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AUGUST 2013 Volume 8, Number 8


Serving Neighborhoods Across Louisville Highlands • Germantown • Iroquois • Old Louisville • Clifton • Crescent Hill • Phoenix Hill • Downtown • Buechel • Hikes Point • Beechmont • Schnitzelburg • Audubon • Parkway Village • Shelby Park • Smoketown




Artist, educator and musician Dane Waters, center, is managing multiple careers in addition to being a new mom. Here at home, Waters discusses instrumental tracks with musician Kris Abplanalp, while down the hall, Waters’ husband, fellow musician Warren Gray, changes the diaper of their daughter, Solveig. See story, page 4.


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Director of Education Dane Waters calls a group of girls to order as they begin a game during a summer camp at Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Waters has helped develop camps, workshops and other hands-on resources through her work at the museum.

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n recent years, Dane Waters could typically be found during the day serving as director of education for the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, sharing her love of art and music with patrons and fellow workers. By night, it wouldn’t have been unusual to find Waters on stage somewhere in Louisville, sharing that same artistic devotion while performing with various musical groups. Things changed in March 2013 with the birth of Waters’ daughter, Solveig. “Before she was born, it was 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at KMAC, then 5 p.m. to whenever, it was music,” says Waters. “Now, with [Solveig] in the equation, things are a little bit different. It’s been a big learning curve, and that’s okay.” But even though the well-known Louisville artist has a new, significant responsibility in her life, the local art and music scene has hardly suffered a loss.



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Fellow musicians look to Waters when they need adaptive vocals, be it lilting and smooth, operatic or even robotic. Before Solveig was three months old, Waters began laying vocal tracks for an album by Another7Astronauts, one of four bands to which she belongs. Waters also started recording a solo album and released a single with Sapat, a local band she helped develop with friend Kris Abplanalp. Abplanalp says he has seen other people settle down once they have children, but admits the concept never crossed his mind when it came to Waters. “I think becoming a mother will change your identity, but I think it will add to hers,” Abplanalp says. “It will bring about more focus. What will be created will be more substantial and it’ll just enhance the outcome of whatever she’s creating, whether it’s art or music.” Another7Astronauts founder JC Denison describes Waters as one of the hardest working and most focused musicians he’s ever worked with, calling her “creative as hell” and not afraid of challenges. “A7A covered Laurie Anderson’s ‘Oh Superman,’ and Dane instantly figured out how to modify her voice so that she could simulate the robotic tone of Anderson’s voice for the recording,” Denison says. “She just knows how to attack obstacles in creative and beautiful ways.” Denison has no fear that Waters will step back from the music scene. In fact, he says her new role as mother can only help. “It was a wonder to watch as the little one [Solveig] mostly kept still and observed and absorbed the music and held on as her mother did what she does best,” Denison says. “I’m sure her new little darling daughter will have an impact on her, whether it’s on her lyrics – which can very often get into some tantalizing supernatural territory – or work schedule, or zest for creating art and music in a world in which she now can watch her daughter grow up.” Waters’ work at KMAC may also adapt to a world now seen through the eyes of a parent. “It’ll be interesting Photos: Waters performs on stage with guitarist Joey Conroy (not picto hear her ideas tured) at the Haymarket Whiskey Bar during an experimental coming out of having music festival held there in June. a child,” says Julie Gross, KMAC’s communications director. “She’s always open to new ideas. That’s always exciting because [being a new mom] would be a way to come up with new ways of reaching audiences.” Gross says most of the staff at KMAC rely on Waters’ ingenuity and experience in helping educate the 3,000 students that walk through KMAC’s doors each year. Her expertise

