Issue August 16, 2011

Hitting a wall

Her right bicep is tattooed with the astrological symbol for Virgo. On her left arm, in cursive, are the words “Jesus Cometh” — small transcripts of the inevitable circumstance and tacit hope that have punctuated her life. It’s late afternoon, and she admits this is her “couch potato” time. After all, she’s been on her … Continued

Things have changed

Earlier this year, I happened to catch an episode of “Dr. Phil” on the television in the kitchen. I like Dr. Phil. He speaks with the voice of reason. I think the world would be a better place if everybody would follow his advice. But it isn’t like I make it a point to watch … Continued

Riots and rage without race

In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the “National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders” (commonly known as the “Kerner Commission” because it was chaired by Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner) to study the causes of the 1967 race riots in Detroit. The Motor City’s disturbances happened on the heels of the 1965 “Watts Riots” in Los … Continued

The apple dumpling of my eye

“‘The Apple Dumpling Gang’ is a classic American film that’s had a profound impact on my life,” says nobody, except maybe Don Knotts’ heirs and my family. The 1975 Disney film stars Knotts and Tim Conway, who portray the Senate majority leader and speaker of the House as a couple of bungling clowns who almost … Continued

Whistle, stop

Louisville, like any city, has its shortcomings. Gloppy summer air. High school cliques preserved in amber. An international airport, if you’re a box. All in all, though, Louisville is a nice place to live. Louisvillians enjoy renowned Actors Theatre, an enviable parks system, the Louisville Orchestra (let’s hope), HQ for Fortune 500 companies, a vibrant … Continued

Washing away the gray

Cane Run Road residents living across the street from Louisville Gas & Electric’s coal ash landfill received only a brief reprieve from the sludge processing plant that malfunctioned twice last month, sending clouds of coal ash into their neighborhood. After just 11 days of inaction — during which LG&E says they made the needed repairs … Continued

Preaching to the choir with Amon Amarth

Whether you want to classify them as Vikings, hobbits or death metal pioneers, Stockholm’s Amon Amarth want to challenge your ideas. The ever-evolving band of warriors returns to Louisville’s metal-loving South End on Tuesday, infecting their fans with increasingly melodic yet still-heavy tuneage from their ninth album, Surtur Rising, in addition to well-loved classic hits … Continued

Taking the plunge with Jacuzzihidive

Hanging out with members of Jacuzzihidive in their rehearsal space, atop the third floor of a converted office building in the down-and-dirty industrial section of Las Vegas, is an interesting contrast. The view of the neon strip is beautiful; otherwise, the band, which specializes in ebullient dance-rock, seems wildly out of place in a city … Continued


Def Leppard’s coffee rock Phil Collen, 53, joined Def Leppard as a guitarist in 1982 after a successful run with the glam band Girl. LEO caught up with him via phone from a Starbucks. LEO: You’re known for performing shirtless. Are you wearing a shirt now? Phil Collen: Right! Yeah, actually, I’m wearing a shirt … Continued

Root Hog or Die

‘No one can ever say I didn’t sing’ I was born on July 19, 1978, in the Susquehanna River town of Wilkes-Barre, Penn. For well over a century, it was the thriving “Diamond City,” built atop the world’s largest deposit of anthracite coal. By the time I came around, fortune had ceased to smile on … 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

Inbox — Aug. 17, 2011

Schooling Diversity I read your articles about the district’s high schools (LEO Weekly Education Issue, Aug. 10), and one thing never came up. We all espouse diversity as long as it does not affect our flagship programs. What our “failing” schools lack is academic diversity. The “haves” take the top of the pie from every … Continued


<COMEDY> Aug. 17-21 Mike Brody Comedy Caravan 1250 Bardstown Road $10-$15; various times His caustic wit is timeless. His sly observations and carefully constructed punch lines ring vaguely familiar to the classics — Carlin, Pryor and Cosby. Mike Brody is one of the most promising acts in America today. The comedy from this Iowa … Continued

Theater: Kentucky’s 10-minute talents take the stage

Not only is the 10-minute play the hors d’oeuvre of theater — quick, tasty and appealing — a night of them is an easy way to get a lot of people involved, which is precisely what Bard’s Town co-owners Doug Schutte and Scot Atkinson have done. To help break in the theater upstairs, which officially … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: PSYCH: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON 2011; $39.95, UR Like many of the USA Channel’s original offerings, this series is lightweight, breezy and filled with attractive people and loads of low-rent guest stars. James Roday and Dulé Hill play the smart-ass jokesters who solve crimes through seemingly endless quantities of BS and … Continued

Food truck fare hits the road in the Metro

If you’re trying to save on fuel during a summer that makes the case for global warming and when gasoline prices flirt with $4 per gallon, there’s a lot to like about a friendly food truck operator who brings lunch to your neighborhood. Across the country, a veritable food truck race is under way, with … Continued

Bar Belle: Fischin’ for keys

It turns out that I write this here column for a little more than free beer. Last month, it was named “Best Column” (for a circulation under 50,000) at the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s annual AltWeekly Awards in New Orleans. I wasn’t there to stumble up to the podium and give a slurred speech, unfortunately, … Continued

Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

Having recently returned from the United Kingdom, I can verify that Rupert Murdoch has indeed buggered the world worse than any rioters could dream of doing. Never have I laid eyes on a trashier lineup of newspapers (or, as they are referred to in Brit parlance, broadsheets) than in the stalls along the streets of … Continued

Culture: Kentucky in the Civil War

What Stephanie Wilding Darst was looking for when she stepped into her time machine and turned the dial back 150 years was a fresh take on the story of Kentucky in the Civil War. Darst, the curator of Special Exhibitions and Projects at the Kentucky State Fair, knew about families divided by war in Kentucky … Continued

Art: Art behind bars

It seems pretty much everyone — from the artists, to the organizers, to the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Corrections — is hyped about the “Bars to Walls: Inmate Art Expressions” exhibit at the University of Louisville. The show features more than 40 recent works by inmates housed in Kentucky’s state-run correctional facilities ranging … Continued

Art: Art through the ages

Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Michelangelo — artists from very different times, with vastly diverse styles and subjects. But the one thing they have in common? All three continued to produce art well into their 80s. The JCC Patio Gallery’s latest exhibition showcases lesser-known but similarly prolific artists. All 19 works in the show were produced … Continued

Mariachi El Bronx (II)

The band is called Mariachi El Bronx, and while its namesake East Coast borough certainly possesses the Latino population and tradition of cultural intermingling that could produce this punk-mariachi hybrid sound, the spirit is undeniably Southern California. Here’s how it happened — in 2006, L.A.-based punk band The Bronx had already released two albums and … Continued

The Quickening

If there were an award for “Most Improved Player,” as if life were Little League, the emcee known as Dollaz Ova Hoez would be a contender. Stumbling out of the gate with his last, Dumb Haard, The Quickening marks the true debut of an artist deserving of the strong company Louisville has provided over the … Continued

Fall For Me

Overly nice people make the rest of the public paranoid. Times are hard, the economy sucks, the political system is beyond broken, and the world is simply not a happy place right now. So when someone pops up with a permanent smile and an incredibly positive disposition, it’s not believable if not indictable. Music is … Continued

God Is War

When members of your band come from Converge, The Hope Conspiracy and The Red Chord, chances are the result will be nothing short of vicious and chaotic heavy music. It’s not surprising then to hear just how good the music sounds on God Is War, the debut full-length by Massachusetts’ All Pigs Must Die. They … Continued