NCAA Visitors Guide: Things to do beyond basketball

March 21, 2013 

Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window (1954)

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If you need a break from basketball or just want to explore the cultural side of Lexington, here are some events going on through Sunday. For more complete coverage of what to do in the region, see the Weekender section in Friday's Herald-Leader or go to LexGo.com's calendar, where you'll find an exhaustive searchable list of things to do.

ONGOING

Art and the Animal, visual arts. Gorgeous, realistic paintings of animals in a tucked-away gem of a museum. Through April 28. The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, 405 Rose St. $8, $5 senior citizens. (859) 257-5716. www.uky.edu/artmuseum.

Humana Festival of New American Plays, theater. Various plays performed in repertory in one of the nation's premier theater festivals, a little more than an hour's drive from Lexington. Through April 7. Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 W. Main St., Louisville. $20-$51. (502) 584-1265. Actorstheatre.org.

Tammy Pescatelli, standup comedy. Standup in one of the nation's most respected comedy clubs. 7:15 p.m. March 21, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. March 22, 23. Comedy Off Broadway, 161 Lexington Green Cir. $9-$18. (859) 271-5653. Comedyoffbroadway.com.

THURSDAY

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Rear Window, film. Two classics shown at one of the nation's most beautiful movie houses. Vertigo at 5 and 9:35 p.m. Rear Window at 7:30 p.m. Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St. $6. (859) 231-7924. Kentuckytheater.com.

FRIDAY

Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra: Bach Brandenburg, classical music. The city's orchestra performing some of classical music's biggest names. 7:30 p.m. March 22. UK Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose St. $25-$60. Lexphil.org.

Twiggenburys, pop music. Local band covering British pop in one of the city's most interesting venues. 9 p.m. March 22. Natasha's Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade. $5. (859) 259-2754. Beetnik.com.

SATURDAY

The Bats, cabaret. This funny, talented local cabaret group sells out. 8 p.m. March 23. Natasha's, 112 Esplanade. $10. (859) 259-2754. Beetnik.com.

Collin Raye, country music. An hour from Lexington is a fine small music venue. 8 p.m. March 23. Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, Interstate 75, Exit 62, Renfro Valley. $20-$35. Renfrovalley.com.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, musical dinner theater. Play about Billie Holliday performed by well-known Lexington singer Jessie Laine Powell. 8 p.m. Actors Guild of Lexington, 4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd. $40. 1-866-811-4111. Actors-guild.org.

SUNDAY

C.J. Box signs Breaking Point, author signing. Best-seller visits one of the nation's best independent bookstores. 2 p.m. March 24. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, The Mall at Lexington Green, 161 Lexington Green Cir. Free. (859) 273-2911. Josephbeth.com.

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