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in spreading art education and appreciation throughout Kentucky’s schools is also valued. Waters’ own appreciation of art was discovered at an early age. Born and raised in Louisville, Waters left home after high school to earn a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She also studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. While in school, her formal studies focused on oil painting and bronze casting. She later developed an interest in encaustic painting, a type of wax painting. PHOTO: BRIANBOHANNON.COM Throughout the years, Waters At an album release show for Cheyenne Mize’s “Among the Grey” at the Clifton Center in July, has exhibited her creations at Waters, second from left, performs with members of Another7Astronauts; next to Waters are, from the Louisville Water Tower and left, Julia Purcell, singing, Adam Huffer on tenor saxophone, Drew Miller on alto saxophone, and in various small art galleries and Scott Moore and Cheyenne Mize on violin. Not pictured are Drew English and JC Denison on piano, pop-up shows. She began her Dan Moore on organ, and Aaron Hanka and Emily Hagihara on vibraphone. KMAC career in 2000 as assisgenre either. Abplanalp goes so far as to say Dane “can do tant director of education, becoming director of education anything.” in 2006. During her tenure, Gross says, Waters has gained “She doesn’t flinch when I pull out a hairbrained com“great relationships” and an “enormous list of city contacts.” position,” Abplanalp says. “She doesn’t mind going down a “She is a great connector,” says Gross. “We have benefited road where most others would feel uncomfortable. She’s the from her longevity here, her experiences with what works and catalyst to push the band to be as evolutionary as it can.” what doesn’t.” Denison says Waters is an indispensable member of A7A, Waters wrote the museum’s mission statement, which calling her “technically impeccable.” directs the museum to “connect people with art ... instilling “I write what I assume to be highly difficult and repetitive in them an enduring appreciation of traditional and emerging vocal pieces for her, and she never fails to nail them,” Denison art forms.” Waters herself has carried out that statement by says. “She always adds her own flair, and if you know Dane, forming makerspace public workshops, teachers’ guides and you know that no matter which project she’s involved in, her curricula, team-building workshops for businesses, and Clay voice is always gonna stand out.” Works, an open studio resource for artists who work in clay. In addition to her studio and stage performances, Waters But it’s the Mobile Museum that Waters likes to talk about, can be heard singing classical melodies at St. John United even though it was created years before she signed on at Church of Christ, where she solos each week. Waters has also KMAC. The traveling suitcase program features collections sung with the Kentucky Opera, utilizing her operatic training. of pieces by Kentucky artists. The sets are sent out to schools “I learned vocal techniques to sort of match it with what I’m across Kentucky so that children can learn about art without trying to convey – just all styles of singing,” Waters explains. having to make a trip to Louisville. “It’s just a fantastic hands It’s that connection with her audience that drives Waters’ on experience for kids, and they can learn so much about art talents and, right now, the energy to keep it all going. With just by handling the obvious importance placed on becoming a new mother – these art objects,” sleepless nights and all – Waters is managing to balance her Waters says. responsibilities as a parent, museum educator and musician. It’s this sharing Waters credits husband and fellow musician Warren Gray that can easily along with her extended family for help and advice. She also reflect Waters’ relies on the hope that she is spreading a love of art and muown motivation, sic – and that one day she will get a decent night’s sleep. be it through art “Sleeping is so amazing,” Waters says. “I used to hate sleep, or through her but I guess that’s just such a fertile time to imagine, with lucid first love: music. dreams and play with your mind.” It’s music, Waters Waters says she’s taking it one hour, one minute at a time. admits, that creates “I don’t feel like I’m doing the best at any one thing, and a deeper link with I might be spread a little thin, but I’m definitely trying to those around her. Waters’ 6-foot square oil on canvas “Falls make sure I’m spending enough time with my daughter and “The opening of the Ohio IV” is part of the Browntrying to prioritize what’s important to me in my life,” Waters [of an art show] Forman Art Collection purchased by Lois explains. “Right now, she’s coming first. I really can’t tell you was the only time I Mateus. how things are going to balance out or what it’s going to look was mostly having like. We have no idea. That’s what I like about life though. interaction with people,” Waters recalls. “It’s during shows You just never know how things are going to be. It’s always a and performing that connecting was a lot more immediate. I surprise. It keeps it interesting.” R really need to stand with people and connect through people. It makes me tremendously happy.” Contact the writer at These connections aren’t relegated to just one musical



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Community Calendar AUGUST THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 THE 7 BORDERS Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 715 W. Main St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. (11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun.), $6 for adults; $5 seniors and military (Free for members). KMAC presents “The 7 Borders,” an exhibition featuring work from Kentucky’s neighboring states – Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 1. The show examines the shared histories and common threads that connect a wide array of creators working in the region. For more information, call (502) 589-0102 or visit (Downtown) MAYOR’S MUSIC & ART SERIES Louisville Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson St., Noon, Free. The Astrophysicists are the performers in August for the Mayor’s Music & Art Series. These monthly performances showcase local and regional musicians and artists. Brown-bag lunches are permitted, but due to the historic nature of the Mayor’s Gallery, no outside drinks are allowed. Louisville Water provides Louisville Pure Tap at the performances. All shows are taped and broadcast on the city’s Metro TV channel (Insight

