OPENING RECEPTION: JASON DAFRI THOMPSON- BEHIND THE ROSES
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center
"My Heavenly Father has me capturing the stories of the African American families, and communities that have formed our modern day United States. Growing up African American, it gave me hope to hear about a people who when faced with adversity never gave up and still pushed for equal rights for all. I am seeking to bring healing to the world my Heavenly Father created with one word, Dafri. It comes from three words. Dance, Africa, Free. It was an answer to a specific prayer to my Heavenly Father. He spoke of four principles I was to use for a new artistic expression. They were persistence, self awareness, openness and release. This was and has become the root of my artistic process."
-Jason Dafri Thompson

Through February 21
Opening Reception: Friday, January 10 | 7PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
FREE
859.280.2201
SUBSTANCE & LOOK BOTH WAYS TWICE
Allegro Dance Project
On Friday, January 10th, in partnership with the City of Lexington, Allegro Dance Project is proud to present their work Substance, a raw look inside the opioid epidemic and the lifelong battle of overcoming addiction. After the performance, Community Response Strategist Andrea James will lead a conversation about the resources and intervention opportunities right here in Lexington.  

The following evening, Allegro Dance Project presents an unforgettable evening of contemporary dance, aerial & circus arts and live original music at Lexington’s historic Lyric Theatre. Featuring excerpts from the July 2019 show Look Both Ways and audience favorite, Winter. Participants of Allegro’s Adaptive Dance & Inclusive Dance Outreach Program will again join company dancers on stage for the final piece of the show in a colorful celebration of inclusion. There will also be a silent auction in the theatre lobby to support Allegro Dance Project's Inclusive Dance Outreach program, providing dance outreach and performance opportunities for children with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other specific needs in the Lexington area.

Substance : Friday, January 10 | 7PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
FREE

Look Both Ways Twice : Saturday, January 11 | 7PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$17-$22 BUY NOW
EXHIBITION CLOSING & PERFORMANCE: ROBERT BEATTY: PLACE HOLDER
Lexington Art League
A site-specific installation by Lexington-based Robert Beatty. In the darkened space, Beatty’s repeated concrete forms suggest the design of an ancient ruin, a future dystopia, or perhaps a message written in an alien language. Cameras on each side record the city in real time, projecting it on to the walls surrounding the table. As viewers approach, they are caught on camera and their images are projected on the walls, becoming part of the installation. Click here for more information.

The closing of Place Holder features a live audio/visual performance by Robert Beatty.

Through January 11
Closing Performance: Friday, January 10 | 7PM
21c Lexington Museum Hotel | 167 W Main St
FREE
859.899.6800
COMMUNITY
PUBLIC ART INPUT MEETING
City of Lexington, KY
The Public Arts Commission is hosting a series of focus group gatherings throughout the community to get public input regarding the public art master plan. The meeting on January 14 at the Lyric will focus on artists and art organizations.

Some meetings will have a specific focus, but all are welcome to attend. Please register here. If you’re unable to attend a meeting, please feel free to make your voice heard by filling out this survey!

Tuesday, January 14 | 5:30PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
FREE
859.280.2201
MUSIC
THE MICHELLE CANNING BAND
Red Barn Radio
Originally from North Andover, MA and currently residing in Nashville, TN, MICHELLE CANNING is known as one of the most energetic performers of bluegrass and country music. A first-rate banjo player and vocalist, Canning plays a variety of instruments including guitar and bass. Recognized for her vibrant stage presence, Michelle Canning has toured several states and seven cities across the People’s Republic of China. In 2009, Canning became the youngest person and only female ever to earn the title of New England Banjo Champion. Her two recordings (2015, 2018) include several of her original compositions. Michelle Canning is a graduate of Morehead State University with a bachelor of arts degree in traditional music and a masters degree in business. Watch a clip.

Wednesday, January 8 | 7PM
Red Barn Radio | 161 N Mill St
$10
859.338.7648
HAWKTAIL
APPALACHIAN ROAD SHOW
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
HAWKTAIL is a band of master musicians featuring members of Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, Crooked Still, and A Prairie Home Companion. Hawktail blazes away at their own trail, successfully challenging the traditional roles of their respective instruments and genres. “We’re just trying to find something good to play,” says guitarist Jordan Tice. “We’re not interested in adhering to the same old forms—merely adding some spice to something that we all know how it’s going to end.” Watch a clip.

THE APPALACHIAN ROAD SHOW combines the award-winning talents of banjo master Barry Abernathy from Mountainheart, mandolinist-extraordinaire Darrell Webb, Grammy Award winning fiddler Jim Vancleve, bassist, Todd Phillips and Zeb Snyde on guitar. The group seeks to honor the music, traditions, and history of the great Appalachian people and regions, as much as it does to forge its own fresh musical and entertainment trails--each endeavor infused with an authenticity and vitality born of their Appalachian roots. Watch a clip.

Monday, January 13 | 6:45PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$20 BUY NOW
859.252.8888
DANCE
CONTRA DANCE WITH NED MCNEIL & THE OPEN BAND
Lexington Traditional Dance Association
Come dance to calling of Ned McNeil and the lilting sounds of Lexington’s own Open Band led by David Wagoner! Bring an instrument and join in! Be sure to wear light weight clothing, bring a water bottle, soft-soled shoes, and a friend!  

Snacks are always appreciated for the community snack table.

Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students and first-timers. Beginner’s workshop is offered from 7:30 to 8:00pm.

Friday, January 10 | 7:30PM
Artworks at the Carver School | 522 Patterson St
$8 | $5 for students & first-timers
859.552.5433
EXHIBITIONS
ART INSPIRED BY MUSIC
The Harstad Fine Arts Series, Inc.
This group show of art inspired by music features work by artists Mary Louise Dean, Amy Hadden, Tuesday Hadden, and Kathy Rees Johnson. The exhibition is open during all public events or by appointment.

Through January 31
The Harstad Fine Arts Series, Inc. | 1000 Tates Creek Rd
FREE
859.266.7621
RESILIENCE 101: WORK BY PUBLIC SERVICE ARTISTS & FRIENDS
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University
Public Service Artists (PSA) and invited friends create an exhibition expressing societal, physical, generational, and environmental resilience. PSA is a Cincinnati-based group of political art activists interested in proactively changing the political climate through increasing voter turnout, identifying viable political candidates, and convincing a greater public to be politically active. They began in early 2018 and their interventions include yard signs, coasters, t-shirts and buttons, as well as interactive pop-up events and activities. 

Through February 21
LexArts HOP Reception: Friday, January 17 | 5PM
Public Lecture with PSA: Wednesday, January 22 | 7PM
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University | 300 N Broadway
859.233.8300
POP STARS: POPULAR CULTURE & CONTEMPORARY ART
21c Museum Hotel Lexington
Superheroes and celebrities, totems and toys: the imagery of manufactured fantasy is reframed in the visual language of historical iconography in this multi-media exploration of popular culture today. Culling from the canon of art history, mining the mass media, and scouring streets and screens, Pop Stars! demonstrates the dominance of the popular as today’s ubiquitous culture. The artists featured appropriate images and practices from commerce, science, politics, religion, sports, and technology, to illuminate recent shifts in how culture is being created and consumed, intertwining past and present in transformative new intersections of art and life.

Through May
21c Museum Hotel Lexington | 167 Main St
859.899.6800
LexArts 161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507