Gregory Turay as Jean Valjean and Jessica Bayne as Fantine at an Oct. 3 rehearsal of UK Opera Theatre’s production of ‘Les Miserables.’
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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.
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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.
Lakshmi Sriraman, a Lexington based Bharatanatyam performer, teacher and choreographer, rehearsed for a performance Saturday at Singletary Center for the Arts.
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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.
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The Lexington Herald Leader's Rich Copley discussing weekend events with WEKU Reporter Charles Compton.
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.
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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.
The Lexington Herald Leader's Rich Copley on the "Woodland Arts Fair" and "Picnic with the Pops."
Centre College in Danville will next year host the Governor's School for the Arts.
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...
Backstreet Boys, with Kentucky natives Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell.
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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.
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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.
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Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald discusses "Ballet Under The Stars" and this weekend's other events with WEKU's Charles Compton.
A conference next month on Civil War sites in Kentucky will focus on the preservation and interpretation of battle sites. Organizers say the presenters at the conference in Danville will include representatives from nearly every Civil War-related federal agency and national nonprofit. It is designed as an educational forum for administrators, staff, docents, board members and volunteers.
People heading to the Kentucky State Fair next month will have some new options for weekend parking, including one free lot. That location is the Green Lot at Cardinal Stadium off Floyd Street. The State Fair Board says shuttles will run continuously to the fair. Fair tickets can be purchased at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium or advance discount tickets can be presented before boarding the shuttle.
The Kentucky Horse Park is offering two-day tickets for the price of one day's admission as part of its 35th anniversary celebration. The Lexington attraction says the offer will give visitors more time to explore the park. The deal means that guests who purchase a general admission ticket will receive free admission the following day.
Brian L. Frye was teaching film at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., in 2002 when a colleague told him about a little treasure trove. "In addition to being a professor, he did film preservation for the National Archives," Frye say of his coworker, William Brand. "He told me the project that he was working on was these Nixon staff super 8 films. It was this wonderful combination of personal and public, and I was really interested in them at the time. Read more...
Kentucky's renowned bourbon brands are offering up a bit of their whiskeys for a special blend to benefit efforts to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease in honor of longtime Heaven Hill Distilleries master distiller Parker Beam. The concoction is called Master Distillers' Unity. Bardstown-based Heaven Hill says a crystal two-bottle set of the one-of-its-kind blend will be offered at auction in New York City on Oct. 13. All proceeds will go to the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund, which is raising money for research and patient care by the ALS Association.
Kentucky Public Radio's Rick Howlett remembers Elmer T. Lee, who revived the modern bourbon industry.
A longtime Kentucky bourbon maker who’s credited with helping spark the industry’s comeback has been laid to rest. Elmer T. Lee died last week in Frankfort at the age of 93. Lee was the master distiller emeritus at Buffalo Trace Distillery. His most notable contribution to the bourbon industry came in 1984, when he introduced Blanton’s, a single-barrel brand of bourbon. The introduction sparked a trend toward small-batch bourbons that revived the industry. Read more..
Just in case you were wondering, this is a 1966 Cadillac convertible.
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Classic cars are once again on display this weekend at Keeneland in Lexington. The annual Concours d’Elegance includes a public show Saturday at the scenic track. Lexington restaurant executive Mike Scanlon is a car collector with an interest in old Cadillacs.
Joel Michael Aalberts, performing arts director for the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in Bloomington, Ill., was been named as the new director of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts on July 17, 2013.