Kentucky Arts and Culture

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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2:13pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Linemen in Safety Competition

Chad Cox of Morgantown, a lineman with Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corp., rescues a 175-pound dummy in the hurt man rescue Thursday during the Kentucky Lineman's Rodeo at the Buck Jenkins Service Center.
Alex Slitz Bowling Green Daily News

After a spring and summer in which storms have taken down their fair share of power lines and poles, electric lineman from around the state gathered Thursday for a more competitive approach at the Kentucky Lineman’s Rodeo at the Buck Jenkins Service Center off Bowling Green's Commerce Drive. With poles and cherry pickers creating a unique field for competition, lineman hauled equipment around the site, competing at various events, including phase swap, pole climb, cross arm and hurt man.

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10:21am

Fri July 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Vanceburg Man to Fulfill Lifelong Dream

Sometime before Louivy Bare was to turn 81, his daughter, Karen Wolfe, asked him what was one thing he had always wanted to do in life that he had never gotten to do. His answer was twofold: he wanted to ride in a hot air balloon, and he wanted to visit Alaska. While Bare said he believes his chance to get to Alaska may never come, he will be able to experience a balloon ride at this year's Buffalo Trace Balloon Race.

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10:16am

Fri July 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Sedentary Parade in Lexington

Cyclists wearing "Second Sunday" t-shirts ride out of Cheapside Park on their way to the Legacy Trail during the Second Sunday ride in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, April 10, 2011.
Matt Goines Lexington Herald-Leader

Sit down, Lexington. Throw on your Snuggie, recline in your Barcalounger and have a nice, long Mario Kart marathon. All comers are welcome to do just that — or whatever un-activity appeals to them — during the Sedentary Parade, a tongue-in-cheek response to Lexington's recent designation as the country's laziest city in Men's Health magazine.

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7:33am

Fri July 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Hidden Rivers, Veiled Faces

Artist Bill Fontana opened a public art sound installation in the landscaped passageway between the Financial Center Tower and its garage on July 29. The sound sculpture incorporates the sounds of the subtarranean Town Branch River.
Hannah Potes Lexington Herald-Leader

The hidden is unveiled this weekend in Lexington.  A sound sculpture, sponsored by Lexarts, resurrects a buried river.  And, an exhibit at the University of Kentucky lifts the veil on veils.  Arts and cultural reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper offers a preview of both artworks.

4:16pm

Thu July 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Country Music's "Jackie Robinson"

Charley Pride and Ben Peters, the writer of "Kiss An Angel Good Morning"

Forty years ago today, Charley Pride and his longtime producer Cowboy Jack Clement walked into a recording studio after lunch and emerged before dinner with three new tracks. Pride says he had no idea that one of them—“Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’”—would become a country colossus. But to really appreciate the magnitude of Pride’s more than thirty year-long hit-making heyday, it’s best to go to the beginning.

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10:26am

Thu July 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Ashcroft to Speak, Sing in Louisville

The National Quartet Convention will host former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft at its annual event in Louisville later this year. Ashcroft served as attorney general under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005.  He is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Sept. 15 and will also sing several gospel songs he has written, according to a convention spokesperson.

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6:33am

Thu July 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Shotgun Homes Saved in LOU

Louisville Public Media

Early next month, a panel of preservationists will select a house in Louisville to be rehabilitated under a new project called Preservation S.O.S.—Save Our Shotguns. It’s a style of house that symbolizes many of Louisville’s older neighborhoods. There are many variations, but shotgun houses typically have a long, rectangular floor plan: one room wide, three to five rooms in a row with doorways often on the same side of the house.

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12:59pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Sound of an Underground Stream

Most people would never know the Town Branch of Elkhorn Creek runs under downtown Lexington if they were not told. There has long been no visual or audible evidence of the rushing water that runs just below the high-rise buildings and busy streets of the city — until this week.

10:14am

Wed July 27, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Outdoor Channel to Film in Trimble County

Trimble County will be in the national spotlight on Saturday, July 30, when the Outdoor Channel’s “Keepin’ It Real Tour” rolls in. The program will be filming on location that Saturday at the Dirty Turtle Off-road Park in Trimble County.

10:12am

Sun July 24, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington House Opens Up Eyes to History

Kentucky is hoping to add another thread to the increasingly colorful tapestry of the history of the state's horse industry. The state has applied to have a house at 547 Breckenridge Street in Lexington added to the National Register of Historic Places because of its link to a largely forgotten African-American horse trainer named Courtney Mathews.

