Issue January 31, 2012

From the balcony

2003 As restoration pushed forward on a theater that had been dark since 1966, an ambitious volunteer encountered something that would impact the course of her career. On her first walk through this one-time Vaudeville house, Joanna Thornewill Hay — who would later develop a documentary about her work at The Grand Theatre — stumbled … Continued

Fairy tales for today’s tots

One of the great joys in life is to read to a young child. If you are the parent, grandparent or friend of a tiny tot, the classic fairy tales are a perpetual source of fun and enjoyment. Nothing can spark a child’s imagination like Mother Goose, Aesop or The Brothers Grimm. However, when you … Continued

Let X = X

One of my friends is very practical. He (or she) bristles whenever somebody says (or, more accurately, repeats that ubiquitous cliché), “It is what it is.” “Why would you say that? It’s meaningless! It’s a waste of breath! Of course, ‘It is what it is!’ It goes without saying! If you don’t have something meaningful … 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 FEB 1 BBC, … Continued

Brit Beat

I believe that children are our future There’s an interesting quote from Steven Tyler in the February issue of O: The Oprah Magazine. After they’ve done the usual ego stroking and rich person spirituality sharing, the TV queen asks if the “American Idol” judge finds it difficult to hurt people’s feelings on the show. “Yeah. … Continued


Serious fun JP Source isn’t just another DJ. He’s a sound artist who describes his sounds as “Deep balearic disco party house,” and, unlike most American DJs, he speaks with a British accent because he’s actually British. His new EP is titled Get Your Bearings. LEO: How did this record release come together? JPS: The … Continued

Lionel Loueke teaches and learns

Many Louisvillians who saw Herbie Hancock’s concert at the Brown Theatre in 2010 were introduced to the subtle yet powerful playing of his guitarist, Lionel Loueke. This time, Loueke returns for a performance at the University of Louisville, where he’ll lead his longstanding Gilfema trio with bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth. “I want … Continued

Elephant Micah: In his own time

For some people, Joe O’Connell might be the best songwriter in the whole world, and they’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in their cowboy boots and say that. So why isn’t he more of a household name yet? His music as Elephant Micah — a name used both solo and with rotating accompanists — … Continued

Living a shelter life

Around Christmas — a time when controversy typically slows down — Occupy Louisville protestors found themselves embroiled in a fight. The city wanted to eliminate overnight camping at Occupy’s headquarters in Founder’s Square Park, and the dispute has since landed in federal court. As the struggle gained news coverage, the fact that Occupy’s tents housed … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Feb. 1 Pressed And Zanzabar 2100 S. Preston St. • 635-9227 $5; 10 p.m. For this special evening of Witch House music, the artist known last month as Crash Symbols appears live in the skinny jeans capital of Germantown to lull the crowd into a blissed-out haze of warm, ambient, electronic pop-ish … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: A FISH CALLED WANDA 1988; $17.98-$19.98; R Finally, a Blu-ray version of the movie that made Kevin Kline a star. He, vivacious Jaime Lee Curtis and Monty Python vets John Cleese and Michael Palin team up for a completely ridiculous crime-caper centered around the recovery of a cache of stolen diamonds. … Continued

Z’s and a lesson in steakhouse economics

Let’s consider the economics of steak. Hungry for a sizzling rare boneless strip? Meijer had USDA choice for $7.99 a pound this week. (Kroger had flatiron, a chunk of chuck, for just $5.99 a pound, but let’s keep things upscale with strip or rib eye.) Bring it home, slap it on the grill, add a … Continued

The Taste Bud: Barbecued goodness ends an era

A few years ago, when I first got wind that there was such a thing as barbecued chicken pizza, I nearly wretched. Chicken on pizza? PIZZA? And don’t even talk to me about putting barbecue sauce on a pizza. Now you’re just being ridiculous. As time went by, I got more accustomed to the idea, … Continued

Inbox — Feb. 1, 2012

Hard Work To Bart Bertetto (who wrote an Inbox letter in the Jan. 25 LEO): Your point about the importance of hard work is well taken, especially in an economic landscape as difficult as this one. But please have some compassion for the people who do not have the advantages others (including myself) sometimes take … Continued

Theater: ‘In the Next Room’ is tastefully stimulating

‘In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)’ Written by Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Laura Gordon. Continues through Feb. 18 at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 W. Main St. For tickets or more info, call 584-1205 or visit In this age of cleavage, miniskirts and booty shorts, ladies tend to leave little to the … Continued

Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

There are degrees of tuning in and tuning out. A few examples: Dear Mary Welp, I can count on one hand the total number of podcasts I have ever listened to. It’s too confusing to those of us who don’t even listen to music much on iTunes because of the extra steps involved in A) … Continued

Book: Belafonte’s 20th century song

‘My Song: A Memoir’ By Harry Belafonte with Michael Shnayerson. Alfred A. Knopf; 480 pgs., $30.50. In the course of his 80-plus years, Harry Belafonte has gone from pauper to prince, never once forgetting from whence he came. The cynic would walk through his new autobiography with a factory broom to sweep up the inordinate … Continued

Art: McCurry captures scenes of abundant color

These are the eyes that connected with the world. When “Afghan Girl” by photojournalist Steve McCurry was on the cover of the June 1985 National Geographic, it caused a sensation. Her green eyes, in contrast with her dark red clothing, created a focal point that resonates to this day. “Most of my images are grounded … Continued

La Grande

With all the folksy finger-pickin’ songwriters out there, it can be easy to overlook someone like Laura Gibson. Quiet and subtle, her music requires slowing down and listening carefully. Gibson’s haunting, fragile voice sounds a lot like Karen Dalton and, in moments, Billie Holiday. A nylon-stringed guitar, woodwinds, piano and percussion create subtle textures that … Continued

The Church of Rock and Roll

Twenty years after the IRS label signed Over The Rhine, who thrive to this day, the resurrected imprint has picked up another Cincinnati band, one that couldn’t be more different from that clique, though both are fronted by outsized classic diva personalities. Foxy’s Eric Nally is one of the great rocker personas of today: The … Continued


Abigail Williams always seem to alter their black metal style on every release. On Becoming, they channel Wolves in the Throne Room’s affinity for atmospherics and dynamics, but with an old school, raw, simplistic approach to the fast parts, unlike the technical playing on past releases. The end result is stripped-down black metal intermingled with … Continued


After dropping his smoke-filled, ahem, joint EP with T-Razor earlier this year, Dissent comes as a full about-face, a politic-filled project that doesn’t come off as overly cynical, sarcastic or dependent on Pale Horses and other conspiracy theory. Produced by Ghost Beats, these eight songs are among Johnny’s best. “Hate Me” is as much an … Continued