Issue February 11, 2014

The Lust List

Peace, Love & Chocolate @ Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen Throw away your Cosmo, turn off this season of “The Bachelor” and put those batteries back in the drawer. The key to pleasing a woman can be found in the interplay of three simple words — peace, love and chocolate. Worship her (love), bring … Continued


BY KIM GREEN @aviatrixkim My husband Hal and I and were hanging out in an Atlantic City bar, chatting with a clean-cut 20-something about Hillary Clinton, not long before her failed bid for the Democratic nomination. "I’d never vote for a woman president," said the guy, who described himself as some sort of political operative. … Continued

A snow baby

According to family lore, I was born during a snowstorm. My dad drove my mom to the hospital, all of two blocks away in our tiny Indiana town. When they got there in the middle of the night, Mom was rarin’ to go but the doctor was not. He had been up all the previous … Continued

Who will revere the trans woman?

Gabourey Sidibe, the actress from the movie “Precious” and TV’s “American Horror Story,” created quite a stir during an appearance on “The Arsenio Hall Show” when she used what many perceive to be a transphobic slur. On the show, Sidibe recalled recent visits to New Orleans, where there always seemed to be a large number … Continued

The Lust List

The cantankerous burlesque troupe Va Va Vixens has been spreading Louisville love for nearly five years. They boast more than 25 half-nekkid members, all of whom will climb atop the Headliners stage this weekend for their final performances of the sexy show “Va Va Valentine.” LEO sat down fully clothed with sassy Vixen Lola Licious. … Continued

Respect: Lucero’s past, present and future

Lucero is so popular in Louisville, you’d be forgiven for not knowing they call Memphis home. The soul-country-rock band, currently an octet, returns Monday for what will be a packed heat wave of a winter show benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. The BBBS idea came together when Lucero, about to hit the road … Continued

The Lust List

Louisville Metro Government declared itself a “compassionate city” in 2011, pledging to harness the empathy of its citizens into loving acts of kindness toward others in need. A current research project being conducted by two University of Louisville professors seeks to verify whether such a label is apt for the city, and if its residents … Continued

Fergie: A Tribute to Steve Ferguson

Before NRBQ co-founders Terry Adams and Steve Ferguson actually met, Adams heard Ferguson playing “Eight Miles High.” “He wasn’t just copying the record,” Adams recalls, “he was putting himself into it.” The same is true of Wayne Young’s playing on Fergie. At times, Young rips off licks reminiscent of Ferguson’s unique guitar style, but it’s … Continued

The Lust List

When I approached Lydia Lagenour and her friend at the bar, I felt a flutter in my stomach, even though I knew I was only doing research for a story. Ligneous is an attractive young woman with beautiful brown hair and a nose ring — the latter of which led to confusion after I asked … Continued

The Unintentional Sea

Southeast of Los Angeles in some of America’s most inhospitable, barren desert land lies the Salton Sea, a euphemistically named, hyper-salinated inland lake formed after a massive irrigation-canal-building engineering bungle around the turn of the century filled the dry Salton Sink lake bed with millions of gallons of water. Faced with this massive disaster, which … Continued

… It’s Jayle Time

Jaye Jayle is the boozehound alter ego of Evan Patterson, best known as the frontman of the vicious rock group Young Widows. But fans of Patterson’s other band, Old Baby, will find the most to love here, as … It’s Jayle Time offers a more stripped-down version of the psychedelic blues sound that band does … Continued


Dry goods Singer/guitarist Heidi Howe celebrates her first new album in seven years, Be Good, with a record release show Saturday at the New Vintage.  LEO: How did the theme of addiction influence this album? Heidi Howe: Quite a few of the songs on the album were born during times I was feeling very powerless … 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 12 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

Grimes and riddles

Congressman John Yarmuth stood before a crowd of more than 1,000 in Louisville’s West End last Thursday, delivering welcome breaking news before introducing the woman they hope will defeat Sen. Mitch McConnell this November, Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Noting that McConnell’s campaign has dismissed polls over the last six months showing him … Continued