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Taste of the Grapevine takes place on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the American Legion Highland Post 201, 2919 Bardstown Road. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $55 in advance and $75 at the door. Reserved tables of 10 are available for $650 in advance. This event, FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 sponsored by Louisville Magazine and Norton Cancer Institute, will offer tastings of fabuchannel 25). For more informalous wines, spirits, FIRST FRIDAY TROLLEY HOP tion, visit beers and gourmet Downtown Art Zone, Main (Downtown) and Market streets, 5 p.m.-11 foods from FREE HIV TESTING p.m., Free. The monthly event local restaurants, Fairness Campaign office, 2263 showcases the art galleries on caterers, wineries, Frankfort Ave., 4 p.m.-6 p.m., East Market and other parts of Free. HIV testing is available downtown. Park the car, ride the breweries and distilleries. Dancing every Tuesday throughout the trolley and enjoy the exhibits. month. For more information, More info at (502) 583-1671 or to live music by call (502) 893-0788 or visit Thumper and the (Crescent Hill) (Nulu/Downtown) Plaid Rabbits will also be featured. CHEROKEE PARK VINE WARS SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 Cherokee Park, Scenic Loop at Guests are invited Cochran Hill Road, 6 p.m.-8 to try out specialty p.m., Free. Head into the woods ARCHERY AT JEFFERSON dishes, gourmet MEMORIAL FOREST to do battle against invasive PHOTO: Courtesy, American cancer society cuisine, imported Jefferson Memorial Forest, 9 vines! The Olmsted Parks a.m.-Noon, $10. Learn how to and domestic wines, microbrews and a variety of spirits. A silent auction and sale of the Conservancy staff provides shoot a bow within minutes. gloves, guidance and tools to much sought-after “grape bags” cap off the evening. Proceeds from Taste of the Grapevine volunteers who cut and remove This program is for all physical support the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer and creating a world ability levels. All equipment is invasive vines before they can with more birthdays. For more information, contact Trish Kite-Hannon at (502) 560-6027 or provided. Children ages 8 and seed, multiply and choke out visit (Highlands) over are welcome but must any more Cherokee Park trees. Meet the “nut truck” along Scenic Loop near Cochran Hill Road, and give the woods two hours of your help. For more information, contact Liz DeHart at (502) 456-8125 or visit www. (Highlands)

WOMEN WHO WRITE Highlands/Shelby Park Branch Library Reading Room, 1250 Bardstown Road, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Free. Women who write or aspire to write are invited to the monthly meetings of Women Who Write, where women writers can meet, read and critique,

be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Preregistration is required. For more information, call (502) 368-5404 or visit (Jefferson Memorial Forest)

GEORGE CROGHAN DAY Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $4 adults ($2 for children, Free for members). Come to Locust Grove as George Croghan returns home to celebrate his victorious defense of Fort Stephenson against the attack by British forces in 1813. Out-manned,

out-gunned and against orders, he forced an army from the most powerful empire in the world to retreat from Ohio’s Sandusky River Valley, making him one of the most celebrated heroes of the War of 1812. Join the Clarks and the Croghans at Locust Grove as they welcome this remarkable young officer home and hear his stories of war on the frontier. While at Locust Grove, see “George Croghan: Fallen Hero,” a temporary exhibit housed in

the Visitors Center, on display through Sept. 30. For more information, call (502) 897-9845 or visit (Blankenbaker) BLOSSOM INTO HEALTH Rainbow Blossom, 3738 Lexington Road, Noon-4 p.m., Free. Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Market’s “Blossom into Health” is a unique opportunity to meet holistic health care experts and experience alternative healing therapies that can help improve

and maintain your health. A variety of healing modalities will be represented at the event, including aromatherapy, rolfing, homeopathy, massage therapy, nutrition, reiki, herbology, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and many others. Visitors will also have the opportunity to sample healthy products and register to win prizes. For more information, visit (St. Matthews) CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE *

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STREET ROD BIERGARTEN German-American Club, 1840 Lincoln Ave., 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Free. The Street Rod Biergarten showcases some of the fantastic street rods that are in town for the annual Street Rod Nationals convention. Enjoy German food and dance to the music of crowd favorite The Louisville Rheingold Band. For more information, call (502) 451-3100 or visit (Audubon Park) SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 BONNIE PRINCE BILLY AND DAWN MCCARTHY Kentucky Center (Bomhard Theater), 501 W. Main St., 7 p.m., $30. Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy bring their world tour to a close at the Bomhard. The show benefits the Network Center for Community Change – a community movement empowered by over 5,000 members who live, work, worship and care about Louisville’s urban neighborhood. The Power Member All Star Revue opens the show. For more information, call (502) 562-0100 or visit www.kentuckycenter. org. (Downtown)

WILL CARY Willow Park, Cherokee Parkway, 7 p.m., Free. Singer-songwriter Will Cary headlines the latest installment of the Cherokee Triangle Summer Concert Series. The event is free, but donations of canned goods and/or personal hygiene products to help support the Highlands Community Ministries Dare to Care programs are appreciated. No alcohol or pets are permitted at the event. For more information, call (502) 459-0256. (Highlands) MONDAY, AUGUST 5 KMAC CLAY CAMP FOR GRADES 3-5 Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 715 W. Main St., 10 a.m.5 p.m., $100-$200. Children will learn a variety of clay techniques through this week-long clay-focused camp. Projects will incorporate coil-building, slab-building, experimenting with textures and more. Campers can opt for morning, afternoon or all-day sessions. Children staying all day can enjoy lunch and games outside. Clay projects will be kept at KMAC for firing, and parents notified within 1-2 weeks when pieces are ready for pickup. For more information, contact Assis-

