We just want to go outside and play, but staying right here for you.
Kegger! The smart folks down at Actors sure know how to throw a party. Last night’s Humana Festival opening party featured free beer from BBC, samples from local restaurants, free parking and entertainment. Everybody who’s anybody was there, and we’re thanking managing director Jennifer Bielstein, the subject of this profile at I Live In Louisville. Check out the Humana Festival schedule here. [ILIL]
Schreck Rejected: Metro’s Codes and Regulations director Bill Schreck wanted the controversy over a J-town car dealer’s decision to ignore preservation regulations to go away, so he proposed charging Michael Gordon with a $25K fine. But the Planning Commission rejected the deal, so they’re going to have another hearing May 21. Preservation types are happy. The C-J finally decided to join Fox41’s Dick Irby in covering the case, famous for Gordon’s attack of Irby and a cameraman last fall. [Courier]
Tapp Target: Shelbyville Sen. Gary Tapp managed to get his homophobic SB 68 through the Judiciary Committee yesterday, enraging the gays and forcing other state politicians to squirm – and take a stand on whether gay couples should be allowed to adopt. Expect to hear a lot about it in the weekly Greg Stumbo-David Williams press conference.
Car Company Crash: Did anyone really believe that Integrity Manufacturing of Shepherdsville would ever actually get an electric car in production. Not me. The company closed yesterday. [WLKY]
Porn Burglar: All local media outlets jumped on the story of the burglar who broke in and ordered porn at a St. Matthews home. We wondered if the homeowner would have to pay the porn bill. WLKY’s Mike Petchenik tells us that Insight credited the homeowner for the $60 charge.
Eating Out: Fox41’s Valerie Chinn looks into how the economy is affecting local restaurants. Hard to make money when people are choosing tea over wine. She talks to Jarfi’s and LeRelais operators about changes. [Fox41]
Must Be Sweeps: Because of the digital TV transition, sweeps is in March. So WHAS-TV saved Adam Walser’s 3-month investigation of New Life Church until now. It’s a good one. Those folks collecting your money on street corners were probably recruited from the homeless population, and the money goes out of state. It’s a big scam. [WHAS]
Rabbit Ears Update: So all the local stations are still pissed about running those analog signals for anther few months. With 98 days to go, only 3.1 percent of local households are “completely unready” for the digital switch.
Cheap Shotting Hal: As the Museum Plaza’s Craig Greenberg was defending his project at a Metro Council meeting last night, he had choice words for Hal Heiner. “While you’re secretly stealing jobs and moving them to Indiana, we’re investing in this community,” Greenberg said, referring to Heiner’s development business. Heiner tersely called it a “cheap shot.” [Fox41]