First Friday Trolley Hop Fri., Oct. 5 includes avant-garde Zephyr Gallery show, Louisville Ballet opening night
But the trolley hops especially have grown into major monthly arts events/parties, drawing crowds in the thousands. And now, the First Friday Trolley Hop has a bold new logo with an unexplained ‘t’ in the word “Hop.” That’s what you can do with funding.
Anyway, the next “Republic Bank” First Friday Trolley Hop is scheduled for Friday, October 5, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. through our evermore popular downtown and NuLu.
Circulating trolleys take participants to various art galleries, restaurants, and shops along the Main and Market Street corridors.
Special events planned include:
• Zephyr Gallery, 610 E. Market St., will host the opening reception for “Light Box,” an exhibition of new large-scale works by celebrated Louisville artists Letitia Quesenberry and Chris Radtke. It has been said that darkness makes the light believable. For this exhibition, both Quesenberry and Radtke are ratcheting down the light. Each artist has created their own room-sized installation in which the lack of light requires an immediate adjustment of the viewer’s senses.
• Louisville Ballet, 315 E. Main St. begins a new season October 5, opening with “Lady of the Camellias.” Based on the famous novel “La Dame aux Camellias” by Alexandre Dumas fils, Val Caniparoli’s choreography transports us to Paris of the 19th-century where Marguerite, a Parisian courtesan, is embroiled in a story of love and loss to save her lover’s honor. Groups of ten or more receive a 20% discount. Call Alyson at (502) 583-3150 ext. 242.
• Garner Narrative, located at 642 East Market St., will host the opening reception for Keith Stone’s Red Penguin Series “Globalized Art, and What Does This Mean Now?” Stone considers how art travels and changes meaning for the iconic red penguins brought to Louisville by 21C Museum Hotel, from an artist collective in Italy, via the Venice Biennale.
Free parking is available on the street after 6 p.m. or at Slugger Field, Main Street at Jackson, and the 4th St. Live! garage after six.
For additional information or to view a map of the trolley route and parking options, visit the LDMD website here.
The Trolley Hop Program is sponsored by Republic Bank and is supported by the Downtown Development Corporation, the East Market District Association, the Louisville Downtown Management District and the Main Street Association, all in partnership with TARC.
Established in 2001, the First Friday Trolley Hop program has been growing for more than 10 years. The Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop is held on the first Friday of each month, rain or shine, and the trolleys are free and run until 11:00pm (most galleries close at 9:00pm).
ABOUT LDMD: The Louisville Downtown Management District (LDMD), Kentucky’s first, was established on August 27, 1991 to promote the economic, residential and cultural vitality of the core of downtown. Its mission is to promote the neighborhood’s quality of life by creating a safer, cleaner and more enjoyable environment. LDMD is a vocal advocate for Downtown, working with property owners, government agencies and elected officials to secure needed support and resources for neighborhood improvement. The District has defined boundaries and is supported with assessments paid by district property owners. The Board of Directors is comprised of business and property owners, residents, community representatives and government officials committed to striking a balance between development and community enrichment.