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THE NUTCRACKER
Lexington Ballet

THE NUTCRACKER marches back onto the EKU Center stage this holiday season in an enchanting production that will delight every member of the family. Join Marie on a magical journey with the Sugar Plum Fairy, waltzing flowers, the Snow Queen, and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and travel to the Land of Sweets. Lexington Ballet performs this beautiful masterpiece under the artistic direction of Luis Dominguez. It's sure to put you in the Christmas spirit!

The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 2 | 2PM & 7:30PM
EKU Center for the Arts | 1 Hall Dr, Richmond, KY
$19-$44     BUY NOW

The Nutcracker Tea & The Nutcracker Dinner Party
Tea: Saturday, December 16 | 2:30PM
Dinner Party: Saturday, December 16 | 7:00PM
The Club at UK's Spindletop Hall | 3414 Iron Works Pike
$35 for Tea | $65 for Dinner Party     BUY NOW    
859.233.3925

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THE NUTCRACKER
Kentucky Ballet Theatre

Kentucky Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker" at the Lexington Opera House!

This classic holiday tale comes to life at the beautiful downtown Lexington Opera House making for a fantastic holiday experience for the whole family. From the Sugar Plum Fairy to the Rat King, there's a character for everyone in this magical production. 

A special Sugar Plum Workshop will take place on stage following the Nutcracker's 2 pm performances on both Saturday, December 9th and 16th. Children's tickets range from $25-$30 for this extra event and $10 for their adult guardian. The program will include meeting the characters, dancing on the stage with the characters, a selection of sweets and other arts and crafts on the Opera House stage.

Saturday, December 9 | 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, December 10 | 2PM
Saturday, December 16 | 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, December 17 | 2PM
Lexington Opera House | 401 W Short St
$37 | $20 for children & students      BUY NOW
859.252.5245

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BLACK FRIDAY ART SALE
Lexington Art League

Skip the chaos of the mall and the mass production of manufacturing and plan to make the Black Friday Art Sale your one stop shop for all your holiday gifts. 

Local artists will set up pop-up shops inside the LAL's Loudoun House. Featuring food/drinks and cookie decorating with Sweet LiLu's, beer provided by West Sixth Brewing, carols from our friends at Lexington Children's Theatre, music from DJ Leeroy, and much more to come!

Free parking. Cash, check, major credit cards accepted. 
Produced in partnership with dRock Press.

Friday, December 1 | 7PM-10PM
Saturday, December 2 | 2PM-7PM
Lexington Art League | 209 Castlewood Dr
FREE
859.254.7024

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KNEEBODY @ THE LYRIC
Origins Jazz Series

The Origins Jazz Series is the intersection of some of Lexington's most respected venues, jazz artists, and festival organizers. It is a series that is designed to build on the current energy of jazz as a popular art form in Lexington and Central Kentucky. 

Kneebody is keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood. The band has no leader; rather, each member is the leader; they've developed their own musical language, inventing a unique cueing system that allows them each to change the tempo, key, style, and more in an instant.

Thursday, December 7 | 7:30PM
Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$25     BUY NOW
859.280.2218

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THEATRE
THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Lexington Children's Theatre

The Bradley family's church Christmas Pageant is always the same, year after year - until the Herdmans show up! With "the worst kids in the world" taking the lead roles, this year's Pageant will be a total disaster. But it might just be the year when the rambunctious, rag-tag Herdmans help their community see Christmas in a whole new way, and prove that even the worst kids in the world can change it for the better.

Saturday, December 2 | 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, December 3 | 2PM
Lexington Opera House | 401 W Short St
$19 | $16 for children     BUY NOW
859.254.4546

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AN APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS CAROL
Woodford Theatre

We all know the classic Dickens, A Christmas Carol. But what if the story was set years later in Appalachia and old Eb Scrooge owned the local coal mine? What if Bob Cratchit helped organize the mine workers and Fezziwig's holiday party took place with local music and playing live onstage? Spinning the traditional ghost story and tale of redemption, An Appalachian Christmas Carol honors rich coal mining and labor union heritage, while simultaneously celebrating the spirit of the season. This is a joyful story of redemption, rooted in rural storytelling and intertwined with regional traditional music.

