<THEATER>March 16-26JCC’s ‘My Fair Lady’ “The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain.” Now, unless you’re a theater geek, you have no idea where you’ve heard that little rhyme (Dr. Suess?), but you’ve definitely heard it. Most likely it was Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower girl who gets a speech makeover from linguistics professor Henry Higgins in the movie version of “My Fair Lady,” which is the musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion.” Bursting with familiar show tunes such as “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” the musical is well-loved despite its misogynistic tone. Who can resist that adorable Cockney accent? Commemorating the 50th anniversary of “My Fair Lady” opening on Broadway, the Jewish Community Center mounts its own, sure-to-be-popular staging. —Rebecca HaithcoatJewish Community Center3600 Dutchmans Lane459-0660$14-$16; various times
Zealot WatchBarren County Attorney Jeff Sharp sent a survey to all Kentucky legislators and legislative candidates asking whether they’d accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior, causing a stampede of Yes votes not seen since the Do-You-Hate-Homos survey of 2004. Meanwhile, if you think Papa John Schnatter has some whacky ideas, put down your cheesy crust and stare in slack-jawed awe at Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan, who is building an entire Florida town called Ave Maria based on strict Catholic principles. Monaghan, who sold the company several years back, originally declared that the new virginville would be free of condoms, birth control pills and pornography, but, when made aware that Florida is actually in America, he backed off that pledge and declared it would just be really, really virgin-y.
Attorney Gloria Allred is not universally beloved. One critic was so irritated by how frequently she delivers legal commentary on cable TV news shows — and by her love of press conferences (she once called one to announce that her client had “no comment”) — that he tagged her as “the ultimate symbol for what’s wrong with the media.”
Sunshine Week is not about journalists, it’s about the public and the importance of protecting and promoting open government. Sunshine Week is not about protecting journalists’ rights, it’s about the right of all citizens to know what their government is doing — and why. —From www.sunshineweek.org
<FILM>Thursday, March 9‘Demoralization of Richard Engelsbird’ We’ve all heard how hard it is to get a film made. Even with a good script, a good cast and plenty of production money, most films never reach their intended audiences. Nineteen-year-old Louisville filmmaker Brian Cunningham is attempting to beat the long odds in part by starting early. When the U of L freshman finished his debut in 2003, he decided further editing would improve the end product. The result of two years of additional editing is on display at the Floyd Theater Thursday night. With a whimsical filming approach and an all-local cast highlighted by the character Safron, a violinist beset by an unwanted suitor, the film perhaps defies conventional description. The horror/comedy/thriller “The Demoralization of Richard Engelsbird” is, Cunningham warns, a “no-budget” film, the maiden voyage for his Unseen Films. Hey, no worries, some of us like that kind of stuff. —Paul KopaszFloyd Theater at U of L2100 S. Floyd St.www.unseenfilms.com$1; 7:30 p.m.
Louisville has the right to brag; after all, weâ€™ve been a category on â€œJeopardy!â€ (A: Kaelinâ€™s Restaurant claims to have invented this meat and dairy dish. Q: What is a cheeseburger?). The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft has given Louisville another reason for its head to swell: The American Craft Council, the premiere craft organization in America, is holding its Southeast regional conference, â€œTrends and Traditions,â€ at the museum.
The culture wars convulsed the General Assembly last week as Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, propounded Senate Bill 236, a constitutional amendment that would downsize judicial authority, neutralize fairness ordinances and immunize the historical display of the Ten Commandments on state Capitol grounds against constitutional challenge.
BY MICHAEL TISSERAND The devil stood in the middle of the street, refusing to budge. “I don’t care if a car hits me,” said the devil, tightening up her face. “I’m just going to stand here.”
Works of art have the ability to make our world a little bit larger through the artist’s exploration of ideas and concepts, but artists also bring their own perspective and experiences to the works they create. “Nowhere,” an exhibition on view at the New Center for Contemporary Art through April 22, features the work of five Louisville artists — Thomas deLisle, Maiza Hixon, Sarah Lyon, Cynthia Norton and Valerie Sullivan Fuchs — who explore the issue of place through our city and the time in which we live.
Goin’ back to Cali. As I mentioned a month ago, look for Bryan Harvey to wind up at Long Beach State. Why is it that this, the latest of a multitude of evacuations from U of L, bothers me so? Is The Rick recruiting the wrong kids? Is he giving up too soon and running them off? Call it the Roderick Rhodes Syndrome.