Forgotten manuscript of pre-‘Happy Birthday’ song found in U of L archives Monday, Aug 31 2015 

Sheet Music_4137The only known manuscript of “Good Morning to All” — which eventually evolved into the “Happy Birthday” song — recently was discovered in the University of Louisville’s Dwight Anderson Memorial Music Library‘s archives. Library director James Procell discovered it in the sketchbook of … Continue reading

Hebert Takes New U of L Job; School Promotes John Karman Monday, Aug 31 2015 


John Karman, veteran journalist and current communication specialist in the Office of Communications and Marketing, has been appointed interim media relations director at UofL. 

Karman, a former Business First reporter who most recently covered the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and other areas for OCM, will assume the post recently vacated by Mark Hebert, who has taken a position as director of programming and production for the university.


Mark Hebert

Hebert is overseeing all work related to the “UofL Today with Mark Hebert” radio show on 93.9 FM, a new UofL blog and all university video and radio productions. Hebert also will oversee institutional programming for the ACC network, which is expected to launch in 2016.

“Mark has done an outstanding job as director of media relations, and the radio program has launched to terrific reviews,” said Becky Simpson, senior associate vice president for communications and marketing. “John’s outstanding reputation and relationships among media will serve us well as Mark transitions to his new role. We’re excited about the important work both John and Mark will do for the university.”

Here’s a link to my April 3, 2014 Rusty Satellite interview with Hebert.

U of L’s Office of Public Health Practice relocates to west Louisville Wednesday, Aug 26 2015 

uoflThe University of Louisville’s Office of Public Health Practice is relocating from U of L’s Health Sciences Center campus to the Old Walnut Street development in West Louisville in order to help build stronger relationships between the OPHP and local residents. … Continue reading

Kentucky education chief reflects on service as he prepares to retire Tuesday, Aug 25 2015 

4159-education-blackboardBy John Gregory | KET This story first appeared at and is reposted here with permission. In his first years on the job, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday had to implement a series of reforms passed by the … Continue reading

Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University rebrands as KyCAD and grows Monday, Aug 24 2015 

The Kentucky College of Art + Design's new logo | Photo by Melissa ChipmanThe Kentucky School of Art officially has rebranded as Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University. The name change to KyCAD (pronounced “kai-cad”) represents the expanding curriculum of the school, which welcomed 65 incoming freshmen this year. Tori Murden … Continue reading

State Supreme Court rules in favor of former U of L track coach who claims she was fired for complaining about hostile work environment Friday, Aug 21 2015 

Oval-Commons-University-of-LouisvilleThe Supreme Court of Kentucky has dealt a serious and likely deciding blow to the University of Louisville Athletic Association in relation to a retaliatory firing lawsuit that’s been ongoing since 2008. The unanimous Supreme Court decision was rendered Aug. 20 in favor of … Continue reading

Louisville’s WorldFest Offers Four Days of International Food, Music, Culture on Labor Day Weekend Friday, Aug 21 2015 

LOUISVILLE, Ky., – WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, will span the Labor Day weekend for its 13th year, with four days of international food, music, dance and culture on Louisville’s Belvedere, downtown.

Exciting international music will come from more than 70 bands and performers while more than 30 food vendors and nearly 150 booths provide a global sampling of cuisine and culture.

Headliner music acts will include PALO!, Funkadesi, Tee Dee Young, Cosa Seria, Cocek! Brass Band,the Ark Band, The Ton Drum Circle and Azucar Tumbao. Many local and regional world music performers will offer a wide variety of music and dance styles and beats.


Admission to WorldFest is free all four days.

Hours are:

Friday, Sept. 4, Saturday, Sept. 5, and Sunday, Sept. 6

11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 7

11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

“Cities that embrace and encourage their international citizens and cultures will thrive, have a stronger quality of life and attract new growth and jobs,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “WorldFest is a great event for exploring and celebrating Louisville’s many faces and cultures and it has become a Labor Day weekend destination for locals and visitors alike.” In addition to music, food and dancing, other highlights include:

  • The Global Village is a kaleidoscope of Louisville’s culture where you can interact with representatives of more than 20 nations.  All nine of the Sister Cities will be represented again this year alongside a special new exhibit of the seven Celtic nations and food demonstrations.  Thanks to Dell Courtney and her for organizing and enhancing the Global Village.
  • The Passport to the World gives children a hands-on global experience without leaving home.
  • The WorldFest Hospitality Tent which will be open to the public throughout WorldFest.
  • The Stella Artois Biergarten will be open by the Overlook Stage.


