Issue June 18, 2013


Deric Lostutter returned from an unfruitful turkey hunt near his home in Winchester, Ky., on April 15, and sat down at his computer. His pit bull, Thor, jumped excitedly at the door, which typically means a visitor has come to his farm, where the 26-year-old lives with his girlfriend. Lostutter saw what looked like a … Continued

Earth Traveler: Louisville

For the adventure traveler, the city of Louisville is an exciting cultural destination, teeming with exotic possibilities. This complicated city, located in the geographic and metaphoric heart of the equally confounding United States of America, offers a heady concoction of friendly natives, gleaming temples, colorful philosophies and mouth-watering foods. It would take a lifetime to … Continued

Black professors respond to speech

Dear Readers: This month’s column is based on an open letter sent to President Barack Obama by six African-American professors (including myself) immediately following Obama’s commencement address at my alma mater, Morehouse College. As scholars of the black experience and beyond, we feel privileged to have witnessed Barack Obama’s historic election and are fortunate to … Continued

California dreaming

A couple weeks ago, I told you about a video I had seen at a year-end gathering of the Media Club at Bloom Elementary. Thereafter, I received a note from Patrick Fitzgerald, the parent adviser of the group, thanking me for the notice, and, in order to augment my appreciation for the group’s work, he … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: BECK: EPISODES 19-21 & 22-24 2013; $34.99/set; UR Thanks to everyone who wrote in telling us how much they enjoyed the relatively unknown Danish drama “Borgen” we introduced last month. Here’s a Swedish detective show you’ll also be rabid fans of in short order. Peter Haber stars as the titular and … Continued

Kacey Musgraves: Her aim is true

Kacey Musgraves will take the “Hot Country Nights” stage at Fourth Street Live Friday as a rising star, one who has taken not only Nashville but the entire music world by storm. By doing so, it will update her memories of Louisville. The first time she visited, she went somewhere — probably Fourth Street Live … Continued

The home run king of Louisville

Back 60 years ago, or so, Pittsburgh Pirates radio announcer A.K. “Rosey” Rosewell put the patent on one of baseball’s most colorful home run calls. When a Pirate hitter would sock one out of the park, Rosewall would call, “Open the window Aunt Minnie. Here comes another one!” And with perfect timing, Rosewell’s KDKA radio … Continued

City planning, guerrilla style

Louisville has seen its share of open-street events — from the annual PARK(ing) Day, which turns metered parking stalls into temporary parks, to last October’s cycLOUvia, which closed off a 3-mile stretch of Bardstown Road to cars and allowed only pedestrians and cyclists. Such events are individually praised for their quirkiness and community-building spirit. Collectively, … Continued

Whine and twang

Jay Farrar is a man of obsessions. From his interest in the music of Woody Guthrie to his fascination with Kerouac and the Beat Poets, Farrar has built his career on translating his passions to song with bands like Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo and other various and sundry musical partners, including Jim James. So it … Continued

New Kids’ emotional rescue

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a New Kids on the Block concert could be described as pandemonium, with arenas packed with teenage girls screaming to every note the five singers sang and every movement they made on stage. Two decades later, the quintet of Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight and … 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 19 Air Devils Inn: … Continued


<MUSIC> Thursday, June 20 The Gospel Truth Zanzabar 2100 S. Preston $6; 9 p.m. The Austin, Texas-based The Gospel Truth has taken a slow and steady approach to their muscular riff-raffery, now able to be heard on their recently released album A Lonely Man Does Foolish Things. Their 12XU label head Gerard Cosloy, a … Continued


Party stoppers  Never let it be said that Alcohol Party are anything but completely irreverent. When pressed for questioning, the band’s default response tends to be the best kind of punk snark, which challenges any real meaning. For example, about their sound and influences, singer/guitarist/noisemaker Zach Johnstone notes, “Judging by our practices, we’re really just … Continued

Inbox — June 19, 2013

The Other Side After my wife and I bought our condo downtown last year, we found LEO to be a delightful source of insight into Louisville. Thanks to LEO, we found our way to great music and dining. Given the care you take to accurately describe restaurants, music and communities, I was surprised by LEO’s … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a straight guy in my early 30s with an amazing girlfriend of two years. A few months ago, I felt open enough to share my taboo fantasy: father/daughter incest. My GF, to my delight, not only understands the fantasy but enjoys participating in it! Quickly: I have ZERO interest in this kind of … Continued

Theater: ‘If music be the food of love, play on’

’Tis the season for cross-dressing, for duels and fools, for willow cabins and cross-gartered man servants and picnics beneath the stars. Shakespeare in the Park is back for their 54th season, this year with a Celtic interpretation of the Bard’s delightful romp “Twelfth Night,” or “What You Will.” One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies (recently … Continued

Equus evolves, but its character stays intact

Few of us are eager to admit we’re getting older. Every now and then, though, some sudden recognition of time’s passing steps up and smacks us in the face with a solid reality check. Take Equus, for example: A local destination restaurant that opened just a few years ago. Well, OK, OK, it opened in … Continued

Bar Belle: Balls in holes

So I tried out this game called “golf” the other day and found it to be boring, difficult and uninspiring. And when I say “tried out,” I mean I drove a cart around as my team attempted to hit balls into a hole from far, far away. There were no windmills, no clown mouths, no … Continued

Book: From the page to the air

Louisville is famous for its literary scene. From the well-stocked shelves of Carmichael’s to the rigorous MFA in creative writing program at Spalding University, the city has long established an enduring relationship with the written word. But beginning June 17 at 7 p.m., this celebration will take to the airwaves as well with the debut … Continued

Art: Public art in focus

In 2009, when New Albany began a multi-year public art project to celebrate its bicentennial four years later, it was hard to know what to expect. Today, as the four artworks of the project’s ultimate year take their turn amid the downtown landscape, a few more things have come into focus. New Albany generally likes … Continued

…Like Clockwork

It’s ironic that Queens of the Stone Age opted to name their newest …Like Clockwork, given the six years between albums and the comparatively prog-y leanings found herein. QOTSA have eschewed the bottled heat of tracks like “No One Knows” for a more composed release that relies more on the strength of its constituent guest … Continued

Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge is a solid Midwestern name. Just like his old-time stage name, LaFarge’s music is a throwback to a bygone era, blending elements of ragtime, Western swing, country and jazz in this infectious release. Whether he’s singing about “getting by on central time” in the opener or “Kentucky Mae,” the beauty who has bewitched … Continued

Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

Cold Spring Fault Less Youth represents a serious sonic expansion for a duo once labeled as “post-dubstep.” Live instrumentation and vocals provide depth and warmth not seen on their debut, Crooks & Lovers, and only the militaristic march of “Made to Stray” is anywhere near dance-floor-ready. This album demands headphones and undivided attention, and greatly … Continued

Invisible House

Take eight of Louisville’s best musicians, place them in service to the unifying vision of saxophonist Jacob Duncan, and you have Liberation Prophecy, whose second album is marvelously eclectic. In concert, they can stretch out; in the studio, the focus is different. It’s song-oriented, incorporating influences from around the world and across many genres. Craig … Continued