tant Director of Education Julie Yoder at (502) 589-0102, ext. 209, or visit www.kentuckyarts. org/education-camps. (Downtown) ANIMAL ADVENTURE SUMMER CAMP Animal House, 3516 Newburg Road, Noon-3 p.m., $150 per child ($50 for half-days). Metro Animal Services is offering a Summer Camp. The three-day camp will cover everything children need and want to know about safety with animals, animal occupations, being a responsible pet owner, and how to care for a pet. Kids will participate in fun activities and crafts. For ages 6-12. For more information, contact (Newburg)

Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Grind Gourmet Burgers, Holy Mole Taco Truck, Johnny’s Diner Car, Sweet N Savory, French-Indo Canada and Snowie Shaved Ice. For more information, www. (Downtown) SISTERS WHO CARE Northwest Neighborhood Place, 4018 W. Market St., 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Free. Join this valuable women’s support group to learn about family management, enhancement, and communication training in a supportive female environment. The group meets weekly on Tuesday evenings through the first week of November. For more information, contact Brooke Arnold or Tenesha Curtis at (502) 5836820. (Shawnee)



LSFA FOOD TRUCK INVASION Louisville Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson St., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Free. The small, local independent business owners that comprise the Louisville Street Food Alliance bring their gourmet food trucks down to the Mayor’s office at lunchtime on the first Tuesday of each month. Members include: Lil Cheezer’s

THE ANDERSONS OF SOLDIER’S RETREAT Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane, 1 p.m., $5 adults ($3 for Friends of Historic Locust Grove). Gwynne Potts will bring to light the many ties between Locust Grove and Soldier’s Retreat, the home of Col. Richard Clough Anderson, who served in the Revolutionary War as an aide of General Lafayette. Anderson was married to Elizabeth Clark, George Rogers Clark’s sister. You’ll also learn about the construction and appearance of Soldier’s Retreat and its importance in the recent restoration of Locust Grove. The Locust Grove Afternoon Lecture Series is held the first Wednesday of each month. Dessert and coffee are served before the lecture. For more information, call (502) 897-9845 or visit (Blankenbaker) THURSDAY, AUGUST 8 ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way, 5 p.m., $5 (Free for members). Friday Movie Nights with

SPOTLIGHT: “/kəˈmyo͞onitē/” (COMMUNITY) The Liberty Tattoo and Art Parlor, 2801 S. Third St., presents “/kəˈmyo͞onitē/” (Community), an exhibition of artwork by Dan Meece aka “Danascopy.” For this show, Meece has collected sketches and writings from family and friends, as well as from random people he passes on the street everyday in his community. Meece will display his collection alongside a few original works of his own. There will be an artist’s reception at the gallery on Saturday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. The show runs through Sept. 28. For more information, call (502) 637-4777 or visit (Belknap)

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A compilation of pieces collected by the artist the Louisville Zoo presents “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” Bring your friends and family out to the zoo and enjoy a movie under the stars at the wildest theater in town. Grab blankets or lawn chairs and relax as you watch your favorite movies on our giant inflatable screen. Enjoy free entertainment before the show from the Zoo Crew as they play games of fun for all ages. Snacks and other refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, visit events. (Audubon Park) WAITING FOR THE PARADE The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Road, 7:30 p.m.,

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Saturday, Aug. 17. For more information, visit (Iroquois) SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 FARE WALK LOUISVILLE Waterfront Park, Harbor Lawn, 9 a.m., Free. This family-friendly event includes activities for kids and a one-mile walk to help spread awareness of food allergies. For more information, call (502) 552-1545. (Downtown) CHILDREN’S MAKE A PIZZA DAY Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave., 10 a.m.-Noon, $10. “Children’s Make a Pizza Day” is presented by the Jefferson County Master Gardener Association and LNC. Visit the Sensory Garden and collect toppings for yummy pizzas to be baked and served in class as a light lunch. Best for ages 5-10. Prepaid reservations are needed by Aug. 5. There is no charge for parents. The event is a fundraiser for the LNC’s Sensory Garden. The money will go toward the brick path being installed to make the garden accessible to all. For more information, call (502) 458-1328 or visit (Audubon Park) THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 2013 KENTUCKY STATE FAIR Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, 9 a.m., $4-$10 (Free for children under 2). The Kentucky State Fair is an 11day celebration of the history,

