For years, Asbury College has touted its international media credentials, with graduates working for broadcast and theatrical outfits around the world.
Next weekend, the Wilmore school will put that reputation on public display with a three-day Engaging Culture Weekend, April 24-26.
■ Friday night is Narnia Night in Hughes Auditorium, in anticipation of the May 16 release of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Disney's second film from C.S. Lewis' beloved fantasy series. The night will feature C.S. Lewis scholar extraordinaire Devin Brown, an Asbury College professor who recently published Inside Prince Caspian: A Guide for Exploring the Return to Narnia. He also published a very well received guide to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when it came out in 2005.
Also appearing at Hughes, which reportedly will be transformed into a Narnia world with actors in costume playing parts from the story, will be Clayton Ferguson, who formerly worked with Narnia producers Walden Media and is now working with the Narnia Museum Exhibit, which will be traveling through the world the next five years.
■ Saturday night is the Highbridge Film Festival. The festival is made up of entries from Asbury students and high school students from across the country. Winning high schoolers will receive $1,000 scholarships.
Organizers of the festival say they are trying to do it up like a Hollywood premiere, red carpet and all, and who knows, you could be seeing an early work by the next Spielberg. The judges will include Ferguson, actress Kim Darby of True Grit fame, film composer Bruce Broughton and producer Erik Lokkesmoe.
■ The weekend starts Thursday — don't all weekends really start on Thursday? — with the Asbury College music department's spring classics concert, featuring Broughton, best known for the score to the Kevin Costner-Kevin Kline western-comedy Silverado (1985).
Who'll see the Dove Awards?
Good news: The Dove Awards are at 8 p.m. Wednesday night. Live from Nashville, the lineup will include Casting Crowns, Switchfoot, the David Crowder Band and Kentucky's own Wynonna Judd with Natalie Grant, plus a tribute to Michael W. Smith by Amy Grant and American Idol finalists Phil Stacey, Mandisa, and Chris Sligh.
Bad news: If you don't get the Gospel Music Channel, you ain't watching it. And here in Lexington, with Insight as our cable provider, we aren't getting it — I know, Jessamine County, I already had a co-worker taunt me that their Time Warner Cable gets it on Ch. 135. DirecTV satellite subscribers can also get GMC on Channel 338. So, if you are a Lexingtonian, this might be an opportune time to lobby Insight for the Gospel Music Channel. You can send a note through the channel's Web site, www.gospelmusicchannel.com/get-channel or by calling Insight at 1-800-273-0144.
Prior to this year, the Doves had been shown on broadcast stations via tape delay.
Show Air1 some love
So, a few weeks ago, the Air1 (WVRB - 95.3 FM) morning team of Eric and Coppelia started giving a shout out to Lexington and Danville — many thanks — which quickly evolved into a discussion about how maybe they ought to come to the Ichthus Festival, June 11-14 in Wilmore.
Well, yeah, they should come here. OK, they sounded a tad on the fence about the deal, so I suggest we show the California duo some good ol' Southern hospitality and invite them. Come up with some good reasons they should come and pop them an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some reasons I gave:
■ It is the oldest Christian pop festival on the planet, Janet, so come engage with some history.
■ From the mainstage area, you can see cows grazing in the distance. Do that at AtlantaFest.
■ The headliners: Casting Crowns, tobyMac and Jeremy Camp. That's some good headlining.
By the way, on the old Ichthus Festival schedule of the third weekend in April, Ichthus would have been this weekend. Now, this section prints in advance of the weekend, but at this writing, the forecast was for thunderstorms and temperatures in the 50s and 60s this weekend. Since moving to June two years ago, Ichthus has seen no rain. Good move, ya think?
For information on this year's festival, visit www.ichthusfestival.org or call (859) 858-3001.
■ The festival Web site also gives you a chance to vote in this year's Ascenxion Artist Competition. Winning last year's competition earned Frankfort's RVN Band a mainstage spot and several other groups spots on the festival's side stages. This year's winners will get an even sweeter position, after the dinner break on Friday. The competition includes acts from Kentucky and around the region.
IF YOU GO
What: Three evenings of events at Asbury College.
When: 7:30 p.m. April 24: Asbury music department spring classics concert featuring film composer Bruce Broughton. Admission is free.
7 p.m. April 25: Narnia Night in anticipation of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Free.
7:30 p.m. April 26: The Highbridge Film Festival. Admission is $5.
Where: All events at Hughes Auditorium, Asbury College, Wilmore.