Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
5:33 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Doing The Work: What '30 Rock' Meant For Women On Television

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon.
Ali Goldstein NBC

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 11:04 am

I have never considered Liz Lemon a feminist icon of any kind, nor have I ever considered 30 Rock especially strong when it comes to gender politics.

I don't care for the obsessive joke-making about how Liz is ugly/mannish/old/awkward, and I haven't always been comfortable with the way some of the "she's baby-crazy!" or "she's relationship-crazy!" comedy has played. I was ambivalent about the way the Jezebel parody and the "women aren't funny" storylines were executed.

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Arts & Culture
4:55 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

At Home With Downton Abbey's Composer John Lunn

The Downton Abbey cast loves NPR!
Credit National Public Radio

Join us Tuesday, January 29th at 8pm C.T. for this two-hour special.  John Lunn, the creator of the music for the popular Downton Abbey television series, talks about his life and work, composing for the show, and introduces some of his favorite music from the period. 

Downton Abbey is currently airing on PBS. Our sister-station, WKYU-PBS, will begin Season Three this Friday at 8pm C.T., (with repeats on Saturday at 10pm. and Sunday at 4pm.).

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

WKYU-PBS to Profile Owensboro Filmmaker

Owensboro filmmaker P.J. Stark
Credit Rogue Cinema

Owensboro filmmaker P.J. Starks is set to launch a new film series called "Unscripted Xperience", which allows audiences to meet and offer live commentary with filmmakers and actors. Starks donates to charity most of the money raised from the events, and he hopes the "Xperience" will help raise the profile of independent filmmakers in the Daviess County region.

WKYU-PBS is planning to tape the Feb. 1 film series session and produce a piece for the program Main Street that will likely air in early March.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer has this profile piece of Starks and his upcoming film series.

Arts & Culture
9:17 am
Wed January 23, 2013

American Idol Winner Coming to WKU

Phillip Phillips, the winner of American Idol’s 11th season, will perform April 8 at Western Kentucky University.

The concert by the singer-songwriter from Leesburg, Ga., will begin at 7 p.m. at Van Meter Hall. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Feb. 4 at the WKU Ticket Office at Diddle Arena and online at ticketmaster.com. .

Phillips’ first single “Home” has sold more than 3 million copies. His first album, “The World from The Side of the Moon,” was released in November.

Arts & Culture
1:55 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Louisville Native Nominated for Second Academy Award

Kentucky native Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence continues to bring in the Hollywood honors. The Louisville native has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film "Silver Linings Playbook."

It is the second Oscar nod for the 22-year-old Lawrence. She was nominated for best actress in the 2010 film "Winter's Bone".

The Civil War saga "Lincoln'' leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director and actor.

The winners will be announced February 24th.

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Arts & Culture
5:51 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Kentucky Native Plays Maid in New Season of "Downton Abbey"

Kentucky native Lucille Sharp

A Lexington native who played a maid in the opening season three episode of the PBS series says working with Shirley MacLaine was an overwhelming experience.

Lucille Sharp said she was vaguely aware of the series about life in an English manor when she was called to audition. Soon after she was cast, she found out she had gotten the role as maid to MacLaine's character. Sharp called MacLaine outgoing, confident and beautiful.

The 22-year-old Sharp, who now lives in London, had about five minutes of screen time in Sunday's opening episode and her character does not return for the season.

Sharp attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Lexington.

Arts & Culture
2:17 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Owensboro Bluegrass Music Center Close to $3M Goal from Donors

A display at the International Bluegrass Music Museum
Credit Kevin Willis

Officials say private fundraising for a planned Bluegrass Music Center in Daviess County is going well.

International Bluegrass Music Museum Terry Woodward says the drive has received pledges from large donors for $2.6 million and expects to reach a $7 million goal.

The proposal calls for turning an old state office building in Owensboro into a center that will include a museum, an indoor theater and outdoor festival seating. Woodward has said organizers want to offer fans a Bluegrass Opry, something akin to the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Tenn.

A major fundraising drive kicked off in August, and four months later Woodward updated officials in Owensboro  on the progress.

"I'm happy to report that of the $3 million goal from large donors, right now we have $2.6 million," Woodward told commissioners last month. "We're off to a good start."

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Arts & Culture
4:49 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Malcolm Holcombe Discusses Changes in the Music Business

North Carolina singer-songwriter Malcomb Holcombe has seen plenty of changes in his career in the music business. However, he thinks the way technology has "leveled the playing field" for independent artists is a very positive development. Malcolm recently completed a new album project , working with some big names and top session players in Nashville.

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Arts & Culture
8:41 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Kentucky Arts Council Grants Focus on Seniors

The Kentucky Arts Council is encouraging groups to apply for a new round of grants aimed at arts programming for those who are 65 and older. The maximum amount of a grant is $10,000, and it requires matching funds.

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Arts & Culture
9:55 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Kentucky Folklife Archives Merging with WKU Archives This Week

The Kentucky Folklife Program will be housed at the Kentucky Museum on the campus of WKU.

The archives of the Kentucky Folklife Program is being merged with the existing WKU Folklife Archives. With the transition of the KFP from the Kentucky Historical Society to Western Kentucky University earlier this year, parallel plans were made for the KFP archives to be transferred to the Kentucky Museum at WKU.

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