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In District 8, Brandon Coan Edges Reily and Five Others

The margin was 116 votes. He got 24 percent of the Democratic vote in the primary, 2,275 individuals who helped Brandon Coan edge Stephen Reily in the most hotly-contested and expensive, Metro Council race in, maybe ever. The margin didn’t matter at the Monkey Wrench last night, as more than a hundred supporters anxiously awaited the official word, which came shortly after 7. From the time votes started coming in, it was evident that despite the presence of five other candidates, this race would come down to the former Greg Fischer aide and the wealthy businessman and philanthropist who raised…


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WineFest at Louisville Ky’s Belvedere a family tradition? It is if you’re my family

Stunning photos by Eric Bentley By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley It looks like we have started a new family tradition: the Kentucky Derby Festival’s WineFest. How can you not? You have more than 65 wineries from Kentucky and Indiana offering tastes of their best vino, roaming cheese and fruit trays, food pairing demonstrations—all on the Belvedere. It’s the event my nephew lives for every year and now he has us looking forward to it. Heck, even his sister and her family flew up from Florida to partake of the festivities. They went all fancy and bought the $85 VIP tickets so…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Some Justice, Some Horseflesh and Something’s a Thunder

The Derby horse are here early this year, and so is the media throng. For my interview with Jennie Rees for the Rusty Satellite Show this week, I went with photographer Bill Brymer to Churchill Downs’ backside, and recommend it highly. This is before all the tents, all the media, all the hangers-on, so it was just me and Bill hanging with the horses, their connections and people who know the game. Bill got the shot above of Derby contender Mohaymen, who was the story of the day. We watched Jennie interview a Japanese trainer, who has Lani in the…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: 49 Trifecta, Jeffersontown’s Online Village, Uber’s Up

It’s April 1, you fool, and remember it’s just  about 36 days until the Kentucky Derby, and things are picking up around here, in a good way. Guess Who’s Turning 50 This Year: There must be something I should bet on here. This week’s Rusty Satellite Show features Donna Brothers, the NBC pony back reporter who is COO of Starlight Racing and one of the all-time winningest women jockeys. She’s speaking at Maryhurst’s Journey of Hope Luncheon May 18. And there’s the artist Jeaneen Barnhart, who loves to paint horses and naked people, who’s opening a new show downtown this…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Rusty Gets Around to SoBro, Jtown, plus some Media Moves

  This week I learned. . . …about a program being spearheaded by Luckett & Farley’s Ed Jerdonek that will provide cool housing for company interns under the same roof as L&F headquarters, giving a few lucky young architects a good working environment and a short walk to the office. Hear about that on the Rusty Satellite Show, along with. . . . ..YouthBuild, which Brandon Bailey says helps two societal issues — it helps 18-24 year-olds who need direction a way to learn a building skill; and provides little houses for developmentally-challenged young people who live at home with…


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40th LouisvilleKY Humana Festival at Actors Leads with Residence

The 40th Humana Festival of New American Plays kicked off with a modern, emotional story involving motherhood and mental illness. In Residence, new mom Maggie takes a business trip to Arizona packing some secrets about her life at home, where her husband is taking care of a new baby. But she’s feeling a lot of pressure to sell the ultrasound medical device to doctors, and is tormented by her past. She befriends a couple of hotel employees, who have some issues of their own. The young hotel manager has plenty of worry about — succeeding in a dead-end job after her…


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LouisvilleKY Loves Its Tailspin Ale Fest

On Being a Volunteer Pourer at LouisvilleKY’s Tailspin For Pete’s Sake. . . that was the chocolate-peanut butter beer I was pouring, along with Sweet Baby Jesus, which, was just about as good. I was told the difference was a single percent of alcohol, but no one I spoke to mentioned any difference. I’m no beer connoisseur, and prior to the Tailspin Ale Fest at LouisvilleKY’s Bowman Field on Saturday, I wasn’t “in” on the craft beer scene. I spent several hours as a volunteer beer pourer on an unbelievably clear and warm February day. Pouring beer is a fun job,…


This week's Pizza Club was at DiOrio's in St. Matthews

LouisvilleKY’s The WEEK: Serious Cartooning, Pot Dreams, Powerball Fantasies and 10-Minute Plays

Welcome to the latest on Louisville, where you didn’t win the Powerball, but GE Appliances found a new buyer. And I learned from experts that Matt Bevin is easy to draw, and lampoon, and that he’s in favor of passing legislation on medical marijuana, just like his GOP brother Rand Paul. Controversy Stirs With Race, and Guns, and Religion: So that’s where Courier-Journal cartoonist Marc Murphy gets the most inspiration. Find out what he did to get his face on a WANTED poster in rural Kentucky on the Rusty Satellite Show.  Chinese Firm Agrees to Buy GE Appliances, and Louisville…


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Improvement, Efficiency on LouisvilleKY’s Metro Agenda with Theresa Reno-Weber

First BOC of 2016 in LouisvilleKY a big success A big crowd turned out, despite overblown fears of snow, to hear Theresa Reno-Weber speak at this morning’s Breakfast of Champions event at the University Club at U of L. Reno-Weber, a recent guest on the Rusty Satellite Show, gave an inspiring and informative talk about the city’s efforts to do things better, and challenged the audience of about 60 to find ways to contribute time and talent to improve the world around us. Reno-Weber, Chief of Performance and Technology for Metro Louisville, spoke of how the use of data had helped…


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Actors Theatre’s 4000 Miles Examines Whether Grandmother Knows Best

LouisvilleKY’s Actors Theatre’s Latest In the new play 4000 Miles at Actors Theatre, the focus is on the relationship between a young adult and his grandmother. Like any good family drama, it will have you thinking of your own life, or your grandmother or a son. That’s certainly what happened with me, as I thought of my rebellious and independent son Nick and the special bond he had with my late mother, Dorothy. Like Nick, young Leo is on a quest to make his own way in the world, via a bicycling adventure across the country which has come to an end…