Welcome to the first Friday Five, where The Register asks five questions to preview local events or highlight area artists.
The Richmond Area Arts Council is presenting Home Is Where the Heart Is, a collection of three short silent films accompanied by live musicians, on Saturday at the Richmond Area Arts Center. The music will be provided by John and Laura Allnutt as part of their Sounds of Silents series. RAAC Director Randy Westbrook provided more details.
1 What is Music & Silent Movie Night?
Laura and John Allnutt provide musical accompaniment for classic silent films starring actors such as Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. When these silent films premiered they were often accompanied by live musicians. The Allnutts continue that tradition by utilizing a combination of various instruments and sound effects to accompany the films. Popcorn and drinks will be available for a nominal fee.
2 How did you all decide on an event like this?
Members of the arts council board knew the Allnutts through other projects at the arts council. The Allnuts have also performed at various venues around the Central Kentucky area.
3 What can people expect when they attend the event?
Actors such as Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd pioneered a physical, athletic approach to acting that was highly influential in the 1920s and beyond. The Allnutts accompany the films with modern and traditional instruments and sounds, and the combination is interesting and innovative.
4 Where is the event at and how can people find out more information?
The event will be held at the Richmond Area Arts Center (399 W. Water St.) on January 12 at 6:30 p.m. More information can be found on the Richmond Area Arts Council's Facebook page, by calling the Richmond Area Arts Center at 859-624-4242, or by checking the Arts Council's "Arts and Events" page in the Richmond Register.
5 How much does it cost and where are tickets?
Tickets are $10 plus tax at the door ($10.60). Tickets can be reserved by calling the Richmond Area Arts Center at 859-624-4242.
Five more for the weekend, week ahead:
• My Son Pinocchio Jr. at the Spotlight Playhouse on Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. In Disney's My Son Pinocchio Jr., the classic tale of toymaker, Geppetto's little wooden puppet is given new life. This new musical retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto's perspective. Spotlight Playhouse is located at 213 N Richmond Rd., Berea. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 859-756-0011 or go to thespotlightplayhouse.com.
• Artist Demonstration at the Kentucky Artisan Center on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., with Gerald LeGrand Price. Price, of Berea, will demonstrate a variety of his techniques used to create his jewelry. He is a graduate of Berea Tourism's Art Accelerator Program and he creates a line of copper, sterling and bronze jewelry using hand-forming and casting techniques. For more information, call 859-985-5448.
• Friends of Madison County Public Library Book Sale on Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Berea branch. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Amazing prices on a wide variety of books with all proceeds benefit the Madison County Public Library.
• Classical Art Song Recital at First Christian Church on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Enjoy a performance of the melodies of Francis Poulenc at Art Song Collective's third recital. Help support the arts and a local nonprofit. Tickets are $12 and available at the door.
• An Art Exhibit featuring the artistry of Larry Frost will be on display through Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. at the Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water Street. Frost created a sports column for Kentucky's Lexington Herald Leader producing portraits and cartoons of the University of Kentucky basketball players. In 1973, Larry produced a fine arts collector print of the University of Kentucky basketball team with Coach Adolph Rupp and Joe B. Hall.
Jonathan Greene is the editor of The Register; follow him on Twitter @jgreeneRR.