Arts Weekly

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
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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
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Balagula Theatre Tackles Controversial, Award-Winning Play

Credit www.balagula.com

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
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Kentucky Outsider Artists Represented In NYC Art Fair

"Untitled" (2008) by Beverly Baker. Color pencil and graphite on paper, 23 x 29 inches.
Credit Institute 193, Rich Copley

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
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EKU Hosts Scotland's Black Watch Pipes and Drums

Credit http://www.theblackwatch.co.uk

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
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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
Credit woodfordtheatre.com

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
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Lexington Philharmonic Presents Tango Opera at Downtown Arts Center

The Lexington Philharmonic presents
Credit Lexington Philharmonic on Facebook

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

The Lexington Ballet presents
Credit Joe Lyman, lexingtonballet.org

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
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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.
Credit Lexington Herald-Leader

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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3:13pm

Tue January 22, 2013
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Rose Barn Theatre Presents "Steel Magnolias"

What started out a couple of decades ago as Richmond Community Theatre has grown into Rose Barn Theatre. While the group no longer performs in the tobacco barn that gave them their current name, community is still a very big part of the mission. Art's Weekly's Roger Duvall talked with Alice Jones, one of the actors in the current production of Steel Magnolias.

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6:14am

Fri January 18, 2013
Arts Weekly

Fashions, Modern and Antebellum, on Display

Credit Liberace by Thom Heyer

Fashion is the focus of a couple events this weekend in Lexington.  An author discusses the gowns made for a Lexington-born First Lady. And, modern works from designer Thom Heyer are on display.  Here to discuss fashion and this weekend’s other events is arts reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. 

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10:52am

Fri January 11, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Art League Features Human Form, Bluegrass Music Returns in Clay City

Credit Kelli R. by LaToya M. Hobbs (Lafayette, IN)

The mountains meet the Jersey Shore in a production staged this weekend in central Kentucky.  Also, the season for Bluegrass music begins, if ever really ended, in Clay City. And, an art show that zooms in on the purely human form returns to Lexington.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, offers a preview of this weekend's events. 

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6:12am

Tue December 18, 2012
Arts Weekly

Barbara Kingsolver Tackles Global Climate Change in latest novel

Writer’s Digest calls Barbara Kingsolver “One the most important writers of the 20th Century.  Her latest novel, “Flight Behavior,” was released last month. 

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9:44am

Fri December 14, 2012
Arts Weekly

Smackdown at Lyric, Messiah Times-Two, Ichthus Departs

Film actor Steve Zahn, who lives in Lexington, plays One-Man-Christmas-Show-Man in Smackdown for the Christmas Crown by The Rep, a theater troupe he and his wife, Robyn Peterman-Zahn, co-founded.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

Holiday theater hits a climax this weekend in central Kentucky.  Two very different versions of Handel’s “Messiah” are performed.

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12:55pm

Fri December 7, 2012
Arts Weekly

Clarence: Angel, Apparition or Alien?

On December 24th, 1945, a small town businessman from upstate New York was in the fight of his life.  Deeply troubled by a fiscal misdeed, 38-year-old George Bailey was suicidal.  That evening’s events have since evolved into an American myth.  Today, we re-examine his vision and explore other interpretations, including a couple of theories his “guardian angel” was not heaven sent.

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2:47pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Arts Weekly

Lex. Public Library hosts Basket Exhibit

This napkin ring set from Quito, Ecuador will be part of the exhibit.

When weaving a basket, form does not necessarily follow function.  The basket-making tradition runs deep in both Appalachian and the Andean Mountains of South America.  Arts professor Herb Goldman says the baskets may share the same job, but, they often look quite different.  Goldman, who teaches at Eastern Kentucky University, recently curated a show for the Lexington Public Library.

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1:34pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Arts Weekly

Kings Singers join with Sean Curran Dance Co. at Norton Center

The Kings Singers are a vocal ensemble with a range that crosses boundaries….both stylistically and geographically.  In fact, during the past year, the six-member group has performed in over three dozen countries. They sing the work of contemporary composers, long-established classics and even specially-commissioned pieces.  Kings Singers, Jonathan Howard and Paul Phoenix, spoke with John Hingsbergen about the group itself and Friday night’s performance of “Travel Songs” at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts. 

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12:00pm

Fri November 9, 2012
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Creative, Spiritual Tensions Essential to "Mystical Songs"

Noel Bouley, Baritone.

When a celebrated piece of sacred music is performed next Friday inside the Singletary Center, there’s a lot of room for conflict.  The composer of the Five Mystical Songs was Ralph Vaughn Williams, who was an agnostic. But,Vaughn-Williams uses poetry written in the 16-hundreds by an Anglican priest.

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6:00am

Fri November 9, 2012
Arts Weekly

Civil War and Classic Southern Lit Remembered in Lexington

Composer Joseph Baber listened to a playback of his An American Requiem, which the Lexington Singers commissioned and will perform a third time.
Credit Mark Cornelison

Several American classics are offered in the wake of this week’s elections.  A choral work remembering the Civil War and a multi-media celebration of a groundbreaking piece of southern literature are performed tonight in Lexington.  There’s also a new musical that premiers at Georgetown College.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, spoke about it with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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12:30pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Arts Weekly

Music Fest to Benefit West Liberty Tornado Victims

Four rock ‘n roll bands will take the stage next Saturday in Berea as yet another benefit for the victims of this year’s tornado in West Liberty. The event is being put together by Blackii Whyte. He’s the proprietor of the Blackii Whyte Barn & Grill.

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12:30pm

Fri October 19, 2012
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Singer/Songwriter Pierce Pettis to perform in Somerset

The Carnegie Community Arts Center in Somerset, KY welcomes singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis next weekend. He’s the man behind songs performed by artists such as Dar Williams, Garth Brooks, Dion & the Belmonts, Sara Groves, Randy Stonehill and even Joan Baez and Art Garfunkel.

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12:30pm

Fri October 19, 2012
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Balagula Theatre features story of "Mrs. Klein"

Melanie Klein was a brilliant and unorthodox woman who came to Britain from Berlin to extend her brand of psychoanalysis to young children.  A new production, opening Sunday October 21 at Lexington’s Balagula Theatre, portrays a slice of her life in 1934.

 

 

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12:30pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Arts Weekly

Quartet to Perform Coltrane's Spiritual Music Part II

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A Lexington house of worship presents the sacred and spiritual music of legendary tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. The Dick Sisto Quartet will perform at the Church of the Good Shepherd Sunday October 28th.  

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11:59am

Fri October 5, 2012
Arts Weekly

Music Festival Serenades VP Candidates

The Marshall Tucker Band at Tom Bass Park Amphitheatre in Houston, TX on May 15, 2011.
Photo by Barry Sigman The Marshall Tucker Band

The art of the politician and the artistry of Kentucky’s musicians are on display next week in Danville. Thursday, Centre College hosts the nation’s vice presidential debate.  And on Centre’s main lawn, will be the debate festival.  Unlike the debate itself, organizer Steve Hoffman says the festival’s open to everyone.  They’ll gather to watch the debate, but, there’s also entertainment.   Hoffman says the celebration begins Thursday at noon.

12:30pm

Fri September 28, 2012
Arts Weekly

Country Star Chely Wright Discusses Film, Coming Out & Equality

In 2010, Chely Wright became the first country music star to come out as gay.  Wright’s three-year journey to her coming out day is the subject of a new documentary by filmmakers Bobbie Berleffi and Beverly Kopf.

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