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Old Louisville Events
Calendar 2002

Old Louisville Events:

January 1-27 
A Brush with History
Paintings From the National Portrait Gallery
The exhibition includes portraits of American statesmen, artists, inventors, writers, educators, and scientists dating from the 18th century to the present day.

At the Speed Museum

January 1- February 27 
Making Faces
Portraits from Louisville Collections
25 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs, dating from colonial times to the 1990s.
At the Speed Museum

February 19-April 14 
A Bountiful Plenty from the Shelburne Museum
Folk Art Traditions in America
At the Speed Museum

February 26 - March 6
Stop Kiss
will be performed Tuesday through Saturday, February 26th through March 2nd in the Thrust Theatre on the corner of Floyd and Warnock Streets. Performances are at 8:00 p.m. nightly, with a Saturday matinee at 3:00. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $9 for faculty, staff, or seniors, and $7 for students. Call the Box office at 852-6814 for reservations or group ticket prices.
More Information

March 6-10
Trane: Beyond the Blues
A jazzy evening that explores the life of saxophonist, John Coltrane. Journey with young John from his youth in South Carolina to the height of his musical career as he struggles to find his artistic voice and to conquer the evils that threaten to overcome him.  In the Thrust Theatre on the corner of Floyd and Warnock Streets.
More Information

March 10
Harry Pickens Plays Jazz
Harry Pickens will play jazz in a program dedicating and celebrating the new Steinway Music Room Grand Piano funded by generous contributions to the Capital Campaign on Sunday, March 10, 2002, at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church, 318 West Kentucky Street in Louisville.
Admission is free.

March 19 - May 12
Masterworks from the Albertina

02 works of art from Vienna's Albertina Museum by such masters as Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, and other Italian, French, Dutch, German and Austrian artists. Works included are from the High Renaissance through Rococo periods.
At the Speed Museum

April 10-21
he Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Directed by James Tompkins, In the Thrust Theatre on the corner of Floyd and Warnock Streets.

Described by Wilde as "a trivial comedy for serious people," Earnest has delighted audiences since its premiere in 1895. Updated with American panache, yet remaining, as Wilde would say, "just too utterly utterly," this is Oscar Wilde at his wittiest. And let's face it, in matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.

April 20-May 5

Kentucky Derby Festival - although the Derby Festival is city-wide, Old Louisville is conveniently located only minutes away by car from most major events, and a case can be made that Old Louisville may be the finest base of operations for out of town visitors.  It is possible to walk to most major events, including the Derby itself, from Old Louisville, if a 30-60 minute walk doesn't intimidate you.  Kentucky Derby Festival Headquarters are located at 3rd and Kentucky, on the northern edge of Old Louisville.

The festival includes hundreds of events, most notably the Opening Ceremonies/Thunder Over Louisville (good picture)  (Saturday, April 20) which is known for spectacular world record displays of fireworks and a half-mile rainbow of fire, Chow Wagons, The Great Balloon Glow (Friday, April 26), The Great Balloon Race (Saturday, April 27), mini-Marathon (comes through Old Louisville, April 27) , The Great Steamboat Race (Wednesday, May 1), the Pegasus Parade (Thursday, May 2), the Kentucky Oaks (Friday, May 3), and of course, the 128th Running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4.   It's an exciting fun-packed three weeks by anyone's standard, and the best (and most beautiful) time of all to visit the city.
Click here for the official event list by date (you can click on each event for more details)

April 27
2nd Street Neighborhood Association Bedding Plant Sale
"Every gardener's dream from the best bedding plants to fantastic hanging
baskets"  begins 9AM.  Location will be posted here as soon as we get word, or you can contact the Information Center.

June 20 -July 21

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Performances are offered completely free of charge and are held in the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater located in the middle of Central Park in the heart of Old Louisville's historic preservation district. This outdoor amphitheater seats up to 1,000 audience members, with additional seating available on the lawn right and left of the stagehouse.  The Festival's average summer attendance is 10,000 people each season. In the last forty or so years, over one half million people have enjoyed the Festival’s summer productions. 
All performances begin at 8:00 p.m., dress comfortably and casually for these open-air performances.  Concessions are available.  The amphitheatre is wheelchair accessible. 
All performances are FREE
This year: 
June 19-23, June 25-30, July 10, 12, 14.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Rosenkrantz & Guildenstern: July 5-7, July 9, 11, 13.
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival web site

June 5 - October 16
Farmer's Market, Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Walnut Street Baptist Church Parking Lot, Third & St. Catherine
(There is also a Farmer's Market Saturday Mornings 6:30 a.m. until sold out at the St. Louis Bertrand parking lot, 6th and St. Catherine.  Exact starting and ending date not certain.)

July 13 & 14
Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour
Your chance to take a peek into eight of the beautiful gardens behind those magnificent mansions.  10am-4pm each day, $
10 in advance or $12 day of tour. Start at the corner of St. James and Magnolia across from central park and pick up your tour map with directions for walking or driving.
Contact the Information Center for your early bird tickets, or order ON LINE

October 4, 5, 6 (Friday-Sunday)

St. James Court Art Show
Enjoy the fall weather and wonderful art work from all over the country in one of the nation's oldest, largest, and most prestigious open-air art shows: 10:00am-6:00pm Friday and Saturday, and until 5:00pm Sunday.

The St. James Court Art show is a juried show with nearly 700 artists exhibiting throughout St. James and Belgravia Courts, Fountain Court, along Third, Fourth and Magnolia Streets.  Come to the show rain or shine.  As well as artwork and crafts, you'll find plenty to eat and drink as well.
More info 
Art Show Web Site 

November 6 – February 2
Millet to Matisse
from Glasgow’s distinguished Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the exhibition includes 64 paintings rarely seen outside Scotland.
At the Speed Museum

December 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday)
Old Louisville Holiday House Tour "Victorian Yuletide"
Take a look inside some of Old Louisville's finest homes decorated for the holidays.  Enjoy a "Taste of Old Louisville."  $12 advance purchase, $15 on the days of the tour.   MORE Information
Tours 12:00 noon until 7:00 P.M. both days  

More information and tickets for the Garden Tour, Victorian Christmas House Tour, etc. can be obtained from:

The Old Louisville Information Center
1340 S. 4th Street in Central Park
Louisville, KY 40208
Tuesday through Friday 1-5 PM
Closed Mondays
(502) 635-5244
fax (502) 635-5245
Please note: it seems the Old Louisville Information Center changes its hours between 3-6 times a year.  It is not always possible for OldLouisville.com to keep up with this, so it may be prudent to verify with them before you make a trip.


Also check out the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council's web site for more information on Old Louisville's neighborhood events and fundraisers.

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