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  1. Sep
    21
    Sun
    1. ART EXHIBIT: “Take My Word for It” at the UK Art Museum
      Sep 21 (all-day)

      This exhibition examines ways in which artists use language to directly engage the viewer. Drawings, prints, and books by Clifford Amyx, Luis Camnitzer, Van Deren Coke, Wendy Ewald, Hand Haacke, Jenny Holtzer, Susan E, King, Barbara Kruger, Les Levine, Kay Rosen, Edwards Ruscha, Tad Savinar, Pat Steir, Catherine Wagner, Kara Walker offer a range of subjects and conditions, from poetics to politics. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    2. ART EXHIBIT: Laurel Nakadate, “Strangers and Relations”
      Sep 21 (all-day)

      Photographer Laurel Nakadate will visit Lexington as part of the Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series. Her exhibition, Strangers & Relations, features two distinct groups who are documented in similar ways. The “strangers” are part of Nakadate’s Star Portraits series, and feature individuals who she found through a process of asking friends to invite people to meet her, as well as by postings made on Facebook and community message boards. The “relatives” were found when Nakadate, whose paternal lineage is Japanese-American, took a DNA test in order to uncover data about her mother’s family history. Exhibit runs September 6 – December 23. Lecture with Nakadate on October 10 at 4 p.m. in Worhsam Theatre Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.  

    3. ART EXHIBIT: Madmen and Moonbeams – Fanciful Faces by Kurt Vonnegut
      Sep 21 (all-day)

      Novelist Kurt Vonnegut made drawings throughout his life, and like writers and musicians including Norman Mailer, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and John Lennon, found that visual art offered him another space for creativity. This exhibition of his silkscreens, feature portraits that are both comic and surreal, defined by bolds line and carefully placed areas of color. It is organized by Art History graduate student Courtney Anich, and the works were printed in Lexington, Kentucky, by Joe Petro III. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    4. ART EXHIBIT: Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass
      Sep 21 (all-day)

      The Showplace for Saddlebreds celebrates the breeding program at the late Jean McLean Davis’ Oak Hill Farm in Harrodsburg, KY, which has long been synonymous with World’s Champion Saddlebred performance horses and the 2014 exhibit will focus on the tradition of excellence the farm represents. On display are hundreds of items, including photos, paintings, trophies and furnishings from the estate of the farm’s owner, Jean McLean Davis. The exhibition runs February 14, 2014 to January 31, 2015, and admission to the American Saddlebred Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds and Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass exhibition is included with admission to the Kentucky Horse Park. For further information contact 859-259-2746 or museum@asbmusuem.org or visit www.ASBMuseum.org.

    5. ART EXHIBIT: Victory without Fanfare at the Loudoun House
      Sep 21 (all-day)

      A shark made out of old quits, a pile of dirty dishes in the sink–these darkly playful twists on retro Americana themes are the kinds of subjects you’ll find in Kentucky-based mixed-media artist Melissa Vandenberg’s and painter Lori Larusso’s joint exhibition, Victory without Fanfare. Be the first to see new bodies of work they created this past summer during In Residence, a three month residency at the Loudoun House.

    6. John van Willigen to sign, “Kentucky’s Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture”
      2:00 am – 5:00 pm

      The Morris Book Shop is happy to host John van Willigen as he signs, Kentucky’s Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture. About the book: Food is a significant part of our daily lives and can be one of the most telling records of a time and place. Our meals — from what we eat, to how we prepare it, to how we consume it — illuminate our culture and history. As a result, cookbooks present a unique opportunity to analyze changing foodways and can yield surprising discoveries about society’s tastes and priorities In Kentucky’s Cookbook Heritage, John van Willigen explores the state’s history through its changing food culture, beginning with Lettice Bryan’s The Kentucky Housewife (originally published in 1839). Considered one of the earliest regional cookbooks, The Kentucky Housewife includes pre–Civil War recipes intended for use by a household staff instead of an individual cook, along with instructions for serving the family. Van Willigen also shares the story of the original Aunt Jemima — the advertising persona of Nancy Green, born in Montgomery County, Kentucky — who was one of many African American voices in Kentucky culinary history. Kentucky’s Cookbook Heritage is a journey through the history of the commonwealth, showcasing the shifting priorities and innovations of the times. Analyzing the historical importance of a wide range of publications, from the nonprofit and charity cookbooks that flourished at the end of the twentieth century to the contemporary cookbook that emphasizes local ingredients, van Willigen provides a valuable perspective on the state’s social history. About the author: John van Willigen is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Kentucky and the author of many books, including Food and Everyday Life on Kentucky Family Farms, 1920–1950.

    7. Lexington Children’s Theatre: Miss Nelson is Missing!
      2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      Recommended for 5yrs+ / Pre-K Grade+ Geography! Spelling! Math! The students of room 207 are failing them all, and it’s time for drastic measures – time for the worst kids in the world to meet the world’s meanest teacher. Viola Swamp strikes terror into the hearts of these rambunctious ruffians, and may even make them realize that a little learning isn’t such a bad thing. Sunday, September 14 – 2:00 Saturday, September 20 – 2:00 Saturday, September 20 –7:00 Sunday, September 21 – 2:00  

    8. 2nd Annual Hard Putters & Fast Greens Miniature Golf Tournament
      4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      The 2nd Annual Hard Putters & Fast Greens Miniature Golf Tournament is taking place at the Lexington Ice Center on Sunday, September 21st at 4:00pm. Competitors are encouraged to preregister on the website: www.HPFG.org

    9. ART EXHIBIT: Mary Newton: Contemplative Places at Ann Tower
      5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Ann Tower Gallery is pleased to present Contemplative Places: New Paintings by Mary Newton opening with a Gallery Hop reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, September 19, 2014. The show will be up from September 19th to November 15th during our usual hours of 10:00-5:00 Tuesday-Friday and Sunday 10:00-2:00. Newton’s newest paintings depict empty rooms and outdoor spaces that convey an appealing combination of mystery, calm and tension.  Using bold and gestural brushwork and a primarily blue/gray palette, she paints sky, water, expansive walls and beautifully tiled floors.  Newton has succeeded in creating alluring, quiet places where we can relax and take some deep breathes; the paintings are at once stimulating and soothing. Newton explains: “I often use patterns to create order and rhythm along with shifting planes and altered linear perspective, which distort reality and create movement. The combination of architecture and nature is interesting to me and create a visually exciting dialogue.” Newton earned a Master of Fine Arts degree  from the University of Cincinnati. Selected exhibits include the Red Clay Survey at the Huntsville Museum of Art, The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, The Evansville Museum Bi-Annual and Wright State University.  She  is a two time recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship in Painting from the Kentucky Arts Council and was recently awarded a fellowship to work in Auvillar, France at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts International Fellowship Program. Publications include CD and Album Cover for Papa M (David Pajo), The Christian Science Journal, New American Paintings, and Louisville Magazine.

    10. ART EXHIBIT: In Residence Exhibition at Lexington Art League
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Explore new bodies of work created via a three month summer artist residency by painter Lori Larusso and fiber artist  Melissa Vandenberg. FREE Opening Reception Sept. 5, 6pm-9pm. The residency will culminate in a public exhibition Sept. 5 – Oct. 5. Gallery Hours: Tues.- Fri.   10a-4p Sat.- Sun.     1p-4p Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9a-5p

  2. Sep
    22
    Mon
    1. ART EXHIBIT: Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass
      Sep 22 (all-day)

      The Showplace for Saddlebreds celebrates the breeding program at the late Jean McLean Davis’ Oak Hill Farm in Harrodsburg, KY, which has long been synonymous with World’s Champion Saddlebred performance horses and the 2014 exhibit will focus on the tradition of excellence the farm represents. On display are hundreds of items, including photos, paintings, trophies and furnishings from the estate of the farm’s owner, Jean McLean Davis. The exhibition runs February 14, 2014 to January 31, 2015, and admission to the American Saddlebred Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds and Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass exhibition is included with admission to the Kentucky Horse Park. For further information contact 859-259-2746 or museum@asbmusuem.org or visit www.ASBMuseum.org.

