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Erasing Borders
In the second of our twelve-part studio visit series profiling the work of Kentucky artists funded by The Great Meadows Foundation, UnderMain contributing critic Hunter Kissel visits the studio of Northern Kentucky's Harry Sanchez, Jr. Kissel notes that Sanchez's art underscores competing lived experiences, bringing to the fore the various borders we surround ourselves with to reinforce predetermined ideologies. Sanchez urges his viewers to unlearn their biases and embrace recognizable differences.


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What's A Railbird?
A major music festival is coming to Lexington. Railbird Festival, to be held in August on the grounds of historic Keeneland Racecourse, will feature music on multiple stages and other bourbon and equine-based experiences. The two-day festival will be produced by the same folks who founded Bonnaroo and other great festivals.

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Chamber Music for Everyone

The Lexington Chamber Orchestra (LCO) is premiering a new concert on the 2nd & 3rd of March, entitled European Postcards. with works by  Haydn, Mendelssohn and Vanhal, the LCO is promising a program that’s accessible to everyone—in both the musical and financial sense.


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Arts Tasting Menu

The compelling figurative work on paper by Martin Beck at MS Rezny in Lexington is featured in this week's menu. In Louisville, Moremen Gallery exhibits an interesting and diverse group of established and emerging artists. And the Hite Art Institute's Cressman Gallery exhibits work investigating our digital world's propensity for conspiratorial elaborations.

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Lots of great stuff! Have you made your reservations for Critical Mass III: In The Mid, on March 16, at The Carnegie in Covington, Kentucky? The panel discussion and conversation will focus on the experience of arts professionals living and working outside the major centers of contemporary art, and will also include presentations about their work by featured artists . Supported by a grant by The Great Meadows Foundation and with the able partnership of our friends at The Carnegie, this promises to be a fun and stimulating event. Free reservations available by emailing

UnderMain is now featured on regular segments of WEKU's Eastern Standard, hosted by our own Tom Martin. Broadcast on Thursdays at 11AM and rebroadcast at 7PM on Thursdays and Sundays at 6PM. Listen for upcoming segments on Critical Mass III, and the just-announced Railbird Festival in August at Keeneland.

UnderMain is thrilled to announce that Walter Tunis, contributing columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, will be a contributing writer for UM. We have long admired Walter's writing about music, not just for his depth of music knowledge but also for his fine writing. We are really looking forward to his regular contributions. Look for an upcoming piece about the Outside The Spotlight jazz series.

With the cutbacks of local news, including arts and culture reporting and coverage throughout the newspaper industry and other news outlets, UnderMain is interested in expanding its reach and coverage of the region's arts and cultural news and events. We would love to hear any ideas that you may have for accomplishing this. Send ideas and suggestions to

And now more than ever don't forget that UnderMain is a 501 (c)(3). You can contribute to our efforts to keep you informed about arts and culture in Lexington and the region. Donation links on every page at It's 2019. Buckle up. 
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