Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
4:26 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare's Matt Wallace: 'We Cannot Charge for Seats in Central Park'

Matt Wallace

July was a traumatic month for Kentucky Shakespeare, but the organization is ready to move forward. After producing artistic director and CEO Brantley Dunaway's resignation on July 15, the  board of directors conducted a swift search for his replacement. They hired Matt Wallace, a former artistic associate who left the organization in 2010 to lead Shakespeare Behind Bars. He spoke with us on July 31 about his long history with the organization and his optimism for the future.

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Arts and Humanities
4:03 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Louisville Visual Art Association Plans Crowdsourced Art Exhibit

"A cowbird came to me and told me nothing I understood" by Douglas Miller. Ink, pencil, and tea on paper, 10"x10", 2013.
Artebella Daily LVAA

LVAA’s new exhibit is curated by clicks. The sixteen artists who will show work in "By the Numbers" were chosen based on web analytics for Artebella, LVAA's online art gallery that promotes a different Kentucky artist every day. Art enthusiasts can sign up to receive a daily email highlighting an individual artist on the website, where the participating artists are archived. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:27 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Manual High Students Double as Fledgling Filmmakers

Evan Sennett in 'The Executive'
Credit Submitted photo

Spot Matt Rivera and Evan Sennett between classes at duPont Manual High School—it would be possible to mistake them for average.

Then catch a glimpse of the two on the set of one of their films—sporting turtlenecks and blazers, or while screening a 16 millimeter copy of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” in a basement, and the reality becomes inescapable.

The filmmaking duo are a pair of high school-aged Wes Andersons walking among us.   

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Arts and Humanities
6:38 am
Fri August 9, 2013

In Paducah, Artists Create Something From Nothing

Fiber artist Freda Fairchild at the door of her Studio Miska (Dear Little Mouse).
Noah Adams NPR

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 12:06 pm

How do you fix a neighborhood? What do you do about crime and drugs and the once-lovely old houses that are falling down? The answer in Paducah, Ky., was to turn it into a special place for artists to live, work and sell.

Paducah, already home to the National Quilt Museum, is far west on the edge of Kentucky, on the Ohio River. Lowertown, so-named for being downriver from downtown Paducah, was once quite elegant — 25 square blocks. But in time it became a difficult place to admire.

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Arts and Humanities
4:09 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Ongoing Programs, Ongoing Need: New Grants Fund Nonprofits' Existing Operations

In the nonprofit world, new programs are exciting. They get attention – from the public, from donors and from foundations. But what about the programs that already work? When the Community Foundation of Louisville met with local nonprofits, they heard over and over how challenging it can be to fund existing programs to keep them strong and thriving – and maybe even to help them grow. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:50 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Pirates! Still Trendy After All These Years

Irresistible pop culture pirates predate Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow by more than a century. W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s enduring comic opera “The Pirates of Penzance” debuted in 1879, and it’s in no danger of fading from the stage.

Two different productions open in Louisville this season. The first, produced by Metro Parks, opens Thursday. It's part of the Iroquois Amphitheatre’s 75th anniversary year. (Chicago's The Hypocrites bring their version to Actors Theatre of Louisville in January.)

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Arts and Humanities
2:33 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Land of Tomorrow's Summer of Liberation

Martynka Wawrzyniak, "Chocolate," video, 2010.

Land of Tomorrow gallery opens the second installment of its summer El Campo de Mañana series tonight with an appearance by noted rock groupie Cynthia Plastercaster to open an exhibit of her work. The artist, who has been casting in plaster the (Not Safe For Work) body parts of rock stars for decades, will host a storytelling evening with a Q&A to follow at the Broadway gallery.

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Arts and Humanities
4:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

'It Feels Like Coming Home': Matt Wallace on Rejoining Kentucky Shakespeare

Matt Wallace

The Kentucky Shakespeare board of directors announced today that Matt Wallace, former artistic associate at Kentucky Shakespeare and current Shakespeare Behind Bars artistic director, would be the company's new producing artistic director. The appointment follows Brantley Dunaway's July 15 resignation.

Wallace is already on the job, and he spoke with WFPL's Erin Keane this afternoon about coming back to the organization to which he feels both professionally and emotionally attached. 

How do you feel stepping into this role now, in 2013?

I’m excited to get this company on the right track, to get us going into the future while honoring the past and trying to learn from what has worked and what hasn’t worked in the past, to take us forward.

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Arts and Humanities
2:46 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Names Matt Wallace Producing Artistic Director

Matt Wallace

The Kentucky Shakespeare board of directors announced today that Matt Wallace, former artistic associate for the organization (2001-2010) and current artistic director of Shakespeare Behind Bars, would re-join the organization as producing artistic director.

Wallace has strong ties in the local arts community. In addition to his work with Shakespeare Behind Bars, he is currently director of children's theatre and audience development at Derby Dinner Playhouse. Wallace directed productions for Kentucky Shakespeare through the 2010 summer season ("Richard III").  

Read an interview with Wallace on re-joining the company.

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Arts and Humanities
4:31 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Pandora Stages Cheeky Musical Revue 'Naked Boys Singing'

Pandora Productions' cast of "Naked Boys Singing" - Thomas Stoddard (foreground); (left to right) James Langteaux, Jonathon Porter, Richie Goff, Sebastian Kearney, Justin D. Moore, Omicah House
Pandora Productions

Over the years, Pandora Productions has staged brave, groundbreaking theatrical works exploring different facets of LGBT life, featuring heavyweights like Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning "I Am My Own Wife" and the Holocaust drama "Bent" alongside musicals and comedies like "Oh, My Godmother!" and "Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche." But producing artistic director Michael J. Drury  says one show kept cropping up over and over when audiences made suggestions – the musical revue "Naked Boys Singing." And for years, he resisted the call. 

"When I did finally listen to it and read it, I saw the deeper meaning about being vulnerable," says Drury. "Being naked isn’t just a matter of being unclothed. It’s about being vulnerable and revealing yourself." 

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