10:10am

Sun July 24, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Man Finds Civil War Graves

Robert Bohrn knows a little about the two men behind the bronze busts in his foyer. One thing he’s sure of is that this year’s Civil War sesquicentennial adds to their historical worth. He knows they served in the Union’s all black 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. That they built roads and fortifications, often under Confederate fire, in Folly Beach, S.C., from 1863-1864 and that they died from typhoid, dysentery and other ailments common in military encampments then. Bohrn, a 54-year-old Charleston, S.C.-born hunter of Civil War relics who now lives in Franklin County, helped unearth 19 skeletons of the men in the 55th.

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3:37pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Ichthus Concert Venue for Sale

The oldest Christian music festival in the nation may not come back for a 43rd year. The Ichthus Festival draws tens of thousands of people to a large field in Wilmore, Kentucky, but the event is struggling financially. CEO Mark Vermillion says Ichthus can no longer rely on just ticket sales.

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7:32am

Fri July 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Families, Funerals and "Frank-n-furter" this Weekend

Frank-n-furter (Christopher Baker) meets Brad (Wood Van Meter) and Janet (Meaghan Sharrard) in Sweet Transvestite. SummerFest presents Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show July 20-24 at the Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive in Lexington, Ky.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald-Leader

Two musicals for two very different audiences this weekend in central Kentucky.  The Lexington Children’s Theater offers a production of “Annie” that includes whole families in its cast.  Summerfest stages “The Rocky Horror Show” for people with more adult tastes.  Plus, in response to audience demand, “Three Viewings” will have more viewings.  Arts reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers these previews.

10:08am

Mon July 18, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bowling Green Woman Wins Miss Kentucky

Djuan Trent, Miss Kentucky 2010, put the crown on Miss Bowling Green, Ann-Blair Thornton, after Thornton won the Miss Kentucky Pageant on Saturday at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts.
Brooke Didonato Lexington Herald-Leader

Ann-Blair Thornton, a 21-year-old from Bowling Green, was nearly speechless Saturday night after being crowned Miss Kentucky 2011. "I don't know if this is real," she said. "Looking back on all the years I've put into this, I never dreamed it would be real." Shortly after the glittering crown was placed atop her head at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts, Thornton said the first thing she planned to do as Miss Kentucky was "give my parents a hug. This is all their doing," she said.

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9:57am

Mon July 18, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"Speed Racer" Recreation at Car Show

Hundreds of people walk through the parking lot to admire the cars on display Saturday at the National Corvette Homecoming at the Sloan Convention Center.
Miranda Pederson The Daily News

Adrian Vergot grew up playing with Hot Wheels and watching the television show “Speed Racer.” He was constantly disappointed that few cars actually resembled his childhood icons, so last year he purchased the ultimate hot wheels. Vergot, of Pittsburgh, brought his 1968 titanic Corvette to the 30th annual National Corvette Homecoming, which wrapped up Saturday at Bowling Green's Sloan Convention Center. Vergot was one of hundreds of Corvette enthusiasts who flocked to the three-day event, showing off their cars that ranged from the newest Corvettes to cars that were manufactured decades ago.

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9:45am

Mon July 18, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Retired Newsman Publishes 1st Novel

Scott Smith, 87, of Danville, a fan of Westerns since childhood, hadn't attempted the genre until a few years ago despite a long career in publishing.
David Perry Lexington Herald-Leader

Scott Smith, 87, is a retired newspaperman. He's also had a lifelong fascination with the Old West. Now, the Danville resident has combined his two long held interests and published his first novel - The Bronco Man. Naturally, it's a western.

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1:35pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Die-Hard Potter Fans Crowd Midnight Showings

A theater at Great Escape 12 is packed early this morning for a 3-D showing of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2."
Pete Rodman The Daily News

Tickets in one hand, wands in the other - both at the ready. Roughly 1,500 fans attended the midnight screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2,” the last in the movie series, at the Great Escape Theaters’ Bowling Green 12 today. The theater showed “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1” at 9 p.m., followed by the sold-out midnight showing of “Part 2” on every screen in the theater.

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7:35am

Fri July 15, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Harlan to Hogwarts to the Henson Hotel

A crime drama based in Appalachia continues to earn praise from critics.  This week, “Justified” netted four Emmy nominations.  Rich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald offers an explanation.  He also says the final installment in the “Harry Potter” series can pose competition to events take place in Kentucky.  Among those events is a dramedy based in Danville at the end of World War Two.