    2. ART EXHIBIT: Victory without Fanfare at the Loudoun House
      Sep 22 (all-day)

      A shark made out of old quits, a pile of dirty dishes in the sink–these darkly playful twists on retro Americana themes are the kinds of subjects you’ll find in Kentucky-based mixed-media artist Melissa Vandenberg’s and painter Lori Larusso’s joint exhibition, Victory without Fanfare. Be the first to see new bodies of work they created this past summer during In Residence, a three month residency at the Loudoun House.

    3. On the Verge presents “Much Ado” at Central Christian Church
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      What happens when you take twelve stellar actors, one beloved Shakespeare script and a Verge point of view, shake them up and turn them loose in a hundred year old downtown church? Much ado. Many surprises. And much fun. Newly-elected senator Don Peter, hot off the campaign trail, takes a break at the home of wealthy supporter, Leo. With him comes an unruly entourage – chief of staff, Benedick, press secretary, Claudio, disaffected daughter Donna and her posse. Add Leo’s daughter, Hero and niece Beatrice, old grudges and new intrigues to the mix and ado ensues. Audiences, dressed in black and white, track the action upstairs and down, indoors and out. The only thing that’s small about Lexington’s first immersive Shakespeare adaptation is the size of the audience, so go to ontheverge.org and book now! September 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. All shows 7 p.m. except Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Central Christian Church at Short and MLK. With Janet Scott, Tom Philips, Roger Leasor, Darius Fatemi, Zach Dearing, Kelsey Waltermire, Meredith Crutcher, Courtney Waltermire, Cari Bingham, Tanner Gray, Troy Walton and Stephanie Peniston. Directed by Ave Lawyer.

  3. Sep
    23
    Tue
    1. ART EXHIBIT: “Take My Word for It” at the UK Art Museum
      Sep 23 (all-day)

      This exhibition examines ways in which artists use language to directly engage the viewer. Drawings, prints, and books by Clifford Amyx, Luis Camnitzer, Van Deren Coke, Wendy Ewald, Hand Haacke, Jenny Holtzer, Susan E, King, Barbara Kruger, Les Levine, Kay Rosen, Edwards Ruscha, Tad Savinar, Pat Steir, Catherine Wagner, Kara Walker offer a range of subjects and conditions, from poetics to politics. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    2. ART EXHIBIT: Laurel Nakadate, “Strangers and Relations”
      Sep 23 (all-day)

      Photographer Laurel Nakadate will visit Lexington as part of the Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series. Her exhibition, Strangers & Relations, features two distinct groups who are documented in similar ways. The “strangers” are part of Nakadate’s Star Portraits series, and feature individuals who she found through a process of asking friends to invite people to meet her, as well as by postings made on Facebook and community message boards. The “relatives” were found when Nakadate, whose paternal lineage is Japanese-American, took a DNA test in order to uncover data about her mother’s family history. Exhibit runs September 6 – December 23. Lecture with Nakadate on October 10 at 4 p.m. in Worhsam Theatre Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.  

    3. ART EXHIBIT: Madmen and Moonbeams – Fanciful Faces by Kurt Vonnegut
      Sep 23 (all-day)

      Novelist Kurt Vonnegut made drawings throughout his life, and like writers and musicians including Norman Mailer, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and John Lennon, found that visual art offered him another space for creativity. This exhibition of his silkscreens, feature portraits that are both comic and surreal, defined by bolds line and carefully placed areas of color. It is organized by Art History graduate student Courtney Anich, and the works were printed in Lexington, Kentucky, by Joe Petro III. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    4. ART EXHIBIT: Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass
      Sep 23 (all-day)

      The Showplace for Saddlebreds celebrates the breeding program at the late Jean McLean Davis’ Oak Hill Farm in Harrodsburg, KY, which has long been synonymous with World’s Champion Saddlebred performance horses and the 2014 exhibit will focus on the tradition of excellence the farm represents. On display are hundreds of items, including photos, paintings, trophies and furnishings from the estate of the farm’s owner, Jean McLean Davis. The exhibition runs February 14, 2014 to January 31, 2015, and admission to the American Saddlebred Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds and Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass exhibition is included with admission to the Kentucky Horse Park. For further information contact 859-259-2746 or museum@asbmusuem.org or visit www.ASBMuseum.org.

    5. ART EXHIBIT: Victory without Fanfare at the Loudoun House
      Sep 23 (all-day)

      A shark made out of old quits, a pile of dirty dishes in the sink–these darkly playful twists on retro Americana themes are the kinds of subjects you’ll find in Kentucky-based mixed-media artist Melissa Vandenberg’s and painter Lori Larusso’s joint exhibition, Victory without Fanfare. Be the first to see new bodies of work they created this past summer during In Residence, a three month residency at the Loudoun House.

    6. On the Verge presents “Much Ado” at Central Christian Church
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      What happens when you take twelve stellar actors, one beloved Shakespeare script and a Verge point of view, shake them up and turn them loose in a hundred year old downtown church? Much ado. Many surprises. And much fun. Newly-elected senator Don Peter, hot off the campaign trail, takes a break at the home of wealthy supporter, Leo. With him comes an unruly entourage – chief of staff, Benedick, press secretary, Claudio, disaffected daughter Donna and her posse. Add Leo’s daughter, Hero and niece Beatrice, old grudges and new intrigues to the mix and ado ensues. Audiences, dressed in black and white, track the action upstairs and down, indoors and out. The only thing that’s small about Lexington’s first immersive Shakespeare adaptation is the size of the audience, so go to ontheverge.org and book now! September 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. All shows 7 p.m. except Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Central Christian Church at Short and MLK. With Janet Scott, Tom Philips, Roger Leasor, Darius Fatemi, Zach Dearing, Kelsey Waltermire, Meredith Crutcher, Courtney Waltermire, Cari Bingham, Tanner Gray, Troy Walton and Stephanie Peniston. Directed by Ave Lawyer.

    7. Outstanding Writers League
      4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

      Grades 3-5 Tuesdays, September 16-November 18 In the Outstanding Writers League (O.W.L.), you’ll hone your writing skills in a creative, hands-on environment! Together, we’ll explore how fun writing can be as we write blogs, book and movie reviews, comic strips, and more. Funded by Children’s Charity Fund of the Bluegrass.

    8. ART EXHIBIT: Mary Newton: Contemplative Places at Ann Tower
      5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Ann Tower Gallery is pleased to present Contemplative Places: New Paintings by Mary Newton opening with a Gallery Hop reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, September 19, 2014. The show will be up from September 19th to November 15th during our usual hours of 10:00-5:00 Tuesday-Friday and Sunday 10:00-2:00. Newton’s newest paintings depict empty rooms and outdoor spaces that convey an appealing combination of mystery, calm and tension.  Using bold and gestural brushwork and a primarily blue/gray palette, she paints sky, water, expansive walls and beautifully tiled floors.  Newton has succeeded in creating alluring, quiet places where we can relax and take some deep breathes; the paintings are at once stimulating and soothing. Newton explains: “I often use patterns to create order and rhythm along with shifting planes and altered linear perspective, which distort reality and create movement. The combination of architecture and nature is interesting to me and create a visually exciting dialogue.” Newton earned a Master of Fine Arts degree  from the University of Cincinnati. Selected exhibits include the Red Clay Survey at the Huntsville Museum of Art, The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, The Evansville Museum Bi-Annual and Wright State University.  She  is a two time recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship in Painting from the Kentucky Arts Council and was recently awarded a fellowship to work in Auvillar, France at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts International Fellowship Program. Publications include CD and Album Cover for Papa M (David Pajo), The Christian Science Journal, New American Paintings, and Louisville Magazine.

    9. Advanced Spanish
      5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Tuesdays, September 16-November 18. Learn Spanish for the first time or brush up on old skills! Great professional development opportunity. If you have questions about which level of Spanish is right for you, please contact Eric at ericblair0@gmail.com. Assumes strong knowledge of the preterite and imperfect tenses. Covers the present subjunctive mood and will touch on it in the past and conditional, as well. Students will learn many native speaker grammar concepts that are not usually found in textbooks. We will also use in-class readings to deepen our understanding. Optional $25 textbook (not included in price of class).

