May 27, 2015
“Holler Poets Series turns 7 years old this month with an incredible show. Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, fiction writer and poet, author of Come and Go, Molly Snow, makes her Holler debut along with Robert Gipe, author of the acclaimed graphic novel, Trampoline. Lexington favorite son, Chris Sullivan (of the Swells, Big Maracas, etc.) provides the tunes. Chris’ latest, Western Movies, is now available. Come help us celebrate 7 years of pushing the lit scene here in little ol’ Lexington. Open mic opens and closes the show with signups beginning at 6:45 p.m.”
May 29, 2015
Hosted by the Lexington Film League, the 5th annual celebration of Kentucky native actor Harry Dean Stanton and his work will take place May 29 – 31. Click here for a full schedule of the weekend’s events, which culminate with special guest, legendary director Monte Hellman, who will take part in a Q&A following the screening of his film “Ride in the Whirlwind” on Sunday, May 31.
The festival kicks off with a drive-in style screening of “Two Lane Blacktop” at dusk at the new Distillery District watering hole the Break Room, with the Pepper Distillery parking lot transformed into a drive-in theater, complete with food trucks.
May 30, 2015
The Morris Book Shop will host the African American & Africana Studies Program Reading Series. This first installment of the series welcomes Dr. DaMaris B. Hill.
(Visible Textures) is a chapbook project of poems that incorporate digital DaMarisCover3.2.15 (3)humanities methods in creative expressions. The poems are inspired by GPS technologies. The series contrasts details and physical spaces associated with an 1854 Indian Reservation map of Kansas and a 2013 highway map of Kansas. Some poems detail territories allocated to Indigenous American Nations.
May 31, 2015
Trampoline, a debut novel by Robert Gipe, is set in the coalfields of Kentucky. Its narrator is Dawn Jewell, a teenager who recounts the turbulent time when her grandmother Cora led her into a fight to stop a mountaintop removal coal mine. Dawn’s father, Delbert, is dead, killed in the mines, leaving her mother, Tricia, a grieving drunk. Trampoline follows Dawn as she decides whether to save a mountain or save herself; be ruled by love or ruled by anger; remain in the land of her birth or run for her life.
June 2, 2015
The Kentucky Great Writers Series connects authors to readers and writers in an intimate atmosphere. Each event starts at 7:00 PM with a 30-minute open-mic session to give the audience a chance to participate. At 7:30 the readings by featured authors will begin. Each author will read for 15-20 minutes from a work of their choice. After the author readings, the audience will have the opportunity to get books signed. Locally owned Morris Book Shop will be on hand to sell books and refreshments will be provided by Common Grounds. Featured authors will be Leatha Kendrick (Almanac of the Invisible), Molly Harper (Better Homes and Hauntings) and Joseph G. Anthony (Wanted: Good Family). Free event. No pre-registration required.
June 6, 2015
LizettArt – Central Kentucky artist, Lizette Fitzpatrick, that will feature large acrylic paintings on canvas with a few samples of photography on canvas. This show is the Faces Collection that is featured also at www.lizetteart.com. This will be the fist time in 12 years that a solo show will be offered. Most early works are with collectors.
June 10, 2015
Carrie Ryan, Renee Ahdieh, Gwenda Bond, Megan Miranda and Megan Shepherd book discussion and signing at Joseph-Beth
Meet five young adult authors in this packed panel of women.
Carrie Ryan discussing and signing Daughter of Deep Silence
Renee Ahdieh discussing and signing The Wrath and the Dawn
Gwenda Bond discussing and signing Fallout
Megan Miranda discussing and signing Soulprint
Megan Shepherd discussing and signing The Cage
June 13, 2015
Cameron Ludwick and Blair Thomas Hess discussing and signing “My Old Kentucky Road Trip” at Joseph-Beth
Discover all the worthwhile distractions between Paw Paw in Pike County and the Kentucky Bend of the Mississippi River in Fulton County. Treasures like Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home that rests inside a Greek-style temple. Or the Jefferson Davis monument rising from a field in Fairview. From rip-roaring barn dances in Rabbit Hash to the silent reverence of the monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani, the Commonwealth is chock-full of timeless landmarks. Join native Kentuckians Cameron and Blair as they explore all the amazing and irreplaceable things that make this state one of a kind.
Anita Blake is a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancee. It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass–to some extent. Luckily she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one heck of a zombie issue. Bronte Bistro will feature a special menu starting at 4:00 pm.
