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THE HARRODSBURG HERALD • HARRODSBURG, KENTUCKY • WWW.HARRODSBURGHERALD.COM • THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2013 PAGE 6A / ARTS & LEISURE ACMC to Host Chautauqua The Arts Council of to regular radio work. By the anniversary at Nashville's Mercer County and Jim and Bonnie Tanner, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present Grandpa Jones, country musician and comic at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7 at The Arts Council of Mercer County Studio and Gallery at 120 S. Main St. Louis Marshall Jones (1913-1998), better known as Grandpa, was the son of Henderson County sharecrop- pers, but his destiny was the road, not the land. A singer, banjo picker, song writer and, late in life, a television star, Jones was constantly on the move during a musical career of more than 60 years. In the later 1920s, hard times on the farm drove the Jones family north to Akron, Ohio, where Jones used songs he'd learned in Kentucky to time he graduated from high school in 1931, Jones was a busy professional musician. He soon set out on a lifetime of touring. Once, when Jones was very tired, a fellow musician said, "Marshall, get up here and do the folks a number. You sound like an old grand- pa." He must have felt like one too, because he made the most of the grandpa persona for more than half a century. Television made Jones more famous than years of touring. A regular on the 1970s comedy show "Hee Haw," he was best known for answering the ques- tion, "What's for dinner, Grandpa?" Grandpa Jones was inductedinto the County Music Hall of Fame in 1978. He never retired. After a per- Grand Ole Opry, he suffered a stroke and died on Feb. 19, 1998. David Hurt portrays Grandpa Jones for Kentucky Chautauqua. Hurt has picked the guitar and banjo on front porches from Reelfoot to Red Rive'. He has acted at Stage One in Louisville as well as in Lexington theaters. Kentucky Chautauqua is an exclusive presen- tation of the KentuCky Humanities Council, a non-profit Kentucky cor- poration affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is not a state agency, but is a proud partner of Kentucky's Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For more information, visit win a talent contest. That led formance marking his 26th or call 859-257-5932. Shaker Village Concert Series Offers Food and Fun Lauren Harris Herald Staff Iharris@harrodsbuherald.corn Last Saturday evening, Shaker Village was alive with the sounds of the Custom Made Bluegrass band, as dozens of patrons attended the first installment of the Summer Picnic Concert Series. Marketing and Communications Manager Amy Bugg said the event was a success, with optimal weather and a setting sun providing the perfect back- drop for an evening meal and entertainment. "The Summer Picnic Concert Series at Shaker Village is a great way for Mercer residents to spend a Saturday night on the lawn of the Trustees' Office dining on seasonal picnic fare and listening to live music," said Bugg. The cost of admission included a seasonal menu including char-grilled chick- en breast with carrot and chervil cream, spicy roast loin of pork with lime and pepper sauce, cucumber, kale and Italian parsley salad, baby greens sauteed with ses- ame seeds, garden eggplant casserole, village breads and butter, butter cake with warm bourbon sauce and more. The next Summer Picnic Concert will take place Saturday, July 27 and will feature the Zoom Dance Band. The group features dynamic vocals and high- impact backup rhythms, and performs a wide range of musical styles. A dance floor will be set up in front of the stage so attendees may take full advantage of the rhyth- mic tunes. Bugg said the third and final installment of the Summer Picnic Concert Series will be Saturday, Aug. 31, and will feature The Rocky Island, caller Howard Carlbery and Oh Contraire, a contra dance group based in Berea. The old-fashioned square dance-themed evening is set to offer a festive close to the summer. Each installment of the Summer Picnic Concert Series will offer guests fresh food, drinks and live music. Tickets are $45 for ages 21 and up, $39 for ages 13-20 and $15 for ages 12 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call 800-734-5611, extension 1545. 'Kentucky Crafted' Seeks Artists The Kentucky Arts Coun- cil is accepting applications through Aug. 15 from craft and visual artists interested in participating in the Ken- tucky Crafted Program, the only state-supported market- ing program for professional artists. The Kentucky Crafted Program is an adjudicated marketing assistance pro- gram for painters, photogra- phers, printmakers and craft- speople. "Many artists have found it beneficial for their work to be associated with the Ken- tucky Crafted brand," said Lori Meadows, arts coun- cil executive director. "The Kentucky Crafted Program gives artists the skills to de- velop their arts businesses into full-time professions." Artists accepted into the Kentucky Crafted Program are eligible to: • Use the Kentucky Craft- ed logo. • Exhibit at Kentucky Crafted: The Market. • Be included