Like Lazarus before them, U of L’s improbable, unforeseeable resurrection continued last Saturday night. Nothing helps the faithful sleep better than dreams of smarmy Tom Crean, the smirk wiped from his face, stewing in his own bile. Card fans leapt joyously from their barcoloungers when Jerry Smith powerchorded string music, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A dance card for the Cards within grasp, the chilly winter’s night warmed.
courtesy of Kentucky Center for African American Heritage: A rendering of the planned Kentucky Center for African American HeritageLike a person ravaged by an inexplicable illness, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage has faced one trial after another on its road to completion. But the group behind the museum has proclaimed it a survivor. They just need the cash to prove it.
Putting the one in every 1Last week, the James Graham Brown Foundation got out its fat wallet and ponied up a sweet $1 million to support the local literacy program “Every 1 Reads.” Every 1 Reads trains volunteer tutors from the community to spend a half hour per week reading with Jefferson County Public School students. The program hopes to train 10,000 volunteers to tutor kids who read below their grade level, plus 2,000 more volunteers to work with high school students, in the hopes that all of the district’s 97,000 students will read at grade level and, one hopes, stop that annoying instant-messaging trend of spelling words with numerals. You know, like in “Every 1 Reads.”
The color of curiosity: The Speed Museum creates a landscape to lure audiences through the art of David Macaulay
David Macaulay is a noted artist and author of several books on architecture and design. You may have heard his name as the guy who writes about “how things work,” or maybe because he received a MacArthur Fellowship — better known as a “genius grant.” This week, the Speed Museum opened an exhibition of his work. As detailed in this week’s cover story, preparing the space, with several features meant to engage the viewer, was no small feat for Speed staff and volunteers. Kudos. —Cary Stemle
Government accountability is about as low as the temperature around here right now: In light of a jury decision that MSD and its executive director violated state law by laying off an employee and a contractor who reported what they believed to be ethical and legal transgressions within the agency to the Kentucky Attorney General, the Mayor — who appointed both MSD’s Board of Directors and its chief — won’t do anything at all.
The Louisville music scene has been the subject of much intense discussion, thanks in no small part to our indie rock scene of the early- to mid-’90s (honk if you recall the Playboy mag “music mecca” hoopla). You may not realize that period was, so to speak, captured on film by Michael Galinsky, who enlisted real Louisville musicians to portray a fictional band that steals a van and goes on the road. As Stephen George’s cover essay illustrates, the film “Half-Cocked” ultimately plays like a love letter to Louisville. —Cary Stemle
Still Myles to go. Maybe that Ellis Myles fella is more capable of legerdemain — that’s magic to you without a thesaurus — than I thought. As a bunch of you pointed out to me at last Saturday’s game, my sources and I were wrong about Derrick Caracter’s future as a U of L Cardinal. He played. He played well. And he showed why The Rick is giving him such a long leash. If DC and Coach get on the same page, the pivotman could become a playah Cards fans long remember and revere. But remember ye red and black faithful, one game against a schlepper squad like USF does not a career make. Knights Report. Once again I’m hearing what many along Norris Place have been contemplating for a while. Bellarmine is about to start the climb to Division I status in hoops. One school administrator advised it’s a seven-year process.Cost of success. U of L raised season football ticket prices. A lot of ticket holders are wondering how much worse the increased tariff would have been if the Cards’ home schedule next season wasn’t padded with Murray State and Middle Tennessee?Bane of the bayou. A bunch of LSU fans have been none too happy for a while with the coaching prowess of John Brady. They were quieted by last season’s run to the Final Four. Now they’re baaaaack. I’m hearing that unless he rights the ship the rest of this year, next season will be his last without another serious post-season run.Reggie in a down coat? Up Minnesooooooota way the Golden Gopher faithful want their next hoops coach to be alumnus Flip Saunders, now with the Pistons. The buzz is that the second, and more likely, choice is former Card assistant, natty Reggie Theus.Good move Rex.In Chicagoland, Rex Grossman is the new Steve Bartman. Several wags suggested he not go home for a while. Smart guy, Rex. One Internet site reports Da Bears QB was spotted at the Vegas Playboy Club in the company of bunnies, Michelle, Cerra and April.
All praise the dung beetle: Science Centerâ€™s â€˜Grossologyâ€™ exhibit offers a new spin on slime, blood and poo
Sylvia Branzei: finds the common housefly the most disgusting creature on the planet.Sylvia Branzei’s favorite insect is the dung beetle — and not because it so magnanimously cleans up the world’s shit, but for its ability to complete a task. “They’re so agile, determined and persistent,” the former science teacher says as she explains how it can take days for one beetle to collect a ball of feces and roll it to a desired location to become a nursery. “They just don’t get the appreciation they should.”
Cards’ dance card. Bottom line to jitterbug in the NC2A: Louisville needs to win out at home. If the Cards can beat UConn and steal a W at Pitt or Marquette, they need to get to the Big East semis. Otherwise, they need to make the final and probably prevail in the Garden.
Birds of a feather: A Native American group is protesting something a WHAS radio jock said. Should we be surprised?
Matt Cordes: a full-blooded member of the Dakota subset of the Sioux Nation tribe, sprinkles tobacco during a prayer for healing in downtownâ€™s Founderâ€™s Square last weekend. Cordes, his wife Lynny (left, behind the tree) and a small group were protesting comments by W“Why does everything America has ever done bother these people? If they hate America so much, and want to apologize for everything that ever happened, that happened hundreds of years ago, you know what, just go to Canada and go bug the Canucks. Because I’m up to here with you.” —Francene Cucinello, WHAS radio talk show host, during a Thanksgiving program.