89.3 WFPL http://wfpl.org Louisville's NPR® News Station Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:01:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Fund for the Arts Launches 2015 #ArtIs Campaign to Raise $8.3 Million http://wfpl.org/fund-arts-launches-2015-artis-campaign-raise-8-3-million/ http://wfpl.org/fund-arts-launches-2015-artis-campaign-raise-8-3-million/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:01:34 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=30858 Fund for the Arts Launches 2015 #ArtIs Campaign to Raise $8.3 Million

Louisville’s Fund for the Arts is kicking off its 2015 campaign—themed #ArtIs—on Tuesday with the announcement of a an $8.3 million goal. If reached, it will be the most raised by the Fund in the last five years. The #ArtIs … Read Story

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Louisville’s Fund for the Arts is kicking off its 2015 campaign—themed #ArtIs—on Tuesday with the announcement of a an $8.3 million goal.

If reached, it will be the most raised by the Fund in the last five years.

The #ArtIs theme speaks to how art affects everyone’s lives in a different, yet equally impactful way, said Christen Boone, who enters her first annual campaign as president and chief executive of the Fund for the Arts.

“The idea is that art is different for everyone, everyone interacts with art differently and everyone has a different artform that is special to them,” Boone said.

“Everybody has their own participation in art, whether it’s listening to music, going to concerts, playing an instrument or someone who is a patron and supports the arts in lots of different ways.”

The fund gives financial support to Louisville arts community staples, including Kentucky Shakespeare, the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Opera and the Louisville Ballet, along with awarding grants to more than 162 schools and community organizations throughout the region.

“I think that is one thing that’s important to understand is that this year we will raise over $8 million—that’s from 20,000 donors, and what that means is that there are many people that make that possible,” Boone said.

She said 14,000 people gave a dollar a day to the Fund last year.

“And those people are what makes that possible,” Boone said. “It’s really about people who give through their hearts, and they give through their paychecks—making Louisville competitive with other cities its size.”

Louisville ranks among top cities for per capita giving to the arts, resulting in a thriving arts scene entertains more than 1 million people annually, creating an economic impact of more than $259 million; it is also one of only 10 cities nationwide that can boast a resident opera, ballet, orchestra and theatre.

“It makes us the kind of city in which we want to live, work, raise our children and grow our business,” Boone said.

]]> http://wfpl.org/fund-arts-launches-2015-artis-campaign-raise-8-3-million/feed/ 0 Here’s the Initial Line-Up For Forecastle Festival 2015 http://wfpl.org/heres-initial-line-forecastle-festival-2015/ http://wfpl.org/heres-initial-line-forecastle-festival-2015/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:00:20 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=30848 Here’s the Initial Line-Up For Forecastle Festival 2015

This year, Forecastle Festival will be both familiar and new. The three-day music festival will feature Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket, singer-songwriter Sam Smith, southern rock/jam band Widespread Panic and indie stalwarts Modest Mouse, organizers announced Tuesday. In its … Read Story

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This year, Forecastle Festival will be both familiar and new.

The three-day music festival will feature Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket, singer-songwriter Sam Smith, southern rock/jam band Widespread Panic and indie stalwarts Modest Mouse, organizers announced Tuesday.

In its 13th year, Forecastle will be July 17-19 at Waterfront Park. (City, park and festival leaders announced Monday that the festival would stay at Waterfront Park at least through 2019.)

My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic have taken past turns as Forecastle headliners. For their part, Smith’s career has risen in the past couple years and Modest Mouse is releasing its first new album this year since 2007′s “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.”

Other top bill bands include Southern Indiana’s Houndmouth and Bowling Green-based Cage the Elephant. Also, the Bourbon Lodge (with all things bourbon) will return.

This is the “first wave” of line-up announcements, the festival said in a news release.  So expect more bands as the festival approaches.

Weekend passes will start at $144.50 and go on sale Friday.

