Sounds from the banjos, fiddles, guitars, and basses at the Kentucky Horse Park have now faded until next summer. The 41st Festival of the Bluegrass closed Sunday after four days of music both on and off stage. Festival organizer Anna Marie Cornett says interest in the genre continues to swell. "Interest is definitely increasing in bluegrass music. We started to see an increase when "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" was released a number of years ago, and it's been a steady incline," said Cornett.
The City of Lexington is set to take on a key role in operating the Downtown Arts Center. The facility, opened in 2002, has been under the management of Lexaets, the area’s primary arts fundraising agency.
Lexington's public art scene is expected to grow over the next few months. Streetscape murals have become a feature of the downtown area over the last few years.
LexArts President Jim Clark says four to five new murals will be painted this summer. "We're identifying the walls right now. I think most will be on private properties, but highly visible. It really depends on the artist and whether they respond to a particular site," said Clark.
Pete Seeger performs during a concert marking his 90th birthday at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 3, 2009.
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During his 94 years, Folk singer Pete Seeger left his mark on music and social activism across the U.S. and around the world. But Seeger was also a major influence in the life of a Kentuckian who knew him from childhood.
The cast of Sealed for Freshness features, clockwise from left, Annie Barbera as Tracy Ann, Abby Reeve as Sinclair, Kathryn Newquist as Jean, Esther Harvey as Bonnie and Allie Darden as Diane. The Actors Guild of Lexington production runs through Jan. 25.
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A pair of plays draw upon icons of the 1960’s to deliver important messages this weekend. Plus, a present-day icon performs in Lexington. Here with a preview of this weekend’s events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald. Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
Peggy Watts, left, and Lauralyn Hungerford play women in a park who feel threatened by a child wielding a laser.
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Dark humor is used in a play staged this weekend to talk about the damage terrorists can do to a society. Called “Terrorism,” the Russian written play is performed in downtown Lexington. Here to preview it and this weekend’s other events is Rich Copley…who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
Abraham Lincoln presenter Jim Sayre stood near the new Lincoln mural on Water Street in Lexington. It was painted last month by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra on the 60-foot-tall back wall of The Kentucky Theatre building.
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2013 provided central Kentucky’s artists with a diversity of canvases. Looking back at the year, reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader, says they embellished everything from downtown buildings to human hides. Rich spoke about the year in arts with WEKU’s Stu Johnson.
The Zac Brown Band will perform in Lexington for the first time Saturday, but drummer Chris Fryar, third from right, once performed at the Dame with Oteil and the Peacemakers.
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The season for holiday concerts climaxes this weekend in Lexington with performances by wind, brass and string musicians. And then there’s the Zac Brown Band, which arts reporter Rich Copley describes as a multi-dimensional country group. The Lexington Herald Leader reporter discussed the weekend with Arts Weekly producer Charles Compton.
The acoUstiKats, the all-male a capella group at the University of Kentucky, are in concert tonight at the Singletary Center.
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Given the lateness of the Thanksgiving weekend, the season for holiday events is compressed. As a result, Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald says the next couple weekends are quite busy. Rich says this weekend begins with an a capella performance at the University of Kentucky. The arts reporters spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
The Louisville Zoo has some new residents. They are a 1 ½-year-old male maned wolf named Rocko and four male meerkats named Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Rajesh, for characters on the CBS hit show "The Big Bang Theory." The maned wolf is the only one of its species on exhibit in Louisville, but the zoo hopes to add a female soon.
High stepping horses along with their riders will bring some holiday cheer to the Kentucky Horse Park. The Alltech Arena is the site this weekend for ‘The Spirit of the Horse: A Holiday Equine Extravaganza.’ Some 18 high level dressage-performance horses ridden by championship riders participate in the 55 minute production.
Rather than rehearsing for a holiday concert, the Madison Community Band takes December off. Director John Stroube says it leaves his amateur musicians with the time they need for family, friends and their day jobs. Stroube says it’s a satisfying, but complicated, arrangement. The band is celebrating its 5th anniversary.