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 | 8PM-9PM
December 3, 10, 17 | 2PM-4:00PM
December 14 | 7:30PM-9:30PM
Woodford Theatre | 275 Beasley Dr, Versailles, KY
$22 | $15 for students     BUY NOW
859.873.0648

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS
BCTC Theatre

In Great Expectations we are taken into the world of 19th-century England. Packed with curious and fascinating characters, enchanting and dangerous pla ces and situations that are at once exhilarating and horrifying, Great Expectations is a literary gem.  This story is full of surprises, and Dickens masterfully guides us through a world of shadow and light to an ending both poignant and satisfying as Pip realizes his great expectations.

Thursday, November 30 | 7:30PM
Friday, December 1 | 7:30PM
Saturday, December 2 | 2PM & 7:30PM
Sunday, December 3 | 2PM
Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St
$12 | $10 for students    BUY NOW

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KEN LUDWIG'S "THE GAME'S AFOOT"
Studio Players

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it's up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.  Directed by Gary McCormick.

November 16-December 3
Thursday, Friday, Saturday performances at  8PM | Sunday matinees at  2:30PM
Carriage House Theatre |  154 W Bell Ct
$21 | $11 for students     BUY NOW

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LECTURES
R.C. MAY PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE: TEJU COLE
UK Art Museum

The 2017-18 R.C. May Photography Lecture Series continues with a lecture by acclaimed photographer, writer, and art historian, Teju Cole. 

Cole is the photography critic of the "New York Times Magazine" and an award-winning novelist ("Open City") and essay writer ("Known and Strange Things"). These works have earned a variety of honors including the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, the Focus Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography, and the Windham Campbell Prize for fiction from Yale University. Raised in Nigeria, Cole currently resides in Brooklyn. An exhibition of his photographs is on view from October 7-December 3, 2017 in the Art Museum. 

Friday, December 1 | 4PM
Gatton College of Business & Economics | 550 S Limestone St
FREE

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LITERARY
KENTUCKY MUSIC ISSUE LAUNCH AND READING
Oxford American Magazine

The Oxford American Magazine, VisitLEX, and WUKY are proud to present a launch celebration in honor of the Oxford American's 2017 Kentucky Music Issue!

The event will be emceed by Jason Howard, and it will feature readers Leesa Cross-Smith, Erik Reece, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Zandria Robinson, Crystal Wilkinson, and Silas House, all sharing work that's published in the Oxford American's Kentucky Music Issue. Kentucky musicians Joan Shelley and Brett Ratliff will add musical punctuations to the evening.

Wednesday, November 29 | 6PM-8:30PM
21c Museum Hotel | 167 W Main St
FREE

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MUSIC
COLLAGE: A HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
University of Kentucky Choirs

Celebrating 20 years of the festive event, UK Choirs invites you to Collage: A Holiday Spectacular 2017! This concert is full of holiday favorites and features all UK Choirs as well as a number of guest ensembles and soloists

Saturday, December 2 | 2PM & 7:30PM
Sunday, December 3 | 3:00PM
Singletary Center for the Arts | 405 Rose St
$29 | $14 for students     BUY NOW

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ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO & SIBELIUS 5
University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra

Join the UKSO in welcoming cellist  Amit Peled  to the stage. The concert will feature Peled and the UK Symphony Orchestra performing Edward Elgar's legendary Cello Concerto. The orchestra will also perform the delightful overture to the opera "Hansel and Gretel" and the sublime Symphony No. 5 of Jean Sibelius.

Thursday, November 30 | 7:30PM
Singletary Center for the Arts | 405 Rose St
$9 | $4 for students, FREE before day of show with a valid student ID     BUY NOW
859.257.4929

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WOODSONGS KIDS
WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour

This Special Event broadcast of WoodSongs  will be an adventurous exploration of the world of Roots Music. Appearing on the broadcast will be the Presidents of the major roots organizations to explain what each organization does and how interested musicians can benefit from their grassroots work. They have also each hand selected a WOODSONGS KID that best represents their musical image to spotlight the next "link in the chain."

