Issue February 5, 2013

Up in arms

Less than two weeks after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., business is booming 800 miles away here at the Louisville Gun and Knife Show. On the weekend of Dec. 29, 2012, hundreds of people pour into the West Hall of the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center to purchase, sell, trade … Continued

Just a pinch

Doubt is a real sunnavabitch. It piles up around your ankles each day beginning the moment you step out of bed and eddies around you like dust particles caught in the sunlight. Spend about five minutes trawling the Internet or watching TV and elements of the reality you’ve come to accept as, well, actually real … Continued

The angina monologue

Seven years ago this week, I got my life back after quadruple bypass surgery. By all medical accounts, it was a miracle I survived hours of angina with 90 percent blockages before I went to a hospital. The whole ordeal is detailed in “Death trumps death” (LEO, July 27, 2011). Drowning in bills, uninsured and … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: BULLY 2011; $14.98-$29.98; PG-13 Finally on video, this is the doc that spawned such controversy over its MPAA rating — not because it was about real-life suicide, murder and relentless abuse of millions of kids, but because it had some naughty words! Master filmmaker Lee Hirsch lets the kids tell their … Continued


<ART> Wednesday, Feb. 6 ‘Changing Art World’ U of L’s Business School 634-2759 • $5 (free for members); 6 p.m. “Value” has multiple meanings — yielding 14, to be exact, with a look at a dictionary. It’s the same when talking about the value of art. Exactly what do you mean — are 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 FEB 6 Air Devils … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

Paying tribute … your own Crazy Train! The Sensational Alex Harvey Band — perhaps the fifth greatest Scottish band of all time — never really broke the ice in the United States. Cleveland, city of abandoned steel mills and burning rivers, was the only exception. In the 1970s, the disaffected youth of Cleveland embraced these … Continued

Inbox — Feb. 6, 2013

Paradise Exposed Commendations need to be awarded for Steve Shaw’s “The dark side of paradise” (LEO Weekly, Jan. 23). The article — using just one example — further dispelled the notion of Louisville as the culinary utopia many believe. From the outside, all local restaurants offer an appealing diversion, perhaps a mystical journey, just awaiting … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a 27-year-old man in a two-year relationship with a 26-year-old woman. My last partner cheated and lied and did some unforgivable things. I wasn’t blameless — I stayed with her long after I realized it wasn’t working — but our relationship did unearth a kink. After I found out about her cheating, I … Continued


New adults on the block Neighbor is a heavy band with some heavy thoughts on their mind. They celebrate the release of their first full-length album, Neighbor, with a release show at Zanzabar on Friday. LEO asked guitarist Sean Gardner about the new record, which was produced by Trip Barriger at Treehouse Audio. LEO: Who … Continued

Theater: Fall in love with ‘Girlfriend’

Matthew Sweet’s 1991 release Girlfriend was essentially his breakup album, recorded shortly after his divorce in 1990. The play “Girlfriend,” written using Sweet’s album as inspiration and a soundtrack by Todd Almond, is a story about the ups, downs and awkward moments of young love. “It’s funny how the album ended up showing everything I … Continued

Film: Liberté, égalité et free movies

The University of Louisville’s Floyd Theatre is hosting a variety of French language films, which continues this week with the stylish and heartwarming “Le Havre.” A winner at multiple international fests, including Cannes, this typically deadpan Aki Kaurismäki flick follows an elderly shoe shiner in the days following his wife’s mysterious illness. During this period, … Continued

Palm reader

A few days before Christmas, indie-rocker Matt Pond calls me from St. Augustine, Fla. He’s mending. Last year, he broke his leg at the start of a tour and played dozens of shows perched on a stool, singing and strumming along with his band. The experience was uncomfortable, and Pond doesn’t want to repeat it. … Continued

Taste Bud: Dishcrawling down Frankfort Avenue

It was damn near foodie nirvana. Last week, I set out on a “Dishcrawl” with 20 or so others down Frankfort Avenue with one mission: to dine it up right, try some new stuff, and socialize a bit. Four stops later, I ended up with a stuffed gut and a big smile. Organizer Leslie Erwin … Continued

Eat like a Mayan and love it at Mayan Café

It says something good about Louisville’s dining scene, I think, that our town’s Latino dining experiences go way beyond just plain Mexican. Not that there’s anything wrong with traditional pan-Mexican/Southwestern/Tex-Mex, mind you, but an hombre can’t live on tacos, rice and beans alone. Never fear, Latino culinary diversity is here, and it has come to … Continued

Book: Loverman

‘Kafka in Love’ By Jacqueline Raoul-Duval. Other Press; 288 pgs., $15.95. “My nights consist of two parts: one wakeful, the other sleepless.” Much of our admiration of Franz Kafka should not exist but for the betrayal of his closest friend; for that, we should feel guilt as we read our treasured texts. These words were … Continued

Take me to your leader

This year’s Kentucky General Assembly session began in full yesterday after a month-long hiatus, though there appears to be no hiatus to the partisan impasse between the chambers on three issues generally perceived to be the most pressing to the state. Both Democrats and Republicans tend to agree that the constitutionally required redistricting for the … Continued

No Beginning No End

I’ll be damned if this isn’t in my top five 335 days from now. The jazzy singer from Minneapolis finally gets a proper U.S. introduction after two incredible records on DJ Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label and a quiet-as-a-whisper standards album on Verve. Those in the know have wielded his songs as secret weapons for several … Continued

Cross Culture

The third release of saxophonist Joe Lovano and his band Us Five builds on the strengths of the prior two. “Blessings in May” opens the disc with strong playing and lots of rhythmic accents; this is one of the few jazz ensembles utilizing two drumset players, Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela. “Journey Within,” like … Continued

Regions of Light and Sound of God

If “State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)” doesn’t get Jim James a guest spot on “Sesame Street,” the producers are nuts. James takes the game of learning vowels, mixes it up into a strange, cryptic journey, and makes me rethink my first grade teacher’s approach. Elsewhere, Regions is everywhere at once. “A New Life” is the … Continued


This is exactly the kind of evolution one wanted to hear on James Business’ second release. After the lo-fi bedroom feel of his first, Life Between Clocks, Business has clearly learned a lot. Moons fits in with the long line of ambient instrumental hip-hop for-a-lack-of-other-descriptors of Prefuse 73 and early Flying Lotus. The broken beats … Continued