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Scrapboarding- Scrapbooking on Steroids

Running some errands I discovered the newest exhibit at Mellwood Arts Center’s Pigment Gallery. It just opened Friday and will be up through April 31. Artist Carol Labashosky’s “Scrapboarding Beyond the Book” is kind of like scrapbooking on steroids. Carol describes in her artist statement “scrapboarding has no boundaries, but many layers.” If you are an avid scrapbooking fan you’ll enjoy and appreciate this exhibit. This artist doesn’t confine herself to the 10” x 10” paper boundary but has works that range from smaller 12” x 12” pieces to larger 3’ x 3’ pieces. Scrapboarding is a new term to…


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Fight Time in River City

Hang with Your Fighting Heroes: I don’t get the UFC business, but the big fight event is a big enough deal to book the Yum Center tonight, and afterward, you can go hang out with the headliners at an after party at The Tilted Kilt.  The TK, on Dutchmans, has its own MMA Fight Team. Better yet, bring some canned goods to the Kilt on Friday night and you can try arm wrestling a fighter. And if you don’t know what UFC and MMA stand for, you’re not going. Welcome Margue: That’s right, Margue Esrock, who runs the St. James…


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Water Tower Regional Reflects Contemporary Jurors

I wanted to see the 2011 Water Tower Regional so I buzzed over to the Water Tower off Zorn Ave at The Louisville Art Association ( LVAA). The Water Tower Regional began in 1909 and is the oldest competitive juried art exhibition in the southeast and midwest regions. This exhibit includes 27 pieces of art ranging from photography, painting, fiber and 3D. The selected artists are from Kentucky and its contiguous states. I was pleased to see some familiar names from Louisville; Geoff Carr, photographer and Lauren Argo, 3D. The jurors this year were Alice Stites, Director of artwithoutwalls and Suzanne Weaver, Curator…


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Opening Night at Actors and I’m Confused

OK. I’m going to admit it. When “A Devil at Noon” ended after 2 1/2 hours as the opener in Humana’s Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre, I looked at 13-year-old Luke’s bewildered eyes and said, “I don’t get it.” We were struggling to figure out the story behind the play, written by Anne Washburn and performed in the 318-seat Bingham Theatre. Don’t take that as a complaint — the acting was excellent and spurred a lengthy conversation on the way home. The story is about science fiction writer Chet Ellis (Joseph Adams), who proclaims early on that…



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Fleur de ice, ya’ll!

Looks like us ‘villebillies gonna be gettin’ us a pond.  It’s gonner be one of them there cement ponds … kinda. The Waterfront Development Corp. announced plans for City Pond, an ice rink planned for Waterfront Park that would be open from mid-November through mid-January starting in 2012. Planners say it will bring 60,000 people downtown during the winter. I don’t guess I remember if Jethro or Ellie Mae ever went ice skating in Beverly Hills, but this Marshall County girl’s mighty glad that she’s maybe going to get to enjoy some outdoor skating next winter without having to buy…


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Oh Baby! Gossipy Louisville People News

An occasional departure as we slip into National Enquirer mode: Loving On Melissa: A magazine called Southern Indiana Living got things mostly right in a puffy profile of WHAS-TV’s Melissa Swan, who must hate it that the mag reveals her age (54) and calls her a local legend. A Book We Want to Read: Because we love Ashley Judd.  The Kentucky-born actress releases a memoir next month, “All That is Bitter and Sweet” which is advertised as mainly about the UK grad’s charity work.  So no photos from Rupp Arena, though John Calipari is among those singing its praises. English…


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Humana Fest Kicks Off

It’s not really surprising that Humana announced today that it’s kicking in another $2.1 million to keep its Festival of New American Plays going for another three years. Humana’s Virginia Judd, who made it official at a news conference kicking off the Festival this morning, said it’s the longest-standing arts sponsorship in the country, dating back to 1979, in the days of Jon Jory and Wendell Cherry. Six playwrights took turns talking about the creative process and what a thrill it is to have a show premier in Louisville at Actors Theatre.  It was great to see how excited they…


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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Bob Edwards-a man of few and powerful words

From  NPR’s “Morning Edition” to Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Bob Edwards has been our voice of reason as well as the touch of broadcast genius. He’s on the radio, on the internet and on our minds. As a native  of Louisville, he always has a lot to say about his hometown and gives back to our city. He is not shy about bragging about the neighborhoods, rituals and history of Louisville. His reaction to the complicated issue down on Main Street, as Bob Seger would sing, is straightforward. The fact that my intro is longer than his comment is almost…


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Todd Blue’s Two Cents on the $50 Million Iron Quarter

History made Whiskey Row and now history will take it down. It went up one brick at a time and it’s going to come down a lot faster. Soon. Somewhere between a dream and a deal, Todd Blue wants to revive a block of Main Street to many times the strength it had a century ago as whiskey warehouse to nightclubs and office lofts… and then some. Restoring more than just buildings, and hopefully utilizing as much of the original iron, tile and other materials as possible, Blue and his current and soon-to-hired crews plan to return the block to a…