Ready to get it on with Theo Von?

Now is the time to get your tickets to see one of the hottest performers in stand-up. Theo Von will be in Louisville for a one-night-only show on Saturday, Aug. 17, in the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

Comedian and podcast host Theo Von is on the rise as he continues to sell out theaters worldwide while gaining millions of downloads per month of his popular podcast This Past Weekend.

The guy is everywhere these days. He can be seen in his very own Netflix Original comedy special, No Offense. Theo’s podcast, This Past Weekend, is one of the top comedy podcasts, garnering 3.5 million listens a month. Theo has appeared numerous times on Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, and regularly on Joey Diaz’s The Church of What’s Happening Now. He was voted guest of the year on The Fighter and the Kid by TFATK listeners in 2017.

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Warmed by the ‘Ring of Fire’

May I confess to you that my relationship to Johnny Cash has always been a bit on the cold side? I grew up in the ’60s in a home where Hee Haw was forced on my pre-teen self the way some kids were routinely dosed with cod liver oil. Neither leaves a pleasant taste when you’re 6 and would rather suck on Dum Dums and turn the dial to whatever was on Channel 41.

In fact, no one who might have appeared on either side of Grandpa Jones’ reciting the components of the night’s dinner menu, or who might sit in for a robust interlude of picking and grinning, stood much of a chance of being endeared to me.

“Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” reminds me of how much I’ve missed over the years.

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YOUTH OPERA CAMP: A Musical & Theatrical Experience for Grades 2-5 – July 15-19

A perfect summer day camp for your young performer. During this week, each camper will have the opportunity to create, act, sing, and explore within a supportive environment with age appropriate skill building. Professional teaching artists will guide students to create musically theatrical narratives, build social skills, and promote personal growth. Family and friends will be invited to attend the end-of-week camp showcase. $375 per participant – Financial assistance is available.

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The Louisville Orchestra presents Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (TM) July 6-7 @ The Kentucky Center Whitney Hall

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert, the fourth film in the Harry Potter series. On Saturday, July 6 at 7PM and Sunday, July 7 at 3PM, YOUR Louisville Orchestra will perform the magical score live from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.

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KENTUCKY OPERA PRESENTS SIDECAR 2019 – Jazz-inspired fundraising event at The Henry Clay on Friday, May 17 @ 6 PM

Sidecar will feature live jazz and performances from Louisville favorites Emily Albrink, Soprano; Chad Sloan, Baritone; and David George, pianist. The winner of the Design Your Dream Porsche Raffle will be drawn at 9:30pm. $100 chances are available for purchase at kyopera.org. Sidecar will feature fun activities including a silent auction and fun games including a wine toss, and bourbon pull. The evening will conclude with swing dancing to the sounds of the Hora Certa Jazz Ensemble. Sponsored by Blue Grass MOTORSPORT.

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The Kentucky Center’s ArtsReach presents Dance Out Loud Sunday, April 28th @ 4:00 PM at Bomhard Theater

The 3rd annual Dance Out Loud event will feature dancers of all ages and abilities, from pre-school to professional, performing African, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, tap, and lyrical choreography.
Performers include:
ArtsReach Our Voices Dance Collective
Brandon Ragland, Louisville Ballet
ArtsReach Cabbage Patch Dance Studio
Daysia Cathey
D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D. Dance Company
Genesis Arts
La’Nita Rocknettes School of Dance
Waterworks Dance Theater

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Teddy Signs a 5-Year Contract + Louisville Orchestra Announces the 2019-2020 Season of Concerts

The Louisville Orchestra Board of Directors, together with CEO, Robert Massey, are pleased to announce an unprecedented 5-year contract to extend the term of Teddy Abrams as Music Director. This extension from the usual 3-year contract renewal shows the organization’s confidence in the artistic direction and creative vision of the young conductor.
“We’re thrilled to make this extraordinary commitment to engaging Teddy until the 2024-2025 Season. His vision for the renaissance of the arts for our orchestra and our community is unique in the world,“ says John P. Malloy, President of the LO Board of Directors.
Abrams was named Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra in 2014, the youngest conductor ever named to that position with a major orchestra. He’s become a popular figure throughout Louisville while developing a national reputation for innovation and community building.

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Kentucky Shakespeare Kicks Off 6th annual SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS tour – April 6 – May 25, 2019

Kentucky Shakespeare announces the 2019 SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS tour.Their 6-actor, 90-minute production of MACBETH will tour to 28 parks in Louisville, Indiana, and other Kentucky cities this spring, bringing free Shakespeare to neighborhoods April 6-May 25, 2019.
“We couldn’t be happier to be able to serve so many parks and neighborhoods with this tour. In 2014 we started with nine parks and this spring we’ll triple that number! This season, we branch out even further, bringing free Shakespeare in the Parks to Mt. Washington in Bullitt County and Bowling Green plus serving some local neighborhoods for the first time including Smoketown and Klondike Park. We’ll again have backup rain spaces for each location too, so you can join us rain or shine. We’re grateful for the opportunity to bring this special free family event to neighborhoods across the area!” says Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace.

