Kentucky Arts and Culture

12:21pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

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

Credit Håkan Dahlström/Creative Commons

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150 historical artifacts retrieved from the wreck, as well as African art objects on loan from the Speed Art Museum and historical documents, paintings and illustrations related to the slave trade.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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12:48pm

Mon January 14, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Louisville Native Jennifer Lawrence Wins at Golden Globe Awards

Actress Jennifer Lawrence, a Louisville native, won the award for best actress in a musical or comedy at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood Sunday night.  Lawrence won for her role in the offbeat romance Silver Linings Playbook. Last week, she received a Academy Award nomination for the sale role, according to WAVE-TV in Louisville.

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10:34am

Fri January 11, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

KET's Kentucky Muse Features Louisville Native

For seven years, KET’s Kentucky Muse has been documenting the stories of the Commonwealth’s artists. Often, the stories are close to the Bluegrass – the glass blowing of Stephen Rolfe Powell or writing of Ed McClanahan. But the latest installment follows the story of Wendy Whelan, a Louisville girl who dreamed of being a ballerina. She is now in her 22nd year as a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet.

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9:03am

Fri January 4, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Re-Branding Lexington's Library

It might surprise some that Libraries must worry about marketing.  For example in 20-13, staff will work to create a new image for Lexington’s Public Library System.  The campaign includes an effort to boost card carrying members by some eight thousand people within six months.

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11:04am

Fri December 28, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

2012: KY Actress Rises, Ichthus Fails

In 2012, another change in directors at the EKU Center for the Arts has its board and university administrators in a dispute over its control.

Central Kentucky’s cultural life grew richer in 2012, but there were also setbacks.  A brand new venue had management problems, while an outdoor, summer concert ended a four-decade run.  Here to look back at the old-year is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.

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10:32am

Fri December 21, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Holiday Ballets Take Non-Traditional Paths

The ballet features Elena V. Munoz Diaz, left, and Hana Johnson as rag dolls; Tajayona Wilson and Belen Pozzolo as boxes; and Shayda Alba Alsalihi and Carmen Everson as candy canes.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

On the weekend before Christmas, theater-goers tend to stay home and producers take some time off.  That’s not the case this year in Lexington.  According to Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, dancers will be on stage at two venues.  Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.

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4:52am

Fri December 7, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Building a "Messiah" Community

Dr. Jefferson Johnson, Music Director and Conductor
Credit Photo Gordon Johnson © Lexington Singers

Even in its simplest form, it takes a small village to stage Handel’s Messiah. The masterwork from George Fredric Handel requires, at least, a few dozen singers, plus musicians.  Then there are the audiences.  Men in formal wear, women in evergreen reindeer sweaters and little girls in red, velvet dresses jam themselves into venues ranging from small churches to sold-out concert halls.

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4:46am

Fri December 7, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"Where's Your Messiah Now?"

Like Dathan in the "Ten Commandments," Chief Wiggum in "The Simpsons," and comedian Billy Crystal, WEKU wondered, "Where's your Messiah, Now?" So, here's a list of performances of Handel's masterwork in the Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati areas.

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4:45am

Fri December 7, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Holiday Shows, Some Traditional, Some Not

Kevin Hardesty plays Don Juan and Rachel Lee Rogers is Angelique in the Balagula Theatre's production of Don Juan on Trial.
Credit Eugene A. Williams / Balagula Theatre

Performances of “Messiah” are just the tip of the holiday icicle. Arts organizations throughout the region offer numerous events this weekend, including Balagula Theater, the Lexington Vintage Dance Society and the Lexington Philharmonic.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, offers this preview.  Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.

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4:07pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Musician Gets Screen Time in 'Lincoln'

Don Johnson is pictured at Dedication Day, Nov. 19, at Gettysburg. He is wearing a uniform modeled after uniforms worn by the United States Marine Band during the Civil War era. This is the same uniform he and other members of President Lincoln's Own wore in the movie

When Steven Spielberg's newest film, "Lincoln", was released, Marion County's Don Johnson had a personal reason for going to see it. He's in the movie. Briefly. "For a half a day's shoot, it's less than 10 seconds of glory," Johnson said, with a laugh.