Away With Words

Trumpeter Craig Tweddell’s debut blends the classic jazz instrumentation of acoustic bass (Luke McIntosh), drums (Zack Kennedy) and tenor saxophone (Dave Kana) with the sparkling sound of the Fender Rhodes (Todd Hildreth), resulting in a feel similar to transitional Miles albums such as Filles de Kilimanjaro. Opener “Killing Two Birds with One’s Tone” sets the … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: BAD DREAMS/VISITING HOURS 2014; $22.98-$24.98; R Wow, what a pairing of great, if obscure, ’70s terrors. The first is about a young woman (Jennifer “Screamers” Rubin) who wakes from a 13-year coma to discover she had been caught in the suicide-explosion of a crazed cult — and their ghosts want to … Continued


<MUSIC> Thursday, Feb. 13 Hopsin Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road $22; 8 p.m. While the creativity of hip-hop you hear on the radio has continued to wane, a class of fresh alternative rappers has filled the void on quality, and that’s precisely the niche Hopsin fills. A rapper whose rise to fame came … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am an 18-year-old pansexual girl. I’m currently in a relationship with a guy. He is a bit younger, though mature for his age. We get along great, our friends like us together, yada yada yada. He wants to do the waiting until marriage thing for sex. I’m cool with that, less pressure in … Continued

Inbox — Feb. 12, 2014

Kudos for Context I appreciated reading the perceptive article about Matt Bevin, “The Senate sleeper,” in the Jan. 22 LEO Weekly. While many reporters now just blindly pass on whatever a candidate says, your reporter, Joe Sonka, offered some context: “One area where Bevin strays from his small-government advocacy is abortion … Bevin touted … … Continued

Opera: Singing the blues

Even opera buffs have to shake their heads sometimes over Grand Opera’s notoriously improbable plot lines. But French composer Charles Gounod, who had seen several of his operas fail from plot malfunction, was taking no chances with “Roméo et Juliette.” Gounod and his librettists went straight to Shakespeare and followed the Bard’s famous play pretty … Continued

Film: Pleased, indeed

This month, the longtime-in-the-making debut film from Louisville production company 180 Degrees will finally hit the big screen. “Pleased to Meet Me” is the quirky story (based on actual events) of a musician (played by musician and actor John Doe), threatened with bankruptcy and a lawsuit from his record label, who turns to his lost … Continued

Can Riviera Maya exorcise a haunted venue?

This may seem a topic better suited for Halloween than the dead of icy winter coming up on Fat Tuesday, but hey, let’s talk about “haunted” restaurant locations. Local foodies quickly learn about these venues that seem to labor under a curse, housing one short-lived restaurant failure after another. For more than a generation, the … Continued

Eight minutes with the woman who could ditch Mitch

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes sat down with LEO Weekly for eight minutes last Thursday to discuss several policy issues facing Kentucky and the nation. Here’s the transcript from that interview. LEO Weekly: Are you for keeping the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, or would you rather get rid of that? Alison … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

Is it OK to bring an infant to a high-end fine dining restaurant? My short answer is no, but I have a column word-count allowance to blow, so allow me to elaborate. A couple of weeks ago, some new-ish parents brought their 8-month-old along when dining at Alinea, Chef Grant Achatz’s temple to molecular gastronomy … Continued

Bar Belle: Be My Valentine

I used to look forward to Valentine’s Day as a child. It was the one time of year I could find out what the boys in my class thought about me. At the instruction of our teacher, we would create a large envelope-like mechanism that would collect our classmates’ valentines. My heart raced every time … Continued

Art: Let’s make a deal

Vallorie Henderson is an acclaimed textile artist, but it’s her job at the Kentucky Small Business Development Center that caught my attention. She promotes the radical notion that visual artists should treat their output like any other small business. LEO: Artists are a business? We talk so much about the creative side, we forget artists … Continued