    10. English Camp; Literacy for Adults
      5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Tuesdays, September 16-November 18. Would you like to improve your spoken or written English? Come to the Carnegie Center for free adult ESL classes. All students – beginning to advanced – are welcome! Registration is required. Offered in partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences and College of Education.

    11. Math for Kids Camp; Parents (Lower Elementary)
      5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

      Grades K-2 & parents/guardians Tuesdays, September 16-November 11 Work and play together! This class uses games and cooperative activities to introduce and reinforce math skills such as addition, subtraction, logic, and more. Handouts provided and some homework help will be available.

    12. Memories with Recipes: Journal Writing
      5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Tuesdays, September 23-November 11. Organize your beloved recipes into one cohesive book for yourself, friends, and family. In tribute to Maya Angelou’s book, Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes, this workshop will lead you through writing your own stories about favorite dinner parties and holidays to include with recipes. Come prepared to share ideas and be inspired to create your own recipe journal. All levels welcome!

    13. Just Enough Italian
      5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

      Tuesdays, September 23-November 11. Get started on the way to communicating in Italian and appreciating Italian culture. In this 8-week course in conversational Italian, you’ll learn fundamentals of the language through exercises, poems, songs, and practice.

    14. ART EXHIBIT: In Residence Exhibition at Lexington Art League
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Explore new bodies of work created via a three month summer artist residency by painter Lori Larusso and fiber artist  Melissa Vandenberg. FREE Opening Reception Sept. 5, 6pm-9pm. The residency will culminate in a public exhibition Sept. 5 – Oct. 5. Gallery Hours: Tues.- Fri.   10a-4p Sat.- Sun.     1p-4p Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9a-5p

    15. Keeneland Library Lecture Series
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Keeneland Library Lecture Series returns Sept. 23-24 with presentations of recent works about Thoroughbred racing. On Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Paul Roberts will discuss Racecourse Architecture. The book, which Roberts wrote with Isabelle Taylor, is an exhaustive look at the history of the architecture at some of the world’s greatest race courses, including Keeneland. Roberts, the director of Turnberry Consulting in London, has extensive experience as a strategic consultant to racecourses, including Saratoga Race Course and Belmont Park in New York, Ascot and York Racecourses in the United Kingdom, Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia, and Leopardstown Racecourse in Ireland. On Sept. 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Roberts will talk about his book The Spa: The Legendary Saratoga Race Course. The book is an architectural history of the race track, the oldest sporting venue in the U.S. Following both presentations, guests may stay for a reception and book-signing with Roberts. A limited number of copies of Racecourse Architecture and The Spa will be available for purchase. The Keeneland Library Lecture Series is free, and ample parking is available.

  4. Sep
    24
    Wed
    1. ART EXHIBIT: “Take My Word for It” at the UK Art Museum
      Sep 24 (all-day)

      This exhibition examines ways in which artists use language to directly engage the viewer. Drawings, prints, and books by Clifford Amyx, Luis Camnitzer, Van Deren Coke, Wendy Ewald, Hand Haacke, Jenny Holtzer, Susan E, King, Barbara Kruger, Les Levine, Kay Rosen, Edwards Ruscha, Tad Savinar, Pat Steir, Catherine Wagner, Kara Walker offer a range of subjects and conditions, from poetics to politics. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    2. ART EXHIBIT: Laurel Nakadate, “Strangers and Relations”
      Sep 24 (all-day)

      Photographer Laurel Nakadate will visit Lexington as part of the Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series. Her exhibition, Strangers & Relations, features two distinct groups who are documented in similar ways. The “strangers” are part of Nakadate’s Star Portraits series, and feature individuals who she found through a process of asking friends to invite people to meet her, as well as by postings made on Facebook and community message boards. The “relatives” were found when Nakadate, whose paternal lineage is Japanese-American, took a DNA test in order to uncover data about her mother’s family history. Exhibit runs September 6 – December 23. Lecture with Nakadate on October 10 at 4 p.m. in Worhsam Theatre Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.  

    3. ART EXHIBIT: Madmen and Moonbeams – Fanciful Faces by Kurt Vonnegut
      Sep 24 (all-day)

      Novelist Kurt Vonnegut made drawings throughout his life, and like writers and musicians including Norman Mailer, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and John Lennon, found that visual art offered him another space for creativity. This exhibition of his silkscreens, feature portraits that are both comic and surreal, defined by bolds line and carefully placed areas of color. It is organized by Art History graduate student Courtney Anich, and the works were printed in Lexington, Kentucky, by Joe Petro III. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    4. ART EXHIBIT: Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass
      Sep 24 (all-day)

      The Showplace for Saddlebreds celebrates the breeding program at the late Jean McLean Davis’ Oak Hill Farm in Harrodsburg, KY, which has long been synonymous with World’s Champion Saddlebred performance horses and the 2014 exhibit will focus on the tradition of excellence the farm represents. On display are hundreds of items, including photos, paintings, trophies and furnishings from the estate of the farm’s owner, Jean McLean Davis. The exhibition runs February 14, 2014 to January 31, 2015, and admission to the American Saddlebred Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds and Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass exhibition is included with admission to the Kentucky Horse Park. For further information contact 859-259-2746 or museum@asbmusuem.org or visit www.ASBMuseum.org.

    5. ART EXHIBIT: Victory without Fanfare at the Loudoun House
      Sep 24 (all-day)

      A shark made out of old quits, a pile of dirty dishes in the sink–these darkly playful twists on retro Americana themes are the kinds of subjects you’ll find in Kentucky-based mixed-media artist Melissa Vandenberg’s and painter Lori Larusso’s joint exhibition, Victory without Fanfare. Be the first to see new bodies of work they created this past summer during In Residence, a three month residency at the Loudoun House.

    6. Yes We Can! Salsa Edition
      12:00 am – 12:00 am

      On Wednesday, September 24th, Seedleaf will be hosting a canning and preserving workshop at New Beginnings Church of God (845 Bryan Ave) where we will be making fresh salsa. To RSVP contact Seedleaf’s director, Ryan Koch, at ryan@seedleaf.org or 859-967-8865. There are 12 spaces available for this event, so please let us know if you are coming. This event will be offered free of charge.

    7. On the Verge presents “Much Ado” at Central Christian Church
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      What happens when you take twelve stellar actors, one beloved Shakespeare script and a Verge point of view, shake them up and turn them loose in a hundred year old downtown church? Much ado. Many surprises. And much fun. Newly-elected senator Don Peter, hot off the campaign trail, takes a break at the home of wealthy supporter, Leo. With him comes an unruly entourage – chief of staff, Benedick, press secretary, Claudio, disaffected daughter Donna and her posse. Add Leo’s daughter, Hero and niece Beatrice, old grudges and new intrigues to the mix and ado ensues. Audiences, dressed in black and white, track the action upstairs and down, indoors and out. The only thing that’s small about Lexington’s first immersive Shakespeare adaptation is the size of the audience, so go to ontheverge.org and book now! September 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. All shows 7 p.m. except Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Central Christian Church at Short and MLK. With Janet Scott, Tom Philips, Roger Leasor, Darius Fatemi, Zach Dearing, Kelsey Waltermire, Meredith Crutcher, Courtney Waltermire, Cari Bingham, Tanner Gray, Troy Walton and Stephanie Peniston. Directed by Ave Lawyer.

    8. Mary Newton: Contemplative Places
      10:00 am – 5:00 pm

      The Ann Tower Gallery is pleased to present Contemplative Places: New Paintings by Mary Newton opening with a Gallery Hop reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, September 19, 2014. Newton’s newest paintings depict empty rooms and outdoor spaces that convey an appealing combination of mystery, calm and tension.  Using bold and gestural brushwork and a primarily blue/gray palette, she paints sky, water, expansive walls and beautifully tiled floors.  Newton has succeeded in creating alluring, quiet places where we can relax and take some deep breathes; the paintings are at once stimulating and soothing. Newton explains: “I often use patterns to create order and rhythm along with shifting planes and altered linear perspective, which distort reality and create movement. The combination of architecture and nature is interesting to me and create a visually exciting dialogue.” Newton earned a Master of Fine Arts degree  from the University of Cincinnati. Selected exhibits include the Red Clay Survey at the Huntsville Museum of Art, The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, The Evansville Museum Bi-Annual and Wright State University.  She  is a two time recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship in Painting from the Kentucky Arts Council and was recently awarded a fellowship to work in Auvillar, France at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts International Fellowship Program. Publications include CD and Album Cover for Papa M (David Pajo), The Christian Science Journal, New American Paintings, and Louisville Magazine.

