Issue August 23, 2011

A&E Guide 2011: Spotlight On Suzanne Sidebottom

Suzanne Sidebottom is in a state of flux, spreading her art wings but not quite ready to soar. Yet she’s showing all the signs that she’s about to leap off that cliff and fly. Her specialization is ceramic trompe l’oeil. French for “deceive the eye,” it calls for highly detailed and realistic work that fools … Continued

Why Williams won’t win

State Senate President David Williams is in a steep, uphill fight to replace Gov. Steve Beshear. Courier-Journal columnist John David Dyche recently asserted he can win. But he probably won’t. A Courier-Journal/WHAS-TV Bluegrass Poll conducted by SurveyUSA a month ago showed Democrat Beshear leading Republican Williams by 24 percentage points (52 to 28 percent, respectively). … Continued

The games people play

As I’ve stated before, my modest annual allotment of sports enthusiasm is given over entirely and without hesitation to University of Louisville Men’s Cardinal Basketball, for whom I gleefully lose sleep between the months of November and March. But several things happened this week in the wide wide world of sports that caught my attention … Continued

The fork in the road

Nine girls plop down on a rug and sit in a tight circle. The seventh-graders toss a stuffed dog back and forth. One girl briefly fiddles with her friend’s hair. Minutes later, giggles erupt when the adult in the room attempts the chorus of “Paper Planes” from M.I.A. This is not a Saturday night dispatch … Continued

Tea for two?

Last year, Kentucky was the epicenter of the tea party tsunami that swept over American politics. While their major accomplishment was demoting Nancy Pelosi from her position as speaker of the House, perhaps no race was as symbolic of their new power as the Kentucky Senate race, as political newcomer and far-right ideologue Rand Paul … Continued

A&E Guide 2011: Disappearing Dubuffets

“They’re gone,” I said, stepping up to the entrance of the Kentucky Center. “What? What’s gone?” my friend asked. “The Dubuffets,” I answered, pulling open the doors, heading into the building to see a play. “The sculptures out front, they’re gone.” And as we took our seats, scanned the room and perused the playbill, I … Continued

A&E Guide 2011: Solid Light helps bring history to life

The low, mournful hum of “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.” The words “All men and women are created equal.” Devonian fossils in glass. These sounds and sights are introductions to just some of the stories told by Louisville’s Solid Light, a multimedia exhibit design firm. Through objects, words and images, they express what it … Continued

A&E Guide 2011: Make room for the unconventional Theatre 502

Amy Attaway always said she didn’t want to start a theater company. The Louisville theater scene afforded her ample opportunities to direct, and she enjoyed the freedom of being able to pick and choose her projects. Besides, did Louisville really need another arts group competing for the community’s attention? But then the Louisville native and … Continued

A&E Guide 2011: Spotlight On Ben Needham-Wood

When Ben Needham-Wood asked his mother for ballet lessons at age 5, she thought it was just a phase — something he would abandon or eventually outgrow. But it quickly became apparent that this was not just some childhood fling — Ben was born to be a dancer. After a back injury ended his soccer … Continued

A&E Guide 2011: Spotlight On Daniel Pfalzgraf

Ten years old is pretty young to know what you want to do with your life. Most of us were still stuck in the astronaut or princess stage. But that’s when Daniel Pfalzgraf of had his first career light-bulb moment. “My first thought of it was probably when I was around 10-12 years old,” … Continued

A&E Guide 2011: Spotlight On Heather Fleming

Some neighbors foist armloads of surplus garden zucchini upon their friends in these late, bountiful days of summer. Heather Fleming’s friends try to give her hair. Fleming is the resident wig master at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and her handmade designs appear in nearly all of the theater’s productions. Though Fleming prefers to work with … Continued

A&E Guide 2011: Season Schedules

••DANCE THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR THE ARTS • Compañia Flamenca José Porcel — Oct. 1, 8 p.m., Brown Theatre • Complexions Contemporary Ballet — Feb. 3, 8 p.m., Brown Theatre LOUISVILLE BALLET • “The Three Musketeers” — Sept. 16-17 • “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” — Dec. 10-23 • “Cinderella” — March 9-10 • 60th Anniversary Celebration … Continued

A&E Guide 2011: Spotlight On Jonathan Mueller

This story has been updated. Since the age of 6, all Jonathan Mueller wanted to do was play music — symphonic music, to be exact. And, until recently, that’s exactly what the concert violist did. Today, however, Mueller is one of 71 musicians struggling to make ends meet as the cash-strapped Louisville Orchestra has failed … Continued

A&E Guide 2011: Spotlight On Leah Roberts

A year ago, Leah Roberts never imagined she could make a living as an actress. Working in health insurance by day, she .was content to pull her second shift on stage, turning in notable comedic performances for local companies like The Necessary Theatre and Pandora Productions. But Roberts has found steady work in commercials over … Continued

A&E Guide 2011: Art Venues & Organizations

21c Museum 700 W. Main St. 217-6300   The 930 Center 930 Mary St. 338-5857   Actors Theatre of Louisville 316 W. Main St. 584-1205   Alley Theater 1205 E. Washington St.? 713-6178 As Yet Unnamed Theatre Company 445-3203   Art Sanctuary 386-7114   Arts Council of Southern Indiana … Continued

