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Light Up Louisville

Friday, November 25th was Light Up Louisville, a yearly event held downtown at 6th and Jefferson. Several activities take place such as Santa Claus arriving on a float to commemorate the event. Here’s some of what I took that night. Enjoy and feel free to comment.                              


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The Last ‘Avenger’ on the Screen

USA! USA!   Starring Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci, and Sebastian Stan. Directed by Joe Johnston. Based on the Marvel Comic Books by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby   NOTE: This review is based solely on the film based on the comic books. No opinion that lies therein has any connection with the Marvel Comics the film is based on.   A little bit “Batman,” a little bit “Indiana Jones,” and a little bit “Return of the Jedi,” among other movies.   “Captain America” is Marvel’s big superhero in a…


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‘Super 8’ Shows a Return to Spielbergian Form

Not a ‘super’ stay but… Starring Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso, Zach Mills, and Ron Eldard. Directed by J.J. Abrams Oh, childhood memories. Movies, our multimedia “escapism,” have that ability to make us remember things that we’ve long since forgot. Growing up. Being kids. Filmmakers in Hollywood have the ability to note-for-note recreate a time that we barely knew or can remember except in tiny fragments like getting our first cassette recorder or Walkman, or riding a bike, or just hanging out with friends. Filmmakers also have the ability to mimic or emulate…


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KIPDA to Enroll Qualified Medicare Recipients in Extra Help Program at the 7th Annual Hispanic/Latino Health Fair

The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA), through its Social Services Division, will be working with Spanish-Speaking Medicare beneficiaries in Kentucky to assist them in getting money to help lower their out-of-pocket prescription drug costs this weekend.  The 7th Annual Hispanic/Latino Health Fair on June 11, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to noon will give the Hispanic community and other fair-goers an opportunity to seek qualification and approval for funds on the spot at the event. “We are pleased to be working with the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Louisville again this year,” said Barbara Gordon, Director of Social Services for KIPDA. …


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Nothing Certain but Taxes and Death

  Friday night. April 15th. For most, or at least since the dawn of my generation, April fifteenth is tax day. Back in ye olde days it was just a given – no one really knew why or bothered to look it up. Why is this important? Because I’m a member of a Meetup group that organized an event seemingly far scarier than taxes – a trip to Waverly Hills Sanatorium. For those of you who have never heard of Meetup it’s like the days when people used to create clubs for those interested in reading, writing, watching movies, doing…


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Billy Reed: A Big Blue Post-Mortem

Here’s Billy Reed’s analysis of the state of the UK basketball program after Saturday’s disappointing one-point loss to Connecticut in the Final Four in Houston. Lexington, Ky., is about the last place in Basketball America where you would expect to find a team that’s easy to wrap your arms around and love like an underdog. That’s because University of Kentucky basketball long has been the poster child for overemphasis. Going back to 1930, when Adolph Rupp began building the game’s first national dynasty, to Saturday night in Houston, when John Calipari returned UK to the NCAA Final Four, Kentucky’s obsession…


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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…


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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…