Arts and Humanities
11:48 am
Wed June 12, 2013

New Fiction Show Unbound Begins Monday on WFPL

WFPL's new fiction radio show, Unbound, will debut Monday, June 17 at 7  p.m. Each 30-minute episode will feature two authors reading their own short fiction on a common theme. The first season features ten episodes, and WFPL will air one each weeknight June 17-28. Stories will be posted on the website the day after they air. 

Unbound is made possible in part by the Bachelors and Masters Writing Programs at Spalding University. WFPL says thank you to all of our Unbound backers and supporters.

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Arts and Humanities
11:18 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Flyover Film Festival Opens Tonight

The Louisville Film Society's fifth annual Flyover Film Festival opens tonight with two films with local connections and a poetic Western crime film that's been garnering buzz on the festival circuit. The film festival runs through Sunday, with most events happening at the Clifton Center (2117 Payne St.). 

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Arts and Humanities
2:04 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Susanna Crum Awarded Inaugural M.A. Hadley Visual Art Prize

Susanna Crum
Erin Keane WFPL News

Louisville native Susanna Crum moved home after graduating from the University of Iowa with a master of fine arts degree. She brought with her a fiancé, Rudy Salgado, who shares her passion for printmaking. Together, they plan on opening a printmaking studio here in Louisville where artists can produce fine art etchings, screen prints, woodcuts, digital prints and lithographs. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:33 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Americans for the Arts Honors Fund for the Arts CEO

Barbara Sexton Smith, president and CEO of the Fund for the Arts.

Fund for the Arts president and CEO Barbara Sexton Smith will receive one of six  annual arts leadership awards this week from Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the arts and arts education. Sexton Smith will be presented with the Michael Newton Award Saturday at the organization's annual conference in Pittsburgh. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Review | 'Motherhood' Gets the Last Word

The Eve Theatre company continues its inaugural season this week with the anthology play “Motherhood Out Loud,” a follow-up to November’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.” Directed by Nancy Hoover, “Motherhood Out Loud” boasts a writing team of 13 playwrights, including Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck and Pulitzer winner Beth Henley, with the mission of challenging traditional ideas of what it means to be a mother and a family.

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Arts and Humanities
1:04 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Opening Night for Speed Museum's Nulu Home

Mural painted by Louisville artist Monica Mahoney on the Speed Museum's interim offices and gallery.
Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum broke ground last month for its expansion and renovation project, which will close the museum campus for three years, but its interim offices at 822 East Market Street, a satellite space dubbed Local Speed, are open.

Tonight, the museum celebrates the opening of "Welcome Neighbors: Art from Nulu" during the downtown trolley hop. Curated by The Green Building's Daniel Pfalzgraf, the multi-discipline exhibit features established and emerging visual artists who show and work in the neighborhood. The reception begins at 5 p.m. and features Mad Pixel designer Ron Jasin screenprinting limited edition posters on-site.

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Arts and Humanities
11:55 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Use Your Illusions: Magic Play Launches in Monthly Installments

Louisville magician Baron LaValle (Lawrence Jones) at home with a woman and children posing with props, including a levitation device, and a box sawed in two, 1962.
Royal Photo Company Collection Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.

Theatre [502] pulls back the curtain on Louisville's rich magic history tonight with the launch of a new play project, "The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn."  Directed by co-artistic director Amy Attaway, the play is the first entry in this season's Small Batch Series of the company's innovative side projects.

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Arts and Humanities
3:43 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

American Drama in Three One Acts

Karina Strange and Jon Patrick O'Brien in Pendleton King's "Cocaine."
Savage Rose Theatre Company

Any list of celebrated American 20th century dramatists will include Pulitzer Prize winners Tennessee Williams and William Saroyan. Their work is a natural fit for Louisville's  Savage Rose Classical Theatre, which draws on a classical repertoire covering roughly 2,000 years of theater, from the ancient Greeks to the 20th century modern classics. 

Savage Rose's "American One Acts," which opens tonight in the Kentucky Center's MeX Theatre, features Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" and Saroyan's "Hello Out There." But it's Pendleton King's "Cocaine" that's the intriguing dark horse,  the kind of lesser-known, infrequently-staged classic that Savage Rose is known for producing.

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4:49 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Cuts to Arts, Homeless Grants Criticized

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit File photo

Leaders from non-profit homeless and arts agencies are criticizing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s decision to reduce the funding levels for their external agencies.

When the Fischer administration first unveiled its $528 million spending proposal last month, the mayor's office highlighted a 21 percent increase to funding for community ministries.

It also outlined how external agencies would receive more than $1 million in grants at continued levels from last year.

Fischer's decision to fund external agencies comes from three panels made up of Metro Council members and mayoral appointees who recommend expenditures for community ministries and social service agencies.

Those recommendations are in Fischer’s budget proposal without any changes, and citizens who sit on the panels sign agreements to keep the deliberations confidential.

Natalie Harris, executive director of the Coalition of the Homeless, says the decision-making process is troubling because groups like hers cannot conference with Fischer's panels to make answer important questions.

"I definitely don’t think the process is transparent. There isn’t any way for that committee to ask questions of the groups or for them to answer any issues that might come up during the committee meetings. And there’s also not a process to go back to that committee before the announcements are made," she says.

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Arts and Humanities
4:06 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Women's Theatre Company Explores Family Life, Out Loud

Su Crocker and Susan McNeese Lynch in rehearsal for "Motherhood Out Loud."
Eve Theatre Company

Designed to celebrate family while shattering traditional notions of parenthood, “Motherhood Out Loud” is the second production by Eve Theatre Company, a new Louisville stage production company whose mission is to explore the human experience from a female perspective.

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