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    2014 Lyric Summer Youth Programming!

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    2014 Lyric Summer Film Series!

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    UPCOMING TROUBADOUR SHOWS AT THE LYRIC THEATRE:

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    Sunday, July 20 – 3:00PM

    2014 Lyric Summer Film Series

    Enter the Dragon (1973)

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    Each Summer, The Lyric presents a FREE series of films which highlight African American cinema from its early days to the present. This moviegoing experience offers insight into the progression of African American film over time and also provides patrons the movie going experience so many had at The Lyric Theatre in its hey day.

    A little insight into this Sunday’s film:

    In Memoriam of his passing last summer, The Lyric is happy to show this film featuring Lexington’s own Jim Kelly.

    Read more on Jim Kelly by clicking here.

    Enter the Dragon is a 1973 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Robert Clouse; starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon and Jim Kelly. This was Bruce Lee’s final film appearance before his death on July 20, 1973. The film was released on July 26, 1973, six days after Lee’s death, in Hong Kong. He was also one of the film’s writers.

     

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    Monday, July 21 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    CHRIS SMITHER is a profound songwriter that draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. His song “Love Me Like A Man” became a signature song for Bonnie Raitt with the release of her second album in 1972. Chris is celebrating 50 years in music with a brand new, career-spanning retrospective ‘Still on the Levee’ recorded in New Orleans. He’s also releasing a book of his lyrics ‘Chris Smither Lyrics 1966 – 2013′ and an all-star tribute record to Chris is in the works for a fall release with Josh Ritter, Bonnie Raitt, Loudon Wainwright III, and more. smither.com

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    GRACE ASKEW has called the Delta her home her entire life, drawing much of her inspiration from the muddy, rural roots of her hometown of Memphis. Over the past 4 years the road has been a mainstay for Askew as she continuously pushes herself to travel, sharing her music with all walks of life via self-booked and self-promoted tours. Most recently, Grace was on team Blake Shelton of NBC’s The Voice (season 4) which took her all the way to the final 32 and was later deemed a top 3 favorite contestant by Yahoo Music and RollingStone.com. Her new album ‘Scaredy Cat’ was recorded at Sun Studios and highlights her smoky vocals with spare arragements that are distinctive Americana. graceaskew.com

    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

     

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    Saturday, July 26 – 9:00AM

    2014 Lyric Summer Youth Programming

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    The Lyric is happy to announce the classes for our 2014 Lyric Summer Youth Programming! The classes are FREE ($5 refundable deposit required) and The Lyric provides a FREE lunch for the children, as well. Check out some of the courses offered this summer!

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE COURSES

    Please call The Lyric at (859) 280-2201 for more information or email at officeassistant@lexingtonlyric.com

    Click here to download the 2014 Lyric Summer Youth Programming Enrollment packet.

    Please return this form via email at officeassistant@lexingtonlyric.com, fax at (859) 280-2261, or in person.

     

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    Sunday, July 27 – 3:00PM

    2014 Lyric Summer Film Series

    Black Belt Jones (1974)

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    Each Summer, The Lyric presents a FREE series of films which highlight African American cinema from its early days to the present. This moviegoing experience offers insight into the progression of African American film over time and also provides patrons the movie going experience so many had at The Lyric Theatre in its hey day.

    In Memoriam of his passing last summer, The Lyric is happy to show this film featuring Lexington’s own Jim Kelly.

    Read more on Jim Kelly by clicking here.

    A little insight into this Sunday’s film:

    Black Belt Jones is a 1974 American Blaxploitation action film directed by Robert Clouse. The main musical theme was performed by the funk guitarist Dennis Coffey. The Mafia learns that a new civic center will be built, and they buy all of the land for the site of the building—all except for one place: a karate school owned by Pop Byrd, Black Belt Jones’ old friend.

     

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    Monday, July 28 – 6:45 PM

    Woodsongs Old-time Radio Hour

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    GAELIC STORM blends indie-folk and world grooves with Celtic tradition. The group’s ability to deftly incorporate a rock sensibility into their sound affords them rare crossover appeal. In recent years, they’ve performed on the same bill with acts ranging from Zac Brown Band and the Goo Goo Dolls to Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett, at events as varied as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Milwaukee’s Summerfest. With catalog sales of more than 1 million, the group has now had four consecutive albums debut at #1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart. The band is celebrating 10 years of music with a new best of CD titled ‘Full Irish’. gaelicstorm.com

