Kentucky Arts and Culture

11:58am

Mon September 12, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

100 Years of Bill Monroe

Were he still alive, this Tuesday would have been Bill Monroe's 100th birthday. Monroe was born September 13, 1911 in Rosine, Kentucky, and is considered by most to be the "Father of Bluegrass Music." In commemoration of the milestone, Gary Pitts looks into how Monroe, his style, and his mandolin developed an entirely new genre of music, with commentary from Ricky Skaggs, George Gruhn, and contribution from Ted Belue.

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1:49pm

Fri September 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Chinese Moon Festival Lights Up Lexington

The Kentucky Chinese American Association will present its annual Moon Festival tomorrow in Lexington.  The celebration, also called the Mid-Autumn Festival, dates back over 3000 years and remains one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar. Kentucky Chinese American Association president Wei Luo compares the holiday to Thanksgiving.

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12:51pm

Fri September 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

EKU Center Opens by Invite Only

The first performance is staged tonight inside the new performing arts center at Eastern Kentucky University.  The invitation-only event features the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the American Spiritual Ensemble. Center Director Debra Hoskins says ticket sales for their inaugural season are progressing well.

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10:50am

Fri September 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

KY Historical Sites Recognized

Thirteen historic sites across Kentucky are now being considered by the National Register of Historic Places after getting the seal of approval this week from the state historic preservation review board.  Among the latest round of nominations are two districts in Mercer County. Review coordinator Marty Perry says each site's architecture and historical contributions are carefully analyzed.

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10:29am

Fri September 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

9/11 Ceremony Honors Law Enforcement

Members of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Hopkinsville Fire Department and Hopkinsville Police Department will be presented with a memorial coin in remembrance of those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. They will be honored during a 10th anniversary memorial ceremony, coordinated by the military affairs committee of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce, at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Stadium of Champions. The coin, designed by the committee, bears the emblems of fallen firefighters, police and military.

7:40am

Fri September 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Exhibit Gets Under Human Skin

A skeleton perched on a bicycle as part of Bodies Revealed, the inaugural exhibit at the Lexington Center Museum and Gallery. The exhibit runs from Saturday through Jan. 8.
David Perry Lexington Herald-Leader

A sometimes controversial exhibit opens this weekend in a new venue at the Lexington Center.  “Bodies Revealed” allows for close study of human anatomy through human cadavers.  Also, the Norton Center in Danville opens its season with a blues performance.  Previewing both is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper.

2:56pm

Thu September 8, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

LOU Orchestra Cancels Concerts

The Louisville Orchestra’s season is another month shorter. Concerts for November will not be held as the musicians and management continue to negotiate a contract for the season, which was scheduled to begin Saturday. September and October concerts were previously canceled due to an impasse in the talks.

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2:13pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Nothing Sweeter than "Honey Festival"

Throughout its 34-year history, the weather during the Breathitt County Honey Festival has either been very hot, or rainy and cool. Last weekend's edition proved to be a stinging scorcher, with heat index temperatures over 100 degrees and plenty of sweaty faces. Despite the heat and humidity, the crowds came downtown. They saw old friends, listened to music, and visited the booths to eat and to buy. For many of them, it made for a fine, festive Labor Day weekend once again.

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11:23am

Tue September 6, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Labor Troubles Grow at LOU Orchestra

Louisville Orchestra management is expected make two decisions regarding its ongoing labor dispute this week. After months of talks with no agreement, Mayor Greg Fischer joined contract negotiations with the management and musicians. Last week, he announced that an anonymous donor had come forward to pay for a nationally-recognized consultant to work with mediators. The mayor is encouraging both sides to welcome the help. Orchestra CEO Robert Birman says the management will decide this week whether to accept the offer. The musicians had previously sought to bring in an outside expert, but Birman says it didn’t work out.

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11:13am

Tue September 6, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Free Download Makes Book "Best Seller"

A spokesman with the University Press of Kentucky says response has been phenomenal to a special online promotion involving a new book from former NPR personality, and Kentucky native, Bob Edwards. Publicity Manager Mack McCormick says the decision to offer "A Voice In The Box, My Life In Radio" as a limited time, free download has put the Lexington-based publishing company on the national map.

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8:44am

Mon September 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Historic Sites in Kentucky Considered

Thirteen sites across Kentucky are being considered for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The sites must first be approved by the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board, which meets this week in Harrodsburg.

