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Next Breakfast of Champions Features Orchestra’s Teddy Abrams

Teddy Abrams is shaking things up in the Louisville Arts community – and far beyond. The dynamic Louisville Orchestra Music Director will share his insights and energy at the March 9 Breakfast of Champions. Teddy will discuss the evolution of music, seamlessly incorporating (you guessed it!) MUSIC into his entertaining talk. You will not want to miss this one! About Teddy Abrams: An unusually versatile musician, Teddy Abrams is a widely acclaimed conductor, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist, and composer. This season marks the beginning of his tenure as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and Music Director and…


The Healing Place, Heroin and Helping Celebrate Freedom

On Friday, the Healing Place holds its annual Celebrate Freedom Dinner. Laurie Dhue, a former cable TV news anchor who appeared on MSNBC, CNN and Fox, will be there to talk about her personal journey and recovery from addiction. She will be a guest on my podcast, the Rusty Satellite Show, and I’m looking forward to speaking with her. If you don’t know about the work of The Healing Place, you should. Addiction is not pretty, and ruins more lives than you can imagine. I went to the Celebrate Freedom Dinner a few years ago, when the actress Ashley Judd…


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Face It – Fighting Child Abuse is Everyone’s Responsibility

If you gathered the annual victims of child abuse in Kentucky, they would not fit in Slugger Field. The fact that so many Kentucky children suffer from physical, sexual or psychological abuse, or neglect is a sobering thought. In 2013, Kosair Charities began a 10-year initiative to eliminate the problem, mobilizing statewide initiatives that include legislative efforts in the Kentucky General Assembly and on-the-ground efforts involving education for caregivers to spot warning signs in children. The program, called Face It Abuse directly addresses the increasingly unacceptable number of child abuse deaths in Jefferson County and the surrounding areas with best practices…


Journal Day 4: Differing Views on a Perfect Golf Day

Our Journal Project – Day 4 LUKE: School today was filled with constitution packets, notes, physic quizzes, and boring French stuff. This is my first day of my journal where I had work at least. I work at Wildwood private golf course so most days lately have been real slow. Today was an exception holy I didn’t sit down once since I got there (I clean the carts, store them, clean members clubs, take care of the driving range, talk to members etc.). I can’t blame them though it was probably gonna be the best day til the end of winter to play.  That’s…


Highs and Lows on Tuesday: Herbstreit, a Festival of Ideas and Meeting a Reptile

Quite a week in my hometown. On Tuesday, ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit answered questions friend of Rusty John Asher at a charity luncheon for Catholic schools held in conjunction with the Trinity-St. X football game on Friday. Herbstreit said he’s a regular at the Derby, which Asher reminded us is only 214 days away. It was the start of the Idea Festival, where Angie Fenton hosted a session called Thrivals targeting young adults. I stopped in and heard several high school students ask intelligent questions about what will be different in 2035. One young man named Thomas was from Fern…


Bracket Distractions — Arts and Business and Politics

It’s always good to have some friends who don’t pay attention to the same things you do — it offers perspective. What’s important to you (whether U of will be a #2 seed or #3 seed in the NCAA bracket) is like speaking a foreign language, I’m guessing, to someone like Les Waters, the artistic director at Actors’ Theatre and my guest on the Rusty Satellite Show this week.


Rusty #6 with Brendan McCarthy and Marianne Zickuhr

Starting off, here’s a big thank you — to Diane Williamson, the area’s phenomenal voice talent, for giving the Rusty Satellite Show some free voice promos. That’s her doing the intros on today’s show.She’s gotten some pretty cool clients, not the least impressive of which is being the voice of OnStar — “Your vehicle is disabled. Don’t Panic. Help is on the way.” My interview with Brendan McCarthy started another week full of media news. This piece in Insider Louisville got a lot of attention for its chronicling the outflow of warm bodies at Sixth and Broadway, while LPM is…


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Over 80 Presenters, 3000 Attendees at Second Annual How-To Festival

Saturday, May 11th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) on York Street was overrun by knowledge seekers at the second annual How-To Festival. Free and open to the public, the How-To Festival gained over 3000 visitors this year, more than double the first year’s attendance. This was a major group effort, coordinated by the LFPL and made possible through hundreds of volunteers, including over 80 local presenters who came from all walks of life. From learning how to dance gangnam style to beading bracelets to raising chickens to improving website SEO, there was something…


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Pick Up a New Hobby at the How-To Festival May 11

This Mother’s Day weekend take a break from pink carnations and greeting cards to do something a little different: picking up a fascinating new hobby at the Louisville Free Public Library’s (LFPL) second annual How-To Festival. On Saturday, May 11th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., over 1000 people are expected to gather at Louisville’s Main Library on 301 York Street. In 5 hours over 50 engaging presentations will commence throughout the building and outdoor tents. From baking bread to magic tricks, square dancing to raising chickens in your backyard, there’s something for everyone. Admission is completely free for all…


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“Take It From Tara!” – A Personal Dream Come True

How many of us wake up every day and can’t wait to jump out of bed and start our day earning a living and making a difference, not only in our own lives but  hopefully in the lives of others? I, for one, do NOW. I finally “got it”…I just had to follow my father’s excellent advice to find something I loved to do and figure out how to earn a living doing it! Years in the Louisville media working for various corporate entities made me aware of the challenges of starting a show of my own. Thanks to Crescent…