Weekender: Aug. 27-28

Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too

Saturday, Aug. 27

The Louisville Zoo
1100 Trevilian Way
$45-$89; 4-9 p.m.

It’s been suggested that people who don’t like animals can’t be trusted. I’ve actually heard The Bar Belle say the same thing about people who don’t like beer. And while I don’t endorse such sweeping generalizations, I’m a huge fan of both and don’t understand how anyone could disparage icy cold beer or animals (I mean, polar bears are indisputably cute, even if they will eat your face). The Louisville Zoo is offering a chance to enjoy both this weekend at the eighth annual Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too.

Dozens of regional breweries and winemakers will offer tastings, and local restaurants will provide fare to nosh on while you imbibe among the wildlife. Tickets for the 21-and-up event also include an official tasting mug, live music by disco cover band 100% Poly, and a variety of games fit for tipsy adults. All proceeds will benefit the zoo’s new Glacier Run bear habitat. —Sarah Kelley

•CONNECT at Bernheim

Saturday, Aug. 27

Sunset Amphitheatre on Lake Nevin

Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Ky.


$5; 6:21-10:21 p.m.

Organizers are billing the upcoming CONNECT fundraiser as “a nighttime collision of art, music, science and technology” that invites participants to “experiment, play, dance and dream … participate in the madness or simply enjoy the sights and sounds.” This multimedia benefit combines music, art, food and more, all under the starlit skies of Bernheim Forest’s majestic arboretum. Sponsor Jim Beam is offering a free bourbon tasting, and six bands, including experimental jazz artist Jason Ajemian and local singer-songwriter Cheyenne Marie Mize, will perform on the two stages. The visual portion of the event involves kinetic ice sculptures (you’ll have to check it out in person to find out what that means), and the Louisville Science Center will have solar bugs and balloons for the kids. Plus, there will be food and beer galore. —Jennifer Harlan

•U of L vs. UCLA

Saturday, Aug. 27

Cardinal Park, Belknap Campus



$5 (free for students); 7 p.m.

A heck of a way to start the season! The No.1-ranked University of Louisville men’s soccer team opens its 2011 season Saturday at Cardinal Park against No. 2 UCLA. The match is being promoted as a “White Out” for fans. The Cardinals, coached by Ken Lolla and led by All-Americans Colin Rolfe and Austin Berry, finished 20-1-3 last season, including a Big East championship and a runner-up finish to Akron in the NCAA tournament final. UCLA lost to Louisville in the NCAA semifinals. The Bruins return passing sensation Kelyn Rowe. Rolfe, Berry and Rowe are all candidates for the Hermann Trophy, the top individual honor in collegiate soccer. —Bill Doolittle

•‘The Last Summer’

Saturday, Aug. 27

Davis Arena

4400 Shepherdsville Road


$5; 7 p.m. (screening), 9 p.m. (after party)

If you swell with hometown pride when familiar streets appear on the big screen, the locally made feature “The Last Summer” may be up your alley. The picture hits plenty of recognizable locations in our untapped filmsetting of a town, from ear X-tacy to the Louisville Skate Park. Director Jason Saint says the film blends the raunchy comedy of “American Pie” with the heart of “St. Elmo’s Fire.” It follows a group of longtime buds who have spent their summers raging together. Now on the verge of adulthood, these recent post-grads must come to terms with having just one more summer to savor their youth. The upcoming premiere will headline a night of live music, raffles and pizza, with appearances by the Derby City Roller Girls and Ohio Valley Wrestling Superstars. —J. Christian Walsh

•‘Road House’

Saturday, Aug. 27

Baxter Avenue Theatres

1250 Bardstown Road


$9; 11:55 p.m.

We learned two things from 1989’s “Road House”: Patrick Swayze can kick drunken ass, and bouncers are people, too. “All you have to do is follow three simple rules,” he says in one of the film’s numerous monologues. “One, never underestimate your opponent. Expect the unexpected. Two, take it outside. Never start anything inside the bar unless it’s absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.” Swayze plays Dalton, a badass bouncer hired to clean up the riffraff in a Jasper, Mo., bar — the infamous Double Deuce. Along the way, he falls in love with a doctor and lands on the bad side of the town’s villain. Revisit the ass-kickin’ on the big screen at Saturday night’s “Midnights at Baxter” screening. And remember: Nobody ever wins a fight. —Sara Havens

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