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In 2022, Morgan Atkinson received the Media Award during the Governor’s Awards for the Arts.|Photo via Kentucky Arts Council
Last month, we told you about a newly released documentary, “This is the Ohio; Life Death Rebirth of the Beautiful River,” which chronicles the history and importance of the Ohio River — you can now stream it online for free, by the way.

Today, we’re going to document a bit more about the man behind the film, Morgan Atkinson.
  • Atkinson has produced over 20 documentaries that have aired on PBS locally and nationally.
  • A Louisvillian, Atkinson graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1974.
  • Atkinson’s father, B. M. “Buddy” Atkinson, was a television writer, penning scripts for shows like “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “The Tim Conway Show.”
  • Atkinson recieved the Media Award during the 2022 Governor’s Awards for the Arts.
Most of Atkinson’s filmography covers topics related to Louisville and Kentucky. Here are a few that really caught our eye:

“Our Library: A Louisville Documentary”

Synopsis: This doc takes a tour of Kentucky’s largest library system, exploring its value, meaning, and impacts.
Year released: 2018
How to watch: The DVD is available at LFPL

“A Way of Life: Basketball in Kentucky”

Synopsis: This film examines one of the commonwealth’s oldest and best loved pastimes — high school basketball. It follows the 1999 season, culminating in a state championship for Louisville’s Ballard High.
Year released: 1999
How to watch: Available on YouTube or stream it on Vimeo

“Beargrass: The Creek in Our Backyard”

Synopsis: Atkinson explores Louisville’s other major waterway with a slight comic touch.
Year released: 2016
How to watch: The DVD is available at LFPL or stream it on Vimeo

“Falls City”

Synopsis: This film splashes back to the 1980s when Louisville attempted to add a landmark to its waterfront — that has since gone by the wayside.
Year released: 1994
How to watch: Stream it on Vimeo
What Louisville-related topic deserves to have its own documentary?
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Wednesday, June 12
  • Lionel Richie + Earth, Wind & Fire | Wednesday, June 12 | 7:30 p.m. | KFC YUM! Center, 1 Arena Plaza, Louisville | $40.95-$500.95 | You’ll be dancing “All Night Long” to two legendary acts performing in the same night.
Thursday, June 13
  • Move with Pride Bootcamp | Thursday, June 13 | 6-8 p.m. | Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington St., Louisville | Free | Move to this fitness experience featuring yard games and cocktails — bring a LEGO set or arts + crafts supplies to donate to a local LGBTQ+ resource center.
  • ABBAFAB | Thursday, June 13 | 7 p.m. | Kentucky Center for the Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville | $55.87-$79.27 | Party like its 1979 with this multimedia tribute to the legendary group, featuring songs like"Mamma Mia.”
Friday, June 14
  • Jeffersontown Summerfest 2024 | Friday, June 14 | 6-10 p.m. | Veterans Memorial Park, 10707 Taylorsville Rd., Jeffersontown | Free | A day of family fun featuring bounce-houses, food trucks, and live music ends with a firework show.
  • Downtown Drive-in at Waterfront Park | Friday, June 14 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. | Brown Forman Amphitheater, 1301 River Rd., Louisville | Free | “You’re killing me smalls” — the 1993 classic baseball movie “The Sandlot” hits the big screen on the waterfront.
Saturday, June 15
  • Paws in Nature | Saturday, June 15 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, 2075 Clermont Rd., Clermont | Free | Grab your four-legged friends and head to Bernheim Forest & Arboretum for this free event featuring an agility course, splash zone, a treat cooking demo, and more.*
  • Paristown Flea | Saturday, June 15 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Paristown, 720 Brent St., Louisville | Free | Shop vintage jewelry, collectibles, vinyl, and clothing while you listen to live bluegrass music + eat at the Village Market food hall.
Sunday, June 16
  • Gregory Alan Isakov | Sunday, June 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th St., Louisville | $40-$75 | Listen to the soothing acoustic sounds of this singer-songwriter, known for tunes like “Big Black Car” and “San Luis.”
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News Notes
  • Renshoku Ramen (1161 S. 2nd St.) has been forced to close “until further notice” after a fire last weekend caused extensive damage. No word on if or how soon Renshoku plans to re-open, but gift cards are still for sale.
Coming Soon
  • Tilted 10, a bowling alley + arcade, is coming to the Jefferson Mall. It will replace the Round1 Bowling & Amusement location (4801 Outer Loop) that shut down earlier this year. An opening date is TBD, but the company is hiring for the new Louisville location. (WDRB)
  • In case you missed it, a new middle school could soon be built in Louisville’s West End. Last week, Molina Healthcare announced it would donate its 20-acre property at 18th and Broadway to Jefferson County Public Schools. The district is planning to move Dr. J. Blaine Hudson Middle School there. (WHAS11)
  • School may be out for the summer, but you still gotta eat. Jefferson County Public Schools is offering breakfast and lunch to students dozens of locations across the county. See the full schedule + locations.
  • Alan Rupp, who operated Kern’s Kitchen — the makers of Derby Pie — died earlier this month at the age of 70. Kern’s was founded in 1954 by Rupp’s grandparents, and “The Pie Man” joined the business in 1973. The business remains in Rupp’s family. His son Jon has been part of the operation since 2009.
  • It might be the off-season for University of Louisville athletics, but there’s still plenty to discuss. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews, and more from local experts of the Cards with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    • With the weather heating up (and the first day of summer just eight days away), you’ll probably be spending more time in the sun with your little one. These four heat safety tips can help keep your baby safe and cool this season.*
    Plan Ahead
    Ain’t no party like a block party
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    Proceeds from the Block Party will benefit the Butchertown Family Community Clinic, which offers healthcare to the uninsured.|Photo provided by the Butchertown Neighborhood Association
    It’s already an action-packed summer in Louisville — but mark your calendars for the newest event on Derby City’s summer slate.

    The Butchertown Business Alliance is hosting the First Annual Butcher Block Party at Copper & Kings (1121 E. Washington St.) on Saturday, June 29 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Here’s what to expect:
    • Businesses from the Butchertown area — all located within the 40206 zip code — will take over the Copper & Kings beer garden.
    • There will be 30+ vendors offering food, drink, goods and services for purchase.
    • A live musician + DJ will pump tunes, and outdoor games will be available.
    • All proceeds will go directly to Butchertown’s Family Community Clinic.
    The party will be free and open to the public.
    The Buy
    Strut your stuff this summer with accessories from Designed For Joy. The Birdie purse comes in various colorways and features a scarf detail on the handle – perfect for a summer date night.
    The Wrap
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    One of the benefits of being a parent to an 8-month-old is that I get to frequently go to the Louisville Zoo, but say it’s for my kid.

    I’m looking forward to our next trip because the zoo’s newest members — koalas named Dharuk and Telowie — are now on display.
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