Category Archives: Central Kentucky Arts News

Parks and Rec shows it can revive Downtown Arts Center

When the Lexington Department of Parks and Recreation took over management of the Downtown Arts Center in July, new director Celeste Lewis was prepared for a getting-to-know-you period before arts groups and presenters bought into the new era. But quite … Continue reading

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Notebook: The Lexington Theatre Company’s Concert with the Stars

More pictures: Click here for our Concert with the Stars photo gallery. A new theater company announcing 42nd Street as its first show makes a statement that can be freely translated as, “We’re not messing around.” The 1980 Tony Award winner for best … Continue reading

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Former UK viola professor Deborah Lander, an advocate for CPR training, has died

Deborah Lander, the world-renowned violist who brought an Australian accent to the University of Kentucky’s string program and became an advocate for CPR training after her own cardiac arrest, died Friday in England. She was 49. Her sister, Sara Allsopp … Continue reading

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Follow up: The ‘Amahl’ countertenor went on

We ended last week noting some drama around the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Countertenor Joshua Steinbach, whose voice reportedly helped persuade UK Opera to revive the show, fell ill on … Continue reading

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Christmas arts overdrive

My birthday is Nov. 28. So I always know that if my birthday falls on Thanksgiving or that weekend — Black Friday baby, this year — Christmas is coming fast. And there’s nothing like being an arts editor to affirm … Continue reading

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Actors Guild of Lexington lays off Eric Seale

Actors Guild of Lexington has laid off its artistic director, Eric Ryan Seale, the last employee on the theater’s payroll. Last month, Seale said the theater had left its home in the South Elkhorn Village shopping center off Harrodsburg Road because it … Continue reading

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‘Voice’ audition ‘uplifting’ for Sydney Cubit

As viewers saw in a montage on Tuesday night’s episode of “The Voice,” the judges did not turn around for Lexington teen Sydney Cubit. But despite not advancing to the live competition, Cubit’s mother says that the 16-year-old Henry Clay … Continue reading

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Studio Players adds a performance of ‘Leading Ladies’

This is a good way to start a theater season: Studio Players is having to add a performance of its season-opener, Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies,” to accommodate audience demand. It seems audiences are agreeing with Herald-Leader critic Candace Chaney, who … Continue reading

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Finalists announced for LexArts president

LexArts has identified two candidates for its top job of president and CEO, and both will be in town late next week for interviews and meetings, including public forums. The finalists are Christine E. Crawfis, director of the Unison Arts Center in … Continue reading

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Singletary Center announces 2014-15 lineup

The Singletary Center for the Arts has announced a 2014-15 season that includes several artists who previously had big shows in the area, plus another classical music superstar to collaborate with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. As in recent … Continue reading

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