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Arts and Humanities
4:25 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Louisville Ballet Opens Studio for Intimate Performance

Erica De La O and Douglas Ruiz dancing Ben Needham-Wood's "Apollo and Daphne."
Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet opens its second annual Studio Connections program this week. The company will transform its East Main Street rehearsal studio into a black box theater for the production, which opens Wednesday and runs through Saturday evening. 

“It’s a popular venue for a certain group of people who really enjoy seeing things up close, ” says ballet mistress Mikelle Bruzina. "You get a real sense of the work being done, you can see everyone’s expressions, and you feel even much more so a part of what’s going on on stage.”

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Arts and Humanities
4:11 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Justin Torres to Read from Acclaimed Debut Novel

Gregory Crowley

Updated: Tonight's reading at 21C has been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy-related flight cancelations. Sarabande Books is working on rescheduling the event for 2013.

Justin Torres' surprising and haunting debut novel "We the Animals" introduces us to three near-feral brothers and their young parents, a white mother and Puerto Rican father from Brooklyn who marry when the mother is only 14 and pregnant with the oldest boy. They move to a small town in upstate New York, where they are outsiders even among the other poor families, and struggle against the limitations of their poverty, lack of education and youth.

“They’re these city kids, this mixed-race couple, in this tiny little town,” says Torres. “There aren’t many supporting characters in this book. There are the boys, and there’s Ma and Paps, and it’s very essential in that way. I wanted it to be, to emphasize the claustrophobia of the family, how much they rely on each other and how much they can’t escape each other.”

(Read an excerpt of "We the Animals.")

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Arts and Humanities
4:04 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Great 'I Want' Moments in Musicals

Emily Behny as Belle.
NETWorks

The Broadway touring production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" opens tonight in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall.

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Arts and Humanities
3:07 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

A Few Honest Words: New Book Explores Pop Music in Kentucky

  • An interview with author Jason Howard about his new book, "A Few Honest Words."

WFPL's Erin Keane speaks with Kentucky author Jason Howard about his new book, “A Few Honest Words: the Kentucky Roots of Popular Music."

In the book's introduction, Howard quotes songwriter Harlan Howard when he writes, “if there is a creed that defines roots music, it is that it consists of ‘three chords and a truth.’”

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Artwithoutwalls Commissions New Art for IdeaFestival

Ben Beres at work on "Small Moons."
artwithoutwalls

Two large-scale, site-specific art installations by the Seattle-based art trio SuttonBeresCuller are opening at IdeaFestival. The artists created “Trailer Park,” a mobile city park traveling Main Street during the Festival and "Small Moons," an installation opening at Land of Tomorrow gallery on Broadway tomorrow.

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Arts and Humanities
4:34 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Symposium to Explore Louisville's Public Art

Tony Smith's "Gracehoper," installed on Waterfront Park's Overlook, is the topic of a discussion Saturday morning at the Speed Art Museum.
Doug Orleans flickr.com/photos/dougorleans/

The Commission on Public Art will host “The Power of Public Space,” a two-day event bringing together citizens and experts from national art institutions with leaders from the University of Louisville and the Speed Art Museum to lead discussions on public art history, collections and conservation in Louisville. 

The events are free and open to the public. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Speed Art Museum and International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art – North America (INCCA-NA).

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Arts and Humanities
4:38 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Speed's Interim Leadership Announced

A rendering of the redesigned Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum board of trustees has elected three top Speed leaders to share interim director duties during the museum's executive director search. 

Chief Operating Officer Lisa Resnick, Chief Financial Officer David Knopf and Scott Erbes, the museum's director of collections and exhibitions and curator of decorative arts and design, have been named co-interim directors and will lead the museum during its three-year expansion and renovation project. Resnick will chair the leadership team. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Video Artist Collaborative Plays with Past, Future

Still from whiteonwhite Rufus Corporation

Acclaimed experimental artist Eve Sussman will give a free lecture on her work Thursday at 21C Museum Hotel. The event is produced in partnership with Kentucky School of Art visiting artist program. The talk starts at 7 p.m. with a reception for the artist to follow.

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Arts and Humanities
5:37 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Final Water Tower Exhibit Looks to Past and Future

The Louisville Visual Art Association pays tribute to three decades in their historic Water Tower headquarters with its final exhibit in that building. Art Envoy opens Friday with a free reception. The show pairs artists from a foundational exhibit with members of the younger generation of Louisville artists. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Community Arts Radio Station Plans Launch

A new community radio station will debut next month. Art+FM, which will broadcast music, talk programs and performance art, will launch its first broadcast live from the floor of the Idea Festival at the Kentucky Center on September 19 and air interviews and other arts programming throughout the three-day event.

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