Issue July 24, 2012

The Sisters

For 12 years, she’s sat in a windowless office, the door propped open. For 12 years, from behind thin, gold-framed glasses, inviting blue eyes have watched tired, creased faces walk through elegant wood doors. A few arrive hunched, backs coiled from a night folded on a park bench. Some carry scattered thoughts, others idle college … Continued

Investors of the Lost Ark

After Daniel Phelps — president of the Kentucky Paleontology Society — stops to admire a display of meteorites, a polite 13-year-old volunteer guide inside the Creation Museum shares that King Arthur’s sword was made out of a meteorite, which he called “sky iron.” As we turn to walk past the “Dragon Hall Bookstore” — featuring … Continued

Summer in the city

Dang, Louisville. Y’all bring the thump. I know it’s two weeks behind us now, but it bares repeating: Forecastle 10 was the jam, and I think we should all take a second to say, “Hell yes.” I’m not the type of person who goes to music festivals. Two weeks ago I could have said, with … Continued

Anatomy of a mass murderer

Nowhere is the boundary between tragedy and comedy as blurry as the blogosphere. Under the headline “Murderous Asshole Who Killed Those People Has Small Penis,” J. Harvey writes on the celebrity gossip website, “I’m not gifted downstairs either. But I would at least have the courtesy to shoot myself in the head first if … Continued

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Can’t smile without Manilow

When I heard Barry Manilow was coming to the Palace, I got as giddy as my mom when she was a schoolgirl. I grew up listening to her listen to Manilow and seeing the smile come across her face when his songs came on the radio. I’ve always carried a soft spot for the venerable … Continued

Health care crossroads

While the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on the Affordable Care Act upheld the individual mandate to require health insurance, it struck down a key provision, which will require Kentucky and other states to make a tough choice about the future of health care. Originally, the Affordable Care Act required that all 50 states expand … Continued

No easy fix

On the evening of June 18, a group of 37 handpicked community leaders — from activists to pastors to judges — piled into Metro Hall. At a podium, Mayor Greg Fischer charged the group with devising a plan to help disrupt violence in the city, violence that data shows clusters in certain west Louisville neighborhoods. … Continued

Bar Belle: The Barfly Rises

Bars are a lot like movie theaters, you know? Both offer opportunities to escape our hectic lives and, for a few hours, get lost in a storyline or conversation. With all the craziness in the world, I often escape to both, and so do you, because I sat next to you Friday night at the … Continued

Inbox — July 25, 2012

Room for Both for Growth The layered and willful ignorance displayed in the two letters focusing on locality, which appeared in the July 11 LEO Weekly, is unfortunately not surprising. Consider this an address to both. Most citizens want Louisville to grow into the metropolis it has been masquerading as for years. The fallacy that … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, July 25 Waterfront Wednesday Waterfront Park, Big Four Lawn Free; 6 p.m. WFPK’s next Waterfront Wednesday concert will feature headliner J.D. McPherson, who seems to have taken the advice of rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins to “Put Your Cat Clothes On.” His popular single “North Side Gal,” from Signs and Signifiers, oozes with … Continued

Film: Filming in 48

Editor’s Note: The following is an account from a group who entered this year’s 48 Hour Film Project, a contest in which a team must write, shoot, edit and score a film in just 48 hours. The screenings will take place July 25 and 26 at Village 8 Theatres and are open to the public. … Continued


THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: HATFIELDS & MCCOYS: AN AMERICAN FEUD 2012; $13.98-$19.98; UR A well-done doc on the famous dust-up between two families near the Big Sandy River on the Kentucky/West Virginia border. While popularly portrayed as a battle between illiterate, drunken hillbillies fighting over a pig, its roots lie in racism (the McCoys were … Continued

Carry Me Back: The new Old Crow

In the autumn of 1998, Ketch Secor and some like-minded musicians were roughly 20 years old and seeking, as Secor puts it, “that Woody Guthrie kind of wandering experience,” busking and walking into joints in search of gigs. Along the way, the resulting collective, Old Crow Medicine Show, fashioned its own brand of string-band music, … Continued

The spiritual station of Blues Control

The two main components of Blues Control are Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse, a guitar and keyboard duo from Queens who embraced new experiences while writing their Drag City debut, Valley Tangents. A sprawling outline of shifting landscapes emblazoned on the album cover suggests a breath of good travel. A new spiritual equality of tension … Continued

Film: ‘Knight’ falls on Gotham

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Anne Hathaway. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Rated PG-13; 2:45. LEO Report Card: B+ Valedictory from the start, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” is somehow both the saddest and the most cartoonish entry in the director’s Batman trilogy — sad in a … Continued

Locavore Lore: Who stopped the rain?

Throw a dart at a map of the United States, and chances are better than 50-50 you’ll hit a county currently struggling with drought. So far, of those affected counties, about 1,300 have been declared federal disaster areas. This severe dry spell covers a swath of 29 states, the worst of it in the Midwest … 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 jul 25 … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

“Eighty-six!” We sling this slang around a lot in restaurant kitchens: Eighty-six means the cooks have run out of a menu item, as in, “Eighty-six the trout!” When something’s eighty-sixed, it means there is no more forthcoming — nada, zip, zilch — at least for now. What’s its origin? There are a couple of theories … Continued


Brazilian wax trax Saxophonist Mike Tracy is a world traveler and a highly respected jazz educator who serves as the director of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at the University of Louisville’s School of Music. Surfboard, a tribute to the music of Brazil, is his sixth album and his first on the well- regarded … Continued

Comedy: Reese Waters and his girls

Reese Waters, a veteran of “David Letterman” and “Craig Ferguson,” was raised in Maryland, just outside of D.C. “I’ve heard politics described as show business for ugly people,” he says. “And if you’ve ever walked around Capitol Hill and seen the splotchy skin that’s visible on every corner, you’d agree with that.” While attending Columbia … Continued

Art: Beauty in the bluegrass

Every fiber of your being is screaming you need a vacation, preferably to a faraway land. Unfortunately, the coffer is empty; looks like it’s going to be a staycation again this year. Yet there is a middle ground, one that lets you visit scenic Kentucky without having to gas up the car — or perhaps … Continued