WorldFest features the largest collection of international and ethnic restaurants, vendors and exhibitors at a single event in Kentucky.

Three stages of globe-trotting music and dance entertainment will have continuous performances ranging from African drumming to reggae to Indian, Celtic, Arabic, Latin, Caribbean music and more.

The festival includes a colorful Parade of Cultures at noon on Saturday and a naturalization ceremony Friday at 1 p.m., where over 200 immigrants will become full U.S. citizens.

WorldFest was honored in 2010 when Louisville was named the top city in North America for festivals and events by the International Festival and Events Association. In 2011, it was named a Top Ten Fall Festival by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association.


WorldFest is presented by ValuMarket.

Signature Silver Sponsors: Kentucky Lottery, Passport Health Plan and Stella Artois.

Supporting Bronze Sponsors: Anthem Medicaid, Ford and CareSource.

Contributing Sponsors: BB&T, Bellarmine University, D. D. Williamson, and Louisville It’s Possible Here.

Signature Media Sponsors: Al Dia, WLKY, Outfront Media and WFPK. For more information about WorldFest,

IF YOU GO: WorldFest is Friday, Saturday, Sunday andMonday of Labor Day weekend. Sept. 4-6 hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Belvedere, at Fifth and Main Streets. Admission is free with international food, spirits, beer and crafts available for purchase. Parking is available on nearby streets, and is free after 6 p.m. and all daySunday. Several parking garages and lots are also nearby.Naturalization Ceremony Friday, Aug. 29, 1 p.m., Muhammad Ali Center

Parade of Cultures   Saturday, Aug. 30, 12 p.m. Parade begins near Metro Hall at 5th & Jefferson streets to 5th Street, then goes north on 5th to WorldFest on the Belvedere, ending at the Main Stage on the West Lawn.


WorldFest Schedule 2015


DATE: Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

11:45 am –  1:00 pm   Desperado Steel Band                                     (Island/Calypso)

5:00 pm  –   5:45 pm   Paula Yarobrough                                           (R&B/Soul music)

6:00 pm   –  6:30 pm  Acoiris Latino                                                   (Mexican Dance)

6:30 pm  –   7:15 pm  Nachale Bollywood Dance                               (East Indian Dance)

7:15 pm  –   8:00 pm  PMA – ‘Positive Mental Attitude’                     (Reggae)

8:15 pm –    9:00 pm  Big Poppa Stampley & Voodoo Gumbo           (Americana)

9:30 pm –  11:00 pm  The Ark Band                                                    (Reggae)

Date: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015  

12:00 pm –   1:45 pm  PARADE OF CULTURES

1:00 pm   –   1:30 pm  Chinese Dance with Cheryl Pan                      (Chinese Dance)

1:30 pm   –   2:00 pm  Imani Dance Company                                    (African/American Dance)

2:00 pm   –   2:30 pm  Newcomer Academy                                       (World Mix)

2:30 pm   –   3:15 pm  Liam’s Fancy                                                    (Irish/Celtic)

3:15 pm   –   4:00 pm  Halau Hula                                                      (Hawain/Tahitian)

4:00 pm   –   4:45 pm  The Athenians                                                 (Greek Dance)

4:45 pm   –   5:30 pm  Native American Dance                                  (Native American Music)

5:30 pm   –   6:15 pm  Shakira                                                            (Mideastern Dance)

6:30 pm   –   6:45 pm  Smitha Paily Dancers                                      (East Indian Dance)

7:00 pm –    8:00 pm  River City Drum Corps                                    (African-American Percussion)

8:00 pm –    9:00 pm  Dick Sisto & the Latin All Stars                        (Latin Jazz)

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm   Azucar Tumbao                                               (Latin Salsa)


DATE: Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm  Misha Feigin                                                      (Gypsy Soul)

1:30 pm    – 2:00 pm  Flamenco Talk (Spanish Dance)

2:00 pm    – 3:00 pm  Derby Boys Irish Band                                      (Irish)

3:15 pm    – 4:00 pm  McClanahan School of Irish  Dance                 (Irish Dance)