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1:55pm

Thu July 14, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Mountain-Based Drama Up for Four Emmys

A television drama set mainly in Harlan and Lexington, Kentucky is in the running for a number of Emmy awards. The nominations were revealed early Thursday morning. Timothy Olyphant, who stars as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givins in the critically acclaimed FX series Justified, has received a best lead actor nomination. Margo Martindale, who last season portrayed the criminal matriarch Mags Bennett, got a best supporting actress nod, and Walton Goggins, who plays Givins' frenemy Boyd Crowder, is up for a supporting actor award.

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2:40pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Orchestra Musicians Stage Protest

Some members of the Louisville Orchestra’s musicians union are staging a protest at the orchestra’s headquarters this afternoon as their contract impasse continues. The musicians had already said they would reject management’s latest contract offer. They had until today to consider a proposal that outlines specific expectations for rehearsal and performance attendance.

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2:37pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Cooking It Up in "Hell's Kitchen"

What started as a joke between friends turned into Natalie Blake’s big break when she was chosen to be one of 18 contestants on the upcoming season of the Fox reality show “Hell’s Kitchen.” Blake, a 23-year-old chef from Harrodsburg, went to culinary school at Sullivan University in Lexington and currently works as a sous chef at Beamont Inn in Harrodsburg.

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10:00am

Wed July 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Top Bluegrass Group Booked for Jackson

For one spring night next year, the world of Bluegrass music will fix their focus on Jackson and Breathitt County, when the renowned six-piece band The Grascals will grace the Douthitt Park stage for a concert on Saturday, June 9, 2012.

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8:38am

Wed July 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Orchestra's Labor Trouble Continues

Members of the Louisville Orchestra’s musicians union say they will reject the latest contract offer from the Orchestra. The Orchestra proposal, which outlines specific expectations for rehearsal and performance attendance, was delivered last week. It names tomorrow as the deadline for members to respond. If they don’t, the orchestra says it  “will be treated as a voluntary refusal to work and the Louisville Orchestra will take whatever steps are legally appropriate to fill your position.”

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3:58pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"Spotlight" Festival a No-Go in 2011

Organizers of the Spotlight Lexington Festival have officially canceled this year's event citing a lack of corporate support. Spotlight Chair Kip Cornett says while the festival proved a very popular aspect of the World Equestrian Games last fall, continuing it this year proved cost-prohibitive.

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4:30pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

EKU Arts Center Unveils Premiere Season

The inaugural season at Eastern Kentucky University’s Center for the Arts is packed with popular performers and entertainment. The lineup of about dozen acts was released Friday. Among the performers are public radio’s Garrison Keiller, country icon Willie Nelson and soul music queen Aretha Franklin. Center executive director Debra Hoskins is pleased with the way things have fallen into place, especially since she was hired only five months ago.

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1:37pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Pontiac Show in Bowling Green

Bill Sammons (left) of Lexington and Clarence Stanley of Sylvania, Ohio, talk about the similarities between Pontiac and Chrevrolet car tops Thursday during the 2011 Pontiac-Oakland Club International Convention at the Sloan Convention Center.
Pete Rodman Frankfort State Journal

For many years, tales of the existence of a 1959 Pontiac El Catalina were the stuff of legend. Rumor had it that Pontiac had built two of these prototype sedan pickups, and one was in the hands of a collector. The vehicle hadn’t been seen in public in years, but that changed this week when it was on display at the Pontiac-Oakland Club International Convention at Bowling Green's Sloan Convention Center.

1:30pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Seminary Elects Female Chief

Charisse Gillett
Lexington Herald-Leader

For the first time in its 146-year history, Lexington Theological Seminary will be led by a woman. Charisse Gillett was named the seminary's 17th president Thursday morning at a special meeting of the school's board of trustees. She will take office Sept. 1. Gillett will be the first woman and the first African-American to hold the top post at the seminary.

1:24pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Civil War Fort Asks For Help

Aureilio Beltran, an employee of Doyle's Lawn and Landscaping of Winchester, cut away a thicket of weeds around the edge of the fort. The landscaping company has donated labor and material to help the cash-strapped historic site.
James Mann Winchester Sun

The Winchester-Clark County Tourism Commission was introduced to the Civil War Fort at Boonesboro — which is in its sixth summer open to the public — in 1998. Now, the commission can no longer afford to maintain the site on its own and is asking the county and city for help.

6:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

A Tragedy, a Musical and a Comic

There’s no need to trade your kingdom for good drama this summer weekend.  Summerfest begins in Lexington with Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” Studio Players recaptures past glory with a revival of “Forever Plaid,” and actor-comedian Adele Givens, who’s a Lexington native, performs at the Lyric Theater.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader has this preview.

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