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
4:04 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Lebowski Fest Founder Branches Out with Pee Wee Over Louisville

When Will Russell and his partners staged the first party in honor of their favorite movie, The Coen Bros.'  “The Big Lebowski,” they didn’t realize how many people shared their enthusiasm for what was then an overlooked slacker comedy. Ten years later, Lebowski Fest tours internationally with cast member guest appearances and buzz bands, and their two-day flagship event brings fans (code name: Achievers) from all over the country to Louisville every summer for bowling, White Russians, costume contests and what-have-you.

Russell's banking on tapping into a similar community of cult film fans with his new venture, Pee Wee Over Louisville. The day-long celebration of Russell’s second-favorite movie, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,”  is planned for September and will feature a family-friendly themed activities like a bicycle rodeo and a screening of the film.

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Arts and Humanities
12:13 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

2012's Most Memorable Arts Events

From scrappy upstarts to established cornerstones of our community, 2012 offered up more intriguing and exciting arts events than one person can even count. Here is my admittedly incomplete, with apologies to what I missed,  in no certain order or rank, list of the year's memorable arts events: 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Grassroots Group Pairs Dinner with Microgrants

Dishing up soup at a PosSOUPbility event.
PosSOUPbility

PosSoupBility, the meal-based initiative that pairs a soup dinner with presentations from community artists, organizations and activists seeking micro-grants, will celebrate its first anniversary next month.  With three dinner events under its belt in its first year, the Louisville affiliate of Sunday Soup has directed an average of $900 per event to community projects. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:23 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Artebella Connects Louisville Artists with Collectors, the World

Louisville artist Anessa Arehart.

The city’s profile as an art destination has risen over the last few years, landing Louisville on superlative lists like AmericanStyle magazine’s best cities for art. Now the Louisville Visual Art Association is putting individual artists in the spotlight with Artebella Daily, a website and email campaign featuring a different local artist every weekday.

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Gospel Singers Make the Hospital Rounds

The Sunday gospel singers at University of Louisville Hospital.
Erin Keane WFPL News

Every Sunday, a men’s gospel choir visits University of Louisville Hospital to sing for the patients and the staff. The tradition has been going strong since 1931. WFPL’s Erin Keane dropped in last Sunday to listen.

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Arts and Humanities
7:30 am
Thu December 20, 2012

The Big Break: The Revolving Stage

This week on our audio diary series, The Big Break, two of our emerging artists see their stages from a different perspective. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks takes a leap of faith in herself to create a piece for the ballet's Choreographer's Showcase, and Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach takes us backstage at the revolving set of "A Christmas Carol." Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond is on hiatus and traveling until January. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Power2Give Raises More Than $700,000 for Regional Arts

A new campaign by the Louisville Visual Art Association to raise $6,000 for an Open Doors art exhibit.

The Fund for the Arts launched the online fundraising platform Power2Give in Kentucky and Southern Indiana last December. In its first year, the platform has helped raise more than $700,000 in additional funds for the region’s arts organizations.

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Arts and Humanities
12:59 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

REVIEW | 'The Kings of Christmas' Tells Familiar Story Slant

Christmas stories take the larger Nativity narrative—the arrival of an ambassador of peace, goodwill and redemption—and put the metaphor to work on individual transformations, those personal moments when generosity of spirit triumphs over our meaner, selfish natures. The best results are both heartwarming and as unique as the transformed individuals themselves.

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Arts and Humanities
7:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

The Big Break: A First and a Second

This week on our audio diary series, The Big Break, Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach gets some sage advice on second careers from the cast members of each of the theater's productions, while Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks opens her first full-length production of "The Nutcracker." Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond is on hiatus and traveling until January. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:30 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Theatre [502] Announces Third Season

Amy Attaway, Gil Reyes and Mike Brooks, co-artistic directors of Louisville's Theatre [502].
Erin Keane WFPL News

When the three artistic directors of Theatre [502] launched their first season in 2011, they weren’t sure if Louisville would buy what they were selling—newer plays by buzz-worthy playwrights whose work speaks to theater-goers hungry for recent, relevant work, like Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's "Hunter Gatherers" (season one) and Annie Baker's "The Aliens" (season two).

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