Issue March 18, 2014

On the road again …

After an electrifying run to the NCAA national championship last season, winning 16 straight games while vowing not to cut down the nets of any lesser championships along the path to their ultimate goal … And after the Louisville Cardinals overcame the gruesome shock of Kevin Ware breaking his leg in the Midwest Regional championship … Continued

Stardate: Toddlerhood 001

I was under the impression that temper tantrums were delayed until at least 18 months of age, under the general jurisdiction of the Terrible 2s. How very wrong I have been. My son has discovered, as he nears his first birthday, the exact frequency at which his screaming sends me into a full nervous breakdown. … Continued

The real Confederate flag flies high

As a native of the South, I have watched the region’s seemingly unending love affair with the battle flag of the Confederacy with great interest. The latest contestation revolves around a specialty license plate featuring the flag in my home state of Georgia. Plate designer and Georgia Sons of Confederate Veterans commander Jack Bridwell has … Continued

Rage against the cage

Members of a 2012 task force seeking to fix Kentucky’s juvenile justice system must have felt like they had pried open an icebox broken for nearly three decades. Putrid things grow in dark places, and the Unified Code — enacted in 1986 and hyper-punitively amended in the 1990s — is as malignant as a fridge … Continued

Book: Minor’s major stories

‘Praying Drunk’ By Kyle Minor. Sarabande Books; 198 pgs., $15.95. The cover says “Stories,” but that generic categorization is a disservice to the book browser. This isn’t a collection like, say, “Stories of John Cheever.” Kyle Minor’s fans (and he deserves more of them) should understand that the contents of his second book are more … Continued

Art: Shifting gears

Meet Ethel, the greeter at Block Party Handmade Boutique. A pug by breed and a leg-licker by design, she’s the pet of owner Mary Levinsky and just one of the delights in this cornucopia of art and crafts. The co-op, less than a year old, has recently carved out a small gallery space within the … Continued

Completely Obsessed

Good Faith Flying Machine Do you ever wonder if any of it exists — if any of the miraculous miracles really only work because we believe they do? That the only reason an airplane can fly is because we say it can, not because of any complex science. That if we stop believing, the bird … Continued

A man alone

Saxophone and jazz just seem to go together, except when they don’t. Saxophonist Colin Stetson, who has won critical acclaim for his three-volume series New History Warfare, is an object lesson in not pigeonholing or stereotyping artists. Stetson gigs with some high profile acts, such as Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Feist and Tom Waits, but … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: ODD THOMAS 2013; $12.98-$34.98; UR Anton Yelchin is a nobody — a nobody with a psychic secret: He sees dead people, and they are everywhere in this Dean Koontz tale. But everything is just OK in his off-kilter world until a stranger arrives in town with a buttload of invisible boogeymen … Continued

Get out of the water!

Since last March, a time-lapse camera across the Ohio River from Louisville Gas & Electric’s Mill Creek power plant has captured a nearly constant flow of wastewater flowing into the river from the edge of the plant’s coal ash pond. Citing footage from this camera — installed by local Sierra Club organizer Thomas Pearce — … Continued


The dark arks D’Arkestra is certainly one of our city’s finest, a group whose nine members come together to deliver an unforgettable experience. An ethereal debut, Ghost Town, surfaced in 2012; now, they are on the cusp of releasing their sophomore album, Little Voices, on March 25, with a release show following at Dreamland on … 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 19 Air Devils … Continued

LEO’s NCAA selections

LEO Weekly asked Chuck Nalevanko, former U of L player and retired Seneca High basketball coach, for his observations and predictions on the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament. Nalevanko — and LEO writers Bill Doolittle, Rachel Shulhafer and Chris Haas — made their forecasts prior to the tourney selections and pairings on Sunday. • Chuck Nalevanko: I … Continued

