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Second Sight Spirits hosts night of music and reading of play Sam Shepard’s True West

A staged reading of the play True West by Sam Shepard will take place Thursday December 19 at 7 p.m. at Second Sight Spirits in Ludlow (301 Elm St.).

Thursday at 7 p.m. Kelly Fine, of local Americana band Young Heirlooms, will play a solo set before the reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Kelly is an incredible artist who weaves authentic stories of adventure and romance in her songwriting. Kelly has been performing for nearly a decade at venues across the Midwest.

The evening is being produced by Kaos Studios, a local performing arts & community organization that focuses on bringing more performing arts to Northern Kentucky. The cast includes local actors James Hummeldorf III, Jeffrey Miller, Matthew Jent and Colette Marine Lindemann.

Admission is free and it is encouraged to bring household goods (i.e. laundry detergent, garbage bags, fabric softener, dryer sheets, dishwashing liquids, etc.) or monetary donations to be accepted by the families of Lincoln Grant Scholar House.

Lincoln Grant Scholar House was constructed at 8th and Greenup St. in the 1930’s as a school for African Americans before desegregation. After multiple uses, it had laid vacant since 2003 before being reopened in 2017 with a mission to use education and housing to break the cycle of poverty, 45 families at a time.

Second Sight Spirits offers cocktails with their own rum, whiskey and moonshine. They also offer coffee by Deeper Roots. Second Sight has a knack for the unusual and interactive. The owners were prop masters and riggers on big shows in Vegas before starting their rum distillery which now houses a bar and theatre space.

True West, which was revived by Broadway earlier this year, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1983. This came 4 years after Sam Shepard received a Pulitzer Prize for Buried Child. Shepard’s style is raw, his characters are flawed and realities are unique. He was born in Illinois in 1943 and died in Kentucky in 2017. He was a playwright, an actor and a musician. He collaborated with Patti Smith, went on tour with Bob Dylan and won the Palme d’Or for the film Paris, Texas. This performance is dedicated to him.

Get there early! There are roughly 30 GOOD seats, and can fit more further from the action.

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