Issue April 15, 2014

The Watch List

Welcome to the Watch List Millennials get a bad rap. Every week, the airwaves are filled with news stories about how young people between the ages of 19 and 33 are unmotivated, lost and generally useless. These folks are described as a generation obsessed with selfies, not selflessness. It’s a total load of crap. Millennials … Continued

I will not learn Klingon

I’ve admitted I’m a geek. After I broke down and attended my first con, I couldn’t deny it anymore. It has been a struggle. For years, seeing all of those weirdos speaking Klingon and dressing up in costumes was disconcerting. I didn’t understand because I hadn’t yet embraced what I was. I don’t speak Klingon, … Continued

Pan-African Studies ends the Saturday Academy

Let me be as direct as possible and not bury the lead. The University of Louisville’s Department of Pan-African Studies (PAS) is not ending Saturday Academy because we don’t value the program. We are doing so because we cannot get along with the late Dr. J. Blaine Hudson’s wife. It’s just that simple. As department … Continued

Elephants on parade

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the budget plan of Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., last Thursday by a 219-205 vote, which Republicans claim will balance the federal budget by 2024 and lead to job growth due to its large tax cuts. However, the Ryan budget — which was voted against by all Democratic … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: BIG BAD WOLVES 2013; $12.98-$29.98; R We simply had to see this brutal comic thriller after hearing that Quentin Tarantino called it “best film of the year” — and it doesn’t disappoint! The three wolves of the title are (1) a sadistic pedophile murderer, (2) the father of one of his … Continued

Miley’s tongue-in-cheek tour

To promote her Bangerz tour, Miley Cyrus agreed to a half-hour teleconference interview with a number of reporters in mid-January. Organizers requested that writers limit questions to the tour itself and submit questions via a website. Cyrus’ publicist selected which questions were actually presented to Cyrus. Here are the highlights: Q: What was your goal … Continued

New World Order: Punk rockers and children

For an activist and rebellious musician like Efrim Menuck, one of the hardest parts of touring these days is finding a good playground. Or a museum, or someplace else to go during days on the road. Not exactly for him, though — Menuck and his partner, Silver Mt. Zion violinist Jessica Moss, have a son, … Continued


BY JENNIFER JUSTUS The first time I visited Key West, I got busted with a fake ID at Sloppy Joe’s, a Duval Street fixture since the 1930s. I spent the next day picking up trash, tiptoeing between sunbathing spring breakers while wearing an orange vest with the word “INMATE” emblazoned across the back. I was … Continued

Taste Bud: The accidental fish bites

LEO Weekly reader Mike J. wrote in to suggest I try the reuben sandwich at Mulligan’s Pub and Grill. In fact, he suggested I go there yesterday, if not last Tuesday. Or sooner. So I went for lunch. And I told the friendly bartender in the Cincinnati Reds shirt that I was sent there on … Continued


<FILM> Thursday, April 17 ‘The Ghosts in Our Machine’ Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library U of L • 2301 S. Third St. Free; 6 p.m. “I feel like I’m a war photographer and I’m photographing history. I’m photographing changes in history right now in terms of animal rights and where it’s going,” says photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur … Continued


Mystical pizza Brooklyn’s Phantom Family Halo includes some notable Louisvillians, and we caught up with one, bandleader Dom, to discuss their new album. Catch them live Friday at the New Vintage. LEO: The Halo line-up has changed again. Why? Dominic Cippola: The changes have really only been minor. The line-up of myself, David Lackner, Ben … 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 16 Baxter’s 942 … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a 26-year-old girl, and my boyfriend is bi. I assumed he would be less jealous than the average man. After all, a lot of bi men have faced irrational jealousy from women. But my BF is more jealous than average. He accuses me of having slept with my male friends in the past. … Continued

Inbox — April 16, 2014

Digging for the Root Thank you, April Corbin, for shining the light on the need to address systemic issues in reaction to the recent violence downtown (LEO Weekly, April 2). Racial inequity, like the overwhelmingly disproportionate suspension rate for children of color in our schools, is an important place for us to focus if we … Continued

Ministry’s a drag

The sight of half a dozen full-grown men in white face paint, inch-long eyelashes and head-to-toe nun habits is too strange to not ask about, even here in Louisville. It takes less than 10 minutes of sitting outside with them on Big Bar’s patio on a chilly Saturday in March for a stranger walking by … Continued

Irish Rover takes us to the Emerald Isle

I’ll never forget my first and only visit to Ireland. We spent a week or two driving around the country, learning wrong-side driving and stopping at every pub we could find to enjoy a pint of Guinness. Damn, it was hard to find traditional Irish music, though. Pub after pub after pub, the food and … Continued

Culture: Lady of the night

The Lady Bunny grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn., in the ’60s and ’70s with very supportive parents. The Lady, raised as Jon Ingle, was always open about his sexuality and wore long hair. When a teacher threatened to cut it, his dad marched down to the school threatening legal action “if she touched a hair … Continued

Comedy: Doug Stanhope — A weird class clown

Doug Stanhope is the King of Crass (a lesson learned from his mother). He is not the kind of comedian who feeds an audience punch lines with a spoonful of sugar; he makes you swallow it with a shot of tequila. He’s most certainly not for the faint-hearted or easily offended, but he is one … Continued

Book: Longing for something out of reach

‘The Land We Dreamed: Poems’ By Joe Survant. University Press of Kentucky; 160 pgs., $19.95. Nostalgia was originally a mental disorder. Fascinating, right? The word was invented to label an aching homesickness felt by Swiss mercenaries who were fighting far from where they grew up. For generations, it was a derogatory term, implying weakness. Of … Continued

Art: A show not to miss when you take a piss

Why do people love art? I suspect it’s because it gets us out of the dreariness of everyday existence. All those routine tasks that make us human, like brushing our teeth or using the toilet. If you think about it, we spend more time in the bathroom than in the kitchen. It’s our unofficially designated … Continued

Purple Sounds

After several excellent albums, Lexington native and DownBeat Rising Star Violinist Zach Brock’s second for well-respected Criss Cross pays tribute to several of his influences, from pioneers Stuff Smith and Joe Venuti to modernists Zbigniew Seifert and Jean-Luc Ponty. In the true spirit of jazz, tribute equals interpretation, not mimicry. Brock’s joined by guitarist Lund … Continued

The Astronaut

You hate to use the word “progressive” before rock only due to all of the horrible connotations: Overwrought, masturbatory, flagellating storylines and soloing masquerading as musicianship, prog is the A/V club of pop music. On paper, Wax Fang leader Scott Carney’s latest pushes its glasses far up the bridge of its nose: The Astronaut is … Continued


Many big bands embrace “more is more” with flashy showpieces: not this one. Arranger/bandleader John La Barbera stays sharply focused, enhancing rather than overwhelming their classic jazz combo sound with the larger ensemble of first-call West Coast musicians. The interplay of drummer brother Joe’s working quintet (including saxophonist brother Pat) is at the core of … Continued

Do To the Beast

Growing up in Cincinnati does a few things to a person — having knowledge of what an Ass Pony is, random encounters with Blessid Union of Souls, and mall food court conversations with the Lachey family. (It’s been a full life.) Not regrettable, though, is a 513-based adoration for all things Greg Dulli, centerpiece of … Continued