This is a ticketed event, call (859) 273-2911 or stop by the store to reserve your place in line.
June 14, 2015
This is the story of a small group of Army National Guardsmen from the Volunteer State of Tennessee – otherwise simple men, who spent a year of their lives in the Triangle of Death, one of Iraq’s most hostile areas of operation. But their daily patrols and combat missions weren’t featured on the nightly news. Instead, they operated as silent professionals – ordinary men facing extraordinary circumstances, who carried out their jobs to the best of their abilities and prayed they’d stay alive.
June 20, 2015
In 1873, Persistence P. Pigly builds a beautiful brick home on the top of Pigville Hill that houses wonderful dreams. But as one disaster after another befalls Mr. Pigly’s mansion, it slowly becomes nothing more than dusty remains of a time long forgotten. Even the rumors that there is a treasure buried somewhere within the house begin to fade away.
Featuring the release of Jason Sizemore’s new book ‘For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher’, and a reading from ‘For Exposure’ with a signing afterward. Door prizes throughout the evening, a Q&A with prominent Apex editors and authors, dinner with Apex from 6 to 8 p.m. with a special ‘Apex’ menu at Bronte’s Bistro, and A cocktail mixer with Apex from 8 to 10 p.m. with a special ‘Apex’ mixed drink.
Join Dr. Paul Pearson of The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University to discuss Shaker Village’s summer exhibition, A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton.
June 25, 2015
This collection by Don Boes features quick shifts in tone, subject, and language as a way to discover and track the moving targets of life. Each poem offers an experience based in serious wordplay and deadpan seriousness. Poem titles like History of Appliances and Retain this Portion for Your Records hint at the jangly conglomerations that we will read and enjoy and then read again.
June 27, 2015
The Ashland Lawn Party is an event raising funds for the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and its efforts to preserve Ashland Estate. New this year, the requested attire will be “cocktail summer whites.” Guests will enjoy mixed drinks and music, a dinner furnished by Dupree Catering, and the excitement of a live and silent auction. The event takes place on the Estate’s back lawn, with cocktails beginning at 5:30 p.m. and with dinner served at 7 p.m.
July 10, 2015 – July 13, 2015
Berea Craft Festival is a highly ranked, juried show, attracting over 8,000 people each year. Held in an outdoor, sylvan setting, it incorporates folk and bluegrass music and food vendors in with the artists and craftsmen who demonstrate and sell their wares. All items are handmade by the vendors.
August 1, 2015
This year’s Shaker Village Craft Fair will boast an assortment of crafts, including exceptional pottery, jewelry, glassware, woven rugs, needlecraft, basketry, leather goods, floral design and Shaker reproductions. The Craft Fair is one of the Kentucky’s premier craft events and attracts the elite among regional artisans, as well as up-and-coming new artists. Time to be announced. Visit www.shakervillageky.org for more info.
August 8, 2015
Shaker Village’s annual “Well Crafted–Local Brews + Local Bands” festival returns for its second year. The event will celebrate Kentucky’s burgeoning beer and music scene. Favorite local craft beer from up-and-coming breweries will complement a backdrop of local music. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Shaker Village’s environmental sustainability initiatives and programs. Full line-up coming soon. Visit www.shakervillageky.org for more info.
September 3, 2015
The Bourne Identity” meets “Minority Report” in this first highly anticipated installment in Harrison’s sexy new suspense trilogy, featuring a brilliant special task agent at the top of her field and set in a futuristic Detroit.
Tickets to meet the author FREE with purchase of ‘The Drafter’. Gives Back members are eligible for a limited number of VIP tickets.
September 5, 2015
WaterFest, a new event at Shaker Village this year, will be a day of exploration, fun and learning about water. Held in conjunction with this family-friendly festival will be the Kentucky Palisades Paddle SUP (stand-up paddleboarding) race, presented by the Southern Stroke Paddle Series, at Shaker Landing. Professional, adult recreational and youth recreational races will take place on the Kentucky River. Time to be announced. Visit www.shakervillageky.org for more info.
September 26, 2015 – September 27, 2015
Shaker Village’s annual down-home harvest celebration, HarvestFest, will return this year, remaining a family-friendly event. Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet the farm animals, enjoy live music, climb hay stacks and bob for apples in the Kids’ Village, taste apple butter made from apples in Shaker Village’s orchard, and much more. Time to be announced. Visit www.shakervillageky.org for more info.