Kentucky Arts and Culture

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.

11:22am

Tue June 19, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

EKU Arts Center Director Resigns

Debra Hoskins did not return calls; EKU said it couldn't release unconfirmed information. David Perry | Staff
David Perry/Lexington Herald-Leader

UPDATED: Debra Hoskins has resigned as the director of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts, according to a statement released Tuesday morning by the Richmond university. The EKU release said a national search for Hoskins' replacement will begin immediately.

12:00am

Mon June 18, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The 43rd Ichthus This Week

For the 43rd time, Christian rock music will fill the air near Wilmore Kentucky this week.  For decades the Ichthus (ICK-thoos) festival was staged just blocks from downtown Wilmore.  Over the last decade, thousands have come to a hillside a few miles outside town.  There is always a theme for the four day run of music, teaching, camping, and worshiping.  Ichthus Chief Executive, Mark Vermillion says this year’s theme is ‘Live Love.’

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7:30am

Fri June 15, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Arts in the Family Way

Artworks by the patriarch of the Tharsing-Tower Family on display Friday during Lexington's Gallery Hop.
Robert Tharsing The Ann Tower Gallery

This Fathers’ Day weekend has several family acts putting their artworks on display in Lexington.   The monthly Gallery Hop celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Ann Tower Gallery.  On display there are artworks created by the family that founded the gallery.  Actors Guild celebrates a family reunion as it presents, “Really You Should Use Bullets.”  With an explanation of those stories and a preview of this weekend’s Bruce Hornsby concert at the Kentucky Theater is Rich Copley, who covers culture and the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader

6:30am

Fri June 15, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Una Passione per Sportscars Italiani

This Maserati 49SS is one of over a dozen Italian-made cars on display Friday evening in downtown Lexington.
Tom Jones

Certainly, Kentuckians love a sports car.  When NASCAR returns to the Commonwealth later this month for a Sprint Cup Race, the turnout will rival the Kentucky Derby.  But there are gear heads here with a taste for Italian.   In other words, people like Lexington Businessman Tom Jones collect the Maserati. Jones discussed his decades-old passion with WEKU reporter Charles Compton.

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7:30am

Fri June 8, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Celebrating Musical Theater; At Home and Abroad

UK senior Elliott Lane and High School senior Paige Mason perform "You Can't Stop the Beat," as the finale of the 20th annual Grand Night for Singing. The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presents the concert at the Singletary Center.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

From New York City to Lexington, this weekend we celebrate musical theater.  Three Kentuckians will play prominent parts as the Tony Awards are presented.  And, for the 20th summer, the University of Kentucky offers a “Grand Night for Singing.”  Plus, the artworks that accompany record albums are the focus of a show in downtown Lexington.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader takes a survey of this weekend’s events. 

7:15am

Fri June 8, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

39th Festival of the Bluegrass Underway

The singing and picking starts well before the first band hits the stage.  Almost four decades ago, coordinator Roy ‘Miller’ Cornett’s grandparents got the festival going.  Cornett admits, though, much of the entertainment can be found off-stage.  “To be completely honest, the best music out here at the Festival of the Bluegrass is not on the main stage…the best music that takes place out here is what happens in the campground and the people that are sitting around their campfire playing until four o clock in the morning,” said Cornett.

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11:35am

Wed June 6, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Community Foundations' Efforts

Efforts to attract private donations for public projects continue to build steam.  The Endowed Kentucky Program and Commission were established in 20-10 by the general assembly.  The aim is to increase philanthropic activity across the Commonwealth.  For example, Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder says they’re seeking inheritance for projects…such as parks, education and the arts.

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7:59am

Tue June 5, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Attracting Movies and Expanding Tourism

Kentucky’s new commissioner for the State Department of Travel and Tourism is charged with expanding tourism by while landing new attractions.  Mike Mangeot returns to a position in state tourism.  About ten years ago, the 45 year old economic development specialist served as deputy commissioner of the Department of Travel.  He wants to assess current conditions before making any firm suggestions, but, Mangeot sees opportunity across Kentucky.

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7:30am

Fri June 1, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Mad Men: Both Ancient and Domestic

Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

From Suetonius to the Animal Planet, people have been entertained by mad men.  Kentucky’s “Turtleman” returns to television this summer.  And Roman Emperor Caligula is resurrected at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar, in downtown Lexington.  Arts and culture reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers a preview.

