A&E: The mother tongue - Keith Cook teaches the language of music to kids

He set up shop in the little blue house on 28th Street, just around the corner from an old Masonic meeting hall, and he gave his enterprise an imposing name, the West Louisville Talent Education Center, just so the people who write the checks will know that he’s a serious man, not just some huckster trying to use kids to rip off the establishment.

A&E: Tech-ing, tech-ing, 1-2-3 - High tech or low, the meaning still trumps the medium

As story ideas for this Arts Guide began to take shape, and as I read over comments from some of the people featured in the arts spotlights sprinkled throughout this guide, the idea of technology in the arts came up again and again.

City Strobe

Is the NBA really dead here?Last week’s joint meeting of the U of L Board of Trustees and Athletics Board was so scripted and predictable, as was a concurrent meeting of the Louisville Arena Authority, that it only proved one thing: One didn’t have to go to the State Fair to see a dog-and-pony show.

Rumor & Innuendo

Are your ready for some ... Cats, Cards, Crimson and Canada? Forget the overbearing humiture outside, thaw out the kielbasa mamaw, it’s that pigskin and pageantry time o’ year. With some added hoops for a little extra zip on the palate.The season is gonna dawn mighty clear around Seedy K’s new hacienda. I’m talkin’ HDTV with my men Aaron and Scott at Insight on speed dial should there be a snafu.On O, Louisville’s biggest question is the receivers. If they come up big, the Cards score 50 a game even if Bill Ashburn is under center. D is the key. If they nab 20 or more INTs and the same number of fumbles, palm trees in January are in the Cards’ future. If not, 10-3 and mucho disappointment.The Cats will be better but not good enough. Wins over Texas State, Central Michigan, Louisiana Monroe and Vandy ain’t gonna save Richie Boy’s job. Hello 4-8, bye-bye Brooksie. Don’t know who the next UK coach will be, but if Mike Leach is your guy, fuggedaboutit.We mention the Hoosiers because: 1) My boss herer lives on the sunnyside, and 2) There’s little more to say about Kelvin Sampson’s transgressions. The Crimson and Cream win, ho-hum, five.Meanwhile, The Rick hauls his green and already battered squad north of the border this weekend for three walkover exhis. Get out your transistors, the games are on AM radio just like the old days.The Game. Louisville 49 Kentucky 21.

City Strobe

Unleashed 8.1: Another day, another dog ordinance draftVirtually everyone but Metro Council member Cheri Bryant Hamilton is now miffed by the so-called dangerous dog ordinance, a wide-ranging, 96-page behemoth now in its eighth draft, that would pose new license fees and requirements for owning, breeding, selling, training and walking an animal in Louisville. Hamilton, who sponsored the legislation and reportedly wrote the most recent draft without input from the task force convened to assist the process, didn’t get her wish Monday night: the Government Administration committee tabled the thing in anticipation of further discussion.

A&E: A hand up for arts and culture-Next step in Cultural Blueprint: boost public funding for strapped organizations

Words come from Tom Noland’s mouth in rapid-fire succession as he describes current plans being pieced together by area arts and business leaders. He emphasizes certain words and repeats them several times: “Special value.” “Laser focus.” And “sustainable/reliable stream of public funding.”

The Tear Sheet: Stinkin’ thinkin’ - Stench lingers two years after secret letter aimed at circuit judge

[img_assist|nid=2448|title=William Stewart and Sarah Dutton|desc=with their lawyers during the last day of their trial, which ended with a hung jury. PHOTO BY WALT REICHERT/SENTINEL NEWS|link=|align=right|width=200|height=146]As voters go to the polls in Shelby, Anderson and Spencer counties this fall, they might want to bring their own air freshener to cover the stench still wafting from the corridors of power in Shelbyville, specifically from the heart of the 53rd Judicial Circuit. It’s the angry residue of rotten choices by courthouse leaders in one of the state’s busiest circuits.

Dog days

Grudge match under way between MAS director, foes

The emergence of the so-called dangerous dog ordinance as a marquee issue in Louisville has created a royal pissing match between groups entrenched on either side of the issue.

Hurricane Katrina, one year later: Have we learned anything?

Katrina’s winds shredded through the Gulf South like a giant scythe, but it was the flood in New Orleans that jolted the national psyche, leaving the deepest memory. The flood turned the Big Easy into a disaster zone, planting the image of a Third World backwater. When has the persona of a city been so altered so quickly, or a president so damaged by a singular event? 

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

MVP in the Sun. I ran into former Cardinal pigskin great Ken Porco as we were both buying new HDTVs before the upcoming season. We were talking U of L. A young clerk heard us and pulled up his shirtsleeve, showing off the Cardinal tattooed on his bicep. When advised that the relatively diminutive Porco starred in Louisville’s first bowl game, a 34-20 win in the ’58 Sun Bowl, the kid said, “No way!” Way!, dude. Porco ran for 119 yard on 20 carries, after future NFL great Lenny Lyles went down with a first quarter injury.