heritage and culture of the Bluegrass State. Nearly 600,000 people attend America’s largest indoor fair. This year’s fair includes free performances by En Vogue with special guest Unlimited, Montgomery Gentry, and Theory of a Deadman with Blackstone Cherry and Devour the Day. For more information, call (502) 367-5185 or visit (Fairgrounds) DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE LOUISVILLE St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2000 Douglass Blvd., 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Free. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Louisville presents a discussion with Jessy Lyons, training coordinator for the Center for Women and Families. Lyons will discuss the dynamics of intimate partner violence in order to better understand the nature and scope of the problem. For more information, contact Mike Kuhl at (502) 635-6142 or email Maureen Fifer at (Highlands) SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 FAMILIES OUTSIDE X-PLORING AT RIVERVIEW PARK Riverview Park, meet in the upper parking lot, 9 a.m.-Noon, $8. Explore the banks of the Ohio River, cool off in the water park, and traipse through the woods. Hike, search for tracks, build forts, catch pond critters, get muddy, play in leaves and

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take a break from technology. This is a great opportunity to play with your kids and let them experience nature. Bring water bottles, a snack, and dress for the weather. Warning: You will get dirt on your shirt! Children can wear a swimsuit under their clothes for the spray park. Preregistration is required. For more information, call (502) 368-5404 or visit (Fairdale)


The annual St. Joseph Orphans’ Picnic takes place Saturday, Aug. 10 at St. Joseph Children’s Home, 2823 Frankfort Ave., noon to midnight. There will be 60-plus booths, with games of chance, raffles, food and beverages. The picnic’s famous chicken dinners will be on sale beginning at noon. Parking is located in the back of the property at VETERAN’S ORAL HISTORY 2800 Brownsboro PROJECT WORKSHOP Road. All proceeds SAR Genealogical Research benefit the chilLibrary, 809 W. Main St., 10 dren’s programs at a.m.-11 a.m., $5 (Free for SAR/ DAR and Friends of the SAR). St. Joseph Children’s Retired U.S. Marine Corp. Sgt. Home. For more inMajor Ron Burkhart will lead formation, call (502) this workshop. Learn procedures 893-0241 or visit PHOTO: Courtesy, Andrea Pridham for conducting an oral history Grilled meats and other delectables will be for sale at the picnic. with special emphasis on the Library of Congress Veteran’s History Project. The workshop is open to veterans, families of veterans, history teachers, students and those interested in oral histories. For more information, contact Rae Ann Sauer at (502) 588-6130 or rsauer@sar. org. (Downtown)

KICKBALLIN’ FOR KIDS KICKBALL TOURNAMENT Waterfront Park, the Great Lawn, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., $295 a team (9-20 players on each team). The National Kickball Association is teaming up with the Children’s Hospital Foundation for the second annual “Kickballin’ for Kids” Kickball Tournament. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital. Come out and support the community while having fun with your friends! Enjoy a day of kickball, food, drinks, music and more! All participants must be at least 21 years of age. Sneakers must be worn; No cleats, please. Sign up early and receive an early bird registration fee. For more information, visit www. (Downtown)

A PATCH OF BLUE Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Ave., 12:30 p.m., Free. “A Patch of Blue” is the latest movie in the APH Museum Film Fest, which examines how Hollywood depicts blindness. The movie revolves around a blind girl who is befriended by a man determined to help her escape her abusive home life. It stars Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters and Elizabeth Hartman. The movie is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, call (502) 899-2213 or email (Clifton) SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 FOOD TRUCK SUNDAY St. Joseph Children’s Home, 2823 Frankfort Ave., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Free. Food Truck Sunday features food trucks, a mini farmer’s market and flea market, and sidewalk sales from retailers and neighborhood residents. A portion of the food truck sales will benefit St. Joe’s. For more information, visit or email Andrei at andreimdmd@gmail. com. (Crescent Hill)

$2 for most hardcover books. A selection of illustrated books, rare books and sets are priced individually. All books are THE WIZARD OF OZ sorted by category and are in Highlands Court, 1720 Richgood condition. There will be a mond Dr., 11:15 a.m., $34. The special preview, Thursday, Aug. Highlands Community Ministries 22, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. for memis sponsoring a trip to Derby bers of Locust Grove. For more Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, information, call (502) 897-9845 Ind., to see “The Wizard of Oz.” or visit The cost for the play, food and (Blankenbaker) TARC transportation is included in the admission price. For ticket SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 information, call (502) 4513695. (Various) WEDDING WORKSHOP SERIES Conrad-Caldwell House MuseFRIDAY, AUGUST 23 um, 1402 St. James Ct.,1 p.m.-3 p.m., Free. The Conrad-CaldSUMMER USED BOOK SALE well House Museum will host Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker “Weddings 101: A Crash Course Lane, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Free. on Weddings for the DIY Bride.” The Summer Book Sale takes Participants will get tips from place Aug. 23-25. More than the wedding pros at Weekend 10,000 used, antiquarian and Wedding Warriors and sample new books in all categories will delicious desserts from Bake My be offered for sale. Categories Day. This free event is a prelude include history, biography, mys- to a series of five monthly wedteries, reference, science fiction, ding workshops that will cost travel, cookbooks, children’s, $15 each. The first workshop in spirituality, Kentucky, romance, the series, “Awesome Alternacrafts and much more. Prices tive Guest-book Ideas,” takes begin at $1 for paperbacks and


