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Bye, bye Birdie?

Yes, the clichés about threats to Big Bird and friends at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are in the headlines again.

Man of Constant Color: SAM GILLIAM’S ABSTRACT ART COMES HOME FOR A RETROSPECTIVE

In 1983, galleries full of Sam Gilliam’s paintings were on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in a show called “Modern Painters at the Corcoran: Sam Gilliam.” I had seen works from Gilliam’s Draped series, which firmly established him in the art world after its debut in Washington’s Jefferson Place Gallery in 1968. I was unprepared, however, for the powerful emotional impact of viewing a large number of Gilliam works for the first time in one setting.

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The working homeless

Ninya Parker, 44, was homeless for two months before entering The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Jude Women’s Recovery Center in March. Moving into the center, a halfway house for homeless women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, was part of her effort to kick her addiction to crack cocaine and establish a new life, including an apartment, with her 14-year-old daughter. Another part was finding a job. Now, she works 121/2 hours a week at Cathedral of the Assumption, cleaning the kitchen, and 20 hours at a Steak n Shake. But that only brings in $235 each week before taxes. She won’t be able to afford an apartment anytime soon.

Moved by the mountain - First of two parts (A conversation with Erik Reece, author of ‘Lost Mountain’)

 Erik Reece is standing barefoot in the organic garden he keeps in his Lexington backyard, absent-mindedly running his hands through voluptuous lettuce leaves while discussing the new book contract he’s recently received.

What a Week

Rust limboTransportation officials dropped plans to paint the Kennedy Bridge three colors and instead decided to go with taupe (which is gay speak for “light brown”). The painting is scheduled to be completed sometime between now and 10 years after the rusty expanse finally crumbles into the Ohio River. Meanwhile, the Waterfront Development Corp. announced that the earthen spiral ramp planned for the Big Four pedestrian bridge would be replaced by a steel ramp because officials have discovered that earth doesn’t rust.

Moved by the mountain: A conversation with Erik Reece, author of “Lost Mountain”

Editor’s note: This is the second and final part of Stephen George’s conversation with author Erik Reece. Part I was published last week.

What a Week

Behind enemy linesIn a sleazy campaign trick of near-Republican proportions, a John Yarmuth! campaign volunteer tried to infiltrate the Anne Northup camp. Robert Kahne, a 19-year-old Yarmuth! volunteer, used a fake name and offered to help Northup’s campaign, which presumably involved implementing a slack-jawed, zombie-eyed, Dumbya-is-my-god stare. One key difference between Kahne’s stunt and similar Republican shenanigans: He got caught. The Yarmuth! campaign, which claimed no prior knowledge of Kahne’s act, gave him the boot.

This bird didn’t sing: The media may have wanted a circus, but the Guv was in sunny Florida

Ten years after a plane crash killed singer Ronnie Van Zant in 1977, the remaining members of Lynyrd Skynyrd went out on what was to be a one-off tribute tour, their first shows together since the tragic death of their leader and other band members.

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<GAMING>Thursday, June 15World Series of Video Games    The Derby City can now join the likes of cities like Jönköping, Sweden, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Beijing, China, as cities playing host to events in the first year of the World Series of Video Games. Louisville is the host of the first-ever competition in the WSVG, starting Thursday and running through Sunday at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. There are eight total events worldwide in the WSVG, the one in Louisville being the first. Winners from tournaments at each event will compete at the finals in November. Games being played in the tournaments include “Counter-Strike 1.6” and “Halo 2.”