Issue April 8, 2014

Trying to find my way home

When former Slint bassist Todd Brashear is asked what a story about his band should be called, he suggests, “Genre inventin’ ain’t easy!” The story of Slint is unlike any other, a resurrection story unique to these times and this place. It’s a story with multiple layers, where facts and myths meet, past where the … Continued


BY MELANIE VARE It was 9 o’clock on a warm fall weeknight. I wanted nothing more than to be at home, plopped down in front of Netflix. One final stop — the ATM. Walking back through the empty parking lot, I opened the door to my car, was about to slide inside, but was jerked … Continued

The election-year drinking game

OK, kids, gather ’round. It’s an election year, and you know what that means: Once again, we get to enjoy the privilege of living in a representative democracy, where we can choose our own leaders after being bombarded with soul-crushing, nonstop messages from the deeply cynical people who hope to become them. Yay!  But one … Continued

Lost youth, found solutions

April Corbin documented in her April 2 LEO Weekly news story that Louisville’s urban youth “feel lost and without role models, opportunities and hope for the future.” I offer these musings: There is no abundance of young black men and women in business or political leadership for our young people to admire and emulate. Louisville … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: PHILOMENA 2013; $22.98; PG-13 This wildly popular dramatization of the wildly popular biographical tale stars Judi Dench as Philomena Lee, an Irish woman who became pregnant as a teen in 1952. Forced into a convent for “fallen women,” she raised her child until the age of 3, at which time the … Continued

Holy War for the GOP

Despite facing overwhelming odds against a victory over 30-year incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin and grassroots supporters who gathered Saturday in Louisville firmly believe that such a miracle is not just possible, but likely. Bevin — behind McConnell by more than 20 percent in every poll, as well as campaign … Continued

Keeping an open mind

When Ellen Miller began her career more than 40 years ago, smart phones were a concept, not the ubiquitous, taken-for-granted pieces of technology we have now. It was no less important back then for citizens to know things about their government — like what services their tax dollars were supporting and where their political candidates … Continued

Bar Belle: Gin dummy

“The most dangerous drink is gin. You have to be really, really careful with that. And you also have to be 45, female and sitting on the stairs. Because gin isn’t really a drink, it’s more a mascara thinner.” —Dylan Moran Last week I was thrown off the gin train. Perhaps “thrown” isn’t the right … Continued

California Chrome tops Derby prospects

Until last Saturday, the Trail to the Kentucky Derby pretty much resembled the Road to the Final Four: a pile of losing tote tickets littered amongst busted basketball brackets. Until last Saturday, 26 different horses had won 29 Kentucky Derby prep races. No horse in any part of the country had been able to establish … Continued


 <THEATER> April 9-13 ‘Gem of the Ocean’ The Playhouse 1911 S. Third St. • 852-6814 $12-$15; 8 p.m. (2 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun.) Playwright August Wilson’s 10-production “The Pittsburgh Cycle” chronicles the black experience in the 20th century and earned him two Pulitzer Prizes. This week, U of L’s Department of Theatre Arts … Continued

No ‘I’ in the winning t-e-a-m at The Place Downstairs

Just weeks after smacking a home run with El Taco Luchador, their tiny taqueria-style eatery in the midst of the Baxter Avenue fun zone, the team of Fernando and Christina Martinez and Fernando’s cousin, Yaniel Martinez, have slammed another rocketing blast high over the left field bleachers with The Place Downstairs. The place, specifically, is … Continued


The White EP Veterans of the indie/punk scene, Frontier(s) return this spring with a brand new EP, the impending five-song 12-inch White Lights, released by the Charlotte-based Tiny Engines Records. Guitarist Matt Weider explains, “We’re really happy to be working with those guys. The Tiny Engines roster is just killing it right now. We were … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

I was a wretched child. Save the pianos. My parents forced me to take piano lessons when I was a kid. I was pretty bad. My teacher must have agreed with that assessment. To spare herself having to endure my free-jazz improvisations, instead of a piano she made me play a 2-foot strip of cardboard … Continued

Revolution Louisville-style now!

The Louisville Outskirts Festival is currently being planned for this fall. The fest will celebrate musical acts that include women, from solo artists to multi-piece bands that include at least one member who is female. It is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run operation, which means they need money to bring in acts from outside Louisville (though the … 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 9 Baxter’s 942 Bar … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m an old guy, fast approaching geezerdom. After 45 years of marriage to the same woman, the sex has fallen off to zero. We otherwise have a great and comfortable relationship. If I want any at all these days, the only options are masturbation or professional service providers. I was nervous the first time … Continued

Inbox — April 9, 2014

Addiction Relief Attn: April Corbin: I read your news article in the March 5 LEO Weekly about the increase in heroin addiction and deaths related to overdose. At the Seven Counties Jefferson Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center (JADAC), we began to see a large increase in young adults addicted to painkillers five years ago, and … Continued

Book: Big voice, bigger heart

‘Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music’ By Angélique Kidjo with Rachel Wenrick. Harper Design; 256 pgs., $28. Angélique Kidjo didn’t understand why she couldn’t be on stage. Then 9 years old, her mother’s theater company had another young girl singing, and Angélique wanted to be up there. “You’re not the one playing the part,” her … Continued

Book: A Lesbian Avenger returns home

“In 1992, when the Lesbian Avengers started, I was living in a loft on Avenue B with my ex-girlfriend Amy, and her roommate, Rennes, who would pick up closeted fags and have noisy, slurpy sex.” That’s how activist, blogger, journalist and former Louisvillian Kelly Cogswell begins her memoir, “Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian … Continued

Art: Bare beauty

I see naked people. You pretty much know what to expect with a show titled “The Figure Revealed,” Kaviar Gallery’s third biennial nude exhibition featuring 34 regional artists. But that doesn’t mean there are no surprises. Aside from the standard Western art historical practice of featuring white women in paintings, drawings and photography, the gallery … Continued

Art: ‘Louisville is so bourbon’

You don’t even need to have set foot in Kentucky to be aware of its love affair with bourbon. Which is why gallery director Amy Chase from Spot 5 Gallery thought that having an exhibition with the theme would drive up community interest. “Louisville is so bourbon,” says Chase. She hopes the exhibit, titled “On … Continued