Louisville has been recognized in the current issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of 20 “Best of the World” destinations.

"Radical changes could be on the way for some low performing JCPS schools. The school board is considering making changes in an effort to improve student and teacher performance."

*Inform yourself about the proposed changed to The Academy @ Shawnee.  

Ultra-Pulverize’s live electric re-score of Robocop.

Guess what I’m doing Friday, August 23rd at 11:55 PM for $10?

If you made the obvious inference from the flyer above, then, yes, I’m totally going to see Ultra-Pulverize’s live electric re-score of Robcop.

According to Ultra:

"Ultra Pulverize is a futuristic electronic synth-punk rap three-piece from Louisville, KY.  A musical outfit with outfits, Ultra Pulverize is Ultra (vocals), Tony Robot (beat machine and sampler played by hand) and Korgenbütz (synthesizers and theremin).  

Deeply affected and inspired by Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film “Robocop” as children, Ultra Pulverize has set out to pay tribute to the science fiction classic by providing a live, full-length, electronic re-score.  Original instrumentation will be incorporated with dialogue and sound effect samples from the film, and as a statement against talking during movies, there will be no rapping.

Can you fly, Bobby?”


*This event will be held at 11:55 PM this Friday, August 23rd, at Baxter Avenue Theatres here in Louisville, KY.

Check out some of their music and amazing video production on their website:

ultrapulverize.com


Other things to look forward to from Ultra-Pulverize:

"Toxic Vacation" EP Release Show (vinyl and download) at Zbar in Louisville, KY on Friday, September 20th, 2013. 

Watch for ULTRA PULVERIZE in the upcoming Burn To Shine DVD installment produced by Fugazi’s Brendan Canty and filmmaker Christoph Green. 


*Look at Louisville…getting coverage from The Guardian…WE ARE FANCY.  There are some nice choices here.  I get it.  I LIKE it.  

I like it here.

I’m honored to be featured in The Louisville Paper’s last issue with my article, "I like it here."  In it, I reflect on my past 3 years in Louisville - this last one a bit hectic - but three important years just the same.  In it, I interview some of my favorite movers and shakers in the community…people who “keep [our fair city] weird,” yet open and accessible.  

(Photo disclaimer: I hadn’t slept for almost two days when this photo was taken.  I don’t REALLY look like this…)

My article is coupled with Adam’s Shaw’s story ["Nurtured by Louisville"]of how he and his wife moved here.

Adam read an article I wrote in The Paper’s first issue called “A Love Affair with Louisville.”  According to him, it made him feel like a move here was doable…   

"It was on one of these occasions in August of 2011, on an impromptu trip to WHY Louisville, that I stumbled across the first issue of The Paper. I bought it and that night on the ride back to Indy I read “A Love Affair with Louisville.” Something clicked. At the time, I wasn’t sure what it was. But I soon realized that we weren’t isolated, that Louisville was full of bold people who loved their city and passions enough to step forward, to take a chance, and to give it their all. That first issue taught us that Louisville was for us and that we had to act."

In this same issue, Joe Manning (above) writes:

"Louisville is a beautiful, forgiving place. I love it here. We do OK. Shit happens and it gets cleaned up. We support one another when we can, the best we know how."

The Louisville Paper has been a brave publication.  I mean, damn.  It’s tough to make a printed newspaper.  It’s expensive.  It can be stressful.  I remember when Matt Dobson asked me to contribute to the paper.  He invited me for lunch at Please & Thank You, and we talked about this blog, Discovering Louisville, and how his wife (now my pal Lindsay) liked reading about my outsider’s perspective on their hometown.  I remember I ordered a great salad and a minty iced tea, and we talked for about an hour about how I came to move here and how kind the city had been to me…  

(Stephanie Brothers and Matt Dobson, Editor and Creative Director of The Paper.  Read about their work on The Paper in "Meet Your Makers.")

I remember he told me The Paper was going to be a good news publication.  I loved that.

Writing for The Paper was the first time I considered myself a REAL writer.  It was an important moment for me…  For my students, it gave me street cred, and when issues came out, I’d grab a ream and we’d start class reading articles, some days in a cozy silence, some days out loud together.  We did similar group reads with Friend Maggie’s This Is Louisville.

Yes.

Louisville is a city of brave publications.

Manning writes:

"Now The Paper is closing up shop. This is a drag – undeniably so. It doesn’t signal defeat though. For 24 issues, this paper did the job that it was meant to do: It encouraged us to think of ourselves as a community. Even more important than the thoughtful and playful stories printed in each issue, The Paper reminded us every month that we’re doing something together here. It’s a good message that encourages us to eliminate the illusion of separateness. That’s a message and a practice that will come up, over and over again, because it must."

I am proud to live in Louisville, and I celebrate being a part of the community.  I like it here.  

Cheers to The Paper.

Old Bikes Belong.

I’m going to level with you guys:  I ride my bike as many places as I can to avoid driving.  And yet…I have avoided getting a tune-up for…7 years?  I know, right?  Why?  No reason.  Perhaps…laziness in the sense that I’m constantly busy, and when I finally come home I don’t want to go back out?  Most of the time, I bike and cross my fingers that things don’t, you know, fall OFF while I’m on it.

Then friend Niall asked me to go on a Bayfield biking adventure trip.  And then…I thought…oh. Crap.  What if things start, you know, falling off during the adventure?  I need to get the D’Marie a tune-up!  So, of course, I went to Old Bikes Belong.

