LouisvilleKY’s Derby Festival Foundation charity raises nearly $200,000 this year Monday, Jun 26 2017 

June 26, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Charity Module Program raised nearly $200,000 in 2017 for local charities. 30 different charitable organizations benefitted from the program by having individual runners and running teams participate in the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon presented by Walmart and Humana on April 29. The Charity Module has raised over $2.5 million since its inception in 2005.


The charities will be recognized at a luncheon on Thursday, June 29, at the Hunting Creek Country Club at 11:30 a.m.  A check will be presented to all organizations for the monies they raised over the course of the 2017 Charity Module Program.

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The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, will also be recognized as the “Charity of Year” for this year’s program.  The “Charity of the Year” is determined by the best charity to administer the program through recruitment, retention and fundraising. 2017 was the third consecutive year JDRF participated in the program, and they raised nearly $30,000.


The following organizations were Official Charity Partners of the 2017 KDF road races: Active Heroes, Inc., Alzheimer’s Association, American Printing House for the Blind, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, Camp Quality Kentuckiana, Catholic Charities of Louisville – Human Trafficking Program, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Cure CF Inc., Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT), Gilda’s Club, Girls on the Run Louisville, Hope Scarves, House of Ruth, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, Jill’s Wish Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Kentucky Animal Relief Fund, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Noah’s Styling for UofL Pediatric Oncology Clinic, Parkinson Support Center, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana, Summit Academy, Teach for America, The Lord’s Kitchen, The Molly Johnson Foundation, The Shamrock Pet Foundation, Twisted Pink and WaterStep.

The charities were assisted by the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, the Derby Festival’s charitable arm. The KDF Foundation established criteria for organizations to be recognized as Official Charity Partners of the races and Foundation board members and volunteers were assigned as liaisons to help coordinate the fund-raising efforts.

JDRF Running Group 2017


The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, a 501 C 3 not-for- profit charity, receives and manages charitable contributions on behalf of the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., its supporters and the general public. The Foundation perpetuates the Festival’s impact on the community by developing projects that highlight the Festival’s influence on the area’s cultural heritage.  It works to further the Festival’s educational and charitable mission through exhibitions and performances.


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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Unveils new logo and important message Friday, Jun 23 2017 

BARDSTOWN, KY – The world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Festival announced today that they’ve been creatively retooling since celebrating their
silver anniversary in 2016. They launched a sleek new logo to jump-start the 2017 celebrations as well as the festival’s first official message on responsible drinking.

Designed by Vimarc, a Louisville-based advertising agency, the new logo features an original illustration of a Glencairn nosing glass – the tasting glass of choice for many master distillers – holding a Bourbon pour. Wherever space allows, the fresh new logo will also feature the festival’s inaugural corporate responsibility messaging, which reads:

Bourbon Festival
_Bourbon is a good thing._

_Too much Bourbon? Not a good thing._

_Consume with care._

“The Kentucky Bourbon Festival has been evolving right alongside the booming Bourbon industry since the festival’s beginning 25 years
ago,” said Executive Director Jill Hawkins. “The new logo offers a clean, more modern feel to help us continue attracting future generations of Bourbon lovers and industry professionals. But perhaps more importantly, the addition of our corporate responsibility message helps us shine a spotlight on the festival’s foundationally conscientious approach to responsible drinking.”

Tickets for the 2017 Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which takes place September 11 – 17, may be purchased through the festival’s website at
www.KyBourbonFestival.com [2]. Join Bourbon enthusiasts from all over the world, along with master distillers and brand ambassadors, to enjoy
Bluegrass-inspired culinary creations, live music and entertainment – including a headline performance by _Sundy Best_ on Saturday, September
16 – and, of course, the very best of Bourbon in the Bourbon Capital of the World®, Bardstown, Kentucky.

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Started in 1992 as a simple Bourbon-tasting dinner, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival has been produced annually in Bardstown, KY, for over
25 years. In that time, the festival has grown into one of the Commonwealth’s leading community festivals and has been nationally
recognized for celebrating the storied history of one of Kentucky’s most renowned industries. The festival’s success is a direct result of
continued support from regional distilleries, spirits connoisseurs, artists, musicians, and innumerable volunteers. For more information,
please visit www.KyBourbonFestival.com.

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LouisvilleKY’s Forecastle Bourbon Lodge Offers Educational Panels, Demonstrations with Bourbon Industry Experts Tuesday, Jun 20 2017 

Fireside Chats Curated by The Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Forecastle Bourbon Lodge®, Forecastle Festival’s acclaimed Kentucky Bourbon Trail® outpost, will give fans hailing from all over the country access to in-depth educational panels, speakers and demonstrations with industry icons and experts. The Fireside Chats, presented by Liquor Barn and curated by The Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick, offers an intimate, living room setting for fans wanting to engage with the industry’s best and brightest leaders, manufactures, retailers, master distillers, and more.

“I believe in bourbon education, and our Fireside Chats capture the essence of American whiskey history and the craftsmanship behind bourbon,” said Fred Minnick. “But really, most people only care about the whiskey, and the Forecastle Rarities Bar knocks it out of the park. You’ll find exclusive whiskeys here and I’ll explain why this whiskey is the rarest stuff on earth.”

