Kentucky Arts and Culture

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.

2:35pm

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

2:55pm

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.

6:00am

Fri August 3, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bye, Bye Birdie: A Window on 1960

"The Telephone Hour" features the teens of Sweet Apple gossiping in "Bye Bye Birdie." The Rep presents "Bye Bye Birdie" at the Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short Street in Lexington, Ky., Aug. 3-5, 2012.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

When it debuted on Broadway, “Bye Bye Birdie” was commentary on contemporary life.  Today, the musical-comedy is a period-piece about pop-culture in 1960.  It’s an attitude embraced by the producers who are reviving “Bye, Bye Birdie” in Lexington.  Here with a preview is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.  He spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

6:00am

Fri July 27, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Ripped from a Tabloid's Headlines

Mene (Katie Nykanen) and Esther (Mary Hodges) check out a story in the National Enquirer, a magazine they will soon be in as UFO abduction victims.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

UFOs and alien abductions are the headliners this weekend as Pioneer Playhouse presents “High Strangeness.”  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader says the Danville production is based on an unexplained mystery here in the Commonwealth.  Rich spoke about this weekend’s cultural events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

8:33am

Sun July 22, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Cars for Kids at Concours d'Elegance

Concours d'Elegance judges confab just before awards ceremony at Keene Barn.
Charles Compton WEKU

Hundreds of classic automobiles and thousands of people gathered over the weekend at the Keeneland Race Course for the annual Concours d’Elegance.  Besides celebrating the history, engineering and artistry of vehicles like the Packard, the event was a fundraiser for Kentucky Children’s Hospital.  Staffing the first aid tent was pediatric physician Erich Maul. Maul says the funds will buy high tech mannequins that can be used in training exercises.

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7:30am

Fri July 20, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Rains Fail to Dampen "Desire"

Blanche (Bess Morgan) arrives in New Orleans. SummerFest presents Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," directed by Joe Ferrell, July 18-22 at The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive in Lexington.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

Recent rains have been a blessing to farmers, but, not to stage managers.  Wet weather has forced some adjustment on Lexington’s Summerfest.  This weekend, weather permitting, is Tennessee Williams’ “Streetcar Named Desire.” Rich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, says this production’s director makes it remarkable.  He spoke with reporter Charles Compton

2:51pm

Thu July 19, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New Season, Temp Director at EKU Center

The EKU Center for the Arts kicks off its 2nd season with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
EKU Center for the Arts

The Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts on Tuesday announced the lineup for its second season and named an interim director while a search committee looks for a successor to Debra Hoskins, who resigned last month. Jill Price, currently the director of conferencing and events with the division of continuing education and outreach at EKU, will serve as the interim director. Price, who is a member of the center's community operations board and the search committee, will not seek the post permanently.

7:30am

Fri July 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Taking it to the Streets, an Arboretum and a Trailer Park

Studio Players presents David Nehls and Betsy Kelso's "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," directed by Tonda-Leah Fields, July 12-Aug. 5 at the Carriage House Theatre, 154 W. Bell Court in Lexington, Ky.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

This weekend Lexington offers the high brow, the low brow and chamber musicians who have intentionally left the chamber.  Rich Copley, who’s an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, previews a musical based in a trailer park, a performance of Shakespeare in a park, and a clever promotion of next month’s Chamber Music Festival of Lexington.

12:00am

Thu July 12, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

A 50 Year Anniversary for Some Kentucky Park Lodges

Half a dozen Kentucky State Resort Park lodges are turning 50 years old this year.   Parks spokeswoman LaDonna Miller says special events are planned at each resort to commemorate the milestones.  “The parks are actually older than that but this was a great building expansion in 1962,   So these lodges this year turn 50”The first anniversary event is set for early August at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in western Kentucky.

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10:28am

Mon July 9, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Final Phase of Military Museum Project

The last phase of a two million dollar restoration project at the Kentucky Military History Museum begins later this month.  The museum closes to the public after Saturday, July 28th, and will remain closed until next March.  Marketing Coordinator Chelsea Compton says extensive renovation work will be done, inside and out.

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6:41am

Wed July 4, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Let the World Choir Games Begin

The Crescendo Arte Children's Choir from Bogota, Colombia.
WVXU-Cincinnati

The World Choir Games open Wednesday and groups from around the globe are arriving for the eleven-day event. Su Pavit is with the Chulada Choir of Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Secondary School from Bangkok, Thailand. He says the high school-age group is excited to be here and is feeling the pressure of competition. 

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7:30am

Fri June 29, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentuckians Complete Cast of "Porgy and Bess"

Everett McCorvey, who directs the University of Kentucky opera, performs in the role of "Peter" in the Cincinnati Opera's "Porgy and Bess."
Cincinnati Opera

A 1935 opera created by the sons of Russian immigrants about African-Americans in South Carolina is performed this weekend in Cincinnati by music majors from Kentucky.   Only in America.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader previews the Cincinnati Opera’s performance of “Porgy and Bess.”  He also talks about the changing nature of summertime arts in the Bluegrass.

3:36pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

State Parks Gear Up for Fourth of July

FRANKFORT – Kentucky State Parks are putting the finishing touches on their July 4th festivities. There will be plenty of firework displays, cookouts, entertainment and more. Some parks are having weekend events, while others are hosting events on Wednesday, July 4. See the list below for event dates and descriptions. To make lodging or camping reservations or to learn more about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov, according to a state parks news release.

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1:12pm

Mon June 25, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Record Breaker At Stephen Foster Camp

It’s another record breaker for a summertime music program at Eastern Kentucky University.  This is the 77th consecutive year for the Stephen Foster Music Camp, ranking it among the oldest in the nation.  Ben Walker is director of the music camp program.  “This is not only, you know, we’re the second oldest…this is also our largest camp ever in our history of camps,” said Walker.

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7:30am

Fri June 22, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Regime Change at EKU Arts Center

Deb Hoskins, former Director EKU Center for the Arts.
David Perry Lexington Herald-Leader

Regime change this week at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts.  For the second time in the center’s two year history, it’s looking for a new director.  Plus, Director Debra Hoskins resigned before the center’s 2nd season line-up was unveiled.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers some insights both on the center and into this weekend’s Ichthus Christian Music Festival in Wilmore, Kentucky.

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