Jumpstart your training for one of LouisvilleKY’s biggest road race Thursday, Dec 8 2016 


Dec. 8, 2016, Louisville, KY. – If you’re planning to run or walk your way to the finish line of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Marathon or miniMarathon in April, the Norton Sports Health FREE Training Program will give you a jumpstart. The 14-week program helps prepare runners and walkers for the Derby Festival’s road races. Registration for the FREE program, opens online tomorrow, December 9, at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com.

The Norton Sports Health Training Program offers training guidelines and weekly group runs for participants of all levels of experience. The first 800 who register for both the Training Program, AND to participate in the Derby Festival Marathon or miniMarathon will receive a free tech pullover. The kick-off for the program is set for Jan. 12, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Kentucky Derby Museum.
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The kick-off includes distribution of the free training manual; overview of the 2017 Marathon and miniMarathon; as well as introduction of the Norton Sports Health Training Experts and Physicians. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with members of the North Sports Health Team to get their questions answered before they begin training. Attendees will also have the chance to check out the exhibits at the Kentucky Derby Museum commemorating the annual Run for the Roses.

The 44th annual 13.1-mile miniMarathon and 16th annual 26.2-mile Marathon will be held on Saturday, April 29th.

This is Norton Sports Health’s fifth year as title sponsor of the Training Program, as well as the Official Training Partner and Medical Provider. They are joined by contributing sponsor, Swags Sport Shoes, and media sponsor, 102.3 The Max.

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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LouisvilleKY’s East End Crossing opens December 18 Wednesday, Dec 7 2016 



December 5, 2016 – The East End Crossing portion of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project is scheduled to open to traffic Sunday, December 18 following an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony with project officials and a public caravan across the new bridge.

The long-anticipated 8 ½ miles of new road connects the eastern edge of suburban Louisville and an area just east of Jeffersonville, Ind. with its centerpiece 2,500-foot cable-stay bridge reaching across the Ohio River.

Because of a lack of public parking and limited accessibility to the area, space at the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be limited to project champions and officials that can be bused onto the site.

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Public Caravan Planned

However, residents interested in being among the first to drive across the bridge may register online to participate in the police-escorted caravan that will occur at the conclusion of the ribbon-cutting. The first 500 registrants will be invited to arrive at a closed-off section of the newly completed Indiana 265 between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. As the ribbon-cutting ends, the 500 vehicles will be escorted by police southbound on Indiana 265 toward the new bridge. The police will lead the drivers across the bridge and into Kentucky.

Several hours after this ceremonial caravan crossing, the East End Crossing will open to the general public.

Residents can register on www.eastendcrossing.com/openingday beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 10. (Additional information regarding registration and caravan details will be released during the days to come.)

Participants in the police-escorted caravan will receive antique silver commemorative medallions (up to four per vehicle) with an etching of the new east end Ohio River bridge. The medallions will serve as the second in a “matching set” created for the Ohio River Bridges project. The first of the commemorative set was created for the December 2015 opening of the Lincoln Bridge, a six-lane bridge carrying I-65 northbound traffic across the river from downtown Louisville to Jeffersonville.


Government leaders from Indiana and Kentucky will participate in the ribbon-cutting. They will be joined by representatives of WVB East End Partners, the company charged with designing and constructing the East End Crossing. Additionally, many area residents who championed the decades-old concept of a new east end bridge will be on hand. Details regarding attendees and an event agenda will be released in the days to come.

east end bridge

About the Project

Substantial completion of the East End Crossing will provide several significant benefits to the Louisville and Southern Indiana area – including convenient access for residents commuting between eastern Jefferson County and southern Indiana. And for travelers passing through the Louisville area from the north or the south, the East End Crossing will be an alternate – and very accessible – route that bypasses the urban traffic of downtown Louisville.

The Kentucky approach to the new bridge extends Kentucky 841 (the Gene Snyder Freeway) from its previous termination at U.S. 42, adding a new four-lane (two northbound, two southbound) 1.4-mile section. This section includes a pair of 1,700-foot tunnels that carry Kentucky 841 traffic beneath U.S. 42 and the historic Drumanard estate. The Indiana approach, also four lanes, extends Indiana 265 (the Lee Hamilton Highway) four miles to the Ohio River from its previous termination at Indiana 62.

