Kentucky Arts and Culture

3:02pm

Sun December 11, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Incoming KMAC Director Envisions Efficient Museum

 

The new director of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft will start work next month, but he’s already been meeting with fundraisers in Louisville. Aldy Milliken previously ran a gallery in Sweden where he connected with contemporary artists. He says he wants to raise money to bring their exhibits to Louisville.

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7:40am

Fri December 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Naughty and Nice Shows for the Holidays

Depending on your perspective, a pair of holiday plays performed this weekend in Lexington are either cynical or simply realistic. Both “Santaland Diaries” and “The 12 Dates of Christmas” are performed at the Downtown Arts Center.  Holiday choral works are also on the agenda, with the University of Kentucky Opera and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra staging holiday shows.  Providing a preview is Rich Copley, an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader.

10:14am

Wed December 7, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky Students Sing for National Concert DVD

A musical performance at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School viewed by only a few Tuesday morning will be watched by millions this spring. G.C. Burkhead will be a part of the official DVD of the Concert for Music in Our Schools Month. The concert is sponsored by the National Association of Music Education and footage is aired across the country on the second Thursday of March, when children in music classes watch and sing along. The student body performed a song called “Discussin’ Percussion” and it features several students playing percussion instruments such as the tambourine and drums.

1:37pm

Mon December 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

'Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me' Tapes in Richmond

Carl Kasell and Peter Sagal talk on a tin can phone
Tony Nagelmann NPR

Radio host Peter Sagal listens to the news the way wild mushroom hunters search for their quarry. "They train themselves to walk through the woods with this single-minded vision of looking for these mushrooms, which you have to be able to see, you have to train yourself to look for them or you'll walk right by them," Sagal says from his Chicago office. "So I'm like that — I'm missing the trees, I'm missing the forest, I'm missing verdant woodland, I'm just looking for the mushrooms."

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10:12am

Mon December 5, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Shakespeare Behind Bars Stages "Romeo and Juliet"

Louisville Public Media

The Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in Oldham County is home to about 1100 felons and one unusual theatre company. It’s an all-inmate ensemble called Shakespeare Behind Bars. For sixteen years, the group has staged full productions of plays like Hamlet and Macbeth and Julius Casear. Each year, they do a series of performances, some for other inmates and some for the public.

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10:49am

Sun December 4, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Fund for the Arts Turns to Crowdsourcing

Power2Give.org

 

As part of its new strategy to update the allocation process, the Fund for the Arts has launched a new website. Power2Give was developed in North Carolina. It’s modeled after sites like Kickstarter, but with a narrower focus. It lets nonprofits post proposals for arts and culture-related projects. Visitors to the site can then donate toward those projects.

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3:49pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Henry Clay Estate to Light 100-Foot Christmas Tree

Lexington Public Media

The Christmas decorations at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate in historic Lexington will be big and bright this year. The National Historic Landmark dedicated to honoring Kentucky statesman Henry Clay celebrates the Christmas season with d cor throughout the mansion.

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3:41pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Painting to Resume on Historic Frankfort Bridge

An Ohio contractor has been awarded a $1.3 million contract to finish painting downtown Frankfort's Singing Bridge, according to the state Transportation Cabinet. The bridge, which dates back to the 1890s, crosses the Kentucky River. The bridge has a metal mesh floor which causes tires on vehicles to make a sing-song noise - hence the name Singing Bridge.

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7:40am

Fri December 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Several Plays, A Couple Concerts and Two Messiahs

The holiday theater and music season gets underway in a big way this weekend.  Two versions of the Messiah are performed this evening.  Several plays, including “Madeline’s Christmas” and “Book of Liz” open this weekend.  And there are holiday shows at several universities.  Providing a preview, as he does every Friday, is Rich Copley, who reports on the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader.

2:49pm

Mon November 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Designers Decorate Old Governor's Mansion

Hundreds drive past it everyday, perhaps taking for granted the stately old brick house that once welcomed visitors like Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt. Sitting on the corner of High and Clinton, Kentucky’s original Governor’s Mansion appears as just another historic structure relegated to another day and time. But many consider it one of Kentucky’s most beloved treasures. There are even those who cherish the commonwealth’s first governor’s mansion. They have given time and money to ensure it is still accessible for lovers of Kentucky history.

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2:46pm

Mon November 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

KY Folk Culture Not Just Fiddle Players and Farmers

Kentucky folk culture is more than tobacco farmers and fiddle players to Bob Gates. It’s the Puerto Rican barber in Louisville who cuts designs in the hair of young patrons. It’s the skilled group of Rolley-Hole marble players in Monroe County who’ve won numerous national tournaments in the offbeat sport. It’s also the demolition derby driver in Bellepoint who rises early on warm summer mornings to prepare his clunker for the Franklin County Fair’s annual battle royal. Bob Gates, director of the state’s folklife program, sees folk culture as the fabric that makes up our everyday lives and, collectively, Kentucky’s heritage.

