Kentucky Arts and Culture

6:00am

Fri July 5, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Summerfest Offers Fewer Productions with More Performances

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.
Credit Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald-Leader

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. 

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4:00pm

Tue July 2, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Texts Give Instant Gratification to 10K Runners in Lexington

Path for Thursday's Bluegrass 10,000 in Lexington.
Credit Lexington Urban County Government.

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.

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3:58pm

Mon July 1, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Historians Deploy `Pocket Museums' as Permanent Location's Repaired

Logo for the Lexington History Museum's Pocket Museums.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

While the Lexington History Museum’s permanent location is closed for repairs, some of its related information remains on display.  Curators have set up smaller exhibitions around town.


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6:00am

Mon July 1, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Ichthus Music Festival Plans 2014 Comeback at Kentucky Horse Park

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.
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

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.

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6:00am

Fri June 28, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Works by Rembrandt, Reubens and Gainsborough on Display at the University of Kentucky

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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6:00am

Fri June 21, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Friday Night's Alright for Gallery Hop, Maseratis, and Bluesman

Credit Lexington Opera House

Downtown Lexington is hopping tonight with a preview of an historic car show next month at Keeneland, a performance by a renown blues musician and…the monthly Gallery Hop.  Reporter Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, spoke about tonight’s events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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4:37pm

Mon June 17, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

From "Addams" to "Yoakum," EKU Center 3rd Season Unveiled

Credit David Perry — Herald-Leader staff file photo

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.

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6:00am

Fri June 14, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"God" and Gatewood Examined at Natasha's Bistro

In the documentary Gatewood by Chris Iovenko, Gatewood Galbraith takes his 1995 gubernatorial loss in stride.
Credit Chris Iovenko

From the art of the politician to an examination for the Almighty, a small 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.

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6:00am

Fri June 7, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bluegrass, Brass Bands and Broadway this Weekend in Central Kentucky

Credit John Hingsbergen / WEKU Radio

From brass bands to stringed bands, music festivals dominate the scene this weekend in central Kentucky.  Plus, opera students at the University of Kentucky are on stage with a summertime favoriteRich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald, has a preview. 

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1:00pm

Wed June 5, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

At Cemeteries, Live Plants can Outlast Stone Memorials

Credit Folkways Notebook

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.

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10:36pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bluegrass Musicians take over Lexington Nightlife and Street Corners

Credit Best of the Bluegrass

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.’

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6:26am

Mon June 3, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Taking to the Stage for the 64th Time

Pioneer Playhouse Managing Director Heather Henson
Credit Pioneer Playhouse

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.’

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10:43am

Fri May 24, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Broadway Live lineup includes 'Memphis,' 'Chicago' and 'Bring It On'

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...

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6:58am

Fri May 24, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Planting a Sustainable Crop of Local Art

Lexington's Art League in Castlewood Park
Credit Lexington Art League

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.”


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6:00am

Fri May 24, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Chamber Music "Eschers" in 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...


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4:02pm

Wed May 22, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Top Honor for Kentucky Welcome Center

Credit Kentuckylake.com

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.

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2:02pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Inspiring students through poetry

Credit Kentucky Arts Council

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.

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10:17am

Fri May 17, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

List of Historic Places includes 15 proposed sites

Fifteen nominations to the National Register of Historic Places were approved today during a meeting of the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board at Metro Development Center in Louisville.

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6:00am

Fri May 17, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Longtime gig suits Lexington Singers, keyboardist Jay Flippin

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.
Credit Rich Copley / Lexington Herald Leader

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...

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5:42pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Fundraiser allows Living Arts and Sciences Center Expansion

Old and New Captured in Living Arts and Sciences Center in a few years
Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

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.

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12:22pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Classics Bookend LexPhil's 2013-14 Season

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.
Credit Pablo Alcala / Lexington Herald Leader

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.

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8:29am

Mon May 13, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Celebrity Shoes on Display in Louisville

Shoes from Nelson Mandela and Laila Ali
Credit Ali Center

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.

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12:03pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The Great Louisville Gatsby Mystery: Where Is Daisy's House?

1400 Cherokee Road: according to local lore, one contender for Daisy's house.
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

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.

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11:49am

Fri May 10, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Louisville Distillery Joins Kentucky Bourbon Trail

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.
Credit Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader

The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, a $10 million tourism center for bourbon maker Heaven Hill, will become the eighth distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The five-story Evan Williams center, on Main Street in downtown Louisville, is scheduled to open in October. On Thursday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer toasted the news, alongside bourbon industry representatives.

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11:11am

Fri May 3, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Field for 139th Kentucky Oaks Down to 10

Credit Rick Howlett/WFPL

More than 110,000 fans are expected at Churchill Downs Friday for the 139th running of the Kentucky Oaks. Oaks Day has long been considered “Louisville’s Day at the Races,” and in recent years has also become platform to heighten awareness of breast cancer and raise money for research.

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1:26pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bowling Green Singer Advances on 'The Voice'

Credit Courtesy of NBC

Justin Rivers, 29, of Bowling Green, will continue his journey on “The Voice,” after advancing Tuesday night to next week’s live performances on the NBC singing competition show. Rivers, who is worship pastor at Crossland Community Church, was pitted against fellow contestant Savannah Berry during the knockout rounds broadcasted Tuesday.

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2:49pm

Wed May 1, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Two Frankfort Natives Nominated for Tony Awards

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.

11:17am

Tue April 30, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Arts Council Awards Grants for Senior Programs

The Kentucky Arts Council awarded more than $50,000 in grants to six organizations to provide “creative aging and lifelong learning” arts programs for Kentucky’s senior citizens.  The Arts Access Assistance grants were created last fall to support programming for specific underserved groups. The first fiscal year of funding will support programs for the state’s senior citizens.

8:09am

Thu April 25, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Inducts First African American Poet Laureate

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker speaks at Kentucky Writers' Day in the Capitol.
Credit Kentucky Arts Council

In the annual Kentucky Writers' Day program at the Capitol, Governor Steve Beshear inducted poet Frank X Walker as the state's new poet laureate. Walker is the first African American to hold the post, and at 53 years old, the University of Kentucky professor is also the youngest. The Kentucky Arts Council announced Walker's appointment in February.

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6:30am

Thu April 25, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Grammy-Award Winning Percussionist Performs at EKU

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.

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