Releases from the Forecastle Rarities Bar will coincide with each panel. The schedule of releases will be forthcoming. The full breakdown of the Bourbon Lodge Fireside Chats presented by Liquor Barn can be found below. Forecastle General Admission, General Admission Plus and VIP weekend passes and daily tickets, as well as Bourbon Lodge memberships are available at ForecastleFest.com.

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3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The New Age of Bourbon:
Join best-selling author and Fireside Chat curator Fred Minnick as he covers new grains, fermentation techniques, emerging technology and aging methods that are leading to a new Age of Bourbon.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Romancing the Wood: Join Forecastle Founder JK McKnight, Maker’s Mark’s Jane Conner, and Liquor Barn Category Director Brad Williams as they walk through how to create highly-personalized bourbon expressions, with a spotlight on Liquor Barn’s pioneering, single-barrel selections and Maker’s Mark’s innovative blending program.

5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Let’s Talk Yeast:
Join author Fred Minnick as he interviews Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott about the importance of yeast and the brand’s award-winning Limited Edition lineup.


2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
From Barrel to Bottle:
A discussion and interactive session with Whiskey Brand Ambassador Cat Platz and the Brown-Forman Cooperage team. Join Cat and her guests for a discussion around the art of barrel raising, the impact a barrel has on the final whiskey product from bourbon to scotch, and the intricacies of the secondary barrel market. Enjoy a barrel raising demonstration and then join the team on stage to put your skills to the test and raise a barrel yourself.

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bourbon Family Icons:
Q&A with Wild Tukey’s Bruce Russell, Jim Beam’s Fred Noe and other iconic bourbon family members. Moderated by author Fred Minnick.

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
50 Years of Four Roses:
Join Four Roses Hall of Famer Al Young and Master Distiller Brett Elliott as they discuss their time at Four Roses. Panel will conclude with the release of unique rarities and selections, including Al Young’s 50th Anniversary and Four Roses Elliott’s Select 2016 Limited Edition Single Barrel.

7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Cooking with Bourbon:
Join Bourbon Bistro owner and food and bourbon expert head chef Jason Brauner on a culinary excursion featuring Kentucky bourbon as the appetizer and main course!


2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Bourbon vs. Whiskey:
 Liquor Barn Category Director Brad Williams leads a symposium of industry A-listers and brand ambassadors discussing the intricacies, subtleties, distinctions and differences between bourbon and whisky.

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Fred & Bernie Bond!:
The Story of Bottled in Bond. Complete history told in an entertaining, comedic fashion with author Fred Minnick and Bourbon Professor and Heaven Hill brand ambassador Bernie Lubbers.

5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Bourbon Trivia:
Think you know your brown water? Put your bourbon IQ to the test with author Fred Minnick and a hand-selected panel of industry all-stars, including Beth Burrows of Jim Beam, Andrea Wilson of Michter’s, Bernie Lubbers of Heaven Hill, and many more.

For the latest news and updates from Forecastle Festival, fans can visit ForecastleFest.com, Facebook and Twitter and sign up for the Forecastle newsletter.

About AC Entertainment:
AC Entertainment is internationally recognized as an innovative leader in creating, producing, booking and marketing first-class live entertainment experiences – from festivals and concerts to all types of special events. As producers of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Sloss Festival, High Water Festival and Big Ears Festival, and through the 1,000+ concerts they present nationally each year, AC takes special pride in those unforgettable, spine-tingling moments that everyone remembers long after the lights have come up. For more information on AC Entertainment, visit ACEntertainment.com.

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LouisvilleKY’s Flyover Film Festival celebrates Kentucky-made films Tuesday, Jun 20 2017 

Louisville, Ky., – The 9th Annual Flyover Film Festival, presented by the Louisville Film Society (LFS), soars into Louisville July 23 – 28 with a treasure trove of films saluting our state’s strong and burgeoning film industry. Screenings over the six nights, each followed by Q&A’s with the filmmakers, will take place at the Kentucky Center Bomhard Theater and Speed Cinema. In addition, opening and closing night after-parties will be held offering artists and audience members the opportunity to meet and celebrate. LFS Board and founding member Gill Holland, who coined the moniker “Flyover Film Festival” said, “We started Flyover to celebrate local film, help stimulate the film economy, and bring nationally renowned cutting edge cinema to Louisville. It was named Flyover to embrace our location between NY and LA, which is often disparaged by the Hollywood elites as the “flyover” region.”

The film scene in Kentucky has literally boomed in the last few years, particularly with the passage of the state’s film tax incentive package. The 2017 festival is a testament to LFS’s original vision to celebrate local film and help stimulate the film economy. Included in this year’s lineup are three narratives that were shot in Kentucky in their entirety, including And Then I Go, Tragedy Girls and Beauty Mark. Each of these films has been accepted into major film festivals including SXSW and Los Angeles. A fourth narrative – Executive Producer Gill Holland’s Most Beautiful Island – won the 2017 Grand Jury Award at SXSW. The three documentaries presented this year also have strong Kentucky roots. Two in the festival lineup were produced by esteemed local filmmakers – Owsley Brown III’s Serenade to Haiti and Peter Byck’s One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts. Fans of acclaimed Louisville chef Edward Lee will enjoy Fermented, which he co-wrote and hosts.

