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
3:30 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Open Doors Opens Exhibit

Residents of St. Joseph Children's Home worked with artists Tara Remington and Janet Britt to design and paint a mural in their gymnasium.
Aron Conoway LVAA

The Louisville Visual Art Association's Open Doors Program will celebrate two years of community-based arts projects with a retrospective exhibit, “Making Art. Changing Lives.”

Twelve art projects, selected from nearly forty pieces of art completed through the program, will be on view to the public in the Water Tower, with an opening reception on July 22. The exhibit will run through August 19.

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Arts and Humanities
5:28 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Ballet Announces Next Season

David Toczko Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet returns to the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall with their new season, which opens in October with Val Caniparoli’s “Lady of the Camellias,” a tragic romance based on the 19th century novel by Alexandre Dumas fils about the courtesan Marguerite and her doomed affair with Armand, a provincial member of the middle class. The original story has inspired numerous adaptations, including Verdi’s opera “La Traviata.”

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Shakespeare in the Wild West

Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is one of the original romantic comedies, full of tropes you don’t have to be a Bard scholar to recognize: the bickering twosome who fight their mutual attraction until finally succumbing to each other’s unlikely charms, the tragic misunderstanding that derails a happy engagement, meddling relatives, scheming frenemies.

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Arts and Humanities
5:11 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

First Friday Five: July

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
5:06 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

'Hollers and Harvests' Exhibit Blends Folk, Contemporary Art

"Kentucky Monolith 2012" by Russel Hulsey.
Erin Keane WFPL News

In Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” a shiny black monolith appears to a group of prehistoric apes. The monolith communicates with the apes, and they learn how to use tools, and eventually evolve into human beings.

Fast-forward to the 21st century, and the monolith reappears in Louisville with the smell of warm alfalfa hay.

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Funny Women Face Off in Comedy Contest

Are women funny? Every few years, another male writer or comic says no – Jerry Lewis, Christopher Hitchens, most recently, Adam Carolla.

Janelle Fitzpatrick disagrees. She’s a high school teacher who works with incarcerated youth in Indiana. Her day job can be intense, so a few years ago she tried her hand at stand-up comedy and found a second calling.

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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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