Kentucky Educational Television is giving local residents a sneak peek at its new documentary, “Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music,” at the Mountain Arts Center this week, and the Billie Jean Osborne Kentucky Opry is ending its summer season with that theme. 

A preview screening of the documentary will be free and open to the public at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. It will feature footage from around the world, interviews with “legend and newcomers” in the bluegrass music industry, as well as music. Attendees will be able to participate in a question-and-answer session after the screening, which comes weeks before KET will debut the documentary. The full film will broadcast on KET on Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. 

The Billie Jean Osborne Kentucky Opry will continue to tell the story of bluegrass music this weekend by dedicating its final summer season show to that genre. 

The final show of the summer opry season will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the MAC. 

It will open with performances by the Jr. Pros and also includes the colorful antics of house comedian, Munroe. 

Registration is required for the free screening. Tickets to the opry are $16 per adult and $14 per senior citizens.  

To register, or to get tickets to the opry, visit, macarts.com or stop by the MAC’s box office. 

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