Don Johnson is pictured at Dedication Day, Nov. 19, at Gettysburg. He is wearing a uniform modeled after uniforms worn by the United States Marine Band during the Civil War era. This is the same uniform he and other members of President Lincoln's Own wore in the movie
When Steven Spielberg's newest film, "Lincoln", was released, Marion County's Don Johnson had a personal reason for going to see it. He's in the movie. Briefly. "For a half a day's shoot, it's less than 10 seconds of glory," Johnson said, with a laugh.
Kentucky’s contribution to the Lincoln legend was not overlooked by the film-makers behind a new blockbuster. “Lincoln” premieres this weekend, with Sally Field playing the part of Lexington-native Mary Todd Lincoln. Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, previews the film and this weekend’s other events. Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.
Hal Davis, standing, a co-owner of Paint Lick Community Arts Center, helped Helen Starnes, 86, during a painting class Monday. Starnes, the oldest student in the class, came with daughter Brunette Arnold, left. Home-school student Joey Roush, 14, right, was the youngest in the group.
During an Actors Guild rehearsal earlier this week for November, which opened Thursday, director Bo List, left, had a front-row seat for a scene between Joe Gatton, right, playing President Charles Smith and Jeff Sherr as advisor Archer Brown.
The performance of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ brought a lot of attention to the University of Kentucky’s School of Music. This weekend UK is again in the musical headlines in central Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky University, meanwhile, plays host to a legendary singer. And ‘John Coldtrain’ jazz is on tap in Lexington. WEKU’S Stu Johnson spoke with Arts and Culture reporter Rich Copley about weekend events.
Technically, the vocalist is still a student, but Michael Preasely already has impressive work experience. The University of Kentucky graduate student performed last summer with the Cincinnati Opera. Last month, Preasely sang with the Cincinnati Pops and this month, when “Phantom of the Opera” finally premiered in Lexington, the baritone was “the Phantom.” Now, Preasely’s preparing for the biggest challenge in his career, graduation this December. WEKU’s Charles Compton sat-in recently with Preacely during a coaching session on UK’s Lexington campus.