Kentucky Arts and Culture

1:34pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Novel Plays Out in KY Courtroom

In his novel, "Far From Good," Stephen Van Zant, an Elizabethtown laywer, uses descriptions of the Franklin County Court House to set scenes.
Tricia Spaulding Frankfort State Journal

The stately marble staircase at the Franklin County Court House is now lined with ragged pieces of cardboard. Dark, wooden gallery seating from the circuit courtroom on the second floor has been removed, and dust blankets the judge’s bench as the empty building awaits renovation. Yet the picturesque courtroom is still alive and well in the pages of attorney Stephen Van Zant’s first novel, “Far From Good.” Van Zant, an Elizabethtown lawyer, has practiced in courtrooms across the state, and Franklin County’s stood out.

10:17am

Thu July 7, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

World Trade Center Piece in KY

Visitors rotate through Wednesday to touch a remnant of the World Trade Center. The piece will be part of a memorial at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.
Jill Pickett The News-Enterprise

Sept. 11 survivor Tony Rose held back tears on a hot Wednesday morning as he described the symbolism of a twisted piece of metal delivered to the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff. “Today, this piece comes to us as a result of evil, There’s no other way around it,” he said. The piece in question was a pair of beams formed into the shape of a “distressed cross” — wreckage found and retrieved from the World Trade Center in New York City after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It will be erected as part of a larger 9/11 memorial later this year.

4:12pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Stolen Altarpiece Given to US Government

After spending 40 years at Louisville’s Speed Art Museum, a stolen 14th century work is going home. The Speed Art Museum bought the piece from a New York Gallery in 1973 for 38 thousand dollars, not realizing the Italian art was stolen from a home in Italy two years earlier.

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1:40pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

'Survivor' Contestant Advises KY Youth

During his time as a contestant on the popular TV reality show “Survivor,” Rodger Bingham proved to the world that a country boy can survive. Being raised on a farm in Grant County, the native Kentuckian credits his love of the outdoors, along with skills at hunting and fishing, plus good common sense as the reasons he held out so well in the Australian Outback during the CBS-TV show's second season 10 years ago. Bingham cited making good choices in why he lasted that long, and that was his message to a group of about 15 youngsters and adults during a visit at Kentucky River Community Care's Sewell Center in Jackson Thursday.

5:20am

Tue July 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Extras Found at KY Historical Society

Dozens of treasures are hidden in the archives of the Kentucky Historical Society, including Soviet anti-aircraft guns, gilded shoulder decorations from a Mexican general and phony Paul Sawyier paintings. With limited space for exhibits and displays, tens of thousands of artifacts and documents are kept in storage in the second floor of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. The State Journal recently got a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives.

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5:58am

Mon July 4, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Fund For the Arts Considers Changes

The Fund for the Arts’ annual campaign has ended and the organization’s energy will now turn inward, toward revising its mission and policies. The shakeup at the fund started earlier this year, when CEO Allan Cowen retired amid a flurry of criticism over his brusque interactions with artists and arts groups. Much of the dissent came from visual artists, who say the fund doesn’t give them the money or attention they deserve compared to performing arts.

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10:09am

Sun July 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Town Plans 'Little Green Men' Festival

There was a time when the little community of Kelly wanted the world to forget the UFO story that rocketed there on a hot August night in 1955. Apparently, time heals a lot of wounds. That’s why, on Aug. 20, the town will embrace aliens in costumes and other forms of UFO entertainment for Kelly’s first Little Green Men festival. The organizers hope to make it an annual festival. The festival will celebrate the story of an alien spaceship landing at a Kelly farmhouse on Aug. 21, 1955. On that night, the family of Glennie Lankford reported to police in Hopkinsville that a dozen or so little men had surrounded their house after landing in a spaceship.

12:07am

Fri July 1, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

After Fireworks, Concerts Rule the 4th

If fireworks are at the top of the list for Independence Day activities, then music is number two.  A 4th of July country music concert is planned for Lexington, as is a pops concert by the Lexington Philharmonic OrchestraRich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers this preview.

10:17am

Wed June 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"Instant Racing" Open to KY Tracks

Kentucky's racetracks starting Friday can apply for permission to allow bets on historical races. But despite a needed boost in business, some tracks are leery of adding "Instant Racing" immediately. The regulations that allow Instant Racing become effective July 1 and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will accept applications from the racetracks. Many tracks hope it can boost declining revenues and make them competitive with tracks in surrounding states, but a legal challenge by the Family Foundation has made them take pause.

