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By Thomas Mann Translation by H. T. Lowe-Porter THE FIGHT BETWEEN JAPPE AND DO ESCOBAR I WAS very much taken aback when Johnny Bishop told me that Jappe and Do Escobar were going to fight each other and that we must go and watch them do it. It was in the summer holidays at Travemünde, on a sultry day was a slight land breeze and a flat sea ever so far away across the sands. We had been some three-quarters of an hour in the water and were lying on the hard sand under the props of the bathing- cabins——we two and Jürgen Brattström the shipowner's son. Johnny and Brattström were lying on their backs entirely naked; I felt more comfortable with my towel wrapped round my hips. Brattström asked me why I did it and I could not think of any sensible answer; so Johnny said with his winning smile that I was probably too big now to lie naked. I really was larger and more developed than Johnny and Brattström; also a little older, about thirteen; so I accepted Johnny's explanation in silence, although with a certain feeling of mortification. For in Johnny Bishop's presence you actually felt rather out of it if you were any less small, fine, and physically childlike than he, who was all these things in such a very high degree. He knew how to look up at you with his pretty, friendly blue eyes, which had a certain mock- ing smile in them too, with an expression that said: "What a great, gawky thing you are, to be sure!" The ideal of manliness and long trousers had no validity in his presence——and that at a time, not long after the war, when strength, courage, and every hardy virtue stood very high among us youth and all sorts of conduct were banned as effeminate. But Johnny, as a foreigner—or half- foreigner——was exempt from this atmosphere. He was a little like a woman who preserves her youth and looks down on other women who are less successful at the feat. Besides he was far and away the best-dressed boy in town, distinctly aristocratic and elegant in his real English sailor suit with the linen collar, sailor's knot, laces, a silver whistle in his pocket, and an anchor on the sleeve that narrowed round his wrists. Anyone else would have been laughed at for that sort of thing——it would have been jeered at as "girls' clothes." But he wore them with such a disarming and confident air that he never suffered in the least. He looked rather like a thin little cupid as he lay there, with his pretty, soft blond curls and his arms up over the narrow English head that rested on the sand. His father had been a German busi- ness man who had been naturalized in England and died some years since. His mother was English by blood, a long-featured lady with quiet, gentle ways, who had settled in our town with her two children, Johnny and a mischievous little girl just as pretty as he. She still wore black for her husband, and she was probably honouring his last wishes when she brought the children to grow up in Germany. Obviously they were in easy circum- stances. She owned a spacious house outside the city and a villa at the sea and from time to time she travelled with Johnny and Sissie to more distant resorts. She did not move in society, although it would have been open to her. Whether on account of her mourn- ing or perhaps because the horizon of our best families was too narrow for her, she herself led a retired life, but she managed that her children should have social intercourse. She incited other children to play with them and sent them to dancing and to deport- ment lessons, thus quietly arranging that Johnny and Sissie should associate exclusively with the children of well-to-do families—— of course not in pursuance of any well-defined principle, but just as a matter of course. Mrs. Bishop contributed, remotely, to my own education: it was from her I learned that to be well thought of by others no more is needed than to think well of yourself. Though deprived of its male head the little family showed none of the marks of neglect or disruption which often in such cases make people fight shy. Without further family connection, with- out title, tradition, influence, or public office, and living a life apart, Mrs. Bishop by no means lacked social security or preten- sions. She was definitely accepted at her own valuation and the friendship of her children was much sought after by their young contemporaries. As for Jürgen Brattström, I may say in passing that his father had made his own money, achieved public office, and built for himself and his family the red sandstone house on the Burgfeld, next to Mrs. Bishop's. And that lady had quietly accepted his son as Johnny's playmate and let the two go to school together. Jürgen was a decent, phlegmatic, short-legged lad without any prominent characteristics. He had begun to do a little private business in licorice sticks. As I said, I was extremely shocked when Johnny told me about the impending meeting between Jappe and Do Escobar which was to take place at twelve o'clock that day on the Leuch- tenfeld. It was dead earnest——might have a serious outcome, for Jappe and Do Escobar were both stout and reckless fellows and had strong feelings about knightly honour. The issue might well be frightful. In my memory they still seem as tall and manly as they did then, though they could not have been more than fifteen at the time. Jappe came from the middle class of the city; he was not much looked after at home, he was already almost his own master, a combination of loafer and man-about-town. Do Escobar was an exotic and bohemian foreigner, who did not even come regularly to school but only attended lectures now and then——an irregular but paradisial existence! He lived en pension with some middle-class people and rejoiced in complete independence. Both were people who went late to bed, visited public-houses, strolled of evenings in the Broad Street, followed girls about, performed crazy "stunts"——in short, were regular blades. Although they did not live in the Kurhotel at Travemünde——where they would scarcely have been acceptable——but somewhere in the village, they frequented the Kurhaus and garden and were at home there as cosmopolitans. In the evening, especially on a Sunday, when I has long since been in my bed in one of the chalets and gone off to sleep to the pleasant sound of the Kurhaus band, they, and other members of the young generation——as I was aware——still sauntered up and down in the stream of tourists and guests, loitered in front of the long awning of the café, and sought and found grown-up entertainment. And here they had come to blows, good- ness knows how and why. It is possible that they had only brushed against each other in passing and in the sensitiveness of their knightly honour had made a fighting matter of the en- counter. Johnny, who of course had been long since in bed too and was instructed only by hearsay in what happened, expressed himself in his pleasant, slightly husky childish voice, that the quarrel was probably about some "gal"——an easy assumption, considering Jappe's and Do Escobar's precocity and boldness. In short, they had made no scene among the guests, but in few and biting words agreed upon hour and place and witnesses for the satisfaction of their honour. The next day, at twelve, rendezvous at such and such a spot on the Leuchtenfeld. Good evening.