Not feeling the big Kentucky-Louisville game? We know you're out there, and we love you, too. Because we do, we've compiled some alternatives to watching the NCAA men's semifinals on Saturday.
Going into this weekend, it seemed as if bookers had anticipated March Madness overtaking Central Kentuckians' social calendars. There don't appear to be as many events scheduled as on a typical weekend.
Tip-off for the Kentucky-Louisville game is set for 6:09 p.m. Saturday. Here are some shows that, as of earlier this week, were going on about that time. Be aware that schedules can change, so call before making plans. Even these events, which have been confirmed, might be changed at the last minute.
The Conway way
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Hello darlin', nice to see ya. It's been a long time ... since we've heard anything out of Conway Twitty, who died in 1993. But Saturday, the country music legend's son Michael and grandson Tre, along with the original Twitty Bird Band, will pay tribute to the man behind Hello Darlin' and 54 other No. 1 hits in Memories of Conway. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Renfro Valley. ($20-$35. 1-800-765-7464. Renfrovalley.com.)
A play's the thing
It's opening weekend for The Woodford Theatre's The Three Musketeers (about four good guys) and closing weekend for Studio Players' Bad Seed (about one very bad girl).
On Monday afternoon, Woodford Theatre box office manager Mercedes Goldenrod said tickets are non-refundable but may be exchanged for a different performance as late as 48 hours before show time, "so what do you think is happening today. This is quite a phenomenon."
(The Three Musketeers: Through April 15. Shows at 8 p.m. Fri., Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center, Versailles. $19, $12 students. (859) 873-0648. Woodfordcountytheater.com.)
(Bad Seed: Shows at 8 p.m. Fri., Sat.; 2:30 p.m. Sun. Carriage House Theatre, 154 West Bell Court. $17, $10 students. (859) 225-0370. Lexarts.tix.com.)
Feed the box office
If you didn't help The Hunger Games rake in a record $153 million last weekend, you'd better get yourself to a cinema. Do it for the sake of cultural literacy if nothing else. The film, starring Kentuckians Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, is on oodles of screens in Central Kentucky. There are lots of other movies playing, too (see Page 17 for details).
Go for laughs
On Saturday, stand-up comic Josh Sneed will wrap up his four-night stand at Comedy Off Broadway in The Mall at Lexington Green. Sneed, who says he left his job at Procter & Gamble to pursue life behind the mike, has been featured on Comedy Central and The Bob and Tom Show. His shows are at 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. ($8-$14. (859) 271-5653. Comedyoffbroadway.com.)
See what's in store
Go shopping. It's a well-known fact that the roads and stores are virtually empty when UK is playing. This is a prime opportunity for bargain- hunting. But don't expect the clerks to pay much attention to you.