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SPOTLIGHT: EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will perform at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, on Monday, Aug. 26. Admission is $30 in advance/$35 day of show. The Los Angeles band released its debut album, “Up From Below,” in July 2009. The album has sold over 275,000 copies in the U.S., and charted on iTunes for 69 straight weeks. Their hit single “Home” soared to over 775,000 downloads. After intensive touring throughout PHOTO: Courtesy, Lizi Hagan 2009-2011 – including hit appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have proven themselves to be a formidable touring force. The band released its second studio album in 2012. For more information, visit (Iroquois) * CONT. FROM PREVIOUS PAGE

place Friday, Sept. 13. For more information, call Allison at (502) 636-5023, email or visit (Old Louisville) ROCKIN’ THE CASTLE BLOCK PARTY Alta Avenue and Bardstown Road, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Free. The Bonnycastle Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a block party featuring music, beverages, food by Lil Cheezer’s food truck, snow cones and a bubble truck for the kids. Invite your friends and join your neighbors in summertime fun for all. For more information, contact Amy Tannheimer or atannheimer@ (Highlands) THE 9TH ANNUAL KOMEN LOUISVILLE PINK TIE BALL Marriott Louisville East, 1903 Embassy Square Blvd., 6:30 p.m., $75-$2,000. The 9th Annual Komen Louisville Pink Tie Ball is one of the signature fundraisers for Susan G. Komen Louisville. The Pink Tie Ball will

feature the Pink Lounge, a late night cocktail party for the young at heart. This baseball themed event will begin with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner and a live auction. Guests will enjoy signature cocktails and dance to the sounds of Burning Las Vegas. The Pink Lounge will open at 9 p.m. and feature a deejay. For more information, call (502) 495-7824 or visit (Jeffersontown) RISE OF THE GUARDIANS Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, 8:30 p.m., Free. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. For more information, visit www.iroquoisamphitheater. com. (Iroquois) TUESDAY, AUGUST 27 OPEN HANDS WELLNESS CLINIC Grace Immanuel United Church

of Christ, 1612 Story Ave., 10 a.m.-Noon, Free. Empty Vessels Healing Ministries presents the Open Hands Wellness Clinic on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Services include acupuncture, massage therapy, zero balancing and cranial sacral therapy, all provided by licensed and certified therapists. For more information, contact Rev. Karen Barth at (502) 6416169 or emptyvessels1@gmail. com. (Butchertown) THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 LOUISVILLE ZOMBIE ATTACK The Back Door, 1250 Bardstown Road, 6 p.m., Free. The Zombie Attack is on! Festivities start at The Back Door with a pre-attack party and showing of “Return of the Living Dead.” At 8:30 p.m., the Zombie Attack begins as participants walk to The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barret Ave., for a costume contest and music by Squeezebot, Ok Zombie, Vice Tricks, and Bibelhauser Brothers – plus a hot show by the Va Va Vixens! This year, Attack organizers are asking

LIBRARY CORNER REFUGEE ELDER ART EXHIBITION Iroquois Branch Library, 601 W. Woodlawn Ave., 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Free. The Refugee Elder Art Exhibit will be at the Iroquois Branch Library throughout the month of August. For more information, call (502) 574-1720. (Iroquois) I CAN LOVE THEM AND STILL EAT THEM: A DISCUSSION OF FOOD AND FARMING Main Library, 301 York St., 1 p.m., Free. Jeneen Wiche will talk about her experiences raising lambs and chickens on Saturday, Aug. 10. She will explore contemporary attitudes toward food: where it comes from, where it is going and the impact along the way. This is a free event, but tickets are required. Photo: courtesy, LFPL (Downtown) Jeneen Wiche REIMAGINING THE GREAT ARTISTS Okolona Branch Library, 7709 Preston Hwy., 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Free. Ever thought that Picasso’s Blue Period would have had more impact if it had been an Electric Orange Period? It’s not often that adults have the opportunity to color. But on Sunday, Aug. 11, they can. The Okolona Branch Library will have a coloring page from one of the great artists, including van Gogh, Monet and more. Biweekly galleries allow participants to compare their reimagining to the original. For more information, call (502) 964-3515. (Okolona) GRANT-SEEKING BASICS FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS Main Library, 301 York St., 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Free. Grant-seeking Basics for Nonprofit Organizations will be presented at the Main Library on Wednesday, Aug. 21. (Downtown) For information on these events, or any others at the Louisville Free Public Library’s 18 branches, visit or call (502) 574-1611.