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Festival Highlights

Kicking off Flyover Film Festival on Sunday, July 23 in the Bomhard Theatre at Kentucky Center is the feature-length drama And Then I Go, which had its World Premiere as part of the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival. Director Vincent Grashaw shot the film in Louisville using Fern Creek High School for the primary location. In the film, he takes a look at the cruel world of junior high and how the powerful bonds of childhood friendship and search for belonging can become a matter of life or death. An After-Party hosted by 21c Museum Hotel begins at 7:30 p.m. for filmmakers, audience members, and sponsors. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

Three documentaries are up next on the Festival program. On Monday, July 24 at our Taste of Flyover: A 3-course Food and Film Event, ticketed guests will enjoy a pre-screening tasting of Southern-inspired foods including a recipe or two from Chef Edward Lee’s book “Smoke and Pickles” before the Kentucky premieres of Peter Byck’s One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts and Lee’s Fermented. In One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts, Byck follows a pioneering farmer in rural Georgia as he shares his journey from industrialized beef production to sustainable, humane agricultural and environmental stewardship. It’s the perfect compliment to open the show before diving into the pungency of Fermented, directed by Jared Andrukanis. In the feature length documentary, author and chef Lee visits artisans and chefs around the world to understand the ancient process of fermentation and how it’s used in modern times.

On Tuesday the festival moves to Speed Cinema for three Kentucky premieres over a three-night run. Director Owsley Brown III’s feature-length documentary Serenade for Haiti is a poignant testament to resilience, hope and the power of music demonstrated by the faculty and student body of a classical music school that literally rises above the physical devastation and emotional turmoil brought on by a catastrophic earthquake.

Wednesday and Thursday nights include screenings at Speed Cinema of two narrative features, Most Beautiful Island and Tragedy Girls. Winner of SXSW 2017 Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature, Most Beautiful Island, directed by and starring Ana Asensio, is a chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman’s struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game. Director Tyler MacIntyre’s Tragedy Girls, filmed in Springfield, Kentucky, is a twist on the slasher genre following two death-obsessed teenage girls who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small Midwestern town into frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends.

The Kentucky Premiere of Beauty Mark, shot in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville, closes out Flyover Film Festival on Friday night in the Bomhard. Based on true events, director and writer Harris Doran’s feature is the story of a poverty-stricken mother who must turn to the only person she knows with enough money to help – the man who abused her as a child. The World Premiere of Beauty Mark was at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival. A public Pre-Screening Reception hosted by festival sponsor Aloft Hotels will take place in the lobby of Aloft, 102 W. Main Street, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The Closing Night After-Party for all FFF filmmakers, audience members, sponsors and general public will start at 9:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Kentucky Center. Entertainment includes live performances by local musicians featured during the week’s films, a DJ, and laser light show. Free admission. Cash bar and affordable bites available for purchase from SCENE at The Kentucky Center.

Soozie Eastman, Executive Director of LFS said, “The 2017 Flyover Film Festival is a glimpse into the multifaceted industry that Kentucky filmmaking has become. From complex dramas to gorgeously filmed documentaries examining the intrinsic value arts and food can have in our lives, our festival has a wide range of films that we hope will have a broad appeal to film lovers and shine a light on the incredible visual storytelling we have coming from and connected to our community.”

Individual tickets go on sale Sunday, July 18 at www.louisvillefilmsociety.org. Members of the Louisville Film Society receive discounted tickets to Flyover Film Festival screenings and events as well as programming throughout the year. More information on membership can be found at www.louisvillefilmsociety.org.


Sunday, July 23, Bomhard Theatre at Kentucky Center

5:30 p.m. Kentucky Premiere of And Then I Go followed by a Q&A with Director Vincent Grashaw and the film’s lead actor Arman Darbo

Tickets: $7 LFS members,  $9 general admission

7:30 p.m. After-Party hosted by 21c Museum Hotel for ticket holders, VIP’s and sponsors. Light appetizers and cash bar.

Monday, July 24,  Bomhard Theatre at Kentucky Center

5:30 p.m. Taste of Flyover: A 3-course Food and Film Event featuring heavy Southern-inspired bites and recipes featured in Chef Edward Lee’s cookbook “Smoke and Pickles.”

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Premiere of One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts and Fermented followed by Q&A with Chef Edward Lee and Directors Peter Byck and Jonathan Cianfrani.

Tickets:  $20 LFS members, $25 general admission.

Tuesday July 25, Speed Cinema

7:00 p.m. Kentucky premiere of feature length documentary Serenade for Haiti followed by Q&A with Director Owsley Brown, III and special guests.

Tickets:  $7 LFS members, $9 general admission.

Wednesday July 26, Speed Cinema

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Premiere of Most Beautiful Island followed by Q&A with Director and actress Ana Asensio. Tickets: $7 LFS members, $9 general admission.

Thursday July 27, Speed Cinema

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Premiere of Tragedy Girls followed by Q&A with Director Tyler MacIntyre. Tickets: $7 LFS members, $9 general admission.

Friday July 28, Bomhard Theatre at Kentucky Center

5:00 p.m. Beauty Mark Pre-Screening Reception, Aloft Hotel Lobby, 102 W. Main Street. Light appetizers and cash bar with additional small bites for purchase.

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Premier of Beauty Mark followed by Q&A with Director Harris Doran and special guests.

9:00 p.m. After-Party for all FFF filmmakers, audience members, sponsors and general public in the lobby of Kentucky Center. Entertainment includes live performances by local musicians featured during the week’s films, a DJ, and laser light show. Cash bar and affordable bites available for purchase.

