LEO is publishing occasional reports from Louisville native John G. Norris, who holds a key Army command in Mosul, Iraq. This is the second installment.
Since humans began using the Gregorian calendar, Dec. 31 has signified a day of cleansing, reckoning and perhaps most optimistically, new hope. Weâ€™ll have none of that around here, thanks.
Three days from now, television-watching Louisvillians may notice a change on their dial. WYCS â€” the call letters stand for â€œYour Community Stationâ€ â€” will be gone from channel 24, a spot itâ€™s held for nearly a decade. In its place will be TV One, which airs programming geared toward African Americans.
Wow, my baby is a teenager, and like the typical teenager, LEO is no longer under my control, literally or figuratively. That is not all bad.
Saturday, Dec. 31
Zoo Yearâ€™s Eve
Iâ€™ve always thought break-dance fighting and walk-offs only occur in Ben Stiller movies, so it came as a wonderful surprise to find that theyâ€™ll both be going on at Zooavilleâ€™s first annual Zoo Yearâ€™s Eve. The party, sponsored by the likes of Carmichaelâ€™s and Wild & Woolly, features other non-traditional New Yearâ€™s Eve events like a runway fashion show and an appearance by Grotesque Burlesque. Music will be provided by several DJs, and there will also be a CD release show for Louisville musician Scott Carney. As for the walk-off, itâ€™s at midnight and is open to everyone, and thanks to the champagne you should do well, whether you look like Phyllis George or George â€œThe Animalâ€ Steele. â€”Jonathan Frank
The black of it.
Whatâ€™s wrong with this list of NFL coaches: Marvin Lewis of the Bengals, Tony Dungy of the Colts and Da Bearsâ€™ Lovie Smith? Oh, yeah, thatâ€™s right: These guys are all in the playoffs and all are of the Negro persuasion. Theyâ€™re not supposed to know how to coach in the hypertechno/computer micromanaged intricate world of big-time professional football. Huh, guess somebody â€” lots of somebodies â€” got that wrong. Of course, those guys arenâ€™t alone. There are even African-American coaches who arenâ€™t doing so well. Just ask those inveterate Cleveland Brownsâ€™ fans.
Thursday, Jan. 5 & Saturday, Jan. 7
Louisville Orchestraâ€™s â€˜Musical Thieveryâ€™
OK, letâ€™s get this straight â€” the Louisville Orchestra will host a tuba soloist? Is â€œtuba soloistâ€ even a real phrase? Isnâ€™t that like calling someone an apathy enthusiast? Or a sandwich drinker? Nevertheless, the Orchestra presents â€œMusical Thievery: The Worldâ€™s Most Famous Tunes NOT Written for the Tuba!â€ with Patrick Sheridan, who calls himself the worldâ€™s only tuba soloist. Sheridan is known for not only his musical skills but also for his comedic antics. He will perform alongside the orchestra and conductor Bob Bernhardt, who knows a thing or two about entertaining an audience himself. Two presentations of â€œMusical Thieveryâ€ are scheduled as part of the BB&T NightLites Series, one at the Brown Theater in Louisville and the other at Indiana University Southeastâ€™s Ogle Center. Some of Sheridanâ€™s selections will include Gioacchino Rossiniâ€™s â€œThieving Magpie Overture,â€ Peter Schickeleâ€™s â€œMvmt. III from Unbegun Symphonyâ€ and Meredith Wilsonâ€™s â€œThe Music Man Symphonic Impressions.â€ Yes, on tuba. As a soloist. No, really. â€”Kevin Gibson