Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Review | 'Edgewise' Sees War Through Young Eyes

Casandre Elyse Medel (Emma) and Eli Keel (Louis) in Theatre [502]'s production of Eliza Clark's "Edgewise."
Credit Theatre [502]

A gunfight breaks out on the highway. Another day, another massacre in Eliza Clark's near-future dystopian war-torn America, in which air strikes on major targets and street battles are now routine. The war has waged for eight long years, moving up from the capitol toward New York, and nobody knows who to trust anymore. When a wounded man who's obviously keeping secrets stumbles into a New Jersey fast-food restaurant where three teens work, they have to make a decision—which side is he on?

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Arts and Humanities
7:22 am
Sun August 18, 2013

In 'Alphabet' Mysteries, 'S' Is Really For Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse, a Spanish-Moorish landmark, was built in 1929.
Anna Fox (harshlight) Flickr

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 9:27 am

Novelist Sue Grafton is a real hoot. She's just as likely to talk, in that native Kentucky drawl of hers, about her prized silver-coin mint julep cups as about a juicy murder mystery. But she does have a crime writer's imagination.

"I always say to people, 'Don't cross me, OK? Because you will be so sorry,'" she says. "'I have ways to kill you you ain't even thought of yet.'"

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Arts and Humanities
12:18 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Forest Giant's Group Art Show Goes Into the Woods

"A Long Talk in the Woods," Matt Dobson

The first time Forest Giant threw open the doors to its Butchertown studio doors for a group art show in 2011, the boutique interactive design company was celebrating its first birthday and a rebranding project that led the staff to ask some of their favorite local visual artists to interpret their name. Two years later, they had the itch to showcase the design side of their identity again with "Wild Echoes," a group exhibition featuring 40 artists working with a woodsy theme. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:30 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Page-turner on Stage: Theatre [502] Opens Thriller 'Edgewise'

Ian Weber and Michael Mayes in Theatre [502]'s "Edgewise."
Credit Theatre [502]

Louisville’s Theatre [502] continues its third season this week with a speculative war thriller set in a fast food restaurant. Written by Eliza Clark, “Edgewise” is set in a near-future dystopian America in the grips of a global war. Against this chaotic backdrop, three teenagers report to work at a fast-food burger chain. 

"Somebody's got to turn the fryers on," says director Mike Brooks. "Folks are going to work and they're going to hit the drive-thru whether there's an air strike going on or not." 

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Arts and Humanities
11:23 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Watch | Abandoned Building Transformed into Arts Space

Open House, folded up. The York, Ala., structure unfolds into an open-air theater that seats 100 people.
Credit Matthew Mazzotta

There's an active push in Louisville to demolish vacant and abandoned properties. But what happens to those lots after the houses come down? In York, Alabama, an innovative partnership between artists and the community has addressed a lack of public space in town by transforming a blighted property into an interactive, usable community arts and gathering venue. 

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Arts and Humanities
8:28 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Extreme Sports: Lila Neugebauer on Directing, Devising, and the World of Living Playwrights

Lila Neugebauer

Lila Neugebauer has been awarded a prestigious Princess Grace Theater Fellowship Award. The awards are given for excellence and promise to emerging artists in theater, dance and film.

The former Actors Theatre of Louisville directing intern (2008-09)  returned to Louisville last season to direct Mallery Avidon's "O guru guru guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you" for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:42 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Musical Brings Songs to Life After Near-Death Experience

Jordan Price as composer Gordon with Jason Cooper as children's television show character Mr. Bungee in CenterStage's "A New Brain."
Ben Goldenberg CenterStage

CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center opens a musical about creativity, legacy and brain surgery this week. "A New Brain," by the Tony Award-winning creative team behind "Falsettos," chronicles the creative struggles of a composer diagnosed with a terminal brain disorder.

“It is an obscure musical," says artistic director John Leffert, who also directs. "I think the subject matter scares people away.” 

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Governor's School for the Arts Moves to Centre College

Centre College

The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts will move its three-week summer studio arts program to Danville’s Centre College campus next year. GSA has made Transylvania University in Lexington its summer residency home for fourteen years. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:36 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Actors Theatre Celebrates Golden Anniversary with Block Party

Fifty years ago, the founders of Actors Theatre of Louisville were upstarts, theater revolutionaries caught up in the ground-swell of the American regional theater movement, determined to de-centralize professional theater and embed it in communities across the country. The organization turns 50 this year.

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Arts and Humanities
11:46 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence on the Cover of Vogue's September Issue

Credit Vogue.com

Vogue has released (at least online) its September issue cover story featuring Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence. The September issue is the magazine's Big Deal issue of the year, so it's an especially high honor being bestowed on the former Kammerer Middle School student.

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