Arts & Culture

Several hundred teens and twenty-somethings descended on downtown Bowling Green Friday hoping to get discovered. They were auditioning for the Fox television show American Idol which begins its 12th season in January.

The Kentucky Folklife Program is moving to Western Kentucky University's Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology. The program's director will be Brent Bjorkman, who completed graduate work in folk studies at Western in 1998 and worked with the Kentucky Folklife Program in Frankfort and as associate director of the American Folklore Society.

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 The society says the papers include 75 boxes of published and unpublished writings, research materials and incoming correspondence.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.

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