Casa de la Cultura de Kentucky
Join Casa de la Cultura of Lexington for their first major fundraiser, Moonlight Mambo Gala! The evening will feature live music, tapas, cocktails, and free Mambo dance lessons.

Come and help support this wonderful non-profit organization. Purchase your individual tickets or reserve a group table and save! Seating is limited, so take advantage of the EARLY BIRD savings.

For more information about Casa de la Cultura Hispana de Kentucky, click here.

Saturday, July 28 | 7:30PM
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning | 251 W Second St
$55 in advance | $60 at the door BUY NOW
Lexington Children's Theatre
Straight from Broadway to the Bluegrass, the Lexington Children's Theatre is thrilled to announce Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical as the 80th season opener and their 17th annual Summer Family Musical. LCT will be one of the first regional companies in the country to produce this incredible show!

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you unlocked the power inside of you? When Matilda has enough of her preoccupied parents, her horrible headmistress, and her seemingly doomed destiny– she decides it’s time to take matters into her own… imagination! Join Matilda, Miss Honey, Bruce, Lavender, and the Trunchbull on this rebellious romp through the wacky and wild world of Roald Dahl in the regional premiere of this magical musical. So, grab a big book and an even BIGGER piece of chocolate cake as we boogie our way through this incredible story that celebrates what it means to be Y-O-U!

Thursday, July 26 & Friday, July 27 | 7:30PM
Saturday, July 28 & Sunday, July 29 | 2PM
Lexington Children's Theatre | 418 W Short St
$25 | $20 for children BUY NOW
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. 

Community Supported Art is a commission-based art program designed to support local artists in the production of new artworks while providing patrons with easy access to a variety of unique and hand-made artworks by local artists at a great value. Purchase your crop of eight (8) unique and hand-made artworks by newly participating KY artists. $320 per share. Pre-Sale Shares are available through this event and include a family membership to LAL. 

This reception will feature special appearances by Lexington Art League's partners at Lexington Philharmonic and Kentucky Ballet Theatre, and food and drinks by Sweet LiLu's.

Friday, July 27 | 6PM
Lexington Art League | 209 Castlewood Dr
$5 | FREE to LAL members & students with valid ID
Studio Players - Lexington Community Theatre
There is something for everyone to enjoy at this fast-paced, fun, sometimes dramatic, sometimes zany evening of theatre - make plans to join us for something a little different, and a lot of fun!

Flight to Paris
By Tony Manzo
Directed by Rob Maddox
Cast: Evender Hodges Sanders, Kody Kiser, Kyle Wade

Beatrix Potter Must Die
By Patrick Gabridge
Directed by Patti Heying
Cast: Wesley Jay Akers, Sharon Sikorski

A Thorn
By Seamus Lucason
Directed by Joe Ferrell
Cast: Joe Gatton, Walter Tunis, Kelsey Waltermire

Stick & Move
By Greg Lam
Directed by Bob Singleton
Cast: Brett Ervin, Bailey Preston, Abby Reeve, Jeremiah Reeve

God on a Couch
By Dan O’Day
Directed by Marty Wayman
Cast: Esther Harvey, Adam Luckey

By Robin Pond
Directed by Sam Jenkins
Cast: Kathy Jones, Spencer McGuire

Meet the Pets
By Tracey Jane Smith
Directed by Jeremy Kisling
Cast: Tanner Gray, Suraya Shalash, Kathryn Velonis, Kyle Wade

Thursday, July 26, Friday, July 27 & Saturday, July 28 | 8:00PM
Sunday, July 29 | 2:30PM
Studio Players - Lexington Community Theatre | 154 W Bell Ct
$15 | Box office opens 1 hr before show
Central Christian Church of Lexington
Central Christian Church of Lexington is proud to present the Cincinnati-based Lee-Rivers Duo in recital. A light reception will follow.

Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70
Beethoven: Sonata for Klavier and Violoncello in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2 I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con molto sentimento d’affetto
III. Allegro
Franck: Violin Sonata
I. Allegro ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo—Fantasia: Ben moderato IV. Allegretto poco mosso

JONATHAN LEE, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a soloist and member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, New Mexico Philharmonic and Kentucky Symphony Orchestras. Jonathan has performed in some of the major concert halls of the world including Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, Kitara Hall, Sydney Opera House, Mozarteum, and Haydn Hall.

