Holiday Gift Collection — Actors Theatre, with Cabinet for Families & Children, collects gifts for disadvantaged children, thru Dec. 20, 316 W Main St., 584-1265.
Actors Theatre — presents “Tea with the Cratchits” following a matinee performance of ‘A Christmas Carol,” includes a behind-the-scenes, Dec. 22, 3:30pm, $12, 316 W Main St, 584-1205.
••Flame Run Ornament Blow — create your own blown-glass ornament w/ help from Flame Run artists, 828 E. Market St.: $35 per person, now thru Dec. 22, call for appt., 584-5353.
Blow Ho Ho! — Glassworks invites public to blow their own glass ornament, reservations req., 815 W. Market St.: $40, thru Jan. 6, Thu.-Sun., 992-3056.
••Fire and Ice — Mellwood Arts Center presents winter solstice celebration with ice sculpture and fire dancing, Dec. 22, 6-10pm, 1860 Mellwood Ave, 895-3650.
Soapbox Sirens — free open forum for artistry/music/poetry/politics, third Thu., 8pm, Alternative 1032 Story Ave., 561-7613.
Collaboratory — evening of live music, poetry, graphic arts, collaborative and spontaneous multi-media jams, free, all ages, last Sat./month, 7:30pm, 1741 Frankfort Ave., 896-0172.
Jane Morgan Studio & Gallery — presents “Transitions: Works on Paper & Canvas” by E. Gregory Siler, 4838 Brownsboro Center: thru Dec. 20, 592-7835.
Jeffersontown Historical Museum — display artifacts from various historic Jeffersontown schools, as well as video oral history documenting history of various J-town residents, thru Dec. 21, 10635 Watterson Trail, Jeffersontown, Ky., 261-8290.
Hite Art Institute — 14 graduating seniors exhibiting recent artwork, many mediums, completed for BFA requirements, Schneider Hall in UofL: thru Dec. 22, 852-4483.
“Pillows Talk” — exhibit about pillows, Gallery Hop opening, 624 W. Main St.: thru Dec. 23, gallery hours Tue. & Wed., 1-5pm, 584-7954.
••Garner-Furnish Studio — presents “The Brown Paintings” by Joyce Garner, 642 E. Market St.: thru Dec. 23, Wed.-Sat., 12-5pm, 641-8086.
Carnegie Center for Art & History — exhibit “Ed Hamilton: The Making of a Man and a Monument,” thru Dec 30, 201 E. Spring St., New Albany, 812-944-7336.
B. Deemer Gallery — “Just Paint” new works by Will Wolter, thru Dec. 30, 2650 Frankfort Ave., 896-6687.
Lionheart Gallery — exhibiting new abstract paintings by Eugene Thomas from “Belvedere,” Hyatt Regency, 313 S. Fourth St.: thru Dec. 31, 568-3030.
Kaviar Forge & Gallery — exhibiting painter Rick Wilson’s new works, 1718 Frankfort Ave., thru Dec. 30, 561-0377.
Carnegie Center — announces new exhibit “Ed Hamilton: The Making of a Man and a Monument,” with guest curator Dr. Dario Covi, 201 E. Spring St. in New Albany Ind.: thru Dec. 30, Tue.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm, (812) 944-7336.
Buzz Worx — 12 geometric-abstract Quilt Paintings by Richard Francis, thru Dec 30, 718 W. Main St, 583-4004.
••Mad About Art Gallery — presents local artist exhibit by Richard Francis, thru Dec. 30, 625 Baxter Ave., 568-4916.
Diamante Bar & Grill — presents local artist exhibit by Richard Francis, thru Dec. 30, 2280 Bardstown Rd., 456-1705.
Pyro Gallery — presents “Off The Wall: Great Art at great Prices!” includes painting, fiber, ceramics and photography, thru Dec. 30, 11am-6pm, Thu-Sun, 624 W. Main St., 587-0106.
E&S Gallery — hosts four masks and one puppet used in upcoming PNC Broadway Across America “Lion King” show, thru Dec. 31, 108 S. 10th St., 568-2005.
Day’s Espresso & Coffee — presents Louisville natives Daina & Christine (VanHeuklon) Selter, displaying art works in oil, pastels and graphite, thru Dec. 31, 1420 Bardstown Rd., 456-1170.
