Apr 272011

Kid TV and Lexington’s wonderfully dirty years

By Bill Widener

By the time I settled in Lexington, Happy’s Hour, the subject of the documentary When Happy Met Froggie, had already been cancelled. But I still have warm memories of the once-ubiquitous kind of kids’ show memorialized by the film. My guy was named, aptly enough, Mr. Bill. He was the host of Mr. Bill’s Workshop, broadcast from 7:30-9:00 AM Monday through Saturday on WLOS-13 Asheville, NC–the only channel my family could pick up out on the southernmost fringe of Corbin. Weatherman Bill Norwood would put on a rangerish get-up and teach easy crafts, read happy birthdays and get-wells to lucky kiddies, and show the usual mix of old comedy shorts and cartoons, the latter a grab bag of Bugs, Casper and Deputy Dawg alongside oddities like Snowman in July. Continue reading »

Mar 302011

UK Cultural Diversity Festival Presents Hokkabaz

The film portion of the University of Kentucky’s Cultural Diversity Festival will conclude on Wednesday, March 30 with a screening of Hokkabaz (translation: The Magician). The 2006 film tells the story of Iskender, a failed magician who decides to take his act on the road in a last ditch effort to save his career. But, like any good road movie, things don’t go exactly as planned. The screening is sponsored by the Turkish Student Association, is free, and starts at 7 P.M. in the auditorium of the William T. Young Library. Continue reading »