ArtCraft

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). 

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Arts and Humanities
11:36 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Kentucky Opera Makes Bold Move to Focus on New, Rare, Unfamiliar Works

Many opera companies anchor their programming with a handful of crowd-pleasing, time-tested operas, like "La Traviata," "Carmen" and "Don Giovanni" — the guaranteed blockbusters. And for years, the Kentucky Opera has been no exception. But general director David Roth says playing it safe isn’t working for the company any longer, so starting with its 2014-15 season, the company will focus on rare and new operas instead

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Arts and Humanities
1:07 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

WATCH | Rachel Grimes Improvises on Wendell Castle's Caligari Piano

Last January, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft hosted pianist composer Rachel Grimes (Rachel's, Kings Daughters and Sons) for an evening of improvisation on the Wendell Castle-designed Steinway Art Case piano.

Dubbed the "Caligari" after the 1920 horror film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," the angular, white wooden frame, which was inspired by the film and German Abstract Expressionism, encases a fully-functional Model L Steinway grand piano.

Arts and Humanities
1:48 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky Center Promotes Senior VP Kim Baker to President

Kim Baker
Credit The Kentucky Center

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts concludes its five-month national search for a new president by selecting a candidate close to home. Kim Baker, who has worked for the Center for 15 years, most recently as senior vice president for external affairs, was named president yesterday. Her duties begin immediately. 

“It has such an incredible history of programming," says Baker. "It’s nice to be able to walk into an organization where so much is right.” 

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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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