An avid chamber musician, he has performed on numerous concert series and music festivals including Pacific Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute. He is also a founding member and core musician of the the Immaculata Chamber Music Series in its inaugural 2018-19 season. 

Pianist SANDRA RIVERS enjoys a reputation today as one of the foremost performing artists of her generation. She has concertized throughout the world and has appeared at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, Aspen, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Kennedy Center and on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center. In addition to her solo career, Ms. Rivers has become widely known for her concert partnerships with many of the world’s leading soloists including Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle, Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Anne Akiko Meyers, Sarah Chang and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, among others.

Ms. Rivers is currently on the keyboard faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is the artistic coordinator for the CCM/Steinway Recital Series which takes place at Steinway Hall in New York City. She is a Steinway Artist.

Sunday, July 29 | 4PM
Central Christian Church | 219 E Short St
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
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
Red Barn Radio
Born in the mountains of West Virginia and raised in the hills of eastern Kentucky, SEAN WHITING is a singer/songwriter saturated with the influence of the south but with the feeling and soul of the blues. With noted influences like the Allman Brothers, Zakk Wylde, Alice in Chains, and Hank Williams Jr., his style is a unique blend of blues, rock, and Americana. Having been writing and performing for the last 20 years, Sean has had the privilege to share the stage with such artists as L.A. Guns, Rival Sons, The Jompson Brothers (Chis Stapleton), and the Steepwater Band, to name a few.

At this Red Barn Radio Live, Sean will be debuting music from his upcoming album Music Incarnate. Watch a clip.

Wednesday, July 25 | 8PM
Red Barn Radio | 161 N Mill St
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
NO BS! BRASS BAND (yes, that’s really their name) has quickly earned a reputation as a premiere band to see for heart-pounding energy and uncontrollable dancing. Based in Richmond, Virginia, they take their music into uncharted territory, embracing the spirit of New Orleans into its original East Coast modern funk and fearlessly combining elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin into their fiercely original sound. Founders Reggie Pace and Lance Koehler have cast this 11-piece band in which nearly every member has had conservatory training, holding various degrees in music. They have the look of New Orleans with the raw sound all their own — music is a true definition of the “Richmond sound. Watch a clip.

MICHELLE MALONE defies easy description. Wild-haired Rock God, political singer/songwriter, passionate performer with roots in church music–no single characterization tells the whole story. Over the course of this Atlanta native’s decades-spanning career, she’s collaborated with artists from Steve Earle to ZZ Top to Greg Allman, released more than a dozen records and gone indie when it still took guts. Equal parts badass guitar slinger and sweet songstress, Malone artfully balances her penchant for ripping it through the roof with masterful lyrical introspection and vocals that range from sublime to raucous. She’ll be performing songs from her 15th release, the self-produced “Slings and Arrows,” which debuted at #8 on the Billboard blues charts.  Watch a clip.

Monday, July 30 | 6:45PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
Lexington Chamber Orchestra
Join the Lexington Chamber Orchestra for an evening of chamber music featuring LCO musicians and friends! The recital will include pieces composed by Prokofiev, Hummel, Piazzolla, Coleman, D’Rivera, and Dovel. There will also be a world premiere written by LCO's very own bassist Tyler Turcotte.

Saturday, July 28 | 7:30PM
Tates Creek PCA Church | 3900 Rapid Run Dr
FREE | $10-$20 donations suggested
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 Star Wars Rogue One (2016).

Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen becomes the Empire's lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station's plans for the Rebel Alliance.
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.

Friday, July 27 | 7PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
The Living Arts & Science Center
Discover something new at Discovery Saturdays. These workshops are designed to be enjoyed together with friends and family of all ages. The fourth Saturday of every month, a 90 minute AM and PM workshop will focus on topics such as comic drawing, trying you hand at the pottery wheel and much more. Workshops are led by teaching artists or science educators and offer a great introduction to the LASC or a unique way entertain family and friends. Drop-ins welcome if space allows. Come early or stay late for a planetarium show and take in LASC's art exhibits to complete the day.

Included with $4 admission…
Marksbury Discovery Exhibit | How Things Work: Engineering and Innovation: Last Chance, exhibit closes August 1st
Art Galleries | Rules + play, an Interactive exhibition of art created by programmers, artists and game developers

Maker’s Space |Masters of Illusion: Illusions can be tricky things. What you see might not be what is actually there. We’ll dive deep into the science behind illusions, why and how you see them, and create our very own illusions to baffle the senses.

