WORLD PREMIERE: SAPPHIRE HEIGHTS
Kentucky Women Writers Conference
SAPPHIRE HEIGHTS, a new play by British playwright Anna Wright will have its world premiere November 7–9, 2019 at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center. Sapphire Heights won the biennial Prize for Women Playwrights from the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. 

SAPPHIRE HEIGHTS takes place in a London council flat, where newlyweds Billy and Angela are working on a plan to improve the lives of a group of Palestinian families whom Billy recently befriended on a trip to the West Bank. Needing financial backing the young couple decides to solicit Angela’s wealthy parents for the money but are forced to deal with the older couples' old fashioned opinions and narrow world view. 

Over an afternoon in the tiny distressed flat and fueled by alcohol, political dissonance, and glaring incompatibility, the two couples’ secrets begin to reveal themselves. Watch a clip.

Thursday, November 7 & Friday, November 8 | 7:30PM
Saturday, November 9 | 2PM & 7:30PM
Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St
$15 | $10 for students BUY NOW
859.425.2550
KENTUCKY BOOK FESTIVAL
Kentucky Humanities
The Kentucky Book Fair was the first literary celebration of its kind here in the Commonwealth. The event has a rich history of supporting Kentucky authors—both well-known names like bell hooks and Silas House along with up-and-comers—while seeking out national bestsellers and inviting them to visit Kentucky.

This year, the Kentucky Book Festival is from November 10-16. Click here for more information and a full schedule of events.

Sunday, November 10-Saturday, November 16
KBF Kickoff: Sunday, November 10 | 1PM
ArtsPlace | 161 N Mill St
Prices vary REGISTER NOW
859.257.5932
MAHLER 4
University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
The UKSO is proud to welcome home College of Fine Arts alumna, Rachel Sterrenberg (BM'12) to sing Mahler's beautiful Symphony No. 4. The orchestra will also be presenting the Kentucky premiere of Rainphase, a 2015 work by the young New Zealand composer Salina Fisher. According the the composer, Rainphase "draws on characteristics of water as rain: its shape and shapelessness, transparency and density, energy and calm, and its capacity for reflection in both literal and emotional sense." The concert will open with the Tragic Overture of Brahms.

PROGRAM
BRAHMS: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
SALINA FISHER: Rainphase
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 in G major

John Nardolillo, conductor
Rachel Sterrenberg (BM’12), soprano

Friday, November 8 | 7:30PM
Singletary Center for the Arts | 405 Rose St
$10 | $5 for students BUY NOW
859.257.4929
SCRIPT TO TABLE: SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM AND OUITA ON OUITA
The Lexington Theatre Company
The Lexington Theatre Company collaborates with James Beard Award Nominee, Chef Ouita Michel for an evening of culinary and theatrical storytelling. On November 8-9 at Fasig-Tipton, The Lex will present Sondheim on Sondheim, a collection of the music of one of Broadway’s greatest composer/lyricists. 

Chef Ouita Michel will create a three-course dinner, based on her interpretation of Sondheim’s work, using his music and lyrics as inspiration and reflecting on her creative journey as a culinary artist. It’s a perfect pairing of fine dining and fantastic theatre, with performances by “Today’s Broadway Stars and Tomorrow’s Broadway Hopefuls.”

Friday, November 8 & Saturday, November 9 | 5:30PM
Fasig-Tipton | 2400 Newtown Pike
$150 BUY NOW
859.940.5540
ARTY PARTIES: HERMITAGE & HOSPITALITY A LA 21C & JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL
LexArts
Hermitage and Hospitality a la 21c
Hosts Jim Gray | Steve Wilson | Laura Lee Brown

To no one’s surprise, the duo who disrupted the urban hotel business model are at it again, though this time they’re down on the farm. Entrepreneurial art collectors and 21c art hotel visionaries Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown are busily reimagining the traditional horse farm as a brand-new multi-faceted tourist experience for a brand-new century. The lab for this $30 million exploration? Historic Hermitage Farm in Oldham County. This evening is a chance to hear all about it from the horses’ mouth, so to speak, because our former Mayor has talked friends Steve and Laura Lee into playing tour guides.

Attire: Elegant Farm Chic
80 guests | $250

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Jesus Take the Wheel
Hosts Jill Bakehorn and Nikki Paley
 
Know who sang that song?
Know who shared the title of “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” with that singer?
Got those right? Then bring your mad trivia skills to this off-the-charts evening of fun and games, with questions to be answered, wheels to be spun, cocktails and savory bites to be enjoyed, bragging rights to be earned and prizes aplenty to be won. So, are you game? The correct answer is “Yes!”

