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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin Hardesty plays Don Juan and Rachel Lee Rogers is Angelique in the Balagula Theatre's production of Don Juan on Trial.
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.
Kentucky’s contribution to the Lincoln legend was not overlooked by the film-makers behind a new blockbuster. “Lincoln” premieres this weekend, with Sally Field playing the part of Lexington-native Mary Todd Lincoln. Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, previews the film and this weekend’s other events. Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.
During an Actors Guild rehearsal earlier this week for November, which opened Thursday, director Bo List, left, had a front-row seat for a scene between Joe Gatton, right, playing President Charles Smith and Jeff Sherr as advisor Archer Brown.
As the season changes, cultural life in central Kentucky is moving indoors. On this first full weekend of autumn, venues like Lexington’s Singletary Center for the Arts will be busy. Rich Copley, who covers arts for the Lexington Herald Leader, says the concert hall at the University of Kentucky will first host singer-songwriter Andrew Bird. Rich spoke about the American-Roots musician with reporter Charles Compton.
Spin-offs are not exclusive to television sit-coms. A four-year old music festival called Boomslang has prompted multiple spin-offs, all of which take place this weekend in Lexington. Here with a preview of Boomslang and this weekend’s other events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. He spoke with WEKU reporter Charles Compton.
A story told this weekend at the Balagula Theater in downtown Lexington is about a woman who can’t get away from crazy men. Here with a preview of “Bug” and this weekend’s other events is reporter Rich Copley. Rich, who covers the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader, spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
Chamber music bookends summer in the Bluegrass. The season starts with concerts at Shaker Village and ends this Labor Day weekend with the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. Rich Copley, who’s an arts reporter with the Lexington Herald Leader, promises he’ll provide gavel to gavel coverage. Rich spoke about the festival with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
It’s a weekend for the vocal arts in Lexington. A classically-trained, but relatively-unknown singer who demolished the competition in a national search has his first concert on Saturday. And, the Bluegrass Opera Company revives a work that’s spent 65 years on the shelf. Rich Copley, who reports on the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader, discussed the opera with WEKU reporter Charles Compton.
Outdoor activities dominate this weekend’s calendar. There’s a concert at Keeneland, and, Rich Copley, who covers arts and culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says some of the region’s finest art will be on display at Woodland Park. Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.
When it debuted on Broadway, “Bye Bye Birdie” was commentary on contemporary life. Today, the musical-comedy is a period-piece about pop-culture in 1960. It’s an attitude embraced by the producers who are reviving “Bye, Bye Birdie” in Lexington. Here with a preview is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. He spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
Recent rains have been a blessing to farmers, but, not to stage managers. Wet weather has forced some adjustment on Lexington’s Summerfest. This weekend, weather permitting, is Tennessee Williams’ “Streetcar Named Desire.” Rich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, says this production’s director makes it remarkable. He spoke with reporter Charles Compton
The Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts on Tuesday announced the lineup for its second season and named an interim director while a search committee looks for a successor to Debra Hoskins, who resigned last month. Jill Price, currently the director of conferencing and events with the division of continuing education and outreach at EKU, will serve as the interim director. Price, who is a member of the center's community operations board and the search committee, will not seek the post permanently.