Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
5:51 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Kentucky Native Plays Maid in New Season of "Downton Abbey"

Kentucky native Lucille Sharp

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.

Arts & Culture
2:17 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Owensboro Bluegrass Music Center Close to $3M Goal from Donors

A display at the International Bluegrass Music Museum

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."

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Arts & Culture
4:49 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Malcolm Holcombe Discusses Changes in the Music Business

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.

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Arts & Culture
8:41 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Kentucky Arts Council Grants Focus on Seniors

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.

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Arts & Culture
9:55 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Kentucky Folklife Archives Merging with WKU Archives This Week

The Kentucky Folklife Program will be housed at the Kentucky Museum on the campus of WKU.

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.

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Arts & Culture
6:33 am
Mon October 15, 2012

In Henderson, a New Kentucky Nature Photo Exhibit is on Display

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.

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Arts & Culture
3:02 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Legal Fight Underway for Right to Use Bill Monroe's Name

Kentucky native and the "Father of Bluegrass Music", Bill Monroe

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.

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Arts & Culture
4:50 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Gordon Lightfoot to Appear in Bowling Green

Songwriter Gordon Lightfoot

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.....

Arts & Culture
10:28 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Owensboro's ROMP Festival Not Moving to a New Date

Vince Gill performed during the 2012 ROMP festival in Owensboro.

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

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Bluegrass Music Center, Skate Park Get Funding in Owensboro

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.

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