“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. 


ALEBRIJES: PEDRO'S MAGICAL SPIRIT CREATURES
Bluegrass Youth Ballet
Based on a true story. While on his death bed, Pedro Linares, a Mexican piñata maker, dreams that the elements of earth transform themselves into colorful, strange creatures who shout "Alebrijes!" at him. After following each creature through its own world, Pedro miraculously recovers and creates one of the most beloved Mexican folk art in modern day...Alebrijes!

In conjunction with the show, Miss Adalhi invites everyone to create their own alebrije! These alebrijes will be displayed in the lobby of the Opera House during the Alebrije performances. People will have a chance to vote on the most creative one with a chance to win tickets to the 15 Dances production at the end of March. The winner will be announced during the curtain speech of the Saturday performance of Alebrijes. You do not need to be present to win. Click here for more information.

Friday, October 12 | 7PM
Saturday, October 13 | 2PM
Lexington Opera House | 401 W Short St
$21.50 BUY NOW
859.241.7742
FOR EVERY SEASON THERE IS A SONG
Lexington Chamber Chorale
A Season for Singing. Lexington Chamber Chorale's 28th season begins with LCC's take on "The Seasons." Selections appropriate to the four seasons include works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, Henry Purcell, and George Shearing. Poems appropriate to the four seasons by Joyce Sutphen, Mary Oliver, Fr. Walter Baldo, and Robert Frost will be read.

Saturday, October 13 | 7:30PM
Second Presbyterian Church | 460 E Main St
$22 | $10 for students BUY NOW
859.317.3353
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
AthensWest Theatre Company
In this “Trivial Comedy for Serious People,” the charming Algernon and Jack both use the alias of “Ernest” to hobnob outside their stuffy social circles. But their harmless deceptions come to a halt when they fall in love with women more taken with their assumed names than with the men themselves – and the imperious Lady Bracknell doesn’t approve of either union. They can’t both be Ernest – or can they?

This classic comedy-of-manners has been thumbing its nose at “proper society” for over 100 years!

Directed by Col. Trent Stephens. October 7, 11, 14 & 18 performances will feature a post-show talkback.

October 11-13, 18-20 | 8PM
October 14 & 21 | 2PM
Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St
$27.50 | $22.50 for students & seniors BUY NOW
859.425.2550
DANCE
YOU, ME & RUMI
Shree School of Dance
An enthralling multi-cultural multi-artform performance event presented by leading local artists Patrick Mitchell, Landra Lewis, Soreyda Begley, Suzanne McIntosh, Mark Johnson and Lakshmi Sriraman along with international collaborator Sandhya Raman. 

Dance, theater, music, fashion, glass art and poetry come alive in this event as participants weave a compelling story of their relationship with nature.

Friday, October 12 | 7PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$18 | $12 for seniors & students BUY NOW
859.608.8898
LITERARY
A READING BY SILAS HOUSE
UK MFA Program in Creative Writing
Silas House, a two-time winner of the Kentucky Novel of the Year Award, will read from his latest book, SOUTHERNMOST, at the William T. Young Library's UK Athletic Association Auditorium.

Wednesday, October 10 | 7PM
William T. Young Library | 401 Hilltop Ave
FREE RSVP NOW
859.257.7008
THEATRE
THE DRUNKEN CITY
UK Department of Theatre & Dance
Three twenty-somethings head to the city for a wild bachelorettes' night out. After one too many drinks, their blissful naïveté quickly descends into an inebriated spectacle of uncertainty. The truth, like liquor, can be disorienting and the city like a beast that pushes you to the brink. How do you handle the pressure? In the light of day, everything can change. 

