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Arts and Humanities
3:30 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Louisville Writers Pull Back the Curtain on Robin Hood Play

Abigail Bailey Maupin and Greg Maupin
Stage One

As two of the six co-artistic directors of Louisville’s Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, Abigail Bailey Maupin and Greg Maupin have built dozens of original shows from scratch. But when Stage One Family Theatre commissioned them to write a new play about Robin Hood, they faced new challenges.

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Arts and Humanities
7:08 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Jewish Film Festival Showcases International Perspectives

From "Bethlehem," entry in the 2014 Jewish Film Festival.
Credit "Bethlehem"

The annual Jewish Film Festival opens in Louisville this week.Programmed by Jewish Community of Louisville and screened at various locations, including Village 8 Cinema, the annual Jewish Film Festival is has become a predominantly  foreign-language film festival, too.

This year’s films hail from Israel, Poland, the Netherlands and France, with one documentary hailing from the United States.

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Arts and Humanities
3:34 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Louisville Bach Society Founder Melvin Dickinson, 77, Dies

Melvin Dickinson
Credit Calvary Episcopal Church

Melvin Dickinson, who founded the Louisville Bach Society with his wife Margaret, died of a heart attack Friday morning in his Louisville home.

He was 77. 

Founded in 1964, the Louisville Bach Society performed choral masterpieces from all musical periods, but specialized in a repertoire of J.S. Bach's masses, passions, oratorios and cantatas. The organization closed in 2011, following the Dickinsons' retirements. 

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1:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Sound on Film Podcast: 'Her,' 'The Act of Killing'

Credit Warner Bros. Entertainment

On this episode, our review of Academy Award Best Picture nominee "Her" from “Where the Wild Things Are” director Spike Jonze, as well as the startling documentary "The Act of Killing," itself a nominee in the Best Doc category.

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Arts and Humanities
11:05 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Louisville Ballet Names Cara Hicks General Manager

Credit David Toczko / Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet announced yesterday that current Director of Marketing Cara Hicks will be the company's new general manager. Hicks joined the Ballet in 2011, and has worked for several major Louisville arts nonprofits, including Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Kentucky Opera. She will move into her new role on March 3.

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Arts and Humanities
2:13 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

REVIEW | Underwhelming 'American Idiot' Tour on Two-Night Stay at Kentucky Center

The touring cast of "American Idiot."
Credit The Kentucky Center

Some rock and roll musicals work. “Jersey Boys” doesn’t just coast on Boomer nostalgia – it has a great story and the production and performances are consistently first-rate. “Once,” currently on Broadway, is even better than the film from which it’s adapted, and does more than fine justice to The Swell Season’s haunting, lovelorn songs. Even “Rock of Ages,” that ridiculous swirl of hair metal cotton candy, delivers all of the camp and strut of the Eighties with a giant wink. And let’s not forget about “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” as if we ever could.

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Arts and Humanities
2:06 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Jason Alexander, Matthew Morrison Headline Upcoming Louisville Orchestra Pops Shows

Jason Alexander

Most people know Jason Alexander best as Jerry Seinfeld’s sidekick George Costanza on the award-winning NBC sitcom "Seinfeld." But Alexander got his start on stage, and even won a Tony Award for his role in "Jerome Robbins’ Broadway."

After "Seinfeld," he went back to musicals and Broadway tunes. He opens the Boston Pops’ upcoming summer season with the program of song, dance and (of course) comedy that he’ll bring to the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall on September 27. That concert will open the Louisville Orchestra's 2014-15 Pops season, a slate of six shows that feature several heavy-hitting alumni of the Great White Way. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:45 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Louisville's Alley Theater Programs Off-Beat Shows in Short Bursts

The new Alley Theater on Museum Row.
Credit Alley Theater

Louisville’s The Alley Theater delayed its 2014 season to begin renovations and construction inside its new storefront theater space on Main Street’s Museum Row, which are currently underway. The Alley will open its new season in March, but don't ask them what's playing Labor Day weekend. Starting this year, aside from holiday shows, the company will announce its programming in three-month chunks.

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Arts and Humanities
7:15 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Nulu's Dreamland Experiments Beyond Film


The Dreamland Film Center in Nulu is getting a mission make-over. The Louisville Film Society renovated the former Wayside Christian Church chapel behind Decca on East Market Street in 2012 as a micro-cinema, but recently decided to relocate to a larger space in the Portland neighborhood to accommodate new projects and an expanded mission.  

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Arts and Humanities
3:14 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

REVIEW | Actors Theatre's 'Our Town' Reinvigorates a Classic

Bruce McKenzie as Stage Manager, with the cast of "Our Town" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Credit Bill Brymer

It’s not easy producing a classic play. You carry the weight of the aggregate of all previous productions with you into the theatre, where you then ask the audience to set aside their individual ideas about how this play should look, sound and feel on stage based on what they’ve seen before and accept your vision with an open mind and heart. If the production is faithful to tradition, you’re rewarded by those seeking comfort in the familiar, but the other side of the coin can be brutal – dismissed by those prizing innovation over all. And the opposite is also true – a daring production can break all of the rules and garner critical acclaim while alienating a large swath of ticket buyers.

All of this is to say that Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” was not necessarily a “safety” pick for Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 50th anniversary season. There is as much danger in producing such a well-known and frequently produced (especially on school and community stages) play as there is in putting up an untested world premiere in the Humana Festival.

But director (and artistic director) Les Waters, who came to “Our Town” with an Englishman’s fresh eyes, has pulled it off. His “Our Town” is a sensitive, beautiful and unsentimental production that honors Wilder’s groundbreaking script while offering innovative gestures that are wholly his own.

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