Articles by RickRedding

Big Man on Main Street

What can you say about a huge statue of a naked man appearing in a prominent spot in downtown Louisville? Pretty darn cool. I heard Mandy Connell taking bets on her radio show on how long it would take some snooty group to take offense. Credit the good folks at the 21C Hotel for the brilliance of installing Big Dave, including his full manhood, during Derby Week. How big? The statue is 30-feet tall, and is considered to be a perfectly proportional male. Read all about the David statue here. And here he is.


Almost Time for Basketball Armageddon

Back in 1983, I was fortunate enough to be working for the athletic department at the University of Tennessee. We were hosting an NCAA Regional, so until the teams were announced, we had no idea that the “Dream Game” would come to Knoxville. And unlike Saturday’s matchup in the Final Four, there was no assurance that UK and U of L would meet in the regional final. Tough, skilled, well-coached teams from Indiana and Arkansas stood in the way. But both the Cardinal and Wildcats prevailed, and the stage was set for the red and blue battle on an orange-trimmed…


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Preservation Rules Don’t Need Fixing

My friend John Gilderbloom makes some good points in this editorial he managed to slip into the Courier-Journal this morning. In regard to the Metro Council’s efforts to make major changes, and gain more control of, the process in which properties are designated to be preserved — Gilderbloom’s valid point is that if it ain’t broke, why fix it. It seems the effort by Council members to gain more control of the preservation process was prompted by an admittedly bad decision by local officials. That was the decision to designate the South End’s Colonial Gardens as historically signficant, which makes…


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And now, Peyton, Black Bart, C-J Departures, Leg Ticklers and A Home For Sale

I got some catching up to do, so. . . Yesterday during my appearance on the Joe Elliott Radio Show (click here, go to Hour 1, download if you really want to hear it) it was fun to talk, first, about Peyton Manning and the imminent moment when he’ll put on an orange jersey.  It’s hard not to be a Peyton fan, and he had to go somewhere, but the Broncos? Denver, home of Tebow-mania?  I think it’s a big risk for any NFL team to sign a 36-year-old QB coming off 4 neck surgeries, but I’m betting he’ll give…


We Know What You Did Last Weekend

As you might have expected, the TV ratings for the just-completed weekend of hoops were extraordinary and record-setting. You may know that WLKY garners the best ratings in the NCAA Tournament of any CBS station in the country, and with such unprecedented success by local teams, the numbers are up, up, up. WLKY GM Glenn Haygood reports that games on his station (now that the games are shared between CBS, TBS and TRU TV) were 15-20 percent higher than last year. Saturday night’s Kentucky win over Iowa State did a 34, which is in Super Bowl territory. The 15 games…


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Home Cooking at Yum for TV Stations

Local TV station managers and CFOs normally have a tough time with the NCAA Tournament, figuring how to send crews to as many as four locations at once, or arranging to share resources with each other or out-of-town stations. They should be sending love notes to the NCAA Selection committee for sending Kentucky, Western Kentucky and Murray to the Yum Center, while pairing both Indiana and Louisville at the same site, in Portland. And then all those teams played on the first day of the tourney, and they all won, except for Western. That means the crews in Portland can…


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Modern Life on Stage at Actors

You will love “Eat Your Heart Out”,  one of the Humana Festival of New American Plays entries, if you. . . are a single Mom struggling to balance work, parenthood and dating. Or if you are part of a married couple struggling to adopt a child. Or if you remember being a teen-ager struggling with love and friendship in a cruel environment. The play, by playwright Courtney Baron, centers on the life of Nance. She goes on an awkward first date set up through Match.com. She struggles because her teenage daughter is overweight, has just one friend in the world,…


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Ted Smith: Innovation is Key to Growth

As he admitted to a packed house at the Breakfast of Champions gathering at the University Club, the title “Director of Innovation” sounds like a made-up title. But that’s what Mayor Greg Fischer offered Smith last year — a title he’d made up, along with no staff or resources, and an assignment to get Louisville in the conversation about cool and innovative cities. In January, Smith added “Economic Development” to his title and has been focusing on growth — as in bringing investment and dollars to the city along with innovation. He told several stories about how innovation can make…


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Grandma’s Recipes are Right at Home at Anselmo’s

I happened upon Anselmo’s, in the Highlands, for a late-night Hot Brown pizza a few weeks ago, and the food keeps bringing me back. Kenny Jeannette, who opened the restaurant last May featuring his Grandma’s Italian recipes, warned me on my second visit that the Italian Inferno would test my resistance to hot, hot spices. Fairly warned, Luke and I tried it anyway. He was right. So on our third visit I tried another spicy dish, the Rattlesnake Pasta, while Luke went with lasagna. It’s cozy and the staff is great, offering great advice (and warnings) about the menu. After…


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Through the Smoke, Actors’ “Hour of Feeling” Shines

Before I tell you about “The Hour of Feeling,” which debuted last night as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, let me rave about the event itself.  Actors Theatre’s signature event, running now through April 2, attracts acclaim and attention for Louisville from across the globe. Each production features spectacular set design, staging, costumes and special effects, on plays written by brilliant young playwrights. Everything is done in a first-class way, intorducing new plays on a national stage. “The Hour of Feeling” is no exception. It’s the story of a young man under pressure from two women,…