COME FOURTH
Allegro Dance Project
Allegro Dance Project is back with a brand new innovative production featuring Contemporary Dance, live original music and an exciting variety of aerial and circus arts- including artists from CirqueLouis! 

This performance event will also include a silent auction in the theatre lobby to support Allegro’s Inclusive Dance Outreach Program, providing dance training & performance opportunities for children with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder & other specific needs in the Lexington area. 

Saturday, July 14 | 3PM & 7PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$15-$20 BUY NOW
859.280.2201
THE MUSIC MAN
The LEXington Theatre Company
Meredith Willson's 1957 Classic, The Music Man, is FUN for the whole family! This bright, hopeful show features toe-tapping tunes including "76 Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble" and "Shipoopi!" Step back in time as the one-and-only Professor Harold Hill shows just how beautifully music and dance can unite a community! The LEXington Theatre Company combines Today's Broadway Stars with Tomorrow's Broadway Hopefuls, to produce first-rate professional theatre, right here in Lexington!

Tickets on sale now! Also, if you're a Broadway Live season ticket holder, you can add this show to your season!

Thursday, July 12 & Friday, July 13 | 8PM
Saturday, July 14 | 2PM & 8PM
Sunday, July 15 | 1PM
Lexington Opera House | 401 W Short St
$35-$75 B UY NOW
859.233.4567
KCT SUMMERFEST 2018 PRESENTS: DISNEY'S BEAUTY & THE BEAST
Kentucky Conservatory Theatre
This "tale as old as time" tells the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Disney's Beauty and the Beast offers a great opportunity to bring the entire community together for family theatre at its best!

Performances on Friday, July 13, Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15 will feature American Sign Language interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Thursday, July 12-Sunday, July 15 & Thursday, July 19-Sunday, July 22 | 7:30PM
Woodland Park | 601 E High St
$15 | $20 with chair rental BUY NOW
$10 children's tickets available at the gate only
859.935.1564
HARRY DEAN STANTON FEST 8
Harry Dean Stanton Fest
Since February 2011, the city of Lexington, Kentucky, has proudly hosted a non-profit festival in honor of Kentucky-born actor Harry Dean Stanton. Begun in an effort to both celebrate the diverse film work of this legendary cinematic icon and remind the community of his Lexington roots, the annual festival utilizes various venues throughout downtown Lexington for screenings, speakers, and Harry Dean Stanton-related events.

This year's Harry Dean Stanton fest includes musical performances, trivia events, special film screenings, and exclusive Q&A opportunities. Click here to see this year's full schedule of events.

Friday, July 13-Sunday, July 15
Various locations | Prices vary with events
859.231.5597
FEED THE SOUL FT. ANGELINA HUGUELY
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center is pleased to announce the continuation of the Feed the Soul Series with local artist Angelina Huguely.

Angelina M. Huguely is a lifelong resident of Richmond, Kentucky. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy and currently practices at a regional medical center.

Angelina has been playing the saxophone since elementary school. She continued playing the instrument on the college level in symphonic and jazz bands, but receives her greatest joy from playing gospel music. She has been lucky to share the stage with such gospel artists as Dorothy Norwood, Yolanda Adams, Richard Smallwood, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Tramaine Hawkins, Tamela Mann, Kathy Taylor, and most recently, Earnest Pugh. Additionally, she performs with A Taste of Heaven, an ensemble of Christian musicians based in Lexington, Kentucky. Angelina attends the Supreme Council of the House of Jacob church, where she sings and plays saxophone with the Kentucky Harmonizers. 

In January 2013, the Lexington, Kentucky chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority presented Angelina with the Coretta Scott King “Spirit of Ivy” Award in the category of Creative and Performing Arts.

Wednesday, July 11 | 11:30AM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$15 BUY NOW
859.280.2218
MUSIC IN TRANSPARENT LAYERS
21c Museum Hotel Lexington
MUSIC IN TRANSPARENT LAYERS is an experimental ambient composition by Rob Collier, performed in 10 stages. Each performance represents one layer, represented and re-performed audio-visually under every subsequent layer.

ROB COLLIER is a Milwaukee-based composer and performer. His music has been released on auralgamiSOUNDS and Capstone Records in the United States, and Unlabel, WM Recordings, and Greed Recordings in Europe. Collier’s music is meditative and hypnotic, utilizing repetition and simple compositional processes as a means of development. His latest solo release is 13 Stages on auralgamiSOUNDS.

