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Harry Dean Stanton Festival announces 2014 Schedule and Special Guest Michelle Phillips

The Lexington Film League has announced initial scheduling details for the 4th annual Harry Dean Stanton Fest, a multi-venue celebration of the Kentucky actor taking place June 13-15, 2014. This year’s special guest will be actress, singer and songwriter Michelle Phillips – former member of the pop group The Mamas and the Papas and a longtime close friend of Stanton’s …




tadoo Local Artist Spotlight: Josh Nolan

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Lexington americana/rock artist Josh Nolan has been active in the music scene for about five years, playing shows and cultivating a local following. He recently took a few minutes with tadoo.com to talk about his new album, “Fair City Lights,” recorded at Lexington’s Shangri-La Studios and out on April 4 via iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. CDs will be available at …




This weekend: Lexington Lexington Festival presents R. Stevie Moore, Blues Control and more

A local booking and promotions company known as Lexington Lexington is presenting a daylong music festival at Al’s Bar this Saturday, April 5. For James Friley and Eric Lanham, two of the forces behind Lexington Lexington, the conception of the business began almost two years ago, with intentions to organize a festival initially delayed in order to first build up …




WRFL and Outside the Spotlight: 2014 Season

Since the 2002 inception of the Outside the Spotlight Jazz and Improvised Music series, a local concert series specializing in outside jazz and “experimental sounds of indefinable varieties,” University of Kentucky college radio station WRFL and series founder Ross Compton have presented more than 150 concerts in Lexington. OTS wraps its 2014 season with the following shows: Ballister (Dave Rempis / Fred …




Crave Lexington food + music festival announces 2014 dates

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Crave Lexington, Central Kentucky’s signature outdoor, made-from-scratch food + music festival, will return to the MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheater and Beaumont Circle September 13-14, 2014. Produced by Smiley Pete Publishing (tadoo.com’s parent company), the second annual event follows a successful first year, two-day event that featured 30 local food vendors, 14 live music acts, and about 10,000 visitors from …




Best of Bluegrass event announces plans for summer 2014

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Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Lexington Area Music Alliance has announced plans for the 2014 Best of the Bluegrass Festival. Affectionately referred to as BOB, this year’s six-day event will feature about a dozen bluegrass music events – many of them free – during the week of June 9-14, culminating with the anchor Festival of the Bluegrass …




DLC Announces schedule for 2014 Central Bank Thursday Night Live

The Downtown Lexington Corporation (DLC) has announced the schedule for the 2014 Central Bank Thursday Night Live season, the 19th season of the popular family-friendly downtown event. Held downtown at the Fifth Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park, the weekly outdoor soiree features live music, food, beverages and free admission. Changes this season include some adjustments in the timing – from April 3-Aug. 28, beverage sales will …




SQecial Media’s Glorious Picture Poem Contest

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In conjunction with April being National Poetry Month, eclectic South Limestone gift shop SQecial Media is once again hosting a “Glorious Picture-Poem Contest,” encouraging a local celebration of the union of words and visual art. The contest is inspired by poet Kenneth Patchen and the “picture-poems” he painted over the course of his life. Local artists/writers are encouraged to create …




Freaks and geeks unite at 3rd Annual Lexington Toy and Comic Convention

Pop Culture Collision When longtime toy collector Jarrod Greer’s pitch for hosting a comic and toy convention at the Lexington Convention Center was accepted, he admits he had no idea how the event would go. “I don’t want to say I didn’t think it would work, because I always thought it would,” Greer said. “I just didn’t think it would work …




Forecastle 2014 First Round Line-Up includes Outkast, Beck, Jack White and more

Louisville’s signature outdoor music festival, which merged in 2010 with major music corporation AC Entertainment (the force behind regional festivals that include Bonnaroo, Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit and Big Ears), announced an impressive first round of artists this morning, headlined by Jack White, Beck and Outkast and rounded out by country legend Dwight Yoakam, soul mavens Sharon Jones & …




Upcoming Events at the tadoo lounge!

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In the coming weeks, we’ve got several great events scheduled here at the tadoo lounge, located in the Smiley Pete Publishing Headquarters (434 Old Vine St., Lexington, Ky.). Click each event title for more information! Thursday. Feb. 13 - tadoo Lounge Session: tadooLittle An all-star tribute to the seminal Pixies’ album “Doolittle” featuring members of Chico Fellini, Oh My Me, Summer …




Cinephiles Delight: A full schedule of upcoming film screenings

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2014 has started with a bang for Lexington film lovers, thanks to a bevy of upcoming film screenings that have been organized by the film champions at Lexington Film League, One World Film Festival, Global Lens Film Series, Lexington Public Library and more. Here’s what’s on our radar – click each title for a link to more information. Remarkably, except …




Fat Tire and Other New Belgium Beers to Enter Kentucky Market This Spring

This post originally appeared in our sister publication Business Lexington.   Lexington, KY – New Belgium Brewing, makers of the popular beer Fat Tire, has confirmed to Business Lexington that it will begin distributing to Kentucky later this year. “You are the first who’s called and I can confirm with almost no details beside the confirmation that we will be …




Accents Publishing Accepting Submissions for Poetry Chapbook Contest

Local independent press Accents Publishing is now taking submissions (16-36 pages of poetry) for its 2014 Poetry Chapbook Contest. Two winners will be selected – one by an independent judge, Patty Paine, and one by the Senior Editor and founder of Accents Publishing, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. Each winner will have his/her submission published and will receive a $300 cash prize and …




Carnegie Center announces 2014 inductees in the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

