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CELEBRITY CURTAIN CALL IN THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY 
Lexington Children's Theatre

Lexington Children's Theatre is hosting its ninth annual Celebrity Curtain Call! This annual fundraiser is LCT's biggest (and sweetest) night of the year and helps support its mission of serving children and families throughout the Commonwealth. Celebrity Curtain Call begins with a cocktail hour and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Later, guests venture into the theatre where they are treated to a show comprised of local celebrities. There will also be a silent and live auction to raise money for theatre arts education. Grab your golden ticket and join LCT for a night of food, drinks, and fun when you step inside Lexington Children's Theatre's Chocolate Factory-themed dreamland!

Saturday, April 22, 6:30PM
Lexington Children's Theatre | 418 W Short Street
General Admission $85 Buy Now

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SEASON FINALE: RUSSIAN SPECTACULAR
University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Choirs

Join the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and the University of Kentucky Choirs for the exciting finale of this season on Friday, April 21st. This performance will bring the hauntingly beautiful music of celebrated Russian composers to the Singletary Center. The program includes the UK Choirs and features Sergei Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, as well as Tchaikovsky's great tone poem Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture. The orchestra will also perform Rimsky-Korsakov's Procession of the Nobles, music from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and works by Khatchaturian, Borodin and Rachmaninoff. 

Friday, April 21, 7:30PM
Singletary Center for the Arts | 405 Rose Street
General Admission $10 | Students, $5 | FREE for UK Students in advance Buy Now
859.257.4929
FineArts.uky.edu

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ANITA MADDEN - THE LOOK: A RETROSPECTIVE OF THE BLUEGRASS LEGEND'S INIMITABLE STYLE
ArtsPlace Gallery 


Without doubt, the magic and the mystique of Anita Madden's Derby  Eve parties live on. Her fashion was as fabulous as the parties themselves  and the throngs of guests marveled as she made her entrance.  LexArts and ArtsPlace Gallery are thrilled to present a one-time-only,
exclusive retrospective of Anita Madden's Derby fashion and a glimpse  back to the pageantry and extravagance of the day.

For many of the "3,000 or so of her most intimate friends" lucky  enough to attend the parties, photographs were sometimes the only  proof of the evening. Capturing many of the moments was iconic  Lexington artist and photographer, Louis Zoellar Bickett. An anthology  of Bickett's Derby Eve collection will bring the exhibition to life.

Through May 6
Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM | Sunday, 12PM-5PM
ArtsPlace Gallery | 161 N Mill Street
FREE
859.255.2951
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DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER , AND A FLY
Lexington Children's Theatre 

  
KENTUCKY CRAFTED: THE MARKET
Kentucky Arts Council

Nowhere in Kentucky, let alone the nation, will you find such a convergence of high quality art, craft, literature, music, film and food as you will at Kentucky Crafted: The Market. When you attend this show, prepare yourself for an exciting sensory experience. Kentucky Crafted: The Market is one of the only state-sponsored shows of its kind to feature traditional and contemporary fine art and craft along with Kentucky-related books, musical recordings, films and specialty food products.

Saturday, April 22, 9AM-7PM
Sunday, April 23, 10AM-5PM
Lexington Convention Center | 430 W Vine St
Tickets $12 | Available at the door
502.564.3757
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H'ARTFUL OF FUN
Living Arts & Science Center

H'Artful of Fun is a stellar evening of artful experiences, starry shows in Lexington's only planetarium, telescopes on our rooftop garden, live, silent and art auctions, music and merrymaking with delectables and spirits by Dupree Catering - it's an evening of fun you won't want to miss in our fabulous new addition and gallery at the Living Arts & Science Center.

Saturday, April 29, 7PM
Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
Tickets $100 | $120 after April 19 Buy Now
859) 252-5222
LASCLex.org


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DISCOVERY SATURDAY
Living Arts & Science Center

Join the Living Arts and Science Center for another Discovery Saturday in which they will be offering planetarium shows, their Discovery exhibit, art exhibits, availability to their Makers Space activities, and Family workshops.

Friday, April 21, 10AM
Living Arts and Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
General Admission $10 Buy and Register Now
859.252.5222
LASCLex.org

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EXHIBITIONS

STILL LIFES: This selection of still lifes from the permanent collection reveals the vitality and diversity of the genre and includes works by Ay-O, Cole Carothers, Mary Ann Currier, Hattie Hutchcraft Hill, David Hockney, Konrad Klapheck, William Scott, and others.

EMBODIED: The body is a formidable subject for artists-used to explore physicality and presence, issues of identity and agency, aging and mortality. The Museum's permanent collection includes many "bodies," appearing in photographs, sculpture, and paintings. They can be humorous, enigmatic, realistic, and abstract.