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    BILLY STRINGS & DON JULIN play traditional American string band music with energy levels usually associated with extreme sports. A typical set includes haunting Appalachian songs, righteous gospel standards, and blazing bluegrass instrumentals. Honoring the musical traditions of Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Jimmy Martin, these boys will take you back to that high lonesome sound of yesterday’s bluegrass. This is your grandaddy’s bluegrass delivered with a pedal to the metal intensity of a moonshine runner. Their latest is ‘Fiddle Tune X’.billystrings.com/

     

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    Wednesday, July 30 – 7PM

    Midweek Lex-Full Gospel Holy Temple

     

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    Thursday, July 31 – 7PM

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    August 2014

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    Friday, August 1 – 8PM

    Evening Out at the Lyric Theatre

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    Saturday, August 2 – 1:00PM

    Lyric Volunteer Training

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    Saturday, August 2 – 7PM

    Kezip’s Indie Dance Party

    Kezip’s Under 21 Events hosts parties for teens under the age of 21. Anyone’s invited! Like this page to get updates on the next event.

    This is a formal dance that puts the spotlight on our local musicians and artists.
    Our music will be provided by local talent covering a variety of genres.
    There will be an art gallery featuring works by teens; this will be on display in the same room as the party.

    We’ll also have finger food and drinks as well as all kinds of dancing. Plus, we have a table with board games for our less energetic party-goers.

    Cost: $10.00 pre pay, $15.00 at door

    http://www.kezipsunder21events.com/

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    Monday, August 4 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    CROWDER is the critically acclaimed artist and songwriter whose unique blend of folk/pop/electronica style combined with his outstanding musicianship, profound lyrics, and intricate songcraft creates a sound that any fan of a catchy tune can appreciate. Long embraced for his tenure as the frontman of the wildly progressive group David Crowder Band, the band sold over 2 million albums, 2.9 million digital tracks, and had 11 Top 10 albums on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart, including four that reached #1. Crowder celebrated the release of his solo debut album ‘Neon Steeple’ with a Top 10 entry on the Billboard 200, hitting No. 9. crowdermusic.com/neonsteeple.html

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    THE COLLECTION are an incredible new folk collective. The group, lead by lead vocalist and guitarist David Wimbish, prides itself as a community of artists, nurses, farmers, students, and everyone in between living life together. The majority of its members live on the same street (if not in the same house) in the heart of Greensboro, North Carolina, employing an assortment of instruments from drum and bass to phin and didgeridoo. Ranging from 13-18 members depending on the day, the band has just released a powerful new album titled ‘Ars Moriendi’.thecollectionband.com

     

    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

     

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    Friday, August 8 – 7:00PM

    First African Baptist Church presents:

    Benefit Jazz Concert: Deep Roots – Tall Trees

    This jazz concert is a benefit fundraiser for the First African Foundation’s capital campaign to purchase the historic building located at Short and Deweese Streets in Lexington that was once the home of First African Church established in the 1850s. After purchase and renovation of the building the plan is to develop a center that will feature a concert hall, rehearsal rooms, art galleries, community service space, café, gift shop and administrative offices.
    The 2014 concert performers feature jazz pianist, Kevin Harris and jazz trumpet player, Michael Cruse. These two fabulous young musicians developed their musical talents while growing up in Lexington. Kevin and Michael represent the new fruitful branches of the “tall trees” that grew from the “deep roots” of Lexington’s legacy of a strong musical tradition that continues to produce very talented jazz and music artists.

    Ticket Prices:
    VIP:  $30 (plus ticket processing fees)
    Assigned Seating:  $20 (plus ticket processing fees)
    Individual:  $10 (plus ticket processing fees)

    To purchase tickets, please contact The Lyric Box Office at (859) 280-2218 or click here.

     

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    Saturday, August 9, 2014 – 12:30PM

    Back To School Carnival

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    THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

    Visit The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm to celebrate the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year with our FREE Back to School Carnival! This FREE carnival, put on by The Lyric Theatre in partnership with the Lexington Fire Department and Oleika Shrine Temple, will feature ‘Tools the Clown,’ ‘Dr. Fat Jack’, and ‘T-Bone,’ a variety of games and prizes, and FREE snow cones and cotton candy. Also being featured will be booths from Polk Dalton Clinic, Living Arts and Science Center, and The Lexington Children’s Theatre.

     

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    Monday, August 11 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

     

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    Monday, August 18 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

     

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    Monday, August 25 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

     

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    Wednesday, September 2 – 7:00PM

    The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center presents…

    Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

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    The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center is very excited to welcome

    The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company to our historic stage.

    Call us at (859) 280-2218 to find out about our group rates and early bird ticket specials.