    9. ART EXHIBIT: Mary Newton: Contemplative Places at Ann Tower
      5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Ann Tower Gallery is pleased to present Contemplative Places: New Paintings by Mary Newton opening with a Gallery Hop reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, September 19, 2014. The show will be up from September 19th to November 15th during our usual hours of 10:00-5:00 Tuesday-Friday and Sunday 10:00-2:00. Newton’s newest paintings depict empty rooms and outdoor spaces that convey an appealing combination of mystery, calm and tension.  Using bold and gestural brushwork and a primarily blue/gray palette, she paints sky, water, expansive walls and beautifully tiled floors.  Newton has succeeded in creating alluring, quiet places where we can relax and take some deep breathes; the paintings are at once stimulating and soothing. Newton explains: “I often use patterns to create order and rhythm along with shifting planes and altered linear perspective, which distort reality and create movement. The combination of architecture and nature is interesting to me and create a visually exciting dialogue.” Newton earned a Master of Fine Arts degree  from the University of Cincinnati. Selected exhibits include the Red Clay Survey at the Huntsville Museum of Art, The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, The Evansville Museum Bi-Annual and Wright State University.  She  is a two time recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship in Painting from the Kentucky Arts Council and was recently awarded a fellowship to work in Auvillar, France at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts International Fellowship Program. Publications include CD and Album Cover for Papa M (David Pajo), The Christian Science Journal, New American Paintings, and Louisville Magazine.

    10. Monthly Book Discussion
      5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Fourth Wednesday of each month, September through November. Join us for discussion of contemporary and classic novels as well as nonfiction, plays, and poetry chosen by the group. For current selections or more information, contact Alan at church11@webtv.net or 859-254-5649.

    11. Intermediate Italian
      5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

      Wednesdays, September 24-November 12. Build on your basic knowledge of Italian with this intermediate course. We will merge language and culture with constant references to Dante’s Inferno and Alessandro Manzoni’s I Promessi Sposi.

    12. ART EXHIBIT: In Residence Exhibition at Lexington Art League
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Explore new bodies of work created via a three month summer artist residency by painter Lori Larusso and fiber artist  Melissa Vandenberg. FREE Opening Reception Sept. 5, 6pm-9pm. The residency will culminate in a public exhibition Sept. 5 – Oct. 5. Gallery Hours: Tues.- Fri.   10a-4p Sat.- Sun.     1p-4p Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9a-5p

    13. Keeneland Library Lecture Series
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Keeneland Library Lecture Series returns Sept. 23-24 with presentations of recent works about Thoroughbred racing. On Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Paul Roberts will discuss Racecourse Architecture. The book, which Roberts wrote with Isabelle Taylor, is an exhaustive look at the history of the architecture at some of the world’s greatest race courses, including Keeneland. Roberts, the director of Turnberry Consulting in London, has extensive experience as a strategic consultant to racecourses, including Saratoga Race Course and Belmont Park in New York, Ascot and York Racecourses in the United Kingdom, Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia, and Leopardstown Racecourse in Ireland. On Sept. 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Roberts will talk about his book The Spa: The Legendary Saratoga Race Course. The book is an architectural history of the race track, the oldest sporting venue in the U.S. Following both presentations, guests may stay for a reception and book-signing with Roberts. A limited number of copies of Racecourse Architecture and The Spa will be available for purchase. The Keeneland Library Lecture Series is free, and ample parking is available.

  5. Sep
    25
    Thu
    1. ART EXHIBIT: “Take My Word for It” at the UK Art Museum
      Sep 25 (all-day)

      This exhibition examines ways in which artists use language to directly engage the viewer. Drawings, prints, and books by Clifford Amyx, Luis Camnitzer, Van Deren Coke, Wendy Ewald, Hand Haacke, Jenny Holtzer, Susan E, King, Barbara Kruger, Les Levine, Kay Rosen, Edwards Ruscha, Tad Savinar, Pat Steir, Catherine Wagner, Kara Walker offer a range of subjects and conditions, from poetics to politics. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    2. ART EXHIBIT: Laurel Nakadate, “Strangers and Relations”
      Sep 25 (all-day)

      Photographer Laurel Nakadate will visit Lexington as part of the Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series. Her exhibition, Strangers & Relations, features two distinct groups who are documented in similar ways. The “strangers” are part of Nakadate’s Star Portraits series, and feature individuals who she found through a process of asking friends to invite people to meet her, as well as by postings made on Facebook and community message boards. The “relatives” were found when Nakadate, whose paternal lineage is Japanese-American, took a DNA test in order to uncover data about her mother’s family history. Exhibit runs September 6 – December 23. Lecture with Nakadate on October 10 at 4 p.m. in Worhsam Theatre Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.  

    3. ART EXHIBIT: Madmen and Moonbeams – Fanciful Faces by Kurt Vonnegut
      Sep 25 (all-day)

      Novelist Kurt Vonnegut made drawings throughout his life, and like writers and musicians including Norman Mailer, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and John Lennon, found that visual art offered him another space for creativity. This exhibition of his silkscreens, feature portraits that are both comic and surreal, defined by bolds line and carefully placed areas of color. It is organized by Art History graduate student Courtney Anich, and the works were printed in Lexington, Kentucky, by Joe Petro III. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    4. ART EXHIBIT: Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass
      Sep 25 (all-day)

      The Showplace for Saddlebreds celebrates the breeding program at the late Jean McLean Davis’ Oak Hill Farm in Harrodsburg, KY, which has long been synonymous with World’s Champion Saddlebred performance horses and the 2014 exhibit will focus on the tradition of excellence the farm represents. On display are hundreds of items, including photos, paintings, trophies and furnishings from the estate of the farm’s owner, Jean McLean Davis. The exhibition runs February 14, 2014 to January 31, 2015, and admission to the American Saddlebred Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds and Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass exhibition is included with admission to the Kentucky Horse Park. For further information contact 859-259-2746 or museum@asbmusuem.org or visit www.ASBMuseum.org.

    5. ART EXHIBIT: Victory without Fanfare at the Loudoun House
      Sep 25 (all-day)

      A shark made out of old quits, a pile of dirty dishes in the sink–these darkly playful twists on retro Americana themes are the kinds of subjects you’ll find in Kentucky-based mixed-media artist Melissa Vandenberg’s and painter Lori Larusso’s joint exhibition, Victory without Fanfare. Be the first to see new bodies of work they created this past summer during In Residence, a three month residency at the Loudoun House.

    6. On the Verge presents “Much Ado” at Central Christian Church
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      What happens when you take twelve stellar actors, one beloved Shakespeare script and a Verge point of view, shake them up and turn them loose in a hundred year old downtown church? Much ado. Many surprises. And much fun. Newly-elected senator Don Peter, hot off the campaign trail, takes a break at the home of wealthy supporter, Leo. With him comes an unruly entourage – chief of staff, Benedick, press secretary, Claudio, disaffected daughter Donna and her posse. Add Leo’s daughter, Hero and niece Beatrice, old grudges and new intrigues to the mix and ado ensues. Audiences, dressed in black and white, track the action upstairs and down, indoors and out. The only thing that’s small about Lexington’s first immersive Shakespeare adaptation is the size of the audience, so go to ontheverge.org and book now! September 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. All shows 7 p.m. except Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Central Christian Church at Short and MLK. With Janet Scott, Tom Philips, Roger Leasor, Darius Fatemi, Zach Dearing, Kelsey Waltermire, Meredith Crutcher, Courtney Waltermire, Cari Bingham, Tanner Gray, Troy Walton and Stephanie Peniston. Directed by Ave Lawyer.

    7. Brown Bag Book Discussion
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      Thursdays, September 18-November 6. An informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy or check out from the library the works selected. Contact the Carnegie Center for the updated book list.

