous Expletives 9 pm, Henry Clay’s Public House The Footsteps 11 pm, Lynagh’she Velvet Blue 9 pm, Natasha’s See Alice 10 pm, O’Neill’s Jordan English 9.30 pm, Parlay Social Caught Red Handed 9 pm, Southside Pub Brinley Addlington 10 pm, Tin Roof Taildragger 10 pm, Willie’s Locally Known SUNDAY OCTOBER 7 Jorma Kaukonen 9 pm, Natasha’s Slightly Stoopid 8 pm, Buster’s Relic Delic 11 pm, Lynagh’s Pub MONDAY OCTOBER 8 Caroline Herring | Shel 6.45 pm, Woodsongs, Kentucky Theatre Caravan of Thieves 9 pm, Natasha’s TUESDAY OCTOBER 9 Sonic Spank 10 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s Yonder Mountain String Band 8 pm, Headliners, Louisville Kiya Heartwood 9 pm, Natasha’s WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10 Laurel River Line 7 pm, Red Barn Radio, ArtsPlace Buckcherry | Saving Abel 8 pm, Buster’s Jessie Laine Powell 9 pm, Natasha’s THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 Rooster’s Crow 9 pm, Al’s Bar Blind Corn Liquor Pickers 5 pm, Thursday Night Live, Cheapside Park Monika Herzig Trio 7 pm, Central Branch Public Library Ampline | Mad Anthony | Alone at 3am | Hotel War 8 pm, Green Lantern The Gibson Brothers 8 pm, Natasha’s VENUES Al`s Bar 601 Limestone St 859.252.9104 ArtsPlace 161 N. Mill Street The Attic Bar 2628 Richmond Rd. 859.268.0332 Atomic Café 265 Limestone St. 859-254-1969 Austin City Saloon 2350 Woodhill Drive 859.266.6891 Bar Lexington: 373 East Main St. 859-523-7694 Bigg Blue Martini 369 W. Vine St. 859.231.9000 Black Box Theater 141 E. Main St. 859.225.0370 Bogart`s at Crowne Plaza 1375 S. Broadway 859.255.4281 Buster`s Billiards & Backroom 899 Manchester St. 859.368.8871 Campus Pub 393 Waller Ave 859.231.0957 The Cellar 3256 Lansdowne Drive 859.317.8301 Cheapside 131 Cheapside 859.254.0046 Chevy Chase Inn 833 East Euclid Ave. 859.266.9422 Common Grounds 343 E. High St. 859.233.9761 Coffee Times Coffee House: 2571 Regency Rd. 859-277-9410 Cosmic Charlie`s 388 Woodland Ave. 859.309.9499 Giuseppe`s: 4456 Nicholasville Rd. 859-272-4269 Grapevine 4101 Tates Creek Rd. 859.273.7788 Green Lantern 497 W. Third St. 859.252.9539 Henry Clay’s Public House 112 N. Upper Street Horse and Barrel at DeSha`s 101 N. Broadway 859.259.3771 The Julep Cup 111 Woodland Ave 859-226-0300 Kentucky Theatre 214 East Main Street 859.231.6997 Land of Tomorrow 527 E. Third Street Lynagh`s Irish Pub 384 Woodland Ave. 859.255.1292 Malibu Pub and Grill 239 Surfside Dr. 859.278.9003 Natasha`s 112 Esplanade 859.259.2754 O`Neill`s Irish Pub 2051 Richmond Rd. 859.266.4488 Parlay Social 257 W. Short Street The Secret Bar and Grill 841 Lane Allen Road 859.317.8673 Shamrocks Bar and Grill154 N. Patchen Dr. 859.269.7621 ShowMe’s Restaurant: 1973 Bryant Rd. - 859-317-8625 Southside Pub 3650 Boston Rd. 859.223.4775 Squires Tavern 3429 Buckhorn Dr. 859.317.8887 Tee Dee's Club 266 E Second St 859.335.8440 Tin Roof 303 S. Limestone St. 859.317.9111 Two Keys Tavern 333 S. Limestone St. 859.254.5000 Vue 201 E. Main Street, 15th Floor Willie’s Locally Known 805 N. Broadway