••Artist’s Appreciation Show — by Deven 7 Studios Custom Picture Framing & Fine Art Restoration, 100 percent proceeds to 10 local artists showing, 825 S. Floyd St.: now thru Dec. 31 Tue.-Sat., 582-2333.
Bernheim Gallery — exhibiting “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America” by Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in Main Library, 527 W. Jefferson St.: thru Jan. 3, 574-1644.
The 930 Art Gallery — grand opening, exhibiting “Cross/Purpose,” art forms on cross of Christ, 930 Mary St.: exhibit runs thru Jan. 4.
Mackin Boys & Girls Club — installing historical mural & participating in National Fine Arts Program at the Portland Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, 3305 Northwestern Pkwy: thru Jan. 5, 574-1744.
Chez Moi Art Gallery — exhibiting “Flight of Angels,” by photographer Michael Skrentny, 974 Barret Ave., thru Jan. 6, 561-6206.
Underground Art Space — hosting Holiday Sale and show “Enlighten” by Underground Lights Up Louisville Tattoo Co., 1235 Bardstown Rd.: runs thru Jan. 13, 459-8005.
Mary Anderson Center — Loftus House exhibiting “Saving Face” by Kim Sandage, thru Jan.13; Blackburn Studio exhibiting “Briarpatch Fairy Tales” by Elizabeth Spotswood Alexander, thru Jan. 13; Mount Street Ave. in Floyds Knob, Ind., (812) 923-6942.
New Center for Contemporary Art — presents Melissa Dadourian, 742 E. Market St.: runs thru Jan. 23, 552-2994, www.new-center.org.
Red Tree Showcase — artists Dan Torpey, Carol Tait and Laura Faber display works, thru Jan. 31, 701 E. Market St., 582-2555.
Paul Paletti Gallery — presenting “Art of Photogravure,” 713 E. Market St., thru Feb. 28, 589-9254.
Embroiderer’s Guild of America — presents “Verse-Atility,” an exhibition of verse in needlework, thru Feb. 28, 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri, 426 W. Jefferson St, 589-6956.
Brown Williamson Tower in Middleton Reulinger firm — photographer/attorney Don Vish exhibit “Eccentric Views of Louisville,” photos of Louisville landmarks and businesses, top floor, ongoing, 584-1135.
Carnegie Center — “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Men and Women of the Underground Railroad” permanent exhibit now open, 201 E. Spring St., IN, (812) 944-7336.
“Window Comics” — ongoing public art installation by Jeffrey Scott Holland, 1661 Story Ave., 582-1674.
••Application for Art Fair — Ursuline Campus accepting applications for 2007 Art Fair, available online at www.ursulineslou.org/artfairjuryingforms.asp or 896-3999.
Call for Artists — MailArt project seeking postcard-sized submissions for theme “Coffee – How Does it Make You Feel?,” results displayed at Day’s Espresso & Coffee Bar in March 2007, coffeemailart.websiteanimal.com.
Call for Subjects — local photographer seeks women who lost their mothers as children (age 20 or younger), 891-0434.
Co-op Gallery — looking for serious artists for Gallery 10 Seventy at Mellwood Arts Center, 548-3921.
Louisville Artists — join “Louisville Art Talk” forum on Louisville art-related topics, www.groups.yahoo.com/group/louisvillearttalk.
Mary Anderson Center — seeking artists to exhibit, (812) 923-8602.
Full Moon Yoga — free space available for women artists to use as gallery during F.A.T. Fridays, 2001 Frankfort Ave., 894-0094.
Pyro Gallery — seeking experienced artists who are interested in dynamic co-operative gallery, 624 W. Main St., 587-0106.
Gallery Hops — first Fridays of every month, 5-9pm. 589-0102.
F.A.T. (Frankfort Ave. Trolley) hops — final Friday of every month, 6-9pm. 314-5897.
Crafts for a Cause — Mondays, 7-8:30pm, Third Lutheran Church, 1864 Frankfort Ave. learn to knit, crochet and other crafts, make items for Hospice and others, 206-5210.
Creative Diversity Studio in Mellwood Arts Center — open to people with disabilities, workshops and studio spaces available, 767-4723.
