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Tuesday, February 8, 2005
at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Saturday, February 12, 2005
at 6:00/5:00 pm CT on KET2
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Mel begins this edition with a conversation with Clest Lanier, director of the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage. Set to open in spring 2005, the Louisville-based center will showcase the talents and contributions of African Americans in Kentucky. In fact, its one of the first institutions in the U.S. to undertake tracing the historical achievements and accomplishments of black citizens throughout a states history. Clest outlines some of the exhibits and cultural events scheduled for the centers galleries, classrooms, and lecture halls as well as the organizations plans to support research and scholarship.
Next, Ashland singer/songwriter Rob McNurlin performs his unique brand of country music. Rob began his career in earnest after meeting a musical hero, Ramblin Jack Elliott, who has since been part of Robs own tours. Other influences include Hank Williams, early rock n roll, and Johnny Cash, so Rob was especially thrilled to have John Carter Cash as a producer for one of his records. He has also toured England with Americana artists Luna and Dave Prince.
Finally, we visit a Russellville artist who has mastered an unusual medium. Rather than paint, charcoal, pencils, canvas, or clay, W.T. Stinson sculpts in light. While he was in graduate school at Florida State University, he visited Gothic cathedrals and was inspired by the effects created by their stained-glass windows. His striking contemporary works immerse the viewer in a world of light and color.