Erin Keane

Arts and Humanities Reporter

Erin Keane covers Louisville's vibrant arts and humanities scene for WFPL. A former newspaper theater critic and arts writer, she has lived in Louisville since 1994 and is a graduate of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, Bellarmine University's communications program and Spalding University's graduate creative writing program. 

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IdeaFestival 2014
9:22 am
Wed October 1, 2014

The People's Cook: Robert Karimi Rallies Communities Around Food, Theater

Robert Karimi
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Playwright and performance artist Robert Karimi is a National Poetry Slam champion, a Def Poetry Jam alumnus and creator of the episodic theatrical experience “The Cooking Show con Karimi and Comrades.” Through the character of his alter ego, a chef named Mero Cocinero, the San Francisco Bay Area-born Iranian-Guatemalan trans-media artist brings people and food together for interactive evenings of storytelling, culinary adventure, nutrition, wellness and community. Karimi speaks at IdeaFestival  at 10:30 a.m Thursday as part of a panel, “Art on the Edge.”

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IdeaFestival 2014
7:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

'Practical Classics' Author Kevin Smokler Re-visits Vonnegut

Kevin Smokler
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San Francisco-based author Kevin Smokler writes and speaks about the past and future of media and culture. He’s the author of the essay collection “Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School,” in which he revisits staples of the high school English literature canon as an adult, from “Pride and Prejudice” to “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.” He’s currently at work on a new book of essays, “Brat Pack America,” about 1980s teen films.

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Arts and Humanities
1:56 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Louisville Artists Not Sheepish About Joint 'Wool' Exhibit

Oil landscape by Catherine Bryant
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Louisville artists Vallorie Henderson and Catherine Bryant have been friends for years. About five years ago, when they started talking about collaborating, the connection was fairly concrete—Henderson is a fiber artist who works with raw wool, and at the time, she raised her own sheep; Bryant, a landscape painter with an affinity for grazing animals, wanted to paint Henderson’s flock.

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Arts and Humanities
6:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Here's Who Won at the Louisville Music Awards

Area musicians were honored last night at Headliners Music Hall for the second annual Louisville Music Awards. Some of the same names from last year's list appeared again—Jalin Roze took the top hip-hop honors for the second year in a row, Dave Chale is once again the top producer/engineer, Billy Goat Strut Revue (featuring WFPL's own Laura Ellis) continues to win in the cover band category, and perennial favorites Wax Fang, who won for song of the year last year, prevailed in the pop/rock category.

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Arts and Humanities
4:23 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Classical Vocalist Storm Large: From Reality TV to Carnegie Hall

Storm Large
Credit Laura Domela

Storm Large has had an unconventional career for a classical vocalist. She honed her skills on the West Coast rock club circuit, even making it almost to the top of a reality show, “Rock Star: Supernova,” in 2006. Now she tours the world as a vocalist with the genre-busting "little orchestra" Pink Martini.

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Arts and Humanities
2:48 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Gershwin Expert Kevin Cole Returns to Lead Louisville Orchestra in Second Rhapsody

Kevin Cole
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Kevin Cole was a last-minute surprise last October when he stepped in as an eleventh-hour replacement to lead the Louisville Orchestra in George Gershwin's iconic "Rhapsody in Blue." The world-renowned Gershwin expert, who critics say plays like the composer himself, returns this week to lead the Orchestra in Gershwin's other rhapsody, a later work that went by many names (including "New York Rhapsody") before settling, finally, on the simple "Second Rhapsody."

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Arts and Humanities
3:07 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Annual Public Art Symposium at U of L Examines Art and Social Practice

"Revival Field," 1991-ongoing (plants, industrial fencing on a hazardous waste landfill)
Credit Mel Chin

The University of Louisville will once again explore topics in public art at a symposium Friday at the University Club. This is the fourth year the university has hosted local, regional and national guests to discuss “Public Art and the City,” covering topics ranging from public art preservation to its role in environmental sustainability.

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Arts and Humanities
4:15 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Kentucky Native Gina Phillips Brings Art Home in 21C Exhibit

"Benjamin Arthur Ellis" by Gina Phillips. 2011. Fabric, thread, paint.
Credit Gina Phillips

New Orleans-based artist Gina Phillips has a scavenger's heart. She plucked the name of her latest exhibit, "A Thirsty Switch Still Quivers For Me," from a childhood memory of her grandmother using divining rods to search for water underground. She uses a long-arm quilting machine to free-form stitch bits of synthetic hair and silk onto scraps of fabric to create textured objects that exist somewhere between the two- and three-dimensional art plane. She comes by the assemblage approach naturally, she said. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:53 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Actors Theatre's Bloody 'Dracula' Ushers in Autumn's Long, Dark Nights

Randolph Curtis Rand and Erika Grob in "Dracula" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

An odd foreigner's moved into the crumbling abbey up the hill. The newspapers are reporting awfully strange stories. Young Dr. Seward has watched, helpless, while his beloved fiancée has wasted away before his own eyes. His best friend Jonathan Harker's gone missing abroad.  And his other patients, already suffering from mental illnesses, are getting ... restless. Time to call in his old friend Van Helsing, whose obsession with the occult might shed some light on Seward's ever-darkening days. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare Announces 2015 Season: 'Macbeth' and More

Kentucky Shakespeare packed Central Park over the summer.
Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL News

It’s going to be tough for Kentucky Shakespeare to top their record-breaking summer season. More than 27,000 people attended eight full-length productions in Old Louisville’s Central Park during the 10-week Shakespeare in the Park festival. But as he enters his second year as producing artistic director of the country’s longest-running free outdoor Shakespeare festival, Matt Wallace is sure going to try.

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