As the most photographed murder in history, images of the Kennedy Assassination shaped our society. Those images and their impacts are the focus of an art exhibit in Lexington. With a preview of it, and this weekend’s other events is arts reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
Walt Robertson, left, vice president of sales at Keeneland, and Greg Ladd, owner of Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington stood with LeRoy Neiman's Flat Racing tile mural, the largest piece for sale in The Sporting Art Auction at Keeneland.
Dance, music, and theater are all on the arts agenda this weekend in the Bluegrass. The Bluegrass Youth Ballet offers up its performance of the 'Day of the Dead' event this weekend in downtown Lexington. Rich Copley has his weekly rundown of arts activities. He spoke with WEKU'S Stu Johnson.
One of Louisville's historic landmarks is scheduled to reopen to the public next March after a $3.4 million renovation. The interior work is meant to bring the city's Original Pumping Station No. 1 back to closely resemble its original condition. Louisville Water Co. provided a sneak peak to visitors on Wednesday.
It’s not quite a tradition, yet, but UK Opera’s developing the habit of staging ambitious Broadway productions. Last year, it was Phantom of the Opera, and this week Les Miserables plays at the Lexington Opera House. Here with a preview is reporter Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke with Arts Weekly producer Charles Compton
Macreena Groody is a citizen of the small Texas town that suffered a zombie attack and J.T. McCoy is the mayor. The University of Kentucky Theatre presents Tim Bauer’s satire "Zombie Town: a documentary play," Oct. 3 to 13 at the Guignol Theatre in the UK Fine Arts Building in Lexington, Ky.
The Halloween season is well underway, with a celebration this weekend of the undead. Zombies are the focal point of a production staged by UK Theater. Here with a preview of it and this weekend’s other events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
Violinist Caroline Goulding performs with the Lexington Philharmonic during this evening's season opener at the Singletary Center.
Despite its labor troubles, tonight’s season-opening performance by the Lexington Philharmonic will take place. And when the Lex-phil’s musicians take the stage, reporter Rich Copley says at its center will be violinist Caroline Goulding.
Negotiations continue but musicians with the Lexington Philharmonic will not strike. In a joint statement, management and musicians say they’ll continue their current contract while talks on a permanent settlement continue. The compromise allows Friday's performance at the Singletary Center. Negotiators have spent the last 18 months trying to reach an agreement. Major sticking points are over job security and the freedom to perform with other organizations. Musicians last week approved a strike and declared they have “no confidence” in Lex-Phil Music Director Scott Terrell.
Lexington Philharmonic musicians vote "No Confidence" in Music Director Scott Terrell.
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The musicians of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra have voted to strike Friday night's season-opening concert if they cannot come to terms with management on key points of a new contract before the performance. "We have great solidarity among our ranks," orchestra committee chairman Dave Shelton said Tuesday afternoon. In the same balloting, cast Thursday, the musicians also expressed a vote of no-confidence in music director Scott Terrell. Read more...
The private life of the man who’s arguably America’s best playwright provides the plot for Balagula Theater’s latest production. Here with a preview of “EGO: The Passions of Eugene Gladstone O’Neill,” as well as this weekend’s other events, is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.
River by Lenka Novakova, foreground, is one of two video installations in Morlan Gallery's exhibit Waves and Currents. The other is Dark Swell by Georgie Friedman, background.
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Electronic media have created a whole new canvas for Kentucky artists. Some of their video work goes on display this weekend at Transylvania University's Morlan Gallery. Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, discusses this weekend's events with WEKU's Charles Compton.
Lexington’s Mary Todd Lincoln House is reporting its highest attendance figures to date. 11,212 people visited the museum in the last fiscal year, higher than any time since they started keeping records in 1982. Director Gwen Thompson says a variety of factors led to this increase.
Come this weekend in Danville, hungry eyes will seek out smoky barbecue pits. The third annual Kentucky State Barbeque Festival is expected to attract an estimated 50-thousand visitors. Festival organizer Brad Simmons believes slow cooked barbeque is just what many Kentuckians need.