WEST SIDE STORY
The LEX
Opening on Broadway in 1957, WEST SIDE STORY changed the face of musical theatre. Conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, it's a timeless story based on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, with an unforgettable score with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Glorious choreography tells the super-charged story of two rival gangs in New York City, and the star-crossed lovers whose lives are caught in the crossfire and forever changed. Mark Madama (University of Michigan, The Music Man at The LEX), directs this production, while Robbins' original choreography will be recreated and adapted by renowned choreographer Mark Esposito. The LEX Resident Music Director, Brock Terry will music direct and conduct the full, live pit orchestra.

Thursday, July 11 & Friday, July 12 | 8PM
Saturday, July 13 | 2PM & 8PM
Sunday, July 14 | 1PM
Lexington Opera House | 401 W Short St
$35+ BUY NOW
859.233.4567
BIG FAMILY: THE STORY OF BLUEGRASS MUSIC
KET
Join KET in Lexington for a free exclusive full screening of its new documentary Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music. Featuring footage from around the world, interviews with legends and newcomers alike and – of course – incredible music, Big Family will make your toes tap and your heart swell with pride for Kentucky’s native music.

After the screening event, you can tune in to see the national television premiere on Friday, August 30 at 9/8 pm on KET.

This event is free, but reservations are required.

Tuesday, July 16 | 7PM
Kentucky Theatre | 214 E Main St
859.258.7251
HARRY DEAN STANTON FEST 9
Lexington Film League
The Lexington Film League is excited to announce the lineup for the ninth annual Harry Dean Stanton Fest featuring a very special guest: REPO MAN director Alex Cox!

Harry Dean Stanton Fest returns with screenings, Q&As, and an 80's prom and costume contest, as well as a special Repo Man event, which will be followed by a screening of the short film FRAGILE, directed by Morgan Routt and starring Drago Sumonja. The film was made at BCTC following Drago's first visit to the festival with his film LUCKY. The creative legacy of Harry Dean Stanton in Lexington continues! Click here for a full schedule and tickets.

Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14
Locations vary
Ticket prices vary BUY NOW
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2
On the Verge Theatre
Why would a woman walk out on an apparently perfect life, asked Henrik Ibsen in 1879.

What would compel her to walk back in again, asked Lucas Hnath in 2017. 

Experience A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, Lucas Hnath's audaciously imagined aftermath to Ibsen's masterpiece, presented in the same elegant venue, with the same core cast, in signature On The Verge site-specific style. Though inspired by Ibsen’s iconic original, A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 stands on its own as a complete work of art and a compelling evening of theater. Everything anyone unfamiliar with Ibsen’s original might need to know is deftly woven into the storytelling, so no one misses a thing.   

With Rachel Lee Rogers, Kevin Hardesty, Samantha Doane-Bates and Tay Schulz. Directed by Ave Lawyer.

Wednesday, July 10-Saturday, July 13 | 7:30PM
Thursday, July 18-Saturday, July 20 | 7:30PM
Thursday, July 25-Saturday, July 27 | 7:30PM
Episcopal Diocese of Lexington | 203 E 4th St
$40 BUY NOW
859.948.2762
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
THEATRE
SUMMERFEST AT WOODLAND PARK PRESENTS "BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS"
Kentucky Conservatory Theatre
It’s a new day in Woodland Park! 

SummerFest is thrilled to present BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS, a new concert event that is sure to light up Downtown Lexington! This new event shines the spotlight on Central Kentucky’s local stars! Featuring your favorite showstoppers from the past 13 years of SummerFest musical theatre productions and the stunning backdrop of Woodland Park, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Celebrate the unparalleled talents of Lexington as you experience Broadway in your own backyard! 

Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 21 | 8PM
Woodland Park | 601 E High St
$15 BUY NOW
859.935.1564
DANCE
LOOK BOTH WAYS
Allegro Dance Project
Allegro Dance Project is celebrating 5 seasons on the Lyric Theatre stage! “Look Both Ways” will look back at some of their favorite repertoire from seasons past and look ahead at exciting brand new works. This performance features contemporary dance, live original music and a variety of aerial & circus arts. 

