Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Unplugging for the week

I will be in Carmel Valley until Sunday!!! Yeah!
4 days at the Bernardus Winery.
4 days in 75 degrees with no humidity!
4 days of sipping wine and playing croquet!
I am sure there will be art galleries. We have reservations for a private tour at Parsonage Vineyard which I am sure will be lovely.
I will miss writing for you, but I will bring back lovely tales (and probably no time to tell them.)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

National Tequila Day

Today is National Tequila Day.
–87% of Americans agree that tequila is not just for margaritas anymore, indicating that top-shelf tequila can be easily mixed into a large variety of refreshing cocktails. K is a fan of Patron, a high end liquor which should be sipped like a brandy not slammed after licking salt off body parts.
Personally not a big fan of Tequila at all, so tonight I will drink wine in a shot glass and say aribba while doing so.

One of my favorite bloggers, Jason Falls, has done a nice video blog for Food Rants about 5 things to keep in mind before you celebrate. Its hilarious!

Tonight TTT and I will go to the Forecastle Festival preview party on the roof of the Glassworks building. Should be a good time.

Monday, July 21, 2008

A new Painting!

K has purchased a piece of art for his living room. We are very excited about it as it has a Monet quality to it, but it is by a local artist and it is of Cherokee Park.

I don't know a lot about the artist, but we found it at Chuck Swanson's gallery. It was the right price and a pretty good size, and the colors are as if the artist had swatches from K's house.

I just love it.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

An evening with Juile and Bob

As promised, here are some pictures from the evening with Julie Andrews and Bob Edwards, Thursday, July 10. All photos are by Stephen Driver of Stephen Photography.

Brad Broecker, Bob Edwards and Brad Sidio wait for Julie Andrews to arrive

Members of the Louisville Orchestra entertained guests.

Music Director, Jorge Mester greeted Ms. Andrews and her manager, Stephen Sauer while Brad Broecker introduces them.

Julie meets her interviewer, Bob Edwards while her hosts, Owsley & Christy Brown look on.

Mrs. Brown shows Ms. Andrews the grand view.

Mr. Edwards has Julie on the hot seat.

She had to borrow Bob's glasses to read the passage from her autobiography, "Home".

This is Julie with the Louisville Orchestra staff after Friday's performance at the Meet & Greet.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Once in a life time

There was a Louisville Orchestra fund raiser last night that I was fortunate enough to attend. Julie Andrews was interviewed by Bob Edwards at a lovely Louisville home.
I will post pictures soon.

Suffice to say it was a real treat to be in the presence of these two icons. They are both so on, and professional. The interview was a little short, but what was told was candid and fun. Bob had her read a bit from the latest book "Home". Its quite something to hear Julie Andrews say the words sex and opium in the same sentence. She was speaking metaphorically, but with the elegance of her voice and the distinguishing nature of her presence, it was quite a shock.

The event was a part of tonights concert, "The Gift of Music", I will be there but will not review the show.
There was a rumor (and if you watch the video from my last post, you will know from where this rumor derives.) that Julie Andrews will sing tonight. It is very exciting, but that is one of the reasons the interview was cut short last night. She was trying to preserve her voice for the show!! What a dame!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Julie Andrews is here!!

Julie Andrews arrived in Louisville today and is rehearsing RIGHT NOW, for the world premier of "The Gift of Music" with the Louisville Orchestra this Friday! There may be tickets left, call 584-7777, they will know.

Barry Bernson of Fox 41,
interviewed Dame Andrews.

Stephanie Saunders did an interview with Julie Andrews for WFPL which aired on Studio 619 last weekend and you can hear the podcast here.

Tomorrow evening there will be a fundraising event for the Louisville Orchestra where Julie Andrews will be interviewed by Bob Edwards. A small group of people will be able to witness this wonderful event, and one of them will be me!! I will post pictures I promise!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Cinci Opera

This is creative marketing from Cincinnati Opera. Makes me want to go...

Monday, July 7, 2008


I went to my first ROARchestra performance this weekend, what a special evening. The Louisville Orchestra sounds wonderful at the zoo. The weather behaved and while it was a little warm, the crowd seemed pleased to be out on a July night.

The opening act was the 113 Army Band. They were a wonderful addition playing patriotic favorites as well as some big band era tunes.

Baritone, Lewis Washington joined the LO for some selections. He seemed to interact with the musicians and Bob Bernhardt very well, and he sounded wonderful singing Aaron Copland.

There was a bit of confusion at the end of the evening when some thought there would be fireworks. Unfortunately, the fireworks scared the animals in the past, and for their benifit, the LO & the Zoo staff thought it would be best that the pyrotechnics were left to the waterfront.

The next ROARchestra concert is Saturday, July 12 and will feature the Contours (Do you love me??). You can win tickets by going to consuminglouisville.com.

Thursday, July 3, 2008


Consuminglouisville.com just did a ticket give away for the Louisville Orchestra's ROARchestra concert this weekend. The winner, Daniel Light, is a piano teacher and a very good photographer. Check out his site, Etudes.

I am very impressed with his Louisville photos, they are romantic and fun. Like this one of the Twig at night. Shooting at night is hard, but he gets so much color in the sky... I wonder if he uses filters. Some of his work on Fliker is in black and white with one added color, so I guess he does digital editing. If you look at this picture larger, the restaurant is fairly empty. You can make out maybe two figures. It has that lonely feeling of Night Hawks, with the colors beaming through the dark sky.

étude, a brief musical composition, usually for piano, fashioned to instruct an instrumentalist in a particular technical problem, such as scales or trills. Succeeding the toccata, popular in the baroque period, the étude was developed into a compactly crafted musical form by Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A Bloggers Opera

Here is an interesting take... How do you combine Opera with social media? Looks like Sweeden and Vietnam have figured it out together. An odd coupling of cultures and medium. I would be interested to see the result.
Vietnamese and Swedish artists collaborate on the new opera being devised by bloggers from the two countries.
What a great idea. This would be an interesting education program...