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
3:36 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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2:32 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Sound on Film: 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Philomena'

Credit Paramount Pictures

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

On this episode, our thoughts on Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," starring frequent Scorsese collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as "Philomena," starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

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Arts and Humanities
1:56 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Butchertown Loses Artists as Gallery and Theater Move West

The new Tim Faulkner Building in the historic Portland neighborhood features a 5,000-square foot first floor exhibition gallery and 12,000-square feet of performance space.
Credit Tim Faulkner Gallery

Right on the heels of gallery owner / art scene impresario Tim Faulkner's announcement that his eponymous gallery and studio spaces will soon move to the Portland neighborhood from its Franklin Street compound, where it moved in 2012 after it outgrew its previous East Market Street digs, The Alley Theater announced it would also leave the Butchertown neighborhood for a new downtown location. The Alley has made its home in The Pointe on Washington Street for the last four years. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:47 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Frankfort Park Seeks Sculpture for Summer Shakespeare

"Make It Writhe," a sculpture by Andrew Marsh, featured in the summer 2013 production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It," directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort.
Credit Gene Burch / Josephine Sculpture Park

Frankfort's Josephine Sculpture Park is home to more than thirty pieces of art, and every summer, they add a new piece through an innovative approach to integrating the arts. In each annual Summerstage outdoor theatrical production, a new sculpture becomes an integral part of the production's set design. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:26 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

New Speed Exhibit a Matter of Life, Death, Identity

A self-portrait in a series by Trenton Doyle Hancock.
Credit Trenton Doyle Hancock / Speed Art Museum

A new exhibition opens this week at the Speed Art Museum’s satellite gallery in Nulu.  “We’ll Wear a Jolly Crown” examines some of the big themes in American art – life, death, identity – through the work of a small and focused group of artists selected by Lexington-based artist and curator Aaron Skolnik. 

(The exhibition's title refers to the lyrics of a Beat Happening song, "Indian Summer.")

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Frazier Extends Napoleon Exhibit, Adds Saturday Hours

Watch from "The Eye of Napoleon" exhibit.
Credit Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum has extended the run on an exhibit of items from the private art collection of Napoleon Bonaparte.  “The Eye of Napoleon,” which opened in October, was originally scheduled to run at the Frazier through February 9, then move to Montreal, where it would open in the Notre Dame Basilica in May.

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