There will also be a silent auction in the theatre lobby to support our Inclusive Dance Outreach Program, providing dance outreach & performance opportunities for children with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder & other specific needs throughout Central Kentucky. 

Friday, July 12 | 7PM
Saturday, July 13 | 3PM
The Lyric | 300 E Third St
$22 | $17 for seniors & children under 12 BUY NOW
859.280.2201
FAMILY
SCIENCE FRIDAYS IN THE PLANETARIUM: EXPEDITION REEF
The Living Arts & Science Center
Learn the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea” as you and your visitors embark on an oceanic safari to the world’s most vibrant — and endangered — marine ecosystems.

Expedition Reef, narrated by Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga, will immerse audiences in an undersea adventure. This full-dome planetarium show provides an up-close look at a part of our planet many people have never experienced. Discover how corals grow, feed, reproduce, and support over 25% of all marine life on Earth — while facing unprecedented threats from climate change, habitat destruction, and overfishing.

Friday, July 12 | 10AM, 2PM & 6PM
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
$4 BUY NOW
859.252.5222
MUSIC
FEED THE SOUL FT. LONGJUMPER
The Lyric
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.

This month's Feed the Soul features LONGJUMPER.

Lunch is at 11:30 AM, and music begins at noon. 

Wednesday, July 10 | 11:30AM
The Lyric | 300 E Third St
$15 BUY NOW
859.280.2201
SUMMER NIGHTS IN SUBURBIA
MoonDance Amphitheater
Every Friday night, don't miss this FREE live music in Beaumont. Come on out!

July 12 | Bear Medicine
July 19 | Rebel without a Cause
July 26 | Nvrmnd
August 2 | Honeychild
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.

July 11 | Newtown 
July 18 | Custom Made Bluegrass  
July 25 | The Price Sisters 
August 1 | Ida Clare 
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.

July 9 | Lexington Concert Band 
July 16 | Colonel's Choice 
July 23 | Osland/Dailey Jazztet
July 30 | Rick Cook Sextet 
August 6 | Jazzberry Jam 
August 13 | Dick Romek and the Walnut Street Ramblers 

Tuesdays through August 13 | 7PM
Ecton Park | 956 Turkey Foot Rd
FREE
859.425.2349
LARK WATTS
Red Barn Radio
LARK WATTS is a Winchester, KY, native and raised on Ale81’s, Barbecue Grippo’s and Hays Street bologna sandwiches. Lark’s first public performance was at the age of 5 for Ruth Taylor’s Kindergarten Graduation Recital where he quoted the books of the Bible and sang “Me and My Shadow." Once he heard the applause (and laughter) he was hooked. 

Lark spent most of the 90’s and early 2000’s in Nashville writing, recording and traveling all over the US playing music. He now spends most of his time directing/editing music videos for other artists. Watch a clip.

Wednesday, July 10 | 8PM
Red Barn Radio | 161 N Mill St
$10 BUY NOW
859.338.7648
REED TURCHI
DANNY BURNS
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
REED TURCHI was raised in the Swannanoa valley of North Carolina and grew up playing piano, focusing on boogie woogie and New Orleans styles before becoming infatuated with slide guitar. While learned Hill Country Blues (RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Mississippi Fred McDowell) firsthand in North Mississippi, he’s become a master of guitar driven blues that shape-shift seamlessly between acoustic slide, electric juke joint boogie, and the improvisational, groove-driven, massive sound of his band. Reed’s eleventh album, ‘Midnight in Memphis’ was recorded live at legendary Sun Studio featuring his Kudzu Choir band.  Watch a clip.

