Best Bets: Comedy, country and yoga to get your year started

Start off with a laugh

Comedian David Crowe, winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, performs the first shows of the year at Comedy Off Broadway, at The Mall at Lexington Green. Show times are 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 and $14. Comedyoffbroadway.com.

Yoga among nature

Practice your downward-facing dog at a free yoga class at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, 3885 Raven Run Way. It starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and is held indoors during winter. To register, call (859) 272-6105.

Country at Willie's

Country band Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers performs Saturday at Willie's Locally Known, 805 North Broadway. The show starts at 8 p.m. Willieslex.com.

Writers, readers converge

Joseph-Beth Booksellers and EKU's Bluegrass Writers Studio host a Winter Reading Series Saturday through Jan. 10.

The annual event brings together writers, students and readers and features evening readings that are open to the public. Readings are 5:30 p.m. at the Lexington Downtown Hilton Triple Crown Room, Second Floor, 369 W. Vine St..

This year's lineup features James S.A. Corey (a.k.a. Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham) on Saturday, Jason Howard on Sunday, Jeff Parker Jan. 5, John Crowley and Laurie Block Jan. 6, James Sallis Jan. 7, Kristyn Dunnion Jan. 8, Matt Rasmussen Jan. 9, and J. Allyn Rosser Jan. 10. Bluegrasswriters.org.