Issue August 2, 2011

Young at art

A convention hall lined with zombie comic book authors and vinyl collectibles might seem like an odd place to find artists whose work doesn’t grace the pages of science fiction or fill up video game screens, but neither Melody Dennison nor Robby Davis are strangers to a quirky scene. At last month’s Derby City Comic … Continued

Hard times are over

Standing in the crowd at last Saturday night’s appearance of Jesco White at Headliners, the thought of investing in funeral homes came to mind. I had not seen “The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia,” the cult documentary about the life and times of the colorful Mr. White, aka “the Dancing Outlaw,” and his … Continued

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Welcome to Summary of My Discontent. Thank you for reading this column. Whether you are reading it in print, browser, Facebook, Twitter, blog, smart phone or tablet, this column, as always, comes to you completely free of charge. However, due to ever-expanding capitalistic opportunism and because we just kind of feel like you might not … Continued

No longer good as gold

Keith Smith strides into a coffee shop, laptop and files bundled in his arms. He stands 6-foot-3 with a shaved head, trim goatee and a T-shirt reading, “Don’t Trust Corporate Media.” Demure, he is not. Smith sits down and unleashes his frustrations: A popular program that allowed uninsured patients, like him, to receive discounted care … Continued

Cloudy with a chance of ash

Pleasure Ridge Park residents Kathy Little and Greg Walker say they are used to ash clouds emanating from the LG&E processing plant not far from their homes off Cane Run Road. But on Friday night and throughout Saturday, it was worse than usual. “On Friday evening, it spewed an ash-like substance, a constant spewing into … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act, comedian, open mic or karaoke listed, send e-mail to with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. The deadline is NOON THURSDAY the week before the show happens. We do not accept listings via social networking sites. WED AUG … Continued

Me Vs. Music

Let’s have a round for these freaks and these soldiers A round for these friends of mine Let’s have another round for the bright red devil Who keeps me in this tourist town. —Joni Mitchell, “Carey” In case you hadn’t guessed, I have some residual dorkiness held over from my youth. I’ve done some things … Continued

Uncle Slayton’s fills in the gaps

After six years of working as a promoter in Louisville, Rebecca Kessler decided to take on a new challenge: venue owner. While showing off her new club, it becomes clear that she’s still figuring out some of the finer details — like the soundboard. Does she know how to use it? “No, not at all,” … Continued

Inbox — Aug. 3, 2011

No Hope Jonathan Meador takes a snarky swipe at the Scarlet Hope ministry in the last few inches of his article about the adult entertainment industry (LEO Weekly, July 20) by, it appears, merely making conclusions from a website. Without comment or discussion about whether that was journalistically sound, I will say that his depiction … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Aug. 3 Crushed Purple ZaZoo’s 102 Baxter Ave. • 894-8030 Free; 8 p.m. Style Weekly’s Mike Rutz says, “Could a band named Crushed Purple play anything else but psychedelia? We think not …” And with stage names like Dr. Animal, Lauren Lizard, Sippy Cup and Yosagi Yojimbo, we’re inclined to agree. Richmond-based … Continued


Maiden Radio’s Lullabies Julia Purcell didn’t plan to make a record of lullabies to sell. While pregnant, Purcell thought it would be fun to make one for her now 10-month-old, Maya. Her bandmates, Cheyenne Mize and Joan Shelley, liked her idea. “Maybe that took the edge off,” she says. “That allowed us to create something … Continued

Theater: Actor’s Choice’s ‘Equus’ is riveting and haunting

‘Equus’ Written by Peter Shaffer, produced by Actor’s Choice and A. Michael McKinney, and directed by Mike Seely. Continues through Aug. 7 in the Bunbury Theatre, 604 S. Third St. For more information, call 583-8222. Louisville’s newest theater company, Actor’s Choice, has made a strong statement with their first play, a riveting production of Peter … Continued

Video TapeWorm

  THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: PAUL 2011; $29.95-$34.95, R Fans of “Shaun of the Dead” have been salivating, waiting for this goofy alien-among-us comedy to make it to DVD. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost join up again and invite Seth Rogen to be the voice of Paul, the friendly — if a bit warped — … Continued

Times are changin’ at Theater Square Marketplace

In the spring of 1958, when Thomas Merton had his epiphany at what was then the corner of Fourth and Walnut in downtown Louisville, Fourth Street was a happening place. Crowds of businessmen in suits and fedoras and moms shopping in their best dresses scurried around the Starks Building and landmark Louisville department stores Stewart’s … Continued

Bar Belle: Greetings from P-Town!

Dear Mom and Dad, I am having a blast in Provincetown … wish you were here! I didn’t realize this, but Provincetown is not Providence … they are actually in two different states! We flew into Rhode Island and had to drive to Massachusetts, which I just had to look up to spell. The Rhode … Continued

Culture: Joy sticks

On my final day at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, I ran into the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of “Super Mario Brothers,” “The Legend of Zelda,” “Donkey Kong” and other instantly recognizable classics. “Miyamoto-san,” I called, jogging toward the diminutive developer. He looked my way, a childlike expression etched across his face. The suits accompanying … Continued

Book: How to be an honest criminal … and brew tea

Siberian Education: Growing Up in a Criminal Underworld By Nicolai Lilin. WW Norton & Co.; 447 pgs., $24.95. Memoirs are a dime a dozen. These days it seems anybody with a blog and an attitude can get a publishing deal (except me), and the results are decidedly tepid. When privileged suburban shitheads who have never … Continued

Art: Salvaging identity

Salvo, which is British slang for salvage, is the name of the latest home design and accessory store to join Market Street’s creative retail revolution. The name came naturally to Salvo co-founder and woodworker, the Birmingham, England-born Nathan Morgan. “It’s visually catchy. The shape of the letters are interesting,” says the design-minded furniture craftsman. “It … Continued

Field Songs

Despite having been recorded recently, Field Songs feels as familiar as cornbread. Not surprising, considering William Elliott Whitmore hails from an Iowa family farm near the muddy Mississippi. Although Whitmore cut a few albums before, he says that ANTI- Records “picked him out of the cornfield” when they offered him a three-record deal. On Field … Continued

From Africa With Fury: Rise

The youngest son of Fela seemingly carries the torch higher and brighter than his more famous brother, Femi. This is not an insult to Femi, who put out an excellent pair of albums on MCA and has a pretty satisfying album out now himself. Perhaps it’s not fair to compare when Seun has his dad’s … Continued


Helms Alee charge freely through the wastelands of rock music, creating noise where it fits and expanding upon its inactive spaces. Their third album on Hydra Head Records finds them adopting some of the best traits that fellow co-signers Big Business, Torche and Boris have dragged through years of sludge. The melodic and often heavy … Continued


Hate to fall into the cliché of comparing white rappers, but this is the album we’ve been expecting Eminem to make since “8 Mile.” That film’s soundtrack found Em looking deeper than “Beavis & Butthead” punchlines and led many fans to wonder if the self-destructive MC was ready to turn the page, mature beyond scatological … Continued