Issue June 21, 2011

The way forward

It would be imprudent to wholly compare Shannon Westerman to the young Tunisian who set himself on fire and started a revolution. After all, for his protestations, that fellow paid the ultimate price. But when Westerman co-signed the letter that prompted Fund for the Arts President and CEO Allan Cowen to angrily threaten Westerman’s job, … Continued

I may or may not like your Facebook status

Please be advised that my failure to click “Like” regarding your Facebook status in no way implies that I do or do not like your status. Further, please note that no technology provided by Facebook now or in the future shall be deemed to exclusively communicate my emotional approval or disapproval of your status, photo, … Continued

Payday mayday

Back in March, long before the electoral tumor of incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky Republican Senate President David Williams metastasized into the gubernatorial campaign of the present day, the political posturing between these men focused on differing ideologies to plug a $142 million statewide budget shortfall, namely: borrowing against the future versus cutting … Continued

Delayed departure

Meena Kharel rarely finds herself alone. She shares a two-bedroom apartment with her sister, parents, 90-year-old grandfather and a 4-year-old niece who shadows her, convinced the two are sisters. “Sister! Sister!” she’ll plea when Kharel slips from sight. At meal times an uncle and brother will stop in. Still, even with loved ones usually only … Continued

Grupo Fantasma want to make you dance

Austin, Texas-based Grupo Fantasma might be best known for frequently backing super-fan Prince, who called them “real musicians making real music.” Their 2010 album, El Existential, won a Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album. They will perform at the Clifton Center for guests at the 19th annual Taste of Frankfort Avenue food … Continued

Small Sur — where the country meets the city

Small Sur is a folk-based band from Baltimore that plays slower than most. Their confident approach has earned solid reviews from fans all over, like the NPR staffer who wrote they create “strikingly peaceful folk that feels as if it’s sprung from the Pacific coasts of California rather than East Coast clubs.” Their label, Portland, … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act, comedian, open mic or karaoke listed, 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

Root Hog or Die

On the afternoon of June 12, 1931, the two biggest acts in country music, Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, magically visited each other in their respective homes of Kerrville, Texas, and Maces Springs, Va. — a feat accomplished by the wizardry of Ralph Peer and his Victor Talking Machine Company. These recorded “visits” were … Continued


 <MUSIC> Wednesday, June 22 Junior Boys Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road • 584-8088 $12 adv., $15 door; 9 p.m. Inspirations cited by Junior Boys for their new album, It’s All True: “Namely Orson Welles, Howard Hughes, China, in particular Shanghai, Japan (the band, not the country), Banana Ripple ice cream, Carl Craig and … Continued

Inbox — June 22, 2011

Less is More Ah, Joe (Manning)! Your “Biggest loser” column (LEO Weekly, June 15) runs parallel to my persistent inner conversation as of late. While I tend not to lose stuff, I realize I have more of it than I will ever put good use to. While you may spend your hours looking for an … Continued

Theater: Non-stop laughs in ‘The New Century’

The New Century Presented by Pandora Productions. Directed by Michael J. Drury, Georgette Kleier and Steven Rahe. Continues through June 26 at the U of L Thrust Theatre, 2134 S. Floyd St. For information and tickets, call 216-5502 or go to Many years ago, I was lucky enough to catch the brilliant comedian Phyllis … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: HEMPSTERS: PLANT THE SEED 2009; $19.95, UR This wild, unrepentant doc on our nation’s paranoid devotion to marijuana was filmed largely rat-cheer in Kentucky. From Woody Harrelson’s arrest (and acquittal) for planting hemp seeds, to toked-out whacko/lawyer and perennial goober-natorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith, the (blue)grass state is chronically well-represented. A fun … Continued

It’s easy to this Clifton sushi spot

I have never quite understood why Lower Brownsboro Road, an avenue that traverses trendy Clifton and historic Crescent Hill on its way out to classy Mockingbird Valley, is punctuated with so many gritty and downscale shopping strips that confer a distinctly “urban” tone. But it’s a fact: Drive down the strip and count the tiny … Continued

Bar Belle: Much ado about the ’roo

Squat now or forever hold your pee. I was presented with a moral dilemma — should I make the long trek to the Port-o-Pots where there’d inevitably be a line, or strip my shorts down to my ankles, balance myself between the tires of two cars, and let it go? I’ve relieved myself in alleys … Continued

Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

Every time I hear Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina announce her name, I think of Bosnia-Herzegovina. That place geographically may be far from her background, but conceptually, not so much, as her whole life sounds balkanized, only in a good way. The New York Times recently ran a story about how college applicants and job seekers often … Continued

Bon Iver

Although Justin Vernon didn’t isolate himself in a cabin to write his new album, it does sound like he might have spent time on a boat studio with David Gilmour. There was no avoiding this follow-up to the much acclaimed For Emma, Forever Ago; by this time, he was already fooling with the use of … Continued


Originating in the confines of drum ’n’ bass and jungle music, Amon Tobin set himself apart with his proficiency for altering and elevating the break-beat music form. Over the years, Tobin has become less reliant on prerecorded samples, and so, continuing with the tradition first started on 2007’s Foley Room, the electronic artist’s latest is … Continued