—— Ballet-master Knaak from Hamburg, master of ceremonies and leader of the Kurhaus cotillions, had been on the scene and prom- ised his presence at the appointed hour and place. Johnny rejoiced wholeheartedly in the fray——I think that neither he nor Brattström would have shared my apprehensions. Johnny repeatedly assured me, forming the r far forward on his palate, with his pretty enunciation, that they were both "in dead eahnest" and certainly meant business. Complacently and with a rather ironic objectivity he weighed the chances of victory for each. They were both frightfully strong, he grinned; both of them great fighters——it would be fun to have it settled which of them was the greater. Jappe, Johnny thought, had a broad chest and capital arm and leg muscles, he could tell that from seeing him swimming. But Do Escobar was uncommonly wiry and savage—— hard to tell beforehand who would get the upper hand. It was strange to hear Johnny discourse so sovereignly upon Jappe's and Do Escobar's qualifications, looking at his childish arms, which could never have given or warded off a blow. As for me, I was indeed far from absenting myself from the spectacle. That would have been absurd and moreover the proceedings had a great fasci- nation for me. Of course I must go, I must see it all, now that I knew about it. I felt a certain sense of duty, along with other and conflicting emotions: a great shyness and shame, all unwarlike as I was, and not at all minded to trust myself upon the scene of manly exploits. I had a nervous dread of the shock which the sight of a duel à outrance, a fight for life and death, as it were, would give me. I was cowardly enough to ask myself whether, once on the field, I might not be caught up in the struggle and have to expose my own person to a proof of valour which I knew in my inmost heart I was far from being able or willing to give. On the other hand I kept putting myself in Jappe's and Do Esco- bar's place and feeling consuming sensations which I assumed to be what they were feeling. I visualized the scene of the insult and the challenge, summoned my sense of good form and with Jappe and Do Escobar resisted the impulse to fall to there and then. I experienced the agony of an overwrought passion for justice, the flaring, shattering hatred, the attacks of raving impatience for revenge, in which they must have passed the night. Arrived at the last ditch, lost to all sense of fear, I fought myself blind and bloody with an adversary just as inhuman, drove my fist into his hated jaw with all the strength of my being, so that all his teeth were broken, received in exchange a brutal kick in the stomach and went under in a sea of blood. After which I woke in my bed with ice-bags, quieted nerves, and a chorus of mild reproaches from my family. In short, when it was half past twelve and we got up to dress I was half worn out with my apprehensions. In the cabin and afterwards when we were dressed and went outdoors, my heart throbbed exactly as though it was I myself who was to fight with Jappe or Do Escobar, in public and with all the rigours of the game. I still remember how we took the narrow wooden bridge which ran diagonally up from the beach to the cabins. Of course we jumped, in order to make it sway as much as possible, so that we bounced as though on a spring-board. But once below we did not follow the board walk which led along the beach past the tents and the basket chairs; but held inland in the general direction of the Kurhaus but rather more leftwards. The sun brooded over the dunes and sucked a dry, hot odour from the sparse and withered vegetation, the reeds and thistles that stuck into our leg. There was no sound but the ceaseless humming of the blue-bottle flies which hung apparently motionless in the heavy warmth, sud- denly to shift to another spot and begin afresh their sharp, mo- notonous whine. The cooling effect of the bath was long since spent. Brattström and I kept lifting our hats, he his Swedish sailor cap with the oilcloth visor, I my round Heligoland woollen bon- net——the so-called tam-o'-shanter——to wipe our brows. Johnny suffered little from heat, thanks to his slightness and also because his clothing was more elegantly adapted than ours to the summer day. In his light and comfortable sailor suit of striped washing material which left bare his throat and legs, the blue, short- ribboned cap with English lettering on his pretty little head, the long slender feet in fine, almost heelless white leather shoes, he walked with mounting strides and somewhat bent knees between Brattström and me and sang with his charming accent "Little Fisher Maiden"——a ditty which was then the rage. He sang it with some vulgar variation in the words, such as boys like to in- vent. Curiously enough, in all his childishness he knew a good deal about various matters and was not at all too prudish to take them in his mouth. But always he would make a sanctimonious little face and say: "Fie! Who would sing such dirty songs?"—— as though Brattström and I had been the ones to make indecent advances to the little fisher maiden. I did not feel at all like singing, we were too near the fatal spot. The prickly grass of the dunes had changed to the sand and sea moss of a barren meadow; this was the Leuchtenfeld, so called after the yellow lighthouse towering up in the far distance. We soon found ourselves at our goal. It was a warm, peaceful spot, where almost nobody ever came: protected from view by scrubby willow trees. On the free space among the bushes a crowd of youths lay or sat in a circle. They were almost all older than we and from various strata of society. We seemed to be the last spectators to arrive. Everybody was waiting for Knaak the dancing-master, who was needed in the capacity of neutral and umpire. Both Jappe and Do Escobar were there——I saw them at once. They were sitting far apart in the circle and pretending not to see each other. We greeted a few acquaintances with silent nods and squatted in our turn on the sun- warmed ground. Some of the group were smoking. Both Jappe and Do Escobar held cigarettes in the corners of their mouths. Each kept one eye shut against the smoke and I instantly felt and knew that they were aware how grand it was to sit there and smoke before entering the ring. They were both dressed in grown-up clothes, but Do Escobar's were more gentlemanly that Jappe's. He wore yellowed shoes with pointed toes, a light-grey summer suit, a rose- coloured shirt with cuffs, a coloured silk cravat, and a round, nar- row-brimmed straw hat sitting far back on his head, so that his mop of shining black hair showed on one side beneath it, in a big hummock. He kept raising his right hand to shake back the silver bangle he wore under his cuff. Jappe's appearance was distinctly less pretentious. His legs were encased in tight trousers of a lighter colour than his coat and waistcoat and fastened with straps under his waxed black boots. A checked cap covered his curly blond hair; in contrast to Do Escobar's jaunty headgear he wore it pulled down over his forehead. He sat with his arms clasped round one knee; you could see that he had on loose cuffs over his shirt-sleeves, also that his finger-nails were either cut too short or else that he indulged in the vice of biting them. Despite the smoking and the assumed nonchalance, the whole circle was serious and silent, restraint was in the air. The only one to make head against it was Do Escobar, who talked without stopping to his neighbours, in a loud, strained voice, rolling his r's and blow- ing smoke out of his nose. I was rather put off by his volubility; it inclined me, despite the bitten finger-nails, to side with Jappe, who at most addressed a word or two over his shoulder to his neighbour and for the rest gazed in apparent composure at the smoke of his cigarette. Then came Herr Knaak——I can still see him, in his blue striped flannel morning suit, coming with winged tread from the direc- tion of the Kurhaus and lifting his hat as he paused outside the circle. That he wanted to come I do not believe; I am convinced rather that he had made a virtue of necessity when he honoured the fight with his presence. And the necessity, the compulsion, was due to his equivocal position in the eyes of the martially- and mascu- linely-minded youth. Dark-skinned and comely, plump, particu- larly in the region of the hips, he gave us dancing and deportment lessons in the wintertime——private, family lessons as well as pub- lic classes in the Casino; and in the summer he acted as bathing- master and social manager at Travemünde. He rocked on his hips and weaved in his walk, turning out his toes very much and setting them first on the ground as he stepped. His eye had a vain ex- pression, his speech was pleasant but affected, and his way of entering a room as though it were a stage, his extraordinary and fastidious mannerisms charmed all the female sex, while the mascu- line world, and especially critical youth, viewed him with sus- picion. I have often pondered over the position of François Knaak in life and always have I found it strange and fantastic. He was of humble origins, his parents were poor, and his taste for the social graces left him as it were hanging in the air——not a member of society, yet paid by it as a guardian and instructor of its con- ventions. Jappe and Do Escobar were his pupils too; not in pri- vate lessons, like Johnny, Brattström, and me, but in the public classes in the Casino. It was in these that Herr Knaak's character and position were most sharply criticized. We of the private classes were less austere. A fellow who taught you the proper de- portment towards little girls, who was thrillingly reported to wear a corset, who picked up the edge of his frock-coat with his finger- tips, curtsied, cut capers, leaped