Rich Copley, Lexington Herald Leader

Arts and Cultural reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader.

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7:37am

Fri April 18, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Melissa Etheridge, Japanese Theatre, Gallery Hop Top Regional Events

It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. 

Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that, in addition to all the Easter holiday-related events are a performance of Japanese comic theatre, a gallery hop and a concert by singer and activist Melissa Etheridge.

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11:12am

Fri February 21, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Triangle Park Sculpture to be Unveiled

Credit Lexington Art League

The Lexington Art League will unveil its New Moon sculpture in Lexington’s Triangle Park Friday night.
With more information and a preview of other weekend events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that the sculpture is part of a new project called Luminosity.


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7:45am

Fri February 14, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Concerts and Film, Highlights of Valentine's Day Weekend

This weekend begins with some musical choices for Valentine’s Day and ends with a romantic film at the Kentucky Theatre.  Here with a preview of weekend events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that the 2010 Tony Award-winning musical Memphis will be on stage at the Lexington Opera House.

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11:58pm

Fri February 7, 2014
Arts Weekly

Copley: Lang Lang, Graphic Novel/Radio Play plus Silk Artist at Living Arts & Science Center Event

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This weekend brings one of the world's most famous pianists to Lexington.  Danville hosts a unique graphic novel/radio play/stage show Friday night. And, an aerial silk artist performs for the Living Arts & Science Center Fundraiser.  Rich Copley has a preview of weekend events.

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10:51am

Fri January 31, 2014
Arts Weekly

Copley: UK Art Museum Showing off Photos, Bluegrass Events & UK Dance Minor Concert

The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky is showing off its photography collection.  There’s plenty of bluegrass in the region this weekend and UK Fine Arts Dance Minor has a concert. Here with a preview of weekend events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. 


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8:41am

Fri January 24, 2014
Arts Weekly

Copley: Art Ball Previews Light Sculpture & Kentuckians Compete in Grammys

The Lexington Art League kicks off its winter light event this weekend at the annual Art Ball and a couple of Kentuckians are contenders for this year's Grammy Awards. Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader previews this weekends events.

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9:59pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

LexPhil Detente Allows Performance Of Russian And American Works

Violinist Caroline Goulding performs with the Lexington Philharmonic during this evening's season opener at the Singletary Center.
Credit Carolyngoulding.com

Despite its labor troubles, tonight’s season-opening performance by the Lexington Philharmonic will take place.  And when the Lex-phil’s musicians take the stage, reporter Rich Copley says at its center will be violinist Caroline Goulding.


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6:00am

Fri August 9, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Boy Bands Like Backstreet Boys Still Appeal Across Generations

Backstreet Boys, with Kentucky natives Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell.
Credit The Backstreet Boys

Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader explores the ongoing appeal of boy bands.

A locally grown boy-band returns to the region tonight.  The Back Street Boys are now men and they perform in Cincinnati.  They got reporter Rich Copley considering the phenomenon.  Rich, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader discussed boy bands and this weekend’s events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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7:00am

Fri July 12, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

From Patsy to Potter, Musicians Fill Kentucky's Stages this Weekend

Heather Parrish in the title role in the Studio Players of Lexington production "Always...Patsy Cline."
Credit Larry Neuzel / Studio Players of Lexington

A brand new play premieres this weekend in Danville, while a highly successful one is revived in Lexington.  Plus, Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says there are major music festivals in nearby cities.  Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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6:00am

Fri May 10, 2013
Arts Weekly

Kentucky Ties in "The Great Gatsby"

Credit http://thegreatgatsby.warnerbros.com/

If not in the movie, at least in the book, Kentucky figures prominently in “The Great Gatsby.”  Another movie based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald masterwork is released this weekend.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, dusted off his college copy, and discussed it with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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6:15am

Fri May 3, 2013
Arts Weekly

Documents Describe Alleged Mismanagement at EKU Arts Center

Credit http://ekucenter.com/

Accustomed to theaters and museums..reporter Rich Copley found himself in a different venue recently…a courtroom.  Rich, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, won access to public documents describing alleged mismanagement at the EKU Center for the Arts.  Those allegations eventually resulted in the resignation of center director Debra Hoskins.  He spoke with WEKU reporter Charles Compton.

