Learn the science behind the eclipse — and make your own glasses — with Kentucky Science Center’s Andrew Spence Saturday, Aug 19 2017 

The solar eclipse is almost upon us, and for Kentuckians, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Scratch that, “once in a lifetime” is underselling it. Andrew Spence, the Kentucky Science Center’s manager of public programs and events, talked with Insider about just how special this eclipse is, safe ways to view it, and some of the events […]

LouisvilleKY’s IdeaFestival 2017 Releases Full Agenda Thursday, Aug 17 2017 

Presenters include CNN’s John King, play expert Peter Gray, social entrepreneur Anshu Gupta, musician psychiatrist Richard Kogan, WIRED’s Emily Dreyfuss and more

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IdeaFestival® 2017, a leading celebration for creative thinkers and the intellectually curious, releases this year’s full agenda and announces Delta Dental as this year’s Presenting Sponsor. The Festival boasts over 20 presenters who will inspire, entertain and promote disruptive idea creation and innovation from Sept. 26th – Sept. 28th, at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Festival Passes are currently on sale for $249. Festival Pass pricing will increase and Day Passes will be available on September 5th.

The Festival kicks off on Sept. 26th with Thrivals 10.0, led by Dr. Nat Irvin, professor at the UofL College of Business. IdeaFestival programming runs Sept. 27th through Sept. 28th.

  • 2015-09-29 14.24.44Polarization: A View from the Front Lines, with John King – CNN National Correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics.
  • Unleashing the Power of Play – Peter Gray, American psychologist and professor at Boston College who explores how play makes children happier, more self-reliant and better learners for life. In partnership with Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.
  • The Trash-Based Economy of the Future – Anshu Gupta, 2017 Curry-Stone Design Prize Social Change Circle Honoree, Indian social entrepreneur and founder of Goonj, a Delhi-based non-governmental organization.
  • The Age of Disruption, with Emily Dreyfuss – Senior Writer at WIRED who covers the intersection of technology, society and culture.
  • The Art of Food as Medicine – Timothy Harlan, physician, chef and director of the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University.
  • Visual and Transmedia Artist Lars Jan – Founder of a genre-bending performance + art lab which explores emerging technologies, live audiences and unclassifiable experience. In partnership with artwithoutwalls.
  • Humans and the Planet: An Unnatural History – Scott Hotaling, biologist studying the effects of global climate change.
  • The Mind and Music of Chopin – Richard Kogan, Julliard-trained concert pianist and Harvard Medical School psychiatrist.
  • The Cyberpunk Future is Coming for You – Rudy Rucker, mathematician, computer scientist and founder of the cyberpunk science fiction movement.
  • The Science and Engineering of Whiskey – Eric Simanek, Chemistry and Biochemistry professor studying the science of whiskey.
  • Beyond Pain and Horror: Rebuilding a Future – William Kellibrew, international advocate against violence and for civil, human, women, children and victims’ rights.
  • To Innovate: Start at Crazy – The Rise Group, high-energy team that focuses on high speed innovation, execution and the mechanics of big ideas.
  • Ideas On The Edge – Artists Ann Carlson and John Ewing, Carmen Montoya and Christopher Robbins of Ghana ThinkTank. In partnership with Creative Capital.
  • Taste: The Culinary Artists of the Region – IdeaFestival’s signature food and networking experience will be held Sept. 27th at Copper & Kings.

Delta Dental of Kentucky’s Chief Operating Officer, Tammy York Day, shared “We are very excited to be the Presenting Sponsor of IdeaFestival again this year. IF shares our core values of innovation, community and integrity, and this is a great opportunity to partner with an event that promotes innovative thinking that can position us to take our organizations to the next level of relevance.”

idea festival

Visit ideafestival.com to learn more about 2017 confirmed presenters and to purchase your Festival Pass. Follow us @ideafestival and #IF17 to get the latest updates on speakers, sessions and other events.

Stay Curious™- Stay Relevant

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LouisvilleKY’s Fourth Street Live! to host Coaches shows Thursday, Aug 17 2017 


Bobby Petrino’s first show will air live from The Sports & Social Club on Wednesday August 30, 2017 from 7:00-8:00pm


Louisville, KY   Attention all Louisville Cardinal fans! Fourth Street Live!’s own Sports and Social Club will be the new site for both the Rick Pitino and Bobby Petrino radio shows.


Historically held at Tumbleweed Tex Mex Grill and Margarita Bar, the shows will now be moving into the Fourth Street Live! district. Fans are encouraged to join and may reserve seats by contacting the Sports and Social Club beforehand.

fourth street live

The Sports and Social Club is a large venue that can accommodate numerous guests and has tiered seating allowing for every attendee to have a prime spot. Guests will have the opportunity to ask the coaches questions by jotting them down on a form located on each table, for a chance to be answered on air.


