Issue July 3, 2012

Loved to death

It’s spring in Red River Gorge: trees fully in leaf, mountain laurels and magnolias in bloom. The light is beginning to fall on the fields along the river, where the little town of Gladie once stood. The air, heavy with birdsong, is cool but warming quickly this Saturday morning. Just before 9 a.m., a red … Continued

Turn on the news

“New York Times said it was the coldest winter in 17 years. I didn’t feel so cold then.” —Bob Dylan, “Talkin’ New York” I got a job reading from a teleprompter. It’s a sweet gig. I sit in a big, air-conditioned studio, wearing a suit jacket, shirt and tie (and shorts, honestly), and I look … Continued

Please watch where you’re going

The first time I threw up blood, it turned out not to be blood. I was probably 6 years old, though I’m not really sure. I know I couldn’t have been 7 yet, because the accident happened before I had my first existential thought, which came when I was 7. My first existential thought, which … Continued

Urban outliers

Tucked away in the back of the lot at Tyler Park Plaza, Highland Coffee Company has been a successful locally owned business on Bardstown Road for more than a decade, serving organic fair trade coffee and gluten-free desserts to their loyal customers in the Highlands since 1999. But their large sign on Bardstown Road — … Continued

Lien times

On a scalding Thursday evening, 75-year-old Clara Crawford nurses a 7UP inside the Shively Community Center. A slight woman, with a grandmother’s inviting smile, she sits at a long white foldout table covered by brochures and a sign-up sheet for a tax lien clinic. Tonight, Crawford and her husband of 50-plus years, Loy, volunteer at … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, July 4 Tech N9ne Expo Five 2900 Seventh Street Road $28; 8 p.m. While the Kansas City native slowly chips his way into rap’s mainstream, Tech N9ne has not forgotten his bread and butter: Midwestern shows for and featuring Juggalo-friendly fringe acts. Tech fans will know the other acts on his “Hostile … Continued

Inbox — July 4, 2012

Roller Coaster Shenanigans Regarding the latest twist in the Kentucky Kingdom debacle … in late 2011, there was a debate regarding the introduction of expanded gaming to Kentucky. One argument in favor was that “riverboat” casinos across our border were drawing Kentucky entertainment dollars into Indiana. At the same time, the Kentucky State Fair Board … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: CHERRY BOMB 2010; $19.98-$24.98; UR Jennifer Jean Guhlin, aka “Julin,” a veteran of some 20-plus TV shows and horror/action/titty flicks, stars as an exotic dancer at The Pussy Hut who swears vengeance on the sleaze-ball perpetrators of a brutal sexual attack in this earnest and entertaining homage to the 1980s’ “Ms. … Continued


Music at 35,000 feet A vast, genuinely epic landscape of clouds is not required for a good listen, but it sure doesn’t hurt. My wife and I travel quite a lot (mainly for work and medical reasons), and we often use music to help pass the time, to soothe rattled nerves, or to have a … Continued


Painted sounds  Louisville loves finding something new to obsess over for a few weeks, and this week offers a chance to discover what could become your next favorite band (until the next one). Murals has been subtly honing their craft for a while now, concocting an indie-psych buzz sound from an earlier era, or at … Continued

Film: Escape into ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. Directed by Wes Anderson. Rated PG-13; 1:40. LEO Report Card: A To spend a day inside Wes Anderson’s head must be similar to cracking open your favorite fairy tale/adventure book on a rainy day … when you were 13. … 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 4 … Continued

The Taste Bud: The salsa of my dreams

When I cook at home, I usually make it spicy. And meaty. And it usually revolves around Mexican cuisine on some level (although my cilantro-in-Cheerios experiment hasn’t yet yielded the desired results). What I’m saying, really, is that I make a lot of tacos. Like, a lot of them. Usually with chicken. As in, I … Continued

Dress up and dine well at Henry’s Place

Want to go someplace classy for dinner and you don’t mind dressing up a bit to enjoy it? Consider Henry’s Place, which arrived last month with a “business casual” dress code in tow. “We hope the ladies will want to dress up a bit and that the gentlemen will occasionally throw on that blue blazer … Continued

Lotus Plaza takes center stage

Lockett Pundt of Atlanta is having a busy and happy period in his life. His day job, playing guitar for the influential psych-rock band Deerhunter, continues to go well for him, and it also has allowed him to release two records on the side as Lotus Plaza. The latest, Spooky Action at a Distance, was … Continued

Art: The way of the samurai

Samurai, as well as shogun, geisha and ninja, are words we Westerners mutter without much understanding of their cultural meaning. It certainly doesn’t help matters that we usually follow them with “Halloween costume,” “make-up” or “turtles.” The Frazier History Museum’s exhibition “Samurai” can assist in our (mis)understanding of Japanese historical culture. Beautifully laid out, the … Continued

Janiva Magness: How strong can she get?

Janiva Magness is just another word(s) for nothing left to lose. The Detroit native lost both parents to suicide as a teen, lived on the streets and in foster care for a while, and gave up her own child for adoption — all before she was an adult. Last year, her marriage of 17 years … Continued

Art: Exploring ‘The Human Condition’

Debra Lott is an educator at heart. Due to her work in the profession, most recently as head of the Assumption High School fine art department, her large-scale oil paintings are understandable, didactic and frank. Nearly two years since her last show at Pyro Gallery, Lott is using her paintings as the anchor for the … Continued

The Way We Move

Raw honesty and fiery, vocal-cord shredding howls make Langhorne Slim what he is. Performed by a band equally touched with rock ’n’ roll fever, Move may be Sean Scolnick’s most passionate album yet. The Pennsylvania native adopted the name Langhorne after his hometown when he moved to Brooklyn to pursue music. He’s come a long … Continued

Room Service, Carry Out & Delivery

The latest in a multitude of releases from the Triple B camp, trio project Room Service is a mixture of the good and bad ideas from last year’s output. Again, it’s too long by at least five songs. There’s an overabundance of sex, to the point of obsession, that wears thin after a while. (Is … Continued


Not everyone is a singer — no matter how driven they are, how much confidence they have, or how many press photos they can take with vintage microphones. Sure, the rock world is littered with atypical voices that have endeared and riveted us. This ain’t that. T.r.u.t.h. is the result of two years of gestation … Continued


Cuban-born pianist Ortiz embraces progressive jazz more than Afro-Cuban here. He’s chosen top-notch musicians to capture his vision on this adventurous album: guitarist David Gilmore, bassist Rashaan Carter and drummer Eric McPherson. Whether covering Bird (“Koko”) or playing original tunes, the quartet produces a dense ensemble sound with edgy interplay. The opener, “Ginga Carioca” by … Continued