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    Click here to see The Lyric’s programming for Roots & Heritage Festival!

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    UPCOMING TROUBADOUR SHOWS AT THE LYRIC THEATRE:

    To order tickets to any of these shows, just click on the picture!

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    September 2014

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    Monday, September 1

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

    Woodsongs will not be occurring on this date.

     

     

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    Wednesday, September 3 – 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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    Saturday, September 6 – 2:00PM & 4:30PM

    Roots & Heritage Weekend at The Lyric

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    1:00 pm – Historic East End Walking Tour

    The first tour of the season on September 6th will take us along a new route. Elm Tree Lane between 5th and 6th street was originally platted for development in 1890. In 1914, the street was extended between 6th and 7th streets. These stately two story homes still stand including the home purchased by Dr. James Hammond when he became the first African American to live along the street. Can you identify where the fire station that served the area still stands and the date on the building that was the corner store? Come take a two hours stroll along Elm Tree Lane on September 6th. Please note that the Roots and Heritage Festival is being held that same Saturday, so plan to park along streets north of Third and Fourth streets.

    Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and don’t forget the umbrella in case of rain!

    To purchase tickets for this, call (859) 280-2218 or click here to purchase online.

    1:00 pm – Youth Arts Activities

    Led by local artists included in our ‘Black Roots: Art Creations 2014′ exhibit, our youth arts activities will help children learn to express themselves creatively through a variety of mediums and styles. Also the March Madness Marching Band will be making an appearance and playing for all to see!

    2:00 pm – Lexington Children’s Theatre presents: ‘Long Road to Freedom’

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

    4:30 pm – Lexington Children’s Theatre presents: ‘Long Road to Freedom’

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

    Hourly Tours of The Lyric’s Historic Facility from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

     

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    Sunday, September 7

     

    1:00 pm – Roots & Heritage Festival Gospel Show

    Roots & Heritage Festival operates from Friday, September 5 – Sunday, September 7. For more info on Roots & Heritage Festival’s schedule, visit their website: http://www.rootsfestky.com/

     

     

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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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    JOSHUA JAMES is a innovative folk singer based in American Fork, Utah. After releasing his first two albums and spending five years touring across the United States and overseas, Joshua headed back to Utah to take a break from the road. During this extended stay at home, James took to vegetable gardening, raising goats and chickens, and developed a heightened connection to the living things around him. The concept of becoming self-sufficient and living off the land became increasingly appealing. It was here that he bore the songs compiling his newest album, appropriately titled ‘From The Top Of Willamette Mountain’. joshuajames.tv.

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    NEULORE is a modern folk duo anchored by tribal drums and electric guitars. The band formed in 2009, when Adam Agin crossed paths with guitarist William T. Cook in Nashville, TN. Neulore’s songs are better suited for the arena than the campfire with tense verses that break into epic, open-armed choruses. They created complex backstories for each tune, digging deep into their collective imagination and conjuring up fictional characters, plot lines and landscapes. Those backstories helped inspire the band’s symbolic clothing and stage setup, too, transforming Neulore’s concerts from routine gigs into actual experiences.. Their debut album ‘Animal Evolve’ on Chop Shop/Island Records revolves around a central theme: man’s struggle between human decency and animalistic savagery. neulore.com.

     

     

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

    To purchase tickets, contact the Lyric Box Office at (859) 280-2218

     

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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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    LAS CAFETERAS combines the vibrant energy of Son Jarocho music with an edgy LA-alternative sound & political message. Their pounding Afro-Mexican rhythms, stomping zapateado dancing, & uplifting lyrics tell stories of everyday people searching for love & fighting for justice in the concrete jungle. This alt-son group re-mixes traditional sounds, adding Afro-Carribean marimbol, Native American drum & flute, cajon, hip hop, English & Spanglish to Jarocho instruments like jarana & requinto guitars, donkey jaw-bone, & the tarima (stomp box).lascafeteras.com

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    FullSetgroup

    FULLSET are quickly becoming one of the most well known bands in the Irish music scene today. In October 2011 they were honored by being announced as the winners of the RTÉ/RAAP Breakthrough Annual Music Bursary Award. As well as this, in 2012 FullSet were honoured to receive “Best New Group Award” from well respected Irish American News as well as “Best Newcomer” in Bill Margeson’s Live Ireland Awards. All accomplished young musicians in their own right, FullSet create a stunning and unique sound that is full of energy and innovation, whilst all the time remaining true to their traditional roots. The band’s latest is ‘Notes After Dark’.fullsetmusic.com

