playtimeHere are some of the events highlighting January in Lexington.

Tuesday, Jan 3

The University of Kentucky Men’s basketball team will take on the Texas A&M Aggies Tuesday, Jan. 3 in Rupp Arena. Tip-off is schedule for 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 5

Meet the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Police Canine Unit – a group of highly trained dogs, able to detect explosives, search buildings, sniff out illegal drugs, help with patrols, and even apprehend criminals. Come to the Living Arts and Science Center to learn more about these amazing animals and the officers that work with them Thursday, Jan. 5 from 6 until 8 p.m. For more information, call 859.252.5222 or go to

Barnes and Noble in Hamburg Pavilion will host a Lego Skyline London and Chicago event on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. Visitors can help build the exciting, new Lego Skyline collection in-store display for London and Chicago. Then after, enjoy being creative and collaborative with other customers by building with Lego Architecture Studio white bricks.

Saturday, Jan 7

The second-annual Limitless Leaders Leadership for Girls Conference will be held Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center, starting at 10 a.m. The events include a panel of female community leaders; local youth entrepreneurs; arts and craft by On the Move art studio; leadership and appearance by Hair Artistry.; and biotechnology in plants and health. For more information, go to

The University of Kentucky Men’s basketball team will take on the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday, Jan.. 7 in Rupp Arena. Tip-off is schedule for 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan 8

The Lexington Theatre Company will present “Concert with the Stars,” a night of showtunes sung by rising stars in the Broadway scene, Sunday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m.  Th show will feature Leslie Kritzer (Broadway’s Something Rotten, A Catered Affair, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Krysta Rodriguez (Broadway’s Spring Awakening, The Addams Family, First Date, Television’s Smash) and Matthew Scott (Broadway’s An American in Paris, Jersey Boys, A Catered Affair, Sondheim on Sondheim) For more information, go to

Monday, Jan 9

The Keeneland Horse Sales will be held starting Monday, Jan. 9 and will continue through Friday, Jan.13. Horses of all ages will be up for sale. For more information, go to

Tuesday, Jan, 10

Blues legend Melissa Etheridge will be in concert Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave. in Ashland. for tickets or more information, call (606) 324-3175 or go to or

Thursday, Jan 12

The Studio Players will present “Stop Kiss” at The Carriage House Theatre. Opening night is Thursday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. Stop Kiss is a contemporary play about relationships and abiding love. The play will also presented each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 29.

Thursday, Jan 12

The Fayette County Department of Community Based Services will host a six-week course for people interested in becoming an adoptive or foster parent. For more information, call 859.245.5488 or go to Classes will begin Thursday, Jan. 12.

Friday, Jan  13

Bluegrass Printmakers’ Cooperative will have an open studio and art show Friday, Jan. 13 at 6.m. at Carver Center, 522 Patterson St. The open house is for interested people to come by and check out printmaking techniques, apply to be members, drop off their portfolio, sign up for classes, watch printmaking demos and find out information about our group and ask questions about printmaking. Members will be available to answer questions, stop by and check it out. For more information, call 859.425.2057.

The Distinguished Young Women of KY 2017 (first preliminary) will be held Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Singletary Center for the Arts. Kentucky’s Junior Miss presents Distinguished Young Women of Kentucky 2017. For more information, go to

Black Bone, an exhibition of visual artists and poets sharing how those connected to Affrilachia tell the story of the United States through visual and written culture, will be presented starting Jan. 13 at Transylvania University from noon until 5 p.m. each day until Feb. 14. Affrilachia embraces a spectrum of people who consider Appalachia home and/or identify strongly with the trials and triumphs of being of this region.

Saturday, Jan 14

The GraNoLi Market will be held Saturday, Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Granola Culture. The market is a mid-day event hosted by Granola Culture and local blog, Girl Meets Lex, in the North Limestone neighborhood. This market creates a new platform for a collective of local, environmentally-conscious small businesses to convene, allowing consumers a guilt-free market experience.

René Marie & Experiment in Truth will be in concert Jan. 14 in the Norton Center for the Arts, starting at 8 p.m. A distinctly American mélange of jazz, soul, blues, folk, and gospel give way to Marie’s ability to uniquely interpret a song.

The 23rd Annual Unity Breakfast will be held Monday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 a.m. at the Lexington Convention Center. The purpose of the Unity Breakfast is to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his ideas for peace and unity. The breakfast involves individuals from all walks of life as guest speakers, program participants and is open to every diverse segment of this community. For more information, go to

SUNday, Jan. 15

Dr. Bill Turner, pastor of Liberty Road Faith Fellowship, will present a series of sermons beginning Jan. 15 entitled “I Would Follow Jesus…”  Each sermon highlights a particular disciple of Jesus. Jan. 15:  “I Would Follow Jesus, Except I’ve Got My Own Ideas” examines John the Disciple; Jan. 22  : ”I Would Follow Jesus, Except I’m Still Looking” relates to Andrew;  Feb. 5 – “I Would Follow Jesus, Except I’ve Blown It…and Will Again” studies Simon Peter; Feb. 12; “I Would Follow Jesus, Except I’m Already Spread Too Thin” relates to Mary Magdalene; Feb. 19: “I Would Follow Jesus, Except I’ve Got It Together” is about Nicodemus;

Feb. 26: “I Would Follow Jesus, Except My Mind’s Made Up” concerns Judas; March 5:  “I Would Follow Jesus, Except I’m Confused” talks about the Mother of James and John; and March 12 : ”I Would Follow Jesus, Except I Have Other Priorities” refers to Matthew. Dr. Turner speaks at the 11:00 a.m. service at Liberty Road Faith Fellowship, 2734 Liberty Road.  Call 277-0420 for more information or visit the church’s website:

Monday, Jan. 16

The Harlem Globetrotters will return to Lexington Monday, Jan. 16 at Rupp Arena. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

One World Film Festival will present the film “Race,” the story of Jessie Owens and his impact at the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany. This free showing will be held Monday, Jan. 16 at the Kentucky Theater, starting at 2:30 p.m.

