Derby weekend, Keeneland style
Skip the Louisville traffic and head to Keeneland to celebrate Derby weekend. For the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, gates open at 9 a.m., first post at Churchill Downs is 10:30 a.m. The day includes wagering, live music in the paddock and food vendors. General admission and parking are free.
For Derby Day on Saturday, more than 1,000 televisions mean you won't miss a minute of action. Concessions and bars will be open throughout the Grandstand, and the day will include live music and children's activities. Gates open at 9 a.m., and admission is $5, free for ages 12 and younger. (859) 254-3412. Keeneland.com. For more on all the Derby action, check out our Derby first-timers' guide on pages 14 and 15.Nighttime's the right time
The Night Market features local artists, live music and food vendors including Maria's Kitchen, Thai & Mighty, Crank & Boom and more. It's 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 700 Bryan Avenue. Nolicdc.org.Flowery language?
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Kentucky's Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon, above, and other writers present Poetry in the Greenhouses, 5:30 p.m. Friday at Michler's, 417 East Maxwell Street. In addition to Lyon, the evening of poetry among the flora will feature readings by Steven Alvarez, Dan Howell, Julia Johnson, Leatha Kendrick, Iris Law, Maurice Manning, Christopher McCurry, John Michler, Kimberly Miller, Gurney Norman, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Kasia Pater, Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, Richard Taylor and Jeff Worley. An open mic will follow.Laugh all weekend
Comedian James Gregory performs at Comedy Off Broadway in The Mall at Lexington Green. Show times are 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 and $22. Call (859) 271-5653 or go to Comedyoffbroadway.com.