Issue March 20, 2012

In the path

An alarm buzzes at 5 a.m. on March 2, just like any other workday. Jeanette Robertson rises out of bed to get to Henryville Junior/Senior High School by 7. In the background, the local morning news warns of severe weather, but the rush to get out the door dilutes any urgency in the message. She … Continued

Theater: ‘Oh, Gastronomy’ offers a plateful of laughs

‘Oh, Gastronomy’  Written by Michael Golamco, Carson Kreitzer, Steve Moulds, Tanya Saracho and Matt Schatz. Directed by Amy Attaway. Continues through April 1 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 are many reasons to love … Continued

Marriage must really suck!

For some reason, there has been a bevy of reports about the decline of marriage in America lately. I guess some of the findings shouldn’t come as a surprise considering that even married folk unceasingly warn us, “Marriage is hard work.” Whether that’s the reason or not, people are avoiding the institution in increasing numbers. … Continued

Bridge to political cover

Days after the adoption of a controversial plan to finance the Ohio River Bridges Project, Kentucky lawmakers were running for cover. The tolling authority they created — predominantly for political distance — was taking a backseat to state agencies that answer to legislators. The backlash had begun without much of a buffer between them and … Continued

Dream on

My dreams, when I remember them, are usually pretty bizarre. I’m fighting giant hermit crabs or scorpions. I’m in a room where the gravity shifts from the floor to the walls and then to the ceiling. I’m in a house on fire, but then it disintegrates and I’m treading water in the middle of the … Continued

The fallout

It’s a warm, spring morning in the California neighborhood. Other than chattering birds, all is quiet. Mary McGuire, with Louisville Metro’s Department of Codes and Regulations, points out unfortunate truths behind the silence: boarded up windows, notices on doors, at least four homes on one block appear unlived in. “(California) has been hit really hard,” … Continued

Dancing on air

Where were you Saturday night? While thousands of University of Kentucky basketball fans jammed into the KFC Yum! Center for a “neutral court” NCAA Tournament game, most University of Louisville fans settled for the widest-screen TVs they could find — and maybe their radios — to root for the Cardinals, playing 2,000 miles away in … Continued

Life and death

Shujaa Graham was sentenced to die in San Quentin in 1976, falsely accused and convicted of killing a prison guard while he was serving time for robbery. After three years of appeals, he was acquitted. He attributes his freedom, in large part, to two middle school students who organized support for a legal defense fund … Continued

Inbox — March 21, 2012

Gouging Guinness I was disappointed when I attended the St. Patty’s Day Parade and found the prices of some of my favorite libations had more than doubled overnight. Some of the Irish watering holes along the parade route raised drink prices from $5.50 to $12. I have no problem paying a cover, but c’mon, man, … Continued

Me Vs. Music

Pissing off Mothra  My mother has a couple of nicknames: Mom Thumb and Mothra. She’s a tiny spitfire, and I have put her through so much. I’m so lucky she didn’t drive me into a lake. There are times when children don’t behave, and when that behavior makes parents yell more than necessary or logical. … Continued


<THEATER> Wednesday, March 21 ‘In the Belly’ Rudyard Kipling 422 W. Oak St. • 636-1311 Free; 7:30 p.m. This play is not for the faint of heart. “In the Belly” graphically portrays the sad realities of prison life in solitary confinement, backed by stories from real inmates, reactions from their audiences, and modern literary … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE 2011; $14.99-$35.99; PG-13 While the ads focused on co-stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, who are almost incidental, the real stars are young Thomas Horn and a mute Max von Sydow. Horn plays Hanks’ adoring son, devastated when his dad is killed in the World Trade … Continued


Country favorites The Bottom Sop can be seen Wednesdays at Baxter’s and Thursdays at The Highlands Tap Room; this Saturday night at the Tap Room, they celebrate a record release show and a “Barn Party USA” TV taping. Singer/guitarist Derrick Manley tells LEO about their plans. LEO: Explain your name for the good folks. Derrick … Continued

Film: Bad seed rising

‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ Starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell and Rocky Duer. Directed by Lynne Ramsay. Rated R; 1:52. Opens Friday at Village 8 Theatres. LEO Report Card: B+ In addition to its “R” rating, a Surgeon General’s warning for expectant mothers would not be out of line … 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 21 … Continued

An authentic taste of Korea at Charim

Even if you don’t have much experience with Korean food, you’ll find it easy to like, especially if you try it at an eatery as amiable as Charim. For the most part, Korean dishes won’t seem unfamiliar to anyone who enjoys the varied cuisines of Asia. Some of its dishes seem to bear a resemblance … Continued

Never an adult moment

Chrissy Murderbot is on my plane. En route to my first South by Southwest (SXSW), my eyes seek out notable musicians also making their way to the 25th annual music conference and festival in Austin, Texas. In this distorted world, a DJ like Mr. Murderbot counts as a celebrity (well, enough), though not compared to … Continued

Comedy: Fantasy ‘League’ star on anger and the NCAA

Long Island native Steve Rannazzisi broke out as a cast member on “The League,” FX’s popular and acclaimed comedy series about a 30-something group of friends who are also members of a fantasy football league. He brings his stand-up to The Improv this week. LEO: When is “The League” back? Steve Rannazzisi: We start shooting … Continued

Bar Belle: Shiny, happy people chugging beer

Nothing rouses Louisville from hibernation more than basketball and green beer — and both were plentiful on Saturday. I’m not sure how you spent St. Patrick’s Day, but if you had a chance to get out for a bit, did you notice all the smiles? A general sense of happiness spread throughout the city like … Continued

Art: Ink, art and ladies

The great thing about an art show in a tattoo parlor is that it makes total sense. What else are you supposed to do while getting inked other than look around? In celebration of Women’s History Month, Liberty Tattoo and Art Parlor is giving patrons and visitors something worth looking at: the work of 20 … Continued