Issue March 16, 2010

On the road again

Well, Louisville made it into the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals played pretty well often enough against good teams, and not too badly very often against weak teams to wind up with a 20-12 record (11-7 in the Big East Conference) and the overall image of being a darn tough team in a difficult league. “The … Continued

Lucky in lunacy

Human ingenuity is truly a wonder to behold. It’s refreshing and hopeful that — even though the economy is ruined, jobs are scarce, health care is unaffordable, and Lil Wayne is in prison — technological advancements keep barreling along full speed like a braking Toyota. While the news in recent days has been dominated by … Continued

CBC joins the black insurgency

The small, progressive “we must never stop asking questions” insurgency among black people seems to be growing. There have always been a few blacks with national profiles who have provided critiques of President Obama, but they are in the minority. Though black politicians, media personalities and even academics (including black studies professors who should know … Continued

How do you do?

It may seem trivial, but I hate it when people say, “Hi, how are you?” (Unless it’s Daniel Johnston.) Yes, I know it’s (probably) no more than a meaningless salutation; nobody really wants you to take the time to inventory the totality of your circumstances and present an accurate report. They really just mean to … Continued

Courting courage on Capitol Hill

President Obama and fellow Democrats recently received a bit of advice from an unlikely sage: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The senior Kentucky Republican warned that voting in favor of the president’s health-care reform proposal will likely result in Democratic leaders losing their seats in the upcoming midterm election. “Looking at poll data one could … Continued

Inbox — March 17, 2010

Taking a Stand An Inbox letter in the March 3 LEO Weekly asked why the six people who wrote a column criticizing Israel’s human-rights violations did not also criticize Iran, Sudan and China. I do oppose the repressive policies of those countries. Fortunately, they are not being supported by my tax dollars. I focused on … Continued

Jerry’s kids

The chief conclusion that can be drawn from the SurveyUSA mayoral poll is that the leading candidate in both primaries is you — the undecided voter. Everything else is media punditry and campaign spin. Hoping to make good with those who are still uncertain, Democratic mayoral candidate and Metro Councilman Jim King, D-10, will begin … Continued

Rubbertown bouncing back?

The odor creeping in through the rolled-down windows of Earl Hartlege’s pick-up truck smells sweet at first, like a bag of Jolly Ranchers left to melt on an engine block. We’re driving down Bells Lane on a cloudy Wednesday afternoon, surrounded by massive chemical manufacturing plants, landfills and bombed-out vacant lots. As we pass the … Continued

The wheels on the bus

Without a car or a driver’s license, Joseph Hart will have to wake up around 6 a.m. to make an upcoming job interview at UPS by the afternoon. The 19-year-old college student, who lives in the Portland neighborhood, knows how to time the bus schedule just right and spends most of his week riding to … Continued

B-Sides: Numbers game

By the Numbers is the new solo album from Dustin Edge. The Louisville native, who played for three years in the bluegrass-rock group Cast Iron Filter, returned to the United States in 2008 after teaching for two years in the Czech Republic. By The Numbers arrives March 30. More at   Motherlodge Motherlodge, Ray … Continued

Plugged In: March 17-23

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A new Mayer for Soultown?

Trust in Mayer Hawthorne, a studio wiz who grew up a few miles outside Motown. Hawthorne first approached the head of his record label with a few sample tracks that were the product of Hawthorne overdubbing himself as both choir and ensemble. The exec thought he was listening to R&B classics. A couple years later, … Continued


<THEATER> March 17-21 ‘The 39 Steps’ Kentucky Center • 584-7777 $20-$56; various times The British Film Institute calls Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” the fourth-best British movie ever. And while it has all the action and suspense of his later movies, it predated his Hollywood days and, as a result, doesn’t have the name … Continued

Theater: All the hotel is a stage

Heist Part of the 34th Humana Festival of New American Plays. Continues through March 28 at 21c Museum Hotel, 700 W. Main St. Directed by Sean Daniels. For tickets or more info, call 584-1205 or visit Sean Daniels and Deborah Stein conceived and created “Heist” to be performed on location at 21c Museum Hotel … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX 2009; $17.95-$27.95, PG Director Wes “Rushmore” Anderson’s first-ever stop-action animated feature is a marvel. A straight-up telling of the seminal Roald Dahl story with terrific voice-talent (especially George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray) and suitably scruffy furred characters. Mr. Fox, a former pro chicken thief who … Continued

Film: ‘Red Baron’ grounded by faulty script

The Red Baron Starring Matthias Schweighofer, Til Schweiger, Tino Mewes, Joseph Fiennes and Lena Headey. Directed by Nikolai Muellerschoen. Rated PG-13; 2:09. Starts Friday at Village 8 Theatres. LEO Report Card: C. Given all that went down last century, films that celebrate German military heroes are not something I normally rush to see. But, seeing as … Continued

The Grape Escape: Do I look fat in this Pinot Noir?

