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This weekend: LexArts revives the “Arts Showcase Weekend”

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On March 6-8, LexArts will host several local groups across a wide range of artistic disciplines in a revival of its “Arts Showcase Weekend.” The event previously occurred each year from 2006 to 2010, before LexArts took a break in order to coordinate some other programs, such as “Horsemania.” LexArts plans to continue it annually once again. The family-friendly affair, …




LexArts now accepting 2016 grant applications

LexArts is now accepting applications for grants to be awarded to individual artists or arts organizations whose specific programs demonstrate “clear and artistic social benefits and are accessible to the general public.” Last year’s recipients included organizations such as the Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington Children’s Theatre and the Living Arts and Science Center. The deadline for grant application submissions will be …




Moontower Music Festival’s second round of artists includes Ben Sollee, Tyler Childers and more

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The second annual Moontower Music Festival, which will take place August 29 at Masterson Station Park, announced its second round of artist additions at a line-up release party held at Country Boy Brewing on Wednesday.  Local acts Ben Sollee, Tyler Childers Band, Coralee and the Townies and Grayson Jenkins will join a lineup that already includes Moon Taxi, Mike Main & the …




Crave Lexington Announces New Venue and 2015 Dates

The Crave Lexington Food + Music Festival is returning this summer, but in a new, larger home. Festival officials announced Tuesday that the event will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23, at the fairgrounds at Masterson Station Park. Crave Lexington, presented by Smiley Pete Publishing (tadoo.com’s parent company), will mark its third year at the new site …




A note re: SNOWMAGEDDON 2015

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Wednesday, Feb. 18 — We encourage our readers to please check with event organizers and venues before venturing out in the elements to attend any event that we have listed on our site through the rest of the week! Many of these events have been canceled and we at tadoo are simply not equipped to keep up with the fast-paced …




Inaugural Lexington Music Awards aims to “bring cohesion” the Lexington’s music community

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On February 22, while Emmy-nominated celebrities line up on the red carpet in Los Angeles, Lexington will host its own awards ceremony honoring a unique pool of local talent that exists in and around our city. Taking place at the Lyric Theatre, the inaugural Lexington Music Awards (or LEXI Awards, as organizers have dubbed it) will honor Lexington area musicians …




LexPhil’s Tchaikovsky and Crouching Tiger

The Lexington Philharmonic will offer a night of cross-cultural music with its upcoming concert Tchaikovsky and Crouching Tiger on Feb. 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The performance will begin with Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, followed by Tan Dun’s Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon score featuring LexPhil’s principal cellist, Benjamin Karp, a celebrated chamber musician who …




2015 One World Film Festival Line-Up

Now in its 17th year, the One World Film Festival has announced their 2015 line-up, which will include 11 films to be shown Feb. 1 – Mar. 7. The calendar kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the UK Chandler Hospital (Pavilion A Auditorium), but the rest of the screenings will occur at the Kentucky Theater on Thursday …




Moonshiner’s Ball announces initial line-up, which includes Ben Sollee, The Duhks and more!

The second annual Moonshiner’s Ball announced its initial line-up at a “Halfway to Moonshiner’s Ball” party this past weekend. The initial night of the 2015 festival (Friday, May 15) will feature Kentucky cellist Ben Sollee, eclectic Canadian folk band The Duhks, Western Kentucky’s Great Gatsby Jazz Odyssey and local favorites Coralee & The Townies, Driftwood Dypsy and Small Batch. Saturday and …




Forecastle 2015 line-up includes My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse and more

Louisville’s Forecastle Festival has announced the initial wave of its 2015 line-up, which features My Morning Jacket, breakout soul singer Sam Smith, jam-band favorites Widespread Panic and indie kings Modest Mouse, along with dozens of other acts. The 3-day festival returns to Waterfront Plaza July 17-19. The 2015 line-up includes: Sam Smith My Morning Jacket Widespread Panic Modest Mouse Cage …




