Acclaimed authors Wendell Berry of Henry County and Barbara Kingsolver, a Nicholas County native, will lead nearly a dozen artists in an event protesting the proposed road to connect Jessamine County and Interstate 75. The event, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, will follow the opening of a photography exhibit, Marble Creek/Endangered Watershed by Guy Mendes at Ann Tower Gallery.
The fight against the I-75 connector road should concern all of us who live in the region, Mendes said in a news release. Besides threatening Marble Creek and the Kentucky River Palisades, it would destroy large sections of Jessamine and Madison County farmland. The more people realize that the Bluegrass is a finite quantity and are moved to protect it, the better.
In addition to Berry and Kingsolver, the Lyric event will feature writers and musicians Crystal Wilkinson, Richard Taylor, Maurice Manning, Erik Reece, Eric Scott Sutherland, Matt Duncan, the Northside Sheiks and Tee Dee Young. A video for the protest song The Vampire Road by Steve Broderson with Twist of Fate will have its world premiere at the event.
Advance tickets are $12 and are available at Lexingtonlyric.tix.com or by calling (859) 280-2218. Tickets are $15 at the door.