Day 7: Monday Blahs and Rick Pitino’s Speech Tuesday, Oct 21 2014 

Journal, Day 7.
School was one of those Mondays that drag on quite a while but not much work. Though when I see it’s almost November I can’t really believe it. I’m not that normal in that I don’t really want to grow up but it’s a part of life and there is definitely some benefits to growing up like being able to do a lot more stuff and have fun doing more stuff. Other than homework and such nothing much happened .

I have plenty of opportunity to see public speakers. For two years, I witnessed how difficult it can be for people by teaching a public speaking class. So I know something about the topic.

It amazes me how bad some business people are at making simple speeches. They rely on notes and read their speech, they speak in monotones, and they rarely make eye contact with their audience. Rick Pitino, on the other hand, is among the best I’ve ever heard. At today’s Tipoff Luncheon at the Marriott, Pitino spent 15 minutes getting the crowd excited not only about his basketball team, but about being a part of the University of Louisville community.

Rick Pitino

Pitino gave a great speech

Pitino praised his counterpart, Jeff Walz, coach of the women’s team. He used humor to explain how it’s going to be facing his son Richard in the season’s first game, against Minnesota in Puerto Rico. He connected with every parent in the audience by talking about how hard it is to get his young players to listen. And he got everyone excited by talking about how well his players are doing on the court, how he’s looking forward to playing the toughest schedule in school history.  He even predicted the men’s football team will beat Florida State next Thursday, and that he was fired up for that.

I rarely Tweet anything, but when he made the Florida State comment, I put it up on Twitter. I did not expect the reaction. Kentucky Sports Radio re-tweeted it, and dozens of UK fans re-tweeted or commented on it, mostly with derisive words about Pitino. I learned a lot of folks carry hatred toward Rick around with them.

Day 5: Saturday in the Ballpark Sunday, Oct 19 2014 

Our seats at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium are on the 50-yard line, way up in the UPS Flight Deck. If you like the nuances of the game, the Xs and Os,  seeing pass patterns as they develop, they’re great seats. There’s also a wonderful vista, with a view of the city from Iroquois Park to downtown’s office buildings. Churchill Downs’ twin spires and the still developing U of L academic campus are close.

Our group has a dozen or more seats together. My son Josh joined Paula and I yesterday as the Cardinals took care of business against N.C. State. In our section, the fans follow the game, and when things don’t go well for the home team, there’s grumbling. When this older fella didn’t like a play call yesterday, he got up and kind of lost it, bursting forth with a string of obscenities directed at either the officials or Bobby Petrino, I’m not sure.


Bobby Petrino was excited to meet fans during the Card March

This guy wasn’t drunk. He wore a baseball cap and a red shirt, and I really think he just got carried away. But his outburst inspired a young man, sitting about five seats away, to stand up (with his young son in tow) and scream back at him. “Calm down will you? They can’t hear you!”

It was a good line. Yelling anything from the upper deck, and thinking it might affect the judgement of an official, is insane. The guy in the cap was pretty quiet the rest of the way. The Cards made a few more mistakes, but never relinquished the lead, and everyone went home happy.

Paula doesn’t understand why we always have to stay until the end of the game.  I don’t have a good answer for her, because it’s something that Mark, my best pal, and I have been doing since watching some awful football games at Western.  As the 4th quarter winds down, she starts looking at me, making comments like, “Well, it looks like we’ve got this one.” I nod, as she takes note of all the people leaving. I’m not interested in getting a jump on traffic, and I like hearing the final horn sound.


It was a pretty fun day for me, unfortunately not much to write about. Basically I played some games until like 6 or so. I then headed over to a friend’s house where we have like six guys all going over there. My friend has a pretty big house so we get to do a lot of different stuff that ranges from playing on computers, Xbox, foosball, and hide-and-seek in pitch black. We usually stay up til like 4 or so. Well that’s it sorry for the boring day but you know that’s how it goes sometimes.

Va Va Vixens present ‘A Veery Sceery HalloVVeen’ Saturday, Oct 18 2014 

Photo by Frankie Steele.Ghosts and goblins won’t be the only things that go bump in the night this Halloween. Louisville’s largest and most popular modern-day burlesque troupe, the Va Va Vixens, will show off their spooky sultry side this month for “A Veery … Continue reading

Weekend activities at ReSurfaced include ‘Broken Sidewalk’ relaunch, Slant preview, and KY Opera benefit Friday, Oct 17 2014 

ResurfacedThere’s only one more weekend after this one to check out ReSurfaced, the bustling pop-up plaza that’s played host to more events in one month than my social calendar holds in a year. This weekend is no different in the … Continue reading

‘de Party’ for The de Paul School goes retro on Oct. 23 Thursday, Oct 16 2014 

de PaulThe de Paul school is celebrating 45 years of education based on encouragement and transformation. de Paul gives students with learning differences a chance to succeed with specially formulated curriculum and individual attention. Almost 50 percent of their students receive … Continue reading

A Chat With Louisville’s The Foxery Tuesday, Oct 14 2014 welcomes Jake Curtis aboard as our newest contributor.   

by Jake Curtis

“This scene, as well as this city honestly, has many flaws, everything does, but we’re creative and accepting of weird, new things, and when it comes to art that’s the most important thing you need from an audience.”- Kyle Thompson, bass  player for The Foxery

Fresh off the release of its newest album Unless, The Foxery is one of the most talked-about bands in Louisville.  Having toured around the Northeast and parts of the Midwest this year, The Foxery is finally ready to give its new album a proper home release.  Before we get to more information on that, I asked The Foxery’s bass player, Kyle Thompson, a few questions about what inspires the band and where some of their influences lie.

