Arts and Humanities
3:29 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

'Great American Sex Play' Explores Sexuality, Common Ground

Louisville Repertory Company closes its 20th season this week with a titillating revival. Louisville playwright Brian Walker’s “Great American Sex Play,” which premiered in 2006 with Walker’s own Finnigan Productions, opens in the Kentucky Center’s MeX Theatre Thursday. The new production features a refreshed, streamlined script and an all-new cast.

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Arts and Humanities
6:44 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

REVIEW | Gallows Humor Satisfies in 'Things We Want'

The Bard’s Town Theatre continues its season of notable newer work with Jonathan Marc Sherman’s 2007 “Things We Want,” a satisfying dark comedy about three emotionally-stunted adult brothers still living in their childhood home while attempting to figure out how to overcome their various fragilities before they kill themselves or each other. That sounds heavier than the play actually is—tonally, it’s a gallows humor-charged fight between the id and the super-ego with flashes of brilliance that resists taking its characters seriously enough to let them fall apart in any kind of realistic disintegration.

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Arts and Humanities
11:58 am
Fri May 10, 2013

The Great Louisville Gatsby Mystery: Where Is Daisy's House?

1400 Cherokee Road: according to local lore, one contender for Daisy's house.
Erin Keane WFPL News

When I moved to Louisville as a freshman English major, one of the first bits of trivia I learned about my new city was that Daisy’s house from “The Great Gatsby” was right down the street.

Daisy Buchanan, the It Girl at the heart of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, was socialite Daisy Fay when poor soldier Jay Gatsby courted her during a brief stint at Louisville’s Camp Taylor, where Gatsby – like the author himself – trained during the first World War.

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Arts and Humanities
6:45 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Listen | 'The Great Gatsby,' F. Scott Fitzgerald and Louisville

F. Scott Fitzgerald in Louisville in 1918.

On the eve of the release of a new Great Gatsby film, WFPL's Jonathan Bastian hosted a news special on the film looking at the city's role in the great novel. Veteran Louisville journalist Keith Runyon discussed what Louisville would have been like when F. Scott Fitzgerald was in town and WFPL arts reporter Erin Keane went in search of a Louisville house connected to the novel. Later, Keane, Jonathan and The Courier-Journal's Matt Frassica discussed more about the novel.

Listen below:

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Arts and Humanities
1:48 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

New Gift Accelerates Speed Museum Expansion

Demolition begins on the Speed Art Museum.
Erin Keane WFPL News

The Speed Art Museum began demolition today to prepare for the  construction phase of its $50 million renovation and expansion with the announcement of an additional gift from the family of Louisville philanthropist Christy Brown. The $18 million donation, the family’s largest, will accelerate the completion of all three phases of the master plan designed by Los Angeles-based firm wHY Architecture, including a new 9,500 square foot South Building to house a state-of-the-art theater. 

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Listen | Luhrman's 'The Great Gatsby' Soundtrack

F. Scott Fitzgerald spent his scant month in Louisville in the cold, punishing days of March and early April, when spring's promise still feels quite remote to those left weary by the winter. But his sumptuous descriptions of Jay Gatsby's glittering parties in West Egg remind us of something ... a certain handful of nights in early May, when the city knots its bowties tighter and grips its champagne and bourbon cocktails with a fierce determination to wring the very life out of Derby week: 

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Arts and Humanities
2:40 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Made Glorious Summer: Shakespeare Behind Bars' 'Richard III' Open to Public in June

Shakespeare Behind Bars 2009 production of Macbeth at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Ky.

Louisville's Shakespeare Behind Bars is in its 18th season producing the works of Shakespeare with a company of incarcerated men. In June, they’ll open “Richard III,” the Bard's dramatization of the rise and fall of Richard, the Machiavellian Duke of Gloucester, and England's House of York, at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange.

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Arts and Humanities
2:24 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Hunter S. Thompson's Decadent, Depraved Kentucky Derby Reimagined

Rachael Sinclair's "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" poster.
Credit Kentucky for Kentucky

The gonzo branding experts at Kentucky for Kentucky (the folks behind the guerilla state motto campaign "Kentucky Kicks Ass") have re-imagined Louisvillian Hunter S. Thompson's famous essay "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" as a witty racing program poster, featuring illustrated details from the story rendered in jockey silks. The poster was designed by Rachael Sinclair and printed by Lexington's Thoroughbred Printing.

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Arts and Humanities
2:58 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Some Pig: Death and Impermanence in Stage One's 'Charlotte's Web'

Julie Dingman Evans as Charlotte in Stage One Family Theatre's "Charlotte's Web." Set design by Karl Anderson.

Stage One Family Theatre’s production of Joseph Robinette's stage adaptation of E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" is now open at the Kentucky Center. This year is the 60th anniversary of “Charlotte’s Web” winning the Newbery Honor award for excellence in children’s literature. White's novel about a "radiant" pig and his barnyard friends remains one of the best-selling children’s books of all time. 

“Charlotte’s Web” is a fun and heartfelt play about talking animals, but its themes are deep – the inevitability of death runs through the story. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:53 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Kentucky Nonprofits Raise $300,000 in Online Giving Campaign

The Kentucky Nonprofit Network staged its first Kentucky Gives Day this week, raising $330,000 for 380 nonprofit organizations in one 24-hour online campaign on April 24.

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