Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
7:30 am
Fri February 8, 2013

No Punchbacks: Le Petomane Builds Smart, Silly Shows from Scratch

Kristie Rolape tries on her mask and baby fists.
Erin Keane WFPL News

When the members of Louisville's Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble head into rehearsal for a new play, they don’t have a script. They don’t have a director. What they have is an idea and roughly 500 years of comedic history behind them.

Their new show, "No Punchbacks," is an homage to traditional Punch and Judy puppet shows, which owe a significant comedic debt to Italian commedia dell'arte. Co-artistic director Greg Maupin (all six troupe members are co-artistic directors) calls commedia “the sitcoms of 16th century Italy.”

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

The Big Break: History Lessons

On our audio diary series The Big Break, our emerging performers learn and teach some unique history lessons.Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks gets fitted for costumes for the upcoming production of "Romeo and Juliet" and takes us on a tour of the costume shop. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach uses Roman history to write a play in 24 hours, and Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond goes on tour to local schools, teaching American history through song.

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Arts and Humanities
4:41 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

U of L Partners with Stage One on Stage, in Class

"Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters," produced by the University of Louisville in partnership with Stage One Family Theatre.
Stage One

A new partnership between the  University of Louisville's theater arts department and Stage One Family Theatre will add at least one university-produced play for younger audiences to Stage One’s programming. 

Stage One serves more than 100,000 children, teachers and chaperones every school year. U of L's repertory company sends  graduate students into area schools to perform plays for young audiences. They're teaming up on  “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters,” a musical based on a folktale from Zimbabwe, which will be the first university repertory play to receive an expanded production in the Bomhard Theatre. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:29 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Tweeters Gonna Tweet?

Credit Håkan Dahlström/Creative Commons

Even Twitter users are divided on whether or not social media has a place during live arts events. 

The National Endowment for the Arts is leading a conversation on Twitter (#2TweetorNot2Tweet) about mobile social media use during performances. Are so-called Tweet Seats a fun engagement with a plugged-in audience of influencers, or are they a distraction from the events on stage? 

Some say bring it on—the more conversation the better: 

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Arts and Humanities
3:58 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Artists: Learn About Fiscal Sponsorship at Fractured Atlas Tour Stop

Federal tax-exempt status is invaluable for fundraising in the nonprofit arts world. Donations are tax-deductible, which can provide significant motivation for individuals to give, and many grants require applicants to have 501(c)3 status. But securing 501(c)3 status can be a long and complicated process. For new arts groups or smaller projects that don’t have the resources or haven’t yet met the requirements for filing, fiscal sponsorship can help.

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Arts and Humanities
8:21 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Festival Films Explore Modern Jewish Experience

"A Bottle in the Gaza Sea"
Credit Publicity photo

The 15th annual Jewish Film Festival opens Saturday with "My Best Enemy," an Austrian Holocaust thriller about two best friends who switch identities to recover a priceless work of art. The Jewish Community Center produces the annual festival to explore in film the complexities of Jewish culture and what it means to be Jewish in the modern era. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:01 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

REVIEW | 'Girlfriend': Fine, Fizzy Romance with Killer Soundtrack

Curt Hansen as Mike and Ryder Bach as Will in "Girlfriend" at Actors Theatre.
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Let’s flash back to 1993, to the days before texting and ready Internet access, when living in a small town really could feel like living on the moon. We are in Nebraska, but it might as well be any small town in Kentucky, Indiana, England. Let us say we are dorks, friendless and stilted, moving through high school like occasionally kicked stray dogs. Or. We are wearing someone else’s life, someone popular and ambitious and accomplished and right, holding our breath until we can leave this town and shed the fake skin like a bad sweater.

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Arts and Humanities
5:03 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Frazier Exhibit Shows Horrors of Slave Trade

Shackles from the "Spirits of the Passage" exhibit.
Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum opens the first exhibit to examine the entire history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade with artifacts from an excavated slave ship. “Spirits of the Passage” is produced in partnership with the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, which performed the underwater excavation. The 4,000 square foot exhibit contains 150 historical artifacts retrieved from the wreck, as well as African art objects on loan from the Speed Art Museum and historical documents, paintings and illustrations related to the slave trade. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

The Big Break: Voices and Choices

On our audio diary series The Big Break, our emerging performers dig deep into their daily work. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach learns how fearless high school playwrights can be while reading for the theater's New Voices Young Playwrights Festival. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks studies character development from choreographer Helen Starr in rehearsals for "Romeo and Juliet," while Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond faces the unmentionable—losing his voice during a run of outreach performances. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:31 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Kentucky Arts Council Taking Applications for Artist Directory, Fellowships

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until March 15 from artists for their Performing Arts Directory and for individual visual artist fellowships.

Applications are open for Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships and Emerging Artist Awards this year for visual, craft and media artists (literary and performing artists apply in even-numbered years).

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