Issue June 7, 2011

In-flight movies

The Flyover Film Festival shows us what we don’t always get to see. Along with regionally meaningful work, the ironically titled fest offers a weekend-long glimpse at the limited release (and pre-release) material usually reserved for art houses on the left and right coasts. Much like the town that hosts it, Flyover is both down-home … Continued

It’s all in the game

Try this. When I say “Hey,” you say, “Hey.” Got it? Hey. Did you say, “Hey?” OK. Let’s try another. When I say, “Hey,” you say, “Ho!” Hey. Did you say, “Ho?” Did I say, “Hey?” Hmm. Maybe I should divide the room. If you are on the right side of the room, say, “Hey,” … Continued

How to be happy with your politician

Start by setting aside your cynicism. Admit to yourself that everyone who gets into politics feels called to serve others. Your politician loves America and wants to create a bright, prosperous future for every constituent. Like the Founding Fathers, your politician believes in your right to freedom, justice and the pursuit of happiness. You must … Continued

Hype or Hope?

Arric and Delores Fenwick sit side by side in their apartment’s front room. Delores, 50, folds laundry at their dining room table. Upstairs, laughter follows a hollow thud. Their kids are wrestling. Delores and Arric also begin to tangle as the former Clarksdale residents go back and forth on their new home, Liberty Green. Arric … Continued

Bridging the gap

With projections of additional savings and more specific designs on the proposed reduction of the $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, elected officials last Thursday quelled some of the blazing concerns that make the project a furnace of controversy. Flanked by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and a representative for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Gov. Steve … Continued

Flyover Film Fest: Review — “Meek’s Cutoff”

If there’s a “Winter’s Bone” at this year’s Flyover, “Meek’s Cutoff” would appear to be it. Directed by Kelly Reichardt, the filmmaker’s past work resembles last season’s sleeper hit in a few ways; namely, Reichardt’s gift for crafting resolute, female leads who roam settings not typically found on the big screen, as well as an … Continued


The following is a complete schedule of Flyover films, along with brief synopses. Tickets are $10 per film, or $8 for LFS members. “Another Earth” “Another Earth” took the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance. The Sloan is awarded to the film that best executes a science, tech or mathematics theme. In even bigger news, … Continued

Me Vs. Music

Listening to Leonard Cohen on a Saturday evening, sipping (OK, gulping) red zinfandel, my dreadlocked head swirls about music and having to write this column. At present, the world is supposed to be gone, ended. Like every other predicted apocalypse, nothing’s happened; but surely it has happened for someone. For me, the end always seems … Continued

Inbox — June 8, 2011

Legacy Bridge In response to the “Bridge to infiltration” (LEO Weekly, May 25): Kudos to Mayor Fischer and the folks over at Kentuckians for Progress in their support of the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville. This project is the last chance to restore my legacy — it seems every day … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your club, comedian, musical act or karaoke listed, please send e-mail to 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 JUN … Continued


<THEATER> June 8-July 24 Shakespeare in the Park Central Park 1340 S. Fourth St. Free; various times If there’s anything in Louisville we’re not short on, other than humidity and allergies, it’s live Shakespeare — we’ve got Walden, Savage Rose, various high school, college and community theaters, and, of course, Kentucky Shakespeare, which is … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: HALL PASS 2011; $28.95-$35.95, R The Farrelly Brothers mine their favorite smelly turf when horny hubbies get a “hall pass”: a week of unfettered, unmarried debauchery from their wives, who are tired of watching these old dogs drool over young tail. Yeah, it all comes to a less-than-satisfying end for the … Continued

Bringing in the Harvest on East Market

Looking for ramps in season? Garlic scapes? Fancy purple kale? Or maybe a tasty omelet fashioned from just-laid free-range eggs? You’ll find it all at the Bardstown Road Farmers Market where Ivor Chodkowski’s Field Day Family Farm booth is the place to go for what’s arguably the fanciest produce on the premises. Chodkowski is a … Continued

Bar Belle: Q&A-hole

I suppose starfucking is one of the major reasons I got into journalism. I couldn’t act or sing to become a star, so I chose to write about them. Critique them. Judge them. Admire them from a closer stance than the average person. As a member of the press, I get easy access to celebrities. … Continued

Orchestra: Old music in a new age

On Tuesday, May 31, I joined several thousand other music lovers in the Louisville Palace to enjoy local-rockers-turned-international stars My Morning Jacket performing a concert that was being filmed for YouTube, in an event sponsored by American Express. As the contrasting smells of weed and deep corporate investment wafted through the under-air-conditioned Palace, the management … Continued

Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

Watch out when Melvyn Bragg clears his throat. Unlike other veteran radio show hosts, Bragg won’t switch off the microphone in order to cough, cluck or otherwise clear his tonsils. He wants you to know he is there, in every dimension. He wants his guests to remember it as well, lest one of them slip … Continued

Art: Full circle

Much like the strict syllabic discipline adhered to by Haiku poets, artists Tim Lowly and Matt Ballou have devoted themselves to the use of “tondos,” or circular formats, in their most recent body of work, “The Bell, Struck,” on display at The 930 Gallery starting Friday. Everything about this show aims to encourage slow contemplation … Continued