A numbers game

In an attempt to describe what a recent Final Four team looks like from a statistical perspective, and how these analyses might help predict the post-season performances of both Kentucky and Louisville, I have compiled data from four popular ranking systems on the last 20 Final Four teams (2009-2013). These rankings include Ken Pomeroy’s offensive … Continued

Wildcats: unlikely underdogs

The University of Kentucky Wildcats Men’s Basketball team fell out of the top 25 in the AP Poll on the final vote of the regular season. It’s cruel irony for the team that began the season as the No. 1 team in the country. The No. 1 ranking was based on an incoming freshmen class … Continued

For God so loved the gays

Michael Booth married a woman because he was supposed to. Raised in an ultra-conservative religion where women didn’t wear pants or jewelry, he’d been taught since birth that homosexuality was a perversion and a sin of the worst kind. Ministers told him that marriage would be a cure-all for these temptations. It wasn’t, of course. … Continued

Shoni’s the money

Every few years or so, if a team is lucky, they will land a one-of-a-kind player. One whose presence is felt immediately and often. Their game is quick, smart and well-rounded. Not only do they shine, but they also know how to set their teammates up for smart plays. Once their college career is over, … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, March 19 New Bums Dreamland 810 E. Market St. $10; 7 p.m. Drag City recording artists New Bums are gracing Louisville tonight with a performance. The band is touring in support of their very recent, critically acclaimed debut album, Voices in a Rented Room. Comprised of Ben Chasney of Six Organs of … Continued

Theater: Kimber Lee’s ‘brownsville song’ finds its voice

‘brownsville song (b-side for tray)’ Part of the 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays. Written by Kimber Lee. Directed by Meredith McDonough. Continues through April 6 at Actors Theatre, 316 W. Main St. For tickets and info, go to Great dramatic monologues often take on a life of their own, not only as … Continued

Inbox — March 19, 2014

Celibate and Happy I spotted a billboard in my neighborhood that at first concerned me deeply. It said, “Not all heterosexual men are happy,” and then had the audacity to suggest that this state of unhappiness could be remedied. I drove to the address given on the billboard, prepared for a fracas, but as soon … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am a liberal parent. I raised a daughter who is bi and poly. I always thought I could accept anything parenthood might throw at me. I knew I could embrace my son if he were straight, gay, bi, trans, etc. If there is a controlling consciousness of the universe, it has a nasty … Continued


BY NANCY FLOYD I’m open to new opportunities, and I tend to believe things happen for a reason. This is how I found myself sitting at an O’Charley’s in rural Indiana, asking a teenage girl to give me her baby. My husband and I weren’t actively — or even passively — seeking to adopt, even … Continued

Taste Bud: A happy return to Germantown’s Check’s

I hadn’t been to Check’s Café in probably three years, and I have no idea why. Time sneaks by sometimes, and suddenly you shake your head and say, “Crap, I haven’t been to Check’s in a while.” While working on a writing project, I ended up interviewing longtime Germantown resident Don Haag, and he suggested … Continued

Andalous takes us on a tasty trip to Morocco

Quick! Where’s Morocco? Can you point to it on a map? Tell us something about its history. What do you know about its culture and cuisine? Stumped? Sorry! But if you’re not comfortable with these questions, don’t feel too bad. You’re hardly alone in the geographical illiteracy researchers say afflicts a majority of Americans, particularly … Continued

Culture: Night and the city

Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink’s podcast “Welcome to Night Vale,“ a bi-monthly community news broadcast from a fictional town, has skyrocketed to popularity since launching in June 2012, spawning a level of enthusiasm rarely seen with podcasts. Fink, a longtime podcast devotee, recalls, “I just knew I didn’t want it to sound like the stuff … Continued

Comedy: Joan Rivers — Comedy’s all-time good time gal

Joan Rivers needs no introduction. Our interview took place in mid-February, in the midst of Hollywood’s award season. She didn’t give up any inside gossip — especially the fact that, after being banned from “The Tonight Show” since 1986, she would return for Jimmy Fallon’s first night, one week later. We were just happy that … Continued