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10:09am

Wed June 29, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky's Bucket List: Part II

The Herald-Leader's "Kentucky Bucket List" of 50 experiences every Kentuckian should do, see or have while living in our commonwealth, received tremendous response from readers after it was published June 17. Inspired by Parade magazine's recent cover story on "America's Bucket List," The Herald-Leader's list — which was far from exhaustive — spurred readers to suggest ideas that we didn't include. So today, The Herald-Leader shares 20 readers' suggestions of experiences to have in Kentucky before you die.

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12:10pm

Tue June 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Qannik Tweets Arrival…Twice

The polar bear cub Qannik arrived in a UPS Boeing 747 last night in Kentucky as reported by dueling twitter accounts.  There are two accounts currently claiming to be none other than Qannik herself.  One is @QannikthecubLZ (Official Louisville Zoo account), the other is the rogue @QannikBearaccount.

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6:00am

Fri June 24, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

A "Steppe" into Asian Horse Cultures

Among the top events this weekend for lovers of horses or lovers of history is a new exhibit featuring artifacts from horse-based societies in central Asia.  Also, the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble gives Kentuckians the same performance they’ll soon offer the “crowned heads of Europe.”   And, a new drama in Lexington mixes marriage with murderRich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers this preview.

2:12pm

Mon June 20, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky's Bucket List

Most people have at least a notion of the things they want to see, do and experience before they die, aka their "bucket list": Climb a mountain, fall in love, see the Grand Canyon. But how should that list be tailored to Kentuckians? What are the things every Kentuckian should do, see or experience while living in our beautiful, often misunderstood state? What are the cultural touchstones that make Kentucky what it is and that would be a shame not to experience? What things go deep into the Kentucky experience? And how many of them can you accomplish this summer, which officially starts Tuesday?

3:25pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Mt Brilliant Farm in Design Book

A two-year collaboration between Greg and Becky Goodman, owners of Mount Brilliant Farm, and internationally known interior decorator Mona Hajj has resulted in Hajj's new coffee table book, Interior Visions (Random House, $50), featuring the farm. Texan Greg Goodman and his wife, Becky, bought Mount Brilliant Farm in 1995 and discovered that they would be caretakers of a significant slice of Bluegrass history. That history dates back to 1774, when Kentucky was part of Virginia and 2,000 acres of land on what is now Russell Cave Road was given as a land grant to William Russell for his family's service in the French and Indian War.

7:56am

Fri June 17, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bluegrass Festival returns to Harlan

The Goin’ Back to Harlan Bluegrass Committee will host their sixth annual Goin’ Back to Harlan Bluegrass Music Festival June 23-25, at the Harlan campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. “We have an outstanding lineup of bands this year,” said committee member Jerry Haynes. “There’s fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, basses and dobros and then there’s singing — everybody’s doing it and most are really good.”

12:01am

Fri June 17, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Tourist Attractions now Attract Kentuckians

Summer destinations rely more this year on their neighbors for support.  Instead of tourists, summer events like the Ichthus Christian Rock Festival near Wilmore, The Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown and A Grand Night for Singing at the University of Kentucky, now target local audiences.  Reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers an explanation.

2:00pm

Thu June 16, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The Kentucky Bucket List

Most people have at least a notion of the things they want to see, do and experience before they die, aka their "bucket list": Climb a mountain, fall in love, see the Grand Canyon. But how should that list be tailored to Kentuckians?  The Weekender/LexGo Central, has come up with "Kentucky's Bucket List," inspired by Parade magazine's recent cover story on "America's Bucket List."  What are the things every Kentuckian should do, see or experience while living in our beautiful, often misunderstood state? What are the cultural touchstones that make Kentucky what it is and that would be a shame not to experience? What things go deep into the Kentucky experience? And how many of them can you accomplish this summer, which officially starts Tuesday? Here's our list of 50 experiences, in no particular order, compiled from suggestions offered by readers and staff members.

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1:29pm

Mon June 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Brass Band Festival "Perfect"

The 2011 Great American Brass Band Festival has marched through Danville, and once again organizers are pleased with the event. Niki Kinkade, director of the brass band festival, said, “It was a perfect festival, and we’re looking forward to it next year.” The crowd was better than it has been in the last several years, according to Kinkade, giving some credit to “fantastic” weather. Even the short rain shower Saturday afternoon helped to cool things off and didn’t dampen the event.

