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
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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Arts and Humanities
12:59 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

U of L's African American Theatre Program Honors Kentucky Women in MLK Day Program

Lundeana Thomas (center) and students in the African American Theatre Program perform in the 2013 Martin Luther King Day celebration at the University of Louisville
Credit University of Louisville

  Every year, Lundeana Thomas, a theatre arts professor who heads the University of Louisville's African American Theatre Program, leaders her students in a research and writing project culminating in a theatrical performance honoring King's legacy. A free event Monday at U of L will be the 15th annual AATP Martin Luther King Day celebration.

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Arts and Humanities
7:04 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Kids Acting Against Cancer Grows Up

Remy Sisk as Melchior, McKenna Poe as Wendla and Charlie Meredith as Moritz in Acting Against Cancer's Louisville production of "Spring Awakening."
Credit Whitten Montgomery / Acting Against Cancer

The Louisville-based nonprofit organization Kids Acting Against Cancer has come a long way since two girls, Whitten and Jaclyn Montgomery, put on shows in their basement to raise money for cancer research. They started taking acting classes when their mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and their first show was “Annie.”

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Arts and Humanities
2:44 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

REVIEW | The Hypocrites Stage Hilarious, Wild 'Pirates of Penzance'

Dana Omar, Becky Poole, Matt Kahler, Emily Casey, and Christine Stulik in "The Pirates of Penzance" at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2014
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

January can get a little dreary – it’s cold, dark and wet, and the occasional sub-zero day has us eyeballing island vacations even as our bank accounts are still recovering from the holidays. Fortune smiles upon us  inside Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Bingham Theatre, where Chicago-based theatre troupe The Hypocrites have brought the beach party to us with a delightfully eccentric production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” The show’s sunny disposition and high-energy staging are as effective a mid-winter mood-lifter as an hour with a light box and a shot of Vitamin D.

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Arts and Humanities
3:36 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The Hypocrites Stage Gilbert and Sullivan By Their Own Rules

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

The operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan are often staged with a big chorus and full Victorian costumes, but the Hypocrites take a different path. The Chicago-based theatre troupe stages "The Pirates of Penzance" with plastic kiddie pools, actors in short-shorts and bathing suits playing banjos, and the production is fairly intimate, as many audience members are seated right in the midst of the action on stage. 

It's all part of an inspired-by-improv approach to what director Sean Graney calls the "respectfully subversive" style of Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:13 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Louisville Performer's Long History with 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas'

Glenna Godsey as Miss Mona in CenterStage's "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."
Credit Jeff Sammons / CenterStage

When Glenna Godsey was cast in a nine-month international tour of the musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” in the early Eighties, she started out playing Doatsey Mae, a wistful café waitress with one memorable solo, but quickly upgraded. The role of Miss Mona, the wise and experienced owner of a Texas brothel, had been played on the tour by Stella Parton – you might have heard of her sister Dolly, who had a hit with the role in the 1982 film adaptation – and when Parton left the tour, Godsey took the lead. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Louisville Writer's New Play Debunks Myths About Women's Sexuality

Carol Dines, Clint Gill, Rebecca Henderson and Sean Childress in Heidi Saunders' comedy "Sex Again."
Credit Kevin Robinson

Despite its provocative title,  Heidi Saunders says her new play "Sex Again" isn't an X-rated show. 

“It’s not raunchy at all,” says the Louisville playwright.

That's because the central conflict in this comedy is between a woman and her husband whose long-term marriage has, well, suffered from a lack of intimacy of late. The wife wants to end their dry spell, and her husband resists. 

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Arts and Humanities
5:14 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Weather Delays Travel for 'Sister Act' Tour, Opening Night Canceled

Patina Miller and Marla Mindelle in the national tour of "Sister Act."
Credit Sister Act the Musical

Extreme winter weather has caused travel delays for the national touring production of "Sister Act: the Musical," which was scheduled to open at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts tomorrow evening. Opening night has been pushed back to Wednesday, January 8, and all remaining performances will go on as scheduled. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Expands Programming with Exhibits, Book Club

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
Credit Timothy Miller

  Old Louisville’s Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is expanding its programming, hoping to attract a wider visitor base with a series of free community events.

“Some ideas are still in development,” says executive director Ally Wroblewski . “We are always open to new partnerships and new ideas.”

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