These shows will frequently feature special guests, such as players, who will be announced before show time.

uofl cards the ville

The Sports and Social Club also offers food, drinks, and entertainment—such as bowling (open before and after each show) and UofL trivia nights.


For those attending, free parking will be available in the Fourth Street Live! garage—which is adjacent to Fourth Street Live!—located on Fifth St. between Liberty St. and Muhammad Ali Blvd.


“This is an exciting environment that we feel will be the perfect location for the coaches to carry out their highly anticipated shows,“ said Ed Hartless, president of Fourth Street Live!. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come and participate by supporting Louisville teams and asking questions of the coaches.”


He added: “Hosting it at The Sports and Social Club also allows for attendees to enjoy the surrounding atmosphere of Fourth Street Live! before and after shows.”

Bobby Petrino’s first show—which will preview the Cards’ first game of the season against Purdue University—will air, live, on Wednesday August 30, 2017 from 7:00-8:00pm. This is the first of 12 one-hour shows, with the remaining dates listed below. Rick Pitino’s show dates will be announced closer to basketball season.


All shows will air live on 84 WHAS radio.


To book reservations, please call The Sports and Social Club: 502-568-1400


Dates for the Bobby Petrino Radio Show:


7:00-8:00pm at Fourth Street Live! in The Sports and Social Club


Wednesday 8/30

Wednesday 9/6

Wednesday 9/13

Wednesday 9/20 (Location: Tavern on 4th)

Wednesday 9/27

Tuesday 10/3

Wednesday 10/11 (Location: Papa John’s Stadium)

Wednesday 10/18

Wednesday 10/25

Wednesday 11/8

Wednesday 11/15

Wednesday 11/22


The Sports and Social Club is located at 427 S. Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202.


For more information on The Sports and Social Club, please visit www.thesportsandsocialclub.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



About Fourth Street Live!

Originating in 2004, Fourth Street Live! is located in the heart of downtown Louisville on 4th Street between Liberty Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, just a short walk from most downtown hotels and attractions. During the past decade Fourth Street Live! has grown into the premier dining and entertainment district of Louisville, drawing over 4.5 million tourists and locals per year. Fourth Street Live! is home to nearly 20 different venues ranging in style and offerings. For more information visit www.4thstlive.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@4thstlive).


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LouisvilleKY WorldFest Offers Four Days of International Food, Music, Culture on Labor Day Weekend Thursday, Aug 10 2017 


15th annual event will run Sept. 1-4 at the Belvedere

LOUISVILLE  – WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, will take place this Labor Day weekend for its 15th year, with four days of international food, music, dance and culture starting Sept. 1 at the downtown Belvedere.

More than 70 local and regional entertainers will offer a variety of music, dance styles and beats, ranging from African drumming to reggae to Indian, Celtic, Arabic, Latin, Caribbean music and more.

Headliner acts will include Toby Foyeh & Orchestra Africa, Cheili Minucci & the EFK All Stars with Karen Briggs, Billy Goat Strut Revue, Cosa Seria, Afro Physicists, and The British Invasion.

More than 100 vendors will participate, with 30-plus food vendors serving a global sampling of cuisine and culture.

“Louisville is a welcoming community, a community that values the immigrants and refugees who help make us grow as a city in so many ways,” Mayor Greg Fischer said today, in announcing this year’s event. “Our diversity is on proud display during the WorldFest weekend, and I encourage everyone to come out and experience all the world has to offer, right here in our own downtown.”


Admission to WorldFest is free all four days because of Western Kentucky University Confucius Institute and Passport Health Plan’s generous support.

“The Confucius Institute at WKU (CI at WKU) is very excited to partner with the Mayor’s office to support this event,” said the institute’s Terrill Martin.  “Last year was the first year that the CI at WKU participated in the event, and it was phenomenal.  We wanted to be a bigger presence this year, which is why we are a ‘Gold’ sponsor.

“What a great platform for us to share the Chinese culture and language to the communities we serve,” Martin said.

“Passport Health Plan is proud to once again sponsor the WorldFest event in downtown Louisville,” said Jill Bell, its Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer. “This amazing international festival highlights so many of the wonderful and diverse people who make Louisville such a fun and exciting place to live, work and play.”

In addition to music, food and dancing, other highlights include:

  • The Global Village – A kaleidoscope of Louisville’s culture, where you can interact with representatives of more than 20 nations. All nine of Louisville’s Sister Cities will be represented again this year.
  • The WorldFest Children’s Area – Will feature activities from WKU’s Confucius Institute, as well as Home Depot.
  • Parade of Cultures – Will showcase the multicultural diversity of our unique city.
  • Chinese Cultural Experience – Mobile Unit in front of The Kentucky Center.

The festival includes a naturalization ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday, where more than 300 immigrants will become full U.S. citizens, and a colorful Parade of Cultures at noon on Saturday.

