Kentucky Arts and Culture

12:59pm

Wed October 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

William and Kate Invited to Danville

A group dedicated to fostering friendship between Danville and Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, hopes the bond could lead to a visit from some royal newlyweds. When Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge were married in April, one of their three titles bestowed on them within the realm of Great Britain was Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus. While the traditional gesture probably didn't register much with many observers, it gave some members of the Danville Sister Cities Commission a big idea.

10:29am

Mon October 17, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Success for Louisville's Writer's Block Festival

About 250 writers and book lovers attended the inaugural Writer’s Block Festival held over the weekend in Louisville.  Centered in the NuLu District of East Market Street, the festival combined writing workshops with readings and panel discussions on the screenwriting, the publishing business and other subjects. Sessions with limited enrollment filled up or sold out and some open sessions that didn’t require registration were standing room only.

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10:15am

Mon October 17, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Living the History of Martin Luther King Jr.

When the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Michael Lowery planned to be glued to his television set. As a 13-year-old, the Madisonville resident participated in the March on Washington, culminating with King’s “I Have A Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963. He has visited Washington frequently in recent years, watching the monument take shape from the ground up at the shores of the tidal basin between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.

10:06am

Mon October 17, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Production Begins on Carrollton Bus Crash Documentary

Now that Quinton Higgins has the future of his own children to worry about, he spends more time thinking about the 1988 Carrollton bus crash that he survived. Twenty-seven people perished on that dark interstate. A documentary, “Impact: After The Crash,” has started production and is expected to be released prior to the 24th anniversary of the nation’s deadliest drunken-driving crash on May 14, 1988.

10:04am

Mon October 17, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Book Explains Dwindling of Rural KY

Once Upon a Place: The Fading of Community in Rural Kentucky was written by Kenneth Tunnell, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University
Greg Kocher Lexington Herald-Leader

Kentucky is still rural, as evidenced by 310 million chickens raised for meat or eggs in a state of 4.3 million people. But a new book documents what's left behind as more people trade the countryside for jobs in cities. Sociologist Kenneth Tunnell wrote and took the photographs for Once Upon a Place: The Fading of Community in Rural Kentucky. The idea for the book came to Tunnell as he drove his workday commute on the back roads from southern Garrard County to Richmond, where he teaches in Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Criminal Justice.

10:01am

Mon October 17, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Letcher Co. to Honor Native Giant

Letcher County native Martin Van Buren Bates and his wife, Anna, were known as the "Love Giants" after they married in 1871. His was reported to be as tall as 7-foot-11, and some accounts said she was 8-foot-1.
Patty May Brashear & Nancy Wright Bays Collection

Martin Van Buren Bates was 7 feet, 11 inches tall and weighed more than 500 pounds by some accounts. Now, 92 years after his death, his Letcher County birthplace wants to honor him in a way that befits his stature in county history and his nickname, the Kentucky River Giant. Bates served a noteworthy stint in the Civil War as a Confederate captain before marrying a woman taller than he was. Because of their size, they became international celebrities in the 1800s, traveling as part of a circus.

10:31am

Fri October 14, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Shelby Co. Native Joins 'Desperate Housewives'

Shelbyville native Ruby Lewis, plays 'Chloe' on Desperate Housewives, airing Sunday night.
ABC

A new face among the Desperate Housewives Sunday night may be familiar to many people around Shelby County. Ruby Lewis, who graduated from Shelby County High School’s class of 2003, will play “Chloe,” her first recurring role on television.

7:40am

Fri October 14, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Equestrian Theme New to the Boston Pops

University of Kentucky Symphony director John Nardolillo helped plan the event.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald-Leader

Thinking some plays are better performed inside, the same folks who bring Summerfest to Lexington waited until autumn to stage, somewhat ironically, “August, Osage County.”   Also this weekend, Actors Guild of Lexington performs a police drama dubbed “Breathing Corpses.”  But, perhaps the highpoint this weekend, will be a concert by the Boston Pops celebrating the 75th anniversary of Lexington’s landmark Keeneland Race Course.  Previewing these events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.

4:50pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Book Fair Loaded with Stars from Yesteryear

FRANKFORT - Former basketball and football greats are featured in three books at the 30th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 12 at the Frankfort Convention Center. Kentucky All-Americans Louie Dampier, in basketball, and Babe Parilli, in football, are expected to be at this year’s KBF held at the Frankfort Convention Center, according to a press release.

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1:52pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Poet Recognized

A Lexington poet is among the five finalists for a National Book Award. Nikky Finney's Head Off & Split has been recognized as one of the five most notable books of poetry for 2011 by the National Book Awards committee. The collection's name comes from a common phrase Finney heard as child at the fish markets in South Carolina.

