Kentucky Arts and Culture

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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10:16am

Mon August 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Confederate General Honored

The John Hunt Morgan statue was dedicated in October 1911.
Tom Eblen Lexington Herald-Leader

Descendants of Gen. John Hunt Morgan's men and other Civil War buffs will gather Saturday outside the Lexington History Museum to mark the 100th anniversary of Morgan's heroic statue being placed there. But it will be nothing like the spectacle that occurred at what was then the Fayette County Courthouse on Oct. 18, 1911. That day, 10,000 people packed the square, and hundreds more filled the windows and roofs of nearby buildings to honor the "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy."

10:10am

Mon August 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Hardin Woman Meets Pen Pal

Jane Link of White Mills holds a photo of her pen pal Rosie Machin and husband Den. Link has been exchanging letters with Machin for 50 years.
Neal Cardin The News-Enterprise

One of Jane Link’s best and oldest friends lives nearly 4,000 miles away. A White Mills resident, Link has spoken to her friend on the telephone only one time since they met by mail in 1955. On Thursday, they will be in the same room for the first time. “I’m really excited, and she is, too” Link said, grinning. “We send letters back and forth, but it’s not like seeing her.”

10:08am

Mon August 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

African-American History Museum Proposed

A group of Bowling Green residents is working toward establishing an African-American history museum to be located in the city's downtown. The museum is looking for a one-time expenditure by the city of $123,000 associated with the museum’s startup. Once the museum was established, it would be independent of the city.

12:20pm

Sun August 21, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

100 Years of Coal Mining in Harlan

Miners pose at mine entry in Lynch after work. Round lunch pails are triple-tiered to hold both food and water. Carbide lamps are mounted atop soft headgear which actually only served to hold the lights and offered no protection.
Lynch Benham and Lynch Collection, Southeast Community and Technical College Appalachian

On Aug. 25, 1911, a Friday, a Louisville & Nashville locomotive steamed away from a tipple in a hollow in Harlan County with a load of coal bound for Western Kentucky, and the county changed dramatically, forever. It was the first commercial coal shipment by rail out of the mountainous county. Within a few short years, a sparsely populated place that had long been defined by subsistence farming was transformed into an industrial society largely controlled by the coal industry.

2:13pm

Fri August 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

It Takes a Village to Make Art

Daniel Kellogg is this year's composer-in-residence at the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington.
Chamber Music Festival of Lexington

Artists gathered for this week’s Chamber Music Festival of Lexington say the community is on the edge of great things. Daniel Kellogg, who’s the festival’s composer-in-residence, says universities can play a key role in nurturing artistry.  While working at a university, Kellogg says its support allowed him to create an opera.

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10:53am

Fri August 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky State Fair Focuses on Safety

The 2011 Kentucky State Fair begins its ten-day run today in Louisville. As Rick Howlett reports, local organizers are answering questions about safety procedures following last week's tragedy at the Indiana State Fair. There will be ten outdoor concerts at Cardinal Stadium, and state fair spokeswoman Amanda Storment says officials are especially mindful this week of severe weather safety, in the wake of Saturday's stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair--during a wind gust--that killed five people.

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7:40am

Fri August 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Summer Arts Climax in Lexington

Lexington Art League

The summer arts season climaxes this weekend in central Kentucky.  The annual Chamber Music Festival of Lexington takes place at the Fasig-Tipton Pavillion.  Outdoor concerts are staged at Keeneland and Whitehall State Park.  And, artists and crafts people gather at Lexington’s Woodland Park for its annual fair.  Offering a look ahead is arts and culture reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper. 

10:40am

Thu August 18, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Festival Connects Kentucky and Japan

When one thinks of Japan and Kentucky, Toyota is often the first partnership that comes to mind. But a local festival aims to show that the connections run much deeper.  In a few days, Jacobson Park will be transformed into a celebration of Japanese culture. Visitors will be sampling authentic Japanese cuisine, trying on kimonos, and shopping for Japanese goods at a flea market. David Carpenter, Japan/America Society of Kentucky president, says the annual gathering is also a reminder of how connected our two cultures have become.

