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 extravagant Fasig-Tipton Pavilion houses this year’s Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, where acclaimed musicians give majestic performances and host master classes. Friday evening reveals a nuanced rendition of Dvořák's Terzetto in C Major, as delivered in part by the festival's artistic director, Nathan Cole, who also holds the position of first associate concertmaster with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ravel's Trio in A Minor brings together soothing sounds of piano, violin, and cello, ad Schubert's famed Trout Quintet dances between strings, piano, and a trio of opera-singing fish. Saturday evening ushers in Busoni's Sonata no. 2 in E—its ivory, dulcet piano tickled by Alessio Bax, who has appeared as a soloist with more than 85 orchestras worldwide. Bach's Sheep May Safely Graze and a world premiere written by Daniel Kellogg set the sound stage for Dvořák's Quintet in G Major, as two violins, a viola, a cello, and a double bass come together to fight musical crimes wrought by vuvuzelas and Christmas recordings of dogs barking.
Only in Kentucky equips natives and visitors alike with Kentucky-themed collectables, from University of Kentucky Wildcats merchandise to culinary items such as cookbooks and sauces. Shoppers can bathe under the watchful eyes of 100%-polyester felines with a UK shower curtain ($13.99), or accessorize the side-view mirrors of hatchbacks, SUVs, and vintage Batmobiles with logoed mirror covers ($21.99). Filled with classic Southern recipes, The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook imparts instruction on how to craft bourbon-inspired masterpieces ($24.95), while spicy salsas and barbecue sauces provide an extra kick to meals ($3.95–$15.95). Metal emblem shot glasses ($5.99) infuse each beverage with a Bluegrass-State amusement as traditional as horse, car, or squirrel races.
Curves houses a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and cope with arthritis. Instead of guests fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches each exerciser's abilities. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, machines use push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Every thigh- or torso-transformer is equipped with the CurvesSmart personal-coaching system, which uses programmed information on weight, endurance level, and fitness goals to automatically calibrate the perfect challenge for individual bodies. The CurvesSmart system also delivers a postworkout rundown on the strength built and progress achieved during each session. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine-maneuvering and to squirt overheated guests with a Super Soaker.
Baby Belly's passionate staff enliven weary hands and feet with all-natural, pregnancy-safe products during a spa mani-pedi. After cannon-balling into a therapeutic soak to kick off the pedicure, freshly exfoliated feet and lower legs are massaged with hot stones to banish aches. Then, paw pamperers rub limbs with peppermint tea tree foot balm to soften soles and arnica gel to reduce swelling.