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6:00am

Fri November 16, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lincoln Legend Brought Filmmakers to Kentucky

Credit www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org

Kentucky’s contribution to the Lincoln legend was not overlooked by the film-makers behind a new blockbuster.  “Lincoln” premieres this weekend, with Sally Field playing the part of Lexington-native Mary Todd Lincoln.   Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, previews the film and this weekend’s other events.  Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.

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12:54pm

Tue November 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Couple Opens Community Arts Center in Paint Lick

6:00am

Fri November 9, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Preserving Tarzan's Literary Legacy

When he was five years old, George McWhorter’s mother decided that she would teach him how to read so he would be able to keep pace with other schoolchildren.

“She first started with Charles Dickens, and I was totally disinterested and yawned in her face.  But when she pulled out a Tarzan book, I was all eyes and all ears,” said McWhorter.

And thus began McWhorter’s lifelong Tarzan fascination.    In 1936, he starting amassing a collection of first edition books and other memorabilia that has swelled to 200,000 items.

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6:27am

Fri November 2, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Tips to Retrace Ancestral Steps

A reality show prompted a Louisville pastor to explore his family tree.  This weekend, he shares the lessons he learned during a work shop in Frankfort.

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6:16am

Fri November 2, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

As Elections End, Holiday Entertainment Begins

During an Actors Guild rehearsal earlier this week for November, which opened Thursday, director Bo List, left, had a front-row seat for a scene between Joe Gatton, right, playing President Charles Smith and Jeff Sherr as advisor Archer Brown.
Credit Rich Copley / Lexington Herald Leader

This weekend’s entertainment is certainly seasonal.  Holiday movies debut, Lexington’s ice rink opens, and Actor’s Guild of Lexington is staging something for the election.  It’s called “November” and here with a  preview is Rich Copley, who covers culture of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.

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4:11pm

Thu November 1, 2012

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10:47am

Fri October 26, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Weekend Arts Rundown with Rich

The performance of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ brought a lot of attention to the University of Kentucky’s School of Music.  This weekend UK is again in the musical headlines in central Kentucky.  Eastern Kentucky University, meanwhile, plays host to a legendary singer.  And ‘John Coldtrain’ jazz is on tap in Lexington.  WEKU’S Stu Johnson spoke with Arts and Culture reporter Rich Copley about weekend events.

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6:00am

Fri October 26, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Finishing Touches on a UK Opera Student

Michael Preasely as "Porgy" in UK Opera Production.

Technically, the vocalist is still a student, but Michael Preasely already has impressive work experience.  The University of Kentucky graduate student performed last summer with the Cincinnati Opera.  Last month, Preasely sang with the Cincinnati Pops and this month, when “Phantom of the Opera” finally premiered in Lexington, the baritone was “the Phantom.” Now, Preasely’s preparing for the biggest challenge in his career, graduation this December.  WEKU’s Charles Compton sat-in recently with Preacely during a coaching session on UK’s Lexington campus.

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7:44am

Mon October 22, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Business Leaders to Talk About Arts

Business leaders will work to plot strategies to move Kentucky arts forward late this week.  The Kentucky Arts Council is sponsoring a day long symposium this Friday in Lexington.  Representatives from the business sector will discuss how they integrate the arts in day to day and long term business plans.  Governor Beshear says ‘the arts spur community development, create jobs, and attract new businesses and educated workers.’

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7:00am

Fri October 19, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Old-New Performers Show-up in Lexington

For the first time since it was formed in 2006, the New York-based Birdland Big Band is hitting the road to bring its music to a wider audience.
Lexington Herald Leader

Several performers this weekend in Lexington have re-invented themselves, or at least updated their work.  Among them is Huey Lewis and the News and Pauly Shore, which performs at Centre College. With a preview is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.

5:02pm

Fri October 12, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

50 Years of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf'

A classic play with a special anniversary takes its place in the spotlight over the next two weekends.  The Actors Guild of Lexington performs ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’    It wll be performed at 7:30 Fridays and Saturdays  and two o clock  Sundays at the Actors Guild Theater off Harrodsburg Road.

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