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Fancy Pants bike Ride

Dress up for Bike Ride to Dawn at the Downs – Thursday, May 5, 2011 If an early morning at the track and even earlier morning on your bike sounds like fun to you then Bike to Dawn at the Downs tomorrow morning, Thursday May 5, is just for you! Join the early-rising sprocket jockeys in their best Derby attire for a ride from Central Park in Old Louisville to Churchill Downs. We’re not talking about spandex here. And this is no race. It’s for the Derby dame or dandy who likes the idea of riding in high style. Meet…


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Singing in the Rain at Fest-a-Ville

Last night’s gig at the Derby Fest-a-Ville down on the Waterfront-ish was just like Woodstock, minus about 30 degrees and a few hundred thousand people. Really, it was muddy and cold and pouring down rain. Thanks to the folks who braved the weather and kept us smiling. And also thanks to my awesome band who keeps me smiling no matter what the gig is like. My band and I had a good time, but I feel terrible for all those poor vendors. When I went in search of french fries before my set, they were all salivating at the chance…


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Bin Laden’s Death-Moderate,Don’t Celebrate

I admit one part of me wanted to jump for joy when I found out about the death of Osama Bin Laden. I had the same visceral reaction many others have shared, and continue to experience today. But another part of me is saddened, and repelled by our joy. I do not deny his killing was necessary, but to rejoice as many seem to be doing is not something I enjoy. I won’t deny that President Obama and others will benefit from this on a political level, but to use the phrase, “welcome to hell”, is not something that needs…


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My Big Fat Louisville Night

It was kind of a big fat Louisville night last night for this old girl. The Louisville Orchestra’s WOW event, in which the orchestra played behind a road show group of vocalists/guitarists led by Brody Dolynuik who sang the music of Queen tickled my giggle gadget. And I wasn’t the only one! After the opening song, there wasn’t a foot that wasn’t tapping or a fat bottom on a girl or a guy that wasn’t jiggling.  And, after the first set, not a face without a smile!  The excitement paralleled that top of the hill roller coaster feeling just before…


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A Rarity: Bourbon advertised on Local TV

Give credit to WBKI for broadcasting the Balloon Glow on Friday night. Hosts Tara Bassett and Becca White had the formidable task of providing play-by-play at an event in which nothing really happens — balloonists send fire up in their balloons, creating some “oooh and ahhh” visual moments. That’s about it, but about 40,000 people fought traffic around Bowman Field to see it. The broadast included commentary from “balloon meister” George Troutman and some really awkward interviews in the field by Troy Roebuck and Julian, a 15-year-old intern. But what got my attention were the commercial spots. And while it…


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Derby Fever Is On.

Spring fever outbreak spotted in Louisville! I stopped by the track on Friday, where things are looking just swell in preparation for Opening Night. This morning the Mini-Marathon and Balloon Race went off without a hitch.


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Billy Reed’s Guide to Picking Derby Winners

Billy Reed may be the world’s greatest authority on the Kentucky Derby. We’re fortunate here at LouisvilleKY.com to have permission to publish this piece, with a special thanks to LouisvilleCatholicSports.com. By Billy Reed I have been on the Kentucky Derby trail since 1964 and have actually picked and bet on a few winners over the last 44 years, most recently Super Saver in last year’s event. However, in the interest of full disclosure, I almost must admit that in 1973 I picked Sham over…uh, gosh, what was that winner’s name? Seems like a movie was made about him recently, but…


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The Decemberists Kick off Iroqouis Amphitheatre Season

My husband and I couldn’t believe we just discovered Iroquois Amphitheatre last night. After living in Louisville for 16 years I’m embarrassed to say it was my first visit to this venue. The Decemberists kicked off the concert season under threatening skies. Luckily the weather held off and the concert was hauntingly magical with the cool spring breeze and lightning showing off in the distance. If you haven’t  heard The Decemberists, I invite you to check them out. Their music reminds me of a mosh pit of R.E.M- U2- Bluegrass-Native American-influenced yumminess.  The crowd was a striking mix of mid…


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Join Louisville’s Bike to Work Challenge

A friendly competition for Bike To Work Month to encourage people in the Louisville area to use bikes for transportation! Each trip to work or errands count as one point. Most points wins! Organize a team of your colleagues, neighbors, friends, etc. Only the top five scorers in a team will count toward the challenge total. Who will win the coveted Golden Handlebars and be recognized before the whole city at Bike to Work Day, May 20 at Fourth Street Live? Start pedaling. It could be you!


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Some Notes for your Social Calendar

My head is spinning for all the exciting events and fun in the next few weeks! But, clearly our titles as River City and Derby City are dueling it out. Which will win? As Cindy shared, Waterfront Wednesday is now the Come Hell or High Water event at Headliners and now I have read that Dog Day at the Park has been postponed due to the weather. Fear not, for I have many things for you to consider in the coming days……… Thursday: The UK Alumni Association is hosting its Red White and Blue Wine Tasting Junior League of Louisville…