Calendar of Events

September 19, 2013

Joel Pett: A 30-Year Retrospective

The Carnegie Center will honor the 30-year career of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Joel Pett of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Masters of Cartooning
4-5:30 pm, $35 advance/$40 door, Carnegie Center (includes entry to Exhibit Opening). Joel Pett will be joined by nationally distinguished editorial cartoonists for a discussion and cartooning demonstration: Signe Wilkinson, Philadelphia newspapers; Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee; Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and William Hamilton, The New Yorker.

Exhibit Opening: A Retrospective of Joel Pett’s Work
5:30-7:30 pm, $10 advance/$15 door, Carnegie Center
An opportunity to meet Joel Pett and enjoy more than 50 pieces in this first-ever retrospective of his editorial cartoons, covering 30 years and five American presidents. Signed works will be available for sale.

Start: September 19, 2013 4:00 pm
End: September 19, 2013 7:00 pm
Venue: Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
251 W. Second St., Lexington, KY, United States
Cost: $25 in advance

Free Music at Thursday Night Live

CBTNL Final Logo

Every Thursday evening, April 4 through October 31, 2013, Downtown Lexington features Central Bank Thursday Night Live, a free community event at Fifth Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. featuring beverages, food from local booths.

June 13- Kenny Owens

June 20- Twiggenburys

June 27: Tribute to Johnny Cash

July 4- Catch 22

July 11- Better Off Dead

July 18- Superfecta

July 25- Tim Talbert Project

August 1- Conch Republic

August 8 – Rebel Without A Cause

August 15- Sixtyfourwest

August 22- Kenny Owens and Group Therapy

August 29 – Big Maracas

Sept 5- Coralee & The Townies

Sept 12- The Sensations

September 19- Prefab Rehab

Sept 26- Blind Corn Liquor Pickers

Oct 3- Chris Campbell Band

Oct 10- The Swells

Oct 17- The City

Oct 24- Born Cross Eyed


Start: September 19, 2013 4:30 pm
End: September 19, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: 5/3 Pavilion at Cheapside Park
Cheapside Street, Lexington, KY, United States
Cost: Free

Opening Reception for “Marble Creek/Endangered Watershed Photographs by Guy Mendes”


Guy Mendes has photographed Marble Creek, a Kentucky River tributary in Jessamine County, since 1975.  For 38 years, Mendes has carefully observed this pristine place in every season. “The Marble Creek Gorge is a microcosm of central Kentucky’s natural landscape: a deep and meandering watershed that drains rolling hills and fertile fields. It’s a prime example of what this part of Kentucky was like hundreds, even thousands of years ago.”  Now, Mendes is exhibiting his numerous photographs of Marble Creek in this solo exhibition on the first floor of the Ann Tower Gallery in an effort to raise awareness about the I-75 Connector which threatens to destroy it.


“Over time, I came to see the photographs I made [at Marble Creek] as a way of returning the favor for the many lessons learned, for the spiritual nourishment, and, of course, for the swimming hole on a hot day.” Mendes says. The 20 prints in this exhibit are all film-based, most of them made with a 4 x 5 view camera.

Start: September 19, 2013 5:00 pm
End: September 19, 2013 7:00 pm
Venue: Ann Tower Gallery
141 East Main Street, Lexington, 40507

“Off the Road” rally w/ Wendell Berry, Barbara Kingsolver and more

Guy Mendes, Marble Creek in Summer, silver gelatin print, 16″ x 20″ 

OFF THE ROAD! is a literary and musical event to raise consciousness and benefit the Disconnectors, a grassroots group fighting the proposed I-75 Connector road, which will cut through Jessamine and Madison Counties and which opponents say will threaten the Kentucky River Palisades and wild and historic tributaries like Marble Creek and Neal’s Branch.

The evening will begin at 5:00 pm at the Ann Tower Gallery in the Downtown Arts Center with a display of photography by Guy Mendes showing the Marble Creek area. At 7:00 pm, the doors to the Lyric Theatre will open, with writers and musicians taking the stage at 7:30 pm.

The event will feature a rare public appearance by author and essayist Wendell Berry, recent recipient of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s lifetime achievement award for his steadfast promotion of the need for people to live at peace with their environment. Also appearing will be Kentuckian Barbara Kingsolver, named one of the most important writers of the 20th Century by Writers Digest,  Crystal Wilkinson, Richard Taylor, Maurice Manning, Erik Reece, Eric Scott Sutherland, Matt Duncan, the Northside Sheiks and Tee Dee Young.  Additionally, the video for the original protest song, “The Vampire Road” written and performed by Steve Broderson with Twist of Fate specifically about the proposed connector, will make its world premiere at the event.

Start: September 19, 2013 5:00 pm
End: September 19, 2013 10:00 pm
Venue: Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center
300 E Third Street, Lexington, 40508
Cost: $10-15

“Mrs. Lincoln’s Civil War” Evening Tours at The Mary Todd Lincoln House

The Mary Todd Lincoln House will observe the continuing sesquicentennial of the Civil War with a special evening program, “Mrs. Lincoln’s Civil War.”  Scheduled for three evenings in September, this guided tour will use the museum’s collection to examine the first lady’s wartime activities- from attending official functions and doing charity work to dealing with Confederate relatives.  The event will feature artifacts not usually on display and will include refreshments inspired by the era. 

