Arts Weekly

1:22pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Arts Weekly

KY Shakespeare brings Julius Caesar to Hazard

Young people and others in Hazard will be treated to a performance of Shakespeare next week. John Hingsbergen reports that Kentucky Shakespeare, based in Louisville, is bringing Julius Caesar to the Hazard Community and Technical College.

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6:00am

Fri April 5, 2013
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Spring Takes Off with Keeneland, The Odd Couple and Pianolust!

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Marking spring in much of the Bluegrass, a series of arts and cultural events is set for this weekend.  When it comes to such events, reporter Rich Copley says the big kahuna is Keeneland’s spring race meet.  Rich covers arts and culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.

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12:36pm

Fri March 29, 2013
Arts Weekly

Enso String Quartet and Boston Brass in Danville

Enso String Quartet
Credit Christina Hurst

Born out of a "class assignment" at Yale University, the Enso String Quartet now performs almost half a year touring the country and internationally. They team up with the Boston Brass to present an evening of music on the theme of the story of Romeo and Juliet featuring the music of Prokofiev, Berstein and Elvis Costello. WEKU's Roger Duvall spoke with cellist Richard Belcher. 

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12:12pm

Fri March 29, 2013
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Messiah as Handel intended

The WEKU stations present a broadcast of the March 17th performance of Handel's Messiah by the chamber choir of Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, Tempesta di Mare.

Since its debut in 1742, Messiah has established itself as one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.  During this Easter weekend, the WEKU Stations are presenting a unique production of George Frideric Handel's oratorio in its original orchestration.

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11:24am

Fri March 29, 2013
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Woodford Theatre to stage Neil Simon's Odd Couple

Evan Bergman and Tim Hull star as Oscar and Felix, The Odd Couple, opening at the Woodford Theatre April 5.

Although most people know it as a popular TV series, The Odd Couple first came to light on stage.  The Neil Simon comedy premiered on Broadway in 1965 and was made into a movie three years later.   As a TV sitcom, 114 episodes aired on ABC between 1970 and 75.

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12:17pm

Thu March 28, 2013
Arts Weekly

Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble Perform Twice in Central Kentucky

Yo-Yo Ma and Colin Jacobsen during the 2011 North American tour
Credit Max Whittaker - silkroadproject.org

Yo-Yo Ma performed for two American presidents before the age of ten and is perhaps one of the best-known living classical musicians. 

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12:36pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Arts Weekly

Students Organize Art Show Inspired by Childhood Tales

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Students were allowed to organize the newest art show at the Lexington Art League.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says they came up with a fascinating result.  He talked about it and this weekend’s other events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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6:13pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Arts Weekly

Addams Family Musical at the Lexington Opera House

Perhaps no TV theme is more recognizable than that of The Addams Family.  The unconventional sit-com aired on ABC for just two seasons, starting in the Fall of 1964.  It was based on characters created in the 1930's by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams.

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6:12pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Arts Weekly

Addams Family's "Cousin Itt" in town for weekend events

Baby boomers and re-run watchers probably know The Addams Family best from the black and white TV series of the 1960's.  As luck would have it, one of the original characters from that series is also in town this weekend.

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3:34pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Folk Musician John Gorka to Perform at Carnegie Arts Center

Carnegie Presents John Gorka on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 at 7pm
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The term "folk music" can refer to a lot of different styles. Folk tunes are the basis for much of the classical music of Bela Bartok and Aaron Copeland. Ethnic music of Africa inspired the writing of Paul Simon for his multi-Grammy-award-winning album Graceland.

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3:32pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Art League Hosts pARTy to Make Art More Accessible

The LAL's pARTy for Everyone brings art out of the galleries and into the world.
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The Lexington Art League takes its art out of the gallery and onto the streets September 21st, 2012 for its second "pARTy for Everyone."

