Issue January 29, 2013

Time traveling man

"Music has always come to me through a friend or through a film, and I just want to receive that invitation. I follow it as far as I can through the wormhole until I receive another invitation that I want to follow more.” James Edward Olliges Jr. was born in Louisville on April 27, 1978. … Continued

Gravity’s angel

My lab partner and I made a homunculus for a science project. I was majoring in ventriloquism, and she was studying sculpture, but we had to get some credits in the science department in order to graduate. That’s where we met, ironically. We both thought it was a big joke, walking down the halls lined … Continued

Breaker Breaker. Do you copy?

The battery in my truck was dead the other night and I was late for a concert. My girlfriend was kind enough to let me borrow her car for the evening. I’m unfamiliar with the stereo system in her vehicle and was running up and down the dial searching for something to listen to that … Continued

Making room

Learning becomes more difficult as we age not because we have trouble absorbing new information, but because we fail to forget the old stuff, researchers say … Think of it as writing on a blank piece of white paper versus a newspaper page, said the lead author, Joe Z. Tsien. “The difference is not how … Continued


THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: ALEX CROSS 2012; $19.98; PG-13 We’ve never been big fans of Tyler Perry, largely because of his arrogance. He truly believes he is the only writer/director with a handle on what the black filmgoer wants to see — but not anymore! Here he takes a James Patterson novel and tries to … Continued


<BOOK> Wednesday, Jan. 30 Leeza Gibbons Barnes & Noble The Summit • 327-0410 Free; 7 p.m. When I was a tween, I wanted to be Leeza Gibbons. As one of the hosts on “Entertainment Tonight,” I thought she had the perfect job — interviewing celebrities and sitting beside John Tesh. I suppose it’s why I … Continued

A wild ride

Nearly three years after the bankrupt Six Flags closed Kentucky Kingdom, it now appears the operator who built the park to its peak in the 1990s will have a crack at reopening the amusement park next year. On Thursday, the Kentucky State Fair Board signed a 50-year preliminary lease with Ed Hart’s Kentucky Kingdom LLLP … Continued

Inbox — Jan. 30, 2013

Applauded Efforts I found Karen Smith’s Inbox comments regarding Dismas Charities inmates at the Louisville Zoo (LEO Weekly, Jan. 9) to be offensive, narrow-minded and misinformed. I would suggest she research what constitutes a felony conviction. Assuming this legal classification would automatically render inmates as a threat to children only shows ignorance. I applaud both … Continued

A higher standard

Instead of passing notes in junior high school, Amy McDonald used sign language. This youthful fascination with using her hands to communicate led her to pursue a career in sign language interpreting and culminated when she entered the University of Louisville’s fledgling American Sign Language Interpreter Studies program. But McDonald is still waiting for that … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’ve been a fan of your “Savage Lovecast” for a long time, but I had to write after hearing Marty Klein’s awesome talk about the fallacy of “sex addiction.” I am 27, and for most of my adult life, I have suffered from complete sexual dysfunction with partners. I was ashamed and thought I … Continued

Me Vs. Music

Mighty real I read in the news about a local minister and his partner being denied a marriage license and then arrested for peacefully protesting this injustice. Having said that, I remember the sad Election Day when Kentuckians were asked to pass judgment on the way someone makes love and who they decide to make … Continued

Sweet songs summon a new kind of musical

Hey, Tommy, you can have rock opera … and you don’t have to be an American Idiot to appreciate a musical that follows a story arc built to complement a concept album. But how about some musical theater named after its own soundtrack? If it sounds like a trickier thing, it may also be more … 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 30 Air Devils … Continued

Locavore Lore: Some are more equal than others

Jenny Brown’s right leg left Kentucky before she did, as she writes in her rousing, wrenching memoir about a childhood battle with bone cancer, her path to veganism and animal rights activism, making undercover films for PETA, and founding the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in upstate New York. The author, who set out to write … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

When the announcement came that Lynn’s Paradise Cafe had closed, I considered writing a column headlined “(Lynn’s) Paradise Lost,” but before my monthly column’s week rolled around, there was already an article titled “Paradise lost” — in this very paper. For anyone living outside the Louisville Metro area (or inside it, but also under a … Continued

Punch Brothers dance around the B-word

The Punch Brothers never exactly denied being a bluegrass band. But violinist Gabe Witcher says it’s becoming easier as time goes on for the group to use the “B word” — or, for that matter, any other terms the group wants to use when people want to know how to describe the music. “I don’t … Continued

Bar Belle: Too old for this shit

The other night my friend and I, both in our 30s, snuck out of a party thrown by a 25-year-old. It was nearly 2:30 a.m., but the shame that came as we darted for the door, heads down, hoodies up, was more than I can bare. The DJ outlasted us. The couple making out in … Continued


Super fuzz Weird Girl was never a girl. The band first popped up on the online music site Bandcamp, where, as a guitars-and-drums duo, they released a series of singles and EPs last fall, available for free downloading. The band, now a trio, is finishing work on their first full-length album, Bad Friends. They sat … Continued

Culture: An evening with song and slander

Get ready for a night of hysterical craziness: Leslie Jordan and Varla Jean Merman are taking the stage at the Bomhard Theater to present “an evening of song and slander.” The night starts off with “chantoozie” Varla Jean, the wild alter ego of comedian and drag queen Jeffery Roberson. The lovechild of the one-month-long marriage … Continued

Comedy: After school with Mr. Jackson

A Miami seventh-grade teacher by day, Al Jackson launched his comedy career at night, showing up at any open-mic that would take him. His secret didn’t last long. “After a while, the kids would be, like, ‘My mommy and daddy said they saw you at the comedy club this weekend.’” Jackson has since been featured … Continued

Art: Coupling up for ‘Complementary’

The idea for “Complementary,” now on exhibit at the Green Building Gallery, was a frank chat curator Daniel Pfalzgraf had with Cheryl Chapman, painter and longtime partner to photographer Julius Friedman. Chapman’s lucid assessment of her creative relationship with Friedman inspired Pfalzgraf to look around at other couples in our community whose creativity worked in … Continued


The trio of Yo La Tengo are professors in exploring the range of indie rock. Let us recall 2009’s Popular Songs, a record divided by gorgeous, textural tunes and its lengthy second half that sinks and steamrolls to a close. Their 13th studio album, Fade, invests in a more confined time space with no detours. … Continued


With three albums of unorthodox rock under their belts, Tomahawk (vocalist Mike Patton, guitarist Duane Denison, bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer John Stanier) let Oddfellows expand upon their group chemistry, while each contribute elements of their distinct styles. It makes for a creative album that hijacks rock ’n’ roll and infuses it with that extra … Continued


Reviews of locals should never take budget into account; when a Jalin Roze can create major-label quality on a day-job budget, excuses are unacceptable. Rnbw Mzk is bad. Poorly recorded and mixed, the shoestrings here are frayed, knotted things. The vocals are all over the place, the beat is suggested more than adhered to, and … Continued

Finally Rich

Keith Cozart is a master of satire. The teenager has captured an eager public and media, none of whom seem in on the joke. The Chicago man-child, famous for the Kanye co-opted single “I Don’t Like” and his legal troubles during his city’s deadly summer, released this retail debut that only rarely escapes the smirking … Continued