Issue March 23, 2010

A place to belong

Shanta Hughes was starting to panic. A week ago, she’d come home from school to find her family’s apartment deserted. It wasn’t the first time this had happened: Her mother had disappeared before on drug binges. But when seven days passed without the return of a caregiver, Shanta realized she was in trouble. This time, … Continued

Oh no she didn’t

Have you ever had one of those moments when the world seemed to slow down and get quiet long enough for you to realize something significant was happening to you? Do you have memories that consist simply of brief instances that, at the time, seemed to last forever and, in the end, carry huge meaning? … Continued

For lovers indeed

I’m pretty impressed by you, Louisville, Ky., and I love you. Maybe I haven’t said that enough lately. A person could do a lot worse than to grow up here and stay for good. I’ve rambled around in my life and will again. I’ll always come back to you, though, because you’re a good town … Continued

Wielding CLOUT

In theory, community organizing provides a way to merge various strategies for neighborhood empowerment. Organizing begins with the premise that the problems facing communities do not result from a lack of effective solutions, but from a lack of power to implement these solutions; that the only way for communities to build long-term power is by … Continued

Off the cliff and into the water

Here’s a riddle: What elephant-in-the-room public works project costs billions of dollars, is headed by an undemocratic panel of “yes”-people and rhymes with the Hale-Bopp comet, which was at the center of a mass suicide 13 years ago this month? Give up? “The O-R-B-P,” Steve Wiser, a local historian, author and architect, says about the … Continued

Jerry’s kids

Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen’s review of Metro government’s handling of funds paints an ugly picture of Mayor Jerry Abramson’s administration. The findings have already resulted in the resignation of two veteran officials, even though Abramson says many of the necessary changes to last year’s discoveries have been made. The 212-page report released this week outlines … Continued

Inbox — March 24, 2010

Correction Our March 10 feature on South by Southwest should have listed Austin’s population at 656,562. LEO regrets the error. Madness in March I realize there is something going on with basketball, the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky, and that as a Kentuckian, I am supposed to be excited, overwhelmed and find … Continued


<BOOK> Wednesday, March 24 Author Sarah Addison Allen Carmichael’s Bookstore 2720 Frankfort Ave. 896-6950 Free; 7 p.m. A few years after she set out her shingle at the crossroads of Southern literature and modern lite romance, Sarah Addison Allen has established her brand and style. Allen’s tales reliably dole out the charms of characters you … Continued

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Q&A with comedian Theo Von

You might recognize Theo Von from his stint as a regular competitor on MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” series. If not … you might know him as a contestant on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Then again, he might also be familiar to you as the winner of Comedy Central’s “Reality Bites Back.” But in recent … Continued

Gray matter

Help me out here, all my words are falling short. And there’s so much I want to say … So begins the second verse of arguably David Gray’s most recognizable song, “Please Forgive Me.” When he first hit the mainstream with the album White Ladder in the late 1990s, no English dinner party was complete … Continued

Theater: ‘Cherry Sisters’ dance to the beat of their own drum

The Cherry Sisters Revisited Part of the 34th Humana Festival of New American Plays. Continues through April 11 at Actors Theatre. Directed by Andrew Leynse. For tickets or more info, call 584-1205 or visit Oftentimes, truth is stranger than fiction. Actors Theatre’s final Humana Festival production, “The Cherry Sisters Revisited,” is based on a true … Continued

B-Sides: Music & Other Ephemera

Nick Mattingly, 22, is the station manager for Bellarmine University’s Internet-based radio station. LEO: How are you guys getting the word out that the station exists? NM: Our first priority is letting students know we exist, and even at a small university like Bellarmine, that can be tough. But we are making progress. This past … Continued

