Issue May 14, 2013

An eye on the future

Spoiler alert: If you skipped “The Great Gatsby” in high school and never bothered to read the Cliff’s Notes, proceed with caution. Very few American novels have demonstrated the staying power of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” Published in 1925, it remains a critical darling, a widely read popular novel, and the scourge of … Continued

Hosing firefighters and taxpayers

Dear Mayor Fischer: I reserve open letters for the most flagrant policy flops. And, following the lead of preservationist Jim Segrest, I try to sleep on tempestuous letters before I decide whether to send them. I would have offered this early in your term, but you spent your first year admirably clamoring to clean up … Continued

Style over substance

‘The Great Gatsby’ Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Rated PG-13; 143 minutes Look, it could have been so much worse. Baz Luhrmann’s film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel “The Great Gatsby” is, yes, a gaudy, grand, grotesque refurbishing of a literary masterpiece. But it’s … Continued

A second look

After years of attempting to prove they are innocent, Garr Keith Hardin and Jeffrey Dewayne Clark — convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1992 murder of Louisvillian Rhonda Sue Warford — achieved a major victory in their cause from a recent unanimous decision of the Kentucky Supreme Court. Last year, the state … Continued

‘Just another theory’

A new group of Christian educators in Louisville conducted a unique training session for Jefferson County Public Schools teachers last Thursday inside the auditorium of The Gheens Academy for Curricular Excellence and Instructional Leadership. The group’s ultimate goal: spreading their faith to public school students. The Louisville Area Christian Educator Support (LACES) organization is lead … Continued

B-sides

A breakneck pace Shadwick Wilde was once a true punk and toured with the bands Iron Cross and Brassknuckle Boys. Now older, matured and more inwardly focused, he carries on the trajectory of countless punks before him by evolving into an alt-country troubadour. His current band, Quiet Hollers, formed in 2010 after the release of … Continued

Every day is Juggalo Day

The Insane Clown Posse occupies a unique position in pop culture: part Midwestern hip-hop, part sketch comedy, with a Grateful Dead-esque following. They may or may not understand science, and may or may not believe in God more than they believe in earthly pleasures. We may never truly know, and that’s part of the fun. … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to pberkowitz@leoweekly.com 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 15 Air Devils … Continued

Staffpicks

<MUSIC> Wednesday, May 15 Matthew Perryman Jones Uncle Slayton’s 1017 E. Broadway uncleslaytons.com $8-$10; 8:30 p.m. Matthew Perryman Jones looked to the poets for his fourth album, last year’s luminous Land of the Living, summoning Federico García Lorca and Rumi as his muses. Artist Vincent van Gogh is there, too, his words to his brother … Continued

Inbox — May 15, 2013

Correction The May 1 dining review of Meridian Café incorrectly stated the adjacent parking lot is for customers of The Feed Bag, when in fact, it is strictly reserved for customers of St. Matthews Station. LEO regrets the error. Pickers Can’t Be Choosers In response to Kevin McDonald’s letter in the May 1 Inbox titled … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I have a mentally disabled cousin who I haven’t figured out how to help. He’s lived for more than 40 years in the same nursing home in a small, conservative town. His mental age is about 8, there are other mental-illness issues, and he has some physical problems. He is now in his late … Continued

Theater: Music, murder and mayhem in Pandora’s ‘Thrill Me’

‘Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story’ Presented by Pandora Productions. Directed by J.R. Stuart. Continues through May 19 at the Henry Clay Theater, 604 S. Third St. For tickets or info, go to pandoraprods.org or call 216-5502. At the beginning of Pandora Productions’ staging of “Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story,” Nathan Leopold … Continued

Comedy: Rich Vos — Sober and swinging

Rich Vos got his big break on the first season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and since then he’s been all over television, from appearances on late night to Comedy Central and VH-1. After spending years crisscrossing the country in smoky comedy clubs, the break “Last Comic Standing” afforded him was well-earned. This weekend, Comedy … Continued

Stop! In the name of Loui Loui’s Motown pizza

OK, let’s review the geography of pizza, nature’s most nearly perfect food. Born in Naples, Italy, it came to the United States with Italian immigrants and soon became a favorite in New York City and the urban Northeast. Like so many other things, this deliciously cheesy, tangy, salty supper on a plate went national with … Continued

Taste Bud: Bacon Ball for all

Bacon is the great equalizer. It is a universal pleasure. As such, this Saturday, May 18, Louisville will celebrate the third annual Bacon Ball at the historic Oxmoor Farm. Bacon Ball committee member Rick Sneed notes that Americans consume more than 18 pounds of bacon each per year, with a total of $2 billion in … Continued

Olde Coffee

Some albums just make me happy for the scene. RMLLW2LLZ, a nomad by nature (his bio describes his journey as “Racine born, El Paso bred, Louisville treads”), has gone from an anonymous name on show flyers that make you ask, “How the hell do you pronounce that?” (answer: Romell with two Ls) to dropping a … Continued

American Kid

Patty Griffin has long been acknowledged as one of America’s finest modern songwriters. But she has followed different paths since releasing Children Running Through in 2007, recording the shimmering collection of hymns (and a couple of originals) Downtown Church in 2010 and singing alongside Robert Plant in his rocking Band of Joy. Kid marks her … Continued

Recurring Dream

Opening their sophomore release with the sparse and airy drone of “Wendy 2” properly sets the momentum for the remainder of the album. Implodes induce a dreary tone, sustained throughout but punctuated with explosive forays into soaring post-rock. As a whole, the band scans like early Bauhaus or The Smiths cum the shoegaze of My … Continued

Sister Faith

Coliseum has never ceased their sonic explorations, a characteristic that has led them somewhere new on each record. Today, Coliseum find themselves in a volatile and mournful state, yet still conjure raucous hardcore-fried punk that oozes with a driving ’90s indie-rock influence. This graceful amalgamation of styles imbues tracks like “Everything in Glass” and “Doing … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: PARKER 2013; $24.98-$35.98; R Jason Statham is in his element here in just another tough-guy-with-a-code-to-live-by actioner. After being left for dead, he tracks the baddies, led by Michael Chiklis, to Palm Beach where the movie immediately changes gears as Jennifer Lopez steps into the mix. Bottom line: This is a Jason … Continued