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Seventh Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest brings three jazz greats to benefit African American Forum

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  On Saturday, Aug. 9, Transylvania University will host an All Star Jazz Showcase of musicians on the lawn of Old Morrison during the Seventh Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest.   Presented by the African American Forum Inc., the Summer …

Whimsical painting captures Orb’s ‘joyful’ personality, is gift for Derby winner’s owners

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  And they’re off!   The 2013 Kentucky Derby 3-year-olds are put to the test. Orb gallops coolly and confidently at the back of the 19-horse pack under jockey Joel Rosario.   Third to last coming into the backstretch and …

Novelists Rebecca Makkai, Margaret Wrinkle to be at Kentucky Women Writers Conference

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By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   Fiction writer Rebecca Makkai, whose novel The Hundred-Year House was published this month, and the multi-talented Margaret Wrinkle, author of the 2013 novel Wash, will read from their work and teach fiction at …

Constance Alexander: Fire may have wiped out Far Lands prop shop, but memories linger

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  Last week, when fire gutted two buildings on the courthouse square in Murray, and rendered serious smoke and water damage to others, 40 years’ worth of community theater treasures went up in smoke. Playhouse in the Park’s costume and …

Roger Auge II: Better late than never to get involved in the world of writer J.A. Kerley

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Sometimes I think I am the last person to catch on to something really good like the latest psycho-thriller crime novel by Newport’s Jack Kerley, for example.   I happened on to Kerley when he appeared a few years ago …

Artist creates line drawings of memories from her Covington childhood seven decades ago

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  By Michael Monks Special to KyForward   She would sing, “Strawberries, get your nice cold watermelon! Get your nice cold apples, potatoes and tomatoes,” remembers Leanette Pingel Bockweg of Annie Steenken’s peddler truck, an almost daily sight during her …

Artwork inspired by Shaker Village on exhibit in the Arts Council of Mercer County gallery

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  The Arts Council of Mercer County presents a month-long exhibit in August inspired by Shaker Village. Listening to the Silence: Works by Bill Berryman is free and open to the public and will run Aug. 1-31, with an opening …

Community donates and decorates new van for Living Arts and Science Center field trips

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  Paul Miller Ford donated a 2012 Ford Transit Connect this summer to the Living Arts and Science Center and Beasley Digital wrapped it. Not in holiday paper, but in digital art.   The colorful wrap of stars, moon, clouds, …

KSO Boogie Band brings 50 years of hot Latin and crossover pop to Devou Park bandshell

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  Get your Latin on with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s Boogie Band on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Devou Park Amphitheatre in Covington at 7:30 p.m. Oye Como Va brings 50 years of hot Latin and crossover pop to the popular …

Season at a Glance: LexPhil’s season of Pure Emotion adds Saturday evening concerts

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  Well into its fifth decade as Central Kentucky’s professional orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic is overcome with emotion. No, wait. That’s Pure Emotion, the symphony’s theme and title for its upcoming 2014-15 season.   “For generations, artists have inspired us …