Issue May 24, 2011

Child of Chernobyl

In the lonely, frozen Ukrainian nights, footsteps would creak from the dark hall on the other side of the door where the children curled together trembling. In that hall, icicles hung like teeth along the iron pipe that was supposed to carry heat to the room of the boys and girls who had been abandoned … Continued

You’re gonna lose

We like to play games, don’t we? It seems to be the first rule of civilization. As soon as we establish rules (Commandments, laws), it seems like somebody has to figure out how to push the limit. And then we engage in semantics: Did the questionable behavior violate the spirit of a rule? Or is … Continued

A LEO Weekly Exclusive: The ‘Too Fat to Fight’ memo

A cache of documents rumored to be held by WikiLeaks appears poised to expose a conspiracy to force nations worldwide to lay down their arms forever. The conspiracy, known as “Project Obesity,” is thought to be the master plan of a complex, clandestine network called Peace Underground. The CIA believes Peace Underground includes among its … Continued

Bridge to infiltration

Kentuckians for Progress, a group formed earlier this year to advance the beleaguered Ohio River Bridges Project, has revealed that its legal strategy is to effect the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by local conservation group River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation against the Federal Highway Administration, which approved the project in … Continued

Dinos and cents

American humorist and socially conscious cowboy Will Rogers once remarked about the Old Testament flood, “Noah must have taken into the Ark two taxes, one male and one female. And did they multiply bountifully! Next to guinea pigs, taxes must have been the most prolific animals.” Yet as far as Kentucky’s most controversial economic development … Continued

B-sides

Beatersville beats The Beatersville Car and Bike Show returns to Phoenix Hill Tavern on Sunday, with musical performances by Davy Jay Sparrow & His Well-Known Famous Drovers and th’Empires from Bloomington, Ind.; Hellfire Revival and Jane Rose and the Deadend Boys from Nashville; and locals 3GC. On Friday night at 7 p.m., an art show … Continued

Inbox — May 25, 2011

Wise Grasshoppers Recently, Carden Willis wrote a letter regarding your story on Grasshoppers Distribution (LEO Weekly, May 18). While I understand the writer’s frustration with Grasshoppers’ use of the term CSA, they are not the evil corporate giant he makes them out to be. Yes, in the event of crop failure, I carry the burden, … Continued

Staffpicks

<COMEDY> May 26-29 Marvin Dixon The Improv Fourth Street Live www.improvlouisville.com $15; various times I have officially dubbed Marvin Dixon “The Miami Fun Machine.” I can do that, ya’ know? I have the power to assign nicknames to people on a whim. Launching his career as a radio host on one of Miami’s biggest stations … Continued

Theater: ‘Zanna Don’t’ thrives in alternative universe

Zanna Don’t A Pandora Productions play. Directed by Michael J. Drury. Continues through May 29 at Actors Theatre, 316 W. Main St. For tickets or more information, call 216-5502 or go to www.pandoraprods.org. For as long as there have been stages and actors to play upon them, comedy has been concerned with subverting established authority … Continued

Another funky night, another jazzy city

The New Mastersounds emerged from Leeds, England, in the late ’90s as a group completely uninterested in the then-popular Britpop sounds of Oasis and Blur. Their update of swingin’ ’60s jazz-funk quickly endeared them to music aficionados who yearned for both old sounds and young energy. Their collaborators have ranged from members of the Meters … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: DRIVE ANGRY 2011; $26.95-$34.95, R Nicolas “No Talent” Cage wears his worst toupee ever in this ode to ’70s fast cars/faster women movies. But you won’t care, because you’ll be looking at nasty Playboy Playmate Christa Campbell and Amber Heard — resplendent in her cutoff jean shorts, wanton blonde locks and … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act, comedian, open mic or karaoke listed, please send e-mail to pberkowitz@leoweekly.com with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. The deadline is NOON THURSDAY the week before the show happens. We do not accept listings via social networking sites. •WED MAY 25 … Continued

Kentucky super magnet brings another one home

Dawn Landes is a smart, playful singer-songwriter who has earned critical praise and the modern version of hit singles — her songs have popped up often on TV. She performed with the band Hem before her solo work resulted in a following of her own. Her folky, accessible songs might be the easiest clue that … Continued

Culture: ‘Idol’ chatter

I rise today in defense of “American Idol,” which crowns a new winner this week. This is no outtake from the annual LEO Fake Issue, no cheap provocation to get your blood pressure up. This is the real deal. For starters, the show is about naked ambition. I like that. There’s something universal about wanting … Continued

Film: When tires attack

Rubber Starring Jack Plotnick, Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida and Wings Hauser. Directed by Quentin Dupieux. Rated R; 1:25. Shows Saturday night at Baxter Avenue Theatres. LEO Report Card: B- There’s a killer on the loose in the desert. Preferred method of murder? Explosions to the head. As the body count rises — along a trail … Continued

Bar Belle: Goodbye, Oprah

Today, Oprah says goodbye to her talk show. Tomorrow, the world exhales a sigh of relief. Sure, I love Oprah as much as the next soccer mom, but really, aren’t you tired of her making mountains out of molehills? How many problems can one person possibly solve? How many celebrities do we need to hoist … Continued

Art: Bravery, beauty depicted in ‘Women and War’

Ann Stewart Anderson’s “Women and War” opens with the diptych “Remains 1” and “Remains 2,” mirror images that show an anonymous ancient Greek woman sitting beside a headstone with a Grecian urn on her lap, presumably containing the remains of a departed soldier, and, beside her, a woman in modern attire holding a folded American … Continued

Art: Art and the outlaw

Aficionados love to gossip about artists’ bad behavior over plastic cups of wine. From Richard Prince’s recent legal troubles to Banksy’s rule-breaking or all the way back to Caravaggio’s colorful exploits at the turn of the 17th century, collectors can’t get enough delinquency. But is there a relationship between art and lawlessness? Or is the … Continued

Hit It and Quit It

Due primarily to geographic differences, Louisville’s twang-rock ensemble Yardsale has disbanded — but on the way out the door, it dropped this bomb in the middle of the living room floor. Hit It and Quit It is a 17-track downloadable live album that shows the band in all its live, rocking fury, complete with — … Continued

SMOD

Having artists for parents is difficult; having fairly famous artist parents has got to be even more of a challenge. Sam, frontman of SMOD, is the son of Amadou & Miriam, the excellent Malian folkies. First you have to deal with the lax rules and iffy temperament of the artist type, then you have the … Continued

People Changes

After serving his role as bassist for Dirty Projectors, Nat Baldwin has taken on a less noisy endeavor in his solo music. In this new effort, Baldwin presents a distorted take on folk and jazz using classical instruments, but doesn’t shy away from his experimental roots. Following up on last year’s Most Valuable Player, People’s … Continued

Bachelorette

Annabel Aplers is the single lady behind Bachelorette who, suitably, records her music in a bedroom, utilizing whatever may be lying on the floor that day. On her newest effort, she delivers like a low-key Florence Welch, without fear of embracing the lo-fi. Vintage synths and drum machines haunt the album’s dreamlike tunes, which alternate … Continued