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Arts and Humanities
4:06 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer's Budget Calls For Public Art Administrator

Tony Smith's "Gracehoper," one of Louisville's most recognized pieces of public art, is installed on Waterfront Park's Overlook
Doug Orleans flickr.com/photos/dougorleans/

Mayor Greg Fischer has included funds for a new public art administrator in his proposed city budget. The budget, which Mayor Fischer proposed to Metro Council on Monday, adds an additional $30,000 to hire a public art administrator to the $500,000 allocated to the city’s arts fund, which provides funding to external agencies.

The new position falls under the objective Mayor Fischer’s six-year strategic plan labels “investing in people and neighborhoods.”

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Arts and Humanities
12:34 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Forecastle Schedule Released

Forecastle has released the daily schedules for its upcoming festival, so you can start obsessively arranging your three days on Waterfront Park hour-by-hour. The festival kicks off on Friday, July 12 at 4:45 p.m. with folk-rockers Roadkill Ghost Choir (sounds like: Radiohead channels Gram Parsons) on the Boom Stage and American bass pioneer Salva on the dance-oriented Ocean Stage, then wraps at 11 p.m. Sunday, July 14, with closing headliners The Avett Bros. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:15 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

New Operas, New Company in Town

No "La Traviata." No "Don Giovanni." Absolutely no "La Bohème." You won't find the usual suspects from the classical repertoire in Thompson Street Opera Company's season. The young company is more interested in exploring new works by living composers, like Marcus Maroney's morality play "Dust of the Road," a one-act opera that opens Friday at Central Presbyterian Church. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:47 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Blooming Where You're Planted: Robot Memory Play Finds Home in Tim Faulkner Building

Rachel White (Maddy) and Jeremy Sapp (Robot) in White's "The Gardeners."
Margaret Archambault Tim Faulkner Gallery

Sometimes beautiful theatre happens in unlikely spaces. When Tim Faulkner Gallery moved from East Market Street to Butchertown last spring, the new digs gave the gallery room to breathe. A whole building on the intimate, tree-lined Franklin Street showcases not only to the many artists Faulkner represents, but also the art parties the gallery has become known for. Tim Faulkner Building also houses studios rented to artists, Matt Anthony's Record Shop, a used bookstore and other small enterprises.

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Arts and Humanities
6:42 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Ready, Set, Make: Instant Art Installation Invitational

Eight artists will have one hour to complete an installation and compete for a cash prize in Louisville’s second Instant Installation Invitational Saturday at Swanson Contemporary gallery in Nulu.

The invited artists run the gamut of media and styles, including sculptor Mike Ratterman, photographer Sarah Lyon, furniture artist David Metcalf and video artist Valerie Sullivan Fuchs.

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Spalding's Week-long Literary Festival Begins Saturday

A series of readings by authors affiliated with Spalding University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program begins Saturday. The university’s bi-annual Festival of Contemporary Writing is the state’s largest reading series and is an integral part of Spalding’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program residency, which the university hosts every spring and fall. This year’s festival runs through May 25.

(Disclosure: I am a 2004 graduate of Spalding's MFA program.)

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Arts and Humanities
11:37 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Go See: 'West Side Story' Infused With New Energy

The touring cast of "West Side Story." Michelle Alves as Anita, center.

After Actors Theatre of Louisville's Tony Speciale-directed contemporary staging and the Louisville Ballet's classical interpretation, Broadway in Louisville caps off a season of "Romeo and Juliet" with the touring production of "West Side Story." The musical opened Tuesday and runs through Sunday in Whitney Hall, with matinees and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday.

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Arts and Humanities
2:17 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

New Website Explores Louisville's Past in Photos

The corner of 8th and Main , 1907 and today.
502Louisville

A new online Wayback Machine focused on historic images of the city has launched. 502Louisville is an ongoing exhibition of the history of Louisville through photographs. Each post includes at least one vintage photo and some historic information about the site. Some posts document buildings that no longer exist, while others show how city blocks have grown over time.

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Arts and Humanities
4:20 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Community Youth Perform in ArtsReach Showcase

Drummers from Chestnut Street YMCA accompany ArtsReach Dance Studio.
George Williams Kentucky Center

Hip hop dancers and Suzuki Method-trained violinists will share the stage Sunday at the Kentucky Center’s ArtsReach showcase. The annual show features community youth arts groups performing in the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theatre, including special guests River City Drum Corps, whose director, Ed White, has a long-standing relationship with ArtsReach.

Violin instructor Keith Cook teaches Suzuki Method through the Presbyterian Early Childhood Center, Meyzeek Community School and WESTEC, his own studio. His students are among several local groups performing Sunday.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Watch | 'Friend Factory' Streaming Through HowlRound TV

Louisville playwright Brian Walker is having a busy week. The revival of his 2006 comedy "Great American Sex Play" opens Thursday at the Kentucky Center's MeX Theatre, and tonight, his new play "The Friend Factory" will receive a staged reading at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville. 

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