Arts & Culture

American Idol Winner Coming to WKU

Jan 23, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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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."

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.

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.

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.

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission has put together a photo exhibit as part of its 35th anniversary celebration. The exhibit of nature photographs is touring the state.

Campbell "Doc" Mercer is throwing an annual festival celebrating the life and music of Bill Monroe but without the name of the "Father of Bluegrass Music" to promote it. Mercer, the head of the Jerusalem Ridge Foundation, is locked in a legal fight with Ohio County, Ky., and its industrial foundation about whether he was ever given the legal right to use Monroe's name for commercial purposes.

Legendary Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot will perform Friday night at SkyPac in Bowling Green. The man who has written hits such as "If You Could Read My Mind" and "That's What You Get for Lovin' Me" still maintains a busy touring schedule. Dan Modlin has a profile of the songwriter.....

Owensboro’s annual ROMP festival will remain in June.  Organizers of the bluegrass event were considering an earlier date in the summer. 

Bluegrass Music Center, Skate Park Get Funding in Owensboro

Sep 19, 2012

The Owensboro City Commission is giving the go-ahead to a budget amendment that includes money for a new bluegrass music center and skate park. The Messenger-Inquirer reports commissioners voted 3-to-2 in favor of the amendment at Tuesday night’s meeting at City Hall.

Organizers of the annual bluegrass festival in Owensboro are considering  a change in next year's dates. The International Bluegrass Music Museum's ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival is usually held in Owensboro the last weekend in June but organizers are polling fans to see if they would favor moving it up to the last weekend in May.

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Organizers of the ROMP festival in Owensboro are considering a new date for the annual bluegrass event.  The International Bluegrass Music Museum is conducting an online poll this month asking fans if they would prefer moving the festival from the last weekend in June to the weekend after Memorial Day. 

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Animated works by a Western Kentucky University department head are being used in a traveling exhibit that documents historical events of the Central Intelligence Agency. The 12-film series titled "SPY: The Secret World of Espionage" opened this summer at Discovery Times Square in New York.

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