suddenly into the air, where he twirled his toes before he came down again——what sort of chap was he, after all? These were the suspicions harboured by militant youth on the score of Herr Knaak's character and mode of life, and his exaggerated airs did nothing to allay them. Of course, he was a grown-up man (he was even, comically enough, said to have a wife and children in Hamburg); and his advantage in years and the fact that he was never seen except officially and in the dance-hall, prevented him from being convicted and unmasked. Could he do gymnastics? Had he ever been able to? Had he courage? Had he parts? In short, could one accept him as an equal? He was never in a position to display the soldier char- acteristics which might have balanced his salon arts and made him a decent chap. So there were youths who made no bones of call- ing him straight out a coward and a jackanapes. All this he knew and therefore he was here today to manifest his interest in a good stand-up fight and to put himself on terms with the young, though in his official position he should not have countenanced such goings-on. I am convinced, however, that he was not comfortable ——he knew he was treading on thin ice. Some of the audience looked coldly at him and he himself gazed uneasily round to see if anybody was coming. He politely excused his late arrival, saying that he had been kept by a consultation with the management of the Kurhaus about the next Sunday's ball. "Are the combatants present?" he next inquired in official tones. "Then we can begin." Leaning on his stick with his feet crossed he gnawed his soft brown mous- tache with his under lip and made owl eyes to look like a con- noisseur. Jappe and Do Escobar stood up, threw away their cigarettes, and began to prepare for the fray. Do Escobar did it in a hurry, with impressive speed. He threw hat, coat, and waistcoat on the ground, unfastened tie, collar, and braces and added them to the pile. He even drew his rose-coloured shirt out of his trousers, pulled his arms briskly out of the sleeves, and stood up in a red and white striped undershirt which exposed the larger part of his yellow arms, already covered with a thick black fell. "At you service, sir," he said, with a rolling r, stepping into the middle of the ring, expanding his chest and throwing back his shoulders. He still wore the silver bangle. Jappe was not ready yet. He turned his head, elevated his brows, and looked at Do Escobar's feet a moment with narrowed eyes——as much as to say: "Wait a bit——I'll get there too, even if I don't swagger so much." He was broader in the shoulder; but as he took his place beside Do Escobar he seemed nowhere near so fit or athletic. His legs in the tight strapped boots inclined to be knock-kneed and his fit-out was not impressive——grey braces over a yellowed white shirt with loose buttoned sleeves. By con- trast Do Escbar's striped tricot and the black hair on his arms looked uncommonly grim and businesslike. Both were pale but it showed more in Jappe as he was otherwise blond and red-cheeked, with jolly, not-too-refined features including a rather turned-up nose with a saddle of freckles. Do Escobar's nose was short, straight, and drooping and there was a downy black growth on his full upper lip. They stood with hanging arms almost breast to breast, and looked at one another darkly and haughtily in the region of the stomach. They obviously did not know how to begin——and how well I could understand that! A night and half a day had inter- vened since the unpleasantness. They had wanted to fly at each other's throats and had only been held in check by the rules of the game. But they had had time to cool off. To do to order, as it were, before an audience, by appointment, in cold blood, what they had wanted to do yesterday when the fit was on them——it was not the same thing at all. After all, they were not gladiators. They were civilized young men. And in possession of one's senses one has a certain reluctance to smash a sound human body with one's fists. So I thought, and so, very likely, it was. But something had to be done, that honour might be satisfied, so each began to work the other up by hitting him contemptu- ously with the finger-tips on the breast, as though that would be enough to finish him off. And, indeed, Jappe's face began to be distorted with anger—but just at that moment Do Escobar broke off the skirmish. "Pardon," said he, taking two steps backwards and turning aside. He had to tighten the buckle at the back of his trousers, for he was narrow-hipped and in the absence of braces they had begun to slip. He took his position again almost at once, throwing out his chest and saying something in guttural and rattling Spanish, probably to the effect that he was again at Jappe's service. It was clear that he was inordinately vain. The skirmishing with shoulders and buffeting with palms began again. Then unexpectedly there ensued a blind and raging hand- to-hand scuffle with the fists, which lasted three seconds and broke off without notice. "Now they are warming up," said Johnny, sitting next to me with a dry grass in his mouth. "I'll wager Jappe beats him. Look how he keeps squinting over at us——Jappe keeps his mind on his job. Will you bet he won't give him a good hiding?" They had now recoiled and stood, fists on hips, their chests heaving. Both had doubtless taken some punishment, for they both looked angry, sticking out their lips furiously as much as to say: "What do you mean by hurting me like that?" Jappe was red- eyed and Do Escobar showed his white teeth as they fell to again. They were hitting out now with all their strength on shoulders, forearms, and breasts by turns and in quick succession. "That's nothing," Johnny said, with his charming accent. "They won't get anywhere that way, either of them. They must go at it under the chin, with an uppercut to the jaw. That does it." But mean- while Do Escobar had caught both Jappe's arms with his left arm, pressed them as in a vise against his chest, and with his right went on pummelling Jappe's flanks. There was great excitement. "No clinching!" several voices cried out, and people jumped up. Herr Knaak hastened between the combatants, in horror. "You are holding him fast, my dear friend. That is against all the rules." He separated them and again instructed Do Escobar in the regulations. Then he withdrew once more outside the ring. Jappe was obviously in a fury. He was quite white, rubbing his side and looking at Do Escobar with a slow nod that boded no good. When the next round began, his face looked so grim that everybody expected him to deliver a decisive blow. And actually as soon as contact had been renewed Jappe carried out a coup——he practised a feint which he had probably planned beforehand. A thrust with his left caused Do Escobar to protect his head; but as he did so Jappe's right hit him so hard in the stomach that he crumpled forwards and his face took on the colour of yellow wax. "That went home," said Johnny. "That's where it hurts. Maybe now he will pull himself together and take things seri- ously, so as to pay it back." But the blow to the stomach had been too telling, Do Escobar's nerve was visibly shaken. It was clear he could not even clench his fists properly, and his eyes took on a glazed look. However, finding his muscles thus affected, his vanity counselled him to play the agile southron, dancing round the German bear and rendering him desperate by his own dex- terity. He took tiny steps and made all sorts of useless passes, moving round Jappe in little circles and trying to assume an arro- gant smile——which in his reduced condition struck me as really heroic. But it did not upset Jappe at all——he simply turned round on his heel and got in many a good blow with his right while with his left he warded off Do Escobar's feeble attack. But what sealed Do Escobar's fate was that his trousers kept slipping. His tricot shirt even came outside and rucked up, showing a little strip of his bare yellow skin——some of the audience sniggered. But why had he taken off his braces? He would have done better to leave æsthetic considerations on one side. For now his trousers bothered him, they had bothered him during the whole fight. He kept wanting to pull them up and stuff in his shirt, for however much he was punished he could bear it better than the thought that he might be cutting a ridiculous figure. In the end he was fighting with one hand while with the other he tried to put him- self to rights; and thus Jappe was able to land such a blow on his nose that to this day I do not