Horse Feathers works for young and old listeners

Justin Ringle started the Portland, Ore.-based band Horse Feathers in 2004. Their three records have helped establish Ringle and his rotating cast as a new favorite to both young rockers and older folkies. Their most recent album, Thistled Spring, was released last year by the Kill Rock Stars label. LEO: Do you enjoy being out … Continued

New music composers join forces for special night

Call it a function of our country’s collective obsession with immediate gratification, but the United States has never appreciated its contemporary composers like they do across the Atlantic. Nonetheless, a Louisville composer, Rachel Grimes, formerly of the Rachel’s band, has helped pave the way for new music poster children like Jóhann Jóhannsson, Zoe Keating and … Continued

Feel Like Yesterday

The record label name tells you a lot. Feel Like Yesterday is a fun hippie record for hippie people to listen to while doing hippie things. That’s not said with spite; no Cartman here. It’s a pleasant listen; the rock is soft but has a beat to it, the vocal harmonies fine for the genre. … Continued


It’s neither as expansive as It Still Moves nor as adventurous as Evil Urges, but Circuital is My Morning Jacket’s tightest, breeziest album yet, and it just might be their most compulsively listenable as well. Only once, with the title track, does the band trot out one of their patented epics — the rest of … Continued

Born This Way

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting when I downloaded the new Lady Gaga album. But in my mind, it was something like this — the lights would grow dim, spotlights would start dancing around the room, maybe a little fog machine action, some streams of fireworks and various other pyrotechnic displays, until finally … Continued

Carrying Lightning

This aptly named album delivers on its promise of containing some sparks. With a nimble voice and earnest lyrics, Shires arguably offers her best work to date on Carrying Lightning. Some may recognize Shires from her recent work with Jason Isbell or her film debut as the fiddle player in Gwyneth Paltrow’s band in 2010’s … Continued

Here’s to mixed company

Last Saturday my already pleasant holiday was made complete by a few simple songs. My lady and I were to make a meal and a smoky little fire to celebrate a buddy’s birthday. Unbeknownst to us, her neighbor, with whom she shares a yard, had invited a group of 12 Peruvians over for a similar … Continued

The S word

“There exists a type of phenomenon, even more mysterious than telepathy or precognition, which has puzzled man since the dawn of mythology: the seemingly accidental meeting of two unrelated causal chains in a coincidental event which appears both highly improbable and highly significant.” —Arthur Koestler Last weekend, a short, funny girl in a penguin costume … Continued

The return of Chief Weeping Crybaby

A raised relief map presents topography and contour in three dimensions. Regular two-dimensional maps can describe the same information with lines and numbers, but they’re boring and not very fun to touch. In similar fashion, when I’m graced with your attention, I hope this column might offer sturdy if slightly misshapen perspectives on developing social … Continued

Worldwide pants

Here are a few topics that were on my radar for this week’s column: • A quick reminder for those who have seemingly forgotten that the economic tar pit in which we are attempting a synchronized swimming routine is the legacy left to us by the last president, who is still a fucking criminal and needs … Continued

My bleeding AbioCor

When Michael Jackson died, about 5 percent of me believed he would come back. I don’t say this as a joke, and it certainly isn’t meant to be irreverent or flip. I’m serious. My rational mind led me to conclude that there was about a 5 percent chance medical technology, responding to the death of … Continued

On dependence

“… all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” —The Declaration of Independence This weekend, as you are enjoying bratwurst number three, watching the kids play obliviously in the sprinkler, and commenting knowingly on the … Continued

The sound and the fury

For a little while longer, it’s springtime in one of the most beautiful cities in the country. The blossoms of the Bradford Pear have already been carried away in weather-pattern swarms. Folks in hopelessly goofy sandals and short pants walk down to the café, or post up on stoops, to enjoy a few daytime beers … Continued

Who watches the Watchmen indeed

What’s childless, blind in one eye, smokes constantly, thinks truck-testicles are hysterical and is now going to tell you how to raise your kids? Yeah, it’s me. Apparently some of you parents need guidance, even from the likes of me. My lady and I recently saw the film adaptation of Alan Moore’s landmark graphic novel, … Continued

The elusive bird of paradise

Topping my list of reasons to be thankful that we don’t live in the Middle Age are: 1. No more Black Death! This has been great for morale, and for maintaining long-term friendships. 2. Not worrying constantly about invading hordes from neighboring hamlets (Lexington, for instance), coming at dawn and stealing our women and grain … Continued


On a long stretch of road in southern Indiana a few years ago I happened upon the mangled form of a hawk that had been struck by something large. I have a thing for hawks, and this indelicate mess seemed an unjust end for such a noble creature. I stopped for a moment that its … Continued

Change in Cabinet, none in cupboard

Like some 67,000 other Americans, I recently signed a petition asking our next president to deliver on his promise of change, specifically in his choice for Secretary of Agriculture. The President and the head of the USDA wield incredible leverage over two of the most basic human activities: farming and eating. It is in their … Continued