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9:24pm

Sat May 26, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Broadway Live at the Opera House announces 2012-13 Season

www.lexingtonoperahouse.com

The lineup for the 2012-13 Broadway Live series was announced this week during the annual season preview event at the Lexington Opera House. The Thursday event showcased local talent who performed excerpts from top national touring productions that have been booked for the coming   season. 

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2:40pm

Fri May 25, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Museums Recognize Military Families

 

Starting this weekend, the doors of more than 20 Kentucky museums and historic sites are wide open for the state’s military members and their families.  It’s all part of the national Blue Star Families program that benefits military members, past and present with free admission at these particular spots.  Carla Nicholson is director of the Liberty Hall Historic site in downtown Frankfort.   “Military families who can present a card..of participation in the military either.. current military families or those who are veterans..can get in free to the museums that are part of the Blue Star program from Memorial Day through Labor Day,” said Nicholson.

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7:30am

Fri May 25, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Finding the Right Mix of Scenery and Soundtrack

Maynard Crossland, who took over last summer as director of Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, has helped to continue the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. Two of the concerts will be in the Meeting House.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

Music and venue merge on summer’s first weekend.  A tobacco barn at Shaker Village again houses the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass.  If chamber music fails to appeal, then the Woodford Theater offers a musical based on Gospel.  For the eyes, a collection of portraits goes on display in downtown Lexington.  Rich Copley, of the Lexington Herald Leader, again offers a preview.

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10:56am

Tue May 22, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

EKU Theater Professor Homer Tracy Dies

Homer Tracy worked for 30 years in the Eastern Kentucky University theater department and "was the heart and soul of the place," colleague James R. Moreton said.
JUSTIN FOWLER — LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

In January, Sally Wilfert was onstage in New York's Lincoln Center singing Why Do High School Teachers Make Me Cry? in a show of works by Broadway composer and lyricist William Finn. As she left the stage after the funny, poignant number, which makes reference to films including Goodbye Mr. Chips and Mr. Holland's Opus, she was encouraged by Finn to return to the stage and point out that two of her college teachers were in the audience: Eastern Kentucky University theater professors James R. Moreton and Homer Tracy.

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7:30am

Fri May 18, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

A Face Everyone Knows, A Name Most Folks Forget

It’s a curse felt by character actors.  Everyone knows their faces.  No one knows their names.   Such is the fate of Kentucky-born actor Harry Dean Stanton.  His movies, which include “Alien,” “The Green Mile” and “Repo Man” are the subject of a film festival this weekend in Lexington.  Also this weekend a stage adaptation of “The Graduate” is performed by Studio Players.   And, there’s news that a Broadway super hit will finally be performed in Lexington.  Offering previews is Rich Copley, who’s an arts and cultural reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader.

7:30am

Fri May 11, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"The Agony and the Ecstasy" of Actors Guild

Actors Guild of Lexington artistic director Eric Seale will perform "The Agony and Ecstacy of Steve Jobs" May 10-20 at the the theater on Old Harrodsburg Road.
Hillary Brown Lexington Herald Leader

The Lexington Philharmonic Friday presents a multi media performance of “The Planets” synced with HD video provided by NASA. “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” is performed by Actors Guild of Lexington, despite questions raised over the credibility of its playwrightRich Copley, who’s an arts and cultural reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, offers a preview.

1:01pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Stage is Set For 138th Kentucky Derby

Twenty horses are set to run in tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby. Three-time Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert has the morning line favorite in this year’s race. Bodemeister, named for Baffert’s son, drew post position six in the crowded gate. The second early favorite is Union Rags, trained by Michael Matz (pictured), who’s back with his first serious contender since Derby winner Barbaro in 2006.

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7:30am

Fri May 4, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Gonzo Journalist and Other Derby Celebrities

Lexington Herald Leader

It's the one time when southern hospitality goes Hollywood.  This week, reporters talk about the celebrities who come to Churchill Downs on Derby Day.  The most famous? The Greatest.  Also, the story of a reporter gone wild, who's Derby partying launched the "Gonzo" school of journalism.  All this, and the Derby picks of arts and cultural reporter Rich Copley, of the Lexington Herald Leader.

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