Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
4:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

First Friday Five: June

John King

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 take a look at five don’t-miss art events happening during the hop.

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Arts and Humanities
3:40 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Theatre [502]'s 'Futura' Is Now

Betsy Huggins and Laurene Scalf in Theatre [502]'s production of "Futura" by Jordan Harrison.
Bill Brymer

When director Amy Attaway started working on Jordan Harrison’s typographical dystopian play “Futura,” she had just bought her first iPad. One of the first news stories she read on her tablet was about Encyclopedia Britannica discontinuing its print edition.  The sinister future Harrison devised, where handwriting, printing, paper and books are outlawed and all written materials are part of “The Big Collection” in the cloud, suddenly felt very close.

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Arts and Humanities
3:53 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Novelist Creates Own Drinking Game at Readings

courtesy of Patrick Wensink

Louisville author Patrick Wensink has discovered one simple strategy to help people pay attention during book tour readings. He’s made a drinking game out of his.

“I’ve always felt like the worst part of a book reading is the book reading,” says Wensink. “I’m as guilty as anybody. I’ve sort of zoned out in the past and haven’t paid attention to every word.”

Wensink hands out a list of six words before he reads an excerpt from his new novel. Every time he reads one of the key words, everyone (author included) takes a sip.

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Arts and Humanities
5:39 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Surreal Play Introduces Kids to Magritte

Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte was known for his playful use of mystery–men in overcoats and bowler hats floating, an apple or a boulder suspended in mid-air. Sometimes silly, always evocative, he captured the imagination of art lovers of all ages.

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Arts and Humanities
2:41 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Win VIP tickets to the International Mystery Writers' Festival

WFPL is proud to sponsor the International Mystery Writers' Festival in Owensboro June 14-17. The festival will feature performances of 3 new mystery plays, daily book signings and author workshops including an evening with Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition.

Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Looking for Lilith Celebrates 10 Years with Motherhood Play

Louisville’s Looking for Lilith Theatre Company celebrates a decade of productions with a staged reading of a new play, “Becoming Mothers,” and a revue of old favorites titled “10 Years, 7 Stories.” The shows open Thursday and run in repertory at The Bard’s Town through June 10.

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Strange and Beautiful Ghosts: Tania James’ ‘Aerogrammes’

 

Two Indian wrestling champions become business and political pawns in “Lion and Panther in London.” A young man looks for hints about his father’s death in handwriting samples in “The Scriptological Review: A Last Letter from the Editor.” A woman applies to be matched with a dead man in “Girl Marries Ghost.”

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

21C, Flyover Film Festival to Screen Documentary on Performance Artist Abramovic

When filmmaker Jeff Dupre met legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic at a dinner party a year before her groundbreaking career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, he had a vague idea of who she was (the artist who once walked the Great Wall of China) and a healthy dose of skepticism about performance art. By the end of the night, Dupre says he was smitten with the legendary artist known for pushing the boundaries of her body as the subject, object and medium of her work.

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Arts and Humanities
4:44 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Arts Funding Cut $50,000 in Mayor’s Budget

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed budget includes a reduction in overall funding for arts and cultural organizations. The city budget allocates half a million dollars to 32 arts, cultural assets and parks agencies, down more than $50,000 from the last fiscal year.

The Louisville Ballet took an 80 percent cut in funding from the city. Last year, the organization received $29,000. The organization asked for the same amount this year. Fischer recommended the Ballet receive $5,800.

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Arts and Humanities
4:30 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Speed Museum Independence Exhibit Includes Rare Declaration Replica

Bicentennial Indian, 1975 by Fritz Scholder (American)
Courtesy of the Speed Art Museum

Visitors to the Speed Art Museum will get a bonus history lesson this summer. A rare limited edition 19th century copy of the original Declaration of Independence will go on display in an independence-themed exhibit Saturday.

By 1820, the original Declaration of Independence had already started to deteriorate. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams commissioned a copperplate engraving of the handwritten document from William J. Stone, who made about 200 copies on vellum.

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