Issue March 11, 2014

Art in transition

Louisville’s music and dining scenes have garnered attention for a long time, but only in recent years has the city’s local art received similar recognition. This is in part due to the establishment of a designated art zone on East Market Street, national praise heaped on 21c Museum Hotel and a myriad of new exhibition … Continued

Mr. Audience Participation

Hi. I’m Mr. Audience Participation. You might know me from such events as concerts, movies, plays, ballgames, meetings, presentations and speeches. You might also have seen me on Facebook or YouTube. I love to shout out my own personal observations whenever I feel like it. The audience and performers really seem to love me! Unlike … Continued

Strong Kentucky women

My mother and I attended a recent program in the Mayor’s Gallery at Metro Hall entitled “Kentucky Women Pushing for Civil Rights.” University of Louisville’s African-American Theatre Program did a wonderful job of presenting the stories of famous and lesser-known women who were instrumental in bringing issues of social justice and racial equality to the … Continued

Helping people is totes easy

 Louisvillian Jack DuFour went to Uganda because he wanted to help people. It was 2012. He and girlfriend Alley Heffern, both engineering students at Virginia Tech at the time, joined Engineers Without Borders and went on a service trip to the African country, where they worked on solar panels at an orphanage and a rural … Continued

Spreading the Gospel

On another sadly cold day in early March, Shimmy Jiyane is in Fayettville, Arkansas. The tenor singer is the choir director of the Soweto Gospel Choir, and the group is in the midst of their fifth North American tour since forming in late 2002. “I’m getting used to it,” he says in his melodic accent, … Continued


Her mind is not for rent Sweatermeat is a performance art pop band whose first album, Bad Boobs, is out this month. They play at the Rudyard Kipling Thursday (just don’t tell them they sound like the B-52s). Here are excerpts from a lively conversation. Yoko Molotov: I started making these weird recordings in the … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: AMERICAN HUSTLE 2013; $19.98-$40.98; R Oscar-laden local lass Jennifer Lawrence once again uses her enviable talents to effortlessly become the wild card in an unpredictable game of politics, crime and money (OK, that’s redundant). Based on real events in the ’70s, Christian Bale plays her husband, a balding con artist who … 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 mar 12 Air Devils Inn: … Continued


I turn 35 tomorrow and I am stuck. No, really, I am actually stuck. In my car. I parallel-parked, badly, and now I can’t get out. I want to call my mom, but I’m too old for that, and she wouldn’t be of much assistance over the phone anyway. Surely I can figure this out … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, March 12 Bob Weir & RatDog Louisville Palace 625 S. Fourth St. • $29.50-$75; 8 p.m. Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir pursued his muse outside of that band long before Jerry Garcia’s 1995 passing, and he has now reconvened his best-known side project, RatDog. Featuring Weir on guitar and vocals, Jay … Continued

Theater: Time-traveling adventures abound in ‘The Grown-Up’

‘The Grown-Up’ Part of the 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays. Written by Jordan Harrison. Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll. Continues through April 6 at Actors Theatre, 316 W. Main St. For tickets and info, go to Breathtaking verbal pyrotechnics from a brilliant ensemble cast. A cunning mix of lighting (Paul Toben), sound … Continued

Take Me To Your Leader

At last Thursday’s Metro Ethics Commission hearing, three complaints filed against Metro Council President Jim King were dismissed, only to be followed by a wave of angry protests from Janice Rucker, the woman who filed the complaints last year, and her supporters in attendance. After an hour of deliberation in a closed executive session, the … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I have a slowly terminal disease and don’t have more than five or six years left. I haven’t told my wife, which brings me to my problem. We had lived together for seven years when she cheated on me the first time. We worked things out, we got back together, but we continued to … Continued

Comedy: Tim Wilson — A fond farewell to a Louisville classic

Tim Wilson fancied himself a “singer/songwriter/philosopher,” but he was so much more. He was a comedian, an entertainer, a father, a husband, a friend and an all-around decent human being. On Feb. 26, the comedy world lost a lion when Wilson passed away. Comedians around the country, from Lewis Black to Ron White, took to … Continued

Inbox — March 12, 2014

Correction In last week’s “Get in line, soldiers” article, the name of the organization under which Dancing Well operates was misspelled. It is the Country Dance and Song Society. The article also suggested that The Soldier Project is held in a rental hall operated by Danny Mac’s Pizza. The space is operated by the AmVets … Continued

Film: So, ‘Good Luck With That’

Two years in the making, Skyscraper Stereo emcee/producer Chuck MF Deuce now debuts his first feature film. Deuce wrote, largely shot, edited and scored the film for around $3,500, using all local and almost entirely amateur talent (local actor Felicia Corbett and original photographer J.W. Boone being the only pros). “Good Luck With That” plays … Continued

We ‘C’ no evil at Alwatan

I’ve been eager to get back to Alwatan ever since I heard that this lovable little Eastern Mediterranean eatery had outgrown the small space it shared with its sibling Palestinian bakery and moved into larger quarters next door. We wheeled in and grabbed the last parking spot. Suddenly, a scream shattered the wintry silence. “GAAAAH!” … Continued

Bar Belle: Lyle Lovett lies

Lyle Lovett can’t be trusted. The man has been writing strange lyrics since the ’80s, and although he’s one of my favorite long, tall Texans, he now owes me a beer. But we’ll get back to that. You see, Lyle was my first. It was the summer of ’93, and he had just made front-page … Continued

Book: Dave Barry on Bieber, puberty and weed

It’s been four long years since humorist Dave Barry put out a book of essays, which is nearly unforgivable to most of his fans who grew accustomed to reading his thoughts weekly in a now retired syndicated column, which LEO ran from the day we started. One of my first jobs here at LEO was … Continued