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Arts and Humanities
4:15 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Kentucky Native Gina Phillips Brings Art Home in 21C Exhibit

"Benjamin Arthur Ellis" by Gina Phillips. 2011. Fabric, thread, paint.
Credit Gina Phillips

New Orleans-based artist Gina Phillips has a scavenger's heart. She plucked the name of her latest exhibit, "A Thirsty Switch Still Quivers For Me," from a childhood memory of her grandmother using divining rods to search for water underground. She uses a long-arm quilting machine to free-form stitch bits of synthetic hair and silk onto scraps of fabric to create textured objects that exist somewhere between the two- and three-dimensional art plane. She comes by the assemblage approach naturally, she said. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:53 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Actors Theatre's Bloody 'Dracula' Ushers in Autumn's Long, Dark Nights

Ann Sonneville and Randolph Curtis Rand in "Dracula" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

An odd foreigner's moved into the crumbling abbey up the hill. The newspapers are reporting awfully strange stories. Young Dr. Seward has watched, helpless, while his beloved fiancée has wasted away before his own eyes. His best friend Jonathan Harker's gone missing abroad.  And his other patients, already suffering from mental illnesses, are getting ... restless. Time to call in his old friend Van Helsing, whose obsession with the occult might shed some light on Seward's ever-darkening days. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare Announces 2015 Season: 'Macbeth' and More

Kentucky Shakespeare packed Central Park over the summer.
Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL News

It’s going to be tough for Kentucky Shakespeare to top their record-breaking summer season. More than 27,000 people attended eight full-length productions in Old Louisville’s Central Park during the 10-week Shakespeare in the Park festival. But as he enters his second year as producing artistic director of the country’s longest-running free outdoor Shakespeare festival, Matt Wallace is sure going to try.

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Arts and Humanities
2:08 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Kentucky Opera Launches New Repertory With Emotional 'Fidelio' Production

Kara Shay Thomson as the title role in Beethoven's "Fidelio," playing this weekend at Kentucky Opera.
Credit Patrick Pfister / Kentucky Opera

Louisville audiences know soprano Kara Shay Thomson and tenor Jonathan Burton, most recently from their starring turns at Kentucky Opera in the lead roles of Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca"—a glamorous opera singer in love with a political dissident. In the company's 62nd season opening production, Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera "Fidelio," they reprise their roles as lovers, lending their powerhouse voices to this story about the triumph of faith and hope over evil. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:18 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Short Plays Long on Talent in The Bard's Town's Ten-Tucky Festival

Amy Steiger, Julie Streble, April Singer, Kelsey Thompson, and Megan Brown in Tara Anderson's "Shop at Home," Ten-Tucky Festival at The Bard's Town Theatre.
Credit Doug Schutte / The Bard's Town

The Bard’s Town Theatre has undergone a transformation in its short lifetime from a theater devoted primarily to new works by Kentuckians to a producer of excellent contemporary plays, period. But the annual Ten-Tucky Festival, the bill of 10-minute plays curated from open submissions by Kentucky native and resident playwrights, remains a mainstay of the theater’s season.

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Arts and Humanities
3:17 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Kentucky Opera Opens Reimagined Repertoire With Beethoven's Prison Drama 'Fidelio'

Jonathan Burton as political prisoner Florestan in Kentucky Opera's "Fidelio."
Credit Patrick Pfister / Kentucky Opera

Kentucky Opera opens its new season this week with “Fidelio,” Ludwig von Beethoven’s only opera. It’s part of the “repertoire reimagined,” a five-year effort to produce more adventuresome works, from the under-produced like “Fidelio” to new operas like Daron Hagen and Barbara Grecki's “A Woman in Morocco,” which will run during the Festival of Faiths in May.

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Arts and Humanities
12:14 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

No Performance-Enhancing Drugs Needed in Theatre [502]'s Strong, Swift 'Red Speedo'

Jon Patrick O'Brien and Michael Mayes in Theatre [502]'s production of Lucas Hnath's "Red Speedo."
Credit Bill Brymer / Theatre [502]

Louisville's Theatre [502] continues its mission to produce “recent and relevant” plays this month with the second production of their fourth season, an outstanding production of Lucas Hnath’s “Red Speedo.” Not a word is wasted in Hnath’s tight, emotional story about an aspiring Olympic swimmer who wins big while taking performance-enhancing drugs.

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Arts and Humanities
4:25 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

'Giselle' Offers Possible Glimpse of Louisville Ballet's Future

Credit Wade Bell

This week sees the beginning of a new era at the Louisville Ballet. Its 2014-2015 season kicks off with Giselle, the first production at which audiences will be able to begin to glean new artistic director Robert Curran's aesthetic.

Giselle, together with the bulk of the current season was, of course, programmed by outgoing artistic director Bruce Simpson. And it is a strong choice for a company that during his tenure developed a strong sensibility for the Romantic ballets (as well as a vibrant approach to contemporary choreography.)

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Arts and Humanities
12:20 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Louisville Artists Open Studio Doors to Public This Weekend

"Proximity" by Shohei Katayama (solar panels, magnets, motors, glass)
Credit Shohei Katayama

Open Studio Weekend returns to Louisville this week for its second year. Organized by LVAA and the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute, more than 80 local artists will open their working spaces to the public on Saturday and Sunday. It’s an opportunity for art lovers to see an artist’s works-in-progress and to score a rare peek behind the scenes into the creative process.

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Arts and Humanities
2:29 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Theatre [502] Dives Into Athletic Doping Controversy with Lucas Hnath’s ‘Red Speedo’

Jonathan O'Brien (left) and Michael Mayes in rehearsal for Theatre [502]'s production of Lucas Hnath's "Red Speedo."
Credit Chris Petot / Theatre [502]

Lucas Hnath’s plays have a knack for making you change your mind. In “The Christians,” which premiered in the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville earlier this year, a pastor’s spiritual change-of-heart is called into question when his congregation questions his motives. In his professional premiere, “Death Tax,” which opened in the 2012 Humana Festival, questions about end-of-life care take provocative and surprising turns.

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