(800) 845-3959 VisitLEX.COM 37 36 2017 LEXINGTON VISITORS GUIDE ENTERTAINMENT Pick your pleasure: an evening Gallery Hop, a Broadway show, a classic movie and some popcorn? Here’s an overview of some interesting options you shouldn’t overlook. ENTERTAINMENT Reserve Your Seat Theater, music and dance lovers enjoy the rich variety of productions they find here. The historic Lexington Opera House offers a beautiful place to enjoy Broadway shows and performances by Lexington’s two professional ballet companies. The Lyric Theatre and the Downtown Arts Center offer a full roster of events. Performing groups include the Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington Singers, Studio Players, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Kentucky Conservatory Theatre, Lexington Opera Society, UK Opera Theatre, and Lexington Theatre Company. Listen Live Whether you’re looking for a concert from the top touring artists with 23,000 of your closest friends at Rupp Arena, or you’d prefer a smaller show at Willie’s or Al’s Bar, Lexington has a live music venue for you. The Burl and Cosmic Charlie’s book high-energy local and national acts. Attend a taping of WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, heard around the world. Hear Bluegrass music most Wednesday nights sponsored by Red Barn Radio at ArtsPlace. Chill out to smooth jazz every weekend at Giuseppe’s. Summer through fall, head out to Lakeside Live for live music each Friday and Saturday. Feast Your Eyes Colorful art galleries are scattered throughout downtown Lexington. Watch artists at work or wander through the gallery at the Artists’ Attic at The Square, or view the diverse collections at New Editions, Heicke Pickett and Cross Gate galleries. The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky’s permanent collection ranges from Italian Baroque to regional art. The Lexington Art League hosts rotating exhibitions and monthly events at the historic Loudoun House. Stunning murals have popped up all over town; keep your eyes open! See a Flick Lovingly renovated, the Kentucky Theater is a grand cinema straight from the Golden Age. New releases, art films and classic movie series can be enjoyed with fresh popcorn, beer and cookies. Multiplex theaters are scattered around town, including a Movie Tavern where you can dine while you watch current releases. The One World Film Festival takes place each year in spring; all screenings are free. Filmslang is festival dedicated to showcasing fiercely independent films by filmmakers from Kentucky and bordering states each fall. Try Your Luck Historic Red Mile Harness Track is the site of Lexington’s newest entertainment option. A new wing of the facility offers instant racing machines. Place your wager and spin the reels! The new 75,000 square foot venue holds 902 machines for your playing pleasure. There is a full service bar and a café if you need to take a break. Or run upstairs and participate in simulcast wagering for a change of pace. Thursday Night Live is Lexington’s favorite outdoor happy hour. Enjoy live music and an energetic crowd every Thursday from April through October at Cheapside Park.