Here’s the line-up announced Tuesday:

  • Sam Smith
  • My Morning Jacket
  • Widespread Panic
  • Modest Mouse
  • Cage the Elephant
  • Houndmouth
  • TWEEDY
  • Tallest Man On Earth
  • Portugal. The Man
  • RL Grime
  • First Aid Kit
  • Desaparecidos
  • Shovels & Rope
  • Big K.R.I.T.
  • The Word
  • Cold War Kids
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • Sturgill Simpson
  • St. Paul & the Broken Bones
  • Cherub
  • iLoveMakonnen
  • San Fermin
  • Kiesza
  • Over The Rhine
  • The Lone Bellow
  • People Under The Stairs
  • The Barr Brothers
  • Alvvays
  • Milo Greene
  • The SteelDrivers
  • Field Report
  • Speedy Ortiz
  • Son Lux
  • JEFF The Brotherhood
  • King Tuff
  • Noah Gundersen
  • Twin Peaks
  • Cathedrals
  • Fly Golden Eagle
  • Diarrhea Planet
  • The Revivalists
  • Empires
  • Broncho
  • White Reaper
  • Twin Limb
  • Knox Hamilton
  • Parker Millsap

]]> http://wfpl.org/heres-initial-line-forecastle-festival-2015/feed/ 0 What Infectious Diseases Kentuckians Do (and Don’t) Have to Really Worry About http://wfpl.org/infectious-diseases-kentuckians-dont-worry/ http://wfpl.org/infectious-diseases-kentuckians-dont-worry/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:01:58 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=30015 What Infectious Diseases Kentuckians Do (and Don’t) Have to Really Worry About

Ebola, MERS and polio are just a few infectious diseases that made international headlines in 2014. Not all infections diseases should wear on the minds of most Kentuckians. But Dr.  Kraig Humbaugh, director of Kentucky’s division of epidemiology and health … Read Story

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Ebola, MERS and polio are just a few infectious diseases that made international headlines in 2014.

Not all infections diseases should wear on the minds of most Kentuckians. But Dr.  Kraig Humbaugh, director of Kentucky’s division of epidemiology and health planning, said response plans for each potential outbreak is tailored to the disease.

“The first order of business is surveillance. Are we seeing cases of a particular disease in the state? And then if we are what are the demographics,” said Humbaugh, who is responsible for tracking infectious diseases throughout the state and preparing for potential outbreaks.

Humbaugh recently spoke to WFPL about a few viruses Kentuckians should prepare for and which diseases are of minimal concern.

Influenza

Flu deaths in Kentucky continues to rise. As of Wednesday, the death toll from the flu had gone to 32. More than 70 percent of the deaths reported are of people age 65 and older.

“This year, like in other years, where we have a non-pandemic flu season. .. unfortunately in those years we tend to see most hospitalizations and deaths occur in the elderly population,” he said.

Humbaugh said even though the current flu vaccine is not perfect, it’s still the best tool to prevent the flu in conjunction with washing hands, avoiding large crowds and coughing and sneezing in shirt sleeves.

In a press release Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the current influenza vaccine is 23 percent effective in reducing a person’s risk of catching the flu.

Measles

Speaking of large crowds. Recently, an outbreak of measles started after an unvaccinated woman became ill at Disneyland.

In 2014, the United States recorded its highest number of cases since the virus was declared eliminated in 2000. There were 644 cases and 23 outbreaks in the U.S. The CDC estimates an average of 220 cases of measles per year.

Humbaugh said Kentucky hasn’t had a reported case of measles in several years and encourages people to get the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine, commonly referred to as MMR.

“The measles vaccine is very effective. It’s not 100 percent, but it is very effective. Most people who have had the MMR series should not be susceptible to the measles. That is a very important way for us to prevent outbreaks of measles is to make sure that our population is well vaccinated or covered with the MMR vaccine,” he said.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, runny nose, sore eyes and small, white bumps in the mouth and a red blotchy rash as the illness progresses. Since there is no cure, treatment focuses on easing patients’ symptoms until the body’s immune system clears the infection.

Chikungunya

Chikingunya is a viral disease carried by mosquitoes who then bite and infect humans.

