Issue February 4, 2014

The Toki Effect

When Toki Masabuchi got married, her father came from Japan to attend the wedding in Louisville. She ordered sushi from a health food store for the wedding, and her father was taken aback. “Is this what Japanese food is in Kentucky?” he asked. He encouraged her to think about bringing the flavors she knew well … Continued

Testing the waters

For the last three years, I have not been actively seeking a new full-time job. I worked enough to pay my bills and took the down time in my career to become a wife and a mother. Recently, I decided my soul has rested enough, and my empty pockets say it is time to re-enter … Continued

Heroin madness

The heroin epidemic got a little more personal Sunday with the news that it had claimed the life of Philip Seymour Hoffman at 46. We had mutual friends in the acting community. Driving downtown amid a snowfall, I called one in Philadelphia and listened to her voice describe the collective gasp of a rehearsal cast … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

More hooks than a pirate in a smokehouse I was talking with one of my very smart friends the other night. The band was pretty loud, so, at first, I couldn’t quite follow what he was saying. “What’s so hard about karaoke?” We had been talking about the odd new direction my songwriting had taken. … Continued


Berea is for lovers One of the most prolific contributors to the local music scene hasn’t even been local lately, but he’s still pumping out product like he never left. John King’s resume is varied and unique — he has created and produced visual art and music, curated the long-running record series (and label) Louisville … 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 FEB 5 Air Devils … Continued


by Danny Bonvissuto Lisa was eight months pregnant and ready to meet her second son. Baby showers had been thrown, rompers had been bought and tiny hats had been knitted. Then one morning she felt a flutter kick that was never repeated. I found out about Lisa’s stillborn son one morning after toddler music class. … Continued

Like The Sands through the hourglass

When is a supergroup not a supergroup? In the case of The Sands, it’s when the band’s members have all played in bands who are mostly famous in Bloomington, Ind., and the most famous member of the band is known, if at all, for a reason that has nothing to do with music. Going on … Continued

Hope for the homeless

 Two years ago, volunteers with the annual homeless street count found 150 people tucked away in those places that are easy to forget about — alleyways, overpasses and tents alongside the river. Last year, only 63 were found, a dramatic decrease homeless advocates attributed to the punishing weather. That night was declared a “white flag” … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: ALL IS LOST 2013; $16.98; PG-13 Robert Redford delivers a master’s course in acting in this nearly dialogue-free one-man show set on a leaking boat in the middle of a relentless sea. While his name is never revealed, he wakes up to find his yacht has collided with something, ripping a … Continued


<MUSIC> Thursday, Feb. 6 Mind Over Mirrors Dreamland 810 E. Market St. $10; 8 p.m. Mind Over Mirrors is made up of one solitary harmoniumist/electronicist, Jaime Fennelly. His fourth album, When the Rest Are Up at Four (on Immune Recordings), followed his previous releases with Digitalis, Hands in the Dark and Aguirre/Gift Tapes. Fennelly … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: What is the best way to sanitize a latex dildo? At least I think it’s a latex dildo. I actually don’t know. I had a yeast infection a few months ago, and before I knew what was up, I used my toy. Now I’m afraid to touch it until I know it won’t re-infect … Continued

Inbox — Feb. 5, 2014

Visible Leap Regarding the new column in LEO Weekly, In Visible Ink: Jaison Gardner is out and proud! This is a great column to be added to your weekly run. Surely his words inspired and encouraged many to take the leap to freedom. Please seriously consider this outstanding work to be a regular feature. Thanks. … Continued

Waging a fight

Lyn Riley has just walked home through the snow to her tiny one-bedroom apartment in Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood after working a seven-hour shift at a nearby chain store that evening. But despite working full time, she only makes $7.50 an hour, frustratingly telling LEO that even with government financial assistance, she can barely scrape enough … Continued

Taste Bud: Out of my head?

In honor of the return of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” on Sunday, I decided to eat a brain. I know, I know. I must be out of my head, right? (Sorry, that was a really bad joke. Let’s begin again.) I admit I have always been intrigued by the notion of eating brains. Sure, it’s … Continued

We wrestle and win at El Taco Luchador

OK, Taco Luchador, we get the “taco” part. But what the heck is a “luchador”? Simple, señoras y señores! The luchador is a skilled artisan, a practitioner of lucha libre (“free fight”), the manly art of self-defense. In other words, luchadores are Mexican pro wrestlers. But trust me on this, luche libre makes the overweight, … Continued

Culture: From ‘Double Dribble’ to ‘Punch Out’

I spent a great deal of my childhood playing video games at Eastern Lanes bowling alley in Clarksville. Pinball, too. But the video games, stuff like “Asteroids” and “Galaga,” are what I spent most of my money on. There was also another game I loved: “Pole Position II.” For a quarter, you could climb into … Continued

Culture: That other derby

There is a saying in roller derby: It’s better to be knocked down than knocked up. The phrase speaks to the physicality of the contact sport, which for the uninitiated can look like a disorganized tangle of women playing bumper cars with their bodies while a ref circles around whistling and pointing at random players. … Continued

Comedy: Eugene Mirman — Earning an A in comedy

Eugene Mirman is a prolific guy. You might recognize him as the character Eugene from “Flight of the Conchords,” or for his voice work as Cecil Tunt on “Archer,” or for his most recent role as Gene on “Bob’s Burgers.” But it’s the comedian’s stand-up act that brings him to Headliners on Tuesday. Comedy has … Continued