Issue September 17, 2013

The dragon maker

More than 2,500 Facebook fans, 2,097 backers on Kickstarter, hundreds of thousands of dollars in painting commissions each year and fans from Frankfort to France: Larry Elmore may just be the best-known artist you’ve never heard of. The Kentucky native is consistently hailed as one of the pioneers of fantasy art, an often-overlooked genre that … Continued

End pot prohibition

I’m pleased to note that Americans are increasingly fed up with our futile, foolish, unaffordable wars. In unprecedented numbers, we are weary of the war on weed. It’s finally winding down now that the public and policymakers are awakening to its absurdities. Last November, in defiance of federal law (which supersedes state law), Colorado and … Continued

Faking the funk?

Sen. Rand Paul held his second media event of the summer at west Louisville’s Plymouth Community Renewal Center on Monday, hosting a panel discussion with neighborhood leaders on policy issues affecting the African-American community. Paul repeatedly emphasized one of his common themes of the past year, criticizing the drug war that has disproportionately damaged this … Continued

Your neighborhood sex trade

Theresa Flores was a promising 15-year-old when the guy she had a crush on offered her a ride home. Cautious but trusting, she accepted, only to be drugged, raped and blackmailed using photos of her assault. For two grueling years, while her friends and family thought she was living the typical teenage life, Flores endured … Continued

Jessica Hernandez: A natural woman

As Jessica Hernandez was readying her full-length debut album for a February 2014 release, she was in El Paso, Texas, finishing the album’s mixing process. Initial problems connecting with LEO’s reporter, she said, were due to the studio being located “on a pecan farm, in the middle of nowhere. It’s hard to use a cell … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: THE DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS: COMPLETE COLLECTION 2013; $249.95; UR “The Dean Martin Comedy Hour” began in 1965 and was one of the country’s highest-rated TV shows for nearly a decade. But NBC bean counters became rankled at the expense of the aging show, so it was retooled and renamed, changing … 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 SEP 18 Air Devils Inn: … Continued


Highly toxic Electronic synth-punk rap legends Ultra Pulverize have returned with a new EP, Toxic Vacation, and play Zanzabar Friday. Humans who buy a disc there will also receive a free UP slap-wrap bracelet. LEO caught up with Ultra. LEO: It’s been years since your last record. How “toxic” was your vacation? Ultra: Hypersleep is … Continued


<BOOK> Wednesday, Sept. 18 Chris Crass Carmichael’s Bookstore 2720 Frankfort Ave. • 896-6950 Free; 7 p.m. This is not going to be the typical reading/signing. The author won’t let the evening run smoothly. Elements within the audience will probably figure it a waste of time if there are no raised hackles. This past spring, a … Continued

Theater: An over-the-top musical about boys in love

‘Boy Meets Boy’ Presented by Pandora Productions. Directed by Michael Drury. Continues through Sept. 22 at the Henry Clay Theatre, 604 S. Third St. For tickets and more info, check out “Boy Meets Boy” is exactly what it sounds like — a musical comedy about boys meeting boys and falling in love with them. … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: My question is one of etiquette. My lesbian wife and I live in an apartment. The noise pollution between flats can be pretty bad. Anyone who lives in the building is aware of this, and keeping noise down after certain hours is a common courtesy. I wouldn’t play loud music after a certain hour, … Continued

Inbox — Sept. 18, 2013

Limited Expression Kudos to LEO Weekly’s Jo Anne Triplett for her coverage of art censorship at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center (as reported on and in the Sept. 11 issue). Although I am saddened to once again hear of the limiting of free, artistic expression in Louisville (remember 2005?), I am happy that … Continued

Opera: They live the Bohemian life; he gets the check

“La Boheme” — the Bohemians — is a band of young friends and artists living the carefree Bohemian life of 19th-century Paris. Penniless but happy. Easy to fall in love. Too young for tragedy. And Kentucky Opera director David Roth says the cast he’s rounded up to present the Puccini classic Friday and Sunday in … Continued

Taste Bud: A big ol’ plate of meat

The headline pretty much says it all. But I have a whole column to fill, so I’m going to give you the details of this soon-to-be-legendary big ol’ plate of meat. Many people, when I mention Ramiro’s Cantina in Clifton, make the assumption that it’s one of those hard-to-distinguish Mexican restaurants that all have similar … Continued

Book: Figure out your mind

‘Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes’ By Maria Konnikova. Viking; 288 pgs., $26.95. Whether one is a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books, the television series or the films, many admire Sherlock Holmes. The character’s ability to see details in chaos and to deduce a narrative from almost nothing are assets most adults … Continued

Book: The doctor behind the Clinton diet

It’s not every day that an octogenarian rock star comes to town, but this week’s visit from Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn is big news in certain circles. In fact, his talks Wednesday at U of L and Thursday at Bellarmine are sold out. The surgeon-turned-cardiologist came to national prominence after appearing in the 2011 food documentary … Continued

Music for a Sophomore Phase

Despite its effort to bridge the gap between glacial post-rock and dense electronic ambience … Sophomore Phase isn’t quite sure what sort of record it wants to be. The album’s greatest strengths lie in beat-less, texture-based atmospherics, which make the more rock ’n’ rolling gestures feel jarring, like being forced awake from a deep sleep … Continued

Movin’ On

Seven years between records in this town is an eternity, but it’s not as though Mauriece Hamilton has stayed dormant. Writing, producing and playing for countless other acts, Hamilton’s been able to take his time with this labor of love. The first Diggity album, Dig In, was a favorite, so it was difficult to check … Continued

Bonnie “Prince” Billy

Will Oldham hasn’t run out of tricks in his 20-plus years of sharing his music with Louisville and beyond. Having played with identity and consistently challenged the music industry’s rigid rules throughout that time, Oldham’s latest twist is a self-produced, self-released album that originally had only been available at local shop Astro Black Records. The … Continued

Beyond All Light

Within the ever-changing musical landscape of Louisville, a crop of black metal acts have emerged and quickly become a force to be reckoned with. Among these groups lies the thriving madness of Anagnorisis, an act who revel in the creation of filth and blackness. On Beyond All Light, Anagnorisis spew forth a compelling darkness, an … Continued