The bridge features two diamond towers rising 300 feet above the river, with 104 stay cables. It also includes a shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Construction of the East End Crossing commenced in June 2013. The East End Crossing is part of the $2.3 billion Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project, which also includes the construction of the Lincoln Bridge.

The Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana Department of Transportation contracted the design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance of the East End Crossing through an innovative public-private partnership with WVB East End Partners.

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LouisvilleKY to honor David Bowie with Louisville Orchestra Concert Monday, Dec 5 2016 

The Music of David Bowie A tribute to a musical legend

Louisville KY (December 1, 2016)… The life and music of iconic rock star, the late David Bowie, will be celebrated on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 8pm at the Kentucky Center. The Louisville Orchestra will perform hits from his 40 plus years of diverse music making for what would have been his 70th birthday and the first year anniversary of the rock stars death. The Music of David Bowie, with lead singer Tony Vincent and conductor, Brent Havens takes you on a symphonic odyssey that pays tribute to the legendary musician and epic storyteller David Bowie.

 Tickets range from $27 – $69 and are available by calling 502.584.7777 or by visiting LouisvilleOrchestra.org.
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The genius of David Bowie’s innovative range of musical styles influenced multiple generations of groundbreaking music. Rolling Stone proclaimed Bowie “the greatest rock star ever.” Now you can hear Bowie’s greatest hits, including “Rebel Rebel,” “Space Oddity,” and “Let’s Dance,” with a live orchestra and a full rock band!

Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. Havens has been a Louisville Orchestra staple since 2008 conducting Music of Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, The Who, and Pink Floyd.

Tony Vincent makes his Louisville debut singing the works of legendary David Bowie. Vincent has performed in RENT, Jesus Christ Superstar, We Will Rock You, and American Idiot. He is best known for his appearance on the second season of NBC’s reality singing competition, The Voice.www.tonyvincent.com

The Music of David Bowie is of the one of the new productions in Windbourne Music’s arsenal of great rock music accompanied by the best orchestras of our country.

This performance is made possible by the generosity of LG&E and Hilliard Lyons.

Louisville Orchestra 2016-17 LG&E/ Hilliard Lyons Pops Series

The Music of David Bowie || SAT 07 JAN

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Time for Three || SAT 25 MAR


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Ideas to keep LouisvilleKY Kids’ Minds Active During Holiday Break Thursday, Dec 1 2016 


LOUISVILLE, KY (November 29, 2016) – Attention parents! Are you a last-minute shopper? Do you enjoy cooking during the holidays? Do you need to keep things afloat at work? Do you need to clean and prepare your home for out-of-town guests? Maybe you just want to unwind and soak in the joy of the season.
No matter what the reason, the Annual Winter Camp at The J provides an opportunity to keep kids’ minds and bodies active while on school break, and it gives parents time to get things accomplished during a typically hectic time of year.
The J, 3600 Dutchman’s Lane, will host two weeks of Winter Camp for children age 2 through 5th grade from December 19-30, 9am-4pm each day. Weekly and daily rates are available, as are extended “Get Up Gang” and “Stay N’ Play” rates.
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This year’s theme is “Road Trip: Maine to Florida,” and campers will participate in arts and crafts, sports, games and cultural activities led by artist-in-residence Super Cooper. Campers, K-5th grade, will swim on all non-field trip days, and will need to bring a swimsuit and towel. All campers will need to bring a lunch each day, snacks will be provided. The J’s Annual Winter Camp provides a supportive environment for children to grow and have new experiences.
“Each day, we will explore different states along the Eastern coast and ensure that the learning activities are age-appropriate and engaging for all campers,” says camp director Betsy Schwartz.
For information on the fees or to register, visit www.jewishlouisville.org/wintercamp or call (502) 459-0660.
About The J:
Founded in 1890 as the Jewish Community Center, The J is a human service agency committed to enhancing the quality of family life and promoting the physical, intellectual and spiritual wellness of the individual. It provides health-related activities, cultural and educational programs that serve the community at large, including populations at risk. Membership and services are offered to the Jewish and general community. Through its wide array of programs, The J pursues its mission of strengthening the individual, family and community. The J is part of the Jewish Community of Louisville. For more information, please visit www.jewishlouisville.org.

