Archive for January, 2011

State of the State

KET’s 2011 legislative coverage includes governor’s State of the Commonwealth Address

Monday, Jan. 31, 2011

Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver his State of the Commonwealth Address before a joint session of the House and Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7/6 p.m. CT on KET. The speech will also be available live online and archived at

Renee Shaw and Bill Goodman co-anchor KET’s coverage, which includes interviews with political leaders and analysis from a political observer.

Also, as the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives meet, KET offers extensive online and on-air coverage.

During legislative sessions, Senate and House chambers and committee meetings are streamed live at

Legislative Update, a report on the most significant activities of the day’s legislative meetings, including committee testimony and actions, and debate and votes on the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives, is scheduled to air every weekday the legislature meets throughout February and March at 11/10 p.m. CT on KET.

In addition, several hours of live daily coverage can be found on the Kentucky Channel (KET KY), available statewide via digital broadcast. This service can be accessed directly by viewers who have antennas for receiving over-the-air digital broadcasts and is available free to Kentucky cable and satellite systems who wish to provide it to their customers.


KET offers special programming for Black History Month

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011

Throughout February, KET presents programming celebrating Black History Month, from military history to concert specials.

First, For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots looks at the largely untold history of African-American participation in America’s armed forces, from the earliest days of the Revolutionary War to the conflict in Afghanistan. Introduced by General Colin Powell and hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, the film uses letters, diaries, speeches, historical texts, and military records to document and acknowledge the profound sacrifices of African-American service men and women. It airs Wednesdays, Feb. 2 and 9, at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET2.

Then, Gospel Meets Symphony: Let Freedom Ring! offers a unique and uplifting concert experience. The Akron Symphony Orchestra and a 200-voice choir blend two time-honored musical genres — soul-stirring gospel and classical melodies. Maestro Christopher Wilkins leads the combined orchestra and choir from more than 50 churches in performances from Verdi’s “Nabucco” to “When I Rose This Morning” and “Ride on King Jesus.” The concert airs Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET2.

Next, from slave cabins on the plantation, through the minstrel era, into Appalachia and eventually into the hands of Pete Seeger, Sojourn of the Strings traces the evolution of the banjo Monday, Feb. 28 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET.

And, In Performance at the White House “Motown 50th Anniversary Celebration” premieres Tuesday, March 1 at 8/7 pm CT on KET. The East Room of the White House will be the setting for this all-star tribute to the legendary Motown sound as President and Mrs. Obama host musical stars from the label’s golden age as well as young performers influenced by Motown and its powerful legacy. The Motown record label launched a historic cultural shift, wtih cross-over hits and artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, The Four Tops, and many others.

Finally, stay tuned to weekly KET productions Kentucky Life, Louisville Life, Connections with Renee Shaw, and One to One with Bill Goodman for highlights celebrating Black History Month.

You’re Invited

KET hosts Harry Dean Stanton film festival, screening of Tin Can Buddha concert special

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

This February, KET is hosting two Lexington events celebrating Kentucky artists: a portion of the Harry Dean Stanton Fest, featuring some of the Kentucky actor’s most popular work, and a premiere screening of a new concert special with blues rockers Tin Can Buddha.

Stanton and Tin Can Buddha are the subjects of new editions of KET’s Kentucky Muse series, which celebrates painters, musicians, authors, and artists of all kinds in the Bluegrass state.

First, KET, the Lexington Film League, and the Kentucky Theatre present the first night of the Harry Dean Stanton Fest, a three-day film festival celebrating Stanton’s life and career. The event kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Kentucky Theatre with the premiere of Kentucky Muse’s “Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland.” Producer Tom Thurman will conduct a Q&A session after the screening. This event, beginning at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The second night of the festival, Thursday, Feb. 3, offers a rare screening of the Wim Wenders classic Paris, Texas. The screening begins at 7 p.m. and costs $10 per person. Hunter Carson, Stanton’s co-star in the film, will be on hand to conduct a Q&A after the film. The Sidebar Grill will host a party after the screening, featuring some of Stanton’s music.

Finally, on Friday, Feb. 4, the Kentucky Theatre screens two Stanton classics: Cool Hand Luke at 1:30 p.m. and Repo Man at midnight. Admission for each film is $5.

Then, on Thursday, Feb. 10, KET and Lex Arts present a premiere screening of Kentucky Muse’s “Tin Can Buddha: Shades of Blue” at Lexington’s Downtown Arts Center. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the screening is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. After the screening, Tin Can Buddha’s Lee Carroll, Rodney Hatfield, and Mitch Ivanoff will perform.

Proceeds from all admissions at the Harry Dean Stanton Fest benefit the Lexington Film League and help fund future projects.

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