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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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

'Filmmakers Need to Get Organized': Symposium Assesses State of Film in Kentucky

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When Appalshop, the Whitesburg, Ky.-based media arts center, was founded in 1969, filmmaking wasn’t cheap. Cameras cost upwards of $30,000, and film stock and processing could run about $500 to get ten minutes of film. And although Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had shined a national spotlight on Appalachia, few films were made by locals. Appalshop, which was founded in part to train young Appalachians in film and television production, changed that.

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Arts and Humanities
1:06 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Idea Festival | Classical Music for the 97 Percent

Cariwyl Hebert, founder, Salon 97.

Many people learn about classical music as kids, in piano lessons or choir, but drift away from it with time. Salon 97 is a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to making classical music accessible, inclusive and—most of all—fun to folks who might be ready to give it another try.

(The name comes from the rough percentage of Americans who don't self-identify as ardent classical music fans.) 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Brown-Forman Gift Will Fund Live Orchestra for Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker'

"The Brown-Forman Nutcracker," Louisville Ballet.
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For the second year in a row, a gift from the Brown-Forman Corporation will allow the Louisville Ballet to dance to live music in this year’s production of “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.”

A decade ago, the Louisville Orchestra accompanied all of the Ballet’s performances. It would cost the Ballet about $380,000 a year to do that now (not even including conductors). That’s 11 percent of the Ballet’s annual budget, so these days, the ballet dances to recorded music.

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Arts and Humanities
11:07 am
Fri September 27, 2013

REVIEW | Wacky Variety Show 'Test Subjects' Kicks Off Le Petomane's Tenth

Kyle Ware and Kristie Rolape in Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble's "Test Subjects."
Credit Sean Donaldson / Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble

One of Louisville's on-stage gems quietly celebrated its tenth anniversary last night at The Bard's Town. Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble kicked off a decade in production with one-third of the troupe in "Test Subjects," a two-hander comedy about the love/hate relationships we have with our handheld devices presented through a Warner Bros.-meets-Vaudeville lens. 

As tenth anniversary season kick-offs go, this production was under-stated but effective — like a champagne toast garnished with Pop Rocks. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:44 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Le Petomane Opens Tenth Season with Comedy Experiment

Kyle Ware and Kristie Rolape in Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble's "Test Subjects."
Credit Sean Donaldson / Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble

The Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble has been creating and performing original comedies in Louisville for ten years. They open their anniversary season tonight with “Test Subjects,” an original two-person comedy that pays homage to the troupe’s comedy influences.

“Test Subjects” runs through October 6 at The Bard’s Town.

Like all Le Petomane shows, “Test Subjects” started with a title and cast availability. Out of six ensemble members (they all share the artistic director mantle), Kyle Ware and Kristie Rolape were available, so they built the show from the ground up through the group’s highly collaborative devising process.

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Arts and Humanities
4:10 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Biennial Events Offer Month-Long Exposure to Photography

Portrait of Nelson Mandela by David C. Turnley.
Credit David C. Turnley

Photography is one of our more ubiquitous art forms. The average person might be able to go a week without seeing a dance or a sculpture, but photographs are everywhere. And it’s democratic. First, the handheld camera put both portrait and landscape within the layman's reach. Now, camera phones and the Internet have turned average people into online exhibitors.

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Arts and Humanities
5:02 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Fund for the Arts Crowdfunding Platform Raises $1 Million

The Fund for the Arts’ Power2Give online fundraising platform has raised more than $1 million so far for arts and culture projects produced by regional nonprofit organizations. 

In crowdfunding, individuals give online directly to a project, like helping an organization renovate a rehearsal or studio space. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are two popular crowdfunding platforms, but Power2Give focuses on arts and cultural nonprofits within a specific region. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:23 am
Tue September 24, 2013

First Annual Louisville Music Awards ... Awarded

IdeaFestival's music arm, IF Music, kicked off yesterday with a series of industry panel discussions and wrapped with the first annual Louisville Music Awards ceremony at Headliner's Music Hall. 

Wax Fang took home top honors for song of the year with "The Blonde Leading the Blonde." Cheyenne Mize beat out a male-dominated field for singer/songwriter of the year, while Old Baby prevailed for rockers of the year. "Cover band of the year" might sound like the consolation prize to end all consolation prizes, but bourbon-inflected antique jazz ensemble Billy Goat Strut Revue (featuring WFPL's own Laura Ellis on vocals) set a pretty high standard with their first trophy. 

The winning acts were selected by an industry panel of 30 judges from more than 1,400 nominees submitted by the public. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:46 am
Mon September 23, 2013

'No Such Thing as Useless Knowledge': Louisville's IdeaFestival Returns

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When Kris Kimel founded IdeaFestival 13 years ago in Lexington, he says it wasn’t an easy concept to explain. The celebration of innovation and creativity lacked a tangible hook – it’s not based on a product, it’s not targeted at one industry. Is it a tech conference? An arts festival? A business seminar? Well, yes.

“It wasn't the easiest thing to communicate," says Kimel.

"We couldn't give away tickets,” he adds with a laugh.  

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Arts and Humanities
2:53 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

'Peek at Portland' Offers Tours of Neighborhood Targeted for Arts and Development

Portland Printing and Fax Service, 18th and Portland Ave., Louisville, Kentucky, 2011. Part of the University of Louisville's Ghost Signs of Louisville collection.
Credit Lana Wilson / University of Louisville Photographic Archives

Is Portland the new Nulu? With artists and companies like Argo Networks relocating to the historic neighborhood near downtown, Portland's walkable charm and potential (for now) for affordable art studio and performance space are creating significant buzz.

If you haven't been to Portland in a while (or ever) and are curious about who's already there and what's on the way, "A Peek at Portland" will offer free neighborhood tours tomorrow (1-4 p.m.) to showcase Portland's current artistic and entrepreneurial activity. 

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