Issue November 1, 2011

Mining for Money

Gov. Steve Beshear stood in front of the entire General Assembly in Frankfort this past February, delivering his State of the Commonwealth Address and leaving no doubt as to which side he stands on in — what he calls — the “war on coal.” “Washington bureaucrats continue to try to impose arbitrary and unreasonable regulations … Continued

Ask an English Major about Economics

Welcome to “Ask an English Major about Economics,” the column that puts the Milton in Milton Friedman. We’ve got some interesting questions to answer today, so let’s get right to it. Dear English Major: In most downturns, the labor market responds to the law of supply and demand. As wages drop, employers hire workers to … Continued

Optimistic on ‘Occupy’

“This thing has got more heart and energy than anything I’ve witnessed in my life,” said Stephen Shepard, the Occupy Lexington spitfire who accompanied me to its Louisville counterpart on two sunny, breezy afternoons last weekend. “It came out of nowhere, and it’s caught on like wildfire. It’s gonna force change — it’s got to … Continued


Even though I was only 9 years old in 1986, I have been trying to ameliorate, forget or otherwise recover from one error in judgment that has dogged my every step for the past 25 years. I bought some terrible records. It was a clear summer day when I followed closely, cloyingly, behind my brother … Continued

Meet the Candidates

ATTORNEY GENERAL Jack Conway (D): The strong-jawed incumbent and Louisville native is running on his record of locking up pedophiles and perverts lurking on the Internet. He’s hoping to make up for his loss to Rand Paul last year, which is probably why he pulled his ad accusing his opponent of being the ringleader of … Continued

Build a better candidate

Brain: Crit Luallen — This superwoman puts her brainpower to work fighting corruption, incompetence and mismanagement throughout the state (she’s a busy lady). As auditor, she keeps a watchful eye on government to ensure they do good, not evil. Face: Jack Conway — A strong jaw and chiseled good looks can go a long way … Continued

Movin’ on up

Like him or not, former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson is a master salesman. And for 20 years, he’s shilled our city, then our Metro (the 17th largest in the United States!) with genuine gusto. Some think Gov. Steve Beshear chose Abramson as a running mate largely due to his daft cheerleading skills. If Republican David … Continued

The Burkesville Blues

Just three weeks shy of Election Day, David Williams visited Portland Christian School in Louisville to rally the Republican faithful and energize them for the important days ahead in the gubernatorial campaign. But these haven’t been very inspiring times for Williams, and this rally — aptly named a “revival,” since most have written off his … Continued


With 167 Breeders’ Cup-entered horses on the grounds and stretching their legs in the brisk morning air at Churchill Downs, the fields are set for the 28th renewal of thoroughbred racing’s fall classic — 15 championship-caliber races to be run this Friday and Saturday at the sport’s most storied venue. The backside barn area is … Continued

X’d out

It was a weird ending for the record store that popularized the “Keep Louisville Weird” slogan. Though beloved local institution ear X-tacy had struggled to survive in the new century, no one expected it to end the way it did. They failed to open on Saturday and left no notice about why they were closed. … Continued

Degrees of assistance

Lisa Lewis was recovering from an emergency hysterectomy at Baptist Hospital East when her son called with news that sent her heart racing. “Mom,” he said. “We got a brown bill. They’re gong to shut us off in seven days.” Louisville Gas and Electric’s brown bill is essentially a disconnect notice. Lewis owed about $300, … Continued

Sebadoh’s license to please

The story of Sebadoh has taken more twists and turns than a telenovela, though one lacking in obvious sex appeal or comical evil. The story began in the late ’80s in western Massachusetts, where then-ex-Dinosaur Jr. bassist Lou Barlow began collaborating on lo-fi homemade tapes with Eric Gaffney. Jason Loewenstein joined soon after, and the … Continued

A good name will take you far

The Lansing, Mich.-based Coke Dick Motorcycle Awesome rolls through downtown Friday on their “The Gas Is Too Damn High Tour.” LEO asked bassist Aaron “AC” Coleman some very awesome questions about turmoil, everyday life and sonic redemption. LEO: I have to ask about the name, of course. I hear a lot of band names, and … Continued


Metal drama Theatre 502’s new production isn’t just good drama, it’s also a valentine to music lovers — especially those who know that Slayer and Poison exist on different planets. LEO caught up with playwright Marco Ramirez. LEO: What is the play about? Marco Ramirez: “Broadsword” is about a broken-up heavy metal band from New … Continued

