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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Arts and Humanities
6:17 am
Mon June 3, 2013

One-Woman Show at The Bard's Town Embraces Bad Role Models

Writer and performer Polly Frost revels in the life lessons she learned at the hands of nontraditional mentors in her new one-woman show, "Bad Role Models and What I Learned From Them." The show runs Saturday at The Bard's Town. New York-based Frost last performed in Louisville in 2011, with her show “How to Survive Your Adult Relationship With Your Family.” 

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Arts and Humanities
11:43 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Brush Up on Your Classics with WUOL's Summer Listening Program

WUOL's Summer Listening program launches Monday on Classical 90.5. The program, modeled on summer reading programs, presents highlights from the classical music canon for listeners of all ages. Younger listeners will have a chance to respond to the music through poetry, drawing or other ways, but anyone who wants to brush up on the classics can participate.

How it works:

Sign-up online at You can sign up and participate anytime between June 3 and August 26.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:58 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Then The Curtain Opened: The Bracing Impact Of Stravinsky's 'Rite'

An image from the 2013 production of Le Sacre du Printemps by the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, reflects the hard jumps and stamps of Vaslav Nijinsky's original choreography.
Herbert Migdoll Joffrey Ballet

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 1:19 pm

One hundred years ago this week, a ballet premiered that changed the art world. Igor Stravinsky's Le Sacre du PrintempsThe Rite of Spring — was first seen by the public on May 29, 1913, in Paris. As the orchestra played The Rite's swirling introduction, the audience at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées began to murmur. Then the curtain opened.

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Arts and Humanities
2:15 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Memory Lives On in Jill McCorkle's 'Life After Life'

Jill McCorkle, author of "Life After Life."

Acclaimed fiction writer Jill McCorkle introduces her readers to the staff and residents of Pine Haven Estates retirement home in her new novel, “Life After Life.” Her many characters’ lives and deaths explore the power of memory and the human capacity for self-discovery at any age. There's Rachel, a widow from Boston who chose to retire in the hometown of a long-lost love, and Stanley, who's faking dementia to avoid dealing with a strained relationship with his son.

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Concert-ed Effort: A Le Petomane Musical Retrospective

Gregory Maupin, Kyle Ware and Abigail Bailey Maupin in "5 Things" (magic baby pool in background).
Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble

Le Petomane sang a hymn to a magic baby pool in “5 Things,” their love letter show to music, films and books. In “A Derby Carol,” they submitted a request in song for Louisville to hang a banner in honor of native son Ned Beatty. 

The ensemble will perform these numbers and other audience favorites in “Concert-ed Effort,” an evening of Le Petomane original songs Friday and Saturday at The Bard’s Town

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Arts and Humanities
10:00 am
Mon May 27, 2013

REVIEW | A Campy Evening with Lillian Baxter

John Vessels as Lillian Baxter.

What happens to Hollywood's C-list when they fall farther down the alphabet? Every wannabe and has-been was once an aspiring star. The original one-man comedy-musical-memoir revue “An Evening with Lillian Baxter” explores the life and longings of a woman who never lost touch with her glamorous (and not-so-glamorous) past. 

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