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December 19, 2006

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<COMEDY> Dec. 20-23Alex Reymundo    You may know Alex Reymundo from the “Original Latin Kings of Comedy” or from “P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy” or from “Latinpalooza” or from Showtime, HBO or Comedy Central or from films like “The Movement,” “El Matador” and “What We Did On Our Holidays,” or from the voice of “El Guapo” on the video game for the movie “CARS.” In other words, this former Louisvillian gets around. With a new comedy special, “Hick-Spanic,” set to air in 2007 on Showtime and Comedy Central, and with a spot on next year’s Blue Collar Comedy Tour, well, don’t you think you should catch this guy in a club while you can? He does multiple shows (some are all ages and some are non-smoking!) at Comedy Caravan this week. Comprende? —Cary StemleComedy Caravan1250 Bardstown Road459-0022www.comedycaravan.com<OUTDOORS>Thursday, Dec. 21Winter solstice night hike    This hike is not just another way for Bernheim Forest to connect nature with people’s everyday lives, but a way you find solace on solstice — or winter solstice — within the site’s 14,000 acres. The winter solstice is when the sun appears directly over the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern hemisphere, providing us, in the north, with the shortest day of the year. Technically this year’s solstice is at 7:22 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday. (This also is 12:22 a.m., Friday, on Coordinated Universal Time, which is also known as Greenwich Mean Time or GMT. GMT originally referred to solar time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England.) Hike leaders will recount stories that relate to the winter solstice under the faint light of the new waxing moon. This is the last night program at Bernheim until the Vernal Equinox on March 20. Advance registration is required, and the hike accommodates only a limited number of people. —Elizabeth KramerBernheim Arboretum and Research ForestClermont, Ky.955-8512www.bernheim.org$7 (members), $10; 6-7:30 p.m.<MUSIC>Friday, Dec. 22Leigh Ann Yost    Yost’s album is called Basic Needs, and that’s what she gives you: Yost at her most basic, most humane, with a voice as clear as day backed by a core group of accomplished players. She understands that sometimes the best way to help people navigate through her songs is to steer them directly, straight from the heart, with no equivocations. Maybe she’s a basic need. For us. —Mat HerronWFPK-FM, Live LunchHSA Broadband Building619 S. Fourth. St.814-6565Free; noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.)<ART>Friday, Dec. 22<hed>‘Fire and Ice’    To observe the winter solstice, the Mellwood Arts Center is hosting artists Thomas Brown and Laurel Fleury, who will perform individually using natural elements that represent climatic extremes. Brown will carve nearly 7-foot-tall blocks of ice using several tools including fire. In the past he has entombed objects in the ice he carves to later incorporate them into the final shapes of his ice sculptures and even embellished them with paint. Brown, who counts work by Andy Goldsworthy and Isamu Noguchi among his influences, first carved ice in March 2002 after he retrieved two 300-pound blocks of ice from Grocers Ice & Cold Storage Co. near his Main Street studio. Fleury is a fire poi performer who encountered the art form while living in Winston-Salem, N.C. She dances while spinning a poi (ball in Māori) that has a special wick soaked in a fuel and set aflame. Her repertoire also includes dancing with thin torches that extend from her fingers. —Elizabeth KramerMellwood Arts & Entertainment Center1860 Mellwood Ave.www.mellwoodartcenter.comFree; 6-10 p.m.<SEX>Friday, Dec. 22Come together — for peace    Go on and touch yourself, or let someone else touch you, and get that warm fuzzy feeling Friday. You may just make an important contribution to world peace. This is what two anti-war activists from California are promoting with the First Annual Solstice Synchronized Global Orgasm for Peace. They ask that participants contemplate peace anytime during and after reaching orgasm to help “effect positive change in the energy field of the Earth.” They’re basing their hopes on the work of The Global Consciousness Project (http://noosphere.princeton.edu), an international alliance of researchers who have been studying whether group consciousness affects world events, by scientifically measuring the output of dozens of random number generators around the planet. (The idea correlates with the Ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia, when business and war were suspended during the winter solstice.) To show others that you intend to participate, the organizers want you to use a secret sign — a wink and the universal “OK” sign, which they have renamed “The O” sign. —Elizabeth Kramerwww.globalorgasm.orgWherever you choose (as long as it’s legal)Anytime the mood strikes youPriceless<BLESSING>Saturday, Dec. 23Tibetan Monks at Rainbow Blossom    What could be better this holiday season than to give a gift to a loved one and be able to say, “I hope you like it — it was hand-crafted, blessed and personally wrapped by a Tibetan monk”? You can make this happen as, on Saturday, Rainbow Blossom’s St. Matthews Market plays host to a group of Tibetan monks who will provide last-minute shoppers with both practical and spiritual services. The monks are part of the Drepung Gomang Institute in Louisville, comprising refugees and monks who have fled Chinese-occupied Tibet in order to study and maintain Tibetan culture. Gifts that were hand-made by the monks will be for sale at Rainbow Blossom from Dec. 21-24, and all proceeds will benefit the institute. You can also bring outside gifts to be blessed and wrapped — so why not give Dad a blessed tie this year? —Kevin GibsonRainbow Blossom3738 Lexington Road896-0189www.rainbowblossom.comNoon-4 p.m.<MUSIC>Saturday, Dec. 23Ultra Pulverize, One Small Step    You have not seen musical prowess until you’ve heard the open lines of “Unsolved Mysteries,” and a drum machine player with lighting-fast fingers. Sure, Ultra Pulverize comes off as bizarre at first, but the more you hear them, the more the band’s rock becomes a force of nature. Freakish nature. Then there’s One Small Step. This precocious pair straps on their red and white outfits and within minutes, warms your heart with earnest, hefty rock-electronica. —Mat HerronMonkey Wrench1025 Barret Ave.582-2433$3; 10 p.m.<MUSIC>Saturday, Dec. 23Two band beard-off    I got wind of a serious competition set to go down Saturday night at Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge. After three of our beloved original rockers — Wolverine Brass, Lee Van Cleef and ARCH — get their rocks off on stage, there will be a “beard-off” between two of the bands. That’s right. Members of Wolverine Brass and Lee Van Cleef have been avoiding the razor for months for this very competition. It’s still uncertain how the contest will be judged (by unkempt looks? By collective weight of hair?) or what the winning band will receive (a lifetime supply of Bic razors?). I just hope the boys come clean at the end of the night for a “shave-off.” Facial hair is overrated. —Sara Havens Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge1004 E. Oak St.637-9315$5; 9 p.m.<GIVING>A Reader’s Corner    Still stumped at the last day before Christmas? Well, there’s nothing like books for gifts, and at A Reader’ Corner you can pick out a nicely-priced used book for anyone on your last-minute list — and perhaps add a gift certificate that will send your friends back to the stacks of one of the city’s best little bookstores. The store carries a very nice selection of non-fiction (including a good Kentucky section), and scads of popular novels and mysteries. Owners Tim and Judy Fout can also help you order a long out-of-print volume, and have outfitted A Readers Corner with a reader’s corner reading room, complete with coffee and wi-fi. —Bill DoolittleA Reader’s Corner138 Breckenridge Lane897-5578<HOLIDAY>Monday, Dec. 25Christmas    We just wanted to remind (most of) you that you don’t have to come to work today (props for cops, medical personnel, food service workers, social service workers and anyone else who does have to be in service today). But that doesn’t mean you can get your errands done — most stores, restaurants and businesses will be closed. But you can go see a movie. Or rent one. Thank God for Hollywood, right? Then again, come to think of it, He’s to blame for everything being closed on this day. So what now? —Sara HavensEverywhereFree; midnight-midnight