Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
1:10 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Louisville Photographer Captures Spirit of Cuban 'Transformistas' in New Show

Credit Ross Gordon

Louisville photographer Ross Gordon travels the world to find his favorite subjects -- vanishing or changing cultures. He's documented traditional circumcision rituals in Kenya that are fading as the practice falls out of fashion and the last bastions of cowboy culture in South America.

His latest project brought him to Cuba, where a slow-but-steady cultural shift has taken root under Raul Castro's presidency, as the country begins to enact economic and social reforms. 

"I like to visit less-gentrified places," he says. "Cuba is obviously off the beaten track, and there's an appeal in that we're not even supposed to be traveling there as Americans."

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Arts and Humanities
4:36 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Going Into Its Fourth Season, Louisville's The Bard's Town Theatre Refines Its Artistic Vision

Brian Hinds and Beth Tantanella in The Bard's Town's 2013 production of Kate Fodor's "Rx."
Credit Doug Schutte / The Bard's Town

When The Bard's Town Theatre artistic staff programmed its first two seasons, executive artistic director Doug Schutte says they made choices based on little more than pure desire. He had some long-standing wishes he wanted to fulfill, like staging plays by Liz Fentress and Nancy Gall-Clayton, two of his favorite Kentucky playwrights.

Done. (2011's "Strike Zone" and 2012's "The Snowflake Theory," respectively.)

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Arts and Humanities
11:41 am
Sun December 8, 2013

REVIEW | Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker' a Pleasing Holiday Confection

Credit Louisville Ballet

There have been many adaptations and re-creations of “The Nutcracker” since it gained currency in the West in the middle of the twentieth century. The Louisville Ballet's  first unveiled their current version, "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker," in 2009, though the company has been offering various versions of the seasonal favorite since 1963. In his curtain speech, artistic director Bruce Simpson suggested that this lavish production will be good for fifteen or sixteen years, and certainly in year four of this iteration the costumes, sets and magic are holding up well, and the choreography still delights the multi-generational audience that braved Saturday's wintry conditions to make it to Whitney Hall. 

With thanks to an additional gift from Brown-Forman, another treat for this year's ballet-goers is live music, with the Louisville Orchestra in the pit conducted by Tara Somoncic.

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Arts and Humanities
11:07 am
Sun December 8, 2013

REVIEW | Actors Theatre's 'A Christmas Carol' Still Easy to Love

David Ryan Smith as the Ghost of Christmas Present and William McNulty as Ebenezer Scrooge in Actors Theatre of Louisville's "A Christmas Carol."
Credit Alan Simons / Actors Theatre of Louisville

A funny thing happened to me last night. Even though my tree is decorated and my holiday plans are made, it didn't really feel like Christmas had started. And then the lights went up on Actors Theatre of Louisville's "A Christmas Carol," and it did. 

Maybe it's the stirring addition this year of a solemn opening carol, accompanied by a lone fiddler (Tom Cunningham). Maybe it's the knowledge that next year's production, which director Drew Fracher will revamp, will look, sound and feel different, even as Charles Dickens' story of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from miserable loner to man of the people remains fundamentally unchanged since 1843. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:18 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Tonight's Downtown Trolley Hop Canceled, Weather Concerns Cited

Louisville Downtown Partnership has called off the monthly Downtown First Friday Trolley Hop event tonight. No additional trolleys will run downtown, 5-11 p.m., tonight.

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Arts and Humanities
2:30 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Medora, Indiana, Basketball Team Documentary Screens in Louisville

The 2010-11 Medora Hornets.
Credit Medora / Beachside Films

A little over an hour north-west of Louisville is a town called Medora, Indiana. Population less than one-thousand. And little Medora High School, with only 33 male students, fields the worst basketball team in the league, the Medora Hornets. As of the start of the 2010-11 season, they were in the middle of a years-long losing streak. Filmmakers Davy Rothbart ("FOUND" magazine) and Andrew Cohn moved to Medora and filmed the season.

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Arts and Humanities
9:58 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Early Screening of Jennifer Lawrence's Next Film to Benefit West End School

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As it did with "Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the locally based Jennifer Lawrence Foundation is hosting a  benefit early screening of one of the Louisville native's films.

The screening of director David O. Russell's "American Hustle" will be on Dec. 16 at Baxter Avenue Filmworks. Tickets will be $65 and will include a cocktail reception and silent auction.

The screening benefits the West End School, a free private school for at-risk boys. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:28 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

LGDA 100 Show Celebrates Graphic Design in Kentuckiana

Hand-lettering, like this piece for Forest Giant by Brian Patrick Todd, turned up on many LGDA 100 entries this year.
Credit Forest Giant / LGDA 100

The Louisville Graphic Design Association hosts its annual LGDA 100 Show this week. The juried exhibit of graphic and interactive design, photography and illustration showcases the best design work submitted by designers and agencies in the Kentuckiana region. 

Both professional and student work will be on display at the show Friday evening, 6 p.m., at Interactive Media Lab (124 N. 1st St.).

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Arts and Humanities
4:20 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Louisville's Alley Theater Keeps Christmas Weird With Dr. Seuss/Doctor Who Mash-up

The Alley Theater doesn’t always do a holiday show – last year’s end-of-year offering was the zombie-Hamlet fantasy “Living Dead in Denmark” – but Todd Ziegler saw the opportunity in his first year as artistic director to combine the British science fiction show “Doctor Who,” which enjoys a robust cult following in the U.S., with a perennial holiday favorite – Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

A very special Grinch/Doctor cross-over episode? That’s an Alley Theatre no-brainer.

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Arts and Humanities
4:07 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Fund for the Arts Connects Louisville Arts Groups With Potential Board Members

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Nonprofit cultural groups need active, invested boards of directors to help govern, hire leaders, and raise money. One of the Fund for the Arts’ goals is to prepare young professionals to serve on boards, and one way the Fund helps the two connect is the annual Community Arts Board Fair.

The concept is a little like speed dating – invite a smallish group of area arts organizations actively recruiting for their boards of directors to set up tables and meet young professionals who are ready to start becoming more actively involved. Hopefully, some matches are made.

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