2013 Derby Calendar Of Events

‘At the Races: The Graphic Art of Sport Racing’

The Louisville Visual Art Association (LVAA), has partnered with Recursive Chic to present the exhibition “At the Races: The Graphic Art of Sport Racing,” April 17 through May 8. This exhibition features a curated collection of prints, posters and ephemera – all for sale – documenting the culture of racing, and the context of various sporting events. The public event will be held at 131 W. Main St. Gallery hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21. For more  information, visit www.louisvillevisualart.org.

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Exclusive Mint Julep Cup

Woodford Reserve, the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, adds a golden touch to the classic Kentucky Derby cocktail by unveiling the world’s most exclusive mint julep cup. The Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup will feature 89 gold-highlighted julep cups, exclusive gold-influenced ingredients and a unique Golden Opportunity auction experience that puts the winning bidder in the Winner’s Circle on Kentucky Derby Day. Proceeds will benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center. In honor of the 89th year that the Kentucky Derby winner has been awarded the gold trophy, there will be a total of 89 cups available for purchase online from April 15 through May 2 at www.woodfordreservemintjulep.com. The 79 Distinguished Cups available for $1,000 each will feature a hand-engraved Thoroughbred and rider from atop the Kentucky Derby gold trophy and a gold-plated garland of roses. Available for auction with starting bids of $2,000, nine Legendary Cups display a gold-plated Thoroughbred and rider medallion with brilliant cut diamonds. One Legendary Cup is also included in the Golden Opportunity auction experience package with an opening bid of $5,000. The winning bidder will present the trophy for the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day and also enjoy a private tour and dinner at Woodford Reserve Distillery plus a private tour of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center with a Hall of Fame jockey. Owners of the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup will enjoy a mint julep featuring a unique set of gold-inspired ingredients: ice made of gold-filtered mineral water sourced from the easternmost reaches of Nova Scotia; mint leaves dusted with gold and grown in Woodford County, Ky.; Woodford Gold sorghum from Woodford County, Ky.; and gold medal-winning Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select bourbon. The 89 cups will be presented only on Kentucky Derby Day, May 4. Visit www.twitter.com/woodfordreserve for all the details. Starting April 15, 2013 at noon ET, consumers age 21 years and older can log on to www.woodfordreservemintjulep.com to purchase one of the Distinguished Cups or place bids in the Legendary Cup and Golden Opportunity Auctions.

Chow Wagon At Waterfront Park

The mega Chow Wagon will return to Waterfront Park on the Ohio River April 25 through May 3. Schedule is Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 11  p.m. The Miller Lite Music Stage will feature nearly 30 live concerts with local and regional entertainment and a wide variety of musical genres including gospel, urban, Latino, country and rock. Admission is a 2013 Pegasus Pin. For more information and a complete schedule, visit discover.kdf.org/events/chow-wagon.

U.S. Bank Great Balloonfest

The 40th annual U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race comes together with the 20th annual U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow and other events to create the U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest, held April 25 through 27. Taking place the weekend before the Kentucky Derby, these events attract tens of thousands of spectators. On April 25 at 8:30 p.m., head to Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront for The Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glimmer. April 26, stop by Bowman Field at 7 a.m. for the U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race. The U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow will take place April 26 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Gates will open at 6 p.m., and there will be an $8 KEC parking fee. April 27 at Bowman Field, the U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race will begin at 7 a.m. Admission to BalloonFest is free with a 2013 Pegasus Pin.

Brush, Bottle, and Barrel of the Bluegrass

A Cherokee Triangle Art Fair-related event, the Legal Aid Society’s 10th annual Art Fair preview party fundraiser, the “Brush, Bottle, and Barrel of the Bluegrass,” will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Louisville Collegiate School’s Mary Rodes Lannert Athletic Center, 2427 Glenmary Ave. Fifteen artists participating in the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair will display and sell selected art at the preview party. The adjunct event also features tastings of Kentucky wines, bourbons and beers, a silent auction and food. Free valet parking is available. The event is wheelchair accessible. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.laslou.org or call 502.584.1254.

Racing With The Spirits

Participate in an evening of horse racing videos with play money for betting and enjoy Bourbons from sponsoring distilleries at Racing with the Spirits, held 7 to 10 p.m. April 26 at Guthrie Opportunity Center, 900 Nutter Drive, Bardstown, Ky. Reservations are suggested. Tickets are $45 per person. E-mail info@kybourbonfestival.com for more information or visit www.kybourbonfestival.com.

Running Wild Pasta Dinner

Enjoy a high carbohydrate dinner provided by Sysco Food Services of Louisville and Michaels & Associates – Kentucky Division featuring two fabulous pastas and sauces, salad, bread and dessert. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, inside the Kentucky International Convention Center Hall 2D. Dinner tickets are $9 for adults; children under 12 are $6. Tickets may be ordered when registering for the Marathon or miniMarathon. If already registered, you may order extra pasta dinner tickets by calling the Derby Festival Office at 502.584.6383. Tickets will not be mailed; they will be available for pick-up at the pasta dinner. Limited tickets may be available at the door, however, this event typically is sold out in advance.

Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront

Uncle Kracker will kick off Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront with the Sonic Saturday show on Saturday, April 27. On April 28, Family Sunday will feature a full slate of Christian music acts. The show will begin at 5 p.m. featuring headliner Building 429 with Rhett Walker Band and Finding Favour. Cameo, known for their hit song “Word Up,” will be featured on Tuesday, May 1, at the RhythmFest concert. On Wild Wednesday, May 2, The Features, along with special guest, Discount Guns, will take the stage beginning at 7 p.m. Tune It Up Thursday on May 2 will feature The Wallflowers. This concert will begin at 9 p.m. A big name in country music will headline The Kentucky Derby Festival Derby Eve Jam concert, scheduled for 8:30 p.m. May 3, but the name of the artist or band has yet to be released. April 25, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville at Waterfront Park will open  April 25 and run through  May 3. The venue will be located at Waterfront Park. The Fest-A-Ville is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is a 2013 Pegasus Pin.

