Frank Evans, R.I.P.

Posted in Baseball, Kentucky History, Louisville History, Louisville News, Obituary, Sports with tags , , , , , on August 10, 2012 by othersideoflife


(undated picture of Frank Evans from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.)

The Courier-Journal is reporting that Frank Evans, former Louisville Redbirds coach and Negro League phenom, has died:

Frank Evans, a former coach for the Louisville Redbirds and a former Negro League Player, died Aug. 3 in Auburn, Ala. He was 90 years old.

Evans worked under manager Jim Fregosi in 1984 and 1985 when Louisville won consecutive American Association championships.

Evans’ playing career spanned from 1937 through 1965 as an outfielder, first baseman, and catcher. He played for the Memphis Red Sox, Kansas City Monarchs, Detroit Stars, Cleveland Buckeyes, Birmingham Black Barons, and Philadelphia Stars.

Some choice quotes from Evans about his career in baseball are at his player profile page at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum site:

“We took a lot of abuse, stuff that people wouldn’t know about these days, but we were one family. We were the nice guys who finished last except on the field.”

Evans said that the big losers in those days were the white baseball fans. “They didn’t know what they were missing. They talk about all the great hitters – Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. They don’t ever talk about Josh Gibson, the greatest home run hitter of all time. Josh could hit a home run with one hand. I was there. I saw him do it. They talk about the great base runners, but they don’t talk about “Cool Papa” Bell, the greatest of them all. They talk about the great pitchers, but most of them never saw Satchel Paige . I admired him because he threw strikes. He was always around the plate. He had absolute control, and he did it for more than 50 years.”

Evans was a journeyman who played catcher, first base, outfield, and, occasionally, pitcher. However he was well-known around baseball for being one of the best hitting instructors of his day.

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The Mammoth Profiled By a Dinosaur

Posted in Art, Development, Economics, Happenings, Louisville News, Media, Music, Real Estate with tags , , on August 6, 2012 by othersideoflife


(photo of Hallie Jones and Aron Conaway from the Courier-Journal.)

Okay, so the snarky headline was too good to pass up. In yesterday’s Courier-Journal, there was an excellent, and expansive, profile of The Mammoth, the behemoth multi-use arts space in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood, run by Aron Conaway and Hallie Jones:

Now, with this three-story, 90,000-square-foot building — where Conaway and Jones live on the first floor — and another attached building with 36,000 square feet, the couple are poised to see their dream become a reality.

They’re looking to convert this space, which they now call The Mammoth, into art studios and artists’ residences, an art installation space and art gallery, an independent media center, band practice spaces, a live music venue, film-viewing space and even community gardens and other green spaces.

The idea is to have enough space for artists to have the privacy to work on their own, but also shared space to work together. It includes outfitting the space with equipment for making art.

The plan includes artists pooling their resources and generating income for the endeavor though sideline businesses and eventually renting space to commercial businesses. The couple envisions a nonprofit entity overseeing the shared art-making spaces.

While we haven’t yet been to The Mammoth, we’re excited about it. Read more here.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 5, 2012 by othersideoflife

The Other Side of Life

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jasonnoble

The Louisville musician, artist, collaborator, and all-around fantastic human being Jason Noble died today. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

UPDATE, 8/5/2012: A number of tributes and obituaries for Jason have been appearing across Facebook and in other parts of the internet. One of the most moving ones we’ve read is by Louisvillian Syd Bishop, over at the Never Nervous blog. Thanks, Syd.

Official obituaries have been published by Billboard and Pitchfork. A number of YouTube clips from Jason’s various musical projects over the years are available at each.

Also, the web site actualblood.com compiles a number of Jason’s works. And a few of Jason’s columns for LEO Weekly are available at http://publicnoise.blogspot.com.

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Dalai Lama to Visit Louisville Next May

Posted in Happenings, Kentucky History, Louisville History, Louisville News with tags , , , on August 1, 2012 by othersideoflife


(photo of the Dalai Lama from Louisville.com)

Louisville.com is reporting that the Dalai Lama has scheduled a visit to Louisville next year:

The Dalai Lama recently confirmed plans to travel to Louisville next year, on a mission designed to spread blessings and compassion. He is making the trip here to bless a Tibetan Buddhist temple and teaching center, and to also reach out to the general public. He is scheduled to visit Louisville May 19-21, 2013.

The Dalai Lama is a frequent guest of Bloomington, Indiana, where his brother founded a Buddhist center. He, however, is not a frequent guest to Louisville, or even to Kentucky. The last time he was in Kentucky was in 1996 for recognition after he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. The last time he was in Louisville was two years prior to that; the purpose of his 1994 trip was to visit the Cathedral of the Assumption.

In May, the Dalai Lama will be visiting the Drepung Gomang Institute (DGI) and the Tashi Gomang Dharma Center, located on Hubbards Lane.

Pretty exciting news, presuming the Mayans are wrong and the world doesn’t end. Though we can’t help but wonder what Southern Baptist Seminary President and local blowhard Al Mohler has to say about it? Probably nothing as wise or coherent as:

…So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one – big hitter, the Lama – long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? “Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-galunga.” So we finish the 18th and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

At Least They Didn’t Call Them “Mixologists:” The C-J on Craft Cocktails

Posted in Drink, Food, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2012 by othersideoflife

Here’s a repost of our note on the Courier-Journal‘s article today on craft cocktails in Louisville from one of our sister blogs, Tasting Notes:

I’ve always been pretty skeptical of the Courier-Journal‘s cultural reportage. It’s easy to joke that once some cool new trend is covered in the C-J, it’s already over. However, today’s paper has a well-reported article about the craft cocktail movement here: http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120730/SCENE02/307300020/Craft-Cocktail-Movement-in-Louisville?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|p.

