Win Tickets To See The Mystery of Irma Vep

Giving away tickets to attractions in our own back yard is one of my favorite things to do. So I’d like to do that very thing again. We’ve had great success with previous contests – Dracula and The Kite Runner – both terrific productions at Actors Theatre.

The next give-away is for The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful – a funny spoof of Gothic dramz. Here’s what Actors had to say: A lovelorn werewolf, a campy vampire and an Egyptian princess with a secret greet Lord Edgar’s new bride as she tries to escape the deadly fate of his first wife in this sidesplitting spoof of Gothic melodrama. This madcap menagerie of characters is played by just two actors, in a frightfully funny tale of terror—by the man who invented “Theatre of the Ridiculous”—filled with thrills, laughter and extravagant showmanship.

The production of Irma runs October 5 through October 30.

Here’s what you have to do in order to win: leave a comment on this post, send me an email or message me on Twitter. Tell me why you’re interested in seeing the show. I’ll hold a drawing this weekend so you’ll have adequate time for planning. Please be sure to use your actual email address in the proper comment field so I may get in touch with winners.

Two of you will receive one voucher for two tickets each (an $88 value!) to be used Sunday through Thursday or during Saturday matinees. Valid October 5 through October 17. If you’re not a fancy winner, please consider buying tickets and supporting one of Louisville’s gems.

Good luck!

The JCTA Endorsed Greg Fischer Today

And here’s the Fischer camp’s press release all about it:

Louisville (September 29, 2010) – Louisville’s teachers today endorsed Greg Fischer for Mayor, saying he has the vision, insight and experience to lead the city and help improve education.

“Teachers touch all our lives and are the foundation on which we build our community,” Fischer said. “I am honored that the teachers believe in me and my campaign.”

The Jefferson County Teachers Association represents 6,000 teachers, librarians, speech clinicians, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

Fischer has been discussing ways to improve education since his campaign began more than a year ago.

His plan includes:

  • developing vibrant after-school programs so children learn beyond the school day;
  • putting a nurse in every school “because a healthy child is a successful child,” Fischer said;
  • and creating a program called Every 1 Knows that works with parents, in their workplaces and at their houses of worship, to get them the information about raising their children and to help plan for higher education.

I’ll let you folks do what you do best: complain in the comments and via email.

Social Justice Is Important & Most Know That

This Sunday, several social justice groups will host an event to connect voters with the democratic process and their candidates. Those involved: Kentucky Jobs with Justice, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, the Fairness Campaign, the Anne Braden Institute For Social Justice Research of University of Louisville, the Hispanic Latino Coalition, Louisville ReEntry Task Force, NAACP, et al.

‘Power To The People Jazz & Spoken Word Fest For Voter Madness’ will be held from 12:00 Noon to 7:00 P.M. at Baxter Square Park, 12th & Jefferson Streets. It’s free, open to the public and refreshments will be provided. So you should go.

But before you do, take a look at this list of scheduled speakers:

  • Greg Fischer
  • Jackie Green
  • Darryl Owens
  • Reggie Meeks
  • Tom Riner
  • Erica Lee Williams
  • Sheila Collins
  • Steve Imhoff
  • Diane Porter
  • Attica Scott
  • Daniel Smithson

Notice the glaring absence of Hal Heiner? Apparently he doesn’t take social justice seriously.

So let’s start the clock on watching Hal lose to one of the worst candidates the Democratic Party has put forth in decades.

I emailed the Heiner campaign requesting comment, but have received no response.

Those Folks Should Be Tossed Out A Moving Car

More than 100 were arrested in Washington, D.C. on Monday as they demanded an end to mountaintop removal. [KFTC]

Yesterday Hal Heiner received the endorsement of Louisville Corrections FOP Lodge 77. President Tony Harris said, “Hal Heiner is the one candidate we trust to provide a fresh start for Metro government, and the only candidate with the experience and ability to lead from day one. For those reasons and many more we are proud to lend our support to his campaign.” [Press Release]

Jacksonville, IL is trying to go down the Judy Green baggy pants road. Because we all know that’ll solve this country’s problems. [WHAS11]

The NuLu Festival is this Saturday. You ready? [NuLu Fest]

Anyone remember the Tyler Hotel on Jefferson Street? Here’s a trip down memory lane and a video of its demolition. [Broken Sidewalk]

Something tells me Louisville won’t be number 21 on the list of most bike-friendly cities in the country for very long. Not with some nutbag driving around trying to kill everybody on a bike. [MotorCrave]

Tea & Crackers: The Rascal and Rand Paul Story. You’ve gotta read the hilarity and embarrassment. [Page One]

Some people went completely insane yesterday at a coal waste hearing downtown. Because we all know that’ll solve all of our problems and make the general, uneducated (on the issue) public take the environmental crowd more seriously. [WAVE3]

How many of you want to torture the people responsible for throwing this dog from a moving vehicle on 65 near Crittenden? [FOX41]

Diane Sawyer came to town last week and her segment aired last night. Check the video out. Warning: It automatically starts playing once you click the link. [ABC News]

Greg Fischer’s Not-New Transparency Plan

Today Greg Fischer announced a four-point plan for transparency:

  1. Create Louisville Statistics, or LouieStat – a program that will publicize statistics online so citizens can see exactly how tax dollars are being spent and when services are coming to their neighborhood. Citizens could log onto LouieStat to know when their street is scheduled for repaving; when the grass will be cut in their neighborhood park; or when sidewalks and street lights will be repaired. They can also access information about response times and spending on a range of city services, including pothole repair, remediation of vacant housing, permitting, and trash collection.
  2. Put more city services online and creating iPhone and smart phone apps so the public can have access to government information, including a feature in which people can snap pictures of neighborhood problems then e-mail them, with geocoding, to the city. A citizen, for example, could snap a picture of a broken sidewalk or a pothole and send that information in for repair. And, on LouieStat, you could track the progress of your request.
  3. Provide flexible hours for city government, including nights and weekends. Citizens should not have to come to City Hall during the day to do most city business.
  4. Hold budget hearing in neighborhoods. Currently, there is little to no citizen input when the mayor builds the budget – that will change as Greg asks citizens for their input on what should be funded. And, once the budget is presented to the Metro Council, Greg will encourage the council to hold hearings in neighborhoods, not just downtown at City Hall, as currently happens.

Here’s a picture of Fischer at the presser:


I’ll let you come up with your own jokes.

Here’s how the Heiner camp responded:

In a familiar trend Greg Fischer has once again co-opted Hal’s policy as his own and expanded government services without any explanation of how he’ll pay for them. For someone who claims to be an inventor Greg has had tremendous difficulty inventing his own policy. Louisville deserves a mayor with ideas and Hal Heiner is the only candidate with those original ideas.

To Hal Heiner’s credit, he’s already released the plans for which Fischer is claiming as his own.

See Points 3, 5 and 8 (Warning: External PDF Link): 3. Post Louisville’s “Legal Books” Online, 5. Post a Debt Calendar and Schedule Online and 8. When’s My Street Getting Paved?

And take a look at page 3, second bullet point (Warning: External PDF Link): Pothole in Your Street? There’s an App for That.

How original.