RAILBIRD FESTIVAL 2019
Railbird Festival
Get ready to experience Keeneland like never before with the Railbird Festival, taking place August 10th & 11th on the grounds of the historic racecourse.

A Railbird is a horse racing enthusiast known for sticking close to the action, hanging on the rail as each contender comes barreling down the track.

This summer, the term will take on added meaning with a brand new music festival in Lexington, KY. 2 days. Multiple stages. World class artists. All at the historic grounds of Keeneland.

Railbird will celebrate the unrivaled culture and traditions of the Bluegrass State at the historic Keeneland Racecourse. A Kentucky experience, through and through, Railbird will be a truly one-of-a-kind event. The festival will be woven into the course grounds to create an unforgettable and immersive weekend centered around music, bourbon, equine culture and Lexington tradition. Click here to see the Railbird lineup.

Saturday, August 10-Sunday, August 11 | 1PM-12AM
Keeneland Racetrack | 4201 Versailles Rd
$160+ BUY NOW
859.254.3412
MOONLIGHT MAMBO GALA
Casa de la Cultura de Ky
Moonlight Mambo Gala will feature live music of Big Maracas, tapas, cocktails and free Mambo dance lessons! This is the organization's most important annual fundraiser for Casa de la Cultura of Kentucky.

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

Click here for more information about Casa de la Cultura Hispana.

Saturday, August 10 | 7PM
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning | 251 W Second St
$55 BUY NOW
859.254.4175
LEXUS SMOOTH JAZZ FEST
African American Jazz Forum, Inc.
It's time to make your plans to visit Kentucky's destination for Smooth Jazz! Each year in August, Smooth Jazz fans from across the commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond make their way to Lexington for an experience like no other!

Join the African American Forum for three (3) days of Smooth Jazz, at three (3) distinctly different venues, beginning on Thursday, August 8th and wrapping up with the SUMMER BREEZE SATURDAY All Star Jazz Showcase at the Kentucky Horse Park, that will celebrate contemporary American Jazz, complemented by fine cuisine and Kentucky culture. Click here to learn more.

Thursday, August 8 | 7:30PM
Lexington Public Library, Central Branch | 140 E Main St
Friday, August 9 | 7:30PM
Embassy Suites byHilton | 1801 Newtown Pike
$40 BUY NOW
Saturday, August 10 | 7:30PM
Kentucky Horse Park | 4089 Iron Works Parkway
$40-$80 BUY NOW
859.255.2653
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.

This exhibition runs through October 5. The bidding is open from August 9 through September 20. Proceeds from the art auction will benefit local public school art programs.

Through October 5
Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St
Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM-5PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-8PM
859.425.2550
THEATRE
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
Waveland State Historic Site
Waveland is proud to present their first Summer Barn play, And Then There Were None.

 This play, directed by Brian Munson is based on the 1943 play by Agatha Christie. Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. While they are waiting for their mysterious host to appear a recording makes serious accusations to each of the guests. Soon they begin being murdered, one-by-one. As the survivors try to keep their wits, they reach a disturbing conclusion… one of them must be the killer!

Friday, August 9-Saturday, August 10 | 7PM
Waveland State Historic Site | 225 Waveland Museum Ln
$15
859.272.3611
FILM
PNC BANK PRESENTS FOUNTAIN FILMS ON FRIDAY
Downtown Lexington Partnership
Looking for a great summer date idea?

Head to Triangle Park starting at dusk for a FREE movie shown on a giant inflatable screen! Admission is free and guests can purchase food and beverages from Big L’s Gourmet Dogs at Triangle Park Café! 

Movies start at dusk! Lawn chairs and/or blankets are encouraged! 

Full Movie Series Schedule:

August 9: Sweet Home Alabama
August 16: Space Jam, sponsored by Water + Oak
August 23: Secretariat, sponsored by Horse Country

Fridays until August 23 | 9PM
Triangle Park | 400 W Main St
FREE
859.335.8640
FAMILY
SCIENCE FRIDAYS IN THE PLANETARIUM: DINOSAUR PROPHECY
The Living Arts & Science Center
Long before dinosaurs’ massive extinction 65 million years ago, many individual species simply disappeared. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones, and reconstruct how these creatures lived and died to solve four famous cold cases from the age of the dinosaurs in Dinosaur Prophecy.

Friday, August 9 | 10AM, 2PM & 6PM
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
$4 BUY NOW
859.252.5222
MUSIC
SUMMER NIGHTS IN SUBURBIA
MoonDance Amphitheater
Every Friday night, don't miss this FREE live music in Beaumont. Come on out!

August 9 | Magnolia Boulevard
August 16 | Baja Yetis
August 23 | Other Brothers
August 30 | Pink Floyd Tribute Band

Fridays through August | 7PM
MoonDance Amphitheater | 1152 Monarch St
FREE
859.425.2349
SOUTHLAND JAMBOREE
MoonDance Amphitheater
Bluegrass music holds a special place in our hearts being from Kentucky. Come out and enjoy some great local bluegrass music on Thursday nights.

