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Dolly Parton is latest Friend in St. Mark’s fundraiser series

Dolly Parton played at Danville's Norton Center for the Arts in 2005. She'll appear in Richmond in May.
Dolly Parton played at Danville's Norton Center for the Arts in 2005. She'll appear in Richmond in May. Herald-Leader

St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Richmond has announced the latest star to appear in its Evening Among Friends series, and this year, the guest will be an old friend.

Country music icon Dolly Parton will make a return to the series with her May 27 performance at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts. Her last time in Richmond was 2008, before ground had been broken on the 2,100-seat arts center.

The Evening Among Friends events are fund raising events for the church. In the past, they have featured Bill Cosby, Regis Philbin, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr. and Donny Osmond.

Parton’s appearance will be one of only 12 U.S. dates on her 2014 Blue Smoke world tour and one of only two benefit performances, the other being a Knoxville date supporting her own Imagination Library organization. The tour coincides with her new album for Dolly Records and Sony Masterworks, Blue Smoke, which will be released in the United States in May.

Tickets are $75 to $125 and available through

‘WoodSongs’ launches Kickstarter campaign

The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour has launched a Kickstarter campaign to upgrade its TV production to high-definition.

The premiums for donating to the campaign include co-hosting the show. To get that reward, donors must pledge $8,500, or well over half of the $12,500 goal . Other high-level premiums include guest MC, announced show sponsor and an MP3 player loaded with 2013 WoodSongs shows.

WoodSongs is recorded most Mondays at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington and features nationally recognized performers including recent guests such as Amy Grant and the Indigo Girls. It is broadcast locally on WUKY-91.3 FM and WEKU-88.9 FM and on radio stations around the world. Its TV broadcasts are shown around the country, including on KET and webcast live at Woodsongs.  com  .

For the Kickstarter campaign, visit .

Playwright conference comes to Georgetown College

Kentucky Playwrights Workshop Inc. is presenting a conference next spring with editor and critic Lawrence Harbison in conjunction with Georgetown College, which will host the event. The conference will start March 28 with a keynote address by Harbison on the state of play writing in the 21st century. For more than 30 years, Harbison was in charge of new play acquisition for major play and musical publisher Samuel French Inc.; he was responsible for the first publications of writers including Jane Martin (Anton in Show Business) and Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) and musicals such as Little Shop of Horrors. March 29 will focus on 10-minute plays with participants writing plays that might be read aloud and critiqued by Harbison and other experts. Early registration is $95 and runs to March 15 or when 40 people have signed up, whichever comes first. It is $125 after that. For a registration form, email ky.playwright@yahoo.  com   with “conference registration” in the subject line.