Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
3:06 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

The High Wire Act of Improv Comedy

The Louisville Improvisors host their 13th Improvapalooza Saturday at the Kentucky Center. The production is the troupe's annual celebration of the thrills and dangers of improvisational comedy.

The troupe will perform, and they will also welcome “The Black Version,” an improv sketch comedy show that originated at The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. Featuring an all-African American cast of Groundlings alumni and performers from television's  “Reno 911,” “Community” and “Saturday Night Live," the comedians will begin their show by asking the audience for the name of a popular film. The cast then creates and acts out, on the spot, "the Black version" of said film. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:03 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Richard Blanco Will Be First Latino Inaugural Poet

Poet Richard Blanco is the author of City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead and Looking for the Gulf Motel.
Nico Tucci Courtesy Richard Blanco

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 3:44 pm

In 1961, Robert Frost became the first poet to read at a U.S. inauguration when he recited "The Gift Outright" at President John F. Kennedy's swearing in. Since then, only three other poets have taken part in subsequent inaugural ceremonies: Maya Angelou, Miller Williams and Elizabeth Alexander. Now, there's a fifth.

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Arts and Humanities
3:36 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Water Museum in the Works

The original Water Works on River Road, after the exterior renovation in 2009.
Louisville Water Company

The Louisville Water Company will begin a $2.6 million renovation project this month to restore its original Pumping Station. The white building next to the iconic Water Tower on River Road, now on the National Historic Registry, was built in 1860 to house the city's original water works steam engines that pumped water from the Ohio River.

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Arts and Humanities
12:34 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Forecastle Pre-Sale Begins This Week

Tickets for the annual Forecastle Festival in Louisville go on sale Friday. A limited number of $100 three-day  passes will be available on the Forecastle website at noon. All other ticketing options, including VIP tickets and single-day passes, will go on sale at a later date.

This year's Forecastle Festival will be held July 12-14 at Waterfront Park. The festival line-up has not yet been released. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:02 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Savage Rose Announces Season of Storms

Mike Slaton as Algernon and J. Barrett Cooper as Lady Bracknell in the March 2012 Savage Rose Theatre Company production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest."
Shana Lincoln Savage Rose Theatre Company

Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company has announced its 2013-14 season, which artistic director J. Barrett Cooper is calling "our season of storms." The next season, which begins in November with the Slant Culture Theatre Festival, is a tribute to William Shakespeare, with full productions of "Twelfth Night," "King Lear" and "The Tempest" planned. 

"We believe Shakespeare is the greatest playwright to have lived, and the spark that lit the fire of all playwrights to come after him," Cooper said at a season release celebration Sunday night. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:39 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Features Own Principal Clarinetist on Weber Concerto

The Louisville Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Ryan McAdams to the Kentucky Center this weekend, and a familiar face from the wind section will also take the spotlight. 

McAdams will lead the Orchestra in Friday’s performance, which includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherezade,” inspired by the classic tales of “1001 Arabian Nights,” and the Louisville premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s “Sidereus,” a nine-minute overture commissioned by a consortium of 35 orchestras.

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Arts and Humanities
7:49 am
Mon January 7, 2013

"The Whipping Man: On Equality, Freedom and the Legacy of Slavery

Actors Theatre of Louisville associate artistic director Meredith McDonough makes her directorial debut in her new role this week with Matthew Lopez's popular drama "The Whipping Man," set against the backdrop of Passover observances at the end of the Civil War.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

The Big Break: Showcase Prep

On our audio diary series The Big Break, two of our artists prepare to step out of the wings and into center stage this month. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks rests her body before opening the Choreographer's Showcase and Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach rehearses a short play for "The Tens," the annual ten-minute play apprentice showcase. Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond is on hiatus until later this month. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:05 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

The Bard's Town Expands Programming with Third Season

Colby Ballowe, Stephanie Adams, Doug Schutte and Amy Steiger in 2012's "44 Plays for 44 Presidents."
The Bard's Town Theatre

In just two seasons, The Bard’s Town Theatre has assembled a strong ensemble of regular performers—so regular, in fact, that some have taken to working in the restaurant downstairs, so on any given opening night you might order your pre-show Much Ado About Empanadas from the same actor who will have you laughing  or crying on stage upstairs.

“By and large, our audience still comes into our theater without any preconceived notions, as in, they’re not sure what they’re getting,” says executive artistic director (and restaurant co-owner) Doug Schutte with a laugh. “I think that’s a good thing.”

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Arts and Humanities
11:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Library U Course Explores Changing Role of American Theater

Zan Sawyer-Dailey
Actors Theatre of Louisville

The Louisville Free Public Library’s Library U course for January is on the changing role of American theater. Actors Theatre of Louisville associate director Zan Sawyer-Dailey will offer an an insider’s look at the art of making theater at the Main Library

Sawyer-Dailey’s course will cover the history of the regional theater movement and Actors Theatre, how the theater’s artistic decisions are made, and offer a look at the upcoming Humana Festival of New American Plays.  

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