up a tree

It’s a benefit fit for a Prince, or at least fit enough for one to journey here from Louisville.

Tonight, roughly 25 visual artists from the region will gather at Old Tarr Distillary on Manchester St. along with music notables headlined by famed indie songsmith and Louisville native Bonnie “Prince” Billy.

The collective name for this gathering is Tsuga Art & Music, tsuga being the botanical name for hemlock trees. Therein sits the impetus for the evening: to raise awareness of endangered Eastern Kentucky hemlock tress invested by Asian insect predators. All proceeds from the event will go to Kentucky’s Hemlocks, an alliance of government groups, non-profit organizations and citizens working to save the trees.

The free part of the Tsuga show will spotlight paintings, sculptures, stained glass, wood block prints and more from Central Kentucky artists. The music begins at 8 with Englishman (a pop-folk project led by The Scourge of the Sea’s Andrew English) and the roots jazz and blues musings of local faves The Swells. Then comes Billy.

Over the past 15 years, Billy –  or, as Kentuckians familiar with his music know him, plain ol’ Will Oldham – has embraced an indie aesthetic for crafting roots-driven folk with flashes of punkish intuition and loads of Appalachian inspiration. Recordings from the ‘90s, when Oldham performed in various guises of his Palace Music persona, also reflected a healthy dose of pop-savvy melodic strength.

But in the role of Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Oldham has clearly outgrown the Palace. Johnny Cash covered the title tune to the 1999 Billy-billed album I See a Darkness for 2000’s American III: Solitary Man. And in an odd but immensely enjoyable turn, Oldham teamed with the California Guitar Trio for a reggae-funk update of the Lynyrd Skynyrd arena rock warhorse tune Free Bird. It’s featured on the trio’s 2008 Echoes album,

Oldham sticks closer to his country/folk comfort zone on the newest Billy record, Lie Down in the Light, which hit stores late last spring. Still, tunes like For Every Field There’s a Mole, which blurs stylistic contours with bright, boppish electric piano, best reflects Oldham’s mischievous pop spirit.

The ever prolific Oldham already has a new album titled Beware! ready for release in March. A press release states the new record is “Stronger. Stinkier. It blooms in low light and cold but thrives in the sun.” Hmm.

The Louisville renegade string band The Picket Line will back Oldham at tonight’s Tsuga fest.

The Tsuga Art & Music benefit at Old Tarr Distillery on Manchester St. begins with a free group art show at 5 p.m. today. Music featuring Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Swells and Englishman starts at 8 p.m. with a $15 admission charge Call (877) 367-5658.

Gardening: Your guide to a pest-free garde; Slugs, cats, greenfly, foxes… here’s how to get rid of them all.(Features)

Daily Post (Liverpool, England) March 26, 2005 SLUGS, cats, greenfly and foxes are the scourge of the British gardener, according to a new survey. More than 1,000 people were interviewed on all aspects of gardening, to celebrate the launch of UKTV Style Gardens, the country’s first dedicated gardening channel which launched this week.

Some 56% of people interviewed claim to be plagued by slugs, while 48% found cats a nuisance, 47% had problems with greenfly and 21% were bothered by foxes.

But solutions are at hand. Here are a few tips on how to get rid of these perennial problems to ensure your plants remain healthy SLUGSIn wet weather go out on night patrols in the garden with a torch, picking off the culprits and disposing of them. Slugs do most of their feeding at night after it has rained. site how to get rid of razor bumps

Protect vulnerable leafy plants such as hostas by putting sharp grit and broken eggshells around the base of the plant as it is emerging Grow more plants that slugs dislike, such as achillea, aquilegia, aster, geum, verbascum, Dicentra spectabilis, geranium, digitalis, euphorbia, nepeta, ornamental grasses and sedges Try to keep your garden tidy. Slugs like to hide beneath plant debris, old flower pots and other covers Place traps of half-grapefruit skins or large cabbage leaves in the garden and collect them up regularly. Other traps such as slug pubs – containers partially filled with beer or milk – can be buried in the soil with just their rim protruding CATS To ward off cats which mess on seedbeds and spray on plants, invest in a battery-operated device which emits ultrasonic, high-pitched frequencies when it picks up movement with an infra-red detector. The sound is not audible to humans A wide variety of chemical controls are available, including pepper powder and essential oils, aimed at deterring the cat without harming it Place transparent plastic bottles filled with water in beds to scare them off, or use old CDs suspended from fishing line so that they glint in the light and deter unwanted visitors GREENFLY Encourage natural predators into your garden such as ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies, which can reduce greenfly numbers substantially If you only have a small infestation, wipe them off with your fingers or a damp cloth, or it may be possible to use a strong blast of water to remove them from the stems of tough plants If your plants are smothered, use a chemical which specifically attacks aphid and poses little, if any, threat to beneficial insects. Systemic insecticides are generally best as they are absorbed by the plants and the aphids are poisoned when they feed. This means it doesn’t matter if you miss a hidden few under curled leaves because they will still be affected FOXES Deny them an easy food source. Keep your rubbish in bins with lids on until the day of collection. Do not put out large amounts of bird food. Use special bird feeders rather than putting food on the floor. Do not use bone meal fertilisers in the garden. howtogetridofrazorbumpsnow.org how to get rid of razor bumps

Deny them territory. Repellents such as Renardine, Get Off My Garden and others can be obtained from good garden centres or DIY/hardware stores. You will need to be persistent in removing a fox’s droppings and using chemical repellents to succeed It is possible to fence a fox out of your garden but the fence would need to be at least two metres high with an overhang at the top, and buried at least 30cm in the ground to stop foxes digging under it

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