    Click here to learn more about The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

     

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    Monday, September 8 – 2:00PM & 4:30PM

    Lexington Children’s Theatre presents:

    Long Road to Freedom

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    Be a beacon in the night.
    The Underground Railroad provides the backdrop for a brief but powerful childhood friendship between Graceanna, a freed slave, and Mary Catherine, a Quaker girl.  Across the years and across the miles, the Railroad becomes the chain that links the two women together.  This new play by Jan Lucas celebrates the strength of the human spirit and the ties that bind us to one another, even amidst the most difficult of circumstances.

    PUBLIC PERFORMANCE DATES

    Saturday, September 6 – 2:00 

    Saturday, September 6 – 4:30

     

    PUBLIC TICKET PRICES

    $15 – Adults
    $13 – Youth Under 18
    $10 – $12 – LCT Subscribers 

    *TICKETS FOR THIS SHOW WILL ALSO BE PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN AT THE DOOR. FOR MORE INFORMATION
    ABOUT OUR PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN PROGRAM CLICK HERE

    For tickets, please call Lexington Children’s Theatre at (859) 254-4546 ext 245

    For more information on the show and Lexington Children’s Theatre, please click here.

     

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    Monday, September 8 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

     

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    Thursday, September 11 – 7:00PM

    Kentucky Women Writers Conference presents

    Asha Bandele, Keynote Speaker for Sonia Sanchez Series

    This event is FREE and open to the public.

    For more information on Asha Bandele, please click here.

     

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    Monday, September 15 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

     

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    Saturday, September 20 – 1:30PM

    Brother Outsider – The Life of Bayard Rustin

    This event is free and open to the public!

    Long before Martin Luther King, Jr. became a national figure, Bayard Rustin routinely put his body — and his life — on the line as a crusader for racial justice. Rustin’s commitment to pacifism and his visionary advocacy of Gandhian nonviolence made him a pioneer in the 1940s, and captured King’s imagination in the 1950s. In 1963, with morehttp://browserguardian-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png than 20 years of organizing experience behind him, Rustin brought his unique skills to the crowning glory of his civil rights career: his work organizing the historic March on Washington, the biggest protest America had ever witnessed.

    But Rustin was also seen as a political liability. He was openly gay during the fiercely homophobic era of the 40s and 50s; as a result, he was frequently shunned by the very civil rights movement he helped create. The compelling new film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin chronicles Rustin’s complex life story, a tale of race, prejudice, and idealism at the heart of 20th century America. Though he had to overcome the stereotypes associated with being an illegitimate son, an African American, a gay man and a one-time member of the Communist Party, Rustin — the ultimate outsider — eventually became a public figure and respected political insider. He not only shaped civil rights movement strategy as a longtime advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., but was known and respected by numerous U.S. Presidents and foreign leaders.

     

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    Monday, September 22 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

     

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    Friday, September 26 – 8:00PM

    The Positive Movement Band LIVE!

    This event is free and open to the public!

    THE POSITIVE MOVEMENT BAND of Lexington, KY will stage a rare public performance of Jazz, Blues, Gospel, and R&B music! This is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy a night of free musical entertainment featuring the dynamic sounds & arrangements of keyboardist Steven Mabson, guitar player, DJ Rice; recent winner of Regional Blues Challenge and competitor for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN! Along with group of musicians and vocalist such as Simon Peter Rawlings and Vera Soules Mabson, this band performs a variety of music, making THE POSITIVE MOVEMENT BAND one of the most classy and hottest bands in Kentucky! You won’t wanna miss this one! FREE to the public! 8-11 pm.

     

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    Saturday, September 27 – 5:00PM

    Lex End Poverty presents:

    Dr. Cornel West

    Lex End Poverty is designed to facilitate a community conversation about poverty. Dr. Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.  He has written 20 books and has edited 13.  He is best known for his classics “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters,” and his memoir, “Brother West:  Living and Loving Out Loud.”  He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show.

    For tickets, please call The Lyric Box Office at (859) 280-2218 or purchase online by clicking here.

     

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  • Gallery Hours

    Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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    On Display June 3 – October 11, 2014

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    The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center presents:

    Black Roots: Art Creations 2014

    ‘Black Roots: Art Creations 2014,’ an exhibition organized by The Lyric, will be on featured in their Gallery from June to October. This exhibition includes several noted African American artists, most of who reside in the Lexington area. Consisting of a variety of mediums all of the exhibited art expresses how Kentucky’s diverse culture and unique history have influenced each artist’s work.

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    On Display May 13 – August 16, 2014

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    Lexington Fashion Collaborative presents:

    Neighborhood Series 2014

    A community art exhibit featuring reclaimed and reused materials, designed to bring awareness and educate the community on sustainability through fashion and art.

     

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