Kentucky Arts and Culture

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.

7:40am

Fri September 23, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Von Trapps Rock and Peter Pan Ages

On her farewell tour as Peter Pan, gymnast Cathy Rigby performs this weekend in Lexington.  Also, from Broadway, a re-imagined version of “The Sound of Music” is offered at Danville’s Norton Center.  And, a new theatrical venue opens this weekend in Richmond with an inaugural performance from a hometown girl, country music star Wynonna Judd.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers a preview.

1:01pm

Thu September 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Filmmaker-Turned-Author Probes 62-year-old killing

When Georgetown filmmaker Michael Crisp made his documentary The Very Worst Thing about the 1958 school bus crash in Prestonsburg, he was intrigued by another local story, the 62-year-old unsolved murder of Muriel Baldridge. That killing, the resulting investigation and trials are the subject of Crisp’s first book, Murder in the Mountains: The Muriel Baldridge Story.

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12:58pm

Thu September 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

EKU Arts Center Ready for Inaugural Performance

The stage is set for Saturday’s inaugural performance at Eastern Kentucky University’s new Center for the Arts. Executive Director Debra Hoskins says ticket sales for Saturday’s performance by Kentuckian Wynonna Judd have been unbelievable. “The support that the Center has gotten from Madison Countians, from Lexington, from the entire region has just been unbelievable. I am so proud of the people in this area who are supporting this venture and all that they’re doing to make sure that it’s a continued success”, said Hoskins.

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8:31am

Wed September 21, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Actors Theatre’s "Dracula" Fights Vampire Hunters

Don’t be fooled by the script in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s production of Dracula; it would have you believe that Count Dracula’s enemy is the vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing. But that’s a bloody lie. Van Helsing may be the nemesis of Dracula, the character, but Dracula, the play, has a rogues gallery all its own. There’s Edward Cullen, the vampire-in-love from the Twilight series. Don’t forget Blacula. Or Sesame Street’s Count Von Count, or any of the thousands of other incarnations of the vampire that the play’s audience has seen and may be thinking of as they take their seats and wait for the lights to go down.

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4:13pm

Tue September 20, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bluegrass Festival Honors Monroe's 100th

Gene Thompson & Crossroads perform at the 2010 Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival at Optimist Park.
Neal Cardin The News-Enterprise

The Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival honors a legend of the genre this week. The 12th annual festival, which runs from Thursday through Saturday, takes place the week after the 100th birthday of Bill Monroe. Monroe is credited with creating the style of music that came to be known as bluegrass after the band he was part of, “Blue Grass Boys.” He hails from Ohio County.

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2:43pm

Tue September 20, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Charles Birnbaum Speaks at IdeaFestival

Charles Birnbaum, Director of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, will be speaking at he IdeaFestival tomorrow (9/21) morning at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.  His talk will focus on “reading” the cultural landscape, with case studies drawn heavily from the Louisville region (Olmsted-designed parks and subdivisions, the Ohio River corridor and Yew Dell Gardens to name a few).

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1:21pm

Mon September 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bowling Green Resident Wins Dream Home

On Saturday, Charlotte Oller toured this year’s St. Jude Dream Home, playfully picking out rooms for her grandchildren. She was simply looking at the home while it was still open for viewing - the Bowling Green woman never dreamed it would soon belong to her. On Sunday, announcers called out on live TV the winner of the $325,000 two-story house: Oller, a lifelong Bowling Green resident who bought one ticket solely for the grocery coupons that came with it. “I was totally blown away,” she said through tears. “There were all these waves of different feelings.”

10:20am

Mon September 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

High Bids Buy Pieces of Coke Collection

A phone bid is relayed to the auctioneer as others stay on the line with other bidders Sunday during the first live auction event of the Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia at the museum in Elizabethtown.
Jill Pickett The News-Enterprise

Hundreds of bidders and more participating by Internet or phone quietly and calmly parted with hundreds of thousands of dollars over the weekend in exchange for iconic memorabilia from one of the world’s most recognizable brands. The first auction at Elizabethtown's Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola saw totals for which organizers scarcely dared to hope, bringing in two bids of more than $100,000 each on Saturday.

10:17am

Mon September 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Murals Spread Throughout River Cities

This mural, titled "An Epic of Time and Town," is on the front of the John R. Green building in Covington, 411 W. 6th St.
Artworks

Since the summer of 2009, beauty has been spreading on buildings in Covington, and this summer it reached Newport. Bellevue may be next. Creative area teens, led by professional artists, first made their mark two years ago on a building in Covington's MainStrasse neighborhood. The whimsical mural, depicting cartoon-like figures having fun with the arts in Covington, was created under a program by Cincinnati-based ArtWorks.

10:01am

Mon September 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Clay City Go-Kart Race Attracts Hundreds

Tempers flared on the track Sunday during the qualifying stages of a $50,000 go-kart race at Clay City Kart Speedway. The championship race was run at night.
Tim Webb Lexington Herald-Leader

The fronts of businesses on Ky. 15 in Clay City on Sunday were adorned with signs that read "Welcome Karters." More than 600 go-karters from 41 states descended on this town of less than 1,500 for a chance to win the single largest payout in karting history — $50,000 for first place in a race dubbed "The Insane One."

12:47pm

Fri September 16, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Danville Ranks High in Top Places to Retire

Advocate-Messenger

Money magazine has named Danville No. 4 in its list of Top 25 places in the country to retire. Danville ranks in the top five on the list of United States cities along with No. 1 Marquette, Mich.; No. 2 Cape Coral, Fla.; No. 3 Boise, Idaho; and No. 5 Weatherford, Texas. Danville was the only Kentucky community to make the list.

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