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LouisvilleKY Zoo Seeks Trashformation Contest Entries and Eco-Partners for Earth Month

  Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo invites students in pre-K – grade 12 to get involved with the sixth annual Trashformation: A Trash-to-Treasure Art Contest for Students. The annual contest is part of the Zoo’s Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth powered by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company in April. Students are encouraged to communicate the importance of recycling and sustainability through art.  Using only recyclable items, students’ art submissions should express or interpret “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.” Back by popular demand, the Zoo is partnering with the Louisville Orchestra’s MakingMUSIC Landfill…


LouisvilleKY playwright presents two plays kicking off Black History Month

Louisville, KY., – The Bard’s Town Theatre hosts a double bill of African-American themed plays to kick off Black History Month this year – “DOUBLE V”, about a crusading black newsman during World War II who helps persuade President Harry Truman to integrate the US military, and DERBY MINE 4, about an African-American miner, rare in today’s coal industry, who rescues colleagues trapped underground by a methane explosion. Written by local playwright Larry Muhammad, the two hour-long dramas will be performed at The Bard February 1, 2 and 3, each night at 7:30 pm. They are brought to the stage by a team of…

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Despite Evidence, Misinformed Jeffersontown Committee Unmoved on Airbnb Issue

Planning and Zoning Committee takes no action to allow Short-Term Rentals On Tuesday, I attended the Planning and Zoning Meeting of the Jeffersontown City Council. The only agenda item was short-term rentals. It was lightly attended, but there were a handful of residents who came prepared to express their opposition to legalizing short-term rentals. This committee has the authority to make changes to the law, but it appears to me no member of the committee is interested in learning FACTS about the issue. Instead, they listened as Norm Meyer of Plainview rambled on about how wrong it was for WAVE-TV…

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LouisvilleKY’s film society presents 5th annual Oscar Party

Louisville, KY— The Louisville Film Society gets ready to roll out the red carpet on Sunday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. for it’s 5 th Annual Oscar Watch Party as the 90 th Annual Academy Awards takes place in Hollywood. This year’s party will be held at Copper & Kings American Brandy Company, 1121 E. Washington Street where multiple large-screen TVs will be placed for viewing the live broadcast from Dolby Theatre. The 2018 Oscar Ceremony, put on by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is actually taking place later than its usual late-February date to avoid conflicting with the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Oscar Watch Party is LFS’s primary membership…

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LouisvilleKY’s 2018 Forecastle Festival Lineup is official

Tickets go on sale Friday Louisville, KY., – Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse lead the line up for Louisville’s Forecastle Festival 2018. This is the 16th year for the popular event, slated July 13-15, 2018, at Waterfront Park. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan. 19. Ticket information and more can be found at  

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LouisvilleKY’s zoo reschedules Qannick’s Birthday party

Louisville, KY., – The Zoo has rescheduled Qannik’s birthday party  to Sat., Jan. 20 at 11:15 a.m. at Glacier Run. Zoo guests will be invited to sing “Happy Birthday.” Each animal will also receive special birthday enrichment items. ABOUT QANNIK | Qannik made national headlines when she was found on Alaska’s North Slope in 2011 separated from her mother and sibling. After several days of monitoring her in hopes that she would reunite with the other bears, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) began a rescue operation. Qannik was under weight and likely hadn’t learned vital skills to survive on her own. She…


LouisvilleKY’s Speed Art Museum officially names Stephen Reily as director

  LOUISVILLE, KY (January 8, 2018) – The Speed Art Museum Board of Trustees has announced that Stephen Reily, formerly Interim Director, will remain at the Museum as Director.  Reily, a longtime civic and business leader and supporter of the Museum, stepped into the role of Interim Director in March, 2017 after the departure of former CEO Ghislain d’Humières. “Stephen stepped in graciously to serve the Speed at a time of need,” said Martha Slaughter, Chair of the Speed Art Museum Board of Trustees. “When he quickly brought it to life with a new strategic plan, careful financial planning, some key hires,…

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Mayor Fischer gives LouisvilleKY a progress report

Louisville, KY., – Last week, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer gave his State of the City address and released a “Progress Report” for 2017. The following is his letter announcing the report and a link to the report, itself: Letter from Mayor Fischer: Our city is going through a tremendous renaissance in job growth, construction and educational attainment. We have earned a host of accolades from around the world as a city on the move, because we offer a unique combination of economic opportunity, great quality of life, signature tourist attractions and the zeal to create a community where everyone in…

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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo celebrates two big birthdays

Louisville, KY., –  The Louisville Zoo kicks off the new year with two very special animal birthdays. First up, the Zoo will celebrate Gorilla Helen on her big 60th birthday in Gorilla Forest on Sat., Jan. 6 at noon. This is especially significant as the median age of gorillas in a managed program of an Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) facility is 38.3 years-old. In the remnant wild the average age is 35.   The Zoo will celebrate polar bear Qannik’s 7th birthday on Sat., Jan. 13 at 11:15 a.m. at Glacier Run. Zoo guests will be invited to sing “Happy Birthday.” Each animal will…

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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo Looks at 2017 Highlights

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo welcomed over 860,000 guests from 41 states in 2017 — once again being recognized as the #1 attended non-profit attraction in the region. 2017 saw significant births of endangered species and the passing of dearly beloved animal ambassadors like our male African lion Kenya. The Zoo won several prestigious Zoo industry awards and activated the final projects of the Leadership Capital Campaign. Here are just a few Zoo moments from the past 12 months: Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak was named an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation inspector of the year in 2017. AZA announced…