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LouisvilleKY’s Cressman Center presents dream-like exhibition of art by Benjamin Duke Wednesday, Nov 30 2016 

NOTE: Benjamin Duke was a guest on The Rusty Satellite Show April 30, 2015…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dorothy wakes up after a nasty bump on the head. She finds herself once again in a familiar place, comforted by loved ones. No need to fear, Dorothy, Oz was all just a dream.

“But it wasn’t a dream,” she insists, “It was a real place.” We believe her.

University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute presents “It Wasn’t a Dream, It was a Real Place,” an exhibition by Benjamin Duke that explores the relationship between illusion and reality at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts Dec. 16-Jan. 28. Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Dec. 16.

Duke, an associate professor of painting at Michigan State University, was the city’s first participant in a visiting artist initiative introduced in 2015 as part of the Mayor’s Music & Art Series, for which he produced the largescale painting “Louisville 2015: Full of Life, Now” (2015) on view at Metro Hall. Duke also has been an artist-in-residence in Taiwan and exhibited his works in galleries worldwide.


“For Duke, art is always about illusionism—about creating a fictional space out of color, form and texture. But such illusionism is also how we understand the real world,” said Chris Reitz, director of galleries at Hite. “Our bodies are complex sensory organs feeding our minds an endless supply of perceptual data. We make sense of it by cobbling together pictures of the world around us. These pictures, like artworks, are merely illusions: strange and confusing and false, but also often beautiful.”

Reitz also noted that bodies appear in many of Duke’s paintings, and indeed, the work itself is also bodily. Fleshy tones and chunky, gestural brushwork give the art a corporal presence. Duke’s paintings are often crowded. The illusory spaces he constructs are filled with bewildered and over-stimulated figures.

Benjamin Duke

“To view this work is to step into these spaces—and to acknowledge, simultaneously, that the world you left behind is just as dreamlike; filled with bewildering sensations and bewildered sensing bodies, too,” Reitz said.

Click here for directions to the Cressman Center Gallery, 100 E. Main St., and here for gallery hours. For more information, contact Reitz at cjreit02@louisville.edu.

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LouisvilleKY has been challenged: break the Toys for Tots collection record Wednesday, Nov 30 2016 

LOUISVILLE, KY. (November 29, 2016) – Citing Louisville’s reputation as an international model city of compassion, Mayor Greg Fischer is calling on citizens and businesses to celebrate the season of giving by helping break the world record for the most toys collected for Toys for Tots in a 12-hour period.

Louisville set the record last year, with 6,223 toys collected during the annual Holiday in the City.

The toy collection, sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Margaret’s Moving and Storage, WLKY and Louisville Downtown Partnership, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Louisville’s Holiday Square, located in the plaza at Fourth and Jefferson streets. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day, all are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to Marines Corps League members who will be collecting them, near the city Christmas Tree at Holiday Square.

“The holiday season is a time of giving, and in this city of compassion, our true goal is not collecting the most toys, but spreading the most joy among the children of Louisville.”

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The Toys for Tots collection is the first in a weekly event featuring a local charitable organization, part of Holiday in the City’s goal of spreading compassion throughout the city.

Holiday in the City has expanded upon the festive history of Louisville’s seasonal traditions to showcase downtown as a year-end destination. As part of Holiday in the City, the plaza at Fourth and Jefferson streets has been transformed into a Holiday Square, featuring an ice-skating rink and the city Christmas tree.

toys for tots

Visitors can travel from Holiday Square and follow the Gum Drop Trail to the Holiday Market, hosted by Fourth Street Live! featuring chalets that sell unique-custom gifts, holiday decorations, sweets and more.

Local businesses along the Gum Drop Trail – a path identified by sidewalk decals that run from Market Street, through Fourth Street Live! to Broadway – will offer special discounts and deals. Shoppers who collect three Gum Drop discounts from these local businesses can enter into a weekly drawing for prizes, which include gift cards, Louisville swag and more.

Holiday in the City is made possible with support from LG&E, MainSource Bank, Fourth Street Live!, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ford/UAW, Beam Suntory, MetroPCS, Hyatt Hotel Louisville, 400 West Market, USA Image, WLKY, Outfront Media, 106.9 Play, Louisville Magazine and The Courier-Journal.

