Issue July 23, 2013

The evolution of Dan Savage

It’s a funny story, how the wiseass gay theater kid at the video store became America’s most trusted and outspoken sex advocate. Through his sex column, “Savage Love,” Dan Savage has become one of the highest-profile gay figures in the country, a tireless and fearless advocate of a liberalized philosophy on sex and relationships. People … Continued

Trayvon Martin is dead; the GOP isn’t

Let me say at the outset that this column only tangentially relates to Trayvon Martin. So much has been written about his case that there’s little left to say. I only wish to use it as a coordinate on a political curve to examine the effective conservative agenda currently underway that indirectly paves the way … Continued

Visions of a celebrity city

“To be famous, you really have to know who you are, because you’re getting this barrage of mislabeling and stuff coming at you,” singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell recently told interviewer Jian Ghomeshi. “People tend to project their trip onto you, especially if they don’t have self-knowledge — and most of them don’t.” I pity the famous … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: AN AWKWARD SEXUAL ADVENTURE 2012; $24.98-$26.98; UR At first glance, this looks like any other asinine sex-comedy for the masses, and it has all the necessary trappings: A stripper helps an inexperienced man find the sexual maturity he needs to woo his girlfriend. But it delivers a far more intelligent, funny … Continued

Staffpicks

<MUSIC> Wednesday, July 24 Insect Factory Greenhaus 2227 S. Preston St. facebook.com/greenhausmarket $6; 7 p.m. Insect Factory largely lives up to its name. The solo project of Maryland native Jeff Barsky, Insect Factory is built around guitar drones and skittering noises, evoking a sound that is both looming and spidery at once. Barsky’s stark improv … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

Stand your ground One of the many privileges enjoyed by rich white people in the United States is the opportunity to indulge in the fantasy of a post-racial society. People who deny the fundamental importance of race in this country are either lying or idiots, or what I would categorize as lying idiots. Sometimes class … Continued

United we serve

At the corner of 18th Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, Lisa Rainey-Goodloe is cooking up something big. In addition to her made-from-scratch gumbo, the 38-year-old Louisiana native is on the verge of opening Le Bossier Café, a Creole joint in the former Expressions of You space, as a unionized restaurant. “I’m not aware of any … Continued

Felons need not apply

Honey Dozier readily admits prison didn’t scare her straight. When she found herself unable to find a job after completing her felony sentence for using stolen credit cards, she fell back into illegal activities, driven by the need for quick money to support her single-parent family. She had a hunch, as many felons do, that … Continued

B-sides

Extreme dreams “I’ve been called ballsy for a lot of what I sample,” says Alex Koenig, the man behind Nmesh (that’s a silent N), when I ask him to elaborate on his uncanny style of electronic music. “I’m doing it a lot more blatantly now, because I can get away with it. Everything is up … Continued

The Handsome Family’s hairy tales

The Handsome Family is a couple, Rennie and Brett Sparks, married 24 years now and based in Albuquerque since 2001. Their ninth studio album of new, weird Americana, Wilderness, was released this spring, along with a companion book of essays and drawings by Rennie (who writes the band’s lyrics, while Brett writes the music). The … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to pberkowitz@leoweekly.com 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 24 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’ve been mostly happily married for 15 years. I’m a straight man. I love my wife. We used to have a great sex life. But after many years, children and just day-to-day reality, our sex life is now pretty unsatisfying. We do have sex four to 10 times a month, but it is always … Continued

Inbox — July 24, 2013

Come on, Kentucky In a red state like Kentucky, polls are showing that Mitch McConnell is vulnerable; this is a sure sign that moderate Republicans are moving away from the most extreme members of their party to regain the compromising spirit like during the Dole and Clinton years. Those years, ideas were moved around on … Continued

Taste Bud: Steak and beer for $10

Steak: The final frontier. My continuing mission? To seek out great deals. This is about one such deal. I’ll start from the beginning. As much as I love red meat, particularly in the form of steak, I don’t eat it often for a couple of reasons. One is for my health: I’m not getting any … Continued

Culture: Jay and Silent Bob light up FandomFest

Jason Mewes was just 13 when he met Kevin Smith and only 17 when he was cast in Smith’s 1994 indie film, “Clerks.” That film would, of course, become a cult classic and spawn several sequels, prequels and spin-off films such as “Chasing Amy,” “Mall Rats” and “Clerks II,” which featured the odd couple who … Continued

Culture: Louisville Nerd City

There was a time when the term nerd was pejorative, something to be ashamed of or to publicly deny. Those days are over as the geeks have inherited the Earth, evidenced by not only the technological boom of the previous decade but also the plethora of successful comic book/sci-fi entertainment. Louisville has two festivals that … Continued

Apocalypse

Bass players, the second-class citizens of bands, have been stepping to the fore with some great records lately. Stephen Bruer plays behind acts as diverse as Suicidal Tendencies and Erykah Badu; on Apocalypse, his second at-bat, Flying Lotus leads the production for a record as frenetic as it is smooth. His love for ’70s George … Continued

That’s It!

After a half century of presenting traditional jazz, the PHJB has released its first album of all original music, proudly maintaining its heritage while simultaneously showing there can be something new under the (New Orleans) sun. Louisvillians may particularly appreciate that Jim James co-produced this gem, 11 new songs that, on first listen, sound as … Continued

Tonight You Look Like a Spider

What expectations you have for David Yow should be completely ignored. Gone are the vicious and lumbering rock anthems, replaced instead by what sounds to be the mutated, science-fiction-inflected compositions punctuating Spider, the first solo record by the former frontman of Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard. That this is identified as “experimental” is achingly … Continued

Endless Fantasy

Imagine a pillowcase full of sand, within which some cruel individual has hidden more than a few Jolly Ranchers and Tootsie Rolls. Listening to Anamanaguchi’s sprawling Endless Fantasy is a lot like digging through that sandbag in search of those sweet treats — you know they’re in there, but finding them might be more work … Continued