the Highlights...

October 7th-28th

All the Pretty Horsies

Or, a day at the Races. While Dr. Quackenbush may not be found, Keeneland's Fall Meet is Lexington's favored activity at its best. It's in autumn, so it'll be nice and cool. This year, every race is a Stakes race, guaranteed to be exciting racing. There will be the biggest purses ever in Keeneland's history (they're still deciding how big they'll be). Saturdays are especially hip because of Breakfast with the Works, where you can enjoy huge meals whilst you watch the horses train, and participate in seminars, demonstrations and other activities every Saturday. Just watch out for men with suspicious Italian accents and mutes in red wigs. Honk honk.

Keeneland, 4201 Versailles Rd, 800/456-3412

October 14th

Jazz Men of Note

Thank the good lord for UK's Spotlight Jazz Series. Jazz artists are few and far between here, and the series really takes up the slack for those of us who want to hear some laid-back notes blown with cool authority, or a piano's soul. Check out Medeski, Martin and Wood as they slide into the Singletary Center for the Arts. John Medeski's keyboarding becomes a full jazz orchestra. Billy Martin's percussion accentuates , pounds, and lays down rhythm law with measured authority. Meanwhile, Chris Wood's driving bass turns down the temperature with otherworldly grooves. It's free-style jazz with some hip-hop backbone.

Singletary Center for the Arts, 8pm, $22 public, $15 UK students, $18 UK staff. 257-TICS.

October 20th

A Small Break from the Road (again)

It's vaguely upsetting to try to write an introduction for Willie Nelson at all. He's a legend. He's written and recorded over 200 albums. He's been in movies. He's got those trademark braids. What's left to say? Well, how's this: for anyone who doesn't believe that Willie Nelson is a musical genius, who thinks he's only a country singer who's buoyed by his own longevity, you are wrong. Don't make us hit you. Willie Nelson is one of the foremost singers and songwriters in America, a legend now who will only be more respected as time goes on. Do not miss this chance to see a genius. Oh, and he sings "On the Road Again" too.

Newlin Hall, Centre College, 8:30pm. $50/60. 1-877/HIT-SHOW.