27 Drive-In carries on the classic American tradition of watching the silver screen from the reclined seats of an automobile. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at around 8:30 p.m., two towering screens show recent cinematic releases to audience members cozily nestled in laughing Hondas, transfixed Volvos, and sobbing Saturns. Movie-goers motor through a two-lane ticket booth before parking and dialing the radio to an FM station broadcasting the movie’s sound. Anticipated flicks such as Contagion enthrall viewers this September, and the Twilight sequel, Breaking Dawn: Part I will cause theater grass to do sit-ups to withstand getting flattened by the horde of oncoming vehicles.
Beer Engine Microbrewery & Tap's resident beer buffs conjure signature batches of oat sodas that are brewed in-house. Sip on a quartet of samples from Beer Engine's five microbrews, which range from Freedom Ranger pale and King George's nut brown ale to Kirkner's amber––a quintessentially American brew made purely from waves of grain. Souvenir pint glasses hold aloft foamy fermentations such as virtue porter or czechvar, and half-gallon growlers allow sippers to tote their two favorite potables home and may be returned and refilled later for a fee of $11.
Time for Three originally banded together while studying at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute for Music, combining the virtuosic powers of violinists Zach DePue and Nick Kendall with the double bass skills of Ranaan Meyer to present energetic and imaginative takes on modern and classic works. For Americana, the trio joins maestro Scott Terrell and the talented musicians of The Lexington Philharmonic as they bring to life a lineup of works that distills the American spirit into an elixir potent enough to attract passing bald eagles. Written by German-American composer Kurt Weill, the Symphonic Nocturne excerpts the orchestral themes from his musical Lady in the Dark, alternating contemplative strings with jazzy brass and thunderous outbursts of horns to evoke the psychoanalysis of a harried magazine editor. Aaron Copland's classic Suite from Billy the Kid delves into the legend of the western outlaw with frontier-influenced verve before The American Suite—by Time for Three's own Ranaan Meyer—strings together a series of domestic tunes. The program closes with a medley of the American songs Shenandoah and Foxdown.
Inside Siggy’s Pizza & Pub, one might never feel alone. The rustic eatery is populated by not only a lively staff and buzzing crowd, but also a moose, 12-point buck, and cougar. Situated throughout the bar and restaurant, a variety of prized finds are mounted and posed—including an enormous brown bear who holds his arms outward in a never-ending plea for hugs. The wooden bar grows colorful with plates of beer-friendly eats, including wings and pizzas littered with toppings such as green peppers, sausage, and fresh mozzarella.
The Kentucky Ballet Theatre was founded in 1998 to give Lexington audiences their own local company of ballet dancers. The performances that have followed have included classics such as Prokofiev's Cinderella and new works such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. The dancers host their shows at the Lexington Opera House, a historical landmark which was built in 1887, was converted into a movie theater in the 1920s, and did a brief stint as a Rockette before returning to its classical roots in 1976.
Chrisman Mill Vineyards delights revelers with its themed wine-and-dine soirees that pair a buffet prepared by the in-house chef with meal-complementing wine for an evening of feasting and live entertainment. During an evening celebrating the undead, patrons give in to their cravings with savory eats and wine pairings while viewing the trailer for indie-horror comedy Another Apocalyptic Zombie Movie. Starring standup comedian Scott Wilson, this semi-improvised zombie parody is filming several of its scenes and recording its French overdubs on the grounds of Chrisman Mill. The film screening shares the spotlight with standup-comedy performances and zombie beauty contests. Guests are invited to show up in their own Halloween garb to compete in the costume contest or trifle with the hearts of lonely zombies.
The brick walls of Woody's Sports Bar and Grill showcase large, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs to broadcast multiple sporting events while sheltering burger-bearing wait staff who serve patrons steaming entrees and frosty beverages from the menu. Crackers, crispy celery, and crunchy carrots lounge around a dish of signature beer cheese dip ($3.99) to gossip about the potato skins' designer sour cream purse ($6.75). With the 8-ounce prime rib dinner, choose a cut of tender prime rib and two sides such as a fresh salad or golden fries ($13.95). Slices of roasted turkey, bacon, juicy ham, and tomato cozy up under a rich cream sauce and melted cheese blanket in Woody's hot brown platter ($10.45). The kitchen team exercises one of its most useful assets—patience—to slow cook the pork that bathes in Herschel Walker's #34 barbecue sauce in the pulled-pork barbecue sandwich ($6.25). Meander out to the patio during a pick and jam night, where talented locals tickle eardrums with singing, guitar strumming, and ear-shaped feathers.