Issue April 30, 2013

Nightlife Guide 2013: Gay bar no more

I’ve said it in these pages before — new bars are like new babies to me, and I welcome them with open arms, whatever they turn out to be. Some grow into brawny sports bars, like the new Diamond on Barret. I watched most of the NFL season there on Sunday afternoons. However, my label … Continued

Clarity on soulful public educators

There is no more spectacular a tutorial on great teaching than Ella Fitzgerald in her element. Behold her 1979 performance of “Make Me Rainbows” on YouTube. Hear how she effortlessly wraps her voice around the Count Basie Orchestra. Feel the groove as she does what she loves, within her range of expertise, at full capacity, … Continued

A celestial selection

On his way to the Kentucky Derby, Orb turned in what may have been the two most powerful performances along the Derby Prep Trail, surging to towering triumphs in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and Florida Derby. And things have gone just as well for the son of Malibu Moon (hence the name Orb) since … Continued

Nightlife Guide 2013: Bar Guide

Well, Louisville, it looks like we have something to celebrate this week — and it does not involve horses, celebs or fancy hats. The Metro Council approved a measure that will move drinking time from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Sundays at area bars and restaurants. So peruse these listings and find your favorite … Continued

Nightlife Guide 2013: Got game?

Ping Pong @ Garage Bar 700 E. Market St. Perhaps one of the most original, laid-back and hip outside hangout spots in the city, the Garage Bar’s patio is dotted with picnic tables, a handful of grassy blocks (which I incorrectly refer to as knolls) and two ping pong tables. Unlike pool or darts, … Continued

Nightlife Guide 2013: Late-night bites

Louisville is a town filled with tasty late-night bites. And I’m not talking Taco Bell Fourthmeal here — I’m talking about some staples that aren’t cookie-cutter chains, offering food with real substance. But when talking late-night bites, what are we really talking about here? Yeah, let’s just call it what it is: drunk-munching. You drink … Continued

Nightlife Guide 2013: Lou Brew Trail

A wise man by the name of Gen. George Patton once said, “Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” So when I proposed this particular beer challenge to my fellow dining cohort Kevin Gibson (aka The Taste Bud), he accepted without hesitation. The force is strong with that one. We’re … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: FRINGE: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON 2013; $27.98-$49.98; UR We’ve spent the last few months re-watching the entire “Fringe” series — J.J. Abrams’ five-season “X Files”-ish sci-fi amalgam of time travel, alternate universes, destiny, heroes, synthetic villains and scientific wiz-bangery — from start to end. And taken as a whole, it is … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

Always bet on the pale horse! Right now, Ozzy Osbourne is probably sitting at that crazy fish tank bar in the Galt House while a zebra loach languidly polices the algae below his pint glass. Maybe the limo is late. Maybe Ozzy left his phone up in his room. Maybe he lost his phone last … 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 MAY 1 Air Devils Inn: … Continued


Stabler enjoys its Special Victims Unit Guitarist Austin Naamani and drummer Lake Tracy of thrash/punk band Stabler want to keep things easygoing and have from the start. Named after a fictional detective, Naamani explains, “For me, Stabler is all about having fun. Lake and I have been jamming and having fun since high school. I … Continued

7 days of Derby nights

Looking for an escape from pretending like you’re supposed to care about which multi-millionaire’s horse runs slightly faster during a two-minute window this week? You’re in luck, as we’re here to help guide you through the good, the bad and the horseshit of this week’s mostly un-Derby-related live music. WEDNESDAY Tennessee rockers The Features headline … Continued


<FILM> Thursday, May 2 ‘Secretariat’s Jockey, Ron Turcotte’ Baxter Avenue Theatres 1250 Bardstown Road $50-$100; 6:30 p.m. Secretariat is arguably the best racehorse of the 20th century and by far the most popular. Now, on the 40th anniversary of his Triple Crown win, the Kentucky Derby Museum and present a documentary about the … Continued

Tasty new fare at Meridian Café, but tricky parking remains

If you think the Balkans are bad for bloody border warfare, just try to find a space in the maze of parking lots behind the busy storefronts of downtown St. Matthews. Warring posters warn of dire consequences if pilgrims bound for Mellow Mushroom, for example, or Plehn’s bakery, dare to park in the Feed Bag’s … Continued

Book: New food for thought … about food

‘Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation’ By Michael Pollan. Penguin Press; 469 pgs., $27.95. Consider the following, where Michael Pollan, the journalist-professor who came to widespread attention with “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” reflects on a basic benefit given to us all by the microscopic critters we refer to (in a not-precisely-correct generalization) as yeast: “‘You could … Continued

Art: So many exhibits, so little time

“Seven Exhibitions” is now on view at Land of Tomorrow gallery, and I’ve only got 700 words. More than 50 works of art by half as many artists, of local and international renown, display the tremendous capacity of the gallery’s considerable space, and the diversity of mediums, genres and subject matters showcases the gallery’s commitment … Continued

Taste Bud: A tasty time warp

Sitting in Neil and Patty’s Fireside Bar and Grill is a lot like sitting in someone’s finished basement in 1976 — lots of dark wood, carpeted floors, fireplace, and just a general feeling of warmth. Speaking of the ’70s, while I was sitting at the Fireside Bar recently, a woman picked up a carryout order … Continued

Inbox — May 1, 2013

Shit Talkin’ Regarding the news article “Waste not” from the April 24 LEO Weekly: I am delighted to learn that Sen. Rand Paul composts at home. Of course, Sen. Paul can compost anywhere since almost everything that comes out of his mouth is a form of fertilizer. Dan Farrell, Downtown Latin Up I don’t expect … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am a 23-year-old straight male. My ex-girlfriend and I started dating in high school, when we were both 17, and continued dating until I broke up with her the summer after our freshman year in college because things felt too serious. We continued to have sex, but I blocked out all my feelings … Continued

A Grande Affair

Lawns in the affluent Cherokee Triangle neighborhood are peppered with yard signs emblazoned with “size matters,” the provocative mantra of local residents who oppose the Willow Grande, a proposed 17-story luxury condo building that would replace The Bordeaux, a 40-year-old, three-story apartment complex. Last Thursday, those residents packed the Douglass Community Center in the Highlands … Continued