Kentucky Arts and Culture

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

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.

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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

The Lexington Herald Leader's Rich Copley discussing weekend events with WEKU Reporter Charles Compton.

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

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.

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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.

The Lexington Herald Leader's Rich Copley on the "Woodland Arts Fair" and "Picnic with the Pops."

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.

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...

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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

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.

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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

Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald discusses "Ballet Under The Stars" and this weekend's other events with WEKU's Charles Compton.

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.  

Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, talks about a celebration of culinary crafts this weekend with WEKU's Charles Compton.

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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

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..

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.
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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.

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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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6:00am

Fri July 5, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Summerfest Offers Fewer Productions with More Performances

Making decorations for a crocodile puppet L-R: Emilie Dhir, Sarah Morgan, Erin Disponett, as a group of their fellow Kentucky Conservatory Theatre students made puppets at the Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main St. Lexington, Ky., Friday, June 28, 2013. SummerFest is using puppetry work to bring Peter Pan to the stage, from shadow puppets to portray flight to large puppets to be the crocodile and the dog.
Credit Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald-Leader

On the heels of Independence Day, the 2013 Summerfest season begins tonight in Lexington.  Its first outdoor production, Peter Pan, is again at the Arboretum.  But instead of wires, a puppeteer will make Peter Pan fly.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader,  has a preview. 

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4:00pm

Tue July 2, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Texts Give Instant Gratification to 10K Runners in Lexington

Path for Thursday's Bluegrass 10,000 in Lexington.
Credit Lexington Urban County Government.

Thousands of runners in this week’s Bluegrass 10,000 race can learn their results quicker.  For more than three decades, the 10,000 meter competition has kicked off the community’s Independence Day celebration.  Instead of a print-out, Lexington Downtown Development Corporation’s Laura Farnsworth says participants can learn their results via electronic text.

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3:58pm

Mon July 1, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Historians Deploy `Pocket Museums' as Permanent Location's Repaired

Logo for the Lexington History Museum's Pocket Museums.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

While the Lexington History Museum’s permanent location is closed for repairs, some of its related information remains on display.  Curators have set up smaller exhibitions around town.


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6:00am

Mon July 1, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Ichthus Music Festival Plans 2014 Comeback at Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky Horse Park will be new home for Ichthus Christian Music Festival, beginning Sept. 25th, 2014. Financial troubles prompted organizers to sell their old venue.
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Efforts are underway to revive the Ichthus Christian Rock Festival, but the event is scheduled move to a new location next year. Preparations are already underway north of Lexington, at the Kentucky Horse Park.

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6:00am

Fri June 28, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Works by Rembrandt, Reubens and Gainsborough on Display at the University of Kentucky

The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky.ANTHONY VAN DYCK, Flemish, 1599-164, "Portrait of a Woman," Oil on canvas.

Masterworks by the biggest names in classic European art are on display at the University of Kentucky.  They seem a bit out of place to reporter Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich spoke about the art show and this weekend’s other events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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6:00am

Fri June 21, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Friday Night's Alright for Gallery Hop, Maseratis, and Bluesman

Credit Lexington Opera House

Downtown Lexington is hopping tonight with a preview of an historic car show next month at Keeneland, a performance by a renown blues musician and…the monthly Gallery Hop.  Reporter Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, spoke about tonight’s events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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4:37pm

Mon June 17, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

From "Addams" to "Yoakum," EKU Center 3rd Season Unveiled

Credit David Perry — Herald-Leader staff file photo

The new season at the E-K-U Center for the Arts will be heavy with Broadway musicals, seasoned with rock and country music.  The musicals range from “Mamma Mia,” “Flashdance the Musical” and “Rock of Ages” to “The Addams Family,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Man of La Mancha.”  As for country-western performers, there are Dwight Yoakum and LeAnn Rimes.  Plus, there are tribute bands performing the music of Pink Floyd, Queen, the BeeGees and the Beatles.  Chicago also performs.

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6:00am

Fri June 14, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"God" and Gatewood Examined at Natasha's Bistro

In the documentary Gatewood by Chris Iovenko, Gatewood Galbraith takes his 1995 gubernatorial loss in stride.
Credit Chris Iovenko

From the art of the politician to an examination for the Almighty, a small venue in downtown Lexington is the focus of a lot cultural activity this weekend.  Plus there’s a new scheme afoot to decorate the city.  Here with a preview is Rich Copley, who covers the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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6:00am

Fri June 7, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bluegrass, Brass Bands and Broadway this Weekend in Central Kentucky

Credit John Hingsbergen / WEKU Radio

From brass bands to stringed bands, music festivals dominate the scene this weekend in central Kentucky.  Plus, opera students at the University of Kentucky are on stage with a summertime favoriteRich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald, has a preview. 

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1:00pm

Wed June 5, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

At Cemeteries, Live Plants can Outlast Stone Memorials

Credit Folkways Notebook

Living flowers at Kentucky gravesites often memorialize a loved one for generations.  The practice of family heritage gardening is discussed this weekend at a workshop in Frankfort.  Kentucky Historical Society Senior Librarian Cheri Daniels, who will lead a session, says the living plants found at some gravesides are real reminders of a family’s history.

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10:36pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bluegrass Musicians take over Lexington Nightlife and Street Corners

Credit Best of the Bluegrass

Don’t be surprised if, when you least expect it, you hear some Bluegrass Music in downtown Lexington this week.   It’s part of the Best of Bluegrass Event. A fair amount of ‘busking’ is going on this week.  It’s the term that described  ‘playing music in a public place, usually while soliciting for money.’    Across from Lexington City Hall, Johnny Campbell and his wife Whitney played fiddle and guitar.  Campbell says he’s part of a band from Nashville called ‘Bluegrass Drifters.’

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