Issue September 6, 2011

9/11 Blind

After more than 50 years of activism, politics and writing, Tom Hayden is a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, and reforming politics through a more participatory democracy. After witnessing the first jetliner crash into the Twin Towers on that Sept. 11 morning, a friend’s wife and 7-year-old daughter fled … Continued

Divided we howl

“Anybody who could do that to a dog could do anything,” Mom said Thursday. We cringed as we watched a news report: a beagle whose neck was raw due to an embedded collar; a pit bull found burned, shrieking, paralyzed in pain; three furless dogs found decomposing in a house allegedly abandoned by a blonde … Continued

Face to Face

It was hard for me to leave you, but I needed to find myself again. It will come as no surprise that my search has me boxing the compass in the same fishing grounds where you found me. Aimlessly steaming along, trawling for virtual virtue, some commonality or purpose in the overwhelming gale of human … Continued

The Fallout

In September of 2001, I was a New York University undergrad living on Broome Street, about a mile away from the World Trade Center. When I left my building that morning, I didn’t know. Groups of people on the sidewalk stared upward. Countless vehicles were trying to reach the Manhattan Bridge to get off the … Continued

Truther fiction

State Sen. Perry Clark of southwest Louisville has never been shy about expressing his opinions, no matter how controversial they may be. That’s always been part of his charm. The Democrat recently made news by distributing a letter calling for President Obama to resign over the debt ceiling agreement, citing his reluctance to rein in … Continued

Faithful dialogue

Aluminum foil is peeled off of neatly stacked Bosnian pies, finger-length rolls of gummy dough stuffed with meat or cheese. A small crowd stands nearby, equal parts well-coiffed professionals, neighborly women in capri pants, and children maximizing Styrofoam cups with pink lemonade. Conversation travels in small orbits as friends and friends-of-friends spot each other in … Continued


<FILM> Thursday, Sept. 8 ‘Brick and Mortar and Love’ ear X-tacy 2226 Bardstown Road Free; 7 p.m. What’s to love about brick and mortar record stores in this day of one-click gratification? Plenty, we’ll no doubt learn from ear X-tacy’s sneak peek of “Brick and Mortar and Love.” The locally produced documentary charts the ongoing … Continued

Theater: ‘Sense & Sensibility’ opens Actors’ 48th season

‘Sense & Sensibility’ Adapted and directed by Jon Jory from Jane Austen’s novel. Continues at Actors Theatre of Louisville through Sept. 24 in the Pamela Brown Auditorium, 516 W. Main St. For tickets or more info, go to or call 584-1205. Actors Theatre of Louisville opened its 48th season Thursday with founding artistic director … Continued

Theater: The absurd world of Le Petomane

Three clerks are marooned on a deserted island. One works at a record store, one a video store and one a book shop. Which five things — albums, books, movies — would each take along in exile? Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble’s Abigail Bailey Maupin, Greg Maupin and Kyle Ware explore this timeless conundrum in “5 … Continued

The Ladybirds have another one

If you’re a fan of The Ladybirds, you should probably thank Brett Holsclaw for their new album, Shimmy Shimmy Dang! Four years ago, the Louisville band released Whiskey and Wine, a well-received debut that promised plenty of fun times. But the curse of the fallen drummer did not spare them. “Honestly, dude, we went through … Continued

The Shondes walk the walk, rock the rock

Like most bands today, The Shondes are a queer political Jewish punk band. OK, so maybe they’re pretty unique, but the Brooklyn residents are more than a novelty — they’re a band first, and they write songs about their lives and their interests like everyone else. Currently on tour promoting their third album, Searchlights, the … Continued

Avalon’s $7 lunch menu is a steal

We’re responsible people here at LEO Weekly. We would never (well, hardly ever) recommend dining and dashing, running out without paying after your restaurant meal. But you can come mighty close to enjoying this unsavory practice at Avalon. In fact, the invitation to steal almost comes from Avalon’s management, which came up with the idea … Continued


No-Play List On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, our nation was attacked. All normal sense of everyday life and logical thought was overtaken by fear, and that was true at the corporate level as well as on the streets of Manhattan. The country’s largest radio chain, Clear Channel, soon issued a list of songs that were … Continued

Inbox — Sept. 7, 2011

Meat Sundae The Kentucky State Fair had almost everything — tropical fish, ugly lamps, antique furniture and long ropes of cured tobacco. We saw a huge sow suckling eight adorable piglets. We saw a 500-pound boar hog and a 2,200-pound bull. Lots of booths offered lots of scrumptious treats, including the “Meat Sundae” — a … Continued

Plugged In

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Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: MANOS THE HANDS OF FATE 2011; $24.95, UR In the annals of MST3K — a show that celebrated the worst movies anyone has ever seen — only one was acknowledged as being the worst: “Manos: The Hands of Fate.” A regional one-shot oddity from Texas, the slim … Continued

Film: ‘Page One’ offers inside glimpse of New York Times

‘Page One: Inside The New York Times’ Documentary directed by Andrew Rossi. Featuring David Carr, Carl Bernstein, Bruce Headlam and more. R; 1:29. Starts Friday at Village 8 Theatres. LEO Report Card: A- Take a moment and focus on what you’re holding. Feel the thickness of the paper. Listen to the sound it makes as you … Continued

The Taste Bud: Beer cheese — A heavenly union

There isn’t much in the world that is better than cheese — especially if it’s some kind of aged cheddar that is bursting with plenty of sharp and complex tang. Mmm. Truth is, though, pretty much any cheese is delicious. I will even eat the boxed macaroni and cheese, which doesn’t truly involve cheese at … Continued

Comedy: Too soon — or perfect timing?

As an earthquake rocked Japan last March, flooding the streets and threatening nuclear power plants, Alec Sulkin, a writer for the animated TV comedy “Family Guy,” decided to share his humorous thoughts on Twitter. “If you wanna feel better about this earthquake in Japan, google ‘Pearl Harbor death toll,’” wrote Sulkin. Though he likely expected … Continued

Art: When words fail us

It is the question of a generation: Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? It’s hard to believe the 10th anniversary is almost upon us. In what falls into the “lest we forget” category, an exhibition like “In the Course of Human Events 9/11-2011” at the Louisville Visual Art Association helps us relate to the … Continued