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Arts and Humanities
2:53 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

'Peek at Portland' Offers Tours of Neighborhood Targeted for Arts and Development

Portland Printing and Fax Service, 18th and Portland Ave., Louisville, Kentucky, 2011. Part of the University of Louisville's Ghost Signs of Louisville collection.
Credit Lana Wilson / University of Louisville Photographic Archives

Is Portland the new Nulu? With artists and companies like Argo Networks relocating to the historic neighborhood near downtown, Portland's walkable charm and potential (for now) for affordable art studio and performance space are creating significant buzz.

If you haven't been to Portland in a while (or ever) and are curious about who's already there and what's on the way, "A Peek at Portland" will offer free neighborhood tours tomorrow (1-4 p.m.) to showcase Portland's current artistic and entrepreneurial activity. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:23 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Lexington Philharmonic, Management Avoid Strike

LEXINGTON - A strike by The Lexington Philharmonic musicians has been averted, and the company’s season will open as scheduled tonight at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center.

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Arts and Humanities
3:15 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

REVIEW | Truth, Youth and Beauty Shine in Kentucky Opera's 'La Bohème'

Rodolfo (Patrick O'Halloran) and Marcello (Luis Orozco) comfort Mimi (Corinne Winters) on her deathbed as Schaunard (Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek), Musetta (Emily Albrink) and Colline (John Arnold) look on.
Credit Patrick Pfister / Kentucky Opera

The Kentucky Opera opens its season Friday with a gorgeous production of Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème.” The talented cast is young and beautiful, Robert Little’s set is sumptuous, and when combined with Puccini’s stirring score – let’s just say that freezing in a shabby candlelit Paris apartment with your underemployed friends never felt so appealing.  

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Arts and Humanities
1:25 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

ArtThrust: Empowering Young Louisville Women Through Art

Body cast sculpture from "A Weight Off My Mind," ArtThrust group exhibit.
Credit Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

ArtThrust, a program that empowers Louisville girls through art, will close its 2013 multimedia group exhibit next Friday. “A Weight Off My Mind,” which is open through September 27 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, features sculpture and photography exploring beauty standards and body image by young women artists.

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Arts and Humanities
2:13 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

REVIEW | New Fights, More Horror in 'Dracula'

Randolph Curtis Rand in "Dracula" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Bill Brymer Actors Theatre of Louisville

Some holiday shows become tradition, annual outings passed down through and binding across generations. But attending Actors Theatre of Louisville's "Dracula" feels more like a ritual (like the season's first pumpkin ale or latté), a key event in observing the transition from summer to fall.

"Dracula" opened Friday the 13th and runs through Halloween in the Bingham Theatre. Directed by William McNulty, the production changes in small ways from year to year, but it rarely fails to properly usher in the longer nights of autumn.  The gothic thriller is the theater's second-longest running production, and ahead of the national curve as the country's only annual "Dracula" production. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:02 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Iroquois Amphitheater Celebrates 75 Years with Reunion Concert, Photo Call

A production of "The Vagabond King" at the Iroquois Amphitheater.
Credit Metro Parks

Metro Parks will celebrate 75 years of outdoor entertainment at the Iroquois Amphitheater Sunday with live music from the Louisville Big Band Jazz Ensemble, dancing and a concert by South Louisville native Justin Paul Lewis. Gates open at 5 p.m. for this free event.

The parks department invites anyone who has ever performed on stage or worked backstage at the amphitheater to gather at 7:30 p.m. for a group photo on stage.

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Listen | Tom C. Hunley Reads a Poem for Simpsons Bus Driver Otto

The InKY Reading Series returns to The Bard's Town tonight at 7 p.m. with readings by Kentucky poet Tom C. Hunley and Spalding University MFA in Writing alum Marci Rae Johnson, with a special emerging writer reading by Louisville poet John James. 

The monthly reading series is free and features an open mic.

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Arts and Humanities
12:07 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

REVIEW | Ten-Tucky Festival Showcases Kentucky Playwrights

Tony Smith, Carol T. Williams, and Corey Music in Bill Forsyth's "Properly Served."
Credit Doug Schutte / The Bard's Town Theatre

The ten-minute play is a tricky little beast. Within strict time constraints, the playwright has to write a whole play: a full story featuring interesting characters who experience conflict, complications and some kind of change – all in ten minutes or less. It’s harder than it sounds, but it's also a relatively low-risk platform for theater companies to try out lots of new material. 

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Arts and Humanities
9:33 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Happy Friday: 'La Bohème' Star Performs Pop-up Opera Concert in Galt House Bar

Credit Kentucky Opera

Louisvillian Emily Albrink performs the role of Musetta in the upcoming Kentucky Opera production of Puccini's “La Bohème,” and to warm up, she and other cast members have been performing short pop-up concerts around town. Yesterday over lunch, she surprised travelers in the Galt House atrium bar and pedway with a song.

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Arts and Humanities
4:32 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Kentucky Opera Opens Season with Puccini's Starving Artists in 'La Bohème’

The Kentucky Opera returns this month with Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème,” the bittersweet story of artists living and dying and falling in and out of love in the cafés and garrets of 19th century Paris.

Puccini premiered “La Bohème” at Turin’s Teatro Regio in 1896, and it remains one of the top five operas performed around the world. Kentucky Opera opened last season with Puccini’s “Tosca,” another perennial favorite. The company last staged “La Bohème” in 2006.

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