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Living Arts & Science Center

H'Artful of Fun is a stellar evening of artful experiences, starry shows in Lexington's only planetarium, telescopes on the rooftop garden, live and silent and art auctions, music and merrymaking with delectables and spirits by Dupree Catering. This is an evening of fun you won't want to miss in the 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

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The University of Kentucky Art Museum

As in years past, the Museum's GALA is a celebratory event that recognizes local artists, collectors, and patrons-individuals whose efforts add immeasurably to the creative culture of our area. It is also the Museum's primary fundraiser, helping to raise the necessary dollars that support their numerous exhibitions, lectures, and public programs.  This year, the Museum is thrilled to honor Jessica and John Winters, the dynamic duo behind  PRHBTN.  The annual celebration that brings artists from around the world to create murals on walls throughout the city of Lexington.  The Museum Gala raises funds to support exhibitions, educational events, and our FREE admission policy.

Saturday, April 29, 7PM
University of Kentucky Art Museum | 405 Rose St
Single $250 | Couple $400 Buy Now
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JustUs Lexington

JustUs, a project of Leadership Lexington, aims to foster positive relationships and empower identity through shared experiences in literacy and art between youth and law enforcement. 50 third graders at Booker T. Washington Elementary and officers from the Lexington Police Department and Fayette County Public Schools Law Enforcement met together for three consecutive days in early April to read together and then create artwork based on their reading experience. These works will be showcased in a city-wide exhibition sponsored in part by the Lyric Theatre, Lexington Art League, and the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, with a formal exhibition of the works opening at LAL's Loudoun House and the Lyric Theatre on April 28 from 7-9pm.  The Carnegie Center will open their exhibition on May 5th and align with LexArts's ever-popular Gallery Hop.  The body of works generated by students and officers will be complemented in the galleries by enlarged photographs of the shared book reading and creative process.  At the culmination of each exhibition, all works will be presented back to Booker T. Washington Elementary.  

Friday, April 28, 7PM
The Loudoun House | 209 Castlewood Drive
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center |300 E Third St
Friday, May 5, 7PM
The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning | 251 W Second St

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Lexington Children's Theatre 

Henry Fleming can't wait to grow up and grow out of his small town, joining the Union army is his chance! Soon Henry learns the reality of war and what it means to fight for what's right.

Saturday, April 29, 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, April 30, 2PM
Lexington Children's Theatre | 418 W Short St
General Admission $18 | Children $15 Buy Now

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Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra 

Join the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra for a Saturday morning of music, learning, and of course PB&J Sandwiches! A half-hour concert is followed by a half-hour for play and discovery in the Instrument Petting Zoo.

Saturday, April 29, 10AM & 11AM
Loudoun House | 209 Castlewood Drive 
Tickets $5 Buy Now

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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
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Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning 

Some of Kentucky's best-known and most acclaimed writers join forces to stand up to celebrate the arts and our First Amendment rights. Join the Carnegie Center for this positive gathering of short readings that will focus on resistance, persistance, equality, and freedom. Readers include:  Tom Eblen,  Kim Edwards,  Manuel Gonzales,  Silas House, Jason Howard, and many more. The night will also include a special musical interlude by Carla Gover.

Wednesday, April 26, 6PM
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning | 251 W Second St
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Mary Rezny Gallery

CONNECTIONS - Fibers, Filaments and Felt" by The Fiber Guild of Lexington
Eighteen members of the Fiber Guild of Lexington have collaborated in this colorful display of fiber art. The artwork in this exhibit is as varied and diverse as the members of the organization, incorporating a visual array of styles and techniques. Members work in both traditional and non-traditional fiber techniques in addition to a combination of both. Experimenting with diverse methods of dying and construction, guild artists design unique creations in two and three dimensions.

Opening May 2 - Through June 3
Tuesday-Friday, 12PM-5PM | Saturday, 1PM-4PM
Mary Rezny Gallery | 903 Manchester St

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Lexington Art League

Robert Tharsing (1943-2015) created hundreds of paintings and sculptures over his lifetime, not to mention thousands of other art objects, as small as jewelry and as large as a house in Nova Scotia. This retrospective is a survey of Tharsing's art career, though the legacy of Tharsing's work extends beyond the scope of his gallery exhibitions, private collections, and catalogs. A 300 page, color catalogue has been published in partnership with  Institute 193  to commemorate this exhibition with generous underwriting support in honor of Ann Tower by an anonymous friend. 

"My father was a compulsive maker. His peers said they admired his dedication, but for him, it wasn't work ethic as much as drive-he was driven to make, almost as though he was possessed by an energy outside of himself." 
--from the foreword by Lina Tharsing

Friday, April 28
Special Donor Preview, 6PM-7PM | Fourth Friday Opening, 7PM-9PM
The Loudoun House | 209 Castlewood Drive
LAL Members, FREE | Non-Members & Students, $5

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The University of Kentucky Art Museum

BEST FRIENDS:  Andrea Modica is known for the evocative narratives she creates in work such as Best Friends, which explores the deep bonds between high school students in America and Italy. She often works on photographic projects over long periods of time, developing an intimacy and trust with her subjects. In her highly acclaimed series and book Treadwell, she followed the struggles of a girl named Barbara and her family in rural upstate New York from 1986 to 2001. In Human Being, she worked with an anthropologist to make portraits of the skulls of anonymous patients who had been buried in a mass grave in the 1890s in the former Colorado Insane Asylum near Pueblo.

Through April 30
Tuesday-Thursday, 10AM-5PM | Friday, 10AM-8PM | Saturday-Sunday, 12-5PM
University of Kentucky Art Museum | 405 Rose St
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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 purification. 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

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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

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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

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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

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AthensWest Theatre Company

In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating "hysteria" in women (and occasionally men): the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor's laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to tend to their newborn daughter - and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room.

Through Sunday, April 30
Friday-Saturday, 8PM | Sunday, 2PM
Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main Street
Adults, $25 | Students, Military, Child, $20 Buy Now

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Lexington Traditional Dance Association 

Contra dance with caller TBA and open band (pick-up musicians welcome).

Friday, April 28,  8PM-11PM | Lesson at 7:30PM
ArtsPlace | 161 N Mill Street
Adults, $7 | Students & First-Timers, $5

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First United Methodist Church

Share in a fun and special evening as the FUMC choir and full orchestra, directed by Brock Terry, present Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The concert is free and nursery will be provided for infants and preschoolers. 

Sunday, April 30, 6PM
First United Methodist Church | 200 W High St
FREE |  Reserved seating available via church ticket office

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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

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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
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Farish Theatre 

Three brilliant African-American women at NASA - Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle MonĂ¡e) - serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. Watch the Trailer

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30PM
Farish Theatre| 140 E Main Street
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