Cherokee Triangle Art Fair

The 42nd annual Cherokee Triangle Art Fair will be held Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The art fair is free and open to the public. The Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is a juried fair with more than 200 artist booths. The outdoor event is in Louisville’s historic Cherokee Triangle neighborhood on tree-lined Cherokee Parkway between Willow Avenue and Cherokee Road adjacent to the Gen. John Breckinridge Castleman statue. Activities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the Children’s Parade, which lines up on Cherokee Road at Longest Avenue. The art fair includes dozens of veteran exhibitors as well as new artists, not only from Louisville and Kentucky, but also from out of state. Patrons can view and purchase original art and often meet and talk with the artists. Fairgoers also enjoy food, drink, entertainment and music. On Saturday evening, music and food service will continue until 8 p.m. A popular children’s activities area with a variety of fun events is on site, along with a plant booth with a lush variety of plants and herbs. Free valet parking service for bicycles. The art fair is a pet-free zone. Close-in parking for the handicapped is available. The annual Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is the major fundraiser for Louisville’s Cherokee Triangle Association. Annually, proceeds from the fair, along with other revenue sources, help fund events such as the annual free summer concerts in Willow Park. For directions to the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair or other fair information, visit www.cherokeetriangle.org.

The Slice: Spice, Style and Soul

The Slice : Spice, Style and Soul, is an official Kentucky Derby Festival event and the first of its kind celebrated in the historic West Louisville community. The Slice will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Hines Center and tented annex on the campus of Saint Augustine at 1310 W. Broadway. It will feature caterers and chefs who donate their culinary flair to provide samples of the best food found in the West End and throughout Metro Louisville. The Slice serves up more than just delicious dishes from local and regional talent. Another popular attraction is the live jazz, blues and R&B entertainment-all in one elegant and unique atmosphere. This year the theme is “A SALUTE to the SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS of West Louisville.”

Derby Festival Marathon & MiniMarathon

The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon presented by Walmart and HumanaVitality has grown from a small local road race into the largest day of road racing in Kentucky history. Runners from all 50 states and several foreign countries annually complete the scenic 13.1- and 26.2-mile courses that start and finish in downtown Louisville. Now in its 39th year, the miniMarathon attracts more than 12,000 entrants each year. Visit www.derbyfestivalmarathon.com for registration fees and deadlines.

Kentucky Derby Festival Volleyball Classic

The Kentucky Derby Festival Volleyball Classic will be held April 20-28. Sand divisions will take place at Baxter Jack’s April 20 and 21, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; April 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Grass divisions will be held at Seneca Park April 27 and 28, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. With nearly 500 teams participating, the Derby Festival Volleyball Classic is the country’s largest outdoor volleyball tournament. It promotes all levels of play and forms of competition – doubles, trips, quads and six-person – on both sand and grass. For more information, call the Volleyball Connection/Tandem Sport at 502.582.3530.

Opening Night at Churchill Downs

Opening Night presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka will celebrate the kickoff of the Spring Meet, April 27 at Churchill Downs. Opening Night will feature The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial Stakes, Kentucky Derby and Oaks contender connections, plus entertainment from the

Ken Arlen Orchestra, starting at 4 p.m., as well as world-renowned DJ Clinton Sparks, who will take the stage at 9 p.m. General admission is $10.

2013 NPC Kentucky Derby Festival Championships

The 2013 NPC Kentucky Derby Festival Championships will be held April 27 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. inside the Galt House Hotel. Divisions include men’s bodybuilding and physique, as well as women’s bikini, figure, fitness and physique. For tickets, visit www.ticketweb.com. For more information, visit www.KentuckyMuscle.com.

Bourbon Tasting

Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave., from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 27 to sample bourbon hand-selected by Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, with Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge. Commemorative Secretariat Single Barrel Bourbon will be available for the first time on April 27 at the Kentucky Derby Museum. For more information, visit www.derbymuseum.org.

Party at the Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave., will host Party at the Museum from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on April 27. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres along with live entertainment before heading to Opening Night at Churchill Downs. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.derbymuseum.org.

miniFun Run

The Kentucky Derby Festival will host another road race in 2013. The new miniFun Run presented by Subway Restaurants is just for kids ages 3 to 14 and will be held at 11:30 a.m. on April 28, along River Road. The route will feature a looped course which will start and finish in the same place. The start line for all age groups will be near the finish for the Marathon and miniMarathon at Preston and Witherspoon streets on River Road. There will be three separate distances in the miniFun Run: 3 to 5 years old, 50 meters; 6 to 9 years old, 150 meters; and 10 to 14 years old, 400 meters. Adults are welcome to participate with their child and do not have to pay an additional registration fee. Parents of those in the youngest age group are encouraged to run along with their child. Registration for the event is open online at www.derbyfestivalmarathon.com. Registration fees are $20 through April 15, and $25 at the Running Wild Race Expo on April 25 and 26. Registration day of the event is $25 and will be available on site from 9 to 11 a.m. Runners in the Marathon and miniMarathon will receive a $5 discount for their children.

Louisville Youth Orchestra ‘And They’re Off!’

The Louisville Youth Orchestra will present “And They’re Off!” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road. Doors open at 3 p.m. The event is free with a Pegasus Pin.

Derby Dish

Derby Dish at the Kentucky Derby Museum will be held 8 to 10 a.m., April 28. Enjoy a warm, hearty breakfast and morning workouts on the track where you might spot this year’s Derby winner. Special guest speaker will be Derby winning trainer Jack Van Berg. Tickets are $30; $25 for Derby Museum Members. Call 502.992.5905 for ticket information. From 10 a.m. to noon enjoy samples, tastings, specials and door prize drawings in the gift shop. Pick up a copy of Jack Van Berg’s new book “Jack. From Grit to Glory” while you’re there and have it autographed.

