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What if? IdeaFestival gets a new home in Louisville. What do you have in your attic?

Frank Lloyd Wright said, “An idea is salvation by imagination.” Kris Kimel said, “Why not?” OK, I don’t know if he literally said that, but when Kimel was pondering a festival of ideas, the Lexington scientist and entrepreneur clearly was thinking big. IdeaFestival, the subject of Fairleigh Brooks’ cover story (Page 14), moves to new home in Louisville next week. The four-day program is far-reaching and impressive, and we are happy to see Louisville host a progressive event that celebrates thinking. Could this be the start of something big?—Cary Stemle, editor

Photography as social activism — do you care? Photojournalist James Nachtwey dares to look at the hard truth

“Mother attending a dying son” by James NachtweyThis exhibition presents lessons in current events and geography. Wars, bombings, mutilation — you can sum it up as man’s inhumanity to man. It’s possible to learn something about the world’s monstrous acts, yet be instantly grateful to be a spectator from a safe distance.

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

Well, roll down the echoes! Ain’t the Golden Dome just a might shinier this week? And isn’t that John L’s scalp on the totem pole of tradition? Why, I do believe it is.

A blue dog seeing red: Baron Hill wants another shot in Indiana’s 9th District

Baron Hill: hugs a supporter at Democratic HQ in Jeffersonville. Hill, a former Congressman in Indiana's 9th District, is trying to reclaim the seat from one-term incumbent Republican Mike Sodrel. Photo by Angela ShoemakerFormer U.S. Congressman Baron Hill (D-Ind.) is fighting mad, and he wants you to do something about it. More precisely, he wants you to put him back in the same office that voters kicked him out of in 2004.

The sun shines bright on My Old Lebowski Home

image by Bill GreenIt is no exaggeration to say that the Coen Brothers’ film “The Big Lebowski” has become well-loved enough to have seeped into the popular culture. It also seems nearly certain that Lebowski Fest — the fan-launched convention celebrating the film — is rapidly soaking through the otherwise moribund summer entertainment scene.

Splatters: ART NEWS BITS

David Kern, formerly the executive director of the New Center for Contemporary Art at 742 E. Market St., is now executive director of the Historic Homes Foundation, which oversees Whitehall, Farmington and the Thomas Edison House. Co-founder Jay Jordan will continue operating the New Center.

City Strobe

Are you ready for this? A new director of sales and marketing has joined the LEO team. And he’s straight outta Velocity. His name is Kelly Gream, and his departure is surely the subject of much consternation over at Sixth and Broadway. So what’s up with that?

Denny Crum is still into The Cards: Coach shares his secrets to success on the court and at the poker table

When he’s at the poker table: Denny Crum employs a lot of the same philosophies that set him apart during his Hall-of-Fame coaching career. This photo was taken last fall during the 2005 World Series of Poker at Caesars Indiana. Photo by Eric HarkinsThough he may be retired from coaching college basketball, Denny Crum remains a passionate competitor. These days, he’s often found battling across the green felt of a poker table, whether playing the World Series of Poker or in the poker room at Caesars Indiana, where the Denny Crum Poker Open tournament is running this week.

A case for the future: 8664 IS STILL AROUND, AND WITH MORE SUPPORT THAN EVER. IS THERE CAUSE FOR HOPE?

Tyler Allen and J.C. Stites don’t fit the image of rabble-rousers, but the bright and energetic young Louisvillians have stirred up a few things with their concept for redesigning Interstate 64 along the Ohio River. You may have seen the signs or heard the phrase, but do you really know much about 8664? If you’re curious, turn to Stephen George’s cover story, which frames the issue in political and philosophical terms, and ultimately asks why Louisville can’t find a way to consider this Big Idea.
—Cary Stemle, editor

Have you driven an economy lately?: Ford cuts miss Louisville, but we’re not done with the gas-guzzler blues

A deep sigh of relief accompanied last week’s announcement that Ford Motor Co. would spare the Louisville Assembly Plant and Kentucky Truck Plant from the latest flourish of the blade, both from city leaders and the families of the 8,719 people who work at the two Louisville plants.