SONGS OF CELEBRATION & JOY
Lexington Chamber Chorale
As a fan of choral music, the title “O Magnum Mysterium” (O Great Mystery) might sound familiar to you. The title refers to a Latin text from the Christmas Day matins and has been set for choral and wind ensembles by many composers and popularized by composer Morten Lauridsen in the mid-1990s. This Sunday at Sing Community, Songs of Celebration and Joy, the Chorale presents two lesser-known versions of the piece, an original setting by Chorale singer and composer, Julianna Horton Carnigo, and “Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium)” by Ola Gjeillo. 

Sunday, December 1 | 5PM
Second Presbyterian Church | 460 E Main St
$22 | $10 for students BUY NOW
859.317.3353
MAGNIFICAT! BACH & VIVALDI
Kentucky Bach Choir
The Kentucky Bach Choir is joined by the Lafayette (High School) Madrigals to present J. S. Bach's and Antonio Vivaldi's settings of Magnificat, accompanied by chamber orchestra.

Click here for notes on both pieces.

Sunday, December 8 | 7:30PM
First Presbyterian Church of Lexington | 171 Market St
$25 | $20 for seniors, $10 for students BUY NOW
859.229.1469
MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Talmi Entertainment
Talmi Entertainment presents Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" in the SCFA Concert Hall.

This Christmas, give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker! Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, don't miss your chance to ring in the holidays with this acclaimed Christmas extravaganza. Celebrate this cherished holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky's timeless score. Get tickets for the whole family now!

Saturday, November 30 | 7:30PM
Singletary Center for the Arts | 405 Rose St
$29-$175 BUY NOW
859.257.4929
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. This meeting will focus on communities of color and social change. Refreshments are provided, and children are welcome.

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 make your voice heard by filling out this survey!

Tuesday, December 3 | 5:30PM
Lexington Public Library, Northside Branch | 1733 Russell Cave Rd
859.231.5500
THEATRE
OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOODS
Studio Players - Lexington Community Theatre
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS
by Joe di Pietro

Single Italian-American, Nick, visits both sets of his beloved, but annoying, grandparents every Sunday for dinner. When he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job (on the other side of the country), the news is not received well. How could he betray his family's love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely (and single) Caitlin O'Hare as bait…We won't give the ending away here. Rated G

Friday, November 29-Saturday, November 30 | 8PM
Sunday, December 1 | 2:30PM
Studio Players - Lexington Community Theatre | 154 W Bell Ct
$20 | $11 for students BUY NOW
859.257.4929
THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Lexington Children's Theatre
Can you imagine all of the chaos and joy of your favorite holiday story set to music? Well, we sure can! It’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: THE MUSICAL! Everyone knows the Herdmans are the worst kids in the world, so when they ALL demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town knows the Christmas story is in major trouble. But sometimes it takes a little trouble to help you see the world in a whole new light! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical has all your favorite characters and a familiar story with all of the singing and dancing we can muster! And of course, all the wonderful heartfelt moments you’ve come to expect from this incredible story all about the gift of giving.

Book & Lyrics by Ahnna Beecham. Music & Lyrics by Malcolm Hillgartner. Based on the play by Barbara Robinson.

Saturday, November 30 | 7PM
Saturday, December 7 | 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, December 8 | 2PM
Lexington Children's Theatre | 418 W Short St
$25 | $20 for children BUY NOW
859.254.4546
MUSIC
MICHAEL LEE
THE RESONANT ROGUES
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
MICHAEL LEE is a Fort Worth-based Blues artist. He was featured as a contestant for the 2018 Season of The Voice and has been the featured artist with The BB King’s Blues Band this past year, including their WoodSongs appearance. Michael’s style of music has the perfect blend of Blues and Country. Lee’s released his sophomore album ‘Heart of Stone’ early this year.  Watch a clip.

THE RESONANT ROGUES craft fresh songs from a variety of vintage styles, featuring vocal harmonies accompanied by accordion, guitar, banjo, fiddle, and upright bass. Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina with a passion for folk music that spans continents and oceans, The Rogues weave the threads of Appalachian folk, Swing Manouche, Vintage Country, and Euro folk together into a beautiful tapestry that simultaneously showcases tradition and innovation. The Rogues’ third studio album, ‘Autumn of the World’, is available now. Watch a clip.

Monday, December 2 | 6:45PM
Lexington Children's Theatre | 418 W Short St
$10
859.255.5700
A RED BARN RADIO HOLIDAY
Red Barn Radio
AL, ALICE, AND RUTH have a musical history that is enviable. Alice and Ruth are sisters, growing up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, performing nationally and internationally with their family, The McLain Family Band. Al grew up in New Mexico, from a long line of family musicians, performing in the west, before heading east to join the Bluegrass Alliance, and then (after marrying Alice) joining the McLain Family Band.  Watch a clip.

