Issue June 19, 2012

Sacred playgrounds

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, KY — Gov. Steve Beshear attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for the opening of Koran Kountry, the radical Islamic theme park that could receive up to $75 million in tax incentives from the state. “We are excited to be here for the grand opening of Koran Kountry,” Beshear said. “This park will bring … Continued

Louisville taco ban must be stopped

Eat your Doritos Locos Tacos while you can, Louisville. Because once the Metro Department of Health and Wellness’ misguided ban on high-calorie meals goes into effect on July 1, it will be impossible to buy the nation’s most popular fast food in Metro Louisville. The new law also bans some of Louisville’s other favorite fast … Continued

Fake Issue 2012

Abramson coup plot foiled Kentucky State Police and the FBI turned back a dramatic attempt by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson to take over the Governor’s Office late Tuesday night, according to news sources who are willing to drive to Frankfort. Gov. Steve Beshear is still in control of the commonwealth, and Abramson has been taken … Continued

Life, liberty and the pursuit of amusement

Following the news that the Koch family — who owns Holiday World in Southern Indiana — had dropped plans to open Bluegrass Boardwalk at the old Kentucky Kingdom site, a new set of Kochs has stepped in. Billionaire brothers and Tea Party sugar daddies Charles and David Koch announced their vision for the defunct, abandoned … Continued

Sodom and Gomorrah-themed strip club opens near Creation Museum

In the shadow of the 70,000-square-foot Creation Museum, Rob Lot’s turned his Petersburg, Ky., auto repair shop into a sordid den of depravity. Inspired by his devout neighbors down the street, Lot has revamped his garage into a Sodom and Gomorrah-themed strip club, complete with plastic palm trees, sand and a drink special called the … Continued

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: THE ARTIST 2011; $19.98-$35.98; PG-13/R This won the Oscar for Best Picture plus four other categories, but was it really the “best” picture of 2011? No, not by a long shot, but it was clever, inventive, magical and — best of all — SILENT. Set in 1927, Jean Dujardin plays a … Continued

Staffpicks

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Militant rapper gets job in Target stockroom

A single bead of sweat strains earnestly, welled at the bottom of his rimless eyeglass lens. His hands are dry and cracked as his fingers flex around the corners of each box. Pallet after pallet from one dimly lit wall to another, the fluorescent glow turning everything a sickly taupe. Joey Whitstrap’s panted breath mists, … Continued

Theater: Putting on the Hitler

Louisville has plenty of theater groups producing plays that few people ever go see, but even within the context of the local scene — from world-class Actors Theatre to the kid-friendly Stage One — the Alley Theater has long stood out for their unique approach to entertainment. Productions like “Gilligan’s Island: The Musical,” “Evil Dead: … Continued

B-sides

Louisville bands on the rise   In a poll conducted informally through LEO’s Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Eggfly, and Louisville Mojo pages, we have identified the 10 most promising up-and-coming local bands, based on your suggestions and comments.  1) Cat Scratch Beaver — These Fourth Street Live favorites have never read a book all the way … Continued

Classical Music: Naked Louisville Orchestra to boost ticket sales

Now that the Louisville Orchestra has settled its dispute with its contracted musicians, all focus is on ticket sales. Fearing music alone isn’t enough to attract what he calls “low-brow, cultureless simpletons,” conductor Irv Frankel thinks he knows how to rekindle the community’s interest in classical music — by doing it naked. And by naked, … Continued

Zanzabar DJs complain about band playing extra set

Kevin Jenkins, a scrawny 24-year-old local DJ known as DJ Superbad, almost got into the first fight of his life on Friday. Almost … As Jenkins entered Germantown hipster hangout Zanzabar around 11:30 p.m., after an evening of hanging out at Germantown hipster hangout Nachbar with his closest friends (two baristas with master’s degrees in … Continued

NuLu to open new American eatery: ‘The Dust Bowl’

As a response to the proliferation of prohibition–style speakeasies and cocktail lounges, Louisville is about to experience its own drought-cuisine boutique renaissance: The Dust Bowl. Mason Dubs III’s shrine to the authentic flavors and despair of the 1930s will snuggle up next to Ghyslain in the vacant property at the corner of Market and Shelby … Continued

Slint releases Spiderland on phonograph to please audiophiles

The legendarily influential math-rock group Slint has announced plans to re-release their seminal 1991 album, Spiderland, on tinfoil sheet phonograph cylinders. The format, pioneered by Thomas Edison in 1877, was ultimately replaced by gramophone records, digital downloads, and every other way of enjoying recorded music. Slint’s label, Touch and Go Records, announced that it would … Continued

Savory nibbles, jiggly bits

In the wake of the anti-nude ordinance, strip club patrons throughout Louisville simultaneously experienced a hollow disappointment. Gone were free-range nipples. The customary revelation of genitalia in a dancer’s final gyrations disappeared. Of course, only female flesh can quell this full frontal famine. But the law is the law. Apparently, though, patrons have found a … Continued

Bites: Roundup of food and drink news

“If you can’t beat ’em, blend ’em” should be the motto of “Piffee,” the new smoothie shop that opened on Bardstown Road last week. Looking for a niche, the store’s proprietor, Joy Soft, decided she’d take the best parts of the Highlands and literally blend them together. The result: the pizza and coffee treat of … Continued

Electric Ladyland used cassette selection is strong as ever

Though ear X-tacy has come and gone, Electric Ladyland is alive and groovy thanks to fans of classic rock and bongs. When Karma Records shut its doors decades ago, middle-age burnouts turned to Electric Ladyland, shunning ear X-tacy as “the new place with all that rap shit.” Electric Ladyland has defied all odds to become … 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 Jun 20 … Continued

Book: If this couch could talk

In an exclusive interview, LEO Weekly caught up with the veteran brown couch from Southern Indiana’s friendly neighborhood strip club and swamp, the Rustic Frog. The couch is hosting a reading and signing from its latest tell-all, “More Cushion for the Pushin’,” at Carmichael’s Bookstore on Saturday. The first few fans to arrive can cozy … Continued

Art: Speed Museum teams up with Speedway

The art will go on, so to speak. The Speed Art Museum recently announced plans to partner with Speedway gas stations in an art-share program while the museum is closed. Beginning in October when the Speed launches its three-year renovation, the art collections will be relocated to the walls of men’s and women’s restrooms at … Continued

Inbox — June 20, 2012

Free Hate Speech As a longtime commenter on The Courier-Journal website, I was outraged to learn the communist rag now plans to make me pay to share my enlightened observations. For years I enjoyed the luxury of trolling their site in search of ways to blame blacks, immigrants, gays, unions, single moms, environmentalists, Democrats, the … Continued