August 8 | Blue Eagle Band 
August 15 | The Local Honeys 
August 22 | TBD 
August 29 | Laurel River Line  

Thursdays through August | 7PM
MoonDance Amphitheater | 1152 Monarch St
FREE
859.425.2349
BIG BAND & JAZZ
MoonDance Amphitheater
The return of spring means the return of 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 Moondance Amphitheater (May & June concerts) or Ecton Park (July & August concerts). Picnics are encouraged and patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
 
August 13 | Dick Romek and the Walnut Street Ramblers 

Tuesdays through August 13 | 7PM
Ecton Park | 956 Turkey Foot Rd
FREE
859.425.2349
THE BLUE CRAWDADS
Red Barn Radio
THE BLUE CRAWDADS are a blues band out of Barbourville, Kentucky. Their style offers blues, soul, roots, and rock and roll from the southeastern Kentucky hills.

Listen to The Blue Crawdads’ new EP, Take You There, and you might hear
echoes of New Orleans funk, Memphis soul, Macon rock and Tulsa country. But
what you’re really hearing is southeastern Kentucky’s premier blues band rolling
down the backroads in search of all the roots-rockin’ good times to be found. The
Blue Crawdads have brought their original songs and signature covers to festivals,
nightclubs, theaters, and juke joints since 2014. Watch a clip.

Wednesday, August 7 | 8PM
Red Barn Radio | 161 N Mill St
$10 BUY NOW
859.338.7648
JOAN SHELLEY
NICK MOSS BAND
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
JOAN SHELLEY is a songwriter and singer who lives near Louisville, KY. She draws inspiration from traditional and traditionally-minded performers from her native Kentucky, as well as those from Ireland, Scotland, and England. Her music aligns more closely with that of Roger Miller, Dolly Parton, or Tom T. Hall. Joan’s last record placed on year-end lists at NPR Music, Aquarium Drunkard and Uncut Magazine, among others, and led to cover stories with Acoustic Guitar Magazine and Fretboard Journal, and more. Watch a clip.

NICK MOSS BAND featuring DENNIS GRUENLING have been on a winning streak since 2016 when the blues guitar virtuoso and and harmonica wizard joined forces. Their streak continued into early 2019, when down-and-dirty guitarist Moss – a 30-year veteran of Chicago’s take-no-prisoners rough and tumble West and South Side blues clubs – won the Blues Music Award (BMA) for Traditional Blues Male Artist Of The Year. Gruenling, one on the hottest players on the scene today, took the BMA for Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica. And now, with the odds heavily in their favor, they unleash their dynamic new album, ‘Lucky Guy!’ on Alligator Records.  Watch a clip.

Monday, August 12 | 6:45PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$10 | $5 for students BUY NOW
859.252.8888
EXHIBITIONS
ELLIOTT JORDAN: A STRAIGHTFORWARD VIEW
The Lyric
Elliot Jordan brings an intimate look at acquaintances, friends and students he’s known in his recent past. Using skills and experiences developed over many years as a professional portrait artist and teacher, Jordan displays his talents in charcoal, pastels, acrylics and oils. His love for travel and diversity in people is coupled with a strong interest in art history and technique. Though tending toward realism, and strongly influenced by impressionism, his core interest is unique character in common humanity.

Jordan is the owner of Elliott Jordan Studio/Gallery in Pleasant Ridge, Cincinnati, where he has been for over 25 years. He primarily works in traditional style as well as using mixed media with a more liberal approach to composition and color. Jordan's subject matter includes children, black legends, family and celebrities. He has traveled to import art from Ghana, West Africa. Jordan enjoys traveling and is now located part time in the Dominican Republic.

Through August 16
The Lyric | 300 E Third St
FREE
859.280.2201
JULY EXHIBITIONS
Lexington Art League
Join the Lexington Art League as they welcome five new local art exhibitions:

Martin Beck and Brandon C. Smith: The Present of Past Things 
​Crimson Duvall: In Darkness She Blossoms
Mia Cinelli: This Being Said 
Ben LaFever: Spirit Shadow
Allison May and Cara Cecil: The Archive, a Document of Courage.

On August 10th, don't miss artists' talks by Mia Cinelli, Martin Beck, and Brandon C. Smith.

