Kentucky Arts and Culture

2:51pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Equestrians Compete for Olympic Spots at Rolex Kentucky

Olympic hopeful Boyd Martin and Remington XXV
(Photo by Shannon Brinkman courtesy USEF)

$250,000 in prize money, a Rolex watch, and pride aren't the only things at stake during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event underway at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend.  Equestrians will also be trying to earn a spot on their country’s Olympic team. Thousands of spectators are at the horse park to take in some world-class dressage, cross-country, and show jumping at Rolex Kentucky.

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7:30am

Fri April 27, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Minstrels Wander Through Lexington, Renfro Valley

The four principal performers from the Broadway show Jersey Boys — Robert Spencer, left, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard — are now The Midtown Men.
Courtesy the Lexington Herald Leader.

Vickie Lawrence and her alter ego "Mama" perform this weekend to Renfro Valley, in a "Two Women" show.  A reincarnation of the original "Jersey Boys" are in concert at the Lexington Opera House.  And, Baroque is the sound Friday night when the Lexington Philharmonic performs at the Singletary Center.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers a preview.

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4:05pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Distillery to Open Bourbon Attraction in Louisville

Bardstown-based Heaven Hill Distilleries will create 14 full-time jobs and invest $9.5 million in Louisville’s historic district, opening a multi-million dollar artisanal distillery, tourism and retail attraction called The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience along what historically is known as “Whiskey Row” on West Main Street. Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson joined company and local officials Thursday to announce The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, which is set to open in September 2013 at the Heaven Hill building, a 5-story facility that is more than a century old.

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2:34pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Plans for Bluegrass Boardwalk Approved

The Bluegrass Boardwalk group has been granted preliminary approval for state tax incentives this week, bringing the amusement park one step closer to opening. The group is owned by Indiana’s Koch family, which also operates Holiday World in Indiana. The Kentucky State Fair Board agreed to lease the former Kentucky Kingdom property to the Koch’s earlier this year.

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8:38am

Tue April 24, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Wendell Berry Honored in Washington

Kentucky native Wendell Barry delivered a prestigious lecture in the nation's capital last evening.  He used the address to rail against corporate greed and to call people back to the land.   The government says the Jefferson lecture is the nation's most prestigious honor it bestows on academics. Berry - a farmer, conservationist and writer - now joins the ranks of John Updike and Toni Morrison who have delivered the annual address in the past. In the hour long talk Berry exhorted the more than two thousand people in attendance to resist greed by connecting themselves to the earth as he's attempted to do on his Kentucky farm.

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7:30am

Fri April 20, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Cornering the Modern Arts in Lexington

The McAdams and Morford Building at the corner of Main and Upper streets. The Lexington Art League is planning to lease the third floor for a new contemporary art space Downtown. Photo from the National Register of Historic Places via Wikipedia.

A modern arts “corner” is evolving in Lexington.  Besides plans to locate a 21-C Museum-Hotel at the intersection of Main and Upper Streets, the Lexington Arts League has its eye on the same corner.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader talks move about what those developments may mean for the community.  He also previews a celebration this weekend of vinyl records and the machines that translate them into music.

3:48pm

Tue April 17, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Special Bats Commemorate Fenway Park Anniversary

Workers at the Louisville Slugger Factory are making special bats this week to mark the anniversary of Major League Baseball’s oldest ballpark. The bats being turned out at the company’s downtown factory will be used by some members of the Boston Red Sox this Friday. That’s when they’ll take on the New York Yankees and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, the home of the Red Sox.

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12:12pm

Sun April 15, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Mammoth Cave Celebrates National Park Week

Mammoth Cave is celebrating National Park Week April 21-29 by offering a week of free tours and activities. Mammoth Cave Public Information Officer Vickie Carson says Mammoth Cave wasn’t required to offer free tours during the week—unlike parks that charge admission fees. But officials decided to offer two of the park’s cave tours—the Discovery and Mammoth Passage tours—free of charge on certain days.

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8:46pm

Sat April 14, 2012
Arts

Arts Weekly: KET to air Documentary on Ky Agriculture

A new documentary on Kentucky farming will debut on the state’s public TV stations next weekend.  Coming to Ground is a 90 minute production of a Kentucky-based media production and education organization called Media Working Group. 

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7:30am

Fri April 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Echoes of America's Aboriginals

RICHARD BELL, Wewereherefirst, 2007, acrylic on canvas, private collection, Brisbane, Australia,
Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts

The struggles of Australia’s first residents mirror the experience of Native Americans.  A leading aboriginal artist brings his work this weekend to the Art Museum at the University of KentuckyAnother set of Australians are also in town, interpreting music written about the American Midwest.  And, “Portugal, The Man” make a stop in Lexington that’s a pleasant surprise to Rich Copley.  The arts-culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader previews all three shows.

