University of Kentucky Family Center hosts annual Relationship Checkup just in time for Valentine’s Day

By Stephanie Swarts Special to KyForward Imagine having a car and not taking it to the shop for a service checkup. Whether it has 5,000 miles or 150,000 miles on it, service checkups and tune-ups are necessary to keep the car running smoothly and extend its life. Just like a car, human relationships need a checkup every once in a while to keep a couple moving forward. With Valentine’s Day just around...

From Jay Z to Super Bowl halftime shows, University of Kentucky grad engineers entertainment

Super Bowl halftime show set by All Access Staging Productions. (Photo by Brad Duns) By Amy Jones Timoney, Whitney Harder, and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward When people ask James Casalino, “What do you do?” he’s not always sure how to respond. “That’s a great question …” he replies. Entertainment engineering extraordinaire seems to be the best fit. Casalino turns...

Chef John Foster: Redemption of the beet — at least partially — still doesn’t put it in ‘sexy’ category . . .

Mention beets to a certain generation and you might get a knowing look of longing. A newer generation might stare quizzically at you, confused as to why you’re referencing their technology in the same sentence as roasting and slicing. The generation in between, my generation, will probably wrinkle their noses in disdain, bordering on disgust. We are the boiled beet generation, the...

Beth Underwood: An ongoing battle with public sinks and puffs of air — throwing in the proverbial towel

I had a run-in with the bathroom sinks in a superstore the other day. It wasn’t pretty. It also wasn’t the first time something like this has happened. In fact, I’d guesstimate this was run-in number 17,483. I reached my tipping point this time, though. Enough is enough, which brings me to today’s (semi) rhetorical questions. Am I the only one who’s pining for the days of old where public...

Lexington Philharmonic kicks off 2018 with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 ‘Leningrad’ Feb. 9

The Lexington Philharmonic will capture the intensity and emotion of one of history’s most influential, relevant works, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, ‘Leningrad,’ Friday, February 9th at Revolution at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Dedicated to the city of Leningrad, the work has remained a symbol of resistance against totalitarianism and militarism in both the Soviet Union...

Kentucky by Heart: Historic furnaces harken back to time when state was a major producer of iron

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward.com June 14, 2016 By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist If you do enough traveling around Kentucky, particularly riding on back roads in rural areas, you’ll likely notice evidence of the state’s historical iron furnace industry. The furnaces resemble a stone-built house chimney, and some, despite the years of weathering, human defacement,...

Lexington Legends announce National Anthem, Take Me Out to the Ballgame tryouts to be held Feb. 17-18

It’s time for talented singers and musicians to step to the plate and earn a spot in the Lexington Legends’ lineup — the lineup of performers who will sing or play the National Anthem before Legends’ home games in 2018. The Legends will hold this year’s tryouts at Fayette Mall near Dillard’s on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18. The sessions will run from 11:00am to 2:00pm...

WKCTC’s Clemens Fine Arts Center to play host to popular political satirists Capitol Steps Feb. 16

Putting the “mock” in “democracy” since 1981, the Capitol Steps bring their irreverent political satire to West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Clemens Fine Arts Center on Friday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Steps were born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan...

Campbellsville University, Taylor County Library to host the Ky Folk Art apprenticeships Exhibit Feb. 1-22

By Josh Christian Special to KyForward Campbellsville University is the second post-secondary institution in Kentucky that will be hosting a special exhibit of the Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships in partnership with the Kentucky Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and Taylor County Public Library. “The Makings of a Master” is the title of the exhibit that runs Feb. 1 through 22...

Lineup announced for Lexington’s 39th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival March 17

Eight performance groups will be taking the Irish festival stage on Saturday, March 17, as part of the Lexington’s 39th Annual Alltech St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival. The lineup features dancers and musicians from across Central Kentucky. In 2018, the festival returns to the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza at 120 N. Limestone in downtown Lexington. It’s part of an all-day celebration...