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12:14pm

Wed August 17, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Elk Tours Offered at Two KY State Parks

Two Kentucky State Parks in Eastern Kentucky will offer guests a unique wildlife viewing opportunity this fall and winter – elk tours.  Visitors to Jenny Wiley and Buckhorn Lake can choose a weekend, stay at a state park lodge or cottage and arise early to enjoy one of these unique tours. Participants should bring their cameras – there should be great photography opportunities. The largest elk herds are located on privately owned lands that are normally closed to the public. This is one of the few opportunities available for the public to see the greatest number of elk.

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1:04pm

Fri August 12, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Frankfort Mansion Gets Facelift

The $325,000 in renovations to Frankfort's Orlando Brown House are officially complete, and Rep. Ben Chandler was on hand for a celebration ceremony Thursday morning. Project supporters say the facelift for one of Frankfort’s historic homes successfully preserved its 1850s look while adding 21st century perks, like air conditioning and a ramp for visitors with mobility challenges.

10:34am

Thu August 11, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Popular Breathitt Band Reunites

Times-Voice

On a Saturday night in September 1978, a group of musicians climbed atop a flatbed truck and performed in front of an overflow crowd in downtown Jackson. The guys were all students at Breathitt County High School, close friends with each other, and – in step with the musical tastes at the time – were big fans of the rock group “KISS.”

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9:59am

Thu August 11, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Book Tells KY Sheriffs' Stories

A former Taylor County sheriff is included in a new book of stories collected from sheriffs across Kentucky. William Lynwood Montell is the author of "Tales from Kentucky Sheriffs" published by the University Press of Kentucky. The stories Montell collected fill up nearly 300 pages and range from humorous mishaps during incidents and interesting criminal behavior to the more somber topic of death in the line of duty.

9:21am

Wed August 10, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Finding a Home for Farm Progress Museum

The board of directors for the Kentucky Agriculture Heritage Center hopes to announce a new site for the museum of farm progress later this year. The land where the facility was to go will be subdivided for other purposes. Mercer County philanthropist Ralph G. Anderson intended to donate 50 acres of his Anderson Circle Farm north of Harrodsburg for the center. But when Anderson died last year at age 86, the formal transfer had not occurred, and his estate had other plans for the land.

12:36pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Tourist Attraction for Eastern Kentucky

A former railroad line will become a new trail for hikers, horseback riders and cyclists and will be the latest adventure tourism attraction for Eastern Kentucky.  Known as the Dawkins Line, the 36-mile stretch runs through Johnson, Magoffin and Breathitt counties and will be managed by the Kentucky State Parks. The trail will be developed in phases. Once complete, the Dawkins Line will be the longest rail-to-trail project in the state.

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9:51am

Tue August 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

UK Play Tells Student Soldiers' Stories

For many veterans, coming home is itself a challenge. A documentary drama, based on oral history interviews with veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan making that transition, is previewing tonight at the University of Kentucky before heading to Broadway.

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9:45am

Tue August 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Woman's Version of 'The Help'

Kathryn Greer, who worked as a domestic, said "all the families were good to me" but that she was sometimes mistreated.
Brooke Didonato Lexington Herald-Leader

You'd never know it now, but just a few years ago, Kathryn Cotton Greer was "the help" for several prominent families in Lexington and, later, Dallas. Some of her former employers treated her with disdain, some treated her purely as a servant and others saw her worthy of praise because of her kindness and willingness to treat their home and children as if they were her own.

6:40am

Tue August 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

UK Play Tells Soldiers' Stories

For many veterans, coming home is itself a challenge. A documentary drama, based on oral history interviews with veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan making that transition, is previewing tonight at the University of Kentucky before heading to Broadway.

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1:11pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Russellville Reminisces Emancipation

William Elliott of Russellville, a deacon at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Russellville, speaks to the crowd during the opening service of the 25th annual 8th of August Emancipation Celebration.
Alex Slitz Bowling Green Daily News

Hundreds of people will gather this weekend in Russellville to celebrate and reminisce during the 25th annual 8th of August Emancipation Celebration. Held to celebrate African-Americans gaining their freedom from slavery, the annual event, more commonly known as “8th of August,” began Thursday with an outdoor opening service.

10:30am

Fri August 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

How Many Wheels Does it Take?