Kentucky Derby Handicapping Bourbon Dinner With Marty McGee

Kick off your Derby week with fabulous food and bourbon, along with insights from renowned horse trainer, professional racing writer and Louisville native, Marty McGee. A 1982 journalism graduate from the University of Kentucky, McGee has traveled extensively as a professional racing writer for 28 years, the last 21 for the Daily Racing Form. Join McGee at 7 p.m. April 29, at Bourbons Bistro, 2255 Frankfort Ave., for a special three-course menu prepared by Chef Bridges. Reservations are limited and can be made by calling 502.894.8838. Cost is $55.

Great Bed Races

Grab four of your co-workers, build a bed on wheels, decorate it, dress in a ridiculous costume and then race at the Great Bed Races on April 29 at 6 p.m. at Broadbent Arena, 937 Phillips Lane. Viewer admission is free with a 2013 Pegasus Pin. For more information, visit discover.kdf.org/events/great-bed-races.

Molly Malone’s & Second Stride Derby Party

Molly Malone’s, 933 Baxter Ave., will host a Derby party and charity auction at 5:30 p.m. April 29 for Second Stride, a not-for-profit dedicated to the rehabilitation and retraining of retired Thoroughbreds. Join winning jockeys, owners and trainers for a great time while helping the horses that make Derby possible. Auction items include dinner certificates, bourbon and wine packages as well as horse acing memorabilia. Admission is a $10 minimum donation suggested at the door.

Race For Grace

Ray Lewis, two-time Super Bowl champion linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens, will be the guest speaker at “Race for Grace,” the annual Derby-time fundraising dinner for the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy. The event is set for Monday, April 29, at 6 p.m., in Millionaire’s Row at Churchill Downs and will feature musical entertainment and a live and silent auction. Lewis will be sharing testimony at the dinner about his redemption through his Christian faith. Lewis is the founder of “Ray Lewis 52 Foundation,” a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to disadvantaged youth. His commitment to his faith has been featured in two cover stories of Sports Illustrated magazine. Also appearing at the dinner will be Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, as well as other horseracing notables. Jackie Hays, former news anchor on WAVE-TV, will be the event’s emcee. Dress is business casual. Tickets are $200 per person, and tables of eight are $2,000 for guaranteed seating arrangement. Various levels of sponsorship are also available and impact the level of services that the non-profit ministry is able to provide to track workers. For more information about the ministry at Kentucky racetracks, visit www.kychaplaincy.org. For ticket reservations, e-mail info@kychaplaincy.org or call 502.636.4476.

The Ramble for the Roses

The Ramble for the Roses, held April 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at 425 Kenwood Drive, is an official Kentucky Derby Festival event featuring a non-competitive 5K walk and Fun Run at Iroquois Park and a Mini-Festival near the playground. Participants must register for the event and will receive an official long-sleeved Ramble T-shirt, as well as a voucher for a free ice cream or fruit at the end of the walk. The first 600 registered walkers will receive a Pegasus Pin for Derby Festival events. The walk/Fun-run will begin at 6 p.m. Early registration will take place through April 19, and adult -sized shirts will be $18, while child sizes will be $8. Regular registration, after April 19, will offer adult sized shirts for $20 and child sizes for $10. Register online at www.kdf.org/events-Ramble-for-the-Roses.html. For information call 502.368.6519.

Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield Healthy Lifestyle Showcase

The seventh annual Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Derby Festival Healthy Lifestyle Showcase will be held in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center, in conjunction with the Republic Bank Parade Preview Party. Geared toward healthy lifestyles for families and kids, this event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on April 30, with free health screenings provided by Norton Healthcare and the American Red Cross. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin.

Republic Bank Parade Preview Party

Experience a private group tour, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or public tour from 5 to 9 p.m. of the Republic Bank Parade. Get a sneak a peak of each float and inflatable during the 2013 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Preview Party on Tuesday, April 30. The 2013 event will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in the North Wing. Bring your family for an evening of fun with the people who make the parade truly spectacular. Giant inflatable character units along with equestrian units will join the floats on display for an “inside” view of a parade. Your children can get an autograph or photo of the Derby Festival Queen and Royal Court while they stroll through this indoor “carnival of fun.” To schedule a private group tour, call 502.572.3828. An $8 parking fee will be applied to those parking at the exposition center.

KMAC Pre-Derby Formal

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) will offer an avant-garde evening of costume and cabaret at the KMAC Pre-Derby Formal, held April 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. at 715 W. Main St. The event will feature entertainment from Baby Dee and Little Annie as well as DJs from Astro Black Records. Specialty cocktails from Brown-Forman and Woodford Reserve will be provided. Tickets are $10 for 21 and under; $20 for museum members; and $30 for non-members. Dress attire is once-worn formal wear. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.kentuckyarts.org.

The Great Steamboat Race

The Great Steamboat Race was first held in 1963, with the Delta Queen capturing the inaugural contest on the Ohio River. This year’s spirited spectator event along the Ohio River will take place May 1 at 6 p.m. Tickets for the Belle of Louisville are $130, which includes food, drinks and entertainment. Belle of Cincinnati tickets are $55, which includes the cruise only. Four Roses Bourbon will be providing a special bourbon tasting on the Belle of Cincinnati for $75, which includes food, the cruise and bourbon tasting. For tickets or more information, call 502.584.FEST.

