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Old 05-25-2011, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Hi everyone,
I got to visit Louisville for a couple days - certainly not long enough but the best I could do at the present so I focused on areas I had seen recommended on this forum.

I was impressed with the Highlands - very walkable and vibrant and I could definitely see myself living in this area. Reminded me a little of Asheville and Haight-Ashbury except not so touristy. Cherokee Park was beautiful.
I drove around the side streets, but didn't see any rental signs posted.

Downtown seemed a little dead, although it was a Monday during the day. I loved the 21c museum and the waterfront park.

I also LOVED Old Louisville, esp. the St. James Court area. The idea that I could rent an apartment in one of these beautiful old houses makes me want to move to Louisville immediately lol. I know from reading here that some of the areas can be bad, but unless people are getting murdered in the streets, I think putting up with a car break-in or two would be worth it. (If I do decide to move, can I post addresses on here for advice?)

Other observations:
Was a little surprised by the number of very noisy cars/bikes in Louisville in general. Not terrible, but just very different from Nashville and Raleigh.

People were somewhat friendly, but certainly not like Nashville and Raleigh. My mother, who is very out-going, was with me and some people just blatantly ignored her when she told them she thought their dog was cute, etc.
This wouldn't bother me as I don't generally talk to people in the street anyway, but it was different.

Anyway, overall I was very impressed with Louisville and am considering moving there. My concern is whether there is enough to do. I browsed Velocity and LEO but they only show events for the week. Waterfront concerts, art car parade, and zombie walk sound like fun. Also the Cabaret figure drawing at the 21c. Are there any other things like this?

That is the main thing I would miss about Raleigh-Durham. We have a giant puppet performance, a Bug Fest (with edible bugs) monthly showings of classic horror movies in 35mm, Drag Bingo, a local fashion show, etc. Does Louisville have its own unique festivals / events?

Thanks!!
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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The St. James art fair in Old Louisville is huge and you'd love it. Also Shakespeare in the Park in the same area. Plus the best festival in the world at Derby time.

Really, just a ton of these things.
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Old 05-25-2011, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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Velocity (published by the Courier-Journal) is about as superficial as superficial can get. Leo was once an interesting read, especially when John Yarmuth ( the founder) wrote a weekly column. Over the years Leo has been reduced to about 1/4 it's volume. Leo is no longer local, it was sold to a company in Nashville. Leo has no office in Louisville.
The St James Court Art Fair takes up much room where vendors sell mostly ornaments and decorations, but no art. Sometimes, a group of local artists set up by the Magnolia Bar an event they call Art Unfair. But the St James Court Art Fair is one of the best opportunities for people watching.
The Highlands is a very interesting place with a variety of shops and Louisville's progressive people.
Loud Harleys are popular in Louisville.
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Crescent Hill
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The St James Court Art Fair takes up much room where vendors sell mostly ornaments and decorations, but no art.
Have you ever actually been to the SJCAF? There are a lot of craftsmen selling "ornaments and decorations," but to say there's no art is ridiculous. How do you even make that distinction, anyway?
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:53 PM
 
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Have you ever actually been to the SJCAF? There are a lot of craftsmen selling "ornaments and decorations," but to say there's no art is ridiculous. How do you even make that distinction, anyway?
His opinion is based in zero evidence and is biased.

St James is consistently rated among the top art shows in America. I guess the 300,000 people in attendance each year do not know art.

Louisville’s St. James Court Art Show Wins Accolades from Style Magazine; Sets Date of 51st Annual Show for October 5-7, 2007

It also has some of the top sales of any art show in America.


To the OP, not only are there all those things to do, but more so. Ill comment more later
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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His opinion is based in zero evidence and is biased.

St James is consistently rated among the top art shows in America. I guess the 300,000 people in attendance each year do not know art.

Louisville’s St. James Court Art Show Wins Accolades from Style Magazine; Sets Date of 51st Annual Show for October 5-7, 2007

It also has some of the top sales of any art show in America.