understand why it was not broken. But the blood poured out, and Do Escobar turned and went apart from Jappe, trying with his right hand to stop the bleeding and with his left making an eloquent gesture behind him as he went. Jappe stood there with his knock-kneed legs spread out and waited for Do Escobar to come back. But Do Escobar was finished with the business. If I interpret him aright he was the more civilized of the two and felt that it was high time to call a halt: Jappe would beyond doubt have fought on with his nose bleed- ing; but almost as certainly Do Escobar would equally have re- fused to go on, and he did so with even more conviction in that it was himself that bled. They had made the claret run out of his nose——in his view things should never have been allowed to go so far, devil take it! The blood ran between his fingers onto his clothes, it soiled his light trousers and dripped on his yellow shoes. It was beastly and nothing but beastly——and under such circum- stances he declined to take part in more fighting. It would be inhuman. And his attitude was accepted by the majority of the spec- tators. Herr Knaak came into the ring and declared that the fight was over. Both sides had behaved with distinction. You could see how relieved he felt that the affair had gone off so smoothly. "But neither of them was brought to a fall," said Johnny, surprised and disappointed. However, even Jappe was quite satis- fied to consider the affair as settled. Drawing a long breath he went to fetch his clothes. Everybody generally accepted Herr Knaak's delicate fiction that the issue was a draw. Jappe was con- gratulated, but only surreptitiously; on the other hand some peo- ple lent Do Escobar their handkerchiefs, as his own was soon drenched. And now the cry was for more. Let two other fellows fight. That was the sense of the meeting; Jappe's and Do Escobar's business had taken so little time, hardly ten minutes; since they were all there and it was still quite early something more ought to come. Another pair must enter the arena——whoever wanted to show that he deserved being called a lad of parts. Nobody offered. But why at this summons did my heart begin to beat like a little drum? What I had feared had come to pass: the challenge had become general. Why did I feel as though I had all the time been awaiting this very moment with shivers of delicious anticipation and now when it had come why was I plunged into a whirl of conflicting emotions? I looked at Johnny. Perfectly calm and detached he sat beside me, turned his straw about in his mouth and looked about the ring with a frankly curious air, to see whether a couple of stout chaps would not be found to let their noses be broken for his amusement. Why was it that I had to feel personally challenged to conquer my nervous timidity, to make an unnatural effort and draw all eyes upon my- self by heroically stepping into the ring? In an access of self- consciousness mingled with vanity I was about to raise my hand and offer myself for combat when somewhere in the circle the shout arose: "Herr Knaak ought to fight!" All eyes fastened themselves upon Herr Knaak. I have said that he was walking upon slippery ice in exposing himself to the dan- ger of such a test of his kidney. But he simply answered: "No, thanks, very much——I had enough beatings when I was young." He was safe. He had slipped like an eel out of the trap. How astute of him, to bring in his superiority in years, to imply that at our age he would not have avoided an honourable fight——and that without boasting at all, even making his own words carry irre- sistible conviction by admitting with a disarming laugh at himself that he too had taken beatings in his time. They let him alone. They perceived that it was hard, if not impossible, to bring him to book. "Then somebody must wrestle!" was the next cry. This sug- gestion was not taken up either; but in the midst of the discussion over it (and I shall never forget the painful impression it made) Do Escobar said in his hoarse Spanish voice from behind his gory handkerchief: "Wrestling is for cowards. Only Germans wrestle." It was an unheard of piece of tactlessness, coming from him, and got its reward at once in the capital retort made by Herr Knaak: "Possible," said he. "But it looks as though the Germans know how to give pretty good beatings sometimes too!" He was rewarded by shouts of approving laughter; his whole position was improved, and Do Escobar definitely put down for the day. But it was the general opinion that wrestling was a good deal of a bore, and so various athletic feats were resorted to instead: leap-frog, standing on one's head, handsprings and so on, to fill in the time. "Come on, let's go," said Johnny to Brattström and me, and got up. That was Johnny Bishop for you. He had come to see something real, with the possibility of a bloody issue. But the thing had petered out and so he left. He gave me my first impression of the peculiar superiority of the English character, which later on I came so greatly to admire. 1911 
From Thomas Mann: Stories of Three Decades, Translated from the German by H. T. Lowe-Porter. Copyright, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1936, by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. The Modern Library edition, Random House, Inc. pp. 328—339.
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6 Nights in Vegas - From Someone Cheap

6 Nights in Vegas - On a Budget

A little background on us. I’m 35 my wife is 28. We aren’t major gamblers by any stretch, but we usually hit up a local casino maybe once a month, twice if we do good, and usually gambling about $100 a piece each time. We are both huge sports fans, especially college sports (Notre Dame). I’m a bit of a tightwad most of the time.
The morning of April 2, 2016 I asked her if she wanted to marry me (both of us have been married once before), she said yes. I bought tickets that morning, didn’t tell anyone our plans and drove from South Bend Indiana area to Chicago O’Hare, and arrived in Vegas right around dark.
The first couple of Hotels I tried for were booked, but we ended up finding a room at Planet Hollywood (which we spent all of about 4 hours in). We then flew out the next morning, spending a total of about 12 hours in Vegas.
This time around, after finding out my kids would be with their mom over Spring Break, I decided to save up and actually plan a trip this time. We debated Florida, Canada, the Smokies, and ended up deciding on Vegas.
Tuesday – March 27 We stayed the night at Blue Chip Casino (BOYD Gaming) in Michigan City Indiana (halfway to O’Hare). Both of us had comps for a free room and Buffet’s as well and about $75 worth of food credit that we had been saving for our Vegas trip. They also gave me a $25 gas card. We decided to gamble $100, and lost pretty quickly. After eating our “free buffets” we decided to go to bed, anticipating an early morning.
Wednesday – March 28 Once we got to O’Hare, we went and checked our 1 bag in at the Spirit Airlines desk. Everything at Spirit is A la Carte, and I had paid for 1 checked bag, however the lady in front of me discovered that their checked bags cost even more if over 40lbs. I had gone with Spirit to save a buck, and overall the experience wasn’t terrible, but I’ve had much better experiences with other non-discount airlines. After arriving in Vegas, we rode the bus from the airport to the Rental Car facility, and in short time had our new car for the week. The nice lady at Payless tried selling me several extras, and I politely declined each of them. I’ve come to expect the sales pitch no matter what rental company I use, and overall my experience with these guys was very good. We ended up changing reservations last minute for our Hotel due to additional offers I received while at Blue Chip. After checking in at the Fremont (all 6 nights) we unpacked, stopped at IN & OUT Burger, and made a run to Wal-Mart for snacks and drinks. We then decided to go check out the Nuwu Dispensary, we were both very impressed with the selection, cleanliness, and friendliness of everyone we talked to there (we are novices at this lol). After making a “small” purchase, we decided to drive out to Mount Charleston for the evening and ended up catching the sunset before driving back into town. We spent the rest of the evening walking around Fremont Street mostly just people watching, before we grabbed a snack from the Café inside the Fremont and went back to our room for the night. The food was average at best, but the price was right, even if I hadn’t used my points.