Sunday Jan. 19

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 will be presented Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Lexington Children’s Theatre. This story based on the Newbery Honor Book by Christopher Paul Curtis follows the Watson family as they find themselves thrust in the middle of the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham, AL in 1963.  For more information, call 859.254.4546.

The Eastside branch of the Lexington Public Library will host a computer security workshop Thursday, Jan. 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Uncover the dangers online, software that can help protect computers, and steps to keep computers safer online. Participants must know internet basics or have previous internet experience. Registration begins on Jan. 5.  To register, call 859.231.5500.

Explore the cloud and find out what online storage can do for you at a workshop Thursday, Jan. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Eastside branch of the Lexington Public Library. Microsoft SkyDrive is the primary site they will explore, but the class also provides some basic information of several other prominent storage sites. Participants must know internet basics or have previous internet experience. To register, call 859.231.5500.

Friday, Jan. 20

Pippin: The Musical will be presented for three shows at the Lexington Opera House. Full of acrobatics, magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked. Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. The showtimes are Friday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m.

The annual Boots in the Bluegrass will be held Friday, Jan. 20 at the Kentucky Horse Park from 6 until 11 p.m. Boots in the Bluegrass raises funds for charity partners. Since 2013, three mortgage-free home grants have been given to deserving military families, and hundreds of veterans have attended the event free of charge thanks to sponsor gifts. With live music, catered food, and patriotic fellowship with the community and veterans, it is a good cause not to be missed.

Best known as the winner of Last Comic Standing Season 8, comedian Rod Man  will perform Friday, Jan. 20 at Comedy Off Broadway, starting at 7 p.m. His unique delivery and voice capture the attention of audiences. Throw in his laid back style, southern charm, wit, and ability to find the funny in everyday life, and you have the ingredients for a future comedy star in the making. Rod Man will also perform Saturday, Jan. 27 at Comedy Off Broadway.

ERTH’s Dinosaur Zoo Live will be presented Friday, Jan. 20 at the Norton Center for the Arts, starting at 7 p.m. Get ready for the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making – as Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live guides your family on a breathtaking tour through pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet, and interact with an eye- popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world.

Saturday, Jan. 21

The Singletary Center for the Arts will host the University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus’ concert Saturday, Jan. 21 at 4:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 859.257.4929.

The annual Mystical Fair will be held Saturday, Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 22 at 1084 Whipple Court in Lexington from 11 until 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the past six years in Lexington, this fair has featured psychics, tarot and oracle readers, massage therapists and other healing arts professionals as well as vendors, artists and more. For more information, go to

Sunday, Jan 22

The Lexington Children’s Theatre will present Cows Don’t Fly and Other Known Facts Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. Between a flying cow, a driving pig, and a circus goose – there’s never a dull moment on Miss Rosemary’s farm. This mash-up of three books were written by Kentucky author Paul Brett Johnson. For more information, call 859.254.4546

Thursday, Jan. 26

Comedian Tom Rhodes will perform Thursday, Jan. 26 through Jan. 29 at Comedy Off Broadway, starting at 7 p.m. each night. Rhodes is a world-traveling comedian. Rhodes has built a career that not only includes stand-up specials, a sitcom, a travel show, a late night talk show, numerous live CD’s & DVD’s, his critically acclaimed podcast Tom Rhodes Radio, as well as being a travel writer for the Huffington Post.

Friday, Jan 27

The Black Jacket Symphony will perform Queen’s “A Night At The Opera” Friday, Jan. 27 at the Lexington Opera House, starting at 8 p.m. The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. For more information, go to

The Guignol Theatre will present “In Flight” Friday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Discover new heights and explore the history and future of concert dance with works from faculty and guest choreographers. There will be additional shows on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. A conversation with the artists post-show discussion with the cast will take place after both the Jan. 28 and 29 performance. The Guignol Theatre Fine Arts Building is located at 465 Rose Street.

The Lexington Chamber Orchestra will perform Mediterranean Portraits Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tates Creek Presbyterian Church. The LCO, with music director Jan Pellant, will be joined by University of Kentucky Professor of Flute Julie Hobbs for Ernest Bloch’s “Suite Modale.”

America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame member “The Association” is one of the most popular and successful bands to have come out of the 1960s will be in concert Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Norton Center for the Arts. In addition to their most famous songs – “Windy,” “Cherish,” and “Never My Love”  The Association had many other top ten hits. For more information, go to

Sunday, Jan 29

The Bluegrass Brunch and Artist Market will be held Sunday, Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Manchester Music Hall, 899 Manchester Street. This is an Indoor artist market showcasing over 40 local or regional artists with musical act Derek Spencer.  There will be a guest appearance by the Henry Clay High School Choir.

“Love So Great” is the theme for Liberty Road Faith Fellowship’s Celebration and Worship with Music program on Sunday, Jan. 29. The Chancel Choir, Faith Troubadours orchestra, Faith Brass and vocal soloists will participate in the service at 11:00 a.m. on the Fifth Sunday.  The ensembles will be under the direction of the Rev. Richard Dwyer, minister of music.  Dr. Bill Turner will bring the morning’s message. Liberty Road Faith Fellowship is located at 2734 Liberty Road.