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
4:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Thompson Street Opera Company Dreams Big, Thinks Small

Claire DiVizio launched Thompson Street Opera Company last year to lift up works by living opera composers - no old warhorse productions here. That approach was novel last year, but with the Kentucky Opera's announcement that the next five seasons of the flagship company's programming would also be devoted to new and rare work, Thompson Street's new defining characteristic is its size.

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Arts and Humanities
1:57 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Listen: Louisville's IamIs Back With Existential Indie Pop Single

Shawna Dellcave and Jason Cox of IamIs in the video for "Lead Hands," their new single.
Credit IamIs

Louisville "existential pop-rock" veterans IamIs (Shawna Dellacave and Jason Cox) released a new single yesterday. "Lead Hands" brings more of the haunting baroque pop we expect from the Louisville-based duo, and with bonus visuals: a new video, too. 

With Dellcave's lush vocals and a light psychadelic touch, "Lead Hands" could be the soundtrack to the hot and rainy summer the Old Farmer's Almanac's predicting. Languid nights in the low-90s with 85 percent humidity call for a few slow flights of fancy. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Organizers Expect Record Number of Beatles Fans for Abbey Road on the River This Weekend

The Beatles land at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, 1964.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

It's the fiftieth anniversary of the British Invasion, and the organizers of the world's largest Beatles music tribute festival are expecting 25,000 Fab Four fans to hit downtown Louisville this weekend for Abbey Road on the River. The festival headliners? Oddly enough, the quintessentially Californian Beach Boys, who've been at the top of producer Gary Jacob's wish list for years. The reason is simple - everyone can sing along to Beach Boys songs.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

New Documentary on Artist Kehinde Wiley Coming to Louisville at 21c

"Mrs. Waldorf Astor," Kehinde Wiley, 2012
Credit Kehinde Wiley

Louisville native Jeff Dupre found his latest subject through his last - while filming the documentary "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," Abramovic's gallerist Sean Kelly introduced the filmmaker to another of his clients, painter Kehinde Wiley

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Funny Like a Heart Attack: Chris Anger's Solo Show Explores His Comic Heritage

Chris Anger
Credit Submitted photo

Louisville Improvisors artistic director Chris Anger comes from a long line of comics with heart trouble.

His great-grand-uncle, Lou Anger, was head of production at Paramount Studios in the early days of Hollywood, where he worked with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin and managed Fatty Arbuckle. He died from a heart attack. His grandfather Harry Anger was a headliner in Vaudeville before becoming a producer and agent who discovered Abbot and Costello and Red Skelton. Same fate. 

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Arts and Humanities
8:50 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Six Things Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder Taught Us at the Festival of Faiths

Wendell Berry at the Festival of Faiths
Credit Festival of Faiths

Venerable poets Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder enjoyed a spirited discussion Wednesday evening on faith, land, ecology, justice and work, moderated by their publisher and long-time mutual friend Jack Shoemaker of Counterpoint Press. The discussion,a program of the annual Festival of Faiths, gave some rich context to the new book that Counterpoint is publishing, "Distant Neighbors," a collection of letters the writers have exchanged since 1973.

We have the full video below, but here are six points to take away from their conversation.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Alley Theater Not Quite Ready for Main Street

Scott Goodman as Jack in The Alley Theater's "Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens."
Credit The Alley Theater

When the Alley Theater moved from its former Butchertown basement digs to a Museum Row storefront earlier this year, the move seemed to signal an ambition on the part of the company to grow its profile in the community.

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Commentary
5:14 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Art Is Not a Luxury: 'Parkland Rising' Mural Project Caught in Political Crossfire

The Green mailer
Credit Submitted photo

An election mailer sent by Metro Council District 1 candidate Jessica Green this week took her opponent in Tuesday’s primary election, incumbent Attica Scott, to task over a public art project in the Parkland neighborhood, suggesting that art should not be a priority for the low-income Parkland neighborhood.

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Arts and Humanities
12:36 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Kentucky Arts Council Wants Your Input on the State of Kentucky's Arts

The Kentucky Arts Council is working on a study of the state's creative industries. The study, which is being conducted by Massachusetts-based Mt. Auburn Associates, will collect economic impact data concerning the arts in Kentucky as well as case studies of successful creative industry and community initiatives and projects. A report will be issued in October. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:04 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Slant Culture Theatre Festival Now Accepting Applications for Guest Performers

As the Slant Culture Theatre Festival gears up for its third annual fringe-ish festival of performing arts, the core group of producing companies — Walden Theatre (who also play host), Theatre [502], Savage Rose Classical Theatre, Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble and Louisville Improvisors — are now taking applications from other performers, artists, and ensembles who want to participate in the next festival, scheduled for November 13-23. 

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