Mark Landis Photography's experienced team of shutterbugs capture flattering portraits in a full-service studio flanked by gardens and a rushing waterfall. Camera wielders usher in guests for 15-minute headshot sessions, guiding subjects’ heads and shoulders through a range of complementary poses. After the photo session, a basic facial retouching clears up one image of your choice, removing bunny ears and preparing the photo for public consumption. The retouched photo makes its way to clients via email or CD in JPEG form along with reproduction rights, allowing subjects to use their shot for promotional use or to forge a flashier-looking passport.
It's obvious from Modern Web Studios' portfolio that the company's digital artists are skilled designers. They create Web pages for businesses and individuals, craft eye-catching logos, and put together graphics for advertisements to run in local newspapers or superglue to the windows of neighbors' houses. The company also hosts websites, keeping them accessible to online viewers 24/7.
Within the climate-controlled confines of BounceU's supervised playground, inflated structures beckon kids to bound over surfaces and fly down slides. In addition to bouncing areas, games let visitors shoot hoops or don inflated, oversize boxing gloves to safely battle over ascension rights to the bouncy castle's throne. Open-bounce sessions allow families to join in on the fun, with parents bouncing for free. Additionally, the play area can set the stage for camps and birthdays, with the option to lower the lights and let non-solar-powered guests play across a glow-in-the-dark wonderland.
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.