Issue July 31, 2012

Earth to the GOP

In one of the infamous debate moments of the Republican presidential primary season, Texas Gov. Rick Perry forgot one of the federal agencies he wanted to axe along with the Departments of Education and Commerce if he became president. Ron Paul offered up the Environmental Protection Agency. “EPA, there you go,” responded Perry, hopeful that … Continued

Blockbuster

This line is so long, I can’t even see the box office. Do all of the movies start at the same time or something? And it isn’t moving, either. I should have gotten here earlier; I’m gonna miss the previews. Seriously. We haven’t moved 4 feet. What is the problem? I hate these multiplexes. They … Continued

No laughing matter

As Albert Brooks tweeted last week, “Sometimes the news overwhelms your desire to joke about it.” And there have been a lot of news stories lately that have put me off my jokes. Into a world on the brink of economic and environmental collapse comes news of a string of local murders, a university’s football … 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 aug 1 … Continued

B-sides

Over the line A scene veteran, Evan Bailey has played with Plunge, Fever Pitch, The Flats, Itch House, Spritely, and, for more than a decade, with Second Story Man. He steps out as a solo act Friday night at the Highlands North End Café at 10 p.m., sharing the bill with Cory Wayne, formerly of … Continued

Inbox — Aug. 1, 2012

New Sister City? While reading “What a Week” concerning the Insight Communications/Time Warner vs. Hearst TV/WLKY’s failure to reach an agreement (LEO Weekly, July 18), it occurred to me that all is not bad. Now I can keep up with what’s happening in Rochester, N.Y.! That is something I have always hoped to do. My … Continued

Staffpicks

<BENEFIT> Thursday, Aug. 2 Art for the Animals Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center 1860 Mellwood Ave. shamrockpets.com/afta $75; 6 p.m. Ever gasp at the grace of a golden retriever running through wildflowers? Does the soft purr of a kitten evoke a Handel’s Messiah high? Perhaps you just like to doodle pigs with bowties? The point … Continued

Lil’ Ed’s got those healthy, happy blues

In 1986, professional car washer Lil’ Ed Williams, then 31, went into a recording studio with his band, the Blues Imperials, to cut a song for an Alligator Records compilation. The venerable Chicago blues label liked what they heard so much, they offered the band their own album. Their eighth album for the label, Jump … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: AFTER THE WIZARD 2011; $21.98; UR Original and unusual — two words you don’t expect to hear when discussing squeaky-clean family fare, but they more than apply to this tale of Elizabeth, a young orphan who fantasizes about what life must be like in Oz, now that the Wizard has floated … Continued

Film: Wild things

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’  Starring Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis, Levy Easterly and Lowell Landes. Directed by Benh Zeitlin. Rated PG-13; 1:32. LEO Report Card: A. Imagine a children’s drawing set in motion and you’ll get a sense of what’s to come in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a fantastical new feature from first-time director … Continued

Workers for the weekend

Jeremy Johnson wants his rock back. The singer-guitarist has been making music with drummer Drew Osborne and a few different bassists for more than a decade now, with The Helgeson Story, Your Black Star, and, these days, Workers. The band’s latest full-length album, Both Hands, was recently released by sonaBLAST! Records, though its production began … Continued

Comedy: Ralphie May

Not only is Ralphie May one of the hardest-working road comics, he’s also a Louisville favorite, packing every show when he comes through town. His latest Comedy Central special, “Too Big To Ignore,” is now available on DVD. May took time to talk with us for a few minutes. LEO: We’re really excited about the … Continued

The Taste Bud: Smashing guacamole

Lots of places brag about their guacamole. Qdoba boasts about their “hand-smashed” guac on their store signage and, admittedly, it’s pretty good stuff. My girlfriend Cynthia told me about the great guacamole to be had at Adobo Mexican Restaurant in J-Town (5612 Bardstown Road, to be precise), and I didn’t pay a lot of attention. … Continued

How is Le Relais like a high-school reunion?

Imagine, if you will, a high school reunion. A seemingly ordinary reunion, perhaps 25 years after you graduated and left town for new challenges. You return, eager to see old friends again. Hey, Jack hasn’t changed a bit! Trent and Joanie got married, gained a few pounds as they slouched into middle age. Ronnie is … Continued

Art: Looking back, moving forward

Cami Burruss has a lot on her to-do list this summer. Graduate high school, check. Buy dorm room essentials, check. Show a collection of original work at local gallery, also check. Eighteen-year-old Burruss’ photographs and mixed media pieces are on display at Revelry Gallery this month, the culmination of a year-long endeavor entitled “Project 365.” … Continued

The Prequel

It’s been four years since T. McAfee’s excellent Courtesy of Self debut, and he’s been talking up The Prequel ever since. That gives the impression that he’s been formulating this concept all this time, for the follow-up to what this writer called “Louisvillmatic.” So is this It Was Written, or The Doggfather? Disappointingly, it’s somewhere … Continued

Spectrum Road

The Tony Williams Lifetime was a groundbreaking fusion split-off from Miles Davis, founded by visionary drummer Williams with guitarist John McLaughlin and organist Khalid Yasin (Larry Young), plus Jack Bruce on turn it over. Williams told listeners of that Lifetime album: PLAY IT VERY LOUD. Spectrum Road’s album should come with the same label. They … Continued

Clockwork Angels

Few good bands last decades — even fewer are still releasing something fresh. Not everyone can be Rush, who has a keen knack for adapting to an ever-shifting musical landscape. Clockwork Angels marks a significant return, being their first concept album since 1978’s Hemispheres, and representing every era of Rush equally, though distilled in a … Continued

Can You Feel It?

It’s too cynical to say listening to this album makes me want to buy blue jeans or body wash or jump in the open back of a crowded jeep sporting some new sunglasses and sipping from some new, slightly fruit-imbued fizzy alcoholic beverage. I don’t say that as a bad thing. We need big rock, … Continued