Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

The Big Break: Time On Your Side

This week on our audio diary series "The Big Break," Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach tackles an unfamiliar role in "A Christmas Story," while Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks prepares for "The Nutcracker." The Kentucky Opera studio artists are on hiatus until January, but Brad Raymond finds he still has plenty to keep him busy over his break.  

Learn more about our audio diarists, who report in every Thursday on life in Louisville's performing arts companies.

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Arts and Humanities
4:37 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Kentucky Opera's Composer Workshop Program Receives NEA Support

The Kentucky Opera is on the list of Kentucky artists and organizations receiving grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for the next fiscal year. The opera will receive $12,500 to help fund the development of a new one-act opera by composer Paul Moravec and librettist Terry Teachout through its innovative composer workshop. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Holiday Special Goes Underwater with Squallis Puppeteers

A puppet star of "Plank's Holiday Special."
Squallis Puppeteers

A sponge, a jellyfish and a crab walk into a Christmas party—stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

If you haven’t, it’s because a Squallis Puppeteers show isn’t your average holiday fare. Created by puppet artist Kathryn Spivey, “Plank’s Holiday Special” is the story of three sea creature friends whose party is threatened by a dangerous, unwelcome guest who turns out to be a harmless brine shrimp—and the life of the party. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:12 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

The Rules of Conduct

Conductor Tetiana Kalinichenko
Uatema Wikimedia Commons

Today, All Things Considered asks an intriguing question. It's a scene we take for granted: the orchestra cues up and plays at the direction of the baton-wielding, tuxedoed conductor. But if orchestra musicians play with sheet music in front of them, do they really need conductors? Shankar Vedantam consults not art, but science--a study from the University of Maryland that tracked how orchestra players followed conductors: 

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Arts and Humanities
3:36 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Arts Council Announces New Grants for Underserved Groups

The Kentucky Arts Council is launching a new grant program to fund arts experiences for underserved populations. The first fiscal year of funding for the new Arts Access Assistance program will go to programs and organizations offering “creative aging and lifelong learning” arts programs for senior citizens across the state. 

"There’s great evidence to support the fact that arts are beneficial, both for life and health of older Americans," says program director Sarah Schmitt.

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Arts and Humanities
11:10 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Actors Theatre Apprentices Stage Poetic Investigation of Milliennials

The Actors Theatre of Louisville acting apprentices take the stage tonight and tomorrow evening with a free workshop performance of "Run Like Children," an original play created by the members of the company.

Directed by Kate Eminger, "Run Like Children" features seven acting apprentices: Noelia Antweiler, Ethan Dubin, Chalia La Tour, Andy Reinhardt, Madison Welterlet, Christa Wroblewski and Michael Zuccola.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Seth Rudetsky Brings His 'Big Fat Broadway Show' to Town

As a pianist, Seth Rudetsky has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including "Ragtime," "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera." Listeners to Sirius/XM's On Broadway channel know afternoon host Rudetsky, also the hose of "Seth Speaks" on Sirius/XM Stars, is obsessed with Broadway.

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Worst Kids Ever Take Over Best Christmas Pageant

The young cast of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Stage One Family Theatre

Stage One Family Theatre opens its first public performances of Barbara Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the Kentucky Center Saturday. The family-friendly play is recommended for grades 4-8. 

Directed by Lucas Adams, the play is about how a small town reacts when the rowdiest children in town—the Herdmans —decide to muscle their way into the annual Christmas play.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

The Orchestral Arcade: Video Games Live

It used to be those Wagner-filled Warner Brothers cartoons and film scores by composers like John Williams that introduced symphonic music to new audiences.  Now video games are taking that role.

The Louisville Orchestra goes into multiplayer mode this weekend with an interactive orchestral performance of music from video games. Part of the contemporary L.O. Wow! Series, the orchestra will play along with guest performers in “Video Games Live!” Saturday evening at The Palace.

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Jersey Boys: Four Great Film Moments with the Four Seasons

Broadway in Louisville brings the hugely popular musical "Jersey Boys" back to the Kentucky Center today for a two-week run. "Jersey Boys" tells the entertaining true story of how four blue-collar kids became Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Their iconic hit singles—written by Bob Gaudio and produced by Bob Crewe—emit an instant retro signal. But they're also pretty timeless, so they work really well in film soundtracks.

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