Backstage Pass — Top Shows You Don’t Want to Miss in February!
By Gioia Patton/Arts Insider Gospel at the Symphony The Gospel at the Symphony program opens with Duke Ellington's New World A-Comin, a work for piano and orchestra featuring Louisville’s own Harry Pickens (pictured), which mixes jazz, gospel, blues and West Indian dance with traditional symphonic music. As Ellington said about the piece in his biography: “I visualized this new world as a place in the distant future, where there would be no war, no greed, no categorization, no non-believers, where love was unconditional, and no pronoun was good enough for God.” The program is rounded [...]
Shades of Love
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO: Take a behind the scenes peek at our couples photo shoot and hear their advice on lasting love! 6 Interracial Couples on Race, Relationships and Reality Styled and written by Christine Fellingham | Photos by Kylene White | Hair & Makeup by Autumn Sharp There is a saying that “Love is blind.” The couples in this story prove that it’s anything but. As their interviews reveal, falling in love and staying in love with someone of a different race is less about not seeing the color of their skin and [...]
Dinner for 2
Four charming places you and your love can go for great food and an unforgettable night. By Lennie Omalza | Photos by Kylene White and Heather Florance Whether you’re looking for a first-date spot or a place to celebrate a milestone anniversary, we’ve got you covered. Louisville has a plethora of restaurants to choose from, and here are a few of our faves. Amazing ambiance, exquisite entrees, decadent desserts, and chic cocktails will help ignite a new spark or keep your current romantic vibes flowing. Top off your meal with the Black Manhattan cocktail at [...]
Backstage Pass — Top Shows Not to Miss in January!
By Gioia Patton/Arts Insider The Red Velvet Cake Wars Written by the team that brought Derby Dinner Playhouse audiences The Dixie Swim Club and Dearly Beloved, this Southern-fried comedy features the three Verdeen cousins: Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette. After having “accidentally” crashed her minivan through her husband’s girlfriend’s doublewide, Gaynelle is one frazzled nerve away from a spectacular meltdown. Not much better are Peaches, the number one mortuary cosmetologist in the tri-county area, and Jimmie Wyvette, who's desperately trying to outmaneuver a priss-pot neighbor for the affections of Sweetgum’s newest widower. When [...]
Wearing Your Story on Your Sleeve: Sopenny Chan
Sopenny Chan carries her family’s historical, horrific struggle on her back. Artist: Eric “Truth” Jefferson; Truth’s Tattoos; Time invested: 36+ hours involving a cover-up of a previous tattoo sittings. The Mark of Fortitude — Sopenny Chan Like many immigrants who fled Cambodia during the late 1970’s Khmer Rouge genocide, Sopenny Chan’s parents left behind everything they knew and loved in order to survive. The Khmer Rouge regime was responsible for mass famine and murder of its people resulting in the executions of an estimated 1.5-2 million people — around 25% of the country’s [...]
Wearing Your Story on Your Sleeve: Aliyah Gray
Part of Aliyah’s tattoo also includes a dreamcatcher inspired by her sister’s love for them. “She had a five-layered dreamcatcher she slept under every night.” Artist: Lamar, Ink by Unk; time invested: 2 hours (for the first part of her tattoo). Turning Grief into Peace Aliyah Gray has found healing through paying homage to her sister Alexus who – along with her boyfriend Isaiah – died in a car accident in July of 2017. She was 16 years old. Shortly after Alexus’ death, Aliyah decided to get a tattoo sleeve reflective of her [...]