To the OP, not only are there all those things to do, but more so. Ill comment more later
Any event can call itself an art show. Like brothels can call themselves massage parlors, porn movies can call themselves art movies, and so on.
Sales do not make an art show. Nor does attendance. Such things only designate popularity and financial success.
Walk around for the St. James Court Art Show. Many professional vendors fro all across the country. They sell electric outlet covers with pictures of musicians/groups on them - not hand painted, but applied decals. Vendors sell bowls, vases, tablecloths, chair covers, wall clocks, t-shirt, baseball caps, etc. Looking closely, many of the handmade items are excellently made, like the original jewelry. But this is not art.
Has the St. James Court Art Show ever received reviews in art magazines?
Have any of you ever been to art shows in other cities, like New York, San Francisco, and, yes, even Chicago?
If Louisvillians knew about the art scene in such places they'd be floored.
Art is usually not ornaments or decorations, but thought provoking. Not all art is appealing to the eye.

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Old 05-27-2011, 08:36 PM
 
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Have you ever actually been to the SJCAF? There are a lot of craftsmen selling "ornaments and decorations," but to say there's no art is ridiculous. How do you even make that distinction, anyway?
The first time I went to St. James Court Art Show was 2002. I've been to several since.
Art is one of the subjects that has interested me for decades. I've read much about art and visited museums, as well as art shows, in other cities, including Germany and France.
Takes this tip: if you ever visit an art show in New York City, Los Angeles, or Chicago, don't boast that you've been to the art show in Louisville. If you ever visited art shows there you might notice a tremendous difference.
Or, if you ever encounter local artists, ask them about the St. James Court Art Show. I have.
Ask yourself: what was the most controversial piece at the St. James Court Art Show in the last 10 years?
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:45 PM
 
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There is a lot to do here in Louisville, and you just came when there wasn't a lot going on perhaps. A lot of the night clubs have great music. If your not into night clubs, there are pizza restaurants that put on great entertainment every weekend and thru the week. One such place is "Clifton's Pizza" in Crescent Hill/Frankfort Ave. Every area of the city has different events going on to thru the year and maybe more so in the warmer seasons or holiday season.

This weekend our mayor is having a hike, bike and paddle event and is free to the public. We do this every year at the Waterfront. There is also a flea market at the Fairgrounds this weekend, Singles Dance at Fern Valley Road, Bats baseball at Slugger Field and is every weekend and thru the week on certain days. There is a lot going on and depending on your interests you can find a lot of great things to do.
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:49 PM
 
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The first time I went to St. James Court Art Show was 2002. I've been to several since.
Art is one of the subjects that has interested me for decades. I've read much about art and visited museums, as well as art shows, in other cities, including Germany and France.
Takes this tip: if you ever visit an art show in New York City, Los Angeles, or Chicago, don't boast that you've been to the art show in Louisville. If you ever visited art shows there you might notice a tremendous difference.
Or, if you ever encounter local artists, ask them about the St. James Court Art Show. I have.
Ask yourself: what was the most controversial piece at the St. James Court Art Show in the last 10 years?
I only lived in Louisville five years. I am from Chicago, and have lived and visited many cities. Why compare Louisville to LA or NYC or even Chicago? It is much different.

That said, St James is consistently ranked among the tops even in art magazines. Sunshine artist magazine has had it ranked as high as number 3, and being a bit of an artist on the side myself, I can say that is a high honor.

I do get what you are saying about paintings. You won't often find alot of Picasso quality paintings, but hey, there is still tons of original art from hundreds of vendors who are from all of the country (and world). I can honestly say its among the best shows I have been to and I have been to over a dozen large art shows in different cities including NYC, Chicago, and Miami.

Like it or not, Louisville has a distinct culture, a growing hispter and artistic vibe, and just offers a ton to do for a metro area under 2 million without all the riff raff and cost of a major city. I realize from your posts that you do not like the city. But some of what you post seems to be outright hyperbole. I do appreciate differing point of views, however.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Jeffersonville
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Post Derby

I briefly read some of the posts and did not see the KY Derby- it starts off with a bang, literally, One of the biggest fireworks shows in the country, two weeks before the Derby, there are chow wagons, Balloon race, Balloon glow, mini marathon, on and on then the first Saturday in May is the running of the 138th (is next May).
I grew up in Louisville, and now live in Jeffersonville, Indiana. I love it here, it is not all the hustle and bustle of Louisville, but you can get anywhere in Louisville from the highway. The down side is the traffic can be a bear getting over the bridge especially if you work over there. There are a lot of job opportunities in Jeff, and we have nice parks, etc right across from downtown Louisville if you like the night life.
Good Luck
Kathy
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