Issue June 10, 2014

The Great Divide

It was 1999 or so when I met a young woman whose name I have long forgotten. She was visiting my friend Beth’s house in Charlestown, Ind., and we were engaged in casual conversation when I asked if she had been to some restaurant or another. The place was in Louisville, but I didn’t specify … Continued

Art for hunger’s sake

There was a time when my family was, for all useful purposes, destitute. During that time we ate a lot of tuna casserole and a lot of beans. We always had food, even if it was something we didn’t want. Our parents managed at least that much. My mother became inventive with recipes. She bought … Continued

Illusory security tax

When I write “The Complete and Unabridged American History of Fear” chronicling disproportionate public-policy panic reactions to dreadful events, I shall devote a chapter to Louisville’s 3/22. Let the record reflect that on March 22, 2014, a rare eruption of juvenile crime traumatized our local democracy. Last Thursday, a narrow majority of Metro Council members … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL 2014; $14.98-$39.98; R Many people consider writer/director Wes Anderson (“Moonrise Kingdom”) a genius. We won’t go that far, but he does make some damn clever and surprising movies. Case in point: this entertaining/weird mix of romance, adventure, murder, slapstick, daring prison escapes and war starring F. Murray … Continued

Different beats, different beasts: Merchandise’s beautiful mess

Signing with British record label 4AD was just one of several paradigm-shifting decisions recently made by Tampa, Fla., indie rockers Merchandise, who also picked up two new permanent members in the time since last year’s LP Totale Nite. But the band hasn’t lost sight of its DIY sensibilities in the process of making their third … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

Semi-Automatic for the People  After the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., I wasn’t the only person who thought this country’s insane gun laws might finally change. It looked, for a moment, as if our politicians might be ashamed to be seen defending the NRA’s right to go deer hunting with … Continued

Plugged In

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The dogs of war Guitarist William Ragland can be heard with the bands The Revenants, All Dead, Gravework and Blood Sick. He’s also joined up with Mike Oerther to help further the latter’s decade-old Dirty Bitch project. LEO: What do you and Mike have in common, or not, musically? William Ragland: Mike is definitely the … Continued

Guest column: A response to the mayor

BY WESLEY J. STOVER When I learned about Mayor Greg Fischer’s response to LEO Weekly’s May 21 “Labor pains” article, I was encouraged he was acknowledging labor concerns. I was also discouraged that he responded to the media instead of meeting with labor groups. I have always respected the Office of the Mayor and … Continued


<THEATER> June 11-15 ‘Art’ Henry Clay Theatre 604 S. Third St. $21; various times Sometimes there’s an elephant in the room, and sometimes there’s a 5-foot tall, all white painting in the room — a very expensive, all white painting that is inches away from destroying a friendship point blank. Bunbury Theatre closes out … Continued

‘Don’t say hello’

All ballplayers have a “walk-up song” for when they come to the plate to hit, or take the mound pitching. When reliever Jose “Jumbo” Diaz comes in to save a game for the Louisville Bats, the Slugger Field sound system blares “Pa Que Tu Me Saluda.” Whether opposing batters understand the fast-paced Spanish lyrics is … Continued

Theater: Though she be but little, she is fierce

At 10 a.m. sharp on a Saturday, Matt Wallace addresses his “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” cast and crew, who are scattered around a morning sunlight-bathed wooden floor sipping coffee, stretching, strapping on character shoes, flipping through worn scripts. “I just went to see our set,” he tells them, beaming. “I got chills walking on it.” … Continued

‘Ahead of the curve’

Back in February, the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission released a 20-year action plan for fair housing, entitled “Making Louisville Home for Us All.” Funded by money from the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), the … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am currently a senior in high school, but come Saturday, I will be a high-school grad! (Fuck yeah!) The only thing I’m worried about besides my hopes and dreams and making it in the real world? My sex life. I’m a virgin. When I go online, I see all my friends and peers … Continued

Inbox — June 11, 2014

Smashin’ Compassion Joe Sonka’s story about labor pains and city workers (LEO Weekly, May 21) painfully reminded me of the reasons why I’ve lost interest in the Mayor’s Compassionate City program. My friends know me as the kind of person who believes in humanitarian causes. So, I felt naturally drawn to the idea of a … Continued

Taste Bud: Ordering the right Mexican meat

Sometimes you just order the wrong thing. I finally made it to Wild Rita’s a few weeks back and ordered a couple of tacos. They were good — particularly the carne asada — but my buddy Greg ordered a dish called pozole. When our food arrived, I got one whiff and immediately had entrée envy. … Continued

Corner Café has been dishing up comfort food for more than 20 years

Think of a quintessential Louisville neighborhood, and chances are your thoughts will turn to Germantown or Clifton, the Highlands or Crescent Hill. “That stretch out past Lyndon where Whipps Mill twists around the railroad tracks and tangles with Lagrange Road,” not so much. But riddle me this: When we list the quintessential Louisville neighborhood eateries, … Continued

Culture: I wanna be Adore

The past decade of reality TV has seen some highs and some very low lows, and Danny Noriega has seen it all. First achieving notice in 2008 as an “American Idol” semi-finalist, his sassy teen attitude made him a regular punchline for Joel McHale on “The Soup.” After a brief phase as YouTube personality Angel … Continued

Art: Glamour shots

It’s rare that my visual arts side crosses paths with my interest in classic film history, but “Stars of the Silver Screen: Through the Lens of George Hurrell” lets me indulge in both. The exhibition features a selection of Hurrell’s gelatin silver prints of 1930s-40s movie stars. Hurrell (1904-92) was the movie studio photographer, known … Continued