Issue June 14, 2011


Street lights illuminating Third and Market. A paint-splattered artist in his studio. Memorial Bridge spanning the Ohio River: These are among a collection of images provided by three photographers tasked with capturing a slice of Louisville for LEO Weekly’s third annual Photography Issue.  Through their lenses, the photographers documented some of the people and places … Continued

Biggest loser

My life is what occurs in the brief interludes when I’m not looking for things I’ve misplaced, or lost completely. For me to say, “I lose things pretty frequently” would be like Congressman Anthony Weiner saying, “My wife’s been a little irritated with me lately,” or Glenn Beck saying, “My name’s Glenn, and I’m a … Continued

The ultimate sex column

This true sex story worthy of the ABC sitcom “Modern Family” was conveyed by a Louisville native who graduated from Kentucky Country Day in the early 1980s and now lives out of state. The names have been changed to protect a beloved putz. Last month, Suzanne, Karl and their two daughters arrived home from a … Continued

Called up

Pitcher Nick Christiani got the news in the usual baseball way — unexpectedly. One minute he was a youthful prospect with the Carolina Mudcats, just barely into his second year of professional baseball. The next minute he was on his way to Louisville, one stop from the major leagues. “I was getting ready to get … Continued

White Denim hangs on to rock ‘n’ roll

Texas-based rockers White Denim are a modern throwback, a classic rock band who have achieved success through both hard work and Internet-based buzz. Their new album, D, was given four stars by Rolling Stone, which said their “sublime attack often recalls late-Sixties Grateful Dead, when their songs still had garage-rock drive but were exploding every … Continued

Ben Sollee strolls all over the map

Ben Sollee is one of the most popular, acclaimed and surprising acts to emerge from Kentucky onto the national stage in recent years. The singer/cellist from Lexington recently released his second solo album, Inclusions, which Paste magazine said “… is as eclectic as Sollee, exploring post-modern jazz one minute and simple folk the next, with … 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

Inbox — June 15, 2011

Correction In the June 1 cover story “Meet Up, Break In,” a quote was incorrectly attributed to Ninjalicous, a Canadian urban explorer who died in 2005. Fast Food Stamps The Coalition for the Homeless is a nonprofit created to advocate for the homeless in Jefferson County. We are sorry to see that the proposal to … Continued


<BOOK> Wednesday, June 15 Cassie Sneider & Bil Brown Second Story Books 2004 Highland Ave. • 290-8585 Free; 6 p.m. Summer’s here, and the time is right to let your freak flag fly. Or, at the very least, to not fall into perpetual doldrums. If you want to learn good coping strategies for surviving as … Continued

The Taste Bud: Take a road trip back in time to Hinkle’s

When was the last time you had a Hinkle burger? It’s been a while, right? I recently made the 45-minute drive to Madison, Ind., the home of Hinkle’s Hamburgers, for business, and while there I made sure to work in time for a couple of the signature burgers. It’s some of the world’s greatest drunk-snack … Continued

Best gyros … where?

“Gyros” and “hubris” are both Greek words. “Hubris,” with its roots in Greek tragedy, means “excessive pride.” Declaring that one’s storefront Greek restaurant produces “the best gyros in the entire world” might be considered an example of this. “Gyros” is Greek, too. It’s the iconic Greek sandwich, best when the meat is sliced thin from … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: ELEKTRA LUXX 2010; $24.95, R All we can say is “wow.” Carla Gugina leads the most amazing cast ever assembled for a sleazy pseudo-porn movie, followed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Timothy Olyphant, Malin Akerman, Adrianne Palicki and Emmanuelle Chriqui. Carla plays a major porn star who finds herself suddenly pregnant — can’t … Continued

Theater: Shakespeare on speed

‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)’ Part of the annual Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Brantley M. Dunaway. Continues through June 26 in Central Park, 1340 S. Fourth St. For more information, go to It’s probably a safe assumption that 95 percent of all high school graduates in America have read and/or performed … Continued

Art: The greatest celebrity

On the dimly lit fourth floor of the Muhammad Ali Center, just past the “Hopes and Dreams” wall and near the end of the “Global Voices” walkway, is a word painted in bold white letters, a word to describe the overlapping worlds of a heavyweight champion: ALIWOOD. The center’s new multimedia exhibit highlights Ali’s interactions … Continued

Brit Beat

I grew up in England, a country full of people as proud of its musical heritage (The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead — ’nuff said) as we are of our ability to drink copious amounts of gin and tonic while quoting Shakespeare. Due to my birthplace, country music wasn’t part of my repertoire as … Continued

The bizarre ballad of Benny Breeze

Today, the ongoing saga of the Ohio River Bridges Project is going to get a lot weirder. At 1:30 p.m. at the Kentucky African-American Heritage Center, the public will be introduced to Benny Breeze, the main character of a short film whose purpose is to “educate and entertain” the community about the $2.9 billion public … Continued


The voice is enough to make you find religion. That something could take hold of you so instantly, so against the norm, and cradle you in such a way that nearly leaves you in tears — Soema Montenegro’s U.S. debut is a stunning collection of songs that do all this and more. Mouth stands agape … Continued

Live at Birdland

Take three jazz elder statesmen, saxophonist Lee Konitz (82), bassist Charlie Haden (72), drummer Paul Motian (79), add 39-year-old pianist Brad Mehldau, set them up at NYC’s famed Birdland club with recording gear, and you have an instant jam session, right? Not this crew! While the set list looks like bop standards, the playing is … Continued

Hope Is a Word…

Nick Hornby wrote once about how he never understood Jackson Browne’s music before he turned 40. Even at a much younger age, I understood the sentiment: Rock is for the young, it’s supposed to be edgy, blah blah blah … However, most popular music today doesn’t express what life is like for 40-something-and-up parents, and … Continued

Tenth Life

Louisville punk rock royals Tara Key and Tim Harris’ Antietam is a finely tuned, power pop, indie rock machine on their latest release. While the band has always flirted with punk and pop ingenuity, Tenth Life finds them as kings of their own hill. The album delivers songs that are always rocking and often pleasant, … Continued