Kentucky Public Radio's Rick Howlett remembers Elmer T. Lee, who revived the modern bourbon industry.
A longtime Kentucky bourbon maker who’s credited with helping spark the industry’s comeback has been laid to rest. Elmer T. Lee died last week in Frankfort at the age of 93. Lee was the master distiller emeritus at Buffalo Trace Distillery. His most notable contribution to the bourbon industry came in 1984, when he introduced Blanton’s, a single-barrel brand of bourbon. The introduction sparked a trend toward small-batch bourbons that revived the industry. Read more..
Just in case you were wondering, this is a 1966 Cadillac convertible.
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Classic cars are once again on display this weekend at Keeneland in Lexington. The annual Concours d’Elegance includes a public show Saturday at the scenic track. Lexington restaurant executive Mike Scanlon is a car collector with an interest in old Cadillacs.
Joel Michael Aalberts, performing arts director for the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in Bloomington, Ill., was been named as the new director of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts on July 17, 2013.
Making decorations for a crocodile puppet L-R: Emilie Dhir, Sarah Morgan, Erin Disponett, as a group of their fellow Kentucky Conservatory Theatre students made puppets at the Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main St. Lexington, Ky., Friday, June 28, 2013. SummerFest is using puppetry work to bring Peter Pan to the stage, from shadow puppets to portray flight to large puppets to be the crocodile and the dog.
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On the heels of Independence Day, the 2013 Summerfest season begins tonight in Lexington. Its first outdoor production, Peter Pan, is again at the Arboretum. But instead of wires, a puppeteer will make Peter Pan fly. Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, has a preview.
Path for Thursday's Bluegrass 10,000 in Lexington.
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Thousands of runners in this week’s Bluegrass 10,000 race can learn their results quicker. For more than three decades, the 10,000 meter competition has kicked off the community’s Independence Day celebration. Instead of a print-out, Lexington Downtown Development Corporation’s Laura Farnsworth says participants can learn their results via electronic text.
Kentucky Horse Park will be new home for Ichthus Christian Music Festival, beginning Sept. 25th, 2014. Financial troubles prompted organizers to sell their old venue.
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Efforts are underway to revive the Ichthus Christian Rock Festival, but the event is scheduled move to a new location next year. Preparations are already underway north of Lexington, at the Kentucky Horse Park.
The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky.ANTHONY VAN DYCK, Flemish, 1599-164, "Portrait of a Woman," Oil on canvas.
Masterworks by the biggest names in classic European art are on display at the University of Kentucky. They seem a bit out of place to reporter Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke about the art show and this weekend’s other events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
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The new season at the E-K-U Center for the Arts will be heavy with Broadway musicals, seasoned with rock and country music. The musicals range from “Mamma Mia,” “Flashdance the Musical” and “Rock of Ages” to “The Addams Family,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Man of La Mancha.” As for country-western performers, there are Dwight Yoakum and LeAnn Rimes. Plus, there are tribute bands performing the music of Pink Floyd, Queen, the BeeGees and the Beatles. Chicago also performs.
In the documentary Gatewood by Chris Iovenko, Gatewood Galbraith takes his 1995 gubernatorial loss in stride.
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From the art of the politician to an examination for the Almighty, asmall venue in downtown Lexington is the focus of a lot cultural activity this weekend. Plus there’s a new scheme afoot to decorate the city. Here with a preview is Rich Copley, who covers the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
Living flowers at Kentucky gravesites often memorialize a loved one for generations. The practice of family heritage gardening is discussed this weekend at a workshop in Frankfort. Kentucky Historical Society Senior Librarian Cheri Daniels, who will lead a session, says the living plants found at some gravesides are real reminders of a family’s history.
Don’t be surprised if, when you least expect it, you hear some Bluegrass Music in downtown Lexington this week. It’s part of the Best of Bluegrass Event. A fair amount of ‘busking’ is going on this week. It’s the term that described ‘playing music in a public place, usually while soliciting for money.’ Across from Lexington City Hall, Johnny Campbell and his wife Whitney played fiddle and guitar. Campbell says he’s part of a band from Nashville called ‘Bluegrass Drifters.’
Pioneer Playhouse Managing Director Heather Henson
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The show will go on again this weekend at Danville’s Pioneer Playhouse. The outdoor theater is beginning its 64th year of operation this summer. Managing Director Heather Henson admits it’s difficult to keep this type of theater business going in this day and time. Henson says her mother, Charlotte, is a driving force behind ‘Pioneer Playhouse.’
