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
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.

Arts and Humanities
4:10 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Actors Theatre Opens O'Neill Masterpiece

Lisa Emery as Mary Tyrone and David Chandler as James Tyrone in "Long Day’s Journey into Night."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville opens Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning family and addiction drama “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” Thursday in the Pamela Brown Auditorium. Directed by artistic director Les Waters, the production runs through October 28.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

REVIEW: Silence Is Golden in [502]'s 'The Aliens'

Brandon Cox, Scott Anthony and Zachary Burrell in Theatre [502]'s "The Aliens."
Theatre [502]

Theatre [502] closes its season with another successful production of a relevant and recent award-winning play. Annie Baker's “The Aliens” (2010 Obie Award for best new American play) is a love letter to the fragility of chosen families and the gentle geniuses our fast-paced society quietly leaves behind. Delicately understated performances by the three actors and careful direction by co-artistic director Mike Brooks make this hushed beauty an unlikely exclamation point on the end of the new company's second season.

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Arts and Humanities
12:06 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

First Operas of the Season Show Company Range

The Kentucky Opera opened a company premiere last night of Benjamin Britten's "The Prodigal Son," an installment of the celebrated 20th century composer's Parables for Church Play trilogy. It's part of the company's contemporary chamber series, staged in St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Harrods Creek and featuring a small chamber orchestra ensemble, members of the Choral Arts Society and the Opera's studio artists.

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