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August 2018 // Priceless

TOPS Who’s Who // What’s New // What To Do

AUGUST 2018

Fall Culture Guide A Style Shoot at The Speed Emerging Artists On Location with a Local Movie

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The Frazier Welcome Center 21 The Coffee House With A Kitchen 22 A Spirited Night Out 24

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life+style Speed Styling 34 Arts Immersion 44 A New Season 46 Applauding the Arts 57

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Louisville Goes Hollywood 120 Meet The Media: Laura Ellis 122 Supermom: Christine Albright-Tufts 124 They Heart the Arts 126 The Artists Among Us 128 Calendar: What To Do in Lou 150


photos Out & About

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Forecastle 2018

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Palm Springs ‘60s Party

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USA Cares 15th Anniversary Gala

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Transformation Spirits Gin Release Party

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Homearama Preview Party

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Louisville Artisans Guild Annual Art Exhibit

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Flyover Film Festival Pre Flight Reception

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Misters for MS

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Kentucky to the World

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Top Shots

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Letter from the editor

DOES LIFE IMITATE ART? In our city, the two are so intertwined that it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. From 21C to our downtown streetscape dotted with public artworks to our fall calendars crammed with public art shows and outdoor music, art is everywhere. It’s embedded in our culture and it enhances our quality of life whether we ever set foot inside an auditorium or museum. (Although we wish you would.)

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We are committed to continuing the great tradition that made The Cheddar Box what it is today. Our purpose at Cheddar Box Too is to create an experience so positive and enjoyable that you will recommend us to your friends and family. We encourage your comments and welcome any suggestions that you may have. We want Cheddar Box Too to be just as much “your place” as it is ours.

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First Stop On The Urban Bourbon Trail:

THE FRAZIER WELCOME CENTER

The travelers on The Kentucky Bourbon Trail are about to have a new starting point. As of August 30, the Frazier History Museum unveils its stunning new Welcome Center. And that’s only the beginning… of the beginning.

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art of the charm of The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is that it has historically been a do-it-yourself experience with no clear beginning, middle or end… just a growing list of destinations sprinkled throughout downtown Louisville on the Urban Bourbon Trail and heading out into the state. But with 1.2 million visits to the Trail’s experiences in 2017, one query was heard above the clinking of glasses: “Where does it start?” This month, we finally have a definitive answer as Frazier History Museum unveils the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center and Spirit of Kentucky Exhibit on August 30. It was worth the wait. The 3,200-square-foot Welcome Center and retail space is part of a dramatic renovation that includes a new entrance, green space and the 10,000-square-foot exhibit. It will even provide bourbon classes and concierge-style service for those who want assistance planning their trail itinerary. “We want the Center to be not only a great introduction to the trail for out-of-town visitors and locals, but also a resource for collectors and enthusiasts,” says Frazier Director of Marketing Andrew Treinen. And anyone seeking full immersion can head upstairs to the third floor, home to the new bourbon-themed Spirit of Kentucky Exhibit which provides a visual crash course in the history and making of the trail’s namesake. The exhibit and center round out the trail with one, memIF YOU GO orable and educaThe Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome tional experience that Center and Spirit of Kentucky Exhibit is the intrepid travelers located at The Frazier History Museum at on the bourbon trail have been thirsting 829 W Main Street. Call 502-753-5663 or go to fraziermuseum.org for more information. for. 

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The Coffee House With A Kitchen After decades in the coffee business, Leo Fante realized a lifelong dream by opening Fante’s Coffee House, a charming place where there’s more on the menu than what’s in your ceramic cup. BY NANCY MILLER PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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ante’s Coffee House is the culmination of Leo Fante’s 40 years in the coffee business. “I wanted to have a coffee house for my entire life. I spent a long-time consulting with people who owned coffee houses. I made notes everywhere I went,” he says. Now, Louisvillians can enjoy their own adventure at Fante’s, a European-style coffee house. He sources coffee beans from all over the world, including Panama, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras and Kenya. Fante’s has a coffee lab where the staff applies the science of roasting and brewing coffee. A color analysis is performed on every roast. “We can chart and graph all our coffees so we know they fall in the center of the optimum balance window,” he says. Eschewing drive-thru service and disliking paper cups, Fante presents his

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coffees in preheated ceramic mugs. On the hot drinks menu are favorites such as latte, con leche, Cubano, macchiato, chai, mocha, espresso, cappuccino, hot cocoa and tea. There are also cold drinks like iced latte, cookie frappe, frozen chai, frozen cappuccino, iced tea, nitro cold brew and Italian sodas. Fante’s is one of the few coffee houses that serves fresh food. The menu features chorizo egg Pepper Jack, veggie egg Swiss, and bacon egg Cheddar breakfast burritos. If a waffle sandwich suits your palate’s fancy, you’ll have to choose between the bacon egg Swiss, the egg blueberry goat cheese or the egg tomato onion Cheddar. Still can’t decide? Maybe a breakfast bowl is for you: three meat, vegan black bean or veggie egg Swiss. The menu is rounded out with donuts, scones, cookies, muffins, cakes and bars.

Congeniality is brewed along with coffee at Fante’s. The coffee house is designed as a place for friends to gather and for business to be conducted. A large meeting space in back is ideal for hosting parties, rehearsal dinners or clubs. Fante and his son are vintage and exotic car aficionados. Coffee and Cars, a fun, family event held the third Saturday every month from April through November brings car owners and the cars they like to show off with others who simply like looking at them. The events benefit organizations such as Make a Wish and Kids Cancer Alliance.

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A Spirited Night Out It’s the ultimate kickoff for fall: One fun night under a tent with cocktails, a fashion show, free beauty services and, yes, giveaways. TOPS will be there with our partners from Liquor Barn and we hope you’ll be there too!

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ith summer drawing to a close, it’s time for fresh ideas in fashion, food and cocktails. Or that’s what we think. So, we’re partnering with Liquor Barn to put together an evening out that can get you ready for the stepped-up social seasons of fall and holiday. It’s the TOPS Louisville Fall Party hosted by Liquor Barn and you won’t want to miss it. While you enjoy live music, appetizers,

bourbon and spirit samplings and cocktails featuring Liquor Barn’s brands, models will strut right-off-the-runway looks from local boutiques and beauty experts from Massage Envy and Body RX Medspa will be offering mini massages and facials. Through it all, we’ll be giving away prizes and sharing fashion and entertaining advice. We promise: You will walk out of there glowing and knowing that the next great party will be yours.

IF YOU GO

The TOPS Louisville Fall Party will be held on September 13 at the new Middletown Liquor Barn at 13401 Shelbyville Road.

JOIN THE FIGHT FOR ALZHEIMER’S FIRST SURVIVOR. At he Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, people carry flowers representing their connection to Alzheimer’s — a disease that currently has no cure. But what if one day there was a flower for Alzheimer’s first survivor? What if there were millions of them? Help make that beautiful day happen by joining us for the world’s largest fundraiser to fight the disease. Register today at alz.org/walk.

September 8, 2018 Great Lawn at Waterfront Park Registration 8:30 a.m. I Walk 10:00 a.m.

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For the month of back to school and back to the grind, we rounded up some beautiful, on trend timepieces that will make sticking to the schedule a pleasure. BY MEGAN MCDERMOTT AND PEYTON FROULA PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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“Watches have transitioned from a necessary accessory to a statement piece” Megan Smith of Clater Jewelry

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Certified Pre-Owned Rolex Steel 18kw Bezel, Lady Diamond Ice Blue $9,949, at Clater Jewelry

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Bering 10 ATM Sporty Titanium $239, at Dallas Jewelers

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Lady Datejust in yellow gold with a diamond bezel at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers Sky-Dweller in stainless steel and yellow gold at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers   Bering Classic Blue Sapphire with SWAROVSKI elements, $179, at Dallas Jewelers

Daytona in stainless steel and yellow gold at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers

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Yacht-Master in rose gold and black ceramic at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers Bering ceramic black, $289, at Dallas Jewelers

Ladies Seiko, $475, at Clater Jewelry

Bering Classic brown $199, at Dallas Jewelers

Steinhausen Triple Crown Swiss movement red dial, $1,500, at Clater Jewelry

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Certified Pre-Owned Cartier Men’s Roadster, $5,475, at Clater Jewelery

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The Homearama Preview Party wowwed with beautiful interiors

Erin Weisenbach and Molly Caldwell at Misters for MS

OUT + ABOUT presented by

Ina Miller and Laurie O’Neil at the Frankfort Avenue Business Association Meeting

Main and Clay Opening

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Camber Bagwell, Carri Bagwell, Isaac Huddleston, Keshaun Fletcher and Layla Reams at Kentucky to the World


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Treat yourself

For shoppers with an appetite for life, Westport Village has it all. With more than 40 local shops offering unique styles & services, it’s Louisville’s one-stop for home, health, fashion & food.

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Wedding

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SPEED

Styling

Photos by Steve Squall

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Styled by Christine Fellingham

Hair and makeup by Mikhail Schulzand Jessica Branham for J Michaels Salon and Spa

Since its reopening a little over two years ago, The Speed Art Museum has been redefining the role not only of a museum, but of art as well. From its robust After Hours program every third Friday of the month that routinely draws crowds of over a thousand people for cocktails, music and art appreciation to its popular Speed Cinema that plays thought-provoking films like Loving Vincent and RBG to regularly sold-out audiences, the museum is engaging more people from in and outside our city in ever more meaningful ways. Between these creative new initiatives and exhibits such as Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism and Picasso to Pollock (featured on these pages), The Speed Art Museum is firing on all cylinders and fully expects to hit its fiscal attendance goals. There is no better place to showcase members of our city’s diverse artistic community or to celebrate the thriving arts scene that lends life in Louisville so much energy, excitement and color.

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“I LOVE TO PERFORM OPERA BECAUSE IT TAKES ME TO A WHOLE NEW WORLD. ” —Natasha Lynn Foley, soprano

Natasha Lynn hails from Anoka, Minnesota and is a graduate of Lawrence University and the University of Louisville. She has had the opportunity to sing in young artist programs at distinguished opera companies such as Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Sarasota Opera. She was most recently seen on stage with the Kentucky Opera, where she made her professional debut as Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos. Endless Rose dress, $88; necklace, $22, and ring, $28, all from Collections boutique in Westport Village.

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“THE WORK THAT I ENJOY MOST IS SPEARHEADING OUR COMMUNITY-FOCUSED EVENTS INCLUDING OUR COMMUNITY CONVERSATION SERIES.” — Carrie Syberg, Director of Community Partnerships at Actors Theatre of Louisville

When Carrie Syberg isn’t managing the institution’s corporate, foundation and government relationships both nationally and locally, she can be found in the community-building awareness and partnerships around the Theatre’s mission and programming. One highlight for her is always the Dracula Blood Drive in partnership with the American Red Cross and Fifth Third Bank. “Last year, we had record-breaking participation and collected over 77 pints of blood!” Actors Theatre’s 2018-2019 Season begins this fall and Syberg is looking forward to a production of Pipeline by returning playwright Dominique Morisseau. “We’ve produced several of her shows and each one has been so meaningful to me,” she say. “I’m excited to watch the city react to the timely themes of Pipeline and use the Theatre as a space for meaningful dialogue and action.” Adelyn Rae jumpsuit, $114; and Dolce Vita shoes, $118; both from Six Sisters Boutique in Nulu.

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“WHAT I DO IS SOUNDTRACK ATMOSPHERE. MOST OF THE TIME, I JUST JIVE OFF THE CROWD.” — DJ Sam Sneed

When he opened Forecastle with Houndmouth, DJ Sam Sneed finally stuck to a script. “Typically, nothing I do is scripted,” says the former punk rocker and current host of WFPK’s Night Visions Radio. “I read the crowd and see what they’re doing and I play for that.” At Forecastle, however, he soundtracked a new experience, even for himself. “Forecastle put me in front of a completely different audience of people who don’t listen to dance music,” he says. “I was a little nervous. But then I got roaring applause. “ Sam plays every Friday at Galaxie and frequently appears at Headliners, but he’s always looking for new collaborations... like his first beer, Night Visions Radio, produced with Against the Grain Brewery. “I wanted to create a low-alcohol festival beer that you could sip all day,” he says. “It’s now available at Kroger and it’s a bestseller at Mercury Ballroom. It’s crazy. And the fact that a brewery would work with a DJ shows how supportive this city is of artists. I’m also working with Russ Smith on a project. What’s great is the willingness of everyone in Louisville to work with each other.” Short-sleeved button down from Him Gentleman’s Boutique on Frankfort Avenue.

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“I’VE SPENT MOST OF MY LIFE IN DANCE SHOES.” — Cheyenne Mecier, dancer and model

A classically trained dancer with the Weber Dance Studio who recently branched into jazz and modern dance, Cheyenne has been dancing with the Weber Dance Studio since she was three years old. “One of the most incredible experiences I had was when we took a trip to New York City to train with the New York City Ballet,” she says. “That gave me a new appreciation of what I could do.” While she recently stopped training, she has begun exploring ways to combine her passions of dancing and modeling, which she does with Heyman Talent. “I was hired to dance at a MAC event in Chicago and that got me thinking about finding ways to use both of my skills,” she says. “In a city like Louisville, there are so many opportunities to collaborate and perform.” Monique Lhuillier dress, $375; ring, $80; Summer Eliason earrings, $85; all from Liv Boutique in Saint Matthews.

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While he grew up in small town West Virginia where he developed a love of music, outdoor living and “things of old,” musician Scott Smith is thrilled to call Louisville home. Thanks to a unique partnership with Main & Clay, he lives rent-free in the luxury complex while focusing on professional development and enriching the lives of other residents by providing music for events and sometimes just on afternoons by the pool. “I feel very lucky to be supported in this way,” he says. “Louisville has been wonderful to me and I’m excited to be living in a part of downtown where the next boom seems to be happening.” Before moving to Main & Clay, Smith toured with Ben Sollee who invited him to live with his family. He plays at Galaxie on Saturday nights and sees opportunity everywhere. “Louisville is busting,” he says. “There are so many talented people using this city as their incubator to slingshot their ideas into the world.” Paisley & Grey blazer, $180; and Pasiley & Grey shirt, $60; both at Him Gentleman’s Boutique on Frankfort Ave.

