Weekender: Oct. 30-31

‘Tales of Kentucky Ghosts’

Saturday, Oct. 30

Fourth Street Live • 562-2100
Free; 1 p.m.

Books about hauntings often dole out squirmy moments and shocks with stale polish and familiar pacing. Borders at Fourth Street Live is ready to present an alternative — the thorough research of a man who knows that the supernatural is right around the corner from the everyday. William Lynwood Montell won’t come to this reading in gothic makeup and costume; the Western Kentucky University professor is a folklorist of considerable repute. His “Tales of Kentucky Ghosts” presents the weird and otherworldly in very straight-up fashion — that is, the tales are told pretty much directly as said to Montell or other reliable sources. The result is a book that won’t recount apparitions with the purple atmosphere of some ersatz Dean Koontz. Instead, pages weave cultural webs and string together threads of often-related regional legends, bringing nearly 300 dark, curious and disturbing incidents to life. —T.E. Lyons

•Century Market Fair

Oct. 30-31

Historic Locust Grove

561 Blankenbaker Ln.


$6; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Market Fairs were important to the community as merchants, craftspeople, performers, soldiers and neighbors gathered to see entertainment, socialize and trade goods. The 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove will feature an encampment, a village market and entertainers roving the grounds.

•Spirit Ball

Conrad-Caldwell House

Old Louisville



$150; 8 p.m.

McClanahan Publishing is proud to announce that author David Dominé will emcee the 2010 Spirit Ball at the Conrad-Caldwell House in Old Louisville on Saturday. The opulent masquerade celebration will feature gourmet cuisine and cocktails, elegantly costumed guests and a silent auction.

•Halloween Concert by Commonwealth Brass Band

Sunday, Oct. 31

Ogle Cultural and Community Center, IUS

$8; 3 p.m.

Under the direction of J. Jerome Amend, principal trumpet of the Louisville Orchestra and member of the IU Southeast Music faculty, the 35-member English-style brass band will perform selections such as music from the 1989 film, BATMAN by Danny Elfman, music from INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM and E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL by John Williams. Music from PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL by Klaus Badelt, as well as Sergei Prokofiev’s classic, PETER AND THE WOLF, and works by Hector Berlioz, Denis Wright, and Paul Dukas.

•Donald Rothberg

Sunday, Oct. 31

Clifton Unitarian Church

2331 Payne St.

7:15 p.m.

He will speak on

Buddhism in America.

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