Issue April 2, 2013

Food fight

During the 2012 election, California became the battleground in a national proxy war over genetically engineered food. A ballot initiative facing the state’s 12 million voters was Proposition 37, “A Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Initiative.” If passed, it would have forced food manufacturers selling products in that state to reveal which products contained … Continued

Downtown, we’ve got a problem

I don’t get downtown much anymore. I may go to pay a parking ticket — or get yet another. But I’m learning. Now I rent the maximum time allowed because, well, I’m still one of those slow children at play. When I return early, I’m happy to surrender my extra minutes because I believe in … Continued

Just win the game

From the day the seedings and pairings for the 2013 NCAA Tournament were announced three weeks ago, everyone knew Louisville, as the No. 1 overall seed, had been handed the easiest possible path to success in the early rounds. That’s the reward that goes to the team deemed best in college basketball by the tournament … Continued

Smoke and mirrors

With the clock ticking down on the final day of this year’s General Assembly session, it appeared partisan gridlock was once again the big winner in Frankfort, as the House and Senate couldn’t compromise on the big issues that took up most of their time. However, last-minute deals were struck in the final hours, including … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: THE SORCERER AND THE WHITE SNAKE 2013; $14.98-$34.98; PG-13 Jet Li claims he was tricked into doing this movie, but he should be proud of the result. According to the ancient Chinese legend of Madam White Snake, a mystical 1,000-year-old serpent-demon hides in the form of a beautiful woman (Shengyi Huang), … Continued


<THEATER> April 3-7 ‘Memphis’ Kentucky Center 501 W. Main St. • 584-7777 $25+; various times During its three-year run on Broadway, the musical “Memphis” won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 2010. Now a touring production, Broadway Across America brings it to the Kentucky Center stage all this week. Loosely based on Memphis DJ … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am trying to understand some sexual fantasies I have. They involve having sex with a woman who has a penis. Sometimes I fantasize that my wife grew a penis. The fantasies started when we first tried pegging a few years ago. We recently had our first child and can no longer find the … Continued

Inbox — April 3, 2013

All About the Ball We forgive Ricky L. Jones (city kid) for butchering the rural idiomatic phrase “a hard row to hoe” (LEO Weekly, March 20). He called Ashley Judd’s prospects for a Senate seat “a hard road to hoe.” The fact is that he may have been closer than he appeared to be at … Continued

Taste Bud: Japanese hot dogs

A hot dog is about as American as you can get. The concept started at a New York Yankees baseball game, for crying out loud. So imagine my surprise when I saw something called a “Japadawg” on the menu recently when I visited a little Japanese bistro in Middletown named Masa (12336 Shelbyville Road). Japadawg? … Continued

Get your surf and turf at Mussel & Burger Bar

Ah, burgers! Who doesn’t like a good, juicy burger? It’s ground bliss on a bun, and if you pair it with something else delicious, it gets even better. Burgers and cheese! Burgers and onions! Burgers and fries! Burgers and onion rings, oh my! But “let’s go get some burgers and mussels,” said no person ever. … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

‘Shot of Love’ kills ‘Proposition Hate’ If the Supreme Court has already overturned California’s Proposition 8, and if Michelle Shocked was right about the implications of such a ruling, I am personally in a world of shit right now. I admit I’m pretty confused about exact details regarding the “end of days.” Which of my … Continued


Keep Louisville healthy Ken Pyle, founder and proprietor of Old Louisville’s venerable and influential club/theater/restaurant/bar/meeting place the Rudyard Kipling, has been a bit unwell lately. His protégé, the musician and actor Ray Rizzo, whose Motherlodge Festival took over the Rud once again last week, has put together an online-based fundraising campaign to help pay off … 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 APR 3 Air Devils … Continued

Marco Benevento’s escape plan

Marco Benevento tours with the lineup of a classic jazz trio but is writing songs that reflect his early love of rock music, even as they leave room for improvisation. “I’m traveling with my own piano — it’s only 61 notes, not 88. It was made this small in 1927 for use in train cars,” … Continued

Theater: Extraordinary drama

There’s nothing else in the performing arts quite like the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Attend a film festival, and you’ll see works that were fully formed when they were selected for presentation. Attend a music or dance festival, and you’ll find the same thing. Find your way to the new play festivals that … Continued

Comedy: Cutting off Gabriel Rutledge

Gabriel Rutledge is a quick-thinking, fast-talking, hard-working badass. He’s traveled across the country from comedy clubs to colleges, slinging jokes and leaving a trail of laughter in his wake. Since winning the Seattle International Comedy Competition, he’s gone on to appear on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and Nickelodeon’s “NickMom Night Out.” He sat down … Continued

Art: Art, nature and the in-between

For someone who is energized by artwork rife with contemporary art references, there is big-city excitement in stopping by an exhibition space and finding conceptually strong work. This happened to me, walking north on Third, when I decided to stop in the Crane House. Without expectation, I entered “GEN,” Shohei Katayama’s solo exhibition, and upon … Continued

Sweet Dreams Are Made of Squeeze

“So a tuba, a banjo, an accordion and a toy drumset walk into a bar …” That’s what Squeeze-bot’s “About” section informs Facebook browsers. Played by Brandon Johnson, Mick Sullivan, Todd Hildreth and Meg Samples, respectively, the instruments rock, jam, cavort and tantalize. Mixing shtick and superb musicianship, their world is one in which jazz … Continued

Jamie Lidell

We know Jamie Lidell is a master impersonator. He can toss a dart at a decade and emulate the sound, songwriting and texture of that period. Jim showed a forward ’60s flavor, and Multiply echoed, albeit through a club filter. Compass broadened the scope a bit, collaborating with Beck, Grizzly Bear and Feist, but stayed … Continued

Welcome Oblivion

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think Welcome Oblivion was a brand new Nine Inch Nails record. Well, you’d think that, but probably wonder why Trent Reznor sounds like a lady — one with a beautiful voice — when he sings, but still … of course, you would be mostly right to think this. … Continued

Vol. 8: Harold’s Hip

There’s a certain purity in releasing music in anonymity. The Cut Family Foundation has quietly released (guess how many?) albums and songs, as well as music for film and advertising, all while keeping faces obscured and personality hidden. Old Man Cut is a regular attendee at local rap shows but is never in your face. … Continued