Local bars and restaurants The Silver Dollar, Meat, Proof on Main, St. Charles Exchange, Doc Crow’s*, La Coop, Rye, and Decca are profiled, along with a few of their bartenders and bar managers. If I have one complaint, and it’s a pretty minor one, it’s that a few other innovative bar programs in Louisville aren’t mentioned — I’m specifically thinking of the Blind Pig, though I’m sure there are others. But that’s really just a minor quibble. It’s a generally gracious article without the kind of pretentiousness usually on display when craft cocktails are discussed — and thankfully no one refers to themselves as a “mixologist.”

I still haven’t been to St. Charles Exchange, Doc Crow’s, La Coop, or Decca, but clearly they’re interesting spots worth checking out.

*FYI — apparently Doc Crow’s web site domain has expired. Get it together, people!

Music this Weekend, July 26-29

Posted in Happenings, Music, Music This Weekend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2012 by othersideoflife

As we’ve said before, the weekend starts early around here, so we’d like to inform you of a few under-the-radar cultural events goin’ on in Louisville (complete with links to peruse!).

First off, our sister blog The Other Side of Life is co-promoting a show tonight in conjunction with Cropped Out and Black Velvet Fuckere:


(Flier by Ryan Davis.)

SAPAT (on Siltbreeze; from Louisville, KY)
BLUES CONTROL (on Drag City; from Coopersburg, PA)
PARLOUR (on Temporary Residence; from Louisville, KY)
WET (from Louisville, KY)

Thursday, July 26th 2012
at The Cathouse
747 S. Preston
All Ages! Doors at 8 PM, $5

There’s more information at the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/121230094685490, and you can read this great interview with BLUES CONTROL in this week’s LEO Weekly:http://leoweekly.com/music/spiritual-station-blues-control.

But if you’re in a more metal mood tonight, you can always check out TORCHE, BUSH LEAGUE, OLD VIKINGS, and NERVOUS ENERGY at Phoenix Hill Tavern for $10, and the show starts at 7 PM (can’t find a flier online, and we can’t bring ourselves to link to Phoenix Hill, but whatever it should still be a good show).

On Friday night, our friends at Astro Black Records (that’s the awesome new record store in the back of Quill’s, run by Jim Marlowe of Tropical Trash) are presenting a rad show at Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge: TROPICAL TRASH, CROSS (from Lexington), and MILK MUSIC (who we keep hearing great things about!) — here’s the Facebook invite for more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/441691975861428/. Lisa’s is at 1004 E. Oak Street (just off the corner of Swan), and $5 with 9 PM doors.

Also Friday night the new lineup of TWIN SISTER RADIO debuts at the Cathouse (747 S. Preston) with THE CARIBBEAN (from Washington, D.C.) and Connor Bell’s SHEDDING. 9 PM, $5. Gonna be tough to make both shows but we’re gonna try!

Saturday night our friends THE LITTLE BROTHERS are playing at Against the Grain, at 401 E. Main in Slugger Field. Not sure if there’s a cover, but they’re playing three sets, with no repeated songs, so that should be excellent. 8:30 PM start time.

On Sunday, whew… we’re gonna rest! Let us know, though, if there’s anything else goin’ on and we’ll list it!

Dolls Market Sale Pending — And We’re Back

Posted in Development, Economics, Louisville News, Real Estate with tags , , on July 24, 2012 by stateofthecommonwealth


(Photo of the former Dolls Market swiped from the Courier-Journal.)

According to today’s Courier-Journal, the former Dolls Market on Brownsboro Road will soon have a new owner:

An out-of-town developer has a contract to buy the former Doll’s Market building and parking lot on Brownsboro Road for a retail use, and a closing is expected by the end of the year, real estate agent Paul Grisanti said.

The building could be one store or perhaps three smaller ones, but Grisanti said he could not disclose details because of a confidentiality agreement. Grisanti is selling the property for the owners, the Charles F. Bauer family.

The developer interested in the Doll’s building has 53 “units” in 13 states, and this would be the first store in Kentucky, Grisanti said. “It’s something people in that area will most likely appreciate,” he said.

We figured we’d google “53 stores 13 states retail” to see if there we could find any hints, but the only relevant result was the Wikipedia entry for American Signature, the parent company of Value City. Not that exciting, we know. Perhaps someone out there has a tip they can share with us? Anyway, it will be good for that stretch of Brownsboro Road to have more robust retail again. Now if only they can get a good restaurant back in the old Azalea space…

In other not-really-news news, we’re restarting State of the Commonwealth on a most-likely sporadic basis, so we hope you enjoy it. Work schedules now allow for some time to dedicate to SotC, which we haven’t updated since 2008. We’ve unfortunately missed out on a lot of changes, some positive and some otherwise, around Louisville and Kentucky in the past three years, and we regret that. But hopefully we can jump back into the swing of things! Thanks for reading.