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“PAINTING IS WHAT I’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF DOING, BUT I WAITED FOR THE RIGHT TIME TO TAKE THAT LEAP.” — Melissa Crase

After a successful career in advertising and sales, Melissa made the decision several years ago to focus on her lifelong love of art. Much of her work is inspired by equine sports, her own horses, and the outdoors. Her preferred medium is acrylics on canvas and often features ordinary things painted with unexpected colors. Aside from paint brushes, her painting tools include; palette knives, sponges, corks, and even pieces of plants, all lending unique texture to her pieces. Her work can be found in galleries and shops around the country including The Omni Louisville and Revelry. Her studio is located in Winchester, KY. She + Sky bodysuit, $32; Jealous Tomato pants, $48; bracelet, $28 and necklace, $58, all from Collections in Westport Village.

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“AS A SCULPTOR, I ATTEMPT TO CREATE OBJECTS THAT CHALLENGE PEOPLE TO LOOK FOR DEEPER MEANING.” — Bridget Clark, sculptor and Director of Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center

As both a working artist and director of Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center, Bridget Clark strives to create a connection between art and community and between artists themselves. “My goal since I came here two years ago was to make Mellwood a kind of modern day artists’ colony where creative people could support and inspire each other and have a place to showcase their work to the public,” says Bridget. “I’ve brought graffiti artists in to beautify the place and also to get people to think about their definition of art and the role it plays in their lives. The Mellwood Interactive Art Show which takes place on September 8 and 9 and is now combined with the Taste of Louisville, is the best example of that. You have textile artists, chefs, shoemakers, milliners, sculptors, jewelry designers, all in the same courtyard sharing their work.” Cupcakes and cashmere jumpsuit, $128, from Six Sisters Boutique in Nulu. 42 TOPS LOUISVILLE | August 2018


All artwork featured in this story comes from The Speed Art Museum exhibit Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks from the Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University. The artwork in order of appearance: Page 34: Pablo Picasso, French, born Spain, 1881 – 1973; The Studio, 1934; Oil on Canvas. Page 36: 6. Jackson Pollock, American, 1912–1956; Untitled, 1951; silkscreen on paper image. Page 37: Kurt Schwitters, German, 1887 – 1948; Child Playing after Boccioni, 1926; lithograph image and Paul Klee, Swiss, 1879 – 1940; Destruction and Hope, 1916; ink, paint, watercolor on paper. Page 38: Charmion von Wiegand, Image of Abundance, 1956; oil on canvas. Page 39: Jean Dubuffet, French, 1901– 1985; Business Lunch,1946; oil, sand, mixed media on canvas. Page 40: 62. Aristide Maillol, French, 1861 – 1944, Ile-de-France, 1925; bronze. Page 41: 57. Jean Dufy, French, 1888 – 1964; La Val d’Ajol (Vosges), 1920; oil on canvas. Page 42: Pablo Picasso, French, born Spain, 1881–1973; The Studio, 1934; Oil on canvas.

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Arts immersion From our world-renowned repertory theater to bustling Museum Row, life in Louisville is enriched by our cultural offerings. Here’s a peek behind the curtain at the interconnectedness between the arts and our community. BY MEGAN MCDERMOTT AND PEYTON FROULA

It’s All About The Audience

There are a lot of clapping hands in auditoriums all over downtown and very few empty seats. Just how many people are taking advantage of the worldclass performances and cultural experiences? Here’s a quick head count or annual attendance for a few organizations:

Speed Art Museum:

200,000 Actors Theatre:

150,000 Muhammad Ali Center:

114,263 Frazier Museum:

102,743 Louisville Ballet:

100,000 Kmac:

23,017 21c:

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Engaging The Community Take Your Seats Art & Commerce

The arts are more than intellectual pursuits; they are economic catalysts and community connectors. Our artistic pursuits keep people employed and engaged, according to these recent statistics from the Fund for the Arts Report: Annual local spending generated by arts and culture:

Our city has a huge capacity to entertain and inspire–literally, as evidenced by the number of seats and spaces we have to fill. Here, the seating capacity in some of our best-known cultural centers:

3,164 Louisville Orchestra ...............2,400 Brown Theatre ........................1,400 Actors Theatre .........................1,111 Kentucky Center .....................

$462.5 million Attendance of arts and culture events annually:

9.2 million Jobs in the arts:

17,529 Volunteers in the arts:

3,130 Annual volunteer hours:

42 925

It’s Showtime!

How many performances and productions could you be enjoying every year? Here are the number of annual shows at a few cultural destinations:

170 Kentucky Opera .........................100 Louisville Orchestra ..................... 50 Actors Theater .............................. 20 Kentucky Center ........................

Opportunities to explore and appreciate the arts aren’t limited to performances and exhibits. Our arts community has energetic outreach programs that bring the creativity to places where we live, work, learn and play.

374 Libraries....................................... 37 Community Centers...................30 Parks ............................................ 29 Counties ...................................... 75

Schools ......................................

The Cost Of Inspiration

A snapshot of average ticket and attendance prices. (These don’t reflect membership or season ticket holder discounts): Kentucky Opera:

$110 Louisville Orchestra:

$42 Actors Theatre:

$25 Speed Art Museum:

Teach Your Children

A field trip downtown for an introduction to arts culture is a rite of passage for students all over the city. Below, the numbers of students visiting these arts or cultural organizations each year:

10,000 students Actors Theatre ................................................................ 15,000 students Louisville Ballet............................................................... 20,000 students Louisville Orchestra ....................................................... 20,000 students Muhammad Ali Center ..................................................

$15 Muhammad Ali Center:

$11.50 KMAC:

Free 21C Museum Hotel Gallery:

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The changing of the leaves brings the beginning of an exciting arts season. Remy Sisk has the cultural highlights from the stage to the outdoor arts exhibits. Get your calendars out. BY REMY SISK

t’s common knowledge by now that Louisville is a haven for the arts. Though we may be more well known for our horseracing and bourbon, we offer an absolutely extraordinary breadth of arts programming throughout the year, a great majority of which is stunningly innovative in its design and utterly remarkable in its production. From the performing arts to visual art, the year ahead is sure to be no different. Take a look at what some of the city’s powerhouse institutions will be offering this year, and don’t forget to mark your calendars and make time for fall’s plethora of art shows.

Actors Theater of Louisville OVERVIEW:

As the region’s premier professional theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville is set to dazzle audiences once again with its blend of innovation and authenticity when it launches its 2018-19 season this fall. On September 7, Actors will open this year’s iteration of the annually beloved “Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula,” which will run through Halloween night. An exciting highlight this year is that director Drew Fracher will be adding new and extended fight choreography. Meanwhile, ATL newcomer Santio Craven will be portraying Dracula himself, and the team promises it to be the most frightening take on the character yet. Additionally, local actor Neill Robertson will be returning to the iconic role of Renfield, his portrayal of which blew audiences away in his inaugural year last fall. After “Dracula” opens, Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough will debut her take on “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” the stage version of the modern classic novel. Following that production, “A Doll’s House, Part 2” will run October 2 - November 4. After a highly lauded run on Broadway, the show imagines what have happened following the events of Henrik Ibsen’s seminal 1879 drama, “A Doll’s House.” David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries” will be back this holiday season, as will “Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol.” “Pipeline,” about a struggle between a mother and son, will be the first show of 2019, and it will be followed by “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” a musical that chronicles the career of the legendary composer. This incredibly diverse season will close out March 1 April 7 with the 43rd Humana Festival of New American Plays.

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Top: John G Preston and Lindsey Noel Whiting in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 2017. Photo by Bill Brymer Bottom: Neill Robertson in Dracula, 2017. Photo by Bill Brymer.

THIS JUST IN: After some very positive audience feedback, Actors Theatre will be extending its flexible ticket package options this season. A Platinum Pass gives you eight vouchers – redeemable at any show and in any combination – for $250. It’s the perfect way to guarantee that you experience the new season just exactly how you like.


The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts OVERVIEW:

After a devastating fire, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is just about ready to resume their previously programmed season and continue to bring some of the best art the city – and the world – has to offer to Louisville audiences. In addition to hosting performances by the Ballet and the Orchestra as well as the Opera at the Center-managed Brown Theatre, The Kentucky Center has a wealth of shows lined up that they’re presenting themselves. Perhaps the greatest and most anticipated highlight is Reese Witherspoon’s “Whiskey in a Teacup Tour,” which will play the Center’s Whitney Hall on September 21. Internationally renowned actress, producer and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon will share personal stories about what growing up in the South taught her about life, love and work. Additionally, The Kentucky Center will host a wide variety of musicians, comedians and other artists – such as Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, Cream, Brian Regan and the Dance Theatre of Harlem presented by Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble – across its venues. And then of course there is the PNC Broadway in Louisville series, which brings the best of Broadway right to Kentuckiana. This year’s features include “Disney’s Aladdin,” “A Christmas Story” and then the unprecedented smash “Hamilton,” which will run June 4-23, 2019.

Top: Museum lobby interior. Photo by Kevin Kunstadt. Bottom: Jibade-Khalil Huffman Untitled (Dancecard 3), 2017 Inkjet on transparency and canvas 40 x 30”, Courtesy the artist and Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles

THIS JUST IN: The KMAC Museum recently received a $100,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which will go toward supporting two years of exhibition programming.

THIS JUST IN: The Kentucky Center is ready to come back stronger than ever after the fire and celebrate its 35th anniversary season. The original opening night was 35 years ago on November 19, 1983.

Top: “Hamilton” Photo by Joan Marcus. Bottom: Reese Witherspoon.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft OVERVIEW:

Louisville’s source for some of the most creative and sometimes unconventional art displays in the world is unquestionably the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Located downtown, KMAC offers an extraordinary variety of exhibitions that connect patrons to art and creative practice. From August 18 to December 2, KMAC will offer an exhibition by Jibade-Khalili Huffman, an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans multiple media platforms. On display will be a new site-specific video installation made in conjunction with his recently revealed Smoketown public art project called “Reflection,” a collaboration with 19 other artists from across the region and the nation that was developed for the The Wheelhouse Project in partnership with the Community Foundation of Louisville. Simultaneous to much of that exhibit’s run will be a showcase by Elsa Hansen Oldham from October 19 through January 27. A Louisville native, Oldham imbues the traditional decorative art of embroidery, and its associated feminine and domestic associations, with a personalized form of social critique. Then, from December 15 to April 7, painter Sarah Crowner’s work will be on display. Known for her geometric abstractions, Crowner works with canvases in which each color and form is comprised of a different piece of cloth, attached by stitching the pieces of canvas together.

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Louisville Ballet OVERVIEW:

Revered for both its high-quality productions and seemingly ceaseless dedication to creativity and innovation, the Louisville Ballet is gearing up for another extraordinary season. It kicks off with “Romeo and Juliet” September 7-8 at The Kentucky Center. In their interpretation, the Ballet will focus on the consequences of ignoring the wisdom of our youth while also having traditionally male roles danced by females. In October, the company will produce “Mozart,” which will feature three pieces with one of them a world premiere choreographed by Louisville Ballet Artistic and Executive Director Robert Curran and another world premiere choreographed by company dancer Brandon Ragland. The Ballet will follow its 10th-anniversary production of the Louisville culture staple “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” in December with the “Choreographers’ Showcase” in January and February, the time when company dancers are given the chance to choreograph something of their own. Next is a collaboration between the Ballet and Louisville Visual Art with “Human Abstract,” an ensemble piece that focuses on a single dancer’s interaction with the whole. Finally, the Ballet will close its season with the irresistible crowd pleaser “Cinderella” April 5-6.

Top: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ Bottom: Leonard Bernstein in 1955. Photo by Al Ravenna.

THIS JUST IN: This season, the Orchestra will be doing a Featured Musician for each program, which will give the musicians a voice to the audience while also allowing them to share their experiences with a specific piece of music or composer. First up is concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz, so keep an eye out!

Louisville Orchestra OVERVIEW:

Perhaps no performing arts company in town has quite the extent of programming that is offered by the Louisville Orchestra. With over 40 concerts scheduled this season, the Orchestra is ready to launch its season with offerings for even the pickiest of patrons. The 2018-2019 Brown-Forman Classic Concerts series kicks off on September 29 with “Bernstein at 100,” the company’s contribution to the international centennial birthday celebration of Leonard Bernstein. A musical tribute to the legendary composer, the show will feature selections from “West Side Story,” “Candide” and “On the Town” as well as Bernstein’s first symphony, “Jeremiah.” Interestingly, Bernstein was the mentor to Michael Tilson, who was Teddy Abrams’s mentor, so Bernstein is in a way Abrams’s musical grandfather. The LO Pops Season will open on September 15 when Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt leads the Orchestra in his favorite film scores by his favorite composer, John Williams. Then in February, The Midtown Men – comprised of original cast members of “Jersey Boys” – will  return to Louisville with their take on some classics as well as more modern tunes. For the younger ones, or just the young at heart, the Family Concerts are back this year, and patrons of all ages can look forward to “Halloween Spooktacular” in October, “Home for the Holidays” in November and “Carnival of the Animals” in March. Other exciting events this season include “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” in November and “Star Wars: A New Hope” in February.

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THIS JUST IN: In a true demonstration of a commitment to universal accessibility, the Louisville Ballet will present its firstever sensory-friendly performance this season. On December 9 at 11:30 a.m., the Ballet will perform “The BrownForman Nutcracker” in a sensory-friendly setting, which means a lower sound level with low lighting and a reduction on lighting focused on the audience as well as having the audience free to talk and leave their seats during the performance.

Photos by Sam English.


Kentucky Opera OVERVIEW:

Starting September 21, the Kentucky Opera is set to launch their 2018-19 season in the professional, grandiose and absolutely singular style Louisville audiences have come to expect from the company. The season begins with Mozart’s take on the iconic fairy tale, “The Magic Flute,” which will run through September 23 at The Brown Theatre. The season will continue in November with “Enemies, A Love Story,” which sets romance and comedy against the moving, turbulent backdrop of the mid-20th century. Finally, the season will close in February 2019 with Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” which the Opera is touting as, “Shakespearean in its complexity and grandeur.” In addition to the performances, Kentucky Opera is ready to engage its patrons by offering a host of social activities around the productions. The Pre-Show Bites Series, for example, sees audience members to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar prior to performances while also taking in an opera preview. Additionally, the Opera invites one and all to join the company for its cast parties on Friday nights at Marketplace Restaurant to mix and mingle with the cast and crew. And new this year is Opera Unwrapped, which will have patrons of the closing shows go behind the scenes and hear the creative team break down what they have just witnessed on stage.

THIS JUST IN:

Top: The cast of Kentucky Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville. Photo by Bill Brymer. Bottom: Emily Fons and Morgan Smith in Kentucky Opera’s production of Dead Man Walking. Photo by Bill Brymer.

An exciting pre-season event this year will be Opera in the Park on Friday, August 24, in Willow Park at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy entertainment featuring the Kentucky Opera Studio Artists at this free community concert.

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More Fall Performances Our city is also fortunate to have a thriving community of small theaters that stage top-notch productions. Here are a few not to miss this season:

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“The Church Basement Ladies in Rise Up O Men” August 22 - September 3 at Derby Dinner Playhouse Derby Dinner is ready to bring you the next installment of the uproarious series by introducing the husbands of everyone’s favorite ladies.

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“The Rocky Horror Show” October 27, 28, 31 at PLAY Louisville

PA N D O R A PRODUCTIONS

“Cabaret” September 14-29 at The Henry Clay Theatre

AAC is back for the fifth year of doing the Time Warp and presenting this modern classic where audience participation and costumes are always encouraged!

Set against the backdrop of decadent Berlin just before the Nazis rise to power, Pandora’s “Cabaret” is sure to be a must-see in how it reconciles the struggle of excess and fear.

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“Into the Woods” October 18 November 4 at The J

S T A G E O N E F A M I LY T H E AT R E

“Frankenstein”

CenterStage is poised to produce a stellar interpretation of Sondheim’s fractured fairytale where themes extend far beyond a trip to grandmother’s house.

October 19-31 at The Kentucky Center Just in time for the season, StageOne will present this classic story of a scientist and his creation that’s sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

C O M M O N W E A LT H T H E AT R E C E N T E R

“The Laramie Project” October 11-20 at Commonwealth Theatre Center

VOICES OF KENTUCKIANA

“Red and Green: An Electric Holiday Celebration”

With this groundbreaking drama, CTC commemorates the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death by honoring the ongoing campaign for LGBTQ rights.

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December 9 at The Kentucky Center The singers of VOICES are set to decorate your holiday season with joy, heart, and fun in this festive concert.

Pablo Picasso, French, born Spain, 1881–1973; The Studio, 1934; Oil on canvas

Speed Art Museum OVERVIEW:

As remarkable for its architectural beauty as for its locally unparalleled art collection, the Speed Art Museum is Louisville’s premier destination for visual art. In addition to their astounding permanent collection, the Speed has some exciting special exhibits on the horizon. Currently on display through January 13 is “Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks from the Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University.” The exhibition serves as a basic primer in early 20th-century modern Western art as nearly every major artistic movement between 1900 and 1950 in Europe and America is represented, including Fauvism, Cubism, German Expressionism, Dada and Surrealism. Also currently on display at the Speed is “American Storybook: The Imaginary Travelogue of Thomas Chambers.” This exhibition boasts 22 landscapes produced by Thomas Chambers, one of the earliest American artists to specialize in the genre of landscape painting for commercial production. Coming up at the Speed October 6 - February 3 is “Keltie Ferris: *O*P*E*N*,” a solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper by the artist and Louisville native Keltie Ferris, who offers a fresh approach to abstract painting and the exploration of the artist’s identity through the body. Other upcoming exhibitions include “Making Time: The Art of the Kentucky Tall Case Clock” (February 2 - June 2, 2019), “Ebony G. Patterson” (June 20 - September 29, 2019) and “Gonzo! The Art of Hunter S. Thompson” (July 13 - October 13, 2019).

THIS JUST IN: One of the Speed’s most popular sculptures, Constantin Brancusi’s “Madame Pogany,” has been in conservation laboratories since last fall, but after some extraordinary work, the piece will soon return back home to the Speed!


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Art in Speed Park August 25-26 H I G H L I G H T S : Just 10 minutes from Louisville, Sellersburg, Indiana’s Art

in Speed Park is returning later this month for its 28th year. A wonderful event that celebrates some of the best of our local culture, Art in Speed Park is treated by its organizers almost as more of a backyard garden party – with the setting of a historic, tree-lined shady park, the atmosphere is calming and easy as opposed to hectic and crowded. There will be art for sale to meet any budget, and such local artists as Jeaneen Barnhart, Albert Nelson and Chad Balster will be showcasing some of the best visual art of the area. Additionally, musical entertainment will be provided by such local favorites as Robbie Bartlett, the Troubadours of Divine Bliss and more. For the kiddos, a Kids Create Tent will be onsite to help the younger ones get the creative spark. Meanwhile for the adults, a wine garden with wine and sangria provided by Huber’s Orchard and Winery is sure to be a hit. W H A T ’ S N E W : This year, attendees can look forward to a brand new

market area with handcrafted foods that are sure to be more than just a hot dog and a pretzel.

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P R I C E R A N G E : $20-Thousands L O G I S T I C S : Not only is the event free, but parking is free as well at Silver

Creek High School, just a block away from Speed Park. Hours on both Saturday and Sunday are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and air conditioned restrooms will be available within the park.


St. James Court Art Show October 5-7

H I G H L I G H T S : One of the Louisville’s most hotly anticipated art shows, the St. James Court Art Show will return this year October 5-7 in historic Old Louisville. As attendees peruse the gorgeous artworks, they will also meander the streets of a neighborhood that is one of the nation’s finest examples of Victorian architecture. With over 700 exhibiting artists and 17 artistic mediums, there is sure to be something for everyone. And it’s all sure to be top-notch as well, as only about one-in-four artists who apply to exhibit are accepted. The wildly popular event, which annually attracts over 150,000 visitors and tops $3 million in sales, is always highly attended, so get there early! W H A T ’ S N E W : This year is

Howard Rosenberg’s first year as executive director, and he will bring with him a wealth of experience to his new position as he currently serves as the chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the Garvin Gates Blues Festival. Additionally, the team has hired a marketing firm and is making concentrated effort to reach the younger art lover as well we as the perennial patron. P R I C E R A N G E : $10-$10,000

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Art Show is always free to guests, and 2018 hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking is free on the streets, but spots can be extremely limited. Various nonprofits and organizations have paid lots set up in the neighborhood if you’d prefer to spend your time browsing the art as opposed to hunting for a parking spot.

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Big Four Arts Festival September 8-9, 2018 H I G H L I G H T S : After last year’s wonderfully successful inaugural festival, the Big Four Arts Festival is ready to gear up for year two! This one-of-a-kind event is set against the backdrop of one of the community’s most scenic areas: the Big Four Bridge and Lawn. Guests will be able to stroll along the spacious paths and take in some pieces from across the country as well as from across the city. Music will keep the party going with a fastidiously curated lineup that is sure to only add to the enjoyment of the beautiful visual art. A highlight is the Preview Party held the night before the festival officially opens; guests for this exclusive evening will enjoy private access to select artists booths as well as sumptuous refreshments. W H A T ’ S N E W : The festival has added a whopping 100 artists

to the lineup this year, setting up patrons for an even greater chance of finding the very thing they’re looking for. Additionally, this year will see a kid-friendly petting zoo featuring llamas. P R I C E R A N G E : $5-$15,000 L O G I S T I C S : The event is completely free, and a trolley will

help ease the parking headache along River Road. The hours this year are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Mellwood Interactive Art Show September 8-9 H I G H L I G H T S : For the 10th year, the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment

Center will host its September art show. Though this year will once again see a wide range of artists showcasing their various wares, this year’s event has been relaunched as the Mellwood Interactive Art Show. So in addition to the 40+ vendors specializing in painting, photography, furniture, handmade clothing/accessories, digital art and more, the event will feature immersive art exhibitions that take the experience to a new level. The show is completely family-friendly, and all proceeds from the interactive activities will be donated to Gilda’s Club Louisville. W H A T ’ S N E W : What’s truly going to make this year stand out on the

show’s timeline is the interactive aspect. Karl Otto will design a miniGallopalloza that attendees can color in with paint markers, and Roscoe, a local graffiti artist, will do live graffiti during the event. There will also be a tie-dye station and a “Splash Into History” community art project. Three balloons can be purchased for $1, which participants will then throw at a soon-to-be demolished metal building. The painted section will later turn into a sculpture to be displayed on Mellwood’s property. P R I C E R A N G E : $15-$500 L O G I S T I C S : Completely free, the show will run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on

both Saturday and Sunday. A special luxury of Mellwood is that it will offer restrooms and water fountains indoors. There’s also expansive parking opportunities, which will make getting there a breeze. Top: By Linda Osterhoudt from company Linda O....Oh, Linda. Bottom: Ian Schuler from Louisville Hide & Co.

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KMAC Museum connects people to art and creative practice, hosting about 50,000 visitors in its historic 715 West Main Street facility. The museum is a resource that draws people together to experience art through exhibitions, educational workshops, hands-on art-making and programs such as lectures, poetry slams, artists talks and many other opportunities to learn about, discuss and be with contemporary culture. Outside the museum, pop-up exhibitions, collaborations with schools and community outreach with a team of art educators account for another 50,000 interactions that deepen community empathy and pride. KMAC provides for the region and depends on the Louisville community for financial support, volunteers, board members (like Chris Welsh pictured left with Aldy Milliken) and artistic interactions. “We are excited to announce that the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded us another two-year grant for our exhibitions,” says Curator Joey Yates. “Expect more dynamic exhibitions from local and national artists in the years to come.” Jibade-Khalil Huffman’s exhibition of photography and video work will open at the Museum in August 2018. Followed by exhibitions featuring Elsa Hansen Oldham in October 2018 and Sarah Crowner in December 2018. Visit the KMAC website for information about upcoming shows.

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elebrating its tenth year, Louisville International Festival of Film (LIFF) screens artistic films not usually presented through commercial venues and to giving independent filmmakers a place to showcase their work. Festival proceeds are used by The Louisville Film Arts Institute to help fund education efforts focused on training upcoming Louisville and Kentucky filmmakers. “The name of the festival was created to broadcast Louisville’s name to the world without having everyone think Derby. Over the past ten years, 20 to 30 countries have submitted films to LIFF. An average of 35 to 40% have attended. Japan submits a film and attends every year,” says Conrad Bachmann. LIFF provides scholarships to students at various high schools, particularly Ballard, Pleasure Ridge Park and Fern Creek, to attend the festival. The students experience a learning curve as they film interviews with the actors, producers and directors. LIFF also works closely with the Louisville Free Public Library on the Kentucky Youth Film Festival, which is in its tenth year. It’s a mini film festival for students who are given a subject about which to produce a film. The goal is to give students who are interested in the art of film a boost in experience and creativity. Films are presented at the library and are kicked off with a red carpet opening night. At a full screening session, the winners are awarded prizes and scholarships. “I’ve always felt that LIFF attracts a diverse group of people and lets everyone who attends or reads a festival program know that Louisville is an alluring city,” says Bachmann. “When I’m asked to name my favorite Louisville filmmaker, actor or actress, I say they’re all my favorites. However, we were very fortunate to have Jennifer Lawrence with her “The Burning Plain” at our first festival. It was quite an opening for the festival.” Presented By

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Norton Commons 9418 Norton Commons Boulevard www.nortoncommons.com

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orton Commons is an inclusive mixed-use community of classic, beautiful architecture that encourages walkability, sustainability, social living and efficient building. As a part of achieving those goals, Norton Commons’ development team presents a number of cultural and seasonal events throughout the year to promote the common enjoyment of its charming amenities and streetscapes. “The entire Louisville community is invited to partake in our events that are generally free and open to the public. Whether it’s Shakespeare in the Park, a Music by the Water Concert, our annual Art Festival, or an orchestra or opera event, Norton Commons hosts events and activities that enrich lives in our area,” says Marilyn Osborn Patterson, Marketing Director for Norton Commons. “We’re bringing the arts to peoples’ backyards – literally.” The North Village Market, an open-air pedestrianfriendly market, will be unveiled to the public in August. Home to independent local retailers and restaurants, it also contains Norton Commons’ newest performance venue, the Market Stage. Live weekly musical performances will showcase some of the area’s best talent in a picture-perfect atmosphere. Art in many forms plays a prominent role in the character of Norton Commons. “It helps make our community unique, and we’re glad to contribute to the distinctive nature of Louisville as a whole,” says Patterson. Her favorite pieces of physical art in the neighborhood are the geopuncture (earth healing) stones, hand-carved by sculptor Marko Pogačnik, UNESCO Artist for Peace. “Folks sometimes refer to them as our mini-Stonehenge, and if you visit our geopuncture circle in Oval Park, you’ll understand the reference. The large stones are scattered throughout the neighborhood, and a lot of people have used them as backdrops for family photos, yoga classes, picnics, or just as a peaceful spot to enjoy the sunset. The beauty of the stone art is that it can be used and enjoyed in different ways by different people, furthering its uniqueness. We’re thankful to have them as part of our community.” Presented By

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Kentucky Opera 323 West Broadway, Suite 600; www.kyopera.org

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erforming arts, especially music, stimulate the mind and the senses. Entering its 67th season, Kentucky Opera enriches and engages our community through spectacular music, creative storytelling and the thrill of the human voice. In addition to performances on stage at the Brown Theatre, Kentucky Opera has a variety of community engagement and educational programs for adults and children. Students may attend productions during the final Wednesday Dress Rehearsals. Kentucky Opera has touring productions that perform at schools, while also partnering with organizations and businesses to bring opera to the community.

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Kentucky Opera invites the public to become individual donors, attend the three Mainstage productions at the Brown Theatre, or attend outreach events. Local singers are encouraged to audition for the chorus, and there are many opportunities to volunteer for the organization. Upcoming events include Opera in the Park!, a concert at Willow Park on August 24 and the Locust Grove Summer Concert Series on August 30. Presented By

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Big Four Arts Festival Big Four Bridge at Waterfront Park | 1101 River Road www.bigfourbridgeartsfestival.com

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he Big Four Arts Festival features more than 200 national artists, 20 emerging artists, craft vendors, international cuisine, music and children’s activities. All the fun takes place at Waterfront Park on the Big Four Bridge Lawn overlooking the Ohio River. The 2017 two-day inaugural Festival attracted an estimated crowd of 50,000 visitors. Supported by the City of Louisville and a multimedia advertising campaign, the Festival is expected to welcome a record-breaking crowd at this year’s Festival to be held September 8 and 9. “This is a great event for members of the community to participate as an artist, as a volunteer, or, of course, as a Festival visitor. Louisville loves the arts!” says Louis Nunnelley, Event Director. Surrounded by so many talented artists, it’s difficult for him to name a favorite, but he gives that honor to the late Julius Friedman who was a judge at last year’s festival.

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CirqueLouis www.CirqueLouis.com

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ounded three years ago, CirqueLouis is dedicated to enhanced circus arts training, social outreach and producing contemporary circus. Two professional shows are presented each season, one at Iroquois Amphitheater and one at The Kentucky Center. CirqueLouis provides experiential circus arts entertainment, provides outreach through The Unicycle Project and houses Louisville’s only social circus program at Louisville Visual Art. The goal of its social circus is to promote teamwork that helps foster self-esteem and, eventually, creative output. The Unicycle Project strives to remind others—and ourselves—that we are never alone, and no matter what trial we may be facing, that there are people in our corner cheering us on. The Louisville community is invited to become involved with CirqueLouis by attending shows, which helps fund outreach and social circus, donating materials or sponsoring a show, joining a Unicycle Project or the weekly social circus program. The Unicycle Project will be partnering with PeteFest, a musical festival that raises awareness of mental health advocacy, for a September 7-9 event. The next CirqueLouis production will be at The Kentucky Center November 3-4. “Art establishes meaningful connections between artist and audience and can also provide social commentary that may spark ideas to directly change the world. We feel circus arts is a medium for us to achieve those objectives in our own community,” says Abbie Springer, Co-founder. “The amazing Julia Davis, my favorite local artist, has designed our last five CirqueLouis images and magically captures the spirit of CirqueLouis.” To learn more about how CirqueLouis is impacting the community with circus, visit www.CirqueLouis.com.

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Actors Theatre of Louisville 316 West Main Street www.actorstheatre.org

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ow in its 55th season, Actors Theatre of Louisville presents over 400 performances annually and produces a broad range of programming through the Brown-Forman Series, Fifth Third’s Dracula and A Christmas Carol, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays, the country’s premier new play festival. From September to April, Actors Theatre creates about 135,000 theatre experiences for audiences from the region and around the country. Tens of thousands of students interact with the Theatre each year through in-school residencies, the Cultural Pass program and free events throughout the season. The Theatre’s Community Ticket Grant program, sponsored in part by Brown-Forman and Hogan Lovells, offers Actors Theatre tickets to qualifying groups serving Louisville and Southern Indiana. Last season, the program gave 60 area charities the opportunity to share theatrical experience with 1,400 local residents. Actors Theatre is also expanding Sensory-Friendly programming in the 2018-2019 season, beginning with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in October and Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol on December 4. “The economic impact of the cultural organizations has been well-documented; at this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays alone, the local economic impact was over $1.3 million,” says Managing Director Kevin E. Moore. “But, beyond dollars and cents, a robust local arts community is central to a vibrant community where shared experiences matter.” The team at Actors Theatre is excited to begin another season in downtown Louisville. “We are big fans of the public art in Waterfront Park. You can find many of us, coffee in hand, taking a quick walk along the river. It’s a great break from the rehearsal room and a favorite introduction to Louisville for our visiting artists!” says Steve Knight, Director of Marketing. Presented By

Ako and Jay Patterson in God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler, 2018 Humana Festival. Photo by Jonathan Roberts. Alaina Kai and Cadence Diggs in Kids, They Say the Darndest Things by Safietou Gueve, 2018 New Voices Festival. Photo by Bill Brymer. Rami Margron and Mark Junek in Angels in America, Part Two Perestroika, 2017. Photo by Bill Brymer.

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Zoom Group 1904 Embassy Square Boulevard www.zoomgroup.org

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oom Group, a not-for-profit organization, provides pre-employment vocational training to more than 200 individuals with disabilities. StudioWorks, the flagship program, is an art gallery that’s open to the public as well as a learning space for adults (artists) with disabilities. The artists explore various media to find their strengths, to be able to more effectively express themselves, increase self-confidence and produce quality, sellable artwork. For many artists, their sales serve as supplemental income while creating an opportunity to learn business and communication skills necessary for employment in the community. Through self-expression, they share their unique perspectives and ideas to reflect an inclusive view of our world. The diverse collection of art provides an enriching experience to everyone. “We love community partners! We invite you to join us as volunteers, visiting artists, gallery and exhibit sponsors, and patrons,” says Melissa Marvel, President and CEO.

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und for the Arts embarks on its 70th year of bringing transformative arts experiences to our stages, museums, schools, community centers, senior care facilities, parks, libraries, and more. With broader support for the arts, we can make a larger impact on all aspects of our community — from education and social services to economic development and tourism. This is possible when we ensure the arts, culture and creativity that abounds in our city are fully integrated into daily life and accessible to everyone in

every neighborhood. Join the celebration and learn how you can get involved at www.fundforthearts.org. Pictured: Charlie and Mindy Farnsley (statue of Mayor Charles Farnsley, founder of Fund for the Arts and Charlie’s grandfather) Presented By

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Louisville Visual Art 1538 Lytle Street www.louisvillevisualart.org “Throughout history, art has been used to tell the story of those who have come before. Art enhances our most private as well as our public spaces. Art causes us to think, reflect and look inward. Art can also calm our troubled souls,” says Lindy Casebier, Executive Director of Louisville Visual Art. For over 100 years, Louisville Visual Art has been transforming lives and communities through art. Since 1925, LVA has offered Children’s Fine Art Classes, providing intensive in-depth art experiences to over 1,100 students annually through a variety of programming. The organization’s Children’s Fine Art Classes engage talented and motivated students in grades 4 through 8. The Academy of LVA prepares high school students to begin their careers as the next generation of creative leaders. In 1989, by providing art enrichment experiences and classes through after school and summer offerings, LVA’s Open Doors programming began encouraging and inspiring participants from underserved populations. That initiative has grown since its inception almost 30 years ago. As a creative hub now established in the Portland neighborhood, LVA is committed to engaging and encouraging artists through programming such as Artebella, Open Studio Weekend, PUBLIC, LVA’s community-based radio program and weekly calls for artists. LVA is developing the Mural Art Program (MAP) to beautify and transform our city, raise awareness of art within the community and promote local artists. Upcoming events at Louisville Visual Art include the Plein Air Paint Out, September 15; Louisville Artists: Carry On Exhibit, September 23; Open Studio Weekend, November 3 and 4; LVA Honors Luncheon, February 1, 2019; and art[squared] April 12, 2019. In his role at Louisville Visual Art, Casebier is familiar with many exceptional pieces of art, but one of his favorites is Ed Hamilton’s Lincoln in Louisville Waterfront Park. Presented By

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Scott Smith, Resident Artist at Main & Clay Apartments 633 East Main Street www.mainandclay.com

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ain & Clay, a new luxury apartment community in the Butchertown/NuLu neighborhood, invites residents and neighbors to enjoy an amenity-rich experience. “Through partnering with local businesses, such as offering Quills Coffee in the lobby, working with area restaurants for catering events, and connecting with other local businesses through the Main & Clay app, we support local in an effort to help the area thrive,” says Gionna Pitrone, Marketing Coordinator with Bristol Development Group. Main & Clay is Louisville’s most unique art-focused residential community. It has named Scott Smith Artist in Residence, which is quite an accolade to him and is a gift to Louisvillians who appreciate his talent. Main & Clay learned of Smith through acclaimed cello player Ben Sollee. Smith has become one of the artists at the center of Louisville’s burgeoning arts scene. “Growing up in Appalachia, I heard a lot of Bluegrass music and country music. I was also raised with a lot of soul music in my house. So, I would say my genre is folk/soul.” Residents of Main & Clay will have the special privilege of a special relationship with Smith as he becomes part of the fabric of the unique residential community. He will perform at Main & Clay events, giving his fellow residents the opportunity to hear his music and get to know him and his fascinating story. The public will also be able to enjoy his music at Main & Clay events that welcome nonresidents. “When Scott plays at our events, such as our Grand Opening, he knocks it out of the park every time. We’re happy to watch him shine!” says Pitrone. Believing that art makes our community a better place, Main & Clay is collaborating with Louisville Visual Art on a permanent art installation. “Art is an amazing way to connect a community and express individual passions, whether through visual arts, music, food or other channels,” she says. Presented By

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Gilda’s Club Louisville 633 Baxter Avennue www.gildasclublouisville.org

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ilda’s Club Louisville provides social and emotional support to families in our community living with cancer. The non-profit organization offers more than 100 free programs each month, including support groups, art, music and theater, healthy lifestyles like yoga, cooking classes, meditation and educational lectures, workshops and social events. Research shows that psychosocial support improves health outcomes, including mental/ physical health, health habits, mortality risk and also reduces health care costs. Since opening in 2007, Gilda’s Club has served 7,500 members living with 55 different types of cancer. Nearly one-quarter of people served are children. Volunteers play a vital role at Gilda’s Club providing meals, acting as ambassadors, working at special events and more. Donations, whether $5 or $10,000 are welcome and make it possible to provide all program offerings free to members. Donations of supplies are also welcome. To see a wish list, visit https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ wishlist/23LRFUMYMFGR3/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1. “Because Gilda’s Club has outgrown our present space, we have recently purchased a 35,000 square-foot property on Grinstead Drive that will more than double our clubhouse, allowing us to serve more than 5,000 people a year. We are in the midst of a $12 million capital campaign to create greater impact and reach − with more lives touched, changed, improved and saved,” says Goldring, Director of Marketing and Communications Gilda’s Club offers support groups in Southern Indiana, and in the spring of 2020, will be opening a branch site in West Louisville. Art is an important component of Gilda’s Club programming. “Art, whether for therapy or just the gratification that comes with creating, is healing - allowing the expression of joy, sadness or grief. We are grateful to the talented and generous artists in our community who donated artwork to our clubhouse. We’re fortunate to have received textiles, painting, photographs and sculptures to beautify our space,” says Goldring.

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entucky residents are notorious for keeping it local, and our loyalty is especially evident with the growing number of Kentucky Proud weddings that have taken place over the last few years. To honor devoted residents and further support local agriculture, Kentucky Proud recently held a contest where couples showed off their Kentucky Proud weddings for a chance to win $5000. To enter, contestants simply had to share a photo from their wedding showcasing a local farm on their social accounts, using the hashtag #KYProudWeddings and tag the agritourism venue or farm featured. Entries included weddings hosted at nearly 100 different venues ranging from local farms and wineries to botanical gardens and distilleries. But the Kentucky pride didn’t stop there. Almost every element of these weddings was celebratory of the great state of Kentucky, with menus featuring local chefs and produce, centerpieces and decor made from native flowers and greenery, and plenty of bourbon to go around. A second contest will be held this fall. Head to kentuckyproud.com/weddings for information on how to enter.

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VENUE: The agritourism venues truly set the scene for these Kentucky weddings that feature our local agriculture. “The deep history and the beautiful surroundings make Kentucky a perfect backdrop,” said Eric Stodghill of Sterling Planning and Staging. Kentucky offers dozens of authentic yet unique venues. A few local favorites are Evan’s Orchard for its picturesque elegant farm, Talon Winery for its rustic country barn setting and Yew Dell Botanical Gardens for its lush landscape.

The deep history and the beautiful surroundings make Kentucky a perfect backdrop.”

party favors: Thank your guests for attending by giving them a taste of Kentucky when they leave. Popular party favors include a mason jar filled with local honey, travel sized bourbon bottles, locally crafted soaps or bourbon balls from Old Kentucky Chocolates. By the end of the night, guests of a Kentucky Proud wedding have experienced the best of the Bluegrass through every single one of their senses.

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FOOD AND DRINK: Catering menus have taken on features and flavors commemorative of Kentucky cuisine. Kentucky Proud wedding contestants served hor’dourves like beer cheese and benedictine with crudités, and 3 Peas in a Pod Catering’s famous bluegrass hot brown dip. Classic country cooking like fried chicken, southern style green beans featuring Kentucky’s wonder beans, and country ham and biscuits using produce and meats from local farms are also popular menu selections. Wines, bubbles and brews can be brought in from Kentucky wineries and breweries, with Ale-8-One as a common kid friendly alternative.

And what would any proper Bluegrass wedding be without bourbon? Kentucky’s drink of choice is integrated into dishes through salad dressings, meat marinades and dessert syrups. “If we can get bourbon in a dish, we absolutely try to slide it in there,” said Sarah Moore, owner of 3 Peas in a Pod Catering, which offers an extensive list of bourbon infused dishes, such as Buffalo Trace Bourbon Beef Tenderloin and Buffalo Trace Bourbon Caramel French Macarons. Let’s not forget the option to appreciate our state’s signature liquor the “old fashioned” way: on ice, mixed with Ale8-One or in Kentucky’s favorite cocktail, the Mint Julep.

TABLESCAPES: Native and locally grown Kentucky flowers and greenery can add color and life to any special event. Local florists carefully craft bouquets, centerpieces and tablescapes that feature the latest seasonal blooms from nearby farms. Picture crisp white table cloths, adorned with locally grown hydrangea and roses. Top it off with some romance by adding locally made Kentucky beeswax or soy candles. Want to take it a step further? Arrange your florals in Kentucky bourbon bottles and barrels to add some extra local flair!

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llison and Benjamin Engelbrecht, winners of Kentucky Proud’s Wedding Contest, tied the knot at Echo Valley Winery, known for its historic barn on top of beautiful rolling hills in Flemingsburg, Kentucky. Allison is from Morehead and will be starting her first year as a medical student at the University of Louisville this fall. Ben, originally from Winchester, attended Morehead State University and is Active Duty Air Force. Local pride was evident on their wedding day. While their caterer sourced local ingredients for the dinner menu, Allison and Benjamin also served Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale on tap. Their wedding cake featured Four Roses bourbon flavoring. Allison and Ben heard about the contest, and decided to enter once finding out they were eligible thanks to their Kentucky Proud venue. The newlyweds will be using the prize money to help start their new life together. “It will help with rent, furniture for our new apartment, and living expenses. It’s really going to decrease our stress for our first year of marriage!” says Allison. 

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ot every bride is lucky enough to count one of Louisville’s top wedding planners as a close family friend. But Shelby Nickol, (daughter of Lynda Lambert of the legendary Lambert and Lindsey morning show on the former 102.3 The Max) just happens to have close family ties to Hollis Starks. “Once Josh and I announced our engagement, she called us and said, ‘Of course I’ll help you,” says Shelby. “It took all of the stress out of planning. It was such a relief because we were so far away and I didn’t want mom to have to deal with everything.” That’s not the only stroke of good fortune in the young couple’s relationship; fate seemed to be at work from the very beginning. “I met Josh on my first weekend in college at Mississippi State,” Shelby says. “It was my first full weekend as a freshman and my roommate was from Iuka and Josh was from Iuka. A bunch of her friends had come in town, so we went over to hang out at his apartment. Josh and his friend sat down next to me… and we immediately hit it off.” She had just set foot on campus and met the man she was going to marry. The pair dated over the next four years and while they talked about rings and the kind of wedding they might have one day, there was no official engagement. “We both wanted to be out of school. I was getting my undergraduate degree and he was getting his Masters. And then he wanted me to get a job first,” she says. “So, within a week, I graduated, I got a job offer… and we got engaged.” Having had a few years to think about it, Josh orchestrated the perfect proposal. “We were staying with his family in Florida,” says Shelby. “We had dinner reservations but he asked me to take a walk on the beach. His sister followed us to take pictures. We walked for a while and then he looked at me and said, ‘Are you ready for a really good picture?’ Meanwhile, his family was on the balcony having drinks and reading and they saw him get down on one knee and started cheering and clapping. We never did make it out to dinner because we just started making phone calls.”

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When the pair began planning the wedding, there were a couple of elements that were extremely important to both of them: “I wanted to get married in our church, Beargrass Christian Church, and Josh and I both wanted a great band for the reception,” she says. “We wanted everyone out of their seats and dancing.” Once they got a date at Beargrass and her family’s country club and secured Atlanta band 14 Karat Gold for the reception, the rest was remarkably easy. “Hollis picked everything. All we had to do was point and choose,” says Shelby. Of the decisions they had to make, they were very much in sync. “Choosing our attendants was very important to both of us,” she says. “We wanted to keep it small, so we both narrowed it down to six people.” There were just a few details that Shelby cared deeply about: “The flowers had to be peonies and the recessional

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had to be from the wedding in The Sound of Music. “I grew up watching it over and over again,” says the YPAS grad. The sheet music used by the organist was actually her grandmother’s and the song is the nostalgic touch that finally made her mom tear up: ‘I was doing great. I had gotten through the walk down the aisle, the vows... and then they start playing that song and that’s when it all really hit me,” says Lynda. “That’s when I lost it.” For Shelby, the entire day was filled with meaningful moments. “My dad and stepdad both gave me away. It can be hard to add another family to the mix, but everyone came together beautifully and that walk down the aisle was so special… I will also never forget our first look. I was so opposed to it, but we did it and I didn’t realize how intimate and special that moment really is.”


Wedding planner Hollis Starks orchestrated an unexpectedly touching experience: “After we got back from the church, she had arranged for us to eat in a private room. So we got twenty minutes by ourselves before everything started,” says Shelby. “You hear all these stories about the bride and groom not eating and ordering pizzas afterwards. We got to sit together and eat our delicious food and just kind of take it all in.” At the reception, guests did as the couple had hoped and “danced until the band literally stopped,” says the bride. “My 82-year-old grandmother got up and danced.” Her advice now that her beautiful wedding is over and the two are settled happily in his hometown? “Take your time. Enjoy the planning. I loved the fact that Josh had so much input,” she says. “And on that day, make sure you look at all the people who are there for you and appreciate it. I really did. And it all meant more to me than I ever realized it would.” 

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t’s a little bit like having Lee Robinson in your pocket. The Lee W Robinson and Company’s latest initiative is the virtual design consult: Clients “meet” with Lee over Skype or Facebook and get all of the directions, ideas, sketches and suggestions they need for a reasonable price and in an expedient time frame. “It’s just good business; I can consult with more people in less time,” explains Lee. “I’m fast. And ‘digital me’ can transform more homes in one day than I could do in a month of face to face meetings.” An on-line consult can tackle almost anything you would address in person— paint colors, furniture selection and positioning, architectural changes, total transformations. “I’ve done this kind of thing for outof-town-clients for years,” says Lee. “Sometimes my local clients will Skype me into their Florida condo and ask me for advice. It’s fast, it’s efficient and, We charge for some people, it’s really all they need.” fifteen dollars With the launch of the a square foot. program this month, Lee plans to set one or two That’s it.” days a week to consult the world from the comfort of his office. “It’s exciting,” he says. “It will introduce me to more people and it will make my services more adaptable to the way people live. I think we’re all going to have a good time.” 

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hey say that home is where the heart is and, in the case of the home of Alison and Eric Lawton, that statement definitely rings true. Their gracious, custom-built home is a realization of a shared vision of a perfect environment for their family. For several years, they lived happily in an East End development, but still longed to find a home that was more ideally suited to their lifestyle and family, which includes daughter Layni and dogs, Brodie and Goliath. “We searched for over two years to find a home that met our needs. When we decided to build, one of our favorite parts of the process was implementing what we had sought to buy in an existing home,” Allison shares. “Our builder, Tracee Dore helped us bring our vision to life. We loved her ideas. She has great design sense and style along with an impeccable attention to detail.”

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A New Chapter Legendary local chef Dean Corbett has passed the torch at his beloved restaurants, Jack’s and Equus. BY NANCY MILLER PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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hen the doors opened to Equus Restaurant and Jack’s Lounge in 1985, the adjoining spots became a home away from home for Louisvillians looking for chef-driven food, some of the best cocktails in town and a camaraderie-infused ambience. At front and center has been legendary chef and owner Dean Corbett. His megawatt personality and widely-acclaimed culinary talent brought him fame far beyond Louisville. He was the face of Equus and Jack’s. Not having him there seemed unfathomable to his many devotees. But, he said the time had come for him to step down, leading him to sell to Jared Matthews, owner of Lou Lou Food & Drink and managing partner of Diamonds Pub and Billiards. “It was such an honor to have Dean pass the reigns to me. It’s a little intimidating to be following in his footsteps, but he’s staying on as a consultant,” says Matthews. “I have a great team in place and we’re building up the restaurant character of Equus but are retaining the lounge feel of Jack’s. If people ask me what kind of crowd I’m going for, I tell them a mature crowd who wants good food and a lounge area that’s

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not a bar but is a place where it’s quiet enough to have a conversation.” New awnings and a patio upgrade were part of the exterior facelift. The interior was enhanced with new wall décor and a

lounge area with couches and televisions. A private dining room is designed for corporate dinners and special occasions. Matthews wanted to update the menu, with an emphasis on steaks and seafood,


but knew that major changes would cause a revolt among longtime customers. His decision not to tamper with the fabled Rock Shrimp Jenkins, fried chicken, Jack’s nachos, mushroom fumé and pot roast is heralded by their fans. Also on the menu are appetizers such as the Equus signature crab cakes, crispy calamari, chicken wings and tuna tatake. Salad lovers are in for a treat with the Napoleon Caprese salad, and Caesar, spinach and wedge salads. Joining entrées such as ahi tuna,

seared salmon with English pea purée, pizza and a burger are a Cajun ribeye, wild mushroom ravioli and Parmesan-crusted sea bass. Becoming the new face of Equus and Jack’s is a heady experience that Matthews relishes. “I always loved Equus and Jacks,” he says. “Now I love being part of their history.”

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RESTAURANT REVIVAL The recently reopened 80/20 @ Kaelin’s uses its historic past as a jumping off point for a reimagined dining, drinking and entertaining experience. BY NANCY MILLER PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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hris Fenton, Bill DuBourg and Matt Skaggs liked Muhammad Ali’s quote, “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life,” so much that it propelled them to take a big risk. The trio, all with backgrounds in area restaurants and bars, took on the feat of reviving the former Kaelin’s Restaurant. They named it 80/20 @ Kaelin’s, a nod to the lean-to-fat ratio in the beef they grind in-house.

materials saved during the demolition of the original space.

“The cheeseburger was invented at Kaelin’s and the origins of KFC were at the restaurant that had been in existence for 78 years. Colonel Sanders cooked his famous chicken here. In my opinion, there’s nothing more Americana than cheeseburgers and fried chicken,” says Fenton, who after some research discovered that the space housed Crawford’s Saloon before it became Kaelin’s.

An indoor/outdoor bar, with two large windows, has ten televisions and a street view of the bustling Highlands neighborhood. The main dining room steps up the elegance quotient. Seating 120 people, the patio is outfitted with porch swings, rocking chairs, picnic tables and additional seating. In the atrium is a host stand that’s made from one of Colonel Sanders’ breading tables. “The piece should be in the Smithsonian but I was lucky enough to retain it,” says Fenton.

Because they’re as nostalgic about the old Kaelin’s as are its customers who recall the restaurant’s glory days, Fenton and his partners repurposed many of the

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80/20 @ Kaelin’s has an ice cream parlor that kids will think is too good to be true. “The space is enclosed so parents can sit at the bar and have a glass of wine and give Johnny five bucks and say, ‘Come get us if you need us,’” says Fenton. A chef will be on hand to teach the kids to cook at parties that are held in a new private dining room.

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Kentucky dishes and interweaves plenty of surprises. Start off a meal with grilled corn and jalapeño hushpuppies or lollipop drumsticks while you face the conundrum of what to order for an entrée. Among your choices are a selection of burgers, prawn and crab cakes, short rib dinners and sweet tea-brined pork chops. Pair your main course with sides of grilled succotash, five cheese macaroni, collard greens and charred Brussels sprouts. Here’s a hearty welcome back to a Louisville culinary landmark, reimagined in delicious new fashion.


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Grassa Gramma With his fifth local restaurant set to open in Holiday Manor next month, Kevin Grangier realized his dream ofcreating an unforgettable Italian dining experience and adopting the perfect Italian grandmother to help him do it. BY NANCY MILLER PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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evin Grangier’s many trips to Italy have left him with a delightful impression that he’s transforming into his newest restaurant, Grassa Gramma, scheduled to open in late summer. “I think of a traditional Italian meal as one you would have in a grandmother’s Tuscan kitchen. To me, that’s authentic Italian and that will be what Grassa Gramma is about. Gramma, loosely translated from Italian, means grandma and grassa means plump. The name goes to the jovial grandmas at the kitchen stove with a big bowl of pasta and a big wooden spoon. I envision a happy, plump, healthy, good-natured, spunky grandma. I felt like I could build a brand around it,” says Grangier, who also owns Le Moo, The Village Anchor and Kevin’s PICNIC.

Grangier held a “Search for the Grassa Gramma” at Oxmoor Center. The winner, Maria Poff, will be the face of Grassa Gramma during opening activities and promotions.

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I think of a traditional Italian meal as one you would have in a grandmother’s Tuscan kitchen. To me, that’s authentic Italian and that will be what Grassa Gramma is about.

his own as a competitor. He believes the unique qualities of Le Moo, The Village Anchor and Kevin’s PICNIC are some of the most important contributing factors to the restaurants’ drawing solid crowds, adding that his customer base grows with each new concept. He tasked Executive Chef Rob Rice to develop a traditional menu of an assortment of cheeses and dishes such as pasta Bolognese, meatballs, pizza and Italian desserts. The wine list will be strictly Italian. In the usual Grangier style, the restaurant will defy any notion of typical or expected. He describes Grassa Gramma as experiential, combining food, drinks, service and a unique environment. The food may be grandma-traditional, but the interior definitely is not like a grandma’s living room. Unless you have a very unusual grandma. “I want the environment to be powerful. When you first pull up, I want you to be excited about what’s beyond the doors. I’ve worked very hard to drive the visual component. All the tactile things you encounter throughout your dinner are part of the experience,”

he says. “I look at the restaurant business much differently than most restaurateurs do because my background in branding is about creating experiences with the consumer. So, just by default, I believe the experience is built into the foundation of my restaurants. I’m continuing what I have done for pretty much my whole life. Now it happens to be restaurants.” Rather than taking a traditional approach to designing the three-floor interior, Grangier has created what he calls a gothic sort of space with a Renaissance feel that’s elaborated with twenty-foot ceilings, murals, bronze fountains, marble statues and Italian streetscapes. The interior reflects a diverse collection of items he sourced on 20 trips that took him from Maine to New Mexico. Grangier is a savvy businessperson who regards any restaurant other than one of

His Type A personality leaves little time for relaxing and sleeping as he juggles several projects at once and supervises every aspect of the development of Grassa Gramma. “Yes, I’m involved with each element. That’s what I do,” says a guy who has harnessed an amazing amount of energy and passion. “Contrary to what people might think, the stress that comes with restaurants is really more tolerable and offers fewer headaches than did my previous life in marketing and branding.” One. Two. Three. And number four soon to open. Are there more restaurants on the Grangier horizon? “I think you’ll see a couple more for sure. I’m always keeping my eye open for locations. When I see a location, I can visualize what should go there. If there’s a match between what I think could fit the space with the need in the community, that’s where I begin to formulate a business strategy.” 

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Executive Chef, Grassa Gramma You and Kevin Grangier have been collaborating on the Grassa Gramma menu. We don’t expect you to give away all your secrets but give us a few hints. Pastas, all made in house, and pizzas will be the driving force of the food but we’ll also do some seafood and will have a woodburning grill for steaks. We have a beautiful wood-burning pizza oven and are culturing our own starter for our crust. And we’ll have an antipasti section with fresh, local produce.

Before you moved to Louisville, you worked with Wolfgang Puck. That’s an impressive credential. I felt two feet tall when I was around him. He inspired me and motivated me to be a better person and a better chef and restaurant manager.

Your life in California also included another interesting position. I worked at a mission on Skid Row in Los Angeles. That stands out as the most dynamic, thrilling, depressing and positive experience of my life.

Do you feel as if you have a plump Italian grandma looking over your shoulder when you cook? I love the idea. Anything that brings excitement into my life, I’m all for it. But I’m kind of terrified to think the Italian grandma will be tasting my Italian gravy.

Are restaurant kitchens as crazy as they’re sometimes portrayed on television? There was a time when kitchens were like that. I came in on the tail end of it. That’s not how they are anymore. They’re a pressurized environment, but the days of screaming and throwing things are over. And that’s sure not the way I run my kitchen.

Are you a fast food demonizer or do you sometimes indulge? It’s not in my wheelhouse to eat junk food. But it’s not because of health reasons. I prefer to waste my calories on potato chips.

What are the most overrated dishes that are trending on restaurant menus?

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Brussels sprouts and kale. I like Brussels sprouts as much as anyone but I’m not going to pay $13 for a plate of them.

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If you could have dinner tonight anywhere in the world, where would it be? And with whom? I know it sounds cheesy, but it would be with my dad. He has the best one liners and lessons in life. He was diagnosed with cancer about a year-and-a-half ago. That’s where my heart is now. We’d probably to go to Bouchon in New York.


PASTA CARBONARA WITH PORCINI BREAD CRUMBS Serves 4 to 6

− ½ ounce dried porcini mushrooms − ½ cup high-quality fried pork rinds − 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (optional) − ¼ cup panko bread crumbs − ½ pound pancetta or thick-cut bacon − 1 tablespoon rendered fat from bacon − 1 pound dried linguine − 3 cups water from pasta pot − 4 large egg yolks − ¾ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese − ¼ cup rough cut flat Italian parsley − 1 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional) − 1 tablespoon kosher salt − 1 tablespoon fresh cracked black pepper

To make the bread crumbs: Add mushrooms, pork rinds and toasted sesame seeds to a food processor or blender. Blend until mix resembles a powder. In a small bowl, combine the mixture with panko bread crumbs; mix thoroughly. Cut pancetta into half-inch pieces. Bring a skillet to medium heat. Brown the pancetta, tossing occasionally to prevent burning. Set aside, reserving one tablespoon of the rendered fat. Fill a large pot with 5 quarts of hot water and salt. Bring to a rolling boil. Add the pasta. Stir within the first couple minutes to prevent sticking. Boil pasta for 7 minutes or to your

desired doneness. Before straining, set aside 3 cups of the pasta water. Strain the pasta. Return noodles to the pot and turn heat on low. Toss the noodles with the rendered pancetta fat. Add reserved pasta water, egg yolks, pancetta bits, cheese, parsley and dried red chili flakes (optional) to the pasta pot. Stir with the noodles until sauce begins to thicken. Season with salt. To serve: Portion pasta in a large serving bowl or on individual plates/ bowls. Top each dish with the savory bread crumbs and fresh cracked black pepper. You may also add a little more parsley.

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Color Theory She’s the makeup genius behind most of the TOPS covers and fashion shoots. So, we asked Jessie Conaty of Joseph’s Salon and Spa to interpret fall’s creative color trends. PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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he Arts Issue is the perfect place to talk about fall’s cosmetic trends which are strong, colorful and uber-creative. Bold palettes and unexpected uses of color and shine are the new norm and the freshest makeup ideas are dramatic and highly personalized. Here, Jessie shares her favorite new looks with advice and product picks:


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Hook Me Up It’s the secret elixir for athletes like Ryan Lochte, partiers and people with glowing skin. Is intravenous hydration just another health craze or the ultimate quick fix for our health and beauty goals? BY ALISON JONES PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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t’s a health and beauty treatment that slid under the radar for many of us until Ryan Lochte made it overnight news with his latest Olympic committee gaffe. In case you missed it, Twitter photos of Lochte and a female friend getting hydration IV’s caused him to be banned from competition for 14 months because of a clause in Olympic guidelines limiting use of IV fluids. Who knew? (Not Lochte.) But now we all know that IV hydration is becoming part of the health and beauty regimens of everyone from Olympic swimmers to their non-athlete friends. In fact, an IV hydration company, Mojo Hydration, just began here this summer and already has an impressive client list, including our own hometown athletes, the Louisville City FC soccer team.

IV hydration therapy may be garnering more and more attention, but there’s still a lot of confusion about how it works. Basically, it is a treatment that pumps water, minerals, and vitamins directly into the bloodstream using an IV and it provides fast relief from a number of ailments. The notion emerged five to seven years ago in large cities like Las Vegas, Miami, and New York City. Since then, the health trend has continued to grow and offers a wide range of beauty and wellness remedies.

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Hydration Hits Home In May of 2018, Louisville entrepreneur, Chad Donegan started Mojo Hydration to offer our city easy access to these treatments. “We looked at other companies offering these services in the Midwest at an affordable price point. Most (larger) cities sell their base service at $200,” Chad shares. “We felt Louisville would be a great fit due to the amount of athletic participation, social life and commitment to improved wellbeing.” There are a variety of treatments that Mojo Hydration (www.mojohydration. com) offers. By visiting the website or downloading the Mojo app, clients can pick the day, time, and particular package they are interested in receiving.

Packages include athletic performance enhancement, athletic performance recovery, beauty and wellness, and they even have packages that can ease the aftereffects of that “too much fun” night out with friends, along with four different types of booster shots. Prices range from $99 to $119. An average treatment, administered in the comfort of your own home, takes 45-60 minutes. “There are protocols established by our medical director, which our RNs follow. Each customer will have an assessment done by the RN prior to administering the IV treatment consisting of taking the customer’s blood pressure, heart rate, and a few other questions,” Chad explains. “Upon the first visit, they are also required to fill out a one-time medical history and waiver before the treatment begins.”


Pros and Cons With any health and wellness treatment, there are pros and cons to consider, so I caught up with Dr. Chris McClellan with OneMD in St. Matthews for his thoughts on this emerging trend. “From a positive standpoint, these treatments do help with clinical hydration,” says Dr. McClellan. “They replenish fluid balance, leading to faster resolution of symptoms like headaches, muscle cramps, and fatigue that are associated with dehydration. Also, it provides a rapid resolution of electrolyte abnormalities.” However, there are possible downsides. “IV hydration (improperly administered) can expand circulating volume too quickly and lead to fluid in the lungs, causing acute shortness of breath and an increase in blood pressure,” he says. “There is a risk of swelling in the lower extremities (legs). If a patient has underlying heart, kidney, or liver disorders, IV hydration can exacerbate fluid retention and produce heart failure.” (This is why Mojo Hydration’s nurses take a medical history before administering treatment.) Placement of the IV can produce vein irritation called superficial thrombophlebitis or if fluid leaks out of the cannula (this is the thin tube inserted into the vein to administer the treatment), it can produce what is called an infiltrated IV when fluid is inadvertently put into the soft tissue.”

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Louisville City FC has been using Mojo Hydration since mid-May once the U.S. Open Cup started and have continually used it off and on since then to help cope with the additional games on their schedule. According to their trainer, Scott Ritter, they use it to give their players a chance to rehydrate between games. It is a valuable service as they have a small roster, so it enables them to recover and be ready to play for their next match. “Between regular season and the Open Cup, there are weeks where we play three games in seven days or five games in thirteen days,” he says. “We typically have Mojo Hydration set up for the morning after we play when all the guys are coming in to train. While there is no way to prove it, I feel that our muscular injuries have been limited.” Chad sees this trend expanding quite rapidly, “People are seeking more and more medical service on-demand and out of the normal medical system, which can be quite expensive and time consuming. We are planning pop-up shop treatments with Fleet Feet at their stores prior to and after large races held in Louisville.” 

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Louisville Goes Hollywood Lights, camera, Louisville! This month, we went behind the scenes of Murder at the Mansion, a whodunnit thriller filmed by a local production company at, you guessed it, Lee Robinson’s stately Malvern. Our city’s film boomlet is just another example of the arts at work. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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hen Zach O’Brien was a student at Fern Creek High School, he never could have imagined that he’d return one day with his husband and partner in a successful production company to film scenes in the hallways of his former stomping ground. But in a moment that could have come right out of one of his own movies, he did. “It was really weird to be back in the old gym,” he says of the experience. “It felt good to be home and to be creating jobs in my hometown.” The couple had lived in Los Angeles and, more recently, New York, but cutbacks at the Chiller network and tax incentives in Kentucky conspired to bring the pair to Louisville to

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pursue their dream. “While we were living in New York, there was this trend of smaller cities becoming hot spots,” says his husband, Shane O’Brien.“I got a great severance package with the changes at Chiller and we decided to dedicate ourselves to making our own films.” Stargazer Films was born and after traveling to Louisville for various productions, they eventually relocated and set up shop at Mellwood Arts Complex. In addition to the film they shot at Zach’s former high school and sold to Lifetime, the couple brought several productions to the state and Louisville since— including this summer’s production, Murder at the Mansion. “There are so many advantages


to filming here,” says Shane. “You have all kinds of locations and can definitely get the southern look with farms and rolling hills and the river. But then you also have urban locations that can double as other cities if you need them to. And actors love coming here. They all know Actors Theatre.” For the Mansion project, the hunt was on for an imposing location that could meet the expectations set by the story and title. “The script had a little bit of Falcon Crest or Dynasty feel to it,” says Shane. “And the mansion was a huge character. We were trying to find a perfect location when Elizabeth Rollins, our production designer, told us we had to see Lee’s house. So, we set up a meeting and he gave us this grand tour and we couldn’t believe that he agreed to it. It’s like a museum and he’s the caretaker of all of these incredible furnishings and antiques. We thought there was no way he’d let us use it.” Not only did Robinson agree to allow them to set up location where he and his family live, but he played a cameo role as a wedding planner, loaned heirloom jewelry to the cast, including Dallas alum Audrey Landers, and escorted cast and crew on field trips about town including a memorable trip to the Turf Club at Churchill Downs. his son Owsley was also featured in the film. “The cast loved it here,” says Shane. “They stayed in Nulu and they were doing something downtown every weekend. They went to Decca; they hit the galleries. They wore hats to Churchill Downs and thought it was the coolest thing. You can’t do any of that in New York or L.A.” 

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Meet the Media:

Laura Ellis

She’s the vocalist for Billy Goat Strut Revue, the host of the Curious Louisville radio series and a Peabody Award winning producer for WFPK. She does it all with plucky charm and her own cerebral sensibility. Laura Ellis sits down with Rocko Jerome to discuss her journey. BY ROCKO JEROME PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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n retrospect, there were signs early on that this flower would bloom beautifully. Laura Ellis has fond memories of growing up in Germantown, “back when it was cheap,” she quips. At around age 10, she would use the family boombox, the kind with the dual head tape decks, to record and produce pretend news reports with her little brother; a play activity probably low on the list of priorities for any typical kid. She always loved to sing, and that was a talent that she’s honed all of her life. Still, that ubiquitous childhood question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was a one that had no empirical answer for Laura Ellis. She was content to drift.

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As a young adult in the 2000s, she sang and played guitar in a band she had co-founded called Shine-Ola. In an odd twist of fate, her bassist was an assistant on the WFPL live callin show, State of Affairs, and he happened to be joining the Peace Corps. The position needed to be filled, and fast. Laura applied, and sure enough, she got the job. After a short training period, she was running the soundboard, booking the guests, screening the incoming calls, and doing whatever else needed to be done to keep one of Louisville’s top radio shows running...live on the air.

On-the-job training didn’t get much more qualifying than State of Affairs. It was on for an hour every weekday afternoon and the subject matter was unlimited.


On-the-job training didn’t get much more qualifying than State of Affairs. It was on for an hour every weekday afternoon, and the subject matter was unlimited. One day’s theme might be something decidedly fun and frivolous, while the next might be very heavy. Taking calls from the public would provide a fascinating psychological cross-section of personalities and a constant litmus test of what was working and what was not, all in real time. “I went in with open ears,” Laura says, “and I came to really enjoy being in the thick of it.” The years went by, and she grew more and more into her role. After a long run, State of Affairs came to an end in 2011, as tastes in radio moved away from call-in shows. However, a pair of compelling guests from one of the later episodes would show the way to an open door.

University of Louisville professor Kaila Story and activist Jaison Gardner and had left a lasting impression. “I just loved the way they interacted,” Laura says, “they’re both smart and naturally funny people. I felt they had such a fantastic perspective.” Turns out, many people agreed. With Laura as the producer, the duo came together again in the studio and created the weekly series starting in 2012 called Strange Fruit. A national and even international hit, the show is billed as “Musings on Politics, Pop Culture, and Black Gay Life,” and has become a true beacon of light in Louisville. Around that same time, Laura would assume singing duties with the Billy Goat Strut Revue, a truly superb jazz band. The group had already assembled with another singer who is a friend of Laura’s, but when she had to bow out, Ms. Ellis was ready for the call. She fit right in- with a mellifluous yet dynamic voice, Laura helps to create a timeless sensibility. Although they convey mid-century cool, they’re not just a throwback to another time. Billy Goat Strut Revue creates a living, breathing, authentic experience; fully lush and perfect for an elegant evening out. “It’s the songwriting of that time,” says Laura, “It’s just so much fun to perform.” Laura’s voice can also be heard on the new show, Curious Louisville. Coming somewhat full circle back to the early years of her radio career, this new show relies on engagement from the audience. If you’re interested in forgotten facts about our city, you can visit wfpl.org/category/curious-louisville/ and ask any question you might have. Laura and her team will investigate, and come back with an indepth answer for you. What could be down the road for Laura Ellis? It’s a podcast that began last month. Laura shares the details. “It’s called Recut, and it comes out every Tuesday and Thursday at recut.org. I produce it and the super-talented Jonese Franklin hosts it. In every episode, we talk to one of our reporters about a story they’ve covered. Radio features are only three and a half minutes, so this gives us a chance to take a little deeper look at something interesting that’s going on in our community.” And one thing is for sure: If there’s something interesting happening in Louisville, there is no better person to talk it up. 

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professionally trained actor who worked steadily as a performer for 15 years, Christine Albright-Tufts had an epiphany after the birth of her son, Henry. “I became keenly aware of the growth and potential in this little human,” she says. “That quickly started to expand to the world around me, and I found this intense desire to ask others, “What do you need?” She started teaching in addition to acting and found she was happiest not on the stage, but in the classroom. She taught at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College for the Performing Arts and Oklahoma City University, and just recently arrived here, at Actors Theatre, one of the most renowned

professional training programs in the country. Says Christine, “I just got hired to do my dream job, and I could not be happier.” We asked this Louisville transplant to share some thoughts about her fulfilling home and work life.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY “My husband, John, and I met at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival 12 years ago. We started out playing a pair of young lovers in a play called UP. He and I were instant best friends who tried very hard not to date each other. The following year, they hired us to play Romeo and Juliet, and not dating just became impossible. We got married two years later. Then we


had Henry four years after that. From the second he was born, he was this amazing little thoughtful human. I think most kids make you speed up to chase after them, but Henry’s one of those kids who makes you slow down to explore and listen to the world around you.”

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR CAREER? “I get to be creative for a living. And I get to meet a lot of really wonderful people.”

HOW DO YOU BALANCE CAREER AND FAMILY? “We are an artist family. There is no balance! But seriously, we ask for help. I have been blessed with the most amazing parents who would drop everything to help us. Even when they live thousands of miles away, they manage to be the best support system we could ask for.”

For the most part, I feel it’s my job to listen and learn who he is and nurture his development. What I do know, is that the life we are giving him is providing him with a sense of adventure, and he is seeing both of his parents follow their dreams. I don’t know what the ultimate outcome will be, but I’m proud of what we’re doing.”

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIME FOR HOBBIES OR PASTTIMES OUTSIDE OF WORK AND FAMILY AND, IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY? “I love to garden. I love to run. And I like to watch the Cubs play.”

WHAT VALUES DO YOU TRY TO MODEL FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

“Bravery, Curiosity, Acceptance, Inclusivity, Love.”

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS? “I performed Shakespeare while pregnant, through constant nausea. And no one knew.”

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO OTHER PARENTS WHO ARE JUGGLING CAREERS AND MOTHERHOOD? “I think being a mother is a career, and it’s hard. Then add a job on top of that, and it can feel like you can’t really give either the full attention they deserve. So, ask for help. Ask your friends, ask your family, ask your colleagues for what you need. And try to find a little time just for yourself, to take a breath.” 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR BIGGEST TIME CHALLENGES? “My husband is a very successful actor. He continues to work at theaters all over the country. In fact, this summer he did a show in Frankfurt, Germany. So, for us the time challenge is time apart.”

HOW DO YOU HANDLE THEM? “We do our best to find the routines within the chaos. We have set times when we check in every day. We make sure we never go longer than three or four weeks without seeing each other. And chocolate. We eat chocolate every day at 3 p.m.”

DO YOU TRY TO SHARE ANY ASPECTS OF YOUR WORK OR CAREER WITH YOUR SON OR DO YOU KEEP THEM SEPARATE? “I love for Henry to see what I do. I think it is vital for him to see me as a fully-fledged human with work that is of value to me. I also have heard from female students of mine how grateful they are to see an example of a woman having both a family and a career in the theatre.”

DO YOU THINK YOUR WORK ETHIC HAS RUBBED OFF ON YOUR CHILD? “I honestly don’t know. Henry’s personality was so clear from the moment he was born, I’m not all that sure that I have anything to do with its development.

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THEY HEART THE ARTS In honor of our arts issue, our resident event planners, Marcella Kragel and Ina Miller, have narrowed down their list of their favorite local cultural experiences to the top ten. How many can you check off?

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veryone loves a list, and we are no different. So, for the Arts issue, we decided to try to narrow our long list of favorite cultural outings to a carefully-edited few. It was tough. We are both born and bred here, true Louisvillians, and our work as event planners connects with so many of our city’s arts organizations; we consider every one a treasure. So, we cheated a little and lumped a few together here and there. It’s okay. There is so much to love in our city’s cultural scene. Consider this a starting point.

MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER: Okay, this might top everyone’s list, but come on, he is The Greatest. Ali left an indelible impression on this city that will never fade, and thanks to the Muhammad Ali Center (144 N 6th Street), generations to come will learn of his great ability to love and inspire greatness in us all. It is also where Ina got her non-profit start so it will always have special meaning for us.

HISTORY IMMERSION: From ancient history to pop culture, Louisville is home to wildly varied and colorful historical landmarks. The Falls of the Ohio (201 W Riverside Drive) offers you a glimpse into what life was like around here millions of years ago. The Filson Historical Society (1310 S 3rd street) and Frazier History Museum (829 W Main Street) can clue you in on what it was like once dinosaurs moved out and people started arriving. And pop culture festivals from Gonzo Fest (gonzofestlouisville.com), which celebrates Louisville native and cultural icon Hunter S. Thompson in all his wild glory to Lebowski Fest, a not-tobe-missed event based on that movie, round out our city’s full spectrum of high- to-low cultural offerings.

THE PARKS: When your city’s park system was designed or inspired by legendary Frederick Law Olmsted, we believe it elevates it to art. And while Olmsted might be best known for New York City’s Central Park, we think Cherokee Park might be his masterpiece. No wait...It’s Iroquois Park with its sweeping vista of the city. Or it could be Tyler Park with its beautiful masonry bridge. Okay, we can’t decide, but there’s no question that the Olmsted Park Conservancy (olmstedparks.org) could rival any in the country. The ambitious 21st Century Parks (21cparks. org) system is continuing the trend and helping to preserve the natural beauty of our city for generations to come. If you haven’t explored them yet, you should.

AN ARTS STROLL: A walk down Main Street will often lead to a wink and a nudge as out-of-towners pass by the colossal David statue outside 21C Hotel (700 W Main Street). But what they will soon realize as they enter the adjacent building, is that this city is serious about its art. From the Speed Art Museum (2035 S 3rd Street) to the galleries that line East Market Street and Frankfort Avenue, Louisville is a place where artists can make a living. Other downtown sites like The Kentucky Opera (kyopera.org), Actor’s Theater (actorstheatre.org), the Central Park stage for Kentucky Shakespeare (kyshakespeare.com) and the glass-front facade of The Louisville Ballet (louisvilleballet.org) are all reminders that our performing arts companies are on par with the big cities.

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THE HIGHLANDS: You might have guessed by now that we are Highlands girls. We grew up there, live there and use it as home base for our business. It’s where to go when we want to stroll through funky galleries for inspiration or head to a great coffee shop or escape the hustle and bustle of the city. There is no denying that each neighborhood in Louisville has its own ambiance and personality. The good news is that we are a welcoming city and you can explore every one. But if you’re looking for one that hums with creative energy and excitement, we’d steer you here.

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THE MUSIC: With Forecastle Festival fresh in our minds, we can’t deny the unique musical energy of our city. Venues range from the small and cool Headliners Music Hall (1386 Lexington Road) to the grand Louisville Palace (625 S 4th Street) to Great Lawn’s laid-back Waterfront Wednesdays hosted by 91.9 WFPK. Live music is everywhere and we have the local bands and big headliners rotating through to prove it. Not sure where to start? Just try one venue at a time. In addition to the ones mentioned above, Iroquois Amphitheater (1080 Amphitheater Road) is a must-see, as is the tiny Jimmy Can’t Dance (119 S 7th Street), and Gerstle’s (3801 Frankfort Avenue), the local music loving standby. Odds are, once you walk in, you’ll see someone you know and you’ll feel right at home.

BY MARCELLA KRAGEL AND INA MILLER

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The Artists Among Us Maybe it’s just something in the air or rising off the river, but Louisville is a city permeated with creative energy. Here are some emerging fine artists who are helping to make our city such a vibrant cultural center. BY ROCKO JEROME

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ll around and every day, people are making art happen—not all of their names are widely known. Here’s a collection of up-andcomers who may be household names soon… but you heard it here first.

ASHTON JONES Ashton Jones has an eye for the world around her and a vision that she’s been honing since childhood. Using the people in her life as models, she creates images that toy with concepts of proportion, but do so with such a deft sensibility that they come across feeling somehow more real than reality. Her work challenges our sense of objectivity and asks us to consider which is more authentic: what our eyes literally see, or our emotional perception? Ashton’s work has been displayed at KMAC, U of L, Art Sanctuary, and she was recently the guest of honor at AFM’s For The Love Of Art series.

SANDER CHU Sander Chu’s creations truly stretch the conceptions of what a painting can be, and are so loaded with textures, sometimes 30 layers deep, that they must be seen firsthand to truly be appreciated. Sander utilizes a pallet knife and items such as beads and walnut shells to help create an incredible dimensionality to her work. In a sense, she’s created a medium all her own. Her work is on constant display at Mellwood Arts Center, in Kore Gallery, and Sander will also be a part of the Big Four Bridge and St. James Art Shows this fall.

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HERB BRADSHAW Repurposing objects into art began as a simple hobby for Herb Bradshaw but has been elevated to a triumph of expression. Herb uses soda and beer cans as his medium, cutting them up and combining them to build images. Initially, they tended to be very simple- silhouettes of commonly identifiable shapes, but they have evolved into astoundingly ornate and beautiful scenes that perhaps remind us to never take ourselves or our appreciation of art too seriously. Herb’s art has been seen at Revelry Gallery, as well as at Norton Commons.

AND… AN EMERGING GALLERY:

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When you walk through the long, windowed corridor of the historic mid-century storefront at 536 S. 4th Street, it feels like stepping into a new world. It’s an elegant space, designed to make you unwind and open your mind. There’s a small bar and tables, chairs, and a couch are placed here and there. The spacious walls display the paintings of the artist in residence, Charles Rice, as well as selections from an ongoing series of guest artists. Currently, it’s the work of a collective called Melanin, highlighting some very engaging work from a group of women of color. The space functions as both a gallery and a rentable area for events of almost any kind. It’s all the brainchild of Everret Morton and Tonya Walker, a couple who work full time jobs to help make this dream they’re building into a reality. They fell in love with Louisville’s art scene and they want to share it with you. 

ROAMLONE Roamlone is the professional moniker of Allie Jensen, lending a greater sense of mystery to her already almost sub-consciously compelling work. She methodically builds her drawings and paintings outward from small sections that build together into a greater whole, assembling simple parts into a complex structure. For her, the methodical process is nothing short of meditative, and although the end result is somewhat stunning, it still retains a calming effect. The eye rides along on all the intricacies on display, and the mind opens. Roamlone’s work has been displayed at Bellarmine University and Open Gallery. Selections can also be viewed at Roamlone.com, and you can follow her actions on Instagram @Roamlone.

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FUN FACTS

FUN FACTS: AN EXCITING ARTS FUTURE FOR LOUISVILLE

For our Arts Issue, we’ll share some of the good news coming out of a new collaborative initiative called Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 which was launched last year. A steering committee from a cross-section of the community called The Arts & Culture Alliance is leading the charge, supported by administrative efforts by Fund for the Arts. The goal? To begin connecting more Louisvillians with the arts in more meaningful ways and in a more dynamic relationship. Here are some of the changes you can look forward to over the next two years…

ARTIST WORKSHOPS: CULTIVATION:

Professional development workshops for artists that will include sessions on topics relating to managing art as a small business, funding opportunities and more.

Greater Louisville is a magnet for artists and creative professionals, where arts and cultural organizations and creative industries, both institutional and emerging, are thriving.

PAYSCALE FOR ARTISTS:

ELEVATOR LAUNCH:

Publishing a suggested pay scale for artists including advice for artists on how to fairly price work.

Launch of ELEVATOR, a multi-disciplinary, ongoing and accessible resource hub and support network for our community artists and creative professionals.

HADLEY CREATIVES: Hadley creatives at the Community Foundation of Louisville—a six month learning and engagement experience for local working artists.

All information in this section provided courtesy of Fund for the Arts.

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FUN FACTS

For our Arts Issue, we’ll share some of the good news coming out of a new collaborative initiative called Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 which was launched last year. A steering committee from a cross-section of the community called The Arts & Culture Alliance is leading the charge, supported by administrative efforts by Fund for the Arts. The goal? To begin connecting more Louisvillians with the arts in more meaningful ways and in a more dynamic relationship. Here are some of the changes you can look forward to over the next two years…

FUN FACTS: AN EXCITING ARTS FUTURE FOR LOUISVILLE

MOBILE AUDIO GUIDE: ACCESS: Arts, culture and creativity are fully integrated into daily life and accessible to everyone in every neighborhood every day.

