Issue January 21, 2015


Books of the Bluegrass: 10 must reads by Kentucky writers

For this “Books of the Bluegrass” feature, LEO asked the staff at Carmichael’s Bookstore to pick their favorite must reads by Kentucky writers. The result — from Robert Penn Warren’s classic tobacco war novel “Night Rider” (1938) to Tania James’ “The Tusk that Did the Damage” (March 2015) — is a sampling of fiction and … Continued

LEON: Oscars respond to lack of diversity concerns 

After releasing the nominees for this year’s Oscars, the Academy Awards has come under heavy fire for its lack of diversity among the nominees. Early indications are that they intend to do something about it. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy, and a woman of not-any-of-the-50-shades-of-gray, told reporters. “We are aware of the message … Continued

LEON: Republicans respond to 2014 Warmest Year on Record ‘claims’

Speaker Boehner: “This is great, I’ll be able to work on my tan.” Pat Roberts: “It’s a sign we are getting closer to God. Warmer. Warmer…” Rand Paul: “Gambling needs to be legalized. It’s not the government’s business what we do with our money. Plus, I would’ve had that one.” Ted Cruz: “The President should … Continued

A league of his own: talking with 1200

With the 2014 release “Symphony I,” 1200, aka Jecorey Arthur, perfectly encapsulates his musical marriage of theory and rap aesthetics, a blend that works on virtually every level. “My music is what I like to call poly-stylistic,” he says. “It is filled with many different things, but most often, atypical combinations. One minute you are … Continued


The first Free Week — featuring more than 15 local bands, over four days at four different venues, plus a kickoff party — is almost here. Organized by Do502, with the purpose of getting people out of hibernation in January and establishing an annual event that has the opportunity to take on a life of … Continued

Don’t think twice: 
A Lion Named Roar’s new publishing deal

A Lion Named Roar recently won American Songwriter and Martin Guitar’s “The Pub Deal,” a $20,000, year-long publishing contract with Secret Road. And, the weird thing is, for the band, winning was partially fortuitous. “We didn’t voluntarily enter; that was the funny part,” says guitarist Tyler Anderson. “We’ve done some stuff with them in the … Continued

Staying the course: a conversation with Coliseum

There is an old-school charm to Ryan Patterson, a kind of punk-rock disposition that surveys the situation and commands presence. A longtime veteran of the local scene, Patterson cut his teeth playing in bands like Automatic and The Enkindels before moving on to form his own longstanding institution in Coliseum. Be it working at/running record … Continued

Houses of the holy: the classic rumblings of The Hot Wires

Brian Gray and Brad White are old friends. The two met while attending college, and soon formed their first band, Pine Club. “We’ve been playing together a long time,” drummer Brad White tells me. “I moved away for a while and Brian joined a band called Danger Bird. They kinda ran their course, but he … Continued

Plugged-In (Jan. 21 – Jan. 27)

WED Jan 21st Brasserie Provence: Brian Curella Duo, Joey Thieman; 5 p.m. Diamond Pub (St. Matthews): Chad and Karsten; 10 p.m. Gerstle’s: Kimmet & Doug; 9 p.m. Jack Fry’s: Ray Johnson, Dave Wilson, Jenna Mattingly; 7 p.m. Jim Porters: Mixed Bag Wednesday From DJ’s to Country, Rock to Jazz, Comedy to Blues, Rockabilly and everything … Continued

Of a different variety: the return of The Cathouse

Every city has that spot — maybe a house, maybe a warehouse — where music and art just kind of happen, like a nexus for creativity that seems to occur organically. In the past, that’s been the Lava House, The Chestnut House, or the 540 — spaces that kind of bristle with energy — where … Continued

Worshipping The Beat

Jack Kerouac, a bluesman from a jazz age surrounded by rock and roll. I was in my early 20s by the time I came across “On the Road” — a quintessential recommendation, but I couldn’t get on board. I was out of time, but I wanted to understand. I wanted to find the passion that so … Continued

Is there such thing as Mexican deer?

Well, deer season is now over, and plenty of hunters spent the last few months stocking their freezers with fresh game. Luckily, my buddy Chuck is one such outdoorsman, and he’s not stingy with his meat. He came upon some frozen venison from last season and, not wanting to discard it or crowd his freezer … Continued

Mapping the Mediterranean at the Grape Leaf

Quick! Can you find the Mediterranean Sea on a map? This should be easy. It’s that long body of water that stretches from the Straits of Gibraltar at the far end of Spain, all the way over past Italy and Greece, the long belly of Turkey, around the corner past Syria, Lebanon and Israel to … Continued

Video Tapeworm

This Week’s Twin Peeks FURY 2014; $22.98; R We won’t go so far as to call this Brad Pitt WWII tank-tale a misfire, but it did seem an odd entry at theaters for late October. Pitt is the commander of a Sherman tank with Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman among his 4-man crew. After some … Continued

COMEDY: Last laugh for Carney Awards

It’s officially award season! The Oscars, The Grammys and The Golden Globes will have overdressed celebrities, patting each other on the band and pointing out the year’s best in everything. Here in Louisville, Jake Reber will be handing out The Carneys (named after friend and local comedian Kent Carney), honoring the best in local stand-up … Continued

ART: Wohl’s ‘Unweaving’ at JCC

God has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen or by a weaver, by any sort of workman or skilled designer. —Exodus 35:35 Art used as a spiritual messenger … Continued

Requiem for a King

Longtime Metro Council President Jim King didn’t just purport to love Louisville; he proved it by tirelessly toiling to improve our quality of life. Countless challenges kept him awake at night. While most of us slept, Jim puzzled over problems. He viewed politics as the art of the possible. Much to our benefit, he exhaustively … Continued

‘Selma’ and the human Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we remember my Morehouse brother Martin Luther King, Jr. (Class of 1948) this year we also have the opportunity to engage director Ava DuVernay’s cinematic take on one of the greatest protest sites of the American civil rights movement — Selma (probably only eclipsed by Birmingham) and the last great march of the movement. … Continued

On Parody vs. Satire: The Shadow of Charlie Hebdo

Here is what I know about Charlie Hebdo. I know that 17 people were killed because someone didn’t feel the satire of this publication was funny. They were offended by the disrespect to the prophet of their religion. Those of us who watched it on the news cannot measure the magnitude of such a tragedy. … Continued


Words and symbolism are powerful tools of great leaders. Speeches can define an event for the ages. Images and courage can compel action. Great leaders create and transform opinions and move people. Winston Churchill addressed his nation in June 1940 as Nazi Germany stood ready to invade England: “We shall go on to the end, … Continued

Kentucky’s kick in the ass

In case you missed it, a couple of years ago Kentucky (unofficially) adopted a new state motto: “Kentucky Kicks Ass.” This new adage is apparently intended to better capture what Kentucky is all about — more so than “Unbridled Spirit” — as well as “increase tourism, foster pride, attract new business and diminish stereotypes.” I … Continued

Inbox – January 21, 2015

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Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to Inbox, 607 W. Main St., Suite 001, Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or email to We may edit for length, grammar … Continued