‘Old friends’ live another day: Musicians’ concessions save LO from bankruptcy

Bob Bernhardt turned to the audience during the Louisville Orchestra BB&T Night Lites performance last Thursday at the Brown Theatre, and spoke of the musicians behind him as his “longest, oldest friends in music.”

What a Week

A kick in the asphaltYour federal government, rubber-stamper of corrupt lobbyists, crumbling infrastructure, theocracy, spying on citizens and a $6 billion-per-month preemptive quagmire, finally found a project too egregious to stomach: a shady asphalt deal. The Feds put the kibosh on an adorable, gee-I-wonder-who-thought-that-up Kentucky House budget provision that would have required all interstate-construction projects to use asphalt instead of concrete. The House softened the blow for the asphalt lobby by proposing a 10-mile-high, all-asphalt Ten Commandments monument.

Cherry pickin’: Catching up the Cherryholmes family, IBMA Entertainers of the Year

Cherryholmes is a family bluegrass band from California that’s come a long, long way in a very short time. Parents Jere (bass) and Sandy Lee Cherryholmes (mandolin) are joined by four children: daughter Cia Leigh (banjo), 21; son B.J. (fiddle), 17; son Skip (guitar), 15; and daughter Molly Kate (fiddle), 13. Last fall, the band won the coveted IBMA Entertainer of the Year award, and a glimpse at their Web site (cherryholmes.net) shows that they’ve gained much wider notice lately.Glen Hensley and Kato Wilbur, members of the Louisville organization Bluegrass Anonymous, interviewed the family just days after they won the IBMA award. An excerpt of that interview, which ran in BA’s quarterly newsletter, Pickin’ Post, is reprinted here with permission.

Comedy/Karaoke

WEDMARCH 22Akiko’sKaraokeBrewskees Karaoke w/ TriciaBrickyard Sports Bar Open Mic/DJ TerryComedy CaravanSpike DavisCreeker’s Bar & GrillKaraoke w/ Dirty DanGaslite Tavern Karaoke w/ LarinsoGood Times Pub Karaoke Jim Porter’sKaraokeJT’s Variety Club Karaoke, The Summit Bros.Mac’s HideawayKaraoke w/ Swift Ent.Main MenuKaraokeMonon Station KaraokeNew ViewKaraoke w/ JoePhoenix HillKaraoke w/ DJ Big KahunaR Place Pub KaraokeReflections Lounge KaraokeRo-Joe’s Karaoke BarKiller Karaoke by MarkSeidenfaden Cafe MaryokeeShooters Karaoke w/ CatmanSid’s Pub Karaoke SkivviesKaraokeSmyrna Inn Karaoke w/ Rusty NailSt. Andrew’s PubKaraoke w/ I-95Steinert’s KaraokeT.K.’s Pub Karaoke w/ DJ Mike Moody  Union Station Karaoke w/ BeckyWick’s Pizza, DixieDJ, S&S KaraokeZaZoo’sKaraoke

Community Listings

Special EventsDerby Fest. Spring Fashion Show, Lloyd Boston Hosts, March 23, 5:30pm, Marriott Louisville Downtown, $51-$61, 584-6383.Pioneer Days at Oldham Co. Historic Center, March 24-25, 106 N. Second Ave. LaGrange, KY, 222-0826.••Angelic Auction presented by St. James Catholic, parish silent auction and fish fry, March 24, 5pm, 1818 Edenside Ave., 451-1420.Life Story Workshop sponsored by the Western Branch Library Support Assoc., March 25, 1pm, Western Library, 604 S. 10th St., 583-3682.Festival of Healing & Spiritual Awareness presented by Healthy Lifestyles Wellness Center, March 25-26, Jideco Hall, 950 Withrow Ct., Bardstown, KY, www.featherhawk.com.••Martial Arts Exhibit by GrandMaster Hwang sponsoring Crusade for Children, March 25 3-5pm, Bellarmine College, Knights Hall, 459-1868.Dress for Success Celebrates S.O.S. — Send One Suit — Asking women to donate a nearly new interview suit to help local low-income women enter the workforce, thru March 25, 309 Guthrie St., 584-8050.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.Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation presents Spring Flower Sale to raise funds for programs and services, thru March 30, 1850 Taylor Ave., 456-3233.

