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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Melanie Kleinwas 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.
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.
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.
By Erin Keane, Kentucky Public Radio & Erin Keane, Kentucky Public Radio
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.