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1:50pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Opera Seeks Compromise

The Kentucky Opera could be bound for the American Federation of Musicians’ ‘unfair list’ if it seeks outside players for performances next month. With the orchestra labor dispute still going, the opera has no easy source for musicians. Opera management struck a deal last month with orchestra players to accompany Carmen, but that deal cost the company $33,000 more than expected. The opera is seeking a simpler deal for next month’s Marriage of Figaro performances, but the union has requested the Carmen deal be replicated.

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11:43am

Thu October 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Boston Pops Celebrates Keeneland's 75th

Music fans don't have much longer to wait for a special benefit performance by the Boston Pops and the UK Symphony Orchestra. The Post Time with the Pops concert, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Keeneland takes place Saturday night at Rupp Arena. Kentucky Public Radio's Alan Lytle spoke with Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart about the trip to Lexington.

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1:16pm

Wed October 12, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Shelby Co. Squire Boone Statue Gains Support

Much like the movement to explore the wilderness west, the proposal for a Squire Boone Statue in Shelby County is gaining steam. Joseph Ruble's idea that hit the public last month of putting up a statue of the founder of Shelby County has caught the collective eye of the community.

10:23am

Wed October 12, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Part Horror, Part Fantasy, All A Good Read for Breathitt Native

Author Selina Fugate is setting the regional literary world on fire, thanks to her first novel, The Veil. A Breathitt County native, Selina will be signing copies of her book next Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Jackson Hall on the Lees-HCTC campus.

Much like her first novel, The Veil, Selina Fugate's life has been a roller coaster since she recently began touring across the region to promote the book.  She says it's been interesting and fun to visit bookstores filled with her fans who enjoy The Veil's combination of part horror and part fantasy. The book, aimed at young adults and ages 12 and up, has also placed high in honor by this year's Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort – being chosen as one of about 150 books that were selected for this year's bookfest in Frankfort, coming up in November.

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8:59am

Wed October 12, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Opera, Musicians at Impasse Over Next Performance

The dispute between the Louisville Orchestra musicians and management has spilled over to the Kentucky Opera. The orchestra provides musicians for the opera, but without an orchestra contract, the opera has no easy means of securing players. Opera management and musicians reached an agreement for last month’s performances of Carmen, but talks for upcoming shows are proving more difficult. The Carmen contract was essentially a three-week version of the previous orchestra contract, but opera director David Roth says it cost the company $33,000 more than it should have.

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2:27pm

Tue October 11, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Former Murray Football Player in Soap

 

With small parts in an upcoming Ben Stiller/Eddie Murphy comedy and a “One Life to Live” episode airing next week, former Murray State University football player Paul Hickert says he is trying to build a foundation for a successful acting career. As is often the case, Hickert said he fell into acting but found he enjoyed it enough to pursue it as a career.

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7:40am

Fri October 7, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Asian Throat Singers and Brazilian Serenades

Rich Copley Lexington Herald-Leader

Cultures from four continents are represented this weekend during performances in central Kentucky.  There are throat singers from Asia,  musicians from Brazil, a drama based in an African brothel,  a couple of Chicago cops in big trouble.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader has this list.

10:33am

Wed October 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Civil War Project Goes Beyond the Battlefield

150 years on, vestiges of the Civil War in the Bluegrass continue to fascinate. Hoping to paint a more detailed picture of how the conflict shaped the state, the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has launched a new program to link historic sites around the Commonwealth.

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4:15pm

Tue October 4, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

No Louisville Orchestra Performances Likely

The CEO of the Louisville Orchestra says the audience is likely turning away as the labor impasse continues. The management and musicians have been at odds for more than a year over how big the orchestra should be. It’s not a new fight, and CEO Robert Birman says it’s one the community is getting tired of.

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1:13pm

Mon October 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Frankfort Man Eager to Fly Kit-Built Helicopter

If Kevin Phillips had his way, he’d be flying to work today. But Phillips has to wait until his self-built kit helicopter can take the air. He’s waiting for an evaluation from the Federal Aviation Administration before he can train with the aircraft and prove he can safely handle it. It took him five years to complete the aircraft from a kit.

10:11am

Mon October 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Thousands Attend Free Martina McBride Concert

Martina McBride rocks the crowd Saturday evening at the Independence Bank's free concert in downtown Henderson.
Mike Lawrence The Gleaner

As an announcer gave the five-minute warning to when Martina McBride would take the stage Saturday night in downtown Henderson, the crowd of thousands responded with a wave of chants, screams and clapping. For many, it marked the finale to a long day of sitting and waiting. The free country concert, which was opened by recording artist Jack Ingram and headlined by McBride, was hosted by Independence Bank as a celebration for its opening on Green Street. Bank officials estimated that nearly 5,000 people were inside the VIP section with thousands more lining its fence.

