Issue October 23, 2012

How to Kickstarter

A handbag that charges your cell phone, a more masculine mayo called Mannaise, a pillow that you wear on your head during desk naps, a just-for-moms hackerspace: These are a small sampling of projects currently seeking backers on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Since being named one of Time magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2010,” the New … Continued

The truth about obstructionism

Less than two years into his presidency, a memo from a Democratic party official warned the president that he should be prepared to deal with daunting Republican opposition after they gained controlling seats in the midterm elections. He opined that Republicans would view “weakening the president as (their) paramount goal.” He forecasted that they would … Continued

I’m set free

The man with no face invited me into a hall of mirrors. Some of them weren’t mirrors. They were doors. Some had curtains. I can’t remember it very clearly. It was dark. There was a light shining in my face. I couldn’t see but a few feet in front of me. I had to squint … Continued

Reaching the undecided voters

My fellow Americans, it’s been a long and grueling campaign. I’ve debated my worthy opponent on the issues. I’ve aired millions of dollars’ worth of campaign ads, and I’ve spoken in countless schools, businesses and arenas all over this great land. And today, I’m proud to bring my message of hope, freedom and prosperity to … Continued

Vacant registry

First comes the adolescent-like growth spurt of wiry grass. Then, the scars of neglect: shattered windows, illegible graffiti, plywood boards — a veritable stamp of defeat. It’s estimated Louisville has up to 7,000 vacant properties, 1,300 of which are abandoned. Most of these homes, buildings and lots sit in western and southwestern Jefferson County, much … Continued

Inbox — Oct. 24, 2012

Give it Some Hart Regarding the Kentucky Kingdom debacle (LEO Weekly, Oct. 17): After watching this “saga of stonewalling” for years, I felt compelled to “weigh in” on behalf of Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Co. (KKRC). I suspect that there’s much personal bias working against Ed Hart, particularly with regards to the Fair Board. Ed is … Continued

Staffpicks

<MUSIC> Wednesday, Oct. 24 Mr. Gnome ZaZoo’s 102 Bauer Ave. $5; 9 p.m. Cleveland-based bands aren’t really known for their national recognition. After all, when Pere Ubu is one of the “Rock ’n’ Roll Capital of the World”’s biggest claims to fame, it’s hard for natives like myself to brag about the local scene. But … Continued

Jim White’s Southern scars

Jim White is a singer-songwriter who spent the first 10 years of his career with the weirdos at Luaka Bop, crafting nu-Americana with unique production from the likes of Morcheeba and Sade’s Andrew Hale. He more recently collaborated with Joe Henry and Aimee Mann, among others, before joining the Yep Roc label. The music may … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to pberkowitz@leoweekly.com 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 24 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: COPPER: SEASON ONE 2012; $43.98-$59.98; UR We have become hopelessly hooked on this 10-part miniseries from the BBC set in NYC near the end of the American Civil War. There, in the “Five Corners” region, immigrants from around the world huddle together to eke out an existence as Americans amid filth, … Continued

B-sides

The Big Band Theory Saxophonist Drew Miller might have looked normal enough on the outside, but for a few years, he was carrying around an atypical idea for a band. “The inspiration behind the band’s inception came primarily from Tortoise, Jaga Jazzist, Zappa, Orchestre National de Jazz, The Sun Ra Arkestra, my time playing with … Continued

Get your Scoville on at Simply Thai

First your tongue and your lips burn. Then your eyes water. Your nose runs, and then you break out in a sweat. And you are loving it. Why do we humans enjoy tormenting ourselves with hot peppers? Because it hurts so good! One-hundred years ago this year, the scientist Wilbur Scoville developed a method that … Continued

Africa to Appalachia and everywhere else

Canadian banjo artist Jayme Stone has traveled to Africa, learning from and playing with musicians there while tracing the roots of the banjo to its African origins. Yacouba Sissoko is a kora player from the Malian Griot tradition. The kora is a 21-string instrument, frequently described as similar to a harp.  Stone first brought his … Continued

Bar Belle: My man crush

Zane Lamprey has my dream job — to travel the world and drink. Best known for his show “Three Sheets,” which aired on the Travel Channel, Lamprey now has “Drinking Made Easy,” where he profiles U.S. cities and their drinking customs for AXS TV. Louisville is featured in tonight’s episode (8 p.m., Insight channel 928); … Continued

Culture: Livin’ large as a medium

I admit I was skeptical when a friend suggested I tune into TLC’s “Long Island Medium” last month. “She’s coming here! We’re going!” she barked at me. Fine. Looks like I had some catching up to do and beliefs to suspend. I expected ghosts and a crazy lady who talks to them, but what I … Continued

Comedy: Nick Griffin finally gets where he’s going

Nick Griffin might not be the most recognizable face in comedy, but he is certainly one of the most well-respected. Having bounced back and forth from New York to Los Angeles, the Kansas City native has made several well-received appearances on “Conan,” “Craig Ferguson” and “David Letterman.” The writer/comedian will bring his unique sense of … Continued

Book: Step in and take a look around

‘The Leight House: The Home and Collections of Leonard and Adele Leight’ Photography by Ted Wathen, foreword and interviews by Peter Morrin. Butler Books; 88 pgs., $29.95. While I’m not fond of the term “bucket list,” it does denote things yet to be experienced. My personal list includes the house Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright, … Continued

Book: Jason Howard’s unbridled Kentucky music

Jason Howard has been a big music fan since childhood. But he’s different from most kids from southeastern Kentucky hollers like his native Dorton Branch, because once Howard grew up, he got to spend time with some of his childhood favorites — like Dwight Yoakam and Naomi Judd — as well as some of today’s … Continued

Abominamentvm

Many metal groups come across as watered-down versions of their idols, content to play within the boundaries others have set, while the innovative bands are far and few. Imperial Triumphant is that, a futurist-themed deconstruction of black metal — blasphemous, yet steeped in unorthodox ideas. Abominamentvm is the product of formally trained musicians composing music … Continued

Biosphere

Acoustic and electric pianist Florian Weber, with guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist Thomas Morgan, and drumset/tabla player Dan Weiss, has crafted an album that is both adventurous and engaging. In addition to originals, Weber interprets Jamiroquai (“Cosmic”), Coldplay (“Clocks”) and Clapton (“Tears in Heaven”), weaving together African, Asian and post-bop jazz influences. Loueke’s signature guitar and … Continued

Breakup Song

Deerhoof might as well be the jubilee house band for Smokey the Bear’s Smoke Out Bar & Chill. The level of fun in the room fuels the joy in their souls, but not in the typical definition. They record in the studio two notches above the recommended volume, true to their noise roots. But they’ve … Continued

Find the One

They call it “alternative bluegrass,” but all that is alt about their ’grass is that the Coal Porters don’t let the genre’s limitations hold them back from adding new flavors to their plate. Also, they’re based in London. Leader Sid Griffin was raised in the bluegrass state, in the Southern town named for King Louis … Continued