Kentucky Arts and Culture

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.

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.

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