Local films, visual art and gay pride highlight June festivals

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As a newcomer to Louisville, I knew the city had a lot to offer before I moved here. I had no clue, however, than an abundance of festivals was one of the city's highlights. 2nd Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival June 4-July 2 Village 8 Theaters According to noted film critic Eric Cartman, all independent movies are about "gay cowboys eating pudding." So a gays and lesbians and a film festival is a logical combination. This event benefits the Kentucky Fairness Alliance (political aside: the concept of fairness is established in most people during nursery school--blows my mind that in Kentucky it's an adult issue). Louisville Visual Arts Festival June 5-7 25 galleries and museums "Gain a sense of Louisville’s photographic history with the first Louisville Visual Arts Festival." Most of the exhibits showcase the work of graduates of the Center for Photographic Studies, a creative photography school in Louisville during the 1970s, a period best known for a failed presidency, a failed war and the failure of all that hippie crap from the 1960s. So it'll be worth checking out what local art arose from that period. Kentucky Shakespeare Festival June 10-14: Macbeth, 8 p.m. June 16-21: Macbeth, 8 p.m. June 30- July 5: Romeo & Juliet, 8 p.m. July 7-12: Romeo & Juliet, 8 p.m. Central Park Theater in the park is my favorite kind of "theatre in the" after theater in the round and theater in the nude. The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will be bringing Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, most likely in the rectangle and in the clothes, to Central Park this summer. (I think I once saw an in-the-nude cinematic adaptation of "The Merry Wives of Windsor.") Tickets are free. Flyover Film Festival June 12-14 Kentucky Center for the Arts "A thought-provoking and entertaining lineup of independent cinema, the Flyover Film Festival provides a platform for independent filmmakers to screen their works for the first time in Kentucky. To kick off the inaugural year, most films were selected to showcase and celebrate the Kentucky connections both in front of and behind the camera." Festival passes are $40 for Louisville Film Society Members and $80 for non-members. Single screening tickets are $10 (but Michelle is giving one away at Consuming Louisville). Kentucky Bourbon Festival June 13, 6:30 p.m. Salato Wildlife Education Center, Frankfort The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Kentucky Bourbon Festival are sponsoring this evening of sampling bourbons from 10 Kentucky distilleries, eating good food and listening to Country Line Bluegrass. There'll also be a drawing for a bull elk tag, which comes with a guided, televised hunt--as everyone knows, elk hunting and pounding as much bourbon as you can in a short period of time go together like writing an article for Louisville.com and slugging $2 beers. The event should raise more than $100,000 for wildlife conservation. Sure it's a bit outside of town, but bourbon sampling is worth the drive there, if not the drive home. The $50 ticket, however, means you'll need to drink up to make the most of your money ($50 = approximately 1.42857 fifths of Woodford Reserve). Peak Summer Groove and Dance Festival June 20 15 venues from 3939 Shelbyville Road to 2106 Frankfort Ave. Too often it's either groove or dance, but this festival is combining both in a celebration of Louisville, music, art and local business. $10 gets you access to 15 venues, 25 acts --and a bus. There's also a putt-putt tournament, which you won't stand a chance of winning if I appear, a microbrew fest and a local fashion show. (Via Backseat Sandbar) Kentuckiana Pride Festival June 6-30 Five area venues A concert featuring Tiffany and--wait for it--the Indigo Girls highlight the Kentuckiana Pride Festival. Other events include a kick-off party, pride parade and an interfaith service at--wait for it--a Unitarian Church. (Photo: Flickr/Lance McCord)
About Zach Everson
I'm the travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest. Previously, I was a freelance writer, contributing to The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, USA Today, Condé Nast Traveller, BlackBook, Curbed, Gridskipper, Deadspin, and Fox News. I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville and the director of content and editorial strategy for Louisville.com.
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