Rich Copley, Lexington Herald Leader

Arts and Cultural reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader.

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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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6:00am

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Welcomes Comic Book, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fans

The touring company of the musical version of The Addams Family features Amanda Bruton, left, as Grandma, Jennifer Fogarty as Wednesday, Dan Olson as Lurch, Jesse Sharp as Gomez, KeLeen Snowgren as Morticia, Shaun Rice as Uncle Fester and Jeremy Todd Shinder as Pugsley.
Credit Rich Copley — Lexington Herald-Leader

Comic book, sci-fi and fantasy fans will find Lexington a welcoming place this weekend.   A Broadway musical and Lexington Comic Con both celebrate the dark comedy of the Addams Family.  Plus, Rupp Arena hosts a Christian Rock concert.  Here with a preview is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader

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2:38pm

Thu March 7, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Tattoo Project Brings Poetry to Life

Lexington artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova.
Rich Copley

  It is not unusual for Bianca Spriggs to be reading her poetry on a Saturday night. But something is different this evening at Lexington’s West Sixth Brewing: A lot of people in the audience have portions of Spriggs’ poem, “The _______ of the Universe,” written on their bodies. It’s a Magnetic Poetry party for the Lexington Tattoo Project, the latest community involvement art project from Lexington artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova.

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5:51pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lincoln to Lawrence: A Very Kentucky Oscar Night

Credit The Kentucky Ballet

From Lincoln to Lawrence, Kentuckians play a big part in this weekend’s Oscar Ceremony.  Here to preview it and other events is culture reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  In his weekly conversation with WEKU’s Charles Compton, Rich spoke first about a production by the Kentucky Ballet.


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6:36am

Fri February 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

UK Symphony Celebrates Wagner's 200th Birthday

Soprano Christine Brewer
Credit Christian Steiner

Fans of classic opera are in for a rare treat this weekend.  To mark the 200th Anniversary of the composer’s birth, there’s a performance of Richard Wagner’s greatest hits.  With more on it and this weekend’s other events is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.

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6:17am

Fri February 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Unique Duo Perfoms Pop Music's Biggest Hits

The line-up this rainy Sunday evening at a Natasha’s Bistro and Bar includes music by the Black-Eyed Peas, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. It’s not an all-star benefit concert that’s lost its way. It’s J String, a combination of Lexington cellist Jacob Yates and Broadway actress Jessica Hendy.  Much of their summer last year was spent putting their own spin on some of pop music’s biggest hits.

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12:39pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Search for EKU Arts Center Director Remains on Hold

The search for a new director for the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts remains on hold as the center's Community Operations Board and the university struggle with the question of who would have authority over the director. At the end of last year, the entities were grappling over the wording of a memorandum of understanding between the board and the university.

6:14am

Fri January 18, 2013
Arts Weekly

Fashions, Modern and Antebellum, on Display

Credit Liberace by Thom Heyer

Fashion is the focus of a couple events this weekend in Lexington.  An author discusses the gowns made for a Lexington-born First Lady. And, modern works from designer Thom Heyer are on display.  Here to discuss fashion and this weekend’s other events is arts reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. 

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10:52am

Fri January 11, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Art League Features Human Form, Bluegrass Music Returns in Clay City

Credit Kelli R. by LaToya M. Hobbs (Lafayette, IN)

The mountains meet the Jersey Shore in a production staged this weekend in central Kentucky.  Also, the season for Bluegrass music begins, if ever really ended, in Clay City. And, an art show that zooms in on the purely human form returns to Lexington.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, offers a preview of this weekend's events. 

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10:34am

Fri January 11, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

KET's Kentucky Muse Features Louisville Native

For seven years, KET’s Kentucky Muse has been documenting the stories of the Commonwealth’s artists. Often, the stories are close to the Bluegrass – the glass blowing of Stephen Rolfe Powell or writing of Ed McClanahan. But the latest installment follows the story of Wendy Whelan, a Louisville girl who dreamed of being a ballerina. She is now in her 22nd year as a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet.

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11:04am

Fri December 28, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

2012: KY Actress Rises, Ichthus Fails

In 2012, another change in directors at the EKU Center for the Arts has its board and university administrators in a dispute over its control.

Central Kentucky’s cultural life grew richer in 2012, but there were also setbacks.  A brand new venue had management problems, while an outdoor, summer concert ended a four-decade run.  Here to look back at the old-year is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.

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10:32am

Fri December 21, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Holiday Ballets Take Non-Traditional Paths

The ballet features Elena V. Munoz Diaz, left, and Hana Johnson as rag dolls; Tajayona Wilson and Belen Pozzolo as boxes; and Shayda Alba Alsalihi and Carmen Everson as candy canes.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

On the weekend before Christmas, theater-goers tend to stay home and producers take some time off.  That’s not the case this year in Lexington.  According to Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, dancers will be on stage at two venues.  Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.

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9:44am

Fri December 14, 2012
Arts Weekly

Smackdown at Lyric, Messiah Times-Two, Ichthus Departs

Film actor Steve Zahn, who lives in Lexington, plays One-Man-Christmas-Show-Man in Smackdown for the Christmas Crown by The Rep, a theater troupe he and his wife, Robyn Peterman-Zahn, co-founded.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

Holiday theater hits a climax this weekend in central Kentucky.  Two very different versions of Handel’s “Messiah” are performed.

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4:45am

Fri December 7, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Holiday Shows, Some Traditional, Some Not

Kevin Hardesty plays Don Juan and Rachel Lee Rogers is Angelique in the Balagula Theatre's production of Don Juan on Trial.
Credit Eugene A. Williams / Balagula Theatre

Performances of “Messiah” are just the tip of the holiday icicle. Arts organizations throughout the region offer numerous events this weekend, including Balagula Theater, the Lexington Vintage Dance Society and the Lexington Philharmonic.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, offers this preview.  Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.

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