Things To Do, People To See

August 22, 2004

LEXINGTON - On Thursday, the latest edition of the art and literary journal Limestone will be unveiled in a celebration at the University of Kentucky's Singletary Center.

Limestone showcases original and imaginative writing and art from the Bluegrass region, from around the country, and even from around the world - the 2003 issue featured Irish poets Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon, among many others. But the newest issue of Limestone highlights the artistic and literary talents closest to our hearts and home.

Featured in Limestone 2004 are works by renowned Kentucky authors Gurney Norman and Ed McClanahan, former and current Kentucky poet laureates James Baker Hall and Joe Survant, and all three Kentucky winners of the Yale Series of Younger Poets: Tony Crunk, Maurice Manning and Davis McCombs.

To celebrate the release of Limestone 2004, Norman, McClanahan, Hall, Survant, Manning, and many other authors featured in this issue will gather at the Singletary Center Thursday to read selections from their work. Dan Bernhitt and Limestone contributors Ron Whitehead and Sarah Elizabeth will provide live musical and poetry performances.


A wine and cheese reception will be held 6-7 p.m. in the upper gallery of the UK Art Museum (in the Singletary Center). The reading will begin at 7 p.m. in the recital hall of the Singletary Center.

The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Limestone 2004 and various artists' works will be on sale in the lobby.

Arts Passport events

* Shane White and the Two Roads All-Star Band, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Weisiger Park. Part of the Whimsy in Weisiger concert series.

* Standup Comedy Show, starring Jimmy Brogan and Holly Henson, 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Pioneer Playhouse.

Mustang show set

General Butler State Resort in Carrollton will host the seventh annual September in the Park Mustang and All Ford Car Show Sept. 10-12.

The event, sponsored by the Derby City Mustang Club, attracts owners of the legendary Mustang sports car, as well as other Ford models. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. There is no charge to attend the show.

For more information, contact the park at (502) 732-4384. More information also is available online at

Libbey show kicks off SCC fall art season

SOMERSET - Somerset Community College's first art exhibit of the fall season features the works of Darlene Libbey, the new art teacher at SCC.

Located in the Strunk gallery, the show, "Communication Process," explores the dynamics of passages. Libbey's fascination with doors evolved into a quest for broader, deeper meaning beyond the interesting physical aspects into the metaphorical and philosophical realms.

"Passages are gateways in our pluralistic societies," she says, "and in the attempt to connect with others, we are forced to identify differences in cultures, architecture, and design.

Shape and color used here relate to the uncertainty inherent in the struggle to reach and communicate."

Using acrylic and mixed media, the exhibit challenges the viewer to think about the conceptual question: "Are we entering or exiting one of these passages?"

Libbey, Somerset Community College's first full-time art teacher, grew up in the Eastern Kentucky/Tennessee area. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from San Francisco Art Institute and master of fine arts degree from the University of Tennessee.

After a number of years teaching in other states, her work at SCC includes not only art history and appreciation, but also the first drawing and painting classes.

A reception for the public to meet Libbey and view the paintings is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Sept. 9 from in Strunk on the SCC North campus. The paintings will remain displayed through September.

Group tickets available for Lexington Philharmonic

LEXINGTON - Tickets to the Lexington Philharmonic are on sale now, and this is the chance to orchestrate a group activity - getting together at the Philharmonic.

Whether it's for entertainment or inspiration, a night out at the orchestra presents opportunities to reward employees for hard work and achievement, celebrate special occasions, get a favorite group together for a night out, or introduce visitors to Lexington.

Groups of 10 or more can receive a 20-percent discount on regular, single ticket prices to MasterClassics and Pops concerts. Special group rates are also available for the Family Series. And, the Lexington Philharmonic offers something for every taste and every generation. Ranging from Brahms and Beethoven to Woodstock and Peter Pan, this orchestra knows how to entertain.

Here's what's coming up: Sept. 17 features world-renowned violinist, Aaron Rosand, hailed by The New York Times as "one of the great living exponents of Romantic violin music." On Oct. 8, the Philharmonic goes back to 1969 for a Woodstock concert with guest conductor Jay Flippin and guest vocalists, covering music by Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Who, and more.

Call (859) 233-4226 for tickets or to request a free season brochure.

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