“The Drunken City” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

October 11-13 | 7:30PM
October 14 | 2PM
Guignol Theatre, Fine Arts Building | 465 Rose St
$15 | $10 for students BUY NOW
859.257.4929
MUSIC
OPENING NIGHT: BERNSTEIN & GERSHWIN
Lexington Philharmonic
LexPhil opens the 2018/19 Season with a centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein, featuring Bernstein’s Suite from Candide and a semi-staged presentation of Bernstein’s opera Trouble in Tahiti at the Lexington Opera House, featuring stage direction by John de los Santos and vocal talent from Kentucky Opera Studio Artists. Pianist Ryan Shirar performs Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

BERNSTEIN Suite from Candide

GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
Ryan Shirar, piano

BERNSTEIN Trouble in Tahiti
semi-staged opera
John de los Santos, director
Cecelia Hall, mezzo-soprano
Keith Phares, baritone
Timothy Murray, baritone
Kentucky Opera Studio Artists -
Reilly Nelson, mezzo-soprano
Thomas J. Capobianco, tenor

Saturday, October 20 | 7:30PM
Lexington Opera House | 401 W Short St
$35-$85 | For student tickets, call below BUY NOW
859.233.4226
SENORA MAY
Red Barn Radio
Don't miss this week's Red Barn Radio, featuring Kentucky-based singer-songwriter SENORA MAY. Originally from Irvine, KY, Senora is a musician who dabbles in alternative folk, Appalachia-Americana, and acoustic folk rock. Watch a clip.

Wednesday, October 10 | 8PM
Red Barn Radio | 161 N Mill St
$8 BUY NOW
859.338.7648
SMITH CONCERT SERIES: "CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD"
Transylvania University
Transylvania University and the Dorothy J. and Fred K. Smith Concert Series present Grammy award-winning CONSPIRARE in a performance of “Considering Matthew Shepard.” The evocative choral drama is a mix of musical textures and idioms that defy genre and come together to create a sense of hope, compassion, unity and empowerment. 

A resource fair and reception featuring community organizations will take place at 6:30 p.m., one hour prior to the 7:30 p.m. performance. Composer Craig Hella Johnson will take part in a discussion immediately following the concert.  Watch a clip.

“Considering Matthew Shepard” is presented as part of Transylvania’s New Frontiers series, which explores new ideas and perspectives through the arts, humanities and sciences. Free admission and parking.

Tuesday, October 9 | 7:30PM
Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts | 300 N Broadway
859.233.8300
FILM
FREAKY FRIDAY FLICKS
Artworks at the Carver School
It's that time of year again where crisp fall air mixes with the smell of wood burning fires and pumpkin flavored everything is in abundance. Artworks at the Carver School welcomes the return of the Freaky Friday Flicks movie series back to Moondance Amphitheater. 

CoCo on October 12

Bring your friends and family out and enjoy a roasted marshmallow, some other fall goodies and help kick off the Halloween season with these great seasonal movies. It's only $2.25 at the gate for adults and children over 13 years of age. It will be tons of fun for the entire family!

Fridays through October 12 | 6PM
Moondance Amphitheater | 1152 Monarch St
$2.25 at the gate | Children under 13
859.425.2057
EXHIBITIONS
OPENING RECEPTION: WHO GOES THERE?
Cricket Press & Bread Box Studio Artists
Join Cricket Press & Bread Box Studio Artists on Friday, October 12th for the opening reception of Who Goes There? - a group art show celebrating the monstrous, mysterious, and macabre. This will be the 2nd year organizing this show, and it was a ton of spooky fun last year!

This art exhibit features over 30 local and regional artists with a focus on the spirit of the Halloween season and all things creepy, spooky and fun. Each artist was asked for their own unique take on this theme.

Come celebrate the season with this show at the Bread Box Studio Artists gallery space! There will be a variety of food for those attending the show, and a festive, Halloween-themed atmosphere!

Through October 26
Opening Reception: Friday, October 12 | 6PM
Bread Box Studio Artists | 501 W 6th St
FREE
859.536.3239
THE LEAGUE: MEMBERS EXHIBITION
Lexington Art League
The League: Members Exhibit 2018 presents more than 50 works by member artists ranging from the 1960s to the present day, along with archival materials and memorabilia that document the rich history of the Lexington Art League. The exhibition is presented in three sections. Artwork from Early Members includes pieces completed prior to the league occupying the Loudoun House in 1984. Decades Work juxtaposes old and new works by those artists who have been member artists for more than ten years. Current Members includes any artist participating as a member since 1984. 

