Weekender: Jan. 7-8

•Blue Umbrellas

Saturday, Dec. 31

Tink’s Pub
2235 S. Preston St. • 634-8180
$5; 8 p.m.

Tink’s is closing its doors after 10 years and, in a bittersweet celebration, their last blast is New Year’s Eve night with the Blue Umbrellas. As Louisville’s only lesbian bar, Tink’s, for better or worse, has welcomed everyone through its doors — from those looking for a safe place to find companionship to those looking for $3 pitchers and karaoke. Saturday’s party will feature a champagne and chocolate fountain (two separate things, of course), party favors, drink specials and lots of ladies who’ll be swapping their favorite Tink’s memories. You can’t get any closer to fine than this. Flannel optional. —Sara Havens

•Blue Moon Circus

Saturday, Dec. 31

The Rudyard Kipling

422 W. Oak St. • 636-1311

therudyardkipling.com

$10; 9:30 p.m.

Tired of the same old thing every New Year’s Eve? You wait two and a half hours for a fine dinner at Cheesecake Factory, then drive on drunk-infested roads to get to a bar that charges you $20 to stand in one place and listen to cover songs. And at midnight, they give you a stupid-looking hat and a lute of cheap champagne for your trouble. The Blue Moon Circus may have just the thing for you — the Circus will present “The End is Near! Medicine Show” Saturday at the Rudyard Kipling, complete with burlesque shows, snake belly dancers, aerial acts, comedy, juggling, fire (!), live music and more, not to mention good Rud food, spirits and even fortune telling. The show is dedicated to embracing and celebrating differences and change, which is exactly what a New Year celebration should be, right? You can get tickets in advance at showclix.com/event/204958. —Kevin Gibson

Tyrone Cotton

•Townes Van Zandt tribute

Sunday, Jan. 1

The Monkey Wrench

1025 Barret Ave. • 582-2433

Free; 6:30 p.m.

An annual event for many years now, this tribute to one of the greatest songwriters in recorded history returns to the Monkey Wrench for another go-’round. This year, some of the seemingly endless list of performers lining up to play some of the most beautiful songs on Planet Earth includes Bill Ede, Mick Sullivan, Shadwick Wilde, Butch Rice, Mickey Clark, Alanna Fugate, Scott Mertz, Laura Ellis, Tyrone Cotton, Justin Lewis, Heidi Howe, Sean Hopkins and Nate Thumas. A screening of the invaluable documentary “Heartworn Highways,” which features Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell and Steve Earle (who named his son, singer Justin Townes Earle, after his outlaw poet mentor) precedes the concert at 6:30. The live show begins at 8 and is scheduled to run until midnight … or 2 a.m. —Peter Berkowitz

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