    8. ART EXHIBIT: Mary Newton: Contemplative Places at Ann Tower
      5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Ann Tower Gallery is pleased to present Contemplative Places: New Paintings by Mary Newton opening with a Gallery Hop reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, September 19, 2014. The show will be up from September 19th to November 15th during our usual hours of 10:00-5:00 Tuesday-Friday and Sunday 10:00-2:00. Newton’s newest paintings depict empty rooms and outdoor spaces that convey an appealing combination of mystery, calm and tension.  Using bold and gestural brushwork and a primarily blue/gray palette, she paints sky, water, expansive walls and beautifully tiled floors.  Newton has succeeded in creating alluring, quiet places where we can relax and take some deep breathes; the paintings are at once stimulating and soothing. Newton explains: “I often use patterns to create order and rhythm along with shifting planes and altered linear perspective, which distort reality and create movement. The combination of architecture and nature is interesting to me and create a visually exciting dialogue.” Newton earned a Master of Fine Arts degree  from the University of Cincinnati. Selected exhibits include the Red Clay Survey at the Huntsville Museum of Art, The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, The Evansville Museum Bi-Annual and Wright State University.  She  is a two time recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship in Painting from the Kentucky Arts Council and was recently awarded a fellowship to work in Auvillar, France at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts International Fellowship Program. Publications include CD and Album Cover for Papa M (David Pajo), The Christian Science Journal, New American Paintings, and Louisville Magazine.

    9. Happy Hour With The Writing Mentors
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Do you need help writing an article? What about a writing coach to help you revise that manuscript? Or a professional editor? The Carnegie Center offers these – and more – through our Writing Mentor program. The Center currently works with 10 mentors, each specializing in some aspect of the writing or publishing process. You can learn more about them on the Carnegie website. If you want to meet them before you commit, join us for this Happy Hour. Sip some wine, meet some mentors, set your writing life ablaze!

    10. ART EXHIBIT: In Residence Exhibition at Lexington Art League
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Explore new bodies of work created via a three month summer artist residency by painter Lori Larusso and fiber artist  Melissa Vandenberg. FREE Opening Reception Sept. 5, 6pm-9pm. The residency will culminate in a public exhibition Sept. 5 – Oct. 5. Gallery Hours: Tues.- Fri.   10a-4p Sat.- Sun.     1p-4p Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9a-5p

    11. Country ham dinner pairs AZUR Restaurant & Patio chef with author Steve Coomes Sept. 25
      7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      Author Steve Coomes will bring stories of the timeless Southern tradition of country ham to a special dining event at AZUR Restaurant & Patio Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. AZUR chef Jeremy Ashby, inspired by recipes in Coomes’ recently released book Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke, has created a four-course menu highlighting the Kentucky delicacy. An avid cook of cured meats, Ashby will prepare some of world’s best aged pork while Coomes gives diners the rub on the regional history of country ham and its ascent from blue-collar staple to fine dining feature. The cost is $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and includes a personalized copy Coomes’ book. For more information or to make reservations, call (859) 296-1007. The country ham dinner menu includes: First Course Sautéed chicken livers with country ham, caramelized onions, Marsala wine and sage sauce and crackling cornbread crostini Inspired by Volare chef Joshua Moore’s vitello saltimbocca with a Kentucky taste (Louisville, Ky.) Second Course Nashville hot-style fried quail stuffed with country ham and cheddar with sweet and sour greens, tomato-pepper jelly and hot fries Inspired by The Hamery’s cheddar and ham cheese ball (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) Third Course Butter-braised cabbage with smoked country ham hocks and kimchee over potato-Gruyere puree and caraway-dusted chicharron Inspired by Harper’s Country Ham’s ham hocks and cabbage dinner (Clinton, Ky.) Fourth Course Sweet and savory country ham-infused ice cream with sweet potato biscuits, sorghum and roasted apple caramel Inspired by chef John Varanese’s sweet potato biscuits (Louisville, Ky.) and Feast BBQ chef Ryan Roger’s country ham ice cream (New Albany, Ind.)

    12. Randy Rogers Band
      8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      ***Tickets On Sale Now*** Thu, September 25, 2014 8:00 PM (Doors open at: 7:00 PM) Randy Rogers Band Buster’s 899 Manchester Street, Lexington, KY 40505(859 368-8871) 18 & Over. $14.00 Advance. $17.00 Day Of Show. Tickets available from TicketFly

  6. Sep
    26
    Fri
    1. ART EXHIBIT: “Take My Word for It” at the UK Art Museum
      Sep 26 (all-day)

      This exhibition examines ways in which artists use language to directly engage the viewer. Drawings, prints, and books by Clifford Amyx, Luis Camnitzer, Van Deren Coke, Wendy Ewald, Hand Haacke, Jenny Holtzer, Susan E, King, Barbara Kruger, Les Levine, Kay Rosen, Edwards Ruscha, Tad Savinar, Pat Steir, Catherine Wagner, Kara Walker offer a range of subjects and conditions, from poetics to politics. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    2. ART EXHIBIT: Laurel Nakadate, “Strangers and Relations”
      Sep 26 (all-day)

      Photographer Laurel Nakadate will visit Lexington as part of the Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series. Her exhibition, Strangers & Relations, features two distinct groups who are documented in similar ways. The “strangers” are part of Nakadate’s Star Portraits series, and feature individuals who she found through a process of asking friends to invite people to meet her, as well as by postings made on Facebook and community message boards. The “relatives” were found when Nakadate, whose paternal lineage is Japanese-American, took a DNA test in order to uncover data about her mother’s family history. Exhibit runs September 6 – December 23. Lecture with Nakadate on October 10 at 4 p.m. in Worhsam Theatre Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.  

    3. ART EXHIBIT: Madmen and Moonbeams – Fanciful Faces by Kurt Vonnegut
      Sep 26 (all-day)

      Novelist Kurt Vonnegut made drawings throughout his life, and like writers and musicians including Norman Mailer, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and John Lennon, found that visual art offered him another space for creativity. This exhibition of his silkscreens, feature portraits that are both comic and surreal, defined by bolds line and carefully placed areas of color. It is organized by Art History graduate student Courtney Anich, and the works were printed in Lexington, Kentucky, by Joe Petro III. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    4. ART EXHIBIT: Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass
      Sep 26 (all-day)

      The Showplace for Saddlebreds celebrates the breeding program at the late Jean McLean Davis’ Oak Hill Farm in Harrodsburg, KY, which has long been synonymous with World’s Champion Saddlebred performance horses and the 2014 exhibit will focus on the tradition of excellence the farm represents. On display are hundreds of items, including photos, paintings, trophies and furnishings from the estate of the farm’s owner, Jean McLean Davis. The exhibition runs February 14, 2014 to January 31, 2015, and admission to the American Saddlebred Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds and Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass exhibition is included with admission to the Kentucky Horse Park. For further information contact 859-259-2746 or museum@asbmusuem.org or visit www.ASBMuseum.org.

    5. ART EXHIBIT: Victory without Fanfare at the Loudoun House
      Sep 26 (all-day)

      A shark made out of old quits, a pile of dirty dishes in the sink–these darkly playful twists on retro Americana themes are the kinds of subjects you’ll find in Kentucky-based mixed-media artist Melissa Vandenberg’s and painter Lori Larusso’s joint exhibition, Victory without Fanfare. Be the first to see new bodies of work they created this past summer during In Residence, a three month residency at the Loudoun House.

    6. On the Verge presents “Much Ado” at Central Christian Church
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      What happens when you take twelve stellar actors, one beloved Shakespeare script and a Verge point of view, shake them up and turn them loose in a hundred year old downtown church? Much ado. Many surprises. And much fun. Newly-elected senator Don Peter, hot off the campaign trail, takes a break at the home of wealthy supporter, Leo. With him comes an unruly entourage – chief of staff, Benedick, press secretary, Claudio, disaffected daughter Donna and her posse. Add Leo’s daughter, Hero and niece Beatrice, old grudges and new intrigues to the mix and ado ensues. Audiences, dressed in black and white, track the action upstairs and down, indoors and out. The only thing that’s small about Lexington’s first immersive Shakespeare adaptation is the size of the audience, so go to ontheverge.org and book now! September 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. All shows 7 p.m. except Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Central Christian Church at Short and MLK. With Janet Scott, Tom Philips, Roger Leasor, Darius Fatemi, Zach Dearing, Kelsey Waltermire, Meredith Crutcher, Courtney Waltermire, Cari Bingham, Tanner Gray, Troy Walton and Stephanie Peniston. Directed by Ave Lawyer.

