Weekender: Jan. 5-6

•Organic Comedy Show

Saturday, Jan. 5

The Bard’s Town
1801 Bardstown Road
$10; 8 p.m.

Not since “The Comedians of Comedy Tour” nearly a decade ago has there been a movement within the industry with so much buzz as “The Organic Comedy Tour.” Spearheaded by Jarrod Harris (L.A. Weekly’s Top Comic to watch in 2012) and Ryan Singer (Rolling Stone’s “Comic Who Should Be Big”), the two friends are bringing their show (and subsequent tour film) to shoot at The Bard’s Town on Saturday. The documentary they are making as they crisscross the country will be an in-depth portrait of the rising movement of comedians who are coming up outside the conventional comedy club system. The show will also feature Louisville’s Dave Bizanes, Raanan Hershberg and Darren Rogers. —Brent Owen


•Opposable Thumbs

Saturday, Jan. 5

102 Bauer Ave.
$3; 9 p.m.

Sometimes it’s all about showing up. Because the new self-titled album from Opposable Thumbs will be released Jan. 5, I can confidently declare it to be the best album I’ve heard all year. Don’t mistake that for faint praise or a mere silly joke — it’s a damn good album I expect to still be amongst my favorites a year from now. The now-quintet sounds as fresh as a baby’s first coo as they skillfully roll through a collection of melodically vital post-punk, reminiscent in the best ways of Devo, Pere Ubu and Wire. No wonder they call themselves “a slice of organized chaos.” Fellow local punk new originals Hal Dolls and the more experimental and collegiate Plastic Melodies open the night. —Peter Berkowitz


‘Downton Abbey’ Premiere Party

Sunday, Jan. 6

The Brennan House
631 S. Fifth St.
$10 ($5 for Preservation Louisville members); 8 p.m.

Will bratty Lady Mary manage to derail her impending nuptials? Will the sad sap Edith stop being such a buzz kill? Will the pants-wearing Sybill be forever shunned now that she’s carrying the chauffeur’s baby? Find out in style at the “Downton Abbey” season three premiere party at The Brennan House, a splendid setting to experience this juicy BBC drama. The evening kicks off with a tour of the 144-year-old Victorian mansion and its thousands of artifacts, followed by tea, cakes and sandwiches, as well as red wine to sip on while you soak in this sophisticated British soap. And for those die-hard “Downton” fans, there will be a costume contest, so dig out those corsets, tuxedos with tails, and hunting tweeds. —Sarah Kelley

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