Issue February 14, 2012

Mayor Greg Fischer

Mayor Greg Fischer has spent the better part of 2012 under the cloud of a bleak economic forecast. But on a recent sunny, Friday afternoon, Fischer took a break from wrangling with the city’s unwieldy, unbalanced budget to participate in one of the easier aspects of being mayor: the grand opening of a local business. … Continued

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Vixens sex it up for Valentine show

When Va Va Vixens, our local burlesque ingénues, put together a show, they always deliver. And their latest show — the seasonal apropos “Va Va Valentine” — is no exception. Opening the show with a revue of live singers is undoubtedly one of the many highlights. These are voices ordained by devilish angels. And with … Continued

Chances are

Last week, on a day that fails to distinguish itself significantly from any other day in my mind except for its unseasonable warmth (this was, after all, February, please note the proper pronunciation, and my jacket was feeling a bit much), I ran into an old friend while riding on a poignant iteration of our … Continued


I love Michelle Obama. She is one of the few people in public life I look up to with unapologetic veneration, which is something I normally reserve for The Dalai Lama, Yim Yames and whoever writes dialogue for Ron Swanson. Our First Lady is strong, patient, wise, funny and gracious while doing what is arguably … Continued

Point of contention

Last Saturday afternoon, the University of Louisville added to its basketball arsenal the one thing it has been missing all season: a scorer. Early in the first half at West Virginia, freshman Wayne Blackshear, who had missed Louisville’s first 24 games with a shoulder injury, bounced off the bench and quickly sank the first shot … Continued

The not-so-merry orchestra

The Kentucky Opera is set to put on a performance of “The Merry Widow” at the Brown Theatre Friday night, but members of the Louisville Orchestra are anything but merry. After nine months of failed contract negotiations between the musicians’ union and the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Opera chose to use around 35 replacement musicians … Continued


Release the bats! Bats: one of the most misunderstood creatures on the planet. While they protect us from insect-related diseases and provide essential pollination for fruits and flowers, they still get a bad rap for drinking virgin blood and other jugular infractions. Sure, they look scary, and it’s weird how they can turn into mist … Continued


Tanned, rested and ready It’s easy for the Pixies to rehash old favorites for millions of dollars, but it’s more interesting when a lesser-known band regroups because they can’t not play together. Nixon has gotten back together to spread more heavy sounds, even as members remain with other bands, such as The Hookers and Trophy … Continued

Inbox — Feb. 15, 2012

Money Out of Politics Your recent interview of Congressman John Yarmuth (LEO Weekly, Feb. 8) reminded me of a famous quote by Justice Louis D. Brandeis (another Louisville native). “Those who won our independence valued liberty as an end and as a means.” Put simply, freedom is a process. It happens by our participation in … Continued

Whistle Peak’s homemade electro-folk sounds

Describing the unusual mixture of sounds making up the stew in Whistle Peak’s indie pop is difficult, but their music is tasty and intriguing, and even more so in their second album, Half Asleep Upon Echo Falls, out this week on local label Karate Body Records. LEO spoke with singer Billy Petot. LEO: How did … Continued

The Phantom Family Halo’s future now

Phantom Family Halo founder Dominic Cipolla decided to move from Louisville to Brooklyn. “About a year before I moved, I set a date, told everyone in the band that I was going and that I would love for them all to join me. But not everyone has the same goals and interests. I just needed … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act or comedian 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 FEB 15 … Continued


<FILM> Feb. 15-17 3 Films, 3 Continents, 3 Days U of L Chao Auditorium at Ekstrom Library 2301 S. Third St. Free; 4 p.m. (Feb. 15-16), 3 p.m. (Feb. 17) The Institute for Intercultural Communication’s aptly named film series features work from two legendary, international directors and one who’s been somewhat forgotten outside Latin America. … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: TOWER HEIST 2011; $18.98-$29.98; PG-13 Without the amazing cast, this would have been just so-so, but when you bring together Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Michael Peña, Gabourey Sidibe, Téa Leoni, the long-lost Eddie Murphy (in fine form) and Alan Alda as the oily bad guy, you can completely ignore the fact … Continued

Comedy: A dark and twisted Titus

Christopher Titus is one of the most harrowing comedians in the world. His critically acclaimed one-person show, “Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding,” fearlessly touched on taboo subjects, from his alcoholic, verbally abusive father to his mother, who killed her second husband and then turned the gun on herself. Amazingly, he brings the audience to a place … Continued

Film: Derby City Film Fest returns

The Derby City Film Festival hits its stride this weekend, screening a trove of 56 films that are as international as they are local. Work from 16 countries will hit the Clifton Center screen in this fourth edition of the fest, in addition to 14 films with solid, Kentucky roots. One such selection is a … Continued

The Taste Bud: The great cilantro debate

“The pubes of a demon.” That’s how one person described the herb cilantro. Yes, some people hate this simple garnish enough to create such descriptive and venomous colloquialisms. Perhaps more highly charged than the debate over religion, and even abortion, is the one raging over this simple herb. Personally, I love the stuff. It has … Continued

Kashmir keeps on keeping on

Back in the day, trendy new eateries like the Bristol and Myra’s fired up a generation of Louisville foodies with the revelation that fine dining could be about more than white tablecloths, surf-and-turf and fancy Italian cuisine. But it didn’t take long for us to become blasé. Even as the city’s dining revolution burst all … Continued

Art: Paris and the Impressionists

They say confession is good for the soul, so here goes: I have an Impressionist-style shower curtain. That makes me one of the many people around the world who love the colorful, light-filled canvases of the Belle Époque era. Paris was the place to be; as art central, it drew all who wished to breath … Continued


It’s a curse on gifted artists — listeners can tell when they’re marking time. Van Etten’s third full-length more than holds its own, but coasts on occasion. After a modestly roughened midtempo opener comes “Give Out” (a clear-eyed ballad of personal surrender) and “Serpents” (where she stands up against guitar-and-drum growls). Sequenced back-to-back, these show … Continued

Feel the Sound

“You’re so safe, you’re in my mind,” Imperial Teen’s Roddy Bottum sings in “All the Same.” We could easily apply this sentiment to the sound of Imperial Teen’s fifth full-length studio album on Merge Records. “Runaway” kicks the album off with a perfectly crafted and concise pop song, and it’s hard not to dance around … Continued

Welcome 2 the Far Left

Not long after releasing a group album with Jas’K as Triple B, Kogan Dumb learns from the missteps of that debut with Welcome 2 the Far Left, a solo shot that sounds years beyond where he started. While still overstuffed, with 21 tracks, there’s more than enough solid material here to make you want to … Continued

Bird and Yams: The Mixtape

Triple B is the duo of local MCs Jas’K and Kogan Dumb. Jas’K has previously dropped a solo mixtape; Kogan’s is reviewed below. Their affiliation with T. McAfee sets a certain expectation, as he is one of the city’s best. Unfortunately, Bird and Yams suffers from low-budget production values, a bad microphone, clichéd topics and … Continued