Rich Copley, Lexington Herald Leader

Arts and Cultural reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader.

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5:49am

Fri October 5, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Phantom Finally Comes to Lexington

Todd Jones, left, Jacob Waid and Michael Preacely were triple cast in the title role of UK Opera Theatre's production of The Phantom of the Opera. Since then, however, Jones has been sidelined by a knee injury and won't appear onstage.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

In the 25 years since the musical’s debut, the Phantom of the Opera has never played central Kentucky.  That changes this weekend when the University of Kentucky brings it to the Lexington Opera House.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says this will be no scaled-down production. 

6:00am

Fri September 28, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Time to Take the Fun Indoors

At last year's ScareFest, Jason Morgan of Screampark took a turn in the Hot Seat, a faux electric chair. The Hot Seat will return for this weekend's ScareFest.
Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

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.

6:00am

Fri September 21, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Music Festival Spawns Multiple Spin-offs

INK IN THE CAGE: The Stories Behind MMA Fighter Tattoos, by Barbara LoMonaco and Angela Baldridge at Morlan Gallery, Sept. 17 – October 26.
Transylvania University Morlan Gallery

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.

6:00am

Fri September 14, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Desperately Seeking Elvis

The Colonel (left, played by Tim "X" Davis) explained to Candy (played by Spencer Maguire) how he needs to find Elvis to pay off a gambling debt.
Mark Ashley Lexington Herald Leader

It’s a busy weekend for culture in central Kentucky. Lexington’s symphony and its ballet are in action, as is Studio Players.  But, perhaps the most popular events will be the region’s fall festivals.  And, Rich Copley, who reports on the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader, says festival goers should experience a beautiful fall weekend.

6:00am

Fri September 7, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Balagula `Bugs' Audiences with Psycho-Thriller

Rachel Rogers plays Agnes and Zachary Dearing is Peter in Balagula Theatre's production of Bug, which opens Sunday.
Lexington Herald Leader

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.

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6:00am

Fri August 31, 2012
Arts Weekly

Chamber Music's Labor Day Bookend

Nathan Cole, violinist and artistic director of the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, practiced Tuesday afternoon at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald-Leader

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 LexingtonRich 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.

3:17pm

Mon August 27, 2012

8:21am

Fri August 24, 2012
Arts Weekly

Relative Unknowns Sing Out

Bluegrass Opera music director and conductor Lorne Dechtenberg played at a rehearsal at Temple Adath Israel last week.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

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.

6:00am

Fri August 17, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Takes it Outdoors this Weekend

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.

6:00am

Fri August 3, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bye, Bye Birdie: A Window on 1960

"The Telephone Hour" features the teens of Sweet Apple gossiping in "Bye Bye Birdie." The Rep presents "Bye Bye Birdie" at the Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short Street in Lexington, Ky., Aug. 3-5, 2012.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

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.

6:00am

Fri July 27, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Ripped from a Tabloid's Headlines

Mene (Katie Nykanen) and Esther (Mary Hodges) check out a story in the National Enquirer, a magazine they will soon be in as UFO abduction victims.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

UFOs and alien abductions are the headliners this weekend as Pioneer Playhouse presents “High Strangeness.”  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader says the Danville production is based on an unexplained mystery here in the Commonwealth.  Rich spoke about this weekend’s cultural events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

7:30am

Fri July 20, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Rains Fail to Dampen "Desire"

Blanche (Bess Morgan) arrives in New Orleans. SummerFest presents Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," directed by Joe Ferrell, July 18-22 at The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive in Lexington.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

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

2:51pm

Thu July 19, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Season, Temp Director at EKU Center

The EKU Center for the Arts kicks off its 2nd season with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
EKU Center for the Arts

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.

7:30am

Fri July 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Taking it to the Streets, an Arboretum and a Trailer Park

Studio Players presents David Nehls and Betsy Kelso's "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," directed by Tonda-Leah Fields, July 12-Aug. 5 at the Carriage House Theatre, 154 W. Bell Court in Lexington, Ky.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

This weekend Lexington offers the high brow, the low brow and chamber musicians who have intentionally left the chamber.  Rich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, previews a musical based in a trailer park, a performance of Shakespeare in a park, and a clever promotion of next month’s Chamber Music Festival of Lexington.

7:30am

Fri June 29, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentuckians Complete Cast of "Porgy and Bess"

Everett McCorvey, who directs the University of Kentucky opera, performs in the role of "Peter" in the Cincinnati Opera's "Porgy and Bess."
Cincinnati Opera

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.

7:30am

Fri June 22, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Regime Change at EKU Arts Center

Deb Hoskins, former Director EKU Center for the Arts.
David Perry Lexington Herald-Leader

Regime change this week at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts.  For the second time in the center’s two year history, it’s looking for a new director.  Plus, Director Debra Hoskins resigned before the center’s 2nd season line-up was unveiled.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers some insights both on the center and into this weekend’s Ichthus Christian Music Festival in Wilmore, Kentucky.

11:22am

Tue June 19, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

EKU Arts Center Director Resigns

Debra Hoskins did not return calls; EKU said it couldn't release unconfirmed information. David Perry | Staff
David Perry/Lexington Herald-Leader

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.

