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.
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.
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.
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.
Martina McBride rocks the crowd Saturday evening at the Independence Bank's free concert in downtown Henderson.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Kelley Farms, 6483 Old Richmond Road, recently completed its corn-maze rendering of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. It opens Wednesday.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Gene Thompson & Crossroads perform at the 2010 Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival at Optimist Park.
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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.
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).
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.”
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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."
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.
“39 Steps” was once known primarily as a masterwork by film maker Alfred Hitchcock. But, most recently, it’s been a work for the stage, in London, New York and now Lexington. Studio Players begins its interpretation this weekend with just four cast members. Also, this weekend, an exhibition of the digital arts, including music, at Transylvania University. Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper has a preview.
The 33rd annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference aims to help aspiring writers become better at their craft through workshops and public events. Director Julie Wrinn says the four day celebration provides an opportunity for creative people to come together and share ideas. "Writing is very often a lonely profession that you have to do alone at your desk generally. An event like ours is a great opportunity to find an escape from that loneliness and find some collegiality with other writers."
Kent Carmichael, left, Griffin VanMeter and Whit Hiler are trying to raise $3.5 million online to air a Super Bowl ad.
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It is an idea so crazy, it just might work. Griffin VanMeter, Kent Carmichael and Whit Hiler are 30-something marketing guys. They also are native Kentuckians who are proud of their state and think everyone else should be proud of it, too. A year ago, they had this idea: Let's produce a television commercial promoting the "brand" of Kentucky and get it on the Super Bowl telecast. Their goal is to raise $3.5 million in 60 days in order to buy the commercial time. With $3.5 million worth of public momentum, the three marketers said, they think Kentucky producers, directors, writers and actors would rush to help them make one awesome Kentucky commercial. Are you listening, George Clooney, Jerry Bruckheimer and Ashley Judd?
Bardstown, KY rolls out the barrels and the welcome mat for its twentieth annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Executive Director Linda Harrison says the event is a mixed concoction of Kentucky's famous spirit and Bardstown's hospitality. "When you have fifty-thousand people there, I'd say they become a part of Bardstown."