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
12:23 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

From the Ring to the Stage: Women Wrestlers Fight It Out for 'Booty of the Year'

Louisville playwright Larry Muhammad grew up watching professional wrestling in the 1960s. He loves the sport because it’s over the top and larger than life – in other words, perfect for the stage.

"I grew up watching people like Gorgeous George, who was one of the first national entertainment figures. He wasn’t that great of a wrestler but he was a fantastic showman," says Muhammad, a retired Courier-Journal reporter who writes plays under the name Cisco Montgomery.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Unbound: Patrick Wensink and Gwenda Bond on 'Bad Luck'

In each episode of Unbound, we hear stories from two different authors on a theme. Today’s episode is about luck. We’d like to think we’re entirely in control of our destinies, but fortune doesn’t smile equally on everyone. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:35 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Please Silence Your Phones: Theatre [502] Opens Season with "Dead Man's Cell Phone"

Susan Brooks as Jean and Robert McFarland as Gordon in "Dead Man's Cell Phone."
Theatre [502]

It happens every day. You're sitting in a café, and you hear a cell phone ringing and ringing. Why won't someone answer that phone? 

In Sarah Ruhl's dark comedy "Dead Man's Cell Phone," there's a legitimate (and obvious, given the title) reason why, but Jean, a stranger, walks over and answers it anyway. Gordon, as it turns out, is not available. Not now, not ever again. But Jean embarks on a strange journey, attending the dead man's funeral and trying to discover who he was. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:42 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Going Behind Bars for Shakespeare's 'Richard III'

Last night, I visited Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange to see this year's Shakespeare Behind Bars production. I've followed the work of the company for years, but this was my first time visiting the prison for an actual production.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Unbound: Justin Torres and Holly Goddard Jones on 'Nightclub Jitters'

In each episode of Unbound, we hear stories from two different authors on a theme. Today’s episode is about nightlife—the soft glow of the jukebox, the clink of ice in a glass, the promise of romance and the threat of loneliness around every corner.

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Arts and Humanities
3:04 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Opens Celtic-themed 'Twelfth Night'

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival opens its 54th free Shakespeare in Central Park season this week with a Celtic-themed production of “Twelfth Night.” Directed by producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, the romantic comedy features the adventures of  heroine Viola, who disguises herself as a man (Cesario) when she’s rescued from a shipwreck and separated from her twin brother. She goes to work for a Duke, who asks her to intervene on his behalf with his romantic interest, who falls for Viola in disguise instead.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Unbound: Frank Bill and Jamieson Ridenhour on 'Car Trouble'

In each episode of Unbound, we hear stories from two different authors on a theme. Today’s episode is about car trouble. Americans love their cars—the romance of the open road and the freedom to go any direction we can point our wheels. Unfortunately, they don’t always take us where we want to go.

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Arts and Humanities
4:38 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

U of L Approves Studio Art MFA Program

Rodin's "The Thinker," University of Louisville.
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The University of Louisville board of trustees voted last week to approve a new graduate degree in visual art with the goal of matriculating its first class next fall. The Master of Fine Arts in studio art and design is a 60-credit hour terminal degree. 

The University of Kentucky also offers an MFA in studio art, but U of L’s hot glass and graphic design studies will distinguish the program from the competition -- a not-insignificant consideration for the art department, which has been working on refining their proposed degree program for more than a decade. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:33 am
Mon June 17, 2013

JCC Exhibit Pairs Local Artists Across Generational Lines

Linda Erzinger and Brandon Harder collaborated on this mixed media piece that combines collage with plexiglass etching.
Erin Keane WFPL News

A new exhibit is open at the Jewish Community Center Patio Gallery featuring an art exchange between established and emerging local artists. The show is called Pairallels – emphasis on the pair.

Curator Stacey Reason asked members of the Artists' Breakfast Group, a group of Louisville artists who have been working together for nearly twenty years,  to begin a piece of art that focuses on global and local perspectives. Members of the Louisville Artists Syndicate, a group of younger visual artists, did the same. The exhibit includes sculpture, collage, paintings and mixed media work.

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Unbound

From WFPL, this is Unbound: Fiction on the Radio. Unbound is like a literary journal for the ears.  In each episode, we’ll hear stories on a theme from two different writers. Writers read their own work, so we can hear the stories the way they’re intended – they way the author hears them as he or she writes. 

Unbound is produced by WFPL and hosted by Erin Keane.

Unbound is made possible in part by the Bachelors and Masters Writing Programs at Spalding University. Louisville Public Media would also like to thank Unbound supporters for making this program happen.

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