Thursday – March 29 We slept in until about 9:30, and slowly made our way over to the Hoover Dam. On our way to the Dam, we stopped at Sunset Station for their Brunch Buffet, and were really impressed, especially for the $7 price. After gambling a little and not winning we continued to the Dam. Waze had me going some crazy roads that I’d never taken before to get there, and took us about 3 times longer than I had ever remembered. After getting closer and seeing all of the traffic/road construction I now knew why. All of the lower parking lots were full, so we drove to the little gift shop on the Arizona side (I was surprised to see the road now ends here), got a couple of little souvenirs for our boys, and walked around a little bit before exploring Lake Meade a little and driving back to Fremont. After relaxing for a little bit we again decided to walk around Fremont Street and ended up getting Margaritas and Enchilada Nacho’s at Nachodaddy’s. I would highly recommend this place if you want a good drink and great nachos, we both loved it, and our bartenders were great. After walking back to the Fremont and going back and forth on winning/losing at the slot machines, my wife got a bonus feature on the machine she was playing, when I noticed a guy standing behind her watching. He looked really familiar, and after seeing “Deez Nuts” on the back of his jacket, I realized he was the youtube star from the Deez Nuts video. He posed for a picture with my wife and then went on his way. We gambled for a few hours and went to bed about even on the day.
Friday – March 30 After grabbing coffee from Dunkin Donuts inside the Fremont, we decided to drive down to Primm, because my wife had never been to California. We stopped at the truck stop and decided against topping off on gas, due to the price being over $4/gallon. We walked around the shop, found some more souvenirs for the kids, and ate lunch at Qdoba. After driving around behind the outlet mall, I realized there wasn’t a sign saying welcome to California, so I hopped on I15 and continued South/West until she got to see her sign. We went a few exits and decided a trip all the way to Baker wasn’t worth the drive, so we turned around just past the giant solar farm on the right. In the stretch from about a mile outside of Primm to where we turned around, we passed probably a dozen of each Nevada State Police and California Highway Patrol, many of which were on motorcycles and all of which had at least 1 car pulled over. About the time we made it back into Vegas, my buddy’s flight from Washington DC had arrived (he’s getting ready to leave for Japan for the next 3 years) so we went and picked him up at his hotel (Hooters). My wife won some money on the “Vacation” machine in Hooters and we decided to go walk the strip, which wasn’t a bad walk at all. We ended up going through the MGM, across to the Aria/Monte Carlo area and decided all the bars were a bit too busy due to a Golden Knights game getting ready to start. We walked over to Excalibur and rode the monorail to Mandalay Bay. We spent the rest of the evening here, and I decided to bet on Notre Dame Women, which turned out to be a good bet. My buddy, being born in Connecticut bet on UConn and that pretty much set the tone for his luck the rest of his trip. My wife and I ended up getting a giant hot dog/pepsi combo for $3.99 at the Café inside the Fremont after returning, and it was a better bet than the Chinese food we had tried earlier in the week.
Saturday – March 31 Another buddy of ours had moved to Vegas about 6 weeks ago, while his wife and kids are moving out there today. He called me late Saturday morning, and had us meet him out at the RV Dealership he works for. After getting a tour of their half million dollar Motorhomes (built here in Indiana), we hopped in his convertible and rode out to Red Rock Canyon. The line to get in was about 100 cars long, and it looked like they were only letting a few in every 15 minutes, so we drove out along that area and headed back a different way to the south side of town. The company he works for sponsors the Horse Arena at the South Point Casino, so we rode over, watched some of the show, and got the behind the scenes tour of the stalls, practice arena, and got to meet the horses/cowboys. We ended up spending most of the day at South Point, and we really enjoyed it, probably our favorite one on the “strip” so to speak. We ate dinner at Baja Miguel’s and all enjoyed our food. Later on Saturday night we rode back to downtown. My buddy that now lives in Vegas, took us to Container Park, which was really cool. After that we walked back down Fremont Street and I had bet earlier on Michigan beating Loyola in Men’s basketball. Another good choice, however I had to find a casino with a sports book that could cash me out. We ended up going to “The D” and really enjoyed the atmosphere/older machines. My wife ended up playing the old school Horse Racing Quarter Machine upstairs and stayed on it for quite a while. We ended up heading back to the Fremont, where we gambled the rest of our “$200 limit” for the day, and did pretty good. After several hours of gambling, we decided we were hungry, so we walked over to the Café at Binions, and were really impressed with what we had.
Sunday – April 1 We ate the Breakfast Buffet at the Fremont (comped), took an Uber back to our rental car on the other side of town, picked our buddy up at Hooters and headed north to Zion National Park. A couple hours later we arrived and were somewhat surprised that it wasn’t completely packed. My buddy has a free pass (Military) so we saved $30 on the gate fee. We spent most of the day at Zion, climbing, hiking, and exploring, it was my 4th time there, but the first time for my wife and buddy, and while my wife isn’t a hiker like me, she really enjoyed it and mentioned that it was one of her top 3 things we did on our trip. On our way back to town we stopped at Casa Blanca in Mesquite for a few hours, we didn’t do any good, but enjoyed the change of pace from the Vegas casinos.
Monday – April 2 We walked the strip again, and ate the brunch buffet at the Bellagio. It was really good, but if I hadn’t used the buy 1 get 1 free coupon I had, I wouldn’t have been quite as impressed. We walked around the strip some more, and ended up buying tickets to X-Country for my wife and I for the 10pm show at Harrah’s. The lady at the Box Office didn’t offer any discount, but when I asked about using my players card, she gave me a $10/ticket discount on the tickets. After that we drove across town to Sams Town (Boyd Gaming) and gambled for a few hours, I remembered a Steak House from several years back that I really enjoyed here, but we ended deciding against it for our anniversary meal. After going back to our hotel to change and shower, we ended up going to Viva Zapata’s (based on Reddit reviews). We weren’t disappointed! The food was amazing, the atmosphere even better, and the wait staff was the best! Our waiter asked what brought us out there, I told him it was our 2 year anniversary and we had flown in from Indiana to celebrate. We were enjoying the live Mariachi music, but started getting a little anxious as we were waiting on our bill (we wanted to get to Harrah’s by 9:30). A few minutes later here came the wait staff/musician to our table, put giant sombrero’s on us, gave us a couple of churros and each of us a shot of Tequila (no charge) while they sang us a song. I tipped them well and we were on our way to the show. My wife is a huge country music fan, and while I enjoy some of the older stuff, I’m more of a metalhead. I was pleasantly surprised at the price of our tickets, and for the money, the show wasn’t bad. 1 of the dancers really stood out from the rest though, but all in all it was a good experience. I wanted to go see Absinthe but found out they weren’t playing on Monday night. After our show we walked down to the Bellagio Fountains to see a show before heading back to the hotel.