BEN AGUILAR (Louisville, Kentucky) is an audio engineer, musician, and educator. His recording and performance work with Rob Collier has appeared on auralgamiSOUNDS, and he has accrued an extensive live performance history as sideman for experimental artists and via the PLAY radio hour and b.u. drone collective, both of which he founded.

Friday, July 13 | 6PM
21c Museum Hotel Lexington | 167 Main St
FREE
859.899.6800
ART FOR CHANGE: READING & OPEN MIC
Central Kentucky Chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Join Kentuckians for the Commonwealth for the culminating public event of the "Art as a Tool for Change” Workshop! Click here to learn more about the workshop series.

If you’re feeling angst about social issues, and you want to be involved, join Kentuckians for the Commonwealth for some storytelling and truth-sharing.

Several writers and activists have been thinking and creating together about art, health, and social change. During this event, they’ll share some of their poetry and other work in the fabulous Carnegie Center ballroom, over some fabulous after-work cake and snacks. 

Come to listen, learn, be inspired, and do some writing (and changing) of your own!

Thursday, July 12 | 6PM
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning | 251 W Second St
FREE
859.276.0583
MUSIC
SUMMER NIGHTS IN SUBURBIA
MoonDance Amphitheater
MoonDance Amphitheater is thrilled to offer a summer concert series featuring genres including jazz, bluegrass, indie rock, blues and folk, just to name a few. In addition to the live music, there will also be food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and come enjoy the music.
Fridays through Aug 31 | 7PM
MoonDance Amphitheater | 1152 Monarch St
FREE
859.288.2927
BIG BAND & JAZZ CONCERT SERIES
Lexington Parks & Recreation
Don't miss one of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert series – Big Band & Jazz. With a full schedule of live music planned, concert-goers can enjoy weekly big band or jazz music at Ecton Park. Picnics are encouraged and patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. 
Tuesdays through Aug 28 | 7PM
Ecton Park | 956 Turkey Foot Rd
FREE
859.288.2900
LISSY TAYLOR
Red Barn Radio
LISSY TAYLOR is a young up-and-coming singer songwriter with a distinctive voice and a skill for writing emotionally charged lyrics that instantly grab your attention and leave you wanting more. 

Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, England, in January 2015 Lissy moved across the Atlantic to live in Lexington, Kentucky, until June 2017. Living in the US provided inspiration for her songwriting, and also influenced her style. The result is captivating lyrics that transcend into a unique blend of Americana, Country, and Blues. ​

Lissy teamed up with Broken Crow Studios in Lexington, Kentucky, and released her debut album, "Reminds Me of You," in January 2017. It features Nashville musicians Mark Prentice (bass & keys) and Michael Severs (lead guitar). Lissy's first song, "Home," written following the move from her home town of Stoke-on-trent to the USA, is featured in the 2018 LexGiveBack charity commercial campaign. 

Since arriving back in in England July 2017 Lissy has been featured on several radio stations, including BBC Radio Stoke and BBC Introducing. She was delighted to open the Main stage at LeeFest -The Neverland for Headliner Jake Bugg on August 11th 2017 and was invited to perform at The City of Stoke-on-Trent's Our Heroes Event. In January 2018 Lissy was nominated for and won the 6 Towns Radio award for Best Music Act. Watch a clip.

Wednesday, July 11 | 8PM
Red Barn Radio | 161 N Mill St
$8 BUY NOW
859.338.7648
RHONDA VINCENT & THE RAGE
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
RHONDA VINCENT AND THE RAGE are bonafide, award winning international bluegrass superstars. She is a multiple winner of the prestigious IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and IBMA Entertainer of the Year awards and is a 2018 Grammy Award winner. The WALL STREET JOURNAL rightly proclaimed her as the reigning Queen of Bluegrass. Her new album, “Rhonda Vincent and the Rage with Bluegrass Legends: Live at the Ryman” has just been released. Watch a clip.

Monday, July 16 | 6:45PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$10 BUY NOW
859.280.2218
FILM
BLACK LENS SUMMER FILM SERIES: THE BUTLER
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center
The Lyric is pleased to announce their Black Lens: Summer Film Series. From June 1 to July 27, every Friday at 7:00 p.m., the Lyric will be showcasing a film that is free and open to the public. This particular film series celebrates the fourth African-American Academy Award Winner, Forest Whitaker. Whitaker is a testament to the slow-growth presence of diversity in Hollywood. This week's film is The Butler (2013).

