Twelve activists were arrested Monday during a sit-in outside the office of Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The group, part of a national, interfaith gay-rights group called Soulforce, was attempting to meet with Mohler to discuss an essay he posted on his Web site on March 2, in which he suggested that science may soon reveal homosexuality to be a genetic condition for which a test could be developed and, through the use of some kind of non-specific prenatal treatment, eventually be eradicated.
You’ve surely seen that TV commercial where Dennis Hopper waxes poetic about the cool things you can do if you follow your dreams — like start a business when you’re 64 or whatever. That little soliloquy comes to mind when I think of Merce Cunningham. At 87, the legendary choreographer is still pushing the proverbial envelope and providing a great example of how to live life. Finally, after all these years, his dance company makes it to Louisville. That’s the subject of Elizabeth Kramer’s cover story. —Cary Stemle
The Sweet Sixteen. What in the name of Christian Laettner is goin’ down here? The Dookies are one-and-done. (All together now: “Awwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!”) Even more startling, the NC2A hierarchy, after a close vote, said, “Let the tourney continue.” To compensate, they tripled the number of Coach K commercials.
Low-carbon dietHere’s something to ponder the next time you brew a delicious pot of fair trade coffee … while Tivo-ing “Heroes,” doing laundry, nuking a Hot Pocket, charging your cell phone/iPod/computer/camera, uploading videos to your MySpace page and downloading porn while glancing at the time on one of the 18 clocks in your 72-degree climate-controlled e-house of the future: The outlook for the coal industry is bleak.
Burning bridges: A state official has locked out local and federal leaders from a part of the Bridges Project planning.
Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it boys?The irony is bitter and the karmic ramifications almost too rich to be true. But they are, of course, and a bold lesson about transparency and honesty seems to be unfurling itself.
Cleaning up our front porch: Living Lands & Waters takes its show on the road, one river town at a time
The Ohio River is impressive in size and scope, but its proximity to other large rivers means it attracts lots of junk, nasty things put there intentionally and also things that just find their way into the water. That’s why Louisville is attractive, as it were, to a nonprofit group known as Living Lands & Waters, which just wrapped up a month of work here, cleaning the river.—Cary Stemle
Liberty Green: Photo by Geoff Oliver Bugbee Workers are installing insulation in the floors, walls and ceilings of units like this one, taking shape in the east downtown mixed-income housing development, Liberty Green.Sister Lisa Stallings wasn’t planning to move. The apartment in Phoenix Hill was old and drafty, but it had character: tall ceilings, single-paned windows. You know, History. Charm. Ignore the utility bill.
Are we there yet? Katha Pollitt sees a â€˜real revolutionâ€™ in womenâ€™s consciousness, but says much work remain
Katha Pollitt: Photo courtesy of Andrea Sperling Katha Pollitt, a well-known feminist author who writes for The Nation magazine, speaks in Louisville next week.Next Wednesday, March 28, at the Speed Museum Auditorium, Katha Pollitt delivers the Minx Auerbach Lecture in Women’s and Gender Studies. The 5:30 p.m. event is free and open to the public.
Finally … FINALLY … a politician brings up light rail againThe Metro Council’s Democratic caucus, the majority-wielding 15-member body that has brought us the dog ordinance, smoking ban and a pending throw-down over banning trans fats in local restaurants, outlined its legislative goals for 2007 last week. Guess what? They said the magic words that progressives (and people tired of writing checks to Exxon) long to hear: Light Rail.
Bluegrass = Cali? Here’s the deal, all you Dynasty Defending Big Blue Orlando-Bashers: Tubby Smith ain’t goin’ nowhere. Period. Get used to it. That said, an Alabama newspaper reports that a UK intermediary contacted Memphis coach John Calipari to gauge his interest, should the UK job be open after the season. What a match that would be. The NCAA’s most-penalized program. And the coach of whom Clark Francis, asked how he gets all those good prepsters to Memphis, replied: “No salary cap!”