Issue July 22, 2014

Abandon ship!

On March 26 of last year, the most powerful elected officials in Frankfort were effusive in their backslapping and self-congratulations over their bipartisan feat. Kentucky’s General Assembly had just beat the deadline for their session to pass the much debated Senate Bill 2, a public pension reform bill that supposedly cured what ailed the deeply … Continued

Parenting fail

When I was 6 years old, my mother put me on a TARC bus and sent me to school at Franklin Elementary. Let me repeat that: When I was 6, my mother gave me bus fare and sent me to school on the TARC. Alone. I did this every school day, and then rode the … Continued

Pet peeves

After a weeklong hiatus, the heat and humidity are back, heightening the likelihood of rage, recriminations and other repulsive reactions. So let’s start by scavenging the mobile offenses that make me crave the kind of comic relief Jack Nicholson provided in the film “Anger Management” when he sat beside Adam Sandler and sang “I Feel … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: CUBAN FURY 2014; $26.98; R The great Nick “Shaun of the Dead” Frost is having a ball in this dance-movie parody, playing a fat, over-the-hill former would-be salsa champion who missed his big break due to bullying. Fast-forward to the present, and we meet his new American boss, smokin’/funny Rashida “Parks … Continued

There’s no ‘I’ in Metheny

Perhaps more than anyone since Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, Pat Metheny has drawn a wide non-jazz audience to his music, yet he remains true to the inquisitive nature of the art form. From his earliest national exposure as a member of Gary Burton’s band, through his solo debut in 1976, on through the recently … 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 23 Baxter’s 942: … Continued

Completely Obsessed

Do you know the phrase “fear of missing out”? FOMO. That feeling that you always have to be everywhere, or else. Or else …? Or else you’ll miss out on the most awesome adventure ever! The one everyone will be talking about for hours to come. The one you’ll almost remember when trying to reference … Continued


Ut Gret has been making music since the 1980s, although with many lineup changes. Multi-instrumentalist founder Joee Conroy is joined now by longtime Grets Steve Roberts (keyboards) and Steve Good (clarinet), plus relative newcomer Jackie Royce (bassoon), with former drummer Bob Douglas returning. Their new album, Ancestors’ Tale, is on AltrOck, an Italian progressive rock … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, July 23 Jazz Collective Night Dreamland 810 E. Market St. $7; 7 p.m. On this fine Wednesday evening, you can treat yourself to not just one but two jazz groups from our nation’s capital. Team Players and Liver Quiver will be hosting an event dubbed “Washington, D.C., Jazz Collective Night.” Team Players … Continued

Theater: All hail ‘Henry V’ and ‘Hamlet’

At this time last year, Kentucky Shakespeare was a company in shambles. Offstage dramas led to the early cancellation of the season, and there was reason for the community to question whether the show would ever go on. Happily, the answer to that question was a decisive “Yes.” This summer’s Shakespeare in the Park season … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am a gay man and have been in a relationship with my GGG boyfriend for more than three years. We are in our early 20s and have a good sex life. I just discovered he has been engaging in what can only be described as cyber infidelity. He had a secret email account, … Continued

Inbox — July 23, 2014

Trans Support I understand your What a Week and its “world-classness meter” should probably be taken somewhat lightly, as it is entirely subjective, usually satiric and oftentimes just in fun. However, the recent criticism of the upcoming Louisville Forum event, “Growing Up Transgender,” combines two traits that are extremely toxic when mixed: ignorance and snarkiness … Continued

Film: Two thumbs up

One of my proudest accomplishments in college was nabbing the coveted film critic position at the daily student-run paper, The Post. For a year I reviewed two to three movies a week, and I even got paid for it. It was beer money, sure. But I felt like I was getting a taste of my … Continued

Forecastle Festival 2014: We came, we saw, we conquered … we danced

Forecastle is about more than just music. Now, I’m not talking about the art and environmental activism stuff, because however awesome and important those things are, the majority of attendees seem to ignore them. What I’m talking about is the atmosphere. I want to believe that I will never forget the utter dominance that was … Continued

Uphill battle

In a committee room in Frankfort, the seats are divided: Half of the witnesses are employed with Veterans Affairs hospitals, half are U.S. veterans. Some wear dress blues, some fatigues. Doctors and patients are here to speak before a swath of legislators at an Interim Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection. Both … Continued

‘We’re not the bad guy’

The first house we pull up to is a cute little bungalow on a quiet street. “I don’t think they did it,” remarks Lynn Witt, her eyes focused on the big, leafy branches waving to us from behind the home. “I hate doing this to owner-occupied homes.” By this she means citing or confirming housing … Continued

Guest Commentary

In 1854, Abraham Lincoln wrote that the “object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves, in their separate and individual capacities.” Lincoln believed, in other words, that government is how we organize our responsibilities … Continued

Taste Bud: Pickled at Silver Dollar

I like pickles. I especially like spicy, garlicky pickles. I even like pickled bologna with saltines. Well, Silver Dollar has taken the pickle up a notch. You may or may not have noticed that a few months back, the menu changed and added a small box containing “house-made pickles.” The pickled items in question are … Continued

Locavore Lore: Becca Raisor, chef extraordinaire

College can teach a young adult a multitude of things about her desired profession. It can be a time to hone a craft and learn how to operate in the real world. In most likely equal measure, college years can teach students the error of their ways in selecting a major. Becca Raisor falls into … Continued

Art: An artisanal afterlife

Once you’ve embraced the craftsmanship behind artisan pickles, hand-stitched leather bike satchels and exquisitely waxed handlebar mustaches, you have to admit you’re just one bite of homemade elk jerky away from espousing the gentle art of taxidermy. Like bourbon barrels upcycled into handsome bar stools, taxidermy takes an object that has outlived (literally, in this … Continued