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Opening tonight

Franklin County High School’s Drama and Choral Departments’ production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, “Oklahoma!” opens TONIGHT at 7 and continues 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday concluding with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets 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.

Friday & Saturday

The Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair St., is screening two more Academy Awarding-winning movies on successive weekends in March.

The musical Les Miserables (PG-13) will be shown Friday and Saturday on the Grand’s big, new movie screen.

The series concludes with Argo, which is rated “R,” March 22-23.

The movies begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $8 per person for each movie. Tickets may be purchased at the door, by visiting the ticket office, 312 W. Main St. between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays or by calling 502-352-7469.

Saturday

2013 Nature in the Parks Kick Off, hosted by the Frankfort Department of Parks and Recreation, is 2-4 p.m. at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St. Come learn about nature programs for adults and for families and sign up for the Nature Club and Nature Camps. For more information call 227-4326 or 875-8575.

The Grand Theatre presents a live, high-definition broadcast of the Met’s production of “Francesca da Rimini,” by early 20th century Italian composer Riccardo Zandonai at noon. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani play the doomed lovers in this opera based on an episode from Dante’s “Inferno.” Marco Armiliato conducts the Met orchestra.

 The running time is about 4 hours. “Francesca da Rimini” is sung in Italian 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.

Saturday & Sunday

LEXINGTON – The Lexington Comic & Toy Convention is set for 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. Saturday and 10-4 Sunday. Discounted general admissions and more information are available online at www.lexingtoncomiccon.com. Tickets will also be available at the door both days.

LEXINGTON – A Gun-Knife Show and Sale is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9-4 Sunday in Heritage Hall (Rupp Arena), 430 Vine St.

Upcoming

SHELBYVILLE – Shelby County Community Theatre is holding additional auditions for “An Evening Of Culture (Faith County II)” 6:30-8 p.m. Monday. Roles are available for men and women ages 30 and up. Performance dates are May 31 and June 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9. The theater is located at 801 Main St. in Shelbyville. For more information, call 502-633-0222. The play is written by Mark Landon Smith and directed by Donnie Hagy.

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.

Western Hills High School is producing “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” March 21-23 in the school auditorium. Ticket’s are $5 each and available at the door. The play is based on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and is called a “science fiction thriller.” 

Hearn Elementary School will present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” 7 p.m. March 22-23 in the school cafeteria featuring 32 second through fifth grade cast members. Tickets at the door are $2 for adults and $1 for students and are available at the door.

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.

Buffalo Trace Distillery and the City of Frankfort Department of Parks and Recreation are teaming up to host the 14th Annual Buffalo Trace Easter Egg Hunt. This year’s event will take place Saturday, March 23 with festivities beginning at 1 p.m., the first hunt for the youngest guests getting underway in the gardens of Buffalo Trace Distillery at 1:15.

Areas will be marked off for children ages 4 and under, 5-8, and 9-12. Other festivities include refreshments and photos with the Easter Bunny. All activities are complimentary.

Buffalo Trace is located at 113 Great Buffalo Trace. Visitors are asked to enter at the Wilkinson Blvd. and Fair Oaks Lane traffic light, as the main entrance into the distillery will be closed for this event. Event parking signs will be posted. In case of rain, the Easter Bunny will greet the children for photos and pass out treats in the Buffalo Trace Clubhouse.

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times.  No pets please.

Bluegrass Theatre Guild is holding auditions 6-8 p.m. March 25 at First Baptist Church, St. Clair for “Church Basement Ladies,” a musical comedy with a book by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke with music and lyrics by Drew Jansen. Enter the church from the back parking lot.

The story is about ladies who work in the church basement cooking meals for church functions. Diana Kelley is the director.

There are roles for four women and one man. Actors will do a cold read from the script, sing a well-known song, and learn a short, simple dance.  If you have questions or a conflict with the auditions dates, call the producer, Leslie Noell at 330-1946. Dates of the production are June 20-22.

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.

Ongoing

Liberty Hall Historic Site, Wilkinson Street, is open for the season. The Orlando Brown House, 202 Wilkinson St. is open 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Guided tours of Liberty Hall begin at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. departing from the Orlando Brown House. The houses are closed on Sundays and Mondays. The grounds are open daily, dawn to dusk. For more information call 227-2560.

The artwork of Erika J. Kaiser is on display in the Wesley Center of First United Methodist Church, 200 Washington St., through March. The gallery is open during regular church office hours in the week and during Sunday services and other programs.

VERSAILLES – An exhibition of work by Frankfort artist Sallie Clay Lanham entitled “Art for Valentines” continues through March 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.

Capital Gallery, 314 Lewis St., is exhibiting Kathleen Kelly’s watercolor series “Rowdy Zinnias.” Also featured are Sandra MacDiarmid’s “Busy as a …” miniature hand-colored etchings of a honeybee.

The exhibit continues through March 30. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For more information call 223-2649.

LEXINGTON – The work of Frankfort printmaker Anna Marie Pavlik entitled “Natural Selection” is being exhibited through April at the Good Foods Café, 455 Southland Dr., Lexington. For more information visit http://www.goodfoods.coop/art-in-the-cafe.php.

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. 

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).

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