Planetarium | 11am: One World, One Sky with Big Bird and Friends 12:15pm + 1:15pm: Back to the Moon
(included with admission)

Add and AM or PM workshop…
AM Workshop | Tie Dye: Back to the future with Mary Nehring
Everything old is new again! The whole family will have fun as we learn some unusual and experimental ways to put vibrant color on fabric. Please bring one white 100% cotton t-shirt for all family members taking the workshop.

PM Workshop | Retro Toy Workshop with Callie Northern 
Have fun with the whole family as we explore the toys of 1968! Bring your nostalgia and love of toys to this playful toy making workshop. We will explore some popular toys of the times and make some sweet replicas out of recycled materials.

Saturday, July 28 | 10AM
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
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
New Editions Gallery
It might be hot out there, but for this show, New Editions Gallery wants you to KEEP YOUR CLOTHES ON!

No nudes allowed in this figurative show, featuring Gayle Cerlan, Roy Ruiz Clayton, Marcia Cone, Larry Forgard, Carlos Gamez de Francisco, Angie Reed Garner, Joyce Garner, Melissa Hall, Rodney Hatfield, Georgia Henkel, John Lackey, Bob Lockhart, Lora Murphy, Helene Steene, Sharon Weis and Deborah Westerfield.

Through September 8
New Editions Gallery | 500 W Short St
Tuesday-Saturday, 11AM-5:30PM
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
Born under a wolf moon in Southern Kentucky, 1924, Henry Faulkner was propelled into the world of art with a magical imagination.

Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning is proud to present an exhibition of original Henry Faulkner giclée prints in partnership with Hockensmith's Fine Art Editions Gallery and Press. In this exhibit, images from John Hockensmith's book, The Gift of Color: Henry Lawrence Faulkner, provide a visual overview of the evolution of Faulkner as an artist.

Through August 17
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning | 251 W Second St
Monday-Thursday, 10AM-7:30PM | Friday, 10AM-5PM | Saturday, 10AM-2PM
Come celebrate the opening of Rules & Play 2018, featuring unusual hybrid works that are part installation art and part computer game.

Rules and Play is a unique exhibition of interactive installation art created by programmers, artists and game developers. Organized by the game development collaborative, RunJumpDev, a non-profit organization focused on the development of independent computer games in Kentucky. Rules and Play will showcase submitted works of interactivity selected from a global call.

The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM | Saturday, 10AM-2PM
The Artists' Attic
This new exhibition features work by Lynn Dunbar-Bayus, Beth Forst, and Mary Kannappel.

Lynn Dunbar is a nationally recognized painter who has participated in, and won awards for plein air competitions all over the U.S. Her artwork is featured on the 2018 Kentucky Derby and Oaks Posters available at Churchill Downs, and will be featured on the 2018 Holiday Edition of Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Dunbar’s work has been featured most recently in the September 2017 Plein Air Magazine, and in American Art Review.

Many of Beth Forst’s life experiences, whether in employment or education, have led her to become an influential artist and plein air painter. She has always filled her focus with drawings, paintings, and murals and has been selling her work since 1980, beginning with graphite portraits of children. A sales career in the graphic arts/printing field enhanced her knowledge before working as a mural painter and sketch artist. Painting outdoors propelled her into a full time career as an artist. Beth Forst’s focus for original excellence has led to a remarkable body of work. 

Mary Dennis Kannappel is an artist and designer working in a broad range of media – painting, clay, glass and fiber. Kannappel is attracted to a wide range of mediums and material because she feels that each moves at a different rhythm. If there is one connecting theme to her work, it is the relationship between the earth as a living organism and human evolution.

Through August
The Artists' Attic | 401 W Main St, Ste 401
Monday-Thursday, 10AM-5PM | Friday-Saturday, 12PM-5PM
UK Art Museum
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 (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.

Through July 29
UK Art Museum | 405 Rose St
Tuesday-Thursday, 10AM-5PM | Friday, 10AM-8PM | Saturday-Sunday, 12PM-5PM
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
LexArts Gallery | 161 N Mill St
Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM | Saturday, 12PM-5PM
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
The Wills Gallery, Fine Art & Antiques
Please join the Wills Gallery for this special selection of work created by local artist John Tuska.

Through July 31
The Wills Gallery, Fine Art & Antiques | 190 Jefferson St
Tuesday-Thursday, 12PM-7PM | Friday-Saturday, 12PM-8PM
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
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
LexArts 161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507