Jia (surname)

Jiǎ is the pinyin romanization of a common Chinese surname. Chia is the corresponding Wade-Giles romanization, used in Taiwan. Ka is the corresponding Cantonese-based romanization, used in Hong Kong and other Cantonese-speaking regions. Jia Yi, official of the Han dynasty Jia Kui and astronomer of the Eastern Han dynasty Jia Xu, official of the Cao Wei state Jia Kui, general of Cao Wei state Jia Chong, general of the Jin dynasty Jia Nanfeng, empress of the Jin dynasty Huiyuan, Buddhist teacher of the Jin dynasty Jia Dan, official of the Tang dynasty Jia Dao, poet of the Tang dynasty Jia Su, official of the Tang dynasty Jia Xian, mathematician of the Song dynasty Jia Sidao, grand chancellor of the Southern Song dynasty under Emperor Lizong Jia Zhangke, Chinese film director Jia Hongsheng, Chinese actor Alyssa Chia, Taiwanese actress JJ Jia, Chinese actress Jia Nailiang, Chinese actor Chia Ching-teh, President of the Republic of China Examination Yuan Jia Deyao, Republic of China general and politician Jia Zhijie, Chinese politician, governor of Gansu and Hubei Jia Chunwang, Chinese official of the Supreme People's Procurator Jia Qinglin, Chinese politician, member of the Politburo Standing Committee Jia Zhibang, Chinese official of the State Forestry Administration Jia Yongsheng, People's Liberation Army Air Force general Jia Ting'an, People's Liberation Army General Political Department general Jia Gaojian, Chinese official of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau Jia Lianren, Chinese middle distance runner Jia Xiuquan, Chinese football manager Jia Guihua, Chinese fencer Jia Zhanbo, Chinese sport shooter Jia Wenpeng, Chinese football midfielder Jia Xiaozhong, Chinese basketball player Jia Yunbing, Chinese judo practitioner Jia Dandan, Chinese ice hockey player Jia Yubing, Chinese baseball player Jia Delong, Chinese baseball player Jia Juntingxian, Chinese Paralympic sprinter Jia Yuping, Chinese cross-country skier Jia Tong, Chinese diver Jia Zongyang, Chinese aerial skier Jia Tianzi, Chinese football midfielder Jia Yifan, Chinese badminton player Jia Lanpo, Chinese archaeologist Jia Pingwa, Chinese writer Jia Yueting, Chinese businessman, founder of Jia Ling, Chinese xiangsheng performer Jia Jinglong, Chinese protester, executed for murder Jia Hongguang, Chinese Paralympic swimmer Jia Junpeng, Chinese man whose name became associated with a 2009 internet meme Jia Rongqing, Chinese-born Canadian mathematician Jia Ruhan, Chinese soprano Xiaohua Jia, Chinese electrical engineer Characters in Dream of the Red Chamber: Jia Baoyu, principal character Jia Xichun, third cousin of Jia Baoyu Jia Tanchun, half-sister of Jia Baoyu Jia Qiaojie, daughter of Jia Lian

Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center (Lexington, Kentucky)

The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center is a nonprofit, city-owned, multi-use arts and performance venue located at the corner of Third Street and Elm Tree Lane in Lexington, United States. Opened in 1948 as a cultural hub of Lexington's segregated African-American community, the Lyric closed in 1963 and remained in disrepair for 50 years. In 2010, the Urban County Council of Lexington allotted $6 million to revive and reopen the theater under a new mission as a center for art, community and education; the renovated building seats 540 in its proscenium theater and now includes an African-American culture museum, rotating gallery, 325-capacity multi-purpose room. The Lyric hosts arts performances, rental events, movie viewings, youth programs, other events. Rooted in its African-American heritage, the Lyric focuses on community development in Lexington's East End; the self-stated mission of the Lyric Theatre is "to preserve, promote and celebrate diverse cultures with special emphasis on African-American cultural heritage through artistic presentations of the highest quality, educational programming and outreach and opportunities for community inclusion."

