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Arts and Humanities
4:11 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Justin Torres to Read from Acclaimed Debut Novel

Gregory Crowley

Updated: Tonight's reading at 21C has been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy-related flight cancelations. Sarabande Books is working on rescheduling the event for 2013.

Justin Torres' surprising and haunting debut novel "We the Animals" introduces us to three near-feral brothers and their young parents, a white mother and Puerto Rican father from Brooklyn who marry when the mother is only 14 and pregnant with the oldest boy. They move to a small town in upstate New York, where they are outsiders even among the other poor families, and struggle against the limitations of their poverty, lack of education and youth.

“They’re these city kids, this mixed-race couple, in this tiny little town,” says Torres. “There aren’t many supporting characters in this book. There are the boys, and there’s Ma and Paps, and it’s very essential in that way. I wanted it to be, to emphasize the claustrophobia of the family, how much they rely on each other and how much they can’t escape each other.”

(Read an excerpt of "We the Animals.")

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Arts and Humanities
4:03 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Excerpt: 'We the Animals' by Justin Torres

"We the Animals," by Justin Torres

Excerpt from Justin Torres' new novel, We the Animals.

"Never-Never Time"

We all three sat at the kitchen table in our raincoats, and Joel smashed tomatoes with a small rubber mallet. We had seen it on TV: a man with an untamed mustache and a mallet slaughtering vegetables, and people in clear plastic ponchos soaking up the mess, having the time of their lives. We aimed to smile like that. We felt the pop and smack of tomato guts exploding; the guts dripped down the walls and landed on our cheeks and foreheads and congealed in our hair. When we ran out of to­matoes, we went into the bathroom and pulled out tubes of our mother’s lotions from under the sink. We took off our raincoats and positioned ourselves so that when the mallet slammed down and forced out the white cream, it would get everywhere, the creases of our shut-tight eyes and the folds of our ears.

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Arts and Humanities
8:30 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The Big Break: A Break in Routine

  • Samantha works in the literary department, Claire kicks back in the dancers' lounge and Brad's family comes to town.

This week on our new audio diary series, "The Big Break," Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach pulls a shift in the literary department and sees herself in the incoming ten-minute play scripts. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks takes us inside the dancer's lounge, while Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond balances family time with the rigors of the stage. 

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

Arts and Humanities
1:59 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Louisville Repertory Opens David Mamet's Election-Year Farce "November"

Sean Childress as President Smith in "November."
Louisville Repertory Company

With the country closing in on Election Day, Louisville Repertory Company opens Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s presidential election-year farce “November” this week.  

“November” opens Friday and runs through Nov. 2  in the Kentucky Center’s MeX Theatre.

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Arts and Humanities
4:04 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Great 'I Want' Moments in Musicals

Emily Behny as Belle.
NETWorks

The Broadway touring production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" opens tonight in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall.

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Arts and Humanities
3:07 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

A Few Honest Words: New Book Explores Pop Music in Kentucky

  • An interview with author Jason Howard about his new book, "A Few Honest Words."

WFPL's Erin Keane speaks with Kentucky author Jason Howard about his new book, “A Few Honest Words: the Kentucky Roots of Popular Music."

In the book's introduction, Howard quotes songwriter Harlan Howard when he writes, “if there is a creed that defines roots music, it is that it consists of ‘three chords and a truth.’”

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Arts and Humanities
11:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Group Seeks Funding to Turn Armored Car Vault into Theater

Louisville actors, directors and designers aren't hurting for play projects, but they are hurting for space.  

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Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Quoth the Frazier: An Even Edgier Poe Takes the Stage at History Museum

Interpreters Tony Dingman, Kelly Moore and Eric Frantz during last year's "An Evening with Poe."
The Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum’s historical interpreters are bringing the haunting stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe to life. This is the third year the Frazier has staged “An Evening with Poe,” and the program changes every fall. The show opens Wednesday evening. 

This year’s bill, which the Frazier has tagged "An Even Edgier Poe," includes haunted perennial favorites “The Raven” and “The Bells” as well as the grisly short stories “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Masque of the Red Death.”

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Arts and Humanities
4:11 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Mentoring Minority Dancers, and 'That Scottish Play'

On today’s Byline arts segment, WFPL’s Erin Keane discussed the importance of community partnership and visible mentors for minority dancers in a conversation about the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

She also gave a preview of Savage Rose Classical Theatre’s new Parkside Studio production of “Macbeth,” which has some unorthodox moments.
 

Arts and Humanities
4:12 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Dance Theatre of Harlem Company Reborn, Launches New Tour in Louisville

Company member Ashley Murphy
Rachel Neville Dance Theatre of Harlem

After an eight-year hiatus, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company is back on the road, and its first stop is Louisville.

Founded in New York City in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell, Dance Theatre of Harlem is a rigorous ballet training program with an internationally-acclaimed professional dance company committed to racial diversity in ballet. The organization struggled financially in the years after September 11, 2001, and suspended its company in 2004. 

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