Issue October 9, 2012

Dining Guide 2012: Hitting the (cook)books

If you’ve noticed the grub around here steadily improving over the past several years, Sullivan University’s Culinary Arts Program is one of the reasons why. Having cracked the Top 5 on multiple “best in the nation” lists, the university’s National Center for Hospitality is now attracting bright, young kitchen talent from not just the commonwealth … Continued

The president’s race problem

Some years ago, a few pals and I took our first excursion to the deepest, darkest Delta. Mississippi was still Third World. Before gaming interests (looking to skim the rural poor’s meal money) turned it into a faux wonderland of smoke-filled casinos and four-lane highways lined with “Welcome To Tunica” billboards hiding the cotton fields … Continued

History’s Assholes: Fred Koch

Welcome once again to History’s Assholes, the column that travels back in time to flush out the assholes who made the world what it is today. This time on History’s Assholes, we look at Fred Koch, unique American asshole. A harbinger of everything that would deeply suck in the coming century, Fred C. Koch was … Continued

Everything happens to me

We were gathering in the conference room for one of our regular meetings, but one of my selves was missing. “Any of you know where I am?” I asked, indicating the empty chair. “I was in the hall a minute ago.” “I just got here, I thought I was here already.” “Would one of you … Continued

Dining Guide 2012: Love me tenders

It’s a journalist’s job to tell the truth, which can sometimes mean hours spent scouring complex documents, asking tough questions, or relaying an unpopular message that sparks a flurry of hate mail. And sometimes it means taking risks, as was the case in our endeavor to resolve this crucial culinary query: Where can one find … Continued

Dining Guide 2012: The Local List

Price Range: $ = $10 or less; $$ = $20 or less; $$$ = $30 or less; $$$$ = more than $30. (Per person for a meal without tip or tax.) Capsule Reviews: Restaurants marked with the special fleur de lis were reviewed in these pages throughout the past year. Restaurants that were the subject … Continued

Take Me To Your Leader

No apologies State Auditor Adam Edelen released an audit of the Jefferson County Clerk’s 2011 financial statement last week, detailing numerous questionable practices under the leadership of Bobbie Holsclaw, who has held the position since 1999. The report found public money commingling with a private nonprofit and a charitable fund run out of the office, … Continued

Dining Guide 2012: Meat-free dining goes mainstream

If you’re not convinced that the world is about to turn, consider this: Bill Clinton is a vegan now. Long a fanatical devotee of McDonald’s burgers bought by the sack, our ex-prez is now on a plant-based diet. Quadruple bypass surgery no doubt argued in favor of a lifestyle change for Bubba, but he’s far … Continued

Dining Guide 2012: The froyo glow

Ice cream better watch out. Its skinny cousin has slinked into Louisville with the aim of becoming the city’s favorite cold treat. Sure, there have been other “it” desserts, from cake pops to cupcakes. But frozen yogurt has become downright ubiquitous, with dozens of shops sprouting up across the city. These businesses follow a mostly … Continued

Push for transparency

If Kentucky’s going to improve its child welfare system, it must improve transparency. That was one message delivered during the daylong Step Up For Kids conference held at the Muhammad Ali Center on Monday. Organized by Kentucky Youth Advocates, one session took aim at Kentucky’s public disclosure law pertaining to child abuse and neglect cases, … Continued

Inbox — Oct. 10, 2012

Brain Freeze In response to “What lies beneath” (LEO Weekly, Sept. 5), I found my brain hurting when I read the quote from Alejandro Capote (great last name). Capote said, “The Republican Party is not anti-immigration. We support immigration. We just support LEGAL immigration.” The irony, or the chutzpah, of his statement evoked an immediate … Continued

Me Vs. Music

Night at the opera It goes without saying that Louisville has many charms. It is a city where, as an artist, you can live and work with the occasional enthusiastic audience to share in your craft. It is a city that has dedicated support to the arts — from the small arts group to the … Continued

Staffpicks

<THEATER> Oct. 11-20 Trio of Radio Plays The Bard’s Town 1801 Bardstown Road $15; 7:30 p.m. Something about fall makes it the season of nostalgia. Whether it’s the changing leaves or the pumpkin spices invading every coffee drink and seasonal beer in sight, autumn brings back memories of a simpler time. If the crunching of … Continued

