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Speed is Big on Impressionism

Admittedly, I know very little about fine art. But I was fascinated by the collection of Impressionist works on display at the Speed Museum’s newest exhibition: “Impressionist Landscapes: Monet to Sargent.” The exhibit, which I saw Friday night, includes more than 70 paintings by some of the most legendary painters of the 19th and 20th centuries.  The main attraction, of course, is Claude Monet, and the Speed secured four Monets, including one that it owns, for the show. But I was drawn to others, like Julien Dupre’s “In the Pasture.” It’s a dramatic piece showing a farmhand struggling to control…

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Local & Regional Films Take Home Top Awards

(Photo above of former mayor Jerry Abramson and his wife) Louisville native Greg King and New Albany, Indiana filmmaker Ray Cart are among the winners of the top prizes at the 2011 Derby City Film Festival which was held February 18th through the 20th. Greg King and David Teague’s “Our House” took home Best Documentary and Cart’s “Queens of the Dead” won the Audience Choice award for favorite film. Cincinnati Filmmaker Michael Maney’s film “Meth” took home the award for Best Short Film and Actress Stephanie Brait picked up Best Actress for her role in the same film. Another Cincinnati…

God, Mystics and Archetypes

Was delighted at the turnout and “turn in” for the Matthew Fox event last night. He offered Einstein’s deathbed quote when asked of his regrets – answer was that he hadn’t studied the mystics sooner. Today’s workshop starting at 9:30 will address: · Where is God? · What are the ways to experience God? · What results from these experiences? more info: https://www.cultivatingconnections.org/Matthew_Fox_Workshop.html Another opportunity February 20, 2011 at Unity of Louisville 11am Worship Service – Lecture and Book Signing Matthew Fox will be the guest speaker during the morning worship service. see you there! Mollie

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3rd Derby City Film Festival

Just leaving a reminder to come out and support independent filmmaking at this year’s Derby City Film Festival. In its third year the fest showcases local as well as international short films and features. Here’s info from the press release: The festival will open with a short film screening group from The Bob Rogers Group (BRG), a production company based in Louisville. The BRG film program of 8 short films will be free to attend and begin at 6:00 PM on February 18th. The official opening night film at 8:00 PM will be “The Very Worst Thing” a film about…

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Third Thursday Fun

I attended my first The Voice-Tribune Third Thursday event held at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Good crowd, so much so that they ran out of gift bags long before all the people arrived and I was being asked by “inquiring minds” where I got my bag. I look into my bag and discover a box of Muth’s candies. I eat one. I laugh as I think of the bag – when I was at the bar getting a libation, my bag was on my arm and went just up under the bar. When I backed away I noticed…

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2011 Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon Course Changes

By Barbara Day, a runner for 34+ years The Derby Festival announced some major changes to the race courses for the 2011 Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon. For the first time, both races will start and finish in downtown Louisville. Runners will start the races on Main Street, alongside Louisville Slugger Field, and will finish just outside the entrance to Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville venue at Preston and Witherspoon streets. Both races will start at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. From One Runner’s Perspective I have to say, I don’t really like the new course. I love running through Iroquois Park…

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See the Saw and Celebs Dish It Out for Charity

One of the finest local charity events is the Celebrity Dinner Party benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Friday was the 43rd annual, held at the Mellwood Arts Center. It is hosted by Denny and Susan Crum, who took up the ball some years ago after Pee Wee Reese was the chair for many, many years. The twist to the event is that local quasi-celebrities (like me) serve as waiters. Though we don’t have to actually serve the food, we do hustle drinks and beg for tips. Among the celebs pitching in for the cause: WHAS-TV’s Joe Arnold, Chuchill Downs’ John…

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VIDEO: Louisville’s Big Groundhog Party

Thanks to my cohort in partying, Larry Bolton, for helping create this video from last night’s Groundhog Day Party, hosted by my cousin Julie and her husband Kevin Ryan. This year it was at the St. Matthews Community Center, right behind Ten Pin Lanes. My favorite piece of Groundhog stuff: a t-shirt reading: “I Just Came Out of a Hole.” And there’s good news — you can expect an early spring!

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Picking Louisville with Jerry Lotz

For a few years, my office was located in the upstairs of a camelback shotgun house on Frankfort Avenue. I’d tell people that I worked in the hump. Free office space for start up non-profits is always a plus.  I coexisted nicely with the artist, Madison Latimer, and her studio downstairs. But the real gravy was that next door was a cornerstone of the Clifton neighborhood and unofficial tourist attraction featured just this week on American Pickers on the History Channel. Jerry Lotz is a creative genius. Part collector, part artist.  In this picture, the lady liberty in the background has a…