THE GAINES CHALLENGE FUND: In 1981, avid horseman, collector, and philanthropist John Gaines issued a $250,000 challenge grant-to be matched by donors and the University-to buy works for the newly created UK Art Museum. The resulting funds enabled the purchase of seventy-three paintings, drawings, and prints, including work by Old Masters and important contemporary artists.

CITYSCAPES: The city-its streets, architecture, energy, and rhythms-has long fascinated artists. New York comes to life in Yvonne Jacquette's jazzy image of Times Square, Christo's proposal for a wrapped building, and Louis Lozowick's view of the Manhattan skyline. Wayne Thiebaud captures San Francisco's roller coaster hills in a precise etching. In Michael Goodlett's sculpture, a plane crashes into a burning metropolis, a vision predating the horrors of September 11, 2001.

CHESS SETS:  This installation presents a selection of unique chess sets that are part of a large collection of artwork donated to the Museum by Susan and George Proskauer. From different countries and time periods and made from a variety of materials, the exhibition focuses on the carving and casting skills of the anonymous artists who created them.

SINGULARITIES: Mike McKay takes on a gallery space and passageway at the University of Kentucky's Art Museum, exploiting their proximity and, in essence, reimagining their solidity. He has fabricated an elaborate arcade-like wooden structure, and applied metallic and painted surfaces to it and surrounding planes.  As viewers enter his installation, they will find themselves navigating an environment that shifts between physical fact and perceptual experience.

Through April 23
Tuesday-Thursday, 10AM-5PM | Friday, 10AM-8PM | Saturday-Sunday, 12-5PM
University of Kentucky Art Museum | 405 Rose St
Free
859.257.5716
 
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DELIGHTS: BATHING IN ANOTHER WORLD
Living Arts & Science Center

Elissa Morley is a painter and installation artist originally from the Space Coast of Florida. Educated at Asbury University and the Slade School of Fine Art in London,
England, Morley exhibits both nationally and internationally. Her work is in a number of private collections, is the recipient of a Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant, and is represented by Ann Tower Gallery. Morley is an active arts educator teaching at the Living Arts and Science Center, University of Kentucky, Georgetown College, Eastern Kentucky University, and Asbury University. Through her beautifully rendered drawings and watercolors, Morley depicts places of spiritual rest evoking renewal and puri cation. Her complex layered compositions often contain elements of water alongside natural and architectural forms. Experience Elissa Morley's compelling art in the LASC's new Glo Gallery.

Through May 4
Monday - Friday, 8:30AM - 5PM
Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Boulevard
FREE
859.252.5222

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GRIDWORKS REVISITED
New Editions Gallery

You've seen this show before but not like this. Images from 60 plus artists, over 150 artworks in oil, acrylic and mixed media, any subject matter, all 12x12 and you have "GRIDWORKS REVISITED". Join New Editions Gallery for this fun show featuring some of Kentucky's finest. 

Through May 1
Tuesday - Saturday, 11AM - 5:30PM
New Editions Gallery & Framing | 500 West Short Street
FREE
859.266.2766

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TRIBUTE: A GROUP EXHIBITION
Ann Tower Gallery

Tribute is a group exhibition featuring many of the artists Ann Tower Gallery has represented during its 15 years in business. This will be the very last group show before the gallery closes its doors at the end of June. 

Through May 7
Tuesday - Saturday 10AM - 5PM | Sunday 10AM - 2PM
Ann Tower Gallery | 141 E Main Street
859.425.1188
AnnTowerGallery.com

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REIMAGINE
Creative Alliance

REIMAGINE features local artists and schools for the benefit of arts education. These artists each select a student's piece which they recreate using their own style and medium. The artists' pieces will be sold through a silent auction at Gallery Hop on May 19th starting from 5pm-8pm benefiting public schools. In the past REIMAGINE has raised over $9,000 for arts-related resources in public schools!

Through June 4
Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM-5PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-8PM | Sunday, 10AM-2PM
Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St
FREE
859.425.2550

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THEATRE
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Based on Rosa Guy's novel "My Love, My Love," the musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty follows Ti Moune as she falls in love with a rich boy from the other side of the island after saving him from certain death. The island's arrogant gods place bets on the romance as it tries to survive a cultural divide. This Caribbean-style adaption of "The Little Mermaid" tells the legend of a capacity to love that transcends human life and social constructs.

Thursday, April 20, 7:30PM
Friday, April 21, 7:30PM
Saturday, April 22, 2PM & 7:30PM
Sunday, April 23, 2PM
Guignol UK Fine Arts Center | 465 Rose St
General Admission $20 | Students $15 Buy Now
859.257.4929 
FineArts.uky.edu

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MUSIC
MAGIC MOMENTS
Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center

Leonard, Coleman and Blunt have been around the world and back again several times each as the lead singers of three of the most legendary vocal groups of all time: the Temptations, Platters and Drifters. The three Washington, DC natives have a back-story right out of a Hollywood movie; Leonard, Coleman & Blunt grew up singing together in church and on street corners throughout the 1960's before finding fame and fortune separately, then reuniting after 30 years to harmonize together once again.

