A photo from "The View from Back Here" exhibit | Courtesy of Louisville Visual Art
A photo from “The View from Back Here” exhibit | Courtesy of Louisville Visual Art

It’s a busy month at ReSurfaced: The Liberty Build, from live music to a high school stage production, but one highlight of the many activities is a youth photography show coordinated by the Backside Learning Center, Louisville Visual Art and the Louisville Story Program. Titled “A View from Back Here: Snapshots and Memories from the Backside of the Track,” the exhibit opens Friday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Students from the Backside Learning Center with their cameras | Courtesy of Louisville Visual Art
Students from the Backside Learning Center with their cameras | Courtesy of Louisville Visual Art

The exhibit is the culmination of a summer photography and oral history program for children whose parents work on the backside of Churchill Downs.

With guidance from LVA and LSP instructors and a grant from UPS, the kids were given cameras, taught the fundamentals of photography and then let loose to document their everyday lives growing up around the track’s backside.

The photos will be on display in a makeshift gallery created out of shipping containers by the folks at Forest Giant, and the exhibit will be open throughout the month when ReSurfaced is open, which is Thursdays and Fridays from 5-10 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-10 p.m.

Here’s a rundown of the rest of the events at ReSurfaced — located at 319 S. Shelby St. — in October:

Thursday, Oct. 6 — Hang out with the New2Lou group as well as folks from the Louisville Downtown Residents Association. Includes food and beverages from Ramsi’s Café on the World and Heine Bros. Coffee. There will be soccer games going on as well.

Friday, Oct. 7 — The Spencer County High School Drama Club will perform “Blues” by Jerome McDonough at 6 p.m., followed by performances from the Louisville Dance Alliance. There will be more soccer as well. This also is the opening reception for “The View from Back Here,” which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8 — The Louisville Free Public Library Children’s Bookmobile will make a stop at ReSurfaced, and it’s also Rock the Vote night, which will feature performances by local bands: Dave Clark Jazz Ensemble (4 p.m.), Otis Jr. & The Jesse Lees (4:50 p.m.), Rmllw2llz (5:40 p.m.), Katie Boeck (6:30 p.m.), Powell (7:20 p.m.), In Lightning (8:10 p.m.) and the Zach Longoria Project (9 p.m.). You’ll be able to register to vote as well. And, once again, there will be soccer games all night long.

A worker puts the finishing touches on one of the goal areas of ReSurfaced's soccer field on Shelby Street. | Photo by Boris Ladwig
A worker puts the finishing touches on one of the goal areas of ReSurfaced’s soccer field on Shelby Street. | Photo by Boris Ladwig

Thursday, Oct. 13 — TBD

Friday, Oct. 14 — Comedy night featuring Patrick Taft, Kimberly Vaughn, Justin Tabb and DJ DS.

Saturday, Oct. 15 — Pumpkin creating by Seven Nine Eighty Productions, henna and facepainting by Bohemian Monkey, and live music and performances by Strive, Hite Jam Band, Cheyenne Mize and Beacons.

Thursday, Oct. 20 — Hang out with folks from the St. John’s Center.

Friday, Oct. 21 — Market Night featuring Kentucky for Kentucky products.

Saturday, Oct. 22 — More pumpkins by Seven Nine Eighty Productions, also music by METEZ & DJ Whoodie Who, Mode Roulette and Brenda.

Thursday, Oct. 27 — TBD

Friday, Oct. 28 — Alex Smith’s Hoot & Holler.

Saturday, Oct. 29 — It’s time for the SlowFoods: Fried Chicken ThrowDown, as well as an LVA Art Buffet and performances by the Louisville Leopards, Strive, Hite Junkyard Hawks, the Louisville Drum Circle, Daria Raymore, and The Afrophysicists.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."