Author Re-imagines Poe Story as Steampunk Thriller

In Louisville author Bethany Griffin’s young adult novel “Masque of the Red Death,” a plague has ravished Araby Worth’s city. Her brother is dead, and she seeks escape from her grief in the seductive diversions of the Debauchery Club. “She’s pretty suicidal because her twin brother died of the plague, and she’s trying to forget […]

Orchestra Musicians Reach Potential Agreement

The Louisville Orchestra musicians say they’ve reached a compromise with orchestra management with the help of Councilman Jim King. BOXCAR PR, the group representing the musician’s union, sent a release saying King has worked over the past two weeks to help pull together the compromise, which the Louisville Orchestra Musicians Association voted to accept Tuesday […]

Fund for the Arts Names Smith Permanent President, CEO

The Fund for the Arts board of directors announced today their unanimous decision to approve Barbara Sexton Smith as president and CEO of the organization. The decision follows a year-long search to replace former president Allan Cowen. In a statement, board president David Calzi said the board was committed to finding the best candidate during […]

Wendell Berry Will Deliver Jefferson Lecture Tonight in Washington D.C.

Kentucky’s Wendell Berry will deliver a speech today that’s regarded as the highest honor the federal government bestows in the humanities. The author and activist will give the 41st Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities in Washington, D.C. this evening. In its four decade history, the Jefferson Lecture has included great literary figures and scholars, including […]

New Speed Museum Exhibit Previews Expansion

A new exhibit is open at the Speed Art Museum. Three interrelated installations form “Inside|Out,” a preview of sorts of the museum’s planned expansion. The exhibit demonstrates how nature and art will connect after the Speed’s three-year, $50 million renovation and construction project, which will include 9,000 square feet of new gallery space for contemporary […]

Le Petomane Ensemble Goes Gonzo for Derby

Whether you go all-in for every party or you consider it a badge of honor to ignore the big race, if you live in Louisville, you have opinions about the Kentucky Derby. Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble celebrates Louisville’s season of pageantry and parties with “A Derby Carol,” a rousing send-up of the most exciting two […]

‘Hillbilly Noir’: New Books Explore Kentucky’s Drug Trade

There is the Kentucky we often see in literature: a reverence for the pastoral landscape and for folksy wisdom, for majestic horses and for the quiet secrets buried deep in the bluegrass and in the mountains. But new books by Kirby Gann and James Higdon dig deep inside the state’s drug trade to turn that […]

Caribbean Art Defies Cultural Stereotypes

Three artists will discuss Caribbean art and cultural stereotypes at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft on Saturday. KMAC artist-in-residence Sheena Rose of Barbados will discuss her work and contemporary stereotypes of Caribbean culture. Rose has shown her artwork throughout the Caribbean and abroad, from South Africa to Connecticut. Her mixed-media animations are currently […]