Before he was cast in the Broadway revival of Follies, actor Danny Burstein had never seen Stephen Sondheim's famous musical, which first hit the Broadway stage in 1971. And he didn't know much about the show, except that everyone in the theater world seemingly had an opinion about it.
Kentucky saw a dramatic drop in the number of motorists killed over the Thanksgiving holiday. Preliminary numbers released by the Kentucky State Police say two people died in two separate crashes. Last year, nine people died during the four day weekend. The accidents took place in Fayette and Mercer Counties, and neither victim wore a seat belt.
During the 50-plus years that Agatha Christie actively reigned as "The Queen of Crime," it became something of a tradition in England to give one of her novels as a holiday present; in fact, she and her publishers popularized the slogan "A Christie for Christmas." Dame Agatha died in 1976, but the association of murder most foul and the yuletide season lingers.
The 2012 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition will go to Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Violin Concerto.” The 30-minute piece debuted in 2009. It is at times somber and at times raucous and discordant. Salonen also believes it is the first time a modern drum set has been incorporated into a violin concerto. Award director Marc Satterwhite makes special note of the piece’s closing chord, which does not reflect any of the previous music. Salonen says the departure was intentional.
Local leaders and advocacy groups are meeting Tuesday night to present and hear testimony against wage theft in Kentucky. Wage theft is the underpayment or non-payment of workers’ wages. The Kentucky Jobs with JusticeWorkers’ Rights Board, which includes state representatives and community leaders, will now hear arguments from experts and individuals affected by wage theft and will try to address how the state can respond.
An immigration expert is touting two Louisville-area projects throughout India giving foreign investors the opportunity to gain expedited green cards in exchange for investing in either project. Dr. Sudhir Shah has finished touring the old Colgate factory in Clarksville and the RobinBrooke Place senior living facility in Elizabethtown. Shah now plans on hosting several seminars throughout India to promote both projects to hundreds of foreign investors who have put their trust in Shah’s expertise.
Heavy rain could not keep Gracie Mann from her appointed rounds Sunday afternoon. The Crossroads Elementary School third-grader pulled a wagon through her neighborhood to collect toys for the Marine Toys for Tots program. And by 2 p.m., just halfway through her planned two-hour walk, she'd already exceeded her goal of 20 toys. She was feeling her neighbors' generosity.
At an age when many children are still mastering the art of walking, Matthew Dedden was riding a horse. Dedden, 13, has been riding since he was 2 and those years in the saddle paid off last month when he became the National Cutting Horse Association Junior World Champion. "That was my goal at the beginning of the year and it took a lot of work, but I got there," Matthew said. He is believed to be the first NCHA world champion at any level from Kentucky.