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
1:04 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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Arts and Humanities
12:05 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Bobbie Ann Mason, Holly Goddard Jones Coming to U of L's Kentucky Women's Book Festival

They call it "the ultimate book club meeting." The annual Kentucky Women's Book Festival is Saturday at the University of Louisville's Ekstrom Library, and features readings and discussions with Bluegrass literary luminaries Bobbie Ann Mason, Holly Goddard Jones, Sena Jeter Naslund, George Ella Lyon and more.

All events are held in the Ekstrom Library building, and everything but the boxed lunch for the lunchtime session is free. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:26 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Louisville Native Sarah Combs Goes Back to Summer 'Geek Camp' For Debut Novel

Sarah Combs, author of "Breakfast Served Anytime."
Credit Courtesy of author

In Sarah Combs’ debut young adult novel, a bookish high schooler goes off to “geek camp” for gifted and talented students and comes out with a deeper understanding of Kentucky, its people and herself. To some extent, this is a story Combs herself lived – the Louisville native mined her own transformative experiences with Kentucky’s competitive summer programs when writing “Breakfast Served Anytime.”

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Arts and Humanities
2:45 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Poets Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder Share their Letters at Festival of Faiths Live Event

Literary giants Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder will discuss their new book Wednesday at Louisville's annual Festival of Faiths, which takes place this year at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The poets are avid letter-writers, and their shared correspondence has been collected and published as "Distant Neighbors: the Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder," out next month by Counterpoint Press. Publisher Jack Shoemaker will moderate. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:54 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Portrait of the Feminist as a Nude: Looking for Lilith's Comedy 'Body Awareness' Satisfies

Teresa Willis as Phyllis and Trina Fischer as Joyce in Annie Baker's "Body Awareness," produced by Looking for Lilith Theatre Company.
Credit Looking for Lilith Theatre Company

If there’s any setting that's easy to gently satirize, it’s the progressive college campus in the throes of an earnest social campaign. Louisville’s feminist theatre company Looking for Lilith takes up the challenge with Annie Baker’s “Body Awareness,” an awkward and satisfying comedy about the personal intersections of power and empathy whose social commentary never overwhelms its warm and engaging human story.

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Arts and Humanities
3:13 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

'The Exit Interview' Offers Brechtian Masterclass, With Laughs

Scot Atkinson (Richard "Dick" Fig) and Ebony Jordan (Eunice) hide from a campus shooter in William Missouri Downs' dark comedy "The Exit Interview."
Credit The Bard's Town

A professor falls victim to university budget cuts and must submit to the ritual humiliations of the exit interview when a campus shooting rampage makes him re-evaluate his feelings about relationships and religion in William Missouri Downs' philosophical comedy "The Exit Interview," which made its Louisville premiere at The Bard's Town last night. "The Exit Interview" runs through May 18 in the theater upstairs from the restaurant.  

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Arts and Humanities
1:12 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Louisville Native Dudley Saunders 'Resurrects' Local Dead with Crowdsourced Performance Art

Dudley Saunders performs "In These Boxes."
Credit Dean Carpentier

Someone you know died - a friend, a family member, a partner - and some thing that once belonged to the deceased is now in your possession. What happens to those keepsakes? Do they stay tucked away on a far shelf? Such objects - and the stories and people behind them - could have new life in avant-folk singer/songwriter Dudley Saunders' on-going "In These Boxes" memorial project, which comes to Louisville's Dreamland this month. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:34 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Kentucky Arts Council Study Will Assess Economic Impact of State's Creative Industries

Artwork selected for the Kentucky Arts Council's Governor's Derby Exhibit. Clockwise, from left: "Kentucky Capitol," Catherine Bryant; "The Blue Chair," Sharon Asher; "Hope Renewed," Carolyn Gibson; "Derby Blue," Timothy Gold
Credit Catherine Bryant, Sharon Asher, Carolyn Gibson, Timothy Gold / Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council’s creative industries study is underway. The state agency commissioned  Massachusetts firm Mt. Auburn Associates to conduct the study, which will cover economic impact data concerning the arts in Kentucky as well as case studies of successful creative industry and community initiatives and projects. A report is expected to be released in early October.

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Arts and Humanities
3:05 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Louisville Outskirts Festival Stages Benefit Show for Women's Music

Marissa Nadler performs at Dreamland on Saturday for a benefit for the Louisville Outskirts Festival.
Credit Marissa Nadler

Before the inaugural Louisville Outskirts Festival can open in October, the organizers need to raise some money. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:58 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Feminist Theatre Company Opens Annie Baker's 'Body Awareness' at U of L

The cast of Annie Baker's "Body Awareness," produced by Looking for Lilith.
Credit Looking for Lilith Theatre Company

It’s Body Awareness Week at the fictional Vermont college at the center of Annie Baker’s play "Body Awareness," and a professor’s nontraditional household is thrown into upheaval by a visiting photographer’s female nude portraits. Looking for Lilith Theatre Company opens "Body Awareness," a comedy about sexuality, identity and political correctness, at the University of Louisville's Thrust Theatre this week. 

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