21c Museum Hotel co-founder Steve Wilson shares his thoughts on Lady Gaga, who plays the Yum! Center in downtown Louisville on March 12.
“Lady Gaga is unique in her own right but shares the stage of our culture with, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Madonna. They all share that spark of unquenchable creative ambition to fulfill their dreams. They came from middle America and all managed, against all odds, to hold onto their dreams and make them real.
“I believe all children are born with an amazing capacity for creativity, but most of us are taught to conform very early in life. Unfortunately, drawing outside of the box or singing into a microphone made out of an egg beater is not behavior most adults encourage.
“I love the visual arts and performing arts because it provides a way for the human spirit to soar. Those who have managed to hang onto an ability to be expressive with their bodies or minds are often able to take the rest of us along for the ride. What a thrill it can be to hear that high note or understand a painting even if you don’t know the artist., That wonderful moment can be private or shared with others.
“Gaga can take us there on stage or even with her voice on the radio. My goal is for 21c to be a place where people can share that moment with young artists from around the world and from right here in Louisville., Who knows, one of them may become the next Picasso or Lady Gaga.
“”˜Poker Face’ has become my favorite song of all time. Not just because it’s Gaga, but because it’s the song Laura Lee and I chose for our performance at the Voice-Tribune’s Best Dressed of Louisville 2010 charity event. That evening is a favorite memory of my time with my wife, and it always makes me smile when I think of it – if I don’t downright giggle., It’s become that place where I go when I’m in a difficult or sad time.
“Our friend Craig Greenberg put a short clip of our dance on YouTube – “Lady Lala & Steve” -, and I love to watch it. At 69 and 63, I think we can move pretty good., I’ve told my friends I want that video played at my funeral because I want my life to be remembered for the fun and courageous things I pushed myself to accomplish. And believe me, that was a push for Laura Lee and me.”
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Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.