Issue October 25, 2011

Little green men in the bluegrass

Back in May, after nine witness reports were fielded during the previous month, a “UFO ALERT 5” rating was issued in Kentucky, and the state was placed on a watch list. The organization issuing the alert was the national office of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), which employs scores of trained and paid investigators. And … Continued

My ghost

I was recently stumped by a musical phrase, a short sequence of notes, a poorly (and perhaps inaccurately) remembered lyric from an old pop song. I suppose I might have heard it recently in the background of some situation, but I couldn’t place it.   I hummed the part (I thought) I knew, over and … Continued

The necessity of self-deception

One of the most interesting classes I took in graduate school was a philosophy course that posed the question, “Is self-deception possible?” This is such an intriguing question. Can people really hide the truth from themselves? We all know people lie to others about their lives every day. You’ve heard the bullshit just like I … Continued

Big 12 or Bust

Westward ho! Probably, that is. No pacts have been inked yet, but the University of Louisville is likely to move its sports teams from the fast-sinking Big East to the battered-but-not-broken Big 12 — perhaps as soon as next fall — creating an all-new cast of rivals. Say goodbye Pitt, hello Oklahoma. The switch would … Continued

Help is on the way … out

George Eklund grabs a packet of flyers, the keys to his 1992 Volvo and a list of a dozen homeowners who face foreclosure.   “Ready for awkward conversations?” he jokes as we head out on a sunny, summer afternoon. For almost two years, Eklund has served as an outreach worker for the Foreclosure Conciliation Project, … Continued

Keep on truckin’

On the morning of Thursday, Oct. 20, Mayor Greg Fischer’s office sent out a press release touting new food truck regulations that cut bureaucratic red tape for the increasingly popular industry.   “Food trucks add a new element of energy on the street and we needed to relax the regulations to encourage more of them,” … Continued

Hip to be scared

Slumber party. Mid ’80s. An ill-timed viewing of “The Exorcist” at an age when “JEM and the Holograms” still felt too mature. This turned me off to ghosts, as well as horror movies, for the rest of my life. I fear the acknowledgement of ghosts will lead to demonic possession. Head spins are cool in … Continued

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The right moment for Mike Doughty

Mike Doughty led Soul Coughing to some alterna-success in the ’90s and, after beating substance abuse problems, has had some more relative success as a solo artist in the new century. His memoir, “The Book of Drugs,” will be released in February. LEO: When you released your second album, Golden Delicious, in 2008, you said, … Continued

No borders bluegrass

When Tim O’Brien went solo after the dissolution of his popular bluegrass band Hot Rize, his path was not entirely clear. The West Virginian had established himself as a talented mandolin and fiddle player, singer and songwriter, but a short stint on a major label in Nashville didn’t work out. In hindsight, it’s easy to … Continued

Crescent chill

In 2009, U.S. consumers spent more than $5 billion on Halloween decorations, costumes and candy. Half of that figure was spent right here in Louisville, on one street in Crescent Hill — Hillcrest Avenue. OK, so maybe the latter factoid is a bit of an exaggeration, but if you’ve strolled down Hillcrest on any given … Continued


Local dead Author David Stack walks through his Brooklyn streets with a dark secret — he’s actually a Louisville native. The music obsessive gives love to his hometown in his new YA novel, “The Pretty Dead,” which features zombies, rockers and other local favorites. LEO: Louisvillians love to know where we went to high school. … Continued


Welcome, fiends. I’m terribly happy to celebrate Halloween with you. This is my favorite season. The smell of sweet decay in the air, the sad scratching of withered hands on mausoleum walls, never to be opened again … and all the candy! This holiday brings out a crazed streak of creativity that really helps people … Continued

Plugged In

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<POE>   Oct. 26-27, Nov. 1-3 ‘An Evening with Poe’ Frazier History Museum 829 W. Main St. • 753-5663 $15; 7:30 p.m. If you visit Edgar Allan Poe’s gravesite in Baltimore, you’ll likely find a bottle of cognac and a few long-stem roses. Poe’s life was as dark and mysterious as his poetry and … Continued

Theater: Every play has its thorn

James Barrett Cooper is a man of many hats: actor, teacher, curator and, most recently, founder and artistic director of the Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company. When I first met Cooper, I was 12 years old, all frizzy hair and braces. He was directing a production of “Alice in Wonderland” at Walden Theatre, and I … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: CARS 2 2011; $29.95-$39.95; G Disney/Pixar returns once again to Radiator Springs and the auto-anthromorphic crew that made “Cars” so much fun. But instead of taking the easy road, rolling again down Route 66, they head for Highway 007, running afoul of espionage and Euro-trash intrigue with help from Eddie Izzard, … Continued

Locavore Lore: Zagat says farm-to-table is over

Last month, a writer for Zagat suggested it might be time to stick a fork in the locavore movement when she included farm-to-table on her list of “8 Food and Drink Trends that are Totally Played Out.” (The local-first practice came in at No. 6, just ahead of “Old-timey cocktails that taste like medicine.”) Kelly … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

I recently joined the catering division where I work, so catering has been very much on my mind lately. The Oxford English and American dictionaries define catering a few different ways: to provide food and drink at a social event or other gathering; to provide what is needed or required; to take into account or … Continued

Art: Photographic memory

John F. Kennedy said it is important to remember the names of your enemies. This idea, of an individual holding onto the memories of wrongdoing, is seen in “Willie Doherty: Traces,” an exhibition at the Speed Art Museum.   Doherty, an artist whose photographs and videos have been seen around the globe, including the Venice … Continued