Arts & Culture

Kentucky author Wendell Berry has donated his papers to the Kentucky Historical Society, saying he wants to honor the late historian Thomas Clark, for whom the Center for Kentucky History is named. The society says the papers include 75 boxes of published and unpublished writings, research materials and incoming correspondence.

Michael Wheatley / Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

A piece of artwork that sat in storage for nearly half a century is creating a lot of excitement at the Evansville Museum.  Officials there recently discovered a painting, dismissed for decades, is actually a rare Picasso worth millions of dollars.

Nashville has always had a thriving arts and literature history. But last year two major bookstore chains unexpectedly closed, leaving "The Athens of the South" without one. Best-selling, award winning novelist Ann Patchett stepped in along with partner Karen Hayes to do something about it.

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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