Arts & Culture

More than two dozen 19th century letters have been acquired by the Kentucky Historical Society, which says the handwritten documents offer a look at African-American communities in Lexington and Hopkinsville.

The Kentucky Humanities Council is planning a 20th anniversary of its Kentucky Chautauqua program. The program has helped tell Kentucky's story through dramatic characters, with actors portraying people important to Kentucky history and culture.

Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow may be best known for hit records like "Mandy", but he is currently devoting much of his energy to a program designed to put musical instruments in the schools. Manilow says he learned first hand about the importance of music education when he grew up in Brooklyn.

Organizers say Owensboro's International Mystery Writer's Festival will likely be held in the fall next year. The event normally takes place in June, but RiverPark Center General Manager Roxi Witt says moving it to October would allow authors to interact with schools.

Legendary Texas songwriter Billy Joe Shaver will be appearing twice in Kentucky this week. He's scheduled to perform in Bowling Green Thursday night and again at the Master Musician's Festival in Somerset this weekend.

The International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro has big ideas for the future.  Officials want to turn the old state office building downtown into a new International Bluegrass Music Center. 

In "The Case", Bowling Green author Marc Hirsch goes back to 1950's New York for a tale of murder, big money and intrigue.

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The Rosine Spring Festival is held each year in Rosine, Kentucky at the Birthplace of Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass.  Lee Stott speaks about the event with Renetta Romero, Executive Director of the Ohio County Tourism Commission.

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Tourism officials say ten to fifteen thousand visitors are expected in Bowling Green for the National Bosniak Convention, which will be held Memorial Day weekend. Organizers of the event say it is usually held in larger cities, such as St. Louis or Toronto.

The annual Bosniak Convention in the U-S will be held in Warren County, Kentucky this Memorial Day Weekend. Organizers of the event estimate  about 15,000 visitors will come to Bowling Green for the weekend's activities. WKU will be coordinating some educational activities in conjunction with the Bosniak Convention.

This Friday, a new exhibition will open at the Kentucky Museum on WKU’s Bowling Green campus:  An American Educator in Liberia: The Collection of Dr. Daniel Hays.

It will put on public display for the first time an important collection of Liberian artifacts which was recently donated to WKU’s Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology. 

One of the top bluegrass guitarists in the world will be playing May 4th at the Roxy Theater in Franklin, along with mandolin specialist Mike Compton. Its part of a new series of Bluegrass Friday programs at the venue in Simpson County. 

Leaders for the Louisville Orchestra Musicians Association say they've ratified an agreement for a new contract with orchestra management. The announcement is likely to end a months-long impasse. The Courier-Journal reports the deal calls for a one-year contract covering 57 musicians for 30 weeks a year with a base salary level of $925 a week, including medical and pension benefits.

Six bigger-than-life sculpted heads are on display at the SKYPAC Gallery in Bowling Green through April 28th. Lee Stott talks with sculptor Alan LeQuire...............

WKU Public Radio is celebrating National Poetry Month with a poetry contest, co-sponsored by the Law Firm of Harned, Bachert & McGehee, PSC.

Area high school students are invited to enter by writing a poem inspired by one of two pieces of classical music we'll feature this month.  You can hear the excerpts on the air (Sundays at 8pm C.T./9pm E.T. in April) and here.

Winning poems will be published in our program guide Choice, and posted here. Winners will be announced in May.

 

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