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2:53pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Quartet to Perform Coltrane's Spiritual Music Part I

The Rev. Brian Cole, left, and John Linker, right, the respective pastor and music director of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, are excited about hosting a jazz performance by vibraphonist Dick Sisto, center, and his quartet.
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Legendary saxophonist, John Coltrane, had an illustrious career that spanned from the bebop era of the 1940s to the free-jazz movement of the late 1960s. One lesser-known aspect of his career was his spiritual side. Sunday evening, October 28th, The Church of the Good Shepard in Lexington will feature the sacred music of John Coltrane with jazz artist Dick Sisto. Brian Cole is the Director of Good Shepard Church and spoke with WEKU's Roger Duvall about the performance.

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2:38pm

Fri March 15, 2013
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Constella Arts Festival Seeks to Connect Arts in Cincinnati

The Constella Arts Festival seeks to connect arts organizations throughout Cincinnati
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Communities large and small benefit from having a thriving arts climate. But in any given town, while the symphony or art museum may be a leader in terms of patronage, many organizations struggle to get by as athey live in the shadows of better organized groups. 

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12:55pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

EKU Center for the Arts Hosts Popular Blue Man Group

EKU center for the arts hosts the sensational Blue Man Group Novemer 9-10, 2012
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November 9th and 10th, the EKU Center for the Arts hosts Blue Man Group. The act started in the late 80s and has been going strong worldwide ever since. While the 3-man acrobatic drumming troupe doesn't utter a word on stage, one of the performers, Chris Smith, talks here with Roger Duvall.

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12:30pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Multi-Genre Art Show Exhibits Local Art Inspired by "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Multi-genre art inspired by "To Kill a Mockingbird" presented at the Carnegie Center in Lexington, Ky
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The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning presents an arts celebration of works inspired by the book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Jessica Faye Mohler is the group's marketing director and helped coordinate the celebration.

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12:03pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Bluegrass Youth Ballet Celebrates Dia de los Muertos with Dance

The Bluegrass Youth Ballet present Dia de los Muertos at the Lexington Opera House
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While Halloween is the popular holiday most celebrated around this country this week, it's not the only commemoration of the souls of the departed. The Mexican holiday The Day of the Dead is celebrated November 1st and 2nd and can be seen as having similarities with our festival of ghouls and goblins. This weekend, the Bluegrass Youth Ballet Performs their Day of the Dead dance concert, Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead
A Mexican Celebration of Life and Death.

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11:34am

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Children's Theatre Presents Stage Version of Lewis' Beloved Book

The Lexington Children's Theatre presents "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at the Lexington Opera House
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In 2005, one of C.S. Lewis' most beloved books, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, was made into the top-grossing and critically-acclaimed film, The Chronicles of Narnia.

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11:34am

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Children's Theatre Presents Stage Version of Lewis' Beloved Book

The Lexington Children's Theatre presents "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at the Lexington Opera House
Credit http://www.lctonstage.org/index.html

In 2005, one of C.S. Lewis' most beloved books, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, was made into the top-grossing and critically-acclaimed film, The Chronicles of Narnia.

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11:00am

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

The Lexington Art League Rings in the New Year with 27th annual "The Nude"

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The Lexington Art League started the new year as they have for the past 26 years, with a juried art show celebrating the human form. Arts Weekly's Roger Duvall talked to the Arts League's Amber Scott about what makes this year's nude exhibit unique.

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6:00am

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Welcomes Comic Book, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fans

The touring company of the musical version of The Addams Family features Amanda Bruton, left, as Grandma, Jennifer Fogarty as Wednesday, Dan Olson as Lurch, Jesse Sharp as Gomez, KeLeen Snowgren as Morticia, Shaun Rice as Uncle Fester and Jeremy Todd Shinder as Pugsley.
Credit Rich Copley — Lexington Herald-Leader

Comic book, sci-fi and fantasy fans will find Lexington a welcoming place this weekend.   A Broadway musical and Lexington Comic Con both celebrate the dark comedy of the Addams Family.  Plus, Rupp Arena hosts a Christian Rock concert.  Here with a preview is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader

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1:10pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Hosts Kentucky Arts Council's "Kentucky Crafted: The Market" for its 31st Year

The Kentucky Arts Council Presents the 31st Annual Kentucky Crafted: The Market
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Lexington hosts over 200 visual and crafts artists this weekend as the Kentucky Arts Council presents Kentucky Crafted: The Market at the Lexington Convention Center. This is the 31st annual festival and marks its second year in-a-row in Lexington. Arts Council Executive Director, Lori Meadows, spoke with Arts Weekly's Roger Duvall.

