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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

New Voices Festival Celebrates Young Playwrights

Playwright Chanze Castro discusses a script change with director Steven Rahe.
Erin Keane WFPL News

Actors Theatre of Louisvilles' apprentices open their final production of the season tonight. The New Voices Young Playwrights Festival is a bill of ten-minute plays written by eight area high school students. 

The plays were selected from more than 500 ten-minute plays submitted by middle and high school students from Kentucky and Southern Indiana this year. Each play in the festival receives a full production, with a director, designers, a dramaturg, a cast of apprentice actors and a seat in the rehearsal hall for the playwright. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

The Big Break: The Grand Finale

The first season of our audio diary series “The Big Break,” comes to a close this week. Since last fall, understudies and apprentices take us behind the curtain at the Kentucky Opera, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Louisville Ballet. 

We'll launch the next season of The Big Break with a new class of up-and-coming artists in the early fall. 

For their final diaries, actor Samantha Beach and dancer Claire Horrocks reflect on their time in Louisville and shaer what lies ahead now that the season is over. 

Arts and Humanities
4:49 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Pop-Up Art: Welcome to the Smoketown Social Club

C. Ryan Patterson shows off the sign designed and painted by one of his Kentucky School of Art students outside the Smoketown Social Club.
Erin Keane WFPL News

A visiting teaching artist at the Kentucky School of Art and his students moved off-campus to learn about collaborative art-making inside communities. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Kentucky Foundation for Women Grants Awarded

The Kentucky Foundation for Women has awarded $100,000 in grants to Kentucky artists. The grants are awarded to feminist artists and organizations to develop their artistic skills, explore new techniques or create new works. 

Small grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 will support projects ranging from a Lexington music series focused on African American female composers to a nonfiction book and website about life as an active-duty military wife. Of the 36 artist enrichment grants awarded this month, 12 totaling $34,000 will fund Louisville-based artists and their projects. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:57 am
Fri April 12, 2013

National Poetry Month: Frets, Beats and Breaks

Mitchell L.H. Douglas
Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Louisville native Mitchell L.H. Douglas returns home tonight to read from his new collection of poems, “\blak\ \al-fə bet\,” which won the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award from Persea Books. Douglas reads from his new work tonight at the InKY Reading Series, 7-9 p.m. at The Bard's Town on Bardtown Road.

Douglas' first collection, "Cooling Board: a Long-Playing Poem," a finalist for the 2010 NAACP Image Awards, explored the life and death of soul singer Donny Hathaway, but “\blak\ \al-fə bet\” is a more personal collection of poems about Douglas' Southern family after the death of its matriarch. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:58 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Fatherhood Awakens Artist Gibbs Rounsavall

The strong geometric designs of Gibbs Rounsavall's paintings have made his work among the most recognizable of Louisville's younger guard of visual artists.  His work has been widely shown locally, in Zephyr Gallery, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Swanson Reed Gallery, among others, as well as afar, in group shows at Morehead State University and Brooklyn's Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art.

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Arts and Humanities
11:10 am
Tue April 9, 2013

'Wild Card' Exhibit Mines Sports, Gender, Rites of Passage

"The Wish," Michael Combs.
Credit 21C Museum Hotel

A new 15-year survey of artist Michael Combs' work is open at 21C Museum. Combs draws on his Long Island family’s long history as expert outdoorsmen and decoy carvers in his playful mixed-media explorations of gender identity, rites of passage and cultural myths. This is the first retrospective for Combs, who has shown his work throughout the United States and abroad.

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Arts and Humanities
4:49 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Unbound Meets Its Funding Goal

Our new fiction show Unbound met its Kickstarter funding goal. WFPL launched a campaign on the popular creative project crowdfunding platform last month to raise funds for production costs associated with the new show. On Kickstarter, a project only receives pledged funds if the campaign meets its goal; otherwise, no money is collected from backers. 

Arts and Humanities
4:38 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Back to Their Roots: Louisville Ballet's Next Season Goes Back to Classics

Mikelle Bruzina and Joseph Nygren Cox in the 2010 Louisville Ballet production of "Swan Lake."
Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet returns to its classical ballet foundation for its 2013-14 season. Val Caniparoli’s “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” reprises its role as season anchor on December 3, bookended by full productions of “Swan Lake” and the Romantic classic “La Sylphide.”

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Arts and Humanities
6:49 am
Fri April 5, 2013

'Sleep Rock Thy Brain' Play Uses Science As Inspiration

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 8:20 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Well, now a more subjective study of dreams. It comes from the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky. The festival was founded by Actors Theatre of Louisville. And each year, that theater commissions a new work for its company of apprentice actors. This year's show, a series of three one-act plays, is called "Sleep Rock Thy Brain."

Erin Keane of member station WFPL got a front row seat.

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