“Let’s have a party. Let’s have it tonight!” said Lilly Pulitzer, a gal reputed to have graced a gala or two in her day.
 
Better yet, let’s have many parties. And have them on many nights. Parties that raise the bar for parties, and while they’re at it, raise money for the arts. Serious money, not cocktail peanuts. To the tune of $150,000 in the last three years.
 
Your demand for our dos has inspired us to outdo ourselves. We’ve challenged the most creative party goers and throwers we know to dream up Arty Parties they’d want to be invited to.
 
Which they did: from period-perfect Regency Supper to political salon, from ballet en plein air to drag by the pool, from cocktails in the sky to brunch with Silas House and much, much more.
 
The good news is there’s likely to be at least one Arty Party that pops your particular cork.  The not so good news is that guest lists are limited. 


LITERARY
40th ANNUAL KENTUCKY WOMEN WRITERS CONFERENCE
Kentucky Women Writers Conference
The 40th annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference will feature workshops, craft talks, panel discussions, and readings with Mary Gaitskill, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Safia Elhillo, Tarfia Faizullah, Carolyn Finney, Emily Fridlund, Jane Friedman, Angela Palm, Joni Tevis, Sherry Thomas, and more.

On Thursday, September 13, the opening event of KWWC2018 will be the Sonia Sanchez Series lecture by former UK geography professor Carolyn Finney on race and the environment, introduced by Patrice Muhammad, publisher of the Key Newsjournal.

Friday, September 14, don't miss a keynote address by Mary Gaitskill, titled "Why People Still Read." This keynote address will be followed by a book signing.

This year's much-anticipated Wild Women of Poetry Slam, held on Saturday, September 15, will feature headliner and celebrity guest judge Safia Elhillo, with TSmilez as emcee.

The final event of KWWC2018 will be held on Sunday, September 16. Stars of the Commonwealth: Readings by Erin Chander, Leesa Cross-Smith, and Sarah McCartt-Jackson will be followed by a Q & A with Sylvia Ahrens. 

For more information and a full itinerary of events, click here.

Thursday, September 13-Sunday, September 16
Sonia Sanchez Series Lecture featuring Carolyn Finney: Thursday, September 13 | 7PM
Mary Gaitskill Keynote Address & Book Signing: Friday, September 14 | 7:30PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St

Wild Women of Poetry Slam: Saturday, September 15 | 7:30PM
Open mic at 7PM
Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St

Stars of the Commonwealth & Q&A: Sunday, September 16 | 10AM
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning | 251 W Second St

$200 | $125 without workshop, $30 for students REGISTER NOW
859.257.2874
MUSIC
FEED THE SOUL FT. KELLE JOLLY
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center is pleased to announce the continuation of the Feed the Soul Series. Every Second Wednesday of the month from March to December, you will be able to listen to some tunes and have some lunch to Feed your Soul from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

This Feed the Soul event will feature vocalist KELLE JOLLY. Known fondly as "The Tennessee Ukulele Lady," Kelle Jolly is one of East Tennessee's most celebrated jazz musicians. She and her husband, saxophonist Will Boyd, were the 2015 MLK Art Award recipients in Knoxville. She is the founder of Ukesphere of Knoxville, a ukulele group for all ages. As an ambassador of jazz, she has traveled to Muroran, Japan as Knoxville's Sister City representative at various jazz festivals and events. Kelle Jolly is the host of Knoxville's newest radio show on WUOT 91.9FM, Jazz Jam with Kelle Jolly, an hour-long show that celebrates great local, national and international singers of jazz. She is also the founder of the Women in Jazz Jam Festival. Watch a clip.

