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
2:55 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Local Playwright Breaks Into Comedy with 'Snowflake Theory'

The Bard’s Town Theatre opens its new season Thursday with the world premiere of local playwright Nancy Gall-Clayton’s family comedy “The Snowflake Theory.” The play runs through May 20.

“The Snowflake Theory” is a new play about the Kleins, a Midwestern Jewish family. Marge is a widow who decides to start living for herself. But when her single daughter opts for artificial insemination and her only son wants to marry a wacky shiksa, she can’t help but get involved.

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Arts and Humanities
5:27 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Actors Theatre Names Former Intern Associate Artistic Director

Actors Theatre of Louisville

California-based director Meredith McDonough returns to the Actors Theatre of Louisville artistic staff this fall, where she began her career as a directing intern 14 years ago.

The new Actors Theatre of Louisville associate artistic director went on to serve two seasons as associate director of the apprentince/intern company before leaving in 2001 for the west coast. Since then, she’s worked all over the country, most recently as a director and developer of new plays at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.

McDonough says she’s thrilled to come back to Louisville.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Rock Opera 'Bare' Explores Teen Sexuality, Religion

Pandora Productions explores the secret lives of Catholic high schoolers this week in the rock opera “Bare,” a dramatic musical about gay and straight boarding school students struggling with their sexuality.

Written by Jon Hartmere, Jr. (book and lyrics) and Damon Intrabartolo (book and music), “Bare” opens Thursday in the Bingham Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Critics have compared “Bare” to “Spring Awakening” and “Rent.” Though it has moments of hip levity, it’s an intense drama with a tragic ending.

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Arts and Humanities
2:44 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Names New Associate Curator

Louisville gallery director Joey Yates is joining the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft artistic staff. As associate curator, Yates will help manage exhibitions, organize public events and contribute to educational outreach.

The associate curatorial role will be significant. Executive director Aldy Milliken says going forward, the museum’s exhibitions will inform everything from programming events to what’s in stock at the museum store.

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Arts and Humanities
2:40 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

May: Five Can’t-Miss First Friday Art Events

Exit Velocity Faster than the Speed of Light (2011) by Awkward x 2

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’ll take a look at five don’t-miss art events happening during the hop.

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Arts and Humanities
11:38 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Bourbon Baroque Pays Tribute to the Races at Free Friday Concert

John Austin Clark and Nicolas Fortin, co-artistic directors of Bourbon Baroque
Bourbon Baroque

If you hear the church bells ringing at St. John’s on East Market Street during Friday night’s Trolley Hop, consider it your call to post. The bells will ring about a minute before each short concert by Louisville’s Bourbon Baroque ensemble. There will be two 30-minute performances, at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Bourbon Baroque stages their monthly free cantata series concerts during each Trolley Hop. They’re casual, social and free—not your typical classical music setting.

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Arts and Humanities
4:31 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

The David Statue Is Not Alone: More Famous Artwork, Remixed

Turkish artist Serkan Ozkaya’s “David (inspired by Michelangelo)”follows a time-honored tradition of artists copying and remixing famous works — and it’s not all pop-culture parodies of “The Last Supper.”

Unlike a parody or a straight copy, a remix is in part about appropriation and introducing a significant conceptual contribution from the secondary artist into the re-imagining of an icon.

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Arts and Humanities
4:16 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Ozkaya's 'David' Arrives at 21C

'David (Inspired by Michelangelo)' stands outside of 21C Museum Hotel on Main Street.
Erin Keane

Just in time to welcome Derby guests, 21C Museum Hotel’s over-sized version of Michelangelo’s David was installed on the corner of Main and Seventh streets today. He rolled in on the back of a truck and stood up onto his 8-foot pedestal with the help of a crane. He stands three stories tall, and his gold paint gleams in the bright May sun.

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

21C Will Install Over-sized David Replica Tomorrow

David (Inspired by Michelangelo) touring New York City on a truck.
Courtesy of 21C Museum Hotel

21C Museum Hotel’s signature red penguins welcome a new colorful companion this week. A 30-foot-tall replica of Michelangelo’s David statue will be installed on the sidewalk outside of 21C Museum Hotel on the corner of Main and Seventh streets tomorrow morning. The statue is titled “David (inspired by Michelangelo),” and it was created by Turkish artist Serkan Ozkaya. In addition to being twice as tall as the original, the statue is also painted gold.

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Arts and Humanities
5:14 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Sollee Launches Live Album with Free Concert

 

Lexington musician Ben Sollee is known for his live shows, but hasn’t released a live album until now. The songwriter and indie-pop cellist will release “LIVE at the Grocery on Home” at a free concert outside of Heine Brothers (Bardstown Road at Eastern Parkway) tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Sollee recorded “LIVE at the Grocery on Home” during a five-day residency at the Atlanta music venue earlier this year. The album includes his song “Turn on the Moon,” previously available only on rare copies of his first independently-released solo album.

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