Chef John Foster: Kentucky weather wavers but there’s plenty of winter to go, so here’s to eating right

It happens every winter, without fail. Kentucky January magically becomes Kentucky April with temperatures in the 60’s, high winds, and plenty of rain. Wait for it though, the ice season is right around the corner. I guess its Mother Nature’s way of getting people to look at their seed catalogs, thinking perhaps that they might be able to get some planting done in March! Please...

Hip hop recording artists Nelly, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to perform at Whitaker Bank Ballpark

The Lexington Legends have announced that Hip Hop Star Nelly will perform at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on May 19, 2018 along with special guests Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Juvenile. Nelly is a Diamond Selling, Multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning rap superstar, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and actor. He has continually raised the bar for the entertainment industry since stepping on the scene in 2000 with...

Beth Underwood: Life happens: Messy perfectionist today settles for just a couple of days of clean

I like a clean house. Everything in its place, and a place for everything. Spotlessly shiny floors, dust-free blinds, clutter-free counters, and maybe a little orange peel and rosemary simmering on the stove. This can only mean one thing: I need a housekeeper. One who’ll show up at least twice a week. Because what I like and what I live with are two entirely different things. My reality finds that...

Former ambassador to Bulgaria James Pardew to speak at Transylvania U., UK’s Patterson School

With current tensions between the US and North Korea on the rise, continued instability in the Middle East, and a resurgent Russia, it is more important than ever to use the United States’ past foreign policy as an avenue of learning and improvement. James W. Pardew As a leading policymaker in the Balkans following the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992, former ambassador to Bulgaria James W. Pardew boasts...

Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse to host Yoga in the Museum starting Jan. 25

The Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse will present a new, free Yoga in the Museum series in 2018 with the partnership of Chelsey Reid of Red Horse Yoga in Georgetown beginning January 25, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. These complimentary, hour-long community yoga classes will be held among the exhibits in the museum and will focus on grounding through breath and gentle movement in sequences...

Kentucky chef’s Ouita Michel, Sara Bradley to bring taste of Kentucky to NYC’s James Beard House

Kentucky bursts into the culinary world as two Kentucky chefs, Ouita Michel and Sara Bradley, will bring Kentucky-rich cuisine to the distinguished James Beard House in New York City on Tuesday, February 27. For years, Kentucky has been a hidden gem of Southern fare – but now its evolving cuisine takes the national stage and proves why the culinary scene is Better in the Bluegrass. Ouita Michel “Kentucky...

Kentucky by Heart: Being prepared saved a life; books to help prepare for spring planting season

The wife and children of Jeremy Overton, of Ohio County, are likely feeling grateful today because they nearly lost Jeremy two years ago when he ran his truck over an embankment into a lake while swerving to miss a deer. Ironically, the driver was saved by another Jeremy, also the same age, 34, who happened to be a passenger with his daughter as she practiced driving on this 16-degree night, a night...

Campbellsville University’s Dr. Wesley Roberts to give faculty organ recital of sacred music Jan. 30

Dr. Wesley Roberts, professor of music at Campbellsville University, will be giving a faculty organ recital on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. in Ransdell Chapel at 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville. The program will consist of sacred music in concert settings with premiers of works by the Dutch composer Kees Weggelaar and Louisville composer Daniel Gilliam. Max Reger’s monumental setting of the famous...

First Lady Glenna Bevin launches 2018 Kentucky Derby Poster Contest; open to high school students

First Lady Glenna Bevin has announced the launch of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Poster Contest online with the help of Kentucky Interactive. Jackson Penna, a student at Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville, was the winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Poster Contest (Photo provided ) High school students throughout the Commonwealth will have the opportunity to create the Governor’s Derby Poster,...

Chef John Foster: Cassoulet, a French dish from Toulouse region, is history lesson, memorable meal

Make no mistake about it, we are in the deep freeze, the darkest part of winter. There are no holiday parties and bell ringing in this month, only day after day of single digit temperatures, and snow days we will be making up well into June. It’s times like these that food becomes more than just sustenance, more than just a way to pack on a few pounds to ward off the weather. If you’re...