What a Week

Texas teaThe steady gurgle of cash bubbling from consumers’ pockets into Big Energy’s bank accounts continued unabated in DubyaDick’s Merka. Gasoline prices lurched higher an inexplicable 40 cents per gallon, just in time for locals to begin their SUV parade down I-65 to the Redneck Riviera. Meanwhile, natural gas rates tumbled 30 percent after a winter of pain, just in time for air-conditioning season.

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<ART>Thursday, April 6 & Friday, April 7‘Aesthetics of Large Format Photography’ As part of the show “AZO>CONTACT>PRINT,” photographers James Shanesy, Scott Killian, Steve Sherman and Joe Freeman (fellow exhibitor George Provost is unable to attend) will present the history and process of large format photography at U of L’s Ekstrom Library auditorium Thursday from 7-9 p.m. The artists will also be at the Paul Paletti Gallery during the First Friday Gallery Hop on April 7 from 5-9 p.m. “AZO>CONTACT>PRINT” is an exhibition of photographs produced from large format contact prints on Azo paper (it runs through May 31). Paletti originally curated the show for the Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts in Rockville, Md. —Jo Anne TriplettPaul Paletti Gallery713 E. Market St.589-9254Free; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Can 60 million Baby Boomer women save the world?

BY JOSELLE VANDERHOOFTLike many writers in Kentucky Author Forums before her, former non-fiction author Sue Monk Kidd — who wrote best-selling novels “The Secret Life of Bees” and “The Mermaid Chair” — chose a fellow writer to interview her.

What a Week

Grimace-worthyThe Coalition of Immokalee Workers brought their “McDonald’s Truth Tour” to the Second and Broadway Mickey Ds to protest poor working conditions and low pay for Florida tomato workers. The workers — the same folks who successfully gave Taco Hell what-for over the last couple years — are on a quest to make every shitty fast-food restaurant in America cough up fair wages for farm workers. Based on their track record, McD’s may want to get with the program. More info at: http://www.ciw-online.org/

Brick House turns 1: Community center in Old Louisville is thriving despite technical difficulties

The building that houses the Brick House, at the corner of Second and St. Catherine, still needs some aesthetic work, just like it did last year.

General Assembly winners, losers

With a few days left in the session, lawmakers have a tentative budget, and the winners — the University of Kentucky and public school teachers, chief among them — are coming into view.

He can’t say that, can he?

Writer and humorist David Sedaris has become Ira Glass’ poster boy for what’s wrong with the newly (over)zealous Federal Communications Commission.

Collateral damage: Warehouse fire may have taken an adult swingers club out with it

After the massive March 17 fire that destroyed a warehouse at 11th and Zane streets, there was widespread speculation that a small private club adjacent to the warehouse was an adult swingers club. Turns out that’s exactly what it is — or was — according to two sources who spoke to LEO on the condition of anonymity.

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

Who’s your daddy? Where did you read mid-February that UCLA would crash the Final Four? No need to spell it out. As for the rest of my bracket ... next topic.Iron Butterfly. Am I having one of those acid flashbacks they always promised us back in the day, or is that really “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” playing in the background of a Fidelity Mutual Funds commercial? Speaking of acid, did Memphis and UCLA play like they’d swallowed some purple microdot or what? U-G-L-Y. On the other hand, the Bruins are in the real Final Four, and your team probably isn’t.Sayonara J.J. For those who want one last moment with the college hoopster we all love to hate, check out: http://dukemo.ytmnd.com/. And if you need one mo’ Coach K commercial, check out this cartoon: www.newsobserver.com/content/multimedia/sports/coachkommercial/

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<ART>Friday, March 31Big Bone Art Show You’ve been good for most of the week, and to show their appreciation, The Oddity Studios are throwing you a “Big Bone.” As part of the F.A.T. Friday festivities, the Big Bone Art Show will feature original artwork in all mediums. Fifteen artists are on board so far, and you’ll get a kick out of works like “The Dawn of Bone” by Bryan Renfro. Live music accompanies the artistic pleasantries, and each visitor receives a free copy of “The Herald Sparrow,” a new publication with joyously offbeat sensibilities. Enjoy looking at artwork you can’t afford (yet) and dream big. If your imagination needs some encouragement, the trolley hop wine is a nice starting point. —Matt MattinglyNancy’s Bagel Grounds 2101 Frankfort Ave.599-6576Free; 6-9 p.m.