Issue October 16, 2012

Lost Kingdom

In the Strike & Spare bowling alley parking lot, with Kentucky Kingdom’s deserted roller coasters looming in the background, former employees of the amusement park plead with government officials to bring the abandoned Louisville attraction back to life. Though this Friday is the deadline for prospective new operators to submit official proposals to take over … Continued

Start making sense

A few weeks back, in a prematurely old man-esque bid to stay in touch with “what the kids are listening to these days,” I followed the “Hot Video Pick of the Week” link on Yahoo! Sews (the abysmal effects of this website and its comments section are the subject of my forthcoming memoir “Ya-boo-hoo-hoo: How … Continued

A sublime sexual revolution

Two winners emerged from last Thursday’s vice presidential debate in Danville: Centre College and moderator Martha Raddatz. It was a bright and shining milestone for Kentucky — and for women. The great debate — one of the most riveting and defining in our political history — duly drew rave reviews for our premier private college … Continued

Hold the line

Calvin Pryor lines up where he can do the most damage. He’s a free safety for the University of Louisville football Cardinals, and his first duty is to guard the back gate. Make sure opponents don’t get loose for a score. That’s the safety part. But he’s also free to go around laying hard licks … Continued

Spin Class 101

Centre College did a masterful job hosting last Thursday’s vice presidential debate, which included hordes of national media and campaign surrogates who descended on Danville to spin the aftermath of the verbal bout between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan. Democrats witnessed a much different scene from the presidential debate a week earlier, … Continued

Laura Marling’s American detour

Laura Marling is a rising star back home in England and in larger American cities, but when the java lover walks into Sunergos Coffee before her show at Zanzabar, chances are she won’t be recognized. At 22, the prodigy has already released three albums of Joni Mitchell-esque folk/pop, earning acclaim but not yet breaking through … Continued

Trampled By Turtles: dads rock

When Trampled By Turtles hit the road, they make it work. The Minnesotans return to Louisville after less than five months away, and this year has seen them play everywhere from “Letterman” to CNN to SXSW. Their sound is flexible enough to get them booked at many festivals. “You name one, we’re probably playing it,” … Continued


Fiddle sticks Fiddler Rayna Gellert of Asheville, N.C., has had a prolific career playing with everyone from Bela Fleck to Robyn Hitchcock, and now steps out with a new solo album. She plays at Please & Thank You on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. LEO: Can you tell me about working with Kentucky boys … 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 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 17 … Continued

Inbox — Oct. 17, 2012

Correction The guest column in last week’s issue misidentified the home state of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, who interrupted President Obama during a 2009 speech to Congress. The Republican, who shouted “You lie!” during the president’s address on health care, is from South Carolina. LEO regrets the error. Secure Community Thank you for so prominently … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Oct. 17 Absolutely Not Solidarity 1609 Bardstown Road $5; 7 p.m. Tonight’s all-ages show features a full line-up of blooming acts, connected once again with Louisville and Chicago bands. Absolutely Not come fully loaded with songs from their debut, Extended, and plenty of Chicago love. One must appreciate their tightly wound song … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER 2012; $19.98-$49.98; R Once you’ve laughed at the title, the filmmakers had to come up with a movie worthy of that title, and that’s where things broke down. What clearly should have been a silly, tongue-in-cheek yank on modern film tastes became a much-too-serious movie with an … Continued

Theater: Masterpiece theater

‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ An Actors Theatre production. Directed by Les Waters. Written by Eugene O’Neill. Continues through Oct. 28 in the Pamela Brown Theatre, 316 W. Main St. For tickets, go to or call 584-1205. Family. Regret. Addiction. Illness. Memories. This is Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical opus truncating several instances from his life … Continued

Film: Louisville love

From Wimbledon to the Olympics to the U.S. Open, it’s been a balls-out year. Tennis balls, that is. With more than 30 million players nationwide (according to the United States Tennis Association), tennis is one of America’s most popular sports. And yet, while Will Ferrell and company churn out movies about pastimes from car racing … Continued

The Taste Bud: All about the breast

I admit that when I first walked into a Hooters restaurant — it was circa 1988, at the DuPont location — I wasn’t necessarily there for the food. A buddy told me about this wondrous place where the women were lovely and friendly, the TVs always flickered with sports, the beer flowed like, well, beer, … Continued

Funmi’s showcases the bright, bold flavors of Africa

“Good Day! I am the nephew of Dr. Gen. Col. Robin Mkborumi Bmaka Grrrr, the infamous Bean Factotum and former Royal Food Evaluator of Krakatoa. I am contacting you for your consideration in liberating a Treasure of Delicious, Memorable Good Things To Eat. Have you ever eaten the rare and delicious food of Nigeria? It … Continued

Comedy: Getting filthy with Kyle Kinane

After releasing his debut album, Death of the Party, Kyle Kinane was voted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch.” He has since appeared on numerous TV shows and podcasts (including “Conan” and “WTF with Marc Maron”), and had his own Comedy Central half-hour special. Kinane will do a special one-night-only performance on Sunday at … Continued

Book: Taking shots with Watt from Pedro

To many who came up in the ’80s punk scene or ’90s alt-rock explosion, Mike Watt remains a folk hero. His influential bass playing, with The Minutemen and Firehose, inspired countless bands from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Fugazi, and his avuncular blue-collar hipster persona helped send others, like Sonic Youth and Nirvana, into … Continued

Art: Into darkness

This month, while the leaves on the trees started to change colors, the windows at Zephyr Gallery were covered in black. Gallery members Letitia Quesenberry and Chris Radtke installed their show “LIGHTBOX” by blocking out the light in the usually sunny downstairs gallery so that Radtke’s single large-scale work could be viewed in the half-lit … Continued

Grand National Dreams

The return of Jalin Roze, 18 months after The Brilliance (an eternity in rap years), couldn’t come at a better time. It’s been a rough year for Louisville hip-hop; like the Republican Party, it seems the most viable candidates decided to sit out this cycle. As the year winds down and we start compiling our … Continued

Miniature Pinschers

What Humongous bring to the table is a unique and vibrant breath of fresh air, incorporating so wide a variety of influences that it only makes sense in the context by which it’s presented. Their newest, Miniature Pinschers, is as likely to fall into a jazz groove as it is to have a punk snarl; … Continued

Until the Quiet Comes

Forest and the trees: That’s the best way to describe the greatness of Steven Ellison’s latest record. A roller coaster of pings, bells and basslines, it’s a sleek, middle-of-the-night cross-country excursion of cruise control, following the white line to no particular destination. Until the Quiet Comes is also a collection of compelling moments, two- to … Continued

Who Needs Who

Who Needs Who is not just the latest Dark Dark Dark album, it’s also the latest great album that should be taught in schools and known by all citizens. The gypsy folkers, now sprawled from Minneapolis to New Orleans, suffered from some Fleetwood Mac-style drama; after making loving fun, they wisely stayed together instead of … Continued