Issue November 5, 2013

Dining Guide 2013: Closer to greatness

What makes a great line cook? I’ve been on the hunt for a new job this summer, and while I was discussing a potential restaurant gig with a local chef, he mentioned that the duties of the position included working the pantry station for part of the shift. The responsibilities of a pantry station normally … Continued

Literature and empathy

A recent study published in the journal Science raised a lot of eyebrows in, of all places, literary circles. This is especially impressive when you consider how high the eyebrows in literary circles are normally raised. The study shows that people who read literary fiction are more likely to develop social aptitude and empathy, or … Continued

Coney Island baby

When I first started working in the dark arts, I was apprenticed, briefly, with a master of great skill but poor repute. Reluctant to compete for the attention of a mentor with a higher position in the community, I figured I could learn all the tricks I needed to know from a man who might … Continued

Shuffling the debt

The financially troubled KFC Yum! Center is beginning to turn the corner and head toward success — at least according to the Louisville Arena Authority (LAA), the public-private entity created by the state to manage the construction and financing of the $238 million arena. The LAA has struggled to make its debt payments for the … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: COMBAT!: THE COMPLETE SERIES 1966; $160.98-$229.98; UR We’ve mentioned the single-season offerings of this groundbreaking b&w series all year, and now the complete set is here at a collectable price, just in time for Christmas. It’s a violent, unrepentant tale of American soldiers carving their way through Europe, knife-in-teeth, that would … Continued

Dining Guide 2013: The Local List

COMPILED BY PETER BERKOWITZ & LARA KINNE Price Range: $ = $10 or less; $$ = $20 or less; $$$ = $30 or less; $$$$ = more than $30. (Per person for a meal without tip or tax.) Capsule Reviews: Restaurants marked with the special fleur de lis were reviewed in these pages throughout the … Continued

Amos Lee, home on the range

Amos Lee came out with a self-titled hit album nearly a decade ago that made people wonder where he’d been: Obviously, this was a veteran of the singer-songwriter scene. No neophyte could be getting so much melodic mileage out of the choices he made, touching on country instrumentation, arrangements that seemed to punch up styles … Continued


New balance Pikeville native Brandon Coleman is a modern renaissance man: a talented and hardworking guitarist, composer, bandleader and sound engineer who has just released his first studio album, Decisions. He’s also a graphic designer — he did his album’s cover. Coleman has swum in many pools of music. “While Decisions is classifiable as a … 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 6 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

Dining Guide 2013: Sweet vegan!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve struggled to negotiate an outing with a vegan friend and other omnivorous company. As our restaurant scene grows, food options for alternative diets and lifestyle choices are definitely getting better, but they are still often limited to one or two items on the menu. I wondered if … Continued

Dining Guide 2013: What helps one helps all

Birds of a feather flock together, it is said. And now it appears that maybe restaurants do, too. For many generations, after all, the dining scene that our parents and grandparents knew required a trip downtown for that special dining-out occasion. Neighborhood dining was largely limited to your friendly corner bar and grill, a diner … Continued

A touch of madness

Driving a pale primrose 1966 Jaguar E-Type around town is the opposite of subtle, so Hugh Haynie had to use a decoy whenever he wanted to be discreet. The sports-car enthusiast, who considered himself a gentleman from Virginia and constantly brought flowers and teddy bears to the women around him, bought himself a primer grey … Continued

Dining Guide 2013: A Hillbilly in Shanghai

The hillbillies are invading Shanghai. The world’s largest city has been taken by storm, with diners flocking to the city’s newest culinary darling, a little spot called Hillbilly Tea. Yes, you heard that right: The First Street restaurant, popular in Louisville for its locavore cuisine, moonshine cocktails and, above all, tea, opened its second branch … Continued


<ART> Wednesday, Nov. 6 ‘Dust and Shadows’ 21c Museum Hotel 700 W. Main St. Free; 7 p.m. Loss, rage, revenge, survival — these are heavy themes that create messy layers of emotions in anyone who experiences them. It’s no wonder, then, that a multimedia, two-person collaboration was needed for “Dust and Shadows,” which combines … Continued

Bar Belle: Prime time for wine

There’s just something about this time of year that makes me want to guzzle wine like it’s water and pop cheese like it’s Xanax. Most beers and liquors have a proper season of drinking — you don’t really drink rum in December, now do you? Winter was made for sippin’ on bourbons and stouts in … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am a kinky, youthful 72-year-old guy. I grew up in the Pleistocene era, when there was virtually no way to meet a kinky woman. I’ve had two vanilla marriages, and three months ago I ended a four-year vanilla relationship with the best woman I’ve ever met. I just couldn’t take not being a … Continued

Inbox — Nov. 6, 2013

Hail Humana Regarding Jo Anne Triplett’s Oct. 23 art piece on the Humana Building: I had the privilege of reviewing the original architectural construction plans and approving them for construction, doing the inspections, signing off on the Certificate of Occupancy and going to the grand opening celebrations. I was a Sergeant Fire Prevention Construction Inspector … Continued

Film: A film noir no-no

‘The Counselor’ Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt. R; 1:57. Now playing at Baxter Avenue Theatres. LEO Report Card: C Cormac McCarthy is one of America’s greatest living novelists and possessor of our nation’s worst posture (seriously, watch his 2007 Oprah interview). McCarthy’s body of … Continued

Book: What kind of wisdom do we really need?

‘David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants’ By Malcolm Gladwell. Little, Brown; 307 pgs., $29. With just about every chapter and article he writes, Malcolm Gladwell wants to be the architect of a big, collective “I forgot that you could also think of it that way!” from his readership. He’s become … Continued


Canadian ambient artist Tim Hecker has made some of the most challenging and captivating music of the early ’00s. Practically every record since his 2001 debut, Haunt Me, Haunt Me, Do It Again, has felt instantly classic, a series of records you didn’t know you needed until you heard them; his new record, Virgins, is … Continued

Humility the Hard Way

If the Louisville music scene has a unifying theme, it’s regularly producing acts that actively seek new sounds and ideas. With the release of the long-awaited Humility the Hard Way, Straight A’s continue that tradition by creating an album both imminently listenable and ripe with punk energy while remarkably resilient to identification by genre. With … Continued

Keeping a Record of It

Just Before Music, the debut full-length record from sculptor, collage artist and singer Lonnie Holley, received a quiet release last year on the boutique label Dust-to-Digital. Channeling the intense vocal power of Nina Simone through the cosmic surrealism of Sun Ra, Holley plays a kind of psychedelic outsider jazz gospel, and his incredible debut of … Continued


The duo of Angryblue (aka artist Justin Kamerer) and William Ragland sees the pair exploring dark, ethereal sonic landscapes in what would seem to be a series of improvised sessions. The elasticity inherent to ambient/drone music is remarkably comparable to jazz in that its boundaries are hedged only by its authors’ limitations. As such, the … Continued