Issue October 22, 2013

Unearthing whiskey’s women

Fred Minnick, clad in a blazer and signature ascot, holds up the glass of bourbon and peers through it. “What you have in this glass,” he says, “is something that no other category of spirits does. They’re using new barrels every time; it’s all American. Most of it is made here in Kentucky. And it’s … Continued

Your next virtual vacation

When I studied geography in the fourth grade under the tutelage of Mrs. Diers at St. Mary’s School (Go Saints!), I had my first out-of-body experience. Each lesson in our geography textbook included a cute child “host” from a different country. The kids, who were always conveniently about 10 years old, took us on a … Continued

Race and Rand

“NO ONE in this country is crafting a better message of uplift for the African-American community than Rand Paul.” —Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Twitter, Sept. 17, 2013 “Ultimately, what the local black community really needs is more public debate where questions can be asked and answers given. Why (do I write about these things)? One, … Continued

Dumpstaphunk: Good for the soul

Many people can do an impression of Aaron Neville, the great soul, funk and pop singer. His son Ivan is one of them. But Ivan, now 54, long ago proved himself to be his own man, playing keyboards solo and for Keith Richards’ X-Pensive Winos, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers and even the Spin Doctors … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: FREE SAMPLES 2013; $14.93-$19.99; R Louisville lass (and secret crush) Jess Weixler, who was so great in “Teeth” and appears as Robyn on “The Good Wife,” stars in this quirky indie comedy. She’s a former law student, unsure what she wants to do with her life, trying to get through her … Continued

Donkey kick(s)back

The 17-day standoff that shut down the federal government finally gave way and ended last Wednesday, along with a deal that lifted the nation’s debt ceiling just hours shy of the deadline, narrowly averting not just America defaulting on its debt, but also a global economic catastrophe. After a notable absence from the partisan fight … 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 23 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

Community journeys

He preached nonviolence in a region characterized as anything but. He spent nearly a third of his life in prison for doing so. His death in 1988 at age 98 opened the border between feuding nations and brought together an estimated 300,000 people, including political leaders. Mahatma Gandhi, his better-publicized contemporary, admired his work and … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

The enigma in gold P.J. Proby is not his real name. James Marcus Smith (born Nov. 6, 1938, in Houston) performed for a short time as Jett Powers before being renamed P.J. Proby by songwriter Sharon Sheeley. She had just written “Poor Little Fool” for Ricky Nelson and was Eddie Cochran’s girlfriend, so it must … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Oct. 23 Marisa Anderson Greenhaus 2227 S. Preston St. $6; 7 p.m. Emerald City resident and solo guitarist Marisa Anderson arrives in Derby City for an intimate show at one of our most intimate quasi-venues. Greenhaus has lately become a staple of the home-show-not-in-an-actual-home scene, hosting musicians who can perform sitting down … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: My girlfriend always responds positively when I initiate sex with her, but she hardly ever initiates sex with me. I’m a no-beat-around-the-bush kind of guy, but I realize that this can be a sensitive topic, and I don’t want to scare her by saying, “Please initiate sex more often!” So I do small things … Continued

Inbox — Oct. 23, 2013

Shame on Them I read the morning-after pill article in your Oct. 9 issue and felt compelled to write. I decided to check the information in the article and did a Google search on “emergency contraception in louisville ky” and, indeed, the No. 2 search item was A Woman’s Choice’s website. I have no idea … Continued


Sisters of No Mercy Perhaps Julie of the Wolves’ greatest strength is in blending the pedigree that comes with their “ex-members of” list with their ability to build on and exceed their constituent elements. Julie of the Wolves is comprised of some of the finest players in the local indie/punk scene, which includes Carrie Neumayer … Continued

Brasserie Provence shows grace and good eats in a dinner rush

Je vais avoir le canard, said my friend Anne, summoning a French teacher and one-time expat’s easy fluency. Our server looked puzzled, though. “Maybe you could point it out on the menu,” he said, blushing a little. “I’m still learning the dishes.” I’m not picking on the guy, though. He showed Hemingway-esque grace under fire … Continued

Bar Belle: Big Dickade

I like to bake, but I never thought I’d find myself hovering over a penis-shaped cake wondering if the frosting I whipped up was the right color of flesh-tone pink. I also never thought I’d be at a lesbian party with so many dicks — dick confetti, dick ring-toss, dick flowers, dick suckers (the candy … Continued

Comedy: Who ya gonna call?

Louisville is a unique town — a town filled with archaic architecture and historic homes. Such places create a rich soil to nurture countless ghost stories. This fact makes Louisville an epic Halloween town. From zombie walks and countless haunted house attractions, we are one of the creepiest towns to be hanging out in this … Continued

Book: Be a welcome guest in Lyon’s poetry ‘House’

Sunday’s afternoon reading/signing at Carmichael’s is certain to be more than some of the author’s most recently printed pages coming to you in the author’s voice with occasional eye contact. George Ella Lyon — treasured Kentucky writer of poetry and prose — loves teaching too much to not talk to an audience about their own … Continued

Art: We were big in the ’80s

This Louisville building has certainly received attention. An international design competition was held, The New York Times came calling and Time magazine praised it. I’m not talking about the sadly defunct Museum Plaza but the much-heralded corporate headquarters of health-care company Humana Inc. It’s time to go back and revisit the building that made Louisville … Continued