Rusty Satellite 204 – Amy Attaway and Stephen Reily

Rusty visits two of the most interesting people in the Louisville arts scene as summer gets into full swing with plenty of things to do in Louisville.

First, I went to ArtSpace to catch up with Amy Attaway, who is busy getting ready for the premiere of another season of Shakespeare in Central Park. I learned that the ‘Ville has been doing a production of this type longer than anyone in the nation, and almost stumped Amy by asking for a relevant quote from Bill S.

Amy, a native Louisvillian, never thought she’d be able to ply her craft in her hometown, but she’s thriving in her job at Kentucky Shakespeare and helping operate Theatre 502, which is also premiering a new play. And, Amy fills in as a news reader on WFPL.

There’s no double duty for Stephen Reily, the entrepreneur who has taken over as interim director of the Speed Art Museum. We last spoke to Reily when he was running for Metro Council, not knowing that ultimately he’d be asked to take over one of the city’s thriving arts organizations.

Listen in as Stephen discussed the latest exhibit, the collection of photographs he’s collected over the years that focus on life in the South. He’s giving a talk June 1 — get tickets at www.speedmuseum.org.

In between interviews, I’ll fill you in on events like the Denim & Diamonds event for Parkinson’s on Friday, and Saturday it’s the Fest of Ale in New Albany. Plus, there’s a few rants about local news. Tune in to the Rusty Satellite Show, and please tell your friends.

Fortyish 50 – 5 things to make life easier in middle age

Little nuggets of stoicism have leaked out in the previous 49 episodes of this show, but this week Dan and Stephanie run down a recent article they found that features 5 things you can do in order to better cope with life at middle age. In other news, summer is upon us so the two run down good stuff going on – plus, Dan paid his annual visit to his primary care doc and feels the need to update the #40ish crew.

EDT 56 – Josh Durr, plus Todd Antz and Eric Morris

Our plate is full of news here at EatDrinkTalk, home of the city’s finest restaurant and bar podcast. First up we have two ice cream items. We’re pulling for the guys at Comfy Cow, who have been experiencing mechanical problems at their commissary, leading to shortages at their local shops.

Of course, they’ll soon have ice cream competition in Nulu when the Louisville Cream store opens next month. Owner and ice cream maker Darryl Goodner’s product just received Southern Living Magazine’s “Best Southern Made Products” award.

News that River House and Levee have opened their dock service means that a whole lot more people can enjoy the scenery there, including those arriving by boat. Entrepreneurs Scott and Jennifer Benningfield have signed an agreement with Fourth Street Live! that will give their Thirsty Pedaler 16-passenger bikes a prominent storefront and parking space.

There’s a special farm-to-table dinner coming up at the Jeptha Creed Distillery May 30. It will be hosted by Volare’s Josh Moore, who will be serving food directly from his farm.

Our first guest is mixologist Josh Durr, who Steve points out is one of the smartest bar experts in town. To celebrate the Fest of Ale event coming to New Albany June 3, Rick sat down with founder Todd Antz and Gospel Bird chef-owner Eric Morris to talk about the one of the largest local beer fests and the after-party.

In our Copper & Kings favorites segment, Rick tried a vegetarian omelet at the always-reliable North End Cafe. Steve’s choice was a spicy beef dish from Nam Nam in St. Matthews. His drink preference was a recently re-released Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength whiskey. And at Bonefish Grill, Rick tried a Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini.