Google “wine and health.” Whoa! I just got 78 million hits! Human infatuation with wine and whether it’s good for you goes back 1,900 years or so, when the biblical letter to Timothy advised early believers to “No longer drink only water, but take a little wine for the sake of your stomach and our … Continued

Best pizza? Can you define that?

“Who’s got the best pizza?” Ask this question among a bunch of foodies and you’re bound to ignite an active debate. Unfortunately, this question is stupid. Pizza, an immigrant American dish like chop suey or tacos, has evolved into such a broad range of variations that it’s impossible — or at least not particularly sensible … Continued

Mug Shots: Free at last, free at last

In Indiana, amid the usual crazed politicking of the general assembly, something unexpected has happened. I half expect to awaken from a dream and find my fridge stocked with cheap American beer, because narrow rays of liberal sense and intelligibility have somehow evaded the scrutiny of society’s persistent naysayers — the Prohibitionists, the health fascists … Continued

Book: Pearl strikes again

The Last Dickens By Matthew Pearl. Random House; 400 pgs., $25.   A few years ago, I wrote an e-mail to “The Dante Club” and “The Poe Shadow” author Matthew Pearl. The rising literary prodigy, who graduated from both Harvard and Yale, told me he was in London doing research for his next book. Time … Continued

Art: A glimpse inside Tut’s Tomb

I have good news and bad news. The good news is the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (KCAAH) is finally open after years of financial struggle. It promises to be a welcome addition to the attractions in our city, housed in a former trolley barn in the Russell neighborhood. KCAAH eventually plans to house … Continued

Art: News Bits

The Speed Art Museum ( has new hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday: 12-5 p.m. (closed Wednesdays). The New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project ( is presenting free visiting artist lectures. The first speaker is sculptor Brad White on Thursday, March 18, from 12-1 p.m. at the … Continued

The Golden Archipelago

How can you not sympathize with Jonathan Meiburg and his bandmates? Twenty months ago, they delivered an indisputable gem with Rook, which made the perfect case for their nature-based, progressive folk-rock. The songs stood by themselves but fit together in curious, compelling structure. This follow-up has many of the same high-quality moments: evocations of people … Continued

American Gong

The Pacific Northwest has a history rich in its own brand of indie rock, and members of Quasi have carved a good chunk of that history out. Between the three: Sam Coomes, Janet Weiss and Joanna Bolme have had their hands on such definitive projects as Heatmiser, Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith and Built to Spill. While … Continued

Quarantine the Past

Pavement spent the better part of the ’90s as darlings of critics and geeks alike, and they managed to remain beneath the mainstream radar for most of their career. In the decade since their demise, Pavement has continued to be the standard by which all others have been measured, whether they knew it or not. … Continued

Hologram Jams

First thought: Is this emo-crunk? No way. I guess it wasn’t really a stretch, but I didn’t think these ex-Blood Brothers had the moolah for cocaine. Second thought: Most of it is drum-machine party music, which is fine by me as long as it does its job. Problem: The creative parts (i.e., not choruses) fall … Continued

Genuine Negro Jig

No less than five people have remarked to me in the past few days the oddity of me playing a bluegrass record and seeming to enjoy it. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are simply a great band, regardless of genre. Three 20-somethings who met at the doorstep of legendary fiddler Joe Thompson, they attack classics of … Continued

Valleys Of Neptune

Jimi Hendrix, in his brief career, revolutionized guitar playing. Valleys of Neptune presents 62 minutes of previously unreleased studio tracks from Hendrix, ranging from 1969 remakes of “Fire” and “Stone Free” to deeper, more experimental cuts. The title track is mature Hendrix, flowing, while “Ships Passing Through the Night” finds him feeding his guitar into … Continued