Kentucky Arts and Culture

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

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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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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