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

    To purchase tickets, call the Lyric Box Office at (859) 280-2218

     

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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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    Monday, September 29 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    MUD MORGANFIELD & KIM WILSON join forces to salute the 100th Anniversary of Mud’s legendary father, Muddy Waters. Mud is a multi Blues Music and Living Blues nominee and bears an uncanny resemblance to his late father’s sound. Kim Wilson is the singer/harmonica player of the iconic rock group, The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The duo’s ‘For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters)’ is special album released on Severn Records that mixes some of Muddy’s better-known tunes with some lesser-known ones. The duo will be joined on WoodSongs by Billy Flynn on guitar and Barrelhouse Chuck on piano. They are part of the all-star team of players that recoded on this historic album. fabulousthunderbirds.com and mudmorganfieldsite.com

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    ANGALEENA PRESLEY fits all of the criteria for a modern country music star. Hailing from the small mining town of Beauty in Eastern Kentucky, Presley’s comparisons have likened her to the strong females of country music who have blazed the trail before her: Bobbie Gentry, Dolly Parton, Patty Loveless, and Angaleena’s musical hero, Loretta Lynn. Writing in Nashville since 2002, Presley has established herself as a no-nonsense songwriter, unafraid to tackle the toughest of subject matters. She is perhaps best known for her work as a member of the Platinum-selling Pistol Annies (with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe). Her much-anticipated debut album, ‘American Middle Class’ shows Angaleena emerging as the clear, fierce, and joyous voice of her generation.angaleenapresley.com

     

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

     

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    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:30PM

    Operation Turnout Presents:  Community Forum Series

    THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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    Bringing the underrepresented Central Kentucky Community together so that our voices can be heard like never before.
    Our mission is to engage the minority population of Central Kentucky in the political process, like never before, through collective voter registration and commitment, voter education and voter turnout initiatives.

     

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    October 2014

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    Saturday, October 4 – 1:00PM

    Historic East End Walking Tour

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    The second tour of the Fall Walking Tour schedule on October 4th will take us up Third Street to observe all the changes that have occurred since we begin our tours last year. Among them are Lexington Market corner store; the proposed site for an Art-Stop bus shelter; Charles Young Park that is being considered for a National Register placement and the construction at the former site of the home of Lucy and Isaac Murphy, the jockey. Ground breaking took place in June this past summer. Come see the progress that has been made toward the memorial park to honor African American men involved in the thoroughbred racing industry.


    Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and don’t forget the umbrella in case of rain!

    To purchase tickets for this, call (859) 280-2218 or click here to purchase online.

     

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    Monday, October 6 – 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, October 13 – 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, October 20 – 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, October 27 – 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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    Tuesday, October 28 – 7:30PM

    Troubadour Concert Series presents

    An Evening with Leo Kottke

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    The volunteers of the Troubadour Concertt Series and Highbridge Spring Water are proud to bring the incredible guitarist LEO KOTTKE back to Lexington. A widely recognized master of his instrument, Leo Kottke is an acoustic guitarist known for his innovative and idiosyncratic finger picking style.  He plays syncopated and polyphonic melodies drawing on blues, jazz and folk influences and has also built a jam band type following having collaborated with Phish’s Mike Gordon for some albums and tours.  Leo’s fan favorites include “June Bug,” “Pamela Brown,” “Julie’s House,” “Pepe Hush” and “Jack Gets Up.”

    Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11. After adding a love for the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt to the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps, Kottke joined the Navy underage, to be underwater, and eventually lost some hearing shooting at lightbulbs in the Atlantic while serving on the USS Halfbeak, a diesel submarine. Kottke has been awarded two GRAMMY® nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.

    For tickets, call (859) 280-2218 or purchase online by clicking here.

     

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  • Gallery Hours

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

    Saturday- 1:00 pm – 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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     Coming soon…

    September 6, 2014 – January 3, 2015
    “We Wear the Mask: Black Superheroes Through the Ages”

    This exhibit features a comprehensive timeline highlighting the history of black superheroes illustrated with framed posters, original art, comic books and action figures from the private collection of Frank X Walker & his son Taajwar D’Van Howard.