Attire: Cocktail Casual
50 guests | $50

Hermitage & Hospitality a la 21c: Saturday, November 9 | 6:30PM
Hermitage | 10500 W Hwy 42, Goshen, KY
$250 BUY NOW

Jesus Take the Wheel: Saturday, November 9 | 6PM
Paley Residence
$50 BUY NOW
859.255.2951
FILM
LOOK & SEE: DOCUMENTARY SCREENING
Kentucky Humanities
Join Kentucky Humanities and the Kentucky Theater for a special screening of the documentary LOOK & SEE. Director Laura Dunn will be joined by Tanya Berry for a conversation before the film. The conversation begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the showing of the film.

This event is free & open to the public, however, an RSVP is encouraged. 

Wednesday, November 13 | 6:30PM
The Kentucky Theater | 214 E Main St
FREE RSVP NOW
859.257.5932
SCREENING OF MEDIUM COOL: A TRIBUTE TO ROBERT FORSTER
Lexington Film League
In honor of the late, great Robert Forster, Lexington Film League is hosting a two-part screening series in partnership with the Lexington Public Library.

MEDIUM COOL: It’s 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. Medium Cool, his debut feature, plunges us into the moment. With its mix of fictional storytelling and documentary technique, this depiction of the working world and romantic life of a television cameraman (Robert Forster) is a visceral cinematic snapshot of the era, climaxing with an extended sequence shot right in the middle of the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. An inventive commentary on the pleasures and dangers of wielding a camera, Medium Cool is as prescient a political film as Hollywood has ever produced. (Film description courtesy of the Criterion Collection)

Wednesday, November 13 | 7PM
Farish Theatre | 140 E Main St
FREE
859.231.5597
THEATRE
SCAPA PRESENTS MADAGASCAR, JR.
Lexington Opera House
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar - A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar.

Thursday, November 7 & Friday, November 8 | 7PM
Saturday, November 9 | 2PM & 7PM
Lexington Opera House | 401 W Short St
$19.50 | $14.50 for seniors, students, and patrons 18 & under BUY NOW
859.233.4567
HOLES
Lexington Children's Theatre
Have you ever felt like the world was against you? 

What if you KNEW the world was against you? Stanley’s family has been cursed for decades and it’s the curse that lands him at the brutal and blistering Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention center, for a crime he didn’t commit. Forced to dig holes for days, Stanley learns a lot about the mysterious history of Green Lake and even more about what it means to be a good friend. With the help of Zero, some lizards, and characters of the past and the present, Stanley will do whatever it takes to prove his innocence and reclaim his family’s name.

By Louis Sachar. Based on the novel HOLES by Louis Sachar.

Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10 | 2PM
Lexington Children's Theatre | 418 W Short St
$20 | $15 for children BUY NOW
859.254.4546
FAMILY
72nd SEASON OPENING CONCERT
Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras
Come and kick off the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra's 72nd Season Opening Concert featuring the Symphony, Concert, Repertory, & Preparatory String Orchestras

Sunday, November 10 | 5PM
Singletary Center for the Arts | 405 Rose St
$13 | $10 for seniors, $8 for students BUY NOW
859.254.0796
SCIENCE FRIDAYS IN THE PLANETARIUM: LIFE: A COSMIC STORY
The Living Arts & Science Center
How did life on Earth begin? This tantalizing question forms the basis of a magnificent production by the California Academy of Sciences Morrison Planetarium. Life: A Cosmic Story tells the 14-billion-year saga of how we came to be. It’s a journey from the microscopic view inside a plant cell to the vastness of our universe populated by billions of galaxies swirling in space.

Run Time: 25:51
Suitable For: General Audiences
Year of Production: 2011

Friday, November 8 | 6PM
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
$4 BUY NOW
859.252.5222
DANCE
CONTRA DANCE
Lexington Traditional Dance Association
Come dance to calling of Judy Goldsmith and the big sound of Lexington’s own Open Band led by Nathan Wilson! 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. A beginner’s workshop is offered from 7:30 to 8:00pm.

Friday, November 8 | 7:30PM
Artworks at the Carver School | 522 Patterson St
$8 | $5 for students & first-timers
859.552.5433
2nd SUNDAY MILONGA
Lexington Tango
Join Lexington Tango and dance to traditional Argentine tango music under the old-fashioned street lamps in the Atirum at The Square. This is Lexington Tango's 13th year of monthly milongas, with host and DJ Lu Ann Pelle. Observers are always welcome!

The tables are set to form a compact, rectangular dance floor to encourage dancers to hone their floor craft and to dance as if in the salons of Buenos Aires. The music is primarily traditional. You'll occasionally hear a modern "cover" of a traditional tango, and rarely, a tanda of "nuevo" or "alternative" tango.

Sunday, November 10 | 5:30PM
The Square | 401 W Main St
$5
MUSIC
DE CODA WIND QUARTET RESIDENCY
UK Flute Studio
Join the UK Flute Studio for De Coda Wind Quartet's UK residency, featuring recitals and workshops November 10-12. On Monday, November 11, the group will present a chamber music workshop coaching several UK student groups - like the UK Sophomore Woodwind Quintet ("SMACC!" with Anna Sommer, flute). Click here for more information and a full schedule of events.

