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Louisville Weekend Arts Picks: 30-Hour Party, 'Cabaret' And Jam

Courtesy PNC Broadway in Louisville

Fine art, theater and an epic jam session round out your picks for this weekend in the Louisville arts.

The Speed Art Museum is celebrating its grand reopening with a 30-hour nonstop party that should have something for every visitor. Aside from the expected activities, which include gallery talks with the curators, there are less traditional ways to engage with the art, like yoga in the galleries (with music by Ben Sollee), standup comedy and a late-night video game competition. Expect visits from other Louisville arts organizations, including the Orchestra and Ballet, Actors Theatre and Squallis Puppeteers. And if the round-the-clock activity becomes too much, slip into the Speed’s brand-new cinema for some experimental and local film. The party kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday and lasts until 4 p.m. on Sunday. A full schedule of activities can be found here.

This weekend, the Kentucky Center turns Kit Kat Club as the national tour of Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning revival of “Cabaret” plays in Louisville as part of PNC’s Broadway in Louisville series. “Cabaret” is set in WWII-era Berlin and follows the lives of performers at the infamous Kit Kat Club, where visitors are encouraged to leave their worries of the real world behind. The musical features some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time” (Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, March 8-13, tickets here.)

I’m pretty sure “Peter and the Wolf” was required listening for every elementary school music class I ever took. Year after year, we'd sit cross-legged on the music room floor, eyes closed, and enjoy Prokofiev’s classic musical journey of little Peter and his animal friends as they find and capture the wolf, featuring all the instrument families of the orchestra. Families can now share this experience with their children at the Louisville Orchestra’s LO Family Series’ presentation of “Peter and the Wolf.” The shows in this series are specially tailored for little listeners; they last 45-60 minutes. “Peter and the Wolf” begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday; tickets are available here.

Finally, grab your fiddle -- or banjo, or guitar -- and join the Flea For All Old Tyme Jam. Sponsored by the Flea Off Market, this monthly old-time jam welcomes all ages and experience levels to join in and play. The session, held at the Flea’s East Market Street location, lasts from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday.