Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Guesting Posting this Week! I am Somebody!

So, right now it's 2am, and I'm sitting at my desk sipping one of those super-sweet, nigh-undrinkable wines from a box.  In a convent.  That last fact has nothing to do with anything, but I thought it was worth mentioning.  I'm in a convent, folks.  Sure, on a day-to-day basis, my love life could be best described as "nun-like."  But right now I am actually living in a convent.  And that tells me that if there is a God, then she has quite the sense of humor.

The important part of the first post, though, is that I am drinking crap wine.  (It's my first glass, so no, I am not drunk blogging.)  Because I'm super excited to say that I will be guest posting later this week on Wine-Girl.net.  It's a great Cincy-area blog that's about more than just wine and has a pretty enthusiastic following.  I'll tweet and blog when the post goes up.  In the meantime, check out Cincy Michelle's work!

And a belated Happy Cheer Up Keanu Day to you all.  Be excellent to each other.  Party on.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

21c Expansion: Hoping for the Best

If you live in Louisville and are on Twitter, you've no doubt already heard about 21c's announcement that they intend to expand into fifteen cities, starting with Bentonville, Arkansas-- home of the anti-21c, Wal-Mart.  


Most of the people I follow on Twitter have responded with shock at the first location and with cautious congratulations to one of the coolest (and that word is truly applicable) businesses in the city.  The 21c tweet machine has countered with good humor and optimism.  


I personally haven't seen much anger out there about the expansion, but others have mentioned it. And the 21c facebook page already features people questioning the Wal-Mart connection (there is none, instead it is with the Crystal Bridges Museum-- which I will have to look into).  


I've said any number of times that 21c is one of the things that makes me proudest to be a Louisvillager.  (If you read that post, the answer is no-- I never did treat myself to a night at 21c post-chemo-- what's wrong with me?).  I am cautiously optimistic. 


Best case scenario:  21c stays headquartered here and has to hire a whole bunch of creative locals to work in the HQ.  As they expand, they proudly wave the Louisville flag (I jokingly tweeted that all future 21c Hotels should be called "The Louisville 21c Hotel in Bentonville" or what have you).  All major exhibits/events must debut first in 21c's Mother City before moving on to shows at other 21c's.  Chef Paley stays at Proof.  All new hotel initiatives use the Louisville 21c as their incubator... You catch my drift, right?


Worst case scenario:  As 21c expands, the quality of exhibits/events becomes diluted by 1/15th.  The groundbreaking, superstar artists choose to debut their shows at 21c Chicago or Atlanta.  It suddenly makes sense to move the 21c HQ to a larger city. Our 21c becomes "the old model."  Much sadness ensues.


I'm going to cling to the Best Case Scenario as the Only Case Scenario.  I believe that the 21c is committed to our fair city.  I wish them the best, and look forward to our 21c becoming the "mothership."  


Update: WFPL's Elizabeth Kramer allays some of my bigger fears-- good news!  

Glass Arts Society Conference 2010: Louisville Glasses up for GAS

You can put art right up there on the list of things I know nothing about (also on the list: technology, theater, and 'birthin' no babies.').  I'm grateful to have attended a university that required all students to take an art appreciation course in order to graduate, but my formal art education ends there.  So my appreciation for art begins and ends at "I like what I like."

It used to be that I didn't particularly like glass arts, but the fact that Louisville is a glass-arts-rich community, with Glassworks and Flame Run leading the charge, has done much to change that.  Last Friday's Downtown Trolley Hop, in particular, introduced some truly exquisite glass arts exhibits in advance of this weekend's 40th annual Glass Arts Society Conference

Most of the Market Street exhibits will be up through the summer, so I urge you to get out there and check them out.  Of particular note, in my opinion, is the joint exhibit at Zephyr and Swanson Reed called "Glass Uprising."  

As I said, I like what I like when it comes to art, and usually what I like lends itself to the spooky/moody side.  Give me an exhibit that looks like stuff that came out of the twisted little mind of Spike from "Toy Story 2," and I'm usually on board.  At Zephyr, the work of Stephen Paul Day and Sibylle Paretti gave me the good creeps.  Tim Tate's multimedia/tech/glass work at Swanson Reed was both eerie and darkly humorous (The sculpture "My Love Live Thus Far" featured a tiny video screen endlessly looping the implosion of an enormous brick building.).  Check out the "Glass Uprising" link above to view some of their work.

The fact that Louisville is a glass-arts-rich community makes it a no-brainer to host the 40th annual Glass Arts Society Conference.  The list of exhibits associated with the 3-day event is impressive and exciting.  Seems like just about every gallery and museum in town has gotten on board with this event.  

Other events associated with the conference include a Glass Armonica Ballet Performance by the Louisville Ballet Civic Company.  (Fun Fact: the Glass Armonica-- one of the creepiest-sounding instruments ever created-- was invented by Benjamin Franklin.  It was originally thought that the sound of the glass armonica drove its players to insanity, but it turns out it was the combination of friction and water that helped the lead from the glass leach into the players' systems, giving them lead poisoning.)  Check out the event list for information.

Also up for the GAS Conference and continuing sporadically through July is ShoeString Productions' staging of Tennessee Williams's "The Glass Menagerie" at the Water Tower.  Check out the website for dates and ticketing information.  I'm personally very excited to see this particular play in this particular unconventional location.

This post really doesn't do the magnitude of the exciting glassy stuff going on in town justice, but the GAS website does an excellent job noting all the events and exhibits, so I'll direct you there. 

Monday, June 7, 2010

4th Street Art Festival This Weekend

For the most part, a night at 4th Street Live is like spending a night bar-hopping in an airport concourse with the "Girls Gone Wild" crew.  But this weekend, 4th Street is hosting an event that I'm sorry I will have to miss.  The Downtown Louisville Art Festival will feature over 150 artists on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm.  I'm always up for a good, juried art festival.  This one features artists from around the country, but I sure hope we have a good local showing.  The website promises that this will be an annual event.

And the early end time for the event assures the artists that no (or few) of the usual patrons will tip their Irish Car Bombs or Long Island Iced Teas into their hand-crafted pottery fountains or besmirch their watercolors with Midori Sours.  At least we hope.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Flyover Film Festival: Mapother to Moderate

As you loyal readers know, Mama has a minor celeb-u-crush on local boy William Mapother (aka. LOST's Ethan Rohm).  Too bad I won't be in town next weekend when he comes back home to attend the 2nd Annual Flyover Film Festival sponsored by the Louisville Film Society. I've been seeing a lot of posters for this event around town, but alas I'm not on their mailing list.  (Hook a sister up, LFS-- I'd love to get press releases!)


According to Mapother's blog:

This year the festival a terrific line-up of films and panels (I'm moderating one on film finance Saturday at 12pm).  We're offering a Youth Media Summit, so local colleges can show off their film and media depts to local high students, and we're giving a Lifetime Achievement Award to acclaimed Kentucky-born director Allison Anders
Finally, we're hosting a special screening of Sundance winner Winter's Bone, starring Louisville's own fast-rising star Jennifer Lawrence.  Also, she and I will be holding a Youth Acting panel at 10:30 Sunday morning.  It's open to the public.
What are the odds people don't pelt Mapother with LOST finale questions?  I might! 

I'm Just Sayin': Really Esquire?

Really, Esquire Magazine?  The ONLY bar in the entire STATE of Kentucky that deserves mention on your Best Bars list is the Seelbach?  I find that terribly, incredibly, wildly hard to believe.  Jiminy Christmas! Please, dears, send a steel-livered reporter down this-aways, and I will show him or her (although you're Esquire, so it's probably a "him") a few more to add to the list.

Sheesh.

Bend and Snap! "Legally Blonde" at the Kentucky Center

People give me a hard time when I say that, in general, I don't like musicals. They'll start by listing off musicals that I "must" like, and if they start with the oldie-but-goodies, I look like a jerk.

"My Fair Lady?" Yeah, that's a good one. "Wouldn't it be Loverly?" is a great song. And the Audrey Hepburn movie was great, even though she didn't really sing.

"The King and I?" I saw it with Yul Brenner in Boston when I was a kid. Every time I see it, I cry. So yeah, I like that one too.

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum?" Hi-larious. I played one of the courtesans when I was in high school. One of the most fun plays I've ever been in.

BUT, if they start by listing RECENT musicals, my musical grouch rears her head. "Rent"? "Les Mis"? "Phantom"? Not a fan.

And lately the kicker is: "Have you seen 'Wicked'? You can't possibly say you disliked 'Wicked.'"

I. Disliked. "Wicked."

There's just something about so many modern musicals that leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. The only entertainment I can remember walking out of half way through was a stage revival of "Saturday Night Fever." When it comes to musicals, I look for goofy joy, and so many modern musicals favor mawkish sentimentality or overblown maudlinness to joy.

Which is why I am actually looking forward to seeing "Legally Blonde" next week at the Kentucky Center. This PNC Broadway Across America production cannot possibly fail to bring the joy, right?! I mean it's about a ditzy (but actually smart) pretty blonde in pink and her little dog too!

"Legally Blonde" is one of those movies that's impossible to dislike. It's not a classic, by any means, but it's one of those movies that will instantly put an end to my channel surfing on a Saturday afternoon. My fingers are crossed; it's hard to imagine anyone other than Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods.

The Broadway Across America series has a lot of interesting stuff in the pipeline. Some of it isn't really up my alley ("Jersey Boys" and "Mama Mia"), but some totally is ("Stomp"-- which I saw when it first opened in a small off-Broadway theater-- and the dance production "Burn the Floor"). And yes, to save myself from further hypocrisy, I should probably SEE "Les Mis" before I keep saying I don't like it (I had a college roommate who had the soundtrack on perma-play in on our dorm room).

"Legally Blonde" runs from June 8-13 at the Whitney Hall in the Kentucky Center. Go and be joyful! Bend and snap, kids. Bend and snap!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

This week in Loueyville

A very world-weary Lou pokes her head out from under the rock where she's been hiding and asks no one in particular: Is it safe to come out yet?

Sorry for the radio (blogio) silence lately, kids. But after a couple of hell-weeks at the Meatspace Workplace, I am finally-- methinks-- a lady of leisure for a couple months. Or mostly leisure: I have a "to do" list that looks like the phone book. It still may take me a while to get back on my game, but it feels like a million bucks to have just completed my 10th year of my chosen profession.

So, what's new Loueyville? (whoa-oh-oh-oh)

Well, up this week is the Charlie Mars show at Zanzibar on Wednesday. I'm looking forward to playing on a "school night."

If you missed the G. Love show at Headliners on Saturday, that's a very sad thing. I first saw G. Love in the mid-90's in NYC, and, as they say, the man must have a portrait in his attic somewhere. He's just as fun and funky (and young-looking) as he was back then. And it was my first trip to Headliners, which turned out to be much more intimate than I imagined. Good stuff all around.

Also coming up this week is Let them Tweet Cake at Sweet Surrender. You can hit up Tweet Cake and then follow me to Charlie Mars, if you're so inclined.

Back to the to do list. Happy Summer! Catch you later, Bill & Ted.