Issue March 12, 2012

Get out of the way

John Calipari, who can’t coach, pulled his freshman point guard Marquis Teague aside one day early in the season. He’s had a run of freshman point guards — I’m sure you’ve heard — in recent years. Drawing on his experience of coaching point guard savants like John Wall and Derrick Rose, Calipari looked at Teague … Continued

What we are fearing today

Family planning. Gluten. Credit card fees. Being scanned in an airport and having pictures of our naughty bits turn up on the Internet. Kidnappings in distant cities. Prescription foul-ups at the drugstore. Negative comments on our Facebook updates. Running into a neighbor who’s had his meds mixed up at the drugstore. Not being retweeted. Greek … Continued

InfraRed-colored glasses

When last season ended, with little more than a whimper, U of L fans took solace in the fact that what they had just witnessed was a “bridge year.” Coach Pitino had packaged it that way all along, promising 2012 would be different. Gone would be Preston Knowles, the conscience-free shooter who sparked so many … Continued


Rick Wanamaker is not a name that immediately resonates when contemplating the history of hoops in Louisville. But he’s more than a footnote and comes to mind as the Dance — you know, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament — returns for the first time since 1991 to this town that cares more about it than … Continued

Do The Hustle

"There are only two great plays,” Adolph Rupp once said. “‘South Pacific’ and put it in the hole.” Which should eliminate Louisville right off in the NCAA tournament. If the Cardinals were riding in a boat to Tahiti, they couldn’t hit the South Pacific. On the other hand, a funny thing happened to Louisville last … Continued

Dock the vote

As activists shuffled around the Capitol Annex Building last week — part of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth’s lobby day for House Bill 70, a constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of nonviolent felons — there appeared to be a presence among them that was missing in recent years: genuine optimism. “It’s probably been the … Continued

Back off, buster

Six months after Our Lady of Peace fired a union organizer for allegedly harassing fellow co-workers, a judge at the National Labor Relations Board has ruled in favor of the employee and issued a stinging rebuke of the hospital. Not only was the Louisville psychiatric hospital found to have violated federal labor law in dismissing … 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 mar 14 … Continued


Wild, Wild Mordecai Local indie pop/rock quartet Go Mordecai! would like you to know something: “We are very excited about the upcoming show at Zanzabar with Cloud Nothings and The Deloreans (on March 21). It is guaranteed to be a wild time. (We are legally obligated to disclose that Go Mordecai! cannot guarantee that the … Continued

American roots music honored in Oldham County

A new exhibit in the Oldham County Historical Society in La Grange explores the ethnic, regional and rural history of American music, from 18th century shape-note hymn singers to the current-day roots revival sounds of Alison Krauss, The Klezmatics, and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. “New Harmonies” is a Smithsonian traveling exhibit meant primarily … Continued

Inbox — March 14, 2012

It’s Not Race, It’s Culture I worked in JCPS elementary schools for 10 years. I once overheard a principal remark, “The Board wouldn’t let me suspend ________ because they said I already had too many suspensions of black boys.” The truth is that JCPS tries very hard to avoid the appearance suggested by the Feb. … Continued


<BOOK> Wednesday, March 14 Kevin Coval & Idris Goodwin Second Story Books 2004 Highland Ave. • 290-8585 Free; 6:30 p.m. Spoken-word artists Kevin Coval and Idris Goodwin have partnered up to spread the word on how poetry and associated forms of expression and performance can confront and address clashing cultures and personal challenges, and now … Continued

Theater: Skilled cast makes ‘Eat Your Heart Out’ a success

‘Eat Your Heart Out’  Written by Courtney Baron. Directed by Adam Greenfield. Continues through March 31 at Actors Theatre of Louisville as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. For tickets or more info, go to or call 584-1205. “There is no right answer.” At least that’s what beleaguered social worker Nance … Continued

Theater: ‘Hour of Feeling’ merges political with romantic

‘The Hour of Feeling’ Written by Mona Mansour. Directed by Mark Wing-Davey. Continues through April 1 at Actors Theatre of Louisville as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. For tickets or info, go to or call 584-1205. With his new wife by his side, young Palestinian scholar Adham (Hadi Tabbal) is … Continued

Winterpills spring again

Winterpills, a melodic, sometimes ethereal chamber pop/indie rock band based in Northampton, Mass., is led by a married couple, singer/guitarist Philip Price and singer/keyboardist Flora Reed. Their fifth full-length album, All My Lovely Goners, was released on Valentine’s Day. Price and Reed stop over in Louisville for a duo show after shaking their sticks at … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: ARMCHAIR FICTION! 2012; $12.95 each While it’s not our usual bailiwick, we simply must tell you about Sinister Cinema’s new line of pulp fiction. Our buddy Greg Luce (see FilmFax No. 129) is producing exceptional quality reprints from some of the greatest names in classic-age sci-fi and horror, and in their … Continued

Volare continues the upscale Italian tradition

Volare, oh oh … Cantare, oh oh oh oh … Let’s fly way up to the clouds … With Dean Martin’s classic rendition of the pop Italian ballad firmly planted in our ears, let’s talk about Volare and how it fits into the pantheon of Louisville’s top Italian tables. It’s all connected, after all, and … Continued

The Taste Bud: Does your favorite spot make the ‘A’ list?

Daniel Meyer has a fun job — he’s the guy who goes to your favorite restaurant and inspects it for cleanliness and protocol. Usually, Meyer says, everything looks fine and dandy. Sometimes, though, there’s a mop and 10 gallons of black water in the hand-washing sink. Or mold in the prep bowls. Or a sewage … Continued

Comedy: Busting myths all over your face

Jamie Hynemen and Adam Savage, better known collectively as “The Mythbusters,” stars of the hit Discovery Channel show, are almost single-handedly responsible for turning geek into chic. Every week, Jamie and Adam, along with a crack team of cohorts, go to outlandish lengths in an attempt to answer the big questions in life. This weekend, … Continued

Book: The compelling story of a 1st-century cover-up

‘The Swerve’ By Stephen Greenblatt. W.W. Norton; 356 pgs., $26.95. Every once in a while, a book comes around to challenge the underlying assumptions of an age. If you’re not particularly hip on classical literature, one of those crucial texts is “De Rerum Natura” — translated as “On the Nature of Things” — written in … Continued

The Russian Wilds

Not so many years ago, Ethan Miller’s band Comets on Fire provided a perfectly psychedelic shot in the arm — their loud, histrionic MC5-style rock ruled the day, and it seemed like a number of copycat bands have since sprung up in their wake. Nothing good lasts forever, though, and while Miller has a new … Continued


Delay (or echo) is a studio effect usually added in post-production to emulate a sense of space in a final mix. Its considerable use on Visions, the third album from Grimes, is unfortunately analogous with the impression of hollowness throughout the record. While it is clear that Grimes has a lot of good ideas and … Continued


Lexington’s Nemo Achida has been releasing a steady stream of original music for some time now, and has recently captured the attention of producer 88 Keys (Black Star, Musiq Soulchild, Kanye and Jay-Z’s “No Church in the Wild”), who has picked him up for his own Locksmith Music label. Nemotional is his latest free release, … Continued

Wretched Radio

The Uncommon Houseflies’ new album parodies radio broadcasting (and its importance in society) across generations. The lead-in and fade-out blips, “Station Identification” and “Sign Off,” reinforce the “station marketing” in the title song, the effect of which is to create a strongly themed album. The band explores rock music from across the decades from 1950s … Continued