TEEN ARTS FESTIVAL
Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras
Join the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras for a day of music at the Singletary Center! 

One ticket gives you access to three different performances:
3pm - Prep String and Concert Orchestras
5pm - Jazz Rep and Jazz Arts Orchestras
7pm - Repertory and Symphony Orchestras featuring CKYO's 2 concerto competition winners, Jezreel Houtz and Alexander Auer

Sunday, February 16 | 3PM
Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras | 161 N Mill St
$13 | $8 for students & seniors BUY NOW
859.254.0796
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Lexington Ballet
A special romantic event for Valentine's Day! Leave cold February behind and travel to mythical Athens. Its midsummer in an enchanted forest where star-crossed lovers enter the realm of fairies, elves and wood sprites, and suffer a few of their pranks. A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the most beloved of the 19th-century ballets and its sure to capture your heart!

William Shakespeare's romantic comedy comes to life with a score from Felix Mendelssohn and original choreography by Artistic Director, Luis Dominguez.

Friday, February 14 & Saturday, February 15 | 7:30PM
Lexington Opera House | 401 W Short St
$23-$47 BUY NOW
859.233.3925
AUGUST WILSON'S FENCES
AthensWest Theatre Company
August Wilson's FENCES tells the story of Maxson family patriarch Troy, whose dreams of playing baseball professionally were dashed by the racist politics of the day. Now, in the 1950s, his son Cory wants to play football. Will Troy’s disappointment and pride poison his family and destroy his son’s dreams? 

Directed by Baron Kelly, and featuring Alphaeus Green Jr., Nieta Wigginton, Whit Whitaker, Darryl D. Whitfield, David Burns, Patrick J. Mitchell, Hadley Roach and Shanelle Cameus.

The performances on Thursday, February 13 and Thursday, February 20 will include a post-show talk-back.

Sunday, February 16 & Sunday, February 23 | 2PM
Thursday, February 13-Saturday, February 15 & Thursday, February 20-Saturday, February 22 | 8PM
AthensWest Theatre Company | 141 E Main St
$30 | $25 for students, seniors & active military BUY NOW
859.425.2550
FILM
SHORTS OF THE BLUEGRASS
Filmslang
Come out and support local Lexington filmmakers as Filmslang presents Shorts of the Bluegrass, an evening of the best short films from new filmmakers in Lexington.

Wednesday, February 19 | 7PM
Farish Theater | 140 E Main St
FREE
859.231.5597
FILM SCREENING: AFTER PARKLAND
21c Museum Hotel Lexington
In the days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 that killed 17 people and launched a nationwide student movement, filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman embedded with students and families whose lives were forever transformed. They include senior David Hogg, who recorded his class during the attack and became the face of the Never Again movement; freshman Brooke Harrison, who was in the first classroom under attack; Sam Zeif, a senior who was locked down in the same building, texting with his little brother and unsure if they would ever see each other again; Andrew Pollack, the father of 18-year-old Meadow, who was killed after being shot nine times; and the loved ones of 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, including his parents Manuel and Patricia, girlfriend Victoria Gonzalez, and best friend Dillon McCooty. The filmmakers developed trusting relationships with these students and families, who opened their doors during some of the most difficult moments of their lives, and followed their private journeys as they rose to challenge the nation to end gun violence. Weaving together candid, in-depth interviews, vérité footage, and personal videos, the film chronicles moments both intimate and defining – from the quiet hours of grief and reflection, to those of political awakening, and onto milestones on the public stage – creating a moving portrait of one community's crusade to turn tragedy into progress. Watch the trailer.

Wednesday, February 12 | 5PM
21c Museum Hotel Lexington | 167 Main St
FREE
859.899.6800
DANCE
SOCIAL DANCE
LexSwingDance
LexSwing is a community based organization with weekly swing dances every Monday. Admission is just $5 and includes a beginner lesson or an intermediate practice session; both starting at 7:15. Please show up prior to 7:15 so the dancing can start on time. 

Social dancing from 8 - 10 to DJ'd music from the Swing Era of the 30's and 40's.

Monday, February 17 | 7PM
LexSwingDance | 649 Price Ave
$5
THEATRE
STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S ASSASSINS
Image Theatre Company
A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins.

Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written. Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical revusical that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking audience members on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream. Assassins requires skilled singers who are also versatile actors.

This is an ideal choice for mature audiences and will challenge your designers as they try to recreate famous moments and people in America’s history.

Friday, February 14 & Saturday, February 15 | 7PM
Sunday, February 16 | 2PM
Farish Theatre | 140 E Main St
$15 | $10 for students BUY NOW
859.231.5597
BEES & BUDS: A GARDEN ADVENTURE
Lexington Children's Theatre
Down in the garden, flowers bloom, insects scurry, and new friends can be found around every corner. So grab your watering can, slip into some rain boots, and get ready for a Theatre for the Very Young adventure! Join LCT on select Saturdays throughout the 19/20 season for this interactive show that’s just right for ages 2-5 as we explore the wonderful world waiting in our own backyards.

