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
12:43 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Head of D.C. Gay Men's Chorus Joins VOICES of Kentuckiana

Jeff Buhrman
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Louisville's inclusive LGBT community choir has a new artistic director to usher the group into its 21st season. Jeff Burhman, who served as artistic director of the award-winning Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C. for 14 years, will head up the choir's new season, which begins Sunday with open enrollment and rehearsals at Central Presbyterian Church (318 W. Kentucky St.), 3 p.m. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:58 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Fair Play: Kentucky Playwrights Show Off Blue-Ribbon Works at State Fair

Quilts on display at the Kentucky State Fair.
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

Dairy goats and blueberry pies aren’t the only champions at this year’s Kentucky State Fair. The commonwealth’s playwrights also compete to show their works on the fair stage. Founded by Corinth-based playwright William McCann in 2012, the Kentucky New Play Series selects six short plays written by Kentuckians from an open competition to premiere at the state fair. This year, two of the six winning works are written by Louisville playwrights, Brian Walker and Nancy Gall-Clayton.

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Arts and Humanities
3:07 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Bourbon Baroque Aims High With Collaborative Eighth Season

Bourbon Baroque Period Chamber Ensemble performs.
Credit Bourbon Baroque

Bourbon Baroque knows how to party like it’s 1699. The classical chamber ensemble devoted to musical works of the Baroque period (roughly 1600-1750) is known for staging works in unexpected venues and forging innovative partnerships, like their wildly popular collaboration with Squallis Puppeteers adapting Jean-Phillipe Rameau’s opera “Les Sauvages” into a kid-friendly yet sophisticated zoomorphic romp.

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Arts and Humanities
4:47 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

CenterStage Celebrates 100 Years of Theatre By Louisville's Jewish Community Center

The cast of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" at the Jewish Community Center, 2003-04.
Credit Jewish Community Center

The Jewish Community Center’s theater company, CenterStage, is the oldest continuously-operated theatre company in Kentucky. They staged their first production, a revue called "Behind the Scenes,"  in 1913 as the Young Men’s Hebrew Association Players at the old YMHA downtown. 

WFPL’s Erin Keane speaks with artistic director John Leffert about the theater’s history and centennial season. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:17 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

A Concept of Place: Charles Dodd White's New Novel Explores Appalachian Community and Family

Charles Dodd White
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Award-winning author Charles Dodd White writes stories about working class characters in rural mountain communities. His new novel “A Shelter of Others” is a story of families – the kind you’re born into and the kind you choose for yourself. It’s the story of a man who returns home from prison, where he’s done time for selling pills, and is reunited with his wife. She’s stayed in his absence, serving as caregiver for his father, who suffers from dementia.

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Arts and Humanities
12:16 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Savage Rose Transfers Successful 'Lear' to Kentucky Shakespeare Stage

J. Barrett Cooper and Kelsey Thompson as King Lear and his daughter Cordelia in Savage Rose Classical Theatre's "King Lear."
Credit Kelly Moore / Savage Rose Classical Theatre

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival hosted its final opening night of the Central Park summer season last night with Savage Rose Classical Theatre's impressive "King Lear," anchored by a powerful performance in the starring role by out-going Savage Rose founder and artistic director J. Barrett Cooper. If you caught Savage Rose's original production this past March at Walden Theatre, there won't be many surprises, but the transfer to the larger C.

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Arts and Humanities
3:19 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Savage Rose Founder Says Goodbye, Interim Leadership Announced

J. Barrett Cooper and Kelsey Thompson in Savage Rose Classical Theatre's production of "King Lear."
Credit Kelly Moore / Savage Rose Classical Theatre

The founder of Louisville's Savage Rose Classical Theatre is moving on. Although actor/director/educator J. Barrett Cooper once believed “I was going to die here,” he’s actually moving to California next week to lead the theater department at Idyllwild Arts Academy, the prestigious boarding school where he’s taught in the summer program for several years.

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Arts and Humanities
12:47 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Shoestring Productions Brings 'Women of Will' to Kentucky Shakespeare Fest

Chelsea Skalski as Puck and Meg Caudill as Hermia in Shoestring Productions' "Women of Will," playing this week at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.
Credit Shoestring Productions

Shakespeare's female characters include queens, maids, wives, daughters, plucky cross-dressers, tragic heroines, madwomen, shepherdesses, and charming romantic leads, but never in the same play. In the second and final week of community partner shows, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival hosts Shoestring Productions' "Women of Will" doing just that - presenting a collection of bite-sized scenes and monologues showcasing the Bard's most memorable female characters, from Desdemona to Viola, all on stage in one evening.

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Arts and Humanities
7:52 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

CenterStage Opens 100th Season With Resonant, Relevant 'Spring Awakening'

Lauren McCombs as Wendla and Austin Lauer as Melchior in CenterStage's "Spring Awakening."
Credit CenterStage

The more things change, the more they stay the same. So says “Spring Awakening,” the rock musical that opens the season at CenterStage, which celebrates 100 years of theater at Louisville’s Jewish Community Center this year. With music by singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Stephen Sater, “Spring Awakening” blends the story of Frank Wedekind’s controversial German fin de siècle play of the same name with a contemporary rock soundtrack, compressing more than a century’s worth of still-relevant teen angst and sexual tension into one powerful show.

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Arts and Humanities
3:08 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Carmichael's Kids Book Store Is Open

August, 3, and his sister Eleanor, 7, reading in the front window of Carmichael's Kids bookstore.
Credit Elizabeth Cantrell

Children’s books make up more than 20 percent of the business at Carmichael’s Bookstore two locations, but for years, the kids section at the Highlands shop was tiny, tucked into the front corner of the Bardstown Road store.

No more. Carmichael’s Kids (1313 Bardstown Road), a bright, well-lit, spacious branch of the local award-winning bookseller located just a few doors down from the Highlands shop, celebrates its grand opening this weekend. The children’s inventory from the Bardstown Road store has already moved to the new outlet, which has been open for limited hours this week (10-5 today and tomorrow).

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