Tuesday – April 3 We spent most of the morning packing up from our 6 nights at the Fremont, I checked with the Casino host to see about possibly comping more than 2 of our nights, but she showed me where my score in their algorithm was only a 65, and needed to be 100 to qualify for more. I still only paid $165 for the 4 nights I had to pay for, which was more than fair in my opinion, considering how little time we actually spent in the room. We went to Hooters and gambled for about 20 minutes, winning a couple hundred dollars, then took my buddy to the airport. Our flight wasn’t until 6:30pm, so we drove back North and had to try another Reddit suggestion for our last meal in town. We ended up at Hamburger Hut as we love to eat wings, and although the location and building were a bit sketchy, we ordered hot wings, a hot dog, and chili fries, this was our favorite food of the trip. We also really enjoyed hanging with some of the locals while we ate lunch. After eating lunch we hit up Walmart by the airport to find some last minute souvenirs to take back home, and then returned our rental car and waited a few hours for our flight back home.
What I would recommend
Sight Seeing - Zion National Park, Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, Container Park (especially if you have kids)
Food - Hamburger Hut, Viva Zapata’s, In & Out Burger, Nachodaddy, Hotdogs at South Point, Breakfast Buffet at Sunset Station, also saved a bunch of money by getting snacks and drinks for our room at the grocery store on day 1.
Casinos – As a gambler, the ones off the Strip seemed to pay better, but the ones on the strip were much classier and had newer slots you can’t find elsewhere. My 3 favorite were the Fremont, The D, and South Point. My wife really enjoyed seeing the sights at the Bellagio, the Flamingo, and others on the Strip. No matter what, if you’re going to gamble, get a players card, it saved me a bunch of money.
Transportation – If you like to do more than just stay in town and walk all week, I’d highly recommend getting a rental car like we did (about $200 for the week for a nice sized car), but if you don’t plan on going on long day trips like we did, UbeLyft would be great.
Entertainment – XCountry at Harrahs wasn’t the top show I’ve ever seen, but 2 tickets for $80 something and a happy wife, I can’t complain at all. Watching all the entrepreneurs on Fremont Street as well as the stage shows for free was hard to beat, and any trip to Vegas should include the Bellagio Fountains, the Flamingo Habitat, and any other free entertainment you can find along the strip.
What I wouldn’t recommend
Airlines – don’t go with the budget airlines expecting to save a bunch of money if you plan on taking a bag with you, checked or carry on, prefer to pick your seats out in advance, or want to get a snack while flying.
Food – While we didn’t really have any “bad” experiences, the café and Buffet at the Fremont were probably my least favorite, but I can’t complain because I didn’t have to pay for anything at either of them. Also I was looking forward to checking out Heart Attack Grill (based on Ducktales review), but they were packed and took Cash Only fyi.
Sight Seeing – Fremont Street after dark really isn’t the place to take your small kids but be sure to take them to Container Park during the day, Hoover Dam (unless you go early), Red Rock Canyon scenic trail on a holiday weekend. Pawn Stars was packed and if you’ve seen it once, the excitement kind of wore off, and they apparently charge for parking now. I parked up the street for free and only had a short walk, but the people trying to push you to buy extras outside of the store really kind of rubbed me the wrong way.
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The "What should I do in "St. Louis" master list.

So we get this question A LOT in stlouis. It's great to have people interested in the city and seeking out what to do here. So here's a master list compiled by the good folks of stlouis. And check out the comments for more info and tidbits.
RECREATION/LOCAL LANDMARKS
The Zoo FREE | child-friendly
Missouri Botanical Gardens FREE for members | child-friendly
Forest Park FREE | child-friendly
City Museum child-friendly, though probably suited to older kids
Saint Louis Science Center FREE | child-friendly
City Garden FREE | child-friendly
Pin-up Bowl
The Gateway Arch child-friendly
The Butterfly House child-friendly
Downtown Carriage Rides
The Magic House child-friendly
Grants Farm child-friendly
Cathedral Basilica
Cahokia Mounds
Golden Eagle Ferry
Brussels Ferry
Pere Marquette State Park
Upper Limits
EATS AND DRINKS
Montelle Winery
Mount Pleasant Winery
Blues City Deli
Hodaks
Amighetti's
Pearl Cafe
Gus's Pretzels
Pi Pizzeria
Pointer's
Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream
Blackthorn Pub
Lemmon's
Bevo Mill
Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn
The Good Pie
Sugaree Bakery
Bissinger's
Pho Grand
Volpi
Lulu's
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
La Vallesana
The Venice Cafe
Milo's
White Castle
Park Chop Suey
Bar Louie
White Knight
Dressel's
Lily's Mexican
Pappy's Smokehouse
Crown Candy Kitchen
Olympia Kebab House
Eat-Rite
The Bleeding Deacon
Fast Eddie's Bon Air
Blueberry Hill
Dave and Buster's
The Silver Ballroom
Atomic Cowboy
The Royale
Double D's
The Complex
BREWERIES
STL Hops Beer Map
Schlafly Breweries | Tap Room | Bottleworks
Anhueser-Busch Brewery
Morgan Street Brewery
Square One Brewery
Buffalo Brewing Co.
Highlands Brewing
Six Row Brewing Company
Urban Chestnut
Ferguson Brewing
Trailhead Brewing
O'fallon Brewery
Augusta Brewing Company
Amalgamated Brewing | The Stable
International Tap House
PLACES FOR DINING/SHOPPING/WALKING
South Grand Blvd | map
The Delmar Loop | map
Washington Ave
Cherokee Street | map
Morgan Ford
Laclede's Landing
Central West End
The Grove
Soulard
The Hill
Dogtown
Historic Downtown St. Charles | map
SPORTS
Gateway Grizzlies
River City Rascals
Roller Derby Arch Rival Roller Girls | Saint Louis GateKeepers
Cardinals | First Pitch program
Rams
Blues
ART/MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT
Saint Louis Art Museum FREE child-friendly
Missouri History Museum child-friendly
Laumeier Sculpture Park child-friendly
The Muny FREE | child-friendly depending on the show
Fox Theatre
St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall
Off Broadway
The Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center
The Pageant
Pop's Nightclub and Concert Venue
The Tivoli Theatre
The Moolah Theatre
Hi-Pointe Theatre
2720 Cherokee
Firebird
Koken Art Factory
Record Exchange
Vintage Vinyl
The Oz Nightclub
Lumiere Place
River City Casino
Harrah's Casino
Ameristar Casino
EVENTS/LOCAL INFORMATION
stltoday events calendar
Riverfront Times events calendar
Event Feed STL
Urban Review STL
Soulard Mardi Gras and Pet Parade
Soulard Oktoberfest
Cinco de Mayo
Dogtown St. Patrick's Day Parade
Strassenfest
Shakespeare in the Park
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101 things to do in Mount Pleasant (That aren't playing video games or drinking)

So I've noticed a lot of you have an issue about finding things to do in MP! Lets put our brains together and get some of our favorite activities on one thread. Grab a friend, roomate, fellow redditor or fly it solo and do some of this stuff before you rip apart our school for not having enough stuff to do.
Note: These activities are suggestions, participate at your own risk. Reddit nor any of its posters take responsibility for the actions of you or anyone who uses this list
Restaurants:
L1 - Just opened up. They have delicious $4 burgers and french toast, and they're open 24 hours.
