Articles by RickRedding

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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Hopcat, Hair Policy and Finally, Ramsey is Not U of L’s President

The end of July 2016 will go down for a few big things in Louisville — it was the time when the giant Hopcat opened at Bardstown and Grinstead, officials argued over a hair policy at a local high school, and while it wasn’t pretty, it was the week James Ramsey was finally ousted as the U of L president. And, also, America’s Democratic Party nominated a woman, Hillary Clinton, to be President of the U.S. Sneak Peek at Hopcat: The folks from Michigan seem to have everything figured out as they launch their $5 million restaurant in the Highlands….


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See the Seer and Learn About Wendell Berry’s Life

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve not ever read a book by one of Kentucky’s most beloved and prolific writers. But I did have the opportunity to see the evidence of Wendell Berry’s life onscreen, thanks to a wonderful documentary that opened the Flyover Film Festival Sunday night. The good news for you — there will be six screenings of the film Wednesday through Sunday at the Speed Museum. Berry, now 81, lives on a farm in Henry County. His Wikipedia listing says he’s a poet, farmer, writer, activist and academic. He’s been a prolific writer of novels, poetry and…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Party On, a Media Bombshell, and a Nice Story

Yea, it’s  hot. But there’s plenty to get out and do this weekend. Meanwhile, there are some really interesting podcasts to tune in to. JayWalking Allowed: Out here in Jtown, we’re having us a pub crawl, y’all. That’s right, there are now six nightspots in the downtown square pooling resources and drawing a crowd. The venues are running specials from 6 to midnight Saturday, and we’re guessing you can walk around in the street with beer. Participating venues: Bearnos Jtown, Recbar, 3rd Turn Brewing, Johnny V’s, El Nopal, Loui Loui’s.  And then my place, I guess. Your Media Bombshell: I thought this…


Expect to see this kind of crowd on the Waterfront this weekend for Forecastle

LOUISVILLEKY’s The WEEK: Ahoy! It’s Forecastle Weekend

I got a chance to hobnob at the Forecastle Festival’s pre-opening night party at a really unique venue — it’s called LaLa Land, an old house on Lexington Road near those train trestles. It’s listed on Google as a recording studio, and there was plenty of interesting old equipment in there. And it was a great spot to say hello to Rusty Satellite Show friends Chaz Rough, J.K and Holly Weyler McKnight and Gill Holland. Be sure to check out Rusty guest Jecorey “1200” Arthur as the opening act today at 3, and the Avett Brothers are today’s headliners. Honestly, I’m…


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‘86 Addiction’ by eating out Wednesday and helping The Healing Place

by Steve Coomes Dozens of local restaurants will team up with The Healing Place to “86 Addiction” in our community by donating 10 percent of their July 13 sales proceeds to help men and women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. In addition to raising money for The Healing Place’s nationally recognized recovery program, restaurant partners will be raising awareness about the problem of addiction in the restaurant industry itself, as well as the services provided by The Healing Place. (Recent podcast interviewee chef Griffin Paulin touted The Healing Place’s work with local industry employees.) According to a news release…


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LouisvilleKY’s The WEEK: Good Eats in New Places, Lebowski, an Ark, Focus on Forecastle

If you’re like me, you probably keep a list in your head of local spots you want to get to, sort of like your Watchlist on Netflix. Then, when you’re in the car with your girlfriend and it comes time to go out to dinner, you can’t pull up the list from the recesses of your brain, and you end up at Olive Garden (just kidding, I don’t go there). On Tuesday I crossed one of those new spots off my list in spectacular fashion. After a drink at Volare for the NFocus Farewell Party (that print publication put out…


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Danny Mac’s Brings Pizza and Crack Sticks to Mellwood

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley What do a church, a birthday party, a band, this website and a pizza restaurant have in common? Proof that this world is a crazy place, frankly. It all started with my parents’ 80th birthday party at Most Blessed Sacrament Church. The guy cooking the food for us, Kenny Sullivan, liked my husband’s band that was playing, The M80s. He had a new restaurant opening at the Mellwood Arts Center and asked if they could play. And they did. Rick and Steve just started this website and I offered to do some publicity for my new…


The new sign at Mint Julep Tours, at the Mellwood exit off 64, went up this week.

LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Celebrating Independence, Podcast Excellence, Journo Awards and More

First up, congrats to all the winners, but especially my EatDrinkTalk partner Steve Coomes for a big win at the Society of Professional Journalism awards held Thursday night. Steve won for his work at Insider Louisville under the category of dining review/criticism. You can now read Steve’s award-winning journalism at EatDrinkTalk.net.  According to various Twitter posts: WDRB won 31 of the awards, including a first-place for Bill Lamb. Also, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, the Courier-Journal and Business First took home trophies. For your listening pleasure. . . Here’s your chance to hear Steve Coomes and I discuss trendy…


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NFocus Louisville Announces Exit from LouisvilleKY

NFocus, the Southcomm publication that continued in Louisville after it sold its LEO Weekly two years ago, announced that its July issue will be its last. With high-quality paper and photography, I always wondered how the magazine could make it financially, and apparently it wasn’t doing so. I would sure hate to be in the print media business right now. This message was posted on the NFocus Louisville Facebook Page: A Farewell from Nfocus Nfocus, a monthly luxury lifestyle, philanthropy, art and fashion magazine will be suspending publication in Louisville following the July issue which will be distributed at the…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Talk of Eating, Drinking and Living It Up with Rusty

Those drinks you see above were part of a festive evening spent at River House and the Levee, one of the city’s newest restaurants AND nightspots. Live music filled the spacious bar, even on a Wednesday night, and the band played a rousing rendition of one of my favorites — Standin’ on Shaky Ground. At dinner, I had the dish John Varanese recommended when he was on Rusty when the place opened — Grouper Cheeks. Perhaps the best single dish I’ve had in the ‘Ville in a long time. Here’s news about the 3 podcasts I was involved in this…