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Some Good Louisville Things Come to an End

Yes, those Borders stores are closing at Gardiner Lane and on Shelbyville Road. They’re selling everything at 40 percent off, starting today. The going-out-of-business sale is going gangbusters at Doll’s Market, too. No one should be happy about these developments. Borders has been around 40 years, Doll’s more than 50. More Blue Lots: Why is it that Todd Blue seems so determined to create surface parking lots downtown in the place of historic buildings? Our Cindy Lamb is looking into that question, as Blue is in the midst of another fight with preservationists over a building at 306-310 Main Street….

‘Halfway’ Part 2: Derby City goes Nuts

If Halfway to Forecastle was no more than a decadently delicious taster for 2012’s 10th Annual Forecastle Festival, then Friday’s opening acts BoomBox, Twin Shadow and RJD2 were some rather tasty hor’dourves for the skull-vibrating spectacle brought on by co-headliners Big Boi and Pretty Lights.

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Film Review: ‘Beginners’

Directer Mike Mills has created a serenely meditative, powerful and yet at times raucously funny comedy/drama that explores the travails of love, confusion, the legacy of one’s parents and the ability to accept and/or escape them.

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Hello Summer Festival: Live and Local

Hello Summer is the latest addition is Louisville’s local cultural landscape—a festival featuring local bands and local artists—and it’s happening August 5th, at Cherokee Park. The festival is the first production of Louisville’s CiPit Productions, and headlining are Cameron Sharp, “Carpe Noctum”, Alison’s Escape, Yo’majesty, and the Eracists. Others will be announced soon, I’m told. Local artists, like Jeremy Lewis, will also be displaying their works for sale—everything from canvas paintings to hand-made, one of a kind purses (shiny!). Local comedians Tyler Jackson and Lindsay Boling will be hosting the event. (Wait, we have comedians? Cool.) Families and groups of…

‘Lebowski Fest’ strikes the 10th Pen– WIN FREE TICKETS

The blissful irreverence that is Lebowski Fest returns to the Derby City this Friday and Saturday (July 15-16th) for what may just be its most raucous iteration yet. Created as an unabashed celebration of ‘The Big Lebowski’, the 1998 cult-classic comedy from the Coen brothers, organizer Will Russell attributes the event’s now decade-long longevity to the film he considers, “endlessly re-watchable movie, with great dialogue, great characters, a kick ass soundtrack and absolutely hilarious,” but adds, “The festival is created by fans for fans and the fans (Achievers) are what keep it alive.” As per tradition, the 10th annual Louisville…

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NASCAR Kingpin Bruton Smith to Kentucky – “Let’s speed it up!”

In the smoking asphalt aftermath of what race fans are calling “Carmageddon,” Speedway Motorsports CEO, Bruton Smith, has both harsh words and hope for the Commonwealth. With 1-75 shut down and I-71 crawling like a parking lot, over 20,000 fans eager to witness the debut of NASCAR at the Kentucky Speedway could not get there. Those who did were managing full bladders, empty gas tanks and worn to a frazzle from, in many instances,  a 45 minute hop that turned to four hours. They were so dazed  that the staggering $8 beer prices meant nothing. Not having to pee on the side of the road meant everything. I am not a race…

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Critiquing the Media with Judy Green

Let’s welcome embattled Metro Councilwoman Judy Green to the wide world of media. Green debuted her radio show over the weekend and, as the C-J reported, started by questioning the news judgment of the local paper for featuring a story about her ethics challenges on the front page.  Green didn’t take calls, ignored her attorney’s (Derwin Webb) advice and claimed (so let’s see it) to have a 2,500-signature petition from people who support her. And where’s she getting the money to buy radio time, anyway? Check out Ed Springston’s response to the story they’re selling, that Green is paying for…

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Non-Profits Spread the Word

Louisville businesses give about the same amount to non-profits are our peer cities, but when it comes to health care, it’s a different story. Kevin Connelly’s talk at the Breakfast of Champions this morning focused on the importance of non-profits in the local economy. He heads the Center for Non Profit Excellence, a local organization of more than 350 members, many of which were represented in the crowd of more than 50 who showed up to hear his talk. Connelly’s statistical analysis showed Louisville ranked about where you’d expect a city of our size to be when it comes to…

Deion Branch Spent The Day In Louisville Today

Super Bowl MVP and former Louisville standout Deion Branch spent the day in Louisville today. This morning he was at FASTSIGNS Louisville on Fern Valley Rd. signing autographs and greeting fans. Branch spent over an hour signing photos, footballs and taking pictures with everyone in the crowd.  FASTSIGNS Louisville is one of the sponsors of Branch’s summer skills camps that benefit the Deion Branch Foundation. The foundation actively supports organizations committed to assisting meningitis victims, particularly infected children. After leaving FASTSIGNS, Branch went to the Home of The Innocents to host a lunch and show his support for the work…