LouisvilleKY:  What is the main inspiration for the band?  Where did the ideas for the album stem from, and which songs in particular stand out on the record?

Kyle:   I think our main inspiration is our own experiences and viewpoints, because there are so many different mindsets within this band. So we try to tell stories with our songs that are very specific, personal, and detailed; but when the song is viewed as a whole it can mean multiple things. The lyrics to Crawl to me are about finding the beauty in the fact that life will go on without you, each of our lives are but a small, small piece in the beautiful tapestry of human existence. Than can be taken to be an extremely positive, or negative, idea depending on how you perceive it. I love the line at the end of The Filth Part I, “When the trumpets sound like an alarm clock, you better be ready.” I read that as an ominous warning of impending doom, but I’m almost positive Mike wrote it to be a call to get off your butt and be productive. For the people that just want me to name drop a band as our biggest inspiration, sorry you had to read all of that, and mewithoutyou.

LouisvilleKY:  What is your main inspiration as a person in the Louisville music scene and as an “artist”?

Kyle:  There’s a lot of significance that in the indie/punk world, we call concerts “shows”. It’s a performance, not just people playing songs. I don’t want a band to be “just four normal dudes who play music”, I want something huge and grandiose and epic. Ever since I’ve gone to shows, Louisville has seemed like a “less talk, more rock” kind of town, and I hate that. In my mind Mountain Asleep, and specifically Jake Snider, always perfectly captured everything I want in a band. Reading poetry before a set started, swinging from the rafters, a true sense of the audience being a part of the band, I loved every single thing about them, and Jake is easily the best frontperson for a band that I know. So thank you, I don’t think I’ve ever told him that.

LouisvilleKY:  Do you have any additional interests or musical pursuits outside of the Foxery?

Kyle:  .I used to play acoustic shows, and would love to start doing that again, but unfortunately I started playing shows before I knew how to sing or write good songs or play guitar, so no one ever asks me anymore, which is the right thing to do.   I would do the same thing.  I’d like to get into the poetry world and I’ve begun to submit poetry to some journals and would love to start doing some readings soon. My girlfriend and I have discussed the idea of doing a horror comic together, hopefully that happens some day!

LouisvilleKY:  Out of curiosity, do you have a favorite comic title right now?

Kyle:  Real talk using pictures to tell a story might be the oldest form of art there is. Look at cave paintings! Comics are important and awesome! My favorite right now is The Wicked and The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. Every 90 years, 12 (maybe, I can’t remember) gods come to Earth for two years to inspire humans for the next 90 years. They’re currently on Earth existing in the form of pop stars. It’s such an interesting story, with a lot of cool ideas about religion and pop culture, and the similarities between the two.

LouisvilleKY:  Tell us something unique about you, The Foxery, and something in Louisville which affected your life in some way.

Kyle:  This might not answer the question exactly, but something really cool about Louisville, is that for the most part, people who live here love living here. That extends to the music scene here as well. So many bands across the country “break out” or make that critically acclaimed debut album about “getting out of this town”. Seriously. All across almost every genre of music, a band will “make it” on an album with a lot of lyrical content about “leaving everything behind”, “burning bridges”, all of that kind of stuff. You don’t see that too much here, The Foxery included. So since most bands from here don’t write those kind of songs when they start, they look for something else, and we end up with so many weird bands. I love it. So many bands from here are unlike anything I’ve ever heard, and it’s what makes me proud to be in a band that is from Louisville, KY. This scene, as well as this city honestly, has many flaws, everything does, but we’re creative and accepting of weird, new things, and when it comes to art that’s the most important thing you need from an audience.


The Foxery will be going on tour in November across parts of the Southeast to further support the new album.  However, make sure to catch them in town for their record release show at Nelligan Hall (2010 Portland Ave) on October 27th.  Doors open at 8PM.  The show will be open to all ages, and entry is only $5!  Be sure to check out their Bandcamp page, listed below, as well as a link there to order a vinyl copy of the record!  Please continue to support local and independent art, music and expression!

Centennial Festival of Riverboats will commemorate Belle of Louisville’s 100th birthday, Oct. 14-19 Monday, Oct 13 2014 

BelleA century is old, even for a riverboat. So, as the Belle of Louisville turns 100, the city will celebrate. The Centennial Festival of Riverboats, set for Oct. 14-19, will feature a variety of musical and performing acts, food, bourbon, … Continue reading

Search for the best chili in Louisville takes place Sunday at Phoenix Hill Tavern Saturday, Oct 11 2014 

chiliSave for perhaps s’mores, nothing pairs with autumn as well as chili. Whether you like it hot or mild, beany or chunky, with spaghetti or without, everyone’s tastes will surely be served on Sunday, Oct. 12, at Phoenix Hill Tavern’s … Continue reading

Foxhollow Farm’s Fall Festival this Saturday to benefit Maryhurst Friday, Oct 10 2014 

10646744_804164896270823_8925330873761603203_nThere aren’t many things that ring in the autumn season quite like off-road hayrides, indecisive pumpkin picking and kid’s faces painted with butterflies and tigers. All of this and more can be found at the seventh annual Fall Festival at … Continue reading

Butchertown ushers in the harvest season with ‘Porktoberfest’ Friday, Oct 10 2014 

porktoberfestThe Butchertown Neighborhood Association is celebrating the arrival of fall with a savory re-imagining of the traditional Oktoberfest, the second annual “Porktoberfest.” (You can read Insider Louisville’s full story here.) This year, the mouthwatering festival will be held at Copper & Kings … Continue reading

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