Readings by faculty, guests and alumni of Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program begin Saturday. All readings are free, ticketless and open to the public. Events will be held at Spalding’s Egan Leadership Center Lectorium (901 S. Fourth St.), Spalding’s Auditorium (824 S. Fourth St.) and at the Brown Hotel (335… Continue reading Spalding Festival of Writing Begins
The figures in artist Ryan McGinness’ “Women” series are flattened, graphic shapes, calling to mind both a Matisse painting and public signage, compelling in bold color and broad strokes. “His work is exploring contemporary culture in a really compelling way, drawing on advertising and different kinds of visual iconography that we’re surrounded by, from both… Continue reading Painter Explores Advertising Influence in 21C Lecture
Thirty-six films will make their Kentucky premieres in the Louisville Film Society’s fourth annual Flyover Film Festival June 7-10. The films range from a concert feature on Louisville rockers My Morning Jacket to a dark comedy by provocative Comedy Central stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.
The Kentucky Arts Council announced a round of National Endowment for the Arts grants for Kentucky organizations. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will receive funding from the NEA to support their community arts programs.
Actor William Shatner has donated a bronze statue of a samurai to the Frazier History Museum’s permanent collection. Douwe Blumberg’s “Way of Horse and Bow” depicts a Japanese warrior riding on horseback into battle. Shatner and his wife own several pieces by Blumberg, a former horse trainer who lives outside of Lexington. The Shatners commissioned… Continue reading Shatner Donates Samurai Statue to Frazier Museum
Elvis Presley’s musical career is the stuff American legends are made of, but experts say the king of rock and roll always dreamed of winning an Academy Award for acting. He was never nominated, but according to critics, his early film work showed a promising young talent. In the 1958 drama “King Creole,” Presley played… Continue reading Elvis Expert Nash Says ‘King Creole’ Showed Promise
As exciting as a world premiere of a new play is, it’s even more exciting to see the first full staging of a piece written by a local. It’s one way of checking our pulse as a community — what are we writing about and how? Sometimes it feels like Louisville writes mostly zombie comedies… Continue reading ‘The Snowflake Theory’ Dares to Be Traditional
Sexually active teens getting high under the not-so-watchful eye of a Catholic boarding school sounds like a salacious premise, but Pandora Productions’ pop opera “Bare” is a sweet heartbreaker about emotionally neglected teens who just want someone to love, darn it. The kids at St. Cecilia’s aren’t terribly interested in the church’s authority, but they… Continue reading Pandora’s Pop Opera ‘Bare’ a Real Heartbreaker
Bill Cosby has spent half a century learning how to write the perfect joke, first with iconic stand-up albums like “Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow” and later while breaking racial barriers on prime time in “The Cosby Show.” The secret, he says, is in making a connection with his audience. He’s also the… Continue reading Bill Cosby Knows What’s Funny
Students at Walden Theatre’s conservatory for young actors don’t just graduate with an audition monologue and a headshot. They complete extensive Shakespearean training, culminating in the annual Young American Shakespeare Festival. The Bard gets a few exotic makeovers this year’s festival (May 10-20), including a circus-themed production of the romantic comedy “Cymbeline” and a retro,… Continue reading Walden Theatre Students Get Bloody in ‘Titus Andronicus’