Kentucky Arts and Culture

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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9:44am

Thu February 23, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Fair Board Considers Lease For Kentucky Kingdom

The Kentucky Fair Board will vote on a new lease Thursday for the Kentucky Kingdom theme park. The Bluegrass Boardwalk company was formed this month by members of the Koch family, which owns Holiday World in Indiana. The Kochs will now propose its lease agreement to the fair board, which may include changing the Kentucky Kingdom name and Bluegrass Boardwalk hasn’t been ruled out as a new title.

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1:00am

Wed February 22, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"Summer of Hate" Motivates Silas House

For a work of drama, a play opening tonight at Berea College was practically ripped from today’s headlines.  Titled “This is My Heart for You,” it was written within just a few months by Kentucky author Silas House.   Moved by real acts of violence and bigotry, House explores equality and morality in a small, fictional Appalachian town.  The author explained his motives to WEKU’s Roger Duvall.

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8:00am

Sun February 19, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

No Off Day at Mary Todd Lincoln House

The childhood home of former First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln, is normally closed all winter long, but the historic house on Main Street in Lexington is making an exception for this Monday; Presidents Day. Executive Director Gwen Thompson says the staff always put together a youth-oriented program for the holiday. "It's really catered more to the children. It's different from our regular tours which really are more adult-friendly, so this is an experience for the kids and to make museums fun for them."

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7:40am

Fri February 17, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Compositions to Distillations: Lexington Embraces the New

Lexington Philharmonic composer-in-residence Daniel Kellogg.

A piece from the Lexington Philharmonic’s composer-in-residence makes its world premiere tonight at the Singletary CenterRich Copley, who covers arts and culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says Kentuckians are embracing such “new music.”  He also previews Lexington’s “almost-monthly” Gallery Hop, which focuses tonight on the city’s new distillery district

3:56pm

Thu February 16, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lexington Hears 2nd Premiere in a Year

Composer-in-residence Daniel Kellogg returns for the second Lexington world premiere of one of his compositions.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

A composer who’s created two unique pieces for Lexington audiences returns tomorrow to the Singletary Center.   Last summer, Daniel Kellogg’s “Look up at the Sky” was performed for the first time during theChamber Music Festival of Lexington.  Friday evening, Kellogg’s composition, How Radiant the Dawn, is performed by the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.

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4:59pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Opera Maestro Steps Down

Kentucky Opera conductor Joe Mechavich is stepping down amid the controversial decision to seat non-union musicians for the upcoming opera performance of The Merry Widow. “Given these circumstances, I am unable to continue my role as conductor for this production,” wrote Mechavich in an email to the Kentucky Opera board and opera patrons.

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2:45pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Labor Rallies for Orchestra Musicians

Kentucky Public Radio

Dozens of union members rallied this morning in front of the Fund for the Arts offices in support of the Louisville Orchestra musicians.  Orchestra players and management have been embroiled in a contract dispute for more than a year, and musicians have been idle since their last contract expired in May. 

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6:30am

Mon February 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Thinker, Poet, Editor, KY

Kentucky Public Radio

The new book “Bigger Than They Appear” is the latest offering from a woman who’s quickly becoming a force in the world of Kentucky writers. Katerina Stoykova Klemer edited “Bigger Than They Appear,” which is an anthology of very short poems. She also published it through her own press…Accents Publishing. Klemer founded Accents two years ago. She’s published 21 titles, mostly poetry, working with authors from Kentucky as well as her native Bulgaria. Klemer spoke with Kentucky Public Radio’s Graham Shelby and said she has always been a writer.

1:25pm

Fri February 10, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Danville Designated Cultural District

Danville was designated a Kentucky Cultural District Certification recipient by First Lady Jane Beshear and Madeline Abramson, wife of Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Thursday. Danville joins four other cities as a recipient of the designation: Horse Cave, Berea, Covington and Paducah. Twenty-six applications were received, and the five chosen are the first in the state to earn the certification.

12:13pm

Fri February 10, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Diver's Legacy on Display at the Pentagon

Carl Brashear’s legacy is on display today at the Pentagon as part of Black History Month. Phillip Brashear, Carl Brashear’s son and a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, has been invited to discuss his father’s life during a screening of the movie “Men of Honor” in the Pentagon auditorium, an event being held by the Department of the Navy.

10:53am

Fri February 10, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Opera Hires Non-Union Musicians

The Kentucky Opera has hired a group of community musicians to play for next weekend’s performances. The ongoing Louisville Orchestra labor dispute has left the opera without musicians. The company seated a group of union orchestra players for November’s run of Carmen. The players were given a shorter-term version of their collective bargaining agreement with the orchestra for those performances.

