Issue December 20, 2011

Louisvillian of the Year

When I first meet Kathy Little on her neighbor’s front lawn on a beautiful, almost cloudless late August afternoon, it’s one of those typical days on Cane Run Road in southwest Louisville that residents know all too well. Little walks up with her Boxer’s leash in one hand and her 7-year-old granddaughter Bryanna’s hand in … Continued

New Year’s resolutions for the 1 percent

As the Great Recession grinds on, many of our richest citizens might feel there’s nothing they can do to help the economy, other than eventually creating all those jobs while their taxes are low, which they’re totally going to get started on any day now. But there are some simple steps the 1 percent can … Continued

The 2011 Jones Awards

I was going to call these the first annual “LEO Jones Awards,” but my editor would probably say, “Uh, we have NOTHING to do with this madness! The Jones is insane! I don’t know why we keep him around!” The Jones crazy? Maybe. Whether I’m crazy or not (and I probably am), some crazy things … Continued

The longest night

Christmas always makes me think of zombies. I stopped going to shopping malls years ago, but I started going back, once a year, so my son could have his picture taken with Santa Claus. The shambling about of the general populace in that environment, as they moved, soullessly from one horrible, fluorescent-lit nightmare to the … Continued

Ball Droppings

Oh my liver. The UK/U of L game is at noon on Saturday … might as well pick a spot and prepare to drink the day away at my favorite dive bar. But for all you planners and people who like to play dress-up out there, here’s a highlight of some sweet New Year’s Eve … Continued


<FILM> Wednesday, Dec. 21 Laurel and Hardy Clifton Center 2117 Payne St. • 896-8480 $5 (free for members); 7 p.m. The Wild and Woolly Film Series at the Clifton Center returns with an evening of Laurel and Hardy films. The triple feature opens with “Big Business,” a 1929 silent short that lays out the basic … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: APOLLO 18 2011; $29.95-$39.99; PG-13 This “found footage” movie is a minor hoot — and almost makes other found footage movies obsolete. Officially, of course, Apollo 17 was the last manned mission to the moon, but according to this flick, we sent two Americans there later on a secret Defense Department … Continued

Inbox — Dec. 21, 2011

Clarification In the Nov. 30 Locavore Lore, J. Christian Walsh highlighted many aspects of the innovative food education efforts at Fern Creek High School; however, he mistakenly credited my colleague, Brent Peters, and me with founding the Food Literacy Project. Our class at Fern Creek is but one initiative working to encourage students to be … Continued

Film: ‘Young Adult’ takes revenge on the mean girl

‘Young Adult’ Starring Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson and Elizabeth Reaser. Directed by Jason Reitman. Rated R; 1:34. LEO Report Card: C+ You know the girl. She always had a way of making you feel 2 feet tall. Her disapproving stare would shoot daggers through your self-esteem. Sadly, those holes remain. No matter what you … Continued

The Taste Bud: Sweeeeet (well, semi-sweet)

When I was a kid, my mother would make homemade Toll House cookies for me every Christmas — hell, she still does most years — and it was something that made the holidays memorable. As the years have passed, I have grown less and less fond of sweets. I never order dessert in a restaurant, … Continued

This place is pho real

Ah, the holidays! Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, stockings hung by the chimney, lights and ornaments carefully placed on the tree, jingle bells and endless carols … I swear, if I hear “The Little Drummer Boy” one more time I’m not going to be responsible. OK, let’s see a show of hands: Talking about … Continued

Book: A knack for nostalgia

‘The Nostalgia Echo’ By Mickey Hess. C&R Press; 333 pgs., $14.95. In 2006, nostalgia has been identified as a medical epidemic. There is a pill to treat it, and there are three men, all connected by a faded Polaroid snapshot, caught in its warm and suffocating embrace. Louisville native Mickey Hess’ witty and intelligent “The … Continued

Art: ‘Redefining Normal’ focuses on strength, struggle

Paige Greene is an energetic young woman who lights up a room like a birthday cake studded with sparklers. Not only is she the photographer of “Redefining Normal,” she is herself a childhood cancer survivor. Moved to turn the camera onto other children who were living with cancer, she created two distinct bodies of work, … Continued

A work in progress

A half an hour after Louisville raced by Memphis Saturday, Clark Kellogg, the CBS Sports commentator, ran into guard Peyton Siva and a cluster of happy fans outside the Louisville locker room at the YUM! Center. “Hey, good job, Peyton,” Kellogg says. “Thanks,” Siva answers with a smile. “I’ll see you guys again in a … Continued

Tent up frustration

The bells at Cathedral of the Assumption on Fifth Street ring seven times on a drizzly Monday evening. Across the street at Founder’s Square Park, Occupy Louisville’s nightly general assembly meeting is supposed to begin. Instead, tents remain zipped. Music from a scratchy radio plays in one. Giggles shake the blue tarp of another. A … 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 dec 21 The … Continued


More than winning An old joke: Whatever doesn’t kill you … just really, really hurts you. While there’s a surplus of painful subjects both international and local to discuss, I’d like to focus on gratitude. Thanksgiving week offered moments of human goodness and warmth, despite a political climate so vitriolic that writers are actually using … Continued

Traveling higher with Lalah Hathaway

Being the daughter of the greatest soul singer of all time, Donny Hathaway, carries a lot of weight. Throwing one’s own apple hat into the ring, though, is precisely what Lalah Hathaway did. She initially shied away from speaking of her famous lineage in interviews, but, as her own catalog grew more impressive over two … Continued


Mercy me You might recognize Tender Mercy’s Mark Kramer from his years behind the counter at ear X-tacy. The music Kramer himself makes could be described just as he can: tall, lean, quiet and powerful. The new Tender Mercy EP is The Road To Good Intention Is Paved With Hell. LEO: How did the band … Continued

Mixing it up for 20 years on ‘World Café’

Even after two decades of hosting public radio’s “World Café” (heard locally on 91.9 WFPK, weekdays from 6-8 p.m.), David Dye has trouble explaining his job to some people. “The parents of the kids at my kids’ school — I don’t think they know what it’s about,” Dye laughs. “I try to explain it, and … Continued

One Pig

Yoko should be proud, if a little disgusted. One Pig is an album made up of sounds in the life of its titular character. Like us, the animal is born, fed and fattened, then killed. Unlike us, the pig is then taken apart and used for various purposes, not the least important being bacon, chops … Continued

Die Miserable

Fuck the Facts are a grind band from Canada that unleash an extreme trip through raw, aching musical nihilism. On their latest release, Die Miserable, they mix in a lot of death metal and punk-heavy metallic hardcore to their already excellent sound. Once again, the throat-stripping vocals of Mel Mongeon cover loud, raw screams; burly … Continued

Crazy Clown Time

David Lynch – director of such cinematic classics as “Eraserhead,” “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive” – has decided to try his hand at music. While both his masterpieces and near-misses (like his underrated adaptation of “Dune”) possess a fantastic musical sensibility, it’s difficult to discern why Lynch felt it necessary to inflict Crazy Clown Time … Continued