for help in raising one-third of the operating budget for the Zombie Attack. To donate, visit the crowd-funding page on RocketHub, www.rockethub. com/projects/29156-louisville-zombie-attack-2013. For more info, visit (Highlands) FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 F.A.T. FRIDAY TROLLEY HOP Frankfort Avenue between Mellwood and Story avenues, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Free. Businesses in the Crescent Hill

and Clifton neighborhoods open their doors at the end of each month for the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop. Ride the trolley to see art exhibits, sales and entertainment. For more information, visit (Clifton/Crescent Hill)

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fter an extensive walking survey of The Highlands, I’ve made a startling scientific discovery: Bud Light “beer” and Marlboro cigarettes both contain a chemical that forces their consumers to throw their empty containers directly into the street. Numerous studies reveal that bad behavior is caused by syndromes, disorders and diseases, so these prolific litterers obviously have an as-yet-identified medical condition. I’m confident that researchers will soon discover a new brain chemical – uncouthaphin, or ignoramazone – that will absolve them of any personal responsibility. A support group will no doubt form, and the Association for Society’s Sadly Hardheaded Oafs and Louts of Epic Slovenliness – whose acronym is already in common use – will decry the way the “neat freaks” of the world castigate them for their genetically determined trashiness. Some would argue that Bud Light’s sole redeeming quality – that it gets you drunk – is the reason the consumer loses any sense of social responsibility when he or she drinks the alcohol-laced fizzy water. But other brands have the same effect, and I rarely see them flattened beside the curb. (Ironically, I see over-served fans of Bud Light flattened beside the curb in the Baxter Avenue bar district fairly often). So what’s the explanation? Could it be that only one member of the Association is driving around The Highlands tossing his cans out the window? I doubt it. I think researchers will someday discover that habitual drinkers of cricket-urine-based beverages like BL obviously have a number of brain conditions predisposing them to boorishness. Smoking cigarettes exacerbates the condition, of course, since nicotine obviously deteriorates community consciousness as fast as it does lungs: “The world is my ashtray, and if you don’t like to breathe my smoke, Nature Boy, then go somewheres I ain’t, like a liberry.” And speaking of health obsessions, my wife and I try to power-walk every morning, which means we do it about twice a week, and it’s fascinating what you can learn about 21st century civilization just by gliding through it at street level. In addition to the discovery of uncouthaphin, for example, I’ve found that the contents of recycling bins reveal an astonishing diversity of lifestyles in our neck o’ the woods. Some people, e.g., apparently couldn’t care less about the sweatshop policies of a certain billionaire and manage to survive exclusively on Papa John’s pizza. Others consume enough generic canned soft drinks from Costco every week to float a double-wide. After we’ve had a party, I stack the beverage bottles in the garage and bring them out a few at a time (okay, so I might sneak a few into the neighbors’ bins as well). Otherwise, our neighbors might think we’re stumbling drunks who do our impression of sober people when we greet them in the ‘hood. Stacks of bottles might also be an indicator to burglars that the residents are so wasted every Sunday morning that they can waltz in anytime before 9 a.m., step over our catatonic carcasses, go on a leisurely shopping spree, and even grab a few Bud Lights from the fridge. Oh, sure. I keep a six-pack in there for burglars. That way, they’re not tempted to grab something with a label they can’t read. R Mack Dryden is a comedian whose book “Does This Book Make My Head Look Fat?” is available locally at Carmichael’s and Barnes & Noble. Write Mack at and watch him in action at

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CTA Art Contest Winner On Thursday, Aug. 22, the Cherokee Triangle Association will announce the winning entry of its art competition. The CTA will host a reception from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 2026 Cherokee Pkwy. to celebrate the winning painting selected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the General Castleman statue. Refreshments will be served. Prints made from the winning entry will be available for purchase and are tax deductible. Ten honorable mention entries will also be for sale. All proceeds will go to the Castleman Restoration Project, scheduled to start on Oct. 1. To RSVP, email

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The Brush, Bottle and Barrel of the Bluegrass, a signature event of the Legal Aid Society, this year raised $40,000 for the society’s mission to pursue justice for people in poverty. The event, which took place on April 26 at Louisville Collegiate School, is an annual preview party for the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair. The fundraiser features tastings of Kentucky wines, bourbons, beers and liqueurs, plus a live jazz trio and silent auction.