in the arts council's online directory for artists. • Sell work at the Gover- nor's Derby Celebration. Participate in the Buyers Market of American Craft, a national craft trade show. • Take advantage of co- operative advertising oppor- tunities. "Applications for the program require quite a bit of preparation, so artists who intend to apply should cOnsider starting the process now," said Ed Lawrence, arts marketing director for the arts council. "The program is highly competitive. Artists should pay close attention to the guidelines and follow the application directions closely to put their best foot forward." The deadline to submit an application to be considered for the program is Aug. 15. For more information, visit http://1 ed or contact Ed Lawrence at or 502- 564-3757, ext 473. The Kentucky Arts Coun- cil, the state arts agency, cre- ates opportunities for Ken- tuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council fund- ing is provided by the Ken- tucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. Museums Across Kentucky Offering Free Admission to Military Families The 24 participating mu- Breckinridge Museum More than 20 Kentucky scums are: Arts Center museums are opening their • Bowling Green • Owensboro & doors free of charge to ac- tive duty military personnel and their family members as participants of the Blue Star Museums initiative. Participating Kentucky Blue Star Museums join more than 2,000 of their counterparts in the initiative across the 50 states. The pro- gram is a collaboration of the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and the museums. Free admis- sion to participating muse- ums is available to all active duty military personnel and their families now through Labor Day 2013. "According to informa- tion provided by the Blue Star Museums initiative, there are more than 1 mil- lion children who have had at least one parent deployed during times of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq," said Lori Meadows, executive director. "We applaud Ken- tucky's Blue Star Museums for participating in this pro- gram and offering our ser- vice families memorable, fun and informative experiences when many have limited time together this summer." Eloise B. Houchens Cen- ter Historic RailPark & Train Museum Kentucky Museum • Covington Behringer-Crawford Mu- seam • Danville McDowell House Mu- seum • Fort Knox The General George Pat- ton Museum of Leadership • Frankfort Kentucky Historical So- ciety • LaGrange Oldham County History Center • Lexington The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky Aviation Museum of Kentucky Headley-Whitney Mu- seum • Louisville Frazier History Museum Historic Locust Grove KentuckyShow! Muhammad All Center • Maysville Kentucky Gateway Mu- seum Center • Morganfield James D. Veatch Camp International Bluegrass Music Museum Owensboro Museum of Science and History • Paducah National Quilt Museum River Discovery Center • Paris Hopewell Museum • Renfro Valley Kentucky Music Hall of Fame • Winchester Bluegrass Heritage Mu- seum This is the fourth year for the Blue Star Museums initiative. Museums are wel- come to join throughout the summer, and this year's na- tional roster represents fine arts museums, science mu- seums, history museums, nature centers and children's musetims. Museims that wish to participate may con- tact bluestarmuseums @arts. gov, or Wendy Clark at 202- 682-5451. Blue Star Families is a national, nonpartisan, non- profit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and em- power military families. Will 'Yeezus' Save Music? Aaron Burch Herald Staff Say the name Kanye West in public and anything might happen. A person nearby may start singing every word they know of "Gold Digger" or simply throw up their hands in disgust at the mere mention of the controversial rapper. Rarely has a musician inspired so much love and hate in equal measure, but Kanye West isn't your aver- age mosician." Blessed with a distinct ear for sampling and production, he's changed the nature of hip-hop mul- tiple times in the past decade. However, West often becomes mired in personal controver- sies and tabloid headlines, dis- tracting music listeners from the music which made him popular in the first place. Over his first five solo albums, West took rap from a different personality from the neon glow of "Stronger" or the icy grey of "Love Lockdown" Instead, this ver- sion of Kanye is drenched in deep black. Sampling drums not too far removed from a Marilyn Manson song, "Sk]nhead" is a blast of noise. "For my theme song, my leather black jeans on. My by any means on. Pardon, I'm getting my scream on." A descending hum keeps time with the beat as Kanye rails against Middle America, religion, racism and everyone who can't keep up with the man himself. The other lead single, "New Slaves," is more sub- dued, but no less fierce. Focusing initially on the undercurrent of racism still inherent in America, the song soon moves to the people seemingly in control of the world's current direction. Corporations, reporters, the DEA, privately owned pris- ons and more are all touched on and dismissed with equal