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2:39pm

Wed May 1, 2013
Education

Multiple Misdeeds Alleged at EKU Center for the Arts

Debra Hoskins was executive director of EKU Center for the Arts when it opened in September 2011. By January 2012, university employees took over business operations because of irregularities.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

The administration of Eastern Kentucky University attempted to fire EKU Center for the Arts director Debra Hoskins on June 12 because of allegations including fiscal misconduct and falsification of university records and documents. Violation of human-resources policies, improper handling of customers' credit card information, and the misleading of university officials were also alleged. The university's issues with Hoskins while she led the $33 million publicly financed arts center are described in 740 pages of documents obtained late Wednesday afternoon under the Kentucky Open Records law.

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6:00am

Fri April 26, 2013
Arts Weekly

Kentucky Native Michael Shannon Appearing in TV, Movies, Theater

Michael Shannon, Left
Credit Jim Bridges

Kentucky has spawned its fair share of Hollywood actors….from Patricia Neal to Jennifer Lawrence, and now, Michael Shannon.  The Lexington native cancelled an appearance this weekend at the Kentucky Theater, but Shannon’s newest film still opens there.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, spoke about this weekend’s events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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6:00am

Fri April 19, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Public Library Hosts Victorian Inspired Gala

Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus
Credit ERIN MORGENSTERN

The latest in Tween-literature is recreated this weekend by the Lexington Public Library.  “Night Circus” author Erin Morgenstern helps in a fundraiser at Red Mile’s Round Barn.  Here with a preview of it and the weekend’s other events is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader

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5:26pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Judge Rules EKU Must Release Arts Center Records

Debra Hoskins, pictured in January 2011, was until last summer executive director of the EKU Center for the Arts.
Credit Tim Webb/Lexington Herald-Leader

Madison Circuit Judge William G. Clouse Jr. ruled Tuesday that Eastern Kentucky University must release the majority of documents the Herald-Leader is seeking related to the departure last June of EKU Center for the Arts director Debra Hoskins. The university and Hoskins have 14 days to appeal the ruling or produce the documents.

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12:48pm

Mon April 15, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Owners of Bully Breed Dogs Rally to Their Defense in Lexington

Credit Rich Copley/Lexington Herald-Leader

Nearly 300 turn out to attend the second annual Bully Breed Awareness Walk in downtown Lexington. The event, presented by PAWS: Promoting Animal Welfare and Services, a student-run organization from the University of Kentucky's Center for Community Outreach, is designed to raise awareness of breeds such as pit bulls and bulldogs, which organizers said are often mischaracterized as dangerous.

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6:00am

Fri April 12, 2013
Arts Weekly

Several Prestigious Acts to be Inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

It seems earning a place in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame takes a while.  It’s probably because the Commonwealth possesses a deep pool of musical talent.  The Hall has its induction ceremony tonight at the Lexington Center.  Here with a preview of it and the weekend’s other events is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader

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6:00am

Fri April 5, 2013
Arts Weekly

Spring Takes Off with Keeneland, The Odd Couple and Pianolust!

Credit www.lexingtonoperahouse.com

Marking spring in much of the Bluegrass, a series of arts and cultural events is set for this weekend.  When it comes to such events, reporter Rich Copley says the big kahuna is Keeneland’s spring race meet.  Rich covers arts and culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.

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12:36pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Arts Weekly

Students Organize Art Show Inspired by Childhood Tales

Credit lexingtonartleague.org

Students were allowed to organize the newest art show at the Lexington Art League.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says they came up with a fascinating result.  He talked about it and this weekend’s other events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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11:34am

Fri March 22, 2013
Education

EKU Arts Center Records Reveal Widespread Improper Practices

Two-story windows grace the exterior of the EKU Center for the Arts.
Credit David Perry / Lexington Herald Leader

Less than four months after the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts opened in Richmond, university employees were assigned to take over business operations of the center and address concerns including mishandling of cash, irregular student employment practices and improper handling of customer credit card numbers that potentially compromised security and threatened the university's overall ability to accept charge cards.

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