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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…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Party On, a Media Bombshell, and a Nice Story

Yea, it’s  hot. But there’s plenty to get out and do this weekend. Meanwhile, there are some really interesting podcasts to tune in to. JayWalking Allowed: Out here in Jtown, we’re having us a pub crawl, y’all. That’s right, there are now six nightspots in the downtown square pooling resources and drawing a crowd. The venues are running specials from 6 to midnight Saturday, and we’re guessing you can walk around in the street with beer. Participating venues: Bearnos Jtown, Recbar, 3rd Turn Brewing, Johnny V’s, El Nopal, Loui Loui’s.  And then my place, I guess. Your Media Bombshell: I thought this…


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LOUISVILLEKY’s The WEEK: Ahoy! It’s Forecastle Weekend

I got a chance to hobnob at the Forecastle Festival’s pre-opening night party at a really unique venue — it’s called LaLa Land, an old house on Lexington Road near those train trestles. It’s listed on Google as a recording studio, and there was plenty of interesting old equipment in there. And it was a great spot to say hello to Rusty Satellite Show friends Chaz Rough, J.K and Holly Weyler McKnight and Gill Holland. Be sure to check out Rusty guest Jecorey “1200” Arthur as the opening act today at 3, and the Avett Brothers are today’s headliners. Honestly, I’m…


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LouisvilleKY’s The WEEK: Good Eats in New Places, Lebowski, an Ark, Focus on Forecastle

If you’re like me, you probably keep a list in your head of local spots you want to get to, sort of like your Watchlist on Netflix. Then, when you’re in the car with your girlfriend and it comes time to go out to dinner, you can’t pull up the list from the recesses of your brain, and you end up at Olive Garden (just kidding, I don’t go there). On Tuesday I crossed one of those new spots off my list in spectacular fashion. After a drink at Volare for the NFocus Farewell Party (that print publication put out…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Talk of Eating, Drinking and Living It Up with Rusty

Those drinks you see above were part of a festive evening spent at River House and the Levee, one of the city’s newest restaurants AND nightspots. Live music filled the spacious bar, even on a Wednesday night, and the band played a rousing rendition of one of my favorites — Standin’ on Shaky Ground. At dinner, I had the dish John Varanese recommended when he was on Rusty when the place opened — Grouper Cheeks. Perhaps the best single dish I’ve had in the ‘Ville in a long time. Here’s news about the 3 podcasts I was involved in this…


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Join Me Saturday for Bike MS – Bluegrass, Bikes and Bourbon

That’s right. Yours truly is going to ride 25 miles on Saturday in this great Bike MS event. There’s still time to join me.  Bike MS: Bluegrass, Bikes & Bourbon 2016 Saturday & Sunday June 25-26 2016 7:30 am Start Time (both days) Route: 25, 50, 100 mile options Start and Finish – Louisville Water Tower The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter invites the public to “Don’t just ride, Bike MS”. Enjoy a 2 day cycling adventure with your closest friends through the rolling hills of Kentucky. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or an avid cyclist, every pedal stroke will raise…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Good-bye to the Greatest

Is Louisville the focus of the world this week? Maybe. The number of big names in town is staggering, all to attend some portion of the funeral activities for Muhammad Ali. Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal, Jesse Jackson, Will Smith and that’s just the top of the list. I heard Mike Tyson was seen at the Marriott downtown Friday morning. And here’s the good news — it’s all about the message of peace and love that Ali stood for. I’m not even getting upset about those fools out to make a buck selling Ali funeral tickets – Karma will get them….


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A Special Interview on “The Greatest” with John Ramsey

Most of us know the legendary stories about Muhammad Ali and his hometown. How he grew up in the West End on Grand Avenue, had his bike stolen and was motivated to fight, that he won the Gold Medal at the Olympics and tossed it into the Ohio River due to racism. We know about his conversion to Islam, his objection to war and his famous quote that really fueled his political opponents —  “I got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a nigger.” I loved the confidence and arrogance he brought to his sport, the…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Listening Pleasures in Liquor, Plus Ricky Jones, John Timmons and J-town

I’m told that getting to sample this 13-month old bourbon, currently aging at the Peerless Distillery on 10th Street, is quite a privilege. Lots of flavor, and the highlight of a brief tour of the facility that is celebrating its one-year anniversary today. Thanks to Corky Taylor, who has an amazing cache of stories to tell about his extraordinary life, beginning with his childhood in Henderson, being classmates with the Allman Brothers and Al Gore, golfing at Murray State and professionally, and running a very successful business. You can imagine that for a guy like that, retirement left a lot…