‘Bye Bye Birdie’
Bryan Station High School Theatre’s production of the classic musical-comedy inspired by Elvis Presley is its largest show yet, with more than 50 cast members, 20 orchestra members and 10 technicians, as well as talent from the StationARTS department. Show times are 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Bryan Station High School, 201 Eastin Road, Lexington. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students, and are available at the door.
Thunder Over Louisville
The traditional start to the Kentucky Derby Festival features more than 100 vendors on the ground from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. The air show, featuring military and civilian aircraft, is at 3 p.m. Fireworks start at 9. Events are along the Ohio River in Louisville. Thunderoverlouisville.org.
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Beaux Arts Ball
The annual night of music, dance, costumes, fashion and fun is 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday at Manchester Music Hall, 899 Manchester Street, Lexington. The ball is for ages 18 and older, and participants must show ID. Tickets are $25 online, $30 at the door. Proceeds will benefit AVOL, the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning and the Plantory. Beaux-arts-ball.org.
‘This is the Thing’ opening
The Lexington Art League opens a new exhibit of photographs of the Lexington-area music scene by photographer Andrew Brinkhorst with a Fourth Friday celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Loudoun House, 209 Castlewood Drive. Admission is $5, free to league members. The exhibit runs through May 29, and gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Go to Lexingtonartleague.org for more information.