Arts and Humanities
3:46 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Monsters, Faces, and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: A Selection of Friday Trolley Hop Openings

Credit Patrick Jilbert

Skeletons, skulls, monstrous humanoids and just plain old monsters  – Louisville artist Patrick Jilbert's characters might skulk around society's margins, dodging daggers and coffins on motorcycles and skateboards, but they're also practically humming with whimsical humanity. Jilbert opens a solo show of all-new work, "Avoid Everything," Friday at Why Louisville Two (802 E. Market Street). 

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Arts and Humanities
2:15 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Halloween Special: Theatre [502] Stages Reading of First Half of Serial Magic Play

Scott Anthony and Douglas Scott Sorenson in "The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn."
Credit Theatre [502]

Theatre [502] has slowly rolled out its original serial play about magic and Louisville, "The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn," every first Friday since June, one fifteen-minute episode at a time. Ludlow Quinn is a fictional magician plying his mediocre craft in Louisville in the early 1900s when he meets a mysterious stranger who helps him unlock the secrets of great magic. The play travels back and forth in time between Quinn's life and that of Bonnie Burke, a contemporary teenager who finds a mysterious, powerful book in her great-grandmother's Old Louisville attic.

To catch the audience up, the play's first five episodes will receive a staged reading on Halloween, 7 p.m. at the Baron's Theatre in Whiskey Row Lofts next to the Second Street Bridge.

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Arts and Humanities
3:39 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Flame Run Gallery's Glass Sculptures Attract Young Readers

Tiffany Ackerman's glass sculpture "The Monster Book of Monsters," inspired by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

A fine art glass studio might sound like an unlikely venue for a kid-friendly exhibit, but Flame Run Gallery's "Bookworms," a show of glass art inspired by children's literature, is definitely an all-ages show. 

"I get that a lot," gallery manager and exhibit curator Tiffany Ackerman says with a laugh. "But this isn't the first child-friendly show we've had here."

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Arts and Humanities
2:12 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Names Teddy Abrams Music Director

Teddy Abrams
Credit Louisville Orchestra

The Louisville Orchestra has named a new music director. Teddy Abrams, currently the assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony, becomes the orchestra's "music director designate" today and will step into the music director role next September, when Jorge Mester transitions to an emeritus role. 

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Arts and Humanities
9:24 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Former Louisville Orchestra Music Director Lawrence Leighton Smith Dies in Colorado

Lawrence Leighton Smith

Lawrence Leighton Smith, who served as music director of the Louisville Orchestra 1983-1994, died Friday at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was 77 years old. Smith died of complications of Binswanger's disease, a severe form of vascular dementia. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Do You Hear the People Sing? For a Limited Time Only, 'Les Mis' on Louisville Community Stage

Lexie Stites, playing the role of Young Cosette in CenterStage's production of "Les Miserables."
Credit CenterStage

“Les Miserables” is one of the most popular musicals in the world. It's toured 42 countries in 22 languages. The original Broadway production won eight Tony Awards, and the latest film adaptation won three Oscars. The London show, which opened in 1985, is the longest-running West End musical. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:36 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Gershwin Expert Kevin Cole Plays with Louisville Orchestra on 'Rhapsody in Blue'

Kevin Cole, pianist, featured soloist with the Louisville Orchestra on George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."

"Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. No, make that, he-he romanticized it all out of proportion. Yeah. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white, and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin." – Woody Allen, "Manhattan" (1979)

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Arts and Humanities
2:38 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Up Close and Personal: Louisville Ballet Opens Studio for Intimate Program

Ashley Thursby dancing "La Vivandière" by Arthur Saint-Léon with Rob Morrow in Studio Connections.
Credit Wade Bell / Louisville Ballet

Ashley Thursby admits that dancing in the Louisville Ballet's Studio Connections program can be a little intimidating, especially on classical pieces like Victor Gsovsky's "Grande Pas Classique."  Compared to the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall, where the company performs its mainstage productions, the audience in the company's rehearsal studio is so very close. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:18 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Battlefield, Palace, Exile: Frazier History Museum Offers Intimate Look at Napoleon

Napoleon's watch.
Credit Frazier History Museum

Pierre-Jean Chalencon was 13 when his father gave him a book about French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

“And I thought the first time it was a cartoon,” he says. “My father says no, it’s not like Superman, Napoleon exists, I’m going to show you his house, his country house!”

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Arts and Humanities
6:42 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Frazier History Museum's Popular Poe Program Peers Into the Tell-Tale Heart

Daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe 1848, first published 1880. Taken by W.S. Hartshorn, Providence, Rhode Island, November, 1848 From LoC "Famous People" collection [1], Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-10610
Credit Library of Congress

Beloved of weird kids and literary-minded adults alike, the popularity and influence of Edgar Allan Poe's poems and stories show no signs of flagging, even 164 years after his (quite mysterious) death. The Frazier History Museum knows—the museum has been bringing Poe's work to life during the Halloween season for four years now, adapting a total of 16 different stories and poems for the stage in intimate shows that tend to sell out early.

This year, alongside perennial favorites "The Raven" and "The Bells," the three-person cast will reprise their adaptation of the creepy monologue "The Tell-Tale Heart" as well as tackle some new material. The short stories "MS Found in a Bottle" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" will join "Annabel Lee" and "Dreamland" to round out the program.

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