Issue May 30, 2012

Fail Safe

As a volunteer in the Dismas Charities inmate work release program, Todd Duke spent his days cleaning animal cages and performing janitorial duties for the Kentucky Humane Society. Shortly after arriving for work on the morning of April 30, Louisville Metro Police say Duke shoved a female Humane Society employee into a room and locked … Continued

Bedecked with sudden debt

If you think hard times are knocking at your door, consider the mega-project neighbors and I are pondering to maintain our old Kentucky home — the Woodmont Condominiums off Poplar Level Road. If we opt to replace our rotting wooden balconies, we are certain to displace some of our financially challenged residents. For the sake … Continued

The fightin’ side of me

Dear dumb-ass redneck cracker, Even in light-to-moderate traffic, it’s difficult to drive from one end of Hurstbourne Parkway to the other without devolving into a screaming ape-man. Those several miles of inhumanity are enough to compel a right-thinking person to stop off at Half-Price Books, steal the collected works of Thoreau, drive till the gas … Continued

‘LEO is a piece of crap’

The statement “LEO is a piece of crap” is not, in and of itself, all that shocking. Clearly I disagree with the sentiment, but I occasionally hear it from irate right-wingers or disgruntled readers. But from the official spokesman for Dismas Charities? Now that was unexpected. Given the organization’s track record, however, I suppose it … Continued

Dining: Recently reviewed

Decca, 812 E. Market St., 749-8128, This popular spot is one of the hottest new tickets in town. Decca’s creative and interesting menu of well-crafted California Mediterranean cuisine channels the soul of San Francisco with no pretense. (Reviewed 4/4/12) THE GRAPE LEAF, 2217 Frankfort Ave., 897-1774, This popular spot in Clifton combines a … Continued

Industry Standard: Covering and protecting our own

Did you know that many independent restaurant workers don’t have employer-subsidized health insurance? They are out there, going insurance-style commando with their fingers crossed. If they get injured at work, worker’s compensation should cover their medical expenses. But what if something else happens? What if they get mugged, or involved in a car accident while … Continued

Video Tapeworm

this week’s Twin peeks JOHN CARTER 2012; $18.98-$49.98; PG-13 If you skipped this at the theaters — maybe turned off by all those hack reviews — then you missed the best adaptation of any Edgar Rice Burroughs creation ever put to film. It is a sprawling, magical ode to pulp fiction, beautifully realized by state-of-the-art … Continued


<YUM> Friday, June 1 Desserts! Desserts! Fest Cathedral of the Assumption 433 S. Fifth St. Free; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Some like ’em sweet, others salty. Some like ’em cold, others melty. Some like ’em in their mouth, others … wait, what am I talking about? Oh yeah! Desserts! I love them all and prefer … Continued

Bar Belle: Louisville’s sluggers

Some things just aren’t meant to be picked up after a 13-year break. Twinkies and Fritos — sure, preservatives. Tuna salad and me playing softball? Probably not a good idea. But I did it anyway (softball, not tuna). What could change in 13 years? I can swing a bat and field a grounder, right? And … Continued

Great guac, great mole and more at Guaca Mole

Some guacamole walked into a bar, and the bartender said, “Hey! There’s a restaurant named after you.” “What? There’s a restaurant named Wilbur?” Well, no. And my career as a comedian should probably end right there. After all, guacamole is no joke. And if you think guacamole is just some boring green stuff that you … Continued

Art: A glass act

Instead of picking some isolated island, the next “Survivor” location should be in a glass hot shop. Making art from glass is dangerous, expensive and laborious. Whether cut from colored panes, fired with a torch or shaped by human breath, glass is not for the timid. Yet legions of its followers have figured out how … Continued

Hard times

"By ’n’ by hard times comes a knocking at the door …” Just as “My Old Kentucky Home” warns, the hard times of baseball have arrived on the doorstep of the Louisville Bats. Most years a winner, and a frequent International League pennant contender in the past decade, the Bats have suddenly fallen into last … Continued

Comedy: Mixing it up with Rory Scovel

After having touring with some of the biggest names in comedy, like Louis C.K. and Daniel Tosh, Rory Scovel is quickly coming into his own. He’s performed on “Conan” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and earlier this month he received critical acclaim for his first Comedy Central special. LEO: Do you prefer alternative venues … Continued

The push for postsecondary

On a warm Thursday evening, the Academy at Shawnee’s auditorium bustles with anticipation. The handsome, aging space looks a little like an old book smells. And tonight, rows of wooden seats, etched into by generations of restless teens, pack a crowd of more than 100. It’s senior awards night. One by one, teachers hand out … Continued

Bellarmine’s annual jazz party

Bellarmine University professor Jeff Sherman has brought an array of history-making guitarists to the annual Jazz Guitar Clinic and Concert Series since 1987. Among the legendary guests have been Louisville’s own Jimmy Raney, Herb Ellis, Howard Roberts, and many more. This year, two longtime friends of Bellarmine, Howard Alden and John Stowell, return. Sherman has … Continued

Tim Krekel, songs and spirit

By the time Tim Krekel left Nashville for his beloved hometown of Louisville, he had made peace with the star-making machine. He’d experienced actual success, penning several chart-toppers for country artists and performing in a featured role alongside Jimmy Buffett. He’d been let down — “That’s just the way (the music business) is,” says his … Continued

Plugged In

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They’ll have another Pop-punkers Late Ones have returned with new album … Like the Day After a Heavy Rain, out this week from Little Heart Records, and the band is playing at Cahoots on Saturday night. LEO toasted the occasion with bassist Duncan Cherry. LEO: What is the connection between your favorite beverage and your … Continued