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Arts and Humanities
3:33 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

'The Mountaintop' Portrays the Man Behind the Civil Rights Legend

Credit Actors Theatre of Louisville

It's Memphis, 1968. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has just delivered his now-famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in support of the city's Black sanitation workers, who are striking for higher pay and workplace treatment equal to their white counterparts. The civil rights leader would be shot on the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel by James Earl Ray the next day.

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Arts and Humanities
4:26 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

A Different Horse Country: 'Herd in Iceland' Documents Annual Round-Up

For more than 1,000 years, Iceland has kept its indigenous breed of small, sturdy horse pure by prohibiting imported breeds — no re-entry for traveling horses, either. Icelandic horses roam free and wild throughout the countryside and the mountains all summer until farmers head out for the annual round-up, bringing the horses home for the harsh winter months. 

Try as I might, I can't picture herds of Thoroughbreds galloping wild through (a fence-less) rural Kentucky all summer. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:43 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Southern Novelist Tim Gautreaux Headlines Writer's Block Festival

Tim Gautreaux

A reading by award-winning Louisiana novelist Tim Gautreaux will headline the annual Writer's Block Festival this weekend. The festival  returns for the third year with a full schedule of (mostly free) literary events for writers and readers. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:22 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

REVIEW | Theatre [502] Bids High with 'Auctioning the Ainsleys'

Neill Robertson (Aiden Ainsley), Erica McClure (Amelia Ainsley) and Cara Hicks (Annalee Ainsley) in Theatre [502]'s production of Laura Schellhardt's "Auctioning the Ainsleys."
Credit Theatre [502]

Memories are woven into the things we hold onto — we don’t get souvenir from memory for nothing. How do some objects end up telling the story of a family and others put out with the trash? When we forget the story behind a thing, does it become just another useless trinket? Can we neutralize a memory’s power by destroying the stuff to which it clings?

Laura Schellhardt explores these questions and the lingering effects of guilt and resentment on adult children of a domineering father and emotionally-absent mother in “Auctioning the Ainsleys,” a play about a traumatized family of auction house professionals who can’t separate themselves or their stories from their stuff.

Directed by co-artistic director Amy Attaway, Theatre [502] closes its third season with a touching and darkly funny production. Strong work by a cast crackling with chemistry and an elegantly restrained production team ground Schellhardt's poetic script and its many magical moments in emotional realism. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

'Come As You Are': Stage One's First Sensory-Friendly Performance

Winnie the Pooh (John Vessels), Christopher Robin (Miller Kraps) and Piglet (Carman Napier) in Stage One Family Theatre's "The House at Pooh Corner."
Credit Hannah Wemitt / Stage One Family Theatre

A.A. Milne’s “The House at Pooh Corner” boasts one of the most beloved cast of characters in children’s literature – good-hearted Winnie the Pooh and his chum Christopher Robin, and all of their pals, like wise Owl, mopey Eeyore and timid Piglet. In the stage adaptation, now running at Stage One Family Theatre, most kids are delighted when bouncy Tigger makes his boisterous first entrance. But those kinds of loud surprises can be jarring for a child with autism or other sensory sensitivities.

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Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Violin Star Midori Plays Brahms with Louisville Orchestra

Midori
Credit Greenfield Sanders

When violinist Midori made her debut with the New York Philharmonic, she was only 11 years old, and in the 30-odd years since, she's developed an amazing career in international performance, musical outreach (her 21-year-old nonprofit Midori & Friends brings music education to underserved kids in New York) and higher education as chair of University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music strings department.

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Theatre [502]'s 'Auctioning the Ainsleys' Is a YPAS Family Affair

Cara Hicks, Neill Robertson, Leah Roberts, Pat Allison, Lucas Adams, and Erica McClure in Theatre [502]'s "Auctioning the Ainsleys." Roberts, Robertson, and McClure all studied with Allison at Louisville's Youth Performing Arts School.
Credit Theatre [502]

It’s been said that actors don’t retire— they just open their next act.

Pat Allison taught drama at Louisville’s Youth Performing Arts School for 31 years before hanging up her grade book last year. Now, she’s back on stage in the upcoming Theatre [502] production of Laura Schellhardt’s “Auctioning the Ainsleys,” a dark comedy about a family of auctioneers. She plays Alice, the matriarch of the Ainsley family.

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Arts and Humanities
2:27 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Annual Art Show Draws Crowds to Old Louisville

Credit Julie Wilkinson / St. James Court Art Show

 The annual St. James Court Art Show opens this weekend.  Last year's fair drew more than 200,000 visitors to historic Old Louisville. 

More than 700 artists will exhibit and sell their work in the streets around the St. James Court fountain near Central Park. Participating artists are selected by representatives from six different neighborhood groups.

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Arts and Humanities
3:51 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Object Permanence: Theatre [502] Closes Season with 'Auctioning the Ainsleys'

Cara Hicks and Leah Roberts as sisters Annalee and Avery in Theatre [502]'s production of Laura Schellhardt's "Auctioning the Ainsleys."
Credit Theatre [502]

Wise people say possessions can't make us happy. But in Laura Schellhardt's "Auctioning the Ainsleys," a dark comedy about a family of auctioneers who identify fiercely with the physical objects that surround them, stuff matters.

Directed by co-artistic director Amy Attaway, "Auctioning the Ainsleys" is the final production in Theatre [502]'s third mainstage season.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

'Filmmakers Need to Get Organized': Symposium Assesses State of Film in Kentucky

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When Appalshop, the Whitesburg, Ky.-based media arts center, was founded in 1969, filmmaking wasn’t cheap. Cameras cost upwards of $30,000, and film stock and processing could run about $500 to get ten minutes of film. And although Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had shined a national spotlight on Appalachia, few films were made by locals. Appalshop, which was founded in part to train young Appalachians in film and television production, changed that.

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