Cranker's Coney Island - 24 hours, breakfast is served. Late night dinning is advised insomniacs.
Mountain Town Station - Delicious delicious food. This place is a little more expensive but you get that authentic pub feeling and some food you won't forget.
Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge - The most expensive restaurant in town/unless you know of something else/ this place is fancy. Call ahead for reservations, it hasn't even been open for a month! Plan on spending 20 bucks per person, maybe 25+ if you want a glass of sake or wine/beer.
The Brass Cafe - Family owned, nice downtown location and a pleasant dining experience.
The Bird - It's a tradition for my roomates and I to go get burgers here. It is a bar, but that doesn't mean you have to go there during peek drinking hours. Try stopping in for lunch, the burgers are tasty.
Max and Emily's "downtown establishment that serves delicious sandwiches, paninis, soups and coffee. Its a bit pricier than a Subway but its worth it every now and then." (-PolishKatie)
Stan's"Loved going there for breakfast or lunch when I was on campus. Great homestyle meals for cheap. If it's busy it can take a while, due to it being a smaller place. Be aware, it's cash only. (but there is an ATM across the street!)" (-ctkraig)
The Italian Oven "I don't eat out a lot so I can't compare the Italian Oven's prices to any other restaurants in town, but it's always seemed affordable enough and the food is well worth the price anyway." (-AgentMichigan)
Pixie's "Great food, great 50s motif. Plus, you can always try and get your name on the wall for eating a certain number of bitty burgers or coney dogs." (-AgentMichigan)
Shins Best Korean Food (and only Korean food) in Mount Pleasant. Reasonably priced and friggin' delicious. It's personally my favorite restaurant in town, but that statement comes with a little bit of a bias.
Entertainment
Bowling at the Sac - Bring 5 bucks, rent some goofy shoes and get a game going with some friends. Don't forget to bring your student ID!
Hot tubin' - I've personally only been to the Bluegrass hot tub (open 24 hours) and the Sac hot tub, but there are tons more out there. Saunas and hot tubs are wonderful post exam stress relievers. Seriously folks, I waited way to long to take advantage of these.
The Ice Arena - I bet you didn't know we had an ice ring. I also bet you didn't know there was open skate for the public. Now you know! While you're here you can also check out Hockey games, and the best of all things winter sporting related (that isn't downhill activity).
The movies - You don't have to go to Celebration Cinema because there are a ton of other areas around campus where you can watch movies on a large screen for free!
MISC
-Intramural Sports
-Disc Golf Course by Deerfield Road
-Tagging (Don't get caught! paint at Walmart is 99 cents a can)
-Looking at really old newspapers on the 4th floor at the library (a lot more fun than you would think)
-Attending various speakers and events. Here's the event calendar in case you wanna try something new.
-Sitting in classes. I know this is weird too, but sometimes if I'm taking a Gen-ed credit I like to see what I'm signing up for before dropping $300+ a credit hour.
-Volunteering. Do it! There are plenty of opportunities in MP. Google the Soup Kitchen, Animal Shelter, Retirement Home or Community Service Opportunities for more ideas.
-Grabbing your roomates/friends and going to Meijer at 2-4a.m.
-The Casino! Don't spend it all in once place..
-Walk downtown for a stroll in Island Park. Pop on those headphones and get down with nature.
-Invade the suburbs! There are tons of neighborhoods around you. Explore them!
-Thirft store hunting for... room decorations, new wardrobe and everything and anything else. There are tons of antique stores and second hand stores around MP. Downtown and Mission road are your best friends.
-Farmers Market on Thursday mornings. Who doesn't like delicious produce? Support local organically grown foods. Yummy!
-River rafting. Buy a cheep flotation device and float down the river! It's a little cold now, but remember it for the spring!
-Prank Wars. Get your roommates, neighbors, dorm mates - hell prank the entire school. The internet is your friend here for ideas. Keep it safe, keep it simple and make it fun.
-Shooting sports and hunting. You'd be surprised how many people hunt around here. Ask your friends and roommates if they participate, many people around here have cabins/family members with equipment. There is a shooting range in Midland, but you'll have to make the trip.
-Surprisingly the Geocaching community in MP is semi functional. Check wikipedia/google if you don't know what it is. I've had hit and miss experiences with it around town, but if you're in the treasure hunting mood grab a GPS or your smart phone and go to town!
-If you have a bike, ride it. Everywhere!
-Deerfield Park. Lake, trails, and disc golf course already mentioned, but the park is great in the winter too. It's got cross-country ski trails and a great hill for sledding or snowboarding. They also hold Civil War reenactments in the park. (-AgentMichigan)
-Skatepark, located @ island park downtown-ish. (-AgentMichigan)
-Veteran's Memorial Library. Located downtown. They have a number of events you can attend, and, of course, lots of books to check out. (-AgentMichigan)
RSOs
High Adventure Club - Rock climbing, White water rafting, Ice climbing, big trips. (-PolishKatie and Mass_Impact)
Spanish Club - "The Spanish club puts on a foreign film every week, and most of them are award-winning, excellent films. They're a nice (and free!) way to spend an evening and an easy way to meet new people." (-PolishKatie)
Film Society - You guessed it, if you wanna get your Film Noir fix or just watch some really weird shit, this is the place for you.
Anime Club - Last time I went there weren't any asians. I bet you can't guess what they do at their meetings. (They watch Anime)
Mount Pleasant Gaming Association - They meet at the University Center (UC) and throw down with table top games, card games and all sorts of fun stuff.
Edit - PolishKatie, AgentMichigan, ctkraig
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THINGS TO DO IN LOU: Forecastle Weekend Edition!

Hey, y'all! sethra007 and I are teaming up to share what's going on in Louisville every week. This post highlights goings-on around town for tonight through Sunday.
A reminder that if you're a parent, you owe it to yourself and your kids to check out the Louisville Family Fun site. If I started posting all of the kid- and family-focused events that they list, we'd be here all day. Many of the events LFF lists are free or very low cost, so it's a great way to entertain and educate your young'uns
JULY 17
This event features Valerie Schirmer from Three Toads Farm demonstrating how to pot succulents in Stoneware. Schirmer’s demonstration will include tips about soil, watering, sunlight, temperature and other key components for keeping your Stoneware succulent thriving year-round. Held in Stoneware’s new GE Mongram Experience Kitchen, the open house style event will be catered by Maison - A Boutique Culinary Company with complimentary “from the garden” themed hors d'oeuvre and cocktail tastings. The Lifestyle Series is designed to showcase authentic, local makers of products that complement the Stoneware products and lifestyle.
Come enjoy a pleasant summer evening at the Ice House's new wine tasting series, Straight from the Bottle. Led by industry expert Erica Schnell, each series explores different tasting techniques and samplings of seasonal varietals and distinct blends from around the world. An assortment of appetizer pairings will be offered during the tasting, and a cash bar will be open for refreshments before and after each class. To purchase tickets call 502-589-4700.
Eron Plevan, head mixologist from The Oakroom will teach guests how to make a few of his signature cocktails. Guests will enjoy four of Eron’s favorite cocktails with Bourbon Barrel Foods’ signature snacks.
