Issue July 30, 2013

Reclaiming Kentucky

Jim Gray, the mayor of Lexington, can barely contain his smile. “This is a big day,” he says, his voice shaking with excitement. “This is a big day for Lexington. This is a big day for Big Blue … Just a big day for our state.” The big news is that the Los Angeles architectural … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: OBLIVION 2013; $19.98-$34.98; PG-13 Frankly, this Tom Cruise movie is not really “a Tom Cruise movie”: It is more of a feature-length “Star Trek” episode with astounding visuals, big-budget stars and terrific effects that seem absolutely real. In the future, the Earth is dying after decades of war with marauders from … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, July 31 WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Waterfront Park, Big Four Lawn Free; 6 p.m. This month’s Waterfront Wednesday headliners hail from bonny green Ireland, so the wind and rain that have plagued this summer’s concerts should be nothing new to these guys and gal. Little Green Cars’ roster reads like the leprechaun brigade, … Continued

For whom the bridge tolls

Avery Koler brought white poster board with the handwritten quip, “This sign is more transparent than the Ohio River Bridges Project.” He planned to hold the visual aide up during the second of two public meetings held by the ORBP to discuss proposed tolls and their potential impact on low-income and minority communities. Koler, a … Continued

Me Vs. Music

The road to somewhere As I drove away from my mother’s condo, I sighed. This is the first time my son has been with a sitter. I turn up the radio to nearly full volume and pretend it’s 1992. Typically, as I listen to music in my car, I sing and dance but stop and … Continued

The music of baseball

Ballgames everywhere begin with the “Star Spangled Banner,” but the best version in this town (it says here) comes bubbling forth from the organ of Louisville Bats organist Bob Ramsey. His Slugger Field version of “The Anthem,” as he calls it, isn’t one of those long, dragged out things with add-on trumpet flourishes and over-dramatic … Continued

Tea for two

If Sen. Mitch McConnell’s No. 1 political goal three years ago was making Barack Obama a one-term president, his top goal over the past year — courting the Tea Party in Kentucky in order to avoid a credible primary challenge from his right flank — could now be equally labeled a failure. Last Wednesday morning … Continued


Southern Trendkillers Having left behind what he calls the “more dance-y, emo style” band Uh-Huh Baby Yeah!, singer/guitarist Johnny Goebel and cohorts Chris Armstrong (bass) and Jon Cox (guitar/keyboards) went in a very different direction — raising the bar, you might say, or just straight to the bar. Or raising hell. Though Goebel says about … Continued

Inbox — July 31, 2013

Medicaid Expands The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Housing Coalition (MHC) applauds Gov. Beshear’s decision to expand Medicaid coverage in Kentucky, which will provide health insurance to people who work in jobs that do not offer health insurance and who cannot afford insurance because their pay is below poverty. MHC knows affordable health care … 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 31 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

The indefatigable Jamey Aebersold

Sometimes it’s easy to take hometown heroes for granted. In Jamey Aebersold’s case, there is cause for new appreciation, because the National Endowment for the Arts has named him a 2014 Jazz Master. As noted on its site, “The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows on jazz artists. Each … Continued

Crowdsourcing vision

When I heard about Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Vision Louisville” project, I was a little skeptical. The online drawing board (at seeks creative ideas from citizens to help plan the city’s next 25 years. In last week’s LEO, my exceedingly non-surly colleague Steve Shaw weighed in on the out-of-town consultants’ vision for Louisville, but I’m … Continued

It’s only life

George Carlin had a bit in his 10th HBO special (“40 Years in Comedy,” 1997) where he recounted his experiences as a pet owner. The piece included a curious amount of helpful and accurate veterinary information regarding common ailments that afflict dogs and cats, but the most pointed commentary (other than the part about the … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am a 28-year-old gay man living in a major East Coast city. I recently connected with a guy on a vanilla dating website, and we are quickly developing a real interest in each other. After talking online for a bit, we exchanged numbers. Our first conversation was through text messages for the better … Continued

Locavore Lore: Coffee is life

Gentlemen, start your steam wands. Louisville has some new champions in town, fierce competitors who face off in heated battles of precision and craft. We’re not talking about ball here — basket-, base- or otherwise. We’re talking about coffee. As of this year, Derby City boasts both the best espresso and the best latte artist … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

A couple of weeks ago, a new sheriff rode into town: Eric Flack, WAVE-3 “Troubleshooter.” Mr. Flack spent most of an afternoon (at least!) gathering the information for a regular exposé on the seedy underbelly of local food truck sanitation practices. The shocking footage was shot at multiple locations including a three-tub wash station at … Continued

Bar Belle: A thirst for knowledge

This may come as a shock to you, but ever since I turned 21, I’ve been enamored with the nightlife scene. I love to explore new bars and learn about the latest cocktail trend. I want to know why it’s taking my hipster mixologist 10 minutes to craft my drink. I want to know how … Continued

Art: Shutterbugs drawn to a pool room’s light

For a small town, Corydon, Ind., certainly seems to have produced an inordinate amount of excellent photographers — and every one of them found their way into Davidson’s Pool Room. They showed up not to shoot a few racks of nine-ball, or take on the straight-pool sharks, but to capture images of a one-of-a-kind place, … Continued