Issue June 24, 2014

Al Fresco Dining: Patio smoke gets in our eyes? Not necessarily …

Sometimes it is good to be wrong. Consider, for example, this prophecy I uttered in 2010: “Since the passage of Louisville’s no-smoking law for restaurants and bars, the patios have become the de facto smoking section. If this doesn’t bother you, great! But to be blunt, it makes most patios no-go zones for me.” That … Continued


With the recent Father’s Day, the loss of my dad comes into focus again. My dad died in November of 2000. He never got to see Rick Pitino join the Louisville Cardinals (he would have loved it and gloated to all of his UK-loving friends). He, thankfully, never had to understand the world post 9/11. … Continued

Bingham blessings trump curses

For the first time in nearly a century, the mansion high atop Glenview is for sale. With nine acres, eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms, Melcombe, a subset of the Bingham family compound, spans three generations. I consider the asking price of $3.3 million a bargain, because it’s the site of a classic network news psycho-drama … Continued

Cruel injections

Dennis McGuire struggled, gasped and choked for nearly 10 minutes after receiving a lethal injection in Ohio this January, before eventually dying. In Oklahoma in April, Clayton Lockett grunted, writhed and clenched his teeth more than 10 minutes after his lethal injection, before his execution was abruptly aborted. After an attempt to revive him, Lockett … Continued

Up to 11

Learning to let go and tune in “My kid could make that” or “My dog could paint that” are expressions I’ve often heard quipped when a person is confronted by a work of art that feels confusing or unconventional. I’ve taught many art students over the years who have said things like, “How could this … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY 2012; $16.98; UR It’s hard to believe, but no one has ever made a doc before on living blues legend B.B. King. Long overdue and narrated by Morgan Freeman, this fills in the gaps of his early history as a wretched Mississippi cotton picker who … Continued

Spontaneous consumption

Straddling the line between high and low art, between dive bars and academia, between rigid classical training and anything-goes improvisation, Louisville’s experimental musicians explore the outer limits of sonic possibilities at a pace rivaling that of major metropolitan hotspots — whether anyone listens or not.  “It’s enormous,” says Joee Conroy, founding member of the longstanding, … Continued


Bandoleer of brothers In 2011, Bandoleer Prison, featuring the Powell brothers — Aaron, Luke, Shane and William — dropped their debut album Oh, the Blood Did Fall on an unsuspecting world. The world remained mostly unaware, while LEO reviewer Damien McPherson called it “a brow-furrowing and interesting record … a lo-fi Tom Waits-meets-The-Pogues tribute,” adding … 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 25 Baxter’s 942: … Continued

Al Fresco Dining: Admiring the view

I was on a mission. And it involved Southern Indiana. I wanted to find the best al fresco dining spot to behold the Louisville skyline. Where can I find a snack, a comfortable chair and a great view of my city? I headed across the mighty Ohio with a few dollars in my pocket and … Continued

‘An experiment on black women and children’

Pick yourself up by your bootstraps and get to work, you lazy poor black women. That’s how local housing advocates are interpreting the underlying message of a Housing and Urban Development-sponsored study being considered by the Louisville Metro Housing Authority that could make it more difficult for the poorest of the poor among us to … Continued

Al Fresco Dining: Table for four (-legged guests), please?

So here’s the scenario: You’re out to dinner with a friend. A human friend. The two of you are eating, having a drink or two and discussing current events like the World Cup or politics or J. Lo’s new boyfriend. This friend isn’t your favorite. You’re hating every minute of it, actually: his dumb clothes, … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, June 25 Waterfront Wednesday Waterfront Park Big Four Lawn Free; 6 p.m. At this point, we shouldn’t need to sell you on WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesdays. There’s free music by the river once a month, every month, all summer long. Do you like happiness? Do you like free stuff? Need we say more? … Continued

Taste Bud: It’s true — Sidebar burgers are delicious

I asked the bartender on duty at Sidebar at Whiskey Row to tell me honestly what he thought about the burgers. “They don’t pay me to say this,” he said, “but I think they are the best in the city.” OK, then. I’d been hearing for months that I needed a Sidebar burger, and I … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

A recent spate of chef-memes posted on Facebook has me thinking. These lists probably seem harsh to diners who have never worked in a restaurant kitchen, but if you work in one for a couple of weeks, you’ll encounter all these things. Number 1 is hating on diners who come in at the last possible … Continued

Theater: ‘Drinking Perfume’ is a romp of a rom-com

‘Drinking Perfume’ Written by Lindsay Price. Directed by Beth Tantanella. Continues through June 29 at The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Road. For tickets and info, go to If we’re stereotyping, such a title would probably suggest a romantic comedy or, dare I say it, a play version of a chick flick (ugh). But there’s … Continued

Locavore Lore: Planting the seed of change

It must be the hottest day of the summer so far; the temperature shot up overnight. But even in the sweltering humidity, a group of kids is excited to be out in the garden. Except one. He’s off by himself and seems to be feeling out of place. Volunteers mutter to each other that this … Continued

Inbox — June 25, 2014

Behind the Times Regarding the “Great Divide” cover story in the June 11 LEO Weekly: If this Metro region had been building two to three local access bridges (similar to Clark Memorial Bridge) throughout the past 50 years, we wouldn’t have such a “great divide,” and we wouldn’t need to be spending $2 billion for … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a bit out of your usual demographic, age-wise (I’m 70), but I am still an avid reader. My cousin and I have flirted and joked about getting it on together for about 50 years or more. Now she’s divorced and having the time of her life. The other day, she told me what … Continued

Comedy: The saddest comedy ever

Raanan Hershberg has become an immovable force in the Louisville comedy scene, taking his often blunt and brash sense of humor and building some of the most consistently funny comedy shows in the city, including “The Celebrity Roasts” and “Young, Dumb and Full of Comedy.” Stepping slightly away from stand-up, Hershberg performs his latest one-man … Continued

Book: An Appalachian scholar gets her due

‘Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia’ By Helen M. Lewis, edited by Patricia D. Beaver and Judi Jennings. University Press of Kentucky; 276 pgs., $25. In Appalachian studies and social justice circles, Helen Matthews Lewis is an icon, and rightly so. Along with Cratis Williams, Loyal Jones, Willis D. Weatherford and a few … Continued

Art: French posters from the Gratitude Train

The Nazis’ preoccupation with stealing art as they scorched their way through Europe during World War II has been well recorded, especially in the documentary “The Rape of Europa” and the “Monuments Men” book and movie. An earlier film, “The Train” from 1964, is based on the memoir of art historian Rose Valland; it tells … Continued