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.
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.
UK Opera Theatre presents "The Marriage of Figaro"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.