Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
2:27 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Flyover Film Festival Lineup Announced

Thirty-six films will make their Kentucky premieres in the Louisville Film Society’s fourth annualFlyover Film Festival June 7-10. The films range from a concert feature on Louisville rockers My Morning Jacket to a dark comedy by provocative Comedy Central stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.

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Arts and Humanities
4:16 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Shatner Donates Samurai Statue to Frazier Museum

Elizabeth and William Shatner unveil The Way of Horse and Bow, a bronze samurai statue, at the Frazier History Museum.
Erin Keane

Actor William Shatner has donated a bronze statue of a samurai to the Frazier History Museum’s permanent collection. Douwe Blumberg’s “Way of Horse and Bow” depicts a Japanese warrior riding on horseback into battle.

Shatner and his wife own several pieces by Blumberg, a former horse trainer who lives outside of Lexington. The Shatners commissioned Blumberg to create the sculpture and bought a second casting of the limited edition work for the Frazier’s permanent collection.

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Arts and Humanities
5:02 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Elvis Expert Nash Says 'King Creole' Showed Promise

Elvis Presley’s musical career is the stuff American legends are made of, but experts say the king of rock and roll always dreamed of winning an Academy Award for acting. He was never nominated, but according to critics, his early film work showed a promising young talent.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Review: ‘The Snowflake Theory’ Dares to Be Traditional

As exciting as a world premiere of a new play is, it’s even more exciting to see the first full staging of a piece written by a local. It’s one way of checking our pulse as a community — what are we writing about and how? Sometimes it feels like Louisville writes mostly zombie comedies and pop culture parodies, but in a truly subversive move, local playwright Nancy Gall-Clayton dares to experiment with staging a traditional family comedy.

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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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