Built as a movie house, the Lyric opened at the corner of Third and Deweese Street in 1948. It became a thriving entertainment hub for Lexington's African-American community, its architecture was a blend of Art Spanish Colonial Revival styles. Wrote Janet Holloway in an article for Smiley Pete Publishing, Only the lobby's tile floor, box office and marquee retain the original look today. Architect Susan Hill has said she found few original features that could be preserved, but what is preserved are memories and a strong history of African American life in Lexington during those years. During the 1950s, the Lyric hosted performances by big-name jazz and R&B performers like Ray Charles, Count Basie, B. B. King, Wynonie Harris, Mercer Ellington, Billy Brown. One Lexington resident claimed to have seen James Brown perform there; the theatre hosted movies, vaudeville acts, fashion shows, local concerts, pageants. Several small black-owned business, including ice cream bars and clothing stores, were located in and around the theatre.

In 1963, the Lyric closed due to a steady decline in patronage from the surrounding community a result of desegregation. In the years before closing, it returned to its roots as a movie theater, featuring horror films, black cowboy movies, Saturday morning cartoons; the building sat empty for three decades. Community members pressed for renovation throughout the 1990s. In 1996, the city of Lexington faced a lawsuit from the state of Kentucky for failing to build a downtown cultural center as it had promised; as part of the settlement, the city agreed to renovate the Lyric. The groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday, July 16, 2009. On October 28, 2010, then-Lexington mayor Jim Newberry cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Lyric's grand reopening ceremony under its new mission as a community and cultural arts center. Celebration activities included the hanging of a community quilt in the theatre lobby, the unveiling of a ceramic tile wall with the motto "We Rise," and a gallery exhibition by Lexington folk artist La Von Williams.

The weekend included a variety of performances by artists including poet Nikki Finney, acting troupe Agape Theatre Group, blues singer Tee Dee Young, Los Angeles star Miki Howard, who performed not only R&B but Billie Holiday classics. A nationwide search for an executive director took place in the year of its opening; the first executive director was Yetta Young, who served from April 2011 to late 2013. Rasheedah El-Amin assumed the director position in January 2014 following Young's departure. After El-Amin's departure in February 2015, Donald Mason was made interim director, officially named executive director in October 2015. In April 2019, the Lyric announced the search for a new director. Whit Whitaker joined the Lyric as Executive Director in August 2019; the Lyric's 15-member board operates under the auspices of the Lexington-Fayette County Urban Government. Composed of leadership from the East End neighborhood, elected officials and members of the business community, the Lyric board oversees the management of and programming for the Lyric Theatre.

Board Chair: Councilmember James Brown Vice Chair: Percy Thomas Treasurer: Olivia Davis Secretary: Latarika Young Christian L. Adair Wallace Barber George Brown Olivia N. Davis Carolyn J. Dunn Shuling Fister Glenda George Astarre Gudino Seon Jackson Melissa Murphy Daniel Sheehan Patricia C. Tatum Frank X. Walker Since 2013, the Lyric Theatre has hosted the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Actress and singer Miki Howard performed at the Lyric Theatre's reopening ceremony in October 2010. Official website

Théâtre Saint-Denis

Théâtre Saint-Denis is a theatre located on Saint Denis Street in Montreal, Quebec, in the city's Quartier Latin, now part of the Quartier des spectacles arts and entertainment district. A movie theatre built in 1915, the Théâtre Saint-Denis' mission changed in the 1980s and has since focused on performing arts, it hosts musicals, music concerts and numerous stand up comedy shows during the Just for Laughs festival. The theatre contains two halls, Théâtre St-Denis 1 and Théâtre St-Denis 2. Théâtre St-Denis 1 has 2,218 seats and Théâtre St-Denis 2 has 933 seats. On May 10, 2016, the borough of Ville Marie announced that the theatre would be renovated with a new facade that will expose more of historic theatre design. Official website