Issue November 13, 2012

Majority Loser

Nearly three hours after the media declared his re-election campaign victorious, President Barack Obama finished a triumphant speech in Chicago, leaving the rapturous crowd to make a phone call to the man who for two years openly admitted that his No. 1 goal was to make sure this moment did not happen. Sen. Mitch McConnell … Continued

Literary LEO 2013

We are now accepting submissions for Literary LEO 2013.  SUBMISSION DEADLINE: DEC. 12, 2012 Winners will be published in the Jan. 23, 2013, issue of LEO Weekly. Take note: Photography categories are back by popular demand! Last year, we held a separate photography contest, but it turns out you scribes and shutterbugs are a creative … Continued

A victory for empathy

Now that the game is over, let not the larger lessons be lost amid the shouting. Obama won partly because he showed the electorate more empathy than did Mitt Romney. More candidly, the president successfully marketed his heart against an opponent who, many believe, sold his soul. For years, Obama has been referencing an American … Continued

Unburdened at least

Even if it was a psycho-spiritual shell game designed to reinforce the Church’s symbolic dominion over my individual salvation, going to confession did offer an opportunity to periodically relieve my conscience and reflect on my actions. I remember sort of looking forward to it. There’s something about a national election that feels essentially similar; I’m … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

My dinner with Jandek In 1978, a stream of beautiful and heartbreakingly strange records began flowing out of a post office box in Houston like fresh blood into a warm bath. It has been a prodigious rate of production, pumping out at least two records a year for more than 30 years. The records are … Continued

Inbox — Nov. 14, 2012

Lessons to Learn I read LEO occasionally. I found the article with Jose Vargas (Oct. 3) interesting, and this one reply made me think of what could be so beneficial to all of us: “And I don’t know if you noticed this — it’s not like I issued a statement saying ‘this is what you … 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 NOV 14 Air Devils … Continued

Taking action

A half-century has passed since the Civil Rights movement, yet racial division persists in Louisville’s housing patterns. According to a 2010 report by the Metropolitan Housing Coalition, Louisville ranked as the 26th most segregated of 150 metropolitan areas, with 45 percent of Louisville residents living in extreme segregation. In recognition of its 50th anniversary, the … Continued

Graduation rates and realities

When the Kentucky Department of Education recently released much-anticipated test scores, familiar storylines surfaced despite new, tougher academic standards, new accountability tests and a new model for measuring success. Schools that have traditionally struggled hung back, ranking low when stacked up against all Kentucky public schools. Meanwhile, dominant schools resumed their perch in the 90th … Continued

A president speaks

Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the … Continued


Give the drummer some Maserati’s latest album, VII, is a tour-de-force of danceable rock grooves recorded in Louisville with engineer Kevin Ratterman. They play Zanzabar Friday. Guitarist Coley Dennis answered LEO’s questions.  LEO: In the nearly three years since the tragic passing of (drummer) Jerry Fuchs, what have you learned about living life? Coley Dennis: … Continued

Ladies love Hunter Valentine

The lesbian phone tree has been abuzz ever since word got out that Hunter Valentine was passing through town. The ladies of the band — lead singer and guitarist Kiyomi McCloskey, drummer Laura Petracca and bassist Veronica “Vero” Sanchez — were key personalities on this season’s “The Real L Word” on Showtime, a reality show … Continued


<FEST> Nov. 14-18 Festival of Faiths Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Prices and times vary “Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of the human family, regardless of differences in religion, culture, color and creed.” Wise words … Continued

You win some, you lose some

Winner: John Yarmuth Loser: Ben Chandler While Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth was busy winning a historic blowout victory in the once deep-red 3rd District congressional seat over a hapless Brooks Wicker, Rep. Ben Chandler was facing defeat by a surprisingly large margin to Tea Party ally Andy Barr in Lexington. While Yarmuth’s strategy of making … Continued

Jerry Douglas takes a vacation

Jerry Douglas has made a lot of friends after 40 years in the music business. The 56-year-old, called the world’s greatest dobro (resonator guitar) player, has earned 13 Grammys after performing on something near 2,000 recordings, when he’s not at his day job as a pivotal member of Alison Krauss & Union Station. The Nashville … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: Reading you over the years has absolutely changed my mind on gay marriage. I wanted to let you know that. I also live in Maryland, and, as you know, we voted last week to allow same-sex couples to legally marry. I was excited I got to vote for marriage equality in my home state, … Continued