At a January 23 ceremony, the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning honored the second class of inductees into the Kentucky Literary Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was initiated in 2013 as part of the Carnegie Center’s greater effort to draw attention to the state as the “Literary Capital of the Mid-America,” and to recognize Kentucky writers whose work …




One World Film Festival Announces 2014 Line-Up

Lexington’s annual festival promoting cultural diversity through film, One World Film Festival, will take place Feb. 6 – Mar. 8, 2014, with 10 films being screened on Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the duration of the festival. Among the changes to this year’s festival: all films will be shown at the Kentucky Theatre (State Theatre), and no film will be screened more …




Jim Varney biography traces the cultural rise of Ernest P. Worrell

Before the blundering but bighearted Ernest P. Worrell, a fictional character brought to life by the late Lexington native Jim Varney, won over movie audiences with his ubiquitous denim vest, ball cap and gaping smile, the affable persona first gained notoriety working television commercials in markets all over the country. Ernest, always pestering the never-seen nor responsive “Vern,” promoted car …




Exposed: Lexington Musicians Find Exposure in Unlikely Places

Matt Duncan had to write a song called “1000 Boys” before he could write anything else. It was the first song he wrote that he actually liked, and with his lyrics he gave himself permission to move forward with his music career.  “The whole thing is basically a preemptive apology for all the other songs I’m about to write,” Duncan …




Kentucky Arts Council Accepting Artist Applications for the Al Smith Fellowship and Emerging Artist Award

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship and the Emerging Artist Award for individual artists. The current application cycle is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenplays and plays and both award applications have a deadline of Feb. 15. Named after the Kentucky journalist who helped establish the program in 1983, the …




The Global Lens film series returns to the Downtown Library

The annual Global Lens film series will return to Lexington after a three-year hiatus, with seven films from South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia shown free at the Farish Theater in the Central Library during January and February. The Global Lens series was last shown in Lexington in 2011 at the Kentucky Theater. Films shown at the Farish Theater will …




Local facial hair advocates gear up for Whiskers, Whiskey and Women III

(This article originally appeared in the January issues of Chevy Chaser and Southsider Magazines.) Joshua Propes started growing a beard over two years ago for “No-Shave November” (more affectionately called “Movember), a playful campaign that encourages men to grow facial hair to raise awareness for men’s health issues, like prostate cancer, and he hasn’t seen a clean-shaven face ever since. …




Your Golden Ticket to Being the Most Popular Person in Town

Organizers of Smiley Pete Publishing and Blue Grass Community Foundation’s GoodGiving Guide, a fundraising platform that has raised over $1 million for area non-profits since November, have created the Incentive of All Incentives for young folks to donate to the campaign. Between now at December 31, everyone between the ages of 21 and 36 who donates at least $15 to …




WoodSongs Seeking Community Support for Equipment Upgrade

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio has launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise money for new HI-DEF equipment. Recording live from the Lyric Theatre in downtown Lexington on most Mondays, Woodsongs brings a variety of grassroots folk, Americana, country, bluegrass and other musicians to town each week to perform in front of a live audience. The programs are broadcast on over …




New Years’ Eve Party Guide

Click on each event title for more information on the event. Al’s Bar. Eclectic local hip hop crew A Tribe Called Lex have organized a special Beastie Boys Tribute for New Years’ Eve at Al’s Bar. 9 p.m., 601 N. Limestone. The Bar Complex. Thea Austin, former member of the German electrodance group Snap! (she helped write their 1992 hit …




Local Holiday Events Calendar

Tree lightings, holiday open houses, art sales, latke parties and, of course, enough performances of “The Nutcracker” to stuff the largest of mantle stockings await Lexington Christmas revelers this December. In between family and friend gatherings, and holiday shopping, there are plenty of events to get even the most “bah-humbugged” of us in the spirit of the season (including, naturally, …




November Gallery Hop Guide

Gallery hop is a choose-your-own-adventure style event taking place on the third Friday of the month, every third month. Presented by LexArts, the event encourages attendees to explore the offerings of local art galleries, many of whom stay open after hours and provide light snacks and beverages for patrons. Below is a short list of local gallery exhibits that will …




LAL wants your old lightbulbs for a large-scale community art project

The Lexington Art League is seeking the community’s help in collecting 10,000 light bulbs for the LUMINOSITY, an interactive sculpture of light that will be at Triangle Park from Feb. 21 – March 31, 2014. The glowing, cloud-like sculpture will be the signature piece of LUMINOSITY, an exhibition of light-based art that Art League representatives say will be the largest …




PRHBTN announces “pop-up” event in to watch Brazilian muralist Kobra at work in Lexington

Photos courtesy of of Unsung Hero Chronicles tadoo.com is pleased to sponsor the huge mural that Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra is installing on the back of the Kentucky Theatre as we speak. He will be working through Monday, November 11, and the public is invited to stop by anytime between now and watch the mural in progress as it goes …




Lexington Tattoo Project Celebrates One Year with a November 15 Party

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(This article originally appeared in our publications Chevy Chaser and Southsider Magazines.) When Transylvania University professors and community art activists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova first came up with the loose framework for the Lexington Tattoo Project – a community art initiative asking participants to permanently tattoo phrases from a love poem about Lexington onto their bodies – they were …




Kentucky Pop Life

Artist Jerielle Hanlon blends artistic influences with iconic figures from the Bluegrass state   This article originally appeared in the November issue of our sister publication, Chevy Chaser Magazine. Artist Jerielle Hanlon loves Kentucky, and is using her artwork to share that love with others. From Ale-8 One to the Kentucky Wildcats, Hanlon chooses subject matter which reflects the unique …