THE BLUES FOUNDATION mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of the uniquely American art form. Representing the Blues Foundation is 16-year-old David JuliaWatch a clip.

FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL mission is to nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community - traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional - through education, advocacy and performance. Folk Alliance International has selected Indian/American siblings GIRI & UMA PETERS to appear on WoodSongs. Watch a clip.

THE INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION (IBMA) mission connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow. They have picked Grand Master Fiddle champion Ivy Phillips from Chapmansboro, Tennessee to perform on the broadcast. Watch a clip.

Also performing are blues legend Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin and Nashville fiddler Deanie Richardson.

Monday, December 4 | 6:45PM
Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$10 | FREE for WoodSongs Partners
859.255.5700

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APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS 9
Red Barn Radio

Join Red Barn Radio's studio audience for a Christmas celebration concert featuring four exciting artists from the KY region which will televised on KET and WTVQ during the month of December! Experience the music of artists like The McLain Family Band, The Price Sisters, My Brother's Keeper, and so much more! 

Wednesday, December 6 | 8PM
Red Barn Radio | 161 N Mill St
$8     TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
859.338.7648

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EXHIBITIONS
24TH ANNUAL OPEN STUDIO + CAREY ELLIS & WHERE WE ARE
Bolivar Art Gallery

Open Studio is an annual event organized by the Art Graduate Student Association of UK's School of Art & Visual Studies. Since 1993, the school has opened its doors to the community on the first Friday of December to showcase the work of the Master of Fine Arts candidates. During the event, the MFAs and BFAs have their studios open for viewing and there are various demonstrations on view throughout the building. 

The Carey Ellis juried student exhibition is a chance for students to not only show their artwork but receive scholarships for their hard work. 

Open Studio is also an opportunity to buy unique, hand-made holiday gifts from local emerging artists and to see first hand the facilities in which they were created.

Friday, December 1 | 6PM-9PM
Monday-Friday, 10AM-4:30PM | Saturday, 12PM-4PM
Bolivar Art Gallery | 236 Bolivar St
859.257.8151

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IMPROBABLE BAUBLES
Headley-Whitney Museum of Art

Join the Headley-Whitney Museum of Art for the opening of the tenth annual "Improbable Baubles" exhibition. This year's competition featured the work of over 1500 area students K-8th grade in Fayette, Jessamine and Woodford Counties. Come see these innovative faux bibelots created by young artists.

Through December 22
Wednesday-Friday, 10AM-5PM | Saturday-Sunday, 12PM-5PM
Headley-Whitney Museum of Art | 4435 Old Frankfort Pike
859.255.6653

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LESLEY HUMPHREY: LEAN ON ME
New Editions Gallery  

Join the New Editions Gallery for an exhibition of the work of 2011 official Kentucky Derby artist Lesley Humphrey. With a long list of accomplishments as an internationally recognized artist, teacher and mentor, this body of work reflects her very personal journey through crisis, introspection and redemption. The painted horse is her vehicle for expression. 

Through December 23
Tuesday-Saturday, 11AM-5:30PM
New Editions Gallery | 500 W Short St
859.266.2766

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HOLIDAY REVELS
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery

Throughout 2017, the gallery has been filled with the innovative work of many contemporary artists. Holiday Revels will be your chance to review the work of MS Rezny Studio/Gallery's featured artists.

Through December 31
Tuesday-Friday, 12-5PM | Saturday, 1-4PM
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery | 903 Manchester St
859.252.4647

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HEY, MY RIDE IS HERE!
Artists' Attic, Inc.

Experience this exhibit of paintings by Kentucky artist Damon Farmer, depicting the artist's interest in things whimsical, mechanical and fantastical. 

Through December 30
Monday-Thursday, 10AM-5PM
Friday-Saturday, 11AM-5PM
The Artists' Attic | 401 W Main St, Ste 401
859.254.5501

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TATTOO FLASH
ArtsPlace Gallery

"Tattooing is undoubtedly an art form and, in my opinion, one of the purest forms of expression.  A tattoo speaks not only for the one whose skin it has been permanently imprinted on, but also for the artist who put it there. A little piece of the tattoo artist's creativity goes into each and every tattoo they create.
 
