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Paul Laurence Dunbar H.S. junior comes in runner-up in national viola competition

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By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Jasmine Liu, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, was runner-up nationally in the 2015 Wendell Irish Viola Award competition. Jasmine, whose orchestra teacher is Rebecca Goff, also earned first-place honors …

Lexington native to perform portrayal of Mary Settles, ‘Last Shaker of Pleasant Hill’ April 26

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On Sunday, April 26, actor Janet Scott, of Lexington, will portray Mary Settles, “The Last Shaker at Pleasant Hill” at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. The performance will be at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the …

Keeneland Library Lecture Series on April 29 looks at new book about jockey Isaac Murphy

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The Keeneland Library Lecture Series on April 29 moves to the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center in downtown Lexington, where Pellom McDaniels, III will discuss his book, The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy.   The …

Young composers chosen for participation in LexPhil’s ‘New Music Experiment’ April 19

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The Lexington Philharmonic’s New Music Experiment, in partnership with the CKYO Symphony Orchestra, fosters the next generation of talent by offering young composers the opportunity to receive feedback from professional conductors and musicians, and hear their compositions performed. Works by …

Children’s book Sam Saves the Mansion
now available in digital format for free

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A new children’s book about the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, titled Sam Saves the Mansion is now available as a free, downloadable e-book. Paperback copies of the book are also available for students to read in public libraries and elementary schools …

David J. Bettez wins Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Col. Joseph Alexander Award

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University Press of Kentucky author David J. Bettez has been named the recipient of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Colonel Joseph Alexander Award for his book Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC. …

George Ella Lyon to ‘dazzle all hope and high hearts’ in her debut as state’s poet laureate

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“Then you step out into footlight’s / dazzle all hope and high hearts.” Those two lines from Lexington writer George Ella Lyon’s poem “Debut” are appropriate as she steps into the spotlight to be inducted as Kentucky’s poet laureate at …

Keeneland Library Lecture Series presents a look at Fayette Co.’s Famous Iroquois Hunt

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The Keeneland Library Lecture Series continues today when Glenye and Christopher Oakford of Lexington discuss their book, Iroquois Hunt: A Bluegrass Foxhunting Tradition.   The Iroquois Hunt Club, founded in 1880, has had many notable members with ties to the …

UK Theatre and Dance ‘Lets the Sunshine In’ at Guignol with newest production of Hair

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  The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will end the season with a groovy revolution. The department will present the popular musical Hair April 16 – April 26, in the Guignol Theatre.   Hair, written by James …

Former Kentucky poet laureate Jim Wayne Miller wins 2014 Special Weatherford Award

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University Press of Kentucky author and former Kentucky poet laureate Jim Wayne Miller (1936–1996) has been named the recipient of the 2014 Special Weatherford Award for his book Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader, edited by Morris …