Issue September 20, 2011

2011 Readers’ Choice

We here at LEO Weekly have a reputation for being a cynical lot. After all, it’s our job as journalists to bring you the truth, and more often than not, the truth hurts. But it’s not all doom and gloom and scandal — there’s much to love about Louisville. And so once a year, as … Continued

Merge with caution

It’s difficult to imagine how the proposed mega-merger that would place University Hospital and others under the control of Catholic Health Initiatives can come to fruition without some concessions from the Catholic Church. Despite an aggressive spin cycle led by University of Louisville President James Ramsey and his public relations apparatus, concerns are escalating. Ramsey … Continued

Trouble believing in anything? Join the club

People are expected to believe in things. If you believe in something popular enough, you may be granted membership into a club. Sometimes they throw parties. Socially, it’s helpful to let people know what clubs you’re a member of to avoid embarrassing conversational missteps, so you might want to wear a T-shirt or plaster your … Continued

The sad legacy of 9/11

We recently observed the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. How time flies. It’s a good time to reflect. A decade later, can we really say we’ve “won” anything? Are Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan really more stable? Is the region better off? Is America more respected in the world as a result of its … Continued

2011 Writers’ Choice

Best Place to Get Myrtle Beach Drunk: Falling Rock Quarry Thank goodness we can now satiate our inner Snooki with a slice of spring break just a half-hour north in Oldham County. Falling Rock Park’s quarry, with its stagnant, emerald water, refreshes all kinds: hipsters, hillbillys and frat boys with phone numbers scribbled across their … Continued

Vetting the vulnerable

It’s 4:30 on a Monday morning when 51-year-old Kenny wakes to a soft, diffused spotlight bobbing for his attention. He’s wedged in the seam of a steep hill and an I-65 overpass. Steel beams make up his bedposts, a slab of concrete, his mattress. “Anybody home?” asks a man halfway up the slope. “We’re with … Continued

Shermageddon awaits revelation

A handful of reporters mill about the eerily abandoned top level of the double-decker Sherman Minton Bridge, which until recently would have been full of cars and trucks crossing the Ohio River. But on this Saturday morning, the bridge serves as a ghostly exhibit A in the case of America’s aging infrastructure. On the lower … Continued

They Might Be Genius

“Hello, Kentucky!” They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh — the tall John of the group — is calling from his house in the Catskill Mountains of New York. “We just finished two albums, and I just finished (producing) this Jonathan Coulton project as well, so my outbox is full,” Flansburgh says. Is he exhausted? “I’m … Continued

Rock ’n’ soul gives back

The Tedeschi Trucks Band began last year so that blues singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her husband, Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks, could spend more time together. Their merged band comes to Louisville for a special event on Saturday. LEO called Trucks at a hotel in Wisconsin last week. LEO: You’re coming to Louisville for … Continued


Brothers, without a doubt The Decline Effect will play their first show on Saturday, at Cahoots. Vocalist Dave Johnson, known for The Glasspack, tells LEO how he joined ex-members of Kinghorse and Malignant Growth to start Louisville’s newest supergroup: “I found out (brothers) Mark and Chris (Abromavage) were starting a band. I sent Mark a … Continued

Root Hog or Die

Labor strains The recent dismal jobs report and resulting wildfire of political grandstanding makes it a good time to consider one of the world’s most diverse and underappreciated musical genres: work songs. There are work songs, and there are songs of work. The former long accompanied physical labor — laying track, raising sails, unloading riverboats … 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 SEP … Continued

Inbox — Sept. 21, 2011

Tear in My Beer Attn: Bar Belle: The column you wrote in last week’s LEO contained a line that said, “Like Lindsay and Paris, you got out of the car like a linebacker knowing you weren’t wearing underwear.” That line almost had me crying in my beer from laughter at Flanagan’s. Thank you for it … Continued


<ART> Thursday, Sept. 22? ‘Rough Cut: Artwork Inspired by Film’ O.Z. Gallery 1710 Frankfort Ave. $1 (suggested donation); 6-9 p.m. Film is the second most expensive art form there is, just behind architecture. It certainly has a trickle-down effect, as this exhibition at O.Z. Gallery attests. “Art begets art,” according to Bobby Barbour and Sarah … Continued

