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Ted Smith: Innovation is Key to Growth

As he admitted to a packed house at the Breakfast of Champions gathering at the University Club, the title “Director of Innovation” sounds like a made-up title. But that’s what Mayor Greg Fischer offered Smith last year — a title he’d made up, along with no staff or resources, and an assignment to get Louisville in the conversation about cool and innovative cities. In January, Smith added “Economic Development” to his title and has been focusing on growth — as in bringing investment and dollars to the city along with innovation. He told several stories about how innovation can make…


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Grandma’s Recipes are Right at Home at Anselmo’s

I happened upon Anselmo’s, in the Highlands, for a late-night Hot Brown pizza a few weeks ago, and the food keeps bringing me back. Kenny Jeannette, who opened the restaurant last May featuring his Grandma’s Italian recipes, warned me on my second visit that the Italian Inferno would test my resistance to hot, hot spices. Fairly warned, Luke and I tried it anyway. He was right. So on our third visit I tried another spicy dish, the Rattlesnake Pasta, while Luke went with lasagna. It’s cozy and the staff is great, offering great advice (and warnings) about the menu. After…


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Through the Smoke, Actors’ “Hour of Feeling” Shines

Before I tell you about “The Hour of Feeling,” which debuted last night as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, let me rave about the event itself.  Actors Theatre’s signature event, running now through April 2, attracts acclaim and attention for Louisville from across the globe. Each production features spectacular set design, staging, costumes and special effects, on plays written by brilliant young playwrights. Everything is done in a first-class way, intorducing new plays on a national stage. “The Hour of Feeling” is no exception. It’s the story of a young man under pressure from two women,…


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How Do You Like The Weather?

The one thing I love about living in Louisville…. If you don’t like the current weather, just hang around for a few hours and things will change.  In less than a week, we’ve had tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, snow, rain, sunshine, clouds, partly cloudy, partly sunny, 20 degrees, 70 degrees.  You need 4 complete wardrobe changes, just to get through the week.


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Senator Mitch McConnell Speaks at the GLI Capitol Connection

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.           Senator Mitch McConnell spoke to over 250 business men and women. Senator McConnell said there are some positives about working with divided government comparing it to 2009, when there was no divided government but one party was making and passing all their agenda. He talked about the passage of Obamacare, the nationalizing of student loans and the 43% increase in the National debt in less than 3 years. Fortunately, in 2010, Congress came together to extend the Bush Tax Cut for 2 years because of the dire state of the economy. Senator McConnell…


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Head’s Up: a Guide to dealing with brain injuries 23 days in

Its been 23 days since my car accident on Super Bowl Sunday. In an instant, my life took a turn I never saw coming, and it will be changed evermore. This post is meant to increase awareness of what can and does happen in instances of car accidents like mine and what you can look for in yourself or loved ones who may be affected by their injuries. Seen or unseen, brain trauma can take many forms, and manifest itself in many ways some subtle, some not so subtle. If you are ever in an accident of any type that…


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Forecastle Launches the 2012 Poster at Revelry

It was hard to describe the eclectic gallery and boutique,  Revelry, as a “space” on Saturday, Feb. 18, because there was so little of it. Yes, the reception was cool as it was hot. With the buzz of Forecastle X in the room, there was a lively mix of local friends, fans, volunteers, merchants, artists and sponsors who have supported J.K. McKnight over the past decade in his sea-worthy dream of a successful music, art and activism festival. Surrounded by art,  jewelry, gifts and other eclectic wares, the crowd was there to see one image in particular – the official…


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Scott Davenport: The TEAM Approach Helping Each Other to be Great!

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. I actually met Scotty Davenport in the early 90s when he was the basketball coach at Ballard High School. I was the designated health promotion volunteer dietitian for both Ballard High School and Fern Creek High School. At the time, Ballard was one of the best basketball programs in the city. In fact, when Scotty  was coaching at Ballard, they won a state championship in 1988.  When at Ballard, he coached two NBA players: Allan Houston and DuJuan Wheat. But I really got to know Scotty on a personal basis when he became the…


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Actors’ New Play is “Hysterical”

If you go to the Actors Theatre production of “In the Next Room,” be prepared to snicker. You will snicker because the subject matter of the play in the Pamela Brown Auditorium is female orgasm. And the joke is how the topic was treated medically in the 19th century. After laughing hysterically (ha ha) for the entire production, I had to go home and look up what Wikipedia had to say about “female hysteria.”  And it turns out that it was considered a medical diagnosis back in the day, something women went to the doctor to be treated for. These…


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Tonight w/ “Discount Guns”: Boot wearin’, hip shakin’, whiskey drinkin’ rock and roll

Who remembers the rockin nights at Tewligan’s back in the day? Has anyone noticed lately that we have a serious lack of out and out,  throw down , rock bars and the bands to fill them? Like the Toy Tiger ( hairbands and all), Tewligan’s, that place somewhere downtown that hosted Southern Culture on the Skids, Butchertown Pub and the old list goes on… Well, I do, but we may have a solution to that tonight. The Haymarket Whiskey Bar is having a soft opening (see Chris Ritter’s post about it here) and the guests should expect a rockin good…