Issue April 22, 2014

Derby Issue 2014: It’s alllll California Chrome …

It’s the easiest Derby in years. Or at least the simplest to envision: California Chrome is the great big favorite for the 140th Kentucky Derby, and deserves to be. No other horse along the Derby Trail of prep races has won so often and so consistently, nor looked so terrific doing it. When California Chrome … Continued

New holidays

If there’s one thing we Americans love, it’s our Jefferson-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of taking off our pants and sipping a few cold ones in the recliner. Despite our reputation for workaholism, much of our working life consists of going on Facebook and making plans for other, more festive -aholisms, which … Continued

Raise the wage

Earlier this month, I testified before Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee as they consider legislation mandating a citywide raise of the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Similar statewide legislation recently passed in the Kentucky House, where Democrats hold a majority of seats, but has snagged in the Republican-controlled Senate. Thus, we now … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: FATHER BROWN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION 1974; $49.98; UR If you love a ripping murder yarn, then you’re no doubt already familiar with the adventures of G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown, a mystery-loving amateur sleuth prowling the less-than-righteous paths of 1920s England. This series, starring Limey stalwart Kenneth More, with Dennis Burgess as … Continued

Derby Issue 2014: Thurby — A local secret

The secret is out: The Thursday before Derby at Churchill Downs is the new day to get your track on. It’s typically regarded as the best day for the locals to enjoy a day at the track without having to pay an absurd amount of money to get in. It’s also a great day to … Continued

Derby Issue 2014: Debbie Downer’s Derby

I moved to Louisville in November of 2011. It was damp and cold, and I was from the desert. My only friend was the boyfriend I’d moved here with. I telecommuted for work, which meant there were weeks when my only social interaction outside of my romantic relationship was with the Insight call center guy … Continued

Matt Taibbi and ‘The Divide’

Former Rolling Stone political writer Matt Taibbi visited Louisville last week to talk about his new book, “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap.” Whereas his last New York Times bestseller, “Griftopia,” chronicled the reckless fraud and swindle perpetrated by Wall Street banks that wrecked the global economy in 2008 — … Continued

Derby Issue 2014: What’s your favorite Derby story?

JENN ALLEN, Marketing Coordinator at Galen College of Nursing Believe it or not, 2014 will actually be my first Derby at the track, and I’m excited to be cheering the horses on in real life, versus yelling maniacally at a TV screen. Born and raised here, I come from a family of horseracing enthusiasts, and … Continued

What a Week

Kentucky’s General Assembly session mercifully ended last week before it was able to pass anything especially egregious, but once again it failed to pass common-sense legislation that has overwhelming bipartisan support among legislators. Bills to grant domestic violence protections to dating partners and restore the voting rights of former felons once again died in the … Continued


BY ASHLEY SPURGEON There can come a point where interests or activities take over a person. Where the lifestyle or subculture suddenly becomes the most important thing about them, to the detriment of all other aspects in their life. In my extensive research as a human being who has met people, I’ve pinpointed five particular … Continued

Start with the home

At a table littered with markers, glue sticks and color cardboard paper, four women are quietly working. One is using a pair of plastic novelty scissors that make wacky patterns instead of straight lines to cut out two colorful drawings of a cat. She will glue these drawings to the thick cardboard paper in order … Continued

Completely Obsessed

My Tony Robbins speech If you had asked me about being an interviewer more than a few years ago, I would have told you I wasn’t one. I’ve always loved being a music director, have always loved being a radio host, but never thought much of myself as a Q&A guy. My earliest ones were … Continued

Music from abroad and from a lady

This week, we bring you a few highlights from what’s going on in music this week in Louisville. Mono In order, the three loudest and most intense things I’ve ever experienced were: standing less than 50 feet from an airplane engine starting up; Sunn O))) playing at the Southgate House; and a tie for third … Continued

Bar Belle: Derby little secrets

Since moving here more than 12 years ago, April and May have fast become two of my favorite months. I never really thought much about them while meandering through my life in Ohio. April meant things were going to warm up, and May meant the school year was winding down. But if I had sat … Continued


Partially famous It sounds like a movie, but with a Kentucky twist: Four guys who played together in the 1970s went their separate ways; one became a star. Now, decades later, they got the band back together. Harry Bickel (banjo, vocals), Harry “Sparky” Sparks (guitar, vocals) and Doc Hamilton (fiddle, mandolin) were the core of … 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 23 Bard’s Town: … Continued


 <LECTURE> Thursday, April 24 ACLU of Kentucky The Ice House 226 E. Washington St. $35 (reception & program), $125 (dinner); 6 p.m. The struggle of reproductive rights and justice in Kentucky has been an uphill battle over the last few decades, and those on the frontlines of the current battle are holding their annual … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: My son is 19, but due to some physical and social disabilities (mostly unseen), his emotional maturity level is closer to 14, though he is quite intelligent. After a lifetime of therapists, specialized education and other interventions, he is now a freshman in college far from home. His dad and I are paying for … Continued

Inbox — April 23, 2014

Hell in a Handbasket Dear April Corbin: In response to your March 19 article in LEO Weekly (titled “For God so love the gays”), I was very disappointed that it did not address the issue of gay Christians who are struggling to live biblically rather than changing the church to accommodate their sin. You cannot … Continued

Hay!! Chi Wa Waa! Where in the heck is Chapinlandia?

Hay!! Chi Wa Waa!? Chapinlandia? What the heck is going on here? Did someone just yell, “Alex, I’ll take ‘Restaurants with Unusual Names’ for $500”? Nah. It’s simpler than that. With a month of World Cup soccer coming up in June, I’m scouting venues to catch key matches in the company of crowds whose cheers … Continued

Culture: RuPaul’s family affair

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has proven to be much more than just another reality TV show. In six seasons, it’s become a groundbreaking platform, introducing people from all walks of life to what goes into becoming a drag queen and what goes on behind the scenes, as well as introducing the real and varied people who … Continued

Book: Novelist clarifies history through friendship

‘Saint Monkey’ By Jacinda Townsend. W.W. Norton & Company; 352 pgs., $24.95. Jacinda Townsend has captured a lasting Kentucky friendship that was born of communities whose time was fleeting. The novelist takes her readers far beyond the everyday strife, struggles and hopes of being a Montgomery County teenager — courtesy of prodigious musical talent in … Continued

Art: Horsing around

I recently heard someone say, “It’s not springtime, it’s Derbytime.” We in Louisville and Southern Indiana have managed to commandeer an entire season! And yet it feels so right. So how do you know it’s Derbytime besides looking at the calendar? You spy an abundance of horses created by either Jaime Corum or Jeaneen Barnhart, … Continued