    7. Seniors Writing Group
      10:00 am – 11:30 am

      With  Sarah Combs // Fridays, June 20-August 22 // FREE If you’ve reached that golden age, join this writing group, which meets at the Lexington Senior Center, 1530 Nicholasville Road. This group features in-class writing exercises; feedback for family stories, memoirs, poems and stories; tips for reading and publishing your work; and lively conversation and fellowship. [ALL LEVELS]

    8. Food Trucks For A Cause (new location)
      11:00 am – 7:00 pm

      Now in a new location,  The Bluegrass Food Truck Association presents Food Trucks For A Cause — a “food truck court” featuring several local food trucks at Beaumont Center’s Liquor Barn parking lot — every Friday through the end of a October.  10% of all proceeds go to a different charity each week. Come eat lunch and come back again for dinner!  

    9. Free Writing Practice
      12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

      Fridays, September 12-December 5 (no class November 28). This is an opportunity to write without rules, editing, or judgment—the best way to start! Freewriting is also the best way to limber up or generate something new and energetic for working on later. We write from a simple prompt, followed by readings and “recalls” where other writers simply recall your words back to you without criticism or praise. Natalie Goldberg’s witty and insightful Writing Down The Bones is suggested reading, but not required. Writers of all stripes are welcome to join us at any time.

    10. Gourmet Learning Series: Grantwriting
      12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

      In our Gourmet Learning Series you’ll eat lunch while you learn! Join us for a great professional development opportunity. Pre-registration required. Lunches are provided to all pre-registered participants. Please register 48 hours in advance to be guaranteed a lunch. Writing a grant (or learning where to find one) can be daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. Learn the basics about grant research, how to write a grant, what to include in your proposal and project budgets, the do’s and don’ts of grantwriting, and more! This class is geared toward grantwriting for nonprofit organizations and artists.

    11. ART EXHIBIT: Mary Newton: Contemplative Places at Ann Tower
      5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Ann Tower Gallery is pleased to present Contemplative Places: New Paintings by Mary Newton opening with a Gallery Hop reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, September 19, 2014. The show will be up from September 19th to November 15th during our usual hours of 10:00-5:00 Tuesday-Friday and Sunday 10:00-2:00. Newton’s newest paintings depict empty rooms and outdoor spaces that convey an appealing combination of mystery, calm and tension.  Using bold and gestural brushwork and a primarily blue/gray palette, she paints sky, water, expansive walls and beautifully tiled floors.  Newton has succeeded in creating alluring, quiet places where we can relax and take some deep breathes; the paintings are at once stimulating and soothing. Newton explains: “I often use patterns to create order and rhythm along with shifting planes and altered linear perspective, which distort reality and create movement. The combination of architecture and nature is interesting to me and create a visually exciting dialogue.” Newton earned a Master of Fine Arts degree  from the University of Cincinnati. Selected exhibits include the Red Clay Survey at the Huntsville Museum of Art, The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, The Evansville Museum Bi-Annual and Wright State University.  She  is a two time recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship in Painting from the Kentucky Arts Council and was recently awarded a fellowship to work in Auvillar, France at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts International Fellowship Program. Publications include CD and Album Cover for Papa M (David Pajo), The Christian Science Journal, New American Paintings, and Louisville Magazine.

    12. ART EXHIBIT: In Residence Exhibition at Lexington Art League
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Explore new bodies of work created via a three month summer artist residency by painter Lori Larusso and fiber artist  Melissa Vandenberg. FREE Opening Reception Sept. 5, 6pm-9pm. The residency will culminate in a public exhibition Sept. 5 – Oct. 5. Gallery Hours: Tues.- Fri.   10a-4p Sat.- Sun.     1p-4p Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9a-5p

    13. “Date Night” Wheelthrowing
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Bring a loved one or just yourself for a fun evening of wheelthrowing with a Mudworks’ instructor.  Clay and tools provided.  Firing available for an additional fee.  Adults and children (6+) are welcome.  Limit 10 students.

    14. Homer Ledford Concert Series presents: Stone Cold Grass
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      The Homer Ledford Concert Series celebrates the life and legacy of a Central Kentucky cultural icon through a series of 8 bluegrass, folk and traditional music acts. Homer Ledford exemplified the titles of artisan, craftsman, musician and entertainer. His commitment to quality, success and Appalachian music is what brings this series together every Friday, Sept. 5 through Oct. 24. 2014

    15. Contra Dance
      8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

      Contra Dance with caller Bradley Smith and open band (pick-up musicians welcome) 8:00-11:00 PM (Beginner lesson 7:30-8:00 PM)

    16. Corey Smith
      9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

      Corey Smith All Ages. $20.00 Advance. $25.00 Day Of Show. Tickets available from TicketFly.

  7. Sep
    27
    Sat
    1. 2014 Thin Mint Sprint 5K/10K
      12:00 am – 12:00 am

      The Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council will hold it’s annual Thin Mint Sprint to raise support and awareness for the anti-bullying programs it delivers to girls in central and eastern Kentucky.  This is a costume-themed 5K/10K race, so feel free to show up dressed as your favorite superhero! Be a hero and register today at http://www.gskentucky.org/2014-thin-mint-sprint-registration  

    2. ART EXHIBIT: “Take My Word for It” at the UK Art Museum
      Sep 27 (all-day)

      This exhibition examines ways in which artists use language to directly engage the viewer. Drawings, prints, and books by Clifford Amyx, Luis Camnitzer, Van Deren Coke, Wendy Ewald, Hand Haacke, Jenny Holtzer, Susan E, King, Barbara Kruger, Les Levine, Kay Rosen, Edwards Ruscha, Tad Savinar, Pat Steir, Catherine Wagner, Kara Walker offer a range of subjects and conditions, from poetics to politics. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    3. ART EXHIBIT: Laurel Nakadate, “Strangers and Relations”
      Sep 27 (all-day)

      Photographer Laurel Nakadate will visit Lexington as part of the Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series. Her exhibition, Strangers & Relations, features two distinct groups who are documented in similar ways. The “strangers” are part of Nakadate’s Star Portraits series, and feature individuals who she found through a process of asking friends to invite people to meet her, as well as by postings made on Facebook and community message boards. The “relatives” were found when Nakadate, whose paternal lineage is Japanese-American, took a DNA test in order to uncover data about her mother’s family history. Exhibit runs September 6 – December 23. Lecture with Nakadate on October 10 at 4 p.m. in Worhsam Theatre Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.  

    4. ART EXHIBIT: Madmen and Moonbeams – Fanciful Faces by Kurt Vonnegut
      Sep 27 (all-day)

      Novelist Kurt Vonnegut made drawings throughout his life, and like writers and musicians including Norman Mailer, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and John Lennon, found that visual art offered him another space for creativity. This exhibition of his silkscreens, feature portraits that are both comic and surreal, defined by bolds line and carefully placed areas of color. It is organized by Art History graduate student Courtney Anich, and the works were printed in Lexington, Kentucky, by Joe Petro III. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    5. ART EXHIBIT: Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass
      Sep 27 (all-day)

      The Showplace for Saddlebreds celebrates the breeding program at the late Jean McLean Davis’ Oak Hill Farm in Harrodsburg, KY, which has long been synonymous with World’s Champion Saddlebred performance horses and the 2014 exhibit will focus on the tradition of excellence the farm represents. On display are hundreds of items, including photos, paintings, trophies and furnishings from the estate of the farm’s owner, Jean McLean Davis. The exhibition runs February 14, 2014 to January 31, 2015, and admission to the American Saddlebred Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds and Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass exhibition is included with admission to the Kentucky Horse Park. For further information contact 859-259-2746 or museum@asbmusuem.org or visit www.ASBMuseum.org.

