Arts and Humanities

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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Arts and Humanities
10:01 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Serbian-Born Djuro Zivkovic Wins Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition

Djuro Zivkovic
Credit University of Louisville

 A Serbian-born composer has won the Grawemeyer Award for music composition from the University of Louisville.

The university says Djuro Zivkovic's chamber orchestra piece “On the Guarding of the Heart” “makes a huge emotional journey” through the course of its 20-minutes.

The piece was first performed in 2011, and it was written in the months prior in an 18th-Century house in Sweden.

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Listen: Louisville Actors Perform 'Star Wars in 60 Seconds ... or So'

The cast of "Star Wars in 60 Minutes" - Chris Petty, Tony Smith, April Singer, Scott Goodman and J.P. Lebangood - perform this weekend at The Bard's Town.
Credit Marty Pearl

Many children of the 1970s and '80s grew up learning all of the dialogue to the original Star Wars trilogy by heart. Now, a  group of Louisville actors are bringing that experience to the stage. In “Star Wars in 60 Minutes or Less,” five actors perform a manic, comic version of George Lucas’ science fiction classics.

“It’s not necessarily picture-perfect, it’s definitely sped-up, it’s very low-budget," says director Chris Petty. "It’s basically five kids in a basement playing Star Wars.”

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Veteran Actor Anne Hodapp Returns to Actors Theatre for 'A Christmas Carol'

Anne Hodapp as Mrs. Grigsby with William McNulty as Ebenezer Scrooge in Actors Theatre of Louisville's "A Christmas Carol."
Credit Harlan Taylor / Actors Theatre of Louisville

The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to redemption thanks to visits by three ghosts is a holiday classic. And for 38 years, Actors Theatre of Louisville has staged a production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This year's holiday classic opens Friday, and once again, actress Anne Hodapp will perform. She's Mrs. Grigsby and Cook now, but over the 22 years Hodapp has appeared in "A Christmas Carol" at Actors Theatre, she's played a variety of roles and seen some magical (and disastrously funny) moments on stage.  

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Harry Pickens Sets Wendell Berry Poems to Song for Louisville's Voces Novae

Voces Novae rehearses Harry Pickens' new compositions of Wendell Berry poems
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

Inside a rehearsal room at Highlands Presbyterian Church, Voces Novae conductor Frank Heller leads his singers through a song based on a Wendell Berry poem while composer Harry Pickens accompanies them on piano. Pickens has adapted ten Berry poems for choral performance for the ensemble’s season opener, “I Go Among Trees.”

“If you focus on the text, then the music will illumine the text. The music is never more important than the text,” Heller tells his singers.

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Arts and Humanities
12:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence to WFPL: Louisville 'Only Thing I'll Ever Identify as Home'

Jennifer Lawrence in "Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
Credit Lionsgate

Since early 2010, Jennifer Lawrence's Hollywood career has been on a steep incline—from emerging indie film actress to Blockbuster star to Academy Award winner.

What's next?

“I think slow down," Lawrence said. "I can’t think of anything career-wise. I mean, one day, I’d like to direct. I've always wanted to direct.

“Really, the only thing I’m thinking of life-wise right now is just kind of slowing down and buying a house and making a home and having a little less attention.”

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Arts and Humanities
10:02 am
Thu November 21, 2013

No Sophomore Slump for Slant Culture Theatre Festival

Gregory Maupin as Thomas Edison and Tony Dingman as Nicola Tesla in Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble's "On the Circuit."
Credit Sean Donaldson / Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble

The second annual Slant Culture Theatre Festival opened last week with a live-music launch party and kicked into high gear on Friday with multiple productions running in repertory in Walden Theatre. Each of the five producing partners — Walden, Savage Rose Classical Theatre, Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, Theatre [502] and Louisville Improvisors — are staging a full production, in addition to about a dozen guest artists performing in and around the ten-day festival.

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Arts and Humanities
10:16 am
Wed November 20, 2013

REVIEW | 'War Horse' Balances Spectacle With Heart

Albert rides Joey in "War Horse."
Credit Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

Much has been made of the puppetry wizards who bring the eponymous heroes of "War Horse," a horse named Joey and his cavalry buddy Topthorn, to life. The life-sized horse puppets created by the Tony Award-winning Handspring Puppet Company are certainly impressive, but the beating heart behind the acclaimed play is the strong relationship between Joey and his owner Albert, who enlists in the British Army in an attempt to rescue Joey from the unspeakable terrors of World War I.

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