As WFPL's arts and humanities reporter, Erin Keane reports on the issues, trends, people and events that impact Louisville's arts landscape.

Every artist also develops a craft—those deliberate and perfected techniques and methods used to write a novel, shoot a film, create a sculpture or become a character on stage. 

On ArtCraft, you'll find reviews of plays, books and arts experiences, as well as the latest news and commentary on Louisville's arts landscape and a thoughtful exploration of how and why a particular piece of art works (or doesn't). 


Arts and Humanities
12:59 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

REVIEW | Something's Lost in Shephard's Gentle 'Ages of the Moon'

Matt Orme as Byron and Patrick Tovatt as Ames in The Bunbury Theatre's production of Sam Shepard's "Ages of the Moon."
Credit Bunbury Theatre

Two men nearing the twilight of their lives reunite on a Kentucky cabin porch for one evening of drinking, reminiscing and eclipse-watching in Sam Shepard's 2009 play "Ages of the Moon," a dramatic two-hander that probes at the mysteries of aging memory and the fragility of relationships without disturbing too much beneath the surface. 

Directed by Steve Woodring, The Bunbury Theatre's production of "Ages of the Moon" opened Friday and runs through February 23 at the Henry Clay Theatre (604 S. St.). 

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Arts and Humanities
12:19 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

REVIEW | Play's the Thing in Baby Horse's New Theatrical Experiment

Here's how a typical night at the theater goes: you find your seat, you browse the playbill, read the actors' previous stage credits, take in the set. The house lights go down, stage lights come up. The play begins. You sit back and watch for a couple of hours. On a good night, you're entertained, you're amused, you're moved, you're terrified by the story the actors tell on stage, and you carry that story with you home, or on to wherever the night takes you. 

Louisville's Baby Horse Theatre Group isn't interested typical nights at the theater. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Kentucky Opera Closes Season with Star-Crossed Valentine

Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" at the Kentucky Opera.
Credit Kentucky Opera

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Kentucky Opera brings its season to a close this weekend with an operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" by French composer Charles Gounod. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:43 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Eugene Mirman Brings Absurdist Comedy Tour to Louisville

Eugene Mirman
Credit Brian Tamborello

Brooklyn-based stand-up comedian Eugene Mirman has been named Best New York City Comedian by The Village Voice, one of the fifty funniest comedians by Time Out New York, and one of best of the decade by Paste magazine.

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Arts and Humanities
3:58 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Actor Comes Out of Retirement to Tackle 'Gentlest' Shepard Play in Louisville

Patrick Tovatt

Actor Patrick Tovatt, who directed or appeared in more than forty plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville during the company's early days, has come out of retirement to appear in a new production of Sam Shepard’s “Ages of the Moon” at Louisville’s Bunbury Theatre. 

Tovatt is probably best known for his roles on long-running soap operas – he was nominated for a daytime Emmy for his performance as Cal Stricklyn on CBS' "As the World Turns," a role he played for more than ten years. But the last role the former Russellville farmer took on before retiring to Oregon in 2002 was on Broadway, as mathematician Robert in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Proof.” 

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Arts and Humanities
11:59 am
Wed February 5, 2014

University of Louisville Professor Seeks African American Quilters

Bible Quilt by Harriet Powers, an African American farm woman from Clark County, GA, who created this lively, balanced expression of her religious fervor. She exhibited her quilt at the Athens Cotton Fair of 1886. From The Smithsonian Treasury: American Quilts by Doris M. Bowman, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1991.
Credit Alfred Harrell / Smithsonian Institute

Art historian and University of Louisville Pan-African Studies professor Pearlie Johnson wants to connect with the area's African American quilters. She's hosting an open session February 22 for African Americans to bring their family quilts, stories, photographs and related materials. 

The free event will be held at the Western branch (604 S. 10th St.) of the Louisville Free Public Library February 22, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

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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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