Every two weeks, LPM offers you the newsletter arts, culture, etc. It’s packed with news about the arts and culture of the area, an overview of things to do and see, and an introduction to a community artist.
Here is an excerpt from this week’s newsletter:
Events, exhibitions, etc…
the Derby City Dhoom, a national Bhangra and Fusion dance competition, will be held at the Kentucky Center. It is organized by the Indian Student Association of the University of Louisville.
- When: May 21. Details here.
- Learn more about the competition from this year’s director and one of the dancers.
“The Curse of Blue Moose”, written by local playwrights Lex Mitchell and Vidalia Unwin, operates at The Bard’s Town. Described as an “absurd comedy”, it examines how a town fares after being devastated by an “evil Moose”.
- Dates: Now – May 22. Ticket information here.
Actor Joe Blue performs at Louisville Comedy Club. Blue won the NBC reality show Last Comic Standing in 2006. He said he enjoys challenging stereotypes of people with disabilities through his comedy.
- Dates: May 26-28. Ticket information here.
It’s the 20th anniversary of Abbey Road on the rivera celebration of the music of the Beatles and other classic rock icons at Big Four Station Park in Jeffersonville.
the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany hosts its annual exhibition “Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie”. It features the work of over 20 quilting artists from across the country.
- Dates: May 19 – July 16. Details here.
Here is your reminder that the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park kicks off this month, starting with “Twelfth Night.” Other performances on the main stage include “Richard III” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”.
- Dates: May 27 – August 7. Details here.
- As well, here is a starter on what to expect for Kentucky Shakespeare’s longest season in the park yet.
Portland Museum opens Weber Group Past, Present and Future this weekend. The exhibit focuses on the manufacturing of Weber Group, which was founded by two Louisvillians. They played a role in the design and construction of places like the Kentucky Kingdom and the Louisville Zoo. They are also collaborating with the Portland Museum on its upcoming immersive children’s museum, AHOY.
- Dates: May 22 – mid-September. More information here.
the Muhammad Ali Center presents the work of the muralist Kelsey Montague. It’s called “What lifts you up?” Montague is known for his Instagramable murals of wings that make anyone standing in front of them look like winged creatures themselves.
- Dates: Now – December 31. Info here.
In case you missed it
Attention, attention: WFPK has added more artists to this year’s Waterfront Wednesday lineup. That includes two headliners for the monthly concert series: Nashville band Moon Taxi and singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, who I recently learned grew up in the Louisville area.
A few things merge for Louisville visual artist John Brooks right now, including an influx of creative ideas and energy, as well as national recognition and opportunity. We talked about his latest work, an ongoing series of intimate portraits and landscape drawings.
The Kentucky College of Art and Design recently reached a milestone in its short history as an independent art college. KyCAD split from Spalding University in 2018 and was licensed to award BFAs in Studio Art. The school has since graduated from his first class.
forecastle back to the water’s edge Memorial Day weekend after a two-year hiatus caused by a pandemic. Headliners include rapper Jack Harlow, Tame Impala and Tyler, the Creator.
May is AAPI Heritage Month and WUOL spends the month celebrating composers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.
Journalist Jacob Munoz has information about return of NeXt! of the Arts Fund! Ambassador program, designed to train future board members and volunteer leaders of nonprofit arts organizations. Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the $600 fee.
Southern Indiana reporter John Boyle look at a documentary series focusing on the state’s waterways and, in some cases, the creatures that inhabit them.
Louisville Orchestra recent gig included a special guest artist: a hologram named AGNES playing the cello.
Frazier History Museum in Louisville unveils a new permanent art installation soon. The artist behind it is Ché Rhodes, who has created hundreds of glass replicas of enslaved black people’s personal items.
the the new season of Louisville Ballet is out. Yasmine Jumaa reports that it includes classics with a local twist, like a production of “Coppélia” set in Germantown, and an evening of works choreographed by female artists.
The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its latest round of recommended funding, which includes 10 Grants to Kentucky Organizations for a total of $1,167,470.