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Arts and Humanities
5:07 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

LVAA Adds $100 Art Sale to Annual Auction

Every year, the Louisville Visual Art Association partners with the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute to host a high-end art auction to raise funds for LVAA's children’s fine art classes and U of L's Mary Spence Nay Scholarship. This year, they're adding an art sale on the morning of the auction.

The By-Bye-Buy Art Sale begins at LVAA’s @PUBLIC Gallery, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

The Big Break: The Next Steps

On our audio diary series “The Big Break,” understudies and apprentices take us behind the curtain at the Kentucky Opera, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Louisville Ballet. The season is almost over for the actors and dancers. Her time in Louisville is almost up, so Actors Theater apprentice Samantha Beach has to decide where she wants to build the next phase of her career. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks makes plans for her summer that will help her prepare for a possibility every dancer fears -- the day she can't dance anymore.

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Arts and Humanities
5:43 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

The Middle of the Dial: A Conversation with 'Memphis' Producer Sue Frost

Felicia Boswell (Felicia) and Bryan Fenkart (Huey) in the national tour of "Memphis."
Paul Kolnik Broadway Across America

In post-World War II Tennessee, radio stations were just as segregated as restaurants and hotels. The award-winning musical “Memphis” is loosely based on the life of Dewey Phillips, the white DJ who integrated the Memphis airwaves in the early days of rock and roll. In "Memphis," Phillips is re-imagined as fast-talking DJ Huey Calhoun, who falls in love with an African American nightclub singer. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:26 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Opera Remembers Reign of Terror's Martyred Nuns

Debbie Hill as Sister Constance and Claire DiVizio as Blanche in "Dialogues of the Carmelites."
University of Louisville School of Music

In the summer of 1794, Robespierre’s Reign of Terror, a period of violence against those opposing the French Revolution, claimed the lives of sixteen Carmelite nuns. The Martyrs of Compiègne, who were guillotined in Paris, are memorialized in Francis Poulenc’s opera “Dialogues of the Carmelites.”  

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Arts and Humanities
11:14 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Garrison Keillor, Houndmouth (and More) to Perform This Summer at Iroquois Amphitheater

Iroquois Amphitheater
Credit Louisville Metro Government

The 2013 performances at the Iroquois Amphitheater kick off on April 26 with Louisville area-based rock band Houndmouth and includes Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour, Gregg Allman and former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell.

Tickets information for some of these events are here.

The Iroquois Amphitheater is celebrating its 75th season, and Metro Louisville is also announcing a program where patrons can "sponsor a seat." In a news release, the city says:

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Arts and Humanities
3:25 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Music Of My Soul: 'Memphis' Tour Comes to Town

Bryan Fenkart (Huey) and Felicia Boswell (Felicia) in the national tour of "Memphis."
Paul Kolnik

The national tour of the acclaimed Broadway musical “Memphis” stops in Louisville next week. It's the story of radio DJ Huey Calhoun, who becomes a sensation in 1950s Memphis for playing Black musicians on mainstream (white) commercial radio. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:48 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Put a Ring On It: On Meaningful Audience Engagement

Credit Credit Håkan Dahlström/Creative Commons

I realized something during a recent conversation about social media use during live arts performances, the so-called Tweet Seats debate: what people crave isn't the soft distraction of their phone screens, not really. What they crave is the opportunity to lead and shape the conversation themselves.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Big Break: High Notes and Early Calls

This week on The Big Break, Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach reflects on tech week for "Sleep Rock Thy Brain," the apprentice play that opened last weekend in the Humana Festival of New American Plays. (The music in this week's episode is from "Sleep Rock Thy Brain," composed and performed by Scott Anthony, the show's composer and sound designer.)

Over at the Louisville Ballet, trainee Claire Horrocks, who also teaches at the ballet school, describes the joyful madness that is a spring showcase, a true community effort at the Louisville Ballet School. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:33 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Orchestra Stages Multimedia Tribute to Copland and Mexico

Composer Aaron Copland, from the CBS television/New York Philharmonic "Young Peoples' Concerts" series.

The Louisville Orchestra pays tribute to American composer Aaron Copland’s Mexican-influenced compositions this week with a multimedia program that infuses humanities content into classical music performance. Created by music scholar Joseph Horowitz, Music Unwound’s “Copland and Mexico” will span multiple events in Louisville this week, including partnerships with the Louisville Visual Art Association and the University of Louisville School of Music. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:53 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

REVIEW | Immerse Yourself in 'O Guru Guru Guru'

Rebecca Hart in "O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Playwright Mallery Avidon had an unconventional upbringing. As a kid and young teen she lived, on and off, in an ashram -- the same ashram that later cropped up as a setting in Elizabeth Gilbert's nonfiction book "Eat Pray Love," later made into a movie starring Julia Roberts. Avidon mines those experiences in her engaging autobiographical play, "O Guru Guru Guru or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you," an attempt to reconcile several complicated, competing emotions about contentment, identity and spirituality.

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