A&E: Back from the brink - Artist Billy Hertz survives his own private ‘Siberian winter’

“I realize something is happening to my body. I was freezing in position, and I had turned to concrete. So I started to call out to Sue, and, instead of, ‘Sue help me there’s something wrong,’ it came out ... like I was speaking in tongues.”

A&E: A place to shine - Studio2000 apprenticeship program helps high school artists connect with the art world

I was a deer among wolves, too slow for my own good. As I strolled past more than 300 works of art during the seventh annual Studio2000 summer auction and sale, I noticed people hovering over certain pieces, basically marking them as their own, and quickly realized I was far too laid-back. Or, as Ben Johnson, assistant director of the Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development described it, I was a “rookie” in the midst of “veterans.”

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.

A&E: It’s all in the footwork - Dance in Louisville shows encouraging signs, but challenges abound

[img_assist|nid=2476|title=Photo by Victor Simon/Warren Lynch & Associates|desc=Louisville Ballet artistic director Bruce Simpson with dancers Helen Daigle and Joseph Nygren Cox during a photo shoot for “Nine Sinatra Songs” by Twyla Tharp, which the ballet will perform this season.|link=|align=left|width=150|height=200]Children sway to music almost as soon as they can stand on their feet, which says dance must be one of our most intrinsic art forms. And yet, a view of Louisville’s arts landscape shows more emphasis on theater, visual arts and music. Mega-hit TV shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” may invigorate an interest in dance — but will such audiences want to vote on the outcome of “Sleeping Beauty”? (If she’s that tired, let her sleep!)

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.