Issue July 16, 2013

Lebowski Fest 2013: The Coen Brothers — you know, for kids!

On June 29, in the midst of a road trip, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Joel Coen and his wife, actress Frances McDormand, came through Louisville. The power couple stopped at a Carmichael’s Bookstore, where staffers recognized the Academy Award-winning star of “Fargo.” Though they didn’t initially identify Coen as they shared their Hollywood sighting with their … 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 JUL 17 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

Looking forward with Wire

For more than 30 years, English art punks Wire have been at the forefront of musical innovation, developing a style that defies traditional genre constraints. Their influence is far and varied, as Wire have been covered or emulated by a diverse array of bands, ranging from R.E.M. to Big Black, from My Bloody Valentine to … Continued


Teach on Pianist and composer Jerry Tolson, who marks two decades as a professor of music at U of L, has just released his third album, Fresh Squeezed, featuring his quartet plus guests. His quartet, together for 20 years, “works because we have similar musical and life philosophies — we consider ourselves a musical family. … Continued

The F-word

Graffiti spans the entire width of the two-story, single-family home at 1406 Catalpa St. Big, blocky type stretches from the uneven porch covering, over three shuttered windows and hundreds of worn-down bricks, all the way to the building’s flat roof. The red-brown lettering with its black outline and white highlights pops against the faded pink … Continued

Gold rush in reverse

As Kentucky begins to feel the pain of federal sequestration this summer due to the Budget Control Act of 2011 — with cuts to education and already depleted social services — now the other shoe is beginning to drop: cuts in defense spending that will particularly harm the area around Fort Knox, south of Louisville. … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: DETENTION OF THE DEAD 2013; $19.98; UR Boy says to girl: “Would you ever go out with a guy like me?” Girl answers: “My friends would eat me alive!” This broad comic homage to all things zombie and John Hughes (“The Breakfast Club”) is simply too cool for words. The “Where … Continued

Lebowski Fest 2013: Kyle Gass does work, sir

The other guy in Tenacious D, Kyle Gass led his other band, The Kyle Gass Band (aka The KGB), at Lebowski Fest Los Angeles this spring. The Kage returns for this weekend’s mothership edition. (KGB plays Friday at Executive Strike & Spare at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25. Check out for details.) LEO: How … Continued

Lebowski Fest 2013: The Jolly Green Art Giant

Lebowski Fest revelers take home souvenirs of all kinds — happy memories, bowling injuries, White Russian hangovers — but the most popular might be each fest’s posters, all designed by Louisville native Bill Green. Since 2002, Green has created dozens of unique posters and art prints for the fest. Add up the rest of the … Continued

Lebowski Fest 2013: Louisville’s Lebowski

Editor’s Note: WHY Louisville proprietor Will Russell created Lebowski Fest with Scott Shuffitt in 2002. Here’s Russell’s, like, opinion, man, about why Louisville is the place to be to celebrate this classic movie. Lebowski Fest started in the most unlikely of places: Louisville, Kentucky. Countless fans over the years have puzzled as to why this … Continued


<MUSIC> Thursday, July 18 Phosphorescent Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road $15; 9 p.m. Matthew Houck is a true troubadour who follows his outlaw muse wherever it leads him. For his last two albums, the recent Muchacho and 2010’s Here’s to Taking It Easy, Houck (who is the sole permanent member of the band … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am a young gay man who has been so freaked out by the idea of catching an STI that I haven’t gotten with anyone for two years. But last night, I hooked up with a cute 21-year-old FTM trans boy, and maybe because it was a person with lady parts, I let caution … Continued

Inbox — July 17, 2013

The Hope Continues I share Inbox writer Roy Horner’s wish that black youth may be “graced with perseverance” essential to succeed (LEO Weekly, July 3). As did he, I witnessed several gatherings by African-American Catholics in the 1980s and early ’90s who heard national and area black Catholic clergy deliver powerful talks, often to youth. … Continued

The Game’s afoot, and so is the veggie burger

“Wake up! Wake up! Come on! Come on! The Game is afoot!” WTF? There I was, enjoying a restorative after-work power-nap, and here’s Mary shaking me awake with some kind of weird Holmes-and-Watson shtick. “GAME!” she yelled. “We’ve gotta get over to Game while we can still get a table!” Oh, that Game. Got it. … Continued

Bar Belle: Whiskey river take my mind

There I lounged. For a long seven miles. A 12-pack of American lite swill between my legs and an opportunity for a nip of whiskey not too far away. The river’s current was ever so slight, pushing me along with the day’s debris. A handful of companions broke the silence. One stood up and sang … Continued

Culture: Jade Jolie — ‘Equality is like rainbows’

Cute and bubbly Jade Jolie got off to a decent start as a contestant on the reality competition series “RuPaul’s Drag Race”’s recent fifth season, but the pressure soon caught up, leading to her elimination halfway through the season. The Gainesville, Fla., native known to the government as Josh Green also became scandalized when past … Continued

Summer safety tips

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s a good time to review some safety tips that can help you have a healthy and carefree summer. As always, it’s important to avoid the sun, stay hydrated and, if possible, relocate to Nova Scotia. But there are other steps you can take to avoid the perils … Continued

Culture: Garrison Keillor’s radio romance

Since 1974, Garrison Keillor has reported the news from Lake Wobegon, a fictional Minnesota town “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average,” to more than 4 million listeners around the globe as the host of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” The writer/comedian brings his … Continued