Issue July 19, 2011

Strip: Tease

Inside the dark, cool confines of P.T.’s Showclub in downtown Louisville, the atmosphere is subdued despite the loud music, a track from OutKast’s “Stankonia” blasting from hidden speakers. It’s not even 8 p.m. yet, so there’s only one active stage at the moment, upon which dancers take turns, rotating out every two songs, one after … Continued

Leaders wanted

The United States of America (USA), a 235-year-old republic with a long track record of proven military and pop-culture innovation, seeks leaders in a variety of fields. Ideal candidates will be honest, brave, compassionate and self-motivated. Experience with PowerPoint is a plus. The USA has an immediate need for leaders in the following areas: Politics. … Continued

Right at home

The runner is going! The pitch comes to the plate. The catcher gloves the ball and whistles a strike to second … Out! Seems like there’s a lot of that going on around here this summer. Louisville Bats catcher Devin Mesoraco is the new sheriff in town — and he’s busy bringing would-be base-stealers to … Continued

If Will builds it …

Let’s begin with a parable. A boy, hanging out at the Phoenix Hill Tavern with his dad, wins a whitewater rafting trip during an event sponsored by a local radio station and Barq’s root beer. And so father and son embark east toward the rolling hills of West Virginia, eagerly anticipating the river’s gulps and … Continued


 <MUSIC> Wednesday, July 20 Amy LaVere Uncle Slayton’s 1017 E. Broadway • 657-9555 $13; 8 p.m. Think there’s only room for one redheaded spitfire woman who started out playing a mix of early rock and earthy Americana but has evolved into a more mature, finely textured artist? Well, move over, Neko Case. Memphis-based singer/songwriter/double … Continued

Inbox — July 20, 2011

Colorful Thanks Thanks so much to LEO and especially Jo Anne Triplett for doing such a great job for the visual arts. As you know, the C-J is almost dead in that area, which is a shame because there are so many talented artists and galleries in Louisville. The restaurants are making the money after … Continued

Video TapeWorm

  THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT 2010; $22.95-$29.95, PG-13 A goofy comic-booker starring Brandon “Superman Returns” Routh as a supernatural PI dealing with monsters in New Orleans. With a cast of werewolves, vampires, well-hootered Maxim mama Anita Briem, zombie assistants and wrestling-actor wannabes, you know this is a hoot. Big Dumb … Continued

Film: Immerse yourself in Fright Night

Zombie films are exhausted of new ideas, no? Hardly, say Louisville filmmakers Matt Niehoff and Brian Cunningham. In their new film, “Overtime,” hitmen Raph and Max (pro wrestler Al Snow and John Wells) battle zombie-aliens in a laboratory. Thus, Raph misses his kid’s birthday party and draws the wrath of his not-so-understanding wife. Think “Pulp … Continued

Westport General Store rewards a short road trip

Last week when we got back from a summer trip to Florida’s Space Coast, it took me about 25 minutes to drive home, from the airport to Crescent Hill, in rush-hour traffic. The week before that, when we drove out to Westport General Store for dinner, the scenic trip required only about five minutes more. … Continued

Bar Belle: Q&A with the Whiskey Prof

I never really set out to become The Bar Belle, I just followed my passion and this is where it led me. My mom is quite proud (thank God they don’t have LEOs in Ohio). In much the same way, stand-up comedian Bernie Lubbers found himself with a title so awesome, I kinda want to … Continued

Comedy: Mark Parris — A little more than fluff

Mark Parris is one of those artists they don’t make anymore. With porn-star good looks, he’s a musician (who’s admittedly never listened to Zeppelin), a painter (who’s never been trained) and one of the most talented comedians in town — an all-around Renaissance man, but not the least bit pretentious. He’s a dying breed. He’s … Continued

Art: Full Speed ahead

Construction is a way of life around the University of Louisville. Third Street near Cardinal Boulevard is yet again full of orange cones, chain-link fencing and earth-moving equipment. There’s enough dirt and noise to alert you that something is up. But this time it’s not U of L, it’s the Speed Art Museum. The Speed … Continued

Art: Get hot and bothered with ‘Summer Heat’

Why is it that when the tomatoes get good, the art shows tend to get bad? It could be blamed on a variety of factors: People stop answering their cell phones and go out of town, and audiences evaporate from galleries in search of more pastoral settings. This is why the “Summer Heat” show at … Continued

Cheer-Accident, in a Louisville context

Since 1981, Chicago’s Cheer-Accident has been thrilling a loyal gang of followers with their fluctuating art-rock attack, often embellished by a rotating collection of some of the Windy City’s many fine and simpatico musicians. They return to Louisville to promote their 17th album, No Ifs, Ands or Dogs. LEO caught up with founder and drummer … Continued

J.D. Crowe and the new generation

Native Kentuckian J.D. Crowe is a legendary bluegrass banjo player who started with Jimmy Martin 55 years ago and then, in the early 1970s, went on to lead his own influential group, the New South. He returns to us for a free concert on the square in downtown Corydon, Ind. LEO enjoyed a warm conversation … Continued

Root Hog or Die

Music from African cell phones The Sahel — the massive brown-green belt that separates North from Sub-Saharan Africa — is one of the world’s last great liminal spaces. It’s everywhere, stretching across a dozen African nations, and nowhere at all, as it’s home to a predominantly semi-nomadic population whose transhumant roots reach far into the … Continued

Plugged In

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‘Frequent Mutations’ I attribute most of what contentment I have with the modern world to the DIY school of thought that emerged with the punk scene around 1976. The idea that one had to be classically trained and well-schooled, following the rules of what is “right,” began to fall away for some who realized that … Continued

Alone in This Together

The young woman stared back at me from the black-and-white photo on her website. Black leather jacket, dyed black hair, copious black eyeliner and a disdainful sneer that would humble even the haughtiest teenager. Oh, I was on to you, Star Anna. You were about to deliver me an album of obvious chord progressions and … Continued

Marissa Nadler

It’s not surprising that Marissa Nadler would choose to self-title her fifth album, since it is certainly her strongest effort to date. Since her debut in 2004, Nadler’s vocal delivery has remained ethereal and delicate. However, this album’s lyrics give it a relatable quality that creates a connection with listeners, the thing that seemed lacking … Continued

Pint of Blood

Not long ago, Jolie Holland demonstrated an amazing talent. But now she seems to prefer to meander in relatively stark settings. It’s not that her newest is bland — there’s a surface of serviceable music, but Holland’s not leaving many clues to entice listeners to open up their ears for all that’s here. One exception: … Continued

The Harrow and the Harvest

Don’t worry. It’s good, and may even be important. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have turned in exactly what you expected: brilliantly relevant distillations of the American folk tradition that, when drunk deeply, overlay the present with translucent sepia tones of the past and shelve questions about authenticity, if only momentarily. The hauntingly familiar melodies … Continued