Monthly Archives: April 2010

O’Brien interview to air on ’60 Minutes’

Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien‘s first interview since leaving The Tonight Show airs this weekend. He sat down with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes, which airs Sunday evenings on CBS.  Check out the Los Angeles Times for a brief excerpt of the interview. O’Brien will have a new talk show on TBS later this year.

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Free music leading up to Derby

There are a couple of opportunities to attend free concerts in conjunction with Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. A concert featuring Luke Bryan w/ Jason Sturgeon is at 8 pm. Thursday at Fourth Street Live in downtown Louisville. 3 Doors Down is performing at 8 p.m. Friday at Fourth Street Live. The shows are open to ages 21 and up.

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Alliance plans Derby party

If you’re looking for a place to watch the Kentucky Derby and would like to help out a local arts organization, you can attend the Owensboro Symphony Alliance‘s Juleps & Jockeys party. The event is from 4 to 8 p.m. at Southern Star and includes a Derby hat contest, live music, dinner and dancing. The Derby will be shown on a large television.

Tickets are $35 each or $280 for a table of eight. For more information, call the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra at 684-0661.

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The best time-waster on the Internet

If you’re ever bored or have a few minutes to kill, check out Sporcle. The website features thousands of quizzes in a plethora of categories. Players have an amount of time to complete a quiz. Sometimes, the quiz has you filling in the blanks; other times, you are answering questions.

The most popular quiz on the website is the United States tests. It has been played more than 3 million times, and the player has to name all 50 states in 10 minutes or less.

Sporcle also lists newly added quizzes on its homepage. This morning, I did Can you name the historical figures from Tweets they might have sent? Disappointingly, I only got 12 of 19 right.

I also enjoy the music quizzes. There are several that use sound clips, and you have a 3 to 10 second clip to determine the song. Sporcle has disrupted my plans to go to bed early on more than one occasion.

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Returning to roots

The Ninth Annual Bluegrass Returns to Its Roots festival is this weekend at Diamond Lake Resort in West Louisville. The event kicks off Friday with an open-mic session. Numerous local and regional bands are playing throughout the day Saturday, leading up to J.D. Crowe and the New South‘s performance at 8:30 p.m.

Check out today’s Messenger-Inquirer for more details on the festival, which is presented by OwensboroConcerts. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger are admitted free with a paid adult admission.

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OSO to perform Saturday night

The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra is performing  at 7:30 Saturday night at the RiverPark Center. The concert features Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Richard StraussTill Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.

Tickets are $41, $34 and $20.50. Students with an ID are $8. For more information, contact the OSO at 684-0661 or the RiverPark Center box office at 687-2787. To learn more about the performance, check out tomorrow’s Messenger-Inquirer.

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‘Fools’ opens Friday at TWO

Theatre Workshop of Owensboro‘s final show of the 2009-10 season opens Friday night. The community theater is presenting Neil Simon’s Fools. The play tells the story of a Russian village that has been under a curse for 200 years that has made the villagers dimwitted.

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at TWO, 407 W. Fifth St. The show continues Saturday, Sunday, April 23-25 and April 30-May 1. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. For more information, call the TWO box office at 683-5333.

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