Articles by RickRedding

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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,…


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Ashley Judd will help Celebrate Freedom Tonight

Ashley Judd is in Louisville tonight Kentucky’s basketball’s most famous and best-looking fan is in town tonight. Ashley Judd is the featured speaker at the Celebrate Freedom Dinner at the downtown Marriott. It’s a fund-raiser for The Healing Place, which helps men and women struggling with addiction. The event is sold out, thanks to the popularity of the actress, who has also become known as a “humanitarian, political activist, fashion designer, model, and philanthropist,” according to Wikipedia, not to mention her notoriety for showing up at Rupp Arena to pull for the Wildcats. She has a degree in French from…


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Fired! And Some Hires

FIRED: It’s unbelievable the dumb things dudes do for sex. According to reports, One Southern Indiana chief Jody Wassmer sent pics of his di.. genitals to several women from his work email account. The Owensboro native, on the job four months, tried passing off to media the fiction that, get this, he wanted to go back home to be closer to his family. But then the real story came out here.  So remember, when people leave jobs because “they realize how deep their ties to Owensboro are,” it’s right to be skeptical. FIRED, BUT WHY? Which leads me to wonder…


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Denny’s Wall of Fame

The new Denny Crum Hometown Hero mural is up downtown on Main Street, featuring Crum coaching during his 500th coaching victory, on his way to a Hall of Fame total of 675.  That’s then-assistant coach Scott Davenport behind the rolled-up program on his left. So who do you think should be next up?The name I hear most often, and who may be most deserving, is Hunter S. Thompson. Maybe I just think that one would be cool Here’s a list of the posters around town brought to you by the Greater Louisville Pride Foundation. —    Muhammad Ali (Installed April 2002)…


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Next Up For Me, LouisvilleKY.com and Alpha

I just finished my first week on the job as Marketing Director for Alpha Energy Solutions, so I guess it’s time to let the readers of this blog in on changes in my life and how they’ll affect what you read here.  This is my 583rd post since we started things up at LouisvilleKY.com. We’ve recruited 59 contributors, who have offered up some good reading and insights on what makes life interesting in my hometown.  We’ve built a good audience and I’m proud of every post. The site will continue, even though my contributions will be less frequent. Oh, I’m…


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Ready to Pay Real Money for the C-J Online?

I’m not. But Gannett announced Wednesday that its papers around the country will erect paywalls, similar to the one put up by the New York Times, to try and get you to start paying for something you’ve always gotten for free. As much as I hate to admit it, it seems that erecting paywalls at news sites is becoming a national trend. Gannett believes it will boost subscription revenues by 25 percent with the move and boost its earnings by $100 million a year. My question is — what drug are the decision-makers at Gannett on? If anything, the paywall…


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A Big Step Forward for Gambling

Don’t bet on it yet, but it looks like the Kentucky legislature might actually approve a move to get gaming on a statewide ballot. Today in Frankfort, despite a heavy turnout of protestors, seven members of the Kentucky Senate had the guts to approve SB 151, meaning gambling legislation will move our of committee and be voted on by the full Senate. It’s the first time a gaming bill has gotten this far, though Gov. Steve Beshear has made it a priority since before he won the governorship in 2007. Beshear says that Kentuckians blew $451 million gambling at out-0f-state…


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Today’s Losers: Williams, Charter Schools, Constables

Here’s what I’m paying attention to lately. The Politics of Gaming — Funny to watch David Williams, who usually loves to hear himself speak to reporters, avoid a TV camera from WDRB yesterday. Williams made a dash for an elevator, telling Gilbert Corsey he wasn’t talking about the gaming issue. Gov. Beshear introduced legislation yesterday that would pave the way for a vote on gaming in Kentucky. I’ll Drink to This: This headline from WHAS-TV’s website — “Alcohol may boost creativity.” A study shows that a few beers actually helped people solve problems. Manual’s President Project: Some good news for…


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Kentucky Legislature Bets on Gaming

This could be a historic day in Kentucky. In Frankfort, lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow casino gambling in the state. It would allow seven casinos, five of which would be at horse tracks. It has the momentum of support from both sides, and was introduced by Sen. Damon Thayer, the Georgetown Republican. Gov. Beshear said, “We’re here today to announce the filing of legislation to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that lets the people decide once and for all,” Beshear said. The usual suspects piped up in opposition. The Herald-Leader quoted The Family Foundation, the longtime…