New this year, the children’s activities have expanded to include more than 20 interactive activities highlighting specific aspects of the Chinese culture like calligraphy lessons, fan painting and Tai Chi demonstrations. In addition, the Confucius Institute will have its Chinese Cultural Experience mobile unit on display in front of the Kentucky Center for the Arts. This 40-foot RV is retrofitted to serve as a Chinese museum on wheels.

Along with the Chinese Cultural Experience, the Global Human Project has registered more than 1,000 middle school and high school students to take part in the Walk-A-Mile in My Shoes Immigration Simulation on Friday, Sept. 1. Students will play the roles of immigrants and will encounter the hardships that are common to refugees.

On Sunday, Sept. 3, WorldFest will offer a Job Expo from 1 to 7 p.m. on the west lawn between The Kentucky Center and the Main Stage. This is a great opportunity for community members to connect with hiring managers from a number of employers in our area.

The International Festival and Events Association has recognized WorldFest as among the best in North America. In 2011, it was named a Top Ten Fall Festival by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, and in 2015, the International Festival and Event Association named Louisville the Top Festival City in North America.

WorldFest is free to the public because of its generous sponsors. Signature Gold Sponsors: Western Kentucky University Confucius Institute and Passport Health Plan. Silver Sponsors: Kentucky Lottery and ValuMarket. Bronze Sponsors:  The Muhammad Ali Center, Al Dia, Anthem Medicaid, CareSource, Ford/UAW, Stella Artois, and WLKY. Contributing Sponsors: Erie Insurance, El Kentubano, The Galt House Hotel, Global Human Project, The Home Depot, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Louisville Public Media, Outfront Media and UPS.

For more information about WorldFest, visit www.worldfestlouisville.com. Let us know if you plan to attend, via our Facebook event page. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @AroundLou!


If You Go:

WorldFest runs through Labor Day weekend on the Belvedere, at Fifth and Main streets. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. FridaySunday11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. Admission is free; international food, spirits, beer and crafts available for purchase. Parking is available on nearby streets, and street parking is free after 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and all day Sunday and Monday. Several parking garages and lots are also nearby.

Naturalization Ceremony: Friday, Sept. 1, 1 p.m., Muhammad Ali Center.

Parade of Cultures:  Saturday, Sept. 2, Noon. Parade begins near Metro Hall at Fifth Street and Jefferson, then goes north on Fifth to the Belvedere, ending at the Main Stage on the Belvedere’s West Lawn.

Overlook Plaza (Top of the Belvedere): Saturday & Sunday, September 2-311 a.m. – 6 p.m. This area includes the Global Village and the WorldFest Children’s Activities.

Job Expo: Sunday, Sept. 3 from 1 to 7 p.m., west lawn between the Kentucky Center for the Arts and the Main Stage.

Official Entertainment Schedule:

Fountain Stage

Friday, Sept. 1

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Recorded international music

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Desperados Steel Band

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Recorded International Music

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Studio Belly Dance & Friends

6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Nachale Bollywood

7:15 – 8:00 p.m. PMA

8:15 – 9:00 p.m. Big Poppa Stampley

9:30 – 11:00 p.m. The Ark Band

Saturday, Sept. 2

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Recorded International Music

12:00  – 12:45 p.m. PARADE OF CULTURES

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Chinese Dance With Cheryl Pan

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. Imani Dance Company

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Weiling Group

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Argentine Tango Dance Society

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. River City Raqs Belly Dance

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Hawaiian Hulan & Ori Tahiti of Louisville

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Fred “Yellowknife” Keams & Nizhoni Skys

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Keen Dance Company

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Cardinal K Pop Dance Team

6:30 – 6:45 p.m. Smitha Paily- Natya Kendra

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mr. Wonderful Productions Band

8:15 – 9:15 p.m. Screaming Orphans

9:30 – 11:00 p.m. Cosa Seria

Sunday, Sept. 3

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Recorded International Music

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Misha Feigin

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Korean American Student Association

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. McClanahan School of Irish Dance

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Celtica Fae

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Guilderoy Byrne

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Flamenco Talk

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Hermanos Latin Fusion Band

7:15 – 9:15 p.m. Basel & the Supernaturals

9:30 – 11:00 p.m. Toby Foyeh & Orchestra Africa

Monday, Sept. 4

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Recorded International Music

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Long Phang Nguyen

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Swing 39

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Latin Louisville

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Latin Fusion

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Billy Goat Strut Revue


Main Stage

Friday, Sept. 1

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Recorded International Music

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Zydewinders

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Recorded International Music

5:00 – 5:45 p.m. German-American Club Prosit Singers

6:00 – 6:45 p.m. River City Drum Corp

6:45 – 7:30 p.m. Dick Sisto & the AHA Trio

7:30 – 8:15 p.m. Mike Tracy & Hora Certa

8:30 – 9:15 p.m. Alma Gitana

9:30 – 11:00 p.m. Carley Johnson

Saturday, Sept. 2

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Recorded International Music

