Weekender: Dec. 28-29


•Thomas Brown on ‘Iron Chef’

Sunday, Nov. 29

Food Network Channel
9 p.m.

Louisville’s ice sculptor extraordinaire Thomas Brown will flaunt his talents on national television this holiday weekend. Catch him on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef” Sunday evening as he carves, chisels and hacks away on ice blocks while blockhead chefs Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto go head-to-head in the ultimate cook-off. His sculptures will be used in the final presentation of each chef’s dish

Brown, who now commutes between Brooklyn and Louisville, first took to ice sculpting when Grocer’s Ice on Main Street, which was just a few blocks from his studio, threw out 300 pounds of ice one day. He confiscated it and began to carve away. “It’s like their chocolate got mixed up with my peanut butter,” he says. “I fell in love.” —Sara Havens



Saturday, Nov. 28

Bearno’s Pizza
2784 Meijer Drive, Jeffersonville
(812) 282-2663
Free; 10 p.m.

Sadly not a musical version of the 1981 film, but happily a live performance from Nacirema and Dr. Gonzo, who collectively form Scanners, one of the better hip-hop albums I’ve heard this year. What began as a one-off track when Nacirema hired Gonzo to produce a song on his last album led the two to work on “something I wouldn’t have wanted to take out of my buddy’s CD player and throw into the street,” as he told LEO’s podcast. The production and energy of the disc hearken back to the “feel-better” early ’90s, mixing clever wordplay and soulful samples over a larger concept told over the span of an hour, ideas severely lacking in today’s climate. And what’s a better way to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving and shopping madness than by enjoying a pitcher of beer, a couple slices and some quality hip-hop? —Damien McPherson


•Louisville Orchestra’s Holiday Spectacular

Saturday, Nov. 28

Brown Theatre
$15; 7 p.m.

Jason Weinberger leads the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Youth Choir and the audience in songs to welcome the season. Events include a visit from a friend from the North Pole. The program will include many seasonal favorites including selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and the Overture from Richman’s Hanukkah Festival.


•”The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & Dec. 12

Bomhard Theater, KY Center
501 W. Main St.
$15.75; 2 & 5 p.m. 

Back by popular demand, this raucous holiday tradition since 1988 features over 30 student actors from the Kentuckiana region and is directed by Stage One’s own Andrew D. Harris.

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