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
3:00 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Watch: Time-Lapse Video of Saturday's Second Most Awesome $20 Art Show

Credit Mary Yates

Louisvillians brought their hip holiday giving lists to Saturday's Second Most Awesome Art Market's annual $20 Art Show in Art Sanctuary. More than 25 Louisville artists sold discounted stock or new pieces created specifically for the budget art shopper in mind, with each piece priced at no more than $20. 

Show coordinator and photographer Mary Yates created this time-lapse video of the very popular three-hour event:

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Arts and Humanities
8:15 am
Sat December 14, 2013

REVIEW | Savage Rose's 'Twelfth Night' Unleashes the Lord of Misrule

Julane Havens as Viola/Cesario in Savage Rose Classical Theatre's "Twelfth Night."
Credit Savage Rose Classical Theatre

One of the beautiful things about Shakespeare's plays is how infinitely adjustable they are. You can go broke building realistic castle sets and kitting everyone out in sumptuous period costumes, or you can take a bare set and add in just enough detail to suggest setting and character. Savage Rose Classical Theatre opts for the latter treatment in their new production of "Twelfth Night," the cross-dressing rom/com about the misadventures of a shipwrecked set of fatherless twins. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:55 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Forecastle Festival Pre-Sale Begins Friday

Jim James puts on an impromptu set for fans at the 2012 Forecastle Festival.
Credit Forecastle Festival

Tickets for the annual Forecastle Festival in Louisville go on sale Friday. A limited number of $119 three-day general admission passes will be available through the Forecastle website, starting at noon. (That's a $19 increase over last year's pre-sale pass price.) 

All other ticketing options, including VIP tickets and single-day passes, go on sale at a later date.

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Arts and Humanities
3:34 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Downtown Trolley Hop Rescheduled for This Friday

Ross Gordon's photography show, "Transformistas," opens Friday at The Green Building Gallery during the make-up Downtown Trolley Hop.
Credit Ross Gordon

Last week, snow and ice caused hazardous road conditions, leading the Louisville Downtown Partnership and TARC to cancel the monthly trolley hop. Many galleries along the route that had scheduled exhibit opening receptions closed as well.

Downtown and Nulu gallery districts will have a second chance at a December opening.  

The free trolleys will run the Market and Main Street and South Fourth Street routes Friday evening, 5-11 p.m. Here's a map.

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Arts and Humanities
2:32 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

If You Wanna Sing Out: Louisville LGBT Choir Stages Inclusive Holiday Show

Voices of Kentuckiana is not your average community choir. Founded in 1994, the choir was established as an LGBT choir that welcomes all. Not only does the ensemble not require auditions, they emphasize that ability (even musical) is a spectrum. 

"We are inclusive of anyone in the community – gay, straight, transgendered, supportive others. We are open to absolutely anyone, regardless of musical ability and lifestyle choices," says co-director Alyse Oliver, who has performed with the choir since 1998. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:52 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Angels and Jockeys and Rats, Oh My: The Kids of Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker'

The young jockeys dance out from under Madame Derby's skirts.
Credit Peter Mueller / Louisville Ballet

Every holiday season during “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker,” the Louisville Ballet’s cast swells with student dancers. This year, there are 118 spread over two casts. They play Christmas party kids, angels, tiny soldiers and rats – some are as young as seven years old.

WFPL’s Erin Keane goes backstage to visit the jockeys during rehearsal and chats all things Nutcracker with Christine Carrigan, a long-time volunteer who works as the children's cast coordinator, and Helen Daigle, a company dancer who choreographs the student dancers. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:10 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Louisville Photographer Captures Spirit of Cuban 'Transformistas' in New Show

Credit Ross Gordon

Louisville photographer Ross Gordon travels the world to find his favorite subjects -- vanishing or changing cultures. He's documented traditional circumcision rituals in Kenya that are fading as the practice falls out of fashion and the last bastions of cowboy culture in South America.

His latest project brought him to Cuba, where a slow-but-steady cultural shift has taken root under Raul Castro's presidency, as the country begins to enact economic and social reforms. 

"I like to visit less-gentrified places," he says. "Cuba is obviously off the beaten track, and there's an appeal in that we're not even supposed to be traveling there as Americans."

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Arts and Humanities
4:36 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Going Into Its Fourth Season, Louisville's The Bard's Town Theatre Refines Its Artistic Vision

Brian Hinds and Beth Tantanella in The Bard's Town's 2013 production of Kate Fodor's "Rx."
Credit Doug Schutte / The Bard's Town

When The Bard's Town Theatre artistic staff programmed its first two seasons, executive artistic director Doug Schutte says they made choices based on little more than pure desire. He had some long-standing wishes he wanted to fulfill, like staging plays by Liz Fentress and Nancy Gall-Clayton, two of his favorite Kentucky playwrights.

Done. (2011's "Strike Zone" and 2012's "The Snowflake Theory," respectively.)

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Arts and Humanities
11:41 am
Sun December 8, 2013

REVIEW | Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker' a Pleasing Holiday Confection

Credit Louisville Ballet

There have been many adaptations and re-creations of “The Nutcracker” since it gained currency in the West in the middle of the twentieth century. The Louisville Ballet's  first unveiled their current version, "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker," in 2009, though the company has been offering various versions of the seasonal favorite since 1963. In his curtain speech, artistic director Bruce Simpson suggested that this lavish production will be good for fifteen or sixteen years, and certainly in year four of this iteration the costumes, sets and magic are holding up well, and the choreography still delights the multi-generational audience that braved Saturday's wintry conditions to make it to Whitney Hall. 

With thanks to an additional gift from Brown-Forman, another treat for this year's ballet-goers is live music, with the Louisville Orchestra in the pit conducted by Tara Somoncic.

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