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
1:08 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

'Truth' Exhibit Opens at Ali Center

Portrait of Muhammad Ali by Robert Shetterly.
Robert Shetterly Americans Who Tell the Truth

Wendell Berry, Helen Keller, Malcolm X and Eleanor Roosevelt are just a few of the prominent figures whose portraits have been painted by artist Robert Shetterly for his Americans Who Tell the Truth series, a portrait exhibit celebrating courageous citizens who have spoken out for democracy and human rights.

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Arts and Humanities
3:55 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

A Year in the Life of Kentucky's Minor League

A new book about Kentucky’s minor league baseball teams is out. Written by journalist Katya Cengel,  “Bluegrass Baseball” (University of Nebraska Press) is an intimate look inside the 2010 baseball season, starring Kentucky’s minor league teams: the Lexington Legends, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Florence Freedom and the Louisville Bats. The book documents the highs and lows of the players, groundskeepers, managers and fans of the game’s smaller outfits. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:29 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Opera Ends Another Year in the Black

The Kentucky Opera announced today that the organization ended the year with a budget surplus. This is the third season under general director David Roth that the Opera has come out ahead.

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Arts and Humanities
9:30 am
Mon August 27, 2012

History Meets Mystery in 'The Lion in Winter'

Roger Fristoe (King Henry II) and Susan McNeese Lynch (Eleanor of Aquitaine) in "The Lion in Winter."
Actor's Choice

Dysfunction in the English royal family plays out against a backdrop of treason and civil war in “The Lion in Winter." Actor's Choice theater company opens James Goldman’s award-winning historical drama this week. 

The year is 1183, and King Henry II has called a Christmas court. He’s allowed his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, out of prison for the occasion. He needs to name an heir to secure an alliance with France. Will it be Richard (later known as the Lionheart), treacherous Geoffrey or Henry's favorite, John? 

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Arts and Humanities
4:23 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Jeffersonville Forms Public Art Study Committee

Floodwall mural in downtown Jeffersonville.
Jason Meredith Design Unleashed

The city of Jeffersonville, Ind., has formed a study committee on public art. The committee will lay the groundwork for a new public art initiative. City council member-at-large Nathan Samuel hopes a public art initiative will help rally Jeffersonville citizens and leaders around a positive cause.

“I think Jeffersonville suffers from a self-esteem problem," says Samuel. "We don’t give ourselves enough credit for what we have here.”

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Arts and Humanities
5:37 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Final Water Tower Exhibit Looks to Past and Future

The Louisville Visual Art Association pays tribute to three decades in their historic Water Tower headquarters with its final exhibit in that building. Art Envoy opens Friday with a free reception. The show pairs artists from a foundational exhibit with members of the younger generation of Louisville artists. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:33 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Anne Braden Documentary Premieres in Louisville

Appalshop

Life-long civil rights activist Anne Braden’s life and work are the subject of a new documentary from Appalshop. “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot” will premiere at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Sunday at 3 p.m.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Community Arts Radio Station Plans Launch

A new community radio station will debut next month. Art+FM, which will broadcast music, talk programs and performance art, will launch its first broadcast live from the floor of the Idea Festival at the Kentucky Center on September 19 and air interviews and other arts programming throughout the three-day event.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

'It's All About the Want': Young Artists Transformed at Governor's School for the Arts

Ben Sollee teaches a strings master class at the 2012 Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts.
Erin Keane WFPL News

The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary of free summer arts education Saturday at the Kentucky Center. The celebration includes an art show, an open mic, silent films from the new media program and a concert featuring Harry Pickens, Ben Sollee and jazz violinist (and GSA alum) Zach Brock.

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Local News
4:18 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier Dies

Owsley Brown Frazier
Frazier History Museum

Louisville philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier is dead. A spokesperson for the Frazier History Museum, which Frazier founded (as the Frazier Historical Arms Museum) in 2001, confirmed that Frazier died at a local hospital this afternoon. The cause of death is unknown at this time. 

Frazier, 77, retired as vice chair of the board of Brown-Forman Corporation, the Louisville-based spirits and wine company founded by his family.

In a statement, Mayor Greg Fischer says that Frazier had a profound impact on Louisville.

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