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KET’s bluegrass documentary ‘Big Family’ to air nationwide later this month

One of Kentucky’s most popular exports — bluegrass music — will get the star treatment later this month. 

That’s when PBS stations across the country are scheduled to air the KET-produced documentary Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music, placing the state’s signature music into the national spotlight.

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Dr. Thomas Walker’s Journal

Jadon Gibson

Dr. Thomas Walker’s journal entries in 1750 are absolutely fascinating.

They document the discovery of Cumberland Gap before Dr. Walker’s party ventured deeper into the wilds that would become Kentucky.

During the next few weeks we’ll open Dr. Walker’s journal and travel with him into Kentucky where he and his men erected the first log cabin that was built in that territory.

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Four Quick Takeaways from Berea Tourism’s 2019 Festival of Learnshops

There are indications the 2019 Festival of Learnshops (FOL), sponsored by Berea Tourism, was the most successful since the summer arts series began in 2011. Here are four quick takeaways:

1. High revenue: In approximately three weeks, the 2019 Learnshops collected $108,537 in revenue, exceeding last year’s total. When the program began eight years ago, the series took in $10,422.

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Boonesborough Unearthed by Nancy O’Malley

Nancy O’Malley will be holding a book signing/ speaking of her new book Boonesborough Unearthed.

Nancy will be speaking for the Eastern Kentucky Archaeology Group on Tuesday Sept 24th. The event will be held at 6:30PM (doors open at 6) at the Central Bank and Trust Co., located at 350 W Main, Richomnd, KY. 

The event space is the community room in the lower level of the bank, which is accessed by parking behind the building and entering the glass door adjacent to the drive through. 

Little Shop of Horrors

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by advanced students Age 14-18

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

Friday, Aug 16  –  8 pm
Saturday, Aug 17  –  8 pm
Sunday, Aug 18 –  2 pm

Friday, Aug 23 –  8 pm
Saturday, Aug 24  –  8 pm

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The Drowsy Chaperone

Presented by the Bluegrass Players

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone features one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Friday, Sept 6  –  8 pm
Saturday, Sept 7  –  8 pm
Sunday, Sept 8  –  2 pm

Friday, Sept 13  –  8 pm
Saturday, Sept 14  –  8 pm

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August’s Kentucky Proud Evening: “Cherokee America

The August installment of the Kentucky Proud Evenings series, Thursday, August 22, 2019 presents Margaret Verble, author of Cherokee America. She will discuss her book inspired by her family history and told from a Native American point of view with a mixed-race woman at its center (member of a distinguished Cherokee family, daughter of a famous soldier and a slaveholder, wife of an abolitionist) and is a necessary, revelatory addition to the literature of the American frontier. Fans will delight in this humorous and ultimately hopeful story of how we reconcile identity and place and shape the stories of our past. Margaret Verble is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Her first novel, Maud’s Line, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Lexington, KY.

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Join KET in Somerset for free preview of Ken Burns’ new documentary Country Music and performance by local country artist Sydney Adams

Join KET in Somerset on Thursday, August 29, for a free exclusive sneak peek at Ken Burns’ new documentary Country Music, which tells the remarkable stories of the people and places behind a true American art form.

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Big Bill Hardin comes to Kentucky, conclusion

Jadon Gibson

William “Big Bill” Hardin was a man of great courage, well skilled in pioneer life. Some historians have mentioned Hardin in the same breath with Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, Benjamin Logan and several others but he rests in an unmarked grave, even without a crude boulder for a headstone. Col. Hardin had a major impact on Hardin and Breckenridge counties in Kentucky. Hardin County was named after him.

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The Rainbow Fish Musical

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School.

Performed by students age 4-9.

Everybody loves the international bestseller and award-winning book, The Rainbow Fish, with its wonderful message of friendship and belonging. Now the magical, colorful world of the deep blue sea comes to life on stage! This large-cast musical features a variety of charming school and sea-creature characters who admire the famous Rainbow Fish, the most beautiful fish in all the ocean. With a bubbly, energetic score and a script that invites wonderful creativity and flexibility, the universal message at the heart of this one-of-a-kind musical becomes much more than just a simple children’s story.

Friday, Aug 9  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, Aug 10  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, Aug 11  –  2:00 pm

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Frog and Toad Theater for Young Audiences

Presented by the Spotlight Players

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm, Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

The jazzy, upbeat score of Frog and Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant and enchanting musical, perfect for introducing theatre to youngsters while keeping adults entertained, as well.

Friday,  Aug 30  –  6:30 pm
Saturday,  Aug 31  –  6:30 pm

Travel Dates: Sept. 3,4,5,10,11,12

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