Issue November 8, 2011

Occupying Democracy

To the U.S.A.? No, Cohen’s got it all wrong. As our leaders loudly preach, democracy is something we export to the rest of the world — to certain monarchies and autocratic regimes that rule Arab nations, for example. And it’s understandable though regrettable, they tell us, that there would be eruptions of pent-up anger at … Continued

How to read a newspaper

People often say to me, “Why is your LEO column so long? I could read 50 tweets in that kind of time!” And others say, “‘Summary of My Yadda’ is published in a newspaper? OMG LOL ROFLMFAOPIMP!” (The latter string of initials is shorthand for “I don’t know how to express myself very well using … Continued

LG&E is on notice

After a summer of complaints from Cane Run Road residents concerning dust clouds emanating from Louisville Gas & Electric’s coal ash landfill, the Metro Air Pollution Control District finally served the company with a notice of violation and a possible fine of $26,000 for repeatedly disregarding city regulations. The violations include 1) six incidents throughout … Continued

Rare red center

It’s not just that Gorgui Dieng is 6-feet-10 inches tall. And fast. And smart. “It’s his hands,” says former University of Louisville center Mike Grosso, extending his own pair of large-size mitts to display a scoring center’s most important tools of the trade. “He’s got these soft hands that make for a soft shooting touch,” … Continued

Careful, man, there’s a Pixie here!

Editor’s note: Lebowski Fest co-founder and WHY Louisville proprietor Will Russell was the obvious person to interview Pixies drummer and part-time magician David Lovering. Aside from sharing a love of percussion and sleight-of-hand tricks, both men are dreamers — and characters — and LEO was glad to help make a superfan’s dream come true. LEO: … Continued

Web Exclusive: Can I go home now?

The night I got arrested on the job was a cold one. I was downtown at Nashville’s Legislative Plaza, on duty for the Nashville Scene to cover the heretofore uneventful and ongoing Occupy Nashville protests, which had been the site of a surprise early morning police raid ordered by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam less than … Continued

Cropped Out offers abnormal music for another option

The second annual Cropped Out music festival takes place downtown this weekend, featuring underground acts like MV & EE, Bill Orcutt, John Wesley Coleman III and the reunited Scratch Acid, plus many more. Co-founders James Ardery and Ryan Davis grew up in Louisville, but Ardery now lives in Brooklyn, so LEO asked Davis to inform … Continued


Home boys Relic has become a popular attraction around Louisville, sharing soulful, harmonious bluegrass at bars, festivals and anywhere else available. Now, the band’s two most similar members, Aaron and Adam Bibelhauser, have stepped to the side with a new album, Always Home, a collection that honors the brotherly tradition of the Stanleys, Louvins and … Continued

Inbox — Nov. 9, 2011

Faith Decay Joe Manning’s recent reflection on the value and appropriateness of the Occupy movement (LEO Weekly, Oct. 19) is perhaps the most ripe with meaning I’ve read to date. The layers of symbolism tangibly present the complexity of, and yet plain decay within our nation’s obsession with the taste of the dollar; money is … Continued

Brit Beat

Enjoy the silence  Ahh, what bliss is this! The echoic state of my eardrums is sending me on a path to aural nirvana. No, I am not listening to that soothing Irish saucepot Enya, nor am I chilling out to a chorus of Tibetan monks humming on a French trance track. I am listening to … Continued


<LECTURE> Thursday, Nov. 10 Michelle Alexander Speed Art Museum 2035 S. Third St. • 852-6142 Free; 6 p.m. Even those barely plugged into the news have probably heard of the education gap persisting between black and white students in Louisville, and the disparate income level of the two races. This lecture promises to connect the … 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 9 Comedy … Continued

Film: Stoner hero Kal Penn returns from duty

If anyone is recession proof, it’s probably Kal Penn. After only five years in Hollywood, the New Jersey native landed a leading role in the stoner comedy “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle.” “It tanked at the box office,” says Penn, eight years and two sequels later. “So we were like, ‘Oh, man, OK. … Continued

Video TapeWorm

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 2011; $29.95-$35.95; PG-13 After only 10,000 years, the HP franchise is finally finished! Yes, with all the child actors now battling ED and menopause, and the old-guard thesps apparently stuffed with straw and twitchy animatronics, we can finally bid a fond farewell to the entire cast and … Continued

Heart & Soy gets to the heart of soy

Today let us consider the humble soybean. Those savvy Asians have been chowing down on them for 5,000 years, and making tofu for most of the last millennium. Soybeans became a major U.S. crop after World War II. We feed most of it to animals. Offer most people a bite of tofu, and they’ll go, … Continued

The Taste Bud: Shrimp cocktail (without the cocktail sauce)

To most Americans, a shrimp cocktail means six or so large shrimp perched on the edge of a martini glass with a lemon wedge and a large dollop of mild cocktail sauce inside the glass for dipping. Shrimp cocktails have even been served on iceberg lettuce, with oyster crackers on the side. Oooh, fan-cy. There’s … Continued

Culture: Edward Lee — Louisville’s top chef

Between 2003 and 2009, Chef Edward Lee and his Old Louisville restaurant, 610 Magnolia, was one of the worst-kept dining secrets in the region. The farm-to-table pioneer, a multiple James Beard Award semifinalist, saw his stock rise after a 16-page profile in Gourmet magazine, followed by a winning appearance on “Iron Chef America.” He’s now … Continued

Book: Stuck in the past, and that’s a good thing

‘The Marriage Plot’ By Jeffrey Eugenides. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 408 pgs., $26. My midsummer countdown to the publication date of the new Jeffrey Eugenides novel became the kind of annoyance only another literary BFF would put up with. “Hey! ___ more weeks till ‘The Marriage Plot’ comes out!” I would write every Tuesday to my … Continued

Art: The Quilt Lady knows best

Shelly Zegart is known around these parts as “The Quilt Lady.” As a founding director of The Kentucky Quilt Project and The Alliance for American Quilts, she helped document quilt history and broaden the notion of what, exactly, a quilt is. For Zegart’s latest project, she served as executive producer and host of the documentary … Continued


We start with this: Weather is the sexiest album of the year. That it’s out in time for winter makes the cuddle buddy season that much better. Ndegeocello teams with producer Joe Henry for the first time in a decade, and the loose energy echoes the raucousness of Joe’s latest, Reverie. Two covers, Leonard Cohen’s … Continued

The Hunter

Mastodon’s new album, The Hunter, definitely threw me for a loop the first listen through. It’s quirky and heavy on vocal melodies, which makes it more accessible, while being paired with a simplified structure that makes many of the songs quite catchy. This may sound like the music is going to be Mastodon-lite, but really, … Continued

Nappy Dot Org

Almost 10 years after their national debut brought comparisons to the Dungeon Family collective (which includes OutKast), Nappy Roots have linked up with OutKast’s original producers, Organized Noize, for a much-anticipated collaboration. Nappy Dot Org isn’t the cookie-cutter album it could have been, a simple blend of the camps’ styles, though it isn’t the tour … Continued

The Movement

Rap-rock has only been done well a couple times: Run-DMC, Rage’s debut, the “Judgment Night” soundtrack. That’s about it. Elephant Room is on the same roster as the Villebillies, a fitting pairing. Elephant Room’s debut is a freebie, serving to whet your appetite for the official disc, going on sale later this year. The Movement … Continued