Tickets $7 LFS members. $9 general admission. Free admission to After-Party.

More on the films.

And Then I Go. World Premiere at 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival. Filmed in Louisville, Kentucky, this full-length drama directed by Vincent Grashaw takes a look into the cruel world of junior high where Edwin suffers in a state of anxiety and alienation alongside his only friend, Flake. Misunderstood and demoralized daily, their fury simmers quietly until an idea for vengeance offers them a terrifying release. Based on the acclaimed novel “Project X” by Jim Shepard, this unflinching look at adolescence explores how the powerful bonds of childhood friendship and search for belonging can become a matter of life or death. Stars Arman Darbo as Edwin and Sawyer Barth as Flake.

1 hour 35 minutes

Beauty Mark. World Premier at 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival. Shot in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. Inspired by true events, director Harris Doran’s full length feature is a heartbreaking tale of how a young mother taking care of her three year old son and her alcoholic mother in a poverty-stricken area of downtown Louisville, finds out the house they’re living in is condemned and must move immediately. With her family being forced out, and only sixty-five dollars to her name, she has to get the money from the only person she knows with any – the man who abused her as a child. Stars Laura Bell Bundy (Lorraine),  Auden Thornton, Catherine Curtin (Ruth Ann)and Jeff Kober (Bruce). Music score by Louisville artist Ben Sollee.

Website:  www.facebook.com/BeautyMarkFilm 

1 hour 27 minutes

Fermented. World Premiere at 2017 Seattle International Film Festival. Look deeper, get a little dirty, and go ahead and find the beauty in rot. In the feature-length documentary Fermented, author and chef Edward Lee goes on a journey to better understand how the ancient process of fermentation is used in modern times by visiting artisans and chefs around the world. Directed by Jonathan Cianfrani, Lee is joined by an all-star cast of characters, including chefs Stuart Brioza and Dominique Crenn, bread mastermind Chad Robertson, craft brewing leader Nick Floyd, and fermentation guru Sandor Katz, to talk, share ideas, and cook with fermentation in mind.

Website:  http://www.fermentedfilm.com   Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/215030448

1 hour 7 minutes

Most Beautiful Island. World Premiere and winner of 2017 SXSW Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature. Most Beautiful Island is a psychological thriller examining the plight of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in New York City. Shot on Super 16 mm with an intimate, voyeuristic sensibility, Most Beautiful Island chronicles one harrowing day in the life of Luciana, a young immigrant woman struggling to make ends meet while striving to escape her past. As Luciana’s day unfolds, she is whisked physically and emotionally through a series of troublesome and unforeseeable extremes. Before her day is done, she inadvertently finds herself a central participant in a cruel game where lives are placed at risk and psyches are twisted and broken for the perverse entertainment of a privileged few. Directed by Ana Asensio who also stars as Luciana alongside Natasha Romanova as Olga.

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBLKI8ZoJ-A

1 hour 20 minutes

One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts. World premiere and winner of 2017 Cleveland International Film Festival’s Best Documentary Short Film. Director Peter Byck’s follows fourth-generation cattleman Will Harris’s evolution from industrial, commodity cowboy to sustainable, humane food producer. Harris’s work in Georgia shows we can adapt agricultural practices to raise and grow healthy food in harmony with nature. The land that once sustained only a cow/calf operation now is home to cattle, goats, pigs, turkeys, chickens and more and is a testament  to the economic and environmental benefits of regenerative food production – boasting healthy soils, thriving farm animals, and a diverse eco-system while creating jobs that are breathing new life into a community forgotten after the industrialization of agriculture.

Website:  www.soilcarboncowboys.com

15 minutes

Serenade for Haiti. World Premiere at 2016 DOC NYC. Director Owsley Brown III’s full-length documentary Serenade for Haiti filmed over seven years is a poignant testament to resilience, hope and the power of music. A classical music school in the heart of Port-au-Prince, Haiti thrives despite decades of entrenched poverty and political strife. When a catastrophic earthquake completely destroys the school in 2010, a stunned and devastated faculty and student body must pick up the pieces and find a way to move forward.

Website: https://www.serenadeforhaiti.com 

1 hour 10 minutes

Tragedy Girls. World Premiere at 2017 SXSW. Shot in Kentucky, Director Tyler MacIntyre’s Tragedy Girls is a twist on the slasher genre following two death-obsessed teenage girls who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small midwestern town into frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends. The story of a high school friendship between two girls who just happen to be sociopath stars Alexandra Shipp as McKayla and Hooper Brianna Hildebrand as Sadie Cunningham along with Kentucky native Josh Hutcherson as Toby Mitchell.

Website:  www.TragedyGirls.com 

1 hour 38 minutes

Sponsors of the 2017 Flyover Film Festival at the time of this release include:  Kentucky Center, Speed Cinema, Aloft Hotel, 21c Museum Hotel, Republic National Distributing Company, Rabbit Hole Distilling, Khalil’s, Bella of Louisville and 180 Degrees.

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The Zoo is giving LouisvilleKY Fathers a Father’s Day gift Wednesday, Jun 14 2017 

Free Fathers on Father’s Day & June at the Zoo



 Louisville, KY., – Fathers get FREE Louisville Zoo admission on Father’s Day — Sunday, June 18 — courtesy of Ford Motor Company as part of June at the Zoo presented by Ford Motor Company. Father’s Day will include Zoo keeper talks about fathers in the wild.