Rusty Satellite 203 – Scott and Jennifer Benningfield, Todd Antz and Eric Morris

Rusty roars into the Memorial Day weekend with a superb show highlighting some of the city’s most interesting people. First, get to know Scott and Jennifer Benningfield, the married couple who saw an article in a magazine about these strange bikes made in Amsterdam. It took a year for Jennifer to talk her husband into getting one and starting the business you know as The Thirsty Pedaler. Now, they’ve opened a storefront on Fourth Street Live.
The granddaddy of all local beer event in New Albany’s Fest of Ale, organized by Keg Liquors owner Todd Antz. For the first time, the official after party for the June 3 event will be held at the Gospel Bird, where hundreds of fest-ers flocked last year when a storm hit the event. Eric Morris has big plans for the party, even while working on a new seafood spot, Hull and High Water, right down the street.
I’ve had about enough of Donald Trump and Matt Bevin and their attitude in trying to control what various media report. This week Bevin took to Facebook Live to record a video explaining how he has no intention of answering questions from the Courier-Journal and Herald-Leader. That’s because he doesn’t want to answer questions about the bargain he got on a house he bought at a discount. And don’t get me started on Trump. It’s time to pay attention, people, and speak up before these loudmouths get their way with the media.
This weekend is full of great events — Abbey Road on the River, the Kentucky Reggae Festival and Monday’s Hike and Bike with the Mayor. I hop you can get out there and enjoy. them And thanks for listening to the Rusty Satellite Show.

Fortyish 49 – What’s Up With Yoga?

You’ve seen it. Yoga with goats? Yoga with beer? Hot yoga? Stephanie and Dan sought answers from yoga expert Jessie Alexander on the basics and what’s good for people of a certain age. On a different note, cancer has been at the forefront of life in recent days and will continue to affect people of all ages for the unforeseeable future. What, if anything, can we do about that?

EDT 55 – Leo Fante and Sarah Ross

The best restaurant and bar podcast in the city is back with a refreshing serving of news and personalities. First up, be on the lookout for mushroom-blended burgers at your favorite restaurants. Last week, Rick sampled four of them at Harvest, which hosted the kickoff for a nationwide James Beard Foundation sustainability initiative to reduce meat consumption by adding ground mushrooms to ground meats.

Steve reports that a new national study shows indie restaurants gaining on market share vs. chains, though he suspects those operations aren’t making more because there are so many new players.

Watch for Highland Morning in St. Matthews to expand, and after years of planning the owners of Mozza Pi are ready to open in Anchorage. Last weekend, the Buy Local Fair was planned for Sunday, but on Friday, organizers listened to weather forecasts and canceled the event over severe weather concerns. As you’d expect, Sunday afternoon turned out gorgeous .

Rick’s guest is local coffee legend Leo Fante, who opened his unusual coffee shop on Grinstead Drive 11 weeks ago. The shop is a coffee lovers’ dream, with special roasts made in-house, a nice menu and, yes, alcohol.

Steve calls the Bravazzi Hard Italian Soda he sampled “the best adult soda I’ve ever had.” So he talks with Sarah Ross, the company’s co-founder, who was in town promoting helping launch the product here. Tune in to hear all this and more on EatDrinkTalk.

Rusty Satellite 202 – Ashley Parker and Jennifer Washle, with Lauren Hendricks

Lauren Hendricks is back to co-host the show with me, as she’s gearing up for the big Buy Local Festival at the Water Tower on Sunday.

My first guest is the force behind that event — Louisville Independent Business Alliance president Ashley Parker. She’s a real estate agent and a master of the sport of stand-up paddleboarding. Listen in as she explains why it’s so important to buy goods and services from locally-owned businesses.

Jennifer Washle’s story is one of courage and compassion. I’ve known her for years as the organizer of the Bisig Impact Group’s concert series, including the Kentucky Reggae Festival coming Memorial Day weekend. But Jennifer is a cancer survivor who has the rare courage to want to talk about her journey in hopes that it will help someone else.

Lauren and I both like to eat – so we end up talking about some favorite local restaurants and my experience going to an event to promote the Blended Burger Project, a national campaign that will involve up to 500 restaurants, all of whom will offer a mushroom and meat patty with their own twists. And we’ll both be attending the Highlands Beer Fest, another of the city’s big weekend events. Join us, and tell your friends about the Rusty Satellite Show.

Fortyish 48 – 40ish In The Big Apple

Stephanie’s friend Lisa came to visit from New York City so she and Dan sat down and got the full download on her life, how she got where she is, her outlook on life at 40ish, and what goals she still wants to accomplish. Dan also reads through a tweet stream of an acquaintance who seemingly goes through a mid-life crisis 140 characters at a time – and finds it fairly accurate for a guy of a certain age.