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Kentucky by Heart: Liberty Elementary ‘purncipal’ Gerry Brooks offers fun relief from classroom stress

Editor’s Note: The following is reprinted column from the August issue of Kentucky Monthly. By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist “Purncipal” Gerry Brooks promotes positive “edjercation” leadership tied in with a steady diet of funny stuff for his teachers at Liberty Elementary School in Lexington. And in recent years, the good-natured frivolity he shares, mostly via social media, has...

Rick Pitino’s new book: Defending himself (again) against the scandals at UofL, telling ‘his story’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Rick Pitino’s new memoir, Pitino: My Story, hit the bookshelves and internet booksellers’ websites this week, and it’s sure to receive a lot of interest and conversation from college basketball fans and the media.   In many ways, the overriding thread of the book isn’t surprising. The former Louisville coach continues to play the role of victim,...

Kentucky Artisan Center presents new exhibit by internationally-renowned artists Powell, Sandoval

A new exhibit recognizing internationally known Kentucky artists Stephen Rolfe Powell and Arturo Alonzo Sandoval was announced this week by the Kentucky Artisan Center. As innovators in their respective fields, both Powell and Sandoval have expanded boundaries by utilizing unusual materials and pushing their mediums into new and exciting formats. A Meet-the-Artist reception will be held on Sept. 9...

Chef Foster: On college trip with son, we discovered while food can be great — service really matters

It isn’t often that I get a chance to sit and observe from the other side of the kitchen door. Most of my life and career has been spent in a kitchen or a classroom, playing an active role in the process of making and serving food to the general public. Even in my other food-related activities, like writing this column or helping out in a community garden, it is an action taken, not observed...

Beth Underwood: It may just seem like a lot of hot air, but there’s something to be said for full-service

At the risk of dating myself, remember the days when real service stations, i.e. gas stations with attendants, existed? The attendants scurried out to greet customers as soon as their car tires tripped the bell. They checked the oil, cleaned the windshield and pumped the gas, while the customer sat in the comfort of his or her car. Back then, it was the bane of my existence, or so I thought. Who had...

Public event celebrates Lexington’s Pope Villa listing on National Register of Historic Places

A rare surviving example of the work of early American architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the National Park Service (NPS) has announced. Pope Villa in Lexington was individually listed for its national significance to architecture, interpreted “for its information potential with respect to the interaction of architects and builders in the...

Kentucky by Heart: More popular book selections; Kentucky Playwrights and Screenwriters Conference

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series on what books are popular among Kentuckians. By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Over in Mt. Sterling, Cynthia Wilson has read both Rob Lowe’s biographies, Love Life and Stories I Only Tell My Friends. “They were stellar,” she said. “He’s a very good writer and painfully open about his life, yet very discrete. Now I’m reading...

Kentucky Teacher: Jurassic Quest exhibit gives students an up close look at life-like dinosaurs

By Bobby Ellis Special to KyForward If you’ve ever watched “Jurassic Park” and thought that a Tyrannosaurus rex would be fun to ride on or that you might actually want to meet a 6-foot tall carnivorous lizard, then Jurassic Quest is the place for you. Over the course of three days, dinosaurs of all kinds, shapes and sizes took over the Kentucky Convention Center during Jurassic Quest, a traveling,...

Faculty art show at UK’s Bolivar Art Gallery offers students an intimate look at professors artistic vision

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky As an art student, what better way is there to get to know your professor than through their own artistic vision? This will be possible for many of University of Kentucky’s own aspiring young artists, as well as the community at large, as the Bolivar Art Gallery stages its first show of the year, “Faculty Series: VOL. II,” the second annual exhibition featuring...

Arts Council accepting application for Kentucky’s next poet laureate; two year term begins in 2019

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations for Kentucky Poet Laureate. The next poet laureate will serve for two years starting in 2019, succeeding current Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock, who has served since 2017. The state poet laureate is appointed biennially by the Governor to promote the literary arts in Kentucky through readings and public presentations at meetings, seminars,...

