ON COMMON GROUND
Lexington Community Radio
Don't miss this public conversation about immigration, identity
and how we define community.

Featuring special guest Jose Antonio Vargas, a
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder of Define American, the nation’s leading non-profit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. His memoir,  Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was published by HarperCollins in fall 2018.

Tuesday, September 17 | 7PM
The Kentucky Theater | 214 E Main St
859.721.5688
KYUKEFEST 2019
KYuke
KYukefest 2019 features Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Victor & Penny, Jonathan and His Four-String Fiasco, Sarah Smitha, and more!

Now in its third year, KYUkeFest celebrates the ukulele by bringing together national known Grammy-winning artists and local talent to Lexington. The festival includes unique classes, jam opportunities, flash mobs, a ukulele marketplace, and regional food. Ukulele players of all levels will find plenty of opportunities to learn and play along, while non-players can get a first-hand look at why the uke is exploding in popularity. Click here for more information.

Friday, September 13-Sunday, September 15
LexArts | 161 N Mill St
$15-$115 BUY NOW
859.797.3059
FESTIVAL LATINO DE LEXINGTON
Festival Latino de Lexington
Don't miss the 18th annual Festival Latino de Lexington, the biggest Latino event in the whole state and in the region. This year, the festival will feature music, dance, folk art, and food. Fun for the whole family in a safe environment, and completely free!

Friday, September 13-Sunday, September 15
Fayette Circuit Courthouse | 120 N Limestone
FREE
FILM
FILM SCREENING: LA POINTE COURTE
The Rosa Goddard International Film Festival
SQecial Media is proud to present the first film in this year’s Rosa Goddard International Film Festival! In celebration of her ever-questioning, ever-exploring spirit, SQecial has chosen three films by French filmmaker Agnès Varda (1928 – 2019) for this year’s festival. 

LA POINTE COURTE (dir. Agnès Varda, 1955) — The first film by feminist filmmaker Agnès Varda, this visually stunning masterpiece would provide inspiration for the French New Wave that crested several years later with the early works of Goddard and Truffaut. Part neorealism documentary, part avante-garde meditation on relationship and community, La Pointe Courte follows a man returning to his hometown with his Parisian wife as they explore their marriage and decide whether or not to remain together, all the while navigating the comedies and tragedies of small-town life. Watch a clip.

Wednesday, September 11 | 7PM
The Kentucky Theater | 214 E Main St
$5
859.255.4316
MOONBOW : LEXINGTON PREMIERE
Moonbow Movie & The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center
The filmmakers of Moonbow are thrilled to announce the film's Lexington premiere.

Moonbow follows the story of four young friends as they take their co-workers on an overnight trip to visit the iconic Cumberland Falls and see Kentucky's mythical moonbow. On their journey, the group discovers the cosmic power of the moonbow, and discusses some of Kentucky's grim local legends. They soon realize that some legends are true. Watch the trailer now.

The filmmakers are proud to say that this film was shot entirely in KY on the Samsung Galaxy S9 to prove film-making is available to everyone and doesn't require huge budgets and big production companies. Their hope is to inspire a new wave of local Kentucky film-makers. It also features talent from all over this beautiful state. All sales and proceeds go to fund local Kentucky business.

Wednesday, September 18 | 7:15PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$10 BUY NOW
859.280.2201
THEATRE
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
Message Theatre & The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center
With charm, wit, and heart, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (revised) is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic, based on the beloved comic strip by Charles Schultz. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and Snoopy in this charming revue of vignettes and songs. Musical numbers include “My Blanket and Me,” “The Kite,” “Suppertime,” “Happiness” plus two new songs, “Beethoven Day” and “My New Philosophy,” have been added to the twelve numbers from the original version. Guaranteed to please audiences of all ages! 

Thursday, September 12, Friday, September 13 & Saturday, September 14 | 8PM
Sunday, September 15 | 2:30PM
Friday, September 20 & Saturday, September 21 | 8PM
Sunday, September 22 | 2:30PM
Friday, September 27 & Saturday, September 28 | 8PM
Sunday, September 29 | 2:30PM
Studio Players - Lexington Community Theatre | 154 W Bell Ct
$22 BUY NOW
859.257.4929
THE PIANO LESSON
Message Theatre & The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center & Message Theater are proud to put on a production of the Pulitzer Prize winning The Piano Lesson, by famed American playwright August Wilson.

August Wilson is arguably one of America's greatest playwrights, author of an epic cycle of dramas about the African-American experience in the 20th century. Wilson's work included a series of ten plays, The Pittsburgh Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. One of the most prominent and influential of these plays is The Piano lesson.

Set in 1936 Pittsburgh during the aftermath of the Great Depression, The Piano Lesson follows the lives of the Charles family in the Doaker Charles household and an heirloom, the family piano, which is decorated with designs carved by an enslaved ancestor. The play focuses on the arguments between a brother and a sister who have different ideas on what to do with the piano. 

Come enjoy this classic story as presented by Lexington's own Message Theater on The Lyric's historic stage.