Inbox — Nov. 2, 2011

Gimmie, Gimmie I can’t wait to get my hands on each new LEO Weekly. Unlike like the C-J, your magazine does an outstanding job of covering local events and national news without bias and with such a passion that I can’t put it down once I start reading. Thanks and hats off to the entire … Continued


<COMEDY> Thursday, Nov. 3 Brian Regan Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway • 584-7777 $38.50-$43.50; 7:30 p.m. I imagine a world where Brian Regan (pronounced: REE’ gun) will have his own family sitcom called “Leave it to Regan” or “Regan Knows Best” or “My Two Regans.” But before he embarks on the illustrious television career … Continued

Me Vs. Music

Reader, I married him … Amidst life’s hiccups, both emotional and financial, I have been planning a wedding. The stress has been unimaginable, but never once did I doubt I was making the right decision to marry The Boy. Our relationship has been my one constant throughout the past few months. We are Ashford and … Continued

Theater: Polly Frost’s family values

Polly Frost is known for writing humorous essays for The New Yorker, The Atlantic and others, but she also writes horror stories. So who better to focus on the hilarious horror that is dealing with family? In her one-woman show at The Bard’s Town, “How to Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Family,” Frost shows … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:   FRANKENHOOKER 1990; $24.95; R The low-budget horror genre had seen the Frankenstein tale retold just about every way imaginable, but it took the father of “Basket Case” (1982) to truly bring it back to life. Frank Henenlotter wrote and directed this gory comic tale of a woman, chopped into easily … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act or comedian listed, send e-mail to 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 NOV 2 BBC, … Continued

Bar Belle: Cocktail king

It’s good to know your bartenders. I first met Joe Riggs when he was doing time behind the bar at BBC on Fourth Street. He had created a series of “beertails” — mixed drinks that incorporated beer. I have since run into Joe at various drink competitions and a few times in the early morning … Continued

Against the Grain — brewery, BBQ and vegan!?

Hey, let’s go get a beer! And some pulled pork! And … some vegan wings made out of seitan? Beer and barbecue make a natural pair, and Against The Grain Brewery and Smokehouse does both admirably. But add some really good vegetarian dishes to this mix, and you’ve got something quite out of the ordinary. … Continued

Book: A pocket full of ‘Grace’

‘Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace’ By Aaron Cohen. 33 1/3/Continuum Books; 176 pgs., $12.95. Failure is a lonely venture, but success has many friends. So goes the story of Amazing Grace, Aretha Franklin’s 1972 return to the gospel music of her upbringing. Forty years after the album’s release, it is still Aretha’s best-selling album of her … Continued

Art: Taking it to the streets

Digital snapshots pop into our lives constantly. Phones, computer screens, tablets — you name it, there is an onslaught of imagery. So, in an era of visual noise, what do we look for in an exhibition of street photography? How has photography as an art form changed? Dueling exhibitions at Galerie Hertz, “From Distant Streets” … Continued

Gentle Spirit

A rich folk album recorded to analog tape, Jonathan Wilson’s Gentle Spirit honors the early ’70s vibe in both essence and form. The songs on this album are so bewitching, they seem to mystically linger long after the final track has played. With hushed vocals, weaved guitar motifs and delicate flutes, Wilson provides beautifully layered … Continued


Joe Henry’s lyrics make review writing feel futile. These aren’t songs; they’re 14 novels in verse. Reverie, the latest from the (don’t call me a) singer-songwriter, takes the form of unpolished manuscripts. Recorded in his usual space, his basement studio, this time welcoming all that you’re supposed to banish from such a setting; windows were … Continued

Radical Symmetry

Some of the most “incorrect” music makes more sense in today’s ADD-iPod world than it did 40 years ago. While fans of jazz, funk, prog rock and gypsy music might have crossed paths occasionally in the early ’70s, they’ve otherwise been a scattered and lonely lot. But today, groups like Mucca Pazza, Beat Circus and, … Continued

Live At the Atlantic

I remember the first time I saw Coliseum a few years ago, crowded into the tiny and (back then) packed Keswick Democratic Club. They immediately impressed me with their punk and hardcore-meets-metal blend of heavy crushing music. Now a few years and albums later, they’ve got a live album that also includes a set from … Continued