Issue August 20, 2013

Colonial Gardens redux

Edith Hatfield is as Southern as sweet tea. The 94-year-old widow has been slowed by cancer in recent years, but on her good days, she still sounds like the country girl she once was. Born in Glasgow, Ky., in 1918, Hatfield moved to Louisville in 1936 to study nursing at the old City Hospital. In … Continued

From the March on Washington to Pan-African Studies

August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington (MOW). This fall is also the 40th anniversary of the Pan-African Studies (PAS) Department at the University of Louisville. Like many historical events and institutions, these are interestingly linked. For the last few weeks, my friends at the Kentucky Alliance hosted a series … Continued

Bitches & bouquets

Before some random news items fade into forgetfulness, it’s time to praise the good and embarrass the guilty. For the sake of a pleasant aftertaste, we shall begin with the bad and the ugly. Religious persecution reared its ugly head during the trial of Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin late last month. Her attorney, Aubrey Williams, … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: DARK ANGEL 1990; $13.98-$19.98; R Dolph Lundgren is a cop on the trail of an alien druggist who injects people with NyQuil and then sucks the endorphins from their brains in this silly-assed, noisy action-romp better known as “I Come In Peace.” The alien has this neat-o CD player strapped to … Continued

Fighting for the underdog

When it comes to animal lovers, there are two kinds of people: those who turn the channel at the first sign of an American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) commercial starring Sarah McLachlan or Willie Nelson, and those who stay tuned, eyes locked on the harrowing footage of abused and neglected … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Aug. 21 T.J. Borden Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge 1004 E. Oak St. $5; 8 p.m. Cellist T.J. Borden is one of the all-too-rare classically trained musicians who thrive on exploring the very modern, often experimental music of today’s composers. Though he knows how to crank out the dead guys’ greatest hits, from Bach … Continued

Getting Zen with Angel Olsen

The first thing you need to know about Angel Olsen is that she’s very funny. If you’ve heard her solo albums — especially her most recent, 2012’s Half Way Home — then you might have an impression of her as depressed, angst-ridden, dramatic. But that’s only part of her story. She’s multi-dimensional and full of … Continued

Theater: On the ‘Edge’ of wit and war

‘Edgewise’ A Theatre [502] production. Directed by Mike Brooks. Continues through Aug. 24 at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St. For tickets and more info, check out theatre502 .org. Fast food and slow terror make for an unsettling and provocative theater experience in Eliza Clark’s “Edgewise,” now running in a Theatre [502] production at the … 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 21 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

You always hurt the one you love Aretha Franklin owns “Respect.” Her version is so far from Otis Redding’s original recording, it’s not just a different arrangement, it’s practically a new song. The whole R-E-S-P-E-C-T … Sock it to me! section is totally Aretha’s invention. When her sisters, backup singers Carolyn and Erma, are singing … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I recently discovered that my 14-year-old stepson, who lives with us full-time, has been stealing, wearing, soiling and hiding his toddler sister’s pull-ups. I’ve found them after he hides them in his closet, which also serves as a general storage area. After discussions with him, I’m certain that wearing them is a pleasure thing … Continued

To fund or not to fund?

In the wake of the removal trial of Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, the Louisville Metro Council is now set to begin tackling reform of the government funds at the root of both her scandal and that of late Councilwoman Judy Green preceding her. Three weeks ago, Shanklin was found guilty by the Council of misusing … Continued


Reverse Menudo Indie pop-rock band Deer Meet has returned with a new seven-song EP, Drums and Impressions, and to celebrate, they play Saturday at Zanzabar. LEO checked in with vocalist Jimmy Angelina and guitarist Morgan Keator. LEO: How did you get Better Days Records involved with this album? Morgan Keator: (Better Days owner) Ben Jones … Continued

Inbox — Aug. 21, 2013

Correction Last week’s A&E Guide listings omitted the Clifton Center’s 2013-2014 season schedule. LEO regrets the error. CLIFTON CENTER Dick Sisto & Steve Allee — Aug. 25 Dave Douglas Quartet — Sept. 29 Miró String Quartet — Oct. 2 Aimee Mann — Oct. 6 Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott — Oct. 19 Trio Brasileiro — … Continued

Film: Free Willy for good

‘Blackfish’ Documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. PG-13; 1:30. Starts Friday, Aug. 23, at Village 8 Theatres. LEO Report Card: A- One of my favorite lines in the movie “Titanic” came from Thomas Andrews, the ship’s architect, and was directed to smarmy businessman J. Bruce Ismay when he suggested the Titanic couldn’t possibly sink. “She’s made … Continued

Taste Bud: 24 Hours Without Meat — My Story

I went 24 harrowing hours without eating meat of any kind – and survived. This is my amazing true story. Day 1 — Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 11:45 a.m.: At Rumors in Middletown, a server brings me a cup of seafood gumbo and an order of grouper bites. I eat while casually chatting with a … Continued

Tom+Chee does it on a donut … or not

What doesn’t go better on a donut? As I write this, I am still faintly aquiver with the sensory memory of a childhood pleasure, the s’more — that classic combination of crisp, slightly sweet graham cracker set with a couple squares of Hershey bar, topped with the melty, sugary, caramelized joy of a fire-roasted marshmallow … Continued

Culture: Tell me a story

I was arrested with my cat. I found the best bloody mary in Milwaukee. I got pulled over by the dumbest state trooper in West Virginia. These are just a few excerpts from the most recent Moth StorySLAM, an open-mic storytelling event held once a month in Louisville. Founded in 1997, the Moth began in … Continued

Comedy: Raanan Hershberg wears his 3-D glasses at night

Raanan Hershberg is the ringleader of the “Young, Dumb & Full of Comedy” show, as well as the mastermind behind the running “Roast” series that has ravaged such pillars of modern society as Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln and the Wizard of Oz. But this week, Raanan will debut his second one-man show, “Crying Behind 3-D … Continued