Arts & Culture

The town of Horse Cave is one of five Kentucky communities receiving the Kentucky Cultural District Certification. Berea, Covington, Danville and Paducah round out the list.

If you're an art fan--and especially if you're a lover of French paintings--you'll want to take note of a major new exhibit now showing at the Speed Museum in Louisville.

It's called "Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color", and it's a collaboration between the Speed and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis. You don't need to hold a degree in Art History to recognize the names on display: Monet, Degas, Matisse, and Cezanne, just to name a few. 

Photo by Amanda Hardeman

Rachel Hopkin explores the distinctive barbecue style associated with Monroe County, Kentucky. She visits a number of establishments to learn more about secret sauce recipies, the dangers of hot grills, and to enjoy plenty of barbecue.

Orchestra Kentucky, The Rewinders and Retro Singers will present "Motown Madness" February 3rd and 4th at Van Meter Auditorium.  Lee Stott has this feature report.

Bennie Beach, WKU Music Department Professor Emeritus, remembers his early days at the University, his association with famed composer Roy Harris, and he shares some his poetry. Lee Stott reports.

An important restoration effort has made major strides at the South Union Shaker Village in Logan County. Over the past four-and-a-half years, staff identified 425 grave sites at the village, built a new fence around that cemetery, and gave the area a proper memorial marker.

Join Lee Stott at 8pm C.T. on the first Sunday night of each month for a series of special programs highlighting upcoming performances by the many fine orchestras in our region. Included are the Owensboro Symphony, The Symphony at WKU, the Evansville Philaharmonic, and Orchestra Kentucky.

 

Coming Up:
On March 4th, Lee highlights upcoming performances by The Nashville Symphony. 

 

 

A conversation with Erika Brady, long-time co-host of Barren River Breakdown on WKU Public Radio. Her work on this show earned her the Governor's Media Award in the Arts this year. She's also a faculty member in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU. She spoke with Station Manager Peter Bryant.

Bowling Green, Ky – In 1966, Jerry Martin was a 30 year old family doctor in Bowling Green. By that summer, he had been drafted into the Army has a combat medic. "Soldiers Saving Soldiers" is Dr. Martin's new book about the history and accomplishments of the 18th Surgical Hospital, the unit in which he served. The book contains over 500 photographs Martin took of the Vietnamese people, the countryside, and the US soldiers he operated on. He spoke to Kevin Willis ahead of Veteran's Day.

Arthur Hartfield is a Bluegrass banjo player and maker from Rocky Hill, KY. Hatfield started off in a traveling Bluegrass band, but decided he preferred to stay home and became a cabinet maker while playing in local bands. When he retired from cabinet making he decided to start professionally making banjos. This is the latest in an ongoing series of features produced for WKU Public Radio by WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin.

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