Nearly three decade ago, New Orleans transplant Sharon Potter became so enamored with her new hometown of Kentucky that she raised 1.2 million dollars to assemble and present her own 4,000-image slideshow, KentuckyShow!, which celebrated the state’s unique beauty, culture, and history. In 2003 Potter was approached by the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau about the possibility of updating the visual spectacle and rose to the challenge with the help of seasoned producer Donna Lawrence and graphic designer Julius Friedman. The updated 32-minute documentary now amazes audiences with new high-definition images of the Bluegrass State, as well as narration by Hollywood starlet Ashley Judd and director’s commentary by Kentucky’s state bird, the northern cardinal.
Today, local and out-of-state visitors—enjoying jaw-dropping views of Kentucky’s gorgeous landscape and meeting some of the commonwealth’s most memorable characters from past and present—come to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts to feast their eyes on KentuckyShow!. Renée S. Gordon of the Philadelphia Sun referred to the majestic video tour as “an outstanding overview of the state’s multicultural history.”
The Kentucky Ballet Theatre was founded in 1998 to give Lexington audiences their own local company of ballet dancers. The performances that have followed have included classics such as Prokofiev's Cinderella and new works such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. The dancers host their shows at the Lexington Opera House, a historical landmark which was built in 1887, was converted into a movie theater in the 1920s, and did a brief stint as a Rockette before returning to its classical roots in 1976.
The Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College regularly rolls out cultural buffets of music and theater, commencing the holiday season with the sweeping harmonies of the Vienna Boys Choir. Founded in 1498 by Emperor Maximilian I to soothe the battle wounds of Tyrolean troops with show tunes, the Vienna choirboys are known the world over for their dulcet tones and crowd-pleasing repertoire. Guests drink in melodies from seats in the house's coveted Orchestra and Grand Tier 1 sections, as the boy wonders take the stage to intone time-tested holiday tunes, Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, medieval chants, and renditions of "The Farmer in the Dell." Prior to the concert at approximately 3 p.m. in the center's lobby, audience members can relish in a complimentary performance by the Danville Children's Choir.
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Named one of the Top 100 Places to Drink in the South by Imbibe, Bourbon’s Bistro fills glasses with more than 130 varieties of rare bourbons including Heaven Hill, Ancient Age, and Old Rip Van Winkle. In the restaurant, located within a 1877 building, diners feast upon bourbon-inspired meals seated at one of many cozy tables lining a brick wall decorated with pictures of the past and midnight blue curtains. The bone-in pork chop exudes the sweetness of bourbon with a topping trio of caramelized apples, country ham, and bourbon glaze, while the Maple-leaf Farms duck breast is paired with roasted fingerlings, caramelized brussels sprouts, bacon lardons, and aged balsamic.
Wielding quality ingredients and a dedication to the gourmet ethos, LA Gourmet Pizza’s staff serves up steaming, toothsome pizzas and Italian-style dishes. Pizzas sport house-made marinara, daily-made dough, and gooey mozzarella cheese. Sample chef-created specials, such as the loaded LA Supreme pizza ($7.99 for a small), which staggers mightily under the weight of hamburger, peppers, and pepperoni, among a cavalcade of other toppings. Calzones de-flatten pizzas and wrap them into a handy package that’s easily enjoyed while scuba diving, and includes sauce, cheese, and a choice of two toppings ($5.49 for a small). Dispatch forks into the dining fray by twirling pasta dishes ($5.49 each), served with a garlic breadstick. A dynamic duo of marinara or alfredo sauce cloaks modest fettuccine or penne noodles, and pasta noshers can add additional accessories, from meatballs to broccoli, to the lavish ensemble for $1.