Other events for June at the Zoo include:

Louisville Zoo polar bear

Friday, June 16

Great Clips Friday Night Movie Series

Featuring: Sing

Field opens at 5 p.m.; movie begins at sundown in the Oasis Field

Enjoy a movie under the stars at the wildest theater in town. Watch your favorite movies on our giant inflatable screen. Arrive early for special drawings and fun giveaways courtesy of Great Clips staff. Snacks and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Don’t forget to pack your blanket or lawn chairs.  Movie nights are FREE to Zoo members and with Zoo admission. Admission is just $5 per person after 5 p.m. for non-members.


Wednesday, June 21

World Giraffe Day

Staff will celebrate Malaika, 20 and Silvester, 5 in front of the Giraffe house with information on giraffe conservation. Giraffe feeds will take place at the feeding station at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


The Louisville Zoo, a nonprofit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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LouisvilleKy’s Bourbon & Beyond announces official food and beverage partners Wednesday, Jun 14 2017 


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LOUISVILLE, KY – In honor of National Bourbon Day, Danny Wimmer Presents is ecstatic to
announce its highly anticipated Food & Beverage Partners for BOURBON &
BEYOND, an incredible all-in-one bourbon, food, and music festival that
celebrates the craftsmanship, soul and spirit of Louisville, Kentucky.
Taking place for the first time on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday,
September 24, glasses are being raised across the country to toast the
exceptional talent that is making this festival unlike any other.

Danny Wimmer Presents newest venture, the inaugural Bourbon & Beyond, is
a showcase featuring the best bourbons, master distillers, national and
local chefs, bartenders, musicians, and many other artisans. Along with
nationally celebrated Louisville chef, Edward Lee and best-selling
author and acclaimed bourbon authority, Fred Minnick, this talented trio
has brought these partners together to blend the best elements of a
bourbon festival, a food festival, and a music festival into one
all-encompassing celebration.

bourbon and beyond lineup

Attendees of the Bourbon & Beyond Festival are sure to be blown away by
the overwhelming group of talented chefs, famed restaurants, interactive
demos, panels, outstanding dishes and exciting epicurean events taking
over Louisville this September.

include renowned local and national chefs and beloved Louisville
restaurants to deliver one-of-a-kind delectable creations. National
Chefs to make appearances throughout the weekend are Tom Colicchio,
Carla Hall, Edward Lee, Chris Cosentino, Amanda Freitag, Jose Salazar,
Cosmo Goss & Erling Wu-Bower, Kevin Ashworth, Anthony Lamas and Anthony
Falco, just to name a few. Local restaurants include Baxter’s 942 Bar
& Grill, Boss Hog’s BBQ, Doc Crow’s, Gospel Bird, Seviche, The
Manhattan Exchange, Whiskey Dry and many more.
* PARTIES: A ticket to Bourbon & Beyond grants access to all the
parties throughout the festival.

hosts the Big Easy Crawfish Boil where guests can choose between Chef
Lamas’ Latin Flavor or the NoLa Crawfish King’s traditional recipe.
Featuring New Orleans inspired tunes from DJ Johnny Sidell.
*  TIKI BARREL BAR: In addition to serving up outstanding tiki
libations, renowned bartenders and cocktail book authors Jane Danger &
Alla Lapuschik demonstrate how Bourbon is taking over Tiki. Featuring
tunes by Coat Check Pool Party DJs.
* SOUTHERN SOUL BBQ: Chef Kevin Ashworth & Stacie Stewart of 610
Magnolia & Milkwood demonstrates the art of southern cooking & Maker’s
Mark cocktails at this soulful inspired party. Featuring tunes by Derby
City Soul Club.


* UNFILTERED & UNCUT: Chef Tom Colicchio + special guest:  Unfiltered &
* B&B TALKS: “Break The Bootlegger featuring Julian P. Van Winkle III &
Edward Lee”: Join Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery president Julian P.
Van Winkle III and Chef Edward Lee for a discussion of identifying
authenticity and the real cost of counterfeiting in bourbon, and beyond.
* WHY RYE?: Anthony Falco + guest discuss the journey of ancient grains
and what they mean to the art of pizza and distilling.
* TASTE TRIFECTA:  Chris Cosentino, Edward Lee & Mathew Landan (of
* YOUNG GUNS:  Erling Wu-Bower & Cosmo Goss, move over Jon & Vinny! (I
know we can’t print that but you get my drift)
*  B&B TALKS: “THE WONDER WOMEN OF WHISKEY”: From distilling to
distributing, branding to bartending meet a few of the women who are
leading calling the shots in the bourbon business.