Best Of Kentucky Tour – Derby Week

Experience what Kentucky is known for: horses and bourbon. Enjoy a scenic jaunt through the rolling hills of Bluegrass countryside as you travel to an award-winning Thoroughbred stallion farm for the rare opportunity to see a day in the life of past Derby champs. You’ll make a stop for lunch at a local eatery before exploring the state’s proud bourbon heritage as you visit a historic distillery for a guided tour and bourbon tasting. The special Mint Julep Tours will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1-3; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, and begin at 140 N. Fourth St., Ste. 326 located in “Retail Row” of the Galt House Hotel. For more information, e-mail info@mintjuleptours.com, visit www.mintjuleptours.com or call 502.583.1433.

Bourbon Distillery Tour – Derby Week

Travel through beautiful countryside on a journey to Bourbon Country as you learn about the history of bourbon and the process in which it’s made on an expert guided distillery tour followed by a sampling at two of Kentucky’s famous distilleries. Make a stop for lunch in the Bourbon Capitol of the World in between destinations. The special Mint Julep Tours will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1-3; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, and begin at 140 N. Fourth St., Ste. 326 located in “Retail Row” of the Galt House Hotel. For more information, e-mail info@mintjuleptours.com, visit www.mintjuleptours.com or call 502.583.1433.

JOCKTAILS at The Derby

J Wagner Group will present the fifth annual JOCKTAILS At The Derby presented by Sun Tan City and Planet Fitness on Wednesday, May 1, at PRIME Lounge, 106 W. Main St. Past Kentucky Derby jockeys will serve as the evening’s bartenders, donating 100 percent of their tips to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. and is private invite only. Open to pubic at 10 p.m. for $10 donation. Visit www.jwagnergroup.com.

Kentucky Derby Festival Beerfest

The Kentucky Derby Festival’s Beerfest will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., May 1, at the overlook at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. The $35 ticket includes beer tastings of regional craft beers, a souvenir sampling mug and BeerFest event pin. Tickets can be purchased online or at both American Founders Bank locations in Louisville. For more information, visit discover.kdf.org/events/beerfest.

Secretariat Decanter Launch Party and Bourbon Tasting

On May 1, a unique, bourbon decanter featuring the likeness of Secretariat with jockey Ron Turcotte aboard will be exclusively released at the Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave. The 750 ml decanter will be filled with premium Four Roses bourbon hand-selected by owner Penny Chenery during a scheduled tasting visit to the warehouse and bottling facility located in Cox’s Creek, Ky. Only 500 limited-edition, hand-numbered decanters will be produced for this commemorative 40th anniversary year. The ceramic decanters were created by the Secretariat team in the style of the ’70s era collectible decanters that became popular among fans and whiskey connoisseurs. This decanter will feature a detachable lid in the jockey’s head as the opening for the bourbon container. The bourbon tasting event at 6 p.m. on May 1 is an exclusive opportunity to purchase a signed version of the decanter for $320 (additional taxes apply). The signed bourbon decanter can be reserved online on a first-come basis with the purchase of an event ticket for $50. All decanters must be picked up at the Kentucky Derby Museum due to federal shipping restrictions on alcohol distribution. The event will provide guests a guided tasting with Bourbon connoisseur and Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery and Master Distiller Jim Rutledge. Turcotte will also be present for signings and commemorative Secretariat (1973) merchandise sales will be available for purchase. Four Roses will publicly release a special barrel selection, limited edition Secretariat bottle. This signed bottle can also be reserved with the purchase of an event ticket. (Additional unsigned bottles will be available the night of the event.) Proceeds from the sale of both bottles will be dedicated to preserving the history of the Kentucky Derby at the Kentucky Derby Museum and to the Secretariat Foundation benefiting equine-related causes within the racing industry. For more information, visit www.derbymuseum.org.

Derby Dishcrawl

Fourth street area restaurants will give a taste of their best Derby inspired dishes on May 1 during Derby Dishcrawl, exploring four restaurants in one night. Participating restaurants are kept secret until two days before the event, at which time the first location is revealed to ticket holders. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at www.dishcrawl.com/derby.

Woodford Reserve Drink Competition

Join the Maker’s Mark Drink Competition hosted by Woodford Reserve at 7 p.m., May 1, at Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge, 446 S. Fourth St. Special guest judges will determine the best drink creation, with the winner receiving a Woodford Reserve gift package. Live music will begin promptly after the competition. The event will featuring $5 Woodford Reserve, Grey Goose and Bacardi Cocktails all night. Seating is limited. For more information, call 502.568.9009 or e-mail lizmakerslounge@gmail.com.

Pimento Cheese Social

Original Makers Club and Garden & Gun Magazine will present the second annual Pimento Cheese Social from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on May 1 at Farmington Historic Plantation, 3033 Bardstown Road, to benefit Farmington Historic Plantation. Kick off Derby with a Pimento Cheese Recipe Challenge with the chefs from Proof, Rye, Please & Thank You, Feast BBQ and Emma Lou Cafe. In addition to Longwood Antique Wood’s amazing cabin at Farmington, the event will feature the custom Bulleit Bourbon tear drop trailer, accompanied by Tom Bulleit’s attendance. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Farmington Historic Plantation. Admission is $35.

Great Steamboat Race Party

The ninth annual Great Steamboat Race Party fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Kingfish Restaurant on the riverfront in Jeffersonville. The public is invited to watch the annual steamboat race from the riverside deck of Kingfish, and proceeds will fund research and programs to support those facing Alzheimer’s, which impacts nearly 80,000 Kentuckians and 120,000 Indiana residents. The Mudd sisters (Leslie Mudd, Ann Mudd, Debbie Tuggle and Janet Sweet) have held the annual party every year since 2005, and have raised more than $100,000 for the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Party-goers will enjoy a riverfront view of the Great Steamboat Race, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a performance by Thumper and the Plaid Rabbits. DJ Glenn Smith will provide dance music. The party is a 21 and over event; guests must bring ID. Cost is a donation of $35 per person in advance, $30 prepaid for groups of five or more, or $40 at the door. For more information or to make reservations, call 502.451.4266.