Saturday, February 15 | 11AM
Lexington Children's Theatre | 418 W Short St
$7 BUY NOW
859.254.4546
BIKE AMERICA
University of Kentucky Department of Theatre & Dance
Pedaling across America from Boston to California, Penny is looking to have her very own Eat-Pray-Love experience. This modern bicycle odyssey takes our aimless heroine through small towns and big cities as she encounters a colorful bunch of fellow travelers along the way. Is Penny having a “millennial moment” or is this the genuine right-of-passage journey every generation has earned? 

Thursday, February 13, Friday, February 14 & Saturday, February 15 | 7:30PM
Sunday, February 16 | 2PM
Guignol Theatre, College of Fine Arts | 465 Rose St
$15 | $10 for students BUY NOW
859.257.3297
FAMILY
NO SCHOOL DAYS: PLANETARIUM POP-UP SHOW & PRESIDENT'S DAY CLASSES
The Living Arts & Science Center
Join the Living Arts and Science Center for a No School Day at the Farish Planetarium to learn about our amazing planet, solar system, galaxy, and beyond! 

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
Suitable For: 2+
IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
Suitable For: 10+

When school is out on President's Day, fun is in at the LASC! Students pre-school to high-school enjoy classes that spark their imagination in a fun, inspiring environment with first-class instruction. Full day and half day schedules available with extended hours for your convenience. View classes and register here.

Monday, February 17 | 7:45 & 10AM
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
$10+ BUY NOW
859.252.5222
MUSIC
DUKE ELLINGTON: THE AMERICAN SPIRITUAL ENSEMBLE & KENTUCKY JAZZ REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
Singletary Center for the Arts
The Singletary Center Signature Series presents the American Spiritual Ensemble and the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra performing the music of Duke Ellington in the SCFA Concert Hall.

Comprised of some of the finest classically trained singers in the United States, the mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive. Since its inception by Dr. Everett McCorvey in 1995, the ASE has thrilled audiences around the world with its dynamic repertoire ranging from spirituals to classical to jazz and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience.

The Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra is a 17 piece big band co-directed by UK School of Music professors Miles Osland and Dick Domek that is especially suited for and highly skilled at recreating authentic swing-era arrangements. The KJRO captures the energy, excitement and rhythmic feeling and pulse of the big band music of the swing-era. Close your eyes and you may think you're back in the late 1930's or early 40's, dancing to Duke Ellington in the Cotton Club, Jimmie Lunceford in the Savoy, Benny Goodman in the Roseland or Count Basie in the Woodside. 

Saturday, February 15 | 7:30PM
Singletary Center for the Arts | 405 Rose St
$36 | $13 for students BUY NOW
859.257.4929
DAPHNIS ET CHLOE
University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
Join the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the UK Chorale, and the Lexington Singers on Valentine's Day for an evening of beautiful, romantic music. The concert opens with the Prelude to Lohengrin, Wagner’s story of medieval German romance, drawn from the legend of the Knight of the Swan. Next on the program is Mozart’s great Coronation Mass, written in 1779 to be performed at the Salzburg Cathedral. The concert concludes with ballet music set to two of the greatest love stories of all time. Prokofiev’s Cinderella is a dark version of the ancient fairy tale, while Ravel’s music for the Greek legend of Daphnis and Chloé is some of the most beautiful orchestra music ever composed. The second suite from Daphnis and Chloé will be performed for this concert in the stunning but rarely heard version for full choir and orchestra. 

PROGRAM
WAGNER: Prelude to Lohengrin 
MOZART: Coronation Mass 
PROKOFIEV: music from Cinderella 
RAVEL: Daphnis and Chloé, Suite No. 2

University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
John Nardolillo, conductor
Lexington Singers
University of Kentucky Chorale
Jefferson Johnson, director
Sydney Carbo, soprano
Catarine Hancock, mezzo-soprano
Ben Boutell, tenor
Parker Van Houton, baritone

