Issue January 15, 2013

Mr. Nice Guy

Lyle Janes is an odd bird. A boyish man in his early 50s, Janes is the most guileless person you are likely ever to meet. His unwaveringly pleasant demeanor and open-minded optimism are practically supernatural. Any normal person might wonder what’s wrong with him, but that’s just the way he is. He has boiled down … Continued

Guns as entertainment

In response to the horrific Sandy Hook tragedy, meaningful change to our nation’s gun culture is finally a possibility. Americans who live in constant fear of gun violence have cause for optimism for the first time in a decade. There are many reasons for optimism. Perhaps foremost among them is the simple fact that we … Continued

Saying goodbye to Blaine Hudson

By now, most of you know Dr. J. Blaine Hudson passed away earlier this month. Along with multitudes of others, his death has saddened me beyond measure. He was a gem, and what we lose with his transition is incalculable. Growing up fatherless as I did presents both challenges and opportunities. Children like me who … Continued

Moving the river

I have always dreamed of having a gun, owning a gun. After all, I’m an American citizen; it is my prerogative to own a gun. It’s the American dream, right? I had held other people’s guns over the years, and, to tell the truth, it used to make me nervous. Am I holding it right? … Continued

Paradise lost

For nearly a year, Leila DiFazio served the myriad customers who made Lynn’s Paradise Cafe one of the shining jewels in the city’s crown of so-called “weird,” independent businesses. With her dark auburn hair pulled back tightly into a ponytail, DiFazio, 25, sits at a table in a Heine Brothers Coffee shop and recalls her … Continued

Take me to your leader

Democratic and Republican legislators crammed into a conference room of the state Capitol last Thursday, with bipartisan backslapping and smiles that have been a rarity in recent years. Before Gov. Steve Beshear and various university presidents would announce $363 million in campus construction projects — which the General Assembly will presumably allow to go forward … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

A monumental opportunity Louisville’s own Mickey Baker died on Nov. 27 at his home in the south of France. Famous and widely influential among 1960s and ’70s guitar players, he was best known as half of the duo Mickey and Sylvia. In 1957, they had a No. 1 hit with the immortal “Love is Strange.” … Continued


R ’n’ R ’n’ R Troubadour Justin Paul Lewis has been working hard for several years now, honing his craft one gig at a time. His latest performance will be at Uncle Slayton’s on Thursday. For his newest collection, a four-song EP, Lewis teamed with Ben Sollee to take his ideas to a different level. … Continued

Mountain Heart is not a bluegrass band

“This past year was inarguably our most successful, as a band, and that’s a great thing to say when you’ve had success like we’ve had through the years,” says Mountain Heart fiddler Jim Van Cleve. “But this past year, we’ve reached … I couldn’t even wager a guess. I’m gonna say probably hundreds of thousands … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Jan. 16 The Weeks Zanzabar 2100 S. Preston St. $5; 9 p.m. Do you like good ol’ dirty rock ’n’ roll? Y’know, the kind they used to make back in your daddy’s day? Do you want it tough and manly, yet at times enticing to your date? One last question: Do you … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to 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 16 Air Devils … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: DEADLY BLESSING 1981; $17.98-$29.98; R Our favorite horro-hack, Wes Craven, showed his asp in this ultra giggly jiggle-fest that pits screamin’ cuties Maren Jensen, Lisa Hartman and Sharon Stone (yes, that Sharon Stone!) against mad cultist Ernest Borgnine(!) and his snake-handlin’ clan, the “Hitites” (aka “Amish with Attitude”). Forget all that … Continued

Inbox — Jan. 16, 2013

Savage Loving There is more to “Savage Love” than meets the eye. Dan Savage is an advocate for the LGBTQ community, the adoption community, and bullied youth. He promotes condom usage, regular STI testing and open communication between sexual partners. As the co-founder of the It Gets Better Project, he has drawn much needed attention … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: My name is Nancy, and I’m 19. My boyfriend’s name is Carl, we have been together for almost a year and we have great sex frequently. I want to do something sexy for us on our anniversary. I plan on being with Carl for years to come, and I don’t want the sex to … Continued

Theater: History lesson

‘The Whipping Man’ An Actors Theatre production. Written by Matthew Lopez. Directed by Meredith McDonough. Continues through Feb. 2 in the Bingham Theatre, 316 W. Main St. For tickets, go to or call 584-1205. History is written in books, and there is no shortage of books on the Civil War. You can learn about … Continued

Film: Will Oldham shines in ‘New Jerusalem’

At first glance, Will Oldham is unrecognizable in “New Jerusalem,” a film that is itself a departure from the previous work of its makers. Those who caught “The Comedy” at the Flyover Fest last year may have similar trouble identifying this latest from director Rick Alverson and co-writer/actor Colm O’Leary. Their new offering is sincere … Continued

Bar Belle: My drinking evolution

We all go through phases, and I think that’s a good thing. It means we’re changing, trying new things, refining our palates, discovering new adventures, improving our lives. I went through a Sharon Stone phase once, and although I didn’t learn much from it, I can kill at the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game … Continued

Simply Thai’s Middletown shop trails the original

The sun shimmers like a brass gong in the pale, washed-out desert sky. There’s not so much as a breath of cooling breeze. I can see a big cactus, but it’s not much good for shade. Thirsty. So thirsty. The sun beats down, baking, burning. And then my eyes pop open, doing the familiar where-am-I … Continued

Comedy: Deep in Northern Territory

Tim Northern has been headlining clubs all across America for more than a decade. His humor is smart and biting, cut with a unique sense of charm and wit. This weekend Tim is going up at The Bard’s Town, in front of a hometown audience, to record what will become his next album. For those … Continued

Book: Novelist Stewart gives tense relationships a home

What keeps the bonds of family strong? Security, trust and support rank high, of course. But many would also add that a sense of place is important. Leah Stewart writes of a family where all of these are tested in her new novel “The History of Us.” She’ll be coming to Carmichael’s Thursday for a … Continued

Cute Mutant

I find it hard to believe any of the press for Boston band Skimask. Touted as a duo of microphone and electronics users accompanied by a “self-aware” drum machine, the group create music that sounds like an a cappella and eminently danceable Karp, as fronted by a particularly snarky David Yow. The fact that you … Continued

Sailing Stones

Kirk Kiefer has played in a bunch of bands around Louisville, including the recently retired dust-kickers Yardsale, and the Health and Happiness Family Gospel Band, an all-star collective of old-timey lovers. Now he steps out with a solo statement more in debt to Big Star than the Stones. Aided by pros like Joan Shelley, Todd … Continued

Triveni II

Trio work involves delicate balancing and supportive interaction among musicians. The task is complicated when there is no chordal instrument, but trumpeter Cohen rises to the challenge. He is not so much “accompanied” as he is joined by bassist Omer Avital and drummer Nasheet Waits. Charles Mingus and Ornette Coleman influences are clear in both … Continued

Love Out Loud

Anthony David’s career was cemented when the Obamas publicly lauded his major label debut, Acey Duecy. He promptly returned to the indies and has been releasing an overwhelming amount of music since, including three 2011 projects. This can be a gift and curse, however, as quality control can take a hit. Love Out Loud is … Continued