Issue April 10, 2012

Green Issue 2012: Slime-less Mondays

With all this talk of pink slime (sorry, I mean “Finely Textured Beef Trimmings”) it’s hard to imagine chopped meat becoming the “caviar of the future,” as some at the United Nations have predicted. But rising production costs, an estimated 3 billion more mouths to feed by mid-century, and the ridiculous amount of water needed … Continued

Outsource your worry

Are you a worrier? According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Anxiety, as many as 83 percent of us worry needlessly about real or imagined everyday concerns, such as excess stomach acid, nuclear Armageddon or whether studies can be trusted to provide valid statistics. But no matter how you count the numbers, … Continued

I am the walrus

When I got to work this morning, I was the only one here. This isn’t unusual, because I work alone most of the time, but we have a regular staff meeting every other Monday morning, when we’re on deadline, and I was pretty late, myself, so I really expected somebody to be here. It isn’t … Continued

Green Issue 2012: Dams in distress

The Great Beaver Massacre occurred in the city of St. Matthews sometime in early March. That’s really the only fact everybody agrees upon. (OK, so even that isn’t an agreed-upon fact by all parties involved.) Like so many government-sponsored atrocities before it, the alleged savagery is shrouded in secrecy and official denials of knowledge. In … Continued

Green Issue 2012: Getting hot in here

Something strange is happening. It’s in the air. No, really, it’s in the air. You can feel it. Step outside for a minute. OK, maybe you should put down the LEO first … now step outside. Unless, of course, you already are — then just stay there. Or walk around. But watch out for dog … Continued

Derby field of dreams

The ideal Kentucky Derby scenario unfolds as a gathering of the best horses from the East, the West, and all other worthy contenders from far-flung locales — including overseas. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes, one horse overshadows the rest, while in other years, no horse casts much of a shadow. … Continued

Grassroots energy

Sonia McElroy, a 64-year-old retired social worker, is going door to door through her small town of Milton, Ky., encouraging neighbors to sign her petition. “Yeah, I’ll sign it,” says Donald Clifton, a retired utility worker and local blue ribbon honey maker. “I doubt it will do any good, though. They’re kind of hard-headed over … Continued

Joan Shelley, Brides maiden

Having performed with singer-songwriters Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore, and with vocal folkies Maiden Radio, and after starting a new relationship and a new band of her own, singer-songwriter and guitarist/banjoist Joan Shelley is in a much different space now than when she released her first solo album in 2010. Shelley welcomes the release … Continued

Red Baraat’s culture club

The nine-piece Brooklyn-based “dhol ’n’ brass” band Red Baraat has turned heads in their four years together, fusing traditional sounds from India with inner-city funk rhythms, utilizing only brass and percussion instruments. Their second studio album, Shruggy Ji, will be released later this year. LEO asks dholi Sunny Jain about how they operate. LEO: Kentucky … 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 apr 11 … Continued

Inbox — April 11, 2012

Make ’em Proud The U of L Brandeis School of Law dean says Darryl Isaacs is the area lawyer typical Kentuckians would name first (regarding the cover story in the April 4 LEO Weekly). Could a sharper contrast between an alum and his school’s namesake be found? Louis Brandeis devoted his life to helping aggrieved … Continued


<ART> Through April 15 Congressional Art Competition Louisville Water Tower 3005 River Road A fist-pump, high-five or plain, old-fashioned congratulations is in order for Assumption senior Mary-Kathryn Smith. Her painting was selected last week as the winner of John Yarmuth’s sixth annual Congressional Art Competition. The piece, titled “Fear At Night,” will be hung … Continued

Theater: Finnigan Fest once again brings the funky and fun

‘Festival of Funky Fresh Fun’ A night of 10-minute plays by Finnigan Productions. Directed by Tad Chitwood, Briana Clemerson, Kathi E.B. Ellis, Joe Hatfield, Shaun Kenney, Becky LeCron, Corey Music, Nick Potter, Jeremy Sapp, Brian Walker and Todd Zeigler. Continues through April 14 at The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Road. For info or tickets, call … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE — GHOST PROTOCOL 2011; $21.98; PG-13 It’s a far, far more mature Tom Cruise at the helm of this fourth installment of the MI franchise. You can see it in the painful stunts, the way he relates to his MI crew, and the freedom he gives the other actors. … Continued

Film: Toro! Toro! Toro!

‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’  Documentary starring sushi master Jiro Ono. Directed by David Gelb. Rated PG; 1:21. Opens Friday at Village 8 Theatres. LEO Report Card: B+ Hidden underground at one of Tokyo’s busiest Metro stations is a restaurant compact enough to fit inside a subway car. Sukiyabashi Jiro has 10 seats, no bathroom and … Continued

The Taste Bud: Chicken wings fit for a king

Eating animals to survive is a time-honored tradition for carnivores such as human beings. To that end, over the last couple of decades, the popularity of the chicken wing has risen dramatically, thanks in no small part to the emergence of hot wings in Buffalo, N.Y., in the 1970s and ’80s. In a way, the … Continued

Around the world on a dinner plate

To catch up with a bunch of items that have piled up in my critic’s notebook, let’s take a quick trip around the world on a dinner plate, stopping off at a trio of worthy spots for tastes of the Mediterranean, Korea and a Philadelphia treat — a surprisingly fetching “cheeze” “steak” that’s fully vegan. … Continued

Dance: Louisville Ballet celebrates 60

You have to be pretty famous to get your face on the side of a building in Louisville. After all, not just anyone can hang with The Colonel. But ballerina Wendy Whelan has made it (on the Brown School at First and Muhammad Ali), letting all who see the banner know that a dancer from … Continued

Comedy: Alysia Wood — A princess in jeans

Alysia Wood is a rising star out of the Seattle comedy scene. The Louisiana native, who once lived in Louisville, has now settled in southern California. After several appearances in independent films and the release of her new album, Princess, on Stand-Up Records, Wood returns to Louisville this weekend at Comedy Caravan. LEO: Who are … Continued


Combining sounds from disparate genres and eras, Always takes the listener on a journey of catchy, sexy, misery. While it is nothing new to make sadness attractive, Jamie Stewart’s visceral songwriting delivers the ubiquitous character of a tortured soul with such aplomb and unflinching dedication that the spirit of the record is intoxicating and actually … Continued

Hip-Hop-Etry 201

This is a distracting record. Not for anything he’s done, it’s just unsettling how much Sincere sounds like another local rapper, with just a sprinkling of Carter 3-era Wayne. Ears wander and make unfair comparisons to the other emcee, leading to a lower grade than justified. Don’t misread, this is purely a vocal quality; there’s … Continued

Locked Down

The lineup alone makes a solid case for future top-10 lists. Dr. John, refreshed and debuting on a new label, paired with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, with assistance from the Truth & Soul camp on the horns; that they have the songs to back it up closes the argument in record time. This is … Continued

Led By Love

The first thing you’ll notice about Led by Love is its clarity. Rhody’s happy melodies and soft voice pour out of speakers in HD. It’s clear he has studied the unique sound of Kentucky Folk to technical extremes — his singing style prowess is matchless, his chords are divine, and his tall tales are some … Continued

Seluah returns to the dark side

Noir-inspired, ethereal rock band Seluah broke up early in the Bush era, leaving only one popular EP behind. They reunited in 2010, and, after an almost Axl Rose-esque wait, Seluah has finally delivered their debut full-length album, Red Parole, through local label Karate Body Records. It’s about as far from Chinese Democracy as one could … Continued