Rich Copley, Lexington Herald Leader

Arts and Cultural reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader.

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7:40am

Fri September 30, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Asian Arts, Artists and Violinists

Korean violinist Hahn Bin.
Norton Center for the Arts

Asian arts and artists take the spotlight this weekend in Lexington.  Violinist Midori launches the 50th anniversary season for the Lexington Philharmonic.  To the south, in Danville, violinist Hahn Bin offers a more contemporary take on classical music.  And Sunday at the University of Kentucky, the Arts Asia Festival opens.  Offering a preview is Rich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader

7:40am

Fri September 23, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Von Trapps Rock and Peter Pan Ages

On her farewell tour as Peter Pan, gymnast Cathy Rigby performs this weekend in Lexington.  Also, from Broadway, a re-imagined version of “The Sound of Music” is offered at Danville’s Norton Center.  And, a new theatrical venue opens this weekend in Richmond with an inaugural performance from a hometown girl, country music star Wynonna Judd.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers a preview.

7:40am

Fri September 16, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

2 Tonys, 4 Actors, 39 Steps

“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. 

7:40am

Fri September 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Exhibit Gets Under Human Skin

A skeleton perched on a bicycle as part of Bodies Revealed, the inaugural exhibit at the Lexington Center Museum and Gallery. The exhibit runs from Saturday through Jan. 8.
David Perry Lexington Herald-Leader

A sometimes controversial exhibit opens this weekend in a new venue at the Lexington Center.  “Bodies Revealed” allows for close study of human anatomy through human cadavers.  Also, the Norton Center in Danville opens its season with a blues performance.  Previewing both is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper.

7:40am

Fri September 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Boutique Theaters Sieze the Holiday

Ellie Clark, Evan Bergman and Sullivan Canaday White are the directors of Project SEE Theatre.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald-Leader

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. 

7:40am

Fri August 26, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Circuses "Get No Respect"

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 HouseRich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, previews both events.

7:40am

Fri August 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Summer Arts Climax in Lexington

Lexington Art League

The summer arts season climaxes this weekend in central Kentucky.  The annual Chamber Music Festival of Lexington takes place at the Fasig-Tipton Pavillion.  Outdoor concerts are staged at Keeneland and Whitehall State Park.  And, artists and crafts people gather at Lexington’s Woodland Park for its annual fair.  Offering a look ahead is arts and culture reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper. 

7:00am

Fri August 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Starlit Ballet, "Trun" Go the Distance

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.

7:33am

Fri July 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Hidden Rivers, Veiled Faces

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.
Hannah Potes Lexington Herald-Leader

The hidden is unveiled this weekend in Lexington.  A sound sculpture, sponsored by Lexarts, resurrects a buried river.  And, an exhibit at the University of Kentucky lifts the veil on veils.  Arts and cultural reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper offers a preview of both artworks.

12:59pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Sound of an Underground Stream

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.

7:32am

Fri July 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Families, Funerals and "Frank-n-furter" this Weekend

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.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald-Leader

Two musicals for two very different audiences this weekend in central Kentucky.  The Lexington Children’s Theater offers a production of “Annie” that includes whole families in its cast.  Summerfest stages “The Rocky Horror Show” for people with more adult tastes.  Plus, in response to audience demand, “Three Viewings” will have more viewings.  Arts reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers these previews.

7:35am

Fri July 15, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Harlan to Hogwarts to the Henson Hotel

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.

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6:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

A Tragedy, a Musical and a Comic

There’s no need to trade your kingdom for good drama this summer weekend.  Summerfest begins in Lexington with Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” Studio Players recaptures past glory with a revival of “Forever Plaid,” and actor-comedian Adele Givens, who’s a Lexington native, performs at the Lyric Theater.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader has this preview.

12:07am

Fri July 1, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

After Fireworks, Concerts Rule the 4th

If fireworks are at the top of the list for Independence Day activities, then music is number two.  A 4th of July country music concert is planned for Lexington, as is a pops concert by the Lexington Philharmonic OrchestraRich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers this preview.

12:01am

Fri June 17, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Tourist Attractions now Attract Kentuckians

Summer destinations rely more this year on their neighbors for support.  Instead of tourists, summer events like the Ichthus Christian Rock Festival near Wilmore, The Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown and A Grand Night for Singing at the University of Kentucky, now target local audiences.  Reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers an explanation.

12:01am

Fri June 10, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

How'd the Weekend Get So Busy?

In the arts calendar, some weekends are busier that ever.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers an explanation.  Plus, he previews the Great American Brass Band Festival, A Grand Night for Singing, the Festival of the Bluegrass and an organist convention, which all take place this weekend in central Kentucky.

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