Exhibition artworks were selected through a blind jury scoring process by the Lexington Art League Artistic Development Committee (ADC): Alex Brooks, Blake Eames, Jack Girard, Daniel Graham, and Mary Rezny.

Through October 14
Lexington Art League | 209 Castlewood Dr
Tuesday-Thursday, 10AM-4PM | Friday, 10AM-8PM | Saturday-Sunday, 1PM-4PM
FREE
859.254.7024
ASHLEY HUNT: DEGREES OF VISIBILITY
Bolivar Art Gallery
Ashley Hunt is interested in how images, objects, maps, writing and performance can engage social ideas and actions, including those of social movements, daily life, the exercise of political power, and the disciplinary boundaries that separate our art worlds from the larger worlds in which they sit. His work looks to structures that allow people to accumulate power, and those which keep others from getting it, while learning from the ways people come to know, contribute to or resist these structures. Rather than seeing art and activism as two exclusive spheres of practice, he approaches them as mutual and complimentary — drawing upon the ideas and aesthetics of social movements, cultural theory and art alike, the theorizing and practices of each informing the other.

His current project, Degrees of Visibility, is a large body of landscape photographs from throughout the fifty U.S. states and territories, documenting spaces in which prisons sit from publicly available points of view — looking at how prisons are presented and camouflaged within our everyday perception, forming a part of an aesthetics of mass incarceration.

Presented by the School of Art and Visual Studies, Visiting Artist Series.

Through October 27
Bolivar Art Gallery | 236 Bolivar St
Monday-Friday, 10AM-4:30PM | Saturday, 12PM-4PM
FREE
859.257.8151
THE TWENTY
The Artists' Attic
“The Twenty” is an art exhibit featuring work by twenty Associate Members of Artist’s Attic. This diverse collection of paintings and talent is presented by the artists Karen Carey, Frank Culberson, Mitch Curd, Sarah Detraz, Damon Farmer, Denise Foster, Nancy Hall, David Harover, Sandra Kestner, Eric Johnson, Marjorie Leinbach, Becky Mills, David Page, Julia Pezzi, Candice Rene, Marilyn Sadler, Lee Sturtevant, Connie Tucker, Molly VanZant, and Cate Wagoner.

Through October 31
Artists' Reception: Thursday, October 11 | 5:30PM
The Artist's Attic | 401 W Main St, Ste 401
Monday-Saturday, 11AM-5PM
859.254.5501
SERGIO ANDRES PINEDA: HANDS UP. PUT THE MONEY IN THE BAG.
The Parachute Factory
"This is the effect of Lexington, Kentucky. I've been here for four years. In this time, the essence of the city is within me. The culture, the vibe, the North Side, East end, downtown scene, a love letter to Lexington and everyone in it, if you will. 

This is dedicated to the lady’s and gentleman that are hustling, out here steady on the grind in this city. To the night life, where we unwind. This is a toast to Lexington and the individuals that make this city pop off."

Sergio Andres Pineda

Through October
Opening Reception: Friday, October 5 | 6PM
The Parachute Factory | 720 Bryan Ave
Wednesday-Friday, 5PM-8PM | Saturday, 12PM-3PM
THROUGH THE EYES OF CHILDREN
Sayre School
Initiated by Lower School art teacher Georgia Henkel and held at the Living Arts and Science Center, Through the Eyes of Children is an art exchange with students at Riera Studio in Havana, Cuba and Sayre's Lower School. Riera Studio is Cuba’s primary resource for artists with disabilities. Sayre students participated in the first art exchange in 2015 with children at the Casa de Cultura in Baracoa, Cuba. This exchange is just one of many ways Sayre School collaborates creatively with other students nationally and internationally. The exhibit will also be held in February and March in Havana, Cuba.