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. PARADE OF CULTURES

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  Louisville Pipe Band

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.  Belize Dance Intermix

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. p.m.  Louisville Lion Dance

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Safiyyah Dance

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Gio “El” Futuro

4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Gypsies of Nile

5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Salsa Rhythms Band

6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Flamenco Louisville

7:15 – 8:00 p.m. Appalatin

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Afro Physicists

9:30 – 11:00 p.m. Cheili Minucci & the EFK All Stars with Karen Briggs

Sunday, Sept., 3

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Recorded International Music

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Squeezebot

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Keltricity

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Hewn from the Mountain

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Ut Gret

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. The “Ville” Casineras

5:15 – 6:00 p.m. Wilmer & Miguel

6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Salsa Rhythms Band

7:15 – 8:00 p.m. Appalatin

8:15 – 9:00 p.m. Kentucky Salsa All Stars

9:30 – 11:00 p.m. Milenio

Monday, Sept., 4

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Recorded International Music

12:45 – 1:15 p.m. Destined Dance Company

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. Mexico Lindo

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Louisville OORF Ensemble

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Lost Tribe of Louisville

3:30 – 6:00 p.m. The British Invasion

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Mayor’s Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle Returns to LouisvilleKY Labor Day Thursday, Aug 10 2017 


Booths, activities begin at 8 a.m./cycling, paddling, walking at 10 a.m. 

LOUISVILLE  – Thousands of cyclists, walkers, canoeists and kayakers will hit the streets and the Ohio River on Labor Day, Sept. 4, for the 26th Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle at Waterfront Park.

“What better way to mark the end of the summer and the Labor Day holiday than in the company of your friends, family and neighbors, at our beautiful waterfront,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “I invite everyone to come out, meet some new friends, and have fun!”

Subway Restaurants is the title sponsor of Hike, Bike & Paddle, with presenting sponsors, Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, Norton Healthcare and Neil Huffman Subaru and contributing sponsor, Academy Sports + Outdoors.

“SUBWAY Restaurants are proud to once again be the title sponsor of the SUBWAY Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle events.  We will be distributing $2.50 gift cards to participants that can be used on their next visit to SUBWAY.  Don’t miss this great family activity and a chance to explore the waterfront” said Doug Messmore, Louisville SUBWAY Board Chair.

hike bike and paddle

“Coca-Cola Consolidated is proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle activity on Labor Day.  Coca-Cola strongly believes in providing consumers a variety of choices that fit their needs, which is why we offer many great-tasting beverages that are no or low calorie, in a variety of package sizes,” said Brian Outland, Vice-President of Retails Sales for the Coca-Cola Consolidated.

“Norton Healthcare is pleased to continue our support of the Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle,” said Russell F. Cox, president and chief executive officer, Norton Healthcare.  “This is a great event and a wonderful example of our shared commitment to improving the health and wellness of our community.”

“Neil Huffman Subaru, part of the Neil Huffman Automotive Group, is proud to be a seven-year sponsor of Mayor Fischer’s Annual Hike, Bike and Paddle.  As a family-owned and operated business, we value the healthy initiatives the Mayor Fischer has taken to keep the community ‘on the move’ for years to come,” said Dow Huffman, Managing Partner, Neil Huffman Automotive Group.

Paddlers will begin their adventurous five-mile course at 10 a.m., taking their canoes and kayaks through the McAlpine Locks and Dam to the Jaycees Boat Ramp in New Albany. Participants will launch their canoes or kayaks at the ramp located at the Harbor Lawn of Waterfront Park. Paddlers can drop their boats off at the “Green” parking lot near River Road and Witherspoon Street from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Police and safety boats will be nearby during the paddling activity, and all participants will have assistance if needed in launching their canoe or kayak. Paddle participants must wear a life jacket and carry a noise making device.

After the event, TARC will offer a shuttle service for paddlers to retrieve their vehicles at the launch site.

For cyclists, a 9.5-mile route will leave Waterfront Park and go west through the Portland Stroll District and head back to Waterfront Park. Turnoffs will provide cycling routes as short as two miles.

The hiking route, which is wheelchair-accessible, will take walkers west along the waterfront, along portions of the Riverwalk and wharf to 10th Street and back. Walkers can bring their dogs on the hike, but must keep them on a leash and pick up waste, as required by law.

Louisville YMCA staff will lead the hike. Both the cycling and walking routes will be marked, and there will be water stops at the halfway points to refill water bottles. The Louisville Bicycle Club and Scheller’s Fitness and Cycle are providing “bike captains” to help cyclists obey the rules of the road.