Friday, February 14 | 7:30PM
Singletary Center for the Arts | 405 Rose St
$10 | $5 for students BUY NOW
859.257.2477
BLAKELEY BURGER
Red Barn Radio
An award-winning instrumentalist, BLAKELEY BURGER has studied fiddle/violin for 15 years, as well as guitar and mandolin. For the past seven years, she has performed regionally as both a soloist and an ensemble member at a range of venues, including: the Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Frazier History Museum, the Norton Center for the Arts, the Lexington Opera House, the Iroquois Amphitheatre, the Brown Theatre, the Station Inn, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Kentucky State Senate. Additionally, Blakeley has performed live on such radio and television programs as Woodsong’s Old-Time Radio Hour, KET’s “Kentucky Life” and “Tim Farmer’s Homemade Jams,” Crescent Hill Radio, Red Barn Radio, Nashville Spotlight, and Music City’s Gospel Review. Blakeley made her international debut in March of 2018 when she performed as part of a Bluegrass trio at La Universidad del Bosque in Bogotá, Colombia. Blakeley has been honored by the North American Country Music Association, the Tennessee/Georgia Country and Gospel Music Association, and the Twin Lakes National Fiddle Contest. She can be seen touring with Tin Whiskey Sisters or performing locally with Yapa! and Hollow Bone. Blakeley is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance with a minor in Spanish at the University of Louisville.

Wednesday, February 12 | 7PM
Red Barn Radio | 161 N Mill St
$10 BUY NOW
859.338.7648
ABE PARTRIDGE
NORA JANE STRUTHERS
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
ABE PARTRIDGE sounds older than his 37 years. This troubadour grew up in Alabama, moved to a rural enclave of Kentucky, and served with the Air Force in Qatar in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon his return to the states, he turned his attention to being a songwriter & creator of folk art paintings. Partridge draws listeners in with gothic storytelling and a dark humor reminiscent of the late Townes Van Zandt – delivered in a gravelly tone that conjures up images of Tom Waits in his barstool warming days.  Watch a clip.

NORA JANE STRUTHERS has written “some of the most quietly powerful narratives within the new wave of Americana artists,” says Ann Powers of NPR Music. Born in Virginia, raised in New Jersey and living now in Nashville, Struthers has built her career on these kinds of songs. There’s an honesty and energy to Nora Jane’s stage presence; a vulnerability that is part and parcel of great artistry. Her new album ‘Bright Lights, Long Drives’ finds the poetry in the everyday and in life’s little miracles.  Watch a clip.

Monday, February 17 | 6:45PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$10 BUY NOW
859.252.8888
EXHIBITIONS
DAVID ONDRIK: INHERITANCE
VOLUME, INC.: THIS WILL NOT BE EASY
Bolivar Art Gallery
DAVID ONDRIK: INHERITANCE
Inheritance is shepherding a loved one through terminal illness, environmental disaster, and a glimpse at the vastness of the universe. These non-objective images are simultaneous abstractions of mutated cells and viruses, strip mines or clear-cut forests, and nebula birthing stars. Made at a human-scale, they envelop the viewer, creating an immersive space to invoke contemplation of the treatment of our bodies; our home; our small corner of creation.

VOLUME, INC.: THIS WILL NOT BE EASY
The digital age has gifted us infinite Pinterest, Behance, and Dribble scrolls of refined visual inspiration. These feeds betray the numerous iterations, the dead-ends, the frustration, and (if one is lucky) the a-ha moments necessary to create the designs we admire. The pretty pictures are barely footnotes in the creation story of their design work. Which is why they’ve left them (almost) completely out of this exhibition. You’re getting everything else instead.

Through February 15
Artist's Talk with David Ondrik: Friday, February 14 | 12PM
Bolivar Art Gallery | 236 Bolivar St
Monday-Friday, 10AM-4:30PM | Saturday, 12PM-4PM
859.257.8151
RESILIENCE 101: WORK BY PUBLIC SERVICE ARTISTS & FRIENDS
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University
Public Service Artists (PSA) and invited friends create an exhibition expressing societal, physical, generational, and environmental resilience. PSA is a Cincinnati-based group of political art activists interested in proactively changing the political climate through increasing voter turnout, identifying viable political candidates, and convincing a greater public to be politically active. They began in early 2018 and their interventions include yard signs, coasters, t-shirts and buttons, as well as interactive pop-up events and activities. 

Through February 21
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University | 300 N Broadway
859.233.8300
JASON DAFRI THOMPSON: BEHIND THE ROSES
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center
"My Heavenly Father has me capturing the stories of the African American families, and communities that have formed our modern day United States. Growing up African American, it gave me hope to hear about a people who when faced with adversity never gave up and still pushed for equal rights for all. I am seeking to bring healing to the world my Heavenly Father created with one word, Dafri. It comes from three words. Dance, Africa, Free. It was an answer to a specific prayer to my Heavenly Father. He spoke of four principles I was to use for a new artistic expression. They were persistence, self awareness, openness and release. This was and has become the root of my artistic process."
-Jason Dafri Thompson

Through February 21
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
FREE
859.280.2201
SIX SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Lexington Art League
Lexington Art League is launching 2020 with a FREE public reception for six simultaneous solo exhibitions by Kentucky artists. January 24th, 5-9pm. The opening reception will have music by D.J. Lee Roy and food and beverage by Athenian Grill, West Sixth Brewing, and Equus Run Winery.

