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  • Raised by opera-loving parents in a rock ’n’ roll world, Rich Copley has parlayed his broad interests into his career writing about arts and entertainment. Since 1998, he has covered performing arts, film and faith-based popular culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper in Lexington, Ky. It’s a pretty broad beat, but Rich delights in finding influences of the past in the present and showing fine arts fans the value of pop culture, and vice versa. ~ Copious Notes is a blog covering that broad spectrum. If you want to read about specific areas of interest, such as theater or opera, click on one of the categories to the right and you will be whisked away to all posts in that category. Also, look around the blog for links; multimedia items such as photo albums, videos, and interviews with artists; and other nuggets. Have fun, and thanks for dropping in. The header for this blog was designed by Danny Kelly and the illustration was drawn by Camille Weber.

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October 11, 2008


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Michael Anderson

It is so sad to see our own people turning on eachother to the point that we actually begrudge another making a decent living. People, it is the 98% of us that need to stick together because if we don't, all we are doing is playing into the corrupt hands of the other 2%.

Anita Vincent

I can remember that the resession of '29 was cured because the auto industry picked America up out of the gutter by offering jobs to thousands, which boosted the steel industry, all of the needed outside trades, the tire trade the designers, upholstry people sales, and the hundreds of other trades men and after market industries. I understand that the auto companies are not asking for a bailout but a LOAN. I for one believe we should help them, allow them to correct the mistakes they have made in management and believe they will save our country again- IF allowed to.


Why don't the senators ask GM about all those popular electric cars that they rounded up and scrapped?????


i make just over 14 dollors an hour no pention was hired by gm during the summer i dont want to lose my HIGH paying job gm has been working on it

Ron Rhoten

Rick baby, you keep harping about UAW workers having 30 and out. What about the thousands of policemen and firemen that can retire after 20 years. These people are strickly on the taxpayers back. At least GM sells/sold cars at a profit,huh?


Listen America, about gay marriage......It is sematics......let the haters have the word "marriage" it's just a word. What we want the rights that go along with marriage. We don't have to have the word marriage. Civil unions would do just fine as long as we have the rights that go with it.

mike in southern calif

reguarding protest of proposition 8 it seems the religious right has been using the anti-gay messge for political gain for years we saw this with racial inequality in our country ? what ever happend to treat people all the same Hence treat all people with all rights.

Jayne Keatts

I want Hillary in a position of power so she can help us.




rick,America is gradually becoming more & more racist.One would expect a nation that is totally illiterate to function as our white community in general view any other color than"white".As we saw Greta Van Sustern this so call educated Lawyer on Fox News Network(The Most Trusted &Unbiased Network),reminded her viewers lastnight that this was a deplorable act,which I TOTALLY agree with.However,she appeared extremely excited as if to think this woman was telling the truth.I notice she seems to ALWAYS find a way to stir up any kind of RACIAL situation.She is one of the many reasons why America can't go "FORWARD"!!!Maybe this message will reach her & she will take INVENTORY of her CAUSTIC behavior in the way in which she is taking her message to the viewers.If greta doesn't know it by now there are a large group of folks that need to be in a mental instution rather than being on our so call SAFE streets like Ms. Todd who made that false police report in Pennsylvania that a black man had beaten her up.TRUST ME,looks like White people are trying to start a race war.NOW is the time our government should stand up and be counted and not allow this CANCER TO RAISE IT'S UGLY HEAD!!! I don't know if they are aware that FOREIGN countries are watching & judging our actions &to see exactly how well we can get along.We as minorities know too well how it must be difficult when it comes to facing FACTS that WHITE people WILL eventually have to relinquish some if not ALL of that power that they swore they would NEVER give up,or over their dead bodies!!! May I REITERATE FOX NETWORK is devisive/bias!!!
Thank you Rick for allowing me to vent my concerns which I hope will bring about the way in which the media will recognize that we the public would appreciate them remaining neutral and not giving their OPINION!!!Whenever the media does this they become a part of the problem,thus turning the VIEWERS OFF.TO be honest the media should hire those who does their job so well(CONSULTANTS/EXPERTS).


Rick is doing a fair informative background check on Palin who is clearly the "real" domestic terrorist who does a good job inciting fear and anger among her supporters. She's a wolf in sheeps clothing. I fear for Obama's safety and the honor of our country who stands for Peace and Harmony among people of all races and differences in opinion.

Obama "the peacemaker" '08

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    Questapalooza 2008

    • Twilight
      In it's third edition, Questapalooza attracted 6,500 people to Quest Community Church in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 31, 2008. The music lineup was Kirk Franklin, Kutless and needtobreathe. In addition to the tunes, festival goers enjoyed carnival attractions, contests, heard a sermon and witnessed baptisms.

