Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
9:05 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Op-Ed: Classical Music Going Mainstream? Maybe One List at a Time

When it comes to lists, there’s music and there’s classical music. Even the most diverse album lists, which will often include hip-hop, alternative and folk together, will avoid classical. This has always bugged me, since our actual lives are rarely so well-categorized. The iPhone changed how we consume music. It’s been five years since we have been able to put any song or work we want, on a portable device that is capable of indiscriminately playing anything in any order. It’s the evolution of the mix tape.

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Arts and Humanities
7:05 am
Sun December 9, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Holiday Shows Key to Missions, Bottom Lines

The Louisville Ballet's "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker"
Louisville Ballet

For arts patrons who aren't fans of Christmas shows, this isn't exactly the most wonderful time of the year. The so-called "sweet weeks" between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day are packed with Christmassy fare, with Tiny Tim duking it out with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the entire populations of Bedford Falls and Santaland competing with holiday films and parties for family entertainment dollars and time.

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Arts and Humanities
7:37 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Kentucky Trumpeters Make Hollywood Debut in 'Lincoln'

"A half day of shooting for ten seconds of scene." That's how a member of the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets described his experience on the set of Stephen Spielberg's Lincoln.

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Arts and Humanities
12:08 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

REVIEW | 'A Christmas Carol' Offers Consistent Message With Humor and Heart

Geoff Rice as Bob Cratchit and Brad DeLaney as Tiny Tim.
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville opened its 37th production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" last night. Actors Theatre's show is the second longest-running production in the country (the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis has them beat by a year), and while small changes happen from year to year, Actors doesn't mess with what works—solid acting paired with lovely music, a liberal dose of humor and the cozy familiarity of a timeless redemption story well-told. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:38 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Camille Paglia on Reclaiming The Arts

Camille Paglia is an intellectual firestarter. Her writing about art, sexuality and literature is sure to inspire eyebrow lifting and some highfalutin debate. 

Her most recent book's message, however, is pretty simple: we need to reeducate ourselves in the visual arts, and this is how. "Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars," does exactly what the title suggests. Although perhaps the most entertaining part of the book is her rollicking introduction, dicing up the state of contemporary art.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

The Big Break: A Gear Shift

This week on our audio diary series "The Big Break," Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach finishes her run of "A Christmas Story" with a fun souvenir—a recording of herself playing the teacher during a student matinee. Over at the Louisville Ballet, Claire Horrocks explains why the snowflake and the flower are the toughest roles she tackles in "The Nutcracker" and Brad Raymond spends his break from the Kentucky Opera learning music for the Kentucky Opera. (No rest for the talented.)

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

A Wide Umbrella: Weber Gallery's Exhibit Awarded NEA Access Grant

An exhibit at the Weber Gallery.
Council on Developmental Disabilities

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Louisville’s Council on Developmental Disabilities a Challenge America Fast-Track grant to help fund a group art exhibit, The Striped Show, in the spring.  The $10,000 grants, which receive an expedited application review, are intended to increase access to the arts for underserved communities. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:34 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Pandora Fills Niche with Irreverent, Gay-Themed Holiday Shows

Jason Cooper as Louise (left) and Alex Craig as Velma.
Pandora Productions

Many of the arts season’s holiday shows are tried-and-true classics, but one Louisville theater company prefers a less reverent approach. Pandora Productions' plays and musicals typically examine some facet of LGBT life, and holiday programming is no exception. But when artistic director Michael Drury went looking for gay-themed Christmas fare to produce, he came away disappointed.

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Arts and Humanities
11:57 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Chanukah Chappens: Kicking Off Eight Nights of Light

Kazimierz222 Wikimedia Commons

Christmas shows might be the 800-pound gorillas stomping on the December arts scene, but this year Congregation Adath Jeshurun is getting in on the action with "Chanukah Chappens," a multi-genre Chanukah show at The Bard's Town. The evening's two performances (7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) will feature storytelling, music, comedy, poetry and, of course, the lighting of the first candle on the menorah. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:19 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

A Cultural Marker: The Nutcracker Returns with Live Music

The Louisville Ballet's Brown-Forman "The Nutcracker"
Louisville Ballet Kentucky Center

“The Nutcracker,” a fantasy-fueled story of a young girl who dreams her toy prince to life and follows him through magical lands, debuted as a ballet in St. Petersburg in the late 19th century with choreography by the ballet master Petipa and music by Tchaikovsky. But it didn’t become an American holiday tradition until after World War II, when George Balanchine staged his version for the New York City Ballet and the ballet caught fire as a Christmastime production.

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