“Bike doctors” will be in Waterfront Park before the ride and along the route to assist cyclists with any equipment problems. Louisville Metro Police will provide traffic assistance at key intersections, and the Louisville Metro EMS bicycle team will patrol the route. All cyclists are asked to remain behind the lead police vehicles.

More than 50 vendors and information booths will open at 8:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park.  Again, patrons will have the opportunity to try their hand at stand-up paddle boarding until 1 p.m.

Yoga, Tai Chi and Zumba demonstrations will be offered, along with group participation.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. there will be 3,000 free T-shirts for those who arrive early and complete a brief survey. The Brain Injury Association will distribute 500 helmets to riders who don’t have one. Neil Huffman Subaru will be giving away a free bicycle and kayak at the event.  Participants are encouraged to be “green” and bring their own water bottles which they will be able to fill at Waterfront Park and at various water stations along the routes, as part of Louisville Water’s Pure Tap To Go.

This is the 13th year for the Hike, Bike & Paddle events, which are held each Memorial Day and Labor Day. The events are part of the city’s Healthy Hometown Movement, created to encourage Louisville residents to be more active and make healthier lifestyle choices. To view interactive route maps and for more information, go to hikebikeandpaddle.org.

Already know you’re coming? RSVP on our Facebook event page. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @AroundLou!

Additional support is provided by River City Paddlesports INC., Outfront Media, 106.9 Play, Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling, Louisville Water Company and the YMCA.

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Varanese Restaurant Celebrates 10 Years on LouisvilleKY’s Frankfort Avenue Tuesday, Aug 1 2017 

Party and Retrospective Dinner will be held to honor the 10-Year Anniversary

Photos from Varanese’s Twitter page

Louisville, KY (August 1, 2017) – Varanese Restaurant, located at 2106 Frankfort Avenue, has been bringing creative, fresh cuisine and nightly live jazz music to the Clifton neighborhood for almost a decade. Since its opening in August of 2007, over 500,000 people have been served at Varanese. To celebrate this 10-year anniversary milestone, the team at Varanese has planned a community party and a special dinner.

The 10th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Sunday, August 20th from5:00pm-11:00pm and will feature live music by Jeff Sherman’s 4-piece jazz band and special guest vocalist Gail Wynters, whose star-studded career includes touring with Roy Orbison, critically acclaimed performances in New York City, and appearances on several national TV shows. Guests can also enjoy half price bottles of wine and appetizers, complimentary cake, and a champagne toast at9:00pm. Local artist Petersen Thomas will capture the essence of the festivities live on site by creating a large painting over the course of the evening. The finished piece will then be placed on silent auction at Varanese through Sunday, August 27th, and all proceeds will benefit APRON Inc., an organization that providestemporary financial relief to Louisville-area culinary professionals who are experiencing financial distress due to illness, injury or other issues.


On Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00pm, Varanese will host a 5-course Retrospective Dinner featuring favorite menu items from the past 10 years. Dishes will include the Curried Lamb Empanadas, Shrimp Ceviche, and Grilled Marinated Prime Rib.Chef and Owner John Varanese will speak about his namesake restaurant’s beginnings, and about the triumphs and challenges over the past decade. The cost of the dinner is $40 per person, and an optional bourbon, wine and cocktail pairing with each course will be available for an additional fee. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 502-899-9904.

Before it became Varanese Restaurant in 2007, the property was home to The Red Lounge, and prior to that it was the Bayer and Driesbach Body Shop. Originally it was built in 1956 as Gulf Gas station, complete with auto bays. In total, Varanese underwent a $370,000 renovation before its opening, including the bays being converted with custom built retractable glass walls to create a four seasons patio. The restaurant also underwent a second round of improvements several years later which included the addition of two private dining rooms. All of this work was designed to keep the integrity of the 60-year-old building intact as it’s located in the Clifton historic preservation district.

Varanese has always featured locally sourced products and highlighted the use of bourbon in the menu. The regular menu remains fairly consistent, and more creative courses are offered in the nightly specials and in the monthly wine, bourbon and beer dinners.
Chef and Owner John Varanese attributes the restaurant’s success to several things, one being his tenured team of staff. Both Executive Chef Erik Abraham and General Manager David Allen have been with the restaurant since shortly after it opened in 2007.
john varaneseAbout Chef John Varanese:

Chef John Varanese is known for his culinary creativity as well as his dedication to local farmers who provide the freshest local products as showcased in many of his signature dishes. He has won numerous awards, was honored as one of the country’s top culinary talents in the premier edition of Best Chefs America, and has previously been named “Restaurateur of the Year” by the Kentucky Restaurant Association.

Chef John’s namesake restaurant, Varanese, opened in 2007, and has become known for many things, including monthly wine and bourbon dinners, live jazz concerts by notable musicians, and the creative menu comprised of the freshest local products available. Varanese is open for dinner seven days a week.*Varanese was voted Best Restaurant in Clifton/Crescent Hill by Louisville Magazine readers in 2017!