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10:41am

Mon November 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Finnish Composer's Concerto Wins Grawemeyer Award

 

The 2012 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition will go to Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Violin Concerto.” The 30-minute piece debuted in 2009. It is at times somber and at times raucous and discordant. Salonen also believes it is the first time a modern drum set has been incorporated into a violin concerto. Award director Marc Satterwhite makes special note of the piece’s closing chord, which does not reflect any of the previous music. Salonen says the departure was intentional.

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1:00am

Mon November 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Book Profiles U.S. Grant's Final Difficult Year

The last 14 months of Ulysses S. Grant’s life were difficult to say the least. He lost all of his wealth in a Wall Street swindle. Then the former president learned he had terminal mouth and throat cancer.  Facing family ruin, Grant decided to write his military memoirs.   Richmond author Bracelen Flood chronicles events in his new book, “Grant’s Final Victory”…Ulysses S. Grant’s Heroic Last Year.” Flood spoke with WEKU’S  Ron Smith about the memoirs origins…  

11:58am

Sun November 27, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Decking the Halls of the Old Governor's Mansion

Designer Jon Carloftis points to the decorations on the counter in the kitchen of the Old Governor's Mansion that he put on display for the upcoming Christmas at the Old Governor's Mansion event.
Hannah Reel Frankfort State Journal

Hundreds drive past it everyday, perhaps taking for granted the stately old brick house that once welcomed visitors like Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt. Sitting on the corner of downtown Frankfort's High and Clinton streets, Kentucky’s original Governor’s Mansion appears as just another historic structure relegated to another day and time. But many consider it one of Kentucky’s most beloved treasures. There are even those who cherish the commonwealth’s first governor’s mansion. They have given time and money to ensure it is still accessible for lovers of Kentucky history.

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8:13pm

Fri November 25, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Preserving Louisville's Shotgun Houses

Louisville Public Media

 

It’s a style of house that symbolizes many of Louisville’s older neighborhoods…the shotgun. There are many variations, but shotgun houses typically have a long, rectangular floor plan: one room wide, three to five rooms in a row with doorways often on the same side of the house.

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2:14pm

Tue November 22, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The Thanksgiving Meal Today and Tomorrow

Culinary students doing their prep just before Thanksgiving break
Stu Johnson Weku

For many Kentuckians, preparations are already underway for a big Thanksgiving dinner.  The traditional feast is woven into the fabric of this country.  But, that’s not to say there can’t be some tweaking of traditions.  A room full of ‘white coated’ and ‘hats on’ culinary students were prepping for the day’s work in a food lab at Sullivan University in Lexington recently.  It was their last chance before Thanksgiving break.

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12:07pm

Mon November 21, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Mercer Teen to Perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

At 3 a.m. this Thanksgiving, as visions of sweet potatoes dance in our heads, Olivia Perkins, 18, will prepare to perform for more than 50 million people. She’ll walk to arguably the most famous New York City block and practice a days-old routine one last time. Perkins is one of about 50 high school color guard members and dancers from across the nation selected to join the Macy’s Marching Band after sending in audition tapes this spring. Only two other students from Kentucky will march in the about 200-person band, and both are instrumentalists, she said.

2:47pm

Sun November 20, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Actors Theatre of Louisville Presents A Christmas Story

In Actors Theatre of Louisville’s new production of A Christmas Story, it’s striking how distinctly the emotions of the characters resonate, while at the same time, the world those characters inhabit feels fundamentally different from the world outside the theatre.

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10:09am

Fri November 18, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Measuring the Benefits of an Orchestra

Louisville Public Media

Music makes a city. Yes, that’s the name of a documentary about the orchestra, but it’s also a sort of unofficial catchphrase in Louisville. It’s what players, managers and supporters say when the orchestra is in danger. The Louisville Orchestra contract negotiations have reached yet another impasse. Members of the management say they’re done making offers to the musicians. The mayor says he’s done what he can to broker a deal. And it’s just a matter of time before the fans are done following the saga—if they haven’t already.

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7:40am

Fri November 18, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Desperately Seeking Mrs. Santa

Caperton Q. Elf (Chip Becker) and Blitzen (Katie Swim) fly into Florida. Swim's childhood letter to Santa inspired her mom to write Looking for Mrs. Santa Claus. Studio Players presents the world premiere production of Looking for Mrs. Santa Claus Nov. 17
Rich Copley Lexington Herald-Leader

The holiday theater season begins this weekend in Lexington when Studio Players stages “Looking for Mrs. Santa Claus” at the Carriage House Theater.  Also, the New York Metropolitan Opera Saturday publicly auditions vocalists at Memorial Hall.  Also, a pair of improvisational comedians recreate a TV show at the Eastern Kentucky University Arts Center, and, a reunion of artists resurrect a defunct gallery that one operated in downtown Lexington.  Providing a preview is Rich Copley, who reports on arts and culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.

