Issue October 18, 2011

The Dust Brother

Don Wahle apparently led a life of solitude in the South End. Details on the man and his time on Earth are thin. All we are left with is what he left behind. A decrepit house filled with the ephemera of a shut-in, possibly a hoarder: boxes of ketchup bottles, magazines and newspapers from the … Continued

The hits just keep on coming

I was always a little dubious about the tooth fairy. It just seemed so implausible. I was about 5 years old when, in the middle of Mall St. Mathews, all of it really hit the fan. Parents were shilling out a couple of bucks for their kids to sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap for … Continued

Hurtful slurs

Inquiring minds want to know what triggered my angina on the day I almost died. It was news of a racial slur. The legendary scandal aired on WHAS-11 at noon Friday, Feb. 3, 2006. Renee Murphy, who now anchors that newscast, interviewed Paul Dawson, a white teacher at Valley Traditional High School, who confessed he’d … Continued

Busting the Peace

Amy Doyle had worked at Our Lady of Peace psychiatric hospital for nearly nine years, most recently as a mental health associate working with mentally retarded teenagers at a group home where she helped them with school and activities of daily living. But in late September, Our Lady of Peace management suddenly suspended Doyle. “They … Continued

Invisible injury

A canary yellow knit blanket and plastic bag sit near the door of Phoenix Health Center, a free medical, dental and mental health clinic for the homeless in downtown Louisville. It’s not uncommon for someone to crash here with the hope of being first in line. On this Monday morning, the clinic’s been open two … Continued

Inbox — Oct. 19, 2011

Cool Keeneland Regarding the Bill Doolittle article on Keeneland (LEO Weekly, Oct. 12) — nicely done. As a Louisville native and 40-year racing fan, I have visited most of the tracks in America. Keeneland is by far the most beautiful track in the country and presents horse racing “as it was meant to be” — … Continued

Staffpicks

<FILM>   Wednesday, Oct. 19 ‘Nosferatu’ Clifton Center 2117 Payne St. $5; 7 p.m. “Nosferatu, that name alone can chill blood,” reads a title card, ripped from the diary of Johann Cavallius. The able historian of Bremen, Germany, describes the monster who brought the plague to his shores — a vampire styled long before the … Continued

Theater: ‘Hunter Gatherers’ puts Theatre 502 on the map

‘Hunter Gatherers’ Written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and directed by Mike Brooks for Theatre 502. Continues through Oct. 22 in the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 W. Main St. Email info@theatre502.org for tickets and information. If you’ve ever attended a dinner party that veered dangerously off the rails, you can appreciate … Continued

Asobi Seksu’s psychedelic trance pop

Some might not associate dreamy, danceable music as the soundtrack to maturity, growth and an inevitable resignation with the sometimes arbitrary unfairness of daily life. Those people might expect it even less from a band that began a decade ago as “Sportfuck.” But in 2011, Asobi Seksu singer Yuki Chikudate is more than willing to … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:   DESTROY ALL MONSTERS 1968; $19.95-$29.95, UR Blu-ray release of a true high-water mark in “guy in a rubber suit” monster-moviemaking. Evil space aliens The Kilaaks release all the giant monsters from Monster Island to crush Earth’s major cities. Only the daring crew of the super rocket ship X-2 can save … Continued

Seviche grows and keeps getting better

Seviche has been around for 10 years now, if we count Jicama, its predecessor in the same Highlands space, and Chef Anthony Lamas just keeps making it better and better.   This sets a mighty high standard for an eatery I’ve been raving about since the start. I gave Jicama a 93-point rating in its … Continued

Bar Belle: Bahama mama

Sometimes this job doesn’t suck. OK, well, most of the time. But a few weeks ago I was actually having a bad day — a swirling mix of loan refinancing, trying to put a book out, dumb people and PMS — when my editor approached me cautiously in the kitchen. “Do you want to go … Continued

Doing the Truffle Shuffle with Blind Pilot

The coastal Oregonian indie folk pop rock band Blind Pilot first earned notice with their 2008 debut, 3 Rounds and a Sound, and subsequent tours with The Decemberists, Gomez and The Hold Steady. Now touring to promote their sophomore album, We Are the Tide, the bicycling enthusiasts headline a bill at Headliners on an otherwise … Continued

Culture: Green, blue and red all over

On his business program “The Kudlow Report,” Lawrence Kudlow recently suggested that the Occupy Wall Street movement sweeping the country was “just your basic green, anti-capitalist, anti-bank, anti-Wall Street, anti-American demonstration.” That the host of a show on CNBC and former senior managing director of Bear Stearns would take such a position is unremarkable. What … Continued

B-sides

Louisville Champions State Champion celebrate the release of their second album, Deep Shit, with a concert on Thursday at Club 21 in Schnitzelburg. LEO asked bandleader Ryan Davis some probing questions. LEO: Please label yourself. Ryan Davis: State Champion is a rock ’n’ roll band from Louisville. People sometimes refer to us as “garage country,” … Continued

Book: Best-selling novelist lands in haunted house

Author Chris Bohjalian has achieved all the signs of a modern American literary success: an Oprah book (“Midwives”), multiple film adaptations of his work, his publisher’s blessing to write about any topic he chooses. As he’ll discuss at a reading/signing presented by the Jeffersonville Public Library on Friday, he’s rather determined not to write the … 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 pberkowitz@leoweekly.com 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

Art: Forever yours

Star-crossed lovers separated by war, an undying romance fueled by passion and tinged with the heartbreak of separation — sounds like the stuff of a great Hollywood romance. But for Meghan Coomes, this is the foundation of her grandparents’ love story, part of her own family history as well as the history of America.  Fascinated … Continued