As WFPL's arts and humanities reporter, Erin Keane reports on the issues, trends, people and events that impact Louisville's arts landscape.

Every artist also develops a craft—those deliberate and perfected techniques and methods used to write a novel, shoot a film, create a sculpture or become a character on stage. 

On ArtCraft, you'll find reviews of plays, books and arts experiences, as well as the latest news and commentary on Louisville's arts landscape and a thoughtful exploration of how and why a particular piece of art works (or doesn't). 


8:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Unique Interpretations of Poe’s Most Haunting Works Find Home at Frazier History Museum

Eric Frantz, Kelly Moore and Tony Dingman in "An Evening With Poe" at the Frazier History Museum.
Credit courtesy Frazier History Museum

For the fifth year, the Frazier History Museum is bringing the haunting stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe to life. 

The legendary author of mystery and macabre died 165 years ago, but his influence continues to resonate. Some audience members arrive for the show dressed in all black, with a raven on their shoulder, said Frazier Project Specialist Tony Dingman.

“Edgar Allan Poe has, at least lately—the past five years or so it seems—a cult following, which I always enjoy," Dingman said.

An Evening With Poe" begins a two-week run tonight.

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Arts and Humanities
7:57 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Louisville's Experimental Arts Stream Expanding to Radio Dial


For two years,  ARTxFM, a nonprofit web  radio station has been streaming its unique arts and experimental programming from a small office in Louisville's NuLu neighborhood.

Now, the web-based operation is turning to the radio dial.

ARTxFM received approval by the Federal Communications Commission last week and assigned a permanent frequency at 97.1, according to General Manager Sharon Scott.

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Arts and Humanities
2:51 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Teddy Abrams Leads the Louisville Orchestra on a Tour of the 'Sacred and Profane'

Music director Teddy Abrams conducted the Louisville Orchestra in a thrilling tour of the "Sacred and Profane."
Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL News

Music director Teddy Abrams brought his "Sacred and Profane" vision to life this morning at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts with a triumphant performance that featured an  original piece from the versatile composer and fiddler Jeremy Kittel, with Lexington-based pop cellist Ben Sollee up front, and an unprecedented 380-singer choir for a thrilling rendition of Carl Orff's earthy masterpiece "Carmina burana." Abrams dedicated the first half of the show to the sacred, with a six-song series of orchestral and vocal pieces, ranging from Mozart's "Vesperae solennes de confessore" an

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Arts and Humanities
3:17 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Enormous Community Choir to Perform 'Carmina Burana' With the Louisville Orchestra

The Louisville Orchestra rehearses with 380-person choir singing Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana."
Credit Lindsay Vallandingham / Louisville Orchestra

Last season's Louisville Orchestra performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony featured a choir of 115 singers—a generous number, to be sure. But this week's concert finale, a performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," will more than triple the number of singers on the Whitney Hall Stage. Under the direction of University of Louisville's director of choral activities Kent Hatteberg, an estimated 380 singers will crowd the stage with the orchestra to bring maximum volume and impact to the iconic cantata.

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Arts and Humanities
2:23 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Philippe de Montebello's Rendez-vous With Art

Philippe de Montebello
Credit Wild Bill Melton

Philippe de Montebello is the longest-serving director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His retirement in 2008 wasn't only the end of his 31-year tenure, it was seen as an end of an era at the venerable institution, too. His new book, “Rendez-vous With Art,” co-written with art critic Martin Gayford, is a series of conversations between the curator and the critic inside museums around the world—part travel memoir, part art history reflection, part personal response. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:28 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Actors Theatre's 'The Last Five Years' Examines the Anatomy of a Break-Up

Autumn Hurlbert and Jed Resnick in "The Last Five Years" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Even in its most amicable and civilized incarnations, divorce is a tricky subject. Relationships are work, we tell each other. And in America, at least, we meet a reluctance to do the work—even if it means putting up with conditions that are, at best, beneath your needs—with suspicion. We would like to be able to identify the shirker, the one who didn't make it work.

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Arts and Humanities
10:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

New Documentary Explores the Enduring Appeal of Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali at his Deer Lake training camp (film still).
Credit I Am Ali / Focus World Features

Fifty years after he won his first heavyweight world championship in an upset over Sonny Liston, a new documentary examines the spiritual and personal side of boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s fame.  

Directed by Clare Lewins, “I Am Ali” is a thoughtful and insightful look into the three-time heavyweight boxing champion and Olympic gold medalist who, at 72, is still arguably the most famous American in the world.

The film, from the producers of the Academy Award-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” opens nationwide this week, and Friday at Village 8 Theatres.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Musical Coming to Actors Theatre Examines One Couple's 'The Last Five Years'

Jed Resnick (Jamie) with Autumn Hurlbert (Cathy) in the background during rehearsals for Actors Theatre of Louisville's upcoming production of Jason Robert Brown's "The Last Five Years."
Credit Philip Allgeier / Actors Theatre of Louisville

In Jason Robert Brown’s intimate, two-actor musical “The Last Five Years,” the audience meets rising-star writer Jamie as he meets and falls in love with Cathy, a struggling actress. Things go well, until they don’t. But what sets this show apart from the usual failed romance is where Cathy is at the top of the show—she begins the show five years later, at the end of her relationship with Jamie, looking back, then tells her side of the story in reverse chronological order. 

They’re only at the same point in their relationship once, ever-so-briefly.

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Arts and Humanities
1:22 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Traveling Dance Company Offers Insights From Their Art to Louisville Youngsters

The Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company
Credit Tom Caravaglia

An array of young dancers arched their backs Monday and propelled their limbs into tightly wound sweeping motions while lowering into plies—one eye on the mirror, another on Lee Duveneck.

Duveneck, a member of the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company, turned to the YPAS students.

“It’s a selfish act to dance, but that selfish act goes out to the audience, yeah? So connect to the pleasure,” he said. 

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