Issue October 1, 2013

Access Denied

On Market Street in downtown Louisville every Saturday morning, outside of the last remaining full-time abortion clinic in Kentucky, the culture wars remain in effect and in high gear. By 6:30 a.m., anti-abortion protesters have beaten the sunrise to form a column on the sidewalk just outside the front door, as clinic escorts wearing orange … Continued

When the B stands for barriers

Imagine you have a headache. You visit the pharmacy down the street for some Tylenol, or maybe a cheap generic brand because payday isn’t until next week. You stroll up to the pain relief aisle, only to find bottles behind locked glass, with a “press here for assistance” button next to it. You look like … Continued

Aimee Mann: Louisville’s other movie star

Throughout her 30-year career, Aimee Mann has accomplished much: hit songs and MTV stardom in the ’80s, receiving Academy Award and Grammy nominations for the same song in the ’90s and paving the way for musicians to escape the major-label system by self-releasing music at the turn of the century. But what people might not … Continued

Amjad Ali Khan: One world music

Western ears may be familiar with classical Indian music through the sitar. Less well known is the sarod, described as a lute-like instrument, which shares the concept of primary and sympathetic strings with the sitar. When the player strums or picks the primary strings, the sympathetic strings will vibrate, causing a resonant sound. Among the … Continued

Completely Obsessed

I love you, Louisville The first Louisville Music Awards took place last week, allowing some of the best Derby City has to offer a chance to congregate in one room. I had the honor of being able to witness it all, and to host it as well. If you’ve seen only one awards show, you … Continued

Pride Week at U of L

Hip hip hoorgay! It’s Pride Week at the University of Louisville, which means campus picnics stocked with free food for broke college kids and free mind-expanding lectures for anyone interested in social justice. Tonight, the forum “Prevention vs. Prosecution: HIV is Not a Crime” will explore how HIV status is being used in criminal prosecutions. … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: AFTER EARTH 2013; $22.98-$35.98; PG-13 Will Smith created this exciting chase film as a starring vehicle for son Jaden, who spends most of the time running from packs of wild CGI animals (and plants!) in the lush, merciless forests of a future Earth, trying to rescue his venerable butt-hole father. Oh, … Continued

Closet companions

Before the march, the group was nervous. The man holding the flag feared he might get shot. Others worried there would be counter-protesters who might get physical. It was June 27, 1987. More than 300 people had gathered downtown for Louisville’s first gay-rights march. At the time, the city had no hate-crime ordinance protecting gays … Continued


<COMEDY> Wednesday, Oct. 2 Girl on Girl Comedy & Revue Comedy Caravan 1250 Bardstown Road • 459-0022 $10; 7:30 p.m. I have to admit the press release had me at “Girl on Girl.” This Nashville-based comedy series is making its debut in Louisville tonight with local and regional LGBT comedians and performers. In Nashville, … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act 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 2 Air Devils … Continued

Theater: Sensory-friendly theater

Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood, where Christopher Robin plays, Louisville’s premier theater for young audiences is inviting everyone to come spend the afternoon with our favorite willy nilly silly old bear. Committed to producing family-friendly theater for more than 67 years, StageOne’s season opens this month with “The House on Pooh Corner,” based on … Continued


The Louisville/Bloomington post-punk band Waxeater issues a challenge to the smartest, savviest Americans this month: Sure, you love “The Wire.” But have you made an entire concept album all about “The Wire”?! With song titles like “Omar Comin’,” “Game Recognize Game” and “A Man Has to Have a Code,” Waxeater’s Baltimore Record will make you … Continued

Lickety Split

Randolph is an unlikely rock guitar hero, playing pedal steel and coming out of the Gospel Sacred Steel tradition. In concert, he can s-t-r-e-t-c-h out, but here the focus is on songs rather than jamming. “Amped Up” sounds like a lost Hendrix rocker, and the title track has a funky “Walk This Way” vibe. “New … Continued

Express Rising

The last we heard from mysterious down-tempo instrumental hip-hop producer and obsessive crate-digger Dante Carfagna — aka Express Rising — was roughly a decade ago, when, after a few small-batch 7-inch releases, Memphix Records released his debut self-titled full-length. Built primarily on pieces of obscure soul and R&B records, the record vanished as quickly as … Continued


Dunn, one-third of Skyscraper Stereo, returns with his second solo, a deeply personal listen that equally satisfies head-nodders and reflects his status as our emcee with the best stage banter. TANK opens with lighter fare, the Jacksons-sampling “D-A-T-B-O-I” and the affirming “I Heart Me.” Things take a darker turn, though the production from Lexi Banks, … Continued

Inbox — Oct. 2, 2013

Bold and Brave I just want to commend Theresa Flores for speaking out against sex trafficking in this city (LEO Weekly, Sept. 18). It’s pretty bold of her — when asked “What can we do on an individual level?” — to suggest talking to your principal and having a discussion on pornography and the things … Continued

We’re Not Waiting For You

I’m not crazy, you’re the one who’s crazy if you thought early ’80s skate punk was a fond but very distant memory. It’s not like AWK doesn’t know their approach is “old school”; they describe themselves that way in an accompanying press release. It’s just that old school is exactly what it is, with not … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am a straight male, 30, in a long-term monogamous relationship. I love my wife, we have good sex, and often. When we first got together, I had a mild foot fetish, and she has gorgeous pedis. We have done and still do foot play on occasion. But my fetish has grown stronger as … Continued

Taste Bud: A pub burger sure to satisfy

You’ve no doubt seen the Wendy’s commercials for their pretzel-bread cheeseburger. A guy is bragging to his friends that he has jury duty. Why brag about this? Because, he gushes, the courthouse is right by “that pub” that serves the super-awesome pub burgers. Then the cute yet snarky redhead puts him in his place by … Continued

A fix of ‘Breaking Bad’

(Warning: This column contains series-finale spoilers.) One of the most awarded, brilliant and important series in television history has ended. AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” a post-modern Western, concluded Sunday night after a weeklong marathon. I knew better than to try it. Writers and actors had told me I’d get hooked the first time. But I’m stronger … Continued

Culture: Making it work

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not normally a fan of reality TV. The dramatic music, the cat fights, the he-said-she-said orchestrated drama … it’s just not my cup of tea. One glaring exception to this rule, however, is the extravaganza of ingenuity and fashion known as “Project Runway.” I’m a “Project Runway” purist, … Continued

Comedy: The cost of following The Boss

Ken Rogerson is an industry vet you’ve probably never heard of. The man’s been road-dogging it for the better part of three decades now and has honed a comedy style and enough stories to fill a book (which he’s currently writing). He’s been seen on “The ‘Rescue Me’ Comedy Tour,” “Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs” … Continued