Kentucky Arts and Culture

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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8:52am

Wed June 1, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Classical Music Station Starts July 1

Public radio station WEKU-88.9 FM has signed a three-year deal to launch its long-discussed classical music station in Central Kentucky. Beginning July 1, WKYL-102.1 FM in Lawrenceburg will be home to the genre that defined WEKU before the Richmond-based station's switch last year to news and talk, which irked some longtime listeners.

6:57pm

Tue May 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

State Program Designates Cultural Districts

The Kentucky Arts Council wants to help local communities showcase and market cultural amenities like museums, theatres, historic sites, and even farmers’ markets and festivals. Along those lines, the council is overseeing a statewide cultural district certification program announced by Governor Steve Beshear. Beshear says the designated districts will get focused training, as well as “assistance in planning, marketing, programming, identification of grant and incentive opportunities, developing art education components and developing and implementing signature events and activities.”

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6:53pm

Tue May 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Deadline Set as Musicians Respond

The dispute between the Louisville Orchestra and its musicians has reached a crucial stage. At a hearing Tuesday morning in bankruptcy court, a federal judge set a deadline of June 13th for the musicians to submit objections to the financial disclosure statement filed on Monday by Louisville Orchestra, Inc. The statement outlines how the orchestra will pay off its debts and structure its business to continue operating in the black.

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1:15pm

Tue May 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Orchestra Submits Bankruptcy Plan

The Louisville Orchestra has taken the next step in the Chapter 11 process. On Monday, the Orchestra filed a disclosure statement and a reorganization plan for how it might emerge from bankruptcy and keep on playing. At a hearing this morning in court, a federal judge set a hearing date of June 28th to review the disclosure statement, which is essentially a cataloguing of the orchestra’s finances and outstanding debts.

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7:37pm

Mon May 30, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Stolen Art on Display at Speed

A stolen work of art will be on display at the Speed Art Museum this month before the U.S. government returns it to Italy. The Speed purchased the three-panel painting, or triptych, of the Virgin Mary and child in 1973 for $38,000. Recently, however, it was discovered that the art had been stolen from an Italian villa in 1971. The Speed obtained the work through an art dealer, and court records show the museum cooperated with U.S. and Italian officials to verify and relinquish the art. But before the art is returned, it’ll be the centerpiece of an exhibit that showcases its theft and sale.

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7:53am

Mon May 30, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

LOU Orchestra Returns to Court Tomorrow

The Louisville Orchestra is due in court again tomorrow for a bankruptcy hearing. Under the ensemble’s Chapter 11 filing, orchestra management has to submit a plan for reorganizing operations. Officials have declined to comment on the content or status of the plan, but the management had previously sought to reduce the number of full-time musicians.

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12:00am

Fri May 27, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Musical Monsters Mark Milestone at Opera House

To celebrate its anniversary the Lexington Opera House is turning itself over to some musical monsters.  Rich Copley, who’s an arts and cultural reporter with the Lexington Herald Leader, offers a preview of their 2011-2012 season.  He also looks ahead at the season planned for next year at the Norton Center for the Arts.

2:28pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Budget Watchers Take Break at Band Festival

After three years of tightening budgets and cutbacks, Danville's Great American Brass Band Festival is finally able to exhale a little bit this year.Not that the festival has returned to it’s pre-recession level of funding and spending, but executive director Niki Kincade senses the event is gaining weight again after the lean times of recent years.“This year, we’ve caught up a little bit,” Kincade said.

12:38pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Feeding Kentucky's "Stay-cationeers"

Even if Kentuckians stay close to home this summer, they’ll still need to eat.  For those travellers on “stay-cation,” Bowling Green author  Gary West advises them not to judge restaurants by their cover.“You go into a lot of these places for the nostalgia, for the ambience, just for the atmosphere. I mean, you might go by some of them and they might have an old, rusty sign out front, but that parking lot would be absolutely packed with people,” says West.

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6:45am

Tue May 24, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Stolen Art Returns to Italy

A piece of stolen artwork that’s been at the Speed Museum in Louisville for years will be returned to Italy.

The 14th century triptych painting of the Virgin Mary with Child was among several pieces of art stolen from an Italian estate forty years ago. The Speed purchased the piece from a New York gallery in 1973 for $38,000.

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12:00am

Fri May 20, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The "Pops" of all Music Festivals

A mini-music festival is performed Saturday afternoon in downtown Lexington.  It’s a celebration of a retailer who still sells vinyl records.  Also, this weekend, a “pitch black” comedy is performed by Studio Players of Lexington.  Arts and culture reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers a sneak peak.

11:05am

Wed May 18, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Book Highlights Clooney Music Footnotes

Tapping the roots of how the late Rosemary Clooney's family got to Kentucky and where her musical career traveled in her early days, author Malcolm Macfarlane has traveled from his home in England to Las Vegas and Augusta in a quest for answers. Spending Monday visiting Augusta, and interviewing Clooney's brother, Nick Clooney, on Tuesday afternoon, Macfarlane and his wife, Pat also toured Maysville.

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7:20am

Fri May 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"Gypsy," "1776," Then Poof Go the Directors

Two central Kentucky theater groups are staging classic musicals this weekend.  And afterward, both will lose their directors.  With a preview of the Paragon Theater’s production of “Gypsy” and the Woodford Theater’s production of “1776” is Rich Copley, who’s an arts and cultural reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper.

2:44pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Arts

Music Festival Promises to go Regional

Forecastle Founder JK McKnight has announced the headliners for this summer’s Halfway to Forecastle Festival. The Halfway to Forecastle Festival has been held annually since 2008 and focuses more on electronic music.   However, this year’s event is replacing the actual Forecastle Festival in anticipation of its 10th anniversary celebration in 2012.

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12:00am

Fri May 6, 2011
Arts

Rehearsed Improv at Balagula Theater

Arts and cultural reporter Rich Copley to previews the "Adventures in Mating," which he calls a fun little audience participation play at Balagula Theater. The Lexington Herald Leader newspaper reporter also looks at Bluegrass Youth Ballet's presentation of "Rapunzel" at the Lexington Opera House.

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