Friday & Saturday
Tickets are on sale for the Bluegrass Theatre Guild’s presentation of Bad Year for Tomatoes in a dinner theater setting at the Capital Plaza Hotel ballroom Friday and Saturday. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 each evening. There is also a Saturday matinee with lunch at 1 and the show at 2. Tickets for dinner and the show are $25 and must be paid in advance. Call 223-2117 for reservations.
Mandy Barnett will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Grand Theatre. Currently the program is sold out but interested persons may contact the ticket office at 502-352-7469 to see about return tickets available for re-sale.
“In Prayer for Home and Abroad,” sponsored by Church Women United, is Saturday at South Frankfort Presbyterian Church, corner of Third and Steele Streets. A light breakfast is at 10 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30 in fellowship hall.
Jennifer Grisham-Brown, co-founder of Hope for Tomorrow Children’s Home and Preschool in Guatemala City, will show slides of the ministry and a representative from Habitat for Humanity will bring an update on its activities. The public is invited.
The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair St., will present a live, high-definition broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Richard Wagner’s “Parsifal” at noon Saturday.
Jonas Kauffman plays the title role in this retelling of the search for the Holy Grail. Katarina Dalayman is the mysterious Kundry, Peter Matai sings the role of Amfortas, Evgeny Nikitin plays the sorcerer Klingsor, and Rene Pape sings the role of the noble knight Gurnemanz.
Francois Girard directs this new production of Wagner’s final completed opera. The set designer was Michael Levine, and Daniele Gatti conducts the Met Orchestra.
The running time is about 5 hours, 45 minutes. “Parsifal” is sung in German with English subtitles.
Tickets are $23 each, $18 for students, and may be purchased at the door, by visiting the ticket office at 312 W. Main St. between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays or by calling 502-352-7469.
The artwork of Erika J. Kaiser is on display in the Wesley Center of First United Methodist Church, 200 Washington St., throughout the month of March. A reception for the artist will be held noon Sunday. The gallery is open during regular church office hours in the week and during Sunday services and other programs.
Sunday & Monday
SHELBYVILLE – Auditions for Shelby County Community Theatre’s production of “An Evening of Culture (Faith County II),” written by Mark Landon Smith and directed by Donnie Hagy, will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday at the theater, 801 Main St.
Parts are available for five women and three men. Those planning to audition should be prepared to do cold readings from the script. Performance dates are May 31-June 2 and June 7-9. For more information, call 502-633-0222.
The first of four free talks during 2013 on the Civil War sponsored by the Frankfort Civil War Round Table, Capital City Museum and Paul Sawyier Library is set for 7 p.m. Monday at the library, 319 Wapping Street. Dr. Jim Klotter will speak on the topic, “Henry Clay, Kentucky, and the Civil War.”
Andrea Wilson Mueller, owner and designer of Inside Out Design, will bring ideas for how to use vines in your garden and landscape at a program sponsored by Capital Area Extension Master Gardeners beginning with refreshments 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Franklin County Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct. The program begins at 5:30 and the cost is $5 per person.
Tickets are on sale now for the Franklin County Republican Women’s Club’s Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday, March 9 at the Capital Plaza Hotel. Hospitality begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7. Rep. Andy Barr will be the speaker.
Tickets are $30/person before Feb. 28 and $35 after. They are available Monday through Thursday at the Kentucky Republican Headquarters, 330-1764.
Franklin County High School Drama and Choral Departments will perform the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, “Oklahoma!”, Thursday through Sunday, March 14-17. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
The show, one of the duo’s most famous, takes place just after the turn of the 20th century in the territory now known as the state of Oklahoma. It includes such well-known songs as “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and “Oklahoma!”
A Wild West Character Breakfast will be held from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, March 9. For $5, you’ll get pancakes, sausage and a drink. Game tickets can be purchased and used for face painting, decorating a bandana, square dance lessons, games and more.
Corporate sponsors include: Jett Starbucks, Pic Pac, Frankfort Kiwanis, Farmers Bank, Drs. Burch, Renshaw, Wix and Assoc., Five Oaks Communications, Links2Frankfort.
LEXINGTON – The Lexington Comic & Toy Convention is set for March 16-17 in Heritage Hall at the Lexington Convention Center. The event features more than 40 celebrity media guests and hundreds of locally and nationally known artists, exhibitors, and vendors of all things pop culture.
The show is open to the general public from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 16 and 10-4 March 17. Discounted general admissions and more information are available online at www.lexingtoncomiccon.com. Tickets will also be available at the door both days.
LEXINGTON – The 11th Annual Bluegrass Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference is 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Clarion Hotel. The conference is for grandparents/relatives and professionals and includes a variety of workshops on legal, financial, mental health and parenting topics.
The registration fee (including lunch) is $5 for grandparents/relatives and $50 for professionals (includes CEUs for social work and CLEs for law). For more information or to register contact the Fayette County Extension Office, 859-257-5582 or fayetteextension.com.
Good Shepherd School Book Fair is set for March 18-22 at the school, Shepherd Way off Leestown Road. Times are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily and until 7:30 p.m. March 21. Also on March 21, a chili supper will be held from 4:45-6:15 p.m. and an open house/science fair, 5:30-7:30.
Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall invites artists to submit applications for the second annual juried fine art and craft fair that will be held in the gardens at Liberty Hall on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. The 2013 jury application for artists may be downloaded at the fair’s web site www.artinthegradensatlibertyhall.org. Between 50 and 60 artists will be selected for this year’s fair. The deadline for applying is March 31.
VERSAILLES – An exhibition of work by Frankfort artist Sallie Clay Lanham entitled “Art for Valentines” continues at the Solaris Art Gallery, 224 Yellow Jacket Dr., through March. For more information call 859-536-2385.
The work of Frankfort artist Sandra Hall Carlton featuring continuous line/upside-down ink drawings is on display through March at Buddy’s Pizza, Broadway at Lewis Street. For more information call 502-229-3987.
The Capital City Historical Dancers and Musicians spring dance sessions are being held in the Thorn Hill Education Center gym 7-9 p.m. each Friday through April 26. The dances are simple and fun for the whole family.
The cost for all 12 dances is $20 for individuals, $30 for couples and $40 for the entire family. The charge at the door is, respectively, $3, $5 and $8. For more information call John Penn (226-1093), Phyllis Rogers (875-3713), Sylvia and Don Coffey (502- 747-5700), George Fowler (227-7543) or Trent Ripley (352-1801).