Issue June 26, 2012

LEO Photography Contest 2012

Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” On the contrary, Henri Cartier-Bresson — the father of modern photojournalism — claims that when it comes to capturing the perfect pic, “It’s all luck.” After pouring over hundreds of photos submitted for the 2012 LEO Photography Contest, it appears both iconic photographers … Continued

The great myth

The latest issue of Time magazine examines the “History of the American Dream.” It’s an interesting read and relevant on national, local and personal levels. While the idea of the American Dream may have always existed in the national ether, columnist Jon Meacham recounts that the actual term was coined by historian James Truslow Adams … Continued

Reductio ad Absurdum

One could be forgiven for declining to read, or being otherwise indifferent, to my numerous and varied rants against bumper stickers over the past few years. (Or any of my rants, for that matter.) While my antipathy toward bumper stickers is rationally conceived and basically air-tight, it bears all the markings of an honest to … Continued

A many-splendored market

It had been a bleak week. Addiction, secrets and lies had ended a friendship. For the second time this month, an obituary memorialized a friend of my parents. An uncle’s dementia was deepening. The only joy I had experienced was at a Tuesday luncheon — during which I threatened to catapult a smartphone across East … 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 JUN 27 … Continued

Being green

Brent Fryrear knows the key to sustainability is making connections. His work as director of Partnership for a Green City has put him in contact with urban gardeners, green educators and avid cyclists — all with a different plan for increasing sustainability in Louisville. “The idea of herding cats has come up more than once,” … Continued

Bluegrass Boardwalk blues

It appeared that the Kentucky Kingdom curse was over. On June 13, the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority approved $3.9 million in tax incentives for Bluegrass Boardwalk Inc. — comprised of the Koch family, owners of Indiana amusement park Holiday World — to breathe life into the Louisville park that has been dormant since 2009. … Continued

Inbox — June 27, 2012

Fake Out In case you’re wondering whether anyone reads your love/hate mail, I must tell you that last week’s letters had me laughing out loud. I had to check my paper to make sure I hadn’t picked up a copy of The Onion by mistake or else stumbled into some kind of “Groundhog Day” version … Continued


<THEATER> June 27-July 1 ‘Billy Elliot: The Musical’ Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main St. · 584-7777 $22.75+; various times Dubbed “the best show you’ll ever see” by The New York Post, “Billy Elliot: The Musical” is finally making its way to Louisville. Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Billy … Continued


Hot tropic Jim Marlowe is a busy guy. He runs a new store, Astro Black Records, and his band, Tropical Trash, released a five-song 7”, Fear of Suffering, on the local Sophomore Lounge Records this spring. They also contributed a song to the compilation Pocket Transistor and play the Louisville Experimental Festival at Zanzabar on … Continued

From one Pujol to another

There’s no hate or peace with Pujol on stage, but there is adventure. “If the beginning has no end, it’s up to the listener to decide,” says frontman Daniel Pujol. “Basically, it’s like choose your own adventure.” Daniel Pujol rose to the surface of Nashville’s music scene in MEEMAW before splitting obligations under his own … Continued

Theater: Proposing ‘8’

Dustin Lance Black is not someone who shies away from controversial issues. The playwright and screenwriter has garnered acclaim over the past decade for his socially and politically relevant work, most notably for the Academy Award-winning film “Milk.” A vocal activist for LGBT rights, Black has devoted much of his life to exposing issues of … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: BARBARELLA 1968; $14.98-$29.98; PG Is this Jane Fonda’s most embarrassing moment or her greatest triumph? Depends on your position in space and time. In 1968, she was married to French filmster Roger Vadim — famous for launching Brigitte Bardot’s career with the highly recommended “… And God Created Woman” — and … Continued

Tales of weirdness with The Walkmen

The Walkmen’s music has been called “moody” more than once, and one deep-seated reason for the mournful tinge to their music can be found in Kentucky. “When I was little, we’d always go to Danville to visit my family, and we’d go up to Louisville. My family ran a funeral home, and we’d go up … Continued

Culture: FandomFest 2012 — Bring out your ‘Dead’

Maybe this time Dale will survive. Fans of the popular AMC series “The Walking Dead” — which shattered basic cable viewer records with its season two finale back in March — can feed their appetites for zombies when FandomFest returns to Louisville for the eighth year this weekend. In addition to actor Jeffrey DeMunn, who … Continued

Culture: Men of god

It’s a good weekend to get your nerd on. Derby City Comic Con returns to the Convention Center, and it’s bigger and better than ever. With an always expansive roster, the Con is a who’s-who in today’s independent comic scene. Scheduled to appear are Scott Mallory, author of “Tales of a Washed Up Never Was”; … Continued

Book: Review of two Tranströmers

‘The Deleted World’ By Tomas Tranströmer, translated by Robin Robertson. Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 41 pgs., $13. ‘The Great Enigma’ By Tomas Tranströmer, translated by Robin Fulton. New Directions; 262 pgs., $17.95. Excepting, of course, the Nobel Peace Prize, nowhere is there more expectation than the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Forget that … Continued

Locavore Lore: The Mushroom Man

Some people eat, sleep and breathe their passions, then there’s Eric Osborne. The 33-year-old owner of Magnificent Mushrooms has been known to literally sit on the ground and commune with his obsession, a state he calls “mushroom consciousness.” Based on an 87-acre farm in Paoli, Ind., Osborne studies, cultivates, forages, writes about, paints and teaches … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

There’s a handful of movies I just cannot turn past when channel surfing: “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Gone With the Wind,” “Jaws,” “Carrie,” “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “War of the Worlds” (yes, the Tom Cruise version) to name a few. I own most of these favorites, or can easily … Continued

Bar Belle: Confessions on a dance floor

A few weekends ago, my drunk ass ended up on a dance floor, shaking, contorting and moon-walking between sweaty bodies. I try to avoid dance floors at all cost — not because I’m above exercising while drinking, but because I have no rhythm. Nada. My dance repertoire consists of The Robot; some New Kids on … Continued

Comedy: Ian Bagg loves his work

Ian Bagg might, perhaps, be the funniest Canadian of all-time … especially when it comes to stand-up. He’s met three Presidents of the United States (Ronald Regan, Jimmy Carter, and Bush #1); he ended up on the cutting room floor in the film Coyote Ugly; and, by his own observation, he’s “the only man to … Continued

Diamonds & Dub

VHS or Beta recruit the next-big-thing producer Jacques Renault and former-big-thing engineer Mark Verbos to strip tracks from their album Diamonds and Death. The result is a collection of solid club disco, the kind that has been steadily creeping into the mainstream for a number of years. Each track is expertly restructured for maximum impact … Continued

Safety Fifth

Devoted superfans like yours truly are the most qualified to tell you that this is a great album, completely worth your time and money — but the third-best of the group’s three albums to date. While certainly suitable as an introduction, it’s just a wee bit disappointing for those of us who have had our … Continued

Celebration Rock

“Young Hearts Spark Fire,” the burning anthem that won David Prowse and Brian King the hearts of thousands of young punks on Japandroids’ debut album, Post-Nothing, has been reincarnated. The relentless drum fills, scorching guitars and shout-along choruses fill “The House That Heaven Built” with a boundless passion that offers listeners just one more reason … Continued

Cancer 4 Cure

Five years after his last album, El Producto has leapt back into music with two major releases. Cancer 4 Cure is the new solo album, but just one week prior to its release, Killer Mike had dropped R.A.P. Music, entirely produced by El-P. Cure is a solid album, a frenzied and jittery caffeine shot that … Continued