In a scene from The Clean House, Charles (Mark Callahan) performs highly stylized surgery on his lover, Ana (Missy Johnston), with an assistant (Suraya Shalash). The comedy is presented by Actors Guild of Lexington.
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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.
Country star Tom T. Hall got in a little light ribbing of Gov. Steve Beshear and other officials at the Tuesday morning press conference announcing the Road to Fame competition.
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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.
Carl Kasell and Peter Sagal talk on a tin can phone
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Radio host Peter Sagal listens to the news the way wild mushroom hunters search for their quarry. "They train themselves to walk through the woods with this single-minded vision of looking for these mushrooms, which you have to be able to see, you have to train yourself to look for them or you'll walk right by them," Sagal says from his Chicago office. "So I'm like that — I'm missing the trees, I'm missing the forest, I'm missing verdant woodland, I'm just looking for the mushrooms."
Caperton Q. Elf (Chip Becker) and Blitzen (Katie Swim) fly into Florida. Swim's childhood letter to Santa inspired her mom to write Looking for Mrs. Santa Claus. Studio Players presents the world premiere production of Looking for Mrs. Santa Claus Nov. 17
Tragedy inspires works performed this weekend in Lexington. “On the Verge” Theater's production of Yasmina Resa's “God of Carnage” is performed over the next two weekends at the Downtown Arts Center. This is on “The Verge's” first play in a formal theater. Their previous productions have been site-specific works performed in antebellum homes and a funeral parlor. This time the play involves two couples and the actors are real life couples. The Lexington Philharmonic's “Human Spirit” concert is Friday and features works written in troubled times. They’ll dedicate a plaque in honor of George Zack, who directed the Phil for 37 years.
Rock Formations on the Road to Lee's Ferry, AZ: Mark Klett and Byron Wolf used digital photo processing to impose historical landscape photos onto modern photos that they shot from almost precisely the same spot.
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Acclaimed tenor Ronan Tynan talked to Joanna Schnurrman about her performance of a Puccini aria during a master class at UK.
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Jermaine Brown Jr. finishes his rendition of Felix Mendelssohn's Then Shall the Righteous Shine Forth at the University of Kentucky's Schmidt Vocal Arts Center. The teacher jumps up, clapping. "That was wonderful — you get the job," he exclaims. It's powerful praise considering the teacher is Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, famous for appearances on PBS and at Yankee Stadium, concert halls around the world and occasions such as President Ronald Reagan's funeral. For two weeks this fall and each fall and spring for the next three years, Tynan will be at UK working with students as the Alltech Visiting Artist in Residence.
Tybalt (Adam von Almen) and Roméo (Manuel Castillo) have words before they fight in the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre production of Roméo et Juliette. Castillo plays Roméo in the second and third shows. Gregory Turay has the role in the other two.
Thinking some plays are better performed inside, the same folks who bring Summerfest to Lexington waited until autumn to stage, somewhat ironically, “August, Osage County.” Also this weekend, Actors Guild of Lexington performs a police drama dubbed “Breathing Corpses.” But, perhaps the highpoint this weekend, will be a concert by the Boston Pops celebrating the 75th anniversary of Lexington’s landmark Keeneland Race Course. Previewing these events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.
“39 Steps” was once known primarily as a masterwork by film maker Alfred Hitchcock. But, most recently, it’s been a work for the stage, in London, New York and now Lexington. Studio Players begins its interpretation this weekend with just four cast members. Also, this weekend, an exhibition of the digital arts, including music, at Transylvania University. Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper has a preview.
Deadly illness is the backdrop of a play that opens this Labor Day weekend at a “boutique” theater in Lexington. Balagula Theater uses the plaque as the backdrop to “One Flea Spare.” Meanwhile, another small theater group presents “Boom.” They’re previewed by Rich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper. He also discusses “Questapalooza,” a Christian music festival which is a Labor Day tradition in central Kentucky.
The oldest form of performance art can be seen this weekend in Lexington. The Ringling Brothers Circus returns to Rupp Arena. Its Ring Master, who is a trained opera singer, says the circuses of Europe are having a deep impact on that American institution. Still, he says circuses don't get the respect they deserve. Also, a UK and NBA Basketball standout sings this weekend at the Lexington Opera House. Rich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, previews both events.
A fun run that mixes sci-fi with wellness takes place this weekend in Danville. Rich Copley, of the Lexington Herald Leader Newspaper, previews “Trun.” Rich also looks ahead at the only live performance this summer at Woodland Park in downtown Lexington. The park was once a regular summer venue for theater and concerts.
Artist Bill Fontana opened a public art sound installation in the landscaped passageway between the Financial Center Tower and its garage on July 29. The sound sculpture incorporates the sounds of the subtarranean Town Branch River.
Most people would never know the Town Branch of Elkhorn Creek runs under downtown Lexington if they were not told. There has long been no visual or audible evidence of the rushing water that runs just below the high-rise buildings and busy streets of the city — until this week.
Frank-n-furter (Christopher Baker) meets Brad (Wood Van Meter) and Janet (Meaghan Sharrard) in Sweet Transvestite. SummerFest presents Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show July 20-24 at the Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive in Lexington, Ky.
A crime drama based in Appalachia continues to earn praise from critics. This week, “Justified” netted four Emmy nominations. Rich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald offers an explanation. He also says the final installment in the “Harry Potter” series can pose competition to events take place in Kentucky. Among those events is a dramedy based in Danville at the end of World War Two.