Issue August 9, 2011

Restaff, Reuse, Recycle

For the second year in a row, Jefferson County schools labeled “persistently low achieving” have been restaffed. These seven public schools — now cresting a turbulent few months of replacing principals, as well as half their staffs — are heading into a new year, in theory, stronger. Under the $3.5 billion federal School Improvement Grant … Continued

V is for Vermin

Lately I’ve found that the distance between us and our British cousins across the pond has made the task of visualizing the filthy dalliances between autocratic states and corporate mass media propagandists a little simpler to understand. The News of the World scandal has mercifully shone the spotlight on what anyone who has ever owned … Continued

An open(ness) letter

Dear Mayor Fischer, Now that the acrid dust has settled from the demolition of the historic Elmo’s building on East Main and recent controversies surrounding Louisville Metro Animal Services, it’s time to clean up your messy press relations. Thursday, July 21, was a dark day for mayoral credibility. Two news conferences raised troubling questions of … Continued

Pork and politics

FANCY FARM, Ky. — There aren’t many places in America — outside of a meeting of the Westboro Baptist Church — where an eight-minute tribute to troops fighting overseas is panned as rude, offensive, cowardly and inappropriate. But Saturday afternoon at the 131st Fancy Farm picnic was one of them. This uniquely Kentucky tradition applies … Continued

Inbox — Aug. 10, 2011

One Part Tease I’m tempted to say that your recent cover photo of a stripper wrapped in the official flag of Metro Louisville was unpatriotic (LEO Weekly, July 20). Yes, it is a form of free speech protected by our First Amendment, like burning the U.S. flag. What bothers me is that we appear to … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Aug. 10 The Men Cahoots 1047 Bardstown Road • 454-6687 $5; 9 p.m. Intense, epic, unapologetic — these are just some of the words used to describe The Men. Four men from Brooklyn, talented songwriters with a commitment to pure, uncommercialized music — these guys know how to rock, sticks and fingers … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: ELVIRA’S MOVIE MACABRE: THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE/THE MANSTER 2011; $14.95, UR Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson has relaunched her syndicated late-night horror-host shtick and is putting her best double features out on DVD. This is one of our favorites. “Brain” is the quintessential bad movie: A sleazy scientist goes looking for curvaceous … Continued

The Taste Bud: The King of pizza

As I was growing up in Southern Indiana, Steve’s Pizza King was a staple. It just was. So when I moved to Louisville a number of years ago, I was surprised by how few people here even knew it existed. Given that Louisvillians tend to believe there is nothing in Indiana worth crossing the bridge … Continued

Addis Bar & Grill offers tastes of Ethiopia and more

Ethiopia is an East African country that most Americans probably don’t know much about, save perhaps for sad images of famine. But Ethiopia is worth getting to know. The only country in Africa that largely escaped colonialism, it boasts a proud heritage as a monarchy, with roots extending back more than 2,500 years. It has … Continued

Nice tatts

“The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who have tattoos, and those who are afraid of people with tattoos.” Psychologist Michael Mantell opened his 2009 article, “The Psychology of Tattoos,” with this sweeping statement. Today, Shannon Guttierez is working to change that. Since 2005, Guttierez’s company, GForce Productions, has been bringing Alternative … Continued


Like Woody Allen, Garrison Keillor is a prolific, older wordsmith who thrives on collaborating (artistically) with younger, more vibrant women. Andra Suchy fills that role Sunday evening for a live, not-for-radio performance of “A Prairie Home Companion” at the Kentucky Center. LEO: What inspires your songs? Andra Suchy: Mostly my experiences and emotions, but sometimes … Continued

Comedy: A ‘Red-Nexican’ in the bluegrass

After two hour-long Comedy Central specials (“Red-Nexican” and “Hick-Spanic”); appearing in “Latin Kings of Comedy” beside heavyweights like Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez and George Lopez; as well as touring with old friend Ron White, Alex Reymundo has carved out a niche for himself in the world of stand-up comedy. The Mexican-born, Texas-raised Louisvillian sat down … Continued

Brit Beat

I am not the type of girl to be found breezily racing around Cherokee Park’s Scenic Loop in fluorescent Lycra. Or spending her weekends on all fours in a dangerously hot yoga studio in the Highlands. Or dangling from a medieval torture device while someone with a whistle and a Napoleon complex barks instructions in … Continued

Book: ‘Bright’s Passage’ a smooth transition for Josh Ritter

‘Bright’s Passage’ By Josh Ritter. Dial Press; 208 pgs., $22. Having released six full-length albums brimming with magical ballads, Josh Ritter established himself as a masterful storyteller some time ago. His most recent musical effort, So Runs the World Away, was heralded by many as evidence that Ritter’s talent continues to advance. And although major … Continued

Art: Stitched conversations

How do you know when you’re looking at art by Penny Sisto? First off, the medium is fabric. Yet it’s not a common quilt of abstracted stars or flowers, stitched from whatever fabric is at hand. Her creations are pictorial and are not made for warmth or decoration. The most important element of a Sisto … Continued

Plugged In

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The Brotherhood of the Wives

Visually, Tony Ash and Billy Bisig make an interesting combination. The linebacker-sized Bisig makes the compact Ash seem even smaller by comparison, Mutt and Jeff in a rock ‘n’ roll package. The Jagger & Richards of Louisville’s Trophy Wives had no choice but to start a band together. “Billy and I had known each other … Continued

Smoke Ring Halo

The Wood Brothers are Oliver and Chris. Oliver sings and plays guitar; Chris plays bass and also sings. Chris is also the “Wood” in Medeski Martin and Wood, but when he’s pulling duty with his big brother, he plays a country-fried style of blues. Smoke Ring Halo is hardly a radical departure from their previous … Continued

A Rock n Roll Reunion

Soul Inc.’s new album has been a long time in the making — 42 years, to be exact. Fixtures of the ‘60s Louisville rock scene, the members have been making music for the better half of the last century. They are giants in the Derby City’s rich musical history; all told, they’ve been in more … Continued

Heavens to Murk-A-Troid

Crash DDZ has been a staple in the Louisville hip-hop scene for more years than he’d probably like to admit. From the 502Headz to The DareDevilz, the guy’s CV is Teflon. That rap is a game for the young is undeniable; just don’t tell Crash that. He continues to shred every microphone within 100 feet … Continued

Gardens and Villa

The songs on the Santa Barbara-based Gardens & Villa’s debut album are mostly either slow to mid-tempo Grizzly Bear appropriations or immensely pleasing and grooving electro-pop movements. On the one hand, they can be too serious for their abilities, the songs too stark and boring to find their way into your head after they’re over … Continued