Monthly Archives: December 2009

2009 music: Just dance, Wolfie

Walter T offered his annual choice of the best in pop music Sunday, and for the second year, here’s a second opinion of top pops that caught my ear this year. Favorite album: “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,” Phoenix – Yes, this … Continue reading

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Rosemond recital column wrong

Sunday morning, I had to sweep my jaw out of my scrambled eggs while reading a column by parenting expert John Rosemond that advocated parents skipping their daughter’s first piano recital if they thought they had something more fun to … Continue reading

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2009: The year in Central Kentucky arts

New Year’s Day 2009, I assumed by New Year’s Eve I would have written about at least one Lexington arts group closing its doors. The economy was buried nose-first in the ground and theaters and other arts organizations were closing … Continue reading

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Best Christian pop of 2009

To be totally honest, 2009 was not collectively a great year for Christian pop music. A lot of what passed across my desk was formulaic and tepid fare that inspired indifference. It sounded like an industry trying too hard to … Continue reading

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Picturing 2009 arts

This was the second year I spent covering my beat with a camera in my hands a lot of the time. As I said, last year, covering stories as a writer and a photographer is an interesting approach, because you … Continue reading

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Basics were the subtext of WEKU series

I teamed up with the news reporters at WEKU-88.9 FM last week for a four-part radio series, “Building Arts ­Communities.” The series looked at ­recruiting ­talent, establishing arts ­districts, our theater infra­structure and the success of Louisville’s cultural scene. It … Continue reading

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Immanuel Baptist’s Britt Nicole concert could start a New Year’s Eve tradition

Immanuel Baptist Church might have made the question “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” easier to answer for some Christian music fans. Chart-topping Christian pop artist Britt Nicole will be on stage at the church to help ring in … Continue reading

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@WEKU: 2009 arts in review

Charles Compton and I had our last Friday morning arts chat of the year on WEKU-FM 88.9 this morning, touching on some of the bigger stories of the year including Scott Terrell’s appointment as the Lexington Philharmonic’s new music director … Continue reading

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Theatrical way to start 2010′s 525,600 minutes

If you are a musical theatre performer, Kentucky Classical Theatre Conservatory literally has a way for you to start the year off on the right foot. Tracey Bonner, who will direct this summer’s production of “Rent” for KCTC’s SummerFest, will … Continue reading

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Children’s Theatre winner in Facebook fundraiser

The past few weeks, Facebook users have been getting a steady stream of messages from friends and not-for-profit organizations asking for clicks to support them in a campaign for a $25,000 grant from Chase’s Community Giving Program. One Lexington group, … Continue reading

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