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
6:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

'It's All About the Want': Young Artists Transformed at Governor's School for the Arts

Ben Sollee teaches a strings master class at the 2012 Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts.
Erin Keane WFPL News

The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary of free summer arts education Saturday at the Kentucky Center. The celebration includes an art show, an open mic, silent films from the new media program and a concert featuring Harry Pickens, Ben Sollee and jazz violinist (and GSA alum) Zach Brock.

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Local News
4:18 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier Dies

Owsley Brown Frazier
Frazier History Museum

Louisville philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier is dead. A spokesperson for the Frazier History Museum, which Frazier founded (as the Frazier Historical Arms Museum) in 2001, confirmed that Frazier died at a local hospital this afternoon. The cause of death is unknown at this time. 

Frazier, 77, retired as vice chair of the board of Brown-Forman Corporation, the Louisville-based spirits and wine company founded by his family.

In a statement, Mayor Greg Fischer says that Frazier had a profound impact on Louisville.

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Arts and Humanities
3:17 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Speed Museum Director Leaving for Indianapolis

Charles Venable
Speed Art Museum

Director Charles Venable is leaving the Speed Art Museum next month. The Board of Governors of the Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today that Venable has been appointed The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Museum. 

Venable joined the Speed five years ago, leading the museum during the development and funding of a $50 million renovation and expansion project, which will close the museum to the public for three years next month.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Chely Wright Film an Intimate Look at Coming Out in Nashville

Chely Wright at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, 2010.
Tanya Braganti First Run Features

In 2010, Chely Wright became the first country music star to come out as gay. Wright’s three-year journey to her coming out day is the subject of a new documentary by filmmakers Bobbie Berleffi and Beverly Kopf.

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Arts and Humanities
4:07 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

'H.M.S. Pinafore' Opens Friday at Amphitheater

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore” opens Friday at Iroquois Amphitheater. The comic operetta is part of the new “Iroquois Amphitheater Presents” series produced by Metro Parks.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Peanuts Gang Grows Up in 'Dog Sees God'

Todd Ziegler, Brandon Cox and Michael Mayes in Louisville Repertory Company's production of Bert V. Royal's "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead."

Louisville Repertory Company is changing up its programming with an unauthorized homage to Charles Schulz’s Peanuts gang. Bert V. Royal’s play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” re-imagines the Peanuts characters as confused high schoolers. Names are changed, but the characters are still recognizable.

“Van” is a stoner who smoked the last scraps of his beloved blanket. “CB” is still a blockhead, but now he’s questioning his sexuality and possibly in love with his piano-playing classmate. Good grief.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

'The Book of Mormon' Coming to Louisville

The national tour of the hit musical "The Book of Mormon" will be part of next season’s Broadway in Louisville series. Broadway in Louisville won’t announce their 2013-2014 season until March, but a limited engagement of “The Book of Mormon” will be on the slate. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Review: 'Gruesome Playground Injuries'

Mike Brooks (Doug) and Leah Roberts (Kayleen) in Rajiv Joseph's "Gruesome Playground Injuries."
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There was a time when summer didn't yield such an abundance of theatrical riches in Louisville, with the big houses dark and maybe a handful of small company revivals to sustain us through the long humid season.

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Arts and Humanities
5:24 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Musician Jason Noble Dies

Louisville musician Jason Noble died this morning at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., where he was a patient in a clinical trial for a new cancer treatment. Noble was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma in 2009. He was 40.

Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

First Friday Five: August

"No Place Like Home" by Dana Ellyn

It’s fine to hit the downtown First Friday Trolley Hop without a plan. Park, wander in and out of galleries, grab a drink or dinner with friends and hop a TARC trolley from one end of downtown to the next and back—you’re sure to find something to catch your eye or ears.

But with so many events and gallery receptions happening at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so every month we take a look at five don’t-miss art events happening during the hop.

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