Kentucky Arts and Culture

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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3:36pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Quilt Trail Honors Traditions

The Woodford Co. Quilt Trail hung its first square in Millville at 7345 McCracken Pike.
Woodford Co. Quilt Trail

Some new colorful quilt designs will soon be dressing up central Kentucky barns. More than 60 counties are part of the Kentucky Quilt Trail, and now Woodford County is joining them. With a small grant from the Kentucky Arts Council, the project's goal is to honor farming and community traditions."Traditionally you find quilts on barns, but today you're finding them throughout your local communities. They can be on historical buildings in your downtown," says Debbie Tichenor, coordinator the Woodford County Quilt Trail.

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7:35am

Fri November 4, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

A Rebuilt Man and a Recreated Landscape

Rock Formations on the Road to Lee's Ferry, AZ: Mark Klett and Byron Wolf used digital photo processing to impose historical landscape photos onto modern photos that they shot from almost precisely the same spot.
Mark Klett and Byron Wolf Lexington Herald-Leader

The Mel Brooks’ Broadway sequel to “The Producers” this weekend comes to the Lexington Opera House.  Culture reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader says “Young Frankenstein” provides fertile ground for a musical comedy.  Plus this weekend, the landscape photographs of Mark Klett go on display at the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky.  Also, performing this weekend, the Harlem String Quartet features a violinist who was a summertime resident of Lexington. 

4:14pm

Thu November 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Corbin Man's Script to be Used for Film

Actor, Malcolm McDowell, left, with Corbin screenwriter Mark Daniels.

Every day, no matter how many hours he puts in at work or devotes to his family, Mark Daniels sets aside enough to write at least one single, solitary page for whatever movie script he has rolling around in his mind at the time. It's a hobby he's had since high school. At 49, it's a hobby that's starting to pay off. Daniels, who works as director of support services for the Corbin Independent School District, is about to see one of his scripts turned into a marketable, feature film for the first time. The movie has a budget of about $1 million and is an independent project, but Daniels said it has some very recognizable actors in it including the legendary Malcom McDowell, Dean Cain and Natalie Distler.

10:13am

Wed November 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Filmmaker Explores Parallels in Mining Communities

The coalfields of Appalachia are running out of coal, and there’s not a large-scale effort to diversify the region’s economy. But there are lessons to be learned from a similar transition in an unlikely place: the small United Kingdom country of Wales. Now, a documentary filmmaker is exploring parallels between 1980s Wales and modern-day Appalachia.

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7:25am

Tue November 1, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Union Musicians Face Replacement

Union musicians prepare to submit their rejection letters to Louisville Orchestra management.
Deven Katayama Louisville Public Media

Neither side has blinked in the Louisville Orchestra labor dispute, and both the management and the musicians are facing difficult futures and the potential end of the orchestra. The management now plans to follow through on threats to go against union wishes and hire a 50-member replacement orchestra. Finding 50 talented nonunion players will be difficult, but Chicago-based arts consultant Drew McManussays it’s not impossible.

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2:39pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Managers Prepare Search for New Musicians

Today is the deadline for Louisville Orchestra musicians to return to work. The orchestra board says it will begin replacing the players if they do not sign on by the end of the day. This comes after a year of talks for a new contract broke down. The two sides were close to a deal earlier this month, but again sparred over how large the orchestra should be. Orchestra CEO Robert Birman declined to be recorded, but says if the players agree to cut the ensemble to 55 players by June 2013, talks will resume. Otherwise, 50 replacement musicians will be hired.

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10:38am

Mon October 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The Fear Factor of Halloween

Lexington Public Media

Every year during the month of October countless numbers of people don ghoulish costumes, sit through slasher movie-marathons, and crowd into haunted houses.  Pamela Burke set out to answer the age-old question: what is it about Halloween that makes some normally sane people enjoy going stark-raving mad?

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10:23am

Mon October 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Date Set for Louisville's Veteran's Day Parade

The service and sacrifices of military veterans will be honored with a special parade and other events in downtown Louisville on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday in a press release.

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6:00am

Mon October 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The Fun in Fear: Talon Falls Screampark

Every October, countless people crowd into haunted houses, hayrides, and other haunted attractions. Here in the Commonwealth, Talon Falls Scream-park is one of the Weather Channel’s Top Ten Hallow-screams for 20-11. Tens of thousands of patrons travel to far western Kentucky willing to pay and wait in line to be scared. 

