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Thanksgiving Eve is Party Time at Gerstle’s; Come back for Leftovers Friday

If you’ve passed the college-age crowd, moved on from the attitude of all-night-drinking and wondering what you did last night, you might not realize that tonight is the biggest party night of the year for many local bars. For 41-year-old Eric White, who’s owned Gerstle’s in St. Matthews for eight years, it’s a known fact that the kids coming home from college with no reason to get up on Thursday means a packed house. It’s time to book the best bands (This, That and the Other is playing tonight) and make sure there’s plenty of kegs of Bud Light on hand….


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Pumpkins, Politics and Good Eats

I’m not sure when Halloween transitioned from a focus on kids dressing up and knocking on doors to get candy to one of the biggest party nights of the year, but it happened. With the big Trick-or-Treat night not coming until Monday, that makes for a whole weekend for adults to put on their Donald Trump masks and overindulge in something that’s worse for you than candy. According to Lyft, it’s become about the biggest ride-sharing night of the year, so I’ll be out there and coming to get you. Speaking of Lyft, guess how I met this week’s guest…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Cards by 7 TDs?, an Iraqi-born artist, Rabbit Hole Bourbon and a Great Burger

As of Friday morning, the #7 Louisville Cardinal football team is favored by 34.5 points in its ACC football game against Duke. As hard as that is to believe, I think this time Bobby Petrino won’t take his foot off the gas until his team is up by the 7 touchdown margin, because at this point in the season image does matter. And the Cards’ image will certainly be enhanced with a 56-10 win. I’ll see you in the Flight Deck. If it weren’t for it coinciding with the game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, I would be riding down…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK — New Ranking, New Restaurant and Plenty to Do

Most of us really enjoyed the city’s first week in the Top 5 of college football, cranking up the volume on activities as the calendar signaled that autumn is here. I saw the Showtime series, “A Season With Florida State Football” and loved seeing how Jimbo Fisher and his bunch reacted to losing. It was interesting to see the Seminoles go through a practice at Waterfront Park in the pre game and enter into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, where they were as surprise as fans were that the Cards put a 63-20 pounding on them. I don’t see these guys…


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Take The 39 Steps to Actors

Four zany characters offer a high-energy madcap experience in Actors Theatre’s season-opening production of The 39 Steps. It’s amazing the play uses just four actors, because there are dozens of characters in a play whose pace alone is sometimes frantic. It opens with a short black-and-white film featuring the character Richard Hannay, played brilliantly by David Ryan Smith, who appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Humana Festival. A pair of clowns, played by Jesse Perez and Carter Gill, keep the comedy level high as they frequently change into different characters. Zuzanna Szadkowski is the woman at the center of the…


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LouisvilleKY’s The WEEK: A Blowout, Bourbon Days, and Bluegrass Lead Into Labor Day Weekend

After a 56-point first half at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, the biggest talking point for the football-crazed fans in the upper deck was whether the Cards could actually score 100 points. “Bobby, Don’t Let Up!” we yelled at Petrino. Of course, no one expects any football team to score 4 TDs per quarter, but it sure was fun while it lasted.  Watching phenom QB Lamar Jackson carve up a Charlotte secondary that seemed to be leaving at least one Card received wide open on pass plays left us marveling at Jackson’s talents. Petrino chose to, well, let up, at the start of…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Swan’s Song and Seven Sense, Flugtag, and Birthdays

Ready for your final free weekend before football season? There’s plenty to do, starting with the Flugtag experience down at the Waterfront, where 40 groups will push their crafts off the edge of a 22-foot high platform. If history is any indication, most will promptly dive into the Ohio River, like those paper airplanes you used to try to fly across the room during Algebra class. For details, check out last week’s Rusty Satellite Show podcast here with Bill DeReamer. Which is also a place to hear about Saturday’s big party on Preston, the Seven Sense Festival, featuring 40 bands,…


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Finally, I Cut the Cord and Ditched Dish

I’ve been thinking about doing this for more than a year. But I have kept my Dish Network service because I didn’t want to be without access to watching local news. Finally, for the first time since the 1980s, I’m not going to be paying a cable/satellite bill next month. With some prompting from my son Josh, who has not had cable or satellite TV for several years, I found a digital antenna for local stations that works. So I made the call this week, and now I won’t be paying that $60 every month for the privilege of watching…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Outside the Interviews with Tracy Beale, Hunter Embry and Jeff Stum

Maybe I’m just getting old, or perhaps my brain is built this way. Going back to my days in academia, I always did well on tests that required understanding concepts in the short-term. As a reporter, my job was to become an expert on a particular topic quickly. I was a prolific blogger because I could figure out ideas for stories and spit them out on a computer screen. The downside of all this is that if you stop me and ask who was on the Rusty Satellite Show last week, I couldn’t tell you because I’ve already forgotten. The same…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Deer Me at Perry Park, Talking a Dive Bar, Vegan Jerky and the Doctor of Dunk

Greetings from Perry Park, Ky., an amazing little resort an hour or so northeast of Louisville. Home of a fine 27-hole golf course, a small hotel and a restaurant, all of which have been here a while. The logo includes a picture of a deer, and the three courses have names like Antlers and Buckskin, but we had no idea that when we walked outside at dusk we would see, not kidding, more than 50 deer wandering around the fairways. Amazing. If you’re looking for a nice getaway that includes golf, try this place. We found it looking for a…