Issue June 3, 2014

Summer Guide 2014: The Summer 6-Pack

Kayak @ The Parklands The beauty of being a late adopter is you get to maintain a lofty, wait-and-see kind of an attitude, while others do the dirty work of getting the latest new thing perfected — like the kayak. Skipping from seal-skinned Aleutian models to today’s resin skimmers, wait long enough and somebody thinks … Continued

Guest column: Weighing in on the labor debate

By Mayor Greg Fischer My administration has worked diligently to build excellent working relationships with both our non-union and union employees, so I’d like to fill in the information gaps in the article “Labor pains” that appeared in the May 21 edition of LEO Weekly. Louisville Metro government currently has 27 different union contracts, each … Continued

Another outbreak threatens U.S.

Health-care workers around the globe are trying to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, while also striving to contain SARS, bird flu, measles, drug-resistant tuberculosis, Ebola and the waning-but-persistent Bieber Fever. But an equally insidious threat is also emerging: Attention Deficit News Consumption, or ADNC. Scientists believe ADNC first appeared in … Continued

A new dawn, a new day for District 1

Now that the dust has settled on the District 1 Metro Council race where Jessica Green ousted incumbent Attica Scott, I am inclined to do a little ranting about the race. I have known Green and Scott for many years and consider them both to be dear friends. Green and I attended Central High School … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT 2013; $16.98-$29.98; PG-13 Chris Pine boots up this new franchise on the early exploits of Tom Clancy’s seminal spy (previously played by Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin), with help from a great cast including Keira “Tasty Neck” Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh and honey-haired Maxim … Continued

Summer Guide 2014: A highlight of festivals in and around town

Greater Louisville JUNE 7-8 — Summer Festival of the Arts: Paddock Shops (formerly The Summit), Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring more than 100 artists and crafters, 11-July 26 — Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: Central Park, Tue.-Sun., 8 p.m., 13-14 — Lyndon Summer Festival: Robison Park (behind the Lyndon Post Office), … Continued

Summer Guide 2014: A list of local farmers markets

BUTCHERTOWN/NULU Gray Street Farmers Market? 400 E Gray St.Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. ?May 15-Oct. 30 Phoenix Hill/NuLu Farmers Market? Fresh Start Growers Supply, 1007 E. Market St. Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m. ?May 6-Oct. 28   HIGHLANDS Bardstown Road Farmers Market Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church, 1722 Bardstown Road Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon year-round? Douglas Loop Farmers Market Douglas … Continued

Summer Guide 2014: A guide to live music events

Come on, come on, and dance all night Despite the heat, it’ll be alright And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity The days can’t be like the nights In the summer, in the city —“Summer in the City” by John Sebastian   School’s out for summer, and the world is yours. Or is it? … Continued

Summer Guide 2014: Drink better this summer

When I asked bartender/mixologist/all-around-cool-dude Jared Schubert of the Monkey Wrench to help me with a piece on summer drinking, I didn’t realize he’d go all out. I was expecting a few fancy cocktail recipes that included rum and fruit punch, and maybe a light pilsner I’d never heard of. But when I showed up to … Continued

Brötzmann’s risky business

Peter Brötzmann, 73, is a force of nature. His high-energy saxophone and clarinet work has been a mainstay of European improvisational music, and ultimately of free jazz throughout the world, since the late 1960s. His 1968 album Machine Gun is a cornerstone of many free-jazz collections, and his discography is remarkably vast. Louisville will have … Continued


 <BENEFIT> Thursday, June 5 Pickin’ For The Paws Fourth Street Live Free; 7 p.m. “Help control the animal population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.” These wise words of Bob Barker are easier for some of us to follow than others. Here in Jefferson County, most of us have access to the Kentucky Humane … Continued

Bar Belle: Little pink houses

This issue is our Summer Guide, so I thought I’d write about a fun, newly discovered (by me, that is) town that’s only a two-hour drive from here. I’m a little late to the party, so bear with me if you’re an Indiana University grad and are, like, “Duh, Bar Belle. I’ve been partying in … Continued

Murder, music and Louisville

When I graduated from Louisville’s Youth Performing Arts School in 2000 and enrolled at Indiana University in Bloomington, there were two things I never could have guessed: that I’d drop out and travel the world playing electric cello with a rock band for 14 years, and that I would eventually move back to Louisville. I … Continued

