Issue April 5, 2011

Burning down the house

The neon sign in the plate-glass window stands out from the mostly vacant surroundings along the 400 block of South Third like the stars you’d see after taking a solid punch to the side of your head. Did that sign say what I think it says? If you wander in on a weekend night, you’re … Continued

Move over Uncle Mo

Ever since Uncle Mo cruised to a fast and seemingly effortless victory in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last fall at Churchill Downs, serious, over-the-winter Derby Talk has been limited to that horse and … well, there really hasn’t been an “and” horse to fill up a sentence with Uncle Mo. Until now. Sunday … Continued

Straw dogs

Editor’s note: The original version of this story incorrectly stated the Kentucky Humane Society played a role in drafting Louisville’s 2006 "dangerous dog" ordinance. In fact, it was the Kentucky legislative research coordinator for the Humane Society of the United States — which is not affiliated with KHS — who played a role in crafting … 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 leo@leoweekly.com 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 APR … Continued

Inbox — April 6, 2011

News of the Normal Given the content of last week’s Fake Issue, I believe Chuck Shepherd’s column should have been titled “News of the Pretty Darned Normal.” Charlie Bensinger, Highlands Come Together In response to the “Write on” article in the March 23 LEO Weekly that touched upon Louisville’s literary scene, while it’s true and … Continued

The Cave Singers find solace in humor, gusto

On No Witch, the third and latest album from Seattle’s The Cave Singers, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Pete Quirk and guitarists/drummers Derek Fudesco and Marty Lund take their unique brand of smoky, drone-y Americana to newer, weirder, more exciting places, spicing up their stripped-down guitar-vocals-drums template with occasional keyboards, harmonies and even a churchy choir of female backing … Continued

Staffpicks

<SPORTS> April 7-Sept. 5 Louisville Bats Louisville Slugger Field • 212-2287 www.batsbaseball.com $7-$11; 6:35 p.m. (opening night) The Louisville Bats don’t just dust off home plate for the start of another season. Every wall is painted, all the seats and fixtures are spic and span, and even the concrete floor at Louisville Slugger Field — … Continued

Theater: Get ready for ‘Dinner’

The Dinner A comedy by Pandora Productions. Directed by Michael J. Drury. Continues through April 10 in the Kentucky Center for the Arts’ MeX Theater. For tickets or more info, call 584-7777 or visit www.pandoraprods.org. In November 2008, slightly more than half of Californians voted to overturn a ruling by their supreme court that granted … Continued

Theater: Humana Fest had more hits than misses

Just prior to this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville — the 35th installment of an event that has a seminal place in the history and future of regional theater in the United States — Amy Wegener, ATL’s literary manager, commented that “there’s never really a theme in the … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: COUNTRY STRONG 2010; $28.95, PG-13 Well, this came and went in a weekend, didn’t it? It’s “real country” — at least in the corny, overblown way that Hollywood sees it — when unstable singing star Gwyneth Paltrow and hard-driving hubbie Tim McGraw set out on a post-rehab comeback tour with hot … Continued

The Taste Bud: In search of the special sauce

Once upon a time, Liquor Barn in the Springhurst shopping center had an incredible selection of hot sauces. It was a place where I could always find my Blair’s Death Sauce, Dave’s Insanity Sauce or something brand new and untested. Sadly, in recent years, that selection has been whittled down to a few (mostly local) … Continued

Gastropubbing at NA Exchange

What’s a gastropub? This is more than a trivial question, as more and more open up in the area. Counting eateries that embrace the title, and those that earn it whether they claim it or not, I immediately think of Blind Pig, Bank Street Brewhouse, Village Anchor and Eiderdown. I’m sure there are more. Now NA … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

It’s late, and you’re hungry. Maybe you’ve been to a movie or show, or maybe you’re just feeling deliciously lazy. You’re not in the mood for fast food, so you come up with a short list of restaurants you and your companions agree on, and everyone whips out a smartphone to research hours of business. … Continued

Culture: Sister Spit

Why should rock ’n’ rollers have all the fun touring the country? That’s what poet and writer Michelle Tea asked herself before creating Sister Spit, a traveling show of queer-centric, spoken-word artists, in 1997. Tea, author of “Rose of No Man’s Land,” “Valencia” and “Rent Girl,” hosted successful weekly open mics in San Francisco in … Continued

Art: Carnegie pays tribute to women sculptors

Imagine a white room full of objects arranged as reverently as monuments in a gothic cemetery: A metal pole as tall as a person holding an armload of glass orbs like a cluster of suspended pomegranates. A toy train made from chewed bubble gum. A fan of thorns emerging from the wall like terrestrial coral. … Continued

Departing

There’s a sneaking suspicion throughout Departing that the record is shallow: It’s the kind of album critics typically describe as “pleasant.” Nils Edenloff’s deliberate acoustic guitar dominates, lending a sleepy air that largely neuters Paul Banwatt’s propulsive drumming. Edenloff’s grainy bleat is effective in small doses but grates over time, while Amy Cole’s sugary harmonies … Continued

No Color

No Color, being The Dodos’ fourth full-length, showcases a more stripped-down approach. They’ve ditched their vibraphone player and seem to have gone back to the roots of their songwriting: syncopated drum rhythms, winding acoustic guitars and poppy vocal hooks. It’s a positive change. And Neko Case’s guest vocals on most of the album certainly don’t … Continued

All Eternals Deck

John Darnielle’s energetic drive to “get it down on tape” has often been indulged at the expense of careful arrangements. This is not necessarily a bad thing; poetry is the prime motivator of his work. A more nervous Weakerthans, a less nasal Bright Eyes, Darnielle quietly delights in capturing with wit and humor the angst … Continued

S/T

Oh, that name. It’s around the third track that you notice it. It’s not the most creative name, but once you start hearing serious Latin rhythms underneath a style of music that’s never had Latin rhythms underneath it before, you’ll let them get away with just about anything. It’s genre-fucking at its most blatant, but … Continued