Lexington Arts and Culture News – January 2021
At the Movies
The Friends of the Kentucky Theatre unveiled three new programs amid the Kentucky Theatre’s indefinite closure. The programs include Film IQ, Stream Team, and On the Marquee. Film IQ is film-related trivia hosted on the Kentucky’s marquee. Stream Team is a compiled list of movies available on streaming platforms recommended by a group of local filmmakers and film fanatics. On the Marquee is a series of virtual events via Zoom. Participate in a Q&A with a movie director or actor, join a forum with a film scholar, and compete in a virtual movie-trivia contest.The Friends of the Kentucky Theatre is a nonprofit organization that works to restore, preserve, and enhance Lexington’s historic, independent cinema.
Downtown’s newest theater and entertainment complex, Lex Live, has not yet announced an opening date.
Regal Cinemas temporarily suspended operations at all of its Regal theatres in the U.S. as of October, including the location in Hamburg Pavilion. The closure reflects “an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape,” and although the closures are temporary, no date has been announced for a reopening of business.
Richard Taylor released his newest book Girty. Taylor is professor of English and Kenan Visiting Writer at Transylvania University. A former Poet Laureate of Kentucky, he is the author of Elkhorn: Evolution of a Kentucky Landscape, Sue Mundy: A Novel of the Civil War, and Earth Bones. He lives in Frankfort where he co-owns Poor Richard’s Books.
Central Kentucky has become a hotbed for public art in recent years, with muralists from all over the country competing for commissions in public and commercial spaces around every corner. Now there’s a new kid in town, and his name is Wylie Caudill.
Only two years into his professional career, the fresh-faced Caudill, 24, is popping up everywhere. He’s painted commissioned murals in Cynthiana, his hometown — including several at the historic Rohs Opera House and a recent one featuring Authentic, winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby — and in Lexington, where he now lives, including works at Soundbar, the Kentucky for Kentucky Fun Mall, Rise STEM Academy for Girls, and Futile Bakery. He’s also beginning to work in neighboring states including Ohio and Tennessee, where he created a large chalk mural in Nashville this fall for MTV’s early-voting campaign.
This article also appears on page 18 of the January 2021 print edition of ace magazine.
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