Arts and Humanities
4:34 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

U of L Admits First Visual Art MFA Class

Credit File photo

The University of Louisville has admitted the  first class of students in its new Master of Fine Arts in visual art program.  The three MFA candidates - two from the region and one from New York - start in the fall. 

The University of Kentucky offers  the only other visual art MFA in the state, but U of L expects to distinguish their program with an interdisciplinary approach that pulls in the university's programs in hot glass, graphic design, interior architecture and curatorial studies.

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Arts and Humanities
9:14 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Innovation Award Winner Says Collaboration Is the Future for Louisville Arts

Alison Huff with Allan Cowen, former president of the Fund for the Arts.
Credit Fund for the Arts

Working in the nonprofit arts world isn't for the weak. Competition is stiff - for the limited amount of public and private funding, for audience members, season subscribers and individual donors. But Alison Huff says working together, not against one another, is what's going to allow Louisville's arts community to grow and thrive in the future. 

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6:58 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Sound on Film Podcast: Ninja Turtles, Wes Anderson and 'Noah'

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On this episode, reviews of the latest from iconic directors Darren Aronofsky and Wes Anderson—“Noah” and The Grand Budapest Hotel."

But first, it's news from around the filmosphere, with news about the Michael Bay reboot of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the newest big screen iteration of “The Jungle Book,” and Aaron McGruder’s exit from “The Boondocks.”

Robert Kahne welcomes new guest host Pam Newman, as I continue work abroad.

Hello brave listener and welcome to WFPL’s Sound on Film.

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Arts and Humanities
11:31 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Louisville LGBT Choir Celebrates 20 Years in Concert

VOICES of Kentuckiana formed in 1994 to give gays, lesbians and supportive others the opportunity to sing together in a non-competitive environment. It's part of an international movement - LGBT choirs have flourished in metropolitan areas since the late 1970s, when the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus paved the way for other chorale groups to help raise the visibility of LGBT and related social issues through musical performance. This weekend, the group celebrates its 20th anniversary with a reunion concert focused on the group's rich history and its legacy of advocacy.

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Arts and Humanities
2:11 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Louisville Orchestra Closes Season With a Rousing Ode to Joy

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven (1803) by Christian Horneman.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Louisville Orchestra opened its final 2013-14 classics production in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall this morning with a double-header of Beethoven, Symphonies No. 1 and the dramatic No. 9. His first symphony, which premiered in Vienna in 1800, heralded an emerging and influential talent in the generation following and building upon the work of his mentor Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Nearly a quarter of a century later, Beethoven premiered his Ninth Symphony in Berlin (1824), a work now widely recognized as one of the greatest works in the classical canon.  

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Arts and Humanities
4:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson Programs One Last Season Before Retiring

The Louisville Ballet last staged "Giselle" in 2010.
Credit Louisville Ballet

Louisville Ballet artistic director Bruce Simpson, who retires in July, will leave behind a new season for his successor. The 2014-15 season opens in September with one of the most popular cornerstones of the classical repertoire. “Giselle” (Sept. 12-13) is a Romantic ballet about a village girl who dies of a broken heart, then is raised from the dead to seek revenge on her beloved, whom she saves instead.

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Arts and Humanities
4:49 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Outskirts Festival Organizers Say Louisville's Finally Ready for a Women's Music Fest

Stephanie Gary, co-organizer of Outskirts Festival, plays with Julie of the Wolves.
Credit Marty Pearl

Stephanie Gary and Carrie Neumayer are one-half of the Louisville-based post-punk band Julie of the Wolves. They’re also co-organizers of the upcoming Louisville Outskirts Festival, a non-profit volunteer-run weekend celebrating music made by female-identified artists.

The inaugural Outskirts Fest is planned for October of this year. In addition to lots of live music, the event will include music workshops for girls and exhibit space for women business owners, artists and makers and social justice organizations.

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Arts and Humanities
12:23 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Actors Theatre of Louisville Closes 38th Humana Fest With Shorts, New Play Awards

Actors Theatre of Louisville closed its 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays yesterday with the world premiere of three ten-minute plays in the Pamela Brown Auditorium. 

These short works joined the six full-length plays that opened throughout the six-week festival. Read all of WFPL's coverage of the Humana Festival here

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Arts and Humanities
11:23 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Strong Ensemble and Solo Efforts Anchor Louisville Ballet's Season Closer

Kateryna Sellers and Eduard Forehand in Val Caniparoli's "Spaghetti Western."
Credit Wade Bell / Louisville Ballet

Friday evening's opening performance of “Complementary Voices,” the culminating program of the 2013-2014 season, demonstrated the strength that has become the Louisville Ballet during Bruce Simpson's twelve-year tenure as Artistic Director. Currently a company of 24 dancers (plus trainees), the Louisville Ballet has acquired a cohesion and depth in recent years with the men's and women's corps being equally strong. At the same time, individual dancer's skills have been allowed to shine in solo roles. Both these attributes were on show during this program.

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Arts and Humanities
7:54 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival Celebrates 'Weird' Music

Adam Sliwinski shows off a chordstick.
Daniel Gilliam WFPL News

After a four-year hiatus, Big Ears Festival returned to Knoxville last weekend. The festival is produced by AC Entertainment, the same folks that put on the annual Bonnaroo and Forecastle music festivals. In this family, Big Ears plays the role of red-headed stepchild (albeit one loved enormously by its father/founder, Ashley Capps).

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