Kentucky Arts and Culture

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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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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