The Mary Todd Lincoln House is the girlhood home of Mrs. Lincoln. The first historic site restored to honor a first lady, the museum is operated by Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, a private non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting historic properties.

Call Gwen at 859-233-9999 for reservations or visit for further information. 

Start: September 19, 2013 5:00 pm
End: September 19, 2013 6:00 pm
Venue: Mary Todd Lincoln House
578 West Main , Lexington , KY, United States
Cost: $15 general admission; $13 group rate (4+); $10 members

Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore at The Ky Theatre

Daniel Martin Moore Ben Sollee

Sollee and Lewis recently collaborated on an EP entitled, “Rinse, Repeat, Rewind”, describing it as “a small collection of true stories with their own individual lives.”

General public tickets are $10, and are available online at

Start: September 19, 2013 8:00 pm
End: September 19, 2013 10:00 pm
Venue: Kentucky Theater
Phone: (859) 231-6997
214 East Main St., Lexington, KY, 40507, United States

KY Hoss Cats at willie’s Locally Known


Four on the floor era country music and western swing.

Start: September 19, 2013 8:00 pm
End: September 19, 2013 10:00 pm
Venue: Willie's Locally Known
805 North Broadway Road , Lexington, KY, 40508 , United States

King’s Ransom at Parlay Social


A blues based rock cover band from Lexington.

Start: September 19, 2013 8:00 pm
End: September 19, 2013 11:00 pm
Venue: Parlay Social
Phone: (859) 244-1932
257 West Short Street, Lexington, KY, United States

Jon Curtis at Henry Clay’s Pub


Singer/songwriter based out of Central Kentucky. Genres cover old and new country and rock, classics, and blues.

Start: September 19, 2013 8:00 pm
End: September 19, 2013 10:00 pm
Venue: Henry Clay Pub
112 N. Upper St., Lexington, KY, United States

Boomslang presents: DJ Jamples / Ellie Herring / OK Deejays / Amtrac


2013 marks the 5th year for WRFL 88.1’s Boomslang:  A Celebration of Sound & Art,  a 3-day multi-genre festival taking place at various venues throughout Lexington.

Ellie Herring is a local ambient/ electronic artist.

Formed 4 years ago, OK Deejays are a disco/house/electro duo from Louisville.

“Amtrac, the solo project of Kentucky’s Caleb Cornett,has just the right mixture of pop and cutting-edge sonics to break through the void. On ‘Came Along,’ Amtrac guides a rapid, crunchy beat and electric piano figures to a thoroughly mature songwriting space. He’s restless, though. This poise quickly evolves into spliced samples flickering across the track in microtonal dots — a true dancefloor deconstruction.”

More info on the festival, including a full schedule and links to buy tickets, at

Start: September 19, 2013 9:00 pm
End: September 19, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: Al's Bar
601 North Limestone, Lexington, KY, United States
Cost: Free

Enter The Haggis at Natasha’s Bistro

Enter the Haggis

Ten albums and over a decade on the road have seen Toronto roots rock band, Enter The Haggis, evolve from wildly popular local band to established international touring act. Their formula for success has been a simple one: record great music, back it up with inspired live performances, and tour constantly. It’s this uncompromising commitment to their music and fans that has seen the band garner top ten charting positions on Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes; major television appearances such as A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts and Live with Regis and Kelly; and their very own PBS special. for reservations.

Start: September 19, 2013 9:00 pm
End: September 19, 2013 11:00 pm
Venue: Natasha's Bistro & Bar
Phone: (859) 259-2754
112 Esplanade Alley, Lexington, KY, 40507, United States
Cost: $12

Wooden Wand, Doc Feldman, Wesley Hart at Al’s Bar


‘Beautiful soothing sounds emanate from the combination of falsetto lead vocals, acoustic guitar, cello, brushed drums, and flute that is Bear Medicine. They establish sweet healing vibes and share poignant lyrics with a tip of the cap to the simple psychedelic folk sounds of the late 60s.’

Start: September 19, 2013 9:00 pm
End: September 19, 2013 11:00 pm
Venue: Al's Bar
601 North Limestone, Lexington, KY, United States

Blitzen Trapper at Cosmic Charlie’s


‘Blitzen Trapper is a Portland, Oregon-based experimental country/folk band signed to Sub Pop Records. Formed in 2000, the band currently operates as a quintet, with Eric Earley (guitar/harmonica/vocals/keyboard), Erik Menteer (guitar/keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums/vocals/harmonica), Michael Van Pelt (bass), and Marty Marquis (guitar/keyboards/vocals/melodica). Blitzen Trapper self-released its first three albums. “Wild Mountain Nation” was No. 98 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.’


Start: September 19, 2013 10:00 pm
End: September 19, 2013 10:00 pm
Venue: Cosmic Charlie's
Phone: (859) 309-9499
388 Woodland Ave., Lexington, KY, United States
Cost: $12-$15
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