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
1:34 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

REVIEW: The Bunbury's 'Buried Child' Delivers

A dark secret haunts a rural Illinois farmhouse where a once-proud family molders in disgrace in Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Buried Child.” The play is sometimes described as a dark comedy, and its humor does serve to occasionally diffuse the almost stifling tension that pervades the play. But ultimately, “Buried Child” is a disorienting tragedy about the dissolution of the American family and the legacy of shame that causes one household to unravel and curl violently inward.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Review: 'Misses Strata': Crude Humor Satisfies in New Bipartisan Satire

The more things change, the more things stay the same. 2,500 years after Aristophanes first suggested women could end a war by kicking powerful husbands out of their beds in “Lysistrata,” the idea is still compelling to playwrights and politicians alike (a Michigan state representative recently suggested a similar strategy).

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Arts and Humanities
10:42 am
Thu June 14, 2012

NEA Study Associates the Arts with Higher Student Achievement

The National Endowment for the Arts has released a new report that draws a strong association between arts involvement and academic achievement for at-risk youth. 

In his introduction to the report, NEA chair Rocco Landesman writes:

Students who have arts-rich experiences in school do better across-the-board academically, and they also become more active and engaged citizens, voting, volunteering, and generally participating at higher rates than their peers. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:39 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Pandora Ends Season with 'My Big Gay Italian Wedding'

It’s no wonder the wedding has been a staple of stage comedy since Shakespeare’s time. A wedding has all the elements of a stage production: a supporting cast and two romantic leads, an audience, costumes and even a script. The effort of producing a real spectacle can bring even the most experienced stage manager–or wedding planner–to his knees. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:35 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Crime Novelist Charlie Newton Marries Truth and Fiction

Charlie Newton, author of "Start Shooting," will read and lead a workshop at Second Story Books this week.
Lisa Law

Novelist Charlie Newton weaves complex plots of crime and corruption out of unrelated true stories. The rape and murder of a young girl and a strange history of biological warfare in Japan collide in “Start Shooting,” the Chicago native’s acclaimed second novel.

While a gang war threatens the city’s bid for the Olympics, a guitar-playing cop and a desperate actress from the same gritty Chicago neighborhood are forced to confront corruption, violence and the legacy of a family murder.

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Arts and Humanities
9:48 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Kentucky Natives Win Tony Awards

Ashland native Steve Kazee picked up a Tony Award last night for Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Guy in "Once," the Broadway adaptation of the 2006 film an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant who spend a week together writing and playing music. "Once" won eight Tony awards this year, including Best Musical.

Kazee graduated from Morehead State University and has appeared in many television and stage productions, including a run as Sir Lancelot in "Spamalot."

Watch Kazee's emotional acceptance, which he dedicated to his "Once" co-star and his late mother. 

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

New 'Lysistrata' Adaptation Opens at The Bard's Town

Cara McHugh, Jennifer Levine, Amy Steiger, Beth Burrell, and April Singer in "Misses Strata."
Doug Schutte The Bard's Town Theatre

The Bard’s Town Theatre is resurrecting the ancient Greek story of Lysistrata in the premiere of a new comedy about sex, politics and patriotism.

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Arts and Humanities
4:24 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Speed Museum Begins Staff Re-Organization

The Speed Art Museum has eliminated eight full-time staff positions. The cuts were made in anticipation of the Speed’s $50 million renovation and expansion project, which will close the museum to the public until September 2015.

The affected positions are spread throughout the museum’s divisions and include jobs in visitor experience, collections, facilities, education, IT and security.

Museum director and CEO Charles Venable says some of the cuts were made in order to create new positions more closely aligned with the museum’s goals during its renovation period.

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Arts and Humanities
2:42 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Back with the Band: Drummer-Turned-Filmmaker Produces My Morning Jacket Documentary

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James with "One Big Holiday" producer Christopher Guetig during filming.
Margot Landen

Once upon a time, a guy from Louisville named Christopher Guetig played drums for My Morning Jacket. Those were the hard-touring van years, between the release of the critically-acclaimed “At Dawn” and the 2003 breakthrough hit “It Still Moves.”

It’s an old story. Guy leaves band, band makes it big. But this is not an episode of “Behind the Music.” Guetig doesn’t really regret leaving the band for Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in 2002, when they were all still up-and-comers.

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Arts and Humanities
4:04 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Review: Typographical Dystopia a Love Letter to the Printed Word

Laurene Scalf as Professor Lorraine Wexler in Theatre [502]'s production of Jordan Harrison's"Futura."

Five years ago, when playwright Jordan Harrison began writing “Futura,” the death of print still sounded like an ominous prophecy, one that could be enlarged into the stuff dystopian fantasies are made of. Today, that dread is palpable to some, and the paperless future is almost here.

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