Will you still browbeat me?Hoping to capitalize on the ongoing geezerification of boomer America, a group of developers announced plans to build 600 condos on River Road at Towhead Island, where old farts can congregate, compare disposable diaper products, nosh on soft foods and tap their toes at events like last weekend’s Abbey Road on the River, where, for the 64,000th time, die-really-hard Beatles fans listened to 64 cover bands sing “When I’m 64,” which has more poignancy than ever, now that they are. The RiverPark Place condo development will include two 16-story towers and should open in time for Ringo’s 70th birthday.
BY NATHAN THACHERA stroll down recent memory lane is in order. Think of any old Louisville 9 a.m. in 1981. Just imagine how bland and spiritless those mornings would have been without Uncle Ron Clay’s “Morning Sickness” radio show on WQMF there to cheer you up and challenge your mindset with his charmingly perverse brand of humor.
Here’s a handy list for local and regional festivals. Time to get your favorite T-shirt air-brushed. Might we suggest a unicorn busting through a rainbow?GREATER LOUISVILLEMAY26-28 — Abbey Road on the River: Belvedere, Beatles tribute featuring 75 bands over nine stages, noon-11 p.m., prices vary, (216) 378-1980 or www.abbeyroadontheriver.com.27-28 — Kentucky Reggae Festival: Water Tower, River Road and Zorn Ave., 2-11:30pm, with Caribbean cuisine and market, children’s activities and reggae music, $5, 583-0333 or www.bisig.com.27-28 — Fleur de Lis Festival: Waterfront Park, Sat. 10am-8pm, Sun. 10am-5pm, celebrates city’s French heritage w/ with an outdoor market and garden, music, art, jewelry and collectibles, 267-5074.28-29 — Family FunFest: Churchill Downs, 11:30am, with kids’ activities, rides, games and face painting, $2, 636-4400.
Is there such a thing as a “summer book”? Maybe not. It’s just as easy to schlep Mikhail Sholokov’s “And Quiet Flows the Don” to the beach or swimming pool as it is to bring along the newest Carl Hiassen (“Hoot,” Hiaasen’s ecological caper targeted at young readers, was released in paperback this spring, $6.50, Yearling Press).
It’s hardly news that arts groups in Louisville and beyond have struggled to bring in audiences and meet budgets in recent years. And while there are no panaceas on the horizon, one organization has been making an upward climb in recent years.
Since Tyler Allen started running around town with maps slung over his shoulders about a year ago, jabbering about an alternative to the car culture monument that is the Ohio River Bridges Project, the 8664 campaign has largely been an underground phenomenon, with those who oppose it trying hard to simply ignore it.
BY PENNY PEAVLERVisit many of Louisville’s farmers’ markets during the summer months and you’ll likely find homegrown fruits and vegetables and rows of freshly baked bread alongside handmade soaps, bouquets of summer blooms and even quilts. Often people fill these markets to select fresh produce from the growers’ harvest, which vendors display in boxes, baskets and bowls. Other vendors offer recipes and samples of produce and baked goods. Sometimes local musicians play. Many of these markets carry a charm that a supermarket can rarely match, and shopping there can be an adventure.
Summer is traditionally the time when the crappy blockbusters are foisted upon us. Nevertheless, there are always some gems to be found if one is willing to dig below the surface. While there are noteworthy films in all categories, summer films are still mostly for kids, of course.
Something new for the Louisville Bats this summer — hitting!At least that’s what the team and fans have been expecting. It just hasn’t happened yet.The Triple-A baseball club has been mired in a long losing streak through the cool, rainy days of spring, with run production noticeably lacking. Kind of like the past two seasons when the Bats floundered to losing records because the lineup was populated with banjo hitters (no offense to banjos) who couldn’t hit, and especially couldn’t hit with power.