Arts Weekly

7:30am

Fri March 7, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Comic, Actor Aziz Ansari On Stage at UK

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It’s time for our weekly preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich tells us that, among other events this weekend, a well-known comic and star of NBC’s Parks & Recreation, Aziz Ansari will be at UK tomorrow night.


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6:30am

Fri March 7, 2014
Arts Weekly

Kentucky Bach Choir Performs PDQ Bach

Marlon Hurst is Artistic Director of the Kentucky Bach Choir

In its commitment to performing the works of J.S. Bach, the Kentucky Bach Choir is striving to be a little less formal and straight-laced.  The Choir will show its lighter side in Friday night's concert in Lexington. 

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7:30am

Fri February 28, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Von Trapps, Pink Martini, Women Sculptors and Oscars

The Von Trapps join Pink Martini with the UK Symphony at the Singletary Center Friday night 2/28/14

Here's our weekly preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that Friday night the Von Trapps join the group Pink Martini at the Singletary Center with the UK Symphony.  These Von Trapps are great grandchildren of Georg and Maria, of Sound of Music fame.  They just recently struck up a collaborative relationship with Pink Martini, the diverse Portland pop ensemble. 

    

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7:30am

Thu February 27, 2014
Arts Weekly

Comic, Actor Lily Tomlin Discusses Career, Kentucky Connections

"One ringy dingy." Lily's classic character from TV's "Laugh In," Ernestine the telephone operator

One of America’s most recognizable comedians and actresses for over four decades is continuing to entertain audiences on the big screen and stage. Lily Tomlin, who's bringing her act to Springfield Ohio next month, discusses her career and her connections to the Bluegrass State with reporter Cheri Lawson

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11:12am

Fri February 21, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Triangle Park Sculpture to be Unveiled

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The Lexington Art League will unveil its New Moon sculpture in Lexington’s Triangle Park Friday night.
With more information and a preview of other weekend events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that the sculpture is part of a new project called Luminosity.


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7:45am

Fri February 14, 2014
Arts Weekly

Rich Copley: Concerts and Film, Highlights of Valentine's Day Weekend

This weekend begins with some musical choices for Valentine’s Day and ends with a romantic film at the Kentucky Theatre.  Here with a preview of weekend events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that the 2010 Tony Award-winning musical Memphis will be on stage at the Lexington Opera House.

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11:58pm

Fri February 7, 2014
Arts Weekly

Copley: Lang Lang, Graphic Novel/Radio Play plus Silk Artist at Living Arts & Science Center Event

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This weekend brings one of the world's most famous pianists to Lexington.  Danville hosts a unique graphic novel/radio play/stage show Friday night. And, an aerial silk artist performs for the Living Arts & Science Center Fundraiser.  Rich Copley has a preview of weekend events.

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11:42pm

Fri February 7, 2014
Arts Weekly

Intergalactic Nemesis Takes the Stage at Norton Center

The Intergalactic Nemesis.  Sounds like something from the future, but it's not.  It's what creator Jason Neulander calls a mash-up of 1930's radio drama and classic comic book action into one stage performance.

The show is on stage Friday night and it's getting thoroughly modern reviews.


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10:51am

Fri January 31, 2014
Arts Weekly

Copley: UK Art Museum Showing off Photos, Bluegrass Events & UK Dance Minor Concert

The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky is showing off its photography collection.  There’s plenty of bluegrass in the region this weekend and UK Fine Arts Dance Minor has a concert. Here with a preview of weekend events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. 


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8:41am

Fri January 24, 2014
Arts Weekly

Copley: Art Ball Previews Light Sculpture & Kentuckians Compete in Grammys

The Lexington Art League kicks off its winter light event this weekend at the annual Art Ball and a couple of Kentuckians are contenders for this year's Grammy Awards. Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader previews this weekends events.