4:15 pm    – 5:15 pm  Guilderoy Byrne                                               (Celtic)

5:30 pm    – 6:15 pm  Galen Abdur – Razzo                                         (Jazz)

6:30 pm    – 7:30 pm  Lost Tribe Louisville                                         (Israeli music)

7:45 pm    – 9:00 pm  Appalatin                                                          (Appalachian/Latin Fusion)

9:30 pm   -11:00 pm  Tee Dee Young                                                 (American Blues)


DATE: Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

1:00 pm   –  1:30 pm  ArtsReach Dance Ensemble                             (African American Dance)

1:30 pm –   2:00 pm  Louisville Argentine Tango Society                  (Argentine Dance)

2:15 pm –    3:00 pm  Korean Pop  Dance Team                                (Korean Pop Dance)

3:15 pm   –  4:00 pm  The Juggernauts                                               (Americana Jug Music)

4:15 pm   –  6:00 pm  Drum Circle – The Ton Drum                          (Group Drumming)


DATE: Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

11:45 am  – 1:00 pm   The Zydewinders                                             (Zydeco Music)

5:00 pm   –  5:30 pm   Al Hamsa Belly Dance & Friends                    (Mideastern Dance)

5:30 pm   –  6:15 pm   Asly Toro                                                         (Venzuelan)

6:30 pm   –  7:15 pm   Swing 39                                                          (French Cabaret Music)

7:30 pm   –  8:15 pm   Across the Jordan                                            (Gospel Jazz Music)

8:30 pm   – 9: 15 pm   USK                                                                  (Eritrean/Ethiopian Wedding Music)

9:30 pm –  11:00 pm   Cosa Seria                                                       (Latin Music)

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015

11:00 am – 11:30 am     Angleterre Morris Dancers                          (English Dance Form)

1:00   pm –   1:45 pm     Louisville Pipe Band                                     (Celtic)

2:00 pm  –  2: 30 pm     Louisville Lion Dance Team                         (Vietnamese)

2:30 pm   –   3:00 pm     Gio “El Futuro”                                             (Latin Music)

3:15 pm   –   3:45 pm     Ruric Amari                                                  (Mideastern Dance)

3:45 pm   –   4:15 pm     Pati Kele                                                       (African Music/dance)

4:15 pm   –   4:45 pm     Belize Dance Intermix                                  (Belize Dance)

5:00 pm   –   5:45 pm     Batuque Trio                                                (Latin Jazz styles)

6:00 pm   –   6:30 pm     Flamenco Louisville                          (Spanish Dance)

6:45 pm   –   7:30 pm     Salsa Rhythms Band                                     (Latin music)

7:45 pm   –   9:00 pm     Afrophysicists                                               (World Mix)

9:30 pm –  11:00 pm  –   PALO!                                                           (Afro- Cuban Funk music)

DATE: Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm –    T.R.U.T.H, Studios                                           (World Music-dance- theater)

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm     Guru Vandana Arts Academy              (East Indian  Dance)

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm     TWAA-The West African Art of Dance            (African dance)

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm     Ut Gret                                                             (World Fusion)

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm     Keltricity                                                          (Celtic Music)

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm –   Squeeze-bot                                                     (American Underground)

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm     Alma Gitana                                                    (Latin Music)

8:15 pm – 900 pm      Liberation Prophecy                                        (World Mix)

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm   Funkadesi                                                         (World Mix)


DATE: Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

1:00 pm  –  2:00 pm  Gypsies of the Nile                                            (Mideastern Dance)

2:15 pm –  3:00 pm   Yaya Diallo and FOLI DOUMA              (West African music)

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm   The Misty Mountain String Band                      (American Folk music)

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm   Cocek! Brass Band                                             (Eastern European Brass)


THE WEEK: No Jaywalking Allowed, Jennifer’s Riches, Art, the Fair and the Chief Friday, Aug 21 2015 

Stories we weren’t interested in on our Facebook feed: Who’s on the Ashley Madison list, your strategy for your fantasy football team, and your opinion on Donald Trump. But all those back-to-school pics sure were cute. Here are items of local interest:

Jen Makes The Best List to Be On: If you are among the many locals who claim to have known Jennifer Lawrence when she was in middle school here, well, maybe you should ask to be in her entourage. Forbes announced its “Highest-Paid Actresses” list for 2015, and Lawrence’s $52 million blew away 2nd-place Scarlett Johansson by a mere $16.5 mil.