2:18pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Musicians Reject Another Contract Offer

The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have rejected the latest contract offer from management. The impasse peaked late last month, when the players declined an offer to sign all the musicians who remained in Louisville but cut the orchestra to 55 members by June 2013. They differed on how many players should be hired up front and how long the cuts should take. The management then began seeking replacement musicians.

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12:28pm

Tue November 15, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Lincoln Birthplace Celebrates Centennial

President William Howard Taft, portrayed by Dale Liikala of Mentor, Ohio, descends the steps of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hall on Monday during a centennial celebration of the opening of the building.
Neal Cardin The News-Enterprise

Rabbi Joseph Rapport opened a prayer by saying five score years ago the first memorial to President Abraham Lincoln was created. The structure loomed behind the man as he led a prayer beginning a ceremony observing the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial Monday at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park near Hodgenville.

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10:28pm

Sun November 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Railroad Club Helps Southern Lights Shine

The model-train display at Southern Lights is in its 18th year. "We never put the layout together the same way twice," said Bob Larger, a past club of Bluegrass Railroad Club.

Christmas starts early for members of the Bluegrass Railroad Club — next weekend, when they can run their trains at the annual Southern Lights holiday display at the Kentucky Horse Park. On Saturday, members were setting up their modules and linking the tracks for this year's edition, which will be in the park's Bit & Bridle Restaurant.

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10:19pm

Sun November 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

KY Military History Museum Reopens with a Bang

Spectators mill around the front lawn before the grand reopening of The Kentucky History Military Museum at the State Arsenal Friday afternoon.
Tricia Spaulding Frankfort State Journal

There’s a Soviet anti-aircraft gun from Operation Desert Storm, a large bell from the USS Kentucky and a Purple Heart awarded to Chadwick Burns, a Frankfort native who was the first Kentucky soldier to die during the Korean War. After about four years behind locked doors, a renovated Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal opened to the public Friday.

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1:21pm

Fri November 11, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Candlelight Tour Returns to Frankfort

Christmas lights were strung through the trees. Winter displays were set in most storefront windows. Horses pulling carriages clomped through downtown.This all can mean only one thing: The Candlelight Tour has returned. With families and friends bundled in winter garb, hundreds enjoyed the first night of the tour Thursday.

7:35am

Fri November 11, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Comedy Tomorrow, Tragedy Tonight

George Zack during one of his final performances conducting the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.
Matt Goins Lexington Herald Leader

Tragedy inspires works performed this weekend in Lexington.  “On the Verge” Theater's production of Yasmina Resa's “God of Carnage” is performed over the next two weekends at the Downtown Arts Center. This is on “The Verge's” first play in a formal theater. Their previous productions have been site-specific works performed in antebellum homes and a funeral parlor. This time the play involves two couples and the actors are real life couples.  The Lexington Philharmonic's “Human Spirit” concert is Friday and features works written in troubled times. They’ll dedicate a plaque in honor of George Zack, who directed the Phil for 37 years. 

10:14am

Wed November 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky 'Turtleman' Joins Animal Planet

Ernie Brown Jr.'s new television show, "Call of the Wildman," premiered on the Animal Planet Sunday, Nov. 6, and he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week.
Stevie Lowery Lebanon Enterprise

Marion County resident Ernie Brown Jr., better known as the Turtleman, is taking on Hollywood with his turtle catching talents. His new television show, "Call of the Wildman," premiered on the Animal Planet Sunday, Nov. 6, and he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week

1:29pm

Mon November 7, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Former Miss Kentucky USA Delivers CMA Awards

Maria Montgomery interviews University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips as part of her work for vaughtsviews.com
Gary Moyers The Advocate-Messenger

Maria Montgomery says she feels a little silly calling herself a “trophy girl,” but that’s exactly what she will be Wednesday. The former Miss Kentucky USA, a Boyle County native, has been selected as one of two Trophy Girls for the Country Music Association Awards Show, which will be televised live at 8 p.m. on CMT. This gives central Kentucky not one but two direct connections to one of the industry’s top awards presentations. Eddie Montgomery and Montgomery Gentry have been nominated for Best Country Duo.

10:24am

Mon November 7, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

KY Alliance Presents Lifetime Achievement Award

The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression will present its Carl and Anne Braden Lifetime Achievement Award this weekend. Ruth Bryant and the late Dr. Roscoe Bryant Jr. will receive the award this year. Ruth Bryant was active in the open housing movement in the 1960s, as was Dr. Bryant, who was also one of the first African-American members of the Jefferson County Medical Society.

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6:31pm

Sun November 6, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Journalist Al Smith Writes Autobiography

Al Smith's new book "WORDSMITH: My Life in Journalism", photographed in his home in Lexington, Ky., Friday, November, 04, 2011. Al Smith, a veteran news reporter, dedicated the book to his wife, Martha Helen Smith.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

On the many Friday nights Al Smith hosted the public-affairs TV show Comment on Kentucky, he regularly took reporters who were guests on the show to dinner afterward and regaled them with his life stories. Smith, who will turn 85 on Jan. 9, has compiled many of those stories in a new book, Wordsmith: My Life in Journalism.

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