Issue March 16, 2011

Rare birds

Louisville grabbed a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s Southwest Regional and begins tournament play Thursday against Morehead State in Denver, Colo. But it probably doesn’t matter much who or when or where the Cardinals play. Louisville brings the same game every time. And it either works — or it doesn’t. But who or … Continued

Mad world

My friend Marcus went to see “Les Misérables” at the Kentucky Center last week. It was the realization of a dream that he had harbored since he was first exposed to the musical as a teen. The work appears on his “Top 10 of Everything” list. Over the years, we have talked about the movies, … Continued

The Outlaw Phillip Bailey

I like outlaws. Not the commonly encountered criminals — drug dealers, thieves, murderers, most politicians and many preachers. I like outlaws who run afoul of the norm and actually stand for something. My former mentee Phillip Bailey has become such a man. I say “former” mentee because I now consider him an equal. By now, … Continued

Halo, it’s me

Every Tuesday, I go to lunch with my son Ben. We’ve been doing this on and off for most of his 25 years. Back when he was making his mark on Bloom Elementary School, we went to “fun Friday” breakfasts to grease up his frontal lobe and cram for the grueling spelling tests his teachers … Continued

Pump it up

Like most people who live and work near Juniper Beach, Andy Will was caught off-guard by the quickness of the water. “It came up so fast,” Will says about the week-long Ohio River flooding that has consumed the northern shores of Jefferson County, closed stretches of River Road, and once again highlighted the importance of … Continued

A weak, mad and shrill session

  Last Wednesday, the 30th day of the state Senate was so surreal, observers were looking for Peewee Herman to emerge from the shadows. It was the twisted, final day of an odd-year session driven by the unbridled ambitions of a Senate president and the governor he wants to defeat this November. It was the … Continued


In a day and age when everyone with an above-average ability to put a ball inside a hoop is reminded how special they are at least a hundred thousand times before they graduate high school, Rick Pitino is a harsh dose of reality. As hard as it may be to believe, the man who redefined … Continued

ABCs of the NCAA

Aztecs Steve Fisher’s San Diego State squad is the surprise of the season. Fisher is famous for mentoring Bill Frieder’s Michigan Wolverines to an NCAA title. Infamous for recruiting the Fab Five, who won lots of pub, but zero titles. The Kawhi Leonard-led Aztecs are legitimately tough. Bruins Belmont Bruins. Until last week, the school … Continued

Theater: Family ties in ‘Edith Can Shoot’

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them A production by Actors Theatre, part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Directed by May Adrales. Continues through April 2 at 316 W. Main St. For tickets or more info, call 584-1205 or visit With perhaps the most engaging title of this year’s Humana Festival, … Continued

Theater: Comic caricature swells in ‘Elemeno Pea’

Elemeno Pea A production by Actors Theatre, part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Directed by Davis McCallum. Continues through April 3 at 316 W. Main St. For tickets or more info, call 584-1205 or visit Molly Smith Metzler’s new play “Elemeno Pea,” which made its world premiere last week as part … Continued

‘First home’

Bassist Jack Lawrence stays busy. Besides lending his dirty, hard-hitting fretwork to The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather (both with Jack White), Lawrence has found his niche as a studio musician, appearing on recent albums by Wanda Jackson and Karen O. But this soft-spoken, bespectacled rock veteran originally made a name for himself as a … Continued

A taste of Jordan at Petra Mediterranean

Even amid our town’s evolution toward ethnic diversity over the past generation, the stretch of Bardstown Road in Buechel stands out. Within a few steps of Six Mile Lane, you’ll find an Asian market run by a Korean family, a European market run by a Russian family and a string of Bosnian businesses, including a … Continued

Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

In Howard Jacobson’s novel, “The Finkler Question,” which won last year’s Booker Prize, the title character makes an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Island Discs” and subsequently gets in big trouble with his wife for certain facts he reveals on the show about their life together. In a case of verisimilitude just waiting to … Continued