It’s a War on War (on Coal)

The Obama administration unveiled plans for the strongest action ever taken by the federal government to combat climate change on Monday, a draft proposal for EPA regulations to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants 30 percent by 2030. The biggest target of the new EPA regulations is the biggest source of carbon pollution in America: … Continued

Inbox — June 4, 2014

Willing and Able to Adjunct I was pleased to see Sean Patrick Hill’s cover story detailing the plight of adjunct instructors (LEO Weekly, May 21). As an adjunct, I agree with many of the points raised in the article, but Joshua Mills-Knutsen’s conclusion that adjuncts are “unwilling” and “unqualified” to be full-time faculty is misleading … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’ve got a question I doubt you’ve ever gotten before. It has a bit of everything: sex-work etiquette, long-distance phone interaction and a het cis chick anxious not to lose her tolerance badge. Here it goes: A few months ago, I started getting hang-up calls from numbers I didn’t recognize in Boston. Then weird … Continued

Asiatique does fusion even when fusion isn’t a thing

Hey, when did fusion cuisine stop being a thing? It seems like only yesterday — well, OK, maybe it was the ’80s and ’90s — when top chefs had everyone oohing and aahing over such multicultural goodies as Wolfie Puck’s smoked salmon and caviar pizza at Beverly Hills’ Ma Maison or Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s pricey Thai-French … 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 4 Baxter’s 942: … Continued


Mourning becomes eclectic In 2010, Corey Wood and Louis Bowman were playing in a folk band, A Mourning Rain. Wood was the vocalist and guitarist while Bowman played percussion. As the members headed in different directions, Wood and Bowman continued to work together. “The idea of writing music in the same manner completely dissolved within … Continued

Modern-day slavery

Long hours, demanding bosses, little pay. Most of us have had demoralizing jobs. In a still-struggling economy, less than ideal employment is expected, but for some among us, feeling trapped and helpless isn’t just in our minds. Last month, Louisville Metro Police arrested the owner of Golden Palace Buffet, alleging he and his wife locked … Continued

Book: She will be a bride, dead or alive

‘The Undertaking of Lily Chen’ By Danica Novgorodoff. First Second; 432 pgs., $29.99. We have all known a cruel person who was deemed perfect by their parents, has possibly seen a psychic and maybe has even fallen in love to a point where you say, “I dreamt I was enormous.” This is the beauty of … Continued

Art: A country for young men

Patrick Jilbert moved from Louisville to Santa Cruz, Calif., a few years ago for a job at Consolidated Skateboards. He met a fellow artist while out West, Sid Enck Jr. The pair became fast friends and remained in each other’s lives even after Jilbert moved back to Louisville. Enck has visited Louisville twice since, so … Continued

Easy Pain

At full-length number four, Young Widows show no sign of relenting. Still present are monolithic drums and monstrous riffs that, despite their size, manage to balance distorted grandeur and pop sensibility. Singer/guitarist Evan Patterson is as noisy a guitarist as ever, and here seems to rely a bit more on delay and sampling effects, or … Continued

Shawn Sleeps Naked

The word “pretension” is one to avoid, but one I struggle with here; can I think of something as silly without coming off as pretentious myself? That the band is named Shawn Sleeps Naked certainly implies an irreverence often mirrored in the music. On their debut, the band explores sonic terrain that sounds like Smog … Continued

You a Thousand Times

Our capacity to imagine a perfect love, which escapes us in reality, forms the basis of much internal (as well as interpersonal) conflict. On You, lovesick daydreamer Kyle James Hauser airs his fantasies and fears of romance in nearly all of its myriad forms. In fact, the titular “you” may not be any individual at … Continued

Little Voices

D’Arkestra accurately describes its music as “post-rock and indie-jazz.” Led by saxophonist/composer Drew Miller, the band includes many of our best younger players (Graeme Gardiner, Carlie Schoner, Mike Smith, Joey Thieman, Wade Honey, Jose Oreta, Zack Kennedy, Brandon Coleman) in a context that is not swing or bop. Opener “Hold” embodies the amalgamation of styles, … Continued