WAVE3 Catches You In Your Curlers & Housecoat

Yessssssss. We still love every part of this. [NPR]

Did y’all see WAVE3 zoom into meemaw’s house last night as she was in her housecoat and curlers? They were covering HELLPOCOLYPSE 2011 and just cold zoomed into everybody’s house. It was hilarious. [That Should Win Awards]

The only thing more hilarious was a transformer exploding during a live shot. [WAVE3]

An animal shelter in Morehead is getting makeover and pets are getting a chance at a new life. [H-L]

For the 22nd Day in a row, Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson questioned Attorney General Jack Conway: “Jack Conway is so consumed with matters that might affect his political career or his political buddies that he can’t find the time to do some real work for the people of Kentucky,” Robertson said. [Press Release]

The initial headline for this story was “Mayor Greg Fischer warns ‘radical weather’ could strike Louisville” – but someone must have had some common sense before this morning. [C-J/AKN]

Hope you had a moment to consider our thoughts yesterday on the Beshear-Riddle-Conway-KRS scandal. [Page One]

It’s cute watching these food trucks try to sprout up into operation and cute how people ignore the fact that they can’t really operate until a few corrupt Metro Councilcritters get their act together. And it’s sad how Morels has ruined us forever when it comes to food trucks because we can’t find anything that tastes nearly as delicious. [Consuming Louisville]

Speaking of Greg, you ready for his budget to be presented? Union officials and nearly everyone else have been rolling their eyes all morning. [Twitter]

Guess Jack Conway won’t be campaigning on that non-existent Marathon court victory, will he? [WHAS11]

The Jefferson County Board of Education is taking a first look at candidates to be the next superintendent of schools. [FOX41]

Locals Present Film & Program At Yale Festival

Three Louisvillians are getting some good recognition at Yale University these days. One helped organize this year’s Environmental Film Festival and two are premiering their documentary at the festival.

Randy Strobo, a University of Kentucky alumnus and University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law graduate, is the programmer and director of legal affairs for the festival. Randy clerked at the Kentucky Resources Council during law school and currently serves as an associate at W.H. Graddy & Associates in Midway, which specializes in environmental and land use law. He’s set to graduate this year with a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Frestry and Environmental Studies.

Ben Evans and Mark Dixon, locals behind the film YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip (we wrote about this a couple years ago), are pretty excited about premiering the documentary at the festival. It follows three 20-somethings as they travel through all 50 states in just one year to learn about U.S.-based solutions to climate change while generating as little waste as possible. Here’s more about the film at the festival.

Here’s the trailer:

Kentucky may not be able to have nice things, but it certainly looks like Louisville can.

Derby City Film Festival Hits in February

The second annual Derby City Film Festival is around the corner – February 19th through February 21st at the Clifton Center in Louisville.

The group has just announced the selection of 45 films to be screened. Judging them based on promotional posters and descriptions (because judging a book by it’s cover always makes sense, right?), everything appears to be rather exciting this year.

They come from more than a dozen countries and include six films from right here in Kentucky.

The Six Films from Kentucky:

  • Alphonso Bow, directed by Lije Sarki, written by M Sarki (Louisville film)
    February 20th @ 12:30 P.M.
  • Hip Hop: Dead or Alive, directed by Stephon Barbour (Louisville film)
    February 20th @ 8:00 P.M.
  • Blue King, directed by David & Kevin Flores (Louisville film)
    February 20th @ 10:00 P.M.
  • Cannonball, directed by Scott Stafford
    February 21st @ 1:30 P.M.
  • Sam Steel & the Junior Detective Agency, directed by Tom Whitus (Louisville film)
    February 21st @ 3:30 P.M.
  • In Mysterious Ways, directed by Vin Morreale Jr (Louisville film)
    February 21st @ 6:00 P.M.

Tickets are on sale now. Individual screens are $6 and a full festival pass is $40.

