Issue August 21, 2012

A&E Guide: Lost in thought

"Look at this very handsome man,” says Nick Peak, a Cardinal Ambassador trainee, as he points to Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker.” On a perfect spring day, complete with chirping birds and a blowing breeze, the political science and economics major is practicing what to say about the famous sculpture, part of the speech he gives … Continued

Notes from the frontier

I’ve been driving up and down the coast of the American West playing music with some friends. This is not something I normally do. I’m an adaptable man, but there has been a learning curve to touring with a band; it’s a learning curve with unique aromas. A cat puked on my feet in my … Continued

Pimping the VA

It’s a decision that will live in infamy — counterintuitive, scandalous, batshit crazy. After what U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called an “exasperating” six-year wait, the Department of Veterans Affairs opted to build a new veterans hospital on the vacant “Midlands” site near Brownsboro Road and the Watterson Expressway. What’s more aggravating is the rotten … Continued

Seizing a reprieve

On a Saturday morning, in a small box of a building along Shelbyville’s Main Street, a young couple wrestles with simple English sentences. One room over, a hazel-eyed, cheery 17-year-old named Analelly reads a book as she waits for young kids to trickle in. She’s here at the Centro Latino, an outreach and advocacy center, … Continued

Southern patriot

Anne Braden preferred not to talk much about herself. Part of this was modesty, but mostly she was just far too busy devoting time to her tireless life’s mission of civil rights and social justice. Fortunately for those who did not know Braden, she opened herself up in the last years of her life to … Continued

A&E Guide: Godspeed

It’ll be 1,095 days, give or take. That’s how long the Speed Art Museum will be closed for renovation as of Sept. 24 — three years, or until September 2015. The expansion project, the first of three phases, will enlarge the museum with a glass North Building. The highly anticipated Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. … Continued

A&E Guide: Venues, Galleries, etc.

21c Museum 700 W. Main St. 217-6300   Actors Theatre of Louisville 316 W. Main St. 584-1205   Alley Theater 1205 E. Washington St.? 713-6178   As Yet Unnamed Theatre Company 445-3203   Arts Council of Southern Indiana 820 E. Market St., New Albany 812-949-4238   B. Deemer Gallery 2650 … Continued

A&E Guide: 2012-2013 Season Schedules

•DANCE THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR THE ARTS • Dance Theatre of Harlem — Oct. 20, 8 p.m. • Trey McIntyre Project & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band — Dec. 8, 8 p.m. • MOMIX: Botanica — March 8, 8 p.m.   LOUISVILLE BALLET • “Lady of the Camellias” — Oct. 5-6 • “Studio Connections” — … Continued


Ghost dog T. McAfee’s debut album, Courtesy of Self, was described in these pages as one of the best hip-hop albums this city has ever produced. That was four years ago, and since then Louisville has seen some excellent competition for that crown. McAfee has finally returned with his long-anticipated The Prequel, and though it … Continued

A&E Guide: Spotlight on Les Waters

With his graying beard, lanky frame and tattooed arms, Les Waters looks more like an aging rock star than an acclaimed director. But five minutes with the new artistic director of Actors Theatre reveals an insightful theater-maker of great vision and enthusiasm, all of which bodes well for theatrically inclined Louisvillians. Originally from Cleethorpes, England, … Continued

A&E Guide: Spotlight on Brian Walker

He’s easy to accidentally stalk, especially if you go to a lot of plays, because he’s everywhere — backstage, onstage or in the audience. Brian Walker, the founding father of Finnigan Productions, manages a bookstore by day but dedicates most of his spare time to acting, directing, producing and writing. A theater graduate of the … Continued

School of Seven Bells rings to life

Some bands are defined by their image; some by scratchy vocals or a signature wall of sound. Others are known for simple melodies — the kind that stick around in the brain for hours on end. School of Seven Bells is more abstract. The number of musicians in the band is fluid. They’ll tour with … Continued

A&E Guide: Spotlight on Rachel Annette Helson

Rachel Annette Helson has a lot of feathers in her cap: NYU Tisch graduate, youngest ever Tony-nominated producer, children’s book author/illustrator. At 23, the Louisville native is already adding line after line to her résumé, with this year making her a Webby Award-nominated screenwriter and an off-Broadway understudy. Running on Starbucks soy lattes and a … Continued

A&E Guide: Spotlight on Josette Miles

She’s the longest-running star of the Kentucky Opera but never appears on stage. Josette Miles — or simply Josette, as she is known — begins her 29th season this fall as costume mistress of the opera. She’s a behind-the-scenes empress of gowns and crowns and is very good at what she does. “Everything has got … Continued

Loudon Wainwright III on family, aging, work and fun

Singer/songwriter-actor-family man: Loudon Wainwright III defies categorization. His first album was released back in 1970, and his recordings over the years have ranged from the early novelty hit “Dead Skunk” to his acclaimed current release, Older Than My Old Man Now. On it, Wainwright pays tribute to his father (famed for his Life magazine writing), … Continued

A&E Guide: Spotlight on Phillip Morgan

Phillip Morgan lives near his church, First Unitarian, where he serves as choir director, and often walks in the morning. He uses this time to listen to his iPod, which is filled with Sondheim, Dolly Parton and Beyonce. He sings along occasionally, which he says garners some odd looks from passersby. While these modern tunes … Continued

