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Friday

Henry Rollins’ Capitalism will be presented at the Grand Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25 and may be purchased at the door, online at the Grand Theatre Web site, http://www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org, or by visiting the ticket office, 312 W. Main St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The phone number is 352-7469. At press time, tickets are available in all price ranges.

Spirits of the Past, an exhibition of photographs of the Old Taylor and Old Crow distilleries in Millville by Frankfort artist Rhett L. Beck, is on display through Friday in the Grand Theatre Gallery, 308 St. Clair Street. The gallery will be open during Friday’s Henry Rollins’ presentation.

Friday-Sunday

Days of Knights – A Medieval Experience is set for Friday through Sunday at the new Sky Trail Park at Cove Spring the weekend, sponsored by the Frankfort Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites. The event, which is free, will allow participants to take a “… short walk into the Middle Ages” and focus attention on the park’s new archer facilities.

Event details, historical accuracy requirements for participants, schedule, and pre-registration forms are available on the event website. See www.daysofknightsfrankfort.com. Sky Trail Park is on Peaks Mill Road off US 127 North (Owenton Road) just north of town. For other details, contact the City of Frankfort’s Curator of Historic Sites at frankforthistory@yahoo.com.

Saturday

Critterpalooza is set for Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in an around the Jack Williams Pavilion at Juniper Hill Park. The event will feature live music, food and pets for adoption. Admission is $10 and includes a meal catered by STAXX BBQ with vegetarian options available. The admission fee is waived for children under 15 accompanied by a paying adult as well as for adults over 65.

The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair St., presents a new season of live, high-definition streaming of performances by The Metropolitan Opera on Saturday with Gaetano Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’ Amore. Show time is 12:55 p.m.

The running time is about 2 hours, 41 minutes. The opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Tickets are $23 each, $18 for students, and may be purchased by visiting the ticket office at 312 W. Main St. between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays or calling 502-352-7469.

Anna Netrebko plays a beautiful but fickle farm owner, Adina, who is admired from afar by a local villager, Nemorino, portrayed by Matthew Polenzani. The young man seeks out a love potion that will make him attractive to Adina from a traveling seller of patent medicines, Dulcamara, played by Ambrogio Maestri. Mariusz Kwiecien plays the blustery sergeant Belcore. Bartlett Sher directs this new production, and Maurizio Benini conducts the Met Orchestra.

LEXINGTON – The Lexington Chamber Chorale begins its 22nd season with a representation of poetry transformed into music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Hear the writings of Shakespeare, Rossetti, e.e. cummings, and others come to life as the chorale demonstrates how text and music can be successfully and beautifully matched.

This performance will include commentary by Richard Taylor, of Frankfort, former Poet Laureate of Kentucky. The audience will be offered the opportunity to create short poems, which Taylor will judge.

A pre-concert meal prepared by the chefs of Greentree Tearoom is available with advance reservations. Both the concert and dinner are at Central Baptist Church, 110 Wilson Downing Rd., across from Fayette Mall.

Tickets for the concert only are available at the door or for advanced ticket purchases (required for the dinner) visit http://www.lexingtonchamberchorale.org. The cost is $10 for students, $20 for adults and seniors, and $50 for dinner and the concert.

Upcoming

John MacGregor, an expert on bats, small animals, reptiles and amphibians in central Kentucky, will be featured in a slide program focusing on Kentucky bats at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Fellowship Hall of the Midway Christian Church, 123 East Bruen St. The program is co-hosted by the Frankfort Audubon Society and the Buckley Hills Audubon Society in Lexington.

The public is invited to attend. There’s no admission and the program will be about an hour.  Light refreshments will be available.  To learn more, visit Frankfort Audubon Society’s webpage, https://sites.google.com/site/frankfortaudubon.

The Kentucky Storytelling Conference is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20 at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Carlisle. All conference events are fully accessible and ASL interpreted for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Full conference registration includes workshops, evening concerts, the open mic sessions, the story slam, door prize entry and lots of conversations, networking, and fun for just $50 for individuals; $120 for families of three or more. Register for the full conference at www.kystory.org, or by mail at Kentucky Storytelling Association, PO Box 4148, Frankfort, KY 40604-4148, or at the door. Concert only admission (which includes the Friday night Story Slam) is $5 per person or $10 per family available at the door only.

For more information contact Mary Hamilton, Conference Committee, 502-223-4523, secretary@kystory.org o visit the Kentucky Storytelling Association website www.kystory.org

The Capital City Shrine Club will hold its annual bean soup feast from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Boone National Guard Center. The cost is $5 per person and the menu includes all-you-can-eat bean soup and cornbread, dessert and drink. All proceeds will be used for club projects.

The Franklin County High School Drama Department will stage two plays, Pinocchio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 25-27, 7 each evening in the auditorium at the school.

Admission is $5 per person with children under school age, senior citizens who have senior passes from the school board and retired FCPS employees all admitted free. This is the first time the drama department has presented two short performances.

MILLVILLE – Tom Webster will lead a planet walk, teach about telescopes, and examine the cool, crisp autumn sky at a star gazing program set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, Little Germany Road out of Millville. The cost is $5/person with Friends of Buckley admitted free.

Tables are available for the annual Fall Bazaar set for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Bridgeport Christian Church, 175 Evergreen Rd. To reserve a table for crafts or commercial items, call Lucy at 227-7171.

The event will feature two raffles, one for a hand-stitched quilt and the other for a cherry Shaker wall clock. Breakfast and lunch will be available as will home-baked items. There’ll be arts, crafts and more. All proceeds will be used for scholarships and charitable contributions.

Ongoing

VERSAILLES – Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass’s 16-acre giant corn maze, Kentucky’s largest, is located in the center of LAC’s 575-acre experiential education farm in Woodford County, just off Tyrone Pike, three miles from the Falling Springs Recreation complex. This year’s design provides almost six-and-a-half miles of twists and turns designed to challenge the “trail blazer” in both young and old alike.

The corn maze is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 21 and is also be available during the week for school and youth groups, incorporating creative environmental education opportunities. Pre-registration for group events is required.

Groups should contact Jen Reenders or Byron Marlowe at jen@lacbg.com or byron@lacbg.com for more information or call 859-873-3271.

For more information regarding the corn maze, contact Special Events Coordinator, Sarah McGinnis at sarah@lacbg.com. Additional information including ticket prices, times, and the maze design is available at: www.kycornmaze.com.

Exhibits

An Artist’s View of the Civil War is the current exhibit in Gallery Hall at First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St., through SUNDAY.  The drawings are the work of Jim Hoffmann, Versailles, who works for the state as a graphic artist and is a Civil War re-enactor.

Gallery Hall is open Monday through Friday, 9-4:30 and on Sundays morning. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Roy Nance, Minister of Music, 227-7430 or visit the church’s website at www.firstumcfrankfort.com.

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