    6. ART EXHIBIT: Victory without Fanfare at the Loudoun House
      Sep 27 (all-day)

      A shark made out of old quits, a pile of dirty dishes in the sink–these darkly playful twists on retro Americana themes are the kinds of subjects you’ll find in Kentucky-based mixed-media artist Melissa Vandenberg’s and painter Lori Larusso’s joint exhibition, Victory without Fanfare. Be the first to see new bodies of work they created this past summer during In Residence, a three month residency at the Loudoun House.

    7. 24th Annual Gem mineral Jewelry Show
      10:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Sponsored by Rockhounds of Central Kentucky (ROCK), Sept 27-28, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 12PM-5PM, Kentucky National Guard Armory, 4301 Airport Road, Lexington, KY. Contact: 859-277-2469, Web: lexingtonrockclub.com.

    8. 24th Annual Heritage Festival of St. Andrew Orthodox Church
      12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      The 24th Annual Heritage Festival, sponsored by St. Andrew Orthodox Church, celebrates the cultural heritage of the Middle East and Eastern Europe with food, music and dance. The Heritage Festival will be held Saturday, September 27th from noon to 8 PM and Sunday, September 28th from noon to 5 PM at the grounds of St. Andrew Orthodox Church, 1136 Higbee Mill Road, Lexington, Kentucky, located inside Man o’ War near Clay’s Mill Road. The event includes activities for the entire family. Exotic foods from Lebanon, Palestine, Russia, Serbia and other Eastern European nations will be served.  Middle Eastern and Slavic folk dance with performers in native costume is offered throughout the two-day event, as well as concerts of Byzantine and Slavonic liturgical music.

    9. On the Verge presents “Much Ado” at Central Christian Church
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      What happens when you take twelve stellar actors, one beloved Shakespeare script and a Verge point of view, shake them up and turn them loose in a hundred year old downtown church? Much ado. Many surprises. And much fun. Newly-elected senator Don Peter, hot off the campaign trail, takes a break at the home of wealthy supporter, Leo. With him comes an unruly entourage – chief of staff, Benedick, press secretary, Claudio, disaffected daughter Donna and her posse. Add Leo’s daughter, Hero and niece Beatrice, old grudges and new intrigues to the mix and ado ensues. Audiences, dressed in black and white, track the action upstairs and down, indoors and out. The only thing that’s small about Lexington’s first immersive Shakespeare adaptation is the size of the audience, so go to ontheverge.org and book now! September 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. All shows 7 p.m. except Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Central Christian Church at Short and MLK. With Janet Scott, Tom Philips, Roger Leasor, Darius Fatemi, Zach Dearing, Kelsey Waltermire, Meredith Crutcher, Courtney Waltermire, Cari Bingham, Tanner Gray, Troy Walton and Stephanie Peniston. Directed by Ave Lawyer.

    10. Introduction to Blogging
      12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      Saturdays, September 27-October 11. If you need a blog but have no experience creating content for the web (or maybe you don’t know what a “blog” is) then this class is for you! It will start with basic “What You See is What You Get” services, such as Weebly and Wix, ease into Blogger/Blogspot, and end teaching you how to host your own WordPress installation where you have complete control of your own website! Limit: 10 participants. Basic computer skills required.

    11. Try It! Handbuilding
      12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      Take advantage of this opportunity to work with soft clay with the help of a Mudworks’ instructor.  Students will be shown how to use slabs, coils, and sculpting techniques to create their own clay bowls or other inspired creations.

    12. Torch Fired Enameling
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      In this introductory workshop, participants will learn how to fuse glass enamel to metal without using a kiln! Students will learn the basic skills needed to start applying colorful enamel to copper and take home a pair of earrings or a pendant! No experience necessary.

    13. Jin Shin Jyutsu® Self Help Workshop
      1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      Jin Shin Jyutsu® Self Help workshop Sept. 27, 2014 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. Phoenix Institute  655 Lima Dr. This hands on practice facilitates balance in the body’s energetic system using gentle touch. Registration Fee: $50 (includes Self Help Book ll) Preregistration is required.  Mail to: Phoenix Institute, Registrar PO Box 12963, Lexington, KY  40583

    14. Robert A. Powell to sign “Lexington-Fayette County Sketchbook,” At the Morris Book Shop
      2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

      The Morris Book Shop is happy to host Robert A. Powell as he signs his new book: Lexington-Fayette County Sketchbook. Mr. Powell will also be selling his original artwork at the event. About the Book: This impressive book by author-artist Robert A. Powell contains images of Lexington’s long & colorful heritage. Most of the subjects are still landmarks today. A very few are only memories; most can still be seen very much as depicted by Powell in his unique pen & ink style that has long made him a favorite at interpreting subjects of Kentucky’s fascinating history.He introduces the book with a brief look at the founding of what quickly became the “Athens of the West” and has remained a prestigious cultural center in the heart of the Bluegrass for over two centuries. Each subject is accompanied by a description and its historical significance;an overall diverse array of images that represent nearly every aspect of Lexington culture & heritage. About the artist: Robert A. Powell’s passion for art and writing was initiated in 1959 while he was a student at Bryan Station High School in Lexington; serving as Art Editor, reporter and photographer for the school paper THE DEFENDER and as Editor of the yearbook, THE CREST. He continued on a fascinating journey utilizing these talents for many years, and now returns to release a new book that focuses on the landmarks that bring the heritage and history of Lexington alive. He created a pen & ink drawing of each subject, and wrote a one-page narrative to describe its significance. The collection is presented in a large (8 x 10) format coffee table art book in a durable paperback binding.

    15. ART EXHIBIT: Mary Newton: Contemplative Places at Ann Tower
      5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Ann Tower Gallery is pleased to present Contemplative Places: New Paintings by Mary Newton opening with a Gallery Hop reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, September 19, 2014. The show will be up from September 19th to November 15th during our usual hours of 10:00-5:00 Tuesday-Friday and Sunday 10:00-2:00. Newton’s newest paintings depict empty rooms and outdoor spaces that convey an appealing combination of mystery, calm and tension.  Using bold and gestural brushwork and a primarily blue/gray palette, she paints sky, water, expansive walls and beautifully tiled floors.  Newton has succeeded in creating alluring, quiet places where we can relax and take some deep breathes; the paintings are at once stimulating and soothing. Newton explains: “I often use patterns to create order and rhythm along with shifting planes and altered linear perspective, which distort reality and create movement. The combination of architecture and nature is interesting to me and create a visually exciting dialogue.” Newton earned a Master of Fine Arts degree  from the University of Cincinnati. Selected exhibits include the Red Clay Survey at the Huntsville Museum of Art, The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, The Evansville Museum Bi-Annual and Wright State University.  She  is a two time recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship in Painting from the Kentucky Arts Council and was recently awarded a fellowship to work in Auvillar, France at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts International Fellowship Program. Publications include CD and Album Cover for Papa M (David Pajo), The Christian Science Journal, New American Paintings, and Louisville Magazine.

    16. “The Grand Tour” presented by Dr. Coleman’s Lexington History Walks
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Sat @ 6:00pm Departs outside the Lexington Visitors Center (401 West Main Street) Discover the history of Lexington, Queen of the Bluegrass.  From horses to heroes, First Ladies to phantoms, our Grand Tour takes you through 200 years of history as you stroll down the city’s loveliest streets and past its renowned historic architecture. (75 minutes, approx. 1.3 miles, family-friendly content)

    17. ART EXHIBIT: In Residence Exhibition at Lexington Art League
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Explore new bodies of work created via a three month summer artist residency by painter Lori Larusso and fiber artist  Melissa Vandenberg. FREE Opening Reception Sept. 5, 6pm-9pm. The residency will culminate in a public exhibition Sept. 5 – Oct. 5. Gallery Hours: Tues.- Fri.   10a-4p Sat.- Sun.     1p-4p Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9a-5p

    18. Dr. Coleman’s Lexington History Walks Presents “The Grand Tour”
      6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

      Discover the history of Lexington, Queen of the Bluegrass.  From horses to heroes, First Ladies to phantoms, our Grand Tour takes you through 200 years of history as you stroll down the city’s loveliest streets and past its renowned historic architecture. (75 minutes, aprox. 1.3 miles, family-friendly content). Saturdays at 6 p.m.

