Issue May 8, 2012

Fangs for the memories

My name is Victoria Winters. My journey is beginning. A journey that I hope will open the doors of life to me and link my past with my future. A journey that will bring me to a strange and dark place …” —Episode 1, 1966 The best journeys always traverse strange and dark places. And … Continued

Sunny afternoon

I ran into an old friend sitting on a bench in the park up the street from my house. She was clearly lost in thought, preoccupied; I imagined that she had gone there to meditate, and I admired her choice of locations for such an activity. It was a beautiful sunny day, the sky was … Continued

The Apocryphon of Timmy

In 1945, two Egyptian farmers dug up a sealed jar containing 12 papyrus codices near the town of Nag Hammadi. These documents turned out to be second-century Christian Gnostic texts considered heretical by the early Church, including the Gospel of Thomas, The Apocryphon of John and The Three Steles of Seth. Some scholars believe Christianity … Continued

Inbox — May 9, 2012

Oops The “LEO’s Guide to Louisville” map in last week’s Nightlife Guide did not include the artist’s name, which is Carrie Neumayer. Also, the bar listings left out three: The Corner Door (2222 Dundee Road, 708-2885), Drake’s St. Matthews (3939 Shelbyville Road, 614-7327) and Drake’s Summit (Summit Plaza, 384-3921). LEO apologizes for the omissions. Buckle … Continued

Staffpicks

<COMEDY> May 10-12 Greg Fitzsimmons The Improv Fourth Street Live • 581-1332 improvlouisville.com $17-$20; various times You’ve seen him on Letterman, Conan, “The Tonight Show,” “Chelsea Lately” and “Comedy Central Presents.” You’ve heard him on “The Howard Stern Show” and “The Adam Carolla Show.” Greg Fitzsimmons has made a name for himself by offering biting … 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 pberkowitz@leoweekly.com 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 may 9 … Continued

PUBLIC NOISE PRIVATE NOISE

The lattice of coincidence Every once in a while, a movie comes along that manages to contain almost every story element or scenario you love. I had that feeling recently, watching the new genre-defying comedy/horror film “The Cabin in the Woods.” It’s led me to a reminiscence about the 1984 cult fave/scruffy masterpiece “Repo Man.” … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: ALBERT NOBBS 2011; $19.98-$39.98; R Glenn Close stars as a woman who must pass for a man in 19th-century Ireland in order to find employment. She keeps the charade going with help from Mia Wasikowska, Brendan Gleeson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Based on a short story by George Moore, which echoes … Continued

The light of day

Though a great deal of mystery has surrounded the attempted ouster of Kentucky State Fair Board President and CEO Harold Workman — and the subsequent firing of Yum! Center general manager Ted Nicholson by Workman two days later — a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Nicholson may finally shed light on the drama. In the lawsuit … Continued

Bombay, Mumbai, it’s still real Indian food to me

Bombay isn’t Bombay anymore, it’s Mumbai. And as India takes its native names back, Madras is Chennai, and Calcutta goes by Kolkata. But “Mumbai Grill” just doesn’t have the same curb appeal as Bombay Grill, somehow. Still, even if you say “Mumbai” and I say “Bombay,” let’s not call the whole thing off. Recent visits … Continued

The Taste Bud: The great pancake conundrum

Pretty much everyone loves pancakes. Why is that? What’s so special about pancakes? If you think about it, it’s just glorified bread. Maybe it’s the stuff you can put on and in them — you can go low-key and just use syrup and butter, or you can get creative and add pretty much whatever you … Continued

Pierced Arrows’ old-time rock ’n’ roll

At the age of 63, most rock musicians are expected to be retired, dead or continuing to desperately hit every state fair possible to bleed pennies out of those two hits from 1966. Most people aren’t Toody and Fred Cole. The happily-ever-after couple are best known — to the very small group who know them … Continued

MCA’s legacy

When I was a young white boy, I hated the Beastie Boys. In 1986, as their first album, Licensed to Ill, conquered the suburban world, the popular and/or stupid kids all around me constantly quoted them and tried to act as we saw them on MTV: drunk, crude and aggressive. They seemed no different to … Continued

Crafty lending

On a sunny Saturday, six women who’ve journeyed thousands of miles as refugees gather at a Crescent Hill apartment complex. Seated in plush, orange chairs, two women chat in hushed Arabic as a young Burmese mother carries a restless baby in one arm, a sandwich bag filled with delicate jewelry in the other. When Surekha … Continued

B-sides

Jumping on the Bridge After four years of playing together, Audrey Cecil and Amanda Lucas have made it official. Their first album as Bridge 19, The Fall Back, is being released this week, with a performance at the Kentucky Center on Saturday (8 p.m., $10). “Fans kept asking, ‘Where’s the CD with you both singing … Continued

Comedy: Mr. Cosby is ready for you

Pudding pops. Sweaters. Based on the reactions of some of the people I talked to about interviewing Bill Cosby — America’s dad, the savior of the sitcom, bestselling author and failed movie star — these are the things they first associate with the man who prefers to be called “Mr. Cosby,” even though, technically, he … Continued

Book: We were flawed this way

‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ By Daniel Kahneman. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 499 pgs., $30. Since the time of Aristotle, we’ve tended to think of ourselves as fundamentally rational. The world we’ve built over the millennia proves it — we make good choices, we think things out, we plan, we succeed. There are even figures in history … Continued

The Bobby Kennedy LP

T-Razor commits a rap cardinal sin on the last song: He actually asks for his headphones to be turned down. This must be his last album before he goes folk, covering up Tupac tattoos with Hank Sr. quotes and Okeh logos. Outside of that violation, T-Razor has turned in his opus. The Bobby Kennedy LP … Continued

Blunderbuss

The first album out under the Jack White name is a collection of largely unremarkable compositions coming together to be largely satisfying, if also disposable. It’s a pleasant enough listen — great on a Sunday afternoon — but lacks the fire and bluster of earlier White Stripes records, as well as the simple fun of … Continued

Farthest Field

In everyday life, your friends grow day by day, and surprises are likely to be a new shirt or a bad haircut. For Moore and Shelley, both of whom have released two albums each as solo artists, this duo album is unexpected for a few reasons. Shelley’s latest album, produced by Moore, was released just … Continued

Brou-Ha-Ha

Brou-Ha-Ha is Adventure’s Kentucky Fried lo-fi version of Americana. The album’s final and only live song, “Let the Bad Times Roll,” is a recording that highlights the singer’s true power and potential — something that none of the previous songs managed to accurately capture. The band allows twinkles of splendor to dissipate as they facilitate … Continued