Martin Luther King Jr. Day Happenings

On Monday, January 19, Lexington will host a handful of annual events celebrating the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See our round-up below! Freedom March & Community Celebration at Heritage Hall (featuring keynote speaker Susan Taylor, longtime editor of Essence Magazine) Carnegie Center Community Celebration One World Films presents a free screening of “Red Tails” at the …




Our January 2015 Gallery Hop Guide

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The January 2015 Gallery Hop takes place Friday, January 16. Dozens of local galleries and studios will open their doors to the public during this choose-your-own-adventure self-guided art tour. While not all of these galleries are official Gallery Hop participants, we have listed below a handful of our recommended exhibitions open to the public on Friday. Ann Tower Gallery 141 East …




Balagula Theatre announces updates on the remainder of its 2015 season

With its founders departing, local theater company Balagula Theatre has canceled its upcoming performance of the production “Friends,” which was slated to start its run later this month at the Farish Theater. In other changes to the 2015 schedule, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” by will move to April and “Harold and Maude” will take place in May. The troupe, which …




New Line-up for Thursday’s tadoo Lounge: The Fanged Robot, Colourless and Eric Zarycki

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Devine Carama has had to cancel his appearance at this week’s tadoo lounge. Our friends in The Fanged Robot and  Colourless (a new local psychedelic rock outfit featuring Joe Drury, Tom Hnatow, Lanie Mossing, Aaron Crace and Smiley Pete’s own Drew Purcell) have stepped up in his place, and Nashville’s Eric Zarycki will kick the night off! tadoo …




tadoo Artist Spotlight: Jovontaes

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Pull from far-flung psych and punk grit, wrap it in a slightly retro and mystical package, and you get Lexington’s own Jovontaes. Recently tadoo checked in with one of its members, Reid Small. How do you describe the band? I would describe our band as psychonauts searching for meaning in a bleak desert. When asked I’ve called our music “motorcycle music” …




Distillery District bar / venue Buster’s closing indefinitely

This article originally appeared on the website of our sister publication, Business Lexington. Buster’s Billards & Backroom, a Manchester Street bar and concert venue, has closed its doors, maybe for good. The popular midsize venue played host to a wide variety of local, regional and national acts over the past several years. “Finances have been tight and tricky since I …




2014 Holiday Events Guide

Ice Skating at Triangle Park. Daily through Jan. 11. From November through the beginning of January, the lawn at Triangle Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink. Visitors can take to the ice in the glow of Lexington’s official Christmas tree, bringing a unique experience for guests and locals of all ages. Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 …




Our January 2015 Gallery Hop Guide

The January 2015 Gallery Hop takes place Friday, January 16. Dozens of local galleries and studios will open their doors to the public during this choose-your-own-adventure self-guided art tour. While not all of these galleries are official Gallery Hop participants, we have listed below a handful of our recommended exhibitions open to the public on Friday. Ann Tower Gallery 141 East …




Announcing the 2014-2015 tadoo Lounge Schedule!

We’re stoked to announce the return of the tadoo Lounge, our monthly Happy Hour social event where we invite everyone and their mother to raid our office space and enjoy live music, great food, billiards, libations and more with us! A very special thanks to Cooper Bros. Gourmet Meats and Sweetwater Brewing Company for sponsoring the season – we’re excited to …




Local artists John Lackey, Liz Swanson and Aaron and Jared Scales to create murals on Euclid Ave. Kroger

LexArts and the Kroger Company have announced that Lexington artists John Lackey, Liz Swanson and Aaron and Jared Scales have been commissioned to create large scale mural art to adorn the new Euclid Avenue Kroger, which is scheduled to be completed inJanuary 2015. Commissioning local art is new and uncharted territory for Kroger and this project has the potential of becoming …




