Season announcements, a group of legendary black artists and a very southern Indiana film, here are the latest arts news you may have missed – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville
Every two weeks, LPM offers you the newsletter arts, culture, etc. It’s packed with news about the arts and culture of the area, a recap of things to do and see, and each issue introduces you to an artist from the community.
Here is an excerpt from this week’s newsletter:
Events, exhibitions, etc…
the Jeffersonville Public Art Commission in southern Indiana is hosting an “Amplify the Arts Party,” which includes a mini equestrian fashion show. During the festivities, they will unveil details of the 2022 public art programs.
- When: April 9. Event details here.
The first one Historic District Storytelling Forum invites Louisville’s west neighbors to share the stories and histories of their block.
- Dates: April 9, 6-10 p.m. at St. Paul Hall, 2304 Crums Lane.
The inauguration Kentuckiana Zine Festival, organized by a group of students from Indiana University Southeast, is this week at Logan Street Market. Free and open to the public.
- Date: April 9, 6-8 p.m.
The next Arts in Neighborhoods event is this weekend. the South Louisville Art Tour will feature South End arts groups including Little Loomhouse and Americana Fireworks. Kentucky Shakespeare will also participate.
- Date: April 10, 2-8 p.m. Registration here.
- Learn more about art crawl here.
Looking for laughs? Louisville native Jacob Williams is back in town for a show at planet of bands. Louisville comedian Mandee McKelvey will also do a set.
- When: April 13. Ticket information here.
Kentucky Derby Museum Sale of derby hats with large brims will be offering over 600 discounted Derby-ready hats. There will also be snacks, cocktails and music.
- Date: April 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Details here.
KMAC Couture arrived. The annual Live Wearable Art Parade will feature emerging and established artists, costume designers, fashion designers and milliners.
- When: April 16. More informations here.
I’m going to stick with this fashion and horse theme for a bit longer. Gallery of celebrations hosts an exhibition of the work of artist Melissa Crase and milliner Nicole Bracken. The show is aptly called “Equine Fascination: A Colorful Spring Cocktail of Horses and Fascinators.”
- Dates: April 8 to May 8. More here.
Interested in learning Filipino folk dance? Now is your chance. St. Matthews Library will be the location for free classes through mid-May.
- Dates: April 10 and 24, 1-3 p.m.
- May 3 and 12, 6:30-8 p.m.
In case you missed it…
“It was a way to open doors,” said Louisville artist William M. Duffy of Montage, a collective of black artists working in Louisville in the 70s and 80s.
Freelancer Natalie Weis met Duffy and sculptor Ed Hamilton. the two Louisville legends reflected about how Montage members inspired each other and ensured their work was shown publicly so talented artists of color didn’t feel the need to leave Louisville. What’s cool is that even though the band is no longer active, younger artists, like LaNia Roberts, are moved by Montage’s work and carry on.
At the Speed Art Museum you can witness the work of Sanford Biggers. Antique quilts are his canvas, and he reinvents them in his own way with sequins, sequins, tar, acrylics and spray paint.
The sprawling and historic West Baden Springs Hotel is the backdrop for a new horror movie called ‘So Cold the River’, starring Bethany Joy Lenz of the famous ‘One Tree Hill’. A producer told me that the hotel is a central character“more than a setting, it’s an energy, it’s an environment and it’s a whole of character…in the same way that the hotel is a character in ‘The Shining.'”
PNC Broadway at Louisville President Leslie Broecker has attempted to schedule a 2022-2023 season with a balance of pure entertainment, thought-provoking works, trending shows, something for the family, and something for the musical theater purist. The result is this rangewhich includes “Hadestown”, “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations” and “Fiddler on the Roof”.
the The Archdiocese of Louisville has a new Archbishop. Bishop Shelton Joseph Fabre was installed during a Catholic Mass held at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Some heralded his installation as the start of a “new era” for the Catholic Church, pointing to his work for racial justice. Others are concerned about his comments against same-sex marriage.
The Kentucky Opera too dropped their season announcement this week. On the program for its 70th anniversary season are three main productions, starting with Puccini’s “La Bohème,” plus a holiday series of “Le Cadeau des Magi” at the opera house downtown. (Disclosure: Opera is a subscriber to this issue of AS.)
Get out your spring and summer calendars because this year WFPK Waterfront’s Wednesday lineup is out! Presented by WFPK and Waterfront Park, the concert series kicks off April 27 with Nappy Roots, Neal Frances and Kiana & the Sun Kings of Louisville. (Disclosure: WFPK is part of Louisville Public Media and Kiana Del works for LPM.)
The Bourbon and Beyond music festival has abandoned its programming and, at the risk of dating myself, it takes me back to high school with artists like Alanis Morissette and Pearl Jam. I’m also excited to potentially cross a few musicians and bands off my to-do list, like Jack White and St. Vincent.
- Father John Misty is also part of the Bourbon and Beyond lineup, and WFPK has this look to his new music video.