Spalding Festival of Writing Begins

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

Painter Explores Advertising Influence in 21C Lecture

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

Louisville Arts Groups Receive NEA Grants

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.

Shatner Donates Samurai Statue to Frazier Museum

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 Expert Nash Says ‘King Creole’ Showed Promise

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

‘The Snowflake Theory’ Dares to Be Traditional

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