LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Party On, a Media Bombshell, and a Nice Story

Yea, it’s  hot. But there’s plenty to get out and do this weekend. Meanwhile, there are some really interesting podcasts to tune in to.

JayWalking Allowed: Out here in Jtown, we’re having us a pub crawl, y’all. That’s right, there are now six nightspots in the downtown square pooling resources and drawing a crowd. The venues are running specials from 6 to midnight Saturday, and we’re guessing you can walk around in the street with beer. Participating venues: Bearnos Jtown, Recbar, 3rd Turn Brewing, Johnny V’s, El Nopal, Loui Loui’s.  And then my place, I guess.

Aaron Yarmuth

Your Media Bombshell: I thought this week’s biggest piece of media news would be Tracy (formerly Blue) Beale’s announcement that she is starting an online magazine in September called Tab’s View. Then Business First reported at 11 a.m. today that Aaron Yarmuth is acquiring the Voice-Tribune and other properties from Blue Equity Publishing. I’m sure the sale was triggered by the divorce case of Blue Equity’s Johnathon Blue and Beale, who was the publisher of the V-T until she was abruptly let go by her then-husband.

Blues, Brews, BBQ: Sure it’s hot, so why not bring a lawn chair to the Water Tower and dig into some barbecue while listening to some great Blues.

You Can Go Homearama Again: On this week’s Rusty Satellite Show, I visited with new Building Industry Association chief Pat Durham and talked about the fantastic Homearama events going on at Norton Commons and River Crest. But we also got a chance to remember my days at the organization’s marketing director 23 years ago. Listen In:

Coal, No: It may be unpopular to speak against coal in Kentucky, but you’ll be interested to hear my conversation with filmmaker and author Jerry Deaton about the first public figure to do so. Harry Caudill exposed eastern Kentucky’s poverty to presidents, and Deaton is premiering his film on Caudill Monday night at the Speed Museeum. It’s part of the Flyover Film Festival, featuring five films, including one on Wendell Berry and a 35th Anniversary screening of Stripes, Thursday at Copper & Kings. Lighten Up, Francis.

Brandelicious: Speaking of Copper & Kings, the striking spot in Butchertown is there because of Joe Heron, an entrepreneur extraordinaire featured in his week’s EatDrinkTalk podcast.

And A Chef’s Table: Us South End dudes don’t get much opportunity to try fancy fare like Roasted Sea Bass and Egglplant Canelloni, but I was lucky to be invited to a Chef’s Table dinner at the Brown this week, as the venerable hotel updates its menu and introduces some innovative new staff members that know food, and wine. Listen to my talk with Chef Josh Bettis on the link above.

A New Look:  The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau has been working hard, and here’s the result:


And One Nice Story About Kids Cutting Grass: Four African-American kids were bored and decided to start cutting the grass in neighbors’ yards for free. An involved parent started a GoFundMe page with the modest goal of raising $6,000 to take the kids to Disney World. As of today, they’ve raised more than $35,000. You can donate here. Let’s hope this idea catches on.