Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
11:24 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker to Speak Tomorrow in Spalding University Festival

Frank X Walker
Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Frank X Walker, who made Kentucky history last year when he became the first African American writer to be named poet laureate of the Bluegrass state, will speak and read from his newest collection of poems, "Turn Me Loose: the Unghosting of Medgar Evers," which won the NAACP Image Award earlier this year, Thursday in Louisville. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:21 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Waterfront Park Bird Sculptures Fly Away for Restoration

Metro Louisville loaded up 28 metal bird sculptures, the "Flock of Finns," to travel by truck to Oberlin, Ohio, for restoration.
Credit Louisville Metro Public Art

Waterfront Park will be missing some of its more colorful residents this summer. “Flock of Finns,” a collection of painted metal bird sculptures based on Louisville artist Marvin Finn’s original designs, are headed to Ohio for restoration. 

The “Flock of Finns” settled permanently on Waterfront Park in 2001. The elements and a hands-on public have taken their toll on the brightly-painted metal sculptures, and now several have, among other ailments, rust blisters that will deteriorate the structural integrity of the pieces if not remedied.  

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Inside Tim Faulkner's New Portland Arts Complex

The main gallery space at Tim Faulkner Gallery.
Erin Keane WFPL News

Many of Louisville's art galleries are intimate spaces. They're re-purposed storefronts, hosting carefully curated solo or invitational small group shows that boom on opening nights and quietly go about their business with collectors and aficionados the rest of the month. But Tim Faulkner and his gallery director Margaret Archambault have always had a more raucous vibe going, first on East Market and then in Butchertown, where their bursting-at-the-seams Tim Faulkner Gallery moved in 2012.

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Arts and Humanities
11:03 am
Sat May 24, 2014

A Side of Emily Dickinson (and Opera) Seldom Seen in Thompson Street's Season Opener

  It’s possible you’ve not seen opera quite like this. Thompson Street Opera Company opened its second season last night with a regional premiere of Eva Kendrick’s chamber opera “Emily,” a satisfying peek into the family dynamics and dramatic social life of one of America’s most intriguing foundational poets. Staged in the as-yet-unfinished theater at Vault 1031, a new performance space on the edge of Old Louisville (1031 S. 6th Street), this is opera stripped down to its bare essentials – powerful voices and beautiful music – that’s right-sized for the intimate, dressed-down space.

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Arts and Humanities
2:19 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Frazier History Museum Director to Retire

Credit File photo

The Frazier History Museum’s executive director is retiring. Madeleine Burnside, who has led the museum for seven years, announced today her intent to retire at the end of this month.

During her tenure, Burnside oversaw the museum’s name change and a broadening of the museum’s mission to focus on regional, national and international history.

In a release, board chairperson Walter Crutcher praised Burnside’s leadership, and said the museum would begin a national search for a new executive director immediately.

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Arts and Humanities
10:58 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Broadway in Louisville Will Hold Lottery for Cheap 'The Book of Mormon' Tickets

Credit Broadway Across America

The wildly-popular Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," which won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is coming to Louisville next week for a two-week engagement. Broadway in Louisville just announced that they'll hold a pre-show lottery for $25 tickets before each performance of the hit musical, which runs in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall May 27-June 8. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Thompson Street Opera Company Dreams Big, Thinks Small

Claire DiVizio launched Thompson Street Opera Company last year to lift up works by living opera composers - no old warhorse productions here. That approach was novel last year, but with the Kentucky Opera's announcement that the next five seasons of the flagship company's programming would also be devoted to new and rare work, Thompson Street's new defining characteristic is its size.

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Arts and Humanities
1:57 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Listen: Louisville's IamIs Back With Existential Indie Pop Single

Shawna Dellcave and Jason Cox of IamIs in the video for "Lead Hands," their new single.
Credit IamIs

Louisville "existential pop-rock" veterans IamIs (Shawna Dellacave and Jason Cox) released a new single yesterday. "Lead Hands" brings more of the haunting baroque pop we expect from the Louisville-based duo, and with bonus visuals: a new video, too. 

With Dellcave's lush vocals and a light psychadelic touch, "Lead Hands" could be the soundtrack to the hot and rainy summer the Old Farmer's Almanac's predicting. Languid nights in the low-90s with 85 percent humidity call for a few slow flights of fancy. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Organizers Expect Record Number of Beatles Fans for Abbey Road on the River This Weekend

The Beatles land at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, 1964.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

It's the fiftieth anniversary of the British Invasion, and the organizers of the world's largest Beatles music tribute festival are expecting 25,000 Fab Four fans to hit downtown Louisville this weekend for Abbey Road on the River. The festival headliners? Oddly enough, the quintessentially Californian Beach Boys, who've been at the top of producer Gary Jacob's wish list for years. The reason is simple - everyone can sing along to Beach Boys songs.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

New Documentary on Artist Kehinde Wiley Coming to Louisville at 21c

"Mrs. Waldorf Astor," Kehinde Wiley, 2012
Credit Kehinde Wiley

Louisville native Jeff Dupre found his latest subject through his last - while filming the documentary "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," Abramovic's gallerist Sean Kelly introduced the filmmaker to another of his clients, painter Kehinde Wiley

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