Local News

Expanded “Flea Off Market” Is Saturday

A new Louisville flea market is expanding.

Last month’s inaugural Flea Off Market in the alley by Market and Shelby streets drew an estimated 1,000 visitors and 40 vendors. That was enough to warrant an expansion.

“It’s monthly now but we hope for it to be something weekly,” says organizer Courtenay Kunnecke. “We had huge success on the first one and it’s only gotten better. Despite the weather, we’ve grown.”

Kunnecke says she’s looking at indoor venues for future markets. Saturday’s event will close off Shelby Street and feature more food and entertainment, as well as at least 20 more vendors.

“The one [issue with last month’s market] was we didn’t have enough food vendors,” she says. “We didn’t expect that many people. We’ve increased the food vendors this time around.”

Local News

Light Up Louisville Is Tonight

The annual Light Up Louisville holiday celebration has begun.

The event begins at 3:00 with a 5K walk/run. Live entertainment and activities for children will follow. A parade will begin at 6:00. The tree lighting is at 8:50.

You can see a full schedule here.

Next week, Metro Councilman David James, D-6, will hold the first “Light Up California” event at the California Leisure Park at the corner of Dixie Highway and Kentucky Street. You can get details here.

Local News

Novelty Twitter Accounts Surge During Bridge Closure

The Sherman Minton Bridge closure has spawned a number of novelty Twitter accounts, including two for the bridge itself.

Jason Oberhausen is behind one of them, @smintonbridge64 (the others are @shermintbridge and @ucantcrossme). He says this is his first novelty account, and he hopes it adds levity to a serious event.

“It’s only traffic, right? So what’s the worst you’ve got to do? Be in your car two hours instead of 30 minutes,” he says. “As far as grievous or as far as negatives that everyone’s attributing to this. I think it’s bringing a couple laughs, a couple smiles. People have even tweeted that, ‘Hey I’m sitting in my car reading these things, thanks for making me laugh,’ kind of things.”

Oberhausen says he doesn’t have any larger plans for the account other than to have fun. He’s has considered starting other novelty accounts, but hasn’t out of concern the joke won’t last.

“I’m going to keep [this account] up as long as I can and when the interest dies, see if I can keep it up. I’m willing to keep it going for a while and see when the joke runs out or the story ends,” he says.

There are also fake accounts for the other bridges in Louisville (@ClarkMemBridge and @KennedyBridge65) and the unbuilt East End Bridge. They’re among several novelty accounts for local officials, celebrities or monuments.

Tweets about the bridge closure often use the hashtag #loubridge.

Local News Uncategorized

Seventh Annual Louisville Zombie Attack Hits Bardstown Road Tonight

Tonight thousands of the undead will walk down Bardstown Road, participating in the seventh annual Louisville Zombie Attack. The Attack, which begins at 8:29 PM at the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Bardstown Road, started as a birthday gathering for John King and Lyndi Curtis, who now organize the event.

Participants in the Attack will walk from Eastern Parkway to Bearno’s Pizza, a few blocks away, for a party with live music and awards for the best zombie costumes.

The Louisville Zombie Attack will try for the Guinness World Record for most participants in a zombie walk, which is currently held by a Seattle zombie walk that drew 4,500 participants.

Arts and Humanities Local News

An Interview With A Prairie Home Companion’s Sound Effects Artist Fred Newman

Sound effects artist Fred Newman is an integral part of A Prairie Home Companion. In this interview, Fred talks about his roots, including the sounds that made him want to make sounds for a living. Fred also describes his first show with Garrison Keillor and how he used his own unique mouth sounds to get through Harvard Business School.

Audio MP3
Local News

Q Guest Criticizes Yum Center’s Name, Punctuation

New York-based writer Lauren Frey Daisley has given up snark for a month. She explained her decision on Q and said that it will stop her from making fun of the KFC Yum Center. She then criticized the name itself and the fact that Yum Brands uses an exclamation point in its name. (It’s technically Yum! Brands.)

Daisley certainly isn’t the first person to poke fun at the new arena’s name. But what are your thoughts? Is the ! extraneous?

Local News

The New York Times Profiles Louisville

Louisville is the subject of the latest “36 Hours In...” feature in the New York Times. After getting the requisite “Louisville has more than the Kentucky Derby” line out of the way, writer Michael Washburn goes on to praise various parks, museums and restaurants across the city. He even mentions the developed half of Whiskey Row. The harshest criticism is reserved for 4th Street Live, which Washburn calls overwrought, underthought and “frat-tastic.” You can read the full story here.

Local News

Kentucky Center Cancels Thunder Over Louisville Event

Officials with the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts have canceled their Thunder Over Louisville event this year.

For the past four years, center patrons have had exclusive access to the western portion of the belvedere, even though it’s not included in the center’s contract with the Derby Festival. This year, the Derby Festival has found a sponsor for a new event on the belvedere, and the center cannot use all of the space.

“We tried to offer them more space. Not as much space as they’ve taken in past years, but more space than was contracted and its part of an effort to ensure public space on the belvedere,” says festival spokesperson Aimee Boyd.

Kentucky Center spokesperson David Holland says the full space is essential to the center’s event, and festival officials told the center less than a week ago that full access would not be granted.

“You know that means it was less than a month before Thunder Over Louisville and since we really didn’t have time to revise any of our marketing materials or really inform the public and since the pricing of the event was really based on having all of that space in the back we really had no choice but to cancel the event for this year,” says Holland.

Holland says patrons who have already purchased tickets will receive a refund.

Local News Politics

Rand Paul Talks Budgets, Government on Daily Show

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul continued his book tour this week, appearing on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

The 15-minute interview (in three parts—1,2,3) covers current issues and the philosophical differences on government between Stewart and Paul. The second part, specifically, deals with the cause and effects of the recession, and whether budget crises federally and in the states are the result of government overspending or the economic slump.


The Tea Party Goes to Late Night: Rand Paul Meets Letterman

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was on the Late Show with David Letterman Thursday night.

Paul was promoting his new book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” Letterman asked the Senator about the Tea Party platform, and the conversation centered largely around tax cuts for wealthy Americans. It started with Letterman making a joke about Paul’s decision to wear jeans with a tie and blazer and ended with a brief discussion of education funding and the protests in Wisconsin. You can watch the whole clip online.

On a side note, while discussing the advantages of the private sector, Paul said Letterman can do better because he has to compete with other late night hosts. This set Letterman up for a joke about Jay Leno, but for astute public radio listeners, the conversation may be familiar. New York Times correspondent Bill Carter—who has written two books about late night television, one of which centers on the Letterman/Leno feud for the Tonight Show—recently discussed late night TV competition on The Sound of Young America. Carter says increased competition has made a few new stars (Letterman, Conan O’Brien, their writing staffs), it’s also hurt late night in general by splintering the audience and ultimately weakening the power of the Tonight Show. Carter certainly wasn’t arguing for state-run comedy shows or regulations on how many shows there can be, but his story connects to Paul’s argument in an interesting way.