Through November 24
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5PM
FREE
859.252.5222
LOS CÓDICES: ILLUSTRATED BOOKS FROM INDIGENOUS MESOAMERICA
University of Kentucky Department of Hispanic Studies
Did you know that the University of Kentucky has a collection of high-quality facsimiles of Mesoamerican painted books? Come see how Aztec, Mixtec, and Mayan civilizations recorded their histories, daily rituales, and educational texts in illustrated form.

The exhibit runs through October 26th and is located in the Great Hall of the UK Special Collections Research Center in the Margaret I. King Library.

Through October 26
Special Collections Research Center, Margaret I. King Library | 179 Funkhouser Dr
Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
FREE
859.257.8611
LATINO ART BLEND
Christ Church Cathedral
In September and October, Christ Church Cathedral is hosting the 2018 Latino Art Blend. This is the 8th year in a row that Camilo Quintana “blends” the art of over 20 artists from Central and South America into one beautiful exhibit. Christ Church Cathedral hosted the 5th annual Blend in 2015 and is excited to exhibit another blended group of talented artists.

Through October 28
Christ Church Cathedral | 166 Market St
Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM | Saturday, 8AM-12PM | Sunday, 8AM-7:30PM
FREE
859.254.4497
FACULTY EXHIBITION
College of Design University of Kentucky
Don't miss this College of Design Faculty Exhibition in the Community Gallery at the Downtown Arts Center. The exhibit runs through Oct. 28.

Through October 28
Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St
Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM-5PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-8PM | Sunday, 10AM-2PM
FREE
859.425.2562
AN UNCOMMON VISION: CARLOS GAMEZ DE FRANCISCO
New Editions Gallery
Born in Cuba and formally trained at the finest art schools in the country, Carlos Gamez de Francisco is already in collections at 21c Museum Hotel and around the world. Obsessed with the past, but uniquely grounded in the present, this exhibit explores our prodigious relationship with horses in the Bluegrass. Breaking from established norms and creating a language of his own, the work provides an escape from reality that manipulates history and explores social and historical issues that affect our daily lives.

Through November 3
New Editions Gallery | 500 W Short St
Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5:30PM
FREE
859.266.2766
INTERLUDES
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery
This exhibition features paintings and drawings by Chris Brannock. Mary Louise Dean, Kathy Rees Johnson and Patrick McNeese

A range of media and supports are on display in these creations at the intersection of art and music. Each artist allows music to influence the form, textures and color in their paintings but their diverse affinities for music make an intriguing mix.

Through November 16
LexArts HOP Closing Reception: Friday, November 16 | 5PM
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery | 903 Manchester St, Ste 170
Tuesday-Friday, 12PM-5PM | Saturday, 1PM-4PM
FREE
859.252.4647
KENTUCKY GUILD OF ARTISTS & CRAFTSMEN
The Living Arts & Science Center
Founded in 1961, the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen (KGAC) is one of the oldest organizations working to preserve and promote the rich heritage of arts and crafts in Kentucky. Beginning with the “Guild Train,” which ran from 1961 through 1967, the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen introduced thousands across Kentucky to the world of fine art and crafts. Located in Berea, KGAC is statewide organization seeking to bring together the diverse arts and crafts throughout Kentucky with a focus on educating artisans, youth, and the general public about the value of high quality art and crafts. 

The Living Arts and Science Center in partnership with the KGAC will feature an exhibition of selected members from the guild’s juried artists and craftsmen. Works in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, glass, fiber, metal, photography, and wood will be on display in the LASC’s Kinkead and Atrium Galleries September 14th through November 24th. 

Special workshops will be organized with participating KGAC members and presented at the LASC during the run of the exhibition.

Through November 24
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5:30PM
FREE
859.252.5222
OF NATURE: TRAVIS RIDDELL & KIPTOO TARUS
LexArts Gallery
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 Gallery | 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
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
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
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