Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
10:54 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Portrait of the Feminist as a Nude: Looking for Lilith's Comedy 'Body Awareness' Satisfies

Teresa Willis as Phyllis and Trina Fischer as Joyce in Annie Baker's "Body Awareness," produced by Looking for Lilith Theatre Company.
Credit Looking for Lilith Theatre Company

If there’s any setting that's easy to gently satirize, it’s the progressive college campus in the throes of an earnest social campaign. Louisville’s feminist theatre company Looking for Lilith takes up the challenge with Annie Baker’s “Body Awareness,” an awkward and satisfying comedy about the personal intersections of power and empathy whose social commentary never overwhelms its warm and engaging human story.

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Arts and Humanities
3:13 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

'The Exit Interview' Offers Brechtian Masterclass, With Laughs

Scot Atkinson (Richard "Dick" Fig) and Ebony Jordan (Eunice) hide from a campus shooter in William Missouri Downs' dark comedy "The Exit Interview."
Credit The Bard's Town

A professor falls victim to university budget cuts and must submit to the ritual humiliations of the exit interview when a campus shooting rampage makes him re-evaluate his feelings about relationships and religion in William Missouri Downs' philosophical comedy "The Exit Interview," which made its Louisville premiere at The Bard's Town last night. "The Exit Interview" runs through May 18 in the theater upstairs from the restaurant.  

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Arts and Humanities
1:12 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Louisville Native Dudley Saunders 'Resurrects' Local Dead with Crowdsourced Performance Art

Dudley Saunders performs "In These Boxes."
Credit Dean Carpentier

Someone you know died - a friend, a family member, a partner - and some thing that once belonged to the deceased is now in your possession. What happens to those keepsakes? Do they stay tucked away on a far shelf? Such objects - and the stories and people behind them - could have new life in avant-folk singer/songwriter Dudley Saunders' on-going "In These Boxes" memorial project, which comes to Louisville's Dreamland this month. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:34 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Kentucky Arts Council Study Will Assess Economic Impact of State's Creative Industries

Artwork selected for the Kentucky Arts Council's Governor's Derby Exhibit. Clockwise, from left: "Kentucky Capitol," Catherine Bryant; "The Blue Chair," Sharon Asher; "Hope Renewed," Carolyn Gibson; "Derby Blue," Timothy Gold
Credit Catherine Bryant, Sharon Asher, Carolyn Gibson, Timothy Gold / Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council’s creative industries study is underway. The state agency commissioned  Massachusetts firm Mt. Auburn Associates to conduct the study, which will cover economic impact data concerning the arts in Kentucky as well as case studies of successful creative industry and community initiatives and projects. A report is expected to be released in early October.

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Arts and Humanities
3:05 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Louisville Outskirts Festival Stages Benefit Show for Women's Music

Marissa Nadler performs at Dreamland on Saturday for a benefit for the Louisville Outskirts Festival.
Credit Marissa Nadler

Before the inaugural Louisville Outskirts Festival can open in October, the organizers need to raise some money. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:58 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Feminist Theatre Company Opens Annie Baker's 'Body Awareness' at U of L

The cast of Annie Baker's "Body Awareness," produced by Looking for Lilith.
Credit Looking for Lilith Theatre Company

It’s Body Awareness Week at the fictional Vermont college at the center of Annie Baker’s play "Body Awareness," and a professor’s nontraditional household is thrown into upheaval by a visiting photographer’s female nude portraits. Looking for Lilith Theatre Company opens "Body Awareness," a comedy about sexuality, identity and political correctness, at the University of Louisville's Thrust Theatre this week. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:07 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

New 21c Exhibit Explores Spaces Where Water Meets Land

These handmade masks were worn by the opera singers at Zhujiajiao during "The Rematch."
Credit 21c Museum Hotel

Despite the name and the season, Duke Riley’s exhibit at 21c Museum Hotel, “See You at the Finish Line,” isn’t about horse racing. The show, which opened this week, includes documentation of and artifacts from two maritime art projects created and executed by the New York-based artist.

Riley says much of his work deals with issues facing waterfront communities and port cities, in the places where water meets land.

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Arts and Humanities
4:24 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fund for the Arts Names Christen Boone President and CEO

Christen Boone
Credit Submitted photo

The Fund for the Arts has named Christen Boone to be its next president and CEO. Boone will join the Fund on July 7 for a transition period until current president Barbara Sexton Smith retires at the end of August. A 2014 transition was planned when Sexton Smith took the reins of the Fund for the Arts three years ago, following the retirement of longtime leader Allan Cowen.

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Arts and Humanities
1:58 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Unbound Author Jacinda Townsend in Louisville to Read from Debut Novel

Unbound authors have been busy. The latest Season One alumnus to launch a book is Kentucky native Jacinda Townsend, who read an excerpt from "Saint Monkey," her debut novel, on the show last year. "Saint Monkey," which follows the friendship between two African American girls growing up in Eastern Kentucky after the Korean War to their futures in Harlem and at home, was published by W.W.

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Arts and Humanities
12:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

MacArthur 'Genius' Cartoonist Ben Katchor Coming to KMAC

Hotwaters, 2008 [from Metropolis magazine]
Credit Ben Katchor / Metropolis Magazine

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft continues its exploration of the relationship between the printing press and the artist (PRESS: Artist & Machine, through June 1) with a lecture and workshop by MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award-winning cartoonist and graphic novelist Ben Katchor on Sunday, April 27.

Tune in to Byline on Friday at 1 p.m. to hear WFPL's Erin Keane speak with Katchor about comics, print, and the contemporary American city.

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