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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

National Tour Takes 'Flashdance' to Broadway via Louisville

Emily Padgett as Alex in the national tour of "Flashdance - The Musical."
Kyle Froman Broadway Across America

The 1983 movie "Flashdance" wasn’t loved by film critics in its day—too much like music videos, they said. But the film grossed more than $100 million, and the soundtrack spawned a series of top ten hits and an Academy Award for Irene Cara’s “Flashdance—What a Feeling.” 

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Arts and Humanities
3:56 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Why You Should Go See 'The Tens'

Every year, Actors Theatre of Louisville produces a slate of ten-minute plays featuring the members of the acting apprentice company. Many of the plays are directed by directing interns, and literary interns serve as dramaturgs, too. The plays are selected from submissions to the annual National Ten-Minute Play Contest, some of which go on to be produced for the final weekend of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:10 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

REVIEW | Actors Shine in 'Topdog/Underdog'

Brian Lee West and Keith McGill rehearse "Topdog/Underdog."
Actors Choice

Actor's Choice opened Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Topdog/Underdog" Thursday in the Henry Clay Theatre. Directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis, this tense, finely-acted two-hander explores the relationship between two adult brothers, Lincoln and Booth, as they struggle with a legacy of abandonment by their parents, masculine identity, racism and the lure of a life of crime. 

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Local News
11:24 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Louisville Orchestra CEO Robert Birman Steps Down

Credit Louisville Orchestra

Louisville Orchestra CEO Robert Birman will leave his post at the end of this month. The orchestra announced his resignation Saturday morning.

“I leave on a high note,” says Birman. “I’m very proud of the players and my board and my staff. Everybody is pulling in one direction, and for that reason I thought this was an appropriate time to make this announcement.”

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Arts and Humanities
2:49 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Byline: Music City Hit-Makers with the Louisville Orchestra

Songwriters Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson with their Grammy Award for "Jesus, Take the Wheel," recorded by Carrie Underwood.

On today's Byline, I welcomed Grammy Award-winning songwriter Brett James and composer Charlie Judge, two of the members of the Music City Hit-Makers team. James has written songs for Kenny Chesney ("Out Last Night," "When the Sun Goes Down") and Carrie Underwood (including the Grammy Award-winner "Jesus, Take the Wheel"), as well as Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw and dozens of other chart-topping artists.

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Arts and Humanities
1:31 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

REVIEW | Raw Truths, Compelling Performances in 'The Whipping Man'

Frankie Alvarez (Caleb), Michael Genet (Simon) and Biko Eisen-Martin (John) in "The Whipping Man" at Actors Theatre of Louisville
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Meredith McDonough makes her directorial debut in her new role as associate artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville with a powerful production of Matthew Lopez's heartbreaking Civil War drama "The Whipping Man." Set against the backdrop of the days between General Lee's surrender at Appomattox and President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, "The Whipping Man" is the riveting emotional story of thre

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

The Big Break: Stretching in New Roles

Week 14 of The Big Break

On our audio diary series The Big Break, two of our artists stretch their artistic muscles in rehearsal this week. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks finds the most difficult work in her upcoming Choreographer Showcase is a contemporary dance, because she has focused so intently on ballet movements since she started college. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach takes to the air in rehearsals for the Humana Festival apprentice showcase "Sleep Rock Thy Brain," a collection of one-act plays that all feature flying—as in, strap the actors into harnesses, hoist them high and let them act in mid-air—as a metaphor for sleep. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:06 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

The High Wire Act of Improv Comedy

The Louisville Improvisors host their 13th Improvapalooza Saturday at the Kentucky Center. The production is the troupe's annual celebration of the thrills and dangers of improvisational comedy.

The troupe will perform, and they will also welcome “The Black Version,” an improv sketch comedy show that originated at The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. Featuring an all-African American cast of Groundlings alumni and performers from television's  “Reno 911,” “Community” and “Saturday Night Live," the comedians will begin their show by asking the audience for the name of a popular film. The cast then creates and acts out, on the spot, "the Black version" of said film. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:03 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Richard Blanco Will Be First Latino Inaugural Poet

Poet Richard Blanco is the author of City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead and Looking for the Gulf Motel.
Nico Tucci Courtesy Richard Blanco

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 3:44 pm

In 1961, Robert Frost became the first poet to read at a U.S. inauguration when he recited "The Gift Outright" at President John F. Kennedy's swearing in. Since then, only three other poets have taken part in subsequent inaugural ceremonies: Maya Angelou, Miller Williams and Elizabeth Alexander. Now, there's a fifth.

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Arts and Humanities
12:34 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Forecastle Pre-Sale Begins This Week

Tickets for the annual Forecastle Festival in Louisville go on sale Friday. A limited number of $100 three-day  passes will be available on the Forecastle website at noon. All other ticketing options, including VIP tickets and single-day passes, will go on sale at a later date.

This year's Forecastle Festival will be held July 12-14 at Waterfront Park. The festival line-up has not yet been released. 

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