Arts and Humanities

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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Arts and Humanities
5:24 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Sonnets, Scenes, Soliloquies: Actors To Stage Free Outdoor Shakespeare

 A group of local actors are mounting an afternoon of free Shakespeare in Memorial Park this weekend. The  event, "Sonnets, Scenes, and Soliloquies," will present the actors' favorite scenes and speeches from Shakespeare's work in Memorial Park  (971 S. 4th St.), on August 4, 2-3 p.m. A reception at Vault 1031 (1031 S. 6th St.) performance space will follow. 

Brian Hinds is one of the event's organizers. Hinds was an actor living in New York when he first traveled to Louisville to work a summer season with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. He says he "had been floundering" in New York, but fell in love with Louisville and its theater community after a summer performing under the stars in Central Park.

"What I remember most fondly about my years at Kentucky Shakespeare were the families sitting in the front rows," says Hinds. "Kids who were wandering through the park would stop and watch. I have such a clear memory of the faces of a group of boys smiling and listening during a production of 'Pericles.'"

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Arts and Humanities
3:09 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

REVIEW | The 99 Percent Strikes Back in 'Reduction in Force'

Ben Gierhart, Amy Steiger and Natalie Fields in "Reduction in Force" at The Bard's Town.
The Bard's Town Theatre

Corruption in the financial sector led some protestors to Occupy Wall Street, but San Francisco Bay Area-playwright Patricia Milton took her protest to the stage with "Reduction in Force," a 2011 comedy detailing one day on the luxurious campus of  Icarus Financial Services when news of a company-wide "RIF" (a euphemism for massive staff lay-offs) has spread.  The Bard's Town Theatre opened the Louisville premiere  last night.

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Arts and Humanities
6:49 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Fandom Festival to Bring William Shatner, Stan Lee and 'Walking Dead' Cast Members

William Shatner
Credit Creative Commons

Here's your chance to see Khal Drogo, Merle Dixon and James T. Kirk up close.

Over the years, San Diego Comic-Con has spawned an annual pilgrimage for people obsessively interested in nerd culture. It's where filmmakers and television showrunners debut trailers and news for upcoming seasons and where celebrities come in close contact with fans.

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