Issue August 13, 2013

A&E Guide 2013: I’ll show you mine if you show me yours

There are many advantages to having a talent. If you’re a carpenter, you don’t have to order from IKEA. If you’re a baker, no need to buy Pop-Tarts. And if you’re a visual artist, you don’t have to frame your KISS poster and call it art. Just placing your own work around the house can … Continued

The sounds of silence

A little while back, I was telling you about a friend of mine who used to write novels, and I said something about the last time we spoke, and I think I made a reference to his last book, and I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I replayed the conversation in my … Continued

Larue: Hero or traitor?

It’s fascinating to watch people try to make heads or tails out of Zach Larue. Larue was a Kentucky miner, sharp as a scythe and independent as a coyote. He had an uncommon knack for quarrying, something that made him famous in mining circles. Larue could strike pay dirt while his fellow miners wallowed around … Continued

A&E Guide 2013: 2013-2014 Season Schedules

•DANCE   LOUISVILLE BALLET • “Swan Lake” — Sept. 13-14 • “Studio Connections” — Oct. 23-26 • “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” — Dec. 8-23 • “Choreographers’ Showcase” — Jan. 22-25 • “La Sylphide” — Feb. 21-22 • “Complementary Voices: Three significant works from three significant male choreographers” — April 4-5   MOVING COLLECTIVE • Spring 2014 … Continued

A&E Guide 2013: Venue Guide

849 Gallery Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University 849 S. Third St. 618-4600   Actors Theatre of Louisville 316 W. Main St. 584-1205   Alley Theater 1205 E. Washington St.? 713-6178 Archives & Special Collections Ekstrom Library University of Louisville 852-6752   Art from the Heart Gallery 902 E. Washington … Continued

A&E Guide 2013: Spotlight on singer Corinne Winters & the Kentucky Opera

What better to be than young and free in Paris? Or young and in love in Verona? But then, tragedy. And it happens twice this season, as Kentucky Opera presents “La Bohème” in September and “Roméo et Juliette” in February. For Louisville audiences, it’ll be all about the young at heart, with Puccini’s carefree Bohemians … Continued

A&E Guide 2013: Spotlight on Slant organizers Teresa Willis & Alison Huff

Alison Huff and Teresa Willis are having a good year. It’s been eight months since they launched the Slant Culture Theatre Festival, a homegrown celebration of the eclectic Louisville theater scene. What started with a talk by Jon Jory grew into an 11-day festival, complete with all of Louisville’s favorite celebratory accoutrements (as Huff puts … Continued

A&E Guide 2013: Spotlight on ceramicist J-D Schall

Sitting in his Old Louisville studio, surrounded by unglazed pots, J-D Schall talks about his interest in art, both ornate styles and contemporary designs that feature a crisp modern line. It’s rare to see him around earthenware; his finished work provides a vivid color snap to any situation. “I have gravitated more toward the clean … Continued

A&E Guide 2013: Spotlight on comedian/spoken-word artist Divinity Rose

Divinity Rose is no stranger to the arts community. She has hosted spoken-word shows, written poetry, acted in independent films and dabbled in other forms of performing arts, including burlesque. Yet it is in stand-up comedy where she blossoms. She began her career in stand-up at Caroline’s in New York City in 2002 and has … Continued

A&E Guide 2013: Spotlight on actor Michael Mayes

Michael Mayes has only been into acting for four years, but already he has amassed an impressive resume in the local scene. His first role was Tiny Tim in a school play when he was in second grade. He took some acting classes in college, but it wasn’t until he turned 27 and got some … Continued

A&E Guide 2013: Spotlight on sculptor Shohei Katayama

Occasionally art sneaks up on you and wrestles you to the ground. Such is the case with Shohei Katayama, a self-described “computer science guy” who didn’t start creating art until he was in college. He was actually concentrating on psychology and music when he took a class with sculptor Bob Lockhart at Bellarmine University. “I … Continued

A&E Guide 2013: Spotlight on actor Sarah East

You may know Sarah East’s face from the latest Sullivan University ad campaign. Or as the girl in the swimming pool from the Safe Auto commercial. Or the girl who threw exploding Kentucky Lottery tickets off a roof. You may have even seen her appearances on “Vampire Diaries” or “Army Wives.” But East is a … Continued

A&E Guide 2013: Spotlight on arts innovator Nick Covault

What do puppets, putt-putt, graphic novels and Baroque music have in common? All are happening in Louisville, and all have taken part in the newest Kickstarter-esque kid in town, PosSOUPbility. The brainchild of Nick Covault and Beth Henson, PosSOUPbility takes crowd-funding to a deliciously new level. Rather than relying on flashy videos or social-media campaigns, … Continued

Umphrey’s musical improv

Umphrey’s McGee has been playing to an ever-widening audience since 1997, with a stable lineup for the past decade. UM loves to stretch out in concert and features an arsenal of lighting effects adding to the atmosphere. Relix magazine featured UM on a recent cover with the headline, “Will They Be the Last Jam Band … Continued

A&E Guide 2013: Spotlight on scenic designer Karl Anderson

If you have seen a theatrical production in Louisville, chances are Karl Anderson has been involved. He has done work for Actors Theatre, Stage One, Pandora Productions and the Louisville Ballet, to name a few. When he is off work, he draws and paints in his studio. “In the props department (at Actors Theatre), I … Continued