THE ACOUSTIKATS, founded in 1993 by Dr. Jefferson Johnson as a subsection of the University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus, are the premier all-male a cappella ensemble in the state of Kentucky. These young men commonly use their musical gifts to make our community a better place to live.  Watch a clip.

Popular Lexington band JOSLYN & THE SWEET COMPRESSION is comprised of Joslyn Hampton on vocals, Marty Charters as co-songwriter, Smith Donaldson on bass, Steve Holloman on keyboards, Rashawn Fleming on drums, Joe Carucci on saxophone and Kyle Fox on trumpet. With a neo-soul sound ripe with funk and R&B influences, the songs speak of big love, heartbreak and owning all the ups and downs life sends our way. The band’s sound is a genre-bending crossover of funk, blues, and soul, defying categorization and lighting up whatever stage Joslyn & the Sweet Compression choose to grace with their presence. Watch a clip.

RESTLESS LEG STRING BAND is a 4 -piece bluegrass collaboration straight from the heart of the Bluegrass--Lexington, Kentucky. Restless Leg String Band draws from a deep well of traditional string band music, combined with unique original material to create a new ‘Progressive Bluegrass.’ All the members join in when it comes to vocals, adding a depth to this “New-grass” band that incorporates traditional bluegrass with high-energy originals. Watch a clip.

Wednesday, December 4 | 7PM
Red Barn Radio | 161 N Mill St
$10 BUY NOW
859.338.7648
EXHIBITIONS
RELIQUARY: ART CONTAINS THE PAST
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery
Using a similar color palette and wide range of found materials, each artist creates a container for the past. Exhibited together, these assemblages of fiber and metal are a stark contrast in textures and forms. The soft and supple versus sharp and rigid are an intense juxtaposition of contrast and values that find harmony next to each other. 

Through November 30
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery | 903 Manchester St
Tuesday-Friday, 12PM-5PM | Saturday, 1PM-4PM
859.252.4647
IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University
Work by Aaron Skolnick, Forest Kelley, Jared Phillip Buckheister, Jonesy and Jaime C. Knight; Curated by Paul Michael Brown

October 25 – December 3, 2019
Closed November 26-29 for Thanksgiving

If I Could Turn Back Time focuses on artists who employ queer archives and histories both personal and collective, informal and institutional, real and imagined as a starting point for their work. The artists on view alternately unearth, reinterpret, or invent queer historical narratives in an effort to destabilize mainstream understandings of the past.

This exhibition includes adult themes. It is recommended parents preview exhibition content for children.

Through December 3
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University | 300 E 4th St
859.233.8142
TRIPTYCH: THREE ARTISTS EXPLORE ODDITIES & ENTITIES
LexArts
"The three of us met a couple of years ago and realized we had a lot in common in how we approached making art. Our artwork has interesting similarities, yet we each have a very different style and explore different materials. We also realized that each of our pieces tells a story to the viewer. We began to discuss combining these oddities and entities in a group show, and our excitement continues to grow as we imagine what new stories might emerge."
--Gayle Cerlan, Celeste Lewis, and Jacque Parsley

Through December 21
LexArts | 161 N Mill St
Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM | Saturday, 12PM-5PM
FREE
859.255.2951
NOT A DAY WITHOUT A LINE: TWO YEARS OF INTROSPECTION BY TWO FRIENDS
New Editions Gallery
Artists and teachers Laurie Doctor and Martin Erspamer, OSB, have come together to explore their mutual sense of artistic curiosity. Working together sparked new forms on canvas, clay and wood. Some pieces were created individually, and some collaboratively — with a tradition of contemplation, and a devotion to the unknown.

Through December 24
New Editions Gallery | 500 W Short St
Tuesday-Saturday, 12PM-6PM
FREE
859.266.2766
CREATIVE CAMERA CLUB: 49th ANNUAL COMPETITION & EXHIBITION
The Living Arts & Science Center
Lexington's Creative Camera Club is one of the oldest camera clubs in the country! For this exhibition, the LASC and the Creative Camera Club have reunited to promote interest and understanding in the art and science of photography. For the club's prestigious print competition, visitors will see over 120 photo images from Kentucky and far beyond. The exhibition will be displayed through January 3rd. Photos available for purchase.

Through January 3
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King
FREE
859.252.5222
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.

Through January 2020
21c Lexington Museum Hotel | 167 W Main St
FREE
859.899.6800
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