Issue March 12, 2013

Profiles in flavor

Talking about flavor profiles with a master distiller can make you almost as hungry as it does thirsty. Taken out of context, those appetizing descriptors like vanilla, nutmeg, hints of wild berry and so on can make it sound as though a cake is about to come out of the oven. One legendary distiller has … Continued

Watching the Oscars in Hanoi

I had just settled in for a steaming bowl of pho gà, the national breakfast of Vietnam, when my lovely wife Mary pointed behind me and said, “Hey look, the red carpet.” We were one week and thousands of miles from American culture, so it took me a while to understand what she was saying. … Continued

Hear the wind blow

You have such a nice home. It’s always so interesting to see the spaces in which people live. Thank you. When you were in the other room, I was looking around and imagining what it would be like to live in this room, if this was my place. It’s so peaceful. How do you keep … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: LES MISÉRABLES 2012; $19.98-$34.98; PG-13 Anne Hathaway, of course, won an Oscar for her portrayal of Fantine, the mother of Cosette, the innocent child who sets in motion a lifetime of cruelty and despair — against the audience! The biggest, loudest, filthiest opera ever recorded, and one of the most powerful, … Continued

Staffpicks

Wednesday, March 13 The Black Watch Kentucky Center 501 W Main St. • 584-7777 kentuckycenter.org $27; 7:30 p.m. Celebrating a history of almost three centuries, the Black Watch 3rd Battalion boasts an impressive musical reputation. In fact, they’re known worldwide, a tribute to the rich history of Scotland — a surprising beauty in the rough … Continued

Happy trails

Sometimes,” wrote Mark Twain, “too much to drink is never enough.” A rumored aficionado of the Frankfort-produced Old Crow Reserve, Twain would likely be unsurprised, some two centuries later, to discover that bourbon whiskey — which he called “the true pioneer of civilization” — has not only cultivated an insatiable global thirst, but has in … Continued

Theater: Pursuit of freedom, justice drives ‘Cry Old Kingdom’

‘Cry Old Kingdom’ Continues through April 7 as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Written by Jeff Augustin. Directed by Tom Dugdale. For tickets or info, go to actorstheatre.org or call 584-1265. This year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays features works by high-profile writers like Will Eno (a Pulitzer Prize nominee) … Continued

Completely Obsessed

Pop culture crash I once dated a girl a few years younger than me. Too young for me. We couldn’t relate to each other on a pop culture level at all. Sure, music was our middle ground, and as long as we could stay on subject, we were fine, but when you’re talking TV and … Continued

Theater: Family drama appropriately tackled in ‘Appropriate’

‘Appropriate’ Continues through April 7 as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Directed by Gary Griffin. For tickets or info, go to actorstheatre.org or call 584-1265. The eerie hum of the cicadas’ buzzing love songs fills the steamy summer air as three siblings drop their suitcases full of … Continued

A burning thirst for knowledge

The pressure was building as Josh Durr stood before a class of budding bourbon enthusiasts. He was easing the cork out of a bottle of Cedar Brook Whiskey, distilled here in Louisville back in 1917. Students rose to their feet, snapping cell phone photos as the lecturer poured his energies into not breaking the dry, … Continued

Mr. Bourbon

Michael Veach stands up from behind the stacks of books on the table and clinks a pocketknife against a snifter glass. A crowd of more than 50 abruptly ends their conversation and gathers around. It’s time to taste some whiskey that Veach has been holding onto for an occasion such as this — the launch … Continued

Theater: To gay or not to gay?

