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.'
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Director John Stroube describes the inner workings of the Madison Community Band. The band also performs excerpts from Verdi’s “La Forza Del Destino.”
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.