Taste of Derby

Kick off your Kentucky Derby weekend in style at the fourth annual Taste of Derby, a celebration of cuisine, racing and style, May 2 in the North Wing Lobby at the Kentucky Exposition Center, beginning at 7 p.m. Mingle with horse racing celebrities and savor an evening of exquisite cuisine and unique wines as nationally renowned chefs from across the country serve samples of their regional specialties. Live entertainment will top off the extraordinary evening and partial proceeds will benefit hunger relief organizations. There will be a complimentary valet service. Cocktail party attire recommended. A red carpet entry will begin at 7 p.m., with food and wine tastings following until 10 p.m. A premium open bar will be open until 11 p.m. Purchase your tickets at www.TasteofDerby.com.

DERBY HOT 100 – 3 Nights of Partying

Join the world’s largest Derby party at Derby Hot 100, featuring three nights of partying from May 2-5 at Diamond Concert Hall, 630 Barret Ave. Event will include the Jäger Derby Lounge on May 2, Derby HOT 100 Celebrity Event on May 3 and Derby Rehab on May 4. Walk the red carpet, dance to DJs spinning all night and experience a light show. For more information, visit www.DerbyHot100.com or call 502.442.1142.

Taste of the Oaks

The Galt House East Grand Ballroom will hold the 10th annual Easter Seals Taste of the Oaks from 6 to 10 p.m. on May 2. The event will feature the finest bourbons, wines, spirits, beers and cuisine, plus music by Crushed Velvet, dancing, a silent auction and door prizes. Dress is smart casual. Tickets are $75 per person for open table seating; reserved table of 10 is $850. For reservations, call 502.584.9781 or visit www.eastersealslouisville.org.

21c and Craft[s] Gallery Trunk Show

Just in time for Derby Season, 21c Museum Hotel, 700 W. Main St., is partnering with Craft[s] Gallery to present a trunk show featuring one-of-a-kind custom headwear by milliners Gwendolyn Gleason, Sarah Havens, Jill Henning and Angie Schultz, plus a select sampling of sport coats by Crittenden and Co. Items will be available for purchase on Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, visit www.21cmuseumhotels.com.

Grace At The Race Derby Charity Event

Grace at The Race will host its first annual Kentucky Derby event celebrating faith and community service on May 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Galt House Hotel. Grace at The Race was created by Junior Bridgeman and Sherman Brown as an annual Derby week celebration that would honor three individuals from the corporate, sports and entertainment sectors for their commitment and contributions to community service, while raising funds for Louisville based non-profit organizations who have a focus on at-risk children. This year’s event beneficiaries are the Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana as well as the West End School. All tickets and donations will go towards these two beneficiaries. Special guests include Ken Griffey Jr., Scottie Pippen, Gary Payton, Bo Jackson, Brian Riddle, Emil Brolick, Lynn Merritt and many more. Anthony Anderson will host the evening. Entertainment will also be provided by Grammy winner Marvin Winans, Frenchy and St. Stephen Temple Choir. Tickets include a delicious Derby-style sit-down dinner prepared by Chef Brian Riddle, a one-of-a-kind silent auction and the ability to mix and mingle with some of the biggest stars in professional and collegiate sports, film and television. Visit www.graceattherace.com for more information or e-mail mfletcher@graceattherace.com.

Celebrate Derby Season At Proof

This Derby, bartenders will be weaving Bourbon into a variety of new spring cocktails at Proof on Main, 702 W. Main St. In addition to mixing the classic Mint Julep, the Proof bar will be serving a riff on the classic called “For the Birds,” made with Pure Kentucky XO Bourbon, rum and mole bitters. Chef Levon Wallace is expanding Proof’s typical offerings to include brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; a four-course prix-fixe dinner menu on Thursday evening for $125 per person; and a five-course prix-fixe dinner menu on Friday and Saturday evenings for $150 per person. Wallace’s special Derby menu includes truffled risotto with duck confit, shaved asparagus, lovage and black garlic; Skuna Bay Salmon with sunchoke, dilled cucumber, dried olive and Meyer lemon; and a chocolate caramel tart with Morello cherry gelato, tangerine, pecan and ginger. The breakfast and bar menus will continue to be available daily, and the a la carte dinner menu will resume Sunday evening. New photography by Kentucky native Bill Luster will be on view in the dining room. Reservations can be made at 502.217.6360 or at www.ProofonMain.com.

Ferdinand’s Ball

The fourth annual Ferdinand’s Ball celebrity Derby gala is moving to an exciting new venue this year, the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. The Thursday, May 2, charity event will raise funds for Old Friends Equine Retirement Facility, the nonprofit Georgetown, Ky., facility that rescues retired racehorses from neglect, abuse and slaughter, offering them a peaceful final chapter to their lives while educating the public about their remarkable stories. Ferdinand’s Ball draws about 350 attendees and garners support from celebrities, notable athletes and local legislators as well as local and national news media. Past hosts have included Hollywood’s Maria Menounos, Kate Upton and Brandi Glanville. The 2013 celebrity host announcement will be coming soon. The red carpet, semi-formal affair will begin at 8 p.m. with a VIP cocktail hour. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase. Special guests will enjoy champagne and appetizers in the LeRoy Neiman Gallery located on the second level of the Ali Center, and also in the adjacent, outdoor Brown-Forman Pavilion. The unique, two-level gallery contains LeRoy Neiman’s dynamic artwork of Muhammad Ali. The main event will begin at 9 p.m. in the stunning View Pointe Hall and View Point North, where floor-to-ceiling windows provide breathtaking panoramic views of the Ohio River, the Belvedere and downtown Louisville. It will feature gourmet appetizers and an open bar provided by Bulleit Bourbon, Tito’s Vodka and Arabella Wines. Guests will also enjoy valet parking, a silent auction and dancing to live music provided by The Crashers. Baby D’s Bagel and Deli will provide a variety of appetizers, and Gigi’s Cupcakes will provide a selection of desserts. Magnolia Photo Booth Co. will also have a booth on site. During the main event, a VIP section will feature choice gift bags, a tasting of Bulleit Bourbon’s 10-year small batch whiskey, a delectable oyster bar by Tahoma Fly Fishing & Oyster Co., as well as other specialty appetizers and drinks. Guests will be treated to live art created by Donna Bernstein, a Judith Ripka fine jewelry bar and bow ties by Dhani Jones, chairman of the Bow Tie Cause, NFL linebacker and star of the Travel Channel’s “Dhani Tackles the Globe.” Jockey Rosie Napravnik will be presented with the 2013 Ferdinand Award, which goes to an individual who shows an unwavering commitment to ethical horse retirement and has made a difference in the cause for Old Friends. A limited number of tickets will be sold for the exclusive VIP cocktail hour at a cost of $500. Individual tickets for the VIP section during the main event are $250. Regular main event tickets are $100. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ferdinandsball.com. Ferdinand’s Ball tickets are also offered as part of an elite Premiere Sports Travel Derby package, www.sportstravel.com.