Tattoo Flash has a strong association as being 'the tattoo I saw on the wall at the shop,' but true art is still being created in the flash format by many modern artists. For me, a tattoo marks a period of my life, but it is more than that-it is also a way of filling my skin with art created by true artists. Tattoo Flash is an amazing way to showcase that skin is not the only canvas that these artists work on. If I'm going to get a tattoo from 'the wall at the shop,' I would want it to be one of these true pieces of art."
 
-John Winters, Juror

Through December 31
Monday - Friday, 10AM-5PM | Saturday, Noon-5PM
ArtsPlace Gallery | 161 N Mill St
859.255.2951

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COMPLEX SIMPLICITIES
City Gallery at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center

After meeting in 2015 at the KY Crafted Breeders Cup Exhibition and seeing their work side by side, Helene Steene asked Julie Warren Conn to join her for a show at the Pam Miller DAC City Gallery. Visitors can enjoy multiple abstract sculptures from Conn and paintings and visual poetry from Steene at the City Gallery's latest exhibit. 

Through December 3
Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM-5PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-8PM | Sunday, 10AM-2PM
Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St
859.425.2562

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ALISON SAAR: BREACH
University of Kentucky Art Museum  

In Breach, artist Alison Saar looks back in time to the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 to investigate contemporary and enduring social and cultural themes.

Saar's work addresses social and political legacies of the African diaspora and slavery, as well as the resulting contributions to modern art and culture, all spurred by the northern migration of those displaced by the flood. She also examines the complex relationship of African Americans to rivers, both healing and punitive.

Through December 3
Tuesday-Thursday, 10AM-5PM | Friday, 10AM-8PM | Saturday-Sunday, Noon-5PM
UK Art Museum | 405 Rose St
859.257.5716

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LEXINGTON CAMERA CLUB: NEW WORK
The Lyric Theatre Gallery

This is the third exhibition of the reincarnated Lexington Camera Club, which, like its predecessor, meets monthly and is open to all. Lexington Camera Club: New Work is dedicated to the memory of Nori Hall (1950-2017), an extraordinary and creative image-maker and one of the founders of the new Lexington Camera Club. 

Through December 15
Tuesday-Friday, 11AM-5PM | Saturday, 1-5PM
Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St

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MAP/PING
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University

Work by Jessica Breen, Susanna Crum, R. Luke DuBois, Luke Gnadinger, Valerie S. Goodwin, Colleen Toutant Merrill, Jenny Odell, Joyce Ogden, Jackie Pancari, Fred Tschida, Clement Valla and James Wade.

Maps have always been about art. Twelve U.S. artists explore social mapping, culturally expanded notions of maps and what happens when one discipline uses the language of another to consider time, place and behavior.

Through December 15
Monday-Friday, Noon-5PM
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University | 300 N Broadway
859.233.8142

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IMPRESSIVE PRINTS II
Bluegrass Printmakers' Cooperative

The Bluegrass Printmakers' Cooperative, Lexington Parks and Recreation and the Lexington Public Library are proud to present imPRESSive Prints II, a group printmaking exhibition featuring Lexington printmakers Stephanie Barker, Jared Clemons, Carrie Norris, Matt Reno, Sonora Schuck, Cathy Vigor, and Stephen Wiggins. 

Through December 21
Mon-Thurs, 9:30AM-9PM | Fri, 9:30AM-6PM | Sat, 9:30AM-5PM | Sun, 1-5PM
East End Public Library | 3000 Blake James Dr
859.425.2550 

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ART.WRITE.NOW.2017
The Living Arts & Science Center

Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Art.Write.Now.Tour features approximately 50 visual art works, The Best Teen Writing, an annual anthology of selected writing that received Gold Medals from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, displayed on iPads. A full-color catalog of the works accompanies the year-long tour.

Through December 27
Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5:00PM
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
859.252.5222

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