* Marianne Barnes, Master Distiller, Castle & Key Distillery
* Jane Bowie, maturation specialist, Maker’s Mark
* Jane Danger & Alla Lapuschik, authors, “From Rhum to Whiskey”
* Allisa Henley, Master Distiller, Sazerac Tennesse
* Andrea Wilson, GM & VP, Michter’s Distillery
* Moderator: Susan Reigler, author, “Kentucky Bourbon Country”


JEFFERSON’S BOURBON: Following in the footsteps of the completely
sold-out B&B Supper Club hosted by Angel’s Envy featuring Tom
Colicchio , we are proud to announce The B&B Supper Club featuring Chris
Cosentino & Edward Lee. This 30-person ultra-exclusive dinner on Sunday
gives you a stellar view of the stage.
* THE CHICKS & CHAMPS GOSPEL BRUNCH: Traditional, Hot or Karaage,
attendees to choose their favorite fried chicken style and sip sparkling
wine with Cosmo Goss & Erling Wu-Bower on Saturday and Carla Hall on

_”I can’t wait to show the world how we do bourbon in Louisville. It is
not just a libation, it’s a lifestyle,” say Chef Edward Lee. “This
is an idea that Bourbon & Beyond and I believe wholeheartedly, and the
culinary elements will bring in a whole new level of quality that we
haven’t seen before at a festival.”_

Curated by Fred Minnick, Edward Lee, and Chris Cosentino, Bourbon &
Beyond has partnered with some of the best Kentucky bourbon distilleries
to offer a rich taste of Kentucky and Bourbon with unique tasting
experiences directly with the Master Distillers and their exceptionally
crafted spirits. Eric Gregory, President of Kentucky Distillers’
Association, says:

“Bourbon & Beyond will attract thousands of people to the Commonwealth
and introduce them to a lineup of great Kentucky Bourbons. We’re happy
to partner with Danny Wimmer Presents on this opportunity to empower
festival goers to drink responsibly and to learn more about our rich
history and timeless craft.”

* BOURBON DISTILLERY PARTNERS: These acclaimed associations and
distilleries will all be featured and showcased during the festival:
Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, Angels Envy, Barton 1792, Jim Beam, Bulleit,
Boone County Distilling Company, Four Roses, Maker’s Mark Distillery,
MB Roland Distillery, Michters Distillery, New Riff, Brown-Foreman,
Woodford Reserve Distillery, Kentucky Peerless, Rabbit Hole, Smooth
Ambler and Limestone Branch Distillery. Other spirits and beverages to
be featured include Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort and more to be
announced soon.
Bourbon Celebrities include:  Julian P. Van Winkle III of Old Rip Van
Winkle Distillery, Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley and Master Blender
Drew Mayville of Buffalo Trace Distillery, Master Distiller John
Hargrove of Barton 1792 Distillery, Distiller Allisa Henley of Sazerac
of Tennessee, Kaveh Zamanian of Rabbit Hole Distillery, Master Distiller
Marianne Barnes of Castle & Key Distillery, Jane Bowie of  Maker’s
Mark, Andrea Wilson of Michter’s, The Henderson Family (Wes, Andrew,
Kyle) of Angel’s Envy, Trey Zoeller of Jefferson’s Bourbon.

“Bourbon & Beyond is bringing an entirely new generation of whiskey
lovers to the birthplace of bourbon,” says Buffalo Trace Master
Distiller Harlen Wheatley. “We’re looking forward to celebrating
with the entire bourbon community behind this exciting new endeavor.”

Attendees will also get the opportunity to immerse themselves within the
Kentucky bourbon world even further, from hidden speakeasies to
immersive events such as:

* THE BIG BOURBON BAR: Presented by the Louisville Courier-Journal,
this larger than life activation will include a 20,000- sq. ft bar
serving expertly crafted bourbon cocktails featuring the following,
exclusive Bourbon partners: 1792, Angel’s Envy, Barrell, Basil
Hayden’s, Blade and Bow, Bloody Butcher’s Creed, Buffalo Trace,
Bulleit, Coopers’ Craft, Eagle Rare, Eighteen 33, Four Roses,
Hartfield & Co., Jefferson’s, Jim Beam, Kentucky Peerless, Knob Creek,
Maker’s Mark, MB Roland, Michter’s, O.K.I., Old Forester, Rabbit Hole,
Smooth Ambler, W. L. Weller, Woodford Reserve, and Yellowstone.
* THE HAYMARKET HUNTER’S CLUB: A bourbon hound’s dream come true with
experimental, rare, and hard-to-find bourbons.
* THE BROWN-FORMAN COOPERAGE: Brown-Forman is the only major spirits
company in the entire world to make its own new barrels, and Bourbon &
Beyond is very excited to partner with The Brown-Forman Cooperage to
offer festivalgoers the experience of witnessing the historic art of
barrel raising and featuring Old Forrester, Woodford Reserve, Coopers’
Craft and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.
* DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE SPEAKEASY: Rabbit Hole invites you to go Down
The Rabbit Hole into an exclusive bar hidden off the beaten path
featuring cocktails by Proprietors LLC, the team behind Death & Co.
That’s all we can say for now – figuring out how to get in will be
entirely up to you!
* BOOKER NOE’S SMALL BATCH BAR: Booker Noe was a sixth-generation
master distiller who grew up at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky.
He was born to bourbon. He actually coined the term “small batch.”
And if you can find Booker Noe’s Small Batch Bar, you’ll be one of
the lucky guests to taste and experience what Booker believed in: Like
bourbon, life is best enjoyed in slower, smaller batches. Head here and
enjoy some Basil Hayden, Knob Creek and Baker’s.
* THE SMOOTH AMBLER SALOON: Hidden somewhere on the grounds of Bourbon
& Beyond is The Smooth Ambler Saloon, a speakeasy featuring Old Scout
bourbon cocktails. Stay tuned for details on how to get in!
* BOURBON WORKSHOPS: Access to bourbon’s best and brightest in a
series of free and intimate distilling, bartending, pairing, and cooking

Along with the world-class musical performances happening throughout the
weekend and on the two main music stages, Bourbon & Beyond’s BIG
BOURBON BAR will also include bluegrass music all weekend long curated
by The Bluegrass Situation and featuring The Steel Wheels, Mipso, Town
Mountain, Love Canon, NewTown, The Tillers and Reva Dawn Salon. Bourbon
& Beyond’s Resident DJ’s also join the mix with Coat Check Pool
Party DJ’s, Craig Pfunder, Derby City Soul Club and, Johnny Siegel
spinning all weekend long at the parties.