2013 Oaks Eve Gala

The 2013 Oaks Eve Gala benefiting the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky, will be held from 6 to 11 p.m., Thursday, May 2, at Norton Commons Town Center, 10712 Meeting St., Prospect, Ky. Karem’s Catering will once again serve dinner, and Thumper and The Plaid Rabbits will provide the evening’s entertainment. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at www.oakseve.org.

Derby Poker Championship Celebrity Gala

Phil Hellmuth, Denny Crum and Robert Williamson III’s Derby Poker Championship Gala will be held from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday, May 2, at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave. The event, produced by Southern Gaming and Destinations Magazine, will benefit Blessings in a Backpack and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Guests will also enjoy an evening of music and dancing, performing artists, food and a premium open bar. Simply buy-in to the poker tournament and test your skills against some of the best poker players in the world. VIP Poker Buy-In tickets are $550 and include VIP access to the event. Party tickets are $100. For more information, visit www.derbypokerchampionship.com.

100 Black Men of Louisville Derby Scholarship Gala

The 22nd annual Kentucky Derby Festival 100 Black Men of Louisville Derby Gala will be held from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center in the Cascade Ballroom on Thursday, May 2. The featured entertainment will be R&B recording artist Keith Sweat. The attire for the event is formal. Tickets are $200 per person or $2,000 for a table of 10. For tickets or more information, call 502.457.9941 or visit www.100bmol.org.

Third Annual Derby Soiree

The annual Derby Soiree at Majid’s in St. Matthews will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 2. A cocktail reception party will be held in the bar area of Majid’s with full service dinner in the restaurant. Petar Mandic will kick-start the evening with acoustic rhythms at 7 p.m. and DJ Sam Sneed will bring everyone to their feet on the dance floor starting at 8 p.m. Ten percent of all sales with a suggested $10 door donation to participate in the festivities will go toward the Anchal Project, which merges design, business and education to empower marginalized and exploited women living in India.

Celebrity Day at the Downs

The Kentucky Derby Festival’s Celebrity Day at the Downs will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, on the sixth floor of Churchill Downs. Hollywood celebrities highlight Day at the Downs, presented by the Kentuckiana Honda Dealers. Stars in the Pegasus Parade and other festival events are on hand for the exciting and glamorous day at the races. Post time for the first race is 12:40 p.m. The afternoon’s third race is named for the derby festival. Tickets are $99; $892 for a preferred table of eight; $792 for a table of eight.

Republic Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade

Come see the University of Louisville Cardinals at the 2013 Republic Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade, Thursday, May 2, along Broadway. The family-friendly annual event showcases some of the nation’s finest marching bands and equestrian units, along with inflatable characters and colorful floats that are designed and decorated to reflect the 2013 theme, “Now, That’s Entertainment!” The parade marches west on Broadway from Campbell to Ninth Street for 17 blocks and lasts approximately two hours. The University of Louisville men’s and women’s basketball teams will serve as Grand Marshals of the parade. The UofL marching band will be the opening act of the parade at 5:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 502.584.FEST.

Grey Goose Lounge

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips will play host to the Grey Goose Lounge at PRIME, 104 W. Main St., from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Thursday, May 2. Music will be provided by celebrity DJ Eric D-Lux. The event is for ages 21 and over. Cover charge will start at $10. For VIP table information, e-mail Joey@JWagnerGroup.com.

Oaks & Derby Prix Fixe Dinner

Coach Lamp Restaurant & Pub, 751 Vine St., will be offering both a limited dinner menu at regular prices plus three prix fixe specials for Oaks and Derby from 5 to 10 p.m. on May 3 and 4. Guests can choose from three prix fixe specials. Reservations are strongly recommended. Cost is $39.95. Visit www.coachlamprestaurant.com or call 502.583.9165 for more information or to make reservations.

Barnstable Brown Party

For more than two decades, some of the brightest stars from the worlds of film, television, music, fashion and sports have celebrated the night before the “Run for the Roses” at Louisville’s quintessential Derby Eve party – the Barnstable Brown Party. Truly a family affair, the Barnstable Brown gala is co-hosted by twin sisters – and famed Doublemint twins – Patricia (“Tricia”) Barnstable Brown and Priscilla (“Cyb”) Barnstable, their mother, Wilma (“Willie”) Barnstable, and Tricia’s son, Chris Brown. The black-tie gala raises money for programs supporting diabetes research, treatment and education at the sisters’ alma mater, the University of Kentucky. The party is held each year at Tricia Barnstable Brown’s home in Cherokee Park the evening before Derby, Friday, May 3. In the past, the event has brought such celebrity guests as Paris Hilton, Brooke Shields, Danica Patrick, Boyz II Men, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Kid Rock and Nick Lachey. If you’re just looking to catch a glimpse of the star-studded guest list, you can join the crowd of people who traditionally line the fences of the home to steal a peek inside the biggest pre-Derby spectacle of the year.

