Arts & Entertainment Guide 2009

I trust I am in substantial company when I say if it weren’t for the rare miscellany of art, I would’ve left Louisville a long time ago. There are as many platitudes as plaudits in this place, but a city without such diversity of opinion — to put it diplomatically — on issues of culture would be bland and unlivable for those of us who do more than work, watch television and dive into the occasional novel.

Like most journalists worth a lick, we consider it our foremost duty to provide a public service. Fifty-two weeks a year, we put forth our best effort to catalog and present the widest range of happenings, and once a year, we assemble this issue, where we try to do it all. We’ll never succeed at that, which is a testament to the arts scene; after all, we’re one of only 11 American cities that can boast all the major institutions: theater, opera, orchestra, ballet and fine art.

Of course there are as many criticisms as commendations, and you’ll find a mix in here. Without an honest, open dialogue, progress is elusive. This is a place to start.


For art’s sake

Five questions with five Louisville playwrights

Art to the masses

Music for the ages

A grand move

Lost leader


Profile: Al Nelson

Profile: Justine Dennis

Profile: Sarah Frary

Profile: Thea Lura

Profile: Kathleen Fitzgerald

Profile: Suzanne Edds

Profile: Robbie Moriarty

Profile: William M. Duffy

Profile: Eddie Santiago

Profile: Roberto de Leon

Profile: Ying Kit Chan

Profile: Skylar Smith

Profile: Geoff Carr

Profile: Rhonda Caldwell

Profile: Andrew Brown

Profile: Ben Bridwell

Profile: Jeaneen Barnhart

Profile: Tiffany Ackerman

Profile: Russel Hulsey

Profile: Wes Hillegas


2009-2010 season schedules, exhibits and more

Guide to local galleries and performance houses