A guide to Filmslang 2014

This weekend, the Lexington Public library and Lexington Film League present the fourth annual Filmslang Film Festival at the Central Library’s Farish Theater. Created in 2011 in conjunction with WRFL’s Boomslang Festival (which is on indefinite hiatus), the film festival is a celebration of independent filmmakers on both a local and national scale. Three feature films will make their Lexington …




Halloween Events Round-Up

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Between midnight screenings of classic horror movies at the Kentucky Theatre, new events such as Blue Stallion’s inaugural “Witch’s Brew,” and of course the ever popular, ever expanding Thriller Parade, this Halloween season brings plenty of opportunities to dress in costume and satiate your sweet tooth. Thursday, October 23 -Balagula Theatre Presents: The Mystery of Irma Vep (Oct. 22-25, 28-31) -RITUAL presents: Devil’s Night …




In Review: Cropped Out 2014

The summer festival recap typically reads like a road map to the beach.  One leaves behind a droll and innocuous representation of daily living for an exalted destination projected to possess unlimited possibilities of self expression and merriment, i.e. chants of “Spring Break Foreverrrrr”.    With Cropped Out 2014 in the books I have now seen the sights and sounds that occur when …




4th Annual PRHBTN

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September 25 – October 25 PRHBTN, the 4th year multi-platform celebration of art forms that have been criminalized, marginalized, and underappreciated in the mainstream, will feature an exhibition of these works in a warehouse space that complements the raw, powerful nature of the message and the artistry of each piece. At Buster’s Billiards & Backroom – in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky’s …




Cropped Out 2014 Preview

Now in it’s fifth incarnation, Cropped Out music festival brings the marginalized, the avant-garde, and the weird, the gloriously weird, to American Turner’s Club in Louisville, KY.  To use their words, “Cropped Out aims to celebrate a select fistful of contemporary musicians, artists, and artisans whom we feel reflect a greater undercurrent of sonic, visual and conceptual exploration”.  This DIY …




tadoo Artist Spotlight: Vandaveer

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  They say that less is more. In the case of  Kentucky-rooted Vandaveer, the dynamic duo of Mark Charles Heidinger and Rosie Geurin, this rings very true. From the dark, raw heart-breaking sounds of their various releases, the listener unearths clever, biting lyrics, and intertwining harmonies in a tour de force of just two,  surrounded by an ever-changing cast of …




Our September 2014 Gallery Hop Guide

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The September 2014 Gallery Hop takes place Friday, September 19. Dozens of local galleries and studios will open their doors to the public during this choose-your-own-adventure self-guided art tour. While not all of these galleries are official Gallery Hop participants, we have listed below a handful of our recommended exhibitions open to the public on Friday. Ann Tower Gallery141 East Main …




Crave Lexington Food & Music Festival 2014

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The second annual food + music festival presented by Smiley Pete Publishing will feature two days of live music, local food and beverage vendors, cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities and more. Free and family-friendly, the 2014 schedule is as follows: Saturday, September 13: Noon – 11 p.m. Sunday, September 14: Noon – 6 p.m. tadoo.com is proud to announce the full …




Weekend Art Round-up: Pop-ups, parties, receptions and more (Sept. 4-5)

This weekend, Institute 193, Lexington Art League, New Editions Gallery and New Baroque Pop-Up Gallery are among the galleries hosting parties, opening receptions and other fun events for their fall exhibits. Listed below are the dates, times and locations for all of these impressive displays of contemporary art in the Lexington area. Thursday, Sept. 4  Institute 193 (193 N. Limestone) Jordan Speer: Cautious …




CRAVE LEXINGTON 2014 Music Line-up and Schedule

tadoo.com is proud to announce the full line-up and schedule that we curated for the 2014 Crave Lexington Windstream Locally-Crafted music stage! We’ve pulled together an eclectic group of artists from Lexington and the surrounding region, from indie to Afro-Beat, bluegrass to hip hop, Americana to soul. Crave Lexington Food & Music Festival presented by Windstream is FREE and all ages. Click …