Big Read

Big Read Public Art Camp

Join us for a Public Art Camp in Downtown Hopkinsville hosted by the Pennyroyal Arts Council!
This will be a hands-on arts camp led by local art teacher Paula Gieske. During the week campers will create large scale public art to be display on the Alhambra Theatre exterior. Additional projects may be added. Dress to get messy.
October 10-14th, 2022 starting at 8 AM – 11 AM
Cost: Free
Ages 12-15
Limit of 10 participants

Big Read Kick Off Concert Featuring Bone Hill by Martha Redbone

The Big Read will kickoff with a FREE performance featuring Bone Hill – The Concert by Martha Redbone at the Alhambra Theatre on Friday, September 9, at 7:00 p.m.
The first 200 attendees to register for the event will receive a FREE copy of There There. Register to reserve your book at
Presented as a dramatic musical work with a cast of eight actors and musicians, Bone Hill – The Concert is an interdisciplinary theatre work inspired by Martha Redbone’s family lineage in the Appalachian Mountains. The production is an epic story of one woman’s return to her homeland on Black Mountain and the coal mines of Harlan County, KY.
Commissioned by Joe’s Pub/Public Theatre, NY, Bone Hill – The Concert is touring extensively nationwide and is a recipient of the NEFA National Theater Project Creation and Touring Grant and National Performance Network Creation Fund.
Known for her unique gumbo of folk, blues, and gospel, Martha Redbone has performed and recorded with many great artists including; Bonnie Raitt, George Clinton, Judy Collins, Joan Osborne, and many others. Her original music was recently featured in the Public Theater revival of “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuff” by Ntozake Shange.
Bone Hill – The Concert by Martha Redbone is one of nearly 30+ activities as part of the community reading program focusing on There There by Tommy Orange. The Pennyroyal Arts Council is one of 62 organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2022-2023 NEA Big Read grant that broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the power of a shared reading experience.