Issue August 13, 2014

What Does Louisville’s Visual Art Community Want?

When it was announced back in April that Aaron Yarmuth was buying LEO Weekly, I received a few queries about our future plans. All offered suggestions on how the publication could better serve the visual art community (my favorite was to have LEO only cover art). Which started me thinking – when it comes to … Continued

Video Tapeworm

This Week’s Twin Peeks MAYO CHIKI!: COMPLETE COLLECTION 2011; $53.98-69.98; TV-MA  First a groundbreaking 12-volume book series, then a hit manga, this wildly popular anime series follows the misadventures of a young man who is clinically afraid of women, and a young woman who disguises herself as a man to obtain employment. Thrown together by … Continued

Bill Maher isn’t sorry

Bill Maher is one of the most controversial comedians of his generation. He is a man who challenges political, religious, and social norms just for the hell of it. If you don’t know who he is by now, then you probably shouldn’t see his show – he was the star of “Politically Incorrect” and the … Continued

Book: Novelist’s Quality Is Sure — His Characters Gone in the Woods

“In writing about rural America, we are all interested in something that wouldn’t come out of Brooklyn writers—a class-conscious sort of narrative.” Charles Dodd White is looking to pinpoint the commonality of his peer group in the region around western North Carolina (think Ron Rash, for starters)—but he also sees it extending toward the Midwest, … Continued

Please your palate, ?polish your Spanish with Palermo’s

Psst! Señoras y Señores! Want to practice your Spanish? Here’s a tip: Go to Palermo Viejo and order the classic Argentine meat platter, La Parrillada. The name of this dish (literally “The Grill Platter”) offers the Spanish-impaired student a double challenge, as it mashes up two of the toughest consonant pairs in Español:  double-r and … 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 AUG 13 Baxter’s 942: “Live Band Karaoke”; 10 p.m. Decca: Subterranean Phrases; … Continued


<music> Wednesday, Aug. 13 Stephen Marley Mercury Ballroom 611 South 4th Street $25; 8 p.m. This is a show of true music royalty. Reggae star Stephen Marley is one of Bob Marley’s five children with his wife Rita. After making several albums with his siblings in Melody Makers, later renamed to Ziggy Marley and … Continued

Inbox — August 13, 2014

Flat-Earth Theme Park Dontcha love Kentucky! We have a theme park based on the belief that six thousand years ago a supernatural power created the universe in six days—thereby denouncing as hopeless idiots all the anthropologists, geologists, and astronomers on the planet.  Now the Bible-thumpers want to build an “authentic” replica of Noah’s Ark. (Question: … Continued

Back to school tips

It’s hard to believe the end of summer vacation is already upon us. Once again, it’s time for kids to go back to school and for parents to wave goodbye, dry their tears, and then strip naked, run around the house and make unspeakable use of Reddi-wip. But the start of a new school year … Continued

Simmer Down, Angry Mob

My column two weeks ago referenced the song “Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season),” but even then I had no clue just how much the proverbial seasons would quickly be changing at this here newsweekly.  Anyone who still reads this paper knows by now that ownership of LEO recently changed hands from SouthComm … Continued

Poetry, Beauty, Romance, Love

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive … Continued

Profile: Potter Patrick Rademaker

The wheel spins. Sprinkles of water and clay residue spray off as potter Patrick Rademaker molds a shapeless piece of clay into a pot, plate, mug, bowl or any sort of creation he can think up. At age 24, his high level of craftsmanship has already landed him some widespread recognition.  Rademaker got his start … Continued

Profile: Actor Jeremy Sapp

For many in the acting world, performing has been a driving force in their lives since childhood. For Jeremy Sapp, acting was only a hobby until one fateful college day when his University of Louisville professor gave him two choices: write a paper or audition for a play.  With only a few high school roles … Continued

Profile: Dancer Conrad De Chabert

Conrad De Chabert never says he is the best dancer. It’s not because he lacks confidence in his commanding leaps, precise turns or pointed toes. After more than two decades of formal dance training, this 26-year-old Prospect resident is fully aware of the movements his body can make and the emotions he can evoke while … Continued

Profile: Musician Anna Blanton

It started with a presentation from a southern Indiana elementary school orchestra teacher. Nearly two decades later, local violinist Anna Blanton has shared the stage with some huge names, including two-time Grammy winner and Wings guitarist Laurence Juber, two-time Grammy nominated pianist Terrence Wilson, and world-renowned violinist Ilya Kaler.  Blanton holds a full-time job at … Continued

Profile: Artist Anessa Arehart

Some may say there is a wide gap between being a well-mannered lady or gentleman and living out among the wildlife. Georgetown-born artist Anessa Arehart is proof that the two can coexist. “Old fashioned ideas of manners and how to be ladylike are still very much ingrained in me,” Arehart says. “I don’t always follow … Continued

She rode off into the sunset in 1910

It’s a good bet that more than one opera fan has wondered why the Puccini opera “The Girl of the Golden West” – or La Fanciulla del West, as the Italian composer named it – is so seldom performed. Especially in the United States, the home of the grand western saga. The opera isn’t at … Continued