Through August 23
Artists' Talks: Saturday, August 10 | 1PM
Lexington Art League | 209 Castlewood Dr
Tuesday-Friday, 12PM-6PM | Saturday, 1PM-4PM
FREE
859.254.7024
JOSH DOSS: WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?
The Parachute Factory
"Since my youth I have daydreamed about wide open landscapes, desert, wild horses, coyotes, cacti, mountains, John Ford skies, California and all of the majestic beauty of the American west I had only seen in pictures and film. I was blessed to be able to road trip across the US from Los Angeles to Kentucky and most of my dreams were realized. Bringing along a camera with color film allowed for me to capture snapshots along the way that were just small pieces of what I saw in what is an ever-changing landscape. The atmosphere evoked around these landscapes that can change any given minute is magical and impossible to fully capture. With this series there was no real process in taking the photos. I just pointed and shot at things I thought I may want to visit again outside of what my mind would remember."
- Josh Doss

Through August 24
The Parachute Factory | 720 Bryan Ave
Wednesday-Friday, 5PM-8PM | Saturday, 12PM-3PM
notBIG(5): THE EXHIBIT
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery
notBIG(5) the Exhibit is a finalist in the national small arts juried competition. There is no intended theme for this art competition; the only requirement is that the artwork had to be 12”x12” or smaller, including the frame.

This is the fifth year that MS Rezny Studio/Gallery has hosted the small art competition. The artworks submitted represented a wide range of media, styles, and conceptual approaches to making art. They challenge a statement we have all heard too many times: "bigger may not be better.” Artists from 34 states submitted over 600 artworks for consideration, and 45 works were selected for the exhibit by this year's juror for the competition, Becky Alley.

Through August 31
Tuesday-Friday, 12PM-5PM | Saturday, 1PM-4PM
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery | 903 Manchester St, Ste 170
FREE
859.252.4647
I DON'T REMEMBER THAT: TOM CANNADY ON NOSTALGIC AMERICA
LexArts
A Louisville native, Cannady was the first born grandson of both parents’ families. He developed strong relationships with his grandparents and loved the stories of their families. Both grandmothers introduced him to their respective family “picture boxes” and it was likely that’s where his love for history and vintage photographs began.

He has always had a passion for automobiles, and it spills over into his work. The vehicles in his paintings readily identify the era depicted. While earlier works focused solely on the vehicle, now they are additional characters within his compositions.

Through August 31
ArtsPlace Gallery | 161 N Mill St
Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5PM | Saturday, 12PM-5PM
FREE
859.255.2951
MULTIFARIOUS: SHARON ROSS & CELERY JONES
The Artists' Attic
The Artists’ Attic is pleased to present Multifarious, an exhibit of work by Celery Jones and Sharon S. Ross. This collaboration was born from a deep desire for the freedom that variety offers; freedom from the idea that artists must adhere to one style, freedom to stretch daydreams across an array of surfaces, and freedom for the viewer to question his or her own perception of each piece.

Celery Jones was raised in Versailles, Ky. She served as art director for the Atlanta based production company Flynnside Out.

Sharon S. Ross earned her BA from EKU, and after a career in the non-profit sector, now practices her art full time with a studio at Artists' Attic, Inc., where she serves as President. For the last five years, Sharon has shown her work extensively in the Lexington area and her work is in local private and public collections.

Through August 31
The Artists' Attic | 401 W Main St, Ste 401
Monday-Saturday, 11AM-5PM
859.254.5501
STILLED LIFE BY SAM STAPLETON
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
Photographer Sam Stapleton is engaged in a continual search for beauty in the hidden recesses of nature. After a 40-year photography career, Stapleton turned his eye to art photography, and his exploration of frozen flower imagery culminated in his book, Stilled Life (Bloodroot Mountain Press, 2018).

Through September 2019
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning | 251 W Second St
859.254.4175
DIFFERENT PATHS: NOTHING & EVERYTHING IN COMMON
Community Art Gallery - Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center
This exhibition features work by Emily Whipple, Anne Bjork, both of Kentucky, and Marlene London, of Florida. Don't miss this exhibition with work by three uniquely talented female artists.

Through September 5
Community Art Gallery - Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St
Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM-5PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-8PM
859.425.2550
RULES + PLAY 2019
RunJumpDev
Rules and Play 2019 is a unique exhibition of interactive installation art created by programmers, artists, and game developers. Organized by the game development collaborative group RunJumpDev, a non-profit organization focused on the development of independent computer games in Kentucky, Rules and Play 2019 will showcase submitted works of interactivity selected by RunJumpDev members. This collaboration between RunJumpDev and the LASC will feature unusual hybrid works that are one part installation and one part computer game. 

Through September 6
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
859.252.5222
MIX IT UP!
New Editions Gallery
This exhibition features the artists Patrick Adams, Cheryl Chapman, Jaime Corum, Sabra Crockett, Laurie Doctor, Larry Forgard, Carlos Gamez de Francisco, Angie Reed Garner, Joyce Garner, Rodney Hatifled, Philip High, Lesley Humphrey, Shawn Marshall, Felipe Molina, Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, Chris Segre-Lewis, David Stenulson, Lynn Sweet, Kiptoo Tarus, Sharon Weis, Debbie Westerfield, and Carleton Wing.

Through September 7
New Editions Gallery | 500 W Short St
Tuesday-Saturday, 12PM-6PM
859.266.2766
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