Artist Alison Saar’s UK Art Museum exhibition on Great Flood of 1927 still relevant today

By Dorothy Freeman and Whitney Hale Special to KyForward As the staff of the University of Kentucky Art Museum unpacked Alison Saar’s “Breach,” an exhibition that investigates the 1927 Great Mississippi River Flood, they could not help but be aware of how relevant the work is to the tragic situation in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Alison Saar is a sculptor, installation...

Premier musicians featured in University of Louisville’s annual Guitar Festival and Competition

Some of the nation’s leading classic guitarists will gather at the University of Louisville Sept. 14-17 for the annual Guitar Festival and Competition. The festival, the largest in Kentucky, features concerts, master classes, youth ensemble showcases and an international competition with a first prize of $1,000. Stephen Mattingly, UofL guitar instructor and festival director, said the event is open...

Mermaids return to Newport Aquarium and this year they are bringing some pirates with them

Mermaids return to Newport Aquarium to enchant guests Sept. 29 – Oct. 15, and this year they’re bringing pirates with them. Visitors will see mermaids swimming gracefully in the 37-foot long, 120,000-gallon Amazon Tunnel alongside some of the biggest freshwater fish in the world, the arapaima. Mermaids will be swimming from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day. Newport Aquarium guests also will have...

Chef Foster: Raw?! Unlock the culinary range of your peppers through smoking or roasting

I just spent an evening smoking trays of banana peppers to put away for another menu change, and in doing so I’m reminded as to how much more I love peppers smoked and or roasted. Raw peppers to me miss the point. They’re like a bank robber taking the safe with him, and leaving it unopened, all that potential just sitting there. Peppers are the basis for some of the richest most memorable flavors...

More than 50 venues participating in upcoming LexArts HOP on September 15

Lexington’s signature LexArts HOP continues on Friday, Sept. 15. Held on the third Friday of every other month, the LexArts HOP, sponsored by Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, features nearly 50 participating venues, including local galleries, museums, artist studios, and supporting locations. The HOP’s official hours are between 5-8 p.m.; however, many of the sites, including local restaurants...

Celebrate down home fun on the farm during Shaker Village’s annual HarvestFest Sept. 23-24

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill will host its annual HarvestFest on Sept. 23-24, 2017. HarvestFest is full of festive fun on the farm for the entire family. There will be all-day activities, including hay climbs, games, pumpkin painting, seasonal crafts and more in the Kids’ Village. The Farmers’ Market will feature local produce and other food products, and there will be local food trucks and...

Explore Kentucky: Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site to host Archaeology Festival Sept. 23

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site will host an Archaeology Festival on Sept. 23 as part of Archaeology Month. The day will feature special demonstrations and hands-on activities for children from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include a mock excavation for kids, artifact laboratory station, spear and atlatl throwing, youth bows and arrows, flint knapping, finger weaving, basket weaving, corn shuck...

Kentucky by Heart: Versailles teen learns Scouting program is all about service to others

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Recently a Versailles friend told me about her teenage son, Jack Landin, who was working his way toward the prized Boy Scout rank of Eagle Scout, a well-deserved achievement that likely upgrades one’s life success resume considerably. He would soon complete it, and I was invited to come to his conferring ceremony. I was both intrigued and curious for a couple...

Work of artists Sims, Vitorovich featured at Campbellsville’s Pence-Chowning Art Gallery

Artists Jesse Ray Sims and George Vitorovich will display paintings and prints, respectively, in the Pence-Chowning Art Gallery through Sept. 15. The gallery is located at 205 University Drive, Campbellsville, and is open to the public free of charge. A reception for the artists will be Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the gallery is open to the public as well. Sims, owner of Sims...

A Cornucopia of Arts: UK offering diverse selection of concerts, theatre and dance this season

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward From the university’s art studios, gallery and museum to the stages of Singletary Center for the Arts and Guignol Theatre, students, faculty and staff in the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts will entertain and move audiences with a diverse selection of concerts, exhibits, theatre and dance offerings beginning this fall all while marking the 50th...

Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery to present works by renowned Southern painter Winfred Rembert

Transylvania University will present Stories to Tell: The Work of Winfred Rembert from Sept. 8 through Oct. 13 in Morlan Gallery. Rembert is known for colorful paintings on leather sheets that depict life in the rural, pre-Civil Rights South. He will visit the gallery on Sept. 8 for an opening reception along with Vivian Ducat, who directed an award-winning documentary about him. “Rembert paints...

Science Guy: Using the power of the sun, it’s possible to pop a balloon — inside another balloon

Have you ever popped a balloon inside a balloon? If not, our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how by using the power of the sun. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Pop a Balloon Inside a Balloon INGREDIENTS • Magnifying Glass • Black Balloon • Clear Balloon INSTRUCTIONS STEP...

Campbellsville University announces lineup for annual Noon Organ Recital Series for 2017-18

Campbellsville University’s music department will hold the 10th Annual Noon Organ Recital Series beginning Sept. 12 for the 2017-18 academic year. All concerts, all on Tuesdays, are free for the public to attend and begin at 12:20 p.m. ending at 12:50 p.m. for those attending to return to work. More information on specific concerts will be released approximately a month before the show. The series...

Chef Foster: Sometimes taken for granted, the common potato has a prominent spot at the table

Last week’s column talked about the forgotten vegetables at the market, and in the midst of all the discussion about the weird and wonderful choices I left out one very obvious one: potatoes. While certainly not forgotten, (we eat as a nation, a LOT of potatoes) the potato represents the base of a wide range of cuisines, not only in this country but around the world. A starch, a filler, a carrier...

Kentucky Artisan Center features demonstrations from state ceramic artists beginning Saturday

During the month of September the Kentucky Artisan Center will present demonstrations by five Kentucky ceramic artisans who create functional, sculptural, decorative and folk art pottery from a variety of clays. On Saturday, Sept. 2, Robert and Sparkie Brigl, of Bowling Green, will demonstrate how they sculpt their whimsical pottery face jugs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center. Robert Brigl...

From ceramics to woodworking, UK Fine Arts Institute offers chance to explore your creativity

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky’s Fine Arts Institute will offer a variety of classes this fall that explore different aspects of art and creativity. The classes are all offered as noncredit art courses and are perfect for adults with busy work schedules. This fall’s 18 courses and workshops range anywhere from ceramics and metalworking to jewelry-making...

Gayle Pille: The maniacal calls of the Barred Owl — is that a ‘discordant scream’ or a ‘burst of laughter’?

Many a person has been awakened in the middle of the night by the maniacal calls of the Barred Owl and wondered aloud, “What was that?” And the Barred Owl’s crazy call was not lost on famed artist and naturalist John James Audubon either, who aptly described, “the discordant screams…in so strange and ludicrous a manner, that I should not be surprised were you to compare these sounds to the...

Kentucky by Heart: While known more for basketball, state played key role in baseball’s most tragic story

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist When we’re talking sports in the Bluegrass, the state is likely most known as a basketball and horse racing state. That is well-established. Don’t look now, but in recent years, many Kentuckians playing baseball have worked their way into the major leagues. Names like Joe Blanton, Corey Hart, Collin Cowgill, Tyler Clippard, Mark Reynolds and many others...

Centre College Literary Luncheon during 36th annual Kentucky Book Fair to feature author Jamie Ford

Centre College will serve as the sponsor of a Literary Luncheon as part of the Kentucky Humanities 36th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 18. Since the first event in 1981, the Kentucky Book Fair has been connecting readers with local, regional and national authors in a shared celebration of reading, writing and books. This year, more than 180 authors will be participating in the event. The Literary...

Discussion of Bobbie Ann Mason’s ‘Shiloh’ centerpiece of community reading in Murray Sept. 12

Staff report “Shiloh,” title story of Bobbie Ann Mason’s award-winning collection, “Shiloh and Other Stories,” will be the centerpiece of a community reading and discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Calloway County Public Library, 710 Main Street in Murray. Dr. Staci Stone, Professor in Murray State University’s College of Humanities and Fine Arts, will facilitate the discussion....