Kentucky Arts and Culture

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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Thu November 1, 2012

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Fri October 26, 2012

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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6:00am

Fri October 12, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

50 Years of Traditional Arts and Crafts in Berea

Basketmaker Terry Cornett is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program. Terry studied basket weaving at the John C. Campbell Folkschool under Martha Wetherbee, the renowned Shaker basket maker.
Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen

A 50 year tradition of Appalachian arts and crafts is marked this weekend in Berea.  The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen stages a juried art show at the Historic Indian Fort Theatre.  Here to preview it and the weekend’s other events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.

6:00am

Fri October 5, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"Audacious American" Remembered on KET

Mel Hankla as Cassius Marcellus Clay.
Sid Webb Michael Breeding Media.

It’s likely Kentuckians today will confuse Cassius Clay, the boxer who became Muhammed Ali, with Cassius Clay, the abolitionist.  Before the Civil War, Clay, who made his home just south of Lexington in Madison County, was a national figure who took the fight for emancipation into backyards of Kentucky’s slave holders.  Now, a film on the life of Cassius Clay hopes to revive his memory.  WEKU’s Charles Compton reports.

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5:49am

Fri October 5, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Phantom Finally Comes to Lexington

Todd Jones, left, Jacob Waid and Michael Preacely were triple cast in the title role of UK Opera Theatre's production of The Phantom of the Opera. Since then, however, Jones has been sidelined by a knee injury and won't appear onstage.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

In the 25 years since the musical’s debut, the Phantom of the Opera has never played central Kentucky.  That changes this weekend when the University of Kentucky brings it to the Lexington Opera House.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says this will be no scaled-down production. 

6:00am

Fri September 28, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Time to Take the Fun Indoors

At last year's ScareFest, Jason Morgan of Screampark took a turn in the Hot Seat, a faux electric chair. The Hot Seat will return for this weekend's ScareFest.
Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

As the season changes, cultural life in central Kentucky is moving indoors.  On this first full weekend of autumn, venues like Lexington’s Singletary Center for the Arts will be busy.  Rich Copley, who covers arts for the Lexington Herald Leader, says the concert hall at the University of Kentucky will first host singer-songwriter Andrew Bird.  Rich spoke about the American-Roots musician with reporter Charles Compton.

6:00am

Tue September 25, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"Audacious" Abolitionist Premiers on Big Screen

Actor Mel Hankla portrays "Audacious American" Cassius Clay in documentary by Michael Breeding of Lexington. Hankla stands in front of White Hall, Clay's Madison County home.
courtesy of Sid Webb. Michael Breeding Media.

A documentary revives the memory of a 19th century Kentuckian who led the fight against slavery in the south.  The film, titled “Cassius Clay, an Audacious American” was created by Lexington Film maker Michael Breeding.  Breeding says interest in the abolitionist is growing.

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6:00am

Fri September 21, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Music Festival Spawns Multiple Spin-offs

INK IN THE CAGE: The Stories Behind MMA Fighter Tattoos, by Barbara LoMonaco and Angela Baldridge at Morlan Gallery, Sept. 17 – October 26.
Transylvania University Morlan Gallery

Spin-offs are not exclusive to television sit-coms.  A four-year old music festival called Boomslang has prompted multiple spin-offs, all of which take place this weekend in Lexington.  Here with a preview of Boomslang and this weekend’s other events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  He spoke with WEKU reporter Charles Compton.

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Mon September 17, 2012

3:17pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

State Park Lodges Celebrate 50th Anniversaries

CARROLLTON – Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, his wife, Madeline, and the Kentucky State Parks kicked off a series of celebrations Friday as General Butler State Resort Park and five other resort parks commemorated the 50th anniversary of the opening of their lodges. “Several generations of Kentuckians and out-of-state guests have enjoyed these resorts since 1962,” Abramson said in a park system news release. “These are great places for families to visit and I’m proud to be able to help these six Kentucky State Resort Parks celebrate this milestone.”

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6:30am

Fri September 14, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Fellow Travelers on the Same Musical Road

Sugartree

It’s an old joke among musicians.  After a sub-standard performance, one tells the other, you better keep your day job.  It’s advice the women of Sugartree say they’re sure to follow; each has a career outside of music.  And those day jobs limit their travels, a bit.

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6:00am

Fri September 14, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Desperately Seeking Elvis

The Colonel (left, played by Tim "X" Davis) explained to Candy (played by Spencer Maguire) how he needs to find Elvis to pay off a gambling debt.
Mark Ashley Lexington Herald Leader

It’s a busy weekend for culture in central Kentucky. Lexington’s symphony and its ballet are in action, as is Studio Players.  But, perhaps the most popular events will be the region’s fall festivals.  And, Rich Copley, who reports on the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader, says festival goers should experience a beautiful fall weekend.

6:00am

Fri September 7, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Balagula `Bugs' Audiences with Psycho-Thriller

Rachel Rogers plays Agnes and Zachary Dearing is Peter in Balagula Theatre's production of Bug, which opens Sunday.
Lexington Herald Leader

A story told this weekend at the Balagula Theater in downtown Lexington is about a woman who can’t get away from crazy men.  Here with a preview of “Bug” and this weekend’s other events is reporter Rich Copley.  Rich, who covers the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader, spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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3:18pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Digging White Hall

The first weekend during the fall months is set aside for some digging around a historic site.  It’s tabbed ‘Archaeology Days’ at White Hall in Madison County.  White Hall was the home to Cassius Marcellus Clay, a major general in the Union Army, an ambassador to Russia, and a friend to Abe Lincoln.  The archaeological digs there are coordinated by Jon Endonino with Eastern Kentucky University.

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4:03pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Opera Ends Another Year in the Black

The Kentucky Opera announced today that the organization ended the year with a budget surplus. This is the third season under general director David Roth that the Opera has come out ahead. The season was marked by controversy over how the Opera filled its orchestra pit during the prolonged labor dispute between Louisville Orchestra musicians and management. That controversy, which included labor protests during the spring production of "The Merry Widow," apparently had little impact on the Opera's bottom line.  

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3:17pm

Mon August 27, 2012

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Fri August 24, 2012

3:10pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Band Campaigns Against Mountaintop Removal

The members of Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket appear in a new campaign by non-profit Earthjustice that opposes mountaintop removal coal mining. Earthjustice's Mountain Heroes campaign includes photos and videos submitted by people who are against the controversial form of surface mining. 

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6:00am

Fri August 17, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Takes it Outdoors this Weekend

Outdoor activities dominate this weekend’s calendar.  There’s a concert at Keeneland, and, Rich Copley, who covers arts and culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says some of the region’s finest art will be on display at Woodland Park.  Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.

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