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3:38pm

Sun October 30, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Benham Team Wins National Championship

The White Team from Black Mountain Resources, now owned by Alpha Natural Resources, finished first in the overall team competition that spanned over two days.Team members David Patterson and Joe Lefevers loaded Roger Gilliam onto the stretcher as they dea

A mine rescue team from Benham won the national championship. The White Team from Black Mountain Resources, now owned by Alpha Natural Resources, finished first in the overall team competition that spanned over two days. The biannual event was held in Columbus, Ohio.

3:34pm

Sun October 30, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

School Marching Bands Compete for State Titles

Lexington's Paul Laurence Dunbar High School took first place in the Kentucky Music Educators Association state marching band championships' Class 5A division late Saturday. Madisonville North Hopkins won the 4A state title, Adair County took 3A, Larue County won 2A and Beechwood captured the 1A crown.

7:40am

Fri October 28, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Words by Poe, Music by Jackson

In The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Jim Short, left, plays the title role, and Michael Whitten plays many roles. The Lexington Children's Theatre production incorporates three Poe stories.
Pablo Alcala Lexington Herald-Leader

Halloween stuff leads off this week in central Kentucky, with the Lexington Children's Theatre presenting Tales of Edgar Allan Poe.  There's also a revival of SummerFest's Rocky Horror Show at Busters Billiards and Backroom and the 10th annual Downtown Thriller Parade. Transylvania University also opens “Almost, Maine”, a popular play written by John Carini.  Offering a preview of these events is Rich Copley, who reports on culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.

10:38am

Wed October 26, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Exhibit Recalls Troubled Times of Lincoln's Lady

www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org

A new exhibit at Louisville’s Frazier History Museum includes documents that recall a turbulent chapter in the post-Washington life of Mary Todd Lincoln.  It’s the first public display of the papers related to the former first lady’s commitment to an Illinois mental institution, an action initiated by her son.

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11:34am

Tue October 25, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

LOU Orchestra Seeks Replacements

The process of replacing the Louisville Orchestra musicians has begun. Orchestra management declared their intention to hire new players Monday, after yet another failed round of talks with the musicians.

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2:42pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

LOU Orchestra Rescinds Offer to Players

The management of the Louisville Orchestra says a 50-member orchestra is necessary going forward, despite an offer to sign 55 players last week. The management offered to sign any musicians who have not left town for other work, as long as enough players left by June 2013 to have a 55 member orchestra. On Friday, the musicians agreed to the concept of cutting the orchestra over time, but not other details in the contract. 

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7:23pm

Sun October 23, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Activist Julia Butterfly Hill to Speak in Lexington

Activist Julia Butterfly Hill will speak in the Commonwealth this week. In the late 1990s, Hill spent two years living in an ancient California redwood tree to save it from destruction by logging companies. She made her name in the environmental community during that tree sit, and has continued similar acts of civil disobedience since then.

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10:36am

Fri October 21, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Fewer Throroughbreds Bred in USA

Thoroughbred stallion Congrats

The Jockey Club has released the latest thoroughbred breeding statistics for 2011. The figures reflect a continued downward trend.  So far this year, 1,935 stallions have covered 36,504 mares in North America. Kentucky remains the top state for thoroughbred breeding, but the number of mares bred in the Bluegrass is down 9% from last year.

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7:40am

Fri October 21, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Fiery Passion, Firebird and Fireball

Tybalt (Adam von Almen) and Roméo (Manuel Castillo) have words before they fight in the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre production of Roméo et Juliette. Castillo plays Roméo in the second and third shows. Gregory Turay has the role in the other two.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald-Leader

Graduate students will perform “Romeo and Juliet,” but University of Kentucky Opera is definitely professional grade.  Also this weekend, a one-woman show by Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman at the Norton Center and a performance of “Firebird” by the Lexington Ballet at Lexington’s Lyric Theater.  The Lexington Herald Leader’s Rich Copley offers this preview. 

1:24pm

Wed October 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Pauline Tabor, Bowling Green's Madam, Remembered

Mary Lucas speaks Tuesday about notorious Bowling Green madam Pauline at the Bob Kirby branch of the Warren County Public Library.
Miranda Pederson Bowling Green Daily News

A crowd gathered Tuesday night at a Warren County Public Library branch to hear historian Mary Lucas talk about her research on Pauline Tabor, who ran a well-known prostitution house in Bowling Green from the 1930s to the 1960s. Lucas was a history professor at Western Kentucky University for 19 years and became interested in Tabor after meeting her once and seeing the role she played in town. She visited Tabor on her farm, which increased her fascination. “This woman looked like a grandma, not like a notorious madam,” Lucas said. It was only through talking to Tabor that her feisty personality showed, she said.

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