1-Wood Carvings by Alan & Cathe Hedgespeth, TryArt Gallery, Louisville (thru 12/31).
Keeneland Art Fair, Keene Barn.
Lexington Christmas Parade, Dowtown Lexington, 10am.
Snowbird Dressage, KY Horse Park.
Amahl & the Night Visitors, UK Theatre, Singletary Center, 2pm.
Christmas Collage, Singletary Center, 8pm.

2-Keeneland Art Fair, Keene Barn.
Amahl & the Night Visitors, UK Theatre, Singletary Center, 2pm.
Katia and Marielle Labeque, UK Artist Series, Singetary Center, 8pm.
Coffee Concert Series w/ Lex Philharmonic String Quartet, Ed & Fred’s Desert Moon, 3:30pm.
Poetry Slam, Common Grounds Coffeehouse, 7pm (first Sun every month).
Carmen, KY Center for the Arts.

3-The Empy Bowls Project, Morlan Gallery, Transy (thru 12/5).

4-Fiddler on the Roof, Palace Theater (thru 12/9).

6-You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Kibbey Theatre, Morehead (thru 12/8).
The Western Wind, Berea College, 6pm.

7-Nutcracker, Kentucky Ballet Theater w/ UK Symphony Orchestra, Singetary Center.
Alejandro Escovedo, Lynagh’s.
Funky Meters, Bomhard Theater, 8pm.
Film: Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 11 w/ George Clooney & Brad Pitt and Michael Mann’s Ali w/ Will Smith.

8-The Shaker Order of Christmas, Shaker Vilalge.
The Snow Queen, Bomhard Theater.
Nutcracker, Kentucky Ballet Theater w/ UK Symphony Orchestra, Singetary Center.

9-The Firebird w/ Louisville OrKidstra, Brown Theatre, 2pm.
Holiday Music Celebration, Brock Auditorium, EKU, 3pm.
Eleven Pipers Piping Caroling Party, Unitarian Universalist Church, 5pm.

11-Paintings & Photographs by Philip High & Kopana Terry, ArtsPlace (thru 1/29/02).
Kentucky Christmas Chorus, Rupp Arena, 7:30pm. Free.

14-Masterclassics #4: Messiah, Lex. Philharmonic, Singletary Center, 8pm.
Film: Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky w/ Tom Cruise & Penelope Cruz.

15-Liz McComb, Bomhard Theater, 8pm.
Christmas Concert, Lex Men’s Chorus, Singletary Center, 8pm.
The Nutcracker, Louisville Ballet, Whitney Hall (thru 12/27).

16-The Harry Pickens Trio, Clark-Todd Hall, 6pm.
Candy Cane Concert, Lexington Philharmonic, Singletary Center, 3pm.
Little Red Riding Hood & The Three Little Pigs, Brown Theatre.
The Snow Queen, Bomhard Theater.

17-Passport to Nature, Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.

19-Film: Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring.

21-Film: Martin Scorcese’s Gangs of New York, Frank Darabont’s The Majestic w/ Jim Carrey, and Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums w/ Gene Hackman.

22-Little Red Riding Hood & The Three Little Pigs, Brown Theatre.

24-Christmas Eve-Time to finish all your last minute shopping.

25-Feliz Navidad!!!!
Film: Simon Wells’ The Time Machine, Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind w/ Russell Crowe, Lasse Hallstrom’s The Shipping News w/ Kevin Spacey and Joel Schumacher’s Bad Company w/ Anthony Hopkins & Chris Rock.

30-Tracks Walk, Raven Run Sanctuary.

31-New Year’s Eve-Party like a rock star!
Northside Book Discussion Group, Northside Library, 7-8pm.

the Highlights...


The Real Deal

Austinite Alejandro Escovedo is a songwriting dream come true. He crafts the most emotionally complex tunes you'll find these days, singing of pain and redemption in ways that are sometimes folkishly gentle, others mercilessly rocking. But whatever he does, it's as absolutely honest and committed as it can possibly be. His latest record, A Man Under the Influence, is rich with cohesive unity and thematic focus. Penning contemplative works with delicate strokes of genius, Escovedo continues to spread the orchestral roots-rock word far beyond his Texas homeland. This show is a guaranteed sell-out, so start making plans and get your tickets early.

December 7, Lynagh's. Cover and showtime TBA.


Attention Art Lovers

What better way to ring in the holiday season than with some fine art? Join two talented regional artists as they celebrate the opening of their joint exhibit at ArtsPlace. Louisville native Philip High, an artist, graphic designer and musician, will display all new paintings in the style of gestural abstraction. His primary inspiration is nature, both visible and invisible. The process itself is, for High, a reflection of nature, as layers are added, removed and altered over time, leaving a record of the forces that acted upon them. High will have the distinct pleasure of sharing space with renowned photographer Kopana Terry. Terry, an Eastern Kentucky native, has been wowing Lexingtonians for years with thought-provoking images that really say something. Her pieces are true works of artistic expression, provoking emotion and challenging the viewer. Take a peek around. Who knows? You may just find the perfect gift for that special someone!

December 11, Tuesday, ArtsPlace (161 N. Mill St). Hours: 9am-4:30pm Mon-Fri; 10am-2pm Sat.


Now Showing

It's was a cruel summer at the box office this year. And thankfully, fall is shaping up with some cinematic jewels. December, in particular, is chock-full of fresh celluloid explorations. Steven Soderbergh returns on December 7th with Ocean's 11 starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt in a remake of the Rat Pack classic while Michael Mann takes another stab at Oscar contention with Will Smith floating like a butterfly in Ali. Friday, December 14, is a welcome back for Cameron Crowe as he releases Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise as Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring debuts on December 19. Martin Scorcese will be in the theaters on December 21 with Gangs of New York while Jim Carrey makes another holiday appearance this year in Frank Darabont's The Majestic. Even Rushmore alum Wes Anderson makes an appearance, taking another stab at comic gold with The Royal Tenenbaums. Christmas Day itself brings the release of Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind starring Russell Crowe, Lasse Hallstrom's The Shipping News with Kevin Spacey, Joel Schumacher's Bad Company and Simon Wells' The Time Machine. Chill at the movies and see a flick or two. It's probably too damn cold outside to do anything else.

All month long at various theaters around town. Check Ace's Movie Clock for times and locations.


Time Flies

Another year has passed. Now take a moment to think about days gone by, about accomplishments and defeats, about loves and losses. Then get your butt downtown for a huge fiesta. The whole city will be jumping with parties galore. But remember, it's amateur night, so keep an eye out for all the part-time party fools. Better yet, just stay at home and enjoy the safety of your abode and the solemn start of a brand new year.

We at Ace would like to wish you the happiest and safest of holiday seasons. Now clip out these calendars and start making some plans!