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Taylor Swift Comes to Yum!

The Yum Center just announced that Taylor Swift, that’s right, Taylor Swift, will perform at the KFC Yum Center July 2. Tickets go on sale Friday morning at 10.  This seems like a big deal.  Here’s the official release. Anybody going? LOUISVILLE, KY (February 9, 2011) – Taylor Swift’s much-anticipated “Speak Now World Tour 2011” will include Louisville as a stop on its North American leg. Sponsored by COVERGIRL®, this high-energy, theatrical presentation is centered on one of today’s biggest cross-genre artists as she delights fans with special guest NeedToBreathe in the city’s newest multi-purpose arena, the KFC Yum! Center…


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Amazing Grace in Highlands Closing Soon

Grace Carswell is still Amazing after all these years, although she has not been part of the Amazing Grace  Whole Foods market since 2006. After splitting with husband and business partner, Paul Koenig, both the store and its creators have gone through some changes. When they opened the store at 10:30 a.m. on June 17, 1995, Grace may have had thoughts about the positive impact such a business would have on the city; but I doubt she ever thought it would close its doors this soon. The latest news is the store will shut down by the end of the…


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What do you do with sentimental clutter?

I remember when Garrett’s parents sold their house in the suburbs of Chicago and downsized to a condo. We were all living in Brooklyn at the time, and he had to go back to clean out his old bedroom. That meant throwing away a lot of stuff. I’ve never had to do that because my mom is a packrat. She bought her parents house in 1974 (and her parents bought it in 1950), and even let them keep most of THEIR stuff there. So that house is filled with old photographs and sentimental curiosities. Nothing valuable, just things that have…


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Getting Angry in 87th-Ranked Louisville

The only thing spreading to Clarksville is fear. As you probably expected, the new Louisville no-nudity ordnance has the self-righteous crowd in Indiana rocking the Fear Machine and renewing a fight against adult superstore Theatair X in Clarksville. Logic might suggest that adult businesses will set up across the River, so yesterday the fear-mongering ROCK group held a meeting. And WHAS-TV cameras obliged them, repeating at least one unfounded claim, which is really a pretty funny one — “They call Theatair X a bully in the sex industry – where gonorrhea, syphilis, Chlamydia, and HIV/AIDS thrive. They say it’s a…


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Pump It Up!

It’s not every day or every city that one can Google the name of their mayor + breastfeeding and get such great news! Kudos to Mayor Greg Fischer and Dr. Matt Zahn with the Dept. of Public Health and Wellness for making life a little easier for moms and a lot healthier for the youngest constituents of the Louisville Metro! This should have an impact on information passed on to postpartum moms at the four area birthing hospitals–Baptist Hospital East, Norton, Norton Suburban and University–where women will be encouraged to choose breastfeeding for nourishment and bonding in the crucial hours…


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Louisville’s Library FINALLY has an App!

When’s the last time you went to the library? Sure, I know the shiny, unbroken spines beautifully displayed at Carmichael’s and Border’s are enticing, but the library is much more fun. Really, it’s just about my favorite place in Louisville. Thousands and thousands of books on ANYTHING you want … and all yours for the borrowing. I remember being taught how to use the card catalog in the mid-1980s, just as computers were beginning to integrate our homes and classrooms. I loved the huge pieces of furniture that held tiny index-card-sized drawers. But I remember being a library aide in…


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Deja Vu All Over Again – Louisville Goes Prude

When the National Farm Machinery Show arrives in town next week, some good ‘ole boys are in for a rude awakening. Because the traditional trek to Trixie’s may not be happening, and if it does, the boys won’t be getting their usual peek at a womsn’s ta-ta’s at the same time hoisting a cold beer. And if it’s still open, Trixie’s will be closing its doors at the early hour of 1 a.m. That’s because the city is scheduled to start enforcing its No Nudity ordinance tomorrow.  It effectively puts 25 local businesses employing more than 300 tax-paying citizens out…


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Tonight was anything BUT a good night for the Fox network.

How do you screw up an internationally televised concert? Ask Fox or the producers of this year’s Super Bowl! Maybe it was just my TV or my house, but did anyone else hear the atrocious audio mix called the half time show on Fox tonight? Someone owes the BlackEyedPeas and their fans an apology! Sure it’s no easy task coordinating a concert in the middle of the Super Bowl, but you would think someone would have rehearsed, set levels and set memory points on the mixers. Maybe I’m just making something out of nothing but “Tonight’s going to be a…


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What Makes a “Classic?”

I’m not ashamed to admit that I really liked The Da Vinci Code. It was a page-turner, and I like history, art, puzzles, and Masons. But recently at a reputable bookstore, I saw a display of “Classics” that included Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, and The Da Vinci Code. My gut tells me that putting Dan Brown with Melville and Fitzgerald is ridiculous. But I also remember the first time I heard Nirvana on an Oldies-type station, I objected. Maybe my gut feeling is just telling me I’m getting old. What are the requirements of something becoming a classic? Wildly…


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On Seeing “Top Gun” for the First Time

I saw Top Gun last week. You may not be impressed, so let me tell you next that I had never seen it before. I remember when it was the hot movie. I was 8 years old, and my piano teacher had me play that terrible love song they used to play on MTV over and over again. Really, I mostly remember that the tune had five flats, which didn’t seem fair at the time, and it took me forever to pass (but I can still play it from memory). Maybe I’ve held a grudge against Top Gun — or…