They join the headliners of the weekend STEVIE NICKS, EDDIE VEDDER,

The Bourbon & Beyond Festival is sure to be the most unforgettable and
inspiring experience of music, food and bourbon yet. Like the flames
that char the barrels, the hearth that nourishes our appetites, or the
heart of an incredible beat, soul and passion will radiate throughout
the Bourbon & Beyond festival.

For tickets and more details on the full line up of Food & Beverage
Partners, please visit BourbonandBeyond.com [2].

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LouisvilleKy welcomes popular bands for this month’s Waterfront Wednesday Tuesday, Jun 13 2017 

Louisville, Ky., – Louisville’s favorite concert series continues Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The WFPK Waterfront Wednesday® Concert Series is a monthly free concert on the Big Four Lawn in Louisville Waterfront Park, located next to the Big Four® Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge.

This concert will feature POKEY LAFARGE, ROBYN HITCHCOCK and CARLY JOHNSON. It’s sponsored by Goose Island Brewing Company, Kroger,
Republic Bank, Passport Health Plan, and Friends of the Waterfront. Additional support comes from Kentucky Select, Software Guild and Look

“Incorporating elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues, Western swing, and beyond, Pokey LaFarge has created a vibrant, deeply
expressive body of work that embodies an expansive musical vision and vivid storytelling sensibility that are wholly his own. He’s also
earned a reputation as a tireless, uniquely charismatic live performer, winning a loyal international fan base that regularly packs his rousing,
celebratory live shows.” — Courtesy, High Road Touring


Robyn Hitchcock, “the british elder statesman of indie rock comes out swinging with a terrific album that’s both twisted and full of great hooks.” — Chris Ingalls, _Pop Matters_

Carly Johnson may just have the most incredible voice in Louisville. This stellar talent can tackle any genre; from jazz standards to her new
album of original soul-pop songs. Carly has put together a band of Louisville’s finest to premiere the new songs live with a giant 12 piece

The Big Four® Lawn “opens” at 5pm, and the music begins promptly at 6pm. The remaining dates for the 2017 season are July 26, August 30, and
September 27.

To alleviate parking congestion caused by the KY/IN Bridges project, a free trolley service, courtesy of Republic Bank, will be offered between
Witherspoon and the Big Four Lawn for people who park West of I-65. THE REPUBLIC BANK EASY TROLLEY will run a continuous loop between 6:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.  Outside alcohol is prohibited.  No coolers, glass or pets allowed in the event area of the Big Four Lawn and the adjacent
park areas. For more information, please call (502) 814-6519.

About WFPK Waterfront Wednesday®

The Waterfront Development Corporation (WDC) and WFPK first partnered in 2002 to produce an innovative concert series that showcased local and
emerging national recording artists as heard on radio station 91.9 WFPK.  Each free concert attracts large audiences to mingle, dance and enjoy
the river in a family-friendly park atmosphere with a cash bar and upscale festival fare.  The event has become a thriving city institution, drawing thousands to Waterfront Park and helping Louisville secure an international award as a top city for festivals.  In addition, the Southeast Tourism Society selected WFPK Waterfront Wednesday® as one of their Top 20 Events.

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LouisvilleKY’s Derby Festival names 2018 Chair Tuesday, Jun 13 2017 



June 12, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Norton Healthcare’s Scott Watkins will chair the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival. He was elected by the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., Board of Directors at its annual meeting tonight. Watkins is Senior Vice President, Operations at Norton Healthcare. He follows the successful leadership of Lisa Stevenson, who will continue serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Derby Festival.


Watkins was first elected to the Derby Festival Board in 2005 and has been a member of the KDF Executive Board since 2011. He has served on committees for several Derby Festival events and programs, including the Marathon/miniMarathon, the Basketball Classic, KDF’s Board Nominating Committee and the Audit Committee.

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Michael E. Berry continues as President and CEO of the Derby Festival. Marita Willis, Major Gift Officer, The American Red Cross, was elected Chair-Elect; Mike Ziemianski, VP of Development, St. Meinrad School of Theology, was elected Vice Chair; Judy Hess, Community Relations Coordinator, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, was elected Secretary; and Mike Shea was elected Treasurer.


Joining the 75-member board as newly elected directors are: David Bingham, Business First; William Donaldson, DRP Enterprises, LLC; Joe Elliott, University of Louisville; Les Fugate, RunSwitch PR; Janet Lively, Harshaw Trane; Sarah Neff, Alpha Media Louisville; Rick Smith, Kentucky State University; Brian Walters, Parade Chair; Shawna Burton, Greater Louisville, Inc. (Ex-Officio); Ann Marie Kelly, YPAL (Ex-Officio); Glenda Thome, President, The Fillies, Inc. (Ex-Officio).