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Actors Theatre of Louisville Announces New Artistic Director Robert Barry Fleming

Robert Barry Fleming will join Actors Theatre of Louisville as Artistic Director. The appointment was announced Monday by Mac Thompson, President of the Board of Directors, and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore. Fleming comes to Louisville by way of Cleveland where he serves as Associate Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House; previously, he was the Director of Artistic Programming at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. His tenure at Actors Theatre begins June 1, 2019.

Fleming will be the theatre’s fifth Artistic Director, joining a lineage of distinguished leaders who have guided this nationally-recognized theatre. He comes to the appointment with a varied portfolio and substantial experience as an artistic leader, producer, director, choreographer, performer, teacher and coach. Fleming is also a native Kentuckian raised in the state capitol of Frankfort, about an hour from Actors Theatre in downtown Louisville.Fleming says, “To come home and lead this singular organization with its distinguished legacy of artistic excellence is humbling and simply mind-blowing. I look forward to being a part of the collaborative, radically humanizing and inclusive artistic work at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

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Louisville Orchestra Names Robert Massey as new CEO

The Louisville Orchestra is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Massey as Chief Executive Officer. He will start his new position in March 2019. Massey follows Andrew Kipe in this leadership role. Kipe took a position with The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in August 2018.
Mr. Massey has built a reputation as one of classical music’s most innovative, dynamic, visionary, and entrepreneurial leaders. As the head of the Jacksonville Symphony (2014 – 2019), Orchestra Iowa (2008 – 2014), and the Washington Bach Consort (2004 – 2008), he led remarkable transformations at each, developing and implementing innovative strategies that enhanced and diversified program offerings, increased accessibility, extended reach, deepened impact, and ensured financial sustainability.

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59th Annual Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park Featuring As You Like It, Henry IV Part II, and King Lear

Kentucky Shakespeare kicks off its 59th annual free Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park with a comedy, a history, and a tragedy. The season begins with their professional productions of As You Like It May 29th, then Henry IV, Part II June 13th, followed by King Lear on June 27th. July 9th-21st all three performances will be presented in repertory. The season will be dedicated to the late Bekki Jo Schneider, former Producer of Kentucky Shakespeare and founder Doug Ramey’s immediate successor. “Last year we lost our dear friend Bekki Jo. She was instrumental in helping make the company what it is today, not only during her tenure here as an actor and leader but for years after as a mentor to me and to so many others in our community. We dedicate this season to her as we celebrate her life and legacy,” said Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director.

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PNC Broadway in Louisville Announces 2019-2020 Season – New Subscriptions On Sale Now

PNC Broadway in Louisville is proud to announce the 2019-2020 Season which includes the six-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical, DEAR EVAN HANSEN opening the series at The Kentucky Center. The season will also include the new productions direct from Broadway, THE BAND’S VISIT, ANASTASIA, and COME FROM AWAY, the acclaimed new production of MISS SAIGON, the return of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and Disney’s THE LION KING will be making a triumphant return as a season option. Only current subscribers can renew their season tickets at this time. Season tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, March 28. People interested in purchasing as a new subscriber may sign up on the “Save the Date” list at BroadwayInLouisville.com, which will notify them by email on March 28 when tickets are available.

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Kentucky Opera Announces Brown-Forman 2019-2020 Season

General Director Barbara Lynne Jamison launches Youth Opera Initiative, adding 4th opera to the season!
The Brown-Forman 2019/20 Season — the first programmed by General Director Barbara Lynne Jamison who joined the company in August 2018 — will be framed by two timeless classics along with two Kentucky Opera debuts that allow the company to deeply engage with its community. The season kicks off in September with Georges Bizet’s Carmen. On Veteran’s Day weekend in November, Kentucky Opera presents Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied – a story that follows the saga of Jim Thompson, America’s longest-held prisoner of war. The season continues with Mozart’s classic comedy The Marriage of Figaro over Valentine’s Day weekend in 2020.

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The Magical Shen Yun Experience – May 1 at 7:30 PM – The Kentucky Center Whitney Hall

Shen Yun presents five thousands years of Chinese civilization in a live performance on stage. Through classical Chinese dance, breathtaking music, and gorgeous costumes, the show introduces an ancient world once lost. In May, the performance will be returning to Louisville!
Shen Yun Performing Arts is a nonprofit company based in New York. It was formed in 2006 by artists from around the world who came together with a mission—to show the world what Chinese culture once was. In China, this traditional culture has been devastated over 70 years of communist rule. In fact, Shen Yun is not even allowed to perform in China today.

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PNC Broadway in Louisville Presents: Hello, Dolly! May 14-19 at The Kentucky Center Whitney Hall

Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly!—the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!”

Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post).

Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this Hello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion—hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow indeed!”

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