Issue March 19, 2013

Beware the Cards of March

Before examining the 75th NCAA basketball tournament, let’s take a look at Louisville — a clear top-tier school with a big chance to grab the 2013 NCAA crown — and a team with a style that is emblematic of today’s college game. Basketball teams still try to outscore one another, but there’s a terrific emphasis … Continued

Smackdown, interrupted

Let’s suppose you’re a young, bright constitutional officer who is ripe for higher office and who thinks there ought to be a law. The stakes are stellar, so you mustn’t stumble. As you push a popular bill — a résumé-builder — through a politically divided legislature, there may be pushback from potential adversaries and their … Continued

Caution: Flammable

Strange things happen at bars after midnight. Take, for instance, the time I watched an inebriated fellow attempt to torch a LEO Weekly outside Nachbar on an unusually warm winter night in 2009. The animated individual waved around a copy of the publication he’d picked up inside the Germantown watering hole, where he’d clearly been … Continued

Mediocrity killed the Cats

In 1970, Al McGuire and his Marquette Golden Eagles told the NCAA tournament selection committee to shove it and chose instead to play in the NIT. It was a curious decision, even then, which McGuire made because he didn’t particularly like the NCAA tournament draw his eighth-ranked Golden Eagles received. Marquette cruised, blasting Louisiana State … Continued

Tourney 101

Automatic Bids: They go to winners of conference tournaments, except the Ivy League, which doesn’t conduct one. These are especially cherished by qualifiers from one-bid, geographical-directional leagues. Like Southwestern Athletic, Big South. Southern, Mid-Eastern Athletic, to name those from but one quadrant of the country. Bracketology: A relatively new “science” by which basketball “experts” forecast … Continued

Honing the Hoosiers

IU Report: Part I Indiana coach Tom Crean was all smiles and high fives as he danced off the United Center hardwood last Friday after IU demolished Illinois in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten tournament in Chicago. “I don’t think they stopped us the last seven minutes,” crowed Crean. “Just team basketball all … Continued

Ethically challenged

With a storyline mirroring the saga of former Councilwoman Judy Green from 2011, last week the Metro Ethics Commission unanimously ruled that Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin intentionally violated several sections of the city’s ethics code for her personal benefit, recommending that Metro Council remove her from office. Three of these ethics charges surround Shanklin steering $75,000 … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: FROM BEYOND 1986; $19.98-$29.98; R Director Stuart “Re-Animator” Gordon once again sets the corpse of H.P. Lovecraft a-’whirlin’ with this interdimensional kinkfest about a group of (snicker) medical researchers who sit around stimulating their pineal glands (which wiggle from their foreheads on a stalk) with a “Praetorius Resonator.” Hey, whatever works … Continued

Inbox — March 20, 2013

Correction The Feb. 27 cover story “A Matter of Time” incorrectly stated there are no dues to join the Louisville TimeBank. Though the organization is a nonprofit, an annual fee of $25 is required for individual members, $40 for families. The majority of this fee goes toward background checks and operating costs, including website maintenance … Continued


Wednesday, March 20 Pinback Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road $15; 9 p.m. Bound by the emotional tension of melancholy, palm-muted notes and the vocal harmonies of songwriter counterparts Rob Crow and Zach Smith, there’s an ever-present haze of restraint to Pinback’s rhythmic melodies. The emphasis on timing also promises a seamless live set. … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

DEAR READERS: I’m off this week. To tide all your kinky asses over, here’s a column I wrote 15 years ago. Some newer readers might’ve missed this when it originally appeared — some of you who were still in grade school, diapers or amniotic sacs in 1998 — so I’m rerunning it because I still … Continued

Taste Bud: Weird, tasty tacos

I meant to order tacos de cecina, I swear. I’d read about them online — thinly sliced, aged steak in a taco? Count me in. But as I eyeballed the menu at El Mariachi in Lyndon, I couldn’t quite remember the “c” word I’d seen in the article I read. Then I saw “tacos de … Continued

Saigon Café kicks Vietnamese up a notch

For those of us who grew up in an age when we thought a bipartisan series of presidents wanted to send us off to exotic places with strange names like “Vietnam” and “Thailand” to meet nice people and kill them, it is a fine thing that we now go to Vietnamese and Thai restaurants right … Continued

Theater: ‘Gnit’ takes you on a strange, strange voyage

‘Gnit’ Continues through April 7 as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Written by Will Eno. Directed by Les Waters. For tickets or info, go to or call 584-1265. From the very beginning of Will Eno’s new play “Gnit,” we know that the titular hero (or anti-hero), Peter Gnit, is a … Continued

Me Vs. Music

It’s not up to you The moment you realize you’ve entered another arena as a grownup is liberating and jarring at the same time. No longer do you spend time fretting about being on trend, or constantly assessing your relationship against that of others. These become things that simply don’t really matter, and with good … Continued

Comedy: The Church of Latter-Day Comedy

A regular on Comedy Central’s “Ugly Americans” and a contributing writer for the classic series “Chappelle’s Show,” Kurt Metzger is quite possibly one of the funniest guys on the planet. The recovering Jehovah’s Witness released an album, Kurt Metzger Talks to Young People About Sex, in 2011 and will be performing this week at The … Continued


Not the R.E.M. album Not long ago, it seemed like Blunt Honey wouldn’t be planning to release their debut album, or playing a release show at Headliners. With one member battling health issues, singer/guitarist/banjo player Jonathon Mitchell has also been playing with another group, Nellie Pearl. But on Friday, March 28, Blunt Honey returns to … Continued

Funky Afro-Cuban hot sauce

Afro-Cuban music might better be thought of as a spectrum of styles rather than a single style. Some of the music might sound more like folk music to our ears. Other styles are more akin to our big band jazz, albeit with rhythmic variations. Dizzy Gillespie is widely credited with helping to introduce Afro-Cuban rhythms … 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 20 Air Devils … Continued

Art: Journey with the Gingerblack Man

Donté K. Hayes’ exhibit at Garner Narrative is storytelling at its best: It is colorful and engaging, each piece’s name its own layer, indecipherable from the painting. Hayes mixes history and simplicity, calling on his audience to fill in the blanks of his works — inviting them to create their own story from his pieces. … Continued

Art: The breakfast club

“Oatmeal, please.” “Morning Muffin and coffee.” “I’ll have the Breakfast Special.” These food orders at The Café are shouted over six tables of conversation between painters and sculptors, textile artists and photographers. Artists, after all, have to eat. But, as Vallorie Henderson explains as she downs her delicious Southern Grits Scramble, “We don’t come for … Continued