Issue April 9, 2013

Flying high

Champions are forged from tempered steel. From elements to elegance, they are a beautiful construct. Ore begats ingots, which are forged into girders and cross beams. Some structural, some ornamental, all integral, none less important than another. Rivets are tightened, flaws abated. If the contemplation to be made is how champions evolve, now is the … Continued

I’ll never fall in love again

I originally wrote this for the April Fool’s Day “Fake Issue,” but it got cut, so I had to rewrite it for this ordinary, “real” issue. Of course, in that my grip on the distinction between “real” and “fake” has been under the scrutiny of professionals for longer than I can remember (a fact rendered … Continued

The education blame game

Thank you for downloading the Public Education Blame Game, now available for iOS, Android and all major video-game platforms. The Blame Game will provide entertainment for decades to come! Please read the following instructions carefully. The Object of The Blame Game is to deflect blame onto other players when public schools are underperforming. Your goal … Continued

Completely Obsessed

Literal interpretations Songs are written and characters are birthed. And just like in your world, these characters go on to live full lives in their own space. Filled with cities, communities and households just like yours, some of these characters go on to live well beyond the verse-chorus-verse that penetrates your eardrums. Everyone is here: … Continued

Caitlin Rose, method singer

The come-hither pose Caitlin Rose strikes on the cover of her new album, The Stand-In, evokes a bygone era of cinema. Her dark hair styled in a lacquered 1940s wave, she gazes over her shoulder in a doe-eyed pout, an invitation to her performances on 12 remarkable songs. Despite its tongue-in-cheek title, Rose is all … Continued

Freedom ride

On March 15, I left Louisville for a 12-day freedom ride through the Israeli-occupied West Bank of Palestine on the Freedom Bus, sponsored by the Jenin Freedom Theater of Palestine. As a representative of Louisville Jewish Voice for Peace, I joined other filmmakers, actors, musicians and artists from all over the world (including Israel) to … Continued


No rest for the wicked “I’ve been getting good feedback on it so far. Well, at least from my friends,” laughs Brian Omer about the new album by his band Stonecutters. The band celebrates its release with a show Saturday at Headliners. As founder, vocalist and one of the guitarists in Stonecutters, Omer — a … 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 10 Air … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, April 10 Richard Thompson Clifton Center 2117 Payne St. $35; 7:30 p.m. Richard Thompson is like Eric Clapton in that he is British, getting up there in age (having been around in the music world since the late 1960s) and widely regarded to true aficionados as one of the finest guitarists in … Continued

Tea Station’s simple pleasures warm the heart and tummy

We rolled up to our destination in the gathering darkness, and I found a parking spot at the curb out front. I turned, looked up, and … wow! This looks just like our old neighborhood in New York City! It’s a sturdy, three-story block of brick, not brownstone — visualize Queens, not Greenwich Village — … Continued

Book: The complicated animal

‘Render / An Apocalypse’ By Rebecca Gayle Howell. Cleveland State University Poetry Center; 88 pgs., $15.95. In the annals of Kentucky poetry, a few names stand out. Robert Penn Warren, the first U.S. Poet Laureate, comes to mind. Wendell Berry is another. Rebecca Gayle Howell, author of “Render / An Apocalypse,” may now count herself … Continued

Art: The intersection of art and radio

By definition, visual art is creativity that is seen. But some visual artists make work that is heard and not seen. Confused yet? Listening to “sound art” is one of the goals of the new local radio station ART+FM, billed as an “intersection of art and radio.” They officially launched their full-time, 24/7 programming during … Continued

Art: When community and art collide

When I went to meet artist-in-residence C. Ryan Patterson at St. Peter Claver Parish in Smoketown last week to discuss his new project, the Smoketown Social Club, I talked to him for a good five minutes before I realized he was the person I was there to meet. A tall, friendly man from Baltimore in … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: DJANGO UNCHAINED 2012; $22.98-$39.98; R Jamie Foxx outshines an impressive cast (Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson) as the brutal, untamed slave used as a tool of revenge by bounty hunter Waltz — while Foxx hunts for his own enslaved wife (Washington). This film is a flawlessly … Continued

Bar Belle: O Bourbon! My Bourbon!

A few weeks ago I asked you literary lovelies to submit poems about bourbon for a contest that involved going with me to a Woodford Reserve event hosted by Deion Branch. The winning poems — by Scott Smith and Chelsea Carroll — are below, as are the best of the rest. Thanks for submitting, my … Continued

Inbox — April 10, 2013

NuRu in Hot Water Despite your tongue-and-cheek article in the Fake Issue (March 27) about Rubbertown being the new NuLu (“NuRu”), this town has a history of doing just what the article implied — moving into an area and then complaining about what has gone on there for 100 years. Don’t move to Butchertown if … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a gay man who has been seeing a devout Christian gay guy for one year. We have a great relationship. We have many of the same interests and respect each other’s feelings and beliefs. However, I am a Catholic who is not that religious, and he is an Orthodox Christian. Some of his … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

A list of “50 Things They Never Told You About Being a Chef” is going around on Facebook. Naturally, I clicked. Why wouldn’t I? I enjoyed the list. Clearly it was written by a cook who’d paid some dues. There were obvious things included, like: “You will not cook gourmet dinners at home. You’ll be … Continued

Totale Nite

If this was played without any preface, you may assume this to be by The Smiths or Echo and the Bunnymen, some obscure b-side you somehow missed. This is exactly where Florida-based trio Merchandise succeeds — in their absolute irreverence to their musical forbearers, that they would so brazenly wear their influences on their sleeves. … Continued

Wakin on a Pretty Daze

“There’s a time in my life / That I sometimes go back to” is an aphoristic taste of Wakin on a Pretty Daze’s screened-in porch atmosphere. Kurt Vile’s sleepy-eyed sequel to his critically acclaimed Smoke Ring For My Halo resembles a sedate Marc Bolan on a warm summer afternoon between a beer and the setting … Continued

Jeet Kune D.O.H.

Largely self-produced, Jeet Kune D.O.H. finds the Grimey Rhyme master at arms embracing Bruce Lee’s philosophy over its 16 tracks. The idea of Jeet Kune Do is to maximize results with a minimum of movement (think “one-inch punch”) using straightforward, non-classical techniques. D.O.H.’s unique ear for samples is quick proof of his devotion. “Pale By … Continued

Opposable Thumbs

Clearly weaned on acts like The Fall and Gang of Four, Opposable Thumbs are committed to their influences, all to absolutely positive effect. A traditional two guitars, bass and drums quartet, with their new album the band explore anachronistic sonic textures, beholden less to any current trend (discounting retro) and indicative of early-to-late ’80s punk. … Continued

Fables of Coal

After months of Democratic strategists and state legislators dismissing her possible challenge against Sen. Mitch McConnell as hopelessly doomed — mostly due to her longstanding opposition to mountaintop removal coal mining — Ashley Judd quietly and suddenly bowed out in a series of tweets last month, ending her bid before it even began. The talking … Continued

Fanfare for the common man

When Maurice Manning was working his first job out of college in the early ’90s, he used to grab a cup of coffee most mornings at a little greasy spoon near the Centre College campus in Danville, Ky. There was always the usual gang of local, working-class men, chain-smoking their Marlboros at the counter in … Continued