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11:59am

Fri November 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Murder, Moms And Their Secret Lives Fuel Kentucky Author's Latest Mystery

Mystery writer and Western Kentucky University professor David Bell.
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Four to five thousand book lovers are expected to attend the 32nd Kentucky Book Fair this weekend. The one-day annual event was started in 1981 as a way of honoring the  profession of writing and of raising money for the benefit of schools and libraries across the state. Among the 150 authors at the Frankfort Convention Center on Saturday will be Western Kentucky University professor David Bell.  Bell, who teaches writing at the school in Bowling Green, has published three crime-mystery novels. WEKU's John Hingsbergen spoke with David Bell about his novel, Never Come Back, the process of writing and the Kentucky Book Fair.

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12:09pm

Fri October 25, 2013
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Lexarts President Jim Clark Resigning Effective June 30th

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After more than a decade of championing the arts in Lexington, Lexarts President Jim Clark has announced he will leave his post.  Clark's resignation will be effective the end of June.  He says he is pleased with the pace of arts activities in the bluegrass.

“And I feel like I’ve taken it as far as I can go and there comes a point when new vision and leadership is needed and this is the right time to do that.”

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11:00am

Fri October 4, 2013
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Putting Musical Instruments Into The Hands Of The Very Young

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Instruction which includes instruments is known to enhance a child’s appreciation of music. But, musical instruments are not always within the reach of families with modest means.  A program launched by the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra provides the tools needed by low-income music students. 


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11:59am

Fri September 27, 2013
Arts Weekly

Sphinx Virtuosi: Bringing Chamber Music To A Diverse Society

Sphinx Virtuosi violinist Jessie Montgomery.
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With the jazz-age music of Jewish-American composer George Gerswhin, an appreciation for the music of African-American culture first appeared in concert halls. But it wasn't until the 1990's, when an entrepreneur got the idea of endowing a national competition that recognizes African-American and Hispanic classical musicians where Americans began seeing diversity on the concert stage.


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2:45pm

Fri September 20, 2013
Arts Weekly

The Rite Of Spring: Still Edgy After All These Years

It’s perhaps the most influential ballet ever performed. A hundred years ago, “The Rite of Spring” was first staged.   The Igor Stravinsky composition redefined dance and sparked a revolution in music that still influences composers…whether classical or not.  Joseph Allison is a music historian at Eastern Kentucky University, a big fan of Stravinsky and completely enamored with “The Rite of Spring.” 

Saturday evening inside the Lexington Opera House, “The Rite of Spring” is performed by the Lexington Ballet.

10:58pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Arts Weekly

The Lexington Philharmonic Show Will Go On

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The Lexington Philharmonic show goes on this  evening at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center.  A strike by the local musician union has been averted.  Both sides agreed to continue their current contract, but differences still stand in the way of a long term agreement.

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9:45am

Fri September 13, 2013
Arts Weekly

Singer-Songwriter Joe Crookston Makes Kentucky Debut

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The latest concert in the series being called the Redgate Sessions is this coming week in Somerset, Kentucky. In May, the series, organized by promoter George Linn, brought singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis back to the region. This month’s show features an Ohio native who’s never played in the Commonwealth. Joe Crookston sings, writes songs and plays a long list of instruments in a folk music style.  Crookston tells Arts Weekly’s John Hingsbergen that, like a lot of other performers, he prefers to not be pigeon-holed.


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12:00pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Arts Weekly

Bourbon Barrels Prized As Artistic Canvases

Barrels arrive for 2013 Bourbon Barrel Art Project.
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Bourbon barrels are on the auction block, not for their contents but as objet d’art.   The barrels are decorated and then sold during the state Barbecue Festival in Danville.  33 bourbon barrels are entered in this weekend’s fundraiser.

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10:04am

Fri September 6, 2013
Arts Weekly

Celebrating An American Victory In Music

Adam Schoenberg, following the world premiere of American Symphony.
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The life of modern composers is not easy.  Orchestras usually perform their music alongside masterworks from composers like Mozart or Hayden or Copland.  That’s because most audiences only want to hear great works.  Mostly likely, they’ll patiently endure a new piece that took months, if not years, to perfect.  It’s an experience felt by Composer Adam Schoenberg, as he created his American Symphony.


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12:31pm

Fri May 31, 2013
Arts Weekly

Balagula Theatre puts God on Trial

A community forum discussing the issues raised by The Trial of God will take place Thursday June 13 at Temple Adath Israel in Lexington

A fictional drama, based on a historical event is spawning a community forum including local religious leaders.  A Lexington group is the first to stage “The Trial of God” in the Commonwealth.  The forum is being held to foster an interfaith dialogue about the issues raised by the controversial play.

