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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 to have permission to publish this piece, with a special thanks to 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…

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“Hell or High Water” Brings WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday to Headliners

The first water rescue that I’m aware of in local concert history, Hell or High Water showcase will bring the music from the flooded Waterfront Wednesday indoors to Headliners Music Hall on Wednesday April 27. Yes, the Lord may have been willin’ but the creek did rise. Meaning, the show must go on! An impressive debut for the 2011 season, Walk the Moon, Sarah Jaffe and The Deloreans are rising stars that are just too damn hot to be challenged by rising water. This 21-and-over show is free. Doors open and 7:00 p.m. and the bands strike up at 8:00…

Drakes…The Newest Addition To Louisville’s Dining/Bar Scene

The St. Matthews dining and bar scene has another top-notch newcomer…Drakes is now officially open for you to come out and play. After attending the grand opening this past Thursday night ( packed!), I went back to try some lunch, and had a chance to sit down with Brandon True, the Managing Partner for Drakes, and find out a bit more about this comfy restaurant and pub. Bluegrass Hospitality Group, co-owned by Bruce Drake and Brian McCarty already have several successful eateries in Lexington, where they are based. Malone’s Steakhouse, Sal’s chop-house and Harry’s Sports bars are the forerunners to Drakes, and I was…

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Wednesday Cancelled This Week

That’s right. The headline at the WFPL site was “Waterfront Wednesday Canceled”. Seriously, this flooding is getting past the fun stage. Dire weather predictions have moved WFPK-FM to cancel this week’s scheduled Waterfront Wednesday show on the Waterfront with Sarah Jaffe and Walk the Moon. It’s the first time in the event’s 10-year history that one of the concerts has been canceled. There’s no Chow Wagon opening up down there either, as it’s moving to Witherspoon Street. The Belle of Louisville has canceled activities through May 2. The Hole-in-One contest at the Water Tower has moved to Seneca. The Mayor…

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Royal Wedding at the Frazier Museum

It’s Royal Wedding week! Everyone excited? Yeah … I know how you feel. Not only have I been failing in my goal to become obsessed with the Royal Wedding, but lately I’ve been failing at becoming obsessed with my own wedding. It’s not that I’m not excited. I’ve just had way too much other stuff going on lately. In a few weeks, I’ll be heading to Europe for a music tour, and my life has been spent on the details of that trip. But seeing as my first stop on the tour is Manchester, England, I figure I should try…

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FREE! FREE! Get Your Queen Tix

Don’t forget — you’ve got a chance to sing along on Bohemian Rhapsody with the Louisville Orchestra, on us. We’re giving away a couple of tickets to Saturday night’s performance at the Louisville Palace, as the Orchestra runs through the Queen repertoire, from Killer Queen to We Will, We Will Rock You! All you have to do is to leave your real email address at the post on this link.

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The Reality — Mint Jubilee’s Big Attractions

OK, Concentrate really hard. Think Sunshine. It’s bound to come sooner or later, just not in the next few days. All this rain guarantees we will have good weather Derby Week, so let’s talk about that. This morning the Mint Jubilee announced that it has an impressive list of celebrities lined up for the big party on Derby Eve at the Palace. Matt Battaglia, hosting the party along with Chris Thieneman and his brother Tom Thieneman Jr., is pulling out the stops to pull in the celebs. And if meeting reality TV stars is your thing, the Jubilee is your…