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LexArts, Creative Lexington to present youth concert series; brainchild of 16-year-old Eliza Mullins

LexArts announced Monday an alliance with Creative Lexington that will bring together Lexington’s creative youth culture in the inaugural Creative Lexington Youth Concert Series on Oct. 3. The concert series is the brainchild of 16-year-old Eliza Mullins, an actress, singer and creator hoping to fill the void in her creative life created by COVID-19. After arranging and performing “Take...

Kentucky by Heart: Historic Keene might not be fancy, but it’s home… and always will be

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist For nice rides in the country, I often take Highway 169 in the central Kentucky part of the Bluegrass area from my home in Woodford County to Jessamine County. The grassy and rolling terrain of the area is one of my favorite scenic tours. Small farms with grazing Thoroughbred horses and cattle, an abundance of pretty homes, and historical stone walls along the...

Political analyst Charlie Cook to share insights on upcoming election at 2020 Wendell H. Ford Lecture

By Caleigh Ramey University of Kentucky Students, faculty and everyone seeking to expand their knowledge on the upcoming elections should have a special interest in the University of Kentucky’s 2020 Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 13. Exactly three weeks before the Nov. 3 elections, this lecture will feature respected political analyst Charlie Cook, publisher and editor of The...

WKU professor’s ‘Appalachian Reckoning’ among winners of 41st annual American Book Awards

Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy, co-edited by Western Kentucky University history professor Anthony Harkins, is among the winners of the 41st annual American Book Awards presented by the Before Columbus Foundation. Appalachian Reckoning will receive the Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award in an online ceremony Oct. 25. The American Book Awards were created to...

Campbellsville Theater, Town Hall Productions, Community Trust Bank present ‘The Last Five Years’

By Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville University Community Trust Bank, Campbellsville University’s Theater Department and Town Hall Productions present “The Last Five Years,” an outdoor musical production in the Miller Park Amphitheater Sept. 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. Those who plan to attend are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and adhere to new guidelines from Andrew Ward, owner of Town Hall...

‘Appalachia in the Bluegrass’ concert series returns Sept. 18 with virtual performance by Liza DiSavino

By Hayden Gooding University of Kentucky Though the public won’t be able to take in the 2020 “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series in its intimate home venue — the University of Kentucky’s Niles Gallery — it will return virtually. Tune in noon Friday, Sept. 18, as folk artist and songwriter Liza DiSavino performs in the series presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American...

Poetry Unites Kentucky contest deadline extended to Oct. 1; contest on favorite poem open to Kentuckians

Responding to several requests from the prospect contest’s participants, the Poetry Unites Kentucky contest’s deadline has been extended to Oct. 1. The Poetry Unites Kentucky contest for the best essay on a favorite poem is open to all Kentuckians and is inviting them to write about their favorite poem. Eight finalists will be chosen from submitted essays and from those four will be selected to...

Kentucky by Heart: Lincoln County native Red Foley was first Kentuckian in Country Music Hall of Fame

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist My parents were country music fans, and while growing up, I admit that I endured their choice of radio station programming. I’ve mellowed a lot in my adult years, though, and in a recent Ken Burns country music special series, I actually enjoyed hearing the twangy sounds I abhorred back in the 1960s. Red Foley (By Crossroads TV Productions, Inc., Springfield,...

Public invited to join Louisville Zoo for virtual Flutter Fest 2020 celebrating Monarch Butterfly migration

The public is invited to join the Louisville Zoo for the virtual celebration of Flutter Fest 2020. On September 19 from 3 to 4 p.m., the zoo will kick off the celebration via their

Old State Capitol and Kentucky Military History Museum now open to visitors; masks required

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has announced the reopening of the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum to visitors. KHS members receive free admission to all three sites on the Kentucky Historical Society campus. Non-members can purchase tickets in-person at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History or online. Reopening of the facilities are in accordance with Healthy...

UK dance students adapt to live audience restrictions with ‘Once Vacant: Bodies in motion… still’

The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance students cannot take the traditional stage with a live audience, but that is not stopping them from creating and performing. UK dance students will pivot to a new venue and present “Once Vacant: Bodies in motion still” Oct. 17 at a location more conducive to safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic — a parking lot. “Once Vacant”...

Ky. weekly editor Becky Barnes, who set nationwide example covering pandemic, wins Al Smith Award

Becky Barnes, editor of The Cynthiana Democrat, is the 2020 winner of the Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism by a Kentuckian. Barnes, who has worked at the weekly for 44 years, distinguished herself most recently by arranging a special edition that was mailed to every household in Harrison County, funded by local government, less than two days after it was announced that...

Prominent photographers to discuss campaign photography in a digital world at Transylvania

Four photographers who spent years in and around the White House and national political campaigns will come together for a virtual discussion on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. hosted by Transylvania University and Kentucky Humanities. “Through the Lens: Campaign Photography in a Digital World” will examine the role visuals play in campaigns and whether digital imagery serves as a reliable source of information....

Kentucky by Heart: Although mostly virtual this year, the opening of school brings back many memories

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist The opening of schools, though mostly virtually these days, always recalls personal memories for me, both as a student and as a teacher. But my first day in school as a first-grader in Mrs. Dorothy’s class at Grants Lick Elementary, in southern Campbell County, in the fall of 1959, is the most impactful. I can clearly picture the experience even now. It seems...

Why you should be concerned about what your kids watch during pandemic school closures

By Lindsey Piercy Special to KyForward As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, children across the country are facing social isolation. With many school districts in the U.S. choosing remote learning, students are likely to consume more mass media. You might be wondering, should parents be concerned? “Media images will outnumber — and may outweigh — real-life interactions with children their own age,”...

Barnstable Brown family continues raising funds for diabetes research, despite no 2020 Derby gala

By Hillary Smith University of Kentucky It is Derby week in Kentucky. Yes, you read that correctly and yes, it is September. Like so many other things in our world during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there were some major changes to the Kentucky Derby that usually takes place on the first Saturday in May. For 31 years on the eve of the ‘Run for the Roses,’ the Barnstable Brown Derby-eve gala...

New book shines light on women’s history and their impact on the University of Kentucky

By University Press of Kentucky, Whitney Hale and Danielle Donham Special to KyForward In 1880, 43 women walked into the president’s office at the University of Kentucky and signed the student register, becoming the first female students at a public college in the Commonwealth. For them, gaining admittance was only the beginning. While men outnumber women five to one in Professor James White’s...

Bill Neikirk, pioneer of economics journalism in Washington, D.C., and Kentucky native, dies at 82

William R. “Bill” Neikirk, who was a pioneer in economics journalism in Washington, D.C., and set up a scholarship at the University of Kentucky for journalism students from his native Appalachian Kentucky, died Aug. 27 of Lewy body dementia. He was 82. Born in Irvine, a railroad and coal-processing town near the East Kentucky Coal Field, Neikirk joined Washington Bureau of The Associated...

Kentucky by Heart: Many Kentuckians have made their mark in fields of science and technology

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Science and technology. . .in the Bluegrass State?? Over the years, Kentucky hasn’t always been given credit for its part in the furtherance of science and technology in the U.S., but after I did a little research this week, I discovered that the state has some real credibility in the area. There are a goodly number of people born in Kentucky who have been, or...

Daily Yonder: Recently published anthology of Appalachian literature walks on new ground

By James Branscome Special to KyForward If you are one of the hundreds of thousands who have read J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy or maybe even one of the 14,344 who have reviewed it on Amazon, you may have been led to believe that Appalachia is a region of 25 or so million of your fellow Americans who are culturally degenerate, likely illiterate, all Trump voters, and are very representative of what’s...