Category Archives: Music

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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Eric Church is coming to Rupp Arena in May

As often happens, after one country show wraps up at Rupp Arena, another one is announced. On the high-heels of Miranda Lambert’s boots, Rupp announced Monday that genre-bending country star Eric Church will be bringing his “The Outsiders World Tour” … Continue reading

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Listening too … Sleater-Kinney, ‘No Cities to Love’

The question posed by Sleater-Kinney‘s first new album in nearly  a decade is, can you still be a group of riot grrrls when one of your members in now a red-carpet-walking celebrity and American Express pitchwoman and another is a … 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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Q&A with Concert with the Stars’ Jonathan Groff

The Lexington Theatre Company is launching with a bang Saturday night, bringing in three Broadway stars Laura Bell Bundy, Jonathan Groff and Mara Davi to perform solo and with aspiring local and regional talents. We got to chat with Bundy … 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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ArtyFacts: Sundance and Grammy honors for Lexingtonians

Pikeville native and University of Kentucky graduate Ashley York will be taking her documentary Tig to the Sundance Film Festival in January. Tig tells the story of how comedian Tig Notaro’s career shifted after a legendary performance at the Largo in Los Angeles where … Continue reading

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Listening to … Bryan Ferry and ‘Mockingjay’ soundtrack

A few weeks ago, I was listening Bryan Ferry‘s Bête Noire album, enjoying the sensuous beats of songs like The Right Stuff and Limbo, remembering seeing the album’s tour in August 1988, which I still rate as the best concert I … Continue reading

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Taylor Swift coming to Rupp Arena next year

Fresh off its biggest music event ever with Garth Brooks’ four-show stand last weekend, Rupp Arena announced Monday morning that Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour — named for her latest album, not any revolutionary time-travel breakthroughs —  will come to … Continue reading

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