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JULY 16, 2018

Fundraiser with local music to be held at the MAC

 

Prestonsburg, Ky. – Animal Alliance of East Kentucky will present the inaugural WOOFSTOCK showcase of area musical talent at the Mountain Arts Center on Saturday, August 18. The local non-profit organization provides education to the public regarding the humane treatment of animals and low cost spay and neuter services to Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, and Martin Counties.

The benefit concert will feature some heavyweights of the local and regional music scene. Headliners Bek & The Starlight Revue will share the bill with Nicholas Jamerson, Luna & The Mountain Jets, Sean Whiting, Jen Tackett, Josh Nolan, and Chelsea Nolan. It is also rumored that there might be a Laid Back Country Picker sighting at some point in the evening as well.

The show will be highlighted by Bek & The Straight Revue and feature several other bands including Luna and The Mountain Jets from Lawrence Co. The show will be highlighted by Bek & The Straight Revue and feature several other bands including Luna and The Mountain Jets from Lawrence Co. Animal Alliance president Sha Reynolds invites everyone to come out and share a relaxing evening listening to great music – all while donating to a cause that’s special to her heart. 

“The pet overpopulation situation has overwhelmed many shelters and rescue groups in the area,” she explains.

“We want to provide a way for pet owners to afford spay and neuter services,” she adds. “We are literally starting at rock bottom regarding this problem. 

Hopefully, spay/neuter will become the norm for pet owners, and in return make this world a better place.”

For more information about Animal Alliance of East Kentucky, visit www.aaeky.org or check them out on Facebook.

WOOFSTOCK will be Saturday, August 18 at the Mountain Arts Center at 7pm. All proceeds go toward Animal Alliance of East Kentucky. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting www.macarts.com, by calling 1 (888) MAC-ARTS, or by visiting the MAC Box Office.

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The Mountain Arts Center is the premier performing arts venue in eastern Kentucky.  Located in the heart of the bloodline of the Country Music Highway, the facility features a 1,040-seat auditorium, conference/meeting facilities, instruction rooms and a state-of-the-art recording studio.  For more information, call 1-888-MAC-ARTS or visit macarts.com.

 

 

 

July 12, 2018

The region is fortunate to having a world-class production organization in the Jenny Wiley Theatre in Prestonsburg and Jenny Wiley Footlights Children’s Theatre in Pikeville. Talented actors from across the U.S. come to Eastern Kentucky to gain stage experience, showcase their talents and even teach aspiring actors in the children’s theatre.

Starring in one of the lead roles was Louisa’s own Russ Robinson as Young Simba.Starring in one of the lead roles was Louisa’s own Russ Robinson as Young Simba.Last week Jenny Wiley Footlights gave the public a chance to enjoy “The Lion King Experience.” There were three live productions on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7.

Starring in one of the lead roles was Louisa’s own Russ Robinson as Young Simba. He entertained the crowd with not only great acting but also vocal performances in the musical such as “I Can’t Wait to be King.”

This was Robinson’s third Jenny Wiley Footlights musical and he’s already looking forward to his next audition.

Russ Robinson is a 3rd grader at The Millard School in Louisa and is the son of local business owners Tim and Lelia Robinson.

For more information on Jenny Wiley Theatre productions visit their website www.jwtheatre.org.

July 10, 2018

'Southernmost' is a rebuke of modern evangelical Christianity and a scream of frustration at "faith without works"...

Since the 2016 election, journalists have published countless pieces on what makes rural America tick. And so have authors, in the slower cycle of book publishing. Kentucky writer Silas House's new novel, Southernmost, is a provocative entry in this wave of Trump-era literature, examining not just the faith of rural evangelicals, but their works.

The book centers on Pentecostal preacher Asher Sharp, who is horrified when his wife insists they turn away a gay couple after a catastrophic flood, one in which the couple saved some church members. Sharp, who had rejected his own gay brother years before, realizes how much his heart has changed and leaves his wife, which puts him in danger of losing custody of his beloved son. So Sharp kidnaps his son and takes off for Florida, to find his brother and evade his ex-wife.

"What follows is a fast-paced page-turner, a story of redemption with many twists, turns and surprises. It also is a well-written exploration of the complexities of faith, humanity and how hard it can be to change long-held beliefs," Tom Eblen writes for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Southernmost is more than a good tale; it's a rebuke of modern evangelical Christianity and a scream of frustration at "faith without works."

Written by Heather Chapman

 



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