Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
4:15 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Beckett Meets Bukowski in Theatre [502] Season Closer

Zach Burrell and Brandon Cox in "The Aliens."
Theatre [502]

Theatre [502] closes its second season with Annie Baker’s “The Aliens,” an Obie Award-winning play about three misfits who bond behind a Vermont coffee shop.

“The Aliens” opens Friday in the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville and runs through Oct. 13.

Theatre [502] co-artistic director Mike Brooks says when he read “The Aliens" two years ago, it jumped to the top of the company’s “must-produce” pile. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The Big Break: Rehearsals and Auditions

  • Listen to rehearsal process for "Lady of the Camellias" and "The Prodigal Son" from Claire Horrocks (Louisville Ballet) and Brad Raymond (Kentucky Opera) and hear about holiday auditions from Samantha Beach (Actors Theatre).

This week on our new audio diary series “The Big Break,” Louisville Ballet trainee takes us inside rehearsals for "Lady of the Camellias" with choreographer Val Caniparoli. Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach contemplates holiday audition season and Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond, fresh off his turn as evil henchman Spoletta "Tosca," prepares for another devilish role in "The Prodigal Son."

Arts and Humanities
4:12 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Parable Play Opens Opera Contemporary Series

Portrait of Benjamin Britten from ''Portraits of Greatness'' by Yousuf Karsh.
Yousuf Karsh Wikimedia Commons

The Kentucky Opera opens a company premiere this week. Benjamin Britten’s “The Prodigal Son,” which premiered in 1968, is part of Kentucky Opera's Chamber Series of Contemporary Opera staged in alternative venues around Louisville.

Performances are Thursday and Friday evening at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopalian Church in Prospect. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:59 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

World Premiere Musical Opens Stage One Season

Wiley (Tyler Johnson-Campion) on set.
Stage One

Stage One Family Theatre opens its season at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts with "Wiley and the Hairy Man," a world premiere musical for young audiences.   

“Wiley and the Hairy Man” isn’t a new play. Suzan Zeder wrote it 40 years ago, adapting a Depression Era tale from the Works Progress Administration’s Folklore Project. It’s the story of a young boy who lives in a swamp with his mother, a magic-wielding "conjure woman," and his loyal dog, headed for a showdown with a big, hairy trickster. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:30 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Doomed Love Affair Opens Ballet Season

Natalia Ashikhmina in "Lady of the Camellias."
David Toczko Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet opens its 2012-13 season this week with Val Caniparoli’s “Lady of the Camellias.” The ballet, with music by Frédéric Chopin, runs for three performances on Friday and Saturday in the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts’ Whitney Hall.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Female Cast Brings Shakespeare Into New Light

Hero (Jenna Purdy) and Ursula (Lauren Argo) and plot to persuade Beatrice (Shannon Woolley Allison) that Benedick is in love with her.
Looking for Lilith

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company opens an all-female production of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” this week, setting the merry war-between-the-sexes romantic comedy in the days following the end of World War I.

The production opens Thursday and runs through October 13 in the new downstairs mainstage space at the Alley Theater in Butchertown’s The Pointe (1205 E. Washington St.).

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Arts and Humanities
2:48 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Orchestra Documentary Wins Major Award

The Louisville Orchestra
Music Makes a City

Director Owsley Brown III will accept a Gramaphone Award for best classical music film for "Music Makes a City," a documentary about the Louisville Orchestra, at a ceremony in London today. Brown will accept the award on behalf of the Louisville-based production team, which includes co-director Jerome Hiler and producer Robin Burke. 

“Music Makes a City” documents the Louisville Orchestra’s rise in 1948 from a struggling semi-professional ensemble to a full professional orchestra with an internationally-renowned new work commissioning program.

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Arts and Humanities
2:29 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Governor's School for the Arts Reinstates New Media Program

The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, which provides free studio arts education to Kentucky high school students, will reinstate its new media program for the next fiscal year. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

The Big Break: Inside Tech Week

  • We go inside tech week for "Dracula" with Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach and "Tosca" with Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond.

This week on our new audio diary series “The Big Break,” Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach and Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond take us inside tech week, the full rehearsals leading up to opening night.

Samantha captures the sounds of "Dracula" from underneath the Bingham Theatre stage and tells us what "rat down!" means, while Brad explains how a bad voice day can throw off an entire "Tosca" tech rehearsal.

Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Axton Reading Series Opens with Poet Laureate

Kentucky poet laureate Maureen Morehead, author of "Late August Blues: the Daylily Poems"
Barry Westerman Kentucky Arts Council

Kentucky’s poet laureate will read from her new book in the Axton Reading Series at the University of Louisville tomorrow.

Morehead will read from her new collection of poems, “Late August Blues: the Daylily Poems,” in U of L’s Ekstrom Library, in the Chao Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Morehead is also the author of "In a Yellow Room," "Our Brothers’ War," "A Sense of Time Left" and "The Melancholy Teacher." She teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Spalding University.

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