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11:35am

Sun September 4, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Book Shows Side of Frankfort's Crawfish Bottom

In writing his book about Crawfish Bottom, Douglas Boyd drew on oral history interviews conducted by James E. Wallace in 1991.
David Perry Lexington Herald Leader

Crawfish Bottom, a neighborhood set on 50 swampy acres along the Kentucky River in north Frankfort, was destroyed between 1958 and 1984 as part of urban renewal. Though many African-Americans lived there, it was an integrated community in a time of segregation. Often called "Craw" or the "Bottom," it was labeled for decades by outsiders as crime-ridden, a place marked by prostitution, gambling and bootlegging, according to Douglas Boyd, author of a new book called Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community.

4:16pm

Fri September 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Anonymous Gift Aids LOU Orchestra Talks

Mayor Greg Fischer just released the following statement regarding the ongoing dispute between the Louisville Orchestra and its musicians: “An anonymous donor has stepped forward with an offer to provide some funding to bring a nationally recognized consultant to our city to work with the mediator, Henri Mangeot, as an additional resource for both management and the musicians. I strongly encourage both sides to take advantage of this opportunity. I urge the parties to continue talking and be creative as the orchestra is an important part of Louisville’s cultural footprint and all options for preserving it should be pursued. My hope is that a sustainable financial artistic solution can be achieved.”

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7:40am

Fri September 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Boutique Theaters Sieze the Holiday

Ellie Clark, Evan Bergman and Sullivan Canaday White are the directors of Project SEE Theatre.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald-Leader

Deadly illness is the backdrop of a play that opens this Labor Day weekend at a “boutique” theater in Lexington.  Balagula Theater uses the plaque as the backdrop to “One Flea Spare.”   Meanwhile, another small theater group presents “Boom.”  They’re previewed by Rich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper.  He also discusses “Questapalooza,” a Christian music festival which is a Labor Day tradition in central Kentucky. 

4:41pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Labor Troubles Plague "Carmen"

A group of Louisville Orchestra musicians has offered to accompany the Kentucky Opera’s performance of Carmen next month, but opera officials say any negotiations would be improper. The opera typically performs with orchestra musicians, but performances are in question due to the ongoing labor dispute between orchestra management and players. There is no contract in place and orchestra concerts for the next two months have been canceled.

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10:48am

Wed August 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

'Kentucky Life' to Film in Elizabethtown

Kentucky Educational Television program ”Kentucky Life” plans to capture an intimate portrait of Elizabethtown in September. The show, in its 16th season, will shoot footage in Elizabethtown on Thursday and Sept. 8 as part of a series looking at main streets in Kentucky cities, said Tom Bickel, a producer and director with KET. Bickel said the program primarily will focus on the city’s downtown district and how U.S. 31W leads into the centralized part of the city.

10:35am

Mon August 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Early KY Art at Speed Museum

Sugar Chest, 1800-1820 Walnut, poplar, other woods Probably Madison County, Kentucky, area

Many of the items from a recent donation of early Kentucky art to Louisville’s Speed Museum are now on exhibit. The donation comes from Robert and Norma Noe. The natives of Garrard County, Kentucky developed an appreciation of antiques and decorative art while living in the nation’s capital. They moved back to Kentucky in 1980, and that’s when they began amassing the collection of 19th century Kentucky furniture, paintings, textiles other items.

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11:46am

Sun August 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Community Dedicates Flight 5191 Memorial

Brenna Angel Kentucky Public Radio

Hundreds of people gathered at the University of Kentucky Arboretum this morning to remember the 49 lives lost when Comair Flight 5191 crashed at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. The five year anniversary ceremony included the dedication of a sculpture of 49 silver birds flying upward.

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11:19am

Fri August 26, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Commemorating the Battle of Richmond

Richmond, Kentucky is the place to be this weekend if you have any interest in Civil War history. Alan Lytle explains.  Hundreds of blue and grey-clad re-enactors, and thousands of spectators, will once again gather in Madison County this weekend to commemorate the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Richmond.

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7:40am

Fri August 26, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Circuses "Get No Respect"

The oldest form of performance art can be seen this weekend in Lexington.  The Ringling Brothers Circus returns to Rupp Arena. Its Ring Master, who is a trained opera singer, says the circuses of Europe are having a deep impact on that American institution.  Still, he says circuses don't get the respect they deserve. Also, a UK and NBA Basketball standout sings this weekend at the Lexington Opera HouseRich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, previews both events.