Wednesday, April 19, 7:30PM
Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third Street
General Admission $30-$100 Buy Now
859.280.2201

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THE MIDTOWN MEN
Broadway Live & The Lexington Opera House

They took Broadway by storm in one of the biggest hits of all time! Now, THE MIDTOWN MEN are bringing their magic to audiences everywhere, singing their favorite "Sixties Hits" from The Beatles, The Rascals, Motown, The Four Seasons, and more, back to life! This sensational production reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer, star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the '60s.


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KING OF GLORY
Bluegrass Opera

King of Glory  is an uplifting oratorio that tells the story of the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ using lush, colorful harmonies and melodies that will stick with listeners long after the performance ends! The work includes text from both the Old and New Testaments, and weaves together a variety of musical styles, from classical choral to contemporary song. In every case, the music brings the Word to life in a vivid, visceral way that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats! The work was premiered in 2014, and audiences have been raving about it ever since. Imagine Handel's "Messiah," but for today's church-goers -- and it features some of the most talented and versatile singers in central Kentucky!

Friday, April 28, 7:30PM | Newman Center on UK Campus | 320 Rose Lane
Sunday, April 30, 1PM | Pax Christi Catholic Church | 4001 Victoria Way
FREE

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EMBRACEABLE EARTH: LOVE FOR OUR PLANET
Lexington Chamber Chorale

Celebrate Earth Day with a joyful noise for our planet! The Chorale closes this season with local poetry and music about our Earth including selections "The Earth is Tired," "Earth Drum," "Native American Ambiances," and more. Joining us this evening will be area poets including George Ella Lyon, reading their works in honor, with concerns, and with love for our planet.

Saturday, April 22, 7:30PM
2nd Presbyterian Church | 460 E Main Street
General Admission $15-$20 | Student $10 Buy Now

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EMBRACEABLE EARTH: LOVE FOR OUR PLANET
Lexington Chamber Chorale

Celebrate Earth Day with a joyful noise for our planet! The Chorale closes this season with local poetry and music about our Earth including selections "The Earth is Tired," "Earth Drum," "Native American Ambiances," and more. Joining us this evening will be area poets including George Ella Lyon, reading their works in honor, with concerns, and with love for our planet.

Saturday, April 22, 7:30PM
2nd Presbyterian Church | 460 E Main Street
General Admission $15-$20 | Student $10 Buy Now

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A LITTLE BIT MORE
Red Barn Radio

A LITTLE BIT MORE  thrives on the chemistry between its two principals, whose mutual musical influences (including John Prine, Chris Knight, Hayes Carl, Emmylou Harris) led them to create a fresh voice as songwriters and performers. Those listening to their album Silhouettes, like fans attending their gigs, are immediately struck with the unique switch off between lead vocals from track to track. 

Wednesday, April 19, 8PM
Performance Hall at LexArts | 161 N Mill Street
General Admission $8 Buy Now
edcommons@redbarnradio.com 

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SHUN NG and PETER MULVEY
Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

SHUN NG  is an award-winning (a Boston Music Award winner and recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame 'Holly Prize') fingerstyle guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter, known for his unique style which infuses elements of Soul, Funk, Blues and Jazz. Shun dazzles audiences from all over the world with his flamboyant technique, soulful vocals and hypnotic groove.  He stands as one of the most dynamic and innovative performers, winning accolades from legendary producer, Quincy Jones to fellow guitar virtuoso, Tuck Andress. Watch a Clip.

PETER MULVEY has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician - immersing himself in Tin PanAlley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings over the past 20 years. Mulvey has a rare ability to hold an audience's attention and transport them, using wit, humor, and a subtle but sophisticated melodic and harmonic sensibility to gracefully introduce complex and provocative concepts and characters. Relentlessly touring as a headliner he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam. His latest record, produced by Ani DiFranco for Righteous Babe Records, is called 'Are You Listening?' Watch a clip. 

Monday, April 24, 7PM
Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third Street
Partners FREE |General Admission $10 (Call ticket office to purchase in advance) 
859.252.8888

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FILM
LEXINGTON FILM LEAGUE SHOWCASE
Lexington Film League 

The Lexington Film League Showcase presents a series of events that reflect the richness and diversity of contemporary film and video practice in the region and the world. Programs include important works by living artists, young and old, including new and historical films, made by marginalized artists, including 16mm and 8mm films and digital videos, as well as performances. The series includes a wide range of genres, focusing on abstract, non-narrative, documentary, and fictional works. 

Tuesday, May 2, Cave Girls + Trashy Fashions: Unseen Post-Punk Videos by Women
Wednesday May, 10, Lewis Klahr: Sixty Six

All films begin at 7PM 
21C Museum Hotel | 167 W Main Street
FREE
LexFilmLeague@gmail.com
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