FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Center for Interfaith Relations in Association with The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and Louisville Public Media presents A Birthday Celebration for Thomas Merton
Saturday, January 31, 2015, Brown Theatre
LOUISVILLE, KY —The Center for Interfaith Relations is pleased to announce a special celebration on Saturday, January 31, 2015, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton, the world renowned author and monk who spent much of his life at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Ky., near Bardstown.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who credits the writing and example of Merton as important forces in his own life, will open the festivities with special remarks at the W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, at 12:30 p.m.
There will be a major announcement about the 2015 Festival of Faiths, Sacred Journeys and the Legacy of Thomas Merton, a celebration inspired by the life and legacy of Merton. Sacred Journeys will be an exploration of spiritual practice and human transformation, as well as a tribute to the poet, hermit, activist, artist and interfaith pioneer whose life continues to inspire generations. The five-day festival, which will be described in greater detail at the press conference, includes poetry, film, theatre, photography, music and dialogue with internationally renowned faith leaders and teachers.
Owsley Brown III, philanthropist and award-winning filmmaker, is the chairman of the 2015 Festival of Faiths, May 12-17 at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Festival leadership will be joined at the press conference by the mayor as well as local arts and religious leaders whose organizations will be participating in the 2015 Festival.
The premiere screening of Morgan Atkinson’s new film, “The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton,” will follow the remarks by the Mayor and the Festival of Faiths announcement. A native of Louisville, Morgan Atkinson has been creating independent films through Duckworks, Inc., since 1975. Among his earlier works is “Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton” (2006).
The screening is free, but seating is limited. Please R.S.V.P. at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations will be accepted, and proceeds will be divided between Neighborhood House and the Center for Interfaith Relations. Neighborhood House, 201 N. 25th Street in the Portland neighborhood, is a community non-profit organization that embodies key interests of Thomas Merton including self-sufficiency, financial independence, health and community building.
"The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is proud to be part of this celebration honoring one of the early champions of the Compassion movement,” says Kim Baker, president of The Kentucky Center, which manages the Brown Theatre. “As a partner in this movement, along with Mayor Fischer, Compassionate Louisville and other organizations, The Kentucky Center is fully committed to upholding the Charter for Compassion with elements such as empowerment, transparency, hospitality and abundance in all that we do. These are some of the same values Merton espoused and that we hold dear.”
Louisville Public Media is also a co-sponsor of the January 31 birthday celebration.
DVDs of Morgan Atkinson’s film will be available for sale in the lobby of the Brown Theatre, as will copies of We Are Already One, Thomas Merton’s Message of Hope, published by Fons Vitae Press in partnership with the Center for Interfaith Relations to commemorate the Merton Centenary.
About The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
The mission of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is to lead and enrich the artistic, educational and economic vitality of the region by providing unparalleled programming and cultural events. For more information, please visit us at kentuckycenter.org.
About The Festival of Faiths
The Festival of Faiths is an annual event that celebrates the religious diversity of our community, promotes unity and strengthens the role of faith in society. It is sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Relations, a nonsectarian 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting interfaith understanding and cooperation. More information is available at www.festivaloffaiths.org.
DUE TO UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND FOR TICKETS, this concert is moving from Louisville's historic Brown Theatre to Iroquois Amphitheater. The Kentucky Center is the OFFICIAL ticketing service for this event.
91.9 WFPK Presents
NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL
with special guest Circulatory System
Saturday, April 25, 8 p.m.
1080 Amphitheater Road, Louisville, 40214
Produced by The Kentucky Center and Production Simple
The Kentucky Center has reseated patrons from the Brown Theatre event into comparable reserved seats at Iroquois Amphitheater. Those patrons have been notified in a separate email or by phone regarding their new tickets.
Tickets for available seats at Iroquois Amphitheater will go on sale to the public Friday, January 30, at 10 a.m., via The Kentucky Center ticketing service online, by phone (502.584.7777), and in-person at the box office and drive-thru.
