IdeaFestival 2014
9:22 am
Wed October 1, 2014

The People's Cook: Robert Karimi Rallies Communities Around Food, Theater

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Playwright and performance artist Robert Karimi is a National Poetry Slam champion, a Def Poetry Jam alumnus and creator of the episodic theatrical experience “The Cooking Show con Karimi and Comrades.” Through the character of his alter ego, a chef named Mero Cocinero, the San Francisco Bay Area-born Iranian-Guatemalan trans-media artist brings people and food together for interactive evenings of storytelling, culinary adventure, nutrition, wellness and community. Karimi speaks at IdeaFestival  at 10:30 a.m Thursday as part of a panel, “Art on the Edge.”

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IdeaFestival 2014
7:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

'Practical Classics' Author Kevin Smokler Re-visits Vonnegut

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San Francisco-based author Kevin Smokler writes and speaks about the past and future of media and culture. He’s the author of the essay collection “Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School,” in which he revisits staples of the high school English literature canon as an adult, from “Pride and Prejudice” to “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.” He’s currently at work on a new book of essays, “Brat Pack America,” about 1980s teen films.

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Education
8:45 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Fern Creek High Students Express Safety Concerns Following Shooting

Students wait for their parents to pick them up from after a shooting at Fern Creek High School.
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Student Timothy Tungate was on the third floor of Fern Creek High School on Tuesday afternoon when he heard gunshots ring out. That is, they sounded like gunshots, but he didn’t think it was real.

“It is something that you wouldn’t think would happen because Fern Creek was such a good school,” he said.

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Arts and Humanities
4:49 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Multidisciplinary Smoketown Poetry Opera Offers Unique Retrospective

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Spoken word poets, a filmmaker, dancers, musicians and DJs will come together Thursday for the Smoketown Poetry Opera, a unique hip hop-infused collaborative performance.

Sponsored by IDEAS 40203, Smoketown Poetry Opera is an IdeaFestival affiliate event. The outdoor event begins at 6:30 p.m. at YouthBuild Louisville—at the corner of College and Preston Streets— directly across the street from the new Sheppard Square housing development under construction.

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Local News
2:06 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Student Shot and Injured at Fern Creek High School

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Update 6:45 a.m. Wednesday: More on the Arrest

The 16-year-old accused in the shooting at Fern Creek High School on Tuesday afternoon is being held at the Jefferson County Youth Detention Center on multiple charges, according to a Louisville Metro Police news release issued late Tuesday evening.

Police arrested the 16-year-old at about4 p.m. at an apartment in the 5100 block of Oxford Place, which is near the high school. Police said the apartment is not the suspect's home and they are trying to determine the connection the suspect had to the apartment.

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Arts and Humanities
1:56 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Louisville Artists Not Sheepish About Joint 'Wool' Exhibit

Oil landscape by Catherine Bryant
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Louisville artists Vallorie Henderson and Catherine Bryant have been friends for years. About five years ago, when they started talking about collaborating, the connection was fairly concrete—Henderson is a fiber artist who works with raw wool, and at the time, she raised her own sheep; Bryant, a landscape painter with an affinity for grazing animals, wanted to paint Henderson’s flock.

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IdeaFestival 2014
12:42 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Wynton Marsalis on the Role of Art and Creativity

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Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer, bandleader and educator. He's the managing and artistic director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center program in New York City; his numerous accolades include the Pulitzer Prize for Music and nine Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical recordings.

On Wednesday, he will deliver a lecture and perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as part of IdeaFestival. (The 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra launches its new season.) 

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Education
10:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Virtual Job Fair Aims For Re-Enrolling Kentuckians Who Quit College

A virtual college fair on Tuesday gives former students in Kentucky help getting back into school to finish their degree program.

Project Graduate is a collaboration between Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education and public colleges and universities to make re-enrolling in college easier for adults and former students. 

Prospective students who participate in the virtual fair will be connected to college advisors who will answer questions via text and video chat, said Sue Patrick, a spokeswoman for the Council on Postsecondary Education.

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Politics
8:45 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Kentucky State Legislature Modernizing System For Constituent Messages

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FRANKFORT — The chances are pretty good that when you, for example, call your state senator to complain about paving that road to your house, a dutiful employee of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission writes down your message onto a green piece of paper and sends it to the lawmaker.

The LRC goes through tens of thousands of these “green slips” each legislative session.

But Kentuckians should expect an easier time getting their concerns to lawmakers beginning next year, when a new messaging system is scheduled to take effect.

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IdeaFestival 2014
7:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Stephen Cave on the 4 Recurring Stories People Tell About Death

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Philosopher Stephen Cave argues that since the beginning of civilization humans have always tried to defy or defeat death.

Part of that is our “sophisticated sense of self”—when we peer into the future “what we see is mortality.”

So, we tell ourselves stories to keep us going, he said.

Cave is author of the book “Immortality," which explains four stories on life and death that continue to be reinvented by societies. He will speak Wednesday as part of this week’s IdeaFestival.

I spoke to him recently about his work:

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