Saturday, February 19, 2011
Louisville is well known throughout the world for the thriving art and cultural scene. Visual and performing arts flourish in this town. Contemporary and classic theatre productions, new and ongoing gallery shows and museum exhibitions, and even hands on seminars and workshops are available anytime.
The West Main Street area is is nicknamed museum row because of the grouping of museums housed in the marvelous 1900 era cast iron front buildings. Originally this area was a warehouse district where businesses lined the Main Street and backed up to the wharf along the Ohio River. Large steam boats would pull up to the wharf and cargo could be loaded and unloaded. Now these buildings have been restored and used for museums and galleries and restaurants. Park and walk along the street and gaze at the fronts of these buildings. Then visit as many of the galleries and museums as your time will allow. The Frazier History Museum, Louisville Science Center, Kentucky Art and Craft Museum and Gallery, Louisville Slugger Museum, and Actors Theatre are all along the street. Also, many of these buildings now offer great food in locally owned restaurants.
One of the premier events, the Humana Festival of New American Plays opens February 27 and runs through mid April. The festival showcases the best new work from talented artists. Theatre lovers and critics from around the world converge in Louisville to get the first look at the future of the American theatre. Time magazine recently called this showcase, "The center of the theatre world" and the Los Angeles Times referred to it as "the Kentucky Derby of American theatre." Tickets are still available so call 502-584-1205 or visit www.actorstheatre.org