TARC: A partnership with TARC will provide free transportation to select arts and cultural events.

A mobile audio guide to art in public places across Louisville will explain public art to anyone whose interested.

ARTS IN HEALING: Arts, healing and action! (AHA) A year of support of Arts in Healing.

All information in this section provided courtesy of Fund for the Arts.

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FUN FACTS: AN EXCITING ARTS FUTURE FOR LOUISVILLE For our Arts Issue, we’ll share some of the good news coming out of a new collaborative initiative called Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 which was launched last year. A steering committee from a cross-section of the community called The Arts & Culture Alliance is leading the charge, supported by administrative efforts by Fund for the Arts. The goal? To begin connecting more Louisvillians with the arts in more meaningful ways and in a more dynamic relationship. Here are some of the changes you can look forward to over the next two years…

FUN FACTS EDUCATION: Every child in our community has the opportunity to experience and participate in arts and culture in their schools, out-of-school programming and with their families.

CULTURAL PASS EXPANDING: This summer, cultural pass expanded to Bullitt County in Kentucky and Jeffersonville and Floyd Country in Indiana.

REGIONAL INVENTORY OF ARTS IN SCHOOLS: Survey of arts programs in elementary schools region-wide provides a baseline from which to advocate.

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Teacher professional development planned for 2019.

All information in this section provided courtesy of Fund for the Arts.

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Lance Newman

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Palm Springs

‘60s Party July 21 Logan Ormerod’s Residence Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Kevin Singerman, Jenny Overfield, Mary Gwen Walker and Elly Faulkner

Logan Ormerod and Caroline South

Steve Lennon and Summer Eliason

Richard Buckler

Lesa Buckler, Laurie Lennon and Reynolds Jones

Matt Nichols, Bella Snodgrass, Sarah Jennings, Taylor Davis and Sam Eddings

Peter Catalano and Victoria Lubbers

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USA Cares

15th Anniversary Gala July 28 Marriott Downtown Louisville usacares.org Photos by Bill Wine

Kenneth Kraus, James Tomgate and Mike Ochs

Cathy Lyons and Robert Brown

Sarah & Andy Dittz

Bryan Anderson and Roger Stradley

Doug Flynn, Patricia Petter, Elizabeth Monohan and Amory Haley

Karen and Bill Roby

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Ashley Davis Sigman, Cathy Wessel, Erica Sharp, Robin McCollough and Jill Roby


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Transformation Spirits

Gin Release Party July 16 Butchertown Grocery transformationspirits.com Photos by Bill Wine

Tara Ogden and Stuart Stein

John Power and Kevin Shuck

Jim Miller, Patty Marguet and Adam Brown

Alison Woods and Will Tirone

David Mann and Foster McCarl

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Christy Jarboe

Sara Bowman, Kevin Hall and Kristen Wemer


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Homearama Preview Party July 13 Catalpa Farms bialouisville.com Photos by Bill Wine

Lisa Perkins and Tammy Randall

Anne & Tony Lindauer

Jennifer Lucas, Lindsey Hughes, Paul DiGiorgio and Louise Murdock

Whitney Waller and Erin Mitchell

Jennifer & Brad Morgan

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Karista Hannah, Stephanie Gilezan, Tom Waller, Stephaine Hillner and Kaelin Brutscher


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Louisville Artisans Guild

Annual Art Exhibit July 5 Kort Gallery louisvilleartisans.org Photos by Bill Wine

Sharon Major, Jackie Gedrose and Don Cartwright

Pat Ritter and Paula Martin

Kim and Erika Mahlbacher

Christy and Sharon Minrath

Rick Milburn and Jana John

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Marti Kuehn and Ann Ebendorf

Peggy Modjeski


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Flyover Film Festival

Pre-Flight Reception July 21 21c Museum Hotel louisvillefilmsociety.org Photos by Dick Arnspiger

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Soozie Eastman and Graham Shelby

PLAN YOUR VISIT AT DERBYMUSEUM.ORG Carol Nussbaum and Debra Lively

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Abi Van Andel and Devin Bundrent

Mary Beth Brown and Laura Blandford

Nancy Erwin, Greg Gapsis and Karen Gillenwater

Philip Georgious and Nancy Tafel

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Misters for MS July 26 The Gramercy nationalmssociety.org Photos by Candice Gentry

Sharon Konermann, Nonie Lyons, Karen Graehler and Dee SackďŹ el

Jessica Tretter

Kimberley Gant and Christa Steinrock

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Lesley Harris and Jesse Kaestner

Liz Barlow, Allie Martin and Ashley Cissell

Will Birch and Randall Caldwell


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Kentucky to the World July 10 Brown Theatre kentuckytotheworld.org Photos by Bill Wine

Mary T. Meagher, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Whitney Harding

Robin & Margaret Wendler

Bonnie & John Roth

Karl Schmitt, Jr. and Brittany Lutke

Carley and Pat Divish

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Amy Trager, Steve Trager, Carolle & Ken Clay

Shelly Zegart


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Louisville Kidney Walk

Corporate Reception July 10 Hurstbourne Country Club kidney.org Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Tabetha Stansbury, April Enix Abell and Vikki Smiley Stone

Bonnie & Bill Irvin

Bill Jones

Ed & Sherry Jozwiak

James Madry and Brandon Lau

Holly Neeld, Ines Prada and Chandler Hodge

Stella Jones and Elizabeth Starr

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CALENDAR // AUGUST 2018 AUGUST 3

PURPLESTRIDE

FIRST FRIDAY HOP

8AM THE PARKLANDS

5-9PM KMAC MUSEUM

KENTUCKIANA’S 10 ANNUAL BIG GREEN EGGFEST MEET & GREET TH

6-9PM BROWNSBORO HARDWARE

AUGUST 4

ST. MATTHEWS STREET FESTIVAL 11AM-10PM FRANKFORT AVE. TO BAUER AVE.

This day-long festival highlights St. Matthews businesses, history, cuisine and style. Check out the area’s great retailers and restaurants while enjoying live music and so much more. Family-friendly and fun for everyone!

SPLASH N’ DASH WALK/RUN 9AM BIG FOUR LAWN

A SLICE OF LIFE 7PM KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM

CHOCOLATEFEST 7PM MELLWOOD ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE WITH MAYOR GREG FISCHER 9AM FALLS CITY COMMUNITY BIKEWORKS

THE TEMPEST, PRESENTED BY LOUISVILLE BALLET 8PM CENTRAL PARK

LATE NIGHT SHAKES AT THE KENTUCKY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 10:30PM CENTRAL PARK

KENTUCKIANA’S 10TH ANNUAL BIG GREEN EGGFEST 9AM-3PM BROWNSBORO HARDWARE

AUGUST 7

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 4PM-8PM BAXTER SQUARE PARK

Let’s Brunch 7 days a week

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AUGUST 10

AUGUST 12

AUGUST 16

6PM-2AM GRAVELY BREWING CO.

7AM LOUISVILLE ROWING CLUB

7:30PM KFC YUM! CENTER

AUGUST 15

AUGUST 17

7:30PM KFC YUM! CENTER

5PM-10PM SPEED ART MUSEUM

AUGUST 16-26

SUMMER USED BOOK SALE

7 SENSE FESTIVAL This fifth-annual two-day, all ages festival features art and craft vendors, hard-tofind beer tappings, specialty cocktails, award winning food and live music. All this fun benefits Girls Rock Louisville.

DERBY CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL 3PM-11PM CHURCHILL DOWNS

AUGUST 11

HOMETOWN HISTORY 11AM FRAZIER MUSEUM

STEP FORWARD FOR MENTAL HEALTH WALK 9:30AM HARBOR LAWN

7 SENSE FESTIVAL 6PM-2AM GRAVELY BREWING CO.

NITEFLIX: INDIANA JONES 7:30PM THE EDISON CENTER

SPIRITS, SPARKLES & SPURS 5PM 8701 TURKEY RUN PARKWAY

PAWS FOR A CAUSE 5K

DERBY CITY TRIFECTA

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: CORTEO

KENTUCKY STATE FAIR

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: CORTEO

AFTER HOURS AT THE SPEED

10AM-7PM LOCUST GROVE

KENTUCKY EXPO CENTER

A fantastic 11-day festival that celebrates the Bluegrass State. From all that wonderful fair food to fun competitions, activities, demonstrations and games, you won't want to miss all the family-friendly excitement of the Kentucky State Fair!

AUGUST 16-25

WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP HORSE SHOW FREEDOM HALL

This incredible show has more than $1.2 million in premiums on the line. Worldclass athletes compete for their share of the largest purse in the saddlebred industry and the title of World’s Great Champion.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: CORTEO 7:30PM KFC YUM! CENTER

AUGUST 18

WATERFRONT LANTERN FESTIVAL 4PM FESTIVAL PLAZA

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: CORTEO 3:30PM & 7:30PM KFC YUM! CENTER

LUNCH & LEARN: CREATIVE PLACEMAKING 12PM 201 E. SPRING ST, NEW ALBANY

9AM CHEROKEE PARK

Beverage Director Nic Christiansen

1076 E. WASHINGTON ST. LOUISVILLE butchertowngrocery.com

Chef & Owner Bobby Benjamin

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CALENDAR // AUG-SEPT AUGUST 19

SUMMER USED BOOK SALE

LOUISVILLE PROUD WINE LAUNCH PARTY

5TH ANNUAL BOURBON MIXER

10AM-4:30PM LOCUST GROVE

OLD 502 WINERY

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: CORTEO

This white wine was hand selected by the Louisville Pride Foundation. Enjoy live music as well as complimentary tastings. Old 502 will also offer a private behind the scenes tour of the wine making process at 6pm with the head winemaker. A dollar of every bottle sale will be donated to the Louisville Pride Foundation.

The Whisky Chicks and the Bourbon Brotherhood are joining forces to raise funds for the Coalition for the Homeless. Enjoy great bourbon in and upscale cuisine in a spirited atmosphere.

1PM & 5PM KFC YUM! CENTER

AUGUST 21

THE ANNUAL EXTRAVAGANZA TASTING EVENT 5:30PM THE OLMSTED

A night of food, wine and spirits to support the Kentuckiana Stroke Association, recognizing 2018 honoree Lisa Puffer.

AUGUST 23

FIELD-TO-FORK DINNER 5:30PM THE REGENCY

NAWBO LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON & BUSINESS SHOWCASE 11:30AM-4PM KYES

AUGUST 24

10TH ANNUAL TACO OPEN 5PM OXMOOR COUNTRY CLUB

This fun golf open features six holes you play with the club of your choice. An open bar, fresh cantina and entertainment by DJ Ryan Coxx will make this an evening to remember, all in support of the Ruch Foundation, benefiting Hosparus.

BOURBON WOMEN SIP-OSIUM CONFERENCE THE BROWN HOTEL

6:30PM THE HENRY CLAY

BOURBON WOMEN SIP-OSIUM CONFERENCE THE BROWN HOTEL

AUGUST 26

BOURBON WOMEN SIP-OSIUM CONFERENCE THE BROWN HOTEL

AUGUST 27

JUST FORE KIDS 8AM HURSTBOURNE COUNTRY CLUB

BOURBON WOMEN SIP-OSIUM CONFERENCE THE BROWN HOTEL

AUGUST 25

LOUISVILLE FUNK FEST 12PM WATERFRONT GREAT LAWN

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AUGUST 31 WORLDFEST

11AM BELVEDERE

KENTUCKY FLEA MARKET LABOR DAY SPECACULAR KENTUCKY EXPOSITION CENTER

SEPTEMBER 1

FLEUR DE FLEA VINTAGE URBAN MARKET 9AM-5PM FESTIVAL PLAZA

WORLDFEST

SEPTEMBER 8

BIG FOUR FESTIVAL

11AM-5PM MELLWOOD ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

HDSA TEAM HOPE WALK

This family-friendly show features interactive art. Live art, muralists, aerobatics, food, drink and 40+ vendor booths will all be on site. Admission is free. This even benefits Gilda’s Club.

SEPTEMBER 12

MELLWOOD INTERACTIVE ART SHOW

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S

FALL OUT BOY

7PM KFC YUM! CENTER

SEPTEMBER 15

BIG FOUR FESTIVAL

12PM-11PM BROWN-FORMAN AMPHITHEATER

10AM-7PM BIG FOUR LAWN

SEPTEMBER 2

LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL VS INDIANA STATE

11AM-11PM BELVEDERE

4PM-7PM HARBOR LAWN

10AM-12PM GREAT LAWN

11AM-11PM BELVEDERE

WORLDFEST

10AM-5PM BIG FOUR LAWN

7PM CARDINAL STADIUM

NATIONAL JUG BAND JUBILEE

FLEUR DE LIS REGATTA BROWN-FORMAN LAWN & DOCKS

MDA MUSCLE WALK 11AM-1PM HARBOR LAWN

SEPTEMBER 3 WORLDFEST

11AM-8PM BELVEDERE

HIKE, BIKE & PADDLE

SEPTEMBER 9

MELLWOOD INTERACTIVE ART SHOW 11AM-5PM MELLWOOD ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

BIKE THE BLUEGRASS WITH THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION 8AM 1608 KY-227, CARROLLTON

LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL VS WKU

8AM-12PM SOUTH GREAT LAWN

7:30PM CARDINAL STADIUM

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198 Louisville Print

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Chefs Mark Ford, Kathy Cary and Anosh Shariat at the James Beard Foundation Taste America Press Conference

The fallen comrade table at the USA Cares 15th Anniversary Gala

TOP SHOTS Charity Anderson pours Tito’s at the Kidney Walk Corporate Reception

Jimmy Adkins with the band Jimmy Eat World

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Lucie Stansbury and Kaitlyn Voet at the Boutique Blowout

Kevin Harned andKaitlynn Fish at Misters for MS


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