Chef John Foster: Late summer, early fall offer the perfect opportunity to kick up the heat in the kitchen

Hard to remember that a few weeks ago I was writing about cooler weather and the change of seasons. It’s hot and steamy, and not much fun to eat and cook in. The bugs have been much worse than in the past so grilling out has become a test of our willpower versus theirs. We’re a little late for gazpacho. Chilled melon soup has run its course. You can still get watermelon, and cantaloupe, but less...

Beth Underwood: Nothing beats wrapping up in a ‘warm hug,’ but it may cost you some cold hard cash

I have a new obsession: weighted blankets. And I know what you must be thinking: What on earth are weighted blankets and why would anyone need one? Hang onto your horses, and let me answer the second part of that question first. I don’t like being cold. That’s why. Some nights (and days, for that matter) are worse than others, and I just can’t seem to get warm. I’ve reasoned that it’s because...

Kentucky by Heart: What’s on your reading list? Book choices from Kentuckians around the Commonwealth

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series on what books are popular among Kentuckians. By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist I’m a voracious book reader, always having at least two, and often three, in process. As you might expect, my choices are often about Kentucky or by Kentucky authors. I just finished James Klotter’s amazing biography, Henry Clay: The Man Who Would be President...

New ‘Voices From the Past’ theatrical production Sept. 8 to bring historic Science Hill School to life

A newly created living history theatrical production, “Voices From the Past,” sponsored by Wakefield-Scearce Galleries in partnership with the Shelby County Community Theatre, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, at Historic Science Hill. A photo of Science Hill School dating from the late 19th to early 20th century (Photo from Wakefield-Scearce Gallery) A fundraiser for the theater, the...

Former Kentucky Poet Laureate Jane Gentry honored posthumously by Appalachian Writers Association

University Press of Kentucky author and former Kentucky Poet Laureate Jane Gentry (1941–2014) has been named the recipient of Appalachian Writers Association’s 2017 Appalachian Book of the Year for Poetry for her posthumous collection The New and Collected Poems of Jane Gentry, edited by Julia Johnson. The AWA’s mission is to recognize and promote writing about the Appalachian region. They work...

Campbellsville’s Pence-Chowning Gallery to host Payne Street Pottery show through Sept. 7

Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville Univesity Tonya Johnson of Payne Street Pottery in Louisville, and five of her students, Brett Lewis-DeWeese, Richard Reinberg, Tami Moran, Amy Ranch and Matt Choi, will have their work on display at Campbellsville University until Friday, Sept. 7. The ceramics show will be in the Pence-Chowning Art Gallery, 205 University Drive in Campbellsville. “This is a delightful...

Actors Theatre of Louisville presents ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ Sept. 18-Oct. 10

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the upcoming production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” from Sept. 18 through Oct. 10, presented as part of the Brown-Forman Series. In this Tony Award-winning adaptation of the bestselling novel, autistic teenager Christopher investigates the mysterious death of his neighbor’s dog after he’s wrongly accused of the crime....

Louisville Breeders’ Cup Festival announces lineup to celebrate horse racing’s world championships

In a downtown ceremony on Thursday, Mayor Greg Fischer, city officials, business community leaders and the Louisville Breeders’ Cup Festival officially announced their lineup of events for Breeders’ Cup week. Fischer The Festival is a week-long community-wide celebration of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs, November 2-3 and it features enjoyable events and activities for...

Chef John Foster: Rain, rain, rain — puts a wet twist to farm-to-table eating, but we have to adjust

The rains have been coming fast and furious for days now, somewhat against what most August weather is like in Kentucky. Usually, around this time of year, the sprinklers are going non-stop and the farmers are struggling to maintain their thirsty fields through extensive irrigation. Not so this year as most of what I hear is an exasperated plea for some dry weather to harvest in, or at the very least...

Playwrights, screenwriters to gather at Lexington’s Carnegie Center for Kentucky Playwrights Workshop

Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, a non-profit devoted to helping and promoting playwrights and playwriting in Kentucky, is sponsoring a playwrights and screenwriting conference September 6-8 at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington. Featured speakers are screenwriter Jesse Harris and playwright Charles Edward Pogue. Harris, who writes for the NetFlix show Jessica Jones, will give...