Issue April 12, 2011

Tax racket

For three decades, we have conducted a massive economic experiment, testing a theory known as supply-side economics. The theory goes like this: Lower tax rates will encourage more investment, which in turn will mean more jobs and greater prosperity — so much so that tax revenues will go up, despite lower rates. The late Milton … Continued

I’ve seen it all

It was clear, based on the kick-ass trailers that started showing in theaters last fall, that Zack Snyder’s latest effort, “Sucker Punch,” was going to be the greatest narrative film of all time. It had everything the perfect movie would need: Giant Samurai robots! Nazi zombies! A ginormous fire-breathing dragon! And sexy young women in … Continued

150 years of Thunder

As we gather on our city’s front porch to celebrate Thunder Over Louisville’s sesquicentennial on Saturday, it’s important to take a look back at Thunder’s storied history of glorious firepower. From its inauspicious beginnings in April 1861 to today’s fireworks-and-air-show extravaganza, Thunder Over Louisville has kept generation after generation of revelers enthralled with a range … Continued

Through the cracks

A Jefferson County judge has ordered the release of an unconstitutionally imprisoned man after he was held indefinitely in the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections jail due to a flawed interpretation of a federal immigration policy that permits local authorities to detain suspected illegal aliens. Suad Rizuanovic, 42, was released from jail on Feb. 18 … Continued

The 37th hour

If you attended the first of three David Copperfield magic shows at the Kentucky Center for the Arts sometime in 1996 or 1997, you’ve seen me. Plucked from the audience and summoned to the stage, I rode the levitating couch. I was selected for the act because I had a goatee and hair like Crystal … Continued

Inbox — April 13, 2011

Correction In last week’s issue, the story “Straw dogs” provided the incorrect title for Pamela Rogers, who played a key role in crafting Louisville’s 2006 “dangerous dog” ordinance. Rogers did so in her capacity as a legislative research coordinator for the Humane Society of the United States, which is not affiliated with the Kentucky Humane … Continued


<THEATER> April 13-17 ‘How Orisanmi Chose His Head’ U of L Thrust Theatre 2314 S. Floyd St. • 852-6814 $8-$12; various times In the Yoruba culture of West Africa, which is known for its traditions of music and dance, there is a sacred poem that describes how newborns’ names are chosen and where their … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 2010; $28.95-$49.95, PG-13 While Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their own, secretly searching for the source of Voldemort’s immortality, the magical and Muggle worlds teeter on the brink of madness and despair. Of course, all this is but a prelude to … Continued

Film: ‘Win Win’ charms

Win Win Starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Alex Shaffer and Margo Martindale. Directed by Tom McCarthy. Rated R; 1:46. LEO Report Card: A- Tom McCarthy hasn’t made a bad film yet. The writer/director’s winning streak began with the “The Station Agent,” his 2003 directorial debut. “The Visitor,” his superb 2007 follow-up, received … Continued

Bar Belle: Nowhere to hide

So yeah, there I am in that there picture. That’s what I look like. I’ve spent years as Clark Kent, hiding behind the guise of the little drunken purple Bar Belle character. Even though I look nothing like her, she was a part of me. Perhaps she’s the crazy person I turn into when I’ve … Continued

Getting our pig on at Red Hog at Blue Dog

It has bs well over a decade now since baker Bob Hancock and his wife, Kit Garrett, came back home to Louisville from the Pacific Northwest with a bucket of natural bread starter bubbling in the back of their van. They installed a 45,000-pound, $50,000 Llopis (“YO-pee”) oven from Barcelona in the back of a … Continued

Comedy: More funny, less money

Comedy ninja Todd Barry is one of those performers whose names you don’t immediately recognize, but you’ve probably seen him before — he’s had roles in movies like “The Wrestler” (he played Randy Robinson’s manager at the supermarket) and TV shows like “Louie,” “Bored to Death” and “Flight of the Conchords.” But first and foremost, … Continued

Book: A newfound creativity

I Close My Eyes To See: The Dan Rhema Story By Dan Rhema and Kevin Wilson. Altered Vision Arts LLC; 145 pgs., $9.99 e-book. “It didn’t seem right for me to die.” Dan Rhema is a visual artist who had to go to hell and back to become one. His personal story reads like a … Continued

Plugged In

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No rest for the weary

It’s a good thing Jason Isbell has found he can make a living as a musician. Before recording his new CD, Here We Rest, he got a taste of how he’d fare if he didn’t have a tour or an album to keep him busy. “I would make a terrible retiree,” Isbell says. “I just … Continued


Kermit Driscoll, first-call bassist on the jazz scene for a quarter century, has just released his first solo project, Reveille. He is joined by former employer and longtime friend, guitarist Bill Frisell, drummer extraordinaire Vinnie Colaiuta and up-and-coming pianist Kris Davis. Driscoll embraces the seemingly contradictory concepts of funk and freedom, structure and chaos. Even … Continued


Convicted murderer Varg Vikernes has led an interesting life. He’s a long way from his black metal roots on Fallen, a sweeping, symphonic goth-metal hybrid that conjures mysterious wastelands and cold, dark nights. Vikernes’ vocals range from spooky whispers to guttural bellowing, with plenty of spoken-word interludes thrown in. That the lyrics are sung in … Continued

Salt on Sea Glass

If By Yes is led by Petra Haden (That Dog) and Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto), with guitars and drums by Cornelius, aka Keigo Oyamada, who mixes a few tracks. The band sends their warped vision of stateside dream-pop through Japan, then filters it back through Honda’s Japanese-American experience. Haden’s vocals are chopped and layered until … Continued