Issue October 11, 2011

Dining Guide 2011: Louisville is loving locavore dining

A year ago, Adam Barr’s free-range hens were a culinary secret known to a lucky few. An email would arrive: “Adam’s got chickens!” Quietly, almost furtively, we’d line up at the Phoenix Hill Farmers Market and wait for the young farmer from Rhodelia, Ky., to show up with coolers full of plump, juicy chickens in … Continued

Whoever talks next loses

A buddy of mine is fond of the expression “whoever talks next loses.” He believes in keeping his mouth shut at pivotal moments during business deals and other high-stakes negotiations, such as those with his wife.   Gov. Steve Beshear obviously understands this principle, because he has been mostly mute during his reelection campaign, and … Continued

The Year of the Cat

My friend told me she had seen my long-lost twin working at the deli counter at a Whole Foods Market in a northern suburb of Chicago. She used the word “doppelganger,” but, of course, she didn’t know I really do have a long-lost twin; it isn’t something I share … with anyone. I have hidden … Continued

Dining Guide 2011: The Local List

COMPILED BY SARA HAVENS & JANE MATTINGLY   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 … Continued

Dining Guide 2011: Something’s fishy

I was 10 or 11 when my parents came home from dinner at Benihana of Tokyo with a drinking glass shaped like a Geisha and a tiny box of matches bearing the Benihana logo. I was mystified that people in my own family had experienced something so exotic.   Of course, their experience involved a … Continued

Dining Guide 2011: LEO Taste Test

 Afternoons at the LEO headquarters are sometimes lethargic and listless. Lunch is over, and 5 p.m. feels like weeks away. To help pass the time, we strike up debates on anything from Superman vs. Batman, Abramson vs. Fischer or Taio Cruz vs. Tom Cruise. We often butt heads when it comes to “the best” local … Continued

The Back Way to Keeneland

Racing fans heading from Louisville to Keeneland Race Course, near Lexington, couldn’t have a more direct route: Interstate 64 to U.S. 60. Four lanes all the way, right up to the front gate. The track even has a “Louisville” lot, with an exit that empties out onto U.S. 60 at the end of the day … Continued

What’s the alternative?

Deaji and Toreze are children. As tales unfold of living in a neighborhood known as “The Jungle,” of facing danger and even death there, and of committing crimes that tough circumstances breed, that fact remains clear. Both 16-year-olds are under 5-foot-6, and their answers to yes or no questions during a recent interview end in … Continued

Welcome to the Occupation

They started as a decentralized movement, prodded into action by their party’s loss of power and political will to stand up for what they believe in, as their leaders were lending more assistance to big banks on Wall Street than the average Joe or Jane.   I’m speaking, of course, of the Tea Party’s birth … Continued

Inbox — Oct. 12, 2011

Mea Culpa LEO Weekly failed to credit two photos that accompanied last week’s cover story about author Ed McClanahan; both the cover image and inside photo were taken by Guy Mendes. More of the photographer’s work can be seen at the exhibition “Guy Mendes: 40/40” at U of L’s Hite Art Institute, Oct. 14-Nov. 13, … Continued


<FILM>   Wednesday, Oct. 12 ‘Empty Sac Doesn’t Stand Up’ St. Francis High School 233 W. Broadway Free; 7:30 p.m. Nearly two years after the crippling earthquake in Haiti, the problems are still overwhelming. Not that there weren’t myriad difficulties previously, but let’s add corporate manipulation to a country already lacking in infrastructure. Local … Continued

Felice Brothers spin pop culture fairy tales

Plenty of startling moments occur on Celebration, Florida, the Fat Possum Records debut recently released by upstate New York folk-rockers The Felice Brothers. But the most startling arrives in the form of a boxing tune. A lumbering, punch-drunk slab of distorted guitars and clanging drums, “Cus’s Catskill Gym” relates the up-and-down saga of Mike Tyson, … Continued

Seeking out new tastes with Maps & Atlases

The Chicago-based Maps & Atlases emerged after meeting in school at Columbia College, where they were heavily inspired by the thriving arts scene around them. After releasing two EPs of noodle-heavy, spastic pop songs, their full-length debut, Perch Patchwork, took a different turn — the studio environment took their sound down creative avenues they couldn’t … Continued

Theater: ‘Restaurant’ offers sex on a platter, side of fries

With a title like “A Night at a Restaurant,” you might reasonably expect a plot that depicts common scenes from a restaurant — patrons ordering food, waiters getting orders wrong, ticked-off guests and other foodservice fumbles. This title gets it half right. The setting in writer/director Colby Ballowe’s absurdist, 30-minute comedy, playing at U of … Continued


Waxing on Gonzo The second annual Gonzo Fest (see page 37 for more) will include musical performances from some great locals as well as some notable touring bands, including The Whigs, Fresh Millions and David Wax Museum. The latter, a Boston-based group receiving acclaim for their third album, Everything Is Saved, answered a few questions. … Continued

Theater: ‘Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ appeals to all ages

‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ Adapted by Laura Eason from Mark Twain’s novel and directed by Jeremy B. Cohen. Continues at Actors Theatre of Louisville through Oct. 29 in the Pamela Brown Auditorium, 516 W. Main St. For tickets or more info, go to   Plucky orphans are a timeless joy. Actors Theatre’s “The Adventures … Continued

Brit Beat

Dirty little secrets Music makes the people come together, Madonna once sang, but it can also place them firmly on opposite sides of the jukebox. I was castigated by a reader, for example, for favorably mentioning Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber (yep, had to Google the spelling of his name again) in my last column. … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: BAD TEACHER 2011; $35.95-$40.95, R Cameron Diaz owns this low-rent comedy from the director of “Walk Hard,” and that’s a good thing. She’s crass, loud, pissed, drunk and recently dumped by her asshole boyfriend, so she declares war on life, starting with her job and all those wretched, snotty little middle-schoolers … 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

Book: Bookworms meet for Writer’s Block Fest

This weekend’s Writer’s Block Festival in NuLu will not be a buffet of booths filled with authors hungrily hawking their work.   “I’m not going to try and sell my novel,” says festival keynote reader, New York Times bestselling author and Louisville resident Will Lavender. “I might just write sort of an autobiographical piece that … Continued

The Mistress

My fiancé loves to watch those cooking shows where each contestant is given a basket of mystery ingredients — say, Gummi bears, graham crackers and arugula — and tasked with using them to create a palatable new dish. The constraints invite a kind of creativity that’s similar to what’s at work on The Mistress, the … Continued

We Are the Tide

There are things that have made folk-rock great — finger-picked guitar, getting away from the sax, endless harmonica opportunities — and to this day, artists continue to expand its potential. Bon Iver fearlessly explored this territory on their last record, leaving us with something truly remarkable. But Blind Pilot are standing along that edge of … Continued


Louisville resident Nathan Salsburg is an archivist for the Alan Lomax Archive and a music columnist for LEO Weekly. (Disclaimer: I’ve been friends with Nathan since middle school, and we occasionally collaborate on promoting musical events in town). What is perhaps less known by the public at large is Salsburg’s prowess at the finger-picking guitar … Continued

Banks Gives Thanks: Paying Homage to the Jazz Trumpet Greats

On his first solo outing, University of Louisville Professor Ansyn Banks demonstrates that he is also a consummate student. Both in his writing and trumpet playing, Banks’ tributes ring true. The opening title track is invocational, with room for all to stretch out. Banks’ other compositions include the funky “Blues for Lee,” “5 Miles 4 … Continued