The Julep Ball

The premier party with a purpose will bring a whole new level of excitement to the annual gala as iconic B-52s take the stage inside the KFC Yum! Center, The Julep Ball’s new venue for 2013.   The celebrity-filled soiree will include a multi-course seated dinner catered by Center Plate, served at 8 p.m., followed by a live auction offering Bourbon experiences, a special Atlantic Coast Conference package in honor of UofL’s upcoming move to the ACC, as well as other fantastic items. The Julep Ball will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring Brown-Forman products and multiple open specialty bars. Complimentary valet parking will also be provided. Ticket price is $500 or $150 for dance portion only. Proceeds benefit the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. For more information, visit www.julepball.org.

The Grand Gala

Jennifer Hudson will perform at the Grand Gala, held Friday, May 3, at Marriott-Louisville East, 1903 Embassy Square Blvd. Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and NBA Champion Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal will also be in attendance. For more information, visit www.grandgala.com.

La Soirée Élégante!

The American Lung Association’s 2013 Derby Eve Gala will be an elegant and fabulously fun party that celebrates Louisville’s French connection right in the heart of downtown Louisville. The 19th annual event is slated for 8 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at the historic Seelbach Hilton Hotel. The cost is $3,000 for a table of 10. Individual seats may be reserved at $300 per person. For more information, call 502.363.2652 or visit www.derbyevegala.org.

Unbridled Eve

Held on Derby Eve, May 3, this black tie-optional event begins with an amazing cocktail reception featuring fantastic specialty bars serving fine wines, champagnes, bourbons, vodkas and custom cocktails provided by Champion sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits brand partners. You can mingle with celebrities and other VIPs from the sports, music, TV, movie, poker, literary and horse racing world after their red carpet entrance. Enjoy a variety of live entertainment by Luke Bryan and Nicholas David, and dancing to The Crashers. Over 100 impressive silent auction items will be up for grabs as well as some incredible live auction items. You will enjoy a gourmet dinner created by Chef Brian Riddle in the stunningly decorated Galt House Hotel Grand ballroom and enjoy a variety of live entertainment. All of this fun ultimately goes to help numerous great causes, including the 2013 primary beneficiary, Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that fights childhood hunger by providing needy elementary school students a backpack of food on the weekends. Unbridled Eve is co-chaired by the York Sisters, Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day. For tickets or more information visit www.unbridledeve.com. Purchase individual tickets for $500; a table of 10 for $5,000. Dance only tickets are $200.

Oaks Dinner Cruise

Experience a day at the horse races paired with a night on the river from 7:30 to 10 p.m., Friday, May 3. Boarding for the Spirit of Jefferson cruise will begin at 7:30, departure is at 8 p.m. Admission is $50 per person. Visit www.belleoflouisville.org for more information.

Derby Eve Jam Concert Featuring Kix Brooks With Special Guest Greg Bates

See Kix Brooks, formerly of Brooks And Dunn, with special guest Greg Bates at the Derby Eve Jam Concert, starting at 7:30 p.m. May 3 at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free with a 2013 Pegasus Pin.

Gardencourt Oaks Reception and Dinner

Celebrate with a taste of Kentucky elegance at the first annual “Gardencourt Oaks Reception and Dinner” on Friday May 3, at Gardencourt Estate located on the Louisville Seminary campus. Catered by Upper Crust Catering, the party will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy complimentary signature cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres and a bourbon tasting in the formal rose garden while listening to the Jazz trio “Swing 39.” Complete your evening with an authentic southern-style dinner buffet and wine pairings, followed by a decadent dessert selection. Tickets are $85 per person or $680 for a table of eight. Reservations are required and must be made by Tuesday, April 30. For more information, call 502. 992.0220, ext. 393 or visit lpts.edu/gardencourt.

Oaks And Smokes Derby Eve Gala

The Oaks And Smokes Derby Eve Gala will be held 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday, May 3, at the Ice House, 226. E. Washington St. Enjoy great food, drinks and cigars, along with live music. Here Come the Mummies will headline the evening. The Ron Jones Jazz Quartet and the Tarnations will also perform. Ticket price is $125 and includes food, entertainment, one free premium cigar and door prize ticket. A cash bar will be on site. For tickets, visit www.oaksandsmokes.com or call 502.894.9999.

The Derby Rose

The Derby Rose, benefiting FEAT of Louisville, will be held 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at The Gillespie, 421. W. Market St. The black tie-optional event will feature hors d’oeuvres and dancing, with live music by Kirby’s Dreamland and a DJ. VIP tickets are $150 and include food, an open bar with top shelf drinks, reserved table seating and gift bags. General admission is $100 and includes food and open bar with house drinks. A $60 dance-only ticket is also available. For more information, visit www.thegillespie.com or call 502.584.8080.

Governor’s Derby Eve Celebration

The Governor’s Derby Eve Celebration will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, at The Governor’s Mansion, 704 Capitol Ave., in Frankfort. The black tie-optional event will include a cocktail supper and dancing.

MAXIM Fillies & Stallions Derby Eve Party

Maxim magazine will present its annual Fillies and Stallions Derby Eve Party, Friday, May 3, at 10 p.m. The third annual installment is a private event designed to entertain party-goers that include some of the most influential names known to show business VIP tables are available. For information, e-mail FilliesAndStallions@gmail.com.