Battle of the bills

Battle of the bills

It’s late in the session, and anxiety is the disorder of the day as laboring lawmakers make a final push to deliver their bills. And it’s not just the rank and file who are nervous. Late last week, House Speaker Jody Richards toted a tattered tally as he petitioned fellow reps to support a measure allowing police to stop drivers for not wearing seat belts.

Rumblings From the World of Sports

Follow the Benjamins. I’m told that a vast majority of U of L’s players — perhaps as many as 11 Cardinals — wished to end the season after the BEast tourney. I’m also told closure was The Rick’s desire. The word: Tom Jurich decreed that the team would compete in the NIT, because, well, you know, it’s all about the ...

On the banks of the Ohio: Brand new bluegrass festival puts the pickin’ back into downtown Louisville

By now everyone who really cares knows the IBMA bluegrass convention took its gig to Nashville last year after an eight-year run at the Galt House in Louisville...

Arts & Entertainment

Special EventsArts Council of Southern Indiana presents Regional Partnership Initiative grant workshops for arts organizations and providers near Floyd Co., March 21 (4pm), Arts Council Office, 820 E. Market St., (812) 949-4238.  ••The Jazz Factory presents a Dissent Lecture featuring readings of famous Kentuckians and other celebrities, March 22, 7:30pm, 815 W. Market St., 992-3242.Just Creations presents an Oriental Rug Event, featuring handmade rugs from Pakistani homes, March 23-26; seminar teaching basics of rug making on March 23, 6:30pm, 2722 Frankfort Ave., 897-7319 or www.justcreations.org. JU percussion Group presents a main stage performance featuring Taiwanese ensemble of 11 musicians, March 24, 8pm; Cultural Marketplace at 6:45pm, Brown Theater, 315 W. Broadway, 584-7777.••Louisville Palace Theatre presents David Copperfield in “An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion,” featuring large illusions, March 24-25, $32.50-$42.50, 583-4555 x211.Crane House presents Carol Kobayashi Lee and Maki Takahashi in discussion, “An Appreciation of Japanese Culture in Poetry and Foods,” featuring authentic cuisine, tea and dessert, March 25, 3-4:30pm, $5 non-members, 1244 S. Third St., 635-2240.Mary Anderson Center for Arts presents “Art and Fulfillment of Spirit: an art symposium of diverse voices” featuring 7 Kentucky and Indiana artists, March 25, 10am-3pm, $15, includes lunch, Mount St. Francis Center, (812) 923-8602.West Chestnut Baptist Church presents African Children’s Choir, March 29, 7pm, 1725 W. Chestnut St.; other church performance dates include March 31, April 2, 5, 7-9, (877) 532-8651 x4505 or www.africanchildrenschoir.comU.S. Institute for Theatre Technology presents its 46th Annual Conference and Stage Expo including 4,000 delegates from U.S., Canada, Mexico and 30 other countries, March 29-April 1, KY International Convention Center, 560-0013 or www.usitt.org.Metro United Way Book Harvest now thru April 28, need new, donated books for children, various locations, including Carmichael’s Bookstore, www.metrounitedway.org.Louisville Science Center presents “Earth Exhibit,” thru May 7, 727 W. Main St., 560-7159.Oldham County History Center presents “World’s Largest Whiskey Jug Collection,” thru May 15, 469 jugs from all over KY, exhibit features films on distilling and moonshining, Tue.-Sat. 10am-4pm, 106 N. Second Ave., La Grange, 222-0826.“Discover Louisville” Landmarks, tours scheduled second Sun., 1-4pm, Water Tower on River Road, $45, 574-2868.

Expressions of You provides an open stage and a refuge

Among the audience are faces of almond-ivory, magenta-yellow, ripened rose, cobalt and painted browns. It’s a diverse crowd. The room darkens and the scent of flowered jasmine and spiced cinnamon lingers...