Welcome to this week's Ace Picks for Lexington, Kentucky — Ace’s highly curated and selective to do list for the next eight days in the bluegrass (also delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning via the Ace e-dition click here to subscribe.) If your house is packed with loved ones this holiday weekend, you might be looking for places to take them and show off our beautiful bluegrass -- or, if you're one of those people who thinks fish and houseguests stink after three days, you might be looking for places to go to get out of that house packed with loved ones. Either way, we have you covered. THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2012 Run the Thoroughbred Classic 5k at Keeneland this morning, to avoid any Thanksgiving food coma guilt. Click here for the rundown of what's open and closed on Thanksgiving in Lexington (LexTran schedules, LFUCG, trash collection, even a grease recycle). FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2012 Looking for somewhere to take the relatives, with a bit of an eye-opening factor? Spring Awakening is this weekend at Lexington's Downtown Arts Center. More conservative relatives? Oliver North signs his new book at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Oh My Me (one of the standouts on Lexington's 10 in 20 project) plays Al's Bar tonight. Sonic Deville is playing at Green Lantern. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2012 Lexington's annual Christmas Tree Lighting is at Triangle Park this afternoon, and while you're downtown, nothing says "Family" like the Gun and Knife Show (at Lexington Center, Heritage Hall)). Something more kid friendly? Try the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at the Lexington Opera House. For a little grown up Saturday night fun, The Swells are playing Willie's. SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2012 If it's Sunday, it must be time for Brunch with the Queens. Drag queens. More theatre in the evening, with "A Condo to Kill For," at Parlay Social. MONDAY NOVEMBER 26, 2012 Kentucky native Barbara Kingsolver signs her new book, Flight Behavior, at Joseph-Beth. (Click here for Heather Watson's Ace review.) Another community tree lighting this evening at the Isaac Murphy Park in the east end. Moscow Ballet is at the Singletary Center. But before you go out, set the TiVo for the Next Great Baker on TLC. Lexington's James Brown of Brown's Bakery (a Cupcake Wars veteran) is one of 13 contenders this season. TUESDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2012 Tuesday is the release show for Osland/Dailey's newest CD at Natasha's. WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2012 Tonight's Holler Poets series at Al's Bar will include a first-time appearance from Lexington author and UK prof Tom Marksbury. If you're eating out tonight, see if your chosen restaurant is participating in Dining Out for Life, benefiting AVOL. Wrap up the evening with Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at the Green Lantern. Ace Picks and calendar recommendations for Lexington are compiled from the Ace Calendar Lexington, KY calendar by Mic Hardman, with Chris Snider. Click to submit.
GIGS and CONCERTS Lexington, Kentucky Music Listings NOVEMBER 22 - NOVEMBER 29, 2012 THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22 Corey Kenton 10 pm, Austin City Saloon Thanksgiving with The Sundown Service, Green Lantern FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23 Oh My Me | Cross 10 pm, Al’s Bar Corey Kenton 10 pm, Austin City Saloon Lisa Raymond 9.30 pm, Bigg Blue Martini Houndmouth 9 pm, Buster’s Big Maracas 10 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s Sonic Deville | All American Werewolves | Infected | Blood Pheasant | Below, Green Lantern The Breedings 9 pm, Henry Clay’s Public House Sundown Service 10.30 pm, Lynagh’s Mitch Barrett 9 pm, Natasha’s Still Kickin’ 9.30 pm, Parlay Social Jordan England Band 10.30 pm, Tin Roof The Black Lillies 9 pm, Willie’s Locally Known SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24 Big Chill's Secret Surprise 9 pm, Al’s Bar Corey Kenton 10 pm, Austin City Saloon Crazy Janie 9.30 pm, Bigg Blue Martini Five Below Band 9 pm, Bogart`s at Crowne Plaza Matt Duncan Street Band | Street Gnar | Fanged Robot 10 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s Tall, Dark and Handsome 8 pm, Natasha’s Blackfoot Gypsies | J. Marinelli 9 pm, Green Lantern Jesse Rose Pennington and John McHugh 9 pm, Henry Clay’s Public House The Eric Cummins Band 10.30 pm, Lynagh’s Still Kickin’ 9.30 pm, Parlay Social David Campbell 10.30 pm, Tin Roof Ancient Warfare | Killer Meteor | The Swells | The Other Brothers 8 pm, Willie’s Locally Known SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25 Roomrunner | 30th Century Men 9 pm, Al’s Bar Baja Yeti’s 10 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s The Tall Boys 10 pm, Lynagh’s Kennedy Dane 7 pm, Natasha’s Yellow Dog Jazz Band 6 pm, Willie’s Locally Known MONDAY NOVEMBER 26 Blakeley Burger 8 pm, Natasha’s TUESDAY NOVEMBER 27 Electric Jam-Bluegrass Funk Cooperative 8 pm, Henry Clay’s Public House Osland/Dailey Jazztet CD Release Show 9 pm, Natasha’s David Peterson, Willie’s Locally Known WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28 Underhill Rose 7 pm, Red Barn Radio, ArtsPlace Cope, Frazier Band 10 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s Christopher Morris 9 pm, Natasha’s THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29 George Crooney 9 pm, Al’s Bar Mr. Gnome | Wol and Weeps 10 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s Karma to Burn | Midnight Ghost Train | Blood Pheasant | Lava 8 pm, Green Lantern Sue Massek & Friends 7 pm, Natasha’s VENUES Al`s Bar 601 Limestone St 859.252.9104 ArtsPlace 161 N. Mill Street 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