    19. Contra Dance
      8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

      Contra Dance with caller TBA and band Berea Cast-offs 8:00-11:00 PM (Beginner lesson 7:30-8:00 PM)

    20. Dr. Coleman’s Lexington History Walks Presents “Spirits! Scandals! Sordid Secrets!”
      8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

      Spirits! Scandals! Sordid Secrets! Genteel Lexington has its dark side!  Uncover why Lexington was called “the wicked city.”  Learn of the duelists, gamblers, and ladies-of-ill-repute who once walked these streets—many locals claim their spirits still do. Tours are 75 minutes, approx. 1.3 miles. Tours depart from the street at 401 W. Main St. Parental discretion advised.

  8. Sep
    28
    Sun
    1. ART EXHIBIT: “Take My Word for It” at the UK Art Museum
      Sep 28 (all-day)

      This exhibition examines ways in which artists use language to directly engage the viewer. Drawings, prints, and books by Clifford Amyx, Luis Camnitzer, Van Deren Coke, Wendy Ewald, Hand Haacke, Jenny Holtzer, Susan E, King, Barbara Kruger, Les Levine, Kay Rosen, Edwards Ruscha, Tad Savinar, Pat Steir, Catherine Wagner, Kara Walker offer a range of subjects and conditions, from poetics to politics. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    2. ART EXHIBIT: Laurel Nakadate, “Strangers and Relations”
      Sep 28 (all-day)

      Photographer Laurel Nakadate will visit Lexington as part of the Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series. Her exhibition, Strangers & Relations, features two distinct groups who are documented in similar ways. The “strangers” are part of Nakadate’s Star Portraits series, and feature individuals who she found through a process of asking friends to invite people to meet her, as well as by postings made on Facebook and community message boards. The “relatives” were found when Nakadate, whose paternal lineage is Japanese-American, took a DNA test in order to uncover data about her mother’s family history. Exhibit runs September 6 – December 23. Lecture with Nakadate on October 10 at 4 p.m. in Worhsam Theatre Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.  

    3. ART EXHIBIT: Madmen and Moonbeams – Fanciful Faces by Kurt Vonnegut
      Sep 28 (all-day)

      Novelist Kurt Vonnegut made drawings throughout his life, and like writers and musicians including Norman Mailer, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and John Lennon, found that visual art offered him another space for creativity. This exhibition of his silkscreens, feature portraits that are both comic and surreal, defined by bolds line and carefully placed areas of color. It is organized by Art History graduate student Courtney Anich, and the works were printed in Lexington, Kentucky, by Joe Petro III. Exhibit dates: September 6 – December 23, 2014. Gallery hours: Tues. – Sun., noon – 5 p.m. // Fridays, noon-8.

    4. ART EXHIBIT: Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass
      Sep 28 (all-day)

      The Showplace for Saddlebreds celebrates the breeding program at the late Jean McLean Davis’ Oak Hill Farm in Harrodsburg, KY, which has long been synonymous with World’s Champion Saddlebred performance horses and the 2014 exhibit will focus on the tradition of excellence the farm represents. On display are hundreds of items, including photos, paintings, trophies and furnishings from the estate of the farm’s owner, Jean McLean Davis. The exhibition runs February 14, 2014 to January 31, 2015, and admission to the American Saddlebred Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds and Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass exhibition is included with admission to the Kentucky Horse Park. For further information contact 859-259-2746 or museum@asbmusuem.org or visit www.ASBMuseum.org.

    5. ART EXHIBIT: Victory without Fanfare at the Loudoun House
      Sep 28 (all-day)

      A shark made out of old quits, a pile of dirty dishes in the sink–these darkly playful twists on retro Americana themes are the kinds of subjects you’ll find in Kentucky-based mixed-media artist Melissa Vandenberg’s and painter Lori Larusso’s joint exhibition, Victory without Fanfare. Be the first to see new bodies of work they created this past summer during In Residence, a three month residency at the Loudoun House.

    6. Sunday Session – AARP Life Reimagined
      12:00 am – 12:00 am

      Deborah Turner, AARP Volunteer Trainer, will lead guests through AARP’s program titled Life Reimagined.  The program is a powerful approach to help discover what is next in your life and to make your ideas a reality.  Sunday Sessions are sponsored by ITN Bluegrass and The Retirement Research Foundation and feature monthly sessions on topics pertinent to caregivers and those planning their own aging.  Refreshments.  Parking.  More info at iknowexpo.org.  

    7. On the Verge presents “Much Ado” at Central Christian Church
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      What happens when you take twelve stellar actors, one beloved Shakespeare script and a Verge point of view, shake them up and turn them loose in a hundred year old downtown church? Much ado. Many surprises. And much fun. Newly-elected senator Don Peter, hot off the campaign trail, takes a break at the home of wealthy supporter, Leo. With him comes an unruly entourage – chief of staff, Benedick, press secretary, Claudio, disaffected daughter Donna and her posse. Add Leo’s daughter, Hero and niece Beatrice, old grudges and new intrigues to the mix and ado ensues. Audiences, dressed in black and white, track the action upstairs and down, indoors and out. The only thing that’s small about Lexington’s first immersive Shakespeare adaptation is the size of the audience, so go to ontheverge.org and book now! September 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. All shows 7 p.m. except Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Central Christian Church at Short and MLK. With Janet Scott, Tom Philips, Roger Leasor, Darius Fatemi, Zach Dearing, Kelsey Waltermire, Meredith Crutcher, Courtney Waltermire, Cari Bingham, Tanner Gray, Troy Walton and Stephanie Peniston. Directed by Ave Lawyer.

    8. Henry Clay, Architecture, and the Decorative Arts Lecture
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      The Collecting Kentucky Lecture series features expert talks by Kentucky Collectors. Lectures are free with admission, but space is limited. RSVP and pre-pay to guarantee a spot.

    9. Banned Books Week Party
      3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Over 11,300 books have been banned across the United States since the creation of Banned Books Week in 1982. This year the Morris Book Shop has partnered with the Lexington Public Library to promote intellectual freedom in Lexington by celebrating Banned Books Week. Join us on Sunday, September 28 for the Banned Books Week Party. Lexington’s literary elite (poet Bianca Spriggs, author Silas House and Editor of Appalachian Heritage, Jason Howard), will read from banned books that have impacted their lives. We will also hear the top essay contest submissions. Banned Book Weeks was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. The event brings together the entire book community in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. For more information on Banned Books Week, please visit www.bannedbooksweek.com. 

    10. ART EXHIBIT: Mary Newton: Contemplative Places at Ann Tower
      5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Ann Tower Gallery is pleased to present Contemplative Places: New Paintings by Mary Newton opening with a Gallery Hop reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, September 19, 2014. The show will be up from September 19th to November 15th during our usual hours of 10:00-5:00 Tuesday-Friday and Sunday 10:00-2:00. Newton’s newest paintings depict empty rooms and outdoor spaces that convey an appealing combination of mystery, calm and tension.  Using bold and gestural brushwork and a primarily blue/gray palette, she paints sky, water, expansive walls and beautifully tiled floors.  Newton has succeeded in creating alluring, quiet places where we can relax and take some deep breathes; the paintings are at once stimulating and soothing. Newton explains: “I often use patterns to create order and rhythm along with shifting planes and altered linear perspective, which distort reality and create movement. The combination of architecture and nature is interesting to me and create a visually exciting dialogue.” Newton earned a Master of Fine Arts degree  from the University of Cincinnati. Selected exhibits include the Red Clay Survey at the Huntsville Museum of Art, The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, The Evansville Museum Bi-Annual and Wright State University.  She  is a two time recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship in Painting from the Kentucky Arts Council and was recently awarded a fellowship to work in Auvillar, France at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts International Fellowship Program. Publications include CD and Album Cover for Papa M (David Pajo), The Christian Science Journal, New American Paintings, and Louisville Magazine.

    11. ART EXHIBIT: In Residence Exhibition at Lexington Art League
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Explore new bodies of work created via a three month summer artist residency by painter Lori Larusso and fiber artist  Melissa Vandenberg. FREE Opening Reception Sept. 5, 6pm-9pm. The residency will culminate in a public exhibition Sept. 5 – Oct. 5. Gallery Hours: Tues.- Fri.   10a-4p Sat.- Sun.     1p-4p Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9a-5p