Guy Mendes, Marble Creek in Summer, silver gelatin print, 16″ x 20″
OFF THE ROAD! is a literary and musical event to raise consciousness and benefit the Disconnectors, a grassroots group fighting the proposed I-75 Connector road, which will cut through Jessamine and Madison Counties and which opponents say will threaten the Kentucky River Palisades and wild and historic tributaries like Marble Creek and Neal’s Branch.
The evening will begin at 5:00 pm at the Ann Tower Gallery in the Downtown Arts Center with a display of photography by Guy Mendes showing the Marble Creek area. At 7:00 pm, the doors to the Lyric Theatre will open, with writers and musicians taking the stage at 7:30 pm.
The event will feature a rare public appearance by author and essayist Wendell Berry, recent recipient of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s lifetime achievement award for his steadfast promotion of the need for people to live at peace with their environment. Also appearing will be Kentuckian Barbara Kingsolver, named one of the most important writers of the 20th Century by Writers Digest, Crystal Wilkinson, Richard Taylor, Maurice Manning, Erik Reece, Eric Scott Sutherland, Matt Duncan, the Northside Sheiks and Tee Dee Young. Additionally, the video for the original protest song, “The Vampire Road” written and performed by Steve Broderson with Twist of Fate specifically about the proposed connector, will make its world premiere at the event.