Arts and Humanities http://wfpl.org en Free Books and Free Will: Shakespeare and World Book Night Celebrated at Carmichael's http://wfpl.org/post/free-books-and-free-will-shakespeare-and-world-book-night-celebrated-carmichaels <p>William Shakespeare turns 450 years old on Wednesday, April 23. That's also World Book Night, a national program that sends volunteer book evangelists out into their communities with copies of bestsellers and classics to give away for free. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Louisville,&nbsp;Carmichael's Bookstore on Frankfort Avenue is a designated spot for local volunteers to pick up the books they will give away (</span><a href="https://www.espatial.com/maps01/public/pages/embed.jsp?TENANT_ID=108028&amp;MAP_NAME=M108028_1396646235640" style="line-height: 1.5;">more than 100 volunteers have signed up in Jefferson County</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">).</span></p><p>“The purpose of World Book Night is to recruit reluctant readers, people who don’t traditionally read, and give them a free book and encourage them to do so," says Carmichael's bookseller John Beechem. "Hopefully, we’ll get some of them into our store someday.”</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:51:33 +0000 Erin Keane 9170 at http://wfpl.org Free Books and Free Will: Shakespeare and World Book Night Celebrated at Carmichael's Louisville's Spanish Theatre Proving that Art Is a Universal Language http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-spanish-theatre-proving-art-universal-language <p>Louisville is home to an estimated 25-30,000 native Spanish speakers, and until recently, the city’s arts scene has been slow to embrace this growing population. The city now boasts two Spanish-speaking theatre companies, and both have shows opening soon.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:07:31 +0000 Erin Keane 9154 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's Spanish Theatre Proving that Art Is a Universal Language U of L Admits First Visual Art MFA Class http://wfpl.org/post/u-l-admits-first-visual-art-mfa-class <p>The University of Louisville has admitted the &nbsp;first class of students in its new Master of Fine Arts in visual art program. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The three MFA candidates - two from the region and one from New York - start in the fall.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The University of Kentucky offers &nbsp;the only other visual art MFA in the state, but U of L expects to distinguish their program with an interdisciplinary approach that pulls in the university's programs in hot glass, graphic design, interior architecture and curatorial studies.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:34:29 +0000 Erin Keane 9153 at http://wfpl.org U of L Admits First Visual Art MFA Class 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 Sound on Film Podcast: Ninja Turtles, Wes Anderson and 'Noah' http://wfpl.org/post/sound-film-podcast-ninja-turtles-wes-anderson-and-noah <p>On this episode, reviews of the latest from iconic directors Darren Aronofsky and Wes Anderson—“Noah” and The Grand Budapest Hotel."</p><p class="c0 c1"><span class="c6 c3">But first, it's news from around the filmosphere, with news about the Michael Bay reboot of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the newest big screen iteration of “The Jungle Book,” and Aaron McGruder’s exit from “The Boondocks.”</span></p><p class="c0 c1"><span class="c6 c3">Robert Kahne welcomes new guest host Pam Newman, as I continue work abroad.</span></p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:58:15 +0000 Chris Ritter 9130 at http://wfpl.org Sound on Film Podcast: Ninja Turtles, Wes Anderson and 'Noah' 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 Following the 'Breadcrumb Trail' in Search of Louisville's Slint http://wfpl.org/post/following-breadcrumb-trail-search-louisvilles-slint <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the last 20 years, filmmaker Lance Bangs has worked on wide range of projects for music and entertainment folks—Spike </span>Jonze<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, REM, The Rolling Stones, David Cross, Pavement, Michel </span>Gondry<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Marc </span>Maron<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, The White Stripes.</span></p><p>That doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Sean Cannon 9111 at http://wfpl.org Following the 'Breadcrumb Trail' in Search of Louisville's Slint 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