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eanie B. Kahnke, senior director of public relations and external affairs for the Muhammad Ali Center, says that she believes “people were surprised by how loved [Ali] was,” which is why the city of Louisville is coming together like never before this summer for a six-week “I Am Ali” festival.
A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to Acting Against Cancer’s new black box theatre at ArtSpace during a rehearsal for their upcoming production of rock musical “tick, tick…BOOM!” by Jonathan Larson. It is the only other musical by Larson, whose preeminent work is a little show you may have heard of: “RENT.”
Hello, spring! Spring time in Louisville is here and gone before you know it. To fully enjoy these blissful few weeks of warm weather without the oppressive humidity – grab your sunnies and get to brunch on one of the best patios in the city.
oming to Louisville’s Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts May 12 and 13 is “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man!” Over the phone, playwright and producer Matt Murphy gave me all the details on Off Broadway’s longest-running comedy.
“Man o’ War: The Legacy” opened Saturday, April 8, and is an opportunity for longtime fans and newcomers alike to experience “the life of Man o’ War, his impressive racing career, his ties to the Kentucky Derby and his lasting mark on Thoroughbred racing.”
Kaitlyn Soligan and Nicole Stipp are Matson & Gilman. When naming their Bourbon Trail concierge service, they drew inspiration from the 2013 Fred Minnick book “Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey.” Paying tribute to two high-spirited women who made history rebelling in the name of whiskey, Esther Matson and Livinia Gilman, is only appropriate for a duo that aims to share in defining the future of America’s native spirit by making visitors rethink everything they thought they knew about Kentucky – one trip at a time.
By the time the lights came up in the Pamela Brown Auditorium, “Recent Alien Abductions” had brought the gentleman sitting next to me to tears. A quietness flavored by stunned disbelief had settled over the audience as we lifted ourselves from our chairs and made our way out of the theater. Opening night champagne awaited us in the lobby — believe me, it was much appreciated.
For the last decade, axe-throwing has been gaining popularity in Canada. Now, Flying Axes is opening the first axe-throwing venue in the region on Clay Street near the Extreme Park and just minutes from NuLu.
“It feels really special,” says Basil Kreimendahl on his return to Louisville to debut his new play “We’re Gonna Be Okay” at the 41st Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre. “Humana Festival is something I apply to every year. Because I worked [at Actors] and it’s my hometown, I would feel emotional every year about it. So it’s extra special that this play happened here.” Kreimendahl also adds, “This play was written by a trans guy, and Actors Theatre supported that. And they also supported me making all the bathrooms on the rehearsal floor gender neutral.”
Copper & Kings may have debuted Zmaj – their limited release artisanal absinthe – in January, but it’s really the spirit you’ll want in your glass this spring. If you struggle with the taste of absinthe, you’ll be pleased by Zmaj’s refreshing notes of piney juniper and lemon that soften the licorice-like flavor commonly associated with absinthe. Zmaj has been aged for 18 months in Serbian juniper wood barrels and has a double-distilled muscat brandy base.
To borrow from “The Real World” tagline, “I Now Pronounce” is the laugh-out-loud story of what happens when people in a bridal party “stop being polite and start getting real.” The facade of formality falls away from a group of friends after the rabbi leading the wedding ceremony drops dead part way through.
Last Friday night, the cinema at the Speed Art Museum began its run of the Oscar-nominated James Baldwin documentary by Raoul Peck, “I am Not Your Negro.” Dean Otto, the museum’s curator of film, stood before the packed house to welcome us to the showing.
In a matter of days, all eyes in American theater will be on Actors Theatre of Louisville for the 41st Humana Festival of New American Plays. The stairwells, the halls and every chair in the house – including the stools around the bar – will fill with playwrights, theater aficionados and a veritable who’s who of the industry.
“It’s a season that has a little bit of something for everyone,” says General Director Ian Derrer of the upcoming 66th season of the Kentucky Opera. “For new opera-goers, this is the season to take a great chance because we’re making strides to make sure that each piece has accessibility.”