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4:36 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Going Into Its Fourth Season, Louisville's The Bard's Town Theatre Refines Its Artistic Vision

Brian Hinds and Beth Tantanella in The Bard's Town's 2013 production of Kate Fodor's "Rx."
Credit Doug Schutte / The Bard's Town

When The Bard's Town Theatre artistic staff programmed its first two seasons, executive artistic director Doug Schutte says they made choices based on little more than pure desire. He had some long-standing wishes he wanted to fulfill, like staging plays by Liz Fentress and Nancy Gall-Clayton, two of his favorite Kentucky playwrights.

Done. (2011's "Strike Zone" and 2012's "The Snowflake Theory," respectively.)

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Environment
12:23 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

East Coast to Kentucky (and Other States): 'We're Sick of Your Air Pollution'

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

The governors of eight Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states are tired of dealing with pollution from the Rust Belt and Appalachia. They’re calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to force tighter air pollution requirements on nine states, including Kentucky and Indiana.

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Education
9:44 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Group Opposes Piloting First JCPS Cadet Middle School Program

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The Jefferson County Board of Education will consider funding the district’s first middle school cadet academy program Monday night, but some question whether the program would benefit students at the school.

Myers Middle School would pilot the cadet academy program next year and after review could eventually become an official magnet program, according to the proposal. The school would also act as preparatory program for students who want to participate in the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program in high school. 

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Local News
7:45 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Center for Women and Families Collecting Gift Card Donations

Officials with Louisville’s Center for Women and Families are again asking people who want to help the center's clients during the holiday season to make a gift card donation.

Spokeswoman Sarah Mills says the cards allow victims of domestic abuse who are living at the shelter to safely shop online for holiday gifts.   She says domestic violence can also include financial abuse.

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Environment
6:51 am
Mon December 9, 2013

JCPS Board Member: Frost Middle School's Proximity to Power Plant is Problematic

Erica Peterson WFPL

A JCPS school board member is voicing concern about a proposal that would move more grade levels into Frost Middle School, because of the school’s proximity to a coal-fired power plant. The school board is scheduled to vote on the change tonight.

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Local News
9:57 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Louisville Cardinals to Face Miami in Russell Athletic Bowl; No Bowl Bid For WKU

Louisville will play Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 28 in Orlando.

The Cards accepted their bowl bid last week and found out today they will face the Hurricanes.

The 18th-ranked Cardinals (11-1) entered the preseason as the American Athletic Conference favorite, but blew a 21-point lead in their lone loss of the season to Central Florida.

The loss also dealt a blow to the Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

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Arts and Humanities
11:41 am
Sun December 8, 2013

REVIEW | Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker' a Pleasing Holiday Confection

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There have been many adaptations and re-creations of “The Nutcracker” since it gained currency in the West in the middle of the twentieth century. The Louisville Ballet's  first unveiled their current version, "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker," in 2009, though the company has been offering various versions of the seasonal favorite since 1963. In his curtain speech, artistic director Bruce Simpson suggested that this lavish production will be good for fifteen or sixteen years, and certainly in year four of this iteration the costumes, sets and magic are holding up well, and the choreography still delights the multi-generational audience that braved Saturday's wintry conditions to make it to Whitney Hall. 

With thanks to an additional gift from Brown-Forman, another treat for this year's ballet-goers is live music, with the Louisville Orchestra in the pit conducted by Tara Somoncic.

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Arts and Humanities
11:07 am
Sun December 8, 2013

REVIEW | Actors Theatre's 'A Christmas Carol' Still Easy to Love

David Ryan Smith as the Ghost of Christmas Present and William McNulty as Ebenezer Scrooge in Actors Theatre of Louisville's "A Christmas Carol."
Credit Alan Simons / Actors Theatre of Louisville

A funny thing happened to me last night. Even though my tree is decorated and my holiday plans are made, it didn't really feel like Christmas had started. And then the lights went up on Actors Theatre of Louisville's "A Christmas Carol," and it did. 

Maybe it's the stirring addition this year of a solemn opening carol, accompanied by a lone fiddler (Tom Cunningham). Maybe it's the knowledge that next year's production, which director Drew Fracher will revamp, will look, sound and feel different, even as Charles Dickens' story of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from miserable loner to man of the people remains fundamentally unchanged since 1843. 

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Politics
7:30 am
Sun December 8, 2013

When Politics Worked: Chris Matthews Discusses Reagan and O'Neill at the Kentucky Author Forum

One of the hallmarks of U.S. politics in recent years is the seeming inability of opposing sides to work together pragmatically to come up with solutions. It's not an entirely new phenomenon, but many observers say things are more contentious now than ever before.

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