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Arts Council offers TranspARTation grants

The Kentucky Arts Council is offering transportation grants to schools for arts-education opportunities. As gas prices have risen and budgets have been cut, it has become harder for schools to come up with money to send students to arts events at institutions such as Lexington Children's Theatre and the Explorium.

Those places are on the list of approved destinations for TranspARTation grants, as are the Lexington Art League, the Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington, Louisville's Kentucky Opera, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Walden Theatre, Covington's Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Northern Kentucky's Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Paducah's Carson Center and Prestonburg's Mountain Arts Center. The approved organizations were selected from an application process that focused on appropriate content and the ability to provide supplemental educational materials.

Grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis, and the first application deadline is Thursday. Go to for the form. Email Rachel Allen, the arts council's arts education director, at or call (502) 564-3757, Ext. 486, for more information.

WUKY to play listeners' Favorite 400

Top-song countdowns selected by listeners have long been staples of commercial rock radio stations, with Nos. 1 and 2 often winding up as Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Freebird. This week, WUKY-91.3 FM brings the concept to public radio with its Listeners Favorite 400, as voted on by the station's listeners.

Listeners were asked to submit lists of 10 favorite songs in January, with an emphasis that any genre was fair game. The station's daytime format is called "rock and roots," and it's a blend of Americana, folk, blues, classic rock and indie rock. Music director Mike Graves says the listener submissions created an eclectic Top 400, so who knows what will be No. 1?

The countdown will begin Tuesday and run weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until March 7, coinciding with WUKY's pledge drive. Go to for more information.

Frank X Walker at Midway College event

Author and performer Frank X Walker will be featured at Midway College's 12th annual Book Event at 1:30 p.m. April 9 in the college's Anne Hart Raymond Center. The event supports philanthropic educational organizations at Midway College and Cottey College, a women's college in Nevada, Mo. Tickets are $15. Call (859) 266-6286.

Balagula throws anniversary party

Balagula Theatre, based at Natasha's Bistro & Bar at 112 Esplanade in Lexington, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a show at 8 p.m. Friday.

If it seems that plays have been presented at Natasha's longer than that, you're right. This is the fifth anniversary of the company's incorporation as a 501(c)3 organization.

The evening will include two Balagula performances of 10-minute plays: the world premiere of Bo List's Bubbly and a classic from the theater's past, David Ives' Dr Fritz or: The Forces of Light. There also will be two bands, The City opening the night and We Play Music late in the evening. Happy hour will be at 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., with a menu of drinks named after characters in past Balagula plays, and there will be a silent auction and a raffle throughout the evening.

Admission is $15, and reservations may be made at (859) 259-2754 or at

Herald-Leader Staff Report