tension. personal to orchestral, back- Still, Kanye West couldn't pack to minimalist to bombas- make an album without talk- tic. Still, West is rarely satis- ing about himself some, and fled with what's already been done, and he has defied those expectations again with his new album, either comically or defiantly titled "Yeezus." Every Kanye West album has a sound, a theme or an idea linking the songs togeth- er. "Yeezus" is Kanye's first album almost entirely defined by restlessness, jealousy and rage. From the moment the album's first single, "Black Skinhead," was darkly dis- played on Saturday Night Live, it was obvious this was I mean that as a good thing. Some of his best songs come from when his heart is firmly on his sleeve. The anchor of "Yeezus" is the seventh song, "Blood on the Leaves." Using a strange sam- pling brew of Nina Simone's smooth "Strange Fruit" and TNGHT's punishing "R U Ready," Kanye constructs an ode to dead relationships, centered largely on his own weaknesses. It begins simply enough with Kanye's voice. "I just need to clear my mind now. It's been racing since the summertime." But as his demons build, via bad memories, bad money and bad love, the singer says he's had enough, screaming "So let's get on with it" before a blast of horns takes over the track. It's a great moment and a seeming climax to the whole album. Not that there aren't bright spots elsewhere. "On Sight" has grimey, menacing beats provided in part by Daft Punk, "Handle My Liquor" features a woozy vocoder verse from . Boa Iver's Justin Vernon, and a whole book could be writ- ten about the blasphemies, screams and contradictions present in "I Am A God." Perhaps this should have been stated earlier, but "Yeezus" is not for the easily offended or the faint of heart. The album is dark, brooding, chopped up and I'm halfway convinced the music within has put me in a bad mood for the past two weeks I've been listening. Still, the great moments are undeniably great. The siren beat on "I'm In It" is impossible to ignore and the trio of soul samples on album closer "Bound 2" is one of the most beautiful things West has created in years. For me, West has yet to make a bad, or even mediocre, solo album. "Yeezus" contin- ues the trend, although it was in a way I don't think many people saw coming. The album is a refreshing blast of anger and angst. If you're looking for something a little bit outside the mainstream, look no further. "Yeezus" delivers and it's worth four stars out of five. WEEKEND V#A.TCH JULY 5-6 • Live music at Kentucky Fudge Company and Next Door Eatery, 225 S. Main St., 859-733-0088, Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. • Twin Hills Drive-In Theatre, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. • The Burgin Barn featur- ing Arnett Stratton and Allen Hilbert. 345 Buster Pk., Bur- gin, 859-748-9689, Friday, 7 to 10 p.m., $10 for adults. • Picnic in the Park, Fri- day noon to 1 p.m. at the Old Fort Harrod State Park. Cost is free. • Ghost Walk in Harrods- burg Friday, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 p.m. Advance reservations required, call 859-734-6811 or email har- rodsburgghostwalk@gmail. com. Cost is $10. • James Harrod: The Battle for Kentucky Outdoor Drama, Friday and Saturday, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Old Fort Harrod State Park. • Pickers 'N Grinners and Pianist at Kentucky Fudge Company and Next Door Eatery, 225 S. Main St., 859- 733-0088, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. • Mercer County Farm- ers Market, Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Save-A-Lot parking lot. • Dixie Belle Riverboat Ride Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. at Shaker Village of Pleas- ant Hill. Cost $10 ages 13 & above; $5 ages 6-12; Free for children 5 and under. • Learn and Grow Satur- days--Native Habitat 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Shaker Vil- lage of Pleasant Hill. Cost is free. Monsters University(2D) (G) White House Down (PO13) 120 rains. 147 mins. Open Caption: Tues., July 9 @ 4:10 & 7:15 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 shows Man of Steel (2D) (PG13) 1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 9:55 Monsters University(3D) (G) 153 rains. 120 mlns. It:So, 3:so, 6:5o, 9:55 Premium of $2.50 + Ticket The Lone Ranger (PG13) 4:25 159 mlns. World War Z (2D) (PG13) 12:40, 3:45, 0:50,10:00 125 mlns. 1:25, 4:20, 7:25,10:10 Despicable Me 2 (2D) () World War Z (3D) (PG13) 108 min3. 125 mins.  1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:30 Premium10:15 of $2.50 / + Ticket . Despicable Me 2 (3D) (Po) The Heat (R) 108 mins. 127 rains. Premium of $2.50 + Ticket 1:35, 4:30, 7:20,'10:00 1:10, 7:25 Pacific Rim. Special Shows. Thursday, July 11 @ 10:00 Marmaduke. Free Customer Movie. Wed., July 10 @ 10:00 ar Doorsopen a9 am Tickets for Matinee: (before 6 p.m.) Seniors & Children under 12 S4.50; Adults- $5.50. Evening Prices: (6 pm & after) Muh $7.50; Seniors/Children: $5.50. **As Always- Children 2 & under FREEI** 1001 BEN ALl DRIVE - DANVILLE, KENTUCKY Scan the code above to find out about local meetings, school sports and more!