See what some of your favorite arts organizations have in store for the coming season
Welcome to our annual Fall Arts Preview, a guide to upcoming festivals, performance series, art exhibits and other arts and entertainment events.
While there are scads of events and performances on the following pages, the Fall Arts Guide is by no means an exhaustive list of what every arts organization in town is up to for the next few months.
Institute 193Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wed. – Sat. (and by appointment) 193 N. Limestone St. (859) 749-9765 www.institute193.org
Sept. 5 – Oct. 5
“Multitudes” is an exhibition of painted wooden sculptures by John Martin, a native Mississippian living in Oakland, Calif. Martin juxtaposes images of human, animals and mundane tools into fanciful sculptures that resemble folding Swiss Army Knives.
A Music So Subtle
Oct. 10 – Nov. 9
“A Music So Subtle” is an exhibition of photographs by Carey Gough. Originally from Lexington, Gough has lived in the United Kingdom for over a decade. Her photographs of Kentucky are poetic, politically charged images inspired by the lyrics of bluegrass songs.
Lexington Art LeagueAll events and exhibits are held at the Loudoun House (207 Castlewood Dr.), unless noted otherwise. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tues. – Thurs., and 1 – 4 p.m. Sat. – Sun. (859) 254-7024 www.lexingtonartleague.org
Sept. 6 – Oct. 20
Louis Bickett, a local artist known for his extensive archiving of other artists and cultural memorabilia, will curate an exhibition of local artists, including Aaron Michael Skolnick, Aurora Childs, R. Clint Colburn, G. Haviland Argo III, Guy Mendes and Phillip March Jones.
CSA(rt) Fall Harvest Party
6 – 9 p.m. Oct. 26
Celebrate the harvest of the fall crop of LAL’s Community Supported Art program. Pick up your crate of freshly grown art or learn more about becoming a shareholder.
Black Friday Art Sale
6 – 9 p.m. Dec. 6 – 7
Bypass the mall and shop for quality local art, guaranteed to be under $50. Mingle with artists and make like-minded friends.
Opening Feb. 21. On display at various venues.
A public, interactive sculpture of light in the heart of Lexington will be accompanied by a large-scale, light-based exhibition at the Loudoun House Gallery, as well as public events such as the Art Ball gala (8 p.m. Jan. 25).
Morlan GalleryMitchell Fine Arts Center, Transylvania University Noon – 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri. www.transy.edu/morlan
Waves and Currents: An Exploration of Sound, Light and Time
Sept. 6 – Oct. 11
Canadian artist Lenka Novakova and US artist Georgie Friedman simulate the waves and currents of water through digital means, exploring the flow of time and providing unique spaces for contemplation.
I’ll Be Your Mirror
Oct. 25 – Nov. 25
An exhibition of contemporary painting, drawing, photography and pop ephemera chronicling the myths, stories, history and faces of the gay community in Lexington. Curated by Lexington artist and activist Robert Morgan.
Jan. 15 – Feb. 21, 2014
American artists intercept the waste stream of flotsam and jetsam of American culture and transform them into works rich with meaning. Artists include David Williams, Suzanne Proulx and Michelle Stitzlein.
The ENID Collective: Women Sculptors of Kentucky
Feb. 28 – March 28
This sculpture exhibition is the work of a Louisville-based collective of female artists known as ENID. The name is taken from that of the first recognized female sculptor from Louisville, Enid Yandell. In 1998, a group of local female artisans formed a collective to promote their own sculptural work; today the collective shows its work throughout the Ohio Valley region.
M.S. Rezny Studio/Gallery10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon. – Fri. 903 Manchester St. www.msrezny.com
3 x 33
Sept. 7 – 30
This exhibition is a show about pluralism, featuring 99 works with 99 percent of the artists from central Kentucky. Curator Marco Logsdon selected 33 visual artists representing all mediums to be in this exhibit. Each artist will display three related artworks.
Tales from the Edge
Oct. 1 – 31
Using photography, Melissa T. Hall explores the contradictory relationship between the mundane realities of everyday life and the need to transcend those experiences to find meaning and joy.
Layered, a Fantasy Memoir
Nov. 1 – 30
A memoir by Laverne Zabielski that, instead of using words, will be a visual memoir using paintings, felt, silk and artist books.
Dec. 1 – 31
A group exhibition of artwork by the 2013 featured gallery artists.
UK Art Museum405 Rose St. 12 – 5 p.m. Tues. – Sun. (until 8 p.m. Fri.) (859) 257-5716 www.uky.edu/artmuseum
The Golden Age of Painting
Through Sept. 22
Portraits, religious paintings, scenes of everyday life, still lifes and interpretations of classical antiquity are all included in this exhibition of loan from the Speed Art Museum featuring more than 70 paintings created from 1600 to 1800.
Global Contemporary: Art from Inner Mongolia
Sept. 15 – Oct. 13
Part of a week-long cultural celebration of Inner Mongolia, this exhibition features contemporary works from the Art College of Inner Mongolia University faculty.
Innovators & Legends: Generations in Textiles & Fibers
Oct. 13 – Jan. 5, 2014
This exhibition explores the emergence of fiber arts as a fine art and showcases the contemporary fine art textile and fabric movement with works by internationally celebrated masters, top North American artists and promising newcomers.
Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series: Penelope Umbrico
Oct. 18 – Nov. 10
Penelope Umbrico finds a communal portrait of humanity in images she appropriates from popular sources, whether they be photographs of sunsets posted on the Internet or ads for broken television sets on Craiglist. (Lecture: 4 p.m., Oct. 18, Worsham Theater.)
Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series: Carl Corey
Nov. 15 – Feb. 2, 2014
Mid-westerner Carl Corey makes photographs in traditional documentary fashion, traveling through Wisconsin in his RV, offering glimpses into the workings of small towns and the people who inhabit them. (Lecture: 4 p.m. Nov. 15, Worsham Theater.)
Balagula TheatreAll shows are performed at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar (112 Esplanade), unless otherwise noted. (859) 259-2754 www.balagula.com
E.G.O: The Passions of Eugene Gladstone O’Neill
Sept. 13 – 15
By Jo Morello; winner of the second bi-annual Kentucky Women Writers Prize for Women Playwrights. This production will be held at the Downtown Arts Center and is the world premiere.
The Two Character Play
Nov. 3 – 6; 10 – 13
By Tennessee Williams. Reminiscent of Beckett and Pinter, this play within a play is set in a small Southern town where a brother-and-sister actor team is abandoned by the rest of their traveling troupe in a theater about to fill with audience, leaving them no choice but to perform the only possible play: “The Two Character Play.”
Jan. 12 – 15, 2014; 19 – 22
“Terrorism,” by the Presnyakov Brothers, is a powerful, contemporary Russian play about the terror of the everyday in six scenes from urban life.
March 9 – 12; 16 – 19
Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, “1984” brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceana. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence.
May 25 – 28; June 1 – 4
This contemporary British comedy of a celebrated playwright and screenwriter whose name has recently climbed to the top of the British art news charts, is a razor sharp satire of consumer society’s culture of boredom.
Broadway LIVEAll shows are held at the Lexington Opera House. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat, and 1 . and 6 p.m. Sun. (unless otherwise noted). (859) 233-3535 www.lexingtonoperahouse.com
Nov. 8 – 10
A true institution, “Chicago” has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.
Million Dollar Quartet
Jan. 10 – 12, 2014
“Million Dollar Quartet” is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.
Feb. 14 – 16
From the underground Memphis dance clubs of the 1950s comes this new Broadway musical about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break.
The Miracle Worker
March 14 – 16
“The Miracle Worker” tells the story of Helen Keller, dead and blind since infancy, who finds her way into the world of knowledge and understanding with the help of Ann Sullivan, her gifted tutor.
Bring It On
April 11 – 13
“Bring It On: The Musical,” based on the film, tells the story of challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition.
Lexington Children’s TheatreAll performances are at the LCT Main Stage (418 W. Short St.). Showtimes are at 2 p.m. Sun., 2 and 7 p.m. Sat. (unless otherwise noted). (859) 254-4546 www.lctonstage.org
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
Sept. 15 – 22
Based on the books “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” “Julius, the Baby of the World,” and “Chester’s Way.”
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Oct. 20 – 27
Based on the short story by Washington Irving about the unfortunate events surrounding schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and a headless horseman.
The Paper Bag Princess
Nov. 10 – 17
This side-splitting production, newly adapted by LCT’s Jeremy Kisling, brings a fresh new twist to the classic fairy tale formula.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Nov. 30 – Dec. 8
Celebrate the holidays this year with a story that rejoices in the importance of family, forgiveness and the capacity of us all to change. This production will take place at the Lexington Opera House.
Anansi the Spider
Dec. 14 – 15
Help the African savannah come to life in this interactive tale where the audience decides what’s fact or fiction. Only 2 p.m. shows.
And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank
Jan. 25 – 26 (7 p.m. Sat.; 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sun.)
In this riveting piece set in Germany during World War II, teenagers Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss struggle to survive their hostile living conditions.
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley
Feb. 23 – March 2
Take a trip with Stanley as things go from ordinary to extraordinary in this musical adventure where our hero learns a thing or two about what it means to put your stamp on the world.
Jack and the Wonder Beans
March 16 – 23
Based on the book by Kentucky Poet Laureate James Still, and adapted by LCT’s Larry Snipes.
April 19 – 27
Written by Lois Lowry, author of “The Giver.” Recall the power of the past and the promise of tomorrow with this tender tale of new beginnings.
Studio PlayersAll productions are held at the Carriage House Theater (154 W. Bell Ct.). Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fri., Sat. and opening night; 2:30 p.m. Sun. (859) 257-4929 www.studioplayers.org
Sept. 19 – Oct. 6
To save the Valley Dale Playhouse, the theater brings in a New York director to present his original adaptation of Dracula, complete with carriage horses, bats, buckets of garlic, naked wives and the Big Swing.
Nov. 14 – Dec. 1
Six wildly disparate aspiring authors meet for some group collaboration to fend of writers block. And a clap of thunder, a black-out, and a highly imaginative story begins to take physical form.
Love, Loss and What I Wore
Jan. 9 – 26, 2014
Funny and compelling stories about women, clothes and the memories they evoke. By Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron.