Issue June 25, 2013

To thine own self be true

Doug Schutte, like most guys, had always given thought to opening a themed bar or restaurant with his buddies one day. The evidence is in his journals. “I have tons and tons of pads of paper,” says Schutte, who founded The Bard’s Town, a restaurant-meets-pub-meets-theater in the Highlands, three years ago. “I wouldn’t call it … Continued

Therapeutic music

Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile’s earliest musical memory is listening to “The Girl from Ipanema” in a diaper. “I just remember it being incredibly comforting to me that anytime anyone would put music on, I was, from all reports, I just would turn into a different person … far more easily dealt with,” he told NPR. … 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 26 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

A round peg in a square dance hole When I told my friend Dave I was dyslexic, he said, “Yeah, like you can’t tell right from wrong …” That’s pretty much it, and also I can’t square dance. Everybody else is dancing around having fun, following the directions, but to me the whole thing is … Continued


Trance formers In the wake of their well-received debut and an upcoming release, New Albany’s Sleepmeld are hardly asleep. Presenting a sharp execution of newfangled electronic tunes, producer Bryan Akers and guitarist Austin Reynolds exhibit a tranquil repertoire that, with ease, could take the edge off a straight razor. Marking their first live appearance, the … Continued

Gregg Allman by Gregg Allman

This year, Gregg Allman has been an active presence on the music scene. He took his solo band out for a winter tour and is now back on the road for a run of headline shows. With his longtime group the Allman Brothers Band, he did their annual three-week run of shows at the Beacon … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: THE KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE 1977; $16.98-$19.98; R Three years before they launched “Airplane,” David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker — who did sketch comedy in college as “Kentucky Fried Theater” — hired an unknown director named John Landis (“Animal House”) to help them assemble a hodgepodge of unrelated gags into … Continued


<MUSIC> June 26-30 All-Star Guitar Competition U of L School of Music $20-$30; various times If you’re one of this world’s most impressive classical guitarists, then we don’t need to tell you where you will be this week. U of L’s School of Music, host to a diverse, fun and also educational number of … Continued

Exodus from shame

After nearly four decades at the forefront of the evangelical Christian movement to “cure” people of homosexual attraction and behavior, last week Exodus International abruptly announced that the organization would shut down, with president Alan Chambers releasing a statement apologizing to the LGBT community for the damage they have caused. In the statement, Chambers said … Continued

Growth spurts and snags

James Hinton is on the hunt. One by one, he flips over the leaves on a row of collard greens, searching for the source of dozens of tiny holes sprinkling the vegetables. Japanese beetles and other garden bugs find shelter from birds and the harsh sun by attaching themselves to the underside of leaves. They … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am a married 54-year-old postmenopausal woman. My libido has diminished significantly, and it takes me much longer to climax. My husband gets tired sooner and is unable to maintain an erection as long as he used to; this makes it even more difficult for me to climax. I have taken up an activity … Continued

Theater: Lust, love and Shakespeare merge under the stars

‘Twelfth Night’ A production by Kentucky Shakespeare. Directed by Brantley M. Dunaway. Continues through July 22 in the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park (1340 S. Fourth St.). General admission seating is free. For more info, call 574-9900 or go to It’s mostly in the dark of night that Shakespeare’s plays spring to … Continued

Inbox — June 26, 2013

Firing Back In response to the Inbox letters by Tom Louderback and Joe Elder (LEO Weekly, June 12): Hey, Tom Louderback, are we reading the same page here in the June 12 issue with the attack of Kentucky’s own Rand Paul? That’s what I was talking about — how libs attack the right wing. To … Continued

Taste Bud: Not quite a fishburger

No one likes a fish sandwich more than my dad. Growing up in Southern Indiana, we were frequent carry-out patrons of Clarksville Seafood. And had I known what a tasty fish sandwich Home Run Burgers has on its menu, I’d have taken him there for Father’s Day. (Sorry, Dad, maybe next year.) The thought of … Continued

Locavore Lore: Local learning curve

On an early Saturday in June, Sherry Hurley ambles through the Douglass Loop Farmers Market, stopping at Long View Organics to purchase sugar snap peas and bundles of lavender, the last touches for soon-to-be-created meals catered by her business, Farm to Fork Catering. Tag line: “Local. Seasonal. Delicious.” Tucking the lavender into a bag, she … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

In my previous column, I wrote about the bizzaro owners of Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Ariz. — a couple so weirdly paranoid and self-absorbed, so invested in their own bad behavior, they have totally skewed the spectrum of guest abuse forever. And then I was introduced via the Internet to the creature that is … Continued

Comedy: Dave Waite’s tour of Louisville

Pound for pound, Dave Waite really is one of the funniest human beings. The self-described “dark everyman” has established an extremely fresh perspective nuanced by a wholly unique comic voice. The Cincinnati native spent many of his early days here in Louisville, kickin’ around guest sets, open mics and emcee gigs before he relocated to … Continued

Book: Lives in the balance

‘Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home’ By Sampson Davis with Lisa Frazier Page. Spiegel & Grau; 256 pgs., $25. It’s easy to go home again if you never really left. Dr. Sampson Davis is co-author of “The Pact” series of books detailing the paths and decisions of a trio of … Continued

Art: I spy a new sculpture on campus

Last week, walking through the University of Louisville’s Belknap campus, I noticed a Russell Vogt sculpture southeast of the library. Vogt’s bamboo-like shapes shoot up in firework color. The towers playfully bend, each ceramic segment held within thick primary-colored glaze. “Red Reeds” juts candy red-hot hues onto the background of green grass, leaves and bushes, … Continued

Blaze of Glory

After releasing her previous album, 2010’s acclaimed Big Lonesome, which paid tribute to her friendship with the late, great Louisville singer-songwriter Tim Krekel, legendary Nashville hellcat Marshall Chapman turned southward, spending time and finding her muse for new material in Mexico. The heat from that country seems to have seeped into her pores, because Blaze … Continued

Among the Grey

For locally based Cheyenne Mize, her travels with music over the past decade are starting to pay off. The multi-instrumentalist’s second solo full-length (with a solid backing band secured) brings her many skills, styles and influences together into a cohesive, absorbing piece that demands attention be paid to the numerous and varied textural details that … Continued

Tomorrow’s Harvest

Boards of Canada revel in a retro-futuristic vision that could be easily set to score any number of ’80s sci-fi movies. In this sense, their newest has more than a passing semblance to Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy soundtrack or Vangelis’ Blade Runner score; all seem to share a similar passion for simplistic, minor key melodies, … Continued

Blood Drive

As groups inspired by Black Sabbath go, ASG have always been one of the most inspired. Their secret weapon lies in the powerful pipes of singer/guitarist Jason Shi. His soulful tone adds a heartfelt depth to the eclectic songs of Blood Drive. ASG have plenty of heavy, gargantuan riffs to spare, but it’s their thriving … Continued