Art show benefits retired thoroughbreds

 “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” is the title of a terrific book and movie. It is also reality for some unfortunate thoroughbreds, those top-of-the-line athletes we are used to seeing in Kentucky. The best-known example of the needless killing of a racehorse is the case of 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand, who died in a Japanese slaughterhouse in 2002.

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<DERBY>Friday, April 28Unstable Barn Party So your chances of sneaking into the Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala are even more remote than winning Powerball? Just hit the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center, where you can eat and drink and dance off the rejection. Unlike its $1,200 counterpart, the Unstable Barn Party is free and the celebrities are look-a-likes. The best Derby hat wins a prize, which you may promptly exchange for drinks at the cash bar. Food from A Little Peace Café and DJ Woody Chancy round out the second annual bash. Stop by and reinvest some of those Oaks winnings in the community. —Matt MattinglyMellwood Arts & Entertainment Center1860 Mellwood Ave.895-3650Free; 6-11 p.m.

RIP: Pour out a little liquor for these dead homies …

316 Ormsby: 316 OrmsbyAllure: 2420 S. Fourth St.BAR Louisville: 436 Baxter Ave.Chugs: 2817 Del Rio Pl.Dugout Bar and Grill: 130 N. Spring St.Furlong’s: 2350 Frankfort Ave.Fusion: 1605 Story Ave.The Gate: 1335 Story Ave.Have a Nice Day Café: 436 Baxter Ave.Kelly’s Bar and Lounge: 5110 Dixie Hwy.Maier’s Tavern: 3921 Shelbyville Rd.Mike’s Place: 2301 Taylorsville Rd.Paddock Pub: 501 W. Evelyn Ave.Pearly’s Seafood: 6301 River Rd.Polynesian Palace: 2239 W. Oak St.Positive Energy Lounge: 1906 Bardstown Rd.Red Bud Tavern: 983 Goss Ave.Skivvies: 310 E. Main St.Whirl-A-Way Tavern: 2532 S. Fourth St.

Handling friendship problems is a matter of geography

BY MICHAEL JACKMANLately several of my friendships, for various reasons, are in jeopardy. I’m building up anger and frustration with people I’ve known and been happy with for about six years. But now stuff has happened, words have been exchanged, and my feelings are hurt.

Single in an unfamiliar city: Can you really bond over a Hot Brown?

I’m not overly materialistic, but I will admit that a diamond can make you do crazy things

Splatters: ART NEWS BITS

Bird artist Ray Harm’s limited-edition print featuring two cardinals is now for sale and will benefit U of L’s J. Graham Brown Cancer Center. He will sign the print during U of L graduation events on May 12-13. Call 852-7768 to pre-register to purchase the $125 print.

WATERING HOLE WORKFORCE

The first thing that registers while I’m crossing Frankfort Avenue toward the Red Lounge on the last Thursday in March is the two rows of motorcycles in the front lot.

2006 LEO Bar Guide

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes.”—Oscar WildeLet’s have a toast to bars. All bars. The good ones, the bad ones, the dives, the clubs, the expensive ones, the cheap ones, the everybody-knows-your-name ones, the perfect-one-night-stand-pickup ones. Putting this list together was like researching our family tree.

REALLY GOTTA GO — Bar Bathrooms: Loving and loathing Louisville loos

If you think about it, given any one night at a bar, you can spend a good deal of the time in the bathroom — waiting in line, doing your business, gossiping, re-applying lipstick or, for those with weak livers, white-knuckling the rim.

MySpace or yours? Social networking sites can give a false sense of security

As his boyfriend Zac Dreyer wrote in a blog on his Myspace.com page, April 6 wasn’t a typical Thursday for Jason Johnson, for several reasons. Dreyer was in town — Williamsburg, Ky., at the University of Cumberlands — visiting. The 18-year-old Eastern Kentucky University student and his 20-year-old boyfriend had come from EKU earlier in the day, and Johnson was on his way to a music class, running a little late. Dreyer just figured to sit in on the class, after which the two would go on about their day.