7:30am

Fri June 15, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Arts in the Family Way

Artworks by the patriarch of the Tharsing-Tower Family on display Friday during Lexington's Gallery Hop.
Robert Tharsing The Ann Tower Gallery

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

7:30am

Fri June 8, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Celebrating Musical Theater; At Home and Abroad

UK senior Elliott Lane and High School senior Paige Mason perform "You Can't Stop the Beat," as the finale of the 20th annual Grand Night for Singing. The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presents the concert at the Singletary Center.
Rich Copley 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. 

7:30am

Fri June 1, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Mad Men: Both Ancient and Domestic

Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

From Suetonius to the Animal Planet, people have been entertained by mad men.  Kentucky’s “Turtleman” returns to television this summer.  And Roman Emperor Caligula is resurrected at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar, in downtown Lexington.  Arts and culture reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers a preview.

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7:30am

Fri May 25, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Finding the Right Mix of Scenery and Soundtrack

Maynard Crossland, who took over last summer as director of Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, has helped to continue the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. Two of the concerts will be in the Meeting House.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

Music and venue merge on summer’s first weekend.  A tobacco barn at Shaker Village again houses the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass.  If chamber music fails to appeal, then the Woodford Theater offers a musical based on Gospel.  For the eyes, a collection of portraits goes on display in downtown Lexington.  Rich Copley, of the Lexington Herald Leader, again offers a preview.

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10:56am

Tue May 22, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

EKU Theater Professor Homer Tracy Dies

Homer Tracy worked for 30 years in the Eastern Kentucky University theater department and "was the heart and soul of the place," colleague James R. Moreton said.
JUSTIN FOWLER — LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

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.

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7:30am

Fri May 18, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

A Face Everyone Knows, A Name Most Folks Forget

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.

7:30am

Fri May 11, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"The Agony and the Ecstasy" of Actors Guild

Actors Guild of Lexington artistic director Eric Seale will perform "The Agony and Ecstacy of Steve Jobs" May 10-20 at the the theater on Old Harrodsburg Road.
Hillary Brown Lexington Herald Leader

The Lexington Philharmonic Friday presents a multi media performance of “The Planets” synced with HD video provided by NASA. “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” is performed by Actors Guild of Lexington, despite questions raised over the credibility of its playwrightRich Copley, who’s an arts and cultural reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, offers a preview.

7:30am

Fri May 4, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Gonzo Journalist and Other Derby Celebrities

Lexington Herald Leader

It's the one time when southern hospitality goes Hollywood.  This week, reporters talk about the celebrities who come to Churchill Downs on Derby Day.  The most famous? The Greatest.  Also, the story of a reporter gone wild, who's Derby partying launched the "Gonzo" school of journalism.  All this, and the Derby picks of arts and cultural reporter Rich Copley, of the Lexington Herald Leader.

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7:30am

Fri April 27, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Minstrels Wander Through Lexington, Renfro Valley

The four principal performers from the Broadway show Jersey Boys — Robert Spencer, left, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard — are now The Midtown Men.
Courtesy the Lexington Herald Leader.

Vickie Lawrence and her alter ego "Mama" perform this weekend to Renfro Valley, in a "Two Women" show.  A reincarnation of the original "Jersey Boys" are in concert at the Lexington Opera House.  And, Baroque is the sound Friday night when the Lexington Philharmonic performs at the Singletary Center.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers a preview.

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7:30am

Fri April 20, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Cornering the Modern Arts in Lexington

The McAdams and Morford Building at the corner of Main and Upper streets. The Lexington Art League is planning to lease the third floor for a new contemporary art space Downtown. Photo from the National Register of Historic Places via Wikipedia.

A modern arts “corner” is evolving in Lexington.  Besides plans to locate a 21-C Museum-Hotel at the intersection of Main and Upper Streets, the Lexington Arts League has its eye on the same corner.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader talks move about what those developments may mean for the community.  He also previews a celebration this weekend of vinyl records and the machines that translate them into music.

7:30am

Fri April 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Echoes of America's Aboriginals

RICHARD BELL, Wewereherefirst, 2007, acrylic on canvas, private collection, Brisbane, Australia,
Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts

The struggles of Australia’s first residents mirror the experience of Native Americans.  A leading aboriginal artist brings his work this weekend to the Art Museum at the University of KentuckyAnother set of Australians are also in town, interpreting music written about the American Midwest.  And, “Portugal, The Man” make a stop in Lexington that’s a pleasant surprise to Rich Copley.  The arts-culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader previews all three shows.

3:00am

Mon April 2, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

April Brings Shows to LEX Library

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. 

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7:30am

Fri March 30, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Final Four, Four Musketeers, Free Concerts

G.B. Dixon, left, Evan Sullivan, Paul DiSilvestro and Jacob Karnes wield swords in The Three Musketeers.
Lexington Herald Leader

This is one of those weekends when Kentucky culture displaces, at least in part, Kentucky arts.  Most of the state is distracted by the Kentucky teams who face off in college basketball’s Final Four.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader has a summary of watering holes where fans can watch the semi-final.  He also has praise for a production of Three Musketeers at Woodford Theater and we look inside a new venue in central Kentucky for the performing, musical and cinematic arts.

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