Issue November 29, 2011

Project Censored

In an age of blogs, tweets, hacks and piles of beans spilled by Wikileaks, the notion of media censorship may seem dated. But the rundown of stories Project Censored calls attention to this year serves as a reminder that mainstream media outlets often favor the superficial over the substantive and don’t give us all the … Continued

Toxic tales eclipse kind cops

Everybody’s got a first-hand police story. The ones that resonate — those most often repeated — are none too flattering. The latest local story gone wild involves WHAS radio and TV personality Terry Meiners, who beat City Hall after challenging a speeding ticket before a jury of his peers. Sam Cromity, the Watterson Expressway’s notorious … Continued

Operation Black Hole

Sure, relaxing and spending quality time with my family and friends on Thanksgiving was pretty good. I guess one day set aside for communal reflection and thankfulness with relatively low levels of the frenetic anxiety associated with compulsory consumerism is OK, but when it’s all said and done, can any amount of thankfulness save you … Continued

Inbox — Nov. 30, 2011

Compensation, Not Reparation Regarding Michael L. Jones’ “American Slaves Inc.” (LEO Weekly, Nov. 16), President Lincoln’s second inaugural address got it right. America paid for its sin of slavery with the Civil War and more than 600,000 dead, 1861-1865. That bloody “new birth of freedom” also required a Civil Rights struggle in which both whites … Continued


<THEATER> Nov. 30-Dec. 4 ‘Mad at Miles’ U of L Thrust Theatre 2314 S. Floyd St. • 852-6814 $8-$12; 8 p.m. (plus 3 p.m. Sun.) Though Miles Davis’ music was nothing short of legendary, he hit some painfully wrong notes in his marriage to Cicely Tyson. Atlanta-based author Pearl Cleage explores this story of … Continued

The agony and the X-tacy

For the first time in months, John Timmons isn’t crunching numbers inside a fluorescent-lit office overlooking ear X-tacy’s retail floor. Instead, he’s posted up in the jazz section, chatting with customers eager to share personal anecdotes about Louisville’s iconic independent record store. “So many people are telling me stories and sharing their memories. One guy … Continued

Coughing up the facts

On Oct. 10, Sen. Rand Paul stood on the Senate floor to defend his resolution blocking the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule under the Clean Air Act. The EPA regulations — first proposed under George W. Bush’s administration — seek to limit the amount of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide emissions from power … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS 2011; $30.95-$40.95; R Lucky-dog Justin Timberlake lives out every adult male’s fantasy — being paid to have constant, playful snuggly-bunny sex with Mila Kunis — in this romantic comedy that asks, “Can two friends get their ya-yas off without all the hassle of dating?” The answer, of course, … Continued

Locavore Lore: The breakfast club

In a time when frozen pizza has achieved congressionally approved veggie status, Joseph Franzen is waging a strategic, uphill campaign against “food illiteracy” from his classroom at Fern Creek High School. Along with fellow teacher Brent Peters, Franzen has created a pilot program called The Food Literacy Project — a type of hybrid course that … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

We’ve all been there: You’re out for dinner, hungrily anticipating your entrée. You watch as the kitchen door swings open. Is that your food? What in the world is sticking out of it? Indeed, that is your entrée — the server stops at your table and sets down what someone surely thought of as a … Continued

Bar Belle: The beef on Meat

Just the other night I was beckoned by the faint call of a new bar opening. Like the Bat signal beamed in the sky when there’s trouble, I, too, get similar calls to action when a new member joins the family. This particular call of duty was to meet Meat, a stylish speakeasy that sits … Continued

Celebrating 21 Years of B96

Terrestrial radio has been through the ringer over the last few years. Ad revenue continues to plummet due to decreased ratings. The marketplace is experiencing continued audience fragmentation, whether due to Internet-streamed radio, satellite services or simply private collections on terabyte-sized hard drives. Radio doesn’t seem to drive or influence our lives like it used … Continued

Mint Condition stay fresh

Today The Roots are seen as an oddity for being a live band, but until recently, everybody played their own instruments. Though pop and R&B has changed dramatically in the past 20-some years, Mint Condition have stayed true to their talent and ideals. Their latest album is called 7. LEO spoke with bassist Ricky Kinchen. … Continued


The Wire(s) LEO asked Brian Gray to tell us about his hot band, The Hot Wires. They celebrate their new EP with a show at ZaZoo’s on Friday, Dec. 2, with Buffalo Killers and The Tunesmiths. LEO: What’s the new EP called, and how did it come together? Brian Gray: It’s called The Cockpit Fighter … Continued

Me Vs. Music

Premature evacuation  Since birth, Louisville has been my home. I have long been influenced and shaped by the culture and music of this river city. I decided to remain despite the allure of bigger places with promises of greater opportunities. I love that in Louisville, you can have a dream and make it happen. This … 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 30 BBC, … Continued

Culture: When the Rain comes …

The Associated Press hailed “Rain — A Tribute to The Beatles” as “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles.” Paul McCartney might take issue with that claim, but at least one member of the tribute troupe, Louisvillian Mark Beyer, is doing his best to support the tagline. Fittingly, “Rain” performs three shows this weekend … Continued

Comedy: Wednesday night lights

“When one show ends, another begins” would be a great motto for Wednesday night comedy shows in Louisville. Every Wednesday night, “Caravan Raw” explodes with a high-energy assault on the funny bone. The show sprang from the separation between Comedy Caravan and the Louisville Comedy Underground, which left a void in the club for a … Continued

Art: Rainy days at the Speed

Rainy days are meant for being indoors. Choose your location wisely if given the chance. One recent heavy downpour presented me with the opportunity to spend an afternoon at the Speed Art Museum. The museum has four temporary exhibitions on display: “Minimalism: Now/Then/Again” (through spring), “Howard Hodgkin Prints and Process” (through Feb. 26), “Kentucky Antiques … Continued


Russian Circles have been playing their unique brand of instrumental music for years while always heading in a different direction with each album. On Empros, they continue to evolve, offering a noticeably darker vibe that blends well with their spacey post-rock-influenced dynamics. Opener “309” blasts out the gate with riffs devastatingly thick, flowing as if … Continued

The Less You Know, the Better

The title to Shadow’s latest holds a double meaning. While in interviews he says that it’s a reaction to the overwhelming amount of information available via digital mediums and “over-stimulus,” an interesting take on a world where news media is so controlled by threat of access, it also serves as a call to fans of … Continued

Blood of a Slave

The cliché is true either way, “all work and no play …” The best hip-hop strives for balance. If all you’re talking about is getting laid and designer glasses? Yawn. Same thing goes for rapping solely about The Struggle. Matter of fact, if all you’re talking about is how wack everyone else is because they’re … Continued

Deep Shit

It takes skill to take a moribund genre and breathe fresh life into it — especially without breaking any ribs. The Kentucky-via-Illinois twang rock machine that is State Champion applies admirable strength and passion into this collection, leader Ryan Davis’ urgent bark prodding the rest of the band to keep up as they build songs … Continued