The Weekender: Nov. 19-20

•Portland Bicentennial Celebration

Saturday, Nov. 19

Portland Wharf Park
719 N. 32nd St.
Free; noon-3 p.m.

Two centuries ago, Gen. William Lytle — founder of Cincinnati — sent one of his minions south to survey a swath of land on the Falls of the Ohio. With steamboat travel and maritime trade booming, it was an ideal location for a new settlement, and so the town of Portland was born. This month marks Portland’s bicentennial, which is being celebrated with a good old-fashioned Founder’s Day shindig. There will be traditional food from the time period and 19th century games (not sure what either entails, but sounds like fun!), as well as live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, tours and a brief address from a local historian. Parking is available near 31st Street and Northwestern Parkway, and pedestrian access to the event is available via the RiverWalk path, with transportation provided for those unable to make the trek. —Sarah Kelley

•Alex Kennedy & Staci McKnight Maney

Nov. 19-Jan. 10

Revelry Boutique-Gallery

980 Barret Ave. • 414-1ART

Opening Reception: Nov. 19, 7 p.m.

Revelry was named Best Art Gallery in LEO’s recent Readers’ Choice Awards, and for good reason. They’ve got a good eye for up-and-coming talent. Case in point — two exhibits by artists Alex Kennedy and Staci McKnight Maney. Kennedy just finished his BFA from IUS, and this is his first official show, titled “Saturated Belief.” His pieces blend iconic imagery, bold colors and expressive realism — just see “Troubled Waters” for proof. Lexington artist Maney, meanwhile, uses found objects in her exhibit, titled “Sight Unseen.” The free opening reception Saturday will feature food as well as adult beverages from Kentucky Ale and Town Branch Bourbon. —Sara Havens

•PBR Bingo

Saturday, Nov. 19

Monkey Wrench

1025 Barret Ave.

$7; 9 p.m.

GREAT bingo prizes from local businesses and lotsa swag. Also scheduled are Rebel Riot Revue, Scarlet Jazzibelles, Bamboozle Breakdance Crew, and The Filbis Region (puppets that curse, drink, and watch porn), and DJ Matt Anthony. Prizes for best Halloween costume (yes, it’s Nov. 19 … but who’d counting?).

•Conrad Tao

Sunday, Nov. 20

Hattie Bishop Speed Concert Series

Comstock Hall, U of L

634-2700 •

$10; 3 p.m.

Conrad Tao appears Sunday at Comstock Hall in the opening event of the Speed Museum’s Hattie Bishop Speed Concert Series. A 17-year-old from Urbana, Ill., and a student at Columbia University/Juilliard, Tao has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra and on the PBS series “From the Top,” which showcases young musical talent. He’s also captured the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award eight times, and three of his songs appear on the program, along with works by Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Liszt. Today’s young artists fly over the keyboard, but Tao seems to have a sense of rhythm in his fingers, able to enunciate the music as he speeds through fast passages. —Bill Doolittle

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