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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
A group dedicated to fostering friendship between Danville and Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, hopes the bond could lead to a visit from some royal newlyweds. When Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge were married in April, one of their three titles bestowed on them within the realm of Great Britain was Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus. While the traditional gesture probably didn't register much with many observers, it gave some members of the Danville Sister Cities Commission a big idea.
About 250 writers and book lovers attended the inaugural Writer’s Block Festival held over the weekend in Louisville. Centered in the NuLu District of East Market Street, the festival combined writing workshops with readings and panel discussions on the screenwriting, the publishing business and other subjects. Sessions with limited enrollment filled up or sold out and some open sessions that didn’t require registration were standing room only.
When the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Michael Lowery planned to be glued to his television set. As a 13-year-old, the Madisonville resident participated in the March on Washington, culminating with King’s “I Have A Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963. He has visited Washington frequently in recent years, watching the monument take shape from the ground up at the shores of the tidal basin between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.
Now that Quinton Higgins has the future of his own children to worry about, he spends more time thinking about the 1988 Carrollton bus crash that he survived. Twenty-seven people perished on that dark interstate. A documentary, “Impact: After The Crash,” has started production and is expected to be released prior to the 24th anniversary of the nation’s deadliest drunken-driving crash on May 14, 1988.
Kentucky is still rural, as evidenced by 310 million chickens raised for meat or eggs in a state of 4.3 million people. But a new book documents what's left behind as more people trade the countryside for jobs in cities. Sociologist Kenneth Tunnell wrote and took the photographs for Once Upon a Place: The Fading of Community in Rural Kentucky. The idea for the book came to Tunnell as he drove his workday commute on the back roads from southern Garrard County to Richmond, where he teaches in Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Criminal Justice.
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Martin Van Buren Bates was 7 feet, 11 inches tall and weighed more than 500 pounds by some accounts. Now, 92 years after his death, his Letcher County birthplace wants to honor him in a way that befits his stature in county history and his nickname, the Kentucky River Giant. Bates served a noteworthy stint in the Civil War as a Confederate captain before marrying a woman taller than he was. Because of their size, they became international celebrities in the 1800s, traveling as part of a circus.
Thinking some plays are better performed inside, the same folks who bring Summerfest to Lexington waited until autumn to stage, somewhat ironically, “August, Osage County.” Also this weekend, Actors Guild of Lexington performs a police drama dubbed “Breathing Corpses.” But, perhaps the highpoint this weekend, will be a concert by the Boston Pops celebrating the 75th anniversary of Lexington’s landmark Keeneland Race Course. Previewing these events is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader.
FRANKFORT - Former basketball and football greats are featured in three books at the 30th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 12 at the Frankfort Convention Center. Kentucky All-Americans Louie Dampier, in basketball, and Babe Parilli, in football, are expected to be at this year’s KBF held at the Frankfort Convention Center, according to a press release.
A Lexington poet is among the five finalists for a National Book Award. Nikky Finney's Head Off & Split has been recognized as one of the five most notable books of poetry for 2011 by the National Book Awards committee. The collection's name comes from a common phrase Finney heard as child at the fish markets in South Carolina.
The Kentucky Opera could be bound for the American Federation of Musicians’ ‘unfair list’ if it seeks outside players for performances next month. With the orchestra labor dispute still going, the opera has no easy source for musicians. Opera management struck a deal last month with orchestra players to accompany Carmen, but that deal cost the company $33,000 more than expected. The opera is seeking a simpler deal for next month’s Marriage of Figaro performances, but the union has requested the Carmen deal be replicated.
Music fans don't have much longer to wait for a special benefit performance by the Boston Pops and the UK Symphony Orchestra. The Post Time with the Pops concert, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Keeneland takes place Saturday night at Rupp Arena. Kentucky Public Radio's Alan Lytle spoke with Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart about the trip to Lexington.
Much like the movement to explore the wilderness west, the proposal for a Squire Boone Statue in Shelby County is gaining steam. Joseph Ruble's idea that hit the public last month of putting up a statue of the founder of Shelby County has caught the collective eye of the community.
Much like her first novel, The Veil, Selina Fugate's life has been a roller coaster since she recently began touring across the region to promote the book. She says it's been interesting and fun to visit bookstores filled with her fans who enjoy The Veil's combination of part horror and part fantasy. The book, aimed at young adults and ages 12 and up, has also placed high in honor by this year's Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort – being chosen as one of about 150 books that were selected for this year's bookfest in Frankfort, coming up in November.
The dispute between the Louisville Orchestra musicians and management has spilled over to the Kentucky Opera. The orchestra provides musicians for the opera, but without an orchestra contract, the opera has no easy means of securing players. Opera management and musicians reached an agreement for last month’s performances of Carmen, but talks for upcoming shows are proving more difficult. The Carmen contract was essentially a three-week version of the previous orchestra contract, but opera director David Roth says it cost the company $33,000 more than it should have.
With small parts in an upcoming Ben Stiller/Eddie Murphy comedy and a “One Life to Live” episode airing next week, former Murray State University football player Paul Hickert says he is trying to build a foundation for a successful acting career. As is often the case, Hickert said he fell into acting but found he enjoyed it enough to pursue it as a career.
150 years on, vestiges of the Civil War in the Bluegrass continue to fascinate. Hoping to paint a more detailed picture of how the conflict shaped the state, the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has launched a new program to link historic sites around the Commonwealth.
The CEO of the Louisville Orchestra says the audience is likely turning away as the labor impasse continues. The management and musicians have been at odds for more than a year over how big the orchestra should be. It’s not a new fight, and CEO Robert Birman says it’s one the community is getting tired of.
If Kevin Phillips had his way, he’d be flying to work today. But Phillips has to wait until his self-built kit helicopter can take the air. He’s waiting for an evaluation from the Federal Aviation Administration before he can train with the aircraft and prove he can safely handle it. It took him five years to complete the aircraft from a kit.
As an announcer gave the five-minute warning to when Martina McBride would take the stage Saturday night in downtown Henderson, the crowd of thousands responded with a wave of chants, screams and clapping. For many, it marked the finale to a long day of sitting and waiting. The free country concert, which was opened by recording artist Jack Ingram and headlined by McBride, was hosted by Independence Bank as a celebration for its opening on Green Street. Bank officials estimated that nearly 5,000 people were inside the VIP section with thousands more lining its fence.
Clay Miller's 1932 Ford three-window coupe looks none the worse for wear from its recent scenic tour. The dust and grime accumulated on the back roads of Asia and Eastern Europe have been washed off. But look closely and you can see some dings at the rear from stones the tires threw up, and some scratches in front from the time in Kazakhstan when the engine had to be removed after it lost its oil and locked up. Clay Miller, 66, his son, Mark Miller, 48, and his grandson Blake Garrison, 20, all of Nicholasville, spent more than three months this spring and summer participating in the 2011 World Race, an outlandish 12,000-mile automobile competition from New York to Paris, by way of Beijing and just about all points in between.