Chef Varanese opened his second and third restaurants – River House Restaurant and Raw Bar and Levee at the River House – both located in a 27,000 sq. ft. complex at 3015 River Road, in 2016. River House is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday brunch, and the menu features regional cuisine with a Southern seafood focus and a raw bar element.The Levee includes an indoor and outdoor bar, and the menu feature small plates and a robust bar program. Levee is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday and offers a unique riverside atmosphere paired with live entertainment. For more information, visit Varanese.comRiverhouseLouisville.com, or LeveeRestaurant.com.

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LouisvilleKY’s Neighborhood Place releases busy August schedule Monday, Jul 31 2017 

Louisville, KY – Neighborhood Place partners offer resources to help expectant parents and enhance fathers’ roles as well as an information session about becoming a foster parent. To learn more about these offerings and several others please refer to the list below.

Also six back to school events remain in early August featuring free school supplies, sponsored by Neighborhood Place and numerous community partners.

Two Opportunities for “4 Your Child – Dads Making the Difference” workshop series
For more information and to register, contact Dr. Cheri Langley at (502) 709-9323.  “4 Your Child” is an eight-week fatherhood program that aims to improve the quantity and quality of fathers’ involvement by integrating responsible parenting, economic stability, and relationship education services.  Participants may be compensated for their time up to $220 but registration is required.

  • Sat., Aug. 5 – Sept 19, First Neighborhood Place, 1503 Rangeland Rd., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sat., Aug. 5 – Sept. 23, Charmoli Neighborhood Place, 200 Juneau Dr., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

neighborhood place

Aug. 2 and 16, Legal Aid Office Hours at South Central Neighborhood Place, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Located at 4255 Hazelwood Ave. Call 485-7130 for more information. A Legal Aid Society staff member will be on hand to answer questions, talk about cases that Legal Aid handles and provide referrals.

Aug.  8, Foster Parent Recruitment Meeting at First Neighborhood Place, 6 – 8 p.m.
Located at 1503 Rangeland Rd., side of Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  Call 595-5437 (KIDS) for more information.  Detailed information will be provided on the requirements and process of how to become a foster or adoptive parent.  Information such as an explanation of foster care, special needs adoption, and information on foster parent training classes will be provided.  Sponsored by Kentucky Foster Care and the training classes will be provided.  Sponsored by Kentucky Foster Care and the Special Needs Adoption Program.

Aug. 9 and 10, A Healthy Journey for Two Educational Baby Shower
For more information and to RSVP, contact Mendy Mason at 502-341-5400.  A Healthy Journey for Two is an educational baby shower open to any expectant mothers.  The class will include a range of information and resources, as well as free baby items, gift cards, prizes, and snacks.  Hosted by Seven Counties and KIDSNow.  Fathers are welcome but must be registered.

  • Aug. 9, Ujima Neighborhood Place, 3610 Bohne Ave., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Aug. 10, First Neighborhood Place, 1503 Rangeland Rd., 1 – 3 p.m.

Aug. 10, Becoming Weight Wise at South Central Neighborhood Place, 12 – 1 p.m.
Located at 4255 Hazelwood Ave. Call 313-4089 for more information. It’s not easy to manage body weight. This course will allow self-discovery, skill building and support can help you learn about weight control. This program is based on approaches that are promising ways to achieve better health. Sponsored by Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness.

Aug. 14, Sodexo Hiring Opportunities at South Central Neighborhood Place, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Located at 4255 Hazelwood Ave. Call 574-4516 for more information.  Sodexo, a food-service agency, will provide on-the-spot interviews for positions with Jewish Hospital, Our Lady of Peace and University of Louisville Hospital. Bring your resume and be prepared for an interview.  This is one of Sodexo’s busiest hiring seasons.  Stop by if you are looking for employment that can lead to a full-time or part-time position.

About Neighborhood Place
Louisville’s Neighborhood Place — a partnership of Louisville Metro Government (including the Office of Resilience and Community Services, and Public Health and Wellness), Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Centerstone (formerly Seven Counties Services) — provides community-based centers which bring together health care, education, employment and social services at eight locations across the community. To find a Neighborhood Place in your neighborhood, please call Metro Call at 311.

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American Idol to hold auditions for LouisvilleKy singers Monday, Jul 31 2017 


WHAS11 and Fourth Street Live! are teaming up to find the best singers in Kentuckiana in hopes of getting them to the American Idol stage


Louisville, KY (July 28, 2017)  To the dreamers wishing to grace the American Idol stage, they now have the chance to make it a reality.


