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Are you a poet (and totally know it)?
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Think you’ve got what it takes to turn this newsletter into a poem? | Photo by Karolina Grabowska via Pexels
Calling all readers: In honor of National Poetry Month, you’re officially invited to enter LOUtoday’s poetry contest.

This contest is open to all, and the rules couldn’t be more simple: Turn today’s newsletter into a poem.

We’ll clarify. Using only the words that appear in this newsletter, craft an original poem of up to 75 words. Unlike an erasure poem, the words do not have to appear in the order they’re found — mix and match how you please.

Any English word appearing anywhere in today’s newsletter is fair game, including the ones you’re reading right now (we’ll throw some fun ones at you: Red. Ambivalent. Fungi.). If a word appears once, you can only use it once.

The rules:
  • Submit your poem by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 14.
  • Include a title + author’s name in your submission. Titles are an exception to the rule, and do not need to pull words from the newsletter.
  • Poems, excluding title and author’s name, must be 75 words or less.
The fun stuff:
  • While we’ve placed a pretty big limitation on your poem’s words, the form + direction is up to you — and we can’t wait to see what you all come up with.
  • The Editorial team behind LOUtoday will narrow submissions down to a group of finalists based on style, originality, artistic quality, and creativity. Finalists will be announced in an upcoming newsletter, and we’ll ask our readers to vote for their favorite poem. We’ll feature the winner’s poem in a newsletter during the last full week of April.
  • Pro tip: To make the process easier on yourself, we recommend printing out today’s issue, highlighting the words you find most interesting, and crossing them out as you include them in your poem.
  • Don’t forget to keep track of your articles (words like “the” or “and”).
Happy writing, Louisville.
Wednesday, April 3
  • “Footloose” | Wednesday, April 3-Sunday, May 19 | Various times | Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Dr., Clarksville | $47 | See this musical adaptation of the classic 1980s movie, featuring dynamic new songs + classic hits.
Thursday, April 4
  • First Thursday | Thursday, April 4 | 5-8 p.m. | Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. 3rd St., Louisville | Free | Get evening access to the museum galleries + learn about costume figure drawing.
  • Unplugged Louisville with Hope Ahlers | Thursday, April 4 | 8-11 p.m. | High Horse, 1032 Story Ave., Louisville | $10 |See a performance from this local indie singer + songwriter at a small and intimate venue.
Friday, April 5
Saturday, April 6
  • Family Farm Days | Saturday, April 6, Saturday, April 13, Saturday, April 20 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg | $0-$16 | Meet new “farmily” members including lambs, chicks, and piglets, and enjoy activities like hay wagon rides, sheep shearing, and pony rides.*
  • Derby City Music Expo | Saturday, April 6 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Triple Crown Pavilion, 1780 Plantside Dr., Louisville | $5 | Shop CDs, vinyl records, posters, and other collectibles at Louisville’s longest-running record show.
Sunday, April 7
Thursday, April 11
  • Derby 150 Birthday Party featuring Old Forester | Thursday, April 11 | 5:30 p.m. | Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave., Louisville | $250 | You’re invited to the epic birthday party of the year celebrating Derby 150 — don’t miss out on a rare pour of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon at the event.*
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News Notes
  • The Black Keys are coming to the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday, Oct. 23, as part of their “International Players Tour.” Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. The tour will be in support of the duo’s new album, “Ohio Players,” which will be released the same day.
  • In eastern Jefferson County, 1,800 homes will be getting access to high-speed internet for the first time thanks to a $7.5 million construction project bringing gigabit broadband service to rural areas of the county. The service is expected to be in place by next year.
  • The Muhammad Ali Center will open a new permanent exhibit on Saturday, April 6 documenting the death of Ali. “The Greatest Remembered” will incorporate artifacts from the week of Ali’s death, community photography, and a video documenting Louisvillians’ reactions.
  • Remember the HGTV Urban Oasis house from last year? Phyliss Jackson-Polk of New Orleans has been named the winner of the Germantown home. Jackson-Polk was selected from 73 million entrants to win the $850,000 remodeled Craftsman-style house.
Plan Ahead
  • Pickin’ in Paristown, the free monthly concert series, returns on Friday, April 19. Featuring Bluegrass musicians + bands like the Mama Said String Band and Hot Brown Smackdown, the series takes place at Christy’s Garden at Paristown Point (720 Brent St.) the third Friday of each month through October.
  • With new head coach Pat Kelsey at the helm, Louisville men’s basketball recruiting is heating up. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews and more from local experts of the Cards with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    • If daylight saving time threw a wrench in your child’s bedtime routine, take a look at three sleep tips from the HANDS program to help you and your child embrace the time change.*
    • Ditch the men’s dress pants — the Dealmaker Pant is the ultimate pant for work or play, with an impeccable fit and feel. Save 15% with code COMFORT15.*
    • Looks like we were missing a piece. Yesterday we included Brick Fest Live among this weekend’s events, but the convention has been moved to February 1-2, 2025. That means there’s still plenty of time to snag tickets.
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    Over 100 vendors will be on hand, selling gardening supplies and plants. | Image via Louisville Tourism
    We’ve had plenty of April showers lately, but will they bring May flowers?

    You can help ensure they do at the Paristown Garden Show on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Paristown Arts and Entertainment District (720 Brent St.). Don’t worry, the weather looks beautiful.

    The third annual, free-entry show will feature ~100 vendors offering flowers, native plants, trees, shrubs, and garden decor for sale.

    Plus, over 40 gardening nonprofit organizations will be on-hand + you can attend ~30 free seminars to get the dirt on topics like backyard chickens, bee keeping, and how to create organic mulch.

    It’s a show for seedlings of all kinds — bring your kids to the children’s area, “Little Green Thumbs,” featuring activities designed to plant the seeds for a lifetime of gardening.

    Bonus: Trees Louisville will be on site giving out free trees while supplies last.
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    A variety of snacks for runners and bikers. The Fuel Goods Collection offers boxes filled with food that will fuel your lifestyle.
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    One of my favorite parts of this time of year are all the new seasonal menus at Louisville’s restaurants, like Toasty’s Tavern in Shelby Park, which dropped a new menu this week.

    While I’m partial to a menu staple, the cheeseburger — with the griddled onions and Toasty’s sauce — there are some exciting new vegan items, like the vegan fish and chips.
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