Issue June 17, 2014

The mirror has two faces

Conversation has turned to cars. Leah Halston is thinking about getting a new one. Spacee Kadett suggests a Kia because he was a passenger in one during a road trip recently and was pleasantly surprised by it. Leah dismisses the idea, saying she doesn’t want to drive something that looks like a toaster — “I … Continued

Power of pop culture

I’ve devoted most of my columns to musings about social and political issues, but as anyone who knows me well can tell you, my most favorite thing to write and talk about is popular culture. I think of myself as a pop culture connoisseur, and I pride myself on staying informed of the latest Hollywood … Continued

The necessity of black studies

Recent allegations by former North Carolina-Chapel Hill basketball player Rashad McCants have refueled perennial debates about university athletic department practices, exploitation of college athletes, the integrity of professors and, in this case, the viability of an academic discipline. McCants told ESPN and other news outlets that his academic advisers steered him to “sham classes” in … Continued

A promise to Magdalena

The obituary, yellow and brittle, had a line that landed like a sock to the solar plexus: “Besides his wife and children, his aged mother, Mrs. Magdalena Miller, and three sisters survive him.” That sentence appears in the 1905 obituary of my great-grandfather, Joseph Schlegel Jr. His “aged mother,” my great-great-grandmother, died three years later … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE 2014; $28.98-$44.95; R While this lacks the impact of 2006’s “300” — partly because director Noam Murro simply doesn’t have original writer/director Zack Snyder’s supernatural talent — it makes up for it by having one of the best screen villains we’ve ever seen: the incomparable Eva … Continued

Goodbye coal, hello fracking

Natural gas companies are positioning themselves for a greater share of the state’s energy portfolio as impending federal regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency loom over Kentucky’s coal industry. The Kentucky Gas Association, whose membership consists largely of distributors and pipeline builders, hosted their annual meeting at the Owensboro Convention Center on June 5. The … Continued

Completely Obsessed

Rock out with your … Every couple of years, I look around to really take notice of the musicians who are doing something extraordinary — the musicians who are taking chances, trying new sounds and succeeding. These are usually oddball types who are well outside of the mainstream, but artists who will no doubt influence … Continued

Safe space is the place for Broken Bells

When James Mercer’s band The Shins became popular, and the songwriter and musician was finally making good money, he thought about moving to Kentucky. Lexington, no less. The Albuquerque, N.M., native was 32 at the time. “I liked the way it looked. I liked the way it felt,” Mercer recalls. “I was in a position … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to pberkowitz@leoweekly.com 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 18 Baxter’s 942: … Continued

Staffpicks

<YUM> Thursday, June 19 Kentucky Proud Wine & Chocolate Louisville Stoneware 731 Brent St. louisvillestoneware.com Free; 5-7 p.m. Wine and chocolate go together like a successful marriage — one complements the other, there is no yelling and they laugh together a lot. They are fine and competent on their own, but you get them together … Continued

Inbox — June 18, 2014

Veteran Violations In response to Joe Sonka’s May 21 article on city workers and the mayor, I would like to share my experience as a union employee during Mayor Fischer’s tenure. From 2010-12, I was a horticulture worker at the Louisville Zoo. I can say without reservation that from a labor-management relations standpoint, my experience … Continued

B-sides

True life: I’m a folk singer In 1960, well-known boxer Rudell Stitch drowned in the Ohio River while trying to save someone’s life. Fifty-four years later, his close friend, folk singer Mickey Clark, will celebrate his memory when Stitch is inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Two days after the induction, Clark will … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a fairly boring person by your column’s standards in that I’ve always identified as a straight male into typical relationships. I’ve realized, after multiple long-term relationships that were unsatisfying, that monogamy isn’t for me. I would like to have a main, fulfilling and committed relationship without limiting myself sexually or emotionally. I’ve struggled … Continued

Theater: ‘Midsummer’ is a dream in Central Park

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ A Kentucky Shakespeare production. Continues at Central Park through June 22, then runs in repertory July 15-27 with other plays from this summer’s season. Tickets are free. For information, go to kyshakes.org. For those who love the theater, there is no more inspiring play than Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It … Continued

Bar Belle: New ways to get your drunk ass home

It was Derbytime 2013 and I was having a fine time at Big Bar. I was having so good of a fine time, I decided I better not drive, even though I live only about a mile from the establishment. I’m not sure why I didn’t just walk home, because that’s usually my go-to means … Continued

Real German comfort food is at Gasthaus

If you grew up in Louisville and have roots here more than three or four generations deep, it’s likely you have more than a few Germans perched on the branches of your family tree. Indeed, Louisville’s identity is shaped in substantial part by a German heritage that dates back to the 1840s, when a tide … Continued

Comedy: Christopher Titus — Functionally dysfunctional

Christopher Titus is a comedian often forgotten from a generation that brought us Louis C.K., David Cross and Mitch Hedberg. But his specials “Norman Rockwell is Bleeding” and “Love is EVOL” are two of the most critically acclaimed and emotionally jarring comedy pieces of the past two decades. Now working on a new show, “Angry … Continued