GOODS & SERVICES    The Blossom Shop Florist (2218 Bardstown Road, 454-0421) has really taken on a new look, and the people there are so great to work with and help in all ways. I truly think everyone should stop in and take a look around — it has many nice flowers and gifts to choose from, and it is in a great location in the heart of the Highlands. —Gary Bowman

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<MUSIC>Wednesday, Nov. 8Citizen Cope    Clarence Greenwood is Citizen Cope, a musical amalgam who defies easy categorization. His determined, slinky sound includes traces of blues, soul and hip hop, with nice turns of phrase and plenty of inspired social consciousness. Think G. Love but more pointed. Cope’s touring (with a hot band) behind his third album, Every Waking Moment, and he’s built a nice following through a number of previous Louisville appearances. Alice Smith, whose debut album mixes rock, soul and R&B, opens the show tonight at the Brown, presented by WFPK-FM and Production Simple. —Cary Stemle

The Stink Eye: Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road

Well, it’s been a good run, at least for us. The Stink Eye has enjoyed the time in the sun, getting fat off the blood of the partisan hacks, giving unfettered, independent points of view; in general, we’ve said the things no one around here with this kind of microphone has the guts or game to say.

The wealth of power: Anne Northup, John Yarmuth and the Affluent American Legislator

“Let me just say that while nothing was done that isn’t done hundreds of times each year, I believe even the perception that anyone in my family would benefit from my service is wrong.” —U.S. Rep. Anne Northup, to The Courier-Journal, in an Aug. 30, 2002 article about a letter her office sent to the Federal Communications Commission. In the letter, she requested help solving a licensing problem for Radio Sound, Inc., whose president is Northup’s husband, Woody. Northup’s office didn’t reveal the connection in the letter. She ultimately apologized and took responsibility.

Feature Story: Spirit Beauty

Wendy Whelan started taking dance lessons because her mother wanted to keep her occupied. It was a happy accident that she had the talent and drive to make it a vocation. This week, Whelan, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, comes home to dance with The Louisville Ballet in a program that includes pieces choreographed by the master George Balanchine. With all the election hubbub, why not vote with your feet and go watch some elegant pros who earn a living with theirs?
—Cary Stemle

Readers Choice - Meet the Winners

Best Vintage Clothing StoreCHERRY BOMB960 Baxter Ave., 584-0755You’ve got to love a store that has micro-minis, polyester shirts and leg warmers among denim bags and T-shirts with tags that say, “Blood is the new black.” This mix of vintage and new is what gives the popular Cherry Bomb its edge. Watch out, baby boomers, this store is not for you — there’s a statement about vintage clothing that says, “If you wore it the first time, don’t wear it again.” Most of Cherry Bomb’s used clothing is from that amusing time known as the ’70s. Remember, bell-bottoms are back in style, even if they are calling them “flares.” —Jo Anne Triplett

Rumor & Innuendo

Hear me now, believe me later. I have seen the future of college basketball. It is the Louisville Cardinals. Let me go on record here. If every member of the current team who doesn’t graduate after this campaign stays for next season (2007-08), and if they have normal progression based on their respective talent levels, and if they realize it is a team game and there are no ego problems, Louisville will win the 2008 NCAA championship. Period.

City Strobe: Mind the gap

The campaign trail tends to bring out the best distortions in, from and about every politician: The most gymnastic of twists are always necessary to make dismal things look decent. They call it putting lipstick on a pig.

Another B-horse chasing history

[img_assist|nid=3025|title=Photo courtesy of Horsephotos/NTRA|desc=Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite Bernardini, with jockey Javier Castellano aboard, has won six of seven starts in the same fashion — all alone at the wire.|link=|align=left|width=200|height=160]Six months ago racing fans were looking ahead to the further adventures of Barbaro, the undefeated and brilliant winner of the 132nd Kentucky Derby. Ahead lay the next two legs of the Triple Crown and a possible return to Churchill Downs in November — with a chance to roar down the Twin Spires stretch again in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

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<BOOK>Friday, Nov. 3Author Michael L. Jones    Writer and journalist Michael L. Jones has been covering Louisville for many years (as a LEO staff writer for a few of them), and has compiled a book of profiles of some of the city’s most interesting personalities. The release of the book, “Second-Hand Stories: 15 Portraits of Louisville,” will get a grand kick-off this Friday at St. John United Church of Christ during the First Friday Gallery Hop. The release party will feature performances by Yodelduo-Du, which plays 1930s-style jazz, and Richard “Kush” Griffith, former trumpet player for James Brown and Parliament/Funkadelic. LEO founder and Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress John Yarmuth is expected to make an appearance. The book includes profiles of Griffith, civil rights activist Anne Braden and sculptor Ed Hamilton, among others. —Kevin Gibson