Northern Kentucky playwrights named 2017 winners of Kentucky Theatre Association new play contest

By William McCann KyForward Contributor On Friday night, during the opening night of the Kentucky Theatre Association annual conference at Pikeville’s Jenny Wiley Theatre, the state’s best playwrights of 2017 were celebrated and honored. The evening began with a reading of Richard Cavendish’s 10-minute play, “Botherum.” Following were readings of 20-minute cuttings from “Rural...

Celebrate a Dickens of a Christmas Small Business Saturday event in Historic Downtown Paducah

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, historic downtown Paducah will be bustling with holiday shoppers and Christmas cheer. On November 25, enjoy the Dickens of a Christmas Small Business Saturday event organized by Paducah Main Street, a division of the Paducah Planning Department. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., downtown Paducah will be transformed into a Dickens atmosphere with free Victorian carriage...

Keeneland Association, Cross Gate Gallery to host fifth annual Sporting Art Auction Sunday

A Morning’s Work, by Sir Alfred Munnings Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington will conduct the fifth annual Sporting Art Auction on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. The 2017 collection features 175 high-quality lots representing fine sporting art, American paintings, and sculpture from celebrated masters as well as talented new artists. The Sporting...

Chef John Foster: Throw a KISS to Thanksgiving — and sit down to a meal all your guests can enjoy

By this time, you’ve probably read a half a dozen articles on how to present the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. You’ve watched countless shows on the best pumpkin pie, or the new improved side dishes to spice up your holiday tables. I don’t need to tell you about basting versus self-basting, the dangers of stuffing the bird or cooking the dressing separately. If you have...

Beth Underwood: First step to recovery is admitting the problem, but let me check my phone first…

People say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, so here goes. “Hello. My name is Beth and I may be a social media junkie.” The moment of truth came last Sunday morning. I was innocently journaling with a nice cup of coffee and minding my own business, thank you very much. On this particular day, things seemed to be off to a fairly good start. Weekend mornings are like that,...

Lexington’s Triangle Park transformed into Unified Trust Company Ice Rink through mid-January

Staff report The lawn at Triangle Park has been transformed into a winter wonderland with the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink. Take to the ice in the glow of Lexington’s official Christmas Tree and enjoy a unique experience for guests and locals of all ages, including a warm mug of hot chocolate at DoubleH BBQ. In its first year, the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink welcomed over 22,000 skaters and...

Kentucky by Heart: Writing, faith in God help Rita Setness cope with unexpected loss of son

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Writing a book called Surviving Child Loss was, for Nicholasville resident Rita Setness, part of her personal therapy in attempting to survive the loss of a child. In fact, her writing about son Jonathon began soon after his unexpected death at age 26 in December 2013. As one might expect, the emotional blow of her son’s sudden passing tossed Rita head long into...

Officials seek public input in determining Lexington’s official tree; choice between three varieties of oak

Lexington will soon have its own official tree, and the public is being asked to help decide which one of three oak trees gets the honor. “Trees play an important role in making Lexington the special place it is,” says Third District Councilman Jake Gibbs. “It makes sense that the city designate one of these significant and historic oak trees by selecting one type as the city’s official tree.” The...

Chef John Foster: Meal planning takes center stage in the kitchen as holiday season approaches

Holiday meals always present the most obvious challenges to cooks. Pre-planning, prep lists that stretch over two or three days. Multiple trips to the grocery store and multiple carts are standard operating procedure this time of year. So many articles on holiday planning, menus and “new” techniques fill the magazines or websites of the cooking world that the rest of the day-to-day planning is...

Beth Underwood: My ‘baby’ turned 16 and, biggest surprise of all, doesn’t want his drivers’ license

I’ve been dealing with a rather perplexing situation, lately. In fact, the situation has been ongoing, harkening back to Colton’s 16th birthday two-and-a-half months ago. Maybe I should explain. For most of Colton’s pre-teen and teen years, he has discussed with great enthusiasm the day he’d be old enough to drive. He’s pointed to its benefits, like how he’d be able to assist on long drives...