Dates for some of the Festival’s signature events are already set. The 2018 Festival will kick off on Saturday, April 21 with the Opening Ceremonies – Thunder Over Louisville, the U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest is April 26-28, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville opens on April 26, the Marathon/miniMarathon will be April 28, Thorntons Great Bed Races is April 30, the Great Steamboat Race is May 2, and the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade is set for May 3.

2018 KDF Highlights Schedule

Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.


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Celebrate The Power of One with LouisvilleKY’s own Jennifer Lawrence at the Frazier Monday, Jun 12 2017 

Story and pictures from www.fraziermuseum.org

Louisville, Ky., – Together, the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation and the Frazier History Museum are thrilled to announce The Power of One, a benefit event to be held on the evening of Friday, July 14th at the Frazier History Museum. Jennifer Lawrence, film director, Francis Lawrence, and other cast members from The Hunger Games film franchise will attend in support of the foundation’s fundraiser (all subject to availability).

This event will celebrate how one person has the power to positively impact the lives of young people, artists, and the organizations that serve them. This experience curated for select guests is one that Louisville will never forget!

The evening begins with a photo opportunity, cocktail party, viewing of The Hunger Games: The Exhibition and dinner.
Jennifer Lawrence and friends
Tickets start at $1000. Specialty-themed drinks from Michter’s™ and hors d’oeuvres from Chef Dean Corbett and a cast of other prestigious Louisville chefs will be served throughout the exhibition experience leading up to a spectacular dining experience in the Frazier’s loft. A star-studded cast of talented local and national musicians, including Linkin Bridge, and the Louisville Crashers will entertain guests every step of the way.

The Power of One party will stretch late into the evening with an after-party that starts at 9pm, concert and rooftop celebration. All guests who purchase general admission tickets will also have access to the rooftop celebration. Folks joining for the after-party only can join the fun at 9 p.m. and for $500, will have complete access to the festivities up until midnight.

Power of One logo

Tickets are limited; event is 21+.

The Frazier History Museum opened its doors and welcomed The Hunger Games: The Exhibition to visitors this Spring. Louisville, KY, is the birthplace and home of one of the film’s stars, Jennifer Lawrence. Louisville is the fourth city in the world to host the exhibition. Exhibition tickets can be purchased  HERE, a portion of the proceeds from every full priced admission ticket goes to the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation.

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition invites visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created by the films. Hundreds of authentic costumes and props, high-tech and hands-on interactives and detailed set recreations reveal the amazing artistry and technology that brought these incredible books to life. Visitors will follow Katniss Everdeen’s inspirational journey, from her humble beginnings in District 12 to her emergence as the Mockingjay, sparking curiosity and excitement. The exhibit will feature seven galleries including District 12, Tribute Train, The Capitol, Making the Games, District 13, Fan Gallery and Katniss’s Journey.

Exclusive sponsorship opportunities and limited VIP tickets will be available for a select few to have dinner with Jennifer Lawrence on the rooftop of the Frazier History Museum.  There is limited time to secure attendance and partnership opportunities. For sponsorship and VIP opportunities, including rooftop seating, please contact: Ina Miller, ina@inamiller.com

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LouisvilleKy’s Churchill Downs brings celebrated chefs for Downs After Dark Tuesday, May 30 2017 

chef Anthony Lamas

chef Anthony Lamas

Celebrated Local Chefs Anthony Lamas and Patrick Roney Bring Inspired Dining to Night Racing


LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 26, 2017) – Churchill Downs today announced its new Guest Chef Series @ Millionaire’s Row, which brings two of Louisville’s most celebrated chefs to 2017 Spring Meet’s Downs After Dark presented by Stella Artois and Woodford Reserve night racing events. The new series is a separate ticketed event on Millionaire’s Row 6 for 250 guests during each of Spring Meet’s two Downs After Dark parties.  Tickets to each Guest Chef Series @ Millionaire’s Row are $149 and available at www.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark.


At each Guest Chef Series @ Millionaire’s Row, a celebrated local chef will cook and serve a menu they designed to match the racetrack’s Downs After Dark theme for the evening. Each menu will also include spirit tastings. The chefs and the Downs After Dark theme for each evening and menu are:


  • Chef Anthony Lamas of Seviche a Latin Restaurant: June 17 South Beach with El Jimador Tequila


  • Chef Patrick Roney of Harvest Restaurant: June 30 Downs Does the Decades with Finlandia Vodka


Guests will have the chance to mingle with the chef and watch them cook up close as the chef serves the evening’s menu at a Chef’s Buffet Table. In addition to reserved table seating, guests will enjoy a specially decorated soft lounge area, a full bar package from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and access to the sixth floor balcony overlooking the finish line while live DJs, including WFPK’s Matt Anthony, bring the party to life.  A racing program is included with the ticket.


Known as the best party in town, each Downs After Dark will feature 11 thrilling Thoroughbred races, live music and specialty cocktails. Downs After Dark tickets start at $10 and are available at www.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. with first post at 6:00 p.m.


About Churchill Downs Racetrack

Churchill Downs Racetrack, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race the Kentucky Derby continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 6, 2017. The track’s 2017 Spring Meet is scheduled forApril 29-June 30. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times and is scheduled to host again in 2018. www.churchilldowns.com.


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