Exhibitions include 'Like' by Lori Larusso , 'Show Me The Way to Go Home' by Sarah Madison Brown, 'Dark Exposure' by Christina Conroy, 'New Life Doll Project' by Holly Graham, 'I Dreamed in Black and White' by Josh Doss, and 'Karst' by Mark Williams.

Exhibition dates: January 17th - February 28th 
Gallery Hours during exhibition dates are free to the public: Tuesday thru Friday 12-6pm, Saturday/Sunday 1-4pm. Closed Monday.  

Through February 28
Artists Tour: Sunday, February 16 | 1:30PM
Lexington Art League | 409 Castlewood Dr
Tuesday-Friday, 12PM-6PM | Saturday-Sunday, 1PM-4PM
FREE
859.254.7024
MONICA ANNE PIPIA, FEBRUARY LOCAL ARTIST OF THE MONTH
The Wills Gallery, Fine Art & Antiques
Join The Wills Gallery in welcoming Monica Anne Pipia as their February Local Artist of the month. The show's opening reception will feature amazing art, wonderful conversation, and refreshments.

Pipia’s artwork is in the permanent collection of the Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead, Kentucky, the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Henry Clay Foundation, Kentucky Eagle Brewing, and Ruggles Sign Company, as well as the New Omni Hotel in Louisville as well as the Embassy Suites on Lexington Green. Her work is also a part of several private collections, including Dark Hollow Farm in Upperco, Maryland. She has served on the Kentucky Folk Art Center Board for 10 years and was a member of the committee that developed the first fundraiser for the museum.

Through February 29
The Wills Gallery, Fine Art & Antiques | 190 Jefferson St
859.396.6740
CELEBRATING 32 YEARS: AN ALUMNI EXHIBIT
The Artists' Attic
Artists' Attic presents the works of former studio members in a special alumni exhibition: Kelly Brewer, David Carter, Ma Chao, Marcia Cone, Patsy Corns, Mitch Curd, Ed Fish Dixon, Glenda Earnest, Seth Earnst, Debbie Graviess, Elsie Harris, Eric Johnson, Mary Beth Karas, Marianna McDonald, Nancy Nardiello, David Soileau, Yvonne Todd and Debbie Westerfield.

Through February 29
The Artists' Attic | 401 W Main St, Ste 401
859.254.5501
WOMEN 100 VOTE
Christ Church Cathedral
One hundred years ago, in January 1920, Kentucky ratified the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.  Many of the leading suffragists were members of Christ Church Cathedral including Laura Clay, Madeleine McDowell Breckinridge, Jesse Hutchinson, and many others. The January exhibit will feature photographs and biographies of the Christ Church members involved in this long fight to guarantee the voting rights of women. Additionally, Christ Church member and artist Deborah Slone will curate an exhibit featuring the work of several women artists.  

Exhibiting artists include Angelyn DeBord, Pam Oldfield-Meade, Lacy Hale, 
Cheryl Walton, Sally Lambert, and Deborah Slone.

Through March 1
Christ Church Cathedral | 166 Market St
Monday-Friday, 10AM-3:30PM
859.254.4497
JIM BRANCACCIO: WORLDS WITHIN
The Living Arts & Science Center
Printmaker and collage artist Jim Brancaccio first came to Lexington in 1955 with his family and eventually went on to study at Transylvania University in 1959. Except for a brief five year period when he taught English in Ohio, Brancaccio has been a mainstay in the arts community of Lexington. In the 1980s, Jim was appointed Gallery Director of the Living Arts and Science Center. To honor his deep contribution to the arts community of Lexington, LexArts and the Living Arts and Science Center have proudly partnered together to present a retrospective alongside new works of Jim Brancaccio this January 10th through March 6th at both gallery locations: the LASC and ArtsPlace.

Through March 6
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
859.252.5222
ATON IN HIS GLORY: THE ART OF AYE ATON
21c Museum Hotel Lexington
You are cordially invited to this exhibition of work by artist Aye Aton. Aton's unusual art made its first debut at the Woodford County Library in his hometown of Versailles, KY! One of a kind original art pieces will be on display in the Gallery portion of the Library. There is a sign by the front door that is easily seen from the back door (there is much more parking in the back).

Aye Aton (1940-2017) was an artist, musician, teacher, and Woodford County native. This exhibit focuses on roots from various parts of Africa and Egypt, centering on African-American history and spiritual evolution.

Through March 23
Woodford County Library | 115 N Main St, Versailles, KY
859.846.4831
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
21c Museum Hotel Lexington | 167 Main St
859.899.6800
LexArts 161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507