Issue March 6, 2012

Going there with Henry Rollins

Henry Lawrence Garfield never could have guessed his life would turn out this way. Born in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13, 1961, Garfield battled an abusive father, bullying at school and a long stint on Ritalin meant to curb his subsequent acting out. Books and music helped Garfield cope with a lonely childhood. He began … Continued

Notes from underground

You remember the durndest things when you’re hunkered down in the storm cellar. There were these three coffee table books in our living room that I obsessed over as a kid. In my earliest memories, I’m sitting alone at a low table compulsively flipping through a collection of Ralph Eugene Meatyard’s photos in a book … Continued

Inhumanity of mismanaged care

Even Gov. Steve Beshear’s critics concede that he’s good at managing natural disasters — such as last Friday’s twisters. He’s had more than his fair share. He’s been less adept at managing a bureaucratic disaster that began last November, when the state implemented managed care for 560,000 Medicaid recipients beyond the Jefferson County region. We … Continued

Workman’s company

In December 2008, Barbara Whitley retired as the Kentucky State Fair Board’s director of Human Resources. But her retirement was short-lived: The following summer, the Fair Board rehired her as executive director of HR. The new position not only resulted in a large salary bump — she makes $99,750 a year, almost $25,000 more than … Continued

Pro se rising

Certain consistencies lie in Judge Stephen M. George’s Friday morning family court docket. A bailiff signals to waiting parties in the hallway. Heels click until the carpets of courtroom 603 muffle the sound. Entering as one, the pack forks, headed for opposite tables, often in He vs. She formation. Now in its 20th year, Jefferson … Continued

Plugged In

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Root Hog or Die

God didn’t make me no monkey man On the morning of the GOP primaries in Michigan and Arizona, my clock-radio woke me with a terrifying sound: Kid Rock was singing “Born Free” at a Romney campaign event in Detroit. After recovering from the aural assault, I got to thinking about the opportunity that Republican candidates … Continued


Old time and right now The Pee Wee Valley-based quartet Whiskey Bent Valley is releasing its second album, also called Whiskey Bent Valley, with concerts Friday at the Shepherdsville Music Barn and Saturday at Kenna’s Korner. LEO talks to guitar/banjo/harmonica man Mason Dixon. LEO: Tell me about your new album. Mason Dixon: Our new album … Continued

Inbox — March 7, 2012

Zoned Out Steve Shaw’s article about development in the Feb. 22 LEO Weekly is hard-hitting. Wildcat developments, the privatization of parks, sewer lines and pump stations, lack of agency coordination and maltreatment of the public continue unabated in Jefferson County. Sewers are sprawling to direct development growth. MSD’s promises of “reserved capacity” plus promises of … Continued

The Bro is back in town

After traveling around for a while lost in those Midwestern woods, prodigal son and ex-Chemic leader Scott Kirkpatrick has returned with a new Bro. Stephen album of quiet folk music, Baptist Girls. Next week he’ll be traveling again, this time to Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest, where album guest vocalist and violinist Cheyenne Marie … Continued

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Ali Center’s ‘IndiVisible’ exhibit packs a punch

Your grade-school teacher may have called this nation a melting pot, a place where cultures mingle and meld. That’s precisely the phenomenon that gave rise to the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas,” now on display at the Muhammad Ali Center on the boxing legend’s 70th birthday. The notion of “being … Continued


<DRUMS> Thursday, March 8 ‘Tao: Way of the Drum’ Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway • 584-7777 $15+; 7:30 p.m. The space is silent, save for the peals of thunder that roar through the expanse. The scene presented could only have come from nature, and it did. The Taiko drum ensemble Tao has built a … Continued

Theater: Rhymin’ and stealin’ in ‘How We Got On’

‘How We Got On’  Written by Idris Goodwin. Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg. 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. It’s 1988, somewhere in the suburban Midwest, and the hot new thing on … Continued

Theater: Humana kicks off with topical ‘Veri**on Play’

‘The Veri**on Play’  Written by Lisa Kron. Directed by Nicholas Martin. 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. Last Wednesday night outside the KFC Yum! Center, Occupy Louisville protested corporate influence on … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: HAPPY FEET TWO 2011; $14.98-$44.98; PG The original “Happy Feet” was that rarest of all family flicks: lively enough for the ankle-biters, but smart enough for adults, too. This sequel is aimed more at kids, but still features those fabulous digital landscapes that brought the first one to life. Here, Mumble, … Continued

Film: ‘Hunger Games’ star lends voice to Youth Film Fest

Jennifer Lawrence, the Oscar-nominated actress of “Winter’s Bone” and one of the brightest lights to shine out of Louisville recently, filmed a six-minute promotional short for the Bellewood Home for Children. The video, entitled “Jennifer Lawrence Cares About Bellewood,” will screen as part of Bellewood’s Youth Film Festival this Sunday, an annual fundraiser now in … Continued

Top-notch Chinese a tradition at Oriental House

“I went to Oriental House for lunch the other day, and we had a really good Chinese meal that didn’t cost us an arm and a leg.” This statement would have been perfectly grammatical, and factual, in 1960, and it still is. Oriental House, whose ornate Chinese-style building has been a local landmark since at … Continued

Bar Belle: Can you beer me now?

Because of beer and stupidity, I have a fancy new iPhone for the first time in my life. The story opens on Fat Tuesday. Picture a wide shot of Check’s Café during happy hour. (As I relayed last time, they offer $2 drafts of all 19 of their beers. I was two Southern Tier IPAs … Continued

Dance: Ballet gives Cinderella a comedic twist

The story of Cinderella is so familiar that comedian Jerry Lewis made a 1960 film called “Cinderfella” and we still understood it. One of the original pure-of-heart dirty girls, Cinderella toils away her days cleaning and scrubbing at the mercy of her mean stepmother and wretched stepsisters. Cue the glass slippers and a prince to … Continued

Comedy: Dan Cummins on his first time

Dan Cummins is hardly a household name just yet, but his first two albums, Revenge Is Near and Crazy With a Capital F, have been two of the best-reviewed comedy albums in recent memory. You also may have seen him on “Last Comic Standing,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Late Show,” and all over Comedy … Continued