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It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events.   This week,  Rich Copley is joined by Sally Scherer, Features Editor at the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Among the productions and other events on their minds this week is The Rep’s production of A Christmas Carol: The Musical.

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  This weekend, they’re thinking about the holiday season…

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  They start this week of a mention of a production by Lexington’s Studio Players.    

Copley/Hendren on Weekend Events, Passing of Ann Tower

Nov 11, 2016

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

They start this week of a mention of this weekend’s concert by the Real World String Band.

The Kentucky Humanities Council Tuesday named a new Executive Director.  As WEKU’s John Hingsbergen reports, the new head of the non-profit is a person whose name and face are familiar to many Kentuckians.  

Wicked Wonders Art Comes to Lexington for Halloween

Oct 28, 2016
Stu Johnson

Halloween-related events continue to grow in downtown Lexington.  New this weekend will be booths to highlight local artists.

The Wicked Wonders Art Market will join the Farmer’s Market Saturday in Cheapside Park.  Parks and Recreation Cultural Arts Manager Amber Luallen says 15 visual artists will display their works starting at 11:00 a.m.  She says a lot of artists have work that is very in keeping with the Halloween spirit wither either a “spooky feel or whimsical or magical theme.”

Perryville Civil War Reenactment Expanding

Oct 7, 2016

Confederate and Union soldier reenactors will gather this weekend in western Boyle County to depict battles from 1862.  The Civil War atmosphere in Perryville will be more intense than in past Octobers.

Joan House, program preservation coordinator for the Perryville Battlefield expects over 3000 reenactors at the park. She says,  “They come from 39 states and three different countries."

Cemetery Tours Featured at Ky. Horse Park

Oct 3, 2016
Stu Johnson

Sights not often seen at the Kentucky Horse Park will be highlighted during an October special tour.  It comes with the first cemetery tour.

The Cemetery Crawl: History and Mystery of the Kentucky Horse Park program includes stops at three cemeteries on the grounds plus dueling grounds and Buford Duke House build in the late 1700’s. 

112th Kentucky State Fair Opens Thursday

Aug 17, 2016

The 112th annual Kentucky State fair opens Thursday the 18th of August in Louisville. The event, which includes 1.2 million square feet at the Kentucky Exposition Center, has more than enough room to feature more than just the blue-ribbon winners.

Art Installation Debuts at Norton Center

Aug 4, 2016
Sarah Jane Sanders

The Norton Center for the Arts debuted this week EAT: a literature and photography installation. The food-driven exhibit at Centre College gives an up-close and personal look at the things we eat every day.

National Park Centennial Brings Music to Mammoth Cave

Jun 9, 2016

Imagine hearing music reverberating through caves or echoing across mountains.  This summer, an ensemble of musicians from the Eastman School of Music in New York will be visiting national parks throughout the country and performing in the natural venues.   It's part of the national park service's 100th anniversary.

37th Owensboro Barbeque Festival This Weekend

May 12, 2016

Organizers with the International Bar-B-Q Festival in Owensboro are hoping to build on an increase in attendance over the past few years.  

The annual event is being held Friday and Saturday along the city’s riverfront area. Festival co-chair Sharon NeSmith says about 30,000 people showed up last year.

NeSmith, who has lived in Owensboro since they age of four, says she’s been attending the festival since it began in 1979.

She thinks the festival has managed to stay true to its roots.

Lexington’s Children’s Museum Marks 25th Anniversary

Jan 4, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News


Lexington’s children’s museum, the ‘Explorium’, this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary.  20-16 will feature new exhibits while keeping long time favorites.

Woodland Art Fair Celebrates 40 Years in Downtown Lexington

Aug 14, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

This weekend marks four decades of artists gathering at Lexington’s Woodland Park to show and sell their items.  The Woodland Art Fair will once again attract various artists from all over the country.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the fair signifies more than a weekend boost for the local economy.  “Events like this always give a shot to the local economy, but what I think they also do is add to the quality of life,” Gray said.  “So, when people know that they can have access to this sort of an event, they’re very comfortable in living in a place like Lexington.”

Ten-Minute Plays On Stage This Weekend in Lexington

Jul 29, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News


If one story line isn't enough to hold your attention at the theater, how about seven stories in one night?  Studio Players of Lexington this weekend presents the "Ten Minute Play Festival" at the Carriage House.  One play examines differing views about one particular marriage ceremony. 

