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You’re invited to a tea party in the park; 2014 Ballet Under the Stars presents a princess tea

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  In honor of the 2014 Ballet Under the Stars Preshow “Princess Vignettes II,” Lexington Parks & Recreation is once again hosting a princess tea party. Before the ballet, children may don their best tutu and tiara and join in …

Kentucky writers of fiction, nonfiction, plays, poetry win Al Smith Individual Fellowships

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Six Kentucky artists have been awarded Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council for demonstrating a high level of excellence and creativity in their literary arts careers.   The award, named in honor of Kentucky journalist Al …

August brings Berea bourbon art, see-through watercolors and even recycled cigarette butts

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Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea has a full plate of exhibits and demonstrations for visitors taking the Exit 77 ramp off Interstate 75 in August from recycled materials and bourbon to bird quilts and lampworked glass.   Exhibits   On …

UK Opera to host another blockbuster ’14-’15 season with Sweeney Todd, Tales of Hoffman

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  By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   For 2014-15, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre continues its streak of presenting blockbuster musical theatre in addition to its classical opera programming.   UK Opera Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s maniacal masterpiece Sweeney …

Southbank’s Art Outpost at base of World Peace Bell in Newport to feature local artists

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Southbank Partners and the World Peace Bell will host the Third Annual Kentucky Art Outpost on July 25-27 at the World Peace Bell Park in Newport.   This annual event showcases regional artists and features shopping and entertainment for the …

Kentucky projects – Hindman to Louisville – get NEA Our Town grants worth $300,000

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The National Endowment for the Arts is investing $300,000 in four Kentucky arts-based community development projects through its Our Town grant, the federal agency announced this week.   Our Town grants are awarded to projects that contribute to the livability …

Five writers, poets receive Emerging Artist Awards to develop professional careers

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The Kentucky Arts Council has announced the five literary artists who will receive $1,000 Emerging Artist Awards to assist them in further developing their professional arts careers.   The Emerging Artist Award recognizes practicing, professional artists who are in the …

Blues ‘Neighborhood Night Free Concert’
at Kenlake Aug. 21, featuring two bands

  Kenlake State Resort Park is hosting its “Neighborhood Night Free Concert” on Aug. 21 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.   Two bands are scheduled to play, the Andy Gibson Trio from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Adam and the …

Two Northern Kentucky musicians appear
as rising stars at Bunbury Music Festival

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  By Nancy Curtis Special to KyForward   In its third year as the “go-to local music festival” in the Greater Cincinnati area, Bunbury Music Festival in July featured two rising Northern Kentucky stars – Jesse Thomas and Austin Livingood. …

National arts grant awarded to help develop Lexington’s North Limestone Cultural Plan

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  The National Endowment for the Arts has selected Lexington for a creative “placemaking” project aimed at enhancing quality of life and promoting equitable access to arts and culture.   The Blue Grass Community Foundation and North Limestone Community Development …