Friday, September 13 & Saturday, September 14 | 7PM
Sunday, September 15 | 2PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$15 BUY NOW
859.280.2201
FAMILY
SCIENCE FRIDAYS IN THE PLANETARIUM: MEXICA ARCHAEOASTRONOMY
The Living Arts & Science Center
Through impressive immersive scenarios, Mexica Archaeoastronomy: Between Space & Time illustrates the important role played by astronomical observation for the evolution of pre-Hispanic cultures in central Mexico. The Mexicans used the calendrical and astronomical knowledge inherited by their predecessor cultures to found the capital of their empire: Tenochtitlan. Vibrant colours, shapes and sounds transport the viewer to one of the most important cultures that, to this day, still lives in the heart of the Mexican people.

Friday, September 13 | 6PM
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
$4 BUY NOW
859.252.5222
MUSIC
2019 HARSTAD SCHOLARSHIP RECITAL
The Harstad Fine Arts Series, Inc.
Join the Harstad Fine Arts Series, Inc., for a showcase of 2019 scholarship winners, Alexander Auer, William Auer, and Madeline Farrar. Each are violinists and attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, ME, with assistance of scholarship monies. Free and open seating is available at this recital.

Sunday, September 15 | 3PM
The Harstad Fine Arts Series, Inc. | 1000 Tates Creek Rd
FREE
859.266.7621
FACULTY RECITAL: MARCHIONI & COLEMAN
Origins Jazz Series
UK School of Music faculty members Dr. ToniMarie Marchioni, oboe, and Dr. Jacob Coleman, piano, present this joint recital, featuring the following pieces:

SCHWANTNER Black Anemones
NIEDERMAIER Oboe Sonata
DUTILLEUX Sonata
BRITTEN Temporal Variations

Monday, September 16 | 7:30PM
Singletary Center for the Arts | 405 Rose St
FREE
859.257.4900
FEED THE SOUL FEAT. BONE HERTZ
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center
Join the Lyric every second Wednesday, April to December, for a catered lunch and music that nurtures your soul. Enjoy artists with styles ranging from blues, jazz and everything in between.

Lunch is at 11:30 AM, and music begins at noon. This month's music features BONE HERTZ. Watch a clip.

Wednesday, September 11 | 11:30AM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$15 BUY NOW
859.280.2201
AVERY CRABTREE BAND
Red Barn Radio
AVERY CRABTREE is rom Lexington, KY, and raised with three musical brothers and a father who played Bluegrass music. He is a proud member of the Lumbee Native American Tribe. His mother is a lover of Motown music and she used to feed Avery records and tapes of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Percy Sledge and Soloman Burke. This type of musical mixture became Avery’s main influence. He started playing guitar at age 17, through the years fronting bands as well as filling in for lead guitar. He was the winner of “Best Original Song” at the 2015 Lexington Music Awards, “Best Male Vocalist” and “Best Country Artist” at the 2016 Lexington Music Awards. Avery feels he has been blessed to have the opportunity to have a career in the local music scene and share the stage with a lot of great musicians. Watch a clip.

Wednesday, September 11 | 7PM
Red Barn Radio | 161 N Mill St
$10 BUY NOW
859.338.7648
JIM KWESKIN
CELEBRATION OF THE UKULELE
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
JIM KWESKIN is a folk music legend and founder of the legendary 1960s Jim Kweskin Jug Band which successfully transformed the sounds of pre-World War II rural music into a springboard for their good-humored performances. Their imitators were legion, including The Grateful Dead, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Lovin’ Spoonful and more. These days Jim is best known as a singer and bandleader, but he also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival. Watch a clip.

JERRON “BLIND BOY” PAXTON from NYC, his sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson. According to The Wall Street Journal, Paxton is “virtually the only music-maker of his generation—playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements—to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ‘30s.”  Watch a clip.

THE STEEL CITY JUG SLAMMERS made a name for themselves in Birmingham, AL with a new album, extensive touring and the band’s recent induction into the Jug Band Hall of Fame. Watch a clip.

From its humble origins in Hawaii to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, the ukulele is having a global revival thanks to artists like Jake Shimabukuro, Emi Sunshine and more. It was a favorite instrument of George Harrison and Eddie Vedder called it “an activist instrument.” This Woodsongs explores the many styles, sounds and stories of the uke with musicians from across the country. Special thanks to the 2019 Kentucky Uke Festival!

EMISUNSHINE has been attracting national attention since she was nine years old with appearances on “The Today Show,” NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” “Pickler & Ben,” the Grand Ole Opry and elsewhere. Rolling Stone named 15-year-old EmiSunshine among “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” The East Tennessee native adds her own unique contemporary blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, Bluegrass, Gospel, Blues and Jazz. Watch a clip.

VICTOR & PENNY deliver swing-infused folk-jazz in the band’s signature high-energy style with joy, humor, and soaring musical improvisation. This corset-tight group brings a modern Kansas City voice to their original tunes and prohibition era jazz with sterling musicianship. Watch a clip.