Film: Honest Abe portrayal

‘Lincoln’ Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Rated PG-13; 2:30. LEO Report Card: A- There is no question that from this point forward, Daniel Day-Lewis’ Abraham Lincoln will be considered the definitive portrayal by which all others will be measured. Day-Lewis is known for immersing himself … Continued

Wax Fang 2.0: This time it’s personal

One day recently, Wax Fang’s Scott Carney glanced at a poster for the release show for his band’s most recent album, La La Land. The date was Nov. 17, 2007. From the start, it was all too easy. Wax Fang’s first gigs in late 2005, before they even had a name, drew big crowds. The … Continued

Web EXCLUSIVE: Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: ECLIPSE SERIES 37: WHEN HORROR CAME TO SHOCHIKU 1968; $41.98-$59.98; UR Japan’s Shochiku Studios were already famous for their lavish dramas long before Godzilla stomped Tokyo for Toho. But as the tide of public interest changed, the studio decided to try its own hand at horror. The result was a quartet … Continued

The Taste Bud: Get your boots muddy

Sitting in the oddly cozy Muddy Boots Café in Nashville, Ind., recently, I couldn’t help thinking the place was almost a smaller and slightly less funky version of Lynn’s Paradise Café. The pastel walls and mix-and-match tables complemented the soda-counter-style bar, and the hutches and other oddities sprinkled throughout took me home. Of course, funky … Continued

Bring patience and an appetite to Little India Café

Just imagine what it would be like if you had a good friend who was Indian, and he invited you over for dinner while his grandmother was visiting from Mumbai. If you enjoyed Indian food at all, much less loved it as much as I do, you would surely look forward to these authentic goodies … Continued

Culture: Tarzan turns 100 at U of L

He swung from trees, raised by great apes in the jungles of Africa. He delivered his now famous yodel call and — if the many film depictions of this fictional character are representative — wore a loin cloth to conceal his junk. And this year, Tarzan turned 100 with a special birthday bash Oct. 28 … Continued

Comedy: Marrying Jacob Williams

Born and raised in Louisville, Jacob Williams moved to Chicago after college to pursue comedy. With a résumé that has had him performing on Showtime specials with Pauly Shore and Nick Cannon, Williams’ profile got higher this summer when he made it onto “America’s Got Talent.” Williams returns this week to headline at The Bard’s … Continued

Art: Seeking Bob Thompson

Written history is full of gaps, and art history is no exception. This leads artists, curators and historians to become detectives, digging through archives, talking to family and friends, and uncovering long-hidden artwork. Such is the case of Bob Thompson, an African-American expressionist who spent some time at the University of Louisville. Part of the … Continued


Focusing equally on vocal harmony and distorted guitar/bass riffage, Feral is an accurate descriptor for a band as liable to charm as they are to attack. And attack they do, and do well. Clocking in at approximately 20 minutes, Feral is a concise effort that seldom has an interest in slowing down or lingering, trading … Continued

good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Dr. Dre’s latest signing is the latest beneficiary of the Jimmy Iovine hype machine. So much ink has spilled calling this, his third album (not his debut, as so many lazy press release copy/pasters exclaim), the second coming of anywhere from Illmatic to a full-on resurrection of the West’s rap domination. good kid is a … Continued


Defying expectations is risky, but even more difficult for experimental musicians playing pop. That challenge — of a player known for more demanding fare stretching out into “less serious” realms — is readily accepted by C.S. Yeh on Transitions. A violinist known for his Burning Star Core project, Yeh plays every instrument here, with a … Continued


Multi-instrumentalist Anat Cohen (saxophones, clarinets) continues to develop her own voice, with nods to swing and modern jazz. Her trio (Jason Lindner: piano; Joe Martin: bass; Daniel Freedman: drums) is up to the challenge of seemingly disparate styles; guest artists Paquito D’Rivera and Wycliffe Gordon add spice. Gordon almost steals the show with his growling … Continued