Beer and Politics: If it’s possible to go from beer aficionado, blogger and bar owner to small-city mayor, Roger Baylor is the guy to do it. The New Albany mayoral candidate announced this week he’s getting out of the bar biz after 25 years. Here’s his Rusty interview from June 18.

081815-rusty-revelry-1NuLu + Local Art = Booming Biz: Check out how Mo McKnight Howe is celebrating five years operating the Revelry Boutique, and how she making the bold move to NuLu paid off.

You Know It’s a Slow News Day when. . . The most-read story in the C-J was about the big police crackdown on jaywalkers. Police are handing out $100 citations to people for walking out in dangerous intersections.

And for those itching for a Fried Hot Brown? The Kentucky State Fair is on through Aug. 30. Kool & The Gang is playing Aug. 30. Tonight is Barrels and Boots, with several country music stars.

A Popular Chief: When a crime in Jeffersontown makes headlines, Chief Rick Sanders exudes calm and professionalism in his dealings with media and citizens. Bill Brymer shot this video excerpt from our Rusty Satellite interview.

Beating Expectations, and Opponents: While city officials predicted the Louisville City FC soccer team would attract 3,500 fans a game, the actual number has come in at nearly double that. So the city is ready to meet with Wayne Estopinal to discuss building a stadium. The team plays at Slugger Saturday night.

Hoosier Rivalry?: At least Indiana and U of L, separated by 100 miles, will start playing each other in hoops and football.

Gardening is a Lot of Work: See our City Girl Gone Gardening’s latest.


Louisville’s Frazier Features Famed Southern Exposition at Metro Hall Thursday, Aug 20 2015 

Louisville, Ky., – From operas to orchestras, livestock to light bulbs, Louisville’s Southern Exposition was spectacular in every way. Starting this week at Metro Hall, the Frazier History Museum will showcase a time when the world traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to discover innovation through a world’s fair.  The Southern Exposition featured cutting edge technology illuminated by the magic of the incandescent light bulb, which allowed activities to go on well after sundown.

 As part of the Frazier History Museum’s partnership with Louisville Metro Government that began last year, visitors will see the Southern Exhibition at Louisville Kentucky. The exhibit will be installed on Thursday, August 20th at Metro Hall, the seat of Louisville metro government, at Sixth and Jefferson streets. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal weekday business hours.


 The 1883 Southern Exhibition was high-LIGHTED BY former Louisville resident Thomas Edison, who personally managed the installation of the recently invented incandescent light bulbs.  The 4,600 bulbs used at the fair outnumbered the total number of bulbs in all of New York City at the time.

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Featuring much more than electrically lit nighttime entertainment, the exhibit attracted people from all over the world to learn about agricultural machinery and technical innovation in the United States. U.S. President Chester Arthur ceremoniously started the festivities with the yank of a silken cord setting much of the modern machinery in motion.

 A second exhibit curated by the Frazier features an early facsimile of the Declaration of Independence and will remain on display indefinitely at Metro Hall.

 Both exhibits are displayed in alcoves that are situated on either side of the Grand Staircase inside the Jefferson Street entrance of Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson St.

 As part of its continuing 10th Anniversary Exhibition schedule, the Frazier is currently hosting The Lewis and Clark Experience through May 15, 2016. This exhibition takes visitors of all ages on an immersive and educational adventure that asks people to face some of the many challenges encountered by the famed Corps of Discovery.

 The Frazier History Museum just recently kicked off its new Hometown History Series with a retrospective on the unprecedented 100-year span of one of Louisville’s most prestigious companies, Doe-Anderson. The Power of Persuasion: 100 Years of Doe-Anderson traces the creative company’s history of serving as successful strategists and communicators for a long list of who’s who in local, regional and national advertising clients. The exhibit runs through February 14, 2016.

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A Louisville businessman makes the case for higher academic standards Tuesday, Aug 18 2015 

classroom hands raisedBy John Gregory | KET This story first appeared on and is reposted here with permission. As Common Core becomes a political football in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race and the 2016 presidential campaign, one Louisville businessman is embracing the educational … Continue reading

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