Art: Slugger Museum playing the field with Rockwell exhibit

The Louisville Slugger Museum has always been primarily about baseball, but the “Norman Rockwell: Sports” exhibit, which opens Saturday, takes the Louisville mainstay a step further. “Exhibiting original works by an artist of his caliber means we’ll attract a new audience: people who may not think they’re interested in a sports-themed museum like ours,” says … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEKS TWIN PEEKS: JACKSON COUNTY JAIL/CAGED HEAT 2011; $19.95, R From the “Roger Corman’s Cult Classics” line comes this amazingly entertaining pair of women-in-prison flicks, done as only The Schlockmeister General could do them. “Jail” stars ravishing Yvette Mimieux as a career woman who picks up the wrong hitchhikers and winds up answering to … Continued

Riot act

Ra Ra Riot took on new collaborators for their sophomore effort, last year’sThe Orchard — some parts of the album were produced by Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla, some by Vampire Weekend guitarist-keyboardist-beat-maker Rostam Batmanglij. The teamwork is paying off. Riot made their TV debut in January on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and “Too … Continued

Plugged In

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<MUSIC> March 17-18 Seung-Un Ha & Louisville Orchestra Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center 584-7777 • $20-$75; 10:30 a.m. (Thu.), 8 p.m. (Fri.) After his first love affair in Paris, the Polish-born pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin came away with only a handful of letters and a single faded flower, which he bundled together and placed … Continued

Inbox — March 16, 2011

Mean Liens The March 2 LEO Weekly article “Lien on me” provided an example of how corporations collude with government, and government does not usually act as a counterweight to corporate power but often amplifies it. Thus limiting government power may limit government’s ability to give out special favors to select corporations. The other issue … Continued

The Taste Bud: D. Nalley’s is the diner time forgot

On “The Andy Griffith Show,” Andy and Barney were constantly eating meals at “the diner.” Of course, the Bluebird Diner was also where Juanita, Barney’s on-again, off-again squeeze, worked, but in spite of that obvious lure, it still remained the most convenient option for a quick, hot meal in Mayberry for local law enforcement. The … Continued

The Grape Escape: Wine for singles

Ah, romance! Dinner for two. You and your sweetie, lingering over a seductive meal. The lights are dim, soft music is playing, and of course, there’s wine on the table. But hold on just a minute. Wine-for-two is a great concept, and the traditional “fifth” bottle is just enough for two, maybe with a glass … Continued

Deep Politics

Not much has changed for Grails on Deep Politics, the Portland post-rock quartet’s ninth album. They still conjure up dense, otherworldly instrumental soundscapes, dabble with Middle Eastern tonalities, and deploy dramatic shifts in style and dynamics. There’s a shocking variety in the band’s scope and sonic reference points; they’ve ventured further outward into the realms … Continued

JJ’s Crystal Palace

In press materials describing Guitaro, the terms “shoegaze” and “disco” get bandied about liberally. While the first part is obvious enough, the disco part isn’t all that convincing. No complaints, though. The band formed in 1997 in Vancouver and has mostly toiled in obscurity, but that might be of its own doing. JJ’s Crystal Palace … Continued

New History Warfare Volume 2: Judges

Multi-reedist Colin Stetson presents an intriguing proposition on his second solo album, New History Warfare Volume 2: Judges: What would it sound like if the saxophone was used not as merely a vehicle for solo expression, but as a polyphonic, looping instrument in the service of highly abstract music? There are some antecedents in the … Continued

Expanding Anyway

Morning Teleportation is a quintet of Portland-based maniacs suffering from a brilliant case of musical ADD. They’re signed to Glacial Pace, the label founded by Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock, who co-produced Expanding Anyway, MT’s excellent debut album. It’s easy to see what attracted Brock — frontman Tiger Merritt’s quivery vocal yelp and demented, eclectic … Continued