This weekend, spend your time watching, listening to and looking at all the art Louisville has to offer. Trust me, there’s plenty — but here are just a few options to get you started:
Despite the name, The Bard’s Town doesn’t just show Shakespearean plays. This weekend, you can check out “In A Word,” a play by Lauren Yee. The play takes place on the two-year anniversary of main character Fiona’s son’s disappearance, and still, nothing makes sense to her. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. As Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day to uncover that crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.
Didn’t get enough Derby? Curl up with C.E. Morgan’s recently released work, “The Sport of Kings.” In it, Hellsmouth, an indomitable Thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners in her veins, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavor of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse, the next Secretariat. Check it out here.
The Hite Art Institute presents Sanford Biggers’ “Laocoon.” Biggers is an artist whose work deals with pertinent racial and social issues — referencing Eric Garner, Bill Cosby, and police brutality in his re-imagined sculptures. Biggers’ work is the first in the “New Monuments” series at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts. “New Monuments” will feature one historically significant artwork produced or finished in the past year that engages the social, political, or aesthetic issues of our moment. “Laocoon” opens May 12 and runs through July 2.
Spend your afternoon listening to local musicians at the University of Louisville’s Community Music Program Recital, which takes place this Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.