Issue April 16, 2013

Ed Lee’s New South

Edward Lee doesn’t cook much anymore. Not in restaurants, anyway. The “Top Chef” contestant and repeat James Beard Award finalist may be a culinary star on the rise, but when asked if we could follow him around for a taste of what he does, the man behind 610 Magnolia and MilkWood tells us he doesn’t … Continued

Remembering history

Sen. Rand Paul is seemingly on a mission to tie black folks back to their past and the Republican Party. His whistle stop “Reconnect the Race Tour” included talks at historically black Howard University in Washington, D.C., and locally at Simmons College last week. Paul’s message at both places seems to be that black people … Continued

A beloved chef’s last supper

Beyond the womb, no place on Earth was safer than inside Joe Gadansky’s embrace. His famous hugs surrounded and enveloped — and held us close enough to feel his heartbeart. I got to go there one last time on Easter Sunday. Some cosmic, inexplicable force drew me away from U of L’s Elite Eight game … Continued

Bottom dollar

Since the Great Recession, dollar stores and their rock-bottom prices have capitalized on the diminished incomes and increased anxieties of Americans in poor neighborhoods in cities across the country. In Louisville, nowhere has this phenomenon been more prevalent than in Portland, where residents and community groups have been waging a war to fight the influx … Continued

LEO talks with lawyer who challenged DOMA

James Esseks is part of the legal team that challenged the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the U.S. vs. Windsor case before the Supreme Court last month. In advance of a visit to Louisville, the lawyer and director of the ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project spoke with LEO about the Windsor case, the Prop … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: GANGSTER SQUAD 2012; $14.98-$35.98; R Sean Penn takes a rare turn at chewing the scenery as infamous L.A. mobster Mickey Cohen in this star-heavy real-life crime drama. Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling are the good guys, with Emma Stone as Penn’s sultry hooker/girlfriend, and Robert Patrick in top form in a … Continued


<BOOK> Thursday, April 18 David Rohde Louisville Free Public Library 301 York St. • 574-1611 Free (tickets required); 7 p.m. David Rohde has unique bona fides for authoring books on modern geopolitical conflict and its human cost. Not only has this journalist earned two Pulitzers, but he’s lived through months as a hostage of … Continued

The lives and deaths of Juan MacLean

Most people see DJs working a crowd into a frenzy on a wet Friday night and only see a good time. For Juan MacLean, however, such nights can be a different kind of escape — time spent not thinking about dead friends or his own inevitable demise. “You Are My Destiny” is the latest recording … 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 17 Air Devils … Continued

Inbox — April 17, 2013

Coal No More In response to the “Fables of Coal” news story in last week’s LEO: We have let the coal industry trick us and our elected officials into believing that if we are for Kentuckians then we are for coal. Truth is, that isn’t true at all. According to the Mountain Association for Community … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am uncircumcised, and the opening at the end of my foreskin is not large enough for the head of my penis to pass through. This means my foreskin doesn’t pull back when I get an erection. The Internet says this is a condition called “phimosis,” and a lot of medical websites recommend circumcision. … Continued


Punks and animals Have you ever wanted to call back the deviant succubus that entered your life like a car crash? Turns out she’s an exemplar of Kentucky Goddamn, a barbarous three-piece who spawned in 2008 and have since marked an epoch in Louisville thrash. With one demo and an upcoming album, Weird Bath, Kentucky … Continued

Taste Bud: Chicken-fried bacon!

When my buddy Chuck casually mentioned that he’d eaten at a restaurant recently that featured chicken-friend bacon on the menu, it struck me that he mentioned it a bit too casually. Um, it’s chicken-fried bacon, man. Why are you not shouting this from the rooftops? So upon his casual recommendation, I ventured in the rain … Continued

Louisville finally gets a Chipotle

Chipotle is here at last. Let the congregation say “Whoopee!” The 20-year-old Denver-based fast-food chain built about 1,400 units in 43 states (including a few properties in Lexington and about 30 in Greater Cincinnati) before one finally opened in downtown Louisville last month. Quite a few people have apparently been waiting a long time for … Continued

Theater: Puppets with purpose

‘Avenue Q’ A CenterStage production. Continues through April 28. Directed by John R. Leffert. For tickets and information, go to, call 459-0660, or check at the Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane. Imagine a world without irony. If you were trying to conjure up a society completely different from contemporary America, that’s what you’d … Continued

Book: Bewilderment breathes life into death

‘Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations’ By David Ferry. The University of Chicago Press; 115 pgs., $18. David Ferry, longtime professor at Wellesley College and current lecturer at Boston University, almost certainly made literary history this past November by winning the National Book Award in Poetry for his astonishing “Bewilderment” at the age of 88. The … Continued

Art: How long gone

A good photograph can stand the test of time. The shimmering midtones, nuanced hues and thoughtful compositions of the “FSA (Farm Service Administration) in Kentucky” photographs illustrate this fact perfectly. The Library of Congress collection features rural Kentucky between 1935 and 1943 and is on display at U of L’s Ekstrom Library through the end … Continued

Without a Net

Saxophonist Shorter turns 80 this year and has released his first album for Blue Note since 1970. Recorded live during 2011 with his longstanding quartet (pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Brian Blade), Shorter continues to challenge himself, his musicians and his audience with uncompromising jazz. Shorter’s “Orbits,” from Miles Smiles, opens with ominous … Continued


So warm and inviting, if it were a blanket, you’d curl up in its bare vocals and sensuous rhythm. While sleep may be the last thing your mind wanders to while rubbing your legs across the sheets of satiny strings and massaging bass, you’ll know this may be the sexiest album your ears will come … Continued

Life Is Too Short to Not Hold a Grudge

Legendary Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn joins iconic skateboarding frontman Mike Vallely for Good For You, a project that supposes to be energetic and vibrant. Life … marks the second time the two have collaborated, the first being the 2003 Black Flag reunion show. This pairing is blatantly evident as Vallely cuts his finest Rollins … Continued

The Plain Where the Palace Stood

Bygone is the marriage of David Grubbs and the angular noise-rock of previous acts Squirrel Bait and Bastro, replaced by the contemplative pop music started in Gastr Del Sol and continued here in his solo music. Grubbs’ latest explores his colorful history, evidenced by the titular opening track or “Super-Adequate,” which hint at the distorted … Continued

Neptune manipulates the sounds around

Neptune is a long-running, adventurous band from Boston that uses unusual and homemade instruments to make their sounds. Their latest album, msg rcvd, focuses on radio frequencies. We asked leader Jason Stanford about their unusual approach to rock music. LEO: Can you explain The Feedback Organ and elaborate on how you compose with it? Jason … Continued