Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
4:08 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Courier-Journal Music Writer Wins Governor's Award

Erin Keane WFPL News

The Kentucky Arts Council has announced the recipients of this year’s Governor’s Awards in the Arts. Long-time Courier-Journal music writer Jeffrey Lee Puckett is among the honorees.

The Governor’s Awards are the commonwealth’s highest honor in the arts. The annual awards recognize individuals and businesses who have made a significant impact on the Kentucky arts landscape. They’re awarded in nine categories, including media. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:03 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Kentucky Poet Laureate Nominations Open

The Kentucky Arts Council will accept nominations for the state's poet laureate position for the 2013-15 term. The position is not limited to the Commonwealth's poets—accomplished fiction writers, playwrights and nonfiction and  living in Kentucky with strong ties to the state also qualify.  

Nomination forms and program guidelines are available on the Kentucky Arts Council website. The deadline for nominations is September 30.

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Princess Diana Exhibit Coming to Frazier

A tiara from the exhibit.

Diana, Princess of Wales was a member of England’s royal family, a style icon and a beloved advocate for international children’s charities. Her life and work is celebrated in a 7,500-square-foot exhibit that will travel from Althorp Estate in England, where the princess grew up, to the Frazier History Museum in September. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:49 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

'Nicest Cease and Desist Letter' Boosts Novelist's Sales

Cover for Broken Piano for President

The Brown-Forman Corporation, which owns Jack Daniel's whiskey, among many other liquor brands, is claiming local author Patrick Wensink has violated the company's trademark.

This could have been a classic David vs. Goliath story, in which corporate lawyers threaten to squash a struggling novelist. But in this case, it seems Goliath would rather take David out for a friendly drink.

Wensink got the letter from Brown-Forman's attorneys on July 12.

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Arts and Humanities
5:00 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Kentucky Music Weekend Celebrates Heritage

The 37th annual Kentucky Music Weekend cues up Friday at Iroquois Park. Through Sunday, the festival will host traditional music acts ranging from jug bands to the state-wide dulcimer competition.

The weekend kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday with a concert featuring John Gage. There is a suggested $10 donation for evening mainstage concerts, but daytime events are free. A full festival schedule is available online.

Not all musicians performing are Kentuckians, but the festival’s emphasis is on acoustic traditional sounds.

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Arts and Humanities
5:38 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

From the Driveway to the Big Screen: Archie Borders Takes Public Radio Story As Inspiration for Film

It all started with a "driveway moment," during an episode of This American Life on the theme of classified ads. In the introduction to Act 3, Ira Glass noted how often we see classified ads offering things, right next to classified ads of people looking for those very same things—a phenomenon he said was especially common in the musician section.

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Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Low Fidelity: Artist Makes Tape at Forecastle

Nave recording booth at Forecastle Festival.
Erin Keane WFPL News

Visitors to the Forecastle Festival in Louisville last weekend may have noticed a unique installation—a recording booth for making impromptu tapes. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:43 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Allan Cowen Signs New Contract with U of L

The University of Louisville has signed a new one-year contract with former Fund for the Arts CEO Allan Cowen. Cowen is exploring partnerships between the university and the arts community. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:14 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

One-Woman Show Plays at Austen Festival

Megan Burnett as the legendary English actress in "Shame the Devil: an Audience with Fanny Kemble."
Kathi E.B. Ellis HerStory Productions

This weekend's Jane Austen Festival in Louisville will feature a one-woman play about  Fanny Kemble, a legendary English actress and author who wrote in the style of Jane Austen.

“Shame the Devil: an Audience with Fanny Kemble,  written by Anne Ludlum, is based on Kemble’s own journals.  Kemble never met Jane Austen—she was only six when the novelist died. But Austenites celebrating the Regency Era this weekend will hear a deep kinship between the two women.

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Arts and Humanities
4:01 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

LVAA Prepares to Move to Downtown

After more than three decades in the historic Water Tower on River Road, the Louisville Visual Art Association will move downtown later this year. In October, the LVAA will move into interim headquarters at 609 West Main Street while they search for a new permanent home. Scheduled children’s art classes will remain at the Water Tower through the fall semester.

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