Chikingunya causes an abrupt onset of fever and joint pain. Muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash are also common symptoms. The disease is sometimes mistaken for dengue fever.

In 2014, there were 25 confirmed or probable cases of the disease in Kentucky, Humabugh said. He said last year was really the first time the state reported cases of the disease.

“Mosquitoes started carrying this virus in the Caribbean and we started to get cases of people who had traveled to the Caribbean who were infected who came to the mainlands in the U.S.,” Humbaugh said.

There is no specific drug to treat chikingunya therefore treatment focuses on relieving symptoms, but some patients may have long-term joint and muscle pain. Humbaugh said it rarely causes death.

He said that if you’re traveling to a place where the disease is endemic, avoid getting bit by mosquitoes.

“Wearing light colored, long clothing. Try to avoid being out when mosquitoes are most active, which are at dawn and dusk. And above all wear insect repellent,” Humbaugh said.

Enterovirus D68

Humbaugh said D68 is generally a seasonal virus that appears in the summer and in the fall. There are more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is a contagious disease spread through coughing, sneezing and touching surfaces that have been contaminated.

He said the disease is not normally reported to the state health department but because there was a prevalence of the disease nationally, testing for the virus was done in Kentucky.

There were 27 confirmed cases last year.

“That is probably just a small number and a reflection of a much larger  number of cases that were never tested,” he said.

He said the virus affects people in the same way the cold does: fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body and muscle aches.

Humbaugh said the virus is most severe in children and people with respiratory problems like asthma.

]]> http://wfpl.org/infectious-diseases-kentuckians-dont-worry/feed/ 0 ‘Stealing Base’ Art Exhibition Brings Together Louisville Slugger Museum, 21C http://wfpl.org/stealing-base-art-exhibition-brings-together-louisville-slugger-museum-21c/ http://wfpl.org/stealing-base-art-exhibition-brings-together-louisville-slugger-museum-21c/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:01:11 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=30794 ‘Stealing Base’ Art Exhibition Brings Together Louisville Slugger Museum, 21C

Louisville has many faces, but when driving down Main Street it’s obvious that two of those are “baseball town” and “arts town.” (The 10-story tall baseball bat and gigantic statue of David may be a tip-off.) Now, those two faces … Read Story

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21C Museum Hotel

“Untitled,” Arlés del Rio Flores

Louisville has many faces, but when driving down Main Street it’s obvious that two of those are “baseball town” and “arts town.”

(The 10-story tall baseball bat and gigantic statue of David may be a tip-off.)

Now, those two faces are coming together for the collection Stealing Base: Cuba at Bat.

The exhibition, presented by the Louisville Slugger Museum and 21C Museum Hotel, speaks to the future of unexpected artistic collaboration in the city.

Stealing Base opened Saturday at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville in Gallery 3. Largely drawn from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection, the exhibition features work by 15 Cuban artists living both on the island and in the U.S. Stealing Base originated at The 8th Floor gallery in New York City, and features an essay by Havana-based curator Orlando Hernández.

A love for baseball connects Cubans across race, religion, politics and geography and provides meaningful and accessible imagery for Cuban artists. Responding not only to the sport as national pastime, their work further conveys larger complexities within Cuban society, culminating in this collection which is especially timely given the current talks on restoring diplomatic relations between the country and the U.S.

In Louisville, this is the first collaboration between the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory and 21C, which are located only a block apart. It’s a move Alice Gray Stites, the museum’s director and vice president, said is indicative of changing attitudes towards art in the city.

“This kind of collaboration demonstrates the broadening enthusiasm for contemporary art in this community and the expansion of the audience for it,” Stites said. “21C is really committed to the idea that art should be integrated into everyday life and accessible for everyone.

“You know, I think Louisville is a great sports town, and Louisville is also a great arts town, and there is no reason that people can’t enjoy both at the same time.”

The free exhibit will run through mid-spring.

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In a travel advisory in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday, the weather service said motorists may encounter slick spots on untreated surfaces, such as bridges, rural roads and and sidewalks.

Some schools districts in the Louisville area have delayed or canceled school. They include:

 

 

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