    Ichthus 2008

    • Casting Crowns - Mark, 'Praise You in this Storm'
      The 2008 Ichthus Festival was a roller coaster ride. The week started with the first project by Ichthus Ministries' environmental initiative: ECOS (Earth Commission, Operation Simplify). Then there was the severe thunderstorm June 9 that leveled 14 out of 19 tents at the festival site, with only two days left to open. And it did open, earlier than ever with a Thursday morning battle of the bands. That was followed by one of the hottest Ichthus days ever, and we aren't just talking about Skillet's set the night of June 12. The next day was Friday the 13th, and it turned out to be unlucky for the fest, with thunderstorms scuttling the evening lineup. But as it often has, Ichthus rallied with a fun and worshipful Saturday. The Herald-Leader crew was out there all week. Here's our photo album.

    UK Wind Ensemble goes to China

    • UK-China
      May 19 to 29, 2008, the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble is taking a trip to China, where it is scheduled to play six concerts and visit seven cities. The tour finds China eagerly anticipating the 2008 Summer Olympics while also mourning the loss of tens of thousands of its citizens to a devastating earthquake on May 12. This photo album begins with images taken by the Herald-Leader's Whitney Waters at event's leading up to the ensemble's departure.

    Actors Guild of Lexington

    • Valentine
      Actors Guild of Lexington's early spring production is Tom Stoppard's brainy drama, Arcadia. The show is a mystery over several centuries involving math, science and literature. Here's a look at some images from the show, which runs through April 6 at the Downtown Arts Center, by Herald-Leader photographer Charles Bertram. The photos are copyrighted by the Herald-Leader.

    Winter Jam 2008 - Rupp Arena

    • MercyMe
      After years of going to -- excuse us while we clear our throats -- Louisville, Winter Jam finally came to Kentucky's true big house, Rupp Arena, March 6, 2008. That gave Lexington a heaping helping of MercyMe, BarlowGirl and Skillet, as well as others. This is a little record of the event.

    UK Opera Theatre

    • 'Hansel and Gretel' - The Witch and Hansel
      The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre is presenting its production of Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" through March 8, 2008 at the Lexington Opera House. To give more students a shot at the stage, and for the sake of the singers' voices, two casts were fielded for this production. University of Kentucky photographer Tim Collins shot both casts. Here's a selection of those images.

    Amber Rhodes

    • Amber Rhodes live
      Lexington Native Amber Rhodes is a budding country star, shopping a hit independent release around the country, hoping to land a recording contract with a major label. To take a peek into the life of an aspiring country star, and to see how much work it is, I went down to Nashville to spend a day with Amber, as she works to get her name out there. Here are some pictures from that trip. All photos are copyrighted by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

    Summer Theatre 2007

    • Beauty & the Beast: The village
      Between June 21 and Aug. 2, eight new plays or musicals opened in the immediate Lexington area. That was an extraordinary number of shows for a summer in the Bluegrass State. Here, we offer a photo album from behind the scenes and on stage.

    Ichthus 2007

    • Switchfoot - Tim Foreman
      Ichthus 2007 took place June 14-16 at Ichthus Farm in Wilmore, Ky. Among the featured performers were Switchfoot, Relient K, Newsboys, Third Day and Phil Keaggy (photo, above).

    Laura Bell Bundy

    • Take It From the Top
      On April 29, 2007, Lexington native Laura Bell Bundy realized her dream of creating a role in a Broadway musical when she took the stage of New York's Palace Theatre playing Elle Woods in 'Legally Blonde.' It's a goal she'd been working toward since age 10, when she played monstrous child star Tina Denmark in the Off Broadway hit 'Ruthless.' Her 'Legally Blonde' performance earned Bundy a Tony Award nomination for best leading actress in a musical. Over the years, Herald-Leader photographers have chronicled Bundy's career. These are some of their best shots, along with a few other photos.

    Superchick's Generation Rising Tour in Winchester

    • Group 1 Crew
      Superchick's Generation Rising Tour came to Winchester's Central Baptist Church, May 11, 2007. Joining them were DecembeRadio, Krystal Meyers, Nevertheless and Group 1 Crew. Photos by Rich Copley.

    Stephanie Pistello

    • 'The Diviners,' 2002
      Stephanie Pistello graduated from Lafayette High School and Transylvania University. She went to New York to pursue an acting career, but returned in August 2006 with her New Mummer Group to present Tennessee Williams' "Candles to the Sun" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

    The Shakespeare portraits

    • 2003: Brandon Jones as Othello
      Since 1999, the Herald-Leader has previewed the Lexington Shakespeare Festival with profiles and environmental portraits of the actors or directors involved in each show. This is a gallery of those fantastic images.

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