10:06am

Mon October 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Nicholasville Trio Home After World Race

Clay Miller's 1932 Ford three-window coupe looks none the worse for wear from its recent scenic tour. The dust and grime accumulated on the back roads of Asia and Eastern Europe have been washed off. But look closely and you can see some dings at the rear from stones the tires threw up, and some scratches in front from the time in Kazakhstan when the engine had to be removed after it lost its oil and locked up. Clay Miller, 66, his son, Mark Miller, 48, and his grandson Blake Garrison, 20, all of Nicholasville, spent more than three months this spring and summer participating in the 2011 World Race, an outlandish 12,000-mile automobile competition from New York to Paris, by way of Beijing and just about all points in between.

1:30am

Mon October 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Frampton Comes Alive While He Still Can

When Peter Frampton performs tomorrow in Richmond, it’s practically in his backyard.  The guitar hero has a home and studio in Cincinnati.  Frampton’s touring North America, celebrating the 35th anniversary of his “Frampton Comes Alive” album, one of the best selling “live” albums ever produced.  In his concerts, Frampton says he tries to give audiences what they want, right away.  He spoke with WEKU’s Jonese Franklin.

2:57pm

Sun October 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Perryville Wages Smaller Battle Before the Big One

The big show is planned for 2012, but a blast of fall weather and lower than usual turnout didn’t stop re-enactors from hunkering down on the grounds of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site for the final commemoration before next year’s 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle.

10:24am

Fri September 30, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Perryville Battle Commemoration this Weekend

This weekend hundreds of re-enactors, speakers, and vendors will make their way to Perryville for the 149th commemoration of the largest Civil War battle to ever take place in Kentucky.  Program coordinator Joan House says the idea is to give people just a hint of the devastation that befell the town in the fall of 1862.

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7:40am

Fri September 30, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Asian Arts, Artists and Violinists

Korean violinist Hahn Bin.
Norton Center for the Arts

Asian arts and artists take the spotlight this weekend in Lexington.  Violinist Midori launches the 50th anniversary season for the Lexington Philharmonic.  To the south, in Danville, violinist Hahn Bin offers a more contemporary take on classical music.  And Sunday at the University of Kentucky, the Arts Asia Festival opens.  Offering a preview is Rich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader

1:36pm

Wed September 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The Grange - A Glorious, Notorious Home

The Grange, which was built in Bourbon County north of Paris between 1800 and about 1816, is considered one of the finest examples of Federal-style architecture in Kentucky.
Tom Eblen Lexington Herald-Leader

Every house has a story, but few have one as glorious and notorious as The Grange — from its opulent architecture to the dungeon in the cellar. The home, north of Paris, was built starting in 1800 by a man known as a slave trader. The elaborate, ornate home had a secret - a basement dungeon, left over from his slave trader activities.

10:22am

Wed September 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Rescue Center Opposes Monkeys in Movies

Primate Rescue Center director April Truitt fed a marmoset in June 2010. Truitt was part of a letter campaign by the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance urging Hollywood director Cameron Crowe to stop using primates in movies.
Mike Moore The Jessamine Journal

April Truitt’s message to Hollywood heavyweight Cameron Crowe was succinct: Quit monkeying around with primates in movies. Truitt, who is the executive director of the Nicholasville-based Primate Rescue Center, teamed up with the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance and sent a letter to the Hollywood director asking him not to use monkeys or any other primate in movies. Crowe’s movie “We Bought a Zoo” is scheduled to hit theaters Dec. 23.

10:17am

Mon September 26, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Calipari Corn Maze Opens This Week

Kelley Farms, 6483 Old Richmond Road, recently completed its corn-maze rendering of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. It opens Wednesday.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

It's generally agreed that University of Kentucky men's basketball Coach John Calipari is outstanding in his field — even when it's a corn field. This year's corn maze at Kelley Farms, on Old Richmond Road, features a giant image of Calipari, carved out of a 10-acre cornfield. Visitors to the corn maze, which opens Wednesday, can get up close and personal with Coach Cal — even walk around inside his head — whether or not they ever attend a UK game.

10:12am

Fri September 23, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Farmer Creates Maze to Honor Calipari

Coach Cal was in South America with the Dominican Republic team when he got a text message that a Central Kentucky farm was mapping his face into a 10-acre corn maze. “My first reaction was, ‘Is my nose really that big?’” Calipari recalls.

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