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
9:14 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Innovation Award Winner Says Collaboration Is the Future for Louisville Arts

Alison Huff with Allan Cowen, former president of the Fund for the Arts.
Credit Fund for the Arts

Working in the nonprofit arts world isn't for the weak. Competition is stiff - for the limited amount of public and private funding, for audience members, season subscribers and individual donors. But Alison Huff says working together, not against one another, is what's going to allow Louisville's arts community to grow and thrive in the future. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:31 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Louisville LGBT Choir Celebrates 20 Years in Concert

VOICES of Kentuckiana formed in 1994 to give gays, lesbians and supportive others the opportunity to sing together in a non-competitive environment. It's part of an international movement - LGBT choirs have flourished in metropolitan areas since the late 1970s, when the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus paved the way for other chorale groups to help raise the visibility of LGBT and related social issues through musical performance. This weekend, the group celebrates its 20th anniversary with a reunion concert focused on the group's rich history and its legacy of advocacy.

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Arts and Humanities
2:11 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Louisville Orchestra Closes Season With a Rousing Ode to Joy

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven (1803) by Christian Horneman.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Louisville Orchestra opened its final 2013-14 classics production in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall this morning with a double-header of Beethoven, Symphonies No. 1 and the dramatic No. 9. His first symphony, which premiered in Vienna in 1800, heralded an emerging and influential talent in the generation following and building upon the work of his mentor Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Nearly a quarter of a century later, Beethoven premiered his Ninth Symphony in Berlin (1824), a work now widely recognized as one of the greatest works in the classical canon.  

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Arts and Humanities
4:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson Programs One Last Season Before Retiring

The Louisville Ballet last staged "Giselle" in 2010.
Credit Louisville Ballet

Louisville Ballet artistic director Bruce Simpson, who retires in July, will leave behind a new season for his successor. The 2014-15 season opens in September with one of the most popular cornerstones of the classical repertoire. “Giselle” (Sept. 12-13) is a Romantic ballet about a village girl who dies of a broken heart, then is raised from the dead to seek revenge on her beloved, whom she saves instead.

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Arts and Humanities
4:49 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Outskirts Festival Organizers Say Louisville's Finally Ready for a Women's Music Fest

Stephanie Gary, co-organizer of Outskirts Festival, plays with Julie of the Wolves.
Credit Marty Pearl

Stephanie Gary and Carrie Neumayer are one-half of the Louisville-based post-punk band Julie of the Wolves. They’re also co-organizers of the upcoming Louisville Outskirts Festival, a non-profit volunteer-run weekend celebrating music made by female-identified artists.

The inaugural Outskirts Fest is planned for October of this year. In addition to lots of live music, the event will include music workshops for girls and exhibit space for women business owners, artists and makers and social justice organizations.

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Arts and Humanities
12:23 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Actors Theatre of Louisville Closes 38th Humana Fest With Shorts, New Play Awards

Actors Theatre of Louisville closed its 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays yesterday with the world premiere of three ten-minute plays in the Pamela Brown Auditorium. 

These short works joined the six full-length plays that opened throughout the six-week festival. Read all of WFPL's coverage of the Humana Festival here

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Arts and Humanities
3:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Louisville Arts Could Do More to Engage At-Risk Teens, Says Fund for the Arts CEO

Credit File photo

Louisville continues to seek answers to a recent spurt of teen violence downtown. Some say tighter security is the answer. Others want to see more teenagers engaged in positive pursuits. Fund for the Arts President and CEO Barbara Sexton Smith says the arts are an under-used crime prevention tool for youth. 

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Local News
4:09 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Mercury Ballroom Opening Delayed, First Concert Canceled

Mercury Ballroom on South Fourth Street.
Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

Update: The concert has been canceled due to construction issues. Here's a statement from Live Nation:

Due to an unforeseen construction delay, Okkervil River’s concert on Friday night at Mercury Ballroom has been cancelled.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Louisville Native Danica Novgorodoff Chases Ghost Brides in Her New Graphic Novel

From "The Undertaking of Lily Chen."
Credit Danica Novgorodoff

Danica Novgorodoff's new graphic novel, "The Undertaking of Lily Chen," is set in the mountains of northern China, where the ancient custom of ghost brides — the practice of burying a female corpse with an unmarried deceased man so they can be mates in the afterlife — is still practiced by some. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:23 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

REVIEW | Musical Adaptation of 'The Color Purple' Stands On Its Own

Tymika Prince as Celie and Shajuana Motley as Shug Avery in JCC CenterStage's "The Color Purple."
Credit CenterStage

CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center has a hit in their sold-out production of "The Color Purple" musical adaptation. Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, with a book by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Marsha Norman (a Louisville native),  “The Color Purple” features highly entertaining blues, jazz, ragtime and pop-inspired music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray that allows this adaptation stand on its own feet. 

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