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Bash for Brightside and all things Green

My kelly green manicure is not just for St. Patrick’s Day, so it must be Green Tie Bash time! As usual, the event benefits Brightside and is presented by the Young Professional Association of Louisville and Louisville Urban League Young Professionals. (Full disclosure – I’m a former YPAL board member.) This year, we’ll be celebrating 25 years of beautifying our fair city. Our old Kentucky home is certainly more fair due to the work of Brightside and many volunteers who care about a clean and green city – not to mention lots of pretty flowers in the spring just in time for Derby and…


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Water Tower Regional Reflects Contemporary Jurors

I wanted to see the 2011 Water Tower Regional so I buzzed over to the Water Tower off Zorn Ave at The Louisville Art Association ( LVAA). The Water Tower Regional began in 1909 and is the oldest competitive juried art exhibition in the southeast and midwest regions. This exhibit includes 27 pieces of art ranging from photography, painting, fiber and 3D. The selected artists are from Kentucky and its contiguous states. I was pleased to see some familiar names from Louisville; Geoff Carr, photographer and Lauren Argo, 3D. The jurors this year were Alice Stites, Director of artwithoutwalls and Suzanne Weaver, Curator…


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Opening Night at Actors and I’m Confused

OK. I’m going to admit it. When “A Devil at Noon” ended after 2 1/2 hours as the opener in Humana’s Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre, I looked at 13-year-old Luke’s bewildered eyes and said, “I don’t get it.” We were struggling to figure out the story behind the play, written by Anne Washburn and performed in the 318-seat Bingham Theatre. Don’t take that as a complaint — the acting was excellent and spurred a lengthy conversation on the way home. The story is about science fiction writer Chet Ellis (Joseph Adams), who proclaims early on that…


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My editor’s flare…

My editor, slave driver he is, was wondering where I’d been, how I was doing. He sent up a flare, something I saw in the night sky as I looked up from the hardwood floor I was tearing out of my new home. It was a bright flare, one I enjoyed watching because, of late, moving and drudgery has been No. 1 on my list. So as a decided to put my hammer and saw down and watch my editor’s flare fade into the distance, I wondered if he really thought I was lollygagging somewhere in the Cayman Islands with…


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Humana Fest Kicks Off

It’s not really surprising that Humana announced today that it’s kicking in another $2.1 million to keep its Festival of New American Plays going for another three years. Humana’s Virginia Judd, who made it official at a news conference kicking off the Festival this morning, said it’s the longest-standing arts sponsorship in the country, dating back to 1979, in the days of Jon Jory and Wendell Cherry. Six playwrights took turns talking about the creative process and what a thrill it is to have a show premier in Louisville at Actors Theatre.  It was great to see how excited they…


Antonio Hart Blew Comstock Hall

I posted to my facebook page Friday night that Holly Brockman-Johnson let Antonio Hart play sax for her tonight. That, he did. Hart was in the ‘ville for UL’s annual Jazz Week. A last minute opportunity to interview him was presented to me so I hopped in the car with a friend who was driving him to and fro. Antonio Hart is cute. He wore a knit cap, cool glasses, an Eddie Bauer scarf … and the man, he’s skittish. I didn’t ask him too many deep, personal questions but that skittishness gave way to caution and then before we…


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Downtown: A Yum Complaint and Doc Crow’s

I hate to rain on the parade of civic and school pride as it relates to the University of Louisville’s phenomenal success as the home team at the KFC Yum Center, but all the prosperity has created a bit of a problem for the women’s program. The Lady Cards took care of Seton Hall, 59-49, in a game devoid of much excitement on the floor. U of L got an early lead and held it throughout against an abysmal 8-20 team before an announced crowd of 9,875 on Senior Day.  Mine and Luke’s favorite player, second-leading scorer Shoni Schimmel, played…



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An Empowering Evening

Last night, more than 800 people gathered at The Center for Women and Families Celebration of Service & Survival at The Marriott to celebrate five amazing women in the Louisville community and bid farewell to Center for Women and Families CEO Denise Troutman. She is joining her husband, Dr. Adewale Troutman, in Florida, and will be missed, not only for the work she has done for women, but for her fanatical love of the U of L Lady Cards. The highlight of the evening was Dawn, a previous CWF client, who sang an emotional a capella rendition of her journey….


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Selling of Sex Draws a Crowd at Bellarmine

Bellarmine University brought in advertising expert Jean Kilbourne last night (she’d given a similar talk at U of L the night before) to talk with students about the dangerous world of advertising. Kilbourne is the real deal. Her resume includes a long list of citations in national media, her videos and books apparently sell very well, and she’s been called one of the three most popular lecturers on campuses across the U.S. And why not? Her subject matter is of interest to college kids — sex, drugs and alcohol. But mostly sex, and the way advertisers use it to persuade…