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Arts and Humanities
5:02 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Fund for the Arts Crowdfunding Platform Raises $1 Million

The Fund for the Arts’ Power2Give online fundraising platform has raised more than $1 million so far for arts and culture projects produced by regional nonprofit organizations. 

In crowdfunding, individuals give online directly to a project, like helping an organization renovate a rehearsal or studio space. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are two popular crowdfunding platforms, but Power2Give focuses on arts and cultural nonprofits within a specific region. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:23 am
Tue September 24, 2013

First Annual Louisville Music Awards ... Awarded

IdeaFestival's music arm, IF Music, kicked off yesterday with a series of industry panel discussions and wrapped with the first annual Louisville Music Awards ceremony at Headliner's Music Hall. 

Wax Fang took home top honors for song of the year with "The Blonde Leading the Blonde." Cheyenne Mize beat out a male-dominated field for singer/songwriter of the year, while Old Baby prevailed for rockers of the year. "Cover band of the year" might sound like the consolation prize to end all consolation prizes, but bourbon-inflected antique jazz ensemble Billy Goat Strut Revue (featuring WFPL's own Laura Ellis on vocals) set a pretty high standard with their first trophy. 

The winning acts were selected by an industry panel of 30 judges from more than 1,400 nominees submitted by the public. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:46 am
Tue September 24, 2013

HBO Movie on Muhammad Ali's Supreme Court Fight to Have U.S. Premiere in Louisville

Credit HBO

Muhammad Ali and his wife, Lonnie, are expected in Louisville next month to attend the U.S. premiere of the HBO film Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight.

The showing will be invitation only on Oct. 2 at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville. Ali's daughter Laila and HBO Films President Len Amato are also scheduled to attend.

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight explores the Supreme Court case the champion heavyweight/native Louisville found himself in over the draft for the Vietnam War. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:46 am
Mon September 23, 2013

'No Such Thing as Useless Knowledge': Louisville's IdeaFestival Returns

Credit Shutterstock.com

When Kris Kimel founded IdeaFestival 13 years ago in Lexington, he says it wasn’t an easy concept to explain. The celebration of innovation and creativity lacked a tangible hook – it’s not based on a product, it’s not targeted at one industry. Is it a tech conference? An arts festival? A business seminar? Well, yes.

“It wasn't the easiest thing to communicate," says Kimel.

"We couldn't give away tickets,” he adds with a laugh.  

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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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