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Cruel and unusual?

It’s hard to say who in their right mind would actually want to read every column LEO founder John Yarmuth has written since 1990, but the LEO office has recently had at least one potentially sadomasochistic visitor asking for them.

For an anything goes form of fighting, Mixed Martial Arts does seem to have a lot of rules.

Here is what’s not allowed: 

Arts & Entertainment

Special Events

Portland Museum presents Michael W. Farmer’s “Inside Out” exhibit, Feb. 23-April 28, opening reception Feb. 23, 5:30pm, 2308 Portland Ave., 776-7678.
••African American Heritage Foundation presents “One More River to Cross,” silent auction and benefit, Feb. 24, 5:30-7pm, $25, Kentucky Center, 200 S. Fifth St., 583-4100.

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<HOLIDAY>Friday, Feb. 24Mardi Gras Louisville Fat Friday is looking a little different this month. For the nearly 200 New Orleans families living in Louisville due to Hurricane Katrina, this one’s for you: We’re putting on our own version of a Mardi Gras party and parade with floats, costumes, street musicians and … beads, we hope. Granted, it’s not the Big Easy, but the thought is sincere. The parade will be on Frankfort Avenue from Mellwood to Stilz. Café Lou Lou and Gumbo A Go-Go will have great things to eat, as well as Eyedia, with food by former New Orleans chef Allen Heintzman. There’ll be art as well, such as Fred DiGiovanni’s photographs at Kaviar Forge & Gallery, a group show at 1435-B Story Ave., and drawings by Lewis Walker at Creative Diversity Studio. To top off the night, there’s a free Krewe of Louisville Ball starting at 9 p.m. at the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave. Take the free trolley and save your legs for dancing. —Jo Anne TriplettFAT Friday route along Frankfort Ave.228-1401www.mardigraslouisville.comFree; 6-11 p.m.

Rumblings From the World of Sports

Hoosierectomy on hold. Those same IU stalwarts who a month ago were absolutely resolute that Mike Davis wouldn’t coach the Crimson and Cream next season aren’t, uh, quite so sure now. Funny how having the best three-ball team in the land zips the lips of the naysayers.

Live and help live

A bill in the general assembly would allow for the creation of a localized Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Here’s why that’s essential.

These guys are cagey: Mixed Martial Arts fights its way toward the mainstream

Thumping heavy music blares over loudspeakers. The crowd in the small gymnasium grows louder. At the rear, a grim-faced man with a shaved head and tattoos emerges from the locker room. By all appearances, he has a bad attitude. He shadowboxes. He hops around a bit, then gets patted down before entering a black chain-link cage.

Community Listings

Special Events••Frazier Museum presents Noah Andre Trudeau, a chronicle of brave, colored troops in Civil War, Feb. 22, 7:30pm, $10 members, $12 adults, $5 students, 753-5663.Project ChildSafe promotes gun safety by distributing free gun locks, Feb. 22-24, 12-6pm, Dick’s Sporting Goods, 7900 Shelbyville Rd.; Feb. 25-26, 12-6pm, Kmart, 4025 Poplar Level Rd., www.projectchildsafe.org.Deer Park Baptist Church presents Tom Owen discussing “The Early Years of the Highlands,” Feb. 22, 6:30-7:30pm, 1733 Bardstown Rd., 235-3808.Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus celebrates black history month, Feb. 23, 12:30pm, State Capitol Rotunda, (800) 372-7181.••Choices, non-profit that helps homeless women and families, hosts annual Chili Cook-Off fundraiser, Feb. 25, 5-8pm, $5, Highland Baptist Church, 1001 Cherokee Rd., 387-6593.Downtown YMCA presents “Run to the Sun,” a 4-mile run/walk with lunch after the run, Feb. 25, 9am, 555 S. Second St., 587-6700.Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation presents the Ninth Annual Mardi Gras benefit ball, Feb. 25, 7pm-midnight, $80, $750 for eight, 1850 Taylor Ave. Suite #2, 456-3233 or (800) 582-CURE.Falls of the Ohio presents Winter Garden Fair, a wealth of how-to info for planting a thriving garden, Feb. 25, 10am-4pm, Interpretive Center, 201 W. Riverside Dr., (812) 280-9970.Big Brothers Big Sisters presents Kentuckiana Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Feb. 25-26, 1-3pm, Rose Bowl Lanes, 2217 Goldsmith Ln., 587-0494.West Broadway United Methodist Church offers chance to join re-enactment of Selma Civil Rights March, Feb. 26, 2-5pm, starting 28th & Broadway, ending at church with potluck after march, 772-1198.New Albany Public Library presents “The Library Has Gone to the Dogs,” meeting for dog lovers to keep your pet safe, photo submissions begin Feb. 27, presentation March 4, 1-4:30pm, Strassweg Aud., 180 W. Spring St., New Albany, (812) 944-8464.Leukemia and Lymphoma Society presents “Light the Night,” a fundraising dinner supporting cancer research, Feb. 27, 6:15 and 8:15pm, $10, dinner $12, Chick Inn Restaurant, 6325 Upper River Road, 228-7200.Clifton Center presents “Chocolate Dreams” fundraiser, pairs chocolate lovers with chefs’ creations, Feb. 27, 6-9pm, 2117 Payne St., 896-8480.UofL Debate Society presents public debate regarding the necessity of childcare services at UofL, March 1, 2-4pm, Strickler Middleton Aud., 852-0967.Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center presents “Lewis & Clark: Mysteries of the West,” exhibit focuses on people and sites of famous expedition, thru March 28, free w/ admission, (812) 280-9970.

A better mousetrap: ‘Whose Line’ stars bring improv to the Palace

Colin Mochrie first appeared in the British version of the hit improvisation show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” in 1991. It was the beginning of a wonderful relationship between himself, his fellow actors and audiences worldwide, in part because of the show’s syndication on Comedy Central.

WHAT A WEEK

Where the rubber meets the rubber Rubbertown’s American Synthetic Rubber Co., without whose tires your SUV could not carry you to your oncologist, installed a new pollution-control device that will reduce its emissions of 1,3-butadiene from 120,000 pounds to less than 10,000 pounds per year. Thanks to the new $3 million dollar cancer condom, company officials believe your next tumor will be up to 90-percent smaller.