Weekender: Dec. 29-30

Kwanzaa Celebration

Saturday, Dec. 29

Catholic Enrichment Center
3145 W. Broadway
Free; 11 a.m.

With Christmas carols and wrapping paper retired and the hangover of New Year’s yet to come, how about we celebrate a holiday that’s low on seasonal gloss and instead honors three fundamentals: community, family and culture. Kwanzaa, which means “first fruits” of the harvest in Swahili, is a seven-day harvest festival celebrated Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Kwanzaa revolves around seven principles, one for each day of observance. This year’s celebration will focus on “Ujamaa,” which means “cooperative economics.” On Saturday, the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Multicultural Ministry will host the 31st annual citywide Kwanzaa celebration at 11 a.m. at the Catholic Enrichment Center on West Broadway. This family-friendly event will feature music, food, prayer, African drumming and more. —Anne Marshall


•The Queers

Saturday, Dec. 29

Diamond Pub
630 Barret Ave.
$10-$12; 9 p.m.

Long-running punks The Queers have outlasted the Descendents, Circle Jerks and many others, and bring their particularly New England-ish sense of biting humor to the Highlands’ new favorite concert hall/billiards pub. We can’t promise that Joe Queer, Dangerous Dave and Lurch Nobody will tear through classics like “Boobarella,” “I Can’t Stop Farting” or “I’m OK, You’re Fucked,” but hey, hope springs eternal. The evening also acts as a record release show for locals Vice Tricks, profiled in last week’s issue, celebrating their first full-length. Also performing are fellow locals Stoner Moms and, from Italy, The Manges, longtime friends and partners of both The Queers and mutual-brother band Screeching Weasel. That’s a lotta attitude for one holiday night. —Peter Berkowitz 

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