Erin Keane http://wfpl.org en Innovation Award Winner Says Collaboration Is the Future for Louisville Arts http://wfpl.org/post/innovation-award-winner-says-collaboration-future-louisville-arts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Working in the nonprofit arts world isn't for the weak. Competition is stiff - for the limited amount of public and private funding, for audience members, season subscribers and individual donors. But Alison Huff says working together, not against one another, is what's going to allow Louisville's arts community to grow and thrive in the future.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:14:05 +0000 Erin Keane 9123 at http://wfpl.org Innovation Award Winner Says Collaboration Is the Future for Louisville Arts Louisville LGBT Choir Celebrates 20 Years in Concert http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-lgbt-choir-celebrates-20-years-concert <p>VOICES of Kentuckiana&nbsp;formed in 1994 to give gays, lesbians and supportive others the opportunity to sing together in a non-competitive environment. It's part of an international movement -&nbsp;LGBT choirs have flourished in metropolitan areas since the late 1970s, when the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus paved the way for other chorale groups to help raise the visibility of LGBT&nbsp;and related social issues through musical performance. This weekend, the group celebrates its 20th anniversary with a reunion concert focused on the group's rich history and its legacy of advocacy.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:31:02 +0000 Erin Keane 9121 at http://wfpl.org Louisville LGBT Choir Celebrates 20 Years in Concert Louisville Orchestra Closes Season With a Rousing Ode to Joy http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-orchestra-closes-season-rousing-ode-joy <p>The Louisville Orchestra opened its final 2013-14 classics production in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall this morning with a double-header of Beethoven, Symphonies No. 1 and the dramatic No. 9. His first symphony, which premiered in Vienna in 1800, heralded an emerging and influential talent in the generation following and building upon the work of his mentor Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Nearly a quarter of a century later, Beethoven premiered his Ninth Symphony in Berlin (1824), a work now widely recognized as one of the greatest works in the classical canon. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:11:15 +0000 Erin Keane 9114 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Orchestra Closes Season With a Rousing Ode to Joy Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson Programs One Last Season Before Retiring http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-ballet-artistic-director-bruce-simpson-programs-one-last-season-retiring <p>Louisville Ballet artistic director Bruce Simpson, who retires in July, will leave behind a new season for his successor.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2014-15 season opens in September with one of the most popular cornerstones of the classical repertoire. “Giselle” (Sept. 12-13) is a Romantic ballet about a village girl who dies of a broken heart, then is raised from the dead to seek revenge on her beloved, whom she saves instead.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:36:05 +0000 Erin Keane 9103 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson Programs One Last Season Before Retiring Outskirts Festival Organizers Say Louisville's Finally Ready for a Women's Music Fest http://wfpl.org/post/outskirts-festival-organizers-say-louisvilles-finally-ready-womens-music-fest <p></p><p>Stephanie Gary and Carrie Neumayer are one-half of the Louisville-based post-punk band <a href="http://julieofthewolvesrock.tumblr.com/">Julie of the Wolves</a>. They’re also co-organizers of the upcoming Louisville Outskirts Festival, a non-profit volunteer-run weekend celebrating music made by female-identified artists.</p><p>The inaugural Outskirts Fest is planned for October of this year. In addition to lots of live music, the event will include music workshops for girls and exhibit space for women business owners, artists and makers and social justice organizations.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:49:37 +0000 Erin Keane 9083 at http://wfpl.org Outskirts Festival Organizers Say Louisville's Finally Ready for a Women's Music Fest Actors Theatre of Louisville Closes 38th Humana Fest With Shorts, New Play Awards http://wfpl.org/post/actors-theatre-louisville-closes-38th-humana-fest-shorts-new-play-awards <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Actors </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Louisville closed its </span>38<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual Humana Festival of New American Plays yesterday with the world premiere of three ten-minute plays in the Pamela Brown Auditorium.&nbsp;</span></p><p>These short works&nbsp;joined the six full-length plays that opened throughout the six-week festival. <a href="http://wfpl.org/term/humana-festival-new-american-plays">Read all of WFPL's coverage of the Humana Festival here</a>.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 16:23:56 +0000 Erin Keane 9077 at http://wfpl.org Actors Theatre of Louisville Closes 38th Humana Fest With Shorts, New Play Awards Louisville Arts Could Do More to Engage At-Risk Teens, Says Fund for the Arts CEO http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-arts-could-do-more-engage-risk-teens-says-fund-arts-ceo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville continues to seek answers to a recent spurt of teen violence downtown. <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/24-security-cameras-are-coming-waterfront-park-following-downtown-louisville-violence">Some say tighter security</a> is the answer. <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/anti-racism-group-calls-engagement-not-police-address-louisville-downtown-violence">Others want to see more teenagers engaged in positive pursuits</a>. Fund for the Arts President and CEO Barbara Sexton Smith says the arts are an under-used crime prevention tool for youth.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:18:41 +0000 Erin Keane 9046 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Arts Could Do More to Engage At-Risk Teens, Says Fund for the Arts CEO Mercury Ballroom Opening Delayed, First Concert Canceled http://wfpl.org/post/mercury-ballroom-opening-delayed-first-concert-canceled <p></p><p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>The concert&nbsp;<a href="http://concerts.livenation.com/event/16004B9279F52E79?camefrom=ramya_8e1">has been canceled</a>&nbsp;due to construction issues. Here's a statement from Live Nation:</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:09:08 +0000 Erin Keane 9033 at http://wfpl.org Mercury Ballroom Opening Delayed, First Concert Canceled Louisville Native Danica Novgorodoff Chases Ghost Brides in Her New Graphic Novel http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-native-danica-novgorodoff-chases-ghost-brides-her-new-graphic-novel <p><a href="http://danicanovgorodoff.com/">Danica Novgorodoff's</a> new graphic novel, "The Undertaking of Lily Chen," is set in the mountains of northern China, where the ancient custom of ghost brides&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">—</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the practice of burying a female corpse with an unmarried deceased man so they can be mates in the afterlife&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">—&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is still practiced by some.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 9024 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Native Danica Novgorodoff Chases Ghost Brides in Her New Graphic Novel REVIEW | Musical Adaptation of 'The Color Purple' Stands On Its Own http://wfpl.org/post/review-musical-adaptation-color-purple-stands-its-own <p>CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center has a hit in their sold-out production of "The Color Purple" musical adaptation.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, with a book by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Marsha Norman (a Louisville native),&nbsp; “The Color Purple” features highly entertaining blues, jazz, ragtime and pop-inspired music by Brenda Russell, </span>Allee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Willis and Stephen Bray that allows this adaptation stand on its own feet.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:23:01 +0000 Erin Keane 9012 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Musical Adaptation of 'The Color Purple' Stands On Its Own