6:00am

Mon April 9, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Appalachian Players End Trilogy by "Talking Dirt"

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

The third installment in a nationally-acclaimed series of musicals inspired by Appalachia is performed tonight at Eastern Kentucky University.  

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6:06pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Beshear Invites Kentuckians to Derby Celebration

Gov. Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear Wednesday announced that the 76th annual Governor’s Derby Celebration will be held in downtown Frankfort for the second year in a row. The celebration will be held on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT and is free and open to the public. “Jane and I are thrilled to once again host visitors to our historic capitol city for this family-friendly Derby Celebration,” Beshear said in a press release from his office.

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3:00am

Mon April 2, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

April Brings Shows to LEX Library

A new arts venue opens tomorrow in Lexington.  The Central Library on Main Street has renovated its Farish Theater.  In its first month, Library Director Ann Hammond said the 139-seat theater hosts free events on 28 straight days. 

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3:04pm

Fri March 30, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Louisville Orchestra Musicians Agree to Offer

Louisville Orchestra management is meeting today to discuss the latest contract offer from the musicians union, but management officials already say the offer is too vague. The orchestra has not performed in over a year and the players and management have been unable to agree to terms of a new contract. A letter sent to orchestra management this week says musicians are willing to enter into binding arbitration with the management, under several conditions that orchestra CEO Robert Birman called vague.

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7:30am

Fri March 30, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Final Four, Four Musketeers, Free Concerts

G.B. Dixon, left, Evan Sullivan, Paul DiSilvestro and Jacob Karnes wield swords in The Three Musketeers.
Lexington Herald Leader

This is one of those weekends when Kentucky culture displaces, at least in part, Kentucky arts.  Most of the state is distracted by the Kentucky teams who face off in college basketball’s Final Four.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader has a summary of watering holes where fans can watch the semi-final.  He also has praise for a production of Three Musketeers at Woodford Theater and we look inside a new venue in central Kentucky for the performing, musical and cinematic arts.

7:30am

Fri March 23, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentuckians, Appalachia Star in "Hunger Games"

With legions of fans eager for the next major film franchise, The Hunger Games promises to make big stars of the two Kentuckians in its lead roles: Lawrence, as resourceful heroine Katniss Everdeen, and Union native Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta Mellar
Lexington Herald Leader

The set of blockbuster books known as “The Hunger Games” promises to be a blockbuster film.  Kentucky has strong ties to the movie.  Two natives are in lead roles and they battle in a futuristic Appalachia.  With a preview of “The Games,” a special performance of the Lexington Philharmonic and an art show that revives the daguerreotype is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.

5:01pm

Tue March 20, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Coca-Cola Memorabilia Auction

Some 700 pieces of Coca-Cola memorabilia will be auctioned this weekend in Elizabethtown. The items are part of the Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia, which closed last year. The Schmidt family was among the first in the country to bottle the soft drink, opening a plant in 1901. Coca-Cola memorabilia expert Gary Metz estimates the auction of signs, rare posters, antique serving trays and other items could fetch more than $2 million.

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7:30am

Fri March 16, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Adults Who Planted "The Bad Seed"

Christine (Jessica York, right) questions her daughter Rhoda (Abby Quammen, left) about her involvement in the death of a classmate. Studio Players presents Maxwell Anderson's "Bad Seed," March 15-April 1, 2012 at the Carriage House Theater
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

“The Bad Seed” is a 60 year old story of the original "creepy, little kid."  But a revival in Lexington of the drama focuses not on the little sociopath, but on the adults who surround her.  Arts and Culture Reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader previews productions of “The Bad Seed,” “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” and the premiere of an Easter Cantata based on the life of Christ.

3:53pm

Tue March 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

New KY Music Hall of Fame Inductees

The Kentucky Headhunters and Exile are among the new class of Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum inductees announced today in Lexington. Seven native Kentucky artists will be inducted next year. The Kentucky Headhunters (top right), with roots in the western Kentucky community of Edmonton, shot to fame in the 1980s with hits like “Dumas Walker” and are still recording and performing.

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3:20pm

Tue March 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Beshear Honors Inductees in KY Women Exhibit

Joining the Kentucky Commission on Women, Gov. Steve Beshear honored three distinguished women on Tuesday for their illustrious careers and significant contributions to the commonwealth. The governor announced that Willa Beatrice Brown, Joan Riehm and Crit Luallen were inducted into the “Kentucky Women Remembered” exhibit to mark Women’s History Month. As part of the honor, their portraits will be displayed alongside past inductees in the state Capitol.