Wednesday, September 12 | 11:30AM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$15 | $20 at the door BUY NOW
859.280.2201
ANDREW HIBBARD
Red Barn Radio
ANDREW HIBBARD began playing guitar at the age of 6, and his father had shown him a few chords. He had never taken any lessons, and would sit in his room night after night, listening to recordings of his favorite artists and would learn it all, by ear. Some of his heroes are Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Neil Young, Hank Williams, Chet Atkins, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lightnin' Hopkins, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Buddy Holly, the Carter Family, and the list goes on and on. As a teenager he entered his high school talent show, performing the song "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry and received 1st place.

3 years later he would be opening up for the great Dr. Ralph Stanley of The Stanley Brothers in Newport, Kentucky. Andrew released his 1st studio album "Foot In The Door" at just 17 years old. His 1st album had 7 original songs on it, recorded at Moonlight Studios in Fairfield, OH. Andrew's talent has taken him all over the The United States.

Whether it's paying tribute to the classics like Bob Dylan or Chet Atkins, or his own craft that can match his musical mentors, Andrew Hibbard is sure to be a delightful, and intoxicating mystery to any americana/folk fan's ears and a presence destined for placement in the spotlight.

Andrew has currently finished touring on his second album, Under The Knife, and has built a solid team and continued support from fans to help spread his gospel. He has just finished recording his 3rd studio album and is preparing to have it released, with new merch, touring, and real songwriting in a city near you! Watch a clip.

Wednesday, September 12 | 8PM
Red Barn Radio | 161 N Mill St
$8 BUY NOW
859.338.7648
CELEBRATION OF THE UKULELE
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
From its humble origins in Hawaii to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, the ukulele is having a global revival thanks to artists like Jake Shimabukuro, EmiSunshine and more. It was a favorite instrument of George Harrison and Eddie Vedder called it “an activist instrument.” On this broadcast of WoodSongs, we’ll be exploring the many styles, sounds and stories of the uke with musicians from across the country. Special thanks to the 2018 Kentucky UKE Festival!

KELLE JOLLY, “The Tennessee Ukulele Lady”, is one of East Tennessee’s most celebrated jazz musicians. She founded Ukesphere of Knoxville, a ukulele group for all ages and the Women in Jazz Jam Festival. She can blow the back wall out of any theatre--bring your seatbelts!  Watch a clip.

THE BURNEY SISTERS hail from Columbia, Missouri. They are 10 and 13-year-olds and are poised for a breakout with the the release of their upcoming EP ‘Where We Stand’ via Gaslight Records.  Watch a clip.

ANDREW MOLINA lives in Maui, Hawaii and began playing the ukulele when he was 13 years old. Inspired by his mentor and good friend Jake Shimabukuro He is one of the up and coming crop of talented young ukulele virtuosos, and is always trying to find a way to take the ukulele to the next level.  Watch a clip.

THE BARNKICKERS original music possesses a vintage-yet-modern vibe, a wholly unique father-daughter musical duo combine vocal and instrumental talents, diverse songwriting ability and a mutual love for the ukulele. Watch a clip.

This week's WoodSongs will also feature a performance by WoodSongs Kid Ian Shaw,m

Monday, September 10 | 6:45PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$10 | $5 for students BUY NOW
859.280.2218
TRANSFIGURED NIGHT
Lexington Chamber Orchestra
The Lexington Chamber Orchestra presents "Transfigured Night," a program featuring Peter Simpson, bassoon soloist, and works by Suk, Vivaldi, Bach and Schoenberg. This concert is free, with a suggested donation of $10-$20. For more information, click here.

On Sunday, September 16 at 3PM, attend a matinee of the concert at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center.

Suk: Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale St. Wenceslas
Vivaldi: Concerto for Bassoon and Strings in A minor with Peter Simpson, bassoon
Bach: Arioso from Cantata No. 156 for Bassoon and Strings with Peter Simpson, bassoon
Schoenberg: Transfigured Night

Saturday, September 15 | 7:30PM
Tates Creek PCA Church | 3900 Rapid Run Dr

Sunday, September 16 | 3PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
FREE | $10-$20 donations suggested
859.272.4399
HARSTAD SCHOLARSHIP SHOWCASE
The Harstad Fine Arts Series, Inc.
This exciting event will feature performances by musicians Madeline Farrar and Benjamin Shapere, and an ongoing exhibit by artist Tuesday Hadden, all recipients of the 2018 Harstad Scholarship for Young Artists. Additionally, there will be some special performances by a few Harstad board members! Open seating, no reservations required.

