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
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."
Theatre [502]

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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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Adam Cohen Embraces the Family Business

Adam Cohen

“Like a Man” is singer/songwriter Adam Cohen’s first record since 2004. Cohen had some modest success with his band Low Millions ("Ex-Girlfriends"), but after a promising start, his musical career stalled.  

After decades of trying to distance himself from his famous father’s sound (he's the son of famed songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen),  he’s reclaiming his place in the Cohen legacy. “Like a Man” pays deliberate homage to his father’s songs while allowing Cohen to come full circle with a mature and vulnerable sound of his own.

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Arts and Humanities
3:35 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

‘It’s All Go or Nothing’: Shakespeare Board Committed to Funding Park Productions in Full

Paige Hershell as Hero, Liza de Weerd as Beatrice, Abi Van Andel as Esmerelda Baker and Bree Murphy as Ursula in the 2012 summer Kentucky Shakespeare production of "Much Ado About Nothing."
Melissa Donald Kentucky Shakespeare

Despite a recent report by WAVE 3 that the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is in financial trouble, incoming board president Allen Harris says the company as a whole is financially sound.

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Arts and Humanities
4:20 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Love Written in the Scars: 'Gruesome Playground Injuries' Opens Friday

Leah Roberts (Kaylene) and Mike Brooks (Doug) in Theatre [502]'s production of Rajiv Joseph's "Gruesome Playground Injuries."
Gil Reyes Theatre [502]

Love hurts. It also bleeds, scars and sometimes needs a trip to the emergency room. 

Theatre [502] continues its second season this week with Rajiv Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries.” Leah Roberts and company co-artistic director Mike Brooks will play Kayleen and Doug, two accident-prone lovers who trace their 30-year relationship from the schoolyard to adulthood, beginning at age 8. 

The play opens Friday and runs through August 11 in the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville. 

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Arts and Humanities
9:55 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Teens Celebrate Japanese Animation, Culture at Library

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If you visit the main library on Friday without a costume, you might find yourself underdressed. AnimeCon is the Louisville Free Public Library's annual celebration of Japanese animation and culture for teens, and a costume competition is part of the event. Teens (Friday's event is for ages 12-19) come dressed as their favorite animated character and compete for prizes.

The event is free, but registration is required

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Arts and Humanities
1:02 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Review: Faith and the Big Box Store - 'A Bright New Boise' Is Relevant, Riveting

The Bard’s Town Theatre broadens its focus this season with an outstanding production of Samuel D. Hunter’s “A Bright New Boise.” This tightly-wound family drama about a disgraced evangelical who takes a job at an Idaho Hobby Lobby won an Obie Award in 2011 and has enjoyed a number of exciting regional premieres over the last season by companies like Washington, D.C.’s Wooly Mammoth Theatre and Chicago’s LiveWire.

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