Issue August 30, 2011

Art of deception

Jim Cantrell has lived the life of an artist. He studied it — earning a bachelor’s degree in fine art and education from the University of Nebraska in 1958 and a master’s degree in painting and ceramics from Colorado State College (now Northern Colorado University) in 1965. He taught it —14 years in Nebraska, Colorado … Continued

Recently reviewed restaurants

RICK’S WHITE LIGHT DINER, 14 Bridge St., Frankfort, Ky., 502-330-4262, Only breakfast and lunch are served, and the cuisine is a combination of diner food and Cajun, not really cheap — po’boys are $15 — but worth it. All the meat is Kentucky Proud, grass-fed and hormone-free. Rick’s is worth the road trip. (Reviewed … Continued

What makes you think you’re the one

I found myself in an impossible room. The first thing I noticed was that it was on fire, the walls were being massaged vigorously by curtains of flame that rose and ran across the ceiling in waves of blue and orange. I was conflicted by this discovery; I would have turned and exited the way … Continued

Fear Network brings the anxiety

The Fear Network, a new cable-news channel coming this fall, promises to bring a new level of fear-based infotainment to anxiety-hungry news junkies worldwide. The channel, a collaboration of News Corp., The Weather Channel, GlaxoSmithKline and Liberty University, promises to let viewers customize their fear-based news consumption in a way not seen on television since … Continued

Keeping up with of Montreal’s dance noise

If the mark of a true artist is an inability to sit still, to repeat something just because it worked once, then — even if for no other reason — of Montreal bandleader Kevin Barnes is definitely an artist. Even those not in sync with of Montreal’s ever-shifting directions would have a hard time denying … Continued

Ut Gret regress to progress

Ut Gret (pronounced “Oot Greet”) has been playing eclectic, thought-provoking music for three decades. They describe themselves as “a pan-idiomatic world music and free improvisation ensemble.” The Louisville band continues to push boundaries with its new release, Radical Symmetry. Longtime member Steve Roberts refers to the album as “the culmination of the last decade of … Continued


Bright Lights It’s not possible to overstate just how great an album Nerves Junior has made. Forget “local” and all other diminishing descriptors: As Bright As Your Night Light (sonaBlast!) is phenomenal and will be even more so once cold weather kicks in. It’s indie rock; it’s experimental; it’s electronic; it’s ambient. Whatever hashtag you … Continued

Me Vs. Music

On desperate ground, fight! For a few months, I have been filled with a Herculean anger mixed with hurt of the kind associated with the betrayal of a wrongful job loss. Yes, it happens. I struggle to understand why. I know it might be a surprise that I’m not perfect. OK, I know it’s no … 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

Fast learners

Charlie Strong won’t forget the bad report card. The day he was handed the grade results of his players from the semester preceding his arrival as the new football coach at the University of Louisville in 2010. “I looked at it — oh, my God. We had 52 players below a 2.0 average. We had … Continued

Knocked up, turned down

When Natalie Felker applied for health insurance this August with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the 35-year-old musician and waitress was promptly rejected due to a pre-existing condition. That condition? Being pregnant. Private insurance companies have long discriminated against those dreaded “Uterine-Americans,” routinely denying pregnant women. In addition, insurance companies have been known to deny … Continued

Inbox — Aug. 31, 2011

Corrections Last week’s cover photo was taken by David DeSilva featuring Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (see more from them at and Also, the article about the New Albany Public Art Project misstated two aspects: The 2011 artists received a $4,000 honorarium, and the figures listed for the projects are the purchase price, not the … Continued


<MUSIC> Thursday, Sept. 1 David Grubbs The Nachbar 969 Charles St. $5; 9 p.m. Local legend David Grubbs returns to his hometown for a gig at the Nachbar. Grubbs, a founding member of the punk band Squirrel Bait, was a fixture on the Louisville music scene in the ’80s and early ’90s, and has played … Continued

Theater: Two pieces showcase Beckett’s melancholy

‘Happy Days’ & ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’ Two productions by Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company and Masterworks Theater. Directed by Michael Harris and Alec Volz. Continues through Sept. 3 at Walden Theatre, 1123 Payne St. For tickets or more info, call 599-3011 or visit Allegedly, it was actor Cyril Cusak’s wife, Maureen, who told Samuel … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: HANNA 2011; $29.95, PG-13 Saoirse Ronan of “The Lovely Bones” once again dominates the screen, this time as a daddy-trained 16-year-old assassin. While not entirely an original idea, this one stands out for its exceptional cast (including Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett), good script and quirky, original score by The Chemical … Continued

Film: Soundz good

At first glance, the site of the new Dreamland Film Center would seem better suited for hiding fugitives than watching movies. Housed in a former homeless shelter a few steps off East Market, some of the theater’s back-alley confines include remnants of its S.R.O. past, active construction and windows coated with black paint. The location … Continued

Locavore Lore: Squash your overabundance of zucchini

Country folklore warns that you should never leave your car windows open during squash and zucchini season, because you might find it piled high inside upon your return. Summer squash grows prolifically in the warm months, and by the time August rolls around, most home gardeners and farmers are squashed-out and will do just about … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

In full-service restaurant dining, to provide guests with a satisfying experience, a delicate balance must be struck between three components: the server, the kitchen staff and the diner. Your server’s role is to meet your needs efficiently with an air of pleasant professionalism. He also acts as a conduit to communicate your requests to the … Continued

Bar Belle: Last Friday night

It doesn’t make any sense, our love of Fridays. For one, we have to work part of the day — well, at least most of us cubical cauliflowers do. You would think Saturday would be preferred — and Saturdays are great, don’t get me wrong. But Friday just holds a special power that hasn’t been … Continued

Culture: Dead and alive

Douglas Keister spends a lot of time in cemeteries. He travels often and says he has visited “hundreds” of the eternal resting places during his lifetime. Keister finds them fascinating for a number of reasons — he notes that they are places to study architecture, enjoy nature and get in touch with the past. There … Continued

Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

Have you ever wanted to slap Rick Steves upside the head? If you don’t know who Rick Steves is, or have him confused with Steve Jobs, then this column may not be for you. But if you are familiar with Rick Steves, host of public radio’s “Travel With Rick Steves,” chances are you’ve wanted (only … Continued

Comedy: ‘Boling for Comedy’ … chapter 1

Lindsay Boling is one of the fastest rising comedians in Louisville. Her résumé is vast — she’s shared the stage with the likes of The Sklaar Brothers, Josh Wolf and Anthony Jeselnik. The University of Louisville graduate will be featured this weekend at Comedy Caravan with her old friend (and fellow Louisville native) Sarah Hyland. … Continued

Amplifying Host

British progressive folk musician Richard Youngs has released at least 36 solo albums since the early ’90s and nearly three times that number in collaborative efforts, so I hope he’ll forgive me if I initially treated his newest album as background music. No ceremonial playing on the good stereo, no sitting and listening attentively, just … Continued

The Rip Tide

Beirut is a band that shouldn’t make sense but does. Like a handsome, rich guy you want to hate but who turns out to be way friendlier and funnier than he needs to be, Beirut leader Zach Condon has a way of fusing French cabaret-feeling sounds with a bit of ’80s New Romantic yearning and … Continued

Oh, the Blood Did Fall

If Jack Fry’s salmon was served navy blue, would it still be the best plate of food in the city? Certainly Shakespeare said that better, but herein is the initial confusion of Bandoleer Prison’s debut, Oh, the Blood Did Fall. The stark black and white artwork, brooding band name and disc title do a disservice … Continued