Kentucky Arts and Culture

2:49pm

Wed April 24, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Hatfield-McCoy River Trails Set to Open

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.

1:02pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Derby Day Plans Set for Downtown Frankfort

For the third year in a row, residents and visitors will converge on downtown Frankfort for the Governor’s Derby Celebration, the traditional local precursor to the Kentucky Derby. The event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4, is free to the public.

10:32am

Fri April 19, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Marching Band to Play at 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Parade official Wesley Whatley, left, invited Lexington's Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Marching Band and Director Jeff Hood, right, to the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.
Credit Lexington Herald-Leader file photo

The Paul Laurence Dunbar High School marching band has been selected to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2014. Wesley Whatley, creative director for Macy's, flew from New York City to Lexington to make the surprise announcement during a concert Thursday night. Whatley said more than 175 bands applied to participate in the parade, and just 10 were selected.

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6:15am

Fri April 19, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Mary Todd Lincoln Subject of Documentary Airing Monday

Mary Todd Lincoln
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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.

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4:49pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

37th Hillbilly Days Festival This Weekend

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.

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1:21pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Jennifer Lawrence, Rand Paul Among Time Magazine's 'Most Influential'

Jennifer Lawrence
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Time magazine has issued its 100 "most influential people in the world" with two Kentuckians on the list. Actress Jennifer Lawrence—an Academy Award winner and star of The Hunger Games franchise—is listed among influential artists, alongside Steven Spielberg, Frank Ocean and Jimmy Fallon. Though she now lives in California, Lawrence was born and raised in Louisville and her family is still in town. (And she was recently spotted at a Louisville coffeeshop.)

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5:40pm

Wed March 27, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Heaven Hill Celebrates Milestone

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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.

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5:21pm

Tue March 26, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Sporting Art Auction at Keeneland

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.

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5:19pm

Tue March 26, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Abandoned Cemetary Upkeep Programs

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.

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1:51pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Book Traces Bourbon's Influence on U.S. History

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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.

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6:58am

Fri March 22, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Changes in the 'Hunt' Tradition

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.

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12:04pm

Tue March 19, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Media Pioneer Sue Wylie Announces Retirement

2003: Hosting the morning radio talk show on WVLK-590 AM in Lexington, a job from which she'll retire on March 29.
Credit Lexington Herald-Leader

Sue Wylie, a longtime Lexington talk radio host for WVLK-590 AM and a television anchor before that, announced her retirement Monday. "I thought about it a long time," she said. "Your heart just tells you when it's time to go." Wylie leaves a considerable legacy. Recognized as a pioneering woman in broadcasting, she was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 1999.

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2:38pm

Thu March 7, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Tattoo Project Brings Poetry to Life

Lexington artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova.
Rich Copley

  It is not unusual for Bianca Spriggs to be reading her poetry on a Saturday night. But something is different this evening at Lexington’s West Sixth Brewing: A lot of people in the audience have portions of Spriggs’ poem, “The _______ of the Universe,” written on their bodies. It’s a Magnetic Poetry party for the Lexington Tattoo Project, the latest community involvement art project from Lexington artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova.

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2:01pm

Wed March 6, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Center Museum will Feature Titanic Artifacts

Each exhibit visitor will receive a replica of a Titanic boarding pass with the name of a real passenger on it.

Cue a power ballad, stretch your arms out like you're king of the world and scribble "Oct. 5, 2013" in your sketch book because a Titanic exhibit is coming this fall to Lexington Center Museum & Gallery. The real, haunting remnants of the world's worst maritime disaster are featured in Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, a display that explains the fate of the 1,500 souls who perished in the cold Atlantic 101 years ago.

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2:40pm

Tue March 5, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Military History Museum Reopens

The Kentucky Military History Museum sits on a bluff overlooking downtown Frankfort. The museum, formerly the state arsenal, is re-opening in March after a renovation.
Credit Pablo Alacala/Lexington Herald-Leader

Trevor Jones pulled up a window blind on the second story of the Kentucky Military History Museum to reveal one of the state's most stunning views. There's the Kentucky River with little boats bobbing, downtown Frankfort, and off on a far hill, the Kentucky Capitol. It's a reminder of how impressive the Kentucky landscape can be. And the Kentucky Military History Museum is a reminder of some of the commonwealth's impressive historical artifacts.

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2:03pm

Fri March 1, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Repertory Theatre in Horse Cave Closes

Downtown Horse Cave, Kentucky.
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After 35 seasons, Kentucky Repertory Theatre (formerly Horse Cave Theatre) in Hart County has turned off the lights. Jobe Publishing reported earlier this week that the board of directors voted to close the organization. Under the direction of producing artistic consultant Ken Hailey, the theater staged 14 shows in 2012, but it wasn't enough to save the theater financially or re-ignite the passion Kentucky and the theater community once held for the official state repertory theater.

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6:19am

Fri March 1, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Ensemble Out 'On a Wire' with Virtuosic Concerto

Eighth blackbird consists of, from left, Nicholas Photinos, cello; Tim Munro, flutes; Yvonne Lam, violin and viola; Matthew Duvall, percussion; Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets; and Lisa Kaplan, piano
Credit Luke Ratray

What’s perhaps the most popular opera in America is performed this weekend in Lexington.  And tonight, a group that’s giving classical music a younger face entertains an audience at the Singletary Center.  With a preview of both events is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.

