National Book Award Winner Reads at 21C

Lexington poet Nikky Finney has been on the road, visiting 20 cities in three months. It’s her second tour for “Head Off & Split,” her fourth collection of poems that won the National Book Award last fall. Finney will read in Louisville tonight at 21C Museum Hotel. Throughout her tour, Finney says she’s heard from […]

21C Museum Hotel Plans Expanding to Arkansas

A hotel brand that started in Louisville is growing — with a new hotel planned in Arkansas. Since 21C Museum Hotel opened in 2006 on Louisville’s Main Street, company founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson have decided to expand to other cities. Two hotels are being developed in Austin, Texas, and Cincinnati, Ohio. And […]

Fake Cash as Art and Source for Helping New Orleans

A national artist is heading a project to legitimize counterfeit one hundred dollar bills made by schoolchildren. It’s an effort to get money to clean up lead-contaminated soil in New Orleans. This week, the artist was in Louisville to collect bills made by Kentucky students. This is a story from WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer. “Please take […]

Students Make Counterfeit Notes to Help New Orleans

A truck will pull into to Louisville tomorrow to collect hundreds of fake currency notes for a project to restore lead-contaminated soil in New Orleans. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer details. It’s called Operation Paydirt and includes a effort called The Fundred Dollar Bill Project, which is collecting imitation one hundred dollar bills illustrated by students nationwide. […]

The Rise of T-Shirt Culture Inspires Local Artist

The end of the 20th Century saw the rise of the T-shirt — and adorning such attire with arresting images and messages. In the past decade, with increasing access to technologies, more people are making T-shirts with distinctively crafted messages. And they’ve made not only onlookers, but artists and even warring factions take note. WFPL’s […]

Actors Theatre Announces 2010 Humana Festival Plays

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the lineup for the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Actors Theatre artistic director Marc Masterson says there are a variety of styles among the seven full-length plays. Most are by individual playwrights, including Ground by Lisa Dillman who’s worked at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. […]

Project Launches Day of the Dead Exhibits

This week the University of Louisville is celebrating the Day of the Dead, the Hispanic holiday that combines indigenous and Catholic traditions. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The university has partnered with cultural groups throughout the metropolitan area to create altars, as many Hispanics do on Nov. 1 to remember deceased loved ones. The altars […]

More Art Collectors With More Access to Art

Passion takes many forms and colleting art is one of them. Throughout history, most collectors have been considerably wealthy. But today, a collector doesn’t have to be Rockefeller. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. In one part of the Speed Art Museum, chief curator Ruth Cloudman shows me some paintings in its permanent collection. They’re by famed […]