DIANA CHITTESTER’s live performance is multi-part acoustic ukulele and guitar playing. This Cleveland, Ohio storyteller uniquely developed style is accentuated by her alternating between picking and strumming, all while pounding out bass lines and drum beats. Watch a clip.

Monday, September 16 | 6:45PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$20 BUY NOW
859.252.8888
EXHIBITIONS
KITSUNE: FOX FIRE, FOX SPIRITS & THE DIVINE RIGHT
The Parachute Factory
What is a Kitsune?

What’s magical, immortal, and incredibly adorable? The Kitsune. These legendary foxes have been delighting Japanese people for centuries, whether by celebrating a wedding with lanterns or making the village jerk run through the streets naked and give all his money away. But the Kitsune aren’t all fun and games they can be incredibly wise, and incredibly dangerous, too!

Don't miss this exhibition of paintings by Pierce Birdsong. The opening reception at NIght Market features music by Jeanne Vomit-Terror.

Through September 28
The Parachute Factory | 720 Bryan Ave
Wednesday-Friday, 5PM-8PM | Saturday, 12PM-3PM
FREE
FACULTY SERIES, VOL. III
Bolivar Art Gallery
The Bolivar Art Gallery is pleased to invite you to Faculty Series: VOL. III, the third annual exhibition featuring recent work of select faculty members from the UK School of Art and Visual Studies. A slight departure from the traditional "faculty show" format, the series occurs annually and represents only a portion of the faculty, with different artists exhibiting each year.

Through September 28
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5 | 4:30PM
Bolivar Art Gallery | 236 Bolivar St
Monday-Friday, 10AM-4:30PM | Saturday, 12PM-4:30PM
SEPTEMBER LOCAL ARTIST OF THE MONTH, JULIE QUICK
The Wills Gallery, Fine Art & Antiques
Join The Wills Gallery in welcoming their September artist of the month, Julie Quick. The opening reception will feature food and live music.

Julie Quick is a pastel artist living in Lexington, Kentucky. Her inspiration comes from her experiences of daily life in Kentucky and through her travels.The natural landscape and equestrian way of life are some of her favorite subjects to capture with impressionist and colorful marks. “I’m drawn to the landscape through its contrasting motion of sky against the stability of land; I see the relationship between horse and rider in a similar way through movement and response.” Julie strives to create paintings that are lively and characteristic of the mood or natural beauty of her context.

Through September 30
The Wills Gallery, Fine Art & Antiques | 190 Jefferson St
Tuesday-Thursday, 1PM-7PM | Friday-Saturday, 1PM-8PM
859.396.6740
REIMAGINE 2019
Creative Alliance for Arts Education
Creative Alliance for Arts Education invites you to join them for their annual Reimagine exhibition, an exhibition of art inspired by grade school children.

Through October 5
Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St
Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM-5PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-8PM
859.425.2550
DAN SELTER: A MATTER OF THE HEART
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University
A Matter of the Heart is a celebration of the work, life, and memory of Dan Selter, Professor Emeritus of Art, who taught art at Transylvania for 35 years until his retirement in 2010. Dan was a master ceramist and a brilliant professor, and his art reflected his humorous wit. He inspired countless students to explore the unusual and to find beauty wherever they went.  

Morlan Gallery will have have a variety of Dan Selter's critically acclaimed "Comparative Religions" sculptures for sale, as well as his trademark whimsal figurative works. And we are pleased to offer a one-night-only studio sale of Dan's functional work—mugs, vases, bowls—during the opening reception. Cash, credit and debit cards are accepted. Studio sales items may be taken the night of the reception. Note, inventory is limited!

Through October 11
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12 | 5PM
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University | 4th St
Monday-Friday, 12PM-6PM
859.233.8142
MELISSA HALL: AFTERMATH
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery
Melissa T. Hall’s photographs are mired in her experience of personal loss and her own substantial brush with mortality. The aftershocks and revelations are expressed in her conceptual photography that utilizes complex settings in unique locations. The final image is a mixed media combination of photograph, encaustic medium, oil paint and pastels.

Through October 12
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery | 903 Manchester St, Ste 170
Tuesday-Friday, 12PM-5PM | Saturday, 1PM-4PM
FREE
859.252.4647
ANDRE PATER: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY
The Headley-Whitney Museum of Art
The Headley-Whitney Museum of Art presents an exciting retrospective exhibit by the finest sporting artist of our time; ANDRE PATER: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY.

Inspired by iconic Route 66, Pater’s travels across America have led to new horizons and forward movement of his artistic journey. This exhibit features 66 works on loan from private collections including equine, sporting and genre, as well as Pater’s most recent Native American works, in celebration of Pater’s 66th juncture.

Through November 17
Opening Reception: Friday, September 13 | 5PM
Artist's Talk: Saturday, September 14 | 1PM
Headley-Whitney Museum of Art | 4435 Old Frankfort Pike
Friday-Sunday, 10AM-4PM
$10 | $8 for students, military & seniors | Free for children 12 & under
859.255.6653
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 2020
21c Museum Hotel Lexington | 167 Main St
859.899.6800
LexArts 161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507