Tickets are $35, reserved seating, fees apply. Limit 4 tickets per order.
91.9 WFPK Presents
with special musical guest
Thursday, March 26, 8 p.m.
315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202
For fans of: Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter, Alabama Shakes, the Lumineers...
Tickets are $33, reserved seating, fees apply. The Kentucky Center is the OFFICIAL ticketing service for this performance. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, January 23, at 10 a.m. online, by phone (502.584.7777), and in person at the box office counter and drive-thru (501 W. Main, Louisville, 40202).
“You know good art when you see it,” says Newport Folk Festival booker Jay Sweet, an early adopter, “and you know good food when you taste it. Well, you also know good music when you hear it, and when I first heard Houndmouth it was like freshest tasting art I had heard in many moons. A true musical omnivore’s delight.”
“Houndmouth is a great young band,” testifies Patterson Hood of the Truckers. “They toured with us last year and brought it each and every night. They were extremely popular with our fanbase and our band. I look forward to hearing what they do next.”
Rolling Stone’s David Fricke joined the chorus of praise after seeing Houndmouth during SXSW ’13: “They are all singers, leading with individual character and harmonizing in saloon-choir empathy. The music is earthy melancholy with a rude garage-rock streak.”
WALLFLOWER World Tour
Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.
The Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall
501 W. Main, Louisville 40202
DIANA KRALL is a multiple GRAMMY Award-winning jazz pianist and vocalist known for her distinctive musical arrangements and vocal delivery.
On Wallflower, her new VERVE recording to be released February 3, Krall worked with legendary producer David Foster to record a collection of contemporary songs that showcase her gifts as a vocalist in a bold and beautiful way.
Tickets start at $45, reserved seating, fees apply. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, January 23, at 10 a.m. via the Kentucky Center online, by phone (502.584.7777), and in-person at the box office and drive-thru.
The Kentucky Center and VEE Corporation present
SESAME STREET LIVE: "Let's Dance!"
Friday, March 15 - Sunday, March 17
315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202
Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties.
Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the Robot,’ Cookie teaches all ‘feets’ to dance, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite “Shake Your Head One Time.” Favorite friends join the audience on the floor – dancing with fans, not just for them.
It’s Sesame Street Live like you’ve never experienced it before!
Standard tickets start at just $13, reserved seating, fees apply.
Get the ultimate fan experience with Sunny Seats!
The Sunny Seats package features premium show seating and a pre-show Meet & Greet with two Sesame Street Live friends, including Elmo! Sunny Seat orders will include a separate Meet & Greet ticket, which you’ll receive with your show tickets. Each adult & child (age 1 & up) in a group must have a Sunny Seat show ticket and Meet & Greet ticket. All Meet & Greets start one hour before show time and last 20 minutes. Latecomers may miss the opportunity. Please meet at the Sunny Seats sign in the main lobby. Don’t forget your camera!
View online ticketing and details, or call (502) 584-7777 for more information. The Kentucky Center is the OFFICIAL ticketing service for Louisville performances on this tour.
Kentucky Center Members, call the Membership Hotline at 566-5144 for waived handling fees and priority seating. And don’t forget to ask about possible discounts on select shows.
Group pricing is available in select areas. Call (502) 566-5152 for details.
The Kentucky Center Presents
LES YEUX NOIRS
Thursday, March 12, 8 p.m.
The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater
501 W. Main Street, Louisville 40202
Fronted by two violin-wielding brothers, Les Yeux Noirs (“The Black Eyes”) perform a wild, raucous brand of music that derives from Gypsy, Klezmer, and Jazz influences. Whether on stage in Paris, Buenos Aires, or New York, Les Yeux Noirs drives audiences into a frenzy of dancing, singing, and spontaneous applause with music that has universal appeal.
Tickets start at $25. Info/Ticketing, (502) 584-7777.