Abraham Lincoln is arguably the most revered president in our country’s history. Countless books and films have been made about him, but his personal life remains somewhat of a mystery. In recent years, theories have circulated that perhaps Lincoln’s sexual appetite ran a bit queer, which is the basis for Bixby Elliott’s new play, “Abraham … Continued

Inbox — March 13, 2013

Not Included I love LEO, and you always have great feature stories. However, I am writing to convey my dismay with the Feb. 27 otherwise excellent story about time-banking by Paul Curry. It had kindled my excitement (“Time-banking? I wanna do it, too!”) — until I read the following on page 14: “It’s hard to … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m an actor in New York City. A lot of people think actors are whores, but last week I almost became one. I responded to a casting call for a film project called “Sniff.” The ad — on Playbill’s website — called for two male actors to film a short scene. The pay was … Continued

MilkWood reminds us of Momofuku, only better

Chef Edward Lee’s insanely popular new restaurant MilkWood at Actors Theatre of Louisville reminds me more than a little of Chef David Chang’s acclaimed Momofuku Ssäm Bar and other Momofuku eateries in New York, Toronto and Sydney, but I think MilkWood has the potential to be even better. Not only do these restaurants tap a … Continued

Bar Belle: Got 99 problems but bourbon ain’t one

Do you have one of those friends who always manages to get you in trouble? Even if you start out the evening with the best of intentions, it’s no surprise when you’re closing down the Back Door at 3:30 a.m. and have lost your wallet, skinned your knee and are debating between Taco Bell or … Continued

Milo Greene’s road movies

Robbie Arnett is one of the five members of Milo Greene, none of whom are named Milo or Greene. If you’re an NPR-listening, blog-reading music fan, you’ve probably heard the oft-told story of how they got their name (it was the name of a fictitious manager, used by band members trying to book shows while … Continued

Comedy: Doug Stanhope is drunk enough to talk

Doug Stanhope is the crown prince of comedy darkness. He’s the Edgar Allen Poe of stand-up. And if you don’t know what you’re in for with him, his show at Comedy Caravan might not be the place for you on that particular evening. Check YouTube first … trust me. But he took time out of … Continued

Civil rights and wrongs

The Kentucky state Senate followed the suit of their opposite chamber late Thursday night by overwhelmingly passing House Bill 279 — labeled by supporters as the “religious freedom” bill — sending it to Gov. Steve Beshear for his signature. While HB 279’s supporters — prominent faith organizations like the Family Foundation of Kentucky and the … Continued

B-sides

Grunge is not dead Mike James grew up on the outskirts of Louisville but has been finding himself increasingly embraced by fans of guitar rock. His latest band, the two-piece Been to the Gallows, releases their second album today (March 13) with a release show at the Tim Faulkner Gallery in Butchertown ($5, 7 p.m.). … Continued

Book: ‘It’s totally normal to not be normal’

Best known as “The Bloggess,” the irreverent and unpredictable Jenny Lawson is a blogger and author of the book “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened,” which relates through humor the not-quite-true memoir of her life. Lawson’s brilliance lies in her ability to frankly speak about her bouts with anxiety and depression, while telling thoroughly enjoyable stories … 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 13 Air Devils … Continued

Like a Rose

When I think of country outlaws, roughneck rebels like Hank III or Townes Van Zandt come to mind — guys who refuse to bend to conservative, squeaky-clean Nashville. What I don’t think of is a dainty, cute blonde with a sweet Southern twang like Ashley Monroe. Watch out, Taylor Swift — Monroe doesn’t mess around. … Continued

Gold

Exhibiting an onslaught of displeasure, Gold is as complete as a post-punk record gets while working with such firm intensity and soft, yet duly discordant, melodies. While providing as much power and chutzpah as one of their live shows, Anwar Sadat conceived an 8-track theme that reflects the endless struggle for the last bit of … Continued

See You in the Funny Pages

Providing a lyrical manifesto of both slurred and atonal confessions, along with catchy inklings of I’m-a-loser-baby melodies, See You in the Funny Pages is a model of four Chicagoans who are willing to entertain the use of musical assortment through both electronic and organic mediums. After sneaking the cracking sound of after-dinner wishbones into the … Continued

Ubuntu

This effort from Basement Up’s Allen Poe is a dine-and-dash, just on the long side of an EP, and mostly satisfying, with a couple notable highs and lows. Named after the African philosophy described by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Leymah Gbowee as “I am what I am because of who we all are,” Poe has … Continued