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.”
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.
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.
Two Frankfort natives have been nominated for Tony Awards, highlighting their work in theater. George C. Wolfe was nominated in the best director category for his work on Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy.” He’s one of four directors competing for the Tony in that category. And Will Chase was nominated for best actor in a featured role in a musical for his performance in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” He’s among five men vying for the award.
Almost the entire life of Andy Narell has been devoted to mastering the steel drum. The steel drum, also known as the steel pan, was invented in Trinidad, where it was first made from the lids placed atop oil drums. The Grammy-Award winning percussionist describes his instrument as an engineering feat that defies the odds. Narell spoke with WEKU’s Roger Duvall.
Pikeville's Hatfield and McCoy River Trails will open Friday for people to enjoy floating down the calm waters of the Levisa Fork River this summer. The service will offer canoes, kayaks and float tubes to rent and have two- and four- hour trails to choose from.
Her personality, the times and her background gave Mary Todd Lincoln a place in history and made her one of the more controversial first ladies to occupy the White House. The Lexington native is the subject of a documentary airing Monday on C-Span. Producer Mark Farkas says his documentary fills gaps left by Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster film “Lincoln.” Reporter Stu Johnson spoke with Farkas.
Thousands of people converge on Pike County this weekend for the 37th annual Hillbilly Days Festival. It will feature crafts, food, and games plus a good dose of Appalachian heritage in downtown Pikeville. Some 300 vendors have set up for the event. Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Jared Arnette says it’s a time to show their pride and products.
Heaven Hill Distilleries celebrated a milestone in its history Tuesday with the filling of its 6.5 millionth barrel of straight Kentucky bourbon. Local elected officials and bourbon industry professionals gathered in the cistern room to witness the filling of a new white oak barrel marked No. 6,500,000 with 53 gallons of the spirit. “It is indeed a proud day for our company and our extended Heaven Hill family,” Max Shapira, Heaven Hill president, said.
An inaugural auction of Sporting Art is planned this fall at Keeneland. It will feature a wide assortment of paintings and sculptures of equine, hunting, and fishing from the U.S. and England. The first Sporting Art Auction will follow Keeneland’s fall meet and November sales event. It will include about 200 artworks from contemporary British and American painters and sculptors. Keeneland President Bill Thomason says it’ll cap off a busy autumn.
Volunteers will soon be recruited for the maintenance of Kentucky’s abandoned cemeteries. Through its “Adopt a Cemetery” program, Ann Johnson of the Kentucky Historical Society, says people can commit to the care and restoration of abandoned graveyards. “But, they would take care of it and go back and do a maintenance like maybe once a year. That type of thing. And if they want to discontinue that, they can discontinue that. We would hope that they would not, but at least, if they’ve adopted it to begin with, then they’ve gotten it cleaned up and in really good shape, that’s the most important thing,” said Johnson.
It might not be uniquely Kentuckian, but bourbon is certainly uniquely American. Its roots can be traced back to the first European colonists who discovered corn whisky was a nice alternative to rum. A new book from Louisville Historian Michael Veach traces bourbon’s influence on US history. Veach spoke with reporter Charles Compton.
The Iroquois Hunt Club has a long history. Founded in 1880, the central Kentucky club is named for Iroquois, the first American horse to win the English Derby. 133 years later, the Iroquois Hunt Club remains active from October through March. Most hunts today focus on coyotes, not fox. Deaths are rare, but member Glenye Oakford says they do occur. “People think we come out specifically to kill and it is called hunting and I suppose maybe that’s why people think that. But, it’s very, very difficult when you are riding with a pack of hounds and that is the only way of catching a wild animal running over territory it is intimately familiar with,” said Oakford.