For more information on the Marine Toys for Tots program, visit www.louisville-ky.toysfortots.org and follow them on Facebook or on Twitter.

For more information on all of Louisville’s Holiday in the City events, visit www.louisvillesholidayinthecity.com. Follow Holiday in the City on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – Mayor Fischer urges people to share their Holiday in the City photos and experiences on social media using hashtag #HoLouDay.

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LouisvilleKY’s WFPK Winter Wednesday concerts return Tuesday, Nov 29 2016 

Louisville, KY., – 91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville’s free winter concert series returns! Now in its 5th season, WFPK Winter Wednesday concerts take place once a month, November through February at the Clifton Center.

WFPK Winter Wednesday continues December 14, 2016 and will feature Muddy Magnolias and LOLO. Doors open at 6:30pm. The music will start at approximately 7:30pm.

“Roots-rock uplift is the mission for Muddy Magnolias, the Nashville-based duo of the singers and songwriters…. The women harmonize and take turns pushing one another as they sing about trouble and hope, love and compassion — both personal and public-spirited — as the songs build up until they all but demand singalongs.” — Jon Pareles, The New York Times

“Lynn is drawn to a moody muse. Her songs have roots in Americana, but her somber sentiments make comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell almost inevitable. ” — Salt Lake City Weekly


The concerts are free and open to the public. Preferred seating is available to members of 91.9 WFPK and the Friends of the Clifton Center. Members will receive information via email to reserve their seats prior to the general public.

WFPK Winter Wednesday is sponsored by Commonwealth Bank & Trust, Falls City Beer, Kiel Thomson and Sullivan University. The concert series takes place once a month, November through February, at the Clifton Center located at 2117 Payne Street. The remaining concert dates for this season are January 18 and February 15.

Winter Wednesday also continues WFPK’s long partnership with Yum! Brands Foundation to raise food for Dare to Care. Everyone in attendance is encouraged to bring canned goods and other non-perishable food items to be collected at the door.

Further info is available at www.cliftoncenter.org and www.wfpk.org.

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Today only — get a discount on LouisvilleKY’s famous festival Monday, Nov 28 2016 


November 28, 2016. Louisville, KY. – If you plan to shop on Cyber Monday, add the Kentucky Derby Festival to your list. They have some great deals for VIPs, runners and cyclists.

You can save $10 on a new Thorobred Membership, the Kentucky Derby Festival’s VIP (Very Important Perks) Program. Join on Cyber Monday via KDF.org and receive a package with tickets, discounts and merchandise from KDF for the 2017 Festival.

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If you’re a runner, and haven’t registered yet for the 2017 Marathon/miniMarathon presented by Walmart and Humana, Cyber Monday will be your best bet for signing up. You can save $15 by using promo code CYBERRACE at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com.

Plus, save $5 on your registration for the PNC Tour de Lou cycling event when you register online Cyber Monday. Just use promo code CYBERRIDE.

To receive these deals in your inbox, as well as other KDF updates, sign up for their E-newsletter online at KDF.org.

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LouisvilleKY’s small biz launches annual holiday shopping contest Monday, Nov 28 2016 


Louisville, KY (November 28, 2016) – The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA), an alliance of over 870 locally owned and independent businesses, officially launched its 9th annual Buy Local, Win $1000: hoLOUdays Contest on Small Business Saturday. The purpose of the contest is to encourage shoppers to choose local and independent businesses for their holiday purchases, because making a shift to local independents is one of the fastest ways to build a strong local economy and create jobs in our community. So, while buying gifts for loved ones this season, Louisvillians can also give a gift to their community.
To enter the contest, shoppers will collect receipts from LIBA member businesses until January 3, 2017, and then present the receipts for review at one of the sponsor sites (Heine Brothers’ Coffee or Feeders Supply locations) or submit via mail/online/email/text. Each receipt counts as one entry. The winner will receive $1000 to spend at LIBA member businesses of their choice.LIBA
Another way to enter the contest is to purchase LIBA’s new eGift Card, good at over 50 LIBA member businesses. LIBA’s eGift Cards are available for purchase online at keeplouisvilleweird.com.
A recent study of Louisville-area businesses shows that for every $100 spent at a locally-owned, independent business, $55 is reinvested locally, whereas only $14 is reinvested when that same money is spent at a national chain. By shopping local, consumers also help to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area.
“The Small Business Saturday campaign and the hoLOUdays Contest are aimed at contrasting the typical Black Friday shopping frenzy with a neighborly, community-minded approach to thoughtful gift giving,” said Jennifer Rubenstein, Director of LIBA. “Buying from locally-owned independents is a gift to the community because of the financial ramifications and the well-being of the businesses that make our town unique.”
The hoLOUdays contest winner will be drawn live on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 12:00pm on WAVE Country with Dawne Gee, and they will get to choose from over 870 LIBA businesses where they wish to spend their prize.
About the Louisville Independent Business Alliance
LIBA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area by promoting locally-owned businesses and to educate citizens on the value of buying locally. For more information about LIBA, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com
About Small Business Saturday
November 26th marks the seventh annual Small Business Saturday, a day designated to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers.