Performing Arts: The Fate of Carmen

Opera in the 19th century fell pretty much into one of two categories — comedy or tragedy. Either everyone ended up dancing happily around the stage, or dead on the floor in a pool of blood. So it was a problem for composer Georges Bizet when his new opera “Carmen” was set to premiere in … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: GODFATHER OF GORE: THE HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS DOCUMENTARY 2011; $14.95, UR A long overdue and very welcome doc on the man who changed movies forever. Herschell Gordon Lewis was a well-known provocateur in the world of “Nudie Cuties” — those silly skin-flicks that dominated the drive-in fare of the early 1960s. … Continued

Comedy: Marc Maron and his implausible garage

Three years ago, Marc Maron was broke, twice divorced and thinking of quitting. Not the quitting the business — quitting life. “I thought about suicide a lot,” Maron recalls in his trademark neurotic way. “Not because I really wanted to kill myself. I just found it relaxing to know that I could if I had … Continued

Culture: Cardinal Singers zing their way toward the top

The University of Louisville men’s soccer team started the season ranked No. 1 in the country. And Rick Pitino’s Cards will be in the Top 25 when basketball season rolls around. But those aren’t the only U of L teams sitting high in the rankings. The Cardinal Singers, an elite chamber choir fielded by the … Continued

Book: Rosanne Cash’s memory banks

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash comes to the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum Monday for a well-paired interview with Nick Spitzer, the host of public radio’s “American Routes.” Cash recently published her memoir, “Composed,” and is already thinking about starting a second volume. LEO: You’re coming to Louisville for a talk, instead of a performance. … Continued

Art: The art of a six-pack

So much for hot nuts and snow cones. The Austin-based artist collaborative Okay Mountain bring you, the voracious American consumer, “Corner Store” — part art exhibit, part convenience store — which will be on display in the Kentucky Center lobby throughout IdeaFest this week. Presented by 21c Museum Hotel, “Corner Store” is a faux retail … Continued

A world of Mexican delights at El Mundo

You’ll find a lot of different kinds of Mexican eateries around town. “Mexican” dining experiences run the gamut from tacquerias so authentic that you’ll need to bring a Spanish-English dictionary (or at least a smile and a plan to point out what you want) to, well, Taco Bell, which barely qualifies as Mexican at all. … Continued

The Taste Bud: Bite your tongue

The first time I was confronted with the prospect of eating a taco de lengua at a Mexican tacqueria, it was a bit of a foreign proposition. Think about it: On one hand, it’s a taco, and there are few things better than a taco. On the other hand, it’s a taco filled with chopped … Continued

Wild Flag

What’s wrong with a new supergroup delivering an impatient, live-in-the-studio recording? Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss were previously longtime bandmates, so too much prep might’ve turned this new foursome into a Sleater-Kinney soundalike, right? Well, no worries. Mary Timony’s guitar and Rebecca Cole’s keyboards expand the horizons thoroughly. “Romance” leaps out like a particularly undisciplined … Continued

Strange Mercy

Once again, Annie Clark dons her saintly stage name and walks out on the high wire where she balances between the precise and the precious. “Chloe in the Afternoon” leads off and spells out the basic sound for this unique art-rock act: loud, dynamic play with basic rhythms; discrete and aggressive electric guitar bursts; cleverly … Continued

Struggle's Never Over

It’s no secret to friends and family that I’m a bit of an Indianaphobe for reasons too numerous to list, but Southern Indiana has certainly made strides to present a burgeoning creative scene over the last couple years. Beyond the excellent releases from the Grimey Rhyme Regime crew, MC SNO. recently dropped Struggle’s Never Over, … Continued

Shimmy Shimmy Dang!

It’s tough not to wiggle your ass a bit when Louisville’s Ladybirds really kick things in on Shimmy Shimmy Dang! Hell, even the title sort of makes you want to slick your hair back and roll up your shirtsleeves. It’s easy to slap the “throwback” tag on the ’Birds, what with their 1950s-inspired guitar licks … Continued