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Arts and Humanities
1:22 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

REVIEW | Whimsy Lightens the Dark in 'The Addams Family' Musical

Shaun Rice as Uncle Fester in the 2013-14 national tour of "The Addams Family."
Credit Carol Rosegg

They’re still creepy and kooky, but in “The Addams Family” musical, you can only snap along to that old theme song during the overture. With new songs and a story sourced not from the 1960s television show or the popular films but Charles Addams’ old New Yorker cartoons, the accomplished creative team behind the Broadway musical crafted a visually-rich, likable comedy by drawing on familiar Addams family character traits, gentle wit and a fun mix of musical styles.

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Arts and Humanities
6:50 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Passion Project: A Timelapse Tour of Louisville

Credit Eric Stemen

  Do you ever feel like time is slipping away? Today's very cool thing: a time-lapse tour of Louisville. Eric Stemen started by photographing Louisville from the Indiana side of the Second Street Bridge one day last year, almost by accident

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Plans Central Park Stage Restoration

Wadia Newman's new rendering of the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park.
Credit Wadia Newman / Kentucky Shakespeare

Kentucky Shakespeare artistic director Matt Wallace says in the past, the company would spend the first couple of weeks of their season in Central Park repairing the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre to get the stage in shape for the summer productions. This year, he says he'd rather not put off needed repairs until after the winter, so the company has launched a Power2Give crowdfunding appeal to raise funds needed to restore the 20-year-old stage.

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Arts and Humanities
10:52 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Louisville Artist Cuts Through Pain With Chainsaw

Andrew Marsh's “Meat me in the middle,” black walnut, elm and maple with iron.
Credit University of Louisville

Andrew Marsh was a full-time metal artist when he suffered a severe back injury about ten years ago while building St. Louis' City Museum. His days of welding giant steel structures were over, but you can't keep an artist from creating. Now the assistant director of the University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, Marsh works in recycled iron and reclaimed wood. And he's traded large-scale welding projects for a new tool of choice: the chainsaw.

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Arts and Humanities
12:30 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

REVIEW | Actors Theatre Scales Unexpected Heights With 'The Mountaintop'

Dominique Morisseaux and Larry Powell in Actors Theatre of Louisville's production of Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop."
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

With a legend comes tension, often between two camps: those who relish exposing their all-too-human flaws and those who need some things and people sacred. Because we long to feel closer to our heroes, but there’s no guarantee we’ll like what we see if we’re allowed too close. Playwright Katori Hall takes great pains to humanize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the top of her award-winning play “The Mountaintop,” depicting him as a flawed man who struggles with ego, vanity, self-doubt, fear and fidelity, but the play achieves a rare balance and takes equal care with King’s legacy, too.

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Arts and Humanities
4:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Names New Executive Director

Andrew Kipe

The Louisville Orchestra has a new executive director. Andrew Kipe will step into the leadership position November 11. Kipe comes to Louisville from the Phoenix Symphony, where he was general manager.

The Phoenix Symphony didn’t escape the woes that plagued  many American orchestras during the Great Recession, and when he came to Arizona, Kipe faced some of the same industry-wide financial and labor issues that led the Louisville Orchestra to file chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010 and created a prolonged labor dispute that resulted in a canceled 2011-12 season.

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Arts and Humanities
2:16 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Kentucky Opera Premieres New Work on Benjamin Franklin

"Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)" by Joseph-Siffrein Duplessis
Credit Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ben Franklin’s wit and wisdom is well-documented, but his stormy relationship with his illegitimate son William is often overlooked in founding fathers history.  The tension between the famous patriot and his son, who stayed loyal to England during the Revolutionary War, proved fertile dramatic ground for librettist Terry Teachout and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec, who tackled the story for their third opera collaboration, “The King’s Man.”

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Arts and Humanities
10:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Actors Theatre Commissions Lucas Hnath Play for Humana Festival

Lucas Hnath

Actors Theatre of Louisville announced today that Lucas Hnath will premiere his new play "The Christians" in the 2014 Humana Festival of New American Plays. The play was commissioned by Actors Theatre and will be directed by artistic director Les Waters. 

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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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