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1:05pm

Thu February 28, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Search for EKU's Center for the Arts Director Moves Forward

Interior of the theater at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond.
Credit David Perry — Herald-Leader staff file photo

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts officials will move forward with the search for a new executive director after Wednesday afternoon's resolution of a dispute over whether the university or the center's Community Operations Board would supervise that position. The argument over the memorandum of understanding between the university and the board goes back to the departure of the previous executive director in June.

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5:43pm

Mon February 25, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentuckians Win at the Oscars

Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence and Lexington native George Clooney, who grew up in Augusta, each won an Oscar at Sunday night's Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Lawrence, who is only 22, won best actress for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook." She became the second youngest woman to win best actress.

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11:41am

Sun February 24, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Native Jennifer Lawrence the Favorite to Win Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence
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Going into tonight's Academy Awards, Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence is the favorite to win Best Actress—but no shoo-in. Lawrence, star of Silver Linings Playbook, would become the second-youngest Best Actress winner in history and the win would be another indicator—on top of the $408-million domestic gross for last year's Hunger Games, in which she also starred—that the 22-year-old is among Hollywood's elite.

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5:51pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lincoln to Lawrence: A Very Kentucky Oscar Night

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From Lincoln to Lawrence, Kentuckians play a big part in this weekend’s Oscar Ceremony.  Here to preview it and other events is culture reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  In his weekly conversation with WEKU’s Charles Compton, Rich spoke first about a production by the Kentucky Ballet.


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5:36pm

Mon February 18, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

UK Features Photo Exhibit for Black History Month

The black and white photographs span time and community: A line of white-turbanned women who await baptism in Clifton Pond. A group of girls explores Mount Brilliant Farm with their Brownie troop in 1947. The 1934 Dunbar High School boys' and girls' basketball teams hoist their trophies. Kentucky: Roots, Times and Generations at the University of Kentucky's Margaret I. King Library was set up for Black History Month, featuring photographs from UK's various collections that depict the lives of blacks around the state from the 1890s to the 1970s. The free exhibit is on display through Feb. 28.

12:20pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Western Kentucky Black Patch Tobacco Documentary Airing on KET

Last November, a new documentary about raising dark-fired tobacco titled “Farming in the Black Patch" debuted in Murray. The film starts its first run on KET at 8 p.m. Central tonight, with shows scheduled through March on both KET and KET KY. The name Black Patch comes from the dark leaves of the kind of tobacco that's smoke-cured in barns and used for pipe blends, chewing, and snuff. Kate Lochte has more with the filmmaker and writer.

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12:34pm

Thu February 14, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Frank X Walker Named Kentucky Poet Laureate

Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed poet Frank X Walker the 2013-14  Kentucky Poet Laureate today. Walker is a native of Danville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Spalding University, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.  He is well known as the originator of the term "Affrilachia," which describes Appalachian African Americans and their work and culture,  and a founder of the Affrilachian Poets, a collective of writers of color with Appalachian ties.

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12:21pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Twitter Users Weigh in on Social Media Use During Live Arts Events

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Even Twitter users are divided on whether or not social media has a place during live arts events. The National Endowment for the Arts is leading a conversation on Twitter (#2TweetorNot2Tweet) about mobile social media use during performances. Are so-called Tweet Seats a fun engagement with a plugged-in audience of influencers, or are they a distraction from the events on stage?

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10:28am

Fri February 1, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Frazier Exhibit Shows Horrors of Slave Trade

Shackles from the "Spirits of the Passage" exhibit.
Credit Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum opens the first exhibit to examine the entire history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade with artifacts from an excavated slave ship. “Spirits of the Passage” is produced in partnership with the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, which performed the underwater excavation. The 4,000 square foot exhibit contains 150 historical artifacts retrieved from the wreck, as well as African art objects on loan from the Speed Art Museum and historical documents, paintings and illustrations related to the slave trade.

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5:43pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Carnegie Center Inducts First Round into Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

The Carnegie Center for Literacy inducted six writers into its Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame during its inaugural ceremony last Thursday.  The six authors chosen were Harriette Simpson Arnow, William Wells Brown, Harry Caudill, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, James Still and Robert Penn Warren. The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame was created “to honor the great literary history of Kentucky, and to encourage a new and growing pool of contemporary writers in the state,” Carnegie Center director Neil Chethik said at the ceremony.

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12:39pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Search for EKU Arts Center Director Remains on Hold

The search for a new director for the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts remains on hold as the center's Community Operations Board and the university struggle with the question of who would have authority over the director. At the end of last year, the entities were grappling over the wording of a memorandum of understanding between the board and the university.

1:04pm

Fri January 18, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Inaugural Class Readied for "Writers Hall of Fame"

Almost since its founding, the Commonwealth has churned out writers.  The first, well-known African American novelist was born here.  Kentuckians have also penned such works as “The Dollmaker,” “Night Comes to the Cumberlands,” and “All the King’s Men.”  To honor these authors of fiction and non-fiction, the Carnegie Center in Lexington next Thursday unveils the “Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.” Neil Chethik, who’s the center’s executive director, says they’ll name their first six inductees. 

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6:25am

Fri January 18, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lynching of Black Women Examined in Art

In the plague of lynchings that spread across the Southern United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, few of the victims were women. But there were some noteworthy cases, such as Laura Nelson, who was hung from an Oklahoma Bridge with her son in 1911. Pictures of the crime are the only known images of the lynching of a black woman. Folk musician Woody Guthrie’s father attended the lynching and later joined the Ku Klux Klan, an incident that haunted the singer.

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