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
3:07 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

A Few Honest Words: New Book Explores Pop Music in Kentucky

  • An interview with author Jason Howard about his new book, "A Few Honest Words."

WFPL's Erin Keane speaks with Kentucky author Jason Howard about his new book, “A Few Honest Words: the Kentucky Roots of Popular Music."

In the book's introduction, Howard quotes songwriter Harlan Howard when he writes, “if there is a creed that defines roots music, it is that it consists of ‘three chords and a truth.’”

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Arts and Humanities
11:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Group Seeks Funding to Turn Armored Car Vault into Theater

Louisville actors, directors and designers aren't hurting for play projects, but they are hurting for space.  

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Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Quoth the Frazier: An Even Edgier Poe Takes the Stage at History Museum

Interpreters Tony Dingman, Kelly Moore and Eric Frantz during last year's "An Evening with Poe."
The Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum’s historical interpreters are bringing the haunting stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe to life. This is the third year the Frazier has staged “An Evening with Poe,” and the program changes every fall. The show opens Wednesday evening. 

This year’s bill, which the Frazier has tagged "An Even Edgier Poe," includes haunted perennial favorites “The Raven” and “The Bells” as well as the grisly short stories “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Masque of the Red Death.”

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Arts and Humanities
4:12 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Dance Theatre of Harlem Company Reborn, Launches New Tour in Louisville

Company member Ashley Murphy
Rachel Neville Dance Theatre of Harlem

After an eight-year hiatus, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company is back on the road, and its first stop is Louisville.

Founded in New York City in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell, Dance Theatre of Harlem is a rigorous ballet training program with an internationally-acclaimed professional dance company committed to racial diversity in ballet. The organization struggled financially in the years after September 11, 2001, and suspended its company in 2004. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

The Big Break: The Second Shift

  • Claire takes a second job, Samantha works a festival fundraiser and Brad finds time for work and for play.

This week on our new audio diary series, "The Big Break," Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks moonlights as a teacher, while Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach works a fundraiser for the theater's annual Humana Festival. Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond figures out how to make his busy rehearsal schedule accommodate his second job and his first love. 

Learn more about our audio diarists, who report in every Thursday about life in Louisville's professional arts companies.

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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