After leaving the South as a young man and finding employment at an elite hotel in Washington, D.C., Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is hired as a butler at the White House. Over the course of three decades, Cecil has a front-row seat to history and the inner workings of the Oval Office. However, his commitment to his "First Family" leads to tension at home, alienating his wife (Oprah Winfrey) and causing conflict with his anti-establishment son.
Continuing in the 6-year tradition of the Lyric Summer Film Series, Black Lens seeks to celebrate and honor the monumental achievements in black cinema over the years. This celebration dually honors The Lyric's storied legacy as a movie house and its roots in the Lexington community.

Fridays through July 27 | 7PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
859.280.2201
THEATRE
OTHELLO
Antagonist Productions
Directed by Drew Davidson, this modern spin on a classic tells the story of Othello, a general in the army, marrying a prominent senators daughter, Desdemona, in secrecy. Othello’s ensign, Iago, harbors a secret jealousy and resentment towards him. Intent on revenge, Iago hatches an evil plan to destroy Othello by planting seeds of jealousy in his mind.

Bring a blanket, chair, picnic, or enjoy refreshments from food and drink vendors!

Antagonist Productions is a nonprofit company whose primary goal is to impact, collaborate, encourage, and focus on local artists.

Monday, July 9-Wednesday, July 11 & Monday, July 16-Wednesday, July 18 | 8PM
Woodland Park | 601 E High St
FREE | $10 donations suggested
859.308.3809
FAMILY
FAMILY FUN DAY
The Nest - Center for Women, Children & Families
Bring your whole family out to Duncan Park for a wonderful day of fun. Activities include: Petting Zoo, Face Painting, DJ, The Bubble Truck and much more!

This event is free to the public as The Nest's way of saying thank you for being an amazing community!

Saturday, July 14 | 1PM
Duncan Park | N Martin Luther King Blvd
FREE
859.259.1974
PRE-K ART DAY
The Living Arts & Science Center
Kids ages 3-5 years old, alongside their parent or caregiver, will investigate, dance, play and create during Pre-K Art Day at the LASC. Topics change weekly and integrate art and science into a fun hands-on experience.

Classes may incorporate glue, tape, scissors, markers, clay, crayons, paint, slime, dirt or other messes, so please dress accordingly.

Class size is limited to 20 students + their parent or caregiver. Additional self-guided activities will be provided should more than 20 guests arrive for the class. First come first serve. Space is limited for strollers.

Tuesdays through Aug 28 | 10AM
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
FREE
859.252.5222
EXHIBITIONS
FRANKENSTEINIAN
REUBEN KADISH: WITNESS
UK Art Museum
FRANKENSTEINIAN
This year is the 200th anniversary of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, written when she was nineteen years old. Since it was first published in 1818, the Gothic tale of Victor Frankenstein and the grotesque creature he makes has been adapted into numerous forms of popular entertainment and has been used to prompt discussions of ethics, science, law, religion, and art. For example: Are potentially harmful experiments justified if they produce new knowledge? Are parents responsible for the acts of their children?

Frankensteinian presents a range of artworks, literary documents, models, and pop culture items that refer to aspects of the novel, from the “workshop of filthy creation” with its tools and tables, to the accumulated body parts that are stitched together to make a man who seeks understanding and love. The exhibition attempts to prompt viewers to read or reread the novel, and consider the ways that the Frankenstein story may already have played a part of their lives in the form of horrific and humorous films, Halloween costumes, and their own notions of beauty and behavior. 


REUBEN KADISH: Witness
Reuben Kadish (1913-1992) was an American artist whose powerful sculptures, drawings, and prints are infused with a deep sense of world culture and mythology.

Witness brings together a range of Kadish’s art, revealing the energetic expressionism he brought to each medium he used. Dogs, snakes, babies, and skeletons populate his exuberant drawings and large monoprints. Palm-sized figures are formed with a sense of precision and agency, displaying both human and animal parts, with shields and other paraphernalia. Larger torsos of standing or reclining women reference the Venus of Willendorf and other “earth mother” identities, each possessing a ravaged voluptuousness. Particularly striking are several large heads in terra cotta and bronze that appear to act as witnesses to, or survivors of, great personal or societal tragedies.

Kadish’s confrontational and commemorative art surely speaks to events of the past, but might be even more relevant as indicators of unpredictable and unseemly futures.

On Friday, July 13, join museum director Stuart Horodner on an exclusive director's tour of both exhibitions.