Theater: ‘Method Gun’ observes the many layers of theater

The Method Gun Part of the 34th Humana Festival of New American Plays. Continues through March 28 at Actors Theatre. Directed by Shawn Sides. For tickets or more info, call 584-1205 or visit Last week, a group of scientists in Germany announced they’d invented a three-dimensional “invisibility cloak.” Using polymer crystals, they manipulated light … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: SHERLOCK HOLMES 2009; $20.95-$35.95, PG-13 Wildly entertaining, rock-’em-sock-’em reinvention of Doyle’s erudite sleuth with Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law (a guy we usually can’t stand) as Watson. We weren’t thrilled with director Guy Ritchie, but his trademark shallowness doesn’t interfere with the comedic elements or rollicking adventure set … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your club, comedian, musical act or karaoke listed, please send e-mail to with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. The deadline is NOON THURSDAY the week before the show happens. We do not accept listings via social networking sites. Wed. Mar. … Continued

Classical Music: Violist Jack Griffin half-steps on the edge

Just a half-step on the scale. Two notes. But that little half-step, says Louisville Orchestra violist Jack Griffin, is a musical move that may evoke a special emotion in the listener — one Griffin thinks the audience might feel when he performs the viola soloist’s role in Hector Berlioz’s symphony “Harold in Italy” in concerts … Continued

Book: Patrick Wensink is not just weird for weird’s sake

Patrick Wensink, an author who recently moved here from Portland, Ore., spent his childhood in rural Ohio mostly alone entertaining himself with his strange thoughts. We have this to thank for his first collection of short stories out on Eraserhead Press, “Sex Dungeon For Sale.” It’s a provocative title for sure, but one glance at … Continued

Author faces the storm

Saturday of this week will be the anniversary of Louisville’s most violent natural disaster. On March 27, 1890, one of many tornados spat out by the 25th-deadliest storm in U.S. history tore up a staggeringly large portion of downtown, leaving a fatality total that soared toward the triple digits. Keven McQueen, an Eastern Kentucky University … Continued

Locavore Lore: Cultivate the city of jewels within

Manipura, the Sanskrit word for the third primary chakra, translates literally into “city of jewels.” It’s a beautifully accurate description of this energy center, the seat of our will and inner fires of digestion, as it is indeed a city of jewels, sparkling with possibilities and potential dreams ready to manifest. It’s no surprise that … Continued

Bar Belle: Drinking buddy blues

My drinking buddy dumped me. And the only problem is … well, I guess there are several … but the main problem is I’ve lost the one person I rely on to commiserate with during events such as a breakup. She was always fast and ready with solid advice, regardless of whether I asked for … Continued

Home Acres

Home Acres generates heat right out of the gate with “Building a Fire,” an inventive contrast of languid atmospherics with almost unbearably tense rhythm. The skittering “Moonless March” suggests a more mature Tokyo Police Club, but Aloha hit pay dirt on the giddy rush of “Searchlight,” which glides like a less angular Futureheads and whose … Continued

Luck in the Valley

I admit I once did not care much for the music made by Jack Rose. It was inarguably accomplished, but I felt it groaned under the weight of its influences: namely, ragtime picker Blind Blake, “American Primitive” progenitor John Fahey and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, who introduced the guitar to Hindustani classical music. It wasn’t until … Continued

I Learned the Hard Way

Sharon Jones and her fearless Dap-Kings return with their most assured and adventurous album yet. Entrenched in retro aesthetics (“Recorded on Ampex 8 Track Tape!” screams the press release), this album might be their most complete, as if past records had one cringe-worthy cut, usually covers (Janet Jackson’s “What Have You Done For Me Lately”). … Continued

Broken Bells

Brian Burton wears many musical hats. Whether he is producing the Black Keys or fulfilling his own muse in Gnarls Barkley or Broken Bells, he always has something interesting to say. This time around, Burton, aka Danger Mouse, is collaborating with James Mercer, frontman for indie darlings The Shins. At first listen, the songs sound … Continued


The mission of Preservation Hall is right there in its name — preserving the traditions of jazz, arguably America’s greatest cultural innovation, in its acknowledged birthplace of New Orleans. If that mission sounds academic on paper, it’s a blast in practice, as the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band proves on Preservation, a benefit album for … Continued

Pharmacy of Love

Nearly two decades ago, the Dutch band Bettie Serveert released their first album, a critically heralded masterpiece that epitomized indie pop of the time. It would seem they have since been unable to live down the body of work that was Palomine. With visceral guitar screams that translated agony into musical tone and vocal lines … Continued