Catherine Gregory, Flute
ToniMarie Marchioni, Oboe
Paul Cho, Clarinet
Shelley Monroe Huang, Bassoon

Sunday, November 10-Tuesday, November 12
UK School of Music | 465 Rose St
FREE
859.257.4900
AN EVENING OF GUITAR MUSIC
Duo Charango
Duo Charango will present an evening of guitar music featuring the works of Julius Eastman, Bosba, and Arvo Pärt. The Bryan Station Guitar Department will open the show. General admission will be $10. Students as well as those ages 18 & under will be free. 

Saturday, November 9 | 7PM
The Loudoun House | 209 Castlewood Dr
$10 | Free for students, patrons ages 18 & under BUY NOW
859.254.7024
GERMAN GEORGES OF GREAT BRITAIN: HANDEL AND THE MAD KING
ArtsBridge Lexington
ArtsBridge Lexington presents an evening of vocal chamber music featuring operatic bass Curtis Streetman. The program begins with compositions representing Handel's Italian period, which heavily informed his later operatic output. For the conclusion, Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies' avant-garde one-act opera, "Eight Songs of a Mad King" in a fiftieth anniversary commemorative performance. The music of Maxwell-Davies and Handel are a natural pairing.

Friday, November 8 | 7:30PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$15 BUY NOW
859.280.2201
JOSH GRAY
Red Barn Radio
Though born in San Francisco, Nashville Americana singer-songwriter JOSH GRAY grew up thousands of miles away in Montgomery County, Maryland. From an early age he showed an interest in language and an affinity for writing. At age 16 he got his first guitar but didn’t play his first live show until 15 years later. When asked what took so long, he simply says, “I wasn’t ready.” This theme of taking time to get things right becomes apparent when you hear his music. His thoughtful and often poetic lyrics stick with you long after the song ends.  Watch a clip.

Wednesday, November 6 | 7PM
Red Barn Radio | 161 N Mill St
$10 BUY NOW
859.338.7648
EXHIBITIONS
PRHBTN 2019
Lexington Art League
Lexington Art League is proud to present the 9th Annual PRHBTN Gallery at the Loudoun House. This event emphasizes its renewed mission to support Kentucky visual artists.

The event will feature artworks from over 130 Kentucky artists with pieces hung salon style on every wall in the historic Gothic Revival Mansion. 

Through November 8
Lexington Art League | 209 Castlewood Dr
FREE
859.254.7024
FOR THE HOG KILLING, 1979
Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center
A gallery exhibit featuring photos taken by Tanya Amyx Berry that have been collected in her first book, For the Hog Killing, 1979, which was published through Fireside Industries, an imprint of the University Press of Kentucky and Hindman Settlement School.

At a farm in Henry County, Kentucky, Tanya Amyx Berry photographed a celebratory ritual of farm life: hog killing. These photographs reveal the American agrarian tradition at its most harmonious: strong men and women toiling with shared purpose toward a common wealth. Tanya, an artist and agrarian, is deeply entwined with the Kentucky community surrounding the hillside farm she shares with her husband, Wendell Berry. 

Through November 9
Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center | 141 E Main St
Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM-5PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-8PM
FREE
859.425.2550
PAINT BY NATURE: STREETSIDE
City of Lexington, KY
Get a new perspective on some of Lexington's natural areas, as you see 16 green spaces through the eyes of more than 54 local artists. Drop by to take in the beauty of native plants in the Paint by Nature: Streetside exhibit and to play with the Plant by Numbers interactive game to design your own garden. Light snacks will be provided.

This is part of the Paint by Nature: Streetside series. 

Through November 10
Lexington Public Library | 140 E Main St
Monday-Thursday, 9AM-9PM | Friday, 9AM-6PM | Saturday, 9AM-5PM | Sunday, 1PM-5PM
FREE
859.231.5500
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
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
RICHARD HOAGLAND: WHAT WOULD A MACHINE CALL ITSELF?
The Parachute Factory
Join The Parachute Factory for Richard Hoagland and network-one's exhibition!

Model prompt >>> What would a machine call itself?
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What would a machine call itself?
What would a machine call itself?
Which machine would it call itself?
Which machine would it call itself?
What would a machine call itself?
What would a machine call itself?
The machines are all around us at this age.
MACHINE
The machine is a collection of systems and actions.
All living things are made by machines.
All machines are made by living things.

Through November 22
The Parachute Factory | 720 Bryan Ave
Wednesday-Friday, 5PM-8PM | Saturday, 12PM-3PM
FREE
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 vs 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
Die Kranken's "Sprayed with Tears" Film Screening: Thursday, November 7 | 7PM
Artists' and curator's talk and reception: Friday, November 8 | 6PM
LexArts HOP: Friday, November 15 | 5PM
Curator's Talk with Paul Brown: Wednesday, November 20 | 7PM
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University | 300 E 4th St
859.233.8142
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
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