A&E Guide 2013: The Symphony Whisperer

The Louisville Orchestra recently hired David Hyslop as interim chief executive officer, charging him with the task of helping the symphony recover from a turbulent period that included severe financial problems, an erosion of patron interest and a disastrous meltdown of relations with the orchestra’s players that blew up into the cancellation of an entire … Continued

Me Vs. Music

Keep on shouting When the billing for this year’s FandomFest (part of the Fright Night Film Fest) went up and I saw Gene Simmons’ name, I was more than a little excited about going. I went last year, and despite the insanity to get our tickets at Will Call, it turned out to be an … Continued


Misty Mountain hop The marriage of Prohibition-era old-time music and 21st-century technological upgrades might have peaked. Though it has become increasingly common for musicians in these Apple-fueled times to reach for banjos, mandolins and fiddles, most of them have labored to present an image of Dust Bowl refugees who just woke from a coma 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 14 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

Pipe up

A group of roughly 100 Kentuckians from a wide swath of counties gathered at the capitol steps in Frankfort last Wednesday, rallying to voice their concerns over the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline proposal, and asking Gov. Steve Beshear to take action on their behalf. The pipeline — a collaboration of companies Boardwalk Partners and Williams — … Continued

Labored decisions

It happens often enough that there’s a name for the phenomenon. About a year and a half after giving birth, a new mother who gave birth via cesarean walks into a support group meeting and begins to express feelings of sadness, anxiety and anger over her birthing experience. The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) calls … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: DEATH HUNT 1981; $14.98-$19.98; R Action stalwarts Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin turned this run-of-the-mill actioner, based on a true story, into a perennial ’80s favorite. Bronson plays an anti-social trapper, forced to kill a man in self-defense at his isolated mountain cabin. Canadian Mounty Marvin arrives not long after, leading … Continued


<MUSIC> Thursday, Aug. 15 Elephant Stone Rye 900 E. Market St. Free; 7 p.m. Elephant Stone has been gaining traction in the psychedelic music scene. The Montreal-based psychedelic rockers have embarked on their summer tour, having opened for The Zombies and The Black Angels earlier this year. Their second album, self-titled, sounds like something … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Dear readers: An excellent writer stepped in to answer the “Savage Love” Letter of the Day while I was on vacation, and I wanted to share his response in the column this week. Daniel Bergner is the award-winning author of four books of nonfiction. His newest book is “What Do Women Want? Adventures in the … Continued

Inbox — Aug. 14, 2013

Homes for Homeless I recently read the article you published on vacant and abandoned properties in Louisville (LEO Weekly, July 17). I appreciate the fact that the city is taking an interest in the problem of vacant housing, particularly in our urban neighborhoods. However, I am completely dismayed by the solution the city has adopted … Continued

Pick your avatar at Dragon King’s Daughter

Maybe this is just my wacky imagination talking, but I’ve always thought Dragon King’s Daughter sounded like a good name for a really intense online role-playing game. It would be a game full of samurai warrior avatars, of course, but it would have to have moustachio’d bandidos too, as DKD (as its fans abbreviate it) … Continued

Bar Belle: Hats off to Sarah Havens

It was around Derby of this year when I heard some unfortunate news — there was someone running around this town with the same name as me! Well, she had an “h” on the end of Sara, but as you Bar Ballers know, that’s the name of my alter-ego, Sara with an “h,” who often … Continued

Comedy: Rick, rolling — Moranis resurfaces with comedy album

“Peter, hi, Rick Moranis here,” says the familiar and ageless voice on the phone. For those who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, and comedy fans of all ages, Rick Moranis remains a beloved movie star, an endlessly lovable nebbish who always made audiences happy to see him in classics like “Spaceballs,” “Little Shop … Continued

Book: We want more, Questlove!

‘Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove’ By Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson with Ben Greenman. Grand Central Publishing; 288 pgs., $26. I’m a sucker for a music biography, even the lie-filled autobiographies of years past. Some are great for the tawdry tales of chemical excess and sexual appetite, while others are great at the nuts … Continued


It’s easy to fall in love with Paracosm, and nearly impossible to quit it. Washed Out’s Ernest Greene is back with his second album of escapist romantic grooves that enter a parallel universe where every month is summer and even the chirping crickets are charming. Here, Greene sticks with the samples that made his debut … Continued

Love Hangover

There’s an American gothic undercurrent running through Love Hangover, Old Baby’s second full-length release. Opening with a particularly tribal drum rhythm, “Into the Earth” quickly expands to include a monolithic bass line, an ethereal keyboard line and a delay-drenched lead guitar riff, all of which serve as a vehicle for the baroque vocals of singer … Continued

Tawk Tomahawk

We’ll start here: This album is ridiculously good. That it’s gotten picked up by a major and given an extra polish in the Q-Tip featuring remix of “Nakamarra” is inconsequential, though it helped give the record a second push through the blogs and funny papers (waves). The Australian group has been mislabeled “neo-soul,” a dead … Continued

Body Music

Pop music doesn’t get much more pleasurable. Producer George Reid skillfully draws from many of dance music’s hottest trends, from deep house to trap to U.K. garage, all framed within tried-and-true Top 40 structures. But it’s the “will-she-or-won’t-she” femme fatale persona of singer Aluna Francis that really makes the duo shine, as on breakout single … Continued