Arts Weekly

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
Arts Weekly

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
Arts Weekly

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
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.
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
Arts Weekly

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
Arts Weekly

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
Arts Weekly

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
Arts Weekly

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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12:30pm

Fri September 28, 2012
Arts Weekly

UK Opera Theatre stages Phantom of the Opera

Since its debut 24 years ago, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” has been Broadway’s longest-running and highest-grossing production ever.  Since 1988, over 12 and a half million people have seen the productions in New York City.  And that number does not include audiences who’ve seen the eight productions on tour around the world. 

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12:30pm

Fri September 28, 2012
Arts Weekly

Violinist Itzhak Perlman to open UK Symphony season

Israeli-born Itzhak Perlman is known as one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th and early 21st centuries.  Following a 2011 performance with the University of Kentucky Symphony,  he returns this Sunday to open the orchestra’s 2012-13 season.

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11:59am

Fri September 14, 2012
Arts Weekly

Back to Bax in Lexington

The end-of-summer and the beginning of the Lexington Philharmonic’s season coincide this weekend.  Internationally-renowned pianist Alessio Bax, who’s no stranger to the Lex-Phil, returned to central Kentucky this week for a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.  Bax is featured in Friday’s Lex-Phil season opener.   Also on the program is Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.” Bax has done numerous concerts here, participating just a couple weeks ago in the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. Reporter Charles Compton spoke with Bax about his growing connection to the Commonwealth.

12:00pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Arts Weekly

Cincinnati Pops opens 2012-2013 season at EKU Center for the Arts

2012-2013 marks John Morris Russell’s second season as the conductor of the Cincinnati Pops,

The second season at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts begins next week with a performance by the world-renowned Cincinnati Pops.  On Tuesday, the orchestra, under the leadership of John Morris Russell, presents a show being called “Summon the Heroes," a celebration of America honoring the heroes of 9/11 and our nation’s storied history.

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12:00pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Arts Weekly

31 acts scheduled for Richmond's Jubilo Festival

The Jubilo Music & Arts Festival takes place Sept. 13 - 16, 2012 at Ft. Boonesborough State Park

31 bands and individual performers take the stage next week for the first ever Jubilo Music and Arts Festival. John Hingsbergen spoke with the event's director.

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3:11pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Arts Weekly

Lexington Art League Host Artist Talk

The Lexington Art League's current exhibit of their Kentucky 7 Biennial is winding down with an artist talk this weekend.

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3:07pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Arts Weekly

Chamber Music Festival Debuts World Premiere

The Sixth Annual Chamber Music Festival of Lexington going on this weekend at Fasig Tipton Pavilion once again features the debut of a new work of music composed for this festival.

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6:00am

Fri August 31, 2012
Arts Weekly

Chamber Music's Labor Day Bookend

Nathan Cole, violinist and artistic director of the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, practiced Tuesday afternoon at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald-Leader

Chamber music bookends summer in the Bluegrass.  The season starts with concerts at Shaker Village and ends this Labor Day weekend with the Chamber Music Festival of LexingtonRich Copley, who’s an arts reporter with the Lexington Herald Leader, promises he’ll provide gavel to gavel coverage.  Rich spoke about the festival with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

12:00pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Arts Weekly

UK Fine Arts series opens with Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band perform at the UK Singletary Center Aug. 24, 2012

This year's fine arts series at the University of Kentucky's Singletary Center begins this weekend with a performer who's not exactly known for his music.   Hugh Laurie is the actor who starred in the TV series “House,”  that wrapped up production earlier this year.

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