Issue June 11, 2013

Why I divorced Cordish

I don’t like dress codes, discrimination, greedy profiteers or nontransparent public-private partnerships. It stands to reason, therefore, that I don’t like Fourth Street Live or its owner, the Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. Disgust with decade-long claims of racism against the developer reached a critical mass in early May, after former U of L basketball star Jason … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS 21 & OVER 2013; $19.99-$24.99; R It’s “The Hangover” with younger dumbasses. The night before his big medical interview, Justin Chon’s buds take him out for one beer that turns into an all-night debauch. The buds, Skylar Astin and Miles Teller, get all the best lines, Chon suffers all the comic … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to 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 JUN 12 Air Devils … Continued


<FILM> Thursday, June 13 ‘Wilderness of Mirrors’ Decca 812 E. Market St. $7; 8 p.m. Whether writing songs or penning pieces for LEO Weekly (he was a frequent contributor during the 2000s), Paul Kopasz was never one to take a half swing, and his 1998 album A Wilderness of Mirrors is a case in point. … Continued

Theater: Savage Rose resurrects American one-act plays

‘American One Acts’ A production by the Savage Rose Classical Theatre Co. Continues through June 15 at the MeX Theater at the Kentucky Center. For info and tickets, call 584-7777 or go to The near total neglect of American one-act plays is one of those systematic injustices that becomes apparent only when someone does … Continued


Bend it like Buck Owens Sometimes the name says it all. For you might assume that a Kentucky Hellbender is someone around here who gets totally crunk — and you wouldn’t be wrong. But did you know that, according to band leader Amos Hopkins’ dictionary, a Hellbender is also a giant salamander endemic to our … Continued

Inbox — June 12, 2013

Only In Your Dreams Great news for liberals! As the Inbox letter writer (Jacob L. Schagene) of May 29 informed us: “I never see the conservative attacking the left (it’s rarely happened); conservatives on the social media do tell me the news instead of attacking the left.” Since I don’t blog very often myself, I … Continued

Japandroids: Oh, Canada

We’ve heard all the clichés: Two heads are better than one. Great minds think alike. Two’s company, three’s a crowd. We get it. Two can be a magical number. So what is one to do if not born with an Olsen twin? You find one, of course. Brian King and David Prowse may not be … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a 27-year-old bisexual chick who just moved in with my girlfriend of 10 months. I love her very much, and this is a great relationship — hot sex, laughs, good conversation. Here’s the thing: I like to smoke pot, and pot makes her very uncomfortable. We’ve talked about it a lot — you … Continued

Film: What happens to the homeless when they die?

The fifth annual Flyover Film Festival takes off at the Clifton Center tonight with a world premiere of “The Potter’s Field,” one of the most fascinating — and local — films in the bunch. Louisville native Edward Heavrin documents a group of high school students who hold funeral services for the homeless. The film also … Continued

Taste Bud: The Accidental Endorphin Incident

I love spicy food. I also love chili. What I tend to sidestep, however, is anything specifically labeled “vegan.” Now, I eat plenty of vegan fruit; every time I cut open an avocado and dig in with a spoon, I’m essentially eating vegan. But I don’t post on Facebook that I just ate a “vegan … Continued

A bridge too far?

At a recent breakfast held at the Muhammad Ali Center, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear congratulated a conference room brimming with the city’s elite business class, thanking them for their continued support of the controversial Ohio River Bridges Project. “Businesses throughout this region have not only provided a steady drumbeat, but a loud drumbeat of support … Continued

A planned expansion

The Planned Parenthood affiliates of Indiana and Kentucky announced Monday that they will merge into one organization — Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) — effective July 1, hoping to improve and expand access to reproductive health care services and education in both states. “Our combined strength and depth is going to make us … Continued

Book: Bad boys and girls of book

‘Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors’ By Andrew Shaffer. Harper Perennial; 304 pgs., $14.99.. “There was a time when courtesy and winning ways went out of style, when it was good to be bad, when you cultivated decadence like a taste,” writes T.C. Boyle in “Greasy Lake,” a collection of short stories. “We were … Continued

Book: Fatherhood’s the topic for stand-up author

Jim Gaffigan has made an impressive career by getting audiences laughing about American bad habits. Food choices and lazy lifestyles are two of his key topics, and Gaffigan’s appraisal of the microwaveable convenience food Hot Pockets is a classic. His first home is on comedy club stages, but he’s not afraid of newer means of … Continued


As part two of a planned trilogy called “Evolution,” the Indiana emcee’s latest falls a bit short of that title. Little of that has to do with Sno.; he’s still a more-than-able lyricist and controls a voice tailor-made for his brand of rap. That gloriouSOUNDS is just more of the same we heard on the … Continued

Fifteen Quiet Years

Comprised of the Aviary demo, the oft-bootlegged “Peel Session,” 7-inches and a series of live recordings of various calibers, Years documents seminal Louisville band Rodan from their formative years to the end of their all-too-short career. The Aviary tracks are particularly raw, crackling with an energy that seems barely contained by the tape. The comparably … Continued


Saxophonist/composer Geof Bradfield enlisted his longtime employer, pianist Ryan Cohan, to play in his suite honoring Melba Liston. She was one of the first African-American women to make her name as a jazz instrumentalist (trombone) and arranger, associated over four decades with pianist Randy Weston, among many other projects. (Weston himself rightly praises Bradfield’s work.) … Continued

Desire Lines

Desire Lines, Camera Obscura’s second release on 4AD, hooks with a commencing orchestration that ardently captures the thematically elegant nature of each track’s composition. Splitting from her pitch-perfect approach (as heard on forerunner My Maudlin Career), frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell casts a refined vocal range across the sonic beatitude of Desire Lines’ mix, an adjustment that … Continued