Issue October 4, 2011

Captain Kentucky

  High Summer 1965, La Honda, California A sign down by the highway reads: Merry Pranksters Welcome Hell’s Angels. Directly across the street from author Ken Kesey’s property, police cruisers hover ominously as swarms of bikers and freaks pass through his gate. Closer to the house, there is a rapid, concentrated discharge of phantasmagorical light … Continued

Contest also-ran(t)

I greeted my invitation to the LEO Readers’ Choice party with skepticism. A personalized note said, “All those with whom you’ve been intimate will be there.” I was suspicious until I noticed it would be held at the Ice House, a venue possibly large enough to accommodate my posse. Two weeks ago, when the winners … Continued

American dream deferred

Barbara recently graduated from a Jefferson County high school where she received good grades, was a member of the National Honor Society, and even completed six college credit hours. The 19-year-old excelled in law and government classes, gets high praise from her teachers and wants to someday become a lawyer. She is the veritable model … Continued

Philosophical friction

Perhaps you’ve seen the ad for Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams set on a Jefferson County Public School bus. In it, kids junked out on Red Bull are draped over windows, like zombies who’ve fallen asleep trying to break free. It is 33 seconds of pandering to Louisville parents upset with JCPS’s system of assigning … Continued

Talking with Ed McClanahan

LEO Weekly recently caught up with fabled Kentucky storyteller Ed McClanahan over lunch at Lynagh’s Pub in Lexington and over the phone while McClanahan vacationed off the coast of Georgia. These spirited talks covered his relationships with other Kentucky writers, his role in the 1960s California counterculture, and, of course, his much lauded fiction, nonfiction … Continued

Inbox — Oct. 5, 2011

Model Bridge Former Humana CEO David Jones recently stepped forward to offer a plan for remedying the failure of the Sherman Minton Bridge. Included with the plan is his generous incentive of a personal $10 million loan to initiate immediate action to proceed with the long-discussed and delayed eastern bridge. In an accompanying letter to … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Oct. 5 Buddy Miller Band w/ Patty Griffin Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road • 584-5088 $20; 9 p.m. “A very special evening” doesn’t often mean that, but this is a rare chance to see some spontaneous collaborating that can’t be replayed on your iTunes. In this well-matched pairing, Nashville guitarist and producer … Continued

Theater: Rapp on ‘Rent,’ ‘Dazed’ and Warhol

Broadway star Anthony Rapp will give the University of Louisville Pride Week keynote address Thursday in the Student Activities Center. Rapp, best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent,” is an also an accomplished film actor, with featured roles in “Dazed and Confused,” “School Ties” and “Adventures in … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: HORRIBLE BOSSES 2011; $27.95-$34.95, R Three average schmucks make a pact to kill the others’ bosses in this fun and funny, silly bit o’ fluff. But what makes it really work is the cast, with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day as the schmucks and Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and … Continued

Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s political surprises

Louisville’s own Will Oldham, the only constant in the musical presentation known as Bonnie “Prince” Billy, has been performing since before LEO was just an idea in John Yarmuth’s brain. His new album, Wolfroy Comes to Town, was released on Oct. 4. This special performance introduces a new series of cultural events at the Clifton … Continued

Fox and the Sound

The Pacific Northwest-based folk rock band Fleet Foxes emerged, seemingly overnight, in 2008 and quickly became one of the most popular and acclaimed new bands in years. Their second album, Helplessness Blues, was released by Sub Pop in May. LEO phoned leader Robin Pecknold at 2:30 p.m., as he was just waking up in Raleigh, … Continued


Local folk heritage Americana singer-songwriter Ashleigh Flynn will open for Todd Snider at the KCD Theater on Saturday. The Louisville native-turned-Pacific Northwesterner answered some of LEO’s questions. LEO: Where did you go to high school? Ashleigh Flynn: Actually, I left in fourth grade, after my parents split, and I moved to Virginia, but I continued … Continued

Me Vs. Music

American Idle I like to sing. My sister also likes to sing. If you knew us well, you would know this. There are a couple of reasons you should be aware of our singing behaviors. One: If you decide to take a road trip or participate in any other vehicular transportation with us, know that … Continued

Play deep

‘Moneyball’ Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Directed by Bennett Miller. PG-13; 2:13. LEO Report Card: B+ “It’s hard not to be romantic about baseball,” Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane says at one point in “Moneyball” — which is also why so many bad movies get made about it. … 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 OCT … Continued

Photo flood

We’re on our seventh Photo Biennial here in Louisville, and this year’s promises not to disappoint. Activities include exhibitions, workshops and lectures by local, national and international photographers. “Unlike previous times, the focus is on the weekends (in October),” says co-founder Paul Paletti, “not all jammed into one time period — with something for everyone.” … Continued

Family dining at Cubana in Clifton

So where does a restaurant critic go out to dinner if he has family in town? This is not always an easy question. Go to the finest dining rooms, the places I love? That’s easy counsel, and way tempting, but more often than not I’ve checked out the local favorites too recently to justify going … Continued

Art: Exhibit details Nazi persecution of gays

Last week, when U.S Army soldier Stephen Hill asked Republican presidential candidates at the debate if they would protect his right to live openly as a gay member of our armed forces, he was booed by a couple of members of the same audience that applauded Rick Perry’s capital punishment record. This cringe-worthy moment of … Continued

The Taste Bud: Luncheon roulette

I’ve always wondered about the phrase “blue plate special” and where it originated. We all know basically what it means: a one-price meal that typically includes a meat and two or three sides, served on a plate that often has divided compartments. While it’s not easy to figure out where the term comes from — … Continued

Celestial Lineage

Black metal bands in the United States usually get a bad rap for taking too much from the Scandinavian sound without adding to it. Wolves in the Throne Room is a rare band that transcends the genre and pushes the boundaries of what black metal can sound like. Celestial Lineage still features raw, fast black … Continued

A Creature I Don’t Know

Laura Marling is a performer, but not in the way we usually talk about musicians (especially female vocalists) as being performers. She’s not a performer in the way that, say, Lady Gaga is, where you almost need to see the costumes and the dancers and the elaborate sets to get the full sense of the … Continued

For What It’s Worth

The December-born Truth B. Told aspires to be a Gemini this time out, showcasing two sides of his artistic persona. The first half of the album is a mixtape — five songs lifting familiar soundtracks (Lupe Fiasco, J. Cole) for a pretty effective hip-hop foray. Those who know him primarily as a spoken-word artist may … Continued

Tigers & Girls

Sometimes vanity projects work. For every The Return of Bruno and “Whatzupwitu,” there is the occasional … umm … So, yeah, Jalin Roze’s manager and label boss, Tarik Adams, takes his own star turn here. Thankfully, Tigers & Girls is not Clive Davis Sings or Suge Knight Raps the Classics, and reminds us that Pebbles … Continued