Issue February 19, 2013

House of Cards

Shortly after the University of Louisville Cardinals completed their inaugural basketball season in the immaculate new KFC Yum! Center in 2011, financial behemoth Goldman Sachs released a series of ads touting their role in pushing the arena’s financing across the finish line. “How do you put together a package and a financing plan that investors … Continued

Inbox — Feb. 20, 2013

Watch Your Step This past weekend I had the pleasure of enjoying a stroll along the new Big Four Bridge. It was nice to experience the civic pride evident as Louisvillians of all shapes and sizes made their way up the ramp and across the bridge. My pride, however, took a severe blow when I … Continued

Top 10 Black Heroes and Villains

From never-ending political wrangling to murder, there’s enough serious stuff going on. I say let’s take a break from it, relax and have some fun for a change. In honor of the Oscars and Black History Month, here are “The Jones’ Top 10 Black Movie and Television Heroes and Villains.” Though “Django Unchained” has generated … Continued

The lives and death of Jon Cook

Musician, visual artist and writer Jon Cook, an iconic child of the Highlands, was blessed with a strong heart and titanic talents. But he was besieged by addiction and bipolar disorder — a toxic cocktail of tragic flaws that would make Shakespeare blush. His complexity resonates in the mixed reviews of an elderly couple who … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: FAST GIRLS 2012; $24.98-$27.98; UR We got a real kick out of this hokey “poor girl athlete competes with rich girl athlete for a spot on the Olympic team” retread from Britain. Yeah, it trots out every sports cliché in the book, but we were nonetheless thoroughly entertained as lovely athletes … Continued

Staffpicks

<DRAG> Thursday, Feb. 21 Alaska Thunderfuck Prime Lounge 106 W. Main St. facebook.com/HardCandyKY $6-$15; 10:30 p.m. If you’re not already a fan of the best show on TV, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” then you owe it to yourself to sample this live performance (and meet-and-greet) with one of the current stars of the competition showcase, Alaska … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to pberkowitz@leoweekly.com 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 20 Air Devils … Continued

Trust issues

It all started to unravel with a phone call. At 10:30 a.m., with less than two hours until the Monday filing deadline for legislation, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, received word from the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. Her new ordinance, which would have raised insurance premiums by 1 percent within the Urban Services District to help … Continued

Theater: ‘Jackie and Me’ tells story of racism, heroism

When Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947, it wasn’t revered like it is today. Fans, opponents and even teammates jeered and tormented the stoic Robinson along his long and difficult journey. “Jackie and Me,” a play by Steven Dietz and based on the book by Dan Gutman, paints a touching, sometimes … Continued

B-sides

A long day The Downtown County Band has a very busy schedule planned to spread their modernized take on bluegrass and other classic Americana sounds around on Friday. At noon, they play WFPK’s “Live Lunch,” then head to an acoustic set at 6 p.m. at the Louisville Tea Company. The main event is a headlining … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

A PROGRAMMING NOTE: I hosted a live taping of the “Savage Lovecast” in Seattle on Valentine’s Day, and it went great — thanks to all who came (especially to the five boys who left with butt plugs in their butts) — but I made the mistake of having a drink or five afterward, and I’m … Continued

Taste Bud: Home-styling in Bardstown

My mother and grandmother were both skilled at making pot roast, and it was a staple of my youth. However, I’ve not found a consistent pot roast in area restaurants. But a recent visit to Bardstown, the bourbon capital of the world, changed all that for me. My girlfriend Cynthia and I decided to have … Continued

Vegan, omnivore, it’s all virtuous at Earth Friends Café

“You’re taking forever to eat your soup,” my wife grumbled. “What are you doing?” “Juft a minip,” I mumbled. I hate to talk with my mouth full. “… six, seven, eight …” This earned me a glare, but I kept on keeping on. “Garbanzo. Pinto. Great Northern. There’s a lima.” As it turned out, I … Continued

Book: A rambling mess of a ‘Holiday’

‘Every Day is an Atheist Holiday’ Written by Penn Jillette. Blue Rider Press; 288 pgs., $25.95. When you have a great title and a couple hundred pages to fill, one hopes it’s more substantive than what the (endlessly) vocal half of Penn & Teller has done with “Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday.” What had the … Continued

Twenty years of jazz

The University of Louisville’s School of Music is celebrating 20 years of stellar jazz presentations, and Mike Tracy, director of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program, found it hard to choose highlights. “Meeting and hanging with many of the legends who have passed — like Dave Brubeck, Elvin Jones, Ray Brown, Michael Brecker, Art Farmer, … Continued

Book: What happened in Haiti after the quake?

As the only full-time U.S. journalist to cover the 2010 Haiti earthquake as it was happening, Associated Press reporter and Louisville native Jonathan Katz witnessed the chaos that killed more than 300,000 people and left millions more destitute. In his new book, “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti … Continued

Art: Sandra Charles marries art and faith

As Hotel Louisville has a dual purpose in providing shelter for citizens at risk of being homeless in our city and serving conventional hotel clientele, so does the Anderson Chapel located inside it, home of the Wayside Expressions Gallery. The walls of the chapel also serve as a gallery, meaning the art featured on them … Continued

Pleased to squeeze me

One of those bands who demand the use of non-words like “funnest,” the satirically avant-garde Squeeze-bot are releasing their second studio album, Sweet Dreams Are Made of Squeeze, featuring versions of songs by Charles Mingus, The Beatles, Rufus Wainwright and more, as well as the theme for “The Price is Right.” LEO asked accordion-playing leader … Continued

The Marriage of True Minds

Matmos continue their storied tradition of genre-bending experimentation with The Marriage of True Minds, which again finds the pair working around a unified theme: telepathy. As much an art installation-meets-science project as an album, Minds finds them placing volunteer subjects into sensory deprivation, then trying to project their record into the volunteer’s mind. Any sound … Continued

Sounds for an Old Soul

For many people, the music they discover as teens stays with them throughout life, continuing to inform and reinforce their taste and musical decision-making. Though it’s hard to tell when Gabe Close grew up, the imprint of the heartland songwriters of the 1980s continually soaks the songs on the seriously titled Sounds for an Old … Continued

Odessa

Frequently sounding like they’re in a hurry to beat back the other revival-rock bands in the region, Discount Guns can be credited with doing a fine job of breathing new life into not-unfamiliar sounds. As in debt to early ’70’s classic-rock groove bands as they are to today’s Black Keys and friends, the two men … Continued

What the Brothers Sang

Here’s title No. 161 for the BPB completist to add to his library. It’s ostensibly a collection of Everly Brothers songs, though Everly fans looking for classics like “All I Have to Do is Dream” will have to dream on, as most of the songs here are more obscure. This won’t matter to younger fans, … Continued