The Lexington Opera House's 2013-14 Broadway Live season will open with one of the series' greatest successes and will close with a show that is up for the Tony Award for best musical.OK, Bring it On: The Musical isn't going to win the Tony. But its inclusion marks a milestone for the series, which has edged closer to current Broadway programming each year. Opera House general manager Luanne Franklin says the stronger lineups of shows are a direct result of the series' programming strategy in recent years.Read more...
An initiative in Lexington adds meaning to the phrase ‘growing local artists.’ Learning a lesson from the agriculture community, the Lexington Art League is launching its own C-S-A. Typically, C-S-A is short for Community Supported Agriculture. But, in this case it stands for “Community Supported Art.”
Lexington's Art League begins a news community arts program this summer
Escher String Quartet performs this weekend at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill.
A gateway to summer opens this Memorial Day weekend at Shaker Village. Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says organizers hope younger fans will be drawn there for the annual Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. Rich discussed it and the holiday’s other events with WEKU’s Charles Compton Read more...
A far western Kentucky welcome center takes a top honor today. The Whitehaven Welcome Center in McCracken County is being recognized as the state’s best maintained rest area for 2012. Maintenance Foreman Ronnie Wilson has worked at the Paducah facility for some 26 years. “I’ve got a bunch of good people working for me that works hard, you know, take pride in what they do. That’s the only way you could win it, to do that,” said Wilson.
Frank X Walker visited The Academy Wednesday morning to brainwash a class of about 20 students. But what Kentucky’s poet laureate described as brainwashing was really a creative exercise to show the students that poetry is connected to the brain. Walker drew a rectangle with a circle in the middle of it on the whiteboard and asked the students to tell him what they saw.
During a rehearsal Tuesday for this weekend's Lexington Singers pops concerts, Jay Flippin was at the piano, accompanying the group as Jefferson Johnson conducted. Flippin, the group's longtime keyboardist and arranger, will be honored at the pops concerts.
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Their favorite key boardist is honored this weekend by the Lexington Singers. Jay Flippin, who’s also well known in academic circles, often accompanies the region’s choral groups. So, Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says Flippin’s work is the focus of a Saturday afternoon concert. Read more...
Old and New Captured in Living Arts and Sciences Center in a few years
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Everything is coming together financially for a major expansion of Lexington’s Living Arts and Science Center. A milestone in a fundraising effort came this week. Director Heather Lyons says school buses are a common site outside the historic Living Arts and Science Center. She says they drop off some of the 40-thousand children and adults who visit her center each year.
Lexington Philharmonic conductor Scott Terrell watched piano soloist Kevin Cole during a "Kicked Back Classics" performance at the Downtown Arts Center in March 2011. Terrell initiated the "Kicked Back" series.
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Classics will bookend the Lexington Philharmonic’s next season. Artistic Director Scott Terrell says they’ll start in September with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.” And then, to finish up the season, Terrell will conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. “The seminal work to end the year, which is Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. It will be my first Beethoven 9, so as a conductor and student of music, there are pillars that one takes on, that is one of them,” said Terrell.
Oprah Winfrey once explained this way her outlook on life after rising from a difficult childhood to a status of wealth and influence: "Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am," she said in her magazine. "My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes." Which brings the (maybe not obvious) question: What do those shoes look like? Louisville has something of an answer. The Muhammad Ali Center is exhibiting about a dozen pairs of shoes from famous and significant people; the Right Foot exhibit an addition to the traveling Global Shoes project of shoes worn by people from around the world meant to spotlight cultures through footwear.
1400 Cherokee Road: according to local lore, one contender for Daisy's house.
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When I moved to Louisville as a freshman English major, one of the first bits of trivia I learned about my new city was that Daisy’s house from “The Great Gatsby” was right down the street. Daisy Buchanan, the It Girl at the heart of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, was socialite Daisy Fay when poor soldier Jay Gatsby courted her during a brief stint at Louisville’s Camp Taylor, where Gatsby – like the author himself – trained during the first World War.
Heaven Hill Executive Vice President Harry J. Shapira, left, got a hand from Evan Williams himself ( Bill Simmons) in a closing toast after it was announced the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience joining the Kentucky Bourbon Trail on Thursday May 9, 2013 in Louisville.