Issue May 10, 2011

The Good Thief

Within the accepted canon of the Christian New Testament Gospels, the Book of Luke contains a passage describing the death of Jesus Christ, wherein Jesus is crucified alongside two thieves, both unnamed. According to Luke 29: 39-43: Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and … Continued

Recently reviewed

PETRA MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT, 3904 Bardstown Road, 749-0924. Petra Mediterranean is a family-run spot that offers the cuisines of the eastern Mediterranean and southwest Asia, with accents from the proprietors’ homeland, Jordan. The menu features pan-Arabic cuisine and the familiar gyros. (Reviewed: 3/16/11; Rating: 82)   MOJITO TAPAS RESTAURANT, 2231 Holiday Manor Center, 425-0949, www.mojitotapas.com. Mojito, … Continued

It’s going to be fantastic

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND — Dry at last, we dart down a dark, lonely side road and slip into a tiny Indian restaurant for a midnight snack — our first non-Thai food in a week. My wife Mary and I are here for Songkran, the Buddhist New Year, which is to spiritual spring-cleaning what Thunder Over … Continued

Ain’t nothing like the real thing

I have been learning a new language. I kept hearing about globalization and how, in order to compete in the modern job market, the best candidate for employment should speak at least three languages. It was suggested that I might want to learn Chinese, because sooner (rather than later) we will all be working for … Continued

Derby virgin

Every spring, without fail, I hear the same question: “You’ve never been to the Derby?” Neither longtime Louisvillians nor incredulous out-of-towners can fathom the fact that I’ve never bothered to witness the most exciting two minutes in sports in my very own city. The truth is, I’ve always been perfectly happy at a neighborhood Derby … Continued

All access

 There was a time when the common man could afford to do the Kentucky Derby in style. Sadly, those days are gone, leaving thrifty revelers like myself to choose between mingling with the drunken, huddled, general admission masses or whiling away the day sipping mint-infused bourbon in a friend’s backyard. Given my chosen profession, it … Continued

Putting on the ritz

In line at the complimentary buffet inside the exclusive Bacardi VIP Infield tent (which effectively serves as a kind of protective “Green Zone” for the affluent amidst the surrounding rabble of the Infield), I spot the woman of my nightmares: Poured into a skintight vinyl tube top revealing a body sculpted by saline and surgeon’s … Continued

King of the derby animals

Time will tell where Animal Kingdom will rank on the long list of Kentucky Derby winners. But he was certainly the best of the 19 colts that contested the 137th Run for the Roses Saturday at Churchill Downs — a deserving horse who ran down the leaders and won striding away. Nehro finished second, with … Continued

Breaking into Barnstable

To cap off my first week back in Louisville, I snuck into the Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala. Does this make me an outlaw? I hope not. Legend? Nay. But it sure felt like a Derby milestone, acting as a high-heeled Dr. Livingston, ready to observe upper-crust mischief. My motivation for this adventure? Fairness and … Continued

Mission accomplished?

In a decade that has witnessed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the murder of its mastermind, Osama bin Laden, via a May 1, 2011, raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the century-long evolution of the United States from a burgeoning isolationist-minded economic power into an overtly paranoid military force suddenly congealed. … Continued

Plugged In

Wed may 11 11th Frame: Karaoke with Allen; 9 p.m., free (R) The Bard’s Town: The Bard’s Town Theatre presents "Chasing Ophelia"; 7:30 p.m., $12-15 BBC, 4th Street: Songwriters showcase with Ashley Burchett; 7 p.m., free, (R) Billiards Club of Louisville: Short Bus; 11 p.m., free Blu: Craig Wagner & Carly Johnson; 7 p.m., free … Continued

Staffpicks

<MUSIC> May 11-12 Jonathan Richman Zanzabar 2100 S. Preston St. • 635-ZBAR www.vaporrecords.com $12; 9 p.m. Two nights of Jonathan Richman is becoming an annual event at Germantown’s Zanzabar, but don’t wait until next year to see the cult favorite troubadour. Though Richman is now older than many of our readers’ dads, his often comical, … Continued

