Issue February 26, 2013

A matter of time

Jennifer Turner’s move from Paducah to Louisville 11 years ago was not intended to be an act of revolution. She and her husband had merely decided to commit to the dream that haunts every unsatisfied citizen of small-town America and try a fresh start in a bigger city. Her husband’s mother had recently relocated here, … Continued

You may or may not be a miracle

You are a unique miracle. Consider: The universe is 13.77 billion years old, give or take a few weeks. The Milky Way is 13.2 billion years old. The earth is 4.6 billion years old. And life on earth goes back 3.6 billion years, which is when the first, most primitive cells emerged — what scientists … Continued

I’ll be around

My neighbors got a divorce. He started putting his stuff in storage last fall, and then he moved away. Then the neighbor on the other side of their house passed away, and a real estate company came and bought his house. The company sent a crew to fix the place up, and now it’s for … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: RED DAWN 2012; $24.98-$39.98; PG-13 A remake of the much-loved teens-against-Commies actioner of 1984 that launched or cemented the careers of Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen and others. This new one stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki and the like. How does it compare? … Continued


Spaghetti metal Wild West metal band Stagecoach Inferno recently released an EP and is already planning their follow-up. LEO asked guitarist Brennan Ray to explain their unique perspective. LEO: You have some seriously awesome song titles. Where does the inspiration come from? Brennan Ray: Thanks! I guess, first, it should be explained that we’re a … 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 27 Air Devils … Continued

Inbox — Feb. 27, 2013

Fantasy Teams Reading LEO’s excellent article on the Yum! Center’s finances (Feb. 20 issue) reminded me of an initiative I think is long overdue. Could a team not be created here consisting of former U of L, WKU and IU players who are not quite good enough to make the NBA, yet were superb college … Continued

Tame Impala’s one-man revolution

When Kevin Parker penned the lyrics to “Bliss Is Solitude,” he really meant it. A multi-instrumentalist, Parker is the driving force behind the Australian indie band Tame Impala, whose sophomore album, Lonerism, continues a short but burgeoning career that embraces, among other things, the joys of self-reflection. The follow-up to their acclaimed 2010 debut album, … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Feb. 27 Red Baraat Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road $14; 9 p.m. Drummer Sunny Jain began to make his mark with jazz peers including Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer, but he left that world to found Red Baraat, self-described as the “first and only dhol ‘n’ brass band in North America.” … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am writing about a friend. By all appearances, he is straight. However, on more than one occasion, he has gotten drunk and tried to hook up with a transvestite or a person who could have been one. In one instance, he went to a club and was approached by a really masculine-seeming girl … Continued

Theater: Alice in black and white and on stage

Alice Austen broke two major rules — the first, less scandalous but certainly frowned upon, she was a female photographer at the turn of the 20th century. Second, the Staten Island native was a lesbian; her partner of 50 years was dance teacher Gertrude Tate. She picked up her uncle Oswald’s camera when she was … Continued

Humana Fest showcases young talent

Ask Les Waters, who last year was appointed artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, what he finds most satisfying about his career, and he doesn’t talk about his own work as a director — though for more than 30 years he’s been winning plaudits in cities like London, New York, Chicago and Berkeley. Critics … Continued

Locavore Lore: Weed whackers

Apron Inc. is a local organization that helps restaurant workers “get out of the weeds” during times of financial crisis. In honor of the nonprofit’s first birthday — Apron turns 1 this week — let’s imagine what our local food economy might look like without the hard-working people this relief fund serves. There’s a sheet … Continued

Bar Belle: From Meat to Rye

Last Thursday was not my night. I believe I broke every rule in the “Drinking for Dummies” handbook, along with some others that have yet to be established. Have you ever awoken to that sick feeling (not caused by booze) that you did or said something wrong and that you should apologize immediately before checking … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

Oh. Ugh. Burger King acknowledged a few weeks ago that some of its burgers sold in Britain and Ireland had unfortunately included a percentage of horsemeat. Some patties sold at British supermarket chain Tesco included up to 29-percent horsemeat. Worst of all, some crappy frozen lasagna included ground horsemeat, as well. If you’re a Kentucky-American, … Continued

Comedy: Madigan about you

Kathleen Madigan is a tried and true road warrior at the top of her game since breaking into the mainstream public consciousness on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Since that time, she’s appeared on every major talk show you can think of, shot two DVDs, had two half-hour specials and done countless U.S.O. shows for the … Continued

Push the Sky Away

Cave’s solo work has seldom rocked, almost as a response to his previous band, The Birthday Party. Coming off mostly like an angrier Leonard Cohen, Cave has kept a quiet, if seething, croon to his music. His 15th Bad Seeds album, the brilliant Push the Sky Away, is no different, maintaining the usually muted aggression … Continued

Ripely Pine

Twenty-three-year-old Aly Spaltro was working at a video rental store in Maine, writing music each night when she was done with her late shift. Rather than shopping around for labels like in the old days, she recorded rough versions of her songs and gave them away for free at the counters of both her video … Continued

You’re Nothing

While there is nothing glacial about Danish punk/hardcore band Iceage, their name seems strangely appropriate, as their music is crushing and harsh more often than not. There is a youthful vigor in their sophomore release that propels the album along at a frenzied pace. That it can be labeled a hardcore album is in no … Continued


It seems like Thom Yorke is a pretty polarizing personality in music. The general anti-Yorke consensus tends to address what people see as his air of pretention, a claim that can neither be directly validated or has anything to do with his music; maybe dude just likes weird music. If you enjoy what the Radiohead … Continued

Uneasy breathing

Around the end of September, Calvin Miracle started to feel some familiar symptoms. “It was getting harder and harder to breathe. It was getting harder and harder to walk to work,” Miracle says. Finally, one Friday night, it came to a head: “I knew I had an infection going.” Miracle knew the signs from previous … Continued

Politics over protection

For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Senate passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act — the landmark 1994 legislation to protect and empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault — with a large, bipartisan majority, despite two no votes from Kentucky’s delegation, Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell. But just like … Continued