TV favorites, s’mores & snowflakes

COVINGTON, Ky. – You know what’s happening next week. You’ll be working yourself into a frenzy in the kitchen. … Fretting yourself into a migraine just thinking about potential political debates with the family at the holiday table. … And then you’ll pass out from a massive food coma, only to be revived by the scent of leftovers.

So, on this peaceful weekend before the madness and gluttony (and gratitude, of course), please allow yourself the freedom to do something fun. Be good to yourself. If we may be so bold, we have some suggestions: indulge your sweet tooth with warm s’mores, view an art show, paint a snowflake, laugh, and listen to good music.

Inspirational pop culture

Admit it. There are times when you simply can’t join your friends for happy hour because you’ve got to race home for your favorite television show. (“Sorry, can’t join. Have a commitment.” Right. With a group of kids in The Upside Down, maybe?)

We all have our favorites.

Don’t you think of “Seinfeld” anytime you start to put on a shirt with even the slightest puff in its sleeves? Is there a ballcap in your closet embroidered with the words “Trust No One?” And do you secretly dream of having your own dragon so you can soar through the skies and scorch your enemies?

And what about movies? Some get better with multiple viewings, right? (Such as anything by the Coen Brothers).

Sleeping with the Television On at Pique gallery tonight is an exhibit by Brandie Rottiers and Rhee Lightner that celebrates their newest artworks that pay homage to pop culture, television, and movies that inspired them. Check it out. You just might be inspired to create your own exhibit.

S’mores and more

Behringer-Crawford Museum’s Holly Jolly Days: S’mores and More begins on Friday.

Doesn’t that make you want to layer yourself in fleece, put on your coziest socks, warm boots, and a scarf, and put copious amounts of warm, ooey gooey marshmallow and chocolate in your mouth? Do it.

The art of improv

“Yeah, you’re a real comedienne.”

If you’re tired of your parents, friends, siblings, and co-workers smugly saying those words to you, here’s your chance to show them that you’re the real deal and the laugh is on them.

Improv Comedy for Beginners at Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center on Saturday lets you dive into the creative world of improvisation.

You’ll learn the basic “rules” of improv, along with a chance to put your newfound knowledge into practice with multiple games. Soon you’ll be ready to make the rounds of the stand-up comedy circuit and watch your siblings sit in the last row of your show, weeping with envy.

When snowflakes are mandalas

Ever wonder how to do that stunning mandala dot painting technique?

Now, you’re in luck. You can learn dot painting on Saturday at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop’s Snowflake Ornament Class, an introductory dotting class offered by Helfrich Creations.

They’ll teach the basics of mandala dotting, and you’ll practice techniques, review various items around the house that can be used as tools, and dot-paint two snowflakes of your own.

All dotting tools, paints, and supplies provided. And if you’re a messy painter, be sure to bring an extra shirt. Just in case.

Live music

Tonight: Tommy Goodroad with Willie and The Cigs, and Computersad at Madison Live. … Music + MadTree at Keystone Bar & Grill. … The Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. The Chuck Brisbin Trio at Smoke Justis. … Open Mic Night with Mara Moon at Pandemonium.

Friday: November Blue at The Carnegie. … Leroy Ellington at Smoke Justis. … Pickin’ Pear at Wunderbar.

Saturday: November Blue at The Carnegie. … Seth Anthony with Hard Target, Durte, and Breadwin Deville at Madison Live. … Twin Sons Duo at Smoke Justis. … Floyd & The Walkmen at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. … Karaoke at Frosthaus.

Sunday: Billy Brown at Zazou Grill & Pub.


Friday: S’mores and More Family Activities in Winter Wonderland at Behringer-Crawford Museum. … Thirsty Thursday Bingo at Frosthaus.

Saturday: Covington Farmers Market at Braxton Brewing Company. … MainStrasse Village Food Tour. … Behringer’s Bazaar Holiday Market at Behringer-Crawford Museum.

Sunday: Kickoff in The Cov – Bengals v. Steelers at Keystone Bar & Grill.