See the full list of film selections after the jump…

Read moreDerby City Film Festival Hits in February

What Are You Doing This Evening, Louisville?

Got plans? Nope? Here’s what you’re going to do: Attend the premier party for the IMAX film Van Gogh: Brush with Genius at the Louisville Science Center. Tonight. 8:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. Tickets are $10 for Science Center and Visual Art Association members. $15 for non-members. And it’ll be totally worth it because, uh, let’s just be honest: free Lucid Absinthe “Drip” Cocktail, compliments of Southern Wine & Spirits… plus dessert, a cash bar and an after-hours opportunity to explore the Science Center.

Details from the press release:

Filmed entirely in France and the Netherlands, Van Gogh: Brush with Genius captures the magnificent landscapes and extraordinary colors of the artist’s most famous works, seen for the first time with the stunning visual effects of the giant screen film medium. Told through the eyes of Van Gogh and based on more than 900 personal letters, the film transforms the work of the world’s most popular artist into a completely new entertainment experience.

Created by Peter Knapp and Francois Bertrand with the cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum, the Musee d’Orsay and the Kröller-Müller Museum, Van Gogh: Brush with Genius traces the artist’s remarkable story from his first paintings at the age of 27 to the masterpieces he produced prior to his tragic death ten years later. Based on more than 900 of Van Gogh’s letters, the film takes you on an emotional rollercoaster through the life and work of this troubled genius and highlights both his immense joy and pain.

NOTE: You may click the image above for a full-size version of the flyer.

Reservations are recommended if you wish to attend (must be 21+!). Call 502.561.6100 or visit the Science Center’s IMAX site for more information.

Van Gogh: Brush with Genius opens to the general public tomorrow, October 17th and runs through January 31, 2010. Tickets are $5.

If you go? I recommend taking advantage of combination tickets which include admission to the Center and the Titanic (full disclosure: an advertiser on this site, but it has nothing to do with my geeking out over this Van Gogh thing) exhibit.

In Non-Layoff News…

We’re sorry for the 119 folks losing their jobs in Metro Government, but still think that layoffs should have been an option taken a while ago…

Flagged: There’s been so much national buzz about the Kindred Hospital in Texas, in which an employee was asked to remove an American flag from her workspace, that the Louisville-based company finally sent out a statement reassuring the world that the company loves America and the dispute was over the size of the sign. [press release]

Disputing Dan’s Numbers: Dan Mongiardo released internal polling showing him way ahead of Jack Conway in a Democratic primary for Senate, which is about a year away. Turns out they only polled Mongiardo’s family members.  Just kidding, but it was a really small sample. [Page One]

How to Make a Million Dollars: Ever heard that joke about how to make a million? First, you get a million dollars…  That seems to be the idea behind the Affordable Housing Trust Fund that the Mayor has been sitting on for a year. The mil set aside for seed money will now likely be used to set up a non-profit organization whose mission, other than funding affordable housing projects, will be to raise money through grants, a task which doesn’t belong in government. [Courier]

Talk to Ed: Tonight is the debut of Ed Springston’s radio show on WKJK 1080-AM. Ed’s not a professional broadcaster, but we’re certain his rants on city government and the South End will be entertaining. [Springston]

Carbon Film News: Check out the this enviro-friendly film event coming to the Green Building June 10. It’s a documentary by Kentucky native Peter Byck. [Page One]

What’s It Take?: What laws do you have to break in Metro Government’s planning division to get yourself fired?  The e-mail trail shows Charles Cash, the city’s planning director, organized an illegal meeting. [V.V.]

It’s World Water Week!

Wondering how to celebrate?

Check out the special event at the Louisville Science Center, starting Monday night at 6:30.  For $5, you’ll see a special screening of the Gill Holland documentary, “FLOW” and spend some time with experts on H20. This is an important environmental issue, and you should be aware of the world water crisis. It’ll be screened in the Science Center’s IMAX Theater.

