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
6:45 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Sculptor Ed Hamilton Among Local Artists to Host Studio Tours

Louisville sculptor Ed Hamilton’s finished works are mostly larger-than-life monuments installed at grand public spaces – the 12-foot-tall sculpture of boxing legend Joe Lewis in Detroit’s Cobo Center, Louisville's Waterfront Park's Abraham Lincoln memorial and the statue of York, a slave who played an integral role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition, overlooking the Ohio River on the Belvedere. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:11 am
Fri November 1, 2013

REVIEW | New Comedy ‘Rx’ Explores Symptoms and Cures for Workplace Depression

Brian Hinds (Phil) and Beth Tantanella (Meena) in The Bard's Town's production of Kate Fodor's "Rx."
Credit Doug Schutte / The Bard's Town

Have you ever felt like you were destined for greater things than the annual pig price report? In Kate Fodor’s deceptively lighthearted romantic comedy “Rx,” a frustrated writer has traded her MFA in poetry for a job as the managing editor of American Cattle and Swine Magazine, a desk from which she creeps daily to the old lady underpants section of a neighboring department store to weep bitter tears of frustration and humiliation.

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Arts and Humanities
3:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Pumpkin Faces in the Night: Wax Fang Covers Misfits' 'Halloween'

Wax Fang
Credit Wax Fang

Here's a treat from local favorites Wax Fang (winners of the inaugural Louisville Music Award Song of the Year for "The Blonde Leading the Blonde") -- a stately baroque cover of the Misfits' spooky anthem "Halloween." 

If anyone sees Scott Carney packing a ton of cat litter through the Kroger parking lot today, send us a pic.

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Arts and Humanities
3:46 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Monsters, Faces, and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: A Selection of Friday Trolley Hop Openings

Credit Patrick Jilbert

Skeletons, skulls, monstrous humanoids and just plain old monsters  – Louisville artist Patrick Jilbert's characters might skulk around society's margins, dodging daggers and coffins on motorcycles and skateboards, but they're also practically humming with whimsical humanity. Jilbert opens a solo show of all-new work, "Avoid Everything," Friday at Why Louisville Two (802 E. Market Street). 

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Arts and Humanities
2:15 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Halloween Special: Theatre [502] Stages Reading of First Half of Serial Magic Play

Scott Anthony and Douglas Scott Sorenson in "The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn."
Credit Theatre [502]

Theatre [502] has slowly rolled out its original serial play about magic and Louisville, "The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn," every first Friday since June, one fifteen-minute episode at a time. Ludlow Quinn is a fictional magician plying his mediocre craft in Louisville in the early 1900s when he meets a mysterious stranger who helps him unlock the secrets of great magic. The play travels back and forth in time between Quinn's life and that of Bonnie Burke, a contemporary teenager who finds a mysterious, powerful book in her great-grandmother's Old Louisville attic.

To catch the audience up, the play's first five episodes will receive a staged reading on Halloween, 7 p.m. at the Baron's Theatre in Whiskey Row Lofts next to the Second Street Bridge.

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Arts and Humanities
3:39 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Flame Run Gallery's Glass Sculptures Attract Young Readers

Tiffany Ackerman's glass sculpture "The Monster Book of Monsters," inspired by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

A fine art glass studio might sound like an unlikely venue for a kid-friendly exhibit, but Flame Run Gallery's "Bookworms," a show of glass art inspired by children's literature, is definitely an all-ages show. 

"I get that a lot," gallery manager and exhibit curator Tiffany Ackerman says with a laugh. "But this isn't the first child-friendly show we've had here."

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Arts and Humanities
2:12 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Names Teddy Abrams Music Director

Teddy Abrams
Credit Louisville Orchestra

The Louisville Orchestra has named a new music director. Teddy Abrams, currently the assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony, becomes the orchestra's "music director designate" today and will step into the music director role next September, when Jorge Mester transitions to an emeritus role. 

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Arts and Humanities
9:24 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Former Louisville Orchestra Music Director Lawrence Leighton Smith Dies in Colorado

Lawrence Leighton Smith

Lawrence Leighton Smith, who served as music director of the Louisville Orchestra 1983-1994, died Friday at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was 77 years old. Smith died of complications of Binswanger's disease, a severe form of vascular dementia. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Do You Hear the People Sing? For a Limited Time Only, 'Les Mis' on Louisville Community Stage

Lexie Stites, playing the role of Young Cosette in CenterStage's production of "Les Miserables."
Credit CenterStage

“Les Miserables” is one of the most popular musicals in the world. It's toured 42 countries in 22 languages. The original Broadway production won eight Tony Awards, and the latest film adaptation won three Oscars. The London show, which opened in 1985, is the longest-running West End musical. 

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