Issue May 31, 2011

Meet up, break in

A train blows its whistle in staccato 1-2-3 times in the distance. The expansive industrial park with its skeletal debris and hollow warehouses is otherwise quiet. Orange city lights reflect in passing rain clouds — gentle, safe illumination, like a child’s nightlight. Still, it’s dark, so it’s hard to see. When a 20-year-old, whose urban … Continued

At home and away

I’ve got a home. This is convenient for a number of reasons, reliability and quietude being at the top of the heap. Those of us fortunate enough to own, rent or squat in a place we get to call our own are lucky to have the essentials of shelter, water and food covered in one … Continued

Thinking beyond the box

LEO senior account executive James Hewett’s drive home from work on the sunny afternoon of May 5 might have been his last. While he was heading toward Hurstbourne on Interstate 64, traffic came to a standstill. Instinctively, James peered into his rearview mirror, and he saw a car barreling toward him. “I thought I was … Continued

Empty shells

Six years after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, much of New Orleans’ historical housing stock has been destroyed, with entire neighborhoods of shotgun-style homes in complete disrepair (or worse). As a result, the Crescent City’s distinction as the city with the highest concentration of shotgun houses — supposedly named for their layout allowing a … Continued

Inbox — June 1, 2011

Ark Reality After reading “Dinos and cents” in the May 25 LEO Weekly, I’m wondering how “historically authentic” the designers of Ark Encounter intend to be. The biblical account of the flood and any retelling of the story in books or movies focus on the animals filing two by two into the ark and the … Continued

Wage watch

An older man with a white dress shirt matching his mustache, and a lap dog smiling in the passenger seat, turns his four-door pickup off of Main Street in Shelbyville. A Hispanic man slaps his cell phone shut and scurries, as do about six other Hispanic day laborers eager for work, most carrying water jugs … Continued

Plugged In

•WED JUN 1 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 (R) Brown Theatre: Buddy Guy, Moreland & Arbuckle; 7:30 p.m., $30 Buffalo Wild Wings, St. Matthews: Emily Clark Band; 8 p.m. (R) Chick … Continued

Public Noise Private Noise

Welcome to the first in a series of new music columns that will run here. I’m tremendously excited about this project and grateful to share the space. Each columnist was asked by the editors to focus on music that inspires them. We hope to offer moments of sonic joy, celebrate good work, explore creative intrigue … Continued

Bellarmine honors local jazz legend Jimmy Raney

Louisville native Jimmy Raney was a leading light in modern jazz guitar; he will be honored for his contributions in celebration of Bellarmine’s Jazz Guitar Series’ 25th anniversary. In addition to a two-day clinic, Bellarmine Professor Jeff Sherman will perform in a concert featuring Gene Bertoncini and Jack Wilkins. To his fellow guitarists, Raney was … Continued

The Low Anthem aim for the fences

  “Have you ever interviewed Jim James? I’m a fan.” Questions like “Have you ever gone to the Kentucky Derby with Colonel Sanders and My Morning Jacket?” are expected from non-locals, but this time I’m being asked by Jeff Prystowsky, leader of a highly acclaimed, increasingly popular band, The Low Anthem. Prystowsky spoke with LEO … Continued

Staffpicks

<MUSIC> Wednesday, June 1 Harry and the Potters Louisville Free Public Library 301 York St. • 574-1611 Free; 7 p.m. Some things, like magnets, are subtle, mysterious, even confusing. Some things are exactly what you think they are. Such is the case with Harry and the Potters — you might see that name and think, … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: THE PHANTOM EMPIRE 1935; $34.95, UR We are big fans of “serials,” that now-forgotten art form of short high-action episodes shown each week before the main flick at neighborhood movie houses. They were the inspiration of such terrific franchises as “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars,” and this one is a real … Continued

Gary’s on Spring has the ingredients for success

What does it take to turn a new restaurant into a sensation? Well, a cool venue is good for starters, and Gary’s on Spring certainly qualifies in that regard, settling comfortably into a stylish remake of the former Spring Street Meeting House in Irish Hill. A creative chef with the chops to turn the ordinary … Continued

The Taste Bud: Avocado — Almost as good as meat

My friend Amy told me about the avocado burrito at Lolita’s Tacos for months. And she kept on telling me. Hey, I’m a fan of Lolita’s, but in the times I had been there, there was always meat involved with my burrito or taco. I’m a guy, right? Guys eat animal flesh — it’s just … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

It’s June, and love is in the air. Some say the month is named for Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage, which is why it’s considered good luck to be married in June. In ancient times, June’s abundance of flowers was not only decorative but helped mask body odors not banished by the traditional “annual … Continued

Comedy: Rosebud and pineapples

Southern Indiana native Danny Browning started his career doing open-mic shows at Comedy Caravan when he was 21, and now he’s returning to the club as a headliner. “It kinda feels like I’ve come full circle,” Browning says. Not only that, but if you buy a ticket for the 8 p.m. show on Saturday, you’ll … Continued

Book: Black holes, game shows and Kenny Rogers

Black Hole Blues By Patrick Wensink. Eraserhead Press; 196 pgs., $10.95. A world with Kenny Rogers is a strange world. Take, for example, an episode of “The Muppet Show” in which then-superstar Rogers sings “The Gambler” — or rather, shares the vocals — aboard a train car with a grotesquerie of wizened human figures, one of … Continued

Art: Leonardo of all trades

I blame the bestselling novel by Dan Brown and its blockbuster movie adaptation, “The Da Vinci Code,” for a number of misconceptions about Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Start with his name. Popular culture has it as “Da Vinci,” but as an illegitimate love child, he just went by Leonardo. For all you conspiracy theorists out … Continued