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
3:42 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Scottish Play Haunts Amphitheater's Parkside Studio

Jenni Cochran and J. Barrett Cooper as Lady and Lord Macbeth.

Just in time for Halloween, Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company opens a production of the eerie Shakespeare tragedy "Macbeth." The bloody tale of renegade power, murder and madness opens Thursday at Iroquois Amphitheater's Parkside Studio

Metro Parks transforms the amphitheater stage into Parkside Studio by closing off the large stage's usually invisible fourth wall, creating an intimate, indoor stage (for days so foul and fair alike). 

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Arts and Humanities
4:08 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Crime Novelist Teaches Writing Workshop

Lisa Law

Acclaimed crime novelist Charlie ("Calumet City") Newton returns to Louisville tomorrow to teach a writing workshop at Second Story Books (2004 Highland Ave.).

Newton taught a similar workshop and gave a reading from his second novel, "Start Shooting" at Second Story back in June:

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Arts and Humanities
3:07 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Tennis Comedy Filmed in Louisville Premieres

Josh Hopkins and director Tim Kirkman filming "2nd Serve" on location at Louisville's Jewish Community Center.
The Group Entertainment

An underdog sports comedy filmed in Louisville makes its Kentucky premiere this week. “2nd Serve” is a new comedy about a former tennis star, Owen "Game Set" Match, who gets fired from his ritzy country club gig and is forced to teach on the public courts with a ragtag group of has-beens at the worst tennis club in town. 

Call it “Dodgeball” for the Wimbledon set.

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Arts and Humanities
12:27 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

REVIEW: Actors Theatre's Long 'Journey' Offers Great Rewards

John Brummer as Edmund and Michael Bakkensen as Jamie in "Long Day's Journey into Night."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville's new artistic director Les Waters put his acclaimed directorial chops on full display in last night's opening of Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical dysfunctional family and addiction drama “Long Day's Journey Into Night.” Powerhouse acting and economical staging allow the family Tyrone to reveal themselves wholly and sympathetically over the course of the long but rewarding production. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:53 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Manning, Wilkinson Readings Open Writer's Block

Readings by two acclaimed Kentucky writers will kick off the Writer's Block Festival  at the InKY Reading Series Friday. Poet Maurice Manning and fiction writer Crystal Wilkinson will read from recent work at The Bard's Town (1801 Bardstown Rd.). The free event also includes an open mic and a set by musicians A Girl Named Earl and Mike Karman. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Big Break: Epiphanies

  • This week, Claire Horrocks (Louisville Ballet) experiences her first full company ballet ("Lady of the Camellias") and realizes it's not always about dancing, while Samantha Beach (Actors Theatre of Louisville) thinks about forming good artistic habits sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Brad Raymond (Kentucky Opera) reflects on his role in "The Prodigal Son."

This week on our new audio diary series “The Big Break,” Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks experiences her first full production, while Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach tries to figure out how to set good artistic habits for her future. Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond reflects on his most recent show, "The Prodigal Son."

Learn more about our audio diarists, who report in every Thursday about what it's like to work in a professional performing arts company.

Arts and Humanities
5:01 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Kentucky Author Revisits Lost Colony Mystery in Debut Novel

Gwenda Bond’s debut young adult novel “Blackwood” (Strange Chemistry) revisits one of America’s most enduring mysteries. On modern-day Roanoke Island, 114 people disappear – the same number that vanished from the island's lost colony in the 16th century. Two misfit teens, Miranda (daughter of the town drunk) and Phillips (who hears the voices of the dead) team up to solve both mysteries in order to bring back their missing neighbors.

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Arts and Humanities
4:30 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Writer's Block Festival Offers Workshops, More

The annual Writer's Block Festival is Saturday, with workshops, panel discussions and readings for writers and readers scheduled in and around the Green Building (732 E. Market St.) and the Cressman Center (100 E. Main St.). Produced by Louisville Literary Arts, the event also features a print fair in the Green Building (through 4 p.m.) with exhibits by local and regional small presses and literary journals. 

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Local News
2:48 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

HuffPo Asks for Photos of 'Real Kentucky'

The Huffington Post asks Kentucky readers to submit local photos this week: 

Foreclosure filings are up more than 10 percent in Jefferson County, Ky., from this time last year. And there are so many abandoned houses in Louisville that the state's attorney general recently earmarked more than $3 million to deal with the glut of vacant property.

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Arts and Humanities
2:40 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Visually Impaired Artists Exhibit Opens

"Retinal Checkerboard " by Tara Innmon
American Printing House for the Blind

A juried art show featuring visually impaired artists opens Thursday at the Galt House Hotel. Sponsored by the American Printing House for the Blind, APH Insights 2012  features 82 works (out of more than 400 submitted) by artists from across the country, ranging from professional artists to senior citizens and students.

A variety of media, including painting, sculpture and photography, is represented. Winners in nine categories have been selected by a panel of Louisville judges to be honored in a ceremony Friday. Artists will greet visitors Friday 4:15-5 p.m.

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