Forecastle and craft beer kings Against the Grain Brewery will be hosting the official Forecastle Kick-Off Party to start your weekend off right! Stop by for local eats, treats, and drinks, plus all GA & VIP weekend pass holders can pick up your wristbands in advance from 5pm to 7pm! We'll also have a live music from Louisville favorites Second Story Man with The Debauchees starting at 7pm on the patio. RSVP now and join us for a heckuva good time!
MUST RSVP THROUGH YELP! At this special event, the center will allow Yelpers who are 21+ to come in and play with all of the displays and experiments after the center closes to the general public. Special adult beverages -- inspired by childhood favorites like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Ecto Coolers -- will be provided by Fireball, Chila Orchata and Epic Vodka. Other surprises are in the works! And then at 7:30 p.m., attendees will go into the center's new state-of-the-art, four-story digital theater and watch a Hollywood classic: "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark." This movie is among several circa 1980s films that the center will be showing over the summer.
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Junior Olympic competition for trampoline/tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Rhythmic gymnastics, junior and senior elite
1:30-4:30 p.m. Trampoline and tumbling, junior prelims
6-9:30 p.m. Acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and synchronized trampoline, senior
Down One Bourbon Bar and Restaurant is teaming up with entertainer and magician Richard Darshwood for an evening of Magic, Dinner and Bourbon. Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to make reservations. The event includes a mystery-filled evening with a three-course dinner and four courses of entertainment from Darshwood. Dinner starts with appetizers for the table, our house salad, a choice of Roasted Gerber Chicken Breast with Three Potato Hash, Brussels Sprouts and Gravy, or Shrimp and Grits, and Bourbon-Raisin Bread Pudding for Dessert.
The Third Thursday Hoedown in Germantown returns July 17, celebrating its second birthday at its comfy home at Danny Mac’s, featuring local caller Alex Udis to the old-time tunes of semi-local band Hen Cackle. Doors open at 7 with a beginner’s square dance workshop at 7:30, and dancing will take place from 8-10:30, featuring predominantly simple and traditional southern figures.
JULY 18
(weekly on Friday until August 29, 2014) Join the Kentucky Center on Fridays from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. for a class of yoga postures, flow, and deep relaxation. Come to the Main Lobby of The Kentucky Center by 11:50a, and bring your own mat and water!
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Rhythmic gymnastics, junior and senior prelims
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Trampoline and tumbling (juniosenior) and acrobatic gymnastics (Junior Olympic)
1:30-4:30 p.m. Junior Olympic rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling
1:30-4:30 p.m. Acrobatic gymnastics, junior
6-9:30 p.m. Acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline, senior
Outkast, Spoon, Twenty One Pilots, Gary Clark Jr., Local Natives, Action Bronson, JJ Grey & Mofro, Against Me!, Nightmares On Wax (live), The Black Lips, St. Lucia, Mim0sa, Benjamin Booker, Leagues, Foy Vance, The Districts, Willie Watson, Old Baby, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Curtis Harding, Public
Louisville’s home to Friday evening Twilight Shopping (6-9 p.m.) with music, Kentucky inspired food & drink, and entertainment! Friday only $5, One day Pass $12 or Two day Pass $20 Children under 12, admitted free
Forecastle kick-off -opening early at noon. Our favorite country boys, that is Country Boy Brewing, are bringing the good stuff for a very special Forecastle kick-off tapping, featuring: ~ Country Boy/West Sixth Country Western ~ PaPaw’s Red ~ Bourbon Barrel-Aged Black Gold Porter ~ and more!
JULY 19
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Rhythmic gymnastics, junior and senior finals
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Junior Olympic acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling
1:30-4:30 p.m. Rhythmic gymnastics (Junior Olympic) and trampoline and tumbling (juniosenior finals)
1:30-4:30 p.m. Acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline, junior finals
6-9:30 p.m. Acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline, senior finals
Jack White, Band of Horses, Dwight Yoakam, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Jason Isbell, Slint, Lord Huron, Spanish Gold, Kygo, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Soul Rebels, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Boy & Bear, Mount Moriah, Young & Sick, Johnnyswim, JaLin Roze, Goodbye June, The Wans, Jill Andrews, Anwar Sadat, Chancellor Warhol
Lee Daniel’s The Butler watches as Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.
On Saturday, a Regency Promenade will take place in an effort to break the Guinness Book World Record number of people in Regency attire. One day Pass $12 or Two day Pass $20 Children under 12, admitted free
The Derby City Rovers are Louisville's Premier Development League Soccer Team. They compete in the South Atlantic Division of the USL Premier Development League. One step below the pro game, the players are widely recognized as the top level of amateur mens soccer in the country.
Join naturalist Rosemary Bauman at the Nature Center for an Owl Hike. Refreshments will be provided. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Dress for the weather. COST: LNC members and volunteers: $4 per person or $15 for families of 4 or more; Non-members: $6 per person or $24 for families of 4 or more. Limited to 20 participants. Registration and payment are required at registration by Saturday , July 19 at 12:00 noon. (Fees are non-refundable.)
As an entertainer, Jeff Dunham has truly impacted popular culture and his character catchphrases, such as Achmed's "Silence! I Keel You!" and José Jalapeño’s "On A Steek!'" are now part of our vernacular, much to the delight of multi-generational audiences worldwide.
The pizza party is back at 610 Magnolia. House made, hand tossed dough is topped with seasonal ingredients and houses cured meats before being baked in our wood fired oven. 610 Magnolia chefs will serve up pies both traditional and creative, along with other treats to round out the Italian style feast. Carefully selective wines and beers will be on hand to enjoy. Be sure to RSVP early as this is a popular event. Call 502-636-0783 or visit www.610magnolia.com
July 20
The wedding show at the Frazier History Museum is a boutique-like wedding show and is as elegant as they come. Enjoy free show admission, cake and catering samplings, while talking to Louisville's best wedding vendors.
Summer weather means farm fresh produce. What better way to show off the bounty of the Ohio River Valley then with a series of special suppers created by Chef Levon Wallace. Join us on Sunday evenings for a family-style, prix fixe menu in addition to our regular a la carte dinner menu. Make your reservations for one of the Sunday dates below by calling 502.217.6360
Preservation Louisville is hosting the 2nd annual Preservation + ART exhibit called: Odd Corners in Louisville at The Hite Art Institute. This exhibit features drawing of scenes in Louisville by Alexander Van Leshout from 1924 along with modern day photography by Dennis Crews. Some corners you may be able to recognize... others you may have to ask an older relative about! The exhibit is free and open to the public through July 20, 2014
Beck, The Replacements, Ray LaMontagne, Nickel Creek, Trampled by Turtles, Jenny Lewis, Tune-Yards, Flume, Brett Dennen, Sharon Van Etten, Claude VonStroke, Lucius, Chrome Sparks, Sun Kil Moon, Hayes Carll, Reignwolf, The Weeks, Blue Sky Black Death, Seluah, Matrimony, Thee Open Sex
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