10:35am

Sun June 12, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Perfect Weather for a Parade

The sun was shining and the skies were clear Saturday morning for Danville's 22nd annual Great American Brass Band Festival parade. The warm, dry weather was a nice change of pace from previous parades, said Danville resident Linda Knight.

1:32pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Great American Brass Band Festival Begins

While there’s no doubt that Saturday is the star of the Great American Brass Band Festival, Friday has developed into more than simply a warm-up act for the main event. Beginning with the history conference at 9 a.m. and wrapping up with a concert more than 12 hours later, Friday features a full slate of opportunities for festival-goers to get the party started, both in Danville and at venues outside the city.

11:41am

Fri June 10, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Stolen Art, Fundraising at Speed Museum

A stolen Italian painting that’s been in the Speed Museum’s collection for nearly 40 years is now on display in Louisville for the last time. The Speed purchased the piece in 1973 for $38,000, and museum officials didn’t know it was stolen until a few months ago. The Speed worked with the U.S. and Italian governments to organize the art’s return. But before the painting is sent back to Italy it will be on display at the Speed through July 3rd.

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12:01am

Fri June 10, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

How'd the Weekend Get So Busy?

In the arts calendar, some weekends are busier that ever.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers an explanation.  Plus, he previews the Great American Brass Band Festival, A Grand Night for Singing, the Festival of the Bluegrass and an organist convention, which all take place this weekend in central Kentucky.

5:08pm

Thu June 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Making UK Opera Stars into Hoofers

The school year’s opera students become song and dance men and women this weekend at the University of Kentucky.  For the 19th year, UK Opera is staging a “Grand Night for Singing”.  Not only is the summertime tradition a favorite among audiences, but, Director Everett McCorvey says it also teaches important lessons to his students.

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1:37pm

Thu June 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Brass Band Festival this Weekend

Danville will host its 22nd annual Great American Brass Band Festival this weekend. “The Great American Brass Band Festival is all about community,” says Niki Kinkade, executive director of the festival. “The community makes this happen."

11:24am

Thu June 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Icthus Music Festival Encourages Attendance

After hosting its first-ever “community night” last year to bring local people in for a night of concerts, the Ichthus Music Festival is offering a special price for a whole day of events geared toward central Kentucky this year. Ichthus 2011, under the theme “re:new,” takes place Wednesday, June 15, through Saturday, June 18. This is the 42nd year for the Christian festival in Wilmore that began in 1970 as a religious response to the Woodstock festival.

1:03pm

Wed June 8, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Exhibit at Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

It will be a double dose of Breathitt County native Chad Warrix Saturday night at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, which is located near Mount Vernon off I-75 in Rockcastle County. One of the founding members of the duo “Halfway to Hazard” will not only be on hand for the unveiling of the new exhibit bearing his name at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame at 5:30 p.m. - Warrix will also be at the museum's site to meet with his fans from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Then he'll join the country group “Lonestar” to perform during the “Concerts 4 A Cause” event, which begins at Renfro Valley at 7 p.m.

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6:51am

Tue June 7, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Online Database Trip Back in Time

Imagine the process of documenting all the objects you own - from coffee mugs to individual pieces of clothing - and you've got an idea of the work underway at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. "Every single artifact is getting a photograph, getting measured, getting re-cataloged, a new condition description, and then put online." KHS recently launched its Objects Catalog, and curator Bill Bright says more artifacts are going online.

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12:00am

Fri June 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Two Shows Look Back on Life

Adventurous dramas dominate the footlights this weekend in Lexington.  A play produced by the Actors Guild of Lexington has one of the community’s most famous prostitutes looking back at her life.  Another production, by the “On The Verge” theater company looks at the end of life with a performance at an actual funeral home.   And a take-off on “The Importance of Being Earnest” is staged by the Kentucky Conservatory Theater.  With previews is arts and cultural reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.

12:24pm

Thu June 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Funeral Home as Theater

When Lexington theater group On The Verge Productions opens its latest play this weekend, it won't be performed on a traditional stage. The venue for "Three Viewings" plays a significant role for the cast, the audience, and the show's sponsor. Jeffrey Hatcher's "Three Viewings" is not your typical play. It has three acts - each a monologue from characters carrying on after death of someone important in their life.

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5:47pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Compromise Hard for Orchestra Contract

The Louisville Orchestra’s contract with its musicians expired at midnight Wednesday. That means the players are not being paid, they do not have insurance and do not have any guarantee they’ll have jobs when the next season starts. There’s hope for a new contract, but amid contentious negotiations and ongoing bankruptcy proceedings, that hope is diminishing.

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