B-sides

Dance party USA KlezmerFest returns to Temple Shalom on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. with three bands: Iowa’s Java Jews, Indianapolis’ INDYKLEZ, and Louisville’s Lost Tribe. Founder Kathy Karr takes us behind the music. LEO: How do you explain klezmer to the hundreds of thousands of locals who might have not even heard of … Continued

Theater: Beware the Hairy Man

The Boogeyman, the Golem, monsters under the bed — there are many names for those childhood specters that haunt our nightmares, popping up in hushed tones at slumber parties or around campfires. In 1972, playwright Suzan Zeder added another moniker to this ghostly canon: The Hairy Man. Based on a folk tale written by members … Continued

All work, heroic play

Jonathan Athon, bassist/vocalist for Savannah, Ga., sludge-metal band Black Tusk, is a sweaty mess right now. But not because he has just wrapped up a show and stepped off the stage of an air-conditionless club. Instead, he’s trapped in a stuffy, sawdust-clouded woodshop cutting rafters with a 24-inch reciprocating blade. Unlike many pampered rock stars, … Continued

Theater: Channeling ‘The Aliens’

‘The Aliens’ A Theatre 502 production. Directed by Mike Brooks. Written by Annie Baker. Continues through Oct. 13 in the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre, 316 W. Main St. For tickets, go to theatre502.org or call 509-1595. Heroes and villains. Obstacles overcome. Damsels rescued. Reversals, transformation and redemption. The arc of character development. These … Continued

Zakir Hussain leads a new power generation

Probably the best-known living tabla player, Zakir Hussain is the son of legendary tabla master Alla Rakha. Hussain has previously performed in Louisville in a concert of classical Indian music with santoor player Shivkumar Sharma, and in a more contemporary setting with Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer. This time Hussain performs with Rakesh Chaurasia, who … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PARTS 1 AND 2 2012; $19.98-$28.98; PG-13 The final Harry Potter tale (or so J.K. Rowling tells us), wisely broken into two films by director David Yates. The darkest and most violent part of the series, many characters die or are maimed for life as … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act or comedian listed, send email to pberkowitz@leoweekly.com 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 OCT 10 … Continued

Comedy: Weird Al — A life in the arts, examined

What can be said about Weird Al Yankovic? If you don’t know by now, you’re probably a child and/or a terrorist. So, because there’s only so much room here, and we don’t get many chances to chat with the musical satire star and subject of the new book “Weird Al: The Book,” here are some … Continued

Book: Historical mysteries

The opportunity to simultaneously dive into both history and mystery draws in many a reader. The appeal often is in seeing world-changing events from a perspective more personal and intimate than an encyclopedia or textbook. The events of December 1941 wrought changes all over the world — but one event that has stayed low on … Continued

V For Vendetta

Some albums are endurance tests. Twenty-seven songs about chaos and foolishness and unearned bravado was exhausting to get through once, much less the number of times it takes to feel as though one can write with enough perspective. Sadly, after multiple listens, my review can only approach the same superficial level of the disc itself. … Continued

The Seer

Their second-longest double LP, The Seer is one of aspiring musical range. Not since 1996’s Soundtracks for the Blind (their last record before a 14-year-long absence) has Swans compressed their spanning career in such a vigorous manner. Alternating in styles, The Seer holds several extensive breaths in tracks like “A Piece of the Sky,” a … Continued

Shields

Grizzly Bear has been making languid a good thing since 2004. And though its latest effort is anything but a droning soundtrack for those unwilling to leave the couch, a certain slow, deliberate beauty still permeates throughout. The signature guitar flutter and piano twinkling is accentuated with jazzy interludes on “What’s Wrong” and full-out psychedelic … Continued

Life

The gravel and consternation that comes with age is present in spades in Andre Williams’ latest, a combination of Dap soul and garage grit. Recording since the ’50s, the last 15 years have been much kinder to him than his first 60; several excellent albums on Bloodshot lifted him from the streets, where excess had … Continued