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
12:13 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Magic To Do: Theatre [502] Launches Original Play Series Based on Vintage Magician Posters

A rare lithograph advertising Howard Thurston's "The Vanishing Whippet" show hanging in the Baron's Theatre inspired the latest Theatre [502] show.

Theatre [502] continues to explore magic and history with a new series of original plays that launches this week.

Last season, Theatre [502] completed an ambitious, year-long serial play project. Written by Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds, “The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn” unfolded the interlaced histories of legendary magician Harry Houdini and fictional (but no less legendary) Louisville magician Ludlow Quinn, as their respective greatest tricks ended up ensnaring Louisville teen Bonnie Burke, the unwitting bearer of a magical dynastic legacy.

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Arts and Humanities
11:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Self-Taught Mosaic Artist Tracy Pennington Wins Second Annual M.A. Hadley Visual Art Prize

"True Self," mosaic, January 2013, by Tracy Pennington, winner of the 2014 M.A. Hadley Prize for Visual Art.
Credit Tracy Pennington

Mosaic artist Tracy Pennington is the winner of the second annual Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art. The $5,000 prize is awarded from the George and Mary Alice Hadley Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville, with assistance from the Louisville Visual Art Association. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:30 am
Tue June 3, 2014

After 10 Years of Off-Beat, Intelligent Comedy, Louisville's Le Petomane Calls It Quits

Gregory Maupin and Tony Dingman as Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla in "On the Circuit," an original vaudeville-tinged comedy that premiered at the 2013 Slant Culture Theatre Festival.
Credit Sean Donaldson / Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble

The artists of Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble will take their final collective bow at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival this summer. The six co-artistic directors (slash co-writers, -directors, -designers, -composers, -choreographers, -fight coaches, performers) will reprise their Wild West-themed, mask- and puppet-heavy production of "As You Like It," which originally ran at the Rudyard Kipling in 2009, for the festival's community partner repertory August 5-9 in Central Park's C.

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Arts and Humanities
6:58 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Kentucky Arts Groups Told to Expect State Funding Cuts

Jon Jory's "Tom Jones," Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2013. Actors Theatre is one of 26 Jefferson County arts organizations that received Kentucky Arts Partnership grant funds from the Kentucky Arts Council last year. The council expects to have a 25 percent reduction in the overall available pool of funds this year.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Local arts organizations that receive funding through the Kentucky Arts Partnership grants could see significant cuts in support for the next fiscal year. 

Like many state agencies, the Kentucky Arts Council experienced a 5 percent cut in the latest budget, and those cuts—along with the transfer of agency funds to the general fund—will reduce the amount of Kentucky Arts Partnership grants by 25 percent. The grants provide unrestricted operating support to state arts organizations. 

On April 30, an e-mail went out from Arts Council executive director Lori Meadows to KAP applicants, many of whom apply for and receive funding every year, warning them to expect "significantly lower grant amounts in the FY2015 funding cycle due to the arts council’s loss of $600,000 in agency funds, an additional 5 percent reduction in the agency’s FY2015 state funding, and costs related to various unfunded mandates."

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Arts and Humanities
12:23 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Carmichael's Is Opening a Dedicated Children's Bookstore This Summer

Kelly Estep, manager of the Bardstown Road outpost of Carmichael's Bookstore, will also manage the new Carmichael's Kids on the adjacent block.
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

Carmichael’s Bookstore is expecting.

It’s been almost 15 years since the Louisville store's last growth spurt, when co-owners Carol Besse and Michael Boggs, who had been selling books in the Highlands since 1979, opened their second location on Frankfort Avenue. Now, the independent, locally-owned operation that has so far weathered the storms that have rocked the book industry is opening a dedicated, stand-alone children’s bookstore on Bardstown Road.

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Arts and Humanities
1:14 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Under the Irreverence in 'The Book of Mormon' Beats a Sweet, Traditional Heart

Phyre Hawkins, Mark Evans and Christopher John O'Neill in "The Book of Mormon" first national tour.
Credit Joan Marcus / Broadway Across America

By now, everyone’s heard about how famously irreverent the award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon” is. The religious satire that pokes hard at the self-serving naïvete of young Mormon men dispatched to evangelize in rural Africa was written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and “Avenue Q” / “Frozen” writer Robert Lopez, a creative team whose pointed sense of humor is rivaled only by its love for and deep understanding of traditional musical theatre.

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Arts and Humanities
11:24 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker to Speak Tomorrow in Spalding University Festival

Frank X Walker
Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Frank X Walker, who made Kentucky history last year when he became the first African American writer to be named poet laureate of the Bluegrass state, will speak and read from his newest collection of poems, "Turn Me Loose: the Unghosting of Medgar Evers," which won the NAACP Image Award earlier this year, Thursday in Louisville. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:21 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Waterfront Park Bird Sculptures Fly Away for Restoration

Metro Louisville loaded up 28 metal bird sculptures, the "Flock of Finns," to travel by truck to Oberlin, Ohio, for restoration.
Credit Louisville Metro Public Art

Waterfront Park will be missing some of its more colorful residents this summer. “Flock of Finns,” a collection of painted metal bird sculptures based on Louisville artist Marvin Finn’s original designs, are headed to Ohio for restoration. 

The “Flock of Finns” settled permanently on Waterfront Park in 2001. The elements and a hands-on public have taken their toll on the brightly-painted metal sculptures, and now several have, among other ailments, rust blisters that will deteriorate the structural integrity of the pieces if not remedied.  

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Inside Tim Faulkner's New Portland Arts Complex

The main gallery space at Tim Faulkner Gallery.
Erin Keane WFPL News

Many of Louisville's art galleries are intimate spaces. They're re-purposed storefronts, hosting carefully curated solo or invitational small group shows that boom on opening nights and quietly go about their business with collectors and aficionados the rest of the month. But Tim Faulkner and his gallery director Margaret Archambault have always had a more raucous vibe going, first on East Market and then in Butchertown, where their bursting-at-the-seams Tim Faulkner Gallery moved in 2012.

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Arts and Humanities
11:03 am
Sat May 24, 2014

A Side of Emily Dickinson (and Opera) Seldom Seen in Thompson Street's Season Opener

  It’s possible you’ve not seen opera quite like this. Thompson Street Opera Company opened its second season last night with a regional premiere of Eva Kendrick’s chamber opera “Emily,” a satisfying peek into the family dynamics and dramatic social life of one of America’s most intriguing foundational poets. Staged in the as-yet-unfinished theater at Vault 1031, a new performance space on the edge of Old Louisville (1031 S. 6th Street), this is opera stripped down to its bare essentials – powerful voices and beautiful music – that’s right-sized for the intimate, dressed-down space.

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