“Ode to the Arts”
My friend Myron (just a friend) and I attended the Tyler Perry play “What’s Done in the Dark” this week. It was a wonderful show. The cast was full of talent. Not only could they act, but they all could ‘sang’!! The male actors were all tall, dark and light, and handsome (really handsome). I ask you all to take a moment of silence for the bare chest of the male actor with the long dreads. Whoa! There was definitely quality on that stage. As I left the KY Center I started thinking about the superb shows that have come to Louisville this calendar year including: Jamie Foxx, Katt Williams, the Soul Food Festival, Smokey Robinson, Brian McKnight, Macy Gray, Monique and who can forget The Lion King.
I remember several years ago when most performers would skip Louisville and instead go to the surrounding areas like Indy, Cincy and Nashville. Promoters now are starting to come back to the Ville to bring top-notch African American performers to our area. We, as residents, need to support these performances so they will continue to stop in our neighborhood. I know the tickets can be somewhat pricey, but think of it as a way to treat yourself.
There is so much negativity going on in our nation about ‘us folks’. The arts give us a chance to celebrate our heritage, our culture, our unity and our pride. Whether your thing is comedy, plays, concerts or visual art – take a walk on the wild side and experience the arts! The KY Center, LouisvillePalace, Actors Theatre, The Speed Art Museum and the UL African-American Theatre Co. all have some wonderful performances coming this calendar year.
Check out an upcoming OnyxLouisville for more information! (Thank you also to Robin H., Jennifer C. and Cathy M. for helping me to keep the Ville informed about these events!)
M.Y. September 2007