Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
2:36 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Review: Pandora's Pop Opera 'Bare' a Real Heartbreaker

The cast of Pandora Productions' BARE, starring Robbie Lewis (center).
Michael Petrig

Sexually active teens getting high under the not-so-watchful eye of a Catholic boarding school sounds like a salacious premise, but Pandora Productions’ pop opera “Bare” is a sweet heartbreaker about emotionally neglected teens who just want someone to love, darn it.

The kids at St. Cecilia’s aren’t terribly interested in the church’s authority, but they are desperately seeking a close relationship with God. Mostly, they want to be seen and heard for who they truly are, and all of their decisions are guided by that desire.

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Arts and Humanities
2:30 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Bill Cosby Knows What's Funny

Bill Cosby has spent half a century learning how to write the perfect joke, first with iconic stand-up albums like “Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow” and later while breaking racial barriers on prime time in “The Cosby Show.” The secret, he says, is in making a connection with his audience.

He’s also the author of twelve books. His latest, “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was)” is a collection of essays and humorous observations on the human condition, was published last year.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Walden Theatre Students Get Bloody in ‘Titus Andronicus’

Allison Spanyer as Lavinia in 'Titus Andronicus'
Courtesy of Walden Theatre

Students at Walden Theatre’s conservatory for young actors don’t just graduate with an audition monologue and a headshot. They complete extensive Shakespearean training, culminating in the annual Young American Shakespeare Festival.

The Bard gets a few exotic makeovers this year’s festival (May 10-20), including a circus-themed production of the romantic comedy “Cymbeline” and a retro, sci-fi version of “Titus Andronicus.”

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Arts and Humanities
4:43 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Speed Museum Hosts Horse Sculptor Talk

Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculpture “Burnt Pine” stands seven feet tall, and its spare frame brings to mind reconstructed dinosaur skeletons. “Danuta” is a reclining bronze giant in outline, a tangle of rough bronze.

The two sculptures have joined the Speed Art Museum’s collection and are now on display in “Inside | Out,” a preview of how the museum’s collection will interact with nature when the Speed reopens in 20125 after a $50 million expansion and renovation.

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Arts and Humanities
2:55 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Local Playwright Breaks Into Comedy with 'Snowflake Theory'

The Bard’s Town Theatre opens its new season Thursday with the world premiere of local playwright Nancy Gall-Clayton’s family comedy “The Snowflake Theory.” The play runs through May 20.

“The Snowflake Theory” is a new play about the Kleins, a Midwestern Jewish family. Marge is a widow who decides to start living for herself. But when her single daughter opts for artificial insemination and her only son wants to marry a wacky shiksa, she can’t help but get involved.

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Arts and Humanities
5:27 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Actors Theatre Names Former Intern Associate Artistic Director

Actors Theatre of Louisville

California-based director Meredith McDonough returns to the Actors Theatre of Louisville artistic staff this fall, where she began her career as a directing intern 14 years ago.

The new Actors Theatre of Louisville associate artistic director went on to serve two seasons as associate director of the apprentince/intern company before leaving in 2001 for the west coast. Since then, she’s worked all over the country, most recently as a director and developer of new plays at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.

McDonough says she’s thrilled to come back to Louisville.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Rock Opera 'Bare' Explores Teen Sexuality, Religion

Pandora Productions explores the secret lives of Catholic high schoolers this week in the rock opera “Bare,” a dramatic musical about gay and straight boarding school students struggling with their sexuality.

Written by Jon Hartmere, Jr. (book and lyrics) and Damon Intrabartolo (book and music), “Bare” opens Thursday in the Bingham Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Critics have compared “Bare” to “Spring Awakening” and “Rent.” Though it has moments of hip levity, it’s an intense drama with a tragic ending.

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Arts and Humanities
2:44 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Names New Associate Curator

Louisville gallery director Joey Yates is joining the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft artistic staff. As associate curator, Yates will help manage exhibitions, organize public events and contribute to educational outreach.

The associate curatorial role will be significant. Executive director Aldy Milliken says going forward, the museum’s exhibitions will inform everything from programming events to what’s in stock at the museum store.

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Arts and Humanities
2:40 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

May: Five Can’t-Miss First Friday Art Events

Exit Velocity Faster than the Speed of Light (2011) by Awkward x 2

It’s fine to hit the downtown First Friday Trolley Hop without a plan. Park, wander in and out of galleries, grab a drink or dinner with friends and hop a TARC trolley from one end of downtown to the next and back—you’re sure to find something to catch your eye or ears.

But with so many events and gallery receptions happening at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so every month we’ll take a look at five don’t-miss art events happening during the hop.

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Arts and Humanities
11:38 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Bourbon Baroque Pays Tribute to the Races at Free Friday Concert

John Austin Clark and Nicolas Fortin, co-artistic directors of Bourbon Baroque

If you hear the church bells ringing at St. John’s on East Market Street during Friday night’s Trolley Hop, consider it your call to post. The bells will ring about a minute before each short concert by Louisville’s Bourbon Baroque ensemble. There will be two 30-minute performances, at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Bourbon Baroque stages their monthly free cantata series concerts during each Trolley Hop. They’re casual, social and free—not your typical classical music setting.

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