WKCTC’s Paducah School of Art and Design to host first National Printmaking Invitational Nov. 16

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD) will host its first National Printmaking Invitational featuring the artwork of artists from across the country. The exhibition opens with a free community reception November 16 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Bill Ford Gallery at PSAD’s 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street in Paducah’s...

Kentucky by Heart: Do you know an Everyday Hero?; share your Thanksgiving memories; and more…

I just returned from a trip to Hazard, in Perry County, where I interviewed District Court Judge Leigh Anne Stephens, whom I believe is a considerably inspirational person. Here’s the reason. Bemoaning the sadness of so many troubled young brought before her in court, she led in establishing a one-week summer camp to help boys receive strong, positive mentoring and wholesome activities to redirect...

LexPhil presents the world premiere of “No Borders: Concerto for Canadian Brass and Orchestra”

Canadian Brass (Photo from Canadian Brass) The Lexington Philharmonic presents world-renowned “Kings of Brass” Canadian Brass and Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence Chris Brubeck for the world premiere of Brubeck’s No Borders: Concerto for Canadian Brass and Orchestra at CB Squared!, Saturday, November 11th at 7:30 pm at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The evening opens with Rossini’s...

Put some bounce in your opera (or opera in your bounce) with ‘Bounce: The Basketball Opera’

By William McCann Special to KyForward Balls float, players dunk, music soars, and the myth of Icarus’s fall into the sea is retold in a fresh new way in Bounce: The Basketball Opera. Opening on November 10 at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church — just blocks from Rupp Arena — Bounce will introduce basketball fans to opera and maybe even some opera fans to the joys of basketball. Seated on bleachers...

Fans, handicappers, make the trip from Kentucky and throughout the region for Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward Del Mar, CA – Kentucky was well-represented with owners, jockeys and trainers at the Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar and some fans from the region also made their way out to California for horse racing’s big day. A group made the trip to Del Mar California for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Pictured (l to r) Joyce Clark of Louisville, Blaine Morris...

Kentucky’s Poet Laureate, a Georgetown College graduate, returns to campus for a public reading

Kentucky’s Poet Laureate, Frederick Smock, Ph.D., Georgetown College Class of 1976, returns to campus on Tuesday, Nov. 7 for a reading. It is open to the public. The reading will be held in the Ward Room, first floor of the college’s Ensor Learning Resource Center located near South Mulberry and East College Streets, beginning at 11 a.m. Fred Smock Smock is a Louisville native and is now a Professor...

Debut poetry collection from Rachel Danielle Peterson gives voice to Appalachia

Rachel Danielle Peterson is emerging as a unique, poetic voice of Appalachia. While regional narratives have traditionally been misrepresented or overlooked, she seeks to change that by writing candid work that mixes the compassion characteristic of a native with an unflinching honesty only possible with the critical distance of an ex-patriot. Her lyrical poetry illuminates the things we keep in the...

City of Paducah announces details for Veterans Day opening ceremony, parade Nov. 10

The Paducah Parks and Recreation Department and the Veterans Day Planning Committee invite the public to attend the Veterans Day Opening Ceremony and Parade on Friday, November 10. The opening ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Korean War Monument located on the 6th Street side of Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza. The annual parade will begin at 11 a.m. at 6th and Washington Streets. It will travel...

Chef John Foster: Herbs, an acquired joy of cooking; used fresh or dry, they matter (fresh is best!)

Let’s be honest here, no one expected snow to fall before Halloween. True, there wasn’t much in the way of accumulation, but the fact that it got cold enough to see the flakes fall literally sent shivers up my spine. I’m not ready yet to give up on fall and slog through an early winter, but as is always the case with Mother Nature, it seems she has other plans. Now we may be left with hustling...

Yale assistant director of Graduate School of Art and Science to display work at Campbellsville University

By KayCee Wilhelm Special to KyForward Howard El-Yasin, assistant director at Yale University Graduate School of Art and Science, will exhibit “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” at Campbellsville University’s Pence-Chowning Art Gallery through Nov. 16. The exhibit is open to the public. “My art practice investigates everyday perceptions and ways of encountering the world...