A 1935 opera created by the sons of Russian immigrants about African-Americans in South Carolina is performed this weekend in Cincinnati by music majors from Kentucky. Only in America. Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader previews the Cincinnati Opera’s performance of “Porgy and Bess.” He also talks about the changing nature of summertime arts in the Bluegrass.
UPDATED: Debra Hoskins has resigned as the director of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts, according to a statement released Tuesday morning by the Richmond university. The EKU release said a national search for Hoskins' replacement will begin immediately.
This Fathers’ Day weekend has several family acts putting their artworks on display in Lexington. The monthly Gallery Hop celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Ann Tower Gallery. On display there are artworks created by the family that founded the gallery. Actors Guild celebrates a family reunion as it presents, “Really You Should Use Bullets.” With an explanation of those stories and a preview of this weekend’s Bruce Hornsby concert at the Kentucky Theater is Rich Copley, who covers culture and the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader.
From New York City to Lexington, this weekend we celebrate musical theater. Three Kentuckians will play prominent parts as the Tony Awards are presented. And, for the 20th summer, the University of Kentucky offers a “Grand Night for Singing.” Plus, the artworks that accompany record albums are the focus of a show in downtown Lexington. Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader takes a survey of this weekend’s events.
In January, Sally Wilfert was onstage in New York's Lincoln Center singing Why Do High School Teachers Make Me Cry? in a show of works by Broadway composer and lyricist William Finn. As she left the stage after the funny, poignant number, which makes reference to films including Goodbye Mr. Chips and Mr. Holland's Opus, she was encouraged by Finn to return to the stage and point out that two of her college teachers were in the audience: Eastern Kentucky University theater professors James R. Moreton and Homer Tracy.
It’s a curse felt by character actors. Everyone knows their faces. No one knows their names. Such is the fate of Kentucky-born actor Harry Dean Stanton. His movies, which include “Alien,” “The Green Mile” and “Repo Man” are the subject of a film festival this weekend in Lexington. Also this weekend a stage adaptation of “The Graduate” is performed by Studio Players. And, there’s news that a Broadway super hit will finally be performed in Lexington. Offering previews is Rich Copley, who’s an arts and cultural reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader.
A new arts venue opens tomorrow in Lexington. The Central Library on Main Street has renovated its Farish Theater. In its first month, Library Director Ann Hammond said the 139-seat theater hosts free events on 28 straight days.
The play that became a sitcom that’s now a “contemporary classic” is performed this weekend in Lexington. Besides “Hot’l Baltimore,” theater goers can also see a drama based on the scientist credited with making the 1st atomic bomb. Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader previews both stage productions.
Rich Copley describes “Falstaff” as “a funny opera, best known for tragedy and anguish.” In preparation for this weekend’s performance at the University of Kentucky, the arts and culture reporter explains how Giuseppe Verdi managed that. Also, he talks about central Kentucky’s “first family of string music.” The Herald Leader reporter also previews the second performance in Lexington, within five months, of “August, Osage County.”
Actors Guild of Lexington this weekend opens a play by Sarah Ruhl called “The Clean House.” Ruhl’s a hot contemporary playwright who wrote “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” which was staged last year by the Actors’ Guild. Also, Actors Theatre of Louisville has a production of her “In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play” on stage right now. “Here Come the Mummies,” who built a central Kentucky following during the World Equestrian Games, return Friday evening to Lexington. Plus, there’s a bunch of string music this weekend in Lexington, Clay City and elsewhere. With a preview is Rich Copley who’s an arts and culture reporter with the Lexington Herald Leader.
Gov. Steve Beshear and country music star Tom T. Hall announced a new initiative Tuesday to promote U.S. 23 as the Country Music Highway that will include an American Idol-style competition and an education fund. Hall, an Olive Hill native, is one of numerous Kentucky musicians from the area surrounding the 144-mile north-south highway who have gone on to country music fame including sisters Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle, the mother-daughter duo of Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Keith Whitley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam and a number of other chart toppers. In 1994, the Kentucky State Legislature designated U.S. 23 as the Country Music Highway.
The Lexington Philharmonic puts out the ‘red carpet’ for a special 50th anniversary weekend concert Saturday night at the Opera House. On Sunday night, a one man show about abolitionist Frederick Douglass comes to the Lyric Theater. The annual Martin Luther King observance in downtown Lexington Monday will include a tribute to Mahalia Jackson. The Lexington Herald’s Rich Copley runs down weekend activities on this holiday weekend.
Hidden behind the death of political icon Gatewood Galbraith was the passing of a woman who tried just about everything during her long life, including a stint inside the Kentucky Theater box office. Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader remembers Lee Overstreet and previews a performance this evening by Lexington singer Coralee of "Coralee and the Townies" is doing a Loretta Lynn tribute show at Cosmic Charlies. Rich also talks about a sneak peak of PBS' newest “Downton Abbey” series at the Kentucky Theatre on Saturday morning.