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10:37am

Tue March 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Noted Pianist and Philanthropist Dies

Teresa Garbulinska and Ronald Saykaly channeled their love of music into the Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence Program.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

Teresa Garbulinska Saykaly, 79, a noted concert pianist and Lexington arts philanthropist, died early Monday after a long illness. Born in Poland, she won the Polish National Mozart Competition in 1956 and went on to perform throughout Europe and the United States, including at Carnegie Hall in New York. She was a student of piano virtuoso Henryk Sztompka, who was a well-known student of Ignace Paderewski. As a result, her husband of 44 years, Dr. Ronald Saykaly, said, she was sometimes referred to as "the musical granddaughter of Paderewski."

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5:29pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Music Project Among Grant Recipients

Mingle Freely blog (run by Mick Jeffries)

Ten regional oral history projects are that much closer to completion thanks to grants awarded by the Kentucky Oral History Commission. One of those projects explores the history of Lexington’s underground music scene. Sarah Milligan with the Kentucky Oral History Commission says narrowing down the grant requests is no easy task. "It is a really, really difficult job to try and choose which applications get funding," she says.

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9:48am

Mon March 12, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

SKyPAC Opening a Success

Orchestra Kentucky opens during Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center during opening night Saturday March 10, 2012.
Miranda Pederson/The Daily News

When Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon walked into the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center for opening night Saturday, he felt the experience was surreal. “Am I really in Bowling Green, Ky.? We’re so fortunate to have it in Bowling Green,” he said. “I think it’s extraordinary. It’s elegant, bright and welcoming. When you walk into the theater, you’re awestruck.” Nearly 2,000 people were expected to attend the opening of SKyPAC, complete with a performance by a last-minute substitution, award-winning country music artist Vince Gill.

7:30am

Fri March 9, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

March Madness No Longer Intimidates Arts Groups

Chris Ware Lexington Herald Leader

The organizers of arts and cultural events in Lexington must think the unthinkable.  What if the UK Wildcats lose?  So, despite the beginning of post season play and March Madness, they’re going ahead with entertainment events like this weekend’s Christian Rock Concert at Rupp Arena and a Frank Sinatra tribute at the Lexington Opera HouseRich Copley who reports on arts and cultural events for the Lexington Herald Leader offers an explanation.

12:10am

Mon March 5, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Pension Records for Confederates Online

FRANKFORT, Ky. - James E.  Carlton of Lawrenceburg was 24 years old when he enlisted in the 5th Kentucky Cavalry of the Confederate States Army.  He suffered a gunshot wound to the left knee in 1863 at the Battle of Lebanon, but served until the end of the war.

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7:40am

Fri March 2, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Inspiration for Sitcom Returns to Stage

Paul Granger III (Chris Owen) wakes up in the lobby of the Hotel Baltimore as Mr. Morse (Paul Thomas) works out with dumb bells. Project See Theatre presents Langford Wilson's 'The Hot l Baltimore," March 1-11 at the Downtown Art Center in Lexington, Ky.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

The play that became a sitcom that’s now a “contemporary classic” is performed this weekend in Lexington.  Besides “Hot’l Baltimore,” theater goers can also see a drama based on the scientist credited with making the 1st atomic bomb.   Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader previews both stage productions.

10:10am

Tue February 28, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lyric Theatre Meeting Amid Neighbor Complaints

A community meeting is scheduled at Lexington’s Lyric Theatre Tuesday night to give residents a chance to speak out about the kind of events they would like to see at the venue. Some African-American community members have expressed frustration with what they see as a lack of access to the refurbished facility.

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2:48pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

'Women in Basketball' Exhibit in Frankfort

The Kentucky Historical Society will reopen its history campus to walk-in visitors on Saturday, March 10, with a new exhibition, “Women in Basketball,” in the Keeneland Changing Exhibits Gallery at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. The KHS history campus also includes the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. The Clark Center is located on Broadway in downtown Frankfort.

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7:40am

Fri February 24, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

August: Osage County, the Second

Former Actors Guild of Lexington artistic director Vic Chaney is back in town to direct University of Kentucky Theatre's production of August: Osage County.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

Rich Copley describes “Falstaff” as “a funny opera, best known for tragedy and anguish.”  In preparation for this weekend’s performance at the University of Kentucky, the arts and culture reporter explains how Giuseppe Verdi managed that.  Also, he talks about central Kentucky’s “first family of string music.”   The Herald Leader reporter also previews the second performance in Lexington, within five months, of “August, Osage County.”

2:34pm

Thu February 23, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Preserving Artistry Through Apprentices

It can take years for artists to master their craft. In Kentucky, a government-sponsored program works to ensure the artist’s knowledge is passed onto a younger generation. 

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