Inbox — May 11, 2011

CFA or CSA? Regarding the CFA/CSA confusion in the “Green giants” article published in the April 20 LEO Weekly: Community Farm Alliance is Kentucky’s very own homegrown, grassroots, statewide member organization. Members of CFA love fresh local food and the out-of-the-box thinking that goes into creating new businesses like Grasshoppers Distribution, which supports local farmers, … Continued

Junip turns it down

Junip with Acrylics Saturday, May 14 Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road • 584-8088 www.junip.net $12 adv., $15 door; 9 p.m. The Swedish indie rock band Junip is relatively new to American audiences, but the voice of their lead singer and guitarist, José González, is familiar to many. His solo music, a minimalist, modern take … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: THE RITE 2011; $27.95-35.95, PG-13/R This “based on true events” howler has only two things going for it: Anthony Hopkins as a veteran exorcist and director Mikael Håfström’s keen eye for visuals. Kinda sober and quiet compared to most possession-thrillers of late, with Colin O’Donoghue as a tortured young priest sent … Continued

Ghyslain: Bistro or deli? Does it matter?

When I first heard about plans for Ghyslain on Market, I was really excited. A French (well, Québécois) chocolatier opening a bistro in a sort-of historic building on East Market. What’s not to like? I’ve been craving a real French bistro in this town ever since Le Beaujolais closed. Le Relais can certainly satisfy a … Continued

Neko Case shares her skill

Neko Case with Y La Bamba Monday, May 16 Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road • 584-8088 www.nekocase.com $25; 8 p.m. Neko Case has emerged as one of the most compelling, individualistic voices in music today, earning praise for her noir-soaked solo albums and for her work with power-pop collective The New Pornographers. The Washington … Continued

Bar Belle: Purple pimp stick needed

Derby is the one weekend a year when Louisville nabs the national spotlight — save for natural disasters ripping through trailer parks, Muhammad Ali hosting a benefit or the Cards making it to the NCAA tournament. I try to be on my best behavior during Derby to fool the outsiders into thinking we are a … Continued

Comedy: Gary Owen — To Harlem and back

Have you ever wondered: “Who is black America’s favorite white comic?” Well, if you ask Ebony magazine (a source that should know), they would tell you it’s Gary Owen. A Navy veteran, the former host of BET’s “Comic View,” and star of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” Owen worked with the Wayans brothers on the … Continued

Book: Shaken and stirred

Ten Tongues By Cyn Kitchen. Motes Books; 128 pgs., $25. Stoic, humble, plainspoken but polite: accurate characteristics of rural/suburban Midwesterners? Spalding University alumnus Cyn Kitchen’s debut collection of short stories focuses on those people in that setting. She’s often looking at couples who go through trials and tribulations that aren’t too far from the norm … Continued

Stone Rollin

After three excellent but mostly ignored solo albums, former Tony! Toni! Toné! frontman Raphael Saadiq left the sound he’d mined his entire career, a perfect staging of ‘70s soul with a hip-hop aesthetic, and instead dove mic-first into the 1960s. The Way I See It got Grammy nominations, crossover appeal to the NPR set and … Continued

Tamer Animals

We’re having a moment in rock music where it’s hip to make music that sounds like wandering tribes of gypsies traipsing across the Great Plains with their many stringed instruments and faithful dogs (see: Warpaint, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes). I’m really down with that, but only if it sounds as windswept and romantic … Continued

Eye Contact

I can hear everything … It’s everything time. The utterance of that line (which turns out to be highly prophetic in regards to the record) begins the opening track of Gang Gang Dance’s latest, a method-to-its-madness mix of electronics, percussion, wily vocals and just plain ol’ danceable dope beats. Formed at the beginning of the … Continued

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

The Beasties clearly learned the right lessons from To the 5 Boroughs and The Mix-Up, two fine but decidedly homogenous albums that proved the group works best by integrating, not isolating, their myriad musical obsessions. Here, they return to the kaleidoscopic sprawl of their ‘90s masterpieces, fusing Hello Nasty’s eclectic retro-futurism and Check Your Head’s … Continued