DANNY BURNS is a red-headed, storytelling, hard-touring Irishman whose own voice is just as evocative as his songwriting. He grew up in the Irish county of Donegal surrounded by singers and instrumentalists receiving a first-class education in Irish folk music along the way. He kicked off his career as a traveling folksinger, logging shows on both sides of the Atlantic. He’s been on the road ever since, sharpening a sound that mixes the folk traditions of his native Ireland with diverse American influences. ‘North Country’ is Danny’s new collaborative album filled with appearances by icons like Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and Tift Merritt.  Watch a clip.

Monday, July 8 | 6:45PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
$10 | $5 for students BUY NOW
859.252.8888
EXHIBITIONS
OUR FAIR CITY: THE 1999 LEXINGTON FAIRNESS ORDINANCE
Lexington Public Library
Our Fair City: The 1999 Lexington Fairness Ordinance explores the timeline of local, state and national LGBTQ history, placing the passage of Lexington Fairness Ordinance in historical context. This exhibition features images and artifacts from the Lexington Fairness Campaign and passage of Fairness Ordinance July 8, 1999, with video excerpts from public comment on proposed ordinance at LFUCG Council meeting.

Through July 19
Lexington Public Library | 140 E Main St
Monday-Thursday, 9AM-9PM | Friday, 9AM-6PM | Saturday, 9AM-5PM | Sunday, 1PM-5PM
FREE
859.231.5500
ERIC RHEIN: LIFELINES
Institute 193
Institute 193 is pleased to present the first Kentucky exhibition of artwork by Eric Rhein. With family heritage in Appalachia, New York-based Rhein has gained international recognition as an artist whose artwork embodies themes of love, sexuality, and identity through his ever-evolving experience with HIV. 

A series of photographs, taken over the course of almost two decades, serves as the focus of the exhibition. They were taken during a period roughly parallel to Rhein’s diagnosis with HIV in 1987— after which he encountered compromised health and near death—through to his experience of a renewed sense of vitality after life-saving drugs were introduced in the mid-90s. The images highlight the role of intimacy and care as survival tactics in their depiction of one person's response to a global and ongoing crisis.

This exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

Through July 27
Institute 193 | 193 N Limestone
FREE
270.925.2311
MONICA PIPIA: GREY IS THE NEW BLACK
Sorella Gelateria
Monica Pipia has exhibited her work at the University of Kentucky, Arts Place, the Kentucky Folk Art Center, the Lexington Arts and Science Center, and numerous galleries across the country from a horse-and-rider exhibit in Los Angeles to a juried show with the Academy of Equine Arts in Farmington, New Jersey.  

She is a recipient of the Andy Warhol Fellowship Award, the Kentucky Foundation for Women Grant and a VIP award for her residency in Alaska with the National Park Service. Pipia was nominated for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks poster image 2016 and was selected as the first Revel Artist at the Artisan Center in Berea Kentucky. Her goal is to simply keep creating art and bringing it into the public eye.

Through July 31
Sorella Gelateria | 219 N Limestone
Tuesday-Saturday, 12PM-9PM | Sunday, 12PM-6PM
859.797.0085
LISA STRONG, JULY ARTIST OF THE MONTH
The Wills Gallery, Fine Art & Antiques
Please join The Wills Gallery in welcoming Lisa Strong, July's local artist of the month.

A native of Northeastern Indiana, Lisa has lived most of her adult life in Kentucky, and she works full time as a surgical nurse. She has studied under Bill Fletcher, Eric Johnson, Bob Sandford, and Mary Neely. 

Lisa has been painting for over 20 years. She has no favorite color. She loves them all, especially the way they evoke emotion when placed next to each other, bringing to mind beauty found in the simple things. Rediscovering the simple beauties that all too often get overlooked is her artistic goal. Learning new techniques on how to apply paint to capture a feeling on the canvas is part of her process.

Through July 31
Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 9 | 6PM
The Wills Gallery, Fine Art & Antiques | 190 Jefferson St
FREE
859.396.6740
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
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 16 | 3PM
The Lyric | 300 E Third St
FREE
859.280.2201
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