Issue August 14, 2012

Carry him forward

When Jason Noble was born in Louisville 40 years ago, it was a much less interesting city. In his time here, Noble helped put Louisville on the map for many people, including this Florida-raised writer. As a leader of three influential and acclaimed bands over 15 years, he had fans from Tacoma to Tokyo. In … Continued

Pediatric partnership

There’s no question a little girl lives in Madi Roarx’s room: pink bed, pink rug, a basket stocked with hair barrettes, and Dora the Explorer stickers parading around the walls. This morning, Paula Roarx, a friendly woman in her early 20s, watches her daughter snap open and close a pink toy cell phone, a playful … Continued

Ashes to gases

For the frustrated residents of Cane Run Road living in the shadow of Louisville Gas & Electric’s coal-fired power plant, events seem to be playing out like a bad tune on a broken record. Neighbors across the street from the plant’s coal ash landfill take photos and video of ash clouds leaving the company’s property, … Continued

Remembering Jason Noble: In their own words

“One of the first things Jason taught me was the difference between people who ‘do art’ (like me) and artists, like Jason. I think if someone had tied Jason up, Hannibal Lecter-style, in a padded cell, and left him alone for an hour, when they returned they would have found a mural covering one wall … Continued

Remembering Jason Noble: Superhero

To encapsulate 27 years of friendship in a short essay is impossible, but beginnings say a lot. Jason and I met the first day of high school, in 1985. I immediately liked him and hoped he would be my friend. That day, he made a drawing of a made-up superhero character getting his head bashed … Continued

A letter to my great-great-great-granddaughter

Ni hao! I presume you speak Chinese. That seems to be the most likely scenario, based on the currently available evidence. But even if you speak English, my English probably looks to you like Chaucer’s does to me (“Ay fleeth the tyme; it nyl no man abyde,” am I right?). Either way, instant translation probably … Continued

Living in a madhouse

What madness we have wrought. I really wanted to write about football this month. I love football. In fact, I’m writing this while watching a replay of the Bears/Broncos game on the first night with a full slate of preseason games. Alas, I know football is simply another escape for me (and millions of others). … Continued

Memories of Jason Noble

John Carswell: I didn’t know him personally, but I’m not exaggerating when I say that the guy completely opened up a whole new world to me musically. Matt Anthony: Jason Noble lived art. His drive to create came not from self-importance, but from a need to share the beauty of the world he saw with … Continued

Me Vs. Music

Taking it to the streets?  I recently watched a documentary about the loss of independent record stores and what it really means for the music-buying community. The documentary, “I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store,” focused on several record stores around the country and explored potential reasons for … Continued

The Taste Bud: In search of The Baconator

As much as I profess my love for bacon — OK, all meat — one would think I eat a lot of burgers and steaks. And barbecue. And random slabs of pork. And oxen. But I don’t. And I don’t eat a lot of fast food, either. I prefer to eat locally whenever possible, and … Continued


Playing favorites Kirk Kiefer was a frontman in the bar-bustin’ band Yardsale, a key member of the Health & Happiness Family Gospel Band, and a sideman and contributor to more bands than we can count. He recently released his first solo project, Sailing Stones. Kiefer and his band Ice Gondola will celebrate the album’s release … Continued

Inbox — Aug. 15, 2012

If You Build It … In response to “Investors of the Lost Ark” (LEO Weekly, Aug. 1), I must state that I felt as if I was reading a faux article in The Onion. We are to believe that Noah built some massive ship that housed every animal, insect and bird in the world, and … Continued


<MUSIC> Thursday, Aug. 16 Tom Carter Benefit Zanzabar 2100 S. Preston St. $5+; 9 p.m. Guitarist Tom Carter was hospitalized this summer in Germany while on tour with his band Charalambides. The influential avant-gardist is battling pneumonia on a very serious level, and doctors have said he will be sidelined until at least January. … Continued

Lend a hat to Langhorne Slim

Hats off to Langhorne Slim. Or rather, hats on. The dude likes his headgear; maybe that’s why he fits in so well here. Every day is like Derby for the 31-year-old Pennsylvania native who took his stage name from a town in his home state. He wears hats on and off the stage, and after … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: DISNEYNATURE: CHIMPANZEE 2012; $27.98-$39.98; G In the 15 years we’ve been writing this stupid column, we’ve never seen anything that compares with this. While filming an expansive HD documentary on chimps, the filmmakers captured a tragic event during a bloody simian raid (the chimps are killing and eating neighboring monkeys): a … Continued

Brock, Pickens, Sollee team up for Governor’s School for the Arts

The Governor’s School for the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary with violinist Zach Brock (1991 GSA alumnus), pianist Harry Pickens, and cellist Ben Sollee headlining an intimate concert. The GSA provides three-week intensive summer programs to high school juniors and seniors at no cost to the students. More than 200 students are chosen each year … Continued

Plugged In

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Film: Oh, how the mighty fall

‘The Queen of Versailles’ Documentary by Lauren Greenfield. Starring David and Jackie Siegel. Rated PG; 1:40. Starts Friday at Village 8 Theatres. LEO Report Card: A- When documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield began shooting “The Queen of Versailles,” she couldn’t have known it would turn into cinema gold. Her initial focus was to shine the spotlight … Continued

Peace, calm and good eats at Shaker Village

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, also known as Shakertown, may be my No. 1 favorite spot for a quick getaway, with a quiet, calm and peaceful rest at the destination. Last, and by no means least, there are good things to eat. Shaker Village is a beautiful, peaceful place, where you can stay overnight in … Continued

Art: Bhutan exposed

“Mysterious, rare, endangered, beautiful — all of these adjectives are used to describe Bhutan.” —Linda Leaming, “Married to Bhutan” Tucked away among the Himalayas, nestled between India and Tibet, there sits a tiny country, the size of New Hampshire plus Vermont. Enigmatic and ancient, Bhutan spent 11 centuries isolated from the rest of the world. … Continued