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7:00am

Fri February 10, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The Lexington Ballet's Struggle with Racial Diversity

Madelyn Nelson, left, and other students of the School of the Lexington Ballet troupe rehearsed for Ion Dance.
Lexington Herald Leader

The absence of African-American dancers in a show honoring Black artists troubles the director of Lexington Ballet.  Here to discuss it, and the weekend’s other events, is Rich Copley, who reports on arts and culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.

5:16pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bill's Eye: Listening to an Angel

Kentucky Educational Television

Most of the awards shows that grab our attention involve big-name celebrities. On Oscar night, the focus is on the red carpet parade of stars—and their couture. But tune in for the Grammys, and you’ll more likely find someone dressed “down” for the occasion. And then there’s the Country Music Awards, which aren’t usually held in Nashville, home of the Grand Ole Opry, but in Los Angeles, home of smog and traffic. One awards show that remains distinctly under the radar is the National Book Awards.

6:00am

Fri February 3, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

"The Clean House" by Actors Guild "Ruhls"

In a scene from The Clean House, Charles (Mark Callahan) performs highly stylized surgery on his lover, Ana (Missy Johnston), with an assistant (Suraya Shalash). The comedy is presented by Actors Guild of Lexington.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

Actors Guild of Lexington this weekend opens a play by Sarah Ruhl called “The Clean House.” Ruhl’s a hot contemporary playwright who wrote “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” which was staged last year by the Actors’ Guild.   Also, Actors Theatre of Louisville has a production of her “In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play” on stage right now.  “Here Come the Mummies,” who built a central Kentucky following during the World Equestrian Games, return Friday evening to Lexington. Plus, there’s a bunch of string music this weekend in Lexington, Clay City and elsewhere.  With a preview is Rich Copley who’s an arts and culture reporter with the Lexington Herald Leader.

4:51pm

Wed February 1, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Historical Society Hosts Slavery Program

The Kentucky Historical Society will host a free Family History Workshop, “Tracing Slavery and Slaveholding on the Kentucky Frontier,” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. What happens when a black woman researching her roots comes face to face with descendants of the people who enslaved her ancestors? Pam Smith, a Kentucky Humanities Council speaker, will describe the facts and feelings that surfaced when research led her to a university professor whose ancestors owned Smith’s enslaved great-great grandfather.

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12:00pm

Mon January 30, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

An 18th Century Tavern at Fort Boonesborough

Fort Boonesborough opens an 18th century-style tavern this weekend.    The opening coincides with the state park’s long-running “Fireside Chats” on Kentucky history.  This February, the Saturday evening chats feature actors portraying pioneers like Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, and Jenny Wiley.   Park Manager Todd Melton says audiences also ask questions.

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7:40am

Fri January 27, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Song (Folk, Jazz), Dance (UK) and Theater (3)

New York-based choreographer Blake Pearson created the first work in the show, "Mama Geena." The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre presents "3Dimensions: Winter Dance Concert," the inaugural performance of UK's new dance program.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

Top performers in the fields of jazz and folk perform this weekend in central Kentucky.  Emmy Lou Harris is at the Lexington Opera House. Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit sings at the EKU Center for the Arts, and, guitarist Stanley Jordan is in Danville.  Plus, a resurrected dance company at the University of Kentucky makes its debut.  And, several theater groups are opening new shows.  Reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader offers this preview. 

5:49pm

Fri January 20, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The Taffetas: A Musical Journey through the 1950s

The Taffetas is a show that highlights music from the 1950s and all the problems inherent in that time.

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2:34pm

Tue January 17, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentuckians Volunteer on MLK Day

Robbin Bond, Lexington, held a sign during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom March through downtown Lexington, Ky., Monday, January, 16, 2012.
Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" On the day the nation paused to remember the civil rights leader's life, thousands of people in Kentucky and millions across the country spent Monday answering King's question.

11:48am

Fri January 13, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Martin Luther King Weekend Activities

The Lexington Philharmonic puts out the ‘red carpet’ for a special 50th anniversary weekend concert Saturday night at the Opera House.  On Sunday night, a one man show about abolitionist Frederick Douglass comes to the Lyric Theater.  The annual Martin Luther King observance in downtown Lexington Monday will include a tribute to Mahalia Jackson.  The Lexington Herald’s Rich Copley runs down weekend activities on this holiday weekend.

