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Arts and Humanities
2:46 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

'Turn Me Loose': Ky. Poet Laureate Frank X Walker's New Book on Medgar Evers

Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Kentucky's poet laureate Frank X Walker has a new book out. "Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers" (University of Georgia Press) is a collection of persona poems about the life and assassination of the civil rights pioneer, who was murdered in Mississippi by Byron de la Beckwith 50 years ago this summer. Evers was the first NAACP field secretary for Mississippi, and he was instrumental in the desegregation campaign at the University of Mississippi and the efforts to bring murdered Chicago teen Emmett Till's killers to justice. 

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Local News
1:18 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

State Fair Grand Champion Ham Brings $350,000 at Auction

Miss Kentucky Jenna Day displays the 2013 grand champion country ham.
Rick Howlett

The Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham fetched $350,000 at a charity auction today. 

The sale was conducted during the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 50th annual country ham breakfast.

History was made on a couple of fronts at this year’s auction.   For the first time in a half-century of sales, the auctioneer was a woman—Danetta Allen of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.

And the 13.3 pound ham was bought by a first-time bidder, Yum Brands Foundation, the charity arm of the Louisville-based fast food company.

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NPR Story
2:01 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Outgoing OU Museum Director Says Technology Will Define Art’s Next Generation

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 10:50 am

Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Ghislain d’Humières.

The departing director of the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art says 21st Century art will be shaped by music, video, and other mixed media to visually express ideas in new and exciting ways.

Ghislain d’Humières spoke with World Views host and OU College of International Studies Dean Suzette Grillot shortly before he takes over as the CEO of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.

“It’s an exciting trend. There is absolutely no border on the canvas. Anything could be the canvas,” d’Humières says. “One could argue that every period had a very cutting-edge, contemporary time, but I think the period we’re living in right now has been seeing a huge amount of new technology and new ways to express art.”

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Arts and Humanities
12:17 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Hot Rods, Skate Decks, Tattoos: Green Building Hosts Panel on Lowbrow/High Culture Art

"Speedster 13" by Jeral Tidwell. 5-color hand-made screen print, 12x17 inches, signed and numbered limited edition
Credit Jeral Tidwell / http://humantree.com/

The Green Building Gallery's Focus series continues Monday with a panel discussion on the careers of Louisville artists who have one foot in the art gallery world and one in the so-called "lowbrow" design world of skateboards, motorcycles, tattoos and hot rods.

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Arts and Humanities
3:35 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Kentucky Center President Stephen Klein Resigns, Cites Health Issues

Stephen Klein
Credit Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

The president of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has resigned. Stephen Klein, 66,  says  ongoing health concerns, which he describes as "slightly debilitating but not fatal," have slowed him down. 

“With the continuing responsibility of the institution, I think maybe somebody, God, I hate to say this, but maybe someone a little bit younger, with a little more energy – and again, I’ve been doing this for 35 years, not here, but all around the country – might be a breath of air,” he says.  

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Review | 'Edgewise' Sees War Through Young Eyes

Casandre Elyse Medel (Emma) and Eli Keel (Louis) in Theatre [502]'s production of Eliza Clark's "Edgewise."
Credit Theatre [502]

A gunfight breaks out on the highway. Another day, another massacre in Eliza Clark's near-future dystopian war-torn America, in which air strikes on major targets and street battles are now routine. The war has waged for eight long years, moving up from the capitol toward New York, and nobody knows who to trust anymore. When a wounded man who's obviously keeping secrets stumbles into a New Jersey fast-food restaurant where three teens work, they have to make a decision—which side is he on?

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Arts and Humanities
12:18 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Forest Giant's Group Art Show Goes Into the Woods

"A Long Talk in the Woods," Matt Dobson

The first time Forest Giant threw open the doors to its Butchertown studio doors for a group art show in 2011, the boutique interactive design company was celebrating its first birthday and a rebranding project that led the staff to ask some of their favorite local visual artists to interpret their name. Two years later, they had the itch to showcase the design side of their identity again with "Wild Echoes," a group exhibition featuring 40 artists working with a woodsy theme. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:30 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Page-turner on Stage: Theatre [502] Opens Thriller 'Edgewise'

Ian Weber and Michael Mayes in Theatre [502]'s "Edgewise."
Credit Theatre [502]

Louisville’s Theatre [502] continues its third season this week with a speculative war thriller set in a fast food restaurant. Written by Eliza Clark, “Edgewise” is set in a near-future dystopian America in the grips of a global war. Against this chaotic backdrop, three teenagers report to work at a fast-food burger chain. 

"Somebody's got to turn the fryers on," says director Mike Brooks. "Folks are going to work and they're going to hit the drive-thru whether there's an air strike going on or not." 

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Arts and Humanities
11:23 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Watch | Abandoned Building Transformed into Arts Space

Open House, folded up. The York, Ala., structure unfolds into an open-air theater that seats 100 people.
Credit Matthew Mazzotta

There's an active push in Louisville to demolish vacant and abandoned properties. But what happens to those lots after the houses come down? In York, Alabama, an innovative partnership between artists and the community has addressed a lack of public space in town by transforming a blighted property into an interactive, usable community arts and gathering venue. 

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Arts and Humanities
8:28 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Extreme Sports: Lila Neugebauer on Directing, Devising, and the World of Living Playwrights

Lila Neugebauer

Lila Neugebauer has been awarded a prestigious Princess Grace Theater Fellowship Award. The awards are given for excellence and promise to emerging artists in theater, dance and film.

The former Actors Theatre of Louisville directing intern (2008-09)  returned to Louisville last season to direct Mallery Avidon's "O guru guru guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you" for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. 

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