Access to the Arts Inc. — an arts and disability advocacy organization, making arts accessible to people with disabilities, www.accesstothearts.org.
Carnegie Center for Art and History — art classes for pre-school to adult, New Albany, 944-7336.
Jewish Community Center — offers art classes, 459-0660.
Bernheim — offers watercolor painting classes for adults and children, 955-8512 x 251.
Flame Run Gallery — offers classes, 584-5353.
Glassworks — offers classes, 992-3016.
KY Repertory Theatre — presents “A Christmas Carol,” now thru Dec. 22, at Horse Cave, (270) 786-2177.
••Derby Dinner Playhouse — presents “A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail,” Dec. 23, $15-$20, breakfast at 9am, lunch at noon, 525 Marriott Dr. in Clarksville, (812) 288-8281.
Louisville Ballet — presents “Brown-Forman Nutcracker,” $26-$76, thru Dec. 23, at Whitney Hall in KY Center, 584-7777.
Actors Theatre — presents Fifth Third Bank’s “A Christmas Carol,” $17-$40, thru Dec. 23; and “A Tuna Christmas,” thru Jan. 4, $17-$40, 316 W. Main St., 584-1205.
Derby Dinner Playhouse — presents “A Christmas Survival Guide,” $30-$40, thru Dec. 31, evening, 6pm, Sun. & Wed. matinee, 11:45am, 525 Marriott Dr., Clarksville, (812) 288-2632.
WhoDunnit Murder Mystery Theater — presents “The Twelve Murders of Christmas,” at Masterson’s, 1830 S. Third St.: $39.95 includes meal, thru Jan. 6, 6:30pm, Sat. evenings, 426-7100.
Indicators Improv — performs every first Thu., 11pm, free, Diamond’s Pub and Billiards, 3814 Frankfort Ave., (423) 943-8150.
Project Improv, a long form improv troupe — performs every Fri., 9pm, KY Theater, 651 S. Fourth St., www.projectimprov.com.
Girls Going Places — Guardian presents seventh annual entrepreneurship program, national call for nominations of young women; 15 girls awarded total of $30,000 thru submission of 750-1,000 word essay; thru Feb. 16, 914-251-1500, www.msco.com.
••Celebration of Life Photography Contest — showcase for new/emerging artists, winners featured in Louisville galleries during Derby ’07, deadline Feb. 17, www.celebratelifephotocontest.com.
Pigment Gallery — call for artists submit artwork for solo or group exhibits for 2007, open to Mellwood Arts tenants & non-tenants, email@example.com.
IU Southeast — needs instrumentalists and singers to join ensembles, (812) 941-2655 or www.ius.edu/music.
Louisville Chorus — auditions on-going for qualified singers, all sections, 968-6300.
Women Who Write welcomes women writers, meets first Thu. of month, Highland-Shelby Park Library, â€¨Mid-City Mall, 6:30-8:30pm, 635-1391.
Abraham-Hicks Book Study, experience and discussion group on “Ask and it is Given,” Wed., 6:30pm, Unity of Louisville, 757 Brook St., 583-5559 x12.
••Creative fiction writing group, Wed., 7-9pm, Old Louisville Coffee House, Fourth and Hill sts., 451-5737.
Informal writing group meets second Tue. of month at the Fern Creek Library, 6-8pm, 955-8143.
Wilderness Road Writers’ Group meets third Mon., 6:30-8:30pm, Okolona Library (Preston Hwy.), all writers welcome, 966-2327.
The Vault, new sci-fi writer’s group, 7pm first Wed., Starbucks, 101 N. Hurstbourne Ln., bring a short story or novel chapter, www.vault.oseland.net.
Mystery Book Discussion Group meets the second Wed. of the month, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, IN, 949-3523.
Science Fiction/Fantasy Readers Group — meets 7pm, fourth Mon. of the month, Barnes and Noble, 801 S. Hurstbourne, http://scifi.meetup.com/32/.
Holiday Concerts — See “Holiday Events” at the beginning of the listings.
Downtown Sounds — third Thursday Trolley Bop, third Thu. of month, many varieties of live music throughout downtown, www.thirdthursday.info.
MERF — Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation needs volunteers, 244-4790.