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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader discusses weekend events with WEKU's Charles Compton.
A theater project designed to expand the minds of its performers is staged this weekend in Lexington. Called “The Girl Project,” organizers hope to help young women cope with societal pressures. With more on this weekend’s events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
For the past year, 18 young women have been on a voyage of self discovery. As part of “The Girl Project,” participants have explored their feelings, their self-image and their attitudes to other people. The exercise is part of an effort to empower teenage girls. The resulting theater production is staged this weekend in Lexington
Lord Windermere (Scott Hiner) tries to persuade Lady Windermere (Liz Maines) that there has been a misunderstanding. Bluegrass Opera presents Lorne Dechtenberg’s "Lady Windermere’s Fan," based on the play by Oscar Wilde, Aug. 23 and 24 at the Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street in Lexington, Kentucky.
This empty stage inside the Fasig Tipton Pavilion will be filled with the music of Composer-in-Residence Raymond Lustig on Saturday evening. It's the final weekend of the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington.
Composer Raymond Lustig speaking with WEKU Reporter Charles Compton.
Knowing who will perform a piece of music is a great advantage for composers…they can create a sound well-suited to a performer’s skills. It’s an advantage enjoyed by Raymond Lustig, the composer-in-residence for this week’s Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. In creating a piece specifically for the festival, Lustig collaborated with the vocalist who will sing it. Composer-in-Residence Raymond Lustig. The world premiere of the music he created specifically for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington is Saturday evening at the Fasig-Tipton Pavillion.
Music and artworks for the masses are available this weekend in Lexington. One of the region’s biggest arts fairs takes place at a downtown park. And Keeneland shares the classical music repertoire of maestro Bugs Bunny. Here with a preview is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.
Kentucky Public Radio's Erin Keane reports the school will leave its longtime Lexington home.
The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts will move its three-week summer studio arts program to Danville’s Centre College campus next year. GSA has made Transylvania University in Lexington its summer residency home for fourteen years. Because GSA has is an agency of Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts, and Heritage cabinet, the state requires the organization to issue a request for proposals to host their summer campus every three years. This year, Transy elected not to compete because of increasing demands on space and facilities for its own summer classes. Read more...
Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader explores the ongoing appeal of boy bands.
A locally grown boy-band returns to the region tonight. The Back Street Boys are now men and they perform in Cincinnati. They got reporter Rich Copley considering the phenomenon. Rich, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader discussed boy bands and this weekend’s events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
EKU theater professor Steven Higgonbotham joins the cast of the romantic-comedy "Cockeyed," playing the part of "every boss." It opens Tuesday at Pioneer Playhouse in Danville.
The Pioneer Playhouse production of ‘Cockeyed’ begins Tuesday night on the Danville stage. It’s a romantic-comedy about a philosophy major who turns accountant. Joining the cast is a theater professor from Eastern Kentucky University. EKU’s Steven Higgonbotham sees his work in Danville as clearing a path for his theater students.
The oak tree where the Ballet Under the Stars and Lexington Shakespeare Festival take place was struck by lightning recently and will have to come down after Ballet Under the Stars on Tuesday July 30, 2013 in Lexington, Ky.