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‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour’ to tape 1000th episode on November 19 featuring Riders In The Sky

WoodSongs creator and host Michael Johnathon (middle) with Kentucky’s acclaimed McClain Family Band. (Photo from Woodsongs) It’s an old-fashioned radio show, taped for television, in front of a theatre audience. Each week, hundreds of music lovers gather at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington to experience the magic of “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour.” For 17 years, this home-grown...

Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery to present works by renowned Southern painter Winfred Rembert

Transylvania University will present Stories to Tell: The Work of Winfred Rembert from Sept. 8 through Oct. 13 in Morlan Gallery. Rembert is known for colorful paintings on leather sheets that depict life in the rural, pre-Civil Rights South. He will visit the gallery on Sept. 8 for an opening reception along with Vivian Ducat, who directed an award-winning documentary about him. “Rembert paints...

Lexington’s East End neighborhood will celebrate history, honor oldest houses and residents

Lexington’s East End neighborhood will celebrate its rich history by honoring its oldest houses and its oldest residents at a historic preservation reception where even the food will come from a bygone era. The Martin Luther King and William Wells Brown neighborhood associations have teamed up to present Gathering Our History: An East End Historic Preservation Project. The two groups have identified...

Kenyan artist Tarus opens new exhibit ‘The River Between’ at Lyric Theatre & Cultural Center

The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center welcomes the new exhibit to our gallery: ‘The River Between’ by artist Kiptoo Tarus, on display now through April 6, 2016. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1984, Tarus obtained his B.A in 2008 from The University of Nairobi for Design, majoring in Illustration. He moved on to open his own Graphic Design Company, King Concepts, eventually leading...

Lexington celebrates life of legendary jockey Isaac Murphy with week of special events

  Murphy’s career spanned from the mid-1870s through the mid-1890s; he rode in 11 Kentucky Derbies, winning three of them. By his account, he won 44 percent of his 1,412 races, a victory rate never equaled in 120 years.   Born in Frankfort in 1861, Murphy and his mother moved to his grandfather’s home in Lexington when his father died as a Union Army soldier during the Civil War....

‘The Prince of Jockeys’ exhibit at the Lyric Theatre celebrates life, career of Isaac Murphy

  To coincide with the Breeders’ Cup Oct. 30-21 in Lexington, as well as its own five-year anniversary celebration, the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center has unveiled a new exhibit, “The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy” by historian and professor Pellom McDaniels III.   On display through Dec. 11, the exhibit features the life and career of Isaac...

Trail planners, city officials seek public input on next phase of Lexington’s Legacy Trail

  The Legacy Trail is a The Legacy Trail is a 12-mile long paved walking and biking trail. (Photo from MyLegacyTrail.com)   The public is invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the Lyric Theatre to discuss preliminary plans for the next phase of Lexington’s Legacy Trail.   Trail planners and city officials will be on-hand to explain ideas, answer questions and...

UK sculpture professor Garry R. Bibbs brings 25 years of his and students’ work to Lyric

This work is entitled “Bride’s Song” and is made of stainless steel and bronze. This 2010 piece is by Garry R. Bibbs. (Photo provided)   University of Kentucky sculpture professor Garry R. Bibbs brings the past 25 years or “UK Sculptural Excellence” to an exhibit opening Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington.   Bibbs has...

UK arts administratioin group to launch Kickstarter, support community initiative

A group of UK arts administration students has taken a course project from the classroom to the community, launching an effort to bring art to Lexingtonians who need it the most. The group will begin seeking community support this week as they launch their own Kickstarter campaign. The campaign will help pay for initiatives like Future Doors. This door was created by UK alumna Jenny Kittinger for the...

Michael Johnathon reflects on legend Pete Seeger, who fueled radio host’s fire for folk

Pete Seeger, an American folk legend, will be honored during a special Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour on March 31. Seeger died in January at the age of 94. (Photo from Woodsongs)   Folk singer Michael Johnathon and friends at the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour are planning a tribute to folk icon and activist Pete Seeger on March 31 at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington.   Seeger, who revitalized...

Home For The Holidays: Three musical theater performances in December at Lyric

Two local foundations present a theatrical stage and musical holiday production called Home For The Holidays at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington.   The three performances performances on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, are presented by The Anthany and Eunice Foundation and The Blue Grass Community Foundation.   Members of the Beatty family are sharing their...

Lyric Theatre hosts ‘Celebration of Gospel: A Family Affair’ as part of its third anniversary

On Sunday, Oct. 27, at 5:00 pm, The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Center will host “The Celebration of Gospel: A Family Affair.”   Produced by Landen Wilson, this show is a musical experience that celebrates both the roots in gospel music of decades past and the gospel of present day.   The program features musical families in the Lexington and surrounding areas who have played an...

Al Smith artist fellowships celebrate 30 years with ‘Uncommon Wealth’ exhibit at the Lyric

  The Kentucky Arts Council kicked off a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship program with a new exhibit, “Uncommon Wealth,” at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington, with a special talk scheduled for Oct. 20.   The exhibit features work by 62 visual and craft artists whose careers have been recognized with a fellowship from the arts council....

Award-winning film from 2013 Slamdance Film Festival shown in CASA fundraiser

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lexington will host a showing of the award-winning film My Name Is Faith at the Lyric Theatre on June 27 to be attended by its producer and director.   This movie received the Audience Award for the Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival. It was also an official selection at three other prestigious film festivals including the LA Indie...