Weekender: Sept. 29-30

•Princess Bride Experience

Saturday, Sept. 29

620 S. Third St.
thealleytheater.org
$10-$15; noon

“Princess Bride” fans: This might be everything you’ve ever dreamed of. It’s exactly what it sounds like — an all-day festival dedicated to the cult classic film, just in time for its 25th anniversary. The folks at Alley Theater will have movie-themed food, drink, trivia games, costume contests, theater workshops for children and adults, and characters from the film will be hanging out and available for photos while the movie runs on a constant loop throughout the festival. At 4 p.m., actors will do a live staged reading of the play (audience is encouraged to quote along), including a fencing reenactment of the movie’s sword fight scene, and at 8, they’ll hold a Q&A session with the characters. Hit up their Facebook event page for tons of exciting details and announcements. —Jane Mattingly

 

Shotgun Fest

Saturday, Sept. 29

Nachbar
969 Charles St.
gpnalouisville.com
Free; 2 p.m.

The sixth annual “Shotgun Fest” (shotgun like the houses, not the firearms, as their Facebook page cheerfully explains) has smartly teamed up with neighborhood tavern the Nachbar and a smaller pop-up version of the Flea Off Market for a day of food, beer, art, music, books, clothing, and people-watching. While trying to keep it as family-friendly as possible, the day (a presentation of the Germantown-Paristown Neighborhood Association) will feature fun for children of all ages. So whether your kid wants to buy an old doll or your old man wants to buy a new beer, the world is yours. Featuring live music from Nachbar regulars Your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band, as well as the Billy Goat Strut Revue, Tim Morton and Sean Johnson, Billy Seckman, and more. —Peter Berkowitz

 

•Fairness Over Louisville

Saturday, Sept. 29

Whiskey Row Lofts
131 W. Main St.
fairness.org
$20 (suggested donation); 8 p.m.

A pioneer in the field of gender reassignment surgery, Dr. Marci Bowers performs more than 200 sex-change operations each year, and it’s a transition she understands firsthand: Born Mark Bowers in 1958, the doctor underwent sexual reassignment surgery a decade ago. “It’s not a choice, not a lifestyle,” Bowers once told The Denver Post. “It’s about a core identity that doesn’t match up with genitalia. And it just speaks to how complex we are as human beings.” Dr. Bowers will share her story at the fourth annual Fairness Over Louisville cocktail party benefiting the Fairness Campaign, a nonprofit dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The suggested donation includes one complimentary cocktail to get the night started right for a good cause. —Sarah Kelley

 

•Cave Hill Cemetery Tours

Sept. 29-30

Cave Hill Cemetery
451-5630
cavehillcemetery.com
$15-$35; 5:30 p.m. (Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sun.)

That slight chill in the air. The countdown to Halloween under way. What better time to explore Louisville’s grandest resting place? This weekend, 160-year-old Cave Hill Cemetery, home to many a Kentucky legend like Col. Sanders and George Rogers Clark, will host two tours of its wooded, 300-acre grounds. For $35, Cave Hill’s offering a twilight tour on Saturday evening. It will feature a wagon ride around the cemetery, with pit stops at famous Kentuckians’ burial spots. And on Sunday, for $15, another tour will highlight Louisville artists buried on site as well as unique monument designs. For example, the very un-spooky monument dubbed “Smiling Jesus.” All proceeds benefit the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation. —Anne Marshall

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