Kentucky Arts and Culture

6:00am

Fri October 18, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Son Of Lexington Brings His Jazz Piano Home To The Lyric

Javon Jackson, left, and Les McCann have been making music together for several years.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

Les McCann is another son of Lexington who’s done well for himself.  The Jazzman returns home this weekend. Perhaps more importantly, Les McCann returns to his very first stage, at Lexington’s Lyric TheaterRich Copley of the Lexington Herald has a preview of this weekend’s events.

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6:00am

Fri October 11, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Big Fat Broadway Returns As UK Opera Stages "Les Miz"

Gregory Turay as Jean Valjean and Jessica Bayne as Fantine at an Oct. 3 rehearsal of UK Opera Theatre’s production of ‘Les Miserables.’
Credit Rich Copley / Lexington Herald Leader

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

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6:00am

Fri October 4, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Saints, Sinners And Zombies On Stage This Weekend In Lexington

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.
Credit Rich Copley / Lexington Herald Leader

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.

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6:00am

Fri September 27, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Fiddlers, East And West, Meet At The University Of Kentucky

The horse head fiddle is a traditional Mongolian instrument.

This week at the University of Kentucky, cultural differences are celebrated.  The Living Landscapes Festival has attracted artists and musicians from inner Mongolia.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, has a preview of it and this weekend’s other proceedings.  Rich spoke with WEKU's Charles Compton.


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9:59pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

LexPhil Detente Allows Performance Of Russian And American Works

Violinist Caroline Goulding performs with the Lexington Philharmonic during this evening's season opener at the Singletary Center.
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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.


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6:26pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Philharmonic Avoids Strike, Talks Continue

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. 

11:39am

Wed September 18, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Philharmonic Musicians Vote To Strike Friday's Concert

Lexington Philharmonic musicians vote "No Confidence" in Music Director Scott Terrell.
Credit Pablo Alcala / Lexington Herald Leader

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...

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7:00am

Fri September 13, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"EGO" Puts Balagula Theater In A Different Venue

American Playwright Eugene Gladstone O'Neill.

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.


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6:00am

Fri September 6, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Videos Recreate Water's Flow At Lexington Gallery

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.
Credit Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University.

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.

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5:13pm

Tue September 3, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Record Attendance at Mary Todd Lincoln's House

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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.

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6:00am

Tue September 3, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Barbecue Festival Rare Taste Treat For General Public

Credit Kentucky Barbecue Festival

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.

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5:02am

Fri August 30, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Poetry and Motion Redefining Women, And Their Little Sisters

Lakshmi Sriraman, a Lexington based Bharatanatyam performer, teacher and choreographer, rehearsed for a performance Saturday at Singletary Center for the Arts.
Credit Rich Copley / Lexington Herald-Leader

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.

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12:13am

Fri August 30, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The Girls Project Debuts Friday Night in Lexington

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

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

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7:00am

Fri August 23, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

It's A Weekend For Original Works By Classical Musicians

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.
Credit Rich Copley / Lexington Herald Leader

At one time, very little in the way of arts and culture happened before Labor Day.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says that’s changing in central Kentucky….mainly because of events like the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington.  He spoke about weekend activities with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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6:00am

Fri August 23, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Composition Customized For The Chamber Musicians Who Premiere It

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.
Credit Charles Compton / WEKU News

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.

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6:00am

Fri August 16, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"What's Up, Doc?" It's Classical Bugs Bunny

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.


4:52pm

Tue August 13, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Governor's School for the Arts Moves to Centre College

Centre College in Danville will next year host the Governor's School for the Arts.

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...

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6:00am

Fri August 9, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Boy Bands Like Backstreet Boys Still Appeal Across Generations

Backstreet Boys, with Kentucky natives Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell.
Credit The Backstreet Boys

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.

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6:00am

Mon August 5, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

From Big Bird to Bad Boss, EKU Professor Plays Many Roles

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.
Credit Pioneer Playhouse

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.

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4:00pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Passing Of Historic Tree Saddens Many Lexington Artists

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.
Credit Mark Cornelison / Lexington Herald Leader

This weekend’s “Ballet Under The Stars” will be the last one under an historic tree at Lexington’s Woodland Park. With more the ballet, the tree 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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1:34pm

Mon July 29, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Battlefield Preservation Conference Draws Top Officials To Danville

Memorial at Perryville Battlefield
Credit Kentucky State Parks

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.

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9:09am

Fri July 26, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Parking Opens Up At Kentucky State Fair

Parking at Kentucky State Fair
Credit Matthew Hurst / Flickr, Creative Commons

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.

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9:05am

Fri July 26, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Horse Park Celebrates Anniversary With Discounts

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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.

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6:00am

Fri July 26, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Dinner, Drinks And Dancing Done Deal This Weekend In Lexington

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Summerfest resumes this weekend with its 2nd musical of the season and work’s about to begin, converting bourbon barrels into public art.  Plus, the culinary craft is celebrated with restaurant discounts in Lexington.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader has a preview.  


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2:14pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

'Our Nixon' Sprang From UK Law Prof's Curiosity

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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...

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2:49pm

Tue July 23, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Blend Unites Best Of Kentucky Bourbons For Charity

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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.

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2:28pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee Laid to Rest in Frankfort

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..

3:20pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Can't Get Enough Of That Cadillac Stuff

Just in case you were wondering, this is a 1966 Cadillac convertible.
Credit Dave S. / Flickr, Creative Commons

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.

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1:28pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Director for EKU Center for the Arts: Third Time A Charm?

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.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

By hiring a new director, the EKU Center for the Arts hopes to end a rough, first chapter.  The director is the Center’s third in as many years. With us to talk about the new hire and the weekend’s cultural events is Rich Copley, of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton. 

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7:00am

Fri July 12, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

From Patsy to Potter, Musicians Fill Kentucky's Stages this Weekend

Heather Parrish in the title role in the Studio Players of Lexington production "Always...Patsy Cline."
Credit Larry Neuzel / Studio Players of Lexington

A brand new play premieres this weekend in Danville, while a highly successful one is revived in Lexington.  Plus, Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says there are major music festivals in nearby cities.  Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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