Kentucky Arts and Culture

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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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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