Issue November 19, 2013

Southern by the grace of food

At 10:30 on a Sunday morning in an Irish pub, there’s nowhere left to sit. Most of Molly Malone’s capacity crowd is there for a viewing party to cheer on Damaris Phillips, whose Food Network cooking program is moments away from premiering across the country. As her TV lead-in, the polarizing but undeniably popular Guy … Continued

A Sweet Tea Party

Thanks to my friend, Dr. Ricky Jones, for the opportunity to clarify my position regarding my recent tweets on Sen. Rand Paul (see the Oct. 23 issue of LEO Weekly). Twitter is a powerful tool to communicate, but 140 characters cannot provide a comprehensive platform to adequately exegete one’s position. My tweet was in no … Continued


It was a fascinating old house, cluttered with books and records and objects, dusty old furniture, display cases, wardrobes, upholstered chairs. As a boy, I found it endlessly fascinating. I don’t think too many people visited there. The old man had converted the attached garage into an office/studio, with stations for various activities. There were … Continued

What kids want

“When (children) discover they cannot rewind or fast-forward a TV show, they are perplexed. It is hard to explain the limitations of live television to children who have grown up in an on-demand world. … Many children perceive all of television to be more Netflix than Nickelodeon: on demand and on their schedule. … They … Continued


Progressive and refined Brian Foor has been making some of the most challenging keyboard-driven music this city has likely ever seen, and he’s been doing it for years. Starting out as a drummer in bands such as Red Sun and Bodyhammer, Foor developed a love for keyboards that he first employed in the mostly instrumental … 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 20 Air Devils … Continued

Bombino’s world-class guitar joy

Omara Moctar is also known by his nickname, Bombino, which is also the name of his band. The 33-year-old guitarist, born and mostly raised in a nomadic Tuareg tribe in Niger, has already lived a life worthy of a book or a movie, full of way too many unique details to go into in this … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: DAY OF THE ANIMALS 1977; $14.98-$29.98; PG Louisville’s second-most-famous film director, William Girdler (“Abby,” “Grizzly,” “The Manitou”), created this mistreated ’70s eco-paranoia time capsule starring a who’s who of Hollywood hams at the peak of their salty goodness. Leslie “Airplane” Nielsen, Richard “Grizzly” Jaeckel, Lynda Day “Pieces” George, husband Christopher “Mortuary” … Continued

The fix is in

The already complex Affordable Care Act has become baffling to many over the past few weeks, as several million people across the country have received letters from their insurance company notifying them that their health care plan will be discontinued next year — with elected officials scrambling to correct, or exploit, the situation. Adding anger … Continued


<LECTURE> Wednesday, Nov. 20 ‘Why the Past Won’t Go Away’ U of L Swain Student Activities Center Free; 5:30 p.m. If you don’t know your past, you won’t fully understand your present. Tonight, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the director of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will bring … Continued

For less than a dollar a day …

The Kingiti Sharing Group was born during a ladies’ night in December 2008. Pat Gagne, who teaches sociology at the University of Louisville, was having drinks with three of her former post-graduate students: Angela Orend, Claudia Sanders and Carla Rich. Gagne told the women about her recent trip to east Africa, where she visited another … Continued

Theater: ‘Tom Jones’ is a quality, fun adaptation

‘Tom Jones’ An Actors Theatre production. Directed by Jon Jory. Continues through Dec. 8. For tickets or more info, go to In some circles, uttering the words “classic novel” is an invitation for everyone in the room to pull out a smartphone and catch up with all the stuff that passes for wit on … Continued

Film: 21c adds film to its roster

De La Soul (or, let’s be real, “Schoolhouse Rock”) may have taught us that three is a magic number, but we all know 21 is way more fun. From cocktails to blackjack, good things come with that lucky little number. This week, two more fun 21s join forces, as über-trendy Louisville landmark 21c joins forces … Continued

Economic recovery: The 99 percent get lunch

It is being reported that economic recovery is back, at least for the 1 percent, who get to eat $100 dinners at pricey new spots like Brasserie Provence, or nosh from the upscale end of the dinner menu at El Camino. For the 99 percent, though — the rest of us who are still struggling … Continued

Art: Inquisitive photos make up ‘Moral Matters’

Bill Pusztai’s images were the first I saw upon walking into Garner Narrative on East Market Street. The images, all depicting the photographer engaging in one of the seven deadly sins, are accompanied by a detailed artist’s statement. Pusztai comments on the universal humanity of these sins, and their more complex definitions, and also briefly … Continued

Art: Luster behind the lens

According to self-important snobs, notability only happens on the East and West coasts. Middle America’s not called the flyover states for nothing. And yet we all know there are plenty of creative minds milling around our neighborhoods. Bill Luster is one such notable who is being lauded by two Photo Biennial exhibitions. It’s hard enough … Continued

Bar Belle: A fart on paper

A critic of mine once described this column as a fart on paper. At first I took offense, but not five minutes later I came to appreciate her analogy. Flatulence relieves pressure and pain. Sure, it lingers for a bit, but isn’t that a good thing when it comes to newspaper columns in the age … Continued

Inbox — Nov. 20, 2013

Is Louisville Open? Shannon Westerman and the team at LVAA should be given significant recognition for organizing such a successful inaugural Louisville Open Studio Weekend earlier this month. The attendance and energy at the Cressman Center opening and at each of the individual studios spoke to how this venture not only succeeded in its own … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a heterosexual guy in my early 20s. I’ve been dating my girlfriend for about six months, and we’ve been having some fights recently. The problem: I have a high sex drive in comparison to hers. I want to be intimate on a weekly basis (at least!), and she’s told me that she’s more … Continued

Brutality Brochure

No hip-hop act in town — solo, group or otherwise — waves the Wu flag higher than these offshoots of the Grimey Rhyme Regime. Solos D.O.H. and Blitz join up with Grimey’s abbot, Dr. Gonzo, as Psychonautics. With a title like Brutality Brochure, it’s unnecessary to describe the production as “dark.” D.O.H. and Blitz keep … Continued


A wise choice to bring more sets of guitar strings and a cello makes Mercy Academy’s follow-up to Tales a respectable turn from a full folk sound. Instead, Hearing is marked with nostalgic yearning for the ’90s rock most of us grew to adore. They have a restless style that exudes some self-realizing moments on … Continued

Beyond the Sambatyon

Lost Tribe carries on the klezmer tradition, their name borrowed from the Hebrew legend of the 10 Lost Tribes, exiled from Israel to beyond the raging Sambatyon River. Every Shabbat, the river magically recedes on the one day when Jews cannot travel. LT celebrates the influence of this culture on Beyond, with 16 traditional covers … Continued


“They want that old Danny Brown,” the madcap Detroit rapper anticipates on the opening track of Old. But he mostly seems to have had his fill of the shock humor that pervaded past releases, and casual fans might not even recognize his newly relaxed cadence on first listen. Thankfully, the stranger-than-fiction street fairy tales are … Continued