It all starts on August 5, 2017 at Fourth Street Live!. WHAS11 and Fourth Street Live! will hold auditions to select the top five Kentuckiana singers. A panel of judges will select four contestants who sing to impress and award each with tickets to skip to the head of the line when the American Idol Bus Tour auditions come to Louisville on August 30. One lucky and talented finalist will be named “Kentuckiana Idol” and win a “Silver Ticket” that will send them directly to the 2nd round of the American Idol auditions.

fourth street live

American Idol was on air for 15 years, but has recently been on a two-year hiatus. Now switching from TV network FOX to ABC (WHAS in Louisville), it is now coming back in full swing with new contestants and judges (including Katy Perry).


“We are excited to offer talented local singers a chance to get one step closer to their Idol dreams with this Kentuckiana Idol contest!” said Linda Danna, President and General Manager of WHAS11.  “American Idol is an institution, and we are thrilled to add it to WHAS11’s spring programming, and to welcome the bus tour auditions to Louisville next month.”


In order to audition for Kentuckiana Idol, you must be between the ages of 15 and 28, a legal US resident, live in the WHAS11 viewing area, and available to attend the American Idol Bus Tour auditions on August 30, 2017 in Louisville, KY.

Photo from American Idol's Facebook page

Photo from American Idol’s Facebook page

“We are honored to partner with WHAS11 to host the Kentuckiana Idol auditions at Fourth Street Live!,” said Ed Hartless, President of Fourth Street Live!. “Fourth Street Live! has anchored Louisville’s entertainment scene for over a decade, hosting some of the nation’s top performers. We are proud to be able to host some of the best talent in Louisville, the region and the state on that same stage.”



Date: August 5th 2017

Registration: 11:00am-1:00pm at Fourth Street Live! (under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian)

Auditions: 1:00pm-5:45pm

Winner Announced: Live on WHAS News at 6:30pm



For more information on The Kentuckiana Idol contest and official contest rules, please visit www.whas11.com/idol.



About Fourth Street Live!

Originating in 2004, Fourth Street Live! is located in the heart of downtown Louisville on 4th Street between Liberty Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, just a short walk from most downtown hotels and attractions. During the past decade Fourth Street Live! has grown into the premier dining and entertainment district of Louisville, drawing over 4.5 million tourists and locals per year. Fourth Street Live! is home to nearly 20 different venues ranging in style and offerings. For more information visit www.4thstlive.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@4thstlive).

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LouisvilleKY’s 1st Annual Craft Beer Throwdown to be held on September 7th Wednesday, Jul 26 2017 

Louisville, KY (July 26, 2017) – The 1st Annual Craft Beer Throwdown, a benefit for the Coalition for the Homeless, will be held in the Louisville Executive Aviation hangar at Bowman Field, 2700 Gast Blvd., on Thursday, Sept. 7th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. At this new event, guests will taste brews made exclusively for this event and vote for a winner. Attendees can also enjoy the breweries’ regular offerings, food trucks, and entertainment. The first 200 guests will receive a swag bag. Tickets are available for a $20 donation in advance at louhomeless.org or a $25 donation at the door.
Participating local breweries include Great Flood Brewing Company, Monnik Beer Company, Mile Wide Beer Company, Against the Grain Brewery, Holsopple Brewing, and Falls City Brewing Company. The winner of the 2017 Craft Beer Throwdown, based on the people’s choice voting at the event, will receive a custom-engraved mash paddle to display at their brewery.

craft beer throwdown


The Craft Beer Throwdown was created by the Coalition’s Associate Board of Directors, a recently formed group of 18 volunteers who are focused on engaging young professionals with the Coalition’s efforts.
All proceeds from the Craft Beer Throwdown will go towards the Coalition’s collaborative efforts to end youth homelessness in Louisville. In January of 2017, the Coalition for the Homeless and 50 community partners created the “Louisville Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness,” in an effort to address the needs of 838 homeless youth in our community.
On August 1st, 2017, Louisville will officially launch the 100-Day Challenge, which is a project where a community decides together on an incredibly ambitious goal: to end experiences of homelessness for a large number of young people in their community within 100 days.
The 1st Annual Craft Beer Throwdown is presented by Kosair Charities. For more information about the efforts of the Coalition for the Homeless in Louisville, visit www.louhomeless.org or call (502) 636-9550.
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About the Coalition for the Homeless
The Coalition for the Homeless, located at 1300 S. 4th Street, Suite 250, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to prevent and eliminate homelessness in Louisville. The Coalition has a three-pronged approach to this mission: advocacy, education, and coordination of their 30+ member agencies who provide a variety of services to the homeless throughout the city. For more information, visit www.louhomeless.org, call (502) 636-9550, or find The Coalition for the Homeless on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LouHomeless or on Twitter @louhomeless.