I’ve been to Old Bikes Belong a couple of times, one being when friend Ira was in town.  Ira is a tough customer when it comes to bike shops, so when he nodded and smiled a ton, I thought, ok.  Well.  I could come here next time I need something.  The owner, Mike/Michael, is a really nice guy.  He’s patient and kind.  There’s no pretense with him.  And, believe me, I’ve asked him a million silly questions, especially today.  His “about me” part of the website makes me smile sweetly.  I’m a sucker for a good story, and his is great:

"I started re-‘cycling’ used bikes in 2009 after being in the situation of a financially challenged college student and still having a burning desire for a dependable road bike. Being located in Louisville Kentucky, a bike friendly atmosphere, made the option of bringing an old bike back to life a fun challenge. Now the opportunity to use my hands to turn something that most would consider unusable into something beautiful in its own right has been a blessing to my life. Now I also sell new bikes (very picky about what I carry) along side older bikes for those who have a higher cycling relate budget.

While cycling has been a love of mine the past few years, in 2007 I was massively overweight at 315 pounds. A bike was a huge part of my life in losing 125 pounds. Helping others pick up the sport for either recreation, commuting, or exercise has become a passion of mine.

Recently (May 2011) I graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in business marketing. Here, my teachers and colleagues had a huge impact on my life. Most of all I learned that there isn’t a substitute for hard work

I attend Southeast Christian Church and am proud to say every blessing I have belongs to God, not me. Without Him I would have not been able to ever overcome what has been put in front of me.

One more bike, one less car and certainly many more smiles.

-Michael”


If you’re interested in buying a bike, OR if you’re like me and your sweet ride needs a tune-up, text Mike at 270-589-7903 or email him at mikecarroll01@gmail.com.  He’s an honest guy who knows his stuff, and his prices are very reasonable.  My tune-up, which included a fixed cable and a sweetly tightened bell (because every gal needs a big-ass bell) was a mere $55. 

And, from me to you, I like Mike.  My bicycle is old.  I bought it for $70 at Nearly New Shop in Chicago back in 2005 (the best $70 I ever spent). Mike has never made me feel like I ride a lame bike (because I don’t), and he’s never made me feel silly for just being a real person who likes to ride but doesn’t know every term or slang.  Some people, you know, want to be all like, “you need a better bike, blah blah blah.”  Some shops make you feel silly for the intense devotion you hold for your own little D’Marie.  Just today, this fellow helped me secure the D’Marie to a borrowed bike rack, and even in my awkwardness, he was just…helpful.

So. Yeah.  Go.  Buy things from him.  Ride your bike more in Louisville.  It’s eaaaaaaasssssy!

  • 2020 South Preston St
  • Louisville, Kentucky 40217

Hours:
12-6PM During the week (closed Thursdays)
10-4 Saturday
Closed Sunday

Like Old Bikes Belong on Facebook.

Wild Echoes - group art show Aug. 16/17

I’m excited because a few of my buds are participating in Forest Giant’s second group art show inspired by the forest.  40 artists will be showing their work, and the list is quite impressive.  

According to Insider Louisville, the exhibition will be held at the Forest Giant studio, located in the Butchertown Pointe (1205 E. Washington Street) and will be open to the public on Friday, August 16 from 10:00am to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 17, from 11:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. All work shown will be available for purchase.

(click here to read more)

According to the news release:

The exhibit features wide breadth of styles and media, including painting, printmaking, glass blowing, photography, pinstriping, drawing, and dressmaking, among others.

Most of the participants hail from Louisville or the greater Bluegrass region, while a few artists will be sending pieces from more distant locales (Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh and Nashville).

My dear friend Patrick Jilbert is having an art show this Friday starting at 6PM and lasting until 9PM at the Green Building in Nulu.  This is a pretty big deal/big show, and I want as many people as possible to support him.
Patrick paints people, in the words of friend Tom, “liberated from society.”
Check out some awesome local talent, people!



patrickjilbert:

opening reception on friday. stop by and look at stuff. please share!
more info on the facebook event page HERE.

My dear friend Patrick Jilbert is having an art show this Friday starting at 6PM and lasting until 9PM at the Green Building in Nulu.  This is a pretty big deal/big show, and I want as many people as possible to support him.

Patrick paints people, in the words of friend Tom, “liberated from society.”

Check out some awesome local talent, people!

patrickjilbert:

opening reception on friday. stop by and look at stuff. please share!

more info on the facebook event page HERE.

Discovering Louisville turned 3 today! Thanks to all of my readers, family, and friends for keeping the adventure alive! LoveLoveLove this city and all of the people who make things possible here.

Discovering Louisville turned 3 today! Thanks to all of my readers, family, and friends for keeping the adventure alive! LoveLoveLove this city and all of the people who make things possible here.

Munch A Bunch For Lunch - June 12 - 11:30 am

My friend Dani works for Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) here in Louisville, and tomorrow they are having a great food truck event, proceeds going to the school and Metro United Way.

Trucks to expect:

Holy Mole Taco Truck

Grind

Lil Cheezers

French-Indo Canada

Holy Smokes “The BBQ Cowboy”

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen

Fare & SQ Sandwiches

There will also be music, raffles, and games.  So - - - if you’re hungry tomorrow around lunch, go grab some food at 1906 Goldsmith Lane.   

Click here for the event on facebook.

MISSION STATEMENT of VIPS

The Mission of Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Inc. (VIPS) is to offer appropriate services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are visually impaired or blind and to their families; to maximize each child’s developmental potential through direct services, advocacy, and community education.