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3:01pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Arts Weekly

Ky professor discusses poetry of Thomas Merton

Dr. Maureen Morehead spoke about the poetry of Thomas Merton during the Chautauqua Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University.

Earlier this month, the final Chautauqua Lecture of the year at Eastern Kentucky University featured The Poetry of Thomas Merton.   Until his accidental death in 1968, the Roman Catholic monk lived at the Abbey of Gethsemani, a Trappist monastery near Bardstown. 

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2:19pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Arts Weekly

Former Rep Chandler set to direct Humanities Council

Former Rep. Ben Chandler becomes Executive Director of the Kentucky Humanities Council this summer.

For 21 years, Ben Chandler served Kentuckians in the U.S. House of Representatives.  This summer, he’ll find find himself in a new role, as he says, "telling Kentucky’s story" as Executive Director of the Kentucky Humanities Council.  We spoke this week with Mr.Chandler about the position he assumes on July 1st.

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12:30pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Arts Weekly

Barn at Redgate to host new concert series in Somerset

Pierce Pettis performs Friday evening May 17 at the Barn at Redgate.

A new series of concerts kicks off in Somerset next weekend.   Singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis will open The Red Gate Sessions on Friday evening May 17.

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6:00am

Fri May 10, 2013
Arts Weekly

Kentucky Ties in "The Great Gatsby"

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If not in the movie, at least in the book, Kentucky figures prominently in “The Great Gatsby.”  Another movie based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald masterwork is released this weekend.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, dusted off his college copy, and discussed it with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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11:59am

Fri May 3, 2013
Arts Weekly

Restaurant, Restrooms and the Rest for Art Lovers

"Stargate," by Lexington Artist Dan Barnes, now on display at the Kentucky Artisans Center in Berea.

A decade ago, just off I-75 in Berea, the Commonwealth launched an experiment in marketing.  It built the Kentucky Artisan Center and stocked its shelves with locally made products.  The center has since been a stop for travelers seeking arts and crafts, a meal and a clean restroom.  WEKU’s Charles Compton reports.

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6:15am

Fri May 3, 2013
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Documents Describe Alleged Mismanagement at EKU Arts Center

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Accustomed to theaters and museums..reporter Rich Copley found himself in a different venue recently…a courtroom.  Rich, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, won access to public documents describing alleged mismanagement at the EKU Center for the Arts.  Those allegations eventually resulted in the resignation of center director Debra Hoskins.  He spoke with WEKU reporter Charles Compton.

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12:30pm

Fri April 26, 2013
Arts Weekly

KY Bach Choir presents Spring Concert of Bach & Handel

The Kentucky Bach Choir is getting ready for its spring concert with performance of the music of Bach and Handel. The group was founded in 2007 as the Lexington Bach Choir.  London, Kentucky native Marlon Hurst became artistic director in 2009 when choir founder Richard Sowers took a job out of state.  

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6:00am

Fri April 26, 2013
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Kentucky Native Michael Shannon Appearing in TV, Movies, Theater

Michael Shannon, Left
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Kentucky has spawned its fair share of Hollywood actors….from Patricia Neal to Jennifer Lawrence, and now, Michael Shannon.  The Lexington native cancelled an appearance this weekend at the Kentucky Theater, but Shannon’s newest film still opens there.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, spoke about this weekend’s events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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6:00am

Fri April 19, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Public Library Hosts Victorian Inspired Gala

Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus
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The latest in Tween-literature is recreated this weekend by the Lexington Public Library.  “Night Circus” author Erin Morgenstern helps in a fundraiser at Red Mile’s Round Barn.  Here with a preview of it and the weekend’s other events is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader

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6:00am

Fri April 12, 2013
Arts Weekly

Several Prestigious Acts to be Inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

It seems earning a place in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame takes a while.  It’s probably because the Commonwealth possesses a deep pool of musical talent.  The Hall has its induction ceremony tonight at the Lexington Center.  Here with a preview of it and the weekend’s other events is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader

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