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Volunteers Needed for Nursing Home Visits The KIPDA (Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency) Long Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to visit area nursing homes and check on residents once a week to see if they are receiving proper care. Training is provided. The program serves 76 nursing homes in seven counties. To volunteer, call (502) 637-9786. For more information about KIPDA, visit

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annually, and it can take more than eight months to review and process an average claim. For low-income veterans, this delay in disability or pension benefits stresses the household budget. The Legal Aid Society’s tool guides veterans through the benefits application process. Legal Aid encourages users to have their applications and exhibits reviewed by an accredited representative before submission. By doing so, more complete applications may be submitted, reducing the need for supplemental submissions or appeals if claims are denied. Two versions of the online tool are available; one may be used by any veteran; the other helps veterans living in Kentucky find state-specific resources to assist them in completing the application. The tool can

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musicals – and open mic and open piano windows are fitted with lights that on Thursday.� randomly change color, creating a soft glow inside the space. New front-fac While Mixer doesn’t offer food or a siging casement windows open to the nature drink, it does offer a rotating menu outside, allowing customers a streetof beer, wine and, of course, cocktails. For side experience. Sidewalk seating is Hawkes and company, that’s just another also available. Mixer offers live enterway to stir things up. “It’s that term ‘mixed tainment on Fridays and Saturdays. crowd,’� he explains. “We as the owners Above, patrons applaud Patty Cain are all gay, but we’re not pushing that. (not pictured) on piano. We’re looking for a mixed crowd. We want to reflect the diversity of the Highlands, and that’s the kind of clientele we’re trying to attract.� Those who happen by will find something unlike the rest of the neighborhood – which, paradoxically, means that Mixer fits in perfectly. “It has a very different look from any other bar on Bardstown Road,� Hawkes says. “Kind of an upscale look, quite lively. People are going to notice it’s a nice friendly crowd, a place with ambiance and lots of music.� In other words, a place to hang out, and perhaps even dream a little. Mixer is located at 1565 Bardstown Road, on the corner of Alta Avenue. The hours of operation are 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. every day but Monday, which is reserved for private parties. For a schedule of events, visit www.mixerlouisville. com or search for Mixer Bar Louisville on Facebook. For additional information, call (502) 384-1565. R Contact the writer at or visit

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ust hold the fork upside down and spin it around ... ,” Mom said, coaching us from behind with the gentleness of golf pro. My younger sister and brother and I were poised with forks over the saucer of spreading sorghum. Yellow butter oozed between the tines, creating a bronze swirl that would soon become one with a buttermilk biscuit. The biscuits, fresh from the oven, had undergone a dramatic makeover from being a moist slab of dough flattened by a rolling pin. Standing tall, with steam rising from the flaky tufts inside, each had a golden top. It was a Sunday morning, and I knew that most of our friends were probably spreading Welch’s jelly with a knife. A knife! How easy would that be? Sharing traditions took time. From salting watermelon to the secret of bread-andbutter pickles, it was classic “When We Were Kids 101” and the rewards were delicious. Growing up in mid-south suburbia, I’m almost sure we were the only family with several iron skillets stored in a GE stove. Decades later, I can’t recall ever spreading molasses with anything but the round side of a fork from a saucer. Mom placed such historic dignity into so many of our family meals – recipes (or the lack thereof), dining nuances, her WWII Victory Garden. What I didn’t realize then, but know now, was that Mom was the first “foodie” I would ever meet. And she continues to be my favorite foodie today. She was Kentucky Proud before it became a bumper sticker. In the ‘50s, food became income when Mom got steady work in Lexington as a major appliance spokesmodel and sales rep. With her flashing smile, belted cotton dress and smart heels, Juanita moved efficiently between raw meat in the fridge and sizzling roast in the oven. And then I arrived. Mom loves telling folks how she drank tomato juice from a Mason jar the entire PHOTO: Courtesy, Cindy Lamb time she was pregnant with me – Mom, showing off her flowers and that’s why I love tomatoes. Nowadays, I enjoy her regular letters in familiar cursive, describing the birds, the weather, antique finds, and what’s cooking on the stove. This year’s first harvest report was a bucket full of greasy beans, a favorite heirloom. The remaining beans – Roma, Brown Stick, Half-Runners and Case Knife – await their canning destinations. I keep every letter. I make every bean. Over the phone, scores from her backyard crops are regaled with the spirit of a huntress. “Can you guess what I pulled out of the garden today?” she purrs. I wait for it. “A four-and-three-quarter-pound cabbage!” she cackles. Mom’s green thumb often results in vegetation as big as your head, and she has the kettles and pans to handle the incoming bounty. Her rural south-central kitchen is just one overhead camera away from being a cooking show. Last year, Mom and my brother visited the Douglass Loop Farmers’ Market. I loved trotting her out among friends, farmers and a few strangers. Because, you know, she’s never met one. Me neither. If it’s true I’m turning into my mother, I might as well head for the kitchen ... R Cindy Lamb’s vocations of journalism, childbirth and childcare keep the lights on and the stories flowing. Contact her at



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The Highlander Neighborhood Monthly August 2013 Issue  
The Highlander Neighborhood Monthly August 2013 Issue