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New LouisvilleKY library opens in Okolona Monday, Jul 24 2017 

Mayor Fischer, Louisville Free Public Library open new South Central Regional Library

40,000-square-foot facility features cutting-edge technology

Photo from Mayor Fischer’s Twitter page

LOUISVILLE (July 21, 2017) – Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Free Public Library officials welcomed the public today to the new $14.5 million South Central Regional Library located at 7300 Jefferson Boulevard near Jefferson Mall in Okolona.

The 40,000-square-foot facility, which replaces the much-smaller Okolona branch, enhances service for more than 160,000 people in south central Jefferson County, with new books and cutting-edge technology that encourages learning at all stages of life.

The library the second of three regional libraries included in the Louisville Free Public Library’s Updated Master Facilities Plan; the Southwest Regional Library opened in 2014, and construction on the third regional library in Northeast Jefferson County will begin this year.

South Central Regional Library

“Lifelong learning is one of our core city values,” Mayor Greg Fischer said during today’s ribbon cutting. “And the gorgeous new South Central Regional Library is another example of how we’re bringing that value to life for the people of Louisville.”

The new eco-friendly library features more than 120,000 books and other materials – including more bestsellers, DVDs, large type, materials in multiple languages, books for youth, and graphic novels – as well as two large community meeting rooms; several smaller rooms for studying, reading, and collaborating; and dedicated spaces for teens and children. New technologies at South Central include plenty of computers and free internet access, plus, for the first time, a laptop kiosk for patrons to checkout laptops for use within the library.

“Our new South Central Regional Library provides the community with a world-class resource that will energize and expand opportunities for learning, growth, and engagement,” said Library Director Jim Blanton. “I challenge everyone in Louisville to take advantage of these new opportunities and seize them with excitement. I know I will.”

Overall, the South Central Regional Library project utilizes green building construction methods and materials and has been designed to save energy, improve quality of life, and reduce operating costs through such elements as geothermal heating and daylight harvesting interior lighting.

Walls of glass and clerestory windows fill the space with abundant natural light and offer incredible views of more than an acre of preserved woodland. The Library was committed to keeping as many trees as possible in order to preserve the beauty of the site and to minimize environmental impact, and while some of the hardwood trees had to be removed, many were milled and reused on the interior of the new library. The design team for the South Central Regional included JRA Architects of Louisville, Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle Ltd. of Minneapolis, and library staff, in consultation with neighborhood residents and leaders.

“District 24 is honored to have been chosen to host the Regional Library for this area of Metro Louisville,” said Councilwoman Madonna Flood. “For years we have dreamed of what the building would look like, what kind of technology would fill the space, and what kind of programs would be presented here. We can now see it, work in it and learn in it; our dreams have become reality. We are very excited for the Grand Opening of this grand Regional Library in Okolona.”

The South Central Regional also offers another LFPL first: the COLLIDER artist-in-residence program. The COLLIDER will host an array of artists and craftspeople from across the community – rotating monthly – including those working in visual arts, traditional crafts, music, dance, and digital art. Generous funding from Councilwoman Flood enabled the creation of the necessary space, artist equipment and materials, as well as a stipend for participating artists. The special studio space within the Library allows the artists to create on-site, while encouraging patrons to drop in, interact, and learn about a given artistic process. The program also features scheduled workshops for the public during each artist’s month in residence. To learn more about the COLLIDER’s artists-in-residence, visit LFPL.org/Collider.

Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, whose District 13 is near the library said she was thrilled about its opening. “This location is about a mile from the border of District 13, so I anticipate great usage from my constituents in the Okolona, Hillview, and Yorktown areas,” she said. “The unique features such as lap top check out and artist in residence provided by Councilwoman Flood are expected to be a huge asset for our people!”

James Peden of District 23 agreed the new library is a tremendous asset to the community. “It will serve as the perfect place for checking out a book, holding meetings, and gaining knowledge,” he said. “We encourage everyone to stop by and check it out as soon as they can.”

Construction of the South Central Regional Library began in September 2015. The total cost for construction, books, computers, and furnishings was estimated at $14.5 million, with $6 million coming from the state, $6 million in capital funds allocated by Mayor Fischer and approved by the Metro Council, and an additional $2.5 million raised from private donors through the Library Foundation.

Mayor Fischer, Blanton, and Metro Council members were joined at today’s event by Congressman John Yarmuth, Library Foundation Vice Chair Bill Dunbar, and Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives representative Paige Davidson.


If you visit the South Central Regional Library 

The hours of operation are: Sunday: 1–5 p.m.MondayThursday9 a.m.–9 p.m.Friday and Saturday9 a.m.–5 p.m. The library hosts a variety of free programs, classes, and events every month for adults and youth including weekly storytimes, computer classes, and multi-cultural programs. Search the library’s online calendar at LFPL.org for upcoming program dates and times.

In addition, the South Central Regional’s meeting rooms are available for use by community groups and organizations; it’s free but reservations are required. For more information call (502) 964-3515 or visit LFPL.org/meeting-rooms.htm.

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