Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
6:45 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Listen | 'The Great Gatsby,' F. Scott Fitzgerald and Louisville

F. Scott Fitzgerald in Louisville in 1918.

On the eve of the release of a new Great Gatsby film, WFPL's Jonathan Bastian hosted a news special on the film looking at the city's role in the great novel. Veteran Louisville journalist Keith Runyon discussed what Louisville would have been like when F. Scott Fitzgerald was in town and WFPL arts reporter Erin Keane went in search of a Louisville house connected to the novel. Later, Keane, Jonathan and The Courier-Journal's Matt Frassica discussed more about the novel.

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Arts and Humanities
4:14 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

From Bollywood Dancing to Backyard Chickens: The How-To Festival

Challenging the out-of-date idea that libraries are only quiet places for reading and research, the Louisville Free Public Library brings its How-To Festival back for a second year. The library will present experts on everything from Bollywood dancing to gardening Saturday at this popular community learning event. 

The short classes range from quick practical tutorials, like how to tie a bow tie or sing the national anthem, to introductions to larger projects, like backyard chicken farming and going back to college as an adult.

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Commentary
7:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

How-To Festival Preview: Appreciating Classical Music

Credit Wikipedia Commons

The most frequent statement made to me, after I introduce myself as someone who works in classical radio is, “I don’t know anything about classical music, but...”This statement is typically followed by an expression of love for classical music, a short story about playing clarinet in band during middle school, or how a parent or grandparent always had classical radio on in the background at home. All three are valid experiences that have nothing to do with actually knowing something about music.

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Commentary
3:14 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

When a Young Louisville Reporter Searched for F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre

The 1925 cover of The Great Gatsby.

Thirty-nine years ago, as a very young Courier-Journal reporter, I traveled south by train to Montgomery, Ala., to connect with the world that novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, knew in the early part of the 20th Century. The “peg” for the feature stories I planned to write was the opening that spring of what was then the latest screen version of “The Great Gatsby,” a multi-million dollar adaptation starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston and Bruce Dern.

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Arts and Humanities
1:48 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

New Gift Accelerates Speed Museum Expansion

Demolition begins on the Speed Art Museum.
Erin Keane WFPL News

The Speed Art Museum began demolition today to prepare for the  construction phase of its $50 million renovation and expansion with the announcement of an additional gift from the family of Louisville philanthropist Christy Brown. The $18 million donation, the family’s largest, will accelerate the completion of all three phases of the master plan designed by Los Angeles-based firm wHY Architecture, including a new 9,500 square foot South Building to house a state-of-the-art theater. 

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Listen | Luhrman's 'The Great Gatsby' Soundtrack

F. Scott Fitzgerald spent his scant month in Louisville in the cold, punishing days of March and early April, when spring's promise still feels quite remote to those left weary by the winter. But his sumptuous descriptions of Jay Gatsby's glittering parties in West Egg remind us of something ... a certain handful of nights in early May, when the city knots its bowties tighter and grips its champagne and bourbon cocktails with a fierce determination to wring the very life out of Derby week: 

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Arts and Humanities
2:40 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Made Glorious Summer: Shakespeare Behind Bars' 'Richard III' Open to Public in June

Shakespeare Behind Bars 2009 production of Macbeth at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Ky.

Louisville's Shakespeare Behind Bars is in its 18th season producing the works of Shakespeare with a company of incarcerated men. In June, they’ll open “Richard III,” the Bard's dramatization of the rise and fall of Richard, the Machiavellian Duke of Gloucester, and England's House of York, at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange.

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Arts and Humanities
2:24 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Hunter S. Thompson's Decadent, Depraved Kentucky Derby Reimagined

Rachael Sinclair's "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" poster.
Credit Kentucky for Kentucky

The gonzo branding experts at Kentucky for Kentucky (the folks behind the guerilla state motto campaign "Kentucky Kicks Ass") have re-imagined Louisvillian Hunter S. Thompson's famous essay "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" as a witty racing program poster, featuring illustrated details from the story rendered in jockey silks. The poster was designed by Rachael Sinclair and printed by Lexington's Thoroughbred Printing.

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Arts and Humanities
3:08 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Arts Council Awards Grants for Senior Programs

The Kentucky Arts Council awarded more than $50,000 in grants to six organizations to provide “creative aging and lifelong learning” arts programs for Kentucky’s senior citizens.  The Arts Access Assistance grants were created last fall to support programming for specific underserved groups. The first fiscal year of funding will support programs for the state’s senior citizens.

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Arts and Humanities
2:58 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Some Pig: Death and Impermanence in Stage One's 'Charlotte's Web'

Julie Dingman Evans as Charlotte in Stage One Family Theatre's "Charlotte's Web." Set design by Karl Anderson.

Stage One Family Theatre’s production of Joseph Robinette's stage adaptation of E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" is now open at the Kentucky Center. This year is the 60th anniversary of “Charlotte’s Web” winning the Newbery Honor award for excellence in children’s literature. White's novel about a "radiant" pig and his barnyard friends remains one of the best-selling children’s books of all time. 

“Charlotte’s Web” is a fun and heartfelt play about talking animals, but its themes are deep – the inevitability of death runs through the story. 

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