Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
11:36 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Kentucky Opera Makes Bold Move to Focus on New, Rare, Unfamiliar Works

Many opera companies anchor their programming with a handful of crowd-pleasing, time-tested operas, like "La Traviata," "Carmen" and "Don Giovanni" — the guaranteed blockbusters. And for years, the Kentucky Opera has been no exception. But general director David Roth says playing it safe isn’t working for the company any longer, so starting with its 2014-15 season, the company will focus on rare and new operas instead

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Podcast
7:46 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Sound on Film Podcast: Louisville's Mike Fitzer Talks 'Pleased to Meet Me' and Kentucky Filmmaking

Our review of "The LEGO Movie," alongside an interview with Louisville-based, Emmy award-winning filmmaker Mike Fitzer ahead of the Kentucky premiere of his film "Pleased to Meet Me."

Plus, news from around the filmosphere, with the latest on Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up to his Oscar nominated documentary "The Act of Killing," and heavyweight casting news for an as-of-yet unnamed Netflix dysfunctional family drama.

Robert Kahne fills in for regular host Chris Ritter, who is out of town on a film project for the next few weeks, but joins the conversation via phone from Sebago Lake, Maine.

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Arts and Humanities
1:07 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

WATCH | Rachel Grimes Improvises on Wendell Castle's Caligari Piano

Last January, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft hosted pianist composer Rachel Grimes (Rachel's, Kings Daughters and Sons) for an evening of improvisation on the Wendell Castle-designed Steinway Art Case piano.

Dubbed the "Caligari" after the 1920 horror film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," the angular, white wooden frame, which was inspired by the film and German Abstract Expressionism, encases a fully-functional Model L Steinway grand piano.

Arts and Humanities
1:48 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky Center Promotes Senior VP Kim Baker to President

Kim Baker
Credit The Kentucky Center

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts concludes its five-month national search for a new president by selecting a candidate close to home. Kim Baker, who has worked for the Center for 15 years, most recently as senior vice president for external affairs, was named president yesterday. Her duties begin immediately. 

“It has such an incredible history of programming," says Baker. "It’s nice to be able to walk into an organization where so much is right.” 

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Arts and Humanities
12:59 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

REVIEW | Something's Lost in Shephard's Gentle 'Ages of the Moon'

Matt Orme as Byron and Patrick Tovatt as Ames in The Bunbury Theatre's production of Sam Shepard's "Ages of the Moon."
Credit Bunbury Theatre

Two men nearing the twilight of their lives reunite on a Kentucky cabin porch for one evening of drinking, reminiscing and eclipse-watching in Sam Shepard's 2009 play "Ages of the Moon," a dramatic two-hander that probes at the mysteries of aging memory and the fragility of relationships without disturbing too much beneath the surface. 

Directed by Steve Woodring, The Bunbury Theatre's production of "Ages of the Moon" opened Friday and runs through February 23 at the Henry Clay Theatre (604 S. St.). 

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Arts and Humanities
12:19 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

REVIEW | Play's the Thing in Baby Horse's New Theatrical Experiment

Here's how a typical night at the theater goes: you find your seat, you browse the playbill, read the actors' previous stage credits, take in the set. The house lights go down, stage lights come up. The play begins. You sit back and watch for a couple of hours. On a good night, you're entertained, you're amused, you're moved, you're terrified by the story the actors tell on stage, and you carry that story with you home, or on to wherever the night takes you. 

Louisville's Baby Horse Theatre Group isn't interested typical nights at the theater. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Kentucky Opera Closes Season with Star-Crossed Valentine

Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" at the Kentucky Opera.
Credit Kentucky Opera

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Kentucky Opera brings its season to a close this weekend with an operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" by French composer Charles Gounod. 

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Podcast
8:31 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Sound on Film Podcast: 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Mitt'

Credit CBS Films

In this week's episode, we'll have our review of the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" as well as the Netflix exclusive documentary “Mitt,” a behind-the-veil perspective of the former Massachusetts Governor's 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns.

Plus, a highlight of films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and a remembrance of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Robert Kahne fills in for regular host Chris Ritter, who is out of town on a film project for the next few weeks, but joins the conversation via phone from Meredith, New Hampshire.

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

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Arts and Humanities
3:43 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Eugene Mirman Brings Absurdist Comedy Tour to Louisville

Eugene Mirman
Credit Brian Tamborello

Brooklyn-based stand-up comedian Eugene Mirman has been named Best New York City Comedian by The Village Voice, one of the fifty funniest comedians by Time Out New York, and one of best of the decade by Paste magazine.

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Arts and Humanities
1:36 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

What Does Downtown Louisville's Mercury Ballroom Mean for Headliners Music Hall?

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

When a few friends from Louisville started booking music shows at Headliners Music Hall in 2005, they had no idea they'd be pioneers in  Louisville’s music scene.

“We never set out to do that,” said Joe Argabrite, a now co-owner of Headliners on Lexington Road.  “We set out to work hard and create a viable market, which we have and I think now people are very interested.”

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