Weekender: Dec. 11-12

$20 Art Show

Saturday, Dec. 11

Clifton Art Supply

2044 Frankfort Ave.

Free; 6-9 p.m.

This Christmas, I’m saying no to gift cards, smelly lotions and mind-numbing gadgets. I’d actually like to take a pass on the entire holiday, but the holly-and-mistletoe-oozing freaks around me have denied my request. Jolly bastards. So I’m going to keep my bucks here in town by shopping local. Lucky for me and the folks on my list (fleur-de-lis cutting boards for everyone!), the annual $20 Art Show is Saturday at the Clifton Art Supply. No malls, screaming kids or frightened men in Victoria’s Secret to mess with. The show features work from more than 20 local artists, and everything is $20 or less. Participating artists include Ashley Brossart, Natalie Sud, Sean Garrison, Ron Jasin, Terry Tapp, Jill Morgan, Suzanne Edds, Gary Bell and Scott Scarboro. —Grinch Havens

Green Gift Fair

Saturday, Dec. 11

Rainbow Blossom

3738 Lexington Road • 645-3423


Free; noon-4 p.m.

With the advent of the Christmas shopping season comes the inevitable consumerist psychic backlash: Did the reindeer comforter set I purchased at Wal-Mart cause a dozen Chinese kids to work overtime? A sad but inevitable consequence of globalization … Fortunately, the fine folks at Rainbow Blossom have your guilty liberal conscience covered: Their Green Gift Fair features dozens of local vendors, artists and eco-friendly local businesses — including Old Louisville Candle Maker, MadPixel Art & Design, Just Creations, Lady of Assemblage and Red Hot Roasters, among many others. In addition, there will be Kentucky Proud gift baskets for sale, as well as complimentary chair massages — the perfect outlet for releasing any holiday shopping stress, aside from drinking a gallon of soy eggnog. —Jonathan Meador

‘Clarksville’s Colgate’

Saturday, Dec. 11

Falls of the Ohio State Park

201 W. Riverside Drive, Clarksville


$5; 2 & 3:30 p.m.

Sometimes when I see the Colgate clock beaming the time to us Louisvillians from across the river, I feel bad for Indiana. Here they have this gigantic (its diameter is 40 feet), original, functional, cool piece of history, but it’s pointed toward us, for our benefit. I suppose a thank you is in order, and learning about the history of the Colgate-Palmolive Plant in Clarksville is probably the right thing to do. The documentary “Clarksville’s Colgate: Prison to Present” will be shown Saturday at the Falls of the Ohio. The film explores the origin of the building as an Indiana State Prison (1846-1921) and its transformation into the eventual soap-making factory. The clock was first illuminated on Nov. 17, 1924, and is the seventh-largest clock in the world. That’s what time it is. —Sara Havens

•Santa’s Safari @ The Zoo

Dec. 11-12, 18-19

Louisville Zoo

1100 Trevilian Way


Santa and some of his North Pole friends are planning to make an early visit to Louisville this year as they headline the Zoo’s popular Santa’s Safari event on Dec. 11-12 and 18-19. This jolly party will transform the Zoo’s Gheens Room in the Islands Pavilion into a festive holiday wonderland and include a visit by Santa, his elves, Frosty the Snowman and more — so be sure to bring a camera to capture some wonderful holiday memories. A complimentary photo with Santa will be provided to each child.

•Louisville Youth Orchestra

Sunday, Dec. 12

Youth Performing Arts School

1517 S. Second St.

$13.50; 4 p.m.

The  Repertory Orchestra (Richard Ryan, Conductor), Concert Orchestra (Chris Lerner, Conductor), Serenade Orchestra (Elise Kotheimer Gambrell), Percussion Ensemble (Mark Tate, Coach) and Horizons Ensembles (Donna Parkes and Dennis Robinson, Coaches) of the Louisville Youth Orchestra will present “Stringing in the Holidays.”

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