A controversial Derby tradition lives on, body-positive slapstick takes center stage and a food truck festival returns. Here’s the latest arts news you might have missed – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

Every two weeks, LPM offers you the newsletter arts, culture, etc. It’s packed with news about the arts and culture of the area, an overview of things to do and see, and an introduction to a community artist.

Here is an excerpt from this week’s newsletter:

Events, exhibitions, etc…

Kentucky Derby Festival Fest-a-Ville and Chow Wagonwith live music and lots of food, will continue until Friday.

  • Dates: until May 6. Information here.

Louisville-based playwright Marguerite Miller presents the world premiere of his new play “[IN] Fertility” at the Kentucky Center MeX. The show features music from Louisville’s Heather Summers and follows Miller’s struggle with infertility.

  • Dates: May 12-14. Details here.

Bring your appetite to International Food Truck Festival at the Big Four Lawn in Waterfront Park. It is hosted by the crane house, Louisville Food Trucks, waterfront park and All Thai.

  • When: May 14. More informations here.

the Asian Institute – Crane House presents “Finding the Inner World”, a solo exhibition of works by the artist Jingshuo Yang.

The cast of “Hamlet” from the 2021 Young American Shakespeare Festival.

2022 Commonwealth Theater Center Shakespeare Festival for Young Americans is this month. The lineup includes “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Eurydice”. Performances will take place in the CTC parking lot.

  • Dates: May 12-22. More informations here.

Louisville Improvisers present an evening on improvisational comedy with “Until The Next Variant”. Proof of vax is required.

  • When: May 13. Details here.

KMAC Museum“Sandra Charles: The Reality of Our Essence” is a solo exhibition of the Louisville artist’s portraits of black women.

  • Dates: now – August 14. Details here.

Editor’s Note: Check a venue’s or event’s COVID-19 safety and vaccination rules before you go.

In case you missed it…

From the 2021 Kentucky Derby.

“My Old Kentucky Home”, the controversial state song, will be presented at the Derby on Saturday, confirmed a spokesman for Churchill Downs. The University of Louisville Marching Band and Choir will perform it.

Bénédictine has become a favorite at Derby parties. Invented at the turn of the 20th century by a Louisvillian, it is served as a sandwich or as a dip. Here is the cucumber-cream-cheese concoction story.

And while people come from all over the world for the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” many locals spend the weeks leading up to the horse race attending the more than 70 Kentucky Derby Festival events, like the Parade of Pegasus, Thunder over Louisville air show and fireworks and the big balloon and Steamboat races.

Bettes Burlesque dancer Kali Malia rehearses at The Bard’s Town on April 10, 2022. She recalls hanging out with the other members of the company after their first show in January and thinking, “This is what I want my life be most nights.

The dancers of the new Louisville body-positive strip dance group Bettes Burlesque say learning the art form of burlesque has been liberating.

Meet Lupita Diaz, a freshman at Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell who represented Kentucky last weekend in the Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals. Governor Andy Beshear presented a medal to Diaz last week during Kentucky Writers Day at the State Capitol. The event also featured some of the state’s most prolific and celebrated living poets.

A new art exhibit at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage asked artists to create works celebrating the black experience.

Support for visual arts reporting in this newsletter was provided in part by the Great Meadows Foundation.

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