A&E Guide: Spotlight on Kyle Citrynell

Kyle Citrynell is an arts and entertainment intellectual property (IP) attorney. Known as “Kyle Anne” below the Mason-Dixon line and “Kyle” above it, Citrynell is an expert on the law for people in the creative arts, including visual artists, media and performers. IP law has been called “the law of ideas,” something once considered difficult … Continued

A&E Guide: Spotlight on Phillip March Jones

Phillip March Jones is not a photographer. Or, at least, that’s not how he’d introduce himself. It’s his two “real” jobs that appear under his signature in emails — Jones is the curator of Institute 193, an independent contemporary art space in Lexington, and the director of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta, which … Continued

A&E Guide: Spotlight on Emily Church

Smudges of burgundy and indigo form outlines of mountains. Deep azure drips down a canvas, intersected by scarlet. The faint shadow of a heart and lungs emerges from a golden haze, lurking behind a dense bone-like shape. A glance at these excerpts from Emily Church’s portfolio reveals such enigmatic titles as “Blue Divergence” and “From … 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 aug 22 … Continued

A&E Guide: Spotlight on Baby Horse Theatre Group

Louisville is graced with a myriad of small theater companies, most of them with a mission to produce new, cutting-edge and challenging work. Something you don’t see often around here, though, is performance art. It’s still theater, but minus the typical narrative format. A story of some sort is being told, but not in the … Continued

A&E Guide: Spotlight on Adam Hougland

The Lone Star state is more famous for its conservatives and cowboy boots than its thriving dance scene. Nevertheless, at the age of 14, Dallas native Adam Hougland found himself donning an unconventional kind of footwear: ballet shoes. Always artistic, Hougland had dabbled in acting and visual arts as a child, but nothing had ever … Continued

Inbox — Aug. 22, 2012

Boat Trip to Hell The idea of a Noah’s Ark theme park is quite novel, indeed. I can see many varying upsides, as well as downsides. An intriguing park of this kind placed in the Bible Belt would certainly bring in some nice tax money, and perhaps we could get a real airport out of … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Aug. 22 Maxxi Soundsystem Zanzabar 2100 S. Preston St. $5; 9 p.m. You’re probably unfamiliar with Maxxi Soundsystem unless you avidly follow British club culture. The stage name of Brightonian Sam Watts, Maxxi Soundsystem began to gain notoriety with his 2010 song “Criticize,” which was featured on BBC Radio 1 and became … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: LOVELY MOLLY 2011; $24.98-$29.98; R The horror genre has become so diluted and derivative lately that the really good stuff often gets lost in a deluge of teenybopper crap. That’s why you shouldn’t miss this simple-but-excellent spooker-thriller starring child-faced Gretchen Lodge (“Franklin & Bash”) as a newlywed moving into her deceased … Continued

Bar Belle: Hot for teacher

Believe it or not, I loved college — and not just for the extracurricular activities. I loved learning about new things, I loved sitting up front and engaging with the professor, I loved the routine of getting up for class and doing my work so I could play at night. I was a journalism major, … Continued

Meat, meet not-meat at New Albany’s Feast BBQ

Why not invite a vegetarian friend to join you for barbecue today? No, I’m not suggesting you torment your carniphobic buddies with plates of deliciously smoked and sauced animal flesh. Feast BBQ, newly arrived in the growing foodie scene that is downtown New Albany, offers a better option, more diverse and inclusive by half: You … Continued

Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

The official name of the “Literary Salon” is “The Shoreditch House Literary Salon.” But the connotations of the word Shoreditch (the etymology of which is too complex to go into here) were bound to be so off-putting to listeners outside London that the podcast has been shortened to, simply, “The Literary Salon.” Suffice it to … Continued

Comedy: Fresh comedy and donuts served up at Comedy Caravan

For some of us — at least I hope I’m not alone on this — Sunday morning begins sometime around Sunday evening. And it’s for those long hangovers that Comedy Caravan has come to the rescue with its “Late Late Breakfast.” Leading more of a workshop than an open mic, host Tyler Jackson gathers the … Continued

Book: You are no one

‘Who’s In Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain’ By Michael Gazzaniga. Ecco Press, 272 pgs., $27.99. Consider the atrocity in Aurora, Colo., when James Holmes, armed to the teeth, initiated the massacre that has profoundly shaped the American discourse on gun control. Now consider the new information coming to light: On one … Continued

Is Your Love Big Enough?

Every couple years we are introduced to a new British ingénue. Some are in it for the long haul (Sade), others wither under the spotlight (Winehouse) or have a limited shelf life (Stansfield), while some are still too fresh for us to know how they will fare in the long run (Bailey Rae). Enter Lianne … Continued

Life Between Clocks

I love Bandcamp. The worldwide art bazaar, both user- and artist-friendly, is as revolutionary as iTunes, even if it hasn’t had as seismic an impact on the industry. The downside, which keeps Bandcamp from having the impact it should, is that you have to sift through a lot of amateur seascapes and happy trees to … Continued

Hungry Ghost

This is the kind of underground rock album we’ve been waiting for. The nine-song offering from the Portland trio is an exhilarating listen filled with gritty, urgent guitar work and powerful vocals from all three members. Highlights include the opening track, “Powerman,” and the catchy “High,” with its reminder that Everyone gets themselves high on … Continued

Peace Sign/Frown Face

With one voice akin to the warden’s in “Superjail!” and the other a female drawl, the vocal duo of Giving Up whip up androgynous, bitter post-rock. The song titles on Peace Sign/Frown Face stumble and morph into each other, from “Blue Green Grey” to the creeping guitar and organ jigs of “Ghosts” and “Glue Green … Continued