Sep 262012

A listing of events and commentary on recent film/performing arts news.

By Michael Dean Benton

I am writing an article for the October edition of North of Center about the Kentucky Theater’s upcoming 90th Anniversary celebration and their renovation plans, which includes a move to digital projection in the main screening room.  While preparing to interview Kentucky Theater owner Fred Mills, my colleague Don Boes left a copy of a recent New York Times dialogue between Mahola Darghis and Andrew O’Hehir on “how digital is changing the nature of movies.”  Continue reading »

Sep 102012

The lower Red to Boonesborough, part 2

By Northrupp Center

Illustration by Christopher Epling

Editor’s Note: Future river rat scholars take note. The online edition is (thankfully) revised from the story’s appearance in print.

“Gortimer.” It is dark. I am perched high upon a brick shelf on the steep banks of the lower Red River, Estill County, watching as my fire-blown shadow-selves dance over a cascading series of nineteenth century iron furnaces in decay, the heavy brick hulls my flickered selves’ off-level stages in their strut to the river lying black one hundred feet below. “I feel ghosts.”

My day has not gone according to plan. The plan was to have NoC editor Danny Mayer and staff river writer Wes Houp pick me up at Bluegrass Airport and depart for a relaxing two-nights on the Red and Kentucky Rivers. The plan was to justify all expenses incurred on my summer trip by writing an NoC article on the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth-led effort to stop a coal-fired power plant from being built at the community of Ford on the Clark County banks of the Kentucky River upriver from the peopled public beach just below Lock 9, Fort Boonesborough State Park. Continue reading »

Sep 052012

The leek: a satirical take

By Horace Heller Hedley, IV

Washington D.C.

In a stunning development expected to have far-reaching economic and political fallout, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the unemployment rate has reached an unprecedented 106 percent. The revelation has overturned conventional wisdom in economic and political circles, and left experts scrambling to make sense of its causes and probable impact.

“What the ****** ***** happened down there?” gasped Mark Ridgefield of Gotham Capitol Investment, in a typical response to the astounding report. “Those stats guys must have smoked something extra strong in a small office with the windows shut.” Continue reading »

Sep 052012

Holistic medicine, not radical surgery

By David Shattuck

In the 13 years since Third and Fourth Streets were made two-way, we’ve heard developers and city leaders claim that one-way streets inhibit business development. We’ve also heard that two-way streets magically sprout commercial activity.

Evidence in Lexington, however, shows just the opposite. A dining scene has sprouted organically on Short and Limestone Streets. Crowd sizes at Thursday Night Live continue to grow. The Lexington Farmer’s Market remains a well-attended Saturday event. The highly anticipated Hotel 21C at Main and Upper Streets is coming. CentrePointe is coming, and so, too, might a Town Branch Trail. Both businesses and area residents, it seems, will flock downtown and inhabit one-way streets.  People simply do not allow issues such as “wayfinding” or parking to stand in the way of something they really want to do or someplace they really want to go. Continue reading »

Sep 052012

The imperfect enjoyment

By Marcus Flores

Newly engineered chemical compounds offer a study of Isaac Newton’s Third Law: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. For example, the government’s misplaced mania for prohibiting a certain plant provokes an equal and opposite response from citizens looking to get legally high. Meant to mimic marijuana, herbal smoking products “K2” and “Spice” have caused deadly side effects among Kentucky teens—among them heart attacks and seizures.     Continue reading »

Sep 052012

Letter to Mr. Fallon

By Mary Grace Barry

There were several startling things in the Herald-Leader article that splashed across the front page on August 27. “Victorian Square returns to ownership of The Webb Companies” ran the title, as if it were an old timey “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” moment.

One of those startling things was the quiet refusal to probe deeper as to why Victorian Square was listed for sale in mid-January at $7.25 million, assessed at $1.4 million, and sold at $1.7 million.

That aside, the strangest thing was the sense of time warp. So we’re back in the 80s with the Webbs redeveloping a space based on a popular model? (The boutique plan that Victorian Square uses also popped up in bigger cities in the 80s, often in re-purposed buildings like downtown train stations. While popular, it failed in places like Indianapolis and clearly has failed here.) Continue reading »