The play "He Won't Marry Me" will be the closing act for the Ten Minute Play Festival.  Merrideth Crutcher plays the bride-to-be.  "He won't marry me is about a bride who has some very specific requests,” said Crutcher

(Play Dialogue)

'42nd Street' Now in Downtown Lexington

Jul 13, 2015


A downtown Lexington street is undergoing a temporary name change.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray unveiled the new name Monday.

A new theater production company is bringing the musical "42nd Street" to Lexington's Opera House.  So, in honor of the theatrical offering by the Lexington Theater Company, a block of Short Street has been renamed to read '42nd Street'. 


15 Kentucky sites are seeking a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings include a Murray tobacco warehouse, a Woodford County elementary school, and a Daviess County carriage and buggy manufacturer. 

Opera House Announces Series Lineup

May 21, 2015

The upcoming season of "Broadway Live" and "Variety Live" at Lexington's Opera House will include a number of prominent shows.  The combined eight-show lineup, announced this week, features seven Broadway musicals and one international dance performance. 

With this the 39th year, Opera House Program Director Luanne Franklin says there's an eye toward Season 40. “It's one of those crazy things where the first Broadway Live show happened in the spring of 1976, so it's like when do you really celebrate that, the year before the year after," said Franklin.

Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    Sights and sounds filled the state capitol rotunda Wednesday, all in the name of the arts across Kentucky.  The event included a visit by a 'cool' puppeteer named Johnny.

The new Kentucky Creative Industry Report is being hailed as a barometer of the economic impact of the arts industry.  The state's Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Secretary calls the report 'ground breaking.'

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images


Jockeys nationwide will honor the 17-year-old apprentice who was killed in a riding accident recently.

The Jockeys' Guild says jockeys will wear a patch during Breeders' Cup weekend with the initials of Juan Saez on their pants or boots as well as a black band to recognize him and other riders who have been killed during a race or as a result of race-related injuries.

Belle of Louisville Celebrates 100th Birthday

Oct 17, 2014

A decades old fixture on the Ohio River at Louisville is celebrating a historic birthday this weekend.  The Belle of Louisville on Saturday turns 100 years old.  The paddle wheeled steamboat was built in Pittsburgh and used to haul cargo for years before becoming a passenger only boat in the 1930's.  CEO Linda Harris says the boat played a role in furthering the industrial revolution.  "Able to have these large boats bringing cattle and cotton and whiskey barrels and all sorts of commerce to towns that became cities because of the steamboat where they would port there, sell their wares.  T

Audit Planned for Lexington's Lyric Theater

Sep 23, 2014

Four years after its re-opening, Lexington's Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center will undergo an independent financial audit.

Council member Harry Clarke brought the issue before the council's Budget and Finance Committee Tuesday.  Located in downtown Lexington on Elm Tree Lane, the Lyric closed in 1963.  The refurbished facility re-opened in 2010.

A Louisville-area distillery with ties to historic brands and bourbon barons is joining the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Rich Copley, via Twitter

It’s time for our weekly visit with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at this weekend’s arts and cultural offerings.

Rich Copley, via Twitter


It’s time for our weekly visit with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at the weekend in entertainment.

Rich Copley, via Twitter

It’s time for our weekly visit with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at this weekend’s arts and cultural offerings.

39th Woodland Art Fair Makes for a Day in the Park

Aug 15, 2014
Stu Johnson / Weku News


Lexington's Woodland Park transforms this weekend into a place bustling with arts and crafts, music, and food. 

Final preparations are underway for the 39th Woodland Art Fair.

State Fair Highlights 'Kentucky Proud' Brand

Aug 13, 2014


The Kentucky State Fair is offering an opportunity to educate visitors on the economic impact of the Commonwealth's agriculture business. 

First Ever 'River Blast' Will Highlight History and Recreation

Aug 10, 2014

This month commemorates the 40th anniversary of the construction of the fort at Fort Boonesborough State Park.  The structure is a replica of the fort built in the mid 1770's by pioneer legend Daniel Boone.  Park Manager Rob Minerich says a significant amount of work has gone into maintaining the fort. "This is my second year here as park manager and digging into the history of the fort, it's constant maintenance with buildings that get that old, but it's in great condition at this time," said Minerich.