2:12pm

Thu January 12, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Library Receives Rare World War I Books

Dave Schroeder, executive director of the Kenton County Public Library system, shows off volumes of The Source Records of the Great War, a set of seven, gold-leafed volumes on World War I (1914-18) that were donated this month.
Patrick Reddy/Kentucky Enquirer

As the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I approaches, historians and genealogists will soon be able to use a rare series of books at the Kenton County Public Library system’s Covington branch. Compiled by Charles F. Horne in 1923, the hard-bound books with the Legion emblem embossed on the cover are known as a definitive collection providing details of the causes and various armed conflicts of World War I, said Dave Schroeder, executive director of the Kenton County Public Library system. 

12:44pm

Sun January 8, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Louisville Orchestra Ruled On Strike

Kentucky’s Division of Unemployement Insurance has ruled that Louisville Orchestra musicians have been on strike and not locked out. The musicians are considered to have been on strike since the end of June, according to a release from Louisville Orchestra management. With this ruling they are voluntarily withholding their labor and therefore not entitled to unemployment income, said Robert Birman, CEO of the Louisville Orchestra.

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7:00am

Fri January 6, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

WAC, Climber and Box Office Maven

Lee Overstreet on the job in the Kentucky Theatre box office in 2008.
Matt Goins Lexington Herald Leader

Hidden behind the death of political icon Gatewood Galbraith was the passing of a woman who tried just about everything during her long life, including a stint inside the Kentucky Theater box office.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader remembers Lee Overstreet and previews a performance this evening by Lexington singer Coralee of "Coralee and the Townies" is doing a Loretta Lynn tribute show at Cosmic Charlies.  Rich also talks about a sneak peak of  PBS' newest “Downton Abbey” series at the Kentucky Theatre on Saturday morning.

2:29pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Progress on Performing Arts Center

Brian Andrews of Kenway Construction keeps debris off the road Monday during the demolition of two buildings neighboring the new Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center.
Miranda Pederson/The Daily News

Last week, the city of Bowling Green gave the go-ahead for the demolition of the People's Hardware and Supply Building. On Monday, Kenway Contracting brought the brick buildings down. First, Raybold and Sons had to remove asbestos from the buildings at 631 and 633 College St., Kenway President Kenneth Allen said. "But they got all that done and gave me the go-ahead," Allen said. "We wanted to wait and do it when there wasn't anyone in the trailers next to (Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center). Since the building is two stories, you don't know what is going to happen."

7:40am

Fri December 30, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

2011:WEG's Surprising Sequel, Theater Flourishes

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The World Equestrian Games attracted international artistic talent to the Bluegrass, but, Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader says such quality continued in 2011.  Midori, Itzhak Perlman, and the Boston Pops all traveled to Lexington.  Also, in 2011, theater flourished with numerous new companies building momentum.  Also, for the first time in decades a new arts venue went on line when the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts opened last fall. 

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7:40am

Fri December 16, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Sing Strongly and Carry a Big Handel

The Singletary Center for the Arts

In defense of the “Big Messiah,” the Lexington Singers perform the holiday classic this weekend at the Singletary Center.  According to Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader, this Messiah will buck recent trends and offer a full blown production.  And, at the Lyric Theater, there’s an off-beat holiday comedy, titled “Smackdown for the Holiday Crown.”

7:30am

Thu December 15, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Al Smith Defines Role of Citizen Journalist

It’s safe to say Kentucky journalist Al Smith has led a full life. During his teenage years, he was an award-winning writer and speaker.  But, then, Smith nearly sank in the sea of alcoholism. He recovered to become a successful newspaper owner, the head of the Appalachian Regional Commission, and for 33 years, Smith hosted “Comment on Kentucky” on Kentucky Educational Television. The soon-to-be 85 year-old has collected his memories in a new book, “WORDSMITH, My Life in Journalism.”  WEKU’S  Ron Smith spoke with him… 

10:00am

Wed December 14, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Official State Christmas Ornament Created

Campbellsville-based K&M Crafts of Kentucky was selected to produce this year's limited edition official state Christmas ornament.
Central Kentucky News Journal

Ever dreamed of owning the governor's mansion? Thanks to a Campbellsville company, that's now possible, albeit in the form of a five-inch wood-carved ornament. Campbellsville-based K&M Crafts of Kentucky was selected to produce this year's limited edition official state Christmas ornament.

9:59am

Mon December 12, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Civil War Exhibit Opens in Louisville

Louisville Public Media

Louisville’s Filson Historical Society has opened a new exhibit focusing on the Civil War as it played out in Kentucky and the Ohio Valley region.  It’s called “United We Stand—Divided We Fall.” Filson Curator of Special Collections Jim Holmberg says interest is running high as the country marks the Civil War’s 150th anniversary.

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