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. 


Arts and Humanities
8:30 am
Wed July 4, 2012

The Unbearable Lightness of 'Redshirts'

John Scalzi is the best-selling science fiction author whose books, including "Old Man's War," have been nominated for multiple Hugo Awards. Scalzi served as creative consultant for the "Stargate: Universe" television series and he has written several nonfiction books, including "The Rough Guide to the Universe." He’s also an influential online personality whose blog “Whatever” has been active since 1998.

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Arts and Humanities
9:24 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Walden Grads Reunite in Mamet's 'American Buffalo'

Walden Theatre graduates reunite on stage in several productions this summer, starting with David Mamet’s “American Buffalo.”

Walden has been turning out well-trained young actors from its conservatory program since 1976. They go their separate ways after graduation, but this summer they’ll have several opportunities to work at Walden again.

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Arts and Humanities
3:36 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Orchestra Announces Upcoming Season

The Louisville Orchestra returns to the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall after a year-long hiatus to celebrate its 75th anniversary season with a September 8 concert featuring both classics and pops. 

Music director Jorge Mester will conduct the first half of the Fanfara gala concert, which will feature pianist Jeremy Denk on Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 25.” Denk is the 1997 winner of the prestigious Young Concert Artists competition and has played with many major orchestras, and he appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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Arts and Humanities
5:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Both Alike in Dignity: Students and Comedians Honor Shakespeare

Shakespeare fans have two very different programs to choose from at The Bard’s Town this Friday with back-to-back performances that show the reverence and irreverence Louisville has for the Bard.

First up, a showcase of Walden Theatre students celebrating the end of the Summer Shakespeare Intensive program starts at 7:30 p.m. The 14 teens will perform scenes and monologues they prepared during the three weeks they’ve spent immersed in Shakespeare’s First Folio.

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Arts and Humanities
11:52 am
Tue June 26, 2012

KMAC Studio Glass Exhibit Extended

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft is extending the 50 Years of Studio Glass exhibit through July 29. The exhibition celebrates the first half-century of the studio art glass movement in the United States. It's part of a national effort that includes live glass demonstrations, lectures and exhibits at museums and universities across the country.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Fatherhood and the Apocalypse: Matt Bell's 'Cataclysm Baby'

It’s the end of the world as they know it, but the dogged yet hapless fathers in Matt Bell’s novella “Cataclysm Baby” are determined to do right by their monstrous children.

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Arts and Humanities
12:52 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

ArtPlace Grant Awarded to Harlan County Theater Project

The Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland has produced original plays about prescription drug abuse, life in the coal mines and how young people decide to stay or leave Harlan County after graduation. The program compiles oral histories and interviews with Harlan County residents and turns them into plays about the present and future of Eastern Kentucky.

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Arts and Humanities
5:02 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Actors Theatre Adds Eno Play to Upcoming Season

Louis Cancelmi and Tom Ryan in the staged reading of Will Eno's "Gnit," during Portland Center Stage's 2010 JAW: a Playwright's Festival.
Patrick Weishampel Portland Center Stage

Actors Theatre of Louisville will stage the world premiere of Will Eno’s “Gnit” in the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays next year. "Gnit" also rounds out the mainstage Brown-Forman Series for the 2012-13 season. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:56 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

South End Leaders Plan New Trolley Hop

Proposed New Cut Corridor trolley hop route.

The Courier-Journal reports that community leaders in Louisville's New Cut Corridor are seeking funds for a monthly trolley hop planned around cultural and community programs.

The C-J says community activist Ray Whitener has been instrumental in gathering support from community leaders, including state Senator Perry Clark:

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Arts and Humanities
4:55 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tech Pioneer Tackles Jane Austen Sequel

Pal Hansen

When Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sandy Lerner was a computational mathematics graduate student at Stanford University in the early Eighties, she would blow off steam by retreating into romantic world of Jane Austen’s novels. She fell in love with the BBC’s 1980 miniseries of “Pride and Prejudice,” and immediately started working her way through Austen’s books.

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