A&E Guide 2011: Spotlight On Sloan Showalter

I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical of the bold claim on Sloan Showalter’s website: “No one in the world does what I do.” Yes, it’s true that event portrait painting isn’t a common career, and yes, the portraits certainly hold their own unique beauty, but still, I thought … it’s just a portrait. After … Continued


<MUSIC> Friday, Aug. 26 Brigid Kaelin Monkey Wrench 1025 Barret Ave. • 582-2433 $5; 7 p.m. One of the more popular solo artists to hit Louisville in the past decade is doing what many have done before her — leaving Louisville for a bigger city. But it’s not Nashville or Austin, the obvious choices; … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS BEREAVEMENT 2010; $26.95-34.95, R Alexandra Daddario (“Hall Pass”) and Michael Biehn (“The Terminator”) run afoul of a psychopath and his protégé in this garden-variety gross-out chiller. But the best thing about it is Brett Rickaby (“The Crazies”), who once famously said, “I’ve made a decent living being a guy people want … Continued

The Taste Bud: The Ultimate Nachos Incident

Usually, I can take or leave nachos. You know, they’re always about the same — lots of tortilla chips, some cheese, maybe some jalapenos and sour cream. Not bad, to be sure, but it’s been done to death. Recently, however, I happened to be at The Back Door in the Highlands for a friend’s birthday … Continued

No animals were harmed for dinner at Roots

If you’re a vegetarian who’s been pining for a nice local restaurant where you can get fancy meatless fare in an upscale setting, then your dream has come true. If you’re a guilty carnivore who claims you’d go vegetarian if only some place served meatless dishes so good that you wouldn’t even miss meat, look … Continued

The Features keep it pure and simple

The Features like to keep it “caveman.” At least that’s how frontman Matt Pelham describes the indie-pop-rock gems the Nashville-based band has been delivering for almost 17 years. “We keep things really simple and sort of a little bit more caveman,” Pelham says. “It seems like there’s a lot more stuff now that’s way more … Continued

Comedy: ‘The Tuesday Nighter’ remembered

For Jeff Davis, the call came the morning of July 8. Although not wholly unexpected, it inevitably sounded a little strange the first time he heard the words. “The Tuesday Nighter” was dead. But Lorin McAllister, a man larger than life, would not soon be forgotten. And at 5-foot-6 and nearly 300 pounds, Lorin was … Continued

The Hold Steady is ready to play words with friends

The pop song is the ultimate confessional. Stripped of equivocation, with little room for elaboration, pop songs have been confessing their writers’ secret desires since that first “baby, baby” rocked those early juke-joint crowds. Narrative songwriting, on the other hand, has long been the domain of the folk singer. Pop songwriters who employ narrative conventions … Continued

Book: A man and his car

Being a single parent is hard enough without having to deal with leaking oil, flat tires and faulty transmissions. Christopher Boucher’s debut novel, “How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive,” examines these and other challenges of parenting a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle. Boucher is in the middle of a cross-country road trip/book tour promoting his novel. He … Continued


Restless Natives Natives are a psychedelic-influenced, garage-rocking quintet who are releasing their debut EP, Loose Secrets, on vinyl and download. Fans will be able to buy it at a special concert on Saturday, in local record stores and online. LEO: How did the band get together? McKinley Moore: We have all been friends for a … Continued


Your Soul and Mine “Oh, God of dust and rainbows, help us see, That without dust the rainbow would not be.” —Langston Hughes Musician, poet and activist Gil Scott-Heron passed away on May 27, 2011. He created an urgent hybrid of jazz, soul and blues that was unusually farsighted, earning him the titles “The Godfather … Continued

Inbox — Aug. 24, 2011

No Nudies I read the article about the sorry state of affairs when it comes to adult entertainment in our fair city (LEO Weekly, July 20). It is a sad and sorry story. I worked for the Kentucky State Fair Board in the past. I worked at both the Fair and Expo Center and the … Continued

Plugged In

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Somebody did Jake Sunding wrong, pierced his heart with a suicide stiletto, and herein are the lessons, rants and grousing of 10 years of picking up the pieces. Sure, we have enough broken human records to keep distilleries open for a thousand years, why another? The Sunday Show combines a clever ear with a penchant … Continued

Honeymoon Babies

Louisville needs a yacht rock band. Some type of Phil Collins, Ambrosia, Michael McDonald group that you can go to Captain’s Quarters to hear, pay $8 for a weak drink while wearing white shorts, imagining what life would have been like to live like Michael J. Fox’s character from “The Secret of My Success.” If … Continued

Sky Full of Holes

It always struck me as odd that Fountains of Wayne were nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy based on their … third album. Ironically, that’s the kind of thing one might expect Chris Collingwood or Adam Schlesinger, FOW’s creative duo, to write a song about. On the band’s latest, we get a slightly more … Continued

Cerebral Ballzy

It’s still the 1980s … or at least punk band Cerebral Ballzy thinks it is on their debut self-titled album. Their style of hardcore sounds eerily close to the initial wave of hardcore that dominated the West Coast. Fitting for a band of skaters, Cerebral Ballzy write short, fast songs about skating, being a punk … Continued