Sunday, September 16 | 3PM
Faith Lutheran Church | 1000 Tates Creek Rd
FREE
859.266.7621
CELEBRATE
FESTIVAL LATINO DE LEXINGTON 2018
Festival Latino de Lexington
The biggest Latino event in Kentucky, Festival Latino de Lexington's 17th edition will feature music, dance, food, folk art, and fun for the whole family!

Friday, September 14 | 5PM
Saturday, September 15 | 4PM
Sunday, September 16 | 1PM
Courthouse Plaza | 120 N Limestone
FREE
EXHIBITIONS
OF NATURE: TRAVIS RIDDELL & KIPTOO TARUS
LexArts
Mother nature, mother earth, that’s who she is. There’s a thin line between appreciating nature’s beauty and the artistic appeal that is within her, physically examining and trying to divine their meanings, aesthetically and psychologically. The forms in this exhibit are metaphors for relationships with nature and, by eliminating variations and distinctions, are ramifications of the artists’ interactions with material. Observations of time passing and being somewhat predictive of the future. In moments of the gaze and reflections of our own interpretation, these bodies of work are the concurrent worlds apart expressions of two artists, Travis Riddell and Kiptoo Tarus, working in Lexington, Kentucky, with very a similar taste of nature.

Through October 27
LexArts | 161 N Mill St
Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM | Saturday, 12PM-5PM
FREE
859.255.2951
PAINT BY NATURE: STREAMSIDE
Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center
Through Oct. 21, visitors to the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center will get a new perspective on some of Lexington’s natural areas. Lexington’s Division of Environmental Services has partnered with Arts Connect to present the Paint by Nature: Streamside exhibit, which showcases art inspired by local greenways and streamside restoration projects. More than 60 local artists have works featured in the exhibit, which includes interpretations of 13 sites.

Exhibition visitors will be able to vote for their favorite work. A People's Choice award will be presented in October.

For more information, including a map of the highlighted greenways and a complete schedule of events, click here.

Through October 21
Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St
Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM-5PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-8PM | Sunday, 10AM-2PM
859.425.2550
A PRACTICED EYE: YVONNE TODD & DAN MCGRATH
The Artists' Attic
Yvonne Todd’s illustrations have appeared in many national magazines including The Blood Horse, The Thoroughbred Times and Wildlife Art as well as the catalogues for the blockbuster exhibits Imperial China: The Horse in Chinese History and All the Queen’s Horses: The Role of the Horse in British History. She also illustrated the World Equestrian Games for the Eventing and Driving competitions among others.

Dan McGrath is a second career award-winning artist specializing in landscapes and seascapes.  He is represented in galleries in Cincinnati, Bowling Green and Lexington, Kentucky. He is the founder of the Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass and a member of the Oil Painters of America and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. Yvonne was his first and most influential teacher.

Through September 29
The Artists' Attic | 401 W Main St, Ste 401
Monday-Thursday, 10AM-5PM | Friday-Saturday, 12PM-5PM
859.254.5501
LAKE EFFECT
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University
This exhibition, facilitated by Trevor Martin '92, Executive Director of Exhibitions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, features a quartet of contemporary artists connected to the city of Chicago: Claire Ashley, Susanna Coffey, Jaclyn Mednicov
and Maryam Taghavi. Through painting, sculpture, installation, and video, their works celebrate color, texture, and repetition to interrogate a range of material use and form. 

