Arts Weekly

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
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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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11:00am

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
Arts Weekly

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
Arts Weekly

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
Arts Weekly

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
Arts Weekly

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
Arts Weekly

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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6:36am

Fri February 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

UK Symphony Celebrates Wagner's 200th Birthday

Soprano Christine Brewer
Credit Christian Steiner

Fans of classic opera are in for a rare treat this weekend.  To mark the 200th Anniversary of the composer’s birth, there’s a performance of Richard Wagner’s greatest hits.  With more on it and this weekend’s other events is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.

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6:17am

Fri February 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Unique Duo Perfoms Pop Music's Biggest Hits

The line-up this rainy Sunday evening at a Natasha’s Bistro and Bar includes music by the Black-Eyed Peas, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. It’s not an all-star benefit concert that’s lost its way. It’s J String, a combination of Lexington cellist Jacob Yates and Broadway actress Jessica Hendy.  Much of their summer last year was spent putting their own spin on some of pop music’s biggest hits.

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2:20pm

Fri February 8, 2013
Arts Weekly

Balagula Theatre Tackles Controversial, Award-Winning Play

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Balagula Theatre, based at Natasha's Cafe in downtown Lexington, is no stranger to what might be called "cutting edge theater." Its latest production is a Tony Award-winning play dealing with a controversial subject not often tackled on stage: a romantic relationship involving a successful business- and family-man and a goat.

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2:17pm

Fri February 8, 2013
Arts Weekly

Kentucky Outsider Artists Represented In NYC Art Fair

"Untitled" (2008) by Beverly Baker. Color pencil and graphite on paper, 23 x 29 inches.
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Last week, Chase Martin and Phillip March Jones of Lexington's Institute 193 gathered the work of a dozen or so Kentucky artists and hit the road for New York City. Their destination? The annual Outsider Art Fair.

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2:07pm

Fri February 8, 2013
Arts Weekly

EKU Hosts Scotland's Black Watch Pipes and Drums

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It's not every day you go to a concert featuring musicians who have been recently risking their lives on the battlefield. Such is the life of members of the pipes and drums of the Black Watch of the community of Fife in Scotland. 

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10:52am

Fri February 8, 2013
Arts Weekly

The Goat-Rascal Flatts-H'artful of Fun

Adam Luckey, who is well known for his acting roles on Lexington stages, is the new host of Red Barn Radio, a bluegrass music program recorded in Lexington and distributed nationwide.
Credit RICH COPLEY — Lexington Herald-Leader

 A play about a man and his goat hits the stage in Lexington this weekend.  There’s music, then basketball, and then music again in Rupp Arena.  Plus, raising money for the Living Arts and Science Center is on the agenda.  Rich Copley, a cultural arts reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, speaks this week with Weku’s Stu Johnson.  He says the Balagula Theatre will feature Edward Albee’s ‘The Goat, or Who is Sylvia.’

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2:36pm

Fri February 1, 2013
Arts Weekly

Catch Me If You Can lands at Lexington Opera House

In April of 20-11, the musical, Catch Me If You Can, opened on Broadway for a run of only five months. The show, based on the 2002 film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is on a nationwide tour that includes five shows in Lexington.

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2:27pm

Fri February 1, 2013
Arts Weekly

Red Barn Radio Welcomes Luckey as Host

Credit Rich Copley, Lexington Herald Leader

Lexington-based Red Barn Radio is welcoming a new host this year.  Adam Luckey is a native of North Carolina who went to school at Georgetown College.  

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2:00pm

Fri February 1, 2013
Arts Weekly

Woodsongs Radio Hour Marks 2013 Milestones

Lexington's Lyric Theatre now hosts the Monday night tapings of the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour.
Credit John Hingsbergen

Within the last two weeks, The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour has marked two milestones.   On January 21st, the 13-year-old show moved from its longtime home base of Lexington's Kentucky Theatre to the recently-remodeled Lyric Theatre.

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6:41am

Fri February 1, 2013
Arts Weekly

LexPhil Takes on Sultry Tango Opera

Director and choreographer John de los Santos and mezzo-soprano Solange Merdinian practice a tango for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra's production of Astor Piazolla's "María de Buenos Aires" at the Downtown Arts Center in Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 29, 2013. The production runs at the same location Feb. 1 to 3.
Credit Rich Copley — Lexington Herald-Leader

A pair of films are restaged this weekend in central Kentucky, one is a surprisingly new Broadway musical. Also, the Lexington Philharmonic spreads its wings with an opera done to a tango beat.  With a preview is Rich Copley, who covers the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader

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3:38pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Arts Weekly

Woodford Theatre Presents "Driving Miss Daisy"

Woodford Theatre presents
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For sixteen years, Beth Kirchner was the Artistic Director for the Woodford Theatre before resigning to pursue other interests. Recently, another area theater regular and friend of Beth's, Trish Clark, was appointed as interim director of the Community Theatre in Versailles. One of Clark's first tasks upon assuming the position was to find a director for the currect production of Driving Miss Daisy, which, Beth Kirchner admits, is one of her favorite plays.

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3:10pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Philharmonic Presents Tango Opera at Downtown Arts Center

The Lexington Philharmonic presents
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If you look for a definition of the word "classic," you come up with, "something that has stood the test of time." What we call "classical music" comes from a European-derived reverence for music Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven, and others. But where does timeless ethnic music of other cultures fit in? 

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2:17pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Ballet Brings "Cinderella" to EKU Center for the Arts

The Lexington Ballet presents
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While the Lexington Ballet's home is based downtown, more and more they are traveling the area to bring ballet to a wider audience. This week, the EKU Center for the Arts will host the ballet's performance of Cinderella. Arts Weekly's Roger Duvall caught up with the Artistic Director of the ballet, Luis Dominguez.

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11:01am

Fri January 25, 2013
Arts Weekly

Stage Production Focuses on Contemporary Artist, Modern Dance Returns at UK

The character Ken, played by Marshall Manley, of Lexington, remembered a moment from his childhood triggered by the freshly painted red canvas during the Red dress rehearsal at the Actors Guild in Lexington on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Photo by Briana Scroggins.
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A contemporary artist is the focus of a new stage production in Lexington.  Plus, modern dance is back for a second winter at the University of Kentucky.  Previewing those events and a unique duo performing Sunday is arts reporter Rich Copley who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader

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