BLACK LIVES MATTER

No Justice No Peace

Black Lives Matter. All lives matter is frequently clapped back. All lives most certainly do matter. Emphatically, unquestionably, indubitably. But right now, we are focused on the Black Lives lost and the injustice that has been visited upon the black community for 400 years. We are focused on the lives lost by George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arberry, and many more. There have been protests in the street for weeks across the nation against police brutality and the extrajudicious killings of black folk and white folk alike. Here, in a photo essay are some of the expressions of the protests and the outrage. All pictures were taken by me in Louisville, Kentucky where Breonna Taylor was gunned down in her own apartment by police who executed a “no knock warrant.” One of the officers who participated in the raid has been fired. No one has been charged. There still is no justice for Breonna.

Summer Wine

wp-15874774837616010198242782563280.jpg

This is Colonial Gardens. I used to come her when I was a teenager to drink and listen to the music. One summer I fell in love with  the the lead singer who used to sing the song, Summer Wine. Whenever I hear that song I think back to that summer…

 

It Was a Very Good Year

When I was 17

wp-15864399470892020160062947051180.jpg

 

This is Cox’s park down on the Ohio River. I used to come here as a teenager in a battered old 1959 Chevy Bel Air. I had installed a radio I got from a junk yard and put in speakers in the rear window. We would open up the trunk turn the radio on and dance to the music in the parking lot. Later we would watch the submarine races.

wp-15864399883915664026642175179900.jpg

Ohio River from Cox’s Park

wp-15864400907388034189618971720103.jpg

Old Man River

wp-15864400103173524676824206460790.jpg

Keeps Rolling Along

wp-15864400475899198082495815023163.jpg

In the Autumn of my years

The Killer of Hope

The continuing saga…

fb_img_15694123789377041696186281181562.jpg

So, I was on a photo shoot with Candide in the old neighborhood. Here’s what happened.

Candide: Where should I stand?

Benn: How about over here with that building behind you in the background? Or, over there with the fountain behind you? Or, over there in front of that tree?

Candide keeps walking….

Benn: Or, hey! I have an idea! Why don’t you pick a spot?

Candide: Is that another smart-ass remark? More of your sarcasm?

Benn: What me? Sarcastic? You obviously have me confused with someone else!

Candide: No I don’t! It’s you all right! You with your sarcasm, your cynicism, and your skepticism. You a hope killer!

Benn: Hope kills…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t Life Ironic?

Once upon a time, not long ago, I took my young friend Victoria to see Bonnie Rait at the Louisville Palace. While waiting in line to get in we stood outside next to a picture of Tony Bennett who had been a featured performer at the Palace in the past.  I remarked to Victoria that I had seen Tony Bennett at the Palace back before she was even born.

She looked up at me with her smiling eyes and said, “Isn’t life ironic?”

 

louisville palace630832282324179125..jpg

The Palace Theater

Bonnie Rait

Bonnie Rait

20181204_1932086980550087671505488.jpg

Victoria Meadows

 

 

Tony 2

Tony Bennett

KMAC Couture

Launch Party

KMAC Couture is a wearable art runway show presented by KMAC Museum In Louisville, Kentucky each April. This event offers a unique way to experience the Museum.

kmac couture7476668826083908191..jpg

Everything Couture Here?

I walked into the party

my scarf it was apricot

I had one eye in the viewfinder

and the other rubbering around the room

the girls in their lavish dresses

were on display for all to see

A cupcake is a tasty treat

and the eye candy looked so sweet…

the gates of heaven must be open

I think I saw an angel just walk by.

couture cup cakes5393067887174371334..jpg

couture6467029034218218949.jpg

couture-1523838578358579916.jpg

couture-28889361310451143061.jpg

couture-3689450336042627469.jpg

 

couture-45929547131616962788.jpg

couture-54056190540282091655.jpg

 

 

KMAC Museum, 715 W, Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky

All photos by Benn Bell

 

LOVE

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my fabulous Word Press friends!

love-11162564857284081375.jpg

Love from Louisville

love-11156341100333940152.jpg

Goddess of Love

amor6220816876956754193.jpg

Amour From Philadelphia

love4233262250846321546.jpg

City of Brotherly Love

love-26630487698784011388.jpg

Love from Big Lou

love2469440767491368887.jpg

Love from the Big Apple

THE COLORS OF FALL

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

-Albert Camus

So, I decided to take a walk in the park, This is what I saw:

20181111_1438482239419321052969763.jpg

Cherokee Park, Louisville, Kentucky

20181112_0914491254785693798839047.jpg

Cherokee Park

20181112_091344586994172343758382.jpg

Cherokee Park, Louisville, Kentucky

20181112_0912374982055785039609144.jpg

Cherokee Park, Louisville, Kentucky

20181111_1452538831560849921610728.jpg

Pavilion at the Top of Dog Hill

20181111_1452568094631771504152241.jpg

Cherokee park, Louisville, Kentucky

HENRY IV

henry iv

Is There Free Will?

There is in Louisville, Kentucky. You can find Free Will in Central Park, home of the country’s longest running Free Shakespeare in the Park.

Last night Kentucky Shakespeare, spearheaded by managing producer Matt Wallace, mounted another successful production of one of the bard’s history plays: Henry IV.

Directed by Amy Attaway and acted by a fine ensemble cast it was sight to behold and a treat to listen to. Only a few minor quibbles. Couple of times the mics seemed to fall into a dead zone causing the actor’s voices to drop, a missed light cue or two, and a couple of slow entrances, but these are minor flaws in an otherwise outstanding performance.

Henry IV is one of my favorites among many of Shakespeare’s plays. It has some of his best lines and it introduces one of the greatest characters of all time, Falstaff. Some have said that Falstaff is a stand in for Shakespeare himself and have cited the similarity in their names: Fall/staff, Shake/speare.

Harold Bloom writing in his, Shakespeare, The Invention of the Human, quotes Hegel: “Shakespeare made his best characters free artists of themselves.” The freest of them all are Hamlet and Falstaff because they are they are the most intelligent of Shakespeare’s persons. Falstaff certainly shows his proclivity for eating, drinking, and fornicating and basically being a social deviant.

Anthony Burgess suggests that the Falstaffian spirit is a great sustainer of civilization. It disappears when the state is too powerful. There is little of Falstaff’s spirit in the world today. As the power of the state expands, what is left will be liquidated.

But wait…don’t banish Falstaff, not sweet, kind Jack Falstaff, true Jack Fallstaff, valiant Jack Falstaff, old Falstaff, banish plump Jack and banish all the world.

Keep Will Free!

 

 

 

A COMEDY TONIGHT!

Comedy of Errors

 

wp-1499631036842.jpg

Saw a production of Kentucky Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors in Central Park last night in Old Louisville. Matt Wallace’s merry band of players brought this hilarious play of mistaken identity to vivid life on the outdoor stage. Even if you don’t understand every single word of the Elizabethan tongue you will have no problem following the action.

Kudos to Matt Wallace for his fine directing and stage blocking. Many scenes were staged to look like paintings or tableaus. And the costumes! Divine. Colorful, flowing, rich, sensuous materials; candy to the eye and music to the ear. All against a color coordinated set dominated by brown with white furniture, windows, doors, and lattice works. Baskets of brightly colored fruits and vegetable accented the tables.

At no time did the action drag. As one character leaves the stage another enters, usually talking.

Really liked the Greek dance at the end.  A nice grace note to end upon.

All in all, it was a Comedy Tonight!