Spugnardi left his home in Lexington Thursday morning and plans on meeting up with his family in Virginia.
Terry Prather Ledger Independent

A Lexington man, en route to Virginia, is using a unique mode of transportation and along the way drawing lots of attention and making drivers and other passersby take a second glance. Michael Spugnardi is riding in style. However, that style isn't found in the same categories as Mercedes, BMW, or anything else motorized. Spugnardi is riding his three-wheeled, recumbent tricycle all the way from his home to his in-laws residence in Madison, Va.

7:00am

Fri August 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Starlit Ballet, "Trun" Go the Distance

A fun run that mixes sci-fi with wellness takes place this weekend in Danville.  Rich Copley, of the Lexington Herald Leader Newspaper, previews “Trun.”  Rich also looks ahead at the only live performance this summer at Woodland Park in downtown Lexington.  The park was once a regular summer venue for theater and concerts.

1:28pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

WWII Aircraft Fly Into Lexington Friday

Three World War II-era military planes will be flying into Lexington this Friday, giving the public a glimpse at two rare bombers and a Mustang fighter plane.  It's one thing to see WWII planes locked away at a museum; it's another to crawl inside them.

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10:36am

Wed August 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Timmy the Gorilla Dies at 52

Louisville Zoo

A Louisville Zoo gorilla has died at the age of 52. Timmy, the oldest male western lowland gorilla in North America, was euthanized today after experiencing several years of medical problems, including heart disease and arthritis. The zoo’s veterinarian says Timmy had responded well to treatment for several months but began to decline in recent weeks.

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10:12am

Wed August 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

675 Mile Yard Sale Begins Thursday

Buyers and sellers alike are gearing up for what has become known nationwide as one of the best yard sales ever. The annual U.S. 127 Yard Sale — also known as the World’s Longest Yard Sale and/or the 127 Corridor Sale — officially gets under way Thursday and runs through Sunday. However, some vendors are already plying their wares beside the highway to serve eager buyers.

2:40pm

Tue August 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Mediators Handling LOU Orchestra Talks

The Louisville Orchestra’s management and musicians continue their mediation this week. The two sides have been at odds over a new contract agreement. The management, which filed for Chapter 11 last year, is seeking to cut the number of full-time musicians. They’ve put forwrada plan that would group the players into tiers and sign various tiers to different-length. Another proposal would cut benefits and pay. The musicians have called it unacceptable.

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11:58am

Tue August 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Flight 5191 Sculpture to be Unveiled

A sculpture honoring the 49 people who died in the crash of Comair Flight 5191 will be unveiled this month at a service commemorating the fifth anniversary of the crash. The dedication service, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at The Arboretum on Lexington's Alumni Drive, will include remarks by local ministers and family members of three people who died in the crash. More than 350 family members and friends of the crash victims are scheduled to attend.

10:37am

Mon August 1, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Drive-ins Find New Popularity

On July 15, opening night of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, moviegoers arrived early at Winchester's Sky-Vue Twin Drive-In. First-run movies are the norm now at drive-ins.
Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

While 3-D technology increasingly becomes the norm in mainstream films, theaters boast the latest and loudest speakers, and moviegoing has become a predominantly indoor pastime, some people still seem to prefer the simplicity of the past: the drive-in. It's a past that dates back almost 80 years, and it allows people to be essentially in their own private movie theaters, free to create their own experience. That nostalgia and experience are what have kept people coming back to drive-in theaters, even when there was a time it looked as if they could die out, fans say. "People don't go to the drive-in or a normal theater for just the movie. It's the experience," said Chris Erwin, manager of Judy Drive-In in Mount Sterling. "The drive-in experience is one that can't be duplicated no matter what's on screen. Its charm is that it's simple."

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9:58am

Sun July 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

UK Student Share South African Trip

The University of Kentucky has recently partnered with the nation of South Africa on an academic program titled "Kentucky and South Africa, Different Lands, Common Ground". The collaboration provides an opportunity for UK students to travel and learn more about the people and issues facing the once-segregated country.

International Studies student Corinne Price is back from an internship at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children in Cape Town, and she recently shared her experiences with Alan Lytle.

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC ) is a one-stop center in Cape Town, South Africa for women and children who are survivors of abuse. Their vision is the creation of a safe and secure society and a human rights culture where women and children are empowered to exercise their full rights.

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