Issue March 4, 2014

Signs of change

Above the corner of Grinstead and Bardstown in Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood stands a billboard that has surely bewildered many passersby, not to mention angered many who have deciphered its true message. “Not everyone who is gay is happy. You have options,” reads the billboard, which recently was vandalized with a dissenting reply in large black … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS 2013; $17.98-$35.98; R This popular Coen Brothers indie stars Oscar Isaac from “The Bourne Legacy” as a young folk singer on a 1961 journey to discover … well, we’re not sure what he’s trying to discover, but being former plunk-and-wheezers ourselves, we found it very entertaining. True to … Continued

Council clash

Since 2011, the Democratic Caucus of Louisville Metro Council has been besieged with scandal and infighting, particularly the ethics and expulsion trials of Councilwomen Judy Green and Barbara Shanklin. News from the past few weeks suggests that such drama may be there to stay. In last Thursday’s Democratic Caucus meeting, a fight that has been … Continued

Staffpicks

<FILM> Thursday, March 6 ‘The Rabbi’s Cat’ Floyd Theater, U of L facebook.com/TheFloydTheater Free; 5 p.m. Louisville’s Tournees French Film Festival closes its 2014 month in the Student Activities Center with “Le Chat du Rabbin,” also known as “The Rabbi’s Cat”. The beloved animated movie about a rabbi and his talking cat was based on … Continued

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Vodka Yonic

I’ve done some crazy things in the name of love. I’ve been involved in incidents that ended in broken bones, fires, appendages bursting through walls, poison ivy in very intimate places, and nights in jail. I’ve had accidental threesomes — you know, the kind where you think everyone is joking around, until they’re not. I’ve … Continued

We don’t like the drugs (but the drugs like us)

 A new study has confirmed what most in law enforcement, emergency care and addiction prevention already know: Kentucky has a drug problem, or drug problems, depending on how you look at things. The good news first: The total number of Kentucky resident overdose deaths leveled off from 2011 to 2012. The bad news: The rate … Continued

Taste Bud: Relishing the Mexican bloody mary

I had heard of micheladas before, and I had seen them, but something about the translucent red color made me mistakenly think they must be sweet. And then, one day, I thought, Eh, what the hell? My life hasn’t been the same since. I’m addicted; obsessed, even. While the recipes for a michelada vary wildly … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: You always take questions from BDSMers and cuckolds and other hardcore sexers, but will you take mine? I plead with you! Won’t you please offer some advice for me, a simple heterosexual girl having problems with her heterosexual male? My boyfriend always closes and locks the door behind him when he pees. It hurts … Continued

Inbox — March 3, 2014

Moving Forward Over the last four months, I have been working to increase renewable energy in Kentucky through the Clean Energy and Opportunity Act. It has been one of the most difficult things I have done so far, but also one of the most rewarding. I watched as cities were destroyed in the Philippines due … Continued

Theater: Characters shine in ‘Partners’

‘Partners’ Part of the 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays. Written by Dorothy Fortenberry. Directed by Lila Neugebauer. Continues through April 6 at Actors Theatre, 316 W. Main St. For tickets and info, go to actorstheatre.org. The details may change from century to century and country to country, but as a theatrical genre, the … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

Minimum outrage Seventy-one percent of Americans, including 52 percent of Republicans, support raising the minimum wage to at least $9 an hour. What does it mean for our system of government when a clear majority of the population favors a policy, yet our elected representatives refuse to implement it? Who’s in charge here, anyway? This … Continued

Dressed to impress

Derby is getting so near, I can smell it. It’s the time when Louisville cleans up its act and welcomes racing fans from around the world. With the Derby comes the rise of shopping experiences tailored to outfitting Kentucky in style. Many of these take place in the form of charity events and galas. I … Continued

Good riddance, Mitch McConstipator

In 1984, Alabama native Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. defeated U.S. Senator Walter “Dee” Huddleston, D-Ky., after a TV ad campaign — “Where’s Dee?” — featuring bloodhounds in search of the purportedly absent incumbent. The classic spots helped define him as a master strategist and began a 29-year reign that finds the Republican minority leader in … Continued

B-sides

American democracy The Instruction released their debut album, Failure By Design, in the summer of 2009. Its follow-up is coming … eventually. Though the band released an EP online last year, work on the sophomore album, Monster Maker, has been more challenging. A release date in late summer is hoped for now. Most of the … Continued

Proof on Main’s new chef perfects the art of fancy farm dining

What the Flock?! No, that’s not a question. It’s a title, the moniker artist Johnston Foster bestowed on the “site-specific installation” (you or I might call it a “sculpture show”) that, since 2012, has filled the overhead space in Proof on Main with a squadron of exploding seagulls. Let’s face it, Proof on Main is … Continued

Work hard, play hard

Being a member of Arcade Fire has its perks. When LEO spoke with multi-instrumentalists Will Butler and Richard Reed Parry recently, it was in a week that also included their performance on the new “Tonight Show” and another trip to play at Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti. Oh, and they had just been nominated for an … 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 MAR 5 Air Devils … Continued

Culture: Get in line, soldiers

Over the sound of a fiddle, Deborah Denenfeld’s voice breaks through loud and clear: “Now promenade!” With the instruction, the group breaks the large circle they had formed with their hands and pairs off — well, except one couple. Somehow, they’ve been separated from one another. The woman, a newcomer to all this, flails her … Continued

Book: Denise Levertov — An open book, and always relevant

‘The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov’ By Denise Levertov. New Directions; 1063 pgs., $49.95. As a former high-school English teacher, I say fondly that one of my favorite things to teach was poetry. It’s 10th graders, typically, who get a poetry unit, much of which comes out of textbooks. One poem I’ve seen in numerous … Continued

Art: Carving out a tradition

Folk art. While that term is heartwarming and approachable, it doesn’t really explain what type of art it is. After all, we’re all folks. In its current usage, it means art created by a person who is self-taught or who didn’t have professional training. Elijah Pierce, an African-American sculptor/barber/preacher (1892-1984), was recognized in his later … Continued