Special Live Lunch Starts LPM Pledge Drive

Steve Forbert gave about 50 fans a solid 30-minute set at Ear x-tacy today, but it was pretty obvious that Noon was not a normal performance time. He had a little trouble figuring out what time it was, and botched the WFPK call letters in announcing the start of the station’s pledge drive. He’s playing Gerstle’s tonight.

Maybe asking artists used to playing late nights to come in at Noon is asking a lot. John Timmons of Ear x-tacy pledged $250 and challenged everyone to support public radio. The Louisville Public Media pledge drive started today.

Rachel Yamagata, who played the Hard Rock last night, played a set of songs from her latest album as well.

Chuck Olmstead Arrangements Set

There will be a visitation and service for Chuck Olmstead on Saturday, March 14 from 1-3 p.m. at the Canaan Christian Church, 2840 Hikes Lane. Afterward, there will be a celebration of Olmstead’s life.

Arrangements are being handled by W.P. Porter Mortuary.

There are plenty of fond memories of Chuck at the WHAS-TV website, including this little clip of the lighter side of Olmstead’s career.

The family requests that donations in Chuck’s memory be made to the Brain Injury Association of Kentucky.

Oscar Buzzing

The Oscars are this weekend.

One of the few movie experts I know around here is going through a round of media interviews, with a piece scheduled in tomorrow’s C-J and an appearance on Fox41 in the morning. It’s Jayne McClew, who has a regular job as a Producer/Writer for KET. But she’s also been a long-time movie reviewer who once did movie segments on various TV programs.

So we got our hands on Jayne’s picks for the Oscars, which will be awarded on Sunday.

  • Best picture – Slumdog Millionaire
  • Best director – Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Best Actor – Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
  • Best Actress – Kate Winslet, The Reader
  • Best Supporting Actor – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
  • Best Supporting Actress – Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

For a change, I’ve seen several of the nominees this year. Here’s a list of the nominees. I’ve seen two of the Best Picture nominees (Milk and Slumdog) and would have a hard time picking between those two.

There’s a local event focused on the Oscars that seems to get bigger and better every year. It’s a funder for Family and Childrens Place, and is taking place this year at the Marriott downtown. WHAS-TV’s Joe Arnold will be the emcee for this year’s 10th annual event.

Time for a “What Were They Thinking” Update

Bulleit In Court: WLKY’s Jim Bulleit was in court yesterday. According to a court document, he pled guilty to the shoplifting and criminal trespassing charges and was placed in a diversion program — sort of a traffic school for shoplifters. And a condition of the deal was that Danger Boy can’t step foot in any Kroger. No word on whether he’ll be stepping foot in the WLKY studios anytime soon.

Lies at PRP: The principal at PRP thought so much of Coach Jason Stinson that he deleted e-mails complaining about Stinson’s practices. Then he told people he’d conducted a thorough investigation. David Johnson gave a four-hour deposition last week in which he said he didn’t even ask Stinson about the controversial practice for two days. And yes, Johnson, like Stinson, is still being paid by JCPS. [C-J]

Penetrating Read: Those potty-minded folks at LEO are having some fun with their new logo’s phallic possibilities. [FatLip]

Vroom Vroom: Gov. Beshear is holding a press conference at Kentucky Speedway to talk about the future of NASCAR here. Maybe it’s a new revenue plan to combine gambling, drinking, smoking and driving. [Press Release]

Taxing Phones: The smarties over at the Public Service Commission figured out that their revenue from a tax on landline phones was eventually going to disappear, so they ordered that everyone with a mobile phone now has to pay into a fund that provides devices for the deaf and hard of hearing. Kentucky has 2.4 million mobile numbers in use, while the number of landline phones has dropped by half since 2006. [PSC release]

Flooding the Troops: Okolona Metro Council member Madonna Flood has been collecting goodies for the troops in Iran and Afghanistan since 2007, and just launched a new drive. Called “Doing Our part from the Heart,” she’s collecting basic items to send overseas. [Metro Council release]

Lobbying Logic Lesson: Lobbyists spent $15.7 million on the General Assembly, led by the tobacco and casino industries. The tobacco tax increase was a fraction of what it should have been. Figure it out. [Page One]

Hump Day: Watch for news about I Love Mountains Day. Festivities start at 11 in Frankfort. [Page One]

Since it’s Tuesday: It must be time to watch the CW Louisville Live at 10. See you then.

Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis is 65 Roses

Here’s a news release for an important charity event I’m involved in.

Sixty Five Roses Gala Featuring More Fun!

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 20, 2007 – Try to get a child to pronounce Cystic Fibrosis, and you’re likely to hear something sounding a lot like “Sixty Five Roses.”

So the folks at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation decided that a good way to attract attention for their annual black-tie ball would be to re-christen it “The Sixty Five Roses Gala.” Formerly celebrated as the “Mama Said” Ball, this year’s event will have some new features designed to create a more fun atmosphere and raise more money to fight the devastating disease, according to Bryan Hildreth, honorary chair of the event.

The Sixty Five Roses Ball will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Galt House. It will feature the music of “This, That and The Other,” for an evening of dancing. A non-traditional auctioneer will conduct the “Live” auction, while fabulous trips, artwork and gift baskets will be available in the silent auction, along with a few surprises. Yum! Brands is the presenting sponsor. American Airlines, Norton Healthcare and Aegon are sponsors of the event.

Hildreth, vice president of guest services at Norton Healthcare, said he got involved because he had a brother with the disease who died at age 30. “I had been sitting on the sidelines for CF, but I didn’t want his death to be for naught,” Hildreth said. “So we’re making this a special year and we’re going to differentiate this party from other events like it.”

In past years, the Mama Said event attracted crowds several hundred, and this year’s event is expected to match that number.

Tickets to the black-tie optional event are still available through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Louisville office. For more information, see the CF Web site.