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
1:30 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Art Exhibit Honors 'The Greatest' at Ali Center

Corey Pickett's "Freedom's Fight 2010," reclaimed colored cardboard (no paint)
Erin Keane WFPL News

A new art exhibit honoring Muhammad Ali is open at The Muhammad Ali Center. “Ali: the Greatest” is a fine art tribute curated by Evolve The Gallery in Sacramento, Calif. Gallery co-owners Brady and A. Michelle Blakeley challenged 19 artists from across the country to create works inspired by the boxing legend.

Though the artists all share the same subject, their work is anything but uniform.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Award-Winning Architects Seek Out 'Unheroic' Designs

The American Institute of Architects has awarded Louisville's De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop a 2013 Institute Honor Award for their design of operational facilities on Goshen's Mason Lane Farm. The project includes two new barns and a relocated silo for a centrally-located complex that consolidates maintenance, office and operations facilities previously scattered across the property, owned by Eleanor Bingham Miller.

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Arts and Humanities
2:11 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Rachel Grimes to Play 'Caligari' Piano at KMAC

Wendell Castle's Caligari Steinway Artcase piano.
Tim Furnish Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Louisville pianist and composer Rachel Grimes (Rachel's, Kings Daughters and Sons) is the latest musician to perform at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft this month.

Included in their on-going Wendell Castle: Forms Within Forms exhibit is a Steinway Art Case piano designed by Castle, and KMAC is hosting a series of performances pairing innovative musicians with the musical work of art.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

The Big Break: Back to School

On our audio diary series The Big Break, all three of our apprentices go back to school. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach learns a new vocal technique in a workshop, while Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks plays both teacher and student while developing her original piece for the upcoming Choreographer's Showcase (Jan. 24). Studio artist Brad Raymond is back from winter break, performing in schools for the Kentucky Opera's educational outreach program. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:24 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

REVIEW | "Flashdance-The Musical" Dances for Its Life

Emily Padgett as Alex and Matthew Hydzik as Nick in the national tour of "Flashdance - The Musical."
Kyle Froman Broadway Across America

Broadway has seen no shortage of iconic, music-fueled films adapted for the stage in recent years, to varying degrees of success. “Sister Act” and “Footloose” met with mixed critical responses, but “Hairspray” knocked the ball out of the park, winning eight Tony Awards.  “Flashdance” is the latest Eighties film to get the Broadway musical treatment, and the musical is previewing with a national tour before it makes its way to New York later this year.

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

National Tour Takes 'Flashdance' to Broadway via Louisville

Emily Padgett as Alex in the national tour of "Flashdance - The Musical."
Kyle Froman Broadway Across America

The 1983 movie "Flashdance" wasn’t loved by film critics in its day—too much like music videos, they said. But the film grossed more than $100 million, and the soundtrack spawned a series of top ten hits and an Academy Award for Irene Cara’s “Flashdance—What a Feeling.” 

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Arts and Humanities
3:56 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Why You Should Go See 'The Tens'

Every year, Actors Theatre of Louisville produces a slate of ten-minute plays featuring the members of the acting apprentice company. Many of the plays are directed by directing interns, and literary interns serve as dramaturgs, too. The plays are selected from submissions to the annual National Ten-Minute Play Contest, some of which go on to be produced for the final weekend of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:10 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

REVIEW | Actors Shine in 'Topdog/Underdog'

Brian Lee West and Keith McGill rehearse "Topdog/Underdog."
Actors Choice

Actor's Choice opened Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Topdog/Underdog" Thursday in the Henry Clay Theatre. Directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis, this tense, finely-acted two-hander explores the relationship between two adult brothers, Lincoln and Booth, as they struggle with a legacy of abandonment by their parents, masculine identity, racism and the lure of a life of crime. 

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Local News
11:24 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Louisville Orchestra CEO Robert Birman Steps Down

Credit Louisville Orchestra

Louisville Orchestra CEO Robert Birman will leave his post at the end of this month. The orchestra announced his resignation Saturday morning.

“I leave on a high note,” says Birman. “I’m very proud of the players and my board and my staff. Everybody is pulling in one direction, and for that reason I thought this was an appropriate time to make this announcement.”

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Arts and Humanities
2:49 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Byline: Music City Hit-Makers with the Louisville Orchestra

Songwriters Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson with their Grammy Award for "Jesus, Take the Wheel," recorded by Carrie Underwood.

On today's Byline, I welcomed Grammy Award-winning songwriter Brett James and composer Charlie Judge, two of the members of the Music City Hit-Makers team. James has written songs for Kenny Chesney ("Out Last Night," "When the Sun Goes Down") and Carrie Underwood (including the Grammy Award-winner "Jesus, Take the Wheel"), as well as Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw and dozens of other chart-topping artists.

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