Long ago and far away, in the land of ’70s schlock TV, there lived a “sport” named roller derby. Teams of sexy women competed, in the way pro wrestlers “competed,” and roller derby got its own feature film, “Kansas City Bomber,” starring Raquel Welch. Fast forward to the 21st century, where women in countless U.S. cities have rediscovered roller derby — except this time they’re playing for real. This week, Stephen George introduces the Derby City Rollergirls, who are about to start league play. It ain’t your mama’s roller derby. —Cary Stemle
Wanted: Incredibly patient entrepreneur to own 7,400-square-foot (or thereabouts) piece of Louisville’s entertainment history at 422 W. Oak St. Entrepreneur must support musicians both loud and soft, loquacious poets, actors, actresses and bar patrons of every stripe. Staff works fingers to the bone. Previous owners, a combined age of 141, want to spend more time together. Asking price: $579,000. Serious inquiries only.
Movin’ on?Frankly, Bob Domine’s impertinence notwithstanding, there was never a question that Brian Brohm would return for his senior season. The pertinent query is which of U of L’s other two stars is likely to move early to the next level? Most speculation has been about Heisman-quality multi-purpose back Michael Bush. How does his insurance policy read?
In terms of real life, Gina Santoro is a single mother of two who lives in a trailer park in Fairdale. She says the park is decent — “not nasty, dirty, anything like that” — and is her most reasonably priced living situation given immediate circumstance, which isn’t even close to downtrodden, although she can’t quite make the average rent for a house in her slice of South Louisville.
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Louisville, Then and Now: New coffee table book pairs archival and contemporary photographs to show how weâ€™ve changed â
If a picture paints a thousand words, a new coffee table book focusing on Louisville is a prolific document indeed. Produced by GLI in partnership with U of L and Butler Books, “Louisville, Then and Now” dips into U of L’s photo archives for old scenes and presents them next to contemporary photos of the same location. As a record of how we’ve changed, and not, it’s a valuable addition to local history. John Martin-Rutherford wrote the story. —Cary Stemle
Questions have arisen in the wake of the recent gang-related murder of a Louisville teen. LMPD officials talk about the issue as if it’s to be expected, while those whose neighborhoods bear the brunt think it’s time to admit the problem is far more than average.
This week’s cover story features Marvin Francis, who took up art after he was incarcerated for a horrific 1986 murder. One school of thought would say shun the man entirely; another would say life must go on and demand that we look for the good in everyone. Either way, this is a story that will challenge us. There’s no forgetting the brutal truth about what Francis did, but there’s also no overlooking the fact that he’s trying to do something constructive. Surely there’s a lesson here for all of us. —Cary Stemle
Kentucky Theater Project leaves namesakeKentucky Theater Project, the nonprofit arts group that operates out of The Kentucky Theater on Fourth Street, will end its association with the venue Thursday. The group has operated the theater since April 2000; the facility, which is owned by SLS Management LLC, is independent of KTP.
I often hear complaints that people do not view or buy visual art during the holidays. There seems to be just too little daylight available; hours and sanity vanish as you fight with other stressed-out consumers over the latest must-have toy. Take a deep breath, exhale and focus. Now see if you can make the time to visit a museum, gallery, store or holiday art event. Remember what we celebrate during this time of year and let art help you put the spiritual back in your life.