Hillbilly Outfield Kentucky Derby Party

To celebrate the Kentucky Derby, the Hillbilly Coalition will host its 13th annual Hillbilly Outfield Kentucky Derby Party on May 3-4 at 12202 Old Shelbyville Road to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Hillbilly Coalition has hosted The Hillbilly Outfield Kentucky Derby Party since 2000 and has raised more than $98,000, enabling Make-A-Wish to help grant the wishes of local children. Hillbilly Outfield began in the backyard of Jim Hafendorfer as a weekend Derby party for his close friends and colleagues.  Hillbilly Outfield has become a signature event and a popular party destination of Derby weekend, with participants enjoying food, beverages, live music and other exciting events, such as contests and a silent auction. Many Hillbilly Outfield party-goers have even camped out at “tent city” in Hafendorfer’s backyard. Guests also enjoy the Derby day races via live video feeds. The event is open to the public and takes place rain or shine, with tickets available for purchase prior to the event for $45 and at the door for $60. Net proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish. For more information about the event, visit www.hillbillyoutfield.org/kentuckyderbyparty/Default.aspx. For more on Make-A-Wish, visit makeawishky.org or call 1.877.206.9474.

Grey Goose Lounge

The Grey Goose Lounge will return to PRIME Lounge, 104 W. Main St., from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday, May 3, at PRIME DJ IRIE of the Miami Heat will spin music at the event. The event is for ages 21 and over. Cover charge will start at $10. For VIP table information, e-mail Joey@JWagnerGroup.com.

Annmarie’s Art Breakfast on Derby

The fourth annual Annmarie’s Art Breakfast on Derby will be held on the morning of the Kentucky Derby, May 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Brown-Forman Play Room, 626 W. Main St. The event is sponsored by Rooibee Red Tea and Fetter Printing, and supports the Lomenta Foundation, which funds special arts initiatives including the Annmarie Campbell MSU Art Student Scholarship. The event will be hosted by the late artist Annmarie Campbell’s mother, Dawn Marie Yankeelov. For information visit www.showclix.com/event/annmarieartbreakfast.

Billy Rapaport’s 27th Annual Burger Bash

Varanese Restaurant, 2106 Frankfort Ave., will host the Billy Rapaport’s 27th Annual Burger Bash at 11 p.m., Saturday, May 4. The party is open to anyone who has energy left after several weeks of Derby festivities. There is no cover charge, and a simple, late night menu of appetizers, bar bites, burgers and fries will be served, along with drink specials. Live entertainment will be provided by Lamont Gillispie and 100 Proof. For more information, call 502.899.9904 or visit www.varanese.com.

Silks In The Bluegrass

Following the 139th Run for the Roses, Silks in the Bluegrass will kick off the evening at 7 p.m. to benefit Operation Open Arms, a Louisville-based non-profit organization founded by Cathy and Irv Bailey that provides care for children whose mothers are incarcerated. The annual event, held inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane, will feature Valerie Simpson, singer and songwriter of famed duo Ashford & Simpson.

The Smirnoff Darrell Griffith Foundation Experience

Former University of Louisville basketball player and NBA star Darrell Griffith’s annual Derby bash, the Smirnoff Darrell Griffith Foundation Experience, will be held 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Kentucky International Convention Center’s Cascade Ballroom. Singer-actress Brandy is one of the many celebrity guests slated to attend. BET and its spinoff, Centric, will both be on hand taping the party, which is in its 21st year. Kid Capri will deejay the event. Proceeds benefit various local charities. Tickets are $75 and can be picked up at all Penn Station locations, f.y.e. in Mall St. Matthews and Better Days Records in Lyles Mall.

21c Museum After-Derby Party

The Garden of Eden-themed 21c Museum Hotel Derby Party will take place at 21c Museum Hotel, 700 W. Main St., on the evening of May 4, beginning with dinner presented by Proof on Main from 8 to 10 p.m. After that, the party continues with music, entertainment and an open bar. Tickets for dinner and the party are $195 per person. Tickets for the party only are $125 per person. For tickets, call 502.217.6320 or visit 21cderbyparty2013-LOU.eventbrite.com.

Grey Goose Lounge

Celebrate after the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at the Official Kentucky Derby Jockeys After-Party, held at the Grey Goose Lounge, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. inside PRIME Lounge, 104 W. Main St. Music provided by DJ K-Dogg. Cover charge will start at $5. For VIP table information, e-mail Joey@JWagnerGroup.com.

Down And Derby 2013

Down and Derby 2013 will be held at The Pointe, 1205 E. Washington St., from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, May 4. The event will benefit Louisville Youth Group and will feature Roxxxy Andrews of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season V, and DJ Brynn Taylor. Cover is $40 cash only and includes open bar. Dress is casual. The event is for 21 and older. For more information, visit “Down and Derby” on Facebook.

2013 Isaac Murphy Image Awards Honor Angela Bassett

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., and the Project to Preserve African American Turf History will present the 2013 Isaac Murphy Image Awards on Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. This year’s Lifetime Achievement for Entertainment award recipient is actress Angela Bassett. The Academy Award Nominee is best known for her roles as strong African American women. Other honorees at this year’s event include Winston R. Pittman Sr. of Pittman Enterprise; Dr. Mary Evans Sias, president of Kentucky State University; and Douglas L. Williams, Superbowl XXII MVP. There will be a raffle to win a 2013 Toyota Avalon. Tickets are $100 to enter your name into the drawing. The winner will be chosen the night of the event. You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage and the Project to Preserve African American Turf History. For more information, visit www.kcaah.org/content/2013-isaac-murphy-image-awards or call 502.583.4100.

Gladys Knight to perform at Finish Line Gala

Legendary singer Gladys Knight is set to perform at the Finish Line Gala, held 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel and Suites. Knight should take the stage at 10:30 p.m. to perform a 60-minute set. The party will also feature hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and DJs. Tickets are $125 and are available at www.finishlinegala.com or by calling 513.324.4025. You can also pick them up at Better Days Records in Lyles Mall. A portion of the proceeds benefit the University of Louisville Cardinals Athletic Fund’s sports medicine budget plus Family Community Clinic, Inc.