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
1:01 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

REVIEW | 'Girlfriend': Fine, Fizzy Romance with Killer Soundtrack

Curt Hansen as Mike and Ryder Bach as Will in "Girlfriend" at Actors Theatre.
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Let’s flash back to 1993, to the days before texting and ready Internet access, when living in a small town really could feel like living on the moon. We are in Nebraska, but it might as well be any small town in Kentucky, Indiana, England. Let us say we are dorks, friendless and stilted, moving through high school like occasionally kicked stray dogs. Or. We are wearing someone else’s life, someone popular and ambitious and accomplished and right, holding our breath until we can leave this town and shed the fake skin like a bad sweater.

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Arts and Humanities
5:03 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Frazier Exhibit Shows Horrors of Slave Trade

Shackles from the "Spirits of the Passage" exhibit.
Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum opens the first exhibit to examine the entire history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade with artifacts from an excavated slave ship. “Spirits of the Passage” is produced in partnership with the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, which performed the underwater excavation. The 4,000 square foot exhibit contains 150 historical artifacts retrieved from the wreck, as well as African art objects on loan from the Speed Art Museum and historical documents, paintings and illustrations related to the slave trade. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

The Big Break: Voices and Choices

On our audio diary series The Big Break, our emerging performers dig deep into their daily work. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach learns how fearless high school playwrights can be while reading for the theater's New Voices Young Playwrights Festival. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks studies character development from choreographer Helen Starr in rehearsals for "Romeo and Juliet," while Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond faces the unmentionable—losing his voice during a run of outreach performances. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:31 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Kentucky Arts Council Taking Applications for Artist Directory, Fellowships

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until March 15 from artists for their Performing Arts Directory and for individual visual artist fellowships.

Applications are open for Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships and Emerging Artist Awards this year for visual, craft and media artists (literary and performing artists apply in even-numbered years).

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Arts and Humanities
5:13 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Hyslop on the Louisville Orchestra: The Biggest Challenge Is Trust

David Hyslop
Credit Photo Gittings

A veteran orchestra leader, David Hyslop's long career includes a combined 32 years at the helm of three prominent orchestras. Now retired from the Minnesota Orchestra, Hyslop is a consultant and sought-after interim CEO. Since he retired from full-time orchestra management in 2003, Hyslop has filled in during leadership searches for the West Virginia Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony and most recently the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

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Arts and Humanities
2:22 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Names David Hyslop Interim CEO, James Welch Board President-Elect

David Hyslop
Credit Photo Gittings

The Louisville Orchestra named arts consultant and orchestra veteran David Hyslop interim CEO at a board of directors meeting today. Hyslop will serve as interim CEO while the Orchestra conducts a national search. Current CEO Robert Birman announced his resignation earlier this month. Birman's last day in office will be Friday, after which Hyslop will begin his interim term.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Power Pop Love: 'Girlfriend' Musical Opens at Actors Theatre

The iconic cover of Matthew Sweet's 1991 landmark power pop album "Girlfriend."

It’s been called the best power pop album of all time. Matthew Sweet’s “Girlfriend” is a beautiful paradox – a break-up album that is lyrically devastating but sonically optimistic, and it features a killer roster of musicians, including Lloyd Cole, Television’s Richard Lloyd and both members of the Indigo Girls. The 1991 anime-style video made Sweet an MTV star, back when music videos were still the reason to watch MTV.

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Arts and Humanities
4:07 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

LVAA Opens New Gallery on Whiskey Row

The Louisville Visual Art Association’s new downtown gallery is open.  As part of its downtown relocation, LVAA has opened a gallery called Public in Whiskey Row Lofts (131 W. Main St.). The first invitational exhibit, "Public @ Public," features fifteen local artists who created new work illuminated by lightboxes exploring the public theme.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

The Big Break: Looking Ahead

On our audio diary series The Big Break, our apprentices gear up for audition season. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks explains why January kicks off her least favorite time of year, while Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach explains the audition showcase the apprentices host for casting directors and agents during the Humana Festival. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:53 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Ballet Showcase: Dancers Stretch into Choreographer Roles

Kateryna Sellers in "Silent Conversations."
Louisville Ballet

If you’re used to only seeing the Louisville Ballet dance in Whitney Hall or the Brown Theatre, the upcoming Choreographers' Showcase is a chance to see the company in a whole new light as it premieres new work in its intimate, informal studio on East Main Street.

Twelve new pieces choreographed by members of the dance company will make their debuts. Choreographers' Showcase runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with performances at 8 p.m. Space in the studio is limited, so advance ticket purchase is recommended (call the Ballet box office at 583-2623).

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