Through October 18
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University | 300 N Broadway
Monday-Friday, 12PM-5PM
859.233.8142
PETER WILLIAMS: PAINTING FROM LIFE
Headley-Whitney Museum of Art
Please join the Headley-Whitney Museum of Art for this retrospective exhibition celebrating the life and work of equine artist Peter Williams. View over 100 paintings from the artist's personal collection, as well as many important works from private collectors. 

On Thursday, October 4, join the Headley-Whitney for an evening tribute to Peter's life and career. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

If interested in making a donation to the museum in remembrance of Peter Williams, donations can be made through the Headley-Whitney's website, by mail, or in person. Thank you in advance for any contributions. 

Through November 11
Evening Tribute Event: Thursday, October 4 | 6:30PM
Headley-Whitney Museum of Art | 4435 Old Frankfort Pike
Thursday-Friday, 10AM-5PM | Saturday-Sunday, 12PM-5PM
859.255.6653
INSECT VIRTUE
The Parachute Factory
During NoLi CDC's September Night Market, come celebrate the opening reception for Samantha Hensley and Lizz Hamilton's installation, Insect Virtue.

Pursuing all the wonders across the many heavens, a perfect creature wandered down to earth. He admired the humble way things here lived and died, existing only to consume and then to be consumed. Moths spin fluids into silken strands, ants enter into putrid flesh, mosquitos gorge themselves on blood until their little bodies are fit to burst. Seeing this, his mantle radiated with a strange and gentle love for them. These little creatures asked for no awe. Now he inches deeper into the woods, where the soil deepens and the little beings seem to multiply, to his serene enjoyment. 

Now lowly, once divine, he accepts his new form with modest shame. The underbrush hides him from judging sacred eyes, and the insects keep him meager company. From within the forest, sounds emerge, whispering and crying out to him as he passed. Even without thought they know that he is now their guardian; their virtue.

Through September 29
The Parachute Factory | 720 Bryan Ave
Wednesday-Friday, 5PM-8PM | Saturday, 12PM-3PM
MELISSA CARTER: NEW MASTERS
Institute 193
In New Masters, Melissa Carter presents vibrant large-scale paintings that playfully revise the art historical canon and the linked notion of the male-artist-as-genius. Carter’s figurative and abstract pieces reference the work of famed men, from Henri Rousseau and Henri Matisse, to Mark Rothko and Bill Cosby, employing savvy visual cues to examine the gendered imbalances that underlie their legacies. In Carter’s representations, the one-sided power dynamic between artist and model dissolves through her literal repositioning of women in art.

Through October 13
Institute 193 | 193 N Limestone St
Wednesday-Saturday, 11AM-6PM
REIMAGINE
City Gallery
REIMAGINE is presented annually by the Creative Alliance for Arts Education.

This exhibit is unique in that it pairs children's art with local artists who each interpret a child's piece using their own style and medium. Both the child's art and the artist's piece hang side by side at our exhibit.

At the LexArts HOP on September 21st, there will be a silent auction held on the pieces of the exhibit in the City Gallery.

Through September 30
Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St
Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM-5PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-8PM | Sunday, 10AM-2PM
859.425.2550
OFF-SPRING: NEW GENERATIONS
21c Museum Hotel Lexington
Rituals—religious and cultural, institutional and domestic—provide the thematic infrastructure for OFF-SPRING: New Generations. These sculptures, paintings, photographs, and videos employ iconographic imagery to explore the development of both personal and group identity, childhood, family, history, and gender politics. At the wedding altar, in the family home, or in the classroom, within the fantasy of childhood play or the familiarity of grown-up habit, these narratives generate a spectrum of meditations on the contemporary construction of self and society.

Stacey Steers is known for her process-driven, labor-intensive films composed of thousands of handmade works on paper. Her recent work employs images appropriated from early cinematic sources, from which she constructs original, lyrical narratives. These films investigate the nature of longing, and how desire provokes and mediates experience to create meaning.

Through February
21c Museum Hotel Lexington | 167 W Main St
FREE
859.899.6800
LexArts 161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507