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Thanksgiving Eve is Party Time at Gerstle’s; Come back for Leftovers Friday Wednesday, Nov 23 2016 

If you’ve passed the college-age crowd, moved on from the attitude of all-night-drinking and wondering what you did last night, you might not realize that tonight is the biggest party night of the year for many local bars.

For 41-year-old Eric White, who’s owned Gerstle’s in St. Matthews for eight years, it’s a known fact that the kids coming home from college with no reason to get up on Thursday means a packed house. It’s time to book the best bands (This, That and the Other is playing tonight) and make sure there’s plenty of kegs of Bud Light on hand.

“Thanksgiving is probably the busiest week of the year for us and a lot of bars around town,” said White, who has rebuilt the bar, added a patio and upgraded the kitchen. “Thanksgiving Eve is the big night. Everybody comes back home from college or out of town and they all have a good time.”

Of course, you don’t remember a time when Gerstle’s wasn’t anchoring the party scene in St. Matthews, because the bar opened in 1924 with John Gerstle turned his house into a bar. While you might remember Maier’s and Dutch’s, White is proud to say that Gerstle’s has outlasted them all and is the oldest bar in town, and that he’s carrying on a long-held tradition.

“We used to say it’s not your grandpa’s bar, but for a lot of people it was their grandparents and parents who first came in here,” he said.

No Coils at Gerstle's

No Coils at Gerstle’s

For a few years in the 1990s, the property was converted into an upscale restaurant called The Avenue, but after a few years new owners returned it to Gerstle’s, including the sign out front with a quirky saying.

“We get a lot of questions about the the ‘no coils’ means on the neon sign out front. I’ve heard it used to be no girls allowed, but they just put no coils. But actually I think it has something to do with the draft beer system,” White said.

And while Gerstle’s, along with Diamonds, Tin Roof, Molly Malone’s, Mello Mushroom, Drake’s, BBC and Saints assure that things are hopping this weekend in St. Matt’s, White acknowledges his bar until recently hadn’t been the go-to spot.

“When I took over, everybody knew about Gerstle’s, but the reputation was not a good one. They thought it was a dark, dirty, hole-in-the-wall bar, didn’t have food and what they had wasn’t good,” he said. “We had to come in and change that whole perception of what people thought Gerstle’s was. We’re still a neighborhood nostalgic bar, with a lot of upgrades, including the kitchen.”

On Black Friday, Gerstle’s hosts an event showcasing chef Ronnie Dingman’sscreen-shot-2016-11-23-at-7-30-36-am work in the kitchen. Eat. Drink. Donate (catchy name, huh?), is sponsored by Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey, and will include a live radio remote, with benefits going to Wayside Christian Mission. The featured item — leftovers.

“They are going to be true leftovers,” said Dingman, who came on board a few years ago to re-energize the kitchen. “We’re gonna be roasting turkeys early in the week, and we’re going to literally take what’s left over and make some really good sandwiches. We’ll have cranberry aioli, so there’s going to be a real icebox kind of sandwich. You grab some turkey, you grab some bread, you spread it on there.”

If you come, bring some canned goods, gloves, socks, or hats for Wayside Christian Mission’s The Miracle on Broadway.

Listen to this week’s EatDrinkTalk podcast, featuring Eric White and Ronnie Dingman, right here.

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