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The Lexington Ballet, a full-scale professional company, will join Kentucky Ballet Theatre for Ballet Under the Stars next weekend at Woodland Park. Kentucky Ballet Theatre has been the primary ballet company for the event for the past decade.
The Lexington Ballet, a full-scale professional company, will join Kentucky Ballet Theatre for Ballet Under the Stars next weekend at Woodland Park. Kentucky Ballet Theatre has been the primary ballet company for the event for the past decade.

Amphitheater opens with 'Tommy'

Actors Guild of Lexington will revive its June production of Tommy — The Concert in the city's newest performance venue, MoonDance at Midnight Pass, a new amphitheater in Beaumont Centre, on Aug. 8.

"When we started building this, we reached out to arts groups and asked them to come out and look at what we were doing," developer Andy Haymaker said. "Eric Seale from Actors Guild came out, and at the time, they were doing Tommy, and he said this would be a great place to present it."

Tommy originally was presented at Buster's Billiards & Backroom in early June. The production features the Johnson Brothers Band. This will be the inaugural event at the amphitheater.

Gates open at 6 p.m., and show time is 7:30 p.m. at the amphitheater on Beaumont Circle. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students. Call 1-866-811-4111, go to www.actorsguildoflexington.org, or buy tickets at the gate. Blankets, chairs and food and drink are welcome.

Two troupes, one stage

One of Lexington's summer outdoor arts traditions, Ballet Under the Stars, takes the stage in Woodland Park this week with a new twist: Dancers from Kentucky Ballet Theatre and the Lexington Ballet will share the stage. Ballet Under the Stars, presented by Fayette County Parks and Recreation, primarily had relied on the talent and direction of Ballet Theatre for the past decade. Show time is 8 p.m. nightly Thursday through Aug. 8, with an added performance Aug. 9 if any scheduled performances are rained out. Admission is $5 at the gate.

Jazz fest at Spindletop

The African American Forum and Lovers Leap Vineyards & Winery present the Smooth Jazz Fest featuring Marion Meadows at 8 p.m. Saturday at Spindletop Farm, 3250 Iron Works Pike. Tickets are $45 to $60. Call (859) 255-2653 or go to www.aafinc.com.

Thursday comes alive

Thursday Night Live, a free outdoor concert at Cheapside Park, 215 West Main Street, is 4:30 to 8 p.m. This week's band is Conch Republic. Food and beverage booths will be open at the event.

Craft a road trip

The Shaker Village Craft Fair is 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg. The fair features a variety of crafts including pottery, jewelry, glassware, woven rugs, needlecraft, basketry and Shaker reproductions. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 6 to 12, free for ages 5 and younger. For more info, call 1-800-734-5611 or go to www.shakervillageky.org.

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