Arts and Culture

One of the best things about art is its ability to allow observers the opportunity to walk in the shoes of someone else. This weekend, you can take a few steps as an activist, a fashion editor, or a prisoner and see what you learn.  

Squallis Puppeteers will blend two of my favorite things in their show this Saturday: feminism and puppets. In a new table-top puppet show by Nora Christensen, “The Chasm” tells tales from the inspiring life of Anne Braden while also teaching local and national civil rights history. Braden was a Louisville woman who dedicated her life — which spanned from the Great Depression to the early 2000s — to fighting for social change. This show features audio recordings from interview sessions with Braden, a small hand puppet that narrates the stories, and shadow projections to add imagery to the storytelling. Get the info here.

Fashion lovers, rejoice. Thanks to the Speed, you, too can experience the “Super Bowl of galas,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Met Gala, through the lens of the new documentary “First Monday in May.” It follows Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Met curator Andrew Bolton over the course of eight months, leading up to the opening of the Costume Institute’s blockbuster exhibition, “China: Through the Looking Glass” (the most successful exhibition in the history of the museum) which was kicked off by the Met Gala. It plays on May 27 at 7 p.m. A preview of the documentary and more information can be found here.

This weekend, take a trip behind bars during Looking for Lillith’s performance of Marsha Norman’s “Getting Out: 24 Hours in One Woman’s Journey from Incarceration.” Norman, who is a Kentucky playwright, writes the story of Arlene, a woman who has recently been released from prison and moves into a one-room apartment in Louisville where she is prepared to start her life over. (Disclosure: WFPL producer Laura Ellis is a member of the cast). More information here.