Through July 29
Director's Tour: Friday, July 13 | 6:30PM
UK Art Museum | 405 Rose St
Tuesday-Thursday, 10AM-5PM | Friday, 10AM-8PM | Saturday-Sunday, 12PM-5PM
859.257.5716
PAINT THE TOWN
LexArts Gallery
Over 50 plein aire artists chose their favorite spot to create a cityscape of downtown Lexington, capturing its character, color, and historic charm. Eagerly anticipated by artists and community members alike, Lexington's 7th outdoor painting extravaganza was held on June 30. During the six-hour window and within an eight-block radius of downtown, artists worked away at their easels, creating original images. Even though some artists chose to work from the same spot, each has a different painterly style or medium.

All exhibited works are for sale, and a percentage of the proceeds will be awarded in 2019 to a Fayette County graduating high school student planning to continue their education in an arts field.

Through August 18
Artists' Reception: Wednesday, July 18 | 5PM
LexArts Gallery Hop: Friday, July 20 | 5PM
ArtsPlace Gallery | 161 N Mill St
Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM | Saturday, 12PM-5PM
859.255.2951
AREA/MATTER BY ADRIENNE DIXON
The Parachute Factory
Area/Matter is an exhibition about the spaces and materials we encounter by means of color, texture, and geometry. Space or area and materials or matter lend themselves to one another. There have to be materials or objects to build or create space, at the same rate there has to be space for matter to fill.

Adrienne Dixon is a mixed-media artist from Avenue, Maryland, living and working in Lexington, Kentucky. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011, and her work has been shown across the Eastern United States, as well as being in many private collections across the nation. 

Currently, she is working as a studio artist, serves as Secretary of the Bluegrass Printmakers Cooperative, teaches fine art classes to all age groups, and volunteers at the Lexington Art League.

Through July 31
The Parachute Factory | 720 Bryan Ave
Wednesday-Friday, 5PM-8PM | Saturday, 12PM-3PM
JULY ARTIST OF THE MONTH, JOHN TUSKA
The Wills Gallery, Fine Art & Antiques
Please join the Wills Gallery for this special selection of work created by local artist John Tuska. At the opening reception on Tuesday, July 10th, feel free to bring a friend and enjoy amazing art and complimentary refreshments.

Through July 31
The Wills Gallery, Fine Art & Antiques | 190 Jefferson St
Tuesday-Thursday, 12PM-7PM | Friday-Saturday, 12PM-8PM
FREE
859.396.6740
CONVERGENCE
Headley-Whitney Museum of Art
The Headley-Whitney Museum of Art is pleased to present this exhibition in partnership with the American Jewelry Design Council. With 5 themes, 36 artists, and 94 works, Convergence is an exhibition displaying many amazing jeweled objects.

Through August 19
Headley-Whitney Museum of Art | 4435 Old Frankfort Pike
Wednesday-Friday, 10AM-5PM | Saturday-Sunday, 12PM-5PM
$10 | $8 for seniors, students, AAA, and military
859.255.6653
PANGAEA: NEW WORKS BY ROBERT MORGAN & PATRICK SMITH
City Gallery
Patrick Smith and Robert Morgan present images from the subconscious minds of two artists. This exhibition includes delirium, Freudian undertones, fitful freakishness, and fantastic visions.

Through August 5
Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St
Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM-5PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-8PM | Sunday, 10AM-2PM
FREE
859.425.2562
ALTERED VIEWS
Lexington Art League
Curated by Alice Pixley Young, ALTERED VIEWS explores the 21st century landscape. No longer romantic, sublime or grandiose, our "landscape" is viewed primarily through the media of our screens, moving from blissed-out vistas to environmental traumas. Our interest in understanding nature and landscape is often constrained to the poles of beauty or terror, with everyday views overlooked. 

Through July 27
Lexington Art League | 209 Castlewood Dr
Tuesday-Thursday, 10AM-4PM | Friday, 10AM-8PM | Saturday-Sunday, 1PM-4PM
FREE
859.254.7024
TIGHTLY BOUND: A FIBER INVITATIONAL
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery
Asking six fiber artists to interpret “Tightly Bound” as technique or narrative has resulted in a vastly diverse body of contemporary and traditional fiber artworks. There are the technical explorations of binding fibers into felt and of tightly wrapped shibori dyeing. Illustrating the narrative are fiber-mixed media artworks along with a video. Exhibiting artists include Dobree Adams, Jan Durham, Nicolette Lim, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, April Wright, and Laverne Zabielski.

Through July 21
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery | 903 Manchester St, Suite 170
Tuesday-Friday, 12PM-5PM | Saturday, 1PM-4PM
FREE
859.252.4647
LexArts 161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507