2:07pm

Thu August 25, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Scary Tales of Breathitt County

Bucky Deaton.
Times-Voice

Jerry “Bucky” Deaton always liked a good ghost story. They sent shivers up his spine. And they brought back moments in time when life was entirely different than what it is now. Deaton also knows that Breathitt County, along with Eastern Kentucky and entire Appalachian region of America, is a hotbed of ghost stories. Most of all, his biggest fans were the youngest of ages.

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1:09pm

Thu August 25, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Ham Sells for $35,000 Per Pound

WFPL - Louisville Public Media

A team from Louisville-based Republic Bank submitted the top bid for this year's Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham. The ham auction is the traditional end of the annual Kentucky Farm Bureau 
breakfast. Republic Bank was the top bidder at $600,000 for the nearly 17 pound ham, produced by Broadbent B&B Foods in western Kentucky.

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10:45am

Thu August 25, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentuckian who was Liberia's President

Russell managed to survive the trip to Liberia when he was about 15, but life didn't get much better for years there.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Alfred Francis Russell, a freed slave from Kentucky, became the 10th president of Liberia in 1883. He was a man who worked through very difficult circumstances to briefly lead a country in Africa that was formed as a means of giving some American blacks their first taste of self governance.

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8:33am

Thu August 25, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Louisville Orchestra Cancels Concerts

All Louisville Orchestra concerts scheduled for September and October have been canceled. The season was set to begin September 10. But orchestra management sent out a notice of the cancellations Wednesday evening, citing an impasse with the musicians over a contract for the next season. The two sides are in mediation with the Louisville Labor Management Committee and will meet with Mayor Greg Fischer later this week to try to work out a deal.

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12:52pm

Wed August 24, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

KSU Fraternity Helps with MLK Monument

A Kentucky State University grad and his fraternity brothers can say they played a small role in this week’s historic dedication of a towering memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. Bill Wilson, now associate vice president for development at KSU, and Central Kentucky alumni members of Alpha Phi Alpha raised more than $25,000 toward the monument’s construction. It will be the first memorial for an African American leader on the hallowed grounds of the National Mall.

12:49pm

Wed August 24, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Polar Bear for Louisville Zoo

Siku
Louisville Public Media

The Louisville Zoo is getting another polar bear cub for its Glacier Run exhibit.  Zoo director John Walczak says Siku, a 22 month old male cub, will arrive in Louisville early this fall from the Toledo, Ohio Zoo. “Our hope is that in the not too distant future that Siku will become best friends with Qannik, our female cub that we helped rescue from the North Slope in Alaska. She was the female abandoned by her mom back in April. This is just creating a great future for Glazier Run and polar bears here in Louisville,” he said.

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1:54pm

Tue August 23, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Unfair Listing Changes Nothing

The management and musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have been in talks for the next season’s contract for about a year, but as deadlines approach, no agreement is in place. The first concert is scheduled for September 10, and rehearsals are supposed to start the week prior. But unless a contract is in place, the musicians can’t play. That’s because the Louisville Orchestra has joined Wayne Newtown and the Richardson Symphony in Texas on the America Federation of Musicians “unfair list.”

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9:15am

Tue August 23, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Riverfront Murals have Face-lift

Herb Roe touches up a mural Saturday, near Limestone Landing in Maysville.
Ledger Independent

It's been 14 years since the first murals appeared along the floodwall in downtown Maysville and they have begun to show their age. This summer, muralist Herb Roe, one of the leading artists on the projects for Dafford Murals, was contracted to give the murals a face-lift.

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3:15pm

Mon August 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"Pigs, Pies, Quilts, Sheep" at State Fair

The 107th Kentucky State Fair kicked off last week, drawing people from all across the Commonwealth. Kentucky Public Radio's Devin Katamaya toured the fair, and brought his recorder along with him. The Kentucky State Fair brings hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Depending on your taste, you can see animals, catch a show, and eat foods that seem to surprise people every year.

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10:20am

Mon August 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Something for Everyone at the State Fair

The 107th Kentucky State Fair kicked off last week, drawing people from all across the Commonwealth. Kentucky Public Radio's Devin Katamaya toured the fair, and brought his recorder along with him.  The Kentucky State Fair brings hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Depending on your taste, you can see animals, catch a show, and eat foods that seem to surprise people every year.

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