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November 14th-19th

Not on the Map, But Up on the Stage

Danville poet Frank Walker (ACE's Model Citizen last year) coined the term Affrilachia to define himself and his community, a sense of place and spirit that titled his 1999 book of poems. His stunning voice and words sparked interest throughout Kentucky, and none more so than at the UK Theatre, which will be bringing Walker's poems to the stage through the interpretation of music, movement and sound. Directed by Nancy Jones, the show hopes to evoke Affrilachia in this new medium for the very first time ever.

Briggs Theatre, UK Fine Arts Building, Rose Street. $7/12, 257-4829.

November 18th

Reading, Writing, and Consumerism

Bibliophile, put on your diapers, because it's time for the 19th Annual Kentucky Book Fair. Held in lovely Frankfort, the Fair boasts thousands of books, old and new, fiction and non-fiction, good and bad, all to be sold for low prices. You'll get to hobnob with Kentucky authors, discuss things, have a cuppa joe, all the while raising money for Kentucky's libraries. As they say, "It's for the public's good." They know best, don't they? Proceeds benefit Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives.

William Exum Center, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, 9am-4:30pm. 859/873-8989.

November 25 & 26

Them Biggest Day of the Shopping Year Blues

Good God, no. Don't go to the mall. It's the day after Thanksgiving. It's crazy out there. Mothers are killing children to get the latest Pokemon figure. Besides, you're still too drowsy from all that tryptophan to even get out of bed. Best just wait till the evening and kick off that annual Holiday depression bender with The Metropolitan Blues All-Stars. These native blues veterans will reunite on both evenings to lay down some sweet jives, like they do around this time every year at Lynagh's. C'mon. They're better than your cousins who just won't leave. And since these guys have scattered to the four winds in recent years, now's your chance to find them all in one place, and under one roof if they owe you any dough. Not to stereotype bluesmen or anything.

Lynagh's, both nights 10pm, $6.