Issue January 8, 2013

Season’s readings

DEAR LIFE By Alice Munro Knopf, 319 pgs., $26.95 In the ring for world’s greatest living short-story writer is England’s William Trevor, age 84; in the far corner is Canada’s Alice Munro, age 81. And it’s a fact: The two writers are not only close enough in age to be longstanding contenders, but you rarely … Continued

Now thinking

Silently contemplating the similarity of their respective fates, a chilly wind blows through the drying needles of unadorned Christmas trees and whistles over top of empty champagne bottles laying out by the curb for pick-up. Wax droplets from Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and yule log candles have been carefully chipped off of the floor with flat-head screwdrivers. … Continued

The silver tsunami

A month ago, Dr. Zettie Parker-Turner resigned as administrator of the Rivers Edge nursing home in Prospect. Her love — and need to care — for her mother in Memphis trumped her passion for the position. Likewise last year, Dr. Ken Winters, R-1, chairman of the state Senate Education Committee, opted not to seek re-election. … Continued

If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is

Around 75 percent of the time I choose to quote or reference the words of someone far wiser than I. This time, the deep thought taking center stage is this: “And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I … Continued

‘An unimaginable loss’

J. Blaine Hudson’s deep, wise voice carried like the gentle turn of a page. When he spoke, people listened, be it a room full of college students, average citizens or political leaders. This past week, the longtime educator, activist, scholar, and leading voice in Louisville’s African-American community died at age 63. Ricky Jones grew close … Continued

Take me to your leader

In late December, Sen. Mitch McConnell opted to stay out of negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” a horribly overused misnomer, resulting in the Republican leader looking unusually irrelevant on the sidelines. Two weeks later, his circumstances changed drastically. At 9 a.m. this past Sunday morning, McConnell appeared on dueling channels as he trotted out … Continued

Inbox — Jan. 9, 2013

Cost of Safety As a longtime member of the Louisville Zoo, I have taken my children and grandchildren on numerous outings there. I have been following with concern Joe Sonka’s series of articles regarding the zoo’s practice of using Dismas Charities inmates as unpaid laborers with unsupervised freedom to roam zoo grounds. Now, after reading … Continued

Staffpicks

<MUSIC> Thursday, Jan. 10 Daniel Knox Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft 715 W. Main St. kentuckyarts.org $8-$10; 8 p.m. Composer Daniel Knox premiered his long-form song cycle “Black & Whites” one year ago at Manhattan’s 92Y Tribeca Gallery as a multimedia collaboration with street photographer John Atwood. The latter’s prints were projected during Knox’s … Continued

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: ABOUT CHERRY 2012; $19.98-$29.98; R One of the sleazier indie movies of late, this is an odd mix of literary excesses, horny men, not-so-innocent innocents, and the voyeuristic glory of San Francisco Bay. Ashley Hinshaw is perfect as the unhappy young woman who finds herself a rising star in the dark … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a straight male, 21 years old. I’ve always loved women, I’ve always loved having sex with women. However, in the last year, I’ve jerked off to transsexual porn. One night, after drinking with a friend and smoking some hash, I arranged a date with a trans sex worker. There was nothing manly about … Continued

Orchestra: Andrea Levine tells stories as she plays

A bit of tension through the strings. Ripples rising across calm waters, as the orchestra sets the scene for clarinetist Andrea Levine to begin the tale. “Maybe it’s a story of love lost, then found,” says Levine, the principal clarinet of the Louisville Orchestra who steps to the front of the ensemble Friday night in … Continued

Going backstage with ‘Yo Gabba Gabba!’

The latest tour starring characters from the popular Nick Jr. TV program “Yo Gabba Gabba!” is called “Get the Sillies Out.” It’s their third tour, and if you’ve seen either of the first two tours, this one promises to bring the most popular elements of both together in addition to some new material. The first … Continued

B-sides

An ample speck Regarding the harmonious disposition of Louisville’s one and only Mote: “We’re basically the Beach Boys,” bassist Chris Ortega tells me with satisfied conviction. Initially assembled in October 2011 by Jake Philley and Sam Benanti, the duo formed a patchwork with both members randomly alternating between drums and guitar. After they elected two … Continued

Fun times for Father John Misty

Josh Tillman had a creative breakthrough in 2011. After years of releasing critically acclaimed, low-selling solo albums, he joined a band called Fleet Foxes as they quickly rose from Seattle buzz to international popularity. But it was just a job, and, approaching 30, Tillman knew he had more to give. Depressed but more financially fit, … Continued

Taste Bud: Chinese on the cheap

I stay away from buffets for a couple of reasons. For one thing, who really needs to eat “all you can eat”? Secondly, if any restaurant serves that much food at one time, are you really getting quality fare? This is why you won’t ever catch me at a Chinese buffet these days. And that’s … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to pberkowitz@leoweekly.com with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. The deadline is FRIDAY at NOON the week before the show happens. We do not accept listings via social networking sites.   Wed jan 9 Air Devils … Continued

Bistro 1860: a paradise for foodies, just not a wine geek bar

What the heck is a wine geek? A wine geek loves wine, can carry on an extended conversation about the stuff, knows a little about how it’s made, and plans trips around winery visits. He rejects labels like “snob” or even “connoisseur,” though, preferring to be recognized for a hobbyist’s passion. She loves wine, but … Continued

Culture: Coco Peru’s freak flag flies

Miss Coco Peru began her entertainment career more than 20 years ago and has appeared on stages across the country as well as on TV and in the movies. She’s performing here Saturday at MAP Louisville, a benefit for the Louisville Youth Group that involves an hour of stand-up by Coco and a watching party … Continued

Comedy: ‘Trust, and …’ with the Louisville Improvisors

We survived another presidential election, a debilitating East Coast hurricane, and the weakest apocalypse in the history of weak apocalypses. We have come out on the other end, in a new year, and we all know what that means: It’s time for another “Improvapalooza.” This is No. 13 for the Louisville Improvisors, and this time … Continued

Book: Conversing with a conversationalist

For most soon-to-be college graduates, the road often traveled involves either a summer backpacking through a foreign country or worrying about how to pay off their Titanic-sized student loan debt. For Atlantic contributor Brian Michael Till, the road less traveled involved an audience with the world’s most powerful leaders in an effort to cut through … Continued