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
1:20 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

REVIEW | Louisville Ballet Dancers Flex Choreography Muscles

Natalia Ashikhmina in Rob Morrow's “Paranoia Prima” in the Louisville Ballet's 2014 Choreographers' Showcase.
Credit David Toczko / Louisville Ballet

  The 2014 Louisville Ballet Choreographers' Showcase is this week at the ballet's headquarters on Main Street. This year's Showcase brought together a smorgasbord of seventeen short pieces choreographed by company members and trainees, with almost half of the complete company represented as choreographers. Some pieces were choreographed by familiar names, while others contributed an original piece to the Showcase for the first time. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:01 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Abbey Road on the River Producers Stage Live Re-Enactment of Ed Sullivan's Fab Four Show

The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Kennedy Airport on February 7, 1964.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

On February 9, 1964, Ed Sullivan introduced the Beatles to his American audience, bringing the nascent British Invasion to almost half of America's televisions in one evening. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:53 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Service Plans for Former Kentucky Opera Director Thomson Smillie

Thomson Smillie
Credit Submitted photo

A funeral Mass for Thomson Smillie, director of Kentucky Opera from 1982-1997, is planned for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth Street. A Memorial Concert will follow at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway. A reception will follow the concert in the adjacent Fifth/Third Conference Center.

Smillie died Saturday at his home. He was 71.

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Arts and Humanities
11:17 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Actors Theatre Extends 'Pirates' Run

The cast of "The Pirates of Penzance," Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2014
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Due to heavy demand for tickets, Actors Theatre of Louisville is extending the run of "The Pirates of Penzance" in the Bingham Theatre. The company has added an extra performance, February 5 at 7:30 p.m., to increase capacity for the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.

"We've been thrilled by the tremendous response we have seen from audiences. Louisville is really loving this party in the middle of winter," says spokeswoman Kirsty Gaukel. "People have been returning to see the show for a second time, so they can try out the promenade seats."

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Actors Theatre's Les Waters Sees American Classic With Fresh Eyes

Credit Actors Theatre of Louisville

Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” is a certified American classic. Taught and performed in high schools across the country, the play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938, at times suffers from the regrettable side-effects of that familiarity, reduced to a sentimental period piece appealing to those nostalgic for small-town simple life at the turn of the 20th century.

Wilder, oddly enough, is often misunderstood by those who should know him best. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:46 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Former Kentucky Opera Leader Thomson Smillie Dies

Thomson Smillie
Credit Submitted photo

Thomson Smillie, who led the Kentucky Opera to become one of the nation’s leading regional opera companies, died at 10:30 Saturday night at his home. He was 71.

A native Scotsman, Smillie came to Louisville in 1981, where he spent a year working with the Kentucky Opera’s founder, Moritz Bomhard, before taking the reigns as Mr. Bomhard’s successor in 1980.

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Arts and Humanities
1:45 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Listen | Kyle Coma-Thompson Reads 'From Anna'

Kyle Coma-Thompson
Credit Dock Street Press

Louisville writer Kyle Coma-Thompson’s first book is out. His collection of short stories, “The Lucky Body,” was published in December by Seattle’s Dock Street Press

Coma-Thompson is a former Axton Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Louisville. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in writing at the University of Virginia, and began his creative writing studies as an undergraduate studying with Nikky Finney at the University of Kentucky. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:37 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Sound on Film: 'Mandela,' 'Escape From Tomorrow'

Credit Producers Distribution Agency

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

On this episode, our reviews of the Idris Elba-starring biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and no-budge psychological horror “Escape from Tomorrow,” which was secretly shot inside Disney World without the company’s permission.

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Arts and Humanities
3:12 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

State-wide Exhibit Showcases Kentucky Artists With Disabilities

"The Queen," digital image printed on masonite, Thaniel Ion Lee, 2013.
Credit Courtesy of Thaniel Ion Lee

The Kentucky Arts Council is curating a traveling exhibit of visual art by Kentucky artists with disabilities, and the first stop is Louisville.  The “identity” exhibit will open first at Weber Gallery, the storefront gallery run by the Council on Developmental Disabilities.

The gallery specializes in collaborations between Louisville’s professional artists and artists with disabilities. But the 30 artists in this juried show represent a diverse body of Kentucky artists - some well-established, others showing for the first time -  who self-identify as a person with a disability.

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