The post-screening discussion will include Holland, Meme Runyon of River Fields, Mark Hogg of Edge Outreach, John Huber, past president of the Louisville Water Co., and Judith Peterson of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance.

Finally, Some Spring-like News

There is news outside of basketball, like this…

“Gloomy Jerry Abramson”: In his story about the soaring jobless rate, the C-J’s Joe Gerth used an adjective rarely used in connection with our upbeat chief. The news is gloomy — about 1 in 10 people can’t find a job. Don’t forget that Francene’s doing her radio want ads at 10 today. [Courier]

A Pro-Wine Sales Argument from a New York Wine Store Owner: In New York, politicians are dealing with the issue of whether or not to allow wine sales in grocery stores, just like our legislators up in Frankfort. Just 15 states don’t allow it, and nothing is changing here for the foreseeable future. This Op-Ed from the New York Times is from a wine store owner who sees opportunity where others find fear. [NY Times]

The Foreclosure Fight: The Mayor, John Yarmuth and HUD officials are announcing a plan to help people avoid foreclosure today. The press conference is in Shelby Park.  [news release]

Sustain Saturday: It will be good for you, and the environment, to stop in at the new Sustain store in St. Matthews on Saturday. We’re thinking of making the screening of the documentary “Flow” during Happy Hour at 4, followed by some great jazz. [Page One]

Speakeasy Supper Surprise: The promise is great food, great wine and a surprise location. That’s intriguing enough for us to get interested in the Supper Speakeasy on Monday, produced by Bon Vivant Savant. The location isn’t disclosed until Saturday. The chefs are the husband/wife team of the Seelbach’s Ethan Ray and Sarah McGregor Ray. See the website for details. [Courier]

Dog Watching: Looks like the Metro Council is going to be talking about dogs again. Kelly Downard told WAVE-TV that he’s been getting complaints about the way the long-debated dog ordinance is being enforced, and the station found a woman whose home was raided by animal control officers while she was out.  [WAVE-TV]

Static/Major Update: LEO’s Phillip Bailey got some quotes from the doctor targeted by the rap star’s family in a malpractice suit, who says of course he did nothing wrong. Baptist Hospital East still isn’t giving up Stephen Garrett’s roommate in the hospital, either. [LEO]

Brain Surgeons Fired?: U of L now says it’s worried about losing its accreditation as a Level One trauma center. The top brain surgeon in town says U of L fired him. Kind of unusual to see these really smart docs (U of L’ s Edward Halperin and Dr. Chris Shields) bickering in the media, but no one’s come up with a solution. Shields and his group of surgeons want to stay on as U of L faculty while opening a new center at Norton HealthCare. Let’s just say there are egos involved. [Fox41]

It’s the first day of spring, and here’s your excuse to get outside at lunch — The WFPK Spring Membership Drive Kick-off at Ear x-tacy, featuring Rachel Yamagata and yes, Steve Forbert. See you there.

Sawyer Goes Home Again

Louisville’s Diane Sawyer is making the media rounds promoting her special on eastern Kentucky, appearing this week with the gals on “The View” and a live interview on WHAS-TV.

The special, called “A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains” exposes the extreme poverty that has led to something called “Mountain Dew mouth,” a chronic dental condition that leads to the area’s reputation as America’s capital of toothlessness.  She outlines the career options for residents — working in fast-food, dealing drugs or working in the coal mines.

She tells stories of a football hero living in his truck, and a young woman struggling with a drug-addicted mother. But Sawyer finds the positive, according to this New York Daily News piece, quoted here:

I know the world, the vantage point we have in the world right now.Somehow, seeing the strength of these kids, in a way, renews your feeling that we’re made of very strong stuff. And I think sometimes too it’s great to not just look in at our own anxiety, but to look out at other people who are in much [tougher] situations than we.

The documentary airs on ABC Friday night at 10.