Kentucky Arts and Culture

11:32pm

Sun December 7, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Creative Arts Report Includes Analysis of Kentucky Economic Impact

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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.'

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4:45pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Jockeys to Honor Late Teenage Rider Juan Saez

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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.

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5:23pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Belle of Louisville Celebrates 100th Birthday

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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

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9:49pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Audit Planned for Lexington's Lyric Theater

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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.

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3:42pm

Mon September 15, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Diageo Welcoming Visitors at Historic Distillery

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

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7:35am

Fri September 5, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Rich Copley: Fall Fest Preview, Coralee and the Townies CD Release & Circus Returns to Town

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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.

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5:47pm

Fri August 29, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Rich Copley: Fest of Ales, Blasters Play Willie's & The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

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

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7:35am

Fri August 22, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Rich Copley: Comedy Off Broadway, Summer Nights in Suburbia & Chamber Music Fest of Lexington

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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.

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6:01pm

Fri August 15, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

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

Randy West with Zack's Snacks
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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.

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5:04pm

Wed August 13, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

State Fair Highlights 'Kentucky Proud' Brand

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

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7:32pm

Sun August 10, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

First Ever 'River Blast' Will Highlight History and Recreation

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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.

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5:31pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

NEA Grant to Aid Cultural Effort in Lexington Community

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Two Lexington organizations are being awarded grant money by the National Endowment for the Arts.  

The 75 thousand dollar "Our Town" grant will be shared between the Blue Grass Community Foundation and the North Limestone Community Development Corporation.

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9:06am

Mon June 16, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lextran Ferry Brings Festival Attendees Downtown

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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.

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8:37pm

Tue May 27, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Poised to Take Over Operation of Downtown Arts Center

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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.   

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5:05pm

Mon May 19, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Summer to Bring More Murals to Downtown Lexington

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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.

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5:46pm

Tue January 28, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington's Michael Johnathon Remembers Folk Icon Pete Seeger

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.


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6:00am

Fri January 17, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

MLK, Malcolm X United In Lexington By Resurrected Theater Company

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.
Credit Rich Copley / Lexington Herald Leader

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. 

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6:00am

Fri January 10, 2014
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Making Fun Out Of A Not-Funny Topic

Peggy Watts, left, and Lauralyn Hungerford play women in a park who feel threatened by a child wielding a laser.
Credit Eugene A. Williams / Lexington Herald Leader

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.

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6:00am

Fri December 27, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

From Human Hides To Downtown Walls, Artists Use Diverse Canvases In 2013

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.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

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.

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6:00am

Fri December 20, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Christmas Classics Hit Prime Time At Kentucky Theater

A festive film festival is underway at the Kentucky Theater, with several popular holiday favorites on the silver screen.  Here with a preview is Rich Copley, who covers cinema for the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.


6:00am

Fri December 13, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"Music, Music, Music" Weekend In Lexington

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.
Credit Paul Mobley

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.

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6:00am

Fri December 6, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Holiday Concert Rush This Weekend In Central Kentucky

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.


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6:27am

Mon December 2, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

'Big Bang' Impact Felt at Louisville Zoo

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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.

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6:12pm

Wed November 27, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Holiday Spirit of the Horse Comes Out This Weekend

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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. 

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6:30am

Fri November 22, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The Madison Community Band: Allowing Room For Music Outside Business Hours

Credit The Madison Community Band.

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.  


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6:00am

Fri November 22, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kennedy Assassination Images That Shape American Society

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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.


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6:00am

Fri November 15, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Whether Decorating Walls Or Skin, It's a Busy Weekend For Lexington Artists

Lexington's Tattoo Project, featuring poetry and dozens of tattoos, unveils its entire work this weekend.
Credit The Lexington Tattoo Project

An arts festival with wall murals combine with several classical and Bluegrass concerts to make this a busy weekend in central Kentucky.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader joins us for a preview.  Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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6:00am

Fri November 8, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Art Shows, Auction Abound In Lexington This Weekend

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.
Credit Rich Copley / Lexington Herald Leader

Artworks, both for public display and for sale, can be seen around Lexington this weekend.    They’re also diverse…ranging from world class equestrian art and an exploration of Lexington’s Gay community to a giant, downtown mural.  Here with his weekly preview of upcoming events is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.

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11:03am

Fri November 1, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Post Halloween Events Include New Music, Tennesee Williams Play, and Day of the Dead

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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.

  

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10:45am

Thu October 24, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Restoration on Track for Louisville Pumping Station

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 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.

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