Kentucky Arts and Culture

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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2:41pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Prep for The Governor's Derby Celebration Underway

Derby Day Celebration Tables
governor.ky.gov

The annual Governor’s Derby Celebration is a long-running tradition and this year organizers say they anticipate ideal weather and a large turnout. It’s a tradition that goes back to 1936. Groups large and small have gathered at Kentucky’s capitol to celebrate Derby Day. Spokesperson for Governor Steve Beshear Kerri Richardson says a change in location has added some new flavor to the event.

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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.

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