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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 05, 2008


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It's always worth a click, so not too many changes are needed. I too never read the Christian music entries. You've had some exceptional interviews, which were enjoyed, and it was good too how you noted culture elsewhere that's available here, such as the HD showings from the Met. It's pretty thin on the visual arts or serious films.
But I have way more compliments than critique - just keep making it as enjoyable as it has been.


I agree with Joe and Shannon about the local arts coverage. UK can feel very insulated against off-campus arts events, and I like to know what else is going on around town. I also enjoyed the articles about LPO's conducting candidates last season, and am looking forward to them again!
I'll admit I basically never read posts about Christian music or TV shows... But like Bobbi, I'd rather see them than have less diversity in your posts.

I was surprised to see the political posts here, but I like them!

Rich Copley

Response to Heather:
Thanks for the comments. Todd Van Campen, our blog Czar, is working his butt off to make sure our blog migration is smooth and all the blogs remain as user friendly as possible.


I like that your blog has a good mixture of content with just enough opinion without being overbearing. It's always a good way to keep up with the better things to do in the city and state.
I worry about your migration. I am sure the HL will do a better job with bloggers than the CJ, who has a nasty registration process that keeps people and comments out. I would tell your web designers to check out the CJ for examples what NOT to do.


Hey Rich - love your blog and I try to visit several times a week! I think I like the fact you are so well-rounded and you cover all topics, not just a few. Of course, there are occasional topics that don't interest me, but that's what makes the world go round! Keep up the great job - and don't forget to let us know when you migrate over. I'll need to change you on my blogroll!


I wouldn't change a thing. Your column is my favorite one of all in the HL, although I usually read it online instead of in the paper.


Youse? No no no no no. It's yinz. ;-)

Seriously, I've enjoyed the political coverage. I'm not so big on some other things, but you've filled in the gap left by Jamie's departure nicely.

The new blog looks fine. I am a fan of Wordpress.


Great blog! Please keep the "rc talk - Christian pop culture" stuff, especially local events. Thanks!


In a rare move, I am going to agree with Joe Tackett. I enjoy the way your blog expands on and often personalizes local arts issues beyond the coverage they receive in the H-L. While I'm a member of the not-a-fan club of certain celebrities, I nevertheless think that checking in on the careers of locals-who've-made-good offers encouragement to young Lexington artists - yes, it is possible to be from a "flyover" state and still succeed in the big world. The multimedia slideshows are a particular fave - they really utilize the medium well and add warmth to the coverage. I wish there was a way to stimulate more online discussion from readers (and I know they are out there!). It's fun getting to know the opinions of people I've never met but who share my interest in local arts, like Mr. Pogue.

Joe Tackett

I love the local arts coverage, and really enjoy items that may not be listed in the paper. I also enjoy the "behind the scenes" look at arts in Lexington. I always feel like this blog is at its best when it expands on arts coverage that the paper may not go into great detail with. While we may not comment on everything, be aware you do have a loyal readership and it is sometimes the oddest posts (the x-mas tree cat) that gets the most attention. Keep up the great work, and I'll keep reading.

Rich Copley

Thanks for a morning affirmation.
To explain, yes, Copious Notes will still be part of the family, complete with links from those parent sites.
The main change is that le blog will be moving to a new URL, and to make that move, its physical appearance will change somewhat. So, while making that move, I wanted to solicit some feedback on what we're doing here and what we can do better.

Charles Edward Pogue

I don't understand this migrating thing? Will you no longer be on Lexgo or what? As for changes, why? Just keep it about serious artistic issues and nothing too frivolous. Anything one can do to elicit more feedback and reader interaction is probably good, but I think that that might just a transition readers drift from a hard-copy newspaper to relying on the internet more. Sadly, I went through today's Herald-Leader, always light news-wise on Monday, in about five minutes this morning...Most of the news I had already encountered over the weekend on various internet sources.

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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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