ConGlomeration, Louisville's only multimedia sci-fi and fantasy convention run for fans, by fans is 50 uninterrupted hours of family-friendly fandom. ConGlomeration 2019 will be held Easter Weekend, April 19 to 21, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Hotel.
At ConGlomeration, the fan experience is about more than spending hundreds of dollars to stand in line for hours with only a generic celebrity photo and autograph to show for it. Members describe ConGlomeration as a geek family reunion.
Meet Star Wars Super-Author Timothy Zahn
Legendary Star Wars novelist and sci-fi super-author Timothy Zahn will be the 2019 Author Guest of Honor. In some circles Tim is known as “the man who saved Star Wars.” His Thrawn Trilogy — which introduced the infamous villain Grand Admiral Thrawn to Star Wars canon, as well the Imperial capital planet of Coruscant, and the assassin-turned-hero Mara Jade — kickstarted widespread interest in the EU in 1991. Since then, Tim has published over forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction.
Meet D&D and Magic Illustrator Steve Prescott
Acclaimed game illustrator Steve Prescott will be the 2019 Artist Guest of Honor. Steve is one of the most recognizable and influential RPG artists of the last 20 years, with his unmistakable style appearing in games and sourcebooks since 1995. Steve has developed illustrations and designs for White Wolf Games, FASA, Paizo, Blizzard, Copenhagen Creators, Hasbro, Animal Planet, and most notably for Wizards of the Coast where he has contributed heavily to both Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering.
Meet Your Long-Lost Geek Family
ConGlomeration has been a fixture in the local science fiction calendar since 2001, continuing a Louisville fandom legacy that began with RiverCon in 1975. Come be a part of this ongoing tradition and meet the long-lost geek family you didn't know you had.
Activities start at noon on Friday, April 19 and continue until 2pm on Sunday, April 21, 2019. Advance memberships are $35 until December 31, $40 until April 5, 2019 and $45 thereafter and at the door. Children five and under are admitted free of charge. More information can be found here.
Kentucky Shakespeare is bringing a new production of Macbeth to Locust Grove! Join the internationally renowned Kentucky Shakespeare company as they present a 90-minute production of one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies. Admission is free. The performance area, food, and cash bar will be available at 5:30 pm; the play starts promptly at 6:30 pm. Bring your own blankets and chairs. You can find more information here.
Theatre Reprise! is holding auditions for their inaugural production, Neil Simon's OSCAR & FELIX: A NEW LOOK AT THE ODD COUPLE.
America's comic mastermind has updated his classic comedy THE ODD COUPLE, bringing the trials and tribulations of Felix Under and Oscar Madison to the present day. Those who love the original version will laugh all over again at the classic characters in an all-new setting, the first production of this new version in the Louisville area.
Produced by Craig Nolan Highley and Jeremy Gutierrez, the show will be directed by Jason Cooper and staged managed by Janice Walter.
They are casting for the roles of:
Julia Castazuelo - Female, Latina - Oscar & Felix's giggly upstairs neighbor, one of a pair of Spanish sisters. She is a widow.
Inez Costazuelo - Female, Latina - Oscar & Felix's giggly upstairs neighbor, one of a pair of Spanish sisters. She is a divorcée.
Speed - Male - One of Oscar's Poker buddies. Gruff and Sarcastic, often picking on Vinnie & Murray
Murray - Male - A NYPD policeman, one of Oscar and Felix's poker buddies.
Roy - Male - One of Oscar and Felix’s poker buddies. Oscar's accountant. Roy has a dry wit but is less acerbic than Speed.
Vinnie - Male - One of Oscar and Felix’s poker buddies. Vinnie is mild-mannered and henpecked, making him an easy target for Speed's verbal barbs.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and will be held at the home of Jeremy Gutierrez, 517 Lyndale Ave. 40222 on Monday April 15 at 7 pm until finished.
Performances will be at The Bard's Town, June 27-July 6. More information can be found here.
Out of the Closet and Into the StreetsPandora Productions celebrates the50th Anniversary of Stonewall withIke Holter’s HIT THE WALL
As the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots approaches, Pandora Productions is proud to present Ike Holter’s HIT THE WALL. An homage to the beginning of a movement! The play follows the stories of regular people thrust into extraordinary circumstances. We must never forget that the courage of a few have made a difference for all.
Fed up with harassment by the police, the denizens of the Stonewall Inn fight back! It's the early hours of June 28, 1969 when a “routine” police raid on The Stonewall Inn, a popular underground gay bar in Greenwich Village, sparks a full-scale riot. Violent protests and street demonstrations continued for the next several days in what became known as The Stonewall Riots, thrusting a group of unlikely revolution-aries onto the frontlines of history and igniting one of the most influential social and political movements of the 20th Century. HIT THE WALL focuses on that wild and enigmatic first night of the riots, placing the audience just on the periphery of the conflict. An imaginative blend of history and mythology, it shines a contemporary light on the legacy of Stonewall.
HIT THE WALL is being directed by the company’s Artistic Director, Michael J. Drury. The cast includes: Yehudah Jai Husband, Kate Holland-Ballew, Morgan Younge, Mike Price, Lincoln Monroe, Elliott Talkington, Wes Yunker and Rachel Vidal.
HIT THE WALL will run May 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 p; May 19 at 5:30 p and a matinee on May 12 at 2:30 p. The production will be presented at the Henry Clay Theatre in the historic Henry Clay building located at 604 South Third Street, 3rd Floor, Downtown Louisville. Single tickets are available for $20 in advance and $22 day of show for this production online at PandoraProds.org, or by phone at 502.216.5502.
VOICES of Kentuckiana Celebrates 25th Anniversary with April 14 Concert "We Belong Together-Changing Hearts"
VOICES will present their spring concert, WE BELONG TOGETHER-CHANGING HEARTS, at The Kentucky Center (501 W Main Street) in the Bomhard Theatre on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 5:00pm. Tickets are now on sale for $20 ($15 for students and Seniors) at VoicesKY.org, KentuckyCenter.org, or by calling 502-584-7777. As a chorus for the community, VOICES will spotlight three local community organizations who do incredible work to bring positive change to the lives of people in our community. Each organization will have three minutes of time during the concert to share the core of their organization. VOICES will follow each segment with relatable songs. The organizations are The Center for Women and Families, The University of Louisville LGBTQ Center, and Kentucky Refugees Ministry.
Artistic and Managing Director Jeff Buhrman shared this about VOICES 25th Anniversary concert celebration, "VOICES was founded in 1994, providing a safe space for LGBTQ community to sing together and to share their music and stories with local audiences. During the last 25 years, VOICES has grown into a family of LGBTQA members who welcome the larger community into our family of listeners. We sing for equality, truth, and justice." Added Jeff, "This concert will celebrate VOICES and other mission-focused organizations through video and song. It will be an incredibly entertaining and uplifting concert."
This concert will mark the last production under the direction of Jeff Buhrman who will retire after five years with VOICES, fifteen years as Artistic Director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC, and 25 years as a high school choral director and counselor. Jeff shared, "Working with the VOICES singers has been an amazing experience. As musicians, they have grown so much during the last five years. Most importantly, VOICES has developed outstanding partnerships with local arts, LGBTQ and other community organizations as we all work together to change hearts." VOICES is in the midst of a nationwide search for a new Artistic & Managing Director.