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12:54pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Area Music Alliance presents LAMArama at Downtown Natasha's Bistro

Nonprofit, Lexington Area Music Alliance
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Once a year, the non-profit Lexington Area Music Alliance presents a day-long series of workshops and live performances for musicians. Tom Martin is a member of the group and says the goal of LAMA-RAMA is to nurture the local music scene. 

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12:24pm

Thu March 14, 2013
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UK Opera Theatre Presents "The Marriage of Figaro"

UK Opera Theatre presents "The Marriage of Figaro"
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Some of the best young vocalists in the country have called Lexington home, albeit temporarily. The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Program has earned respect across the country.

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12:23pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Arts Weekly

UK Opera Theatre Presents "The Marriage of Figaro"

UK Opera Theatre presents "The Marriage of Figaro"
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While the University of Kentucky is probably best known nationally for its basketball program, an argument can be made that its opera program isn't that far behind Wildcat basketball in terms of national recognition and recruitment of students. 

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2:27pm

Thu March 7, 2013
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Stories of Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky Told by Author Rosie Moosnick

Kentuckians of Jewish and Arab heritage probably have much more in common with each other than they do with the average resident of the Commonwealth.  Lexington author Rosie Moosnick says that’s especially true for women.   Moosnick’s book, “Arab and Jewish Women of Kentucky,” is a collection of their stories.  In gathering material, the University of Kentucky sociologist drew upon interviews with Jewish and Arab Women, and upon her own experiences growing up in Lexington.  Moosnick spoke with reporter Charles Compton.

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2:22pm

Thu March 7, 2013
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Studio Players Explore the Roots of Sherlock Holmes

The wildly popular Masterpiece Mystery series places Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch, left) and Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) in the 21st century.
Credit Colin Hutton — Hartwood Films

Given all the updated incarnations Sherlock Holmes on television, a production this weekend by Studio Players of Lexington could be refreshing.  And, while it wasn’t “murder most foul", another theatrical tradition this week gave up the ghost. With more on those events is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader

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10:43pm

Wed March 6, 2013
Arts Weekly

Bluegrass in the Meadows

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If it’s Bluegrass Music you want this winter and if you’re in the eastern Kentucky community of Clay City, you’re in the right place.  An ongoing concert series there attracts and entertains.   It’s Saturday evening at the Meadowgreen Park Music Hall.  It’s a half hour before the show starts and Joyce Haddox and a friend sit at a card table, selling raffle tickets for a banjo created by local legend Homer Ledford.  Ledford made stringed instruments and performed Bluegrass for decades in nearby Winchester.  Haddox says Meadowgreen is a family place.

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5:56pm

Fri February 22, 2013
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Lex Phil presents Beethoven & Eighth Blackbird

The Lexington Philharmonic welcomes three-time Grammy winner, Eighth Blackbird for next Friday's concert at the Singletary Center.  The six-member group will perform what's being called a“groundbreaking composition” by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Jennifer Higdon.  The concert also features Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

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5:44pm

Fri February 22, 2013
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EKU Students present Vagina Monologues

Students at Eastern Kentucky University staged their tenth annual production of The Vagina Monologues this week in Richmond.   EKU's Director of Women and Gender Studies, Doctor Lisa Day, welcomed the crowd for this year's opening performance.

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12:45pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Barbara Kingsolver Tackles Global Climate Change in Latest Novel: Part II

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During our last program of 2012, we spoke with one of Appalachia's most famous writers, Barbara Kingsolver. 

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