Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
9:23 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Louisville Underground Music Archive a Scholarly Home For City's Punk Rock Past

A few vintage show flyers from Thommy Browne's files.
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

Who knew that those old concert flyers you’ve been holding onto since high school could be important? At the University of Louisville Ekstrom Library, the Archives and Special Collections librarians are cataloging and preserving mementos from the bygone indie rock scene into the Louisville Underground Music Archive, a scholarly repository of local music history.

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Arts and Humanities
2:51 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Free Books and Free Will: Shakespeare and World Book Night Celebrated at Carmichael's

Maria Semple's comedy "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" skewers the Seattle tech industry, contemporary architecture, West Coast boho affluence and the peculiar burdens of being a genius. It's a World Book Night pick for 2014.

William Shakespeare turns 450 years old on Wednesday, April 23. That's also World Book Night, a national program that sends volunteer book evangelists out into their communities with copies of bestsellers and classics to give away for free.  

In Louisville, Carmichael's Bookstore on Frankfort Avenue is a designated spot for local volunteers to pick up the books they will give away (more than 100 volunteers have signed up in Jefferson County).

“The purpose of World Book Night is to recruit reluctant readers, people who don’t traditionally read, and give them a free book and encourage them to do so," says Carmichael's bookseller John Beechem. "Hopefully, we’ll get some of them into our store someday.”

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Arts and Humanities
5:07 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Louisville's Spanish Theatre Proving that Art Is a Universal Language

"Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su Jardín" at El Delirio Producciones.

Louisville is home to an estimated 25-30,000 native Spanish speakers, and until recently, the city’s arts scene has been slow to embrace this growing population. The city now boasts two Spanish-speaking theatre companies, and both have shows opening soon. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:34 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

U of L Admits First Visual Art MFA Class

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The University of Louisville has admitted the  first class of students in its new Master of Fine Arts in visual art program.  The three MFA candidates - two from the region and one from New York - start in the fall. 

The University of Kentucky offers  the only other visual art MFA in the state, but U of L expects to distinguish their program with an interdisciplinary approach that pulls in the university's programs in hot glass, graphic design, interior architecture and curatorial studies.

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Arts and Humanities
9:14 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Innovation Award Winner Says Collaboration Is the Future for Louisville Arts

Alison Huff with Allan Cowen, former president of the Fund for the Arts.
Credit Fund for the Arts

Working in the nonprofit arts world isn't for the weak. Competition is stiff - for the limited amount of public and private funding, for audience members, season subscribers and individual donors. But Alison Huff says working together, not against one another, is what's going to allow Louisville's arts community to grow and thrive in the future. 

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6:58 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Sound on Film Podcast: Ninja Turtles, Wes Anderson and 'Noah'

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On this episode, reviews of the latest from iconic directors Darren Aronofsky and Wes Anderson—“Noah” and The Grand Budapest Hotel."

But first, it's news from around the filmosphere, with news about the Michael Bay reboot of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the newest big screen iteration of “The Jungle Book,” and Aaron McGruder’s exit from “The Boondocks.”

Robert Kahne welcomes new guest host Pam Newman, as I continue work abroad.

Hello brave listener and welcome to WFPL’s Sound on Film.

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Arts and Humanities
11:31 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Louisville LGBT Choir Celebrates 20 Years in Concert

VOICES of Kentuckiana formed in 1994 to give gays, lesbians and supportive others the opportunity to sing together in a non-competitive environment. It's part of an international movement - LGBT choirs have flourished in metropolitan areas since the late 1970s, when the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus paved the way for other chorale groups to help raise the visibility of LGBT and related social issues through musical performance. This weekend, the group celebrates its 20th anniversary with a reunion concert focused on the group's rich history and its legacy of advocacy.

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Following the 'Breadcrumb Trail' in Search of Louisville's Slint

Slint back in the day.
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Over the last 20 years, filmmaker Lance Bangs has worked on wide range of projects for music and entertainment folks—Spike Jonze, REM, The Rolling Stones, David Cross, Pavement, Michel Gondry, Marc Maron, The White Stripes.

That doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface.

But his most ambitious and intimate project to date, both for him and the city of Louisville, may be his latest documentary. It’s the culmination of 23 years worth of traveling, investigating, and filming; all of which began as a personal journey to discover a band that mesmerized him.

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Arts and Humanities
2:11 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Louisville Orchestra Closes Season With a Rousing Ode to Joy

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven (1803) by Christian Horneman.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Louisville Orchestra opened its final 2013-14 classics production in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall this morning with a double-header of Beethoven, Symphonies No. 1 and the dramatic No. 9. His first symphony, which premiered in Vienna in 1800, heralded an emerging and influential talent in the generation following and building upon the work of his mentor Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Nearly a quarter of a century later, Beethoven premiered his Ninth Symphony in Berlin (1824), a work now widely recognized as one of the greatest works in the classical canon.  

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Arts and Humanities
4:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson Programs One Last Season Before Retiring

The Louisville Ballet last staged "Giselle" in 2010.
Credit Louisville Ballet

Louisville Ballet artistic director Bruce Simpson, who retires in July, will leave behind a new season for his successor. The 2014-15 season opens in September with one of the most popular cornerstones of the classical repertoire. “Giselle” (Sept. 12-13) is a Romantic ballet about a village girl who dies of a broken heart, then is raised from the dead to seek revenge on her beloved, whom she saves instead.

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