Issue August 28, 2012

For better, for worse

A few hundred conservatives are gathered on the steps of the capitol in Frankfort, carrying Gadsden flags and Koch brother-funded “Americans for Prosperity” signs. As the crowd cheers on speakers denouncing the federal government, it looks like any other Tea Party rally that’s sprouted up in Kentucky since 2009. But there’s one big difference: Sen. … Continued

I’m the Urban Spaceman

The new guy is really obnoxious. A real pain in the ass. Nothing means anything to him. He says rude shit all the time and then looks around to see if anybody’s gonna get riled up. He says things like, “Everybody knows that women want to get raped. It’s in their DNA. It’s instinct. They … Continued

My novel pitch

Thanks for letting me pitch my novel. I think it’s got real potential. This story’s got it all: a sweeping saga of war, greed, treachery, corrupt officials, helpless victims, and a classic bad guy. Think Charles Dickens or, if a bit more comedic, Mark Twain. It’s a dark tale, but we can definitely make it … Continued

A passing fancy

You know wide receivers. They come on the field with a swagger and step off with a strut. “Yeah, that’s the way they are,” says University of Louisville offensive lineman Alex Kupper. “But that’s a lineman’s dream — to look up from making a block, and see a back flying loose down the sideline. That’s … Continued

Making a PACT

Before Ashanti Dallas could legally drive or attend a high school prom she witnessed dating violence. During middle school, a good friend’s boyfriend hit and verbally abused her friend. Dallas voiced her concerns. The young girl shelved them. “I couldn’t help her until she wanted help,” says Dallas, now a poised freshman at Jefferson Community … Continued

Dan Deacon’s new American sounds

Dan Deacon is having a moment. The Baltimore-based composer/provocateur is unveiling a few connected projects this fall that have already raised the profile of the unlikely beat-making star. His new album, a conceptual piece titled America, was released this week, arriving under an avalanche of hype from NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, et al., proclaiming it … Continued

Tift time

Tift Merritt was labeled an “alt-country” rising star when she emerged around the turn of the century, but it’s a label that hasn’t fit her well as her music has evolved. Though she first gained attention singing with her fellow North Carolinians in the honky-tonk band Two Dollar Pistols, she quickly earned a solo deal … 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 29 … Continued


One man’s band Brian Olive sounds like he’s still got something to prove. The Cincinnatian’s catalog is strong, from his band work with The Greenhornes and Soledad Brothers to session work with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Dr. John. But there’s an edge to his voice that suggests dissatisfaction with that earlier work. Last … Continued


<UNDEAD> Wednesday, Aug. 29 Louisville Zombie Attack Free; 8:29 p.m. (6 p.m. pre-party at The Back Door) The old saying “If you can’t beat them, join them” definitely applies to the zombie apocalypse. Because no matter how slow and stupid those flesh-eating ghouls look, they have an uncanny ability to get them some brains. … Continued

Inbox — Aug. 29, 2012

Correction In last week’s A&E Guide, the 2012-2013 season schedule for Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble was incorrect. Here is the correct version. LEO regrets the error. • “Time Flies” — Sept. 6-16, The Bard’s Town • “5 Things” — Nov. 8-18, Walden Theatre • TBA — Feb. 7-17, The Bard’s Town • TBA — May … Continued

VIdeo TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS PIRANHA 3DD 2012; $14.98-$29.98; R This tongue-in-cheek sequel to “Piranha 3D” — a truly graphic horror film that not only delivered the gore but had a nice, sick sense of humor — pales in comparison, but it’s not without its titular charms. Said charms are in wobbly abundance as hordes of … Continued

Film: Movie in the making

Pete Jones is a washed-up prince of punk. To orchestrate a comeback, he works with a motley crew of musicians culled from the classifieds and Craigslist to record a song in 24 hours. That’s the plot of “Pleased to Meet Me,” a rock star-powered indie film shooting this week in Butchertown, Irish Hill and Old … Continued

The Taste Bud: It isn’t a wing if it isn’t made of meat

Football season is upon us: Crisp fall days. Tailgating. Beer. High-fives. Beer. Wings. Beer. Wings. Beer. Ah yes, wings and beer — as much a part of football as pigskin, blood and bloated egos. But what to do if you eschew ingesting bird meat? I looked it up recently, and such people actually exist. Many … Continued

Locavore Lore: Are we post-locavore?

Thumbing through a stack of current menus from around town, “Kentucky Proud” is becoming the rule rather than the exception. Shiny new restaurants that, at first blush, appear miles from a folksy farm-to-table concept seem to be taking automatic “local first” oaths. Around here at least, this food philosophy seems to have grown from trend … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

We’re going to do it. You can’t stop us, and you don’t really want to. Food styling! Culinary professionals all over the world (and amateurs, too) are fixated on making food photos look luscious, inviting and perfect. As technology improves on an ascending curve, it’s easier than ever for everyone to do. So I’m inviting … Continued

Culture: Bienvenidos a World Fest

“We are a global city. We celebrate our differences, and that’s what makes us a unique city,” says Mayor Greg Fischer. It’s time again for what might be his favorite annual event, World Fest, a celebration of multiculturalism meant to welcome newcomers into Louisville’s socio-economic fabric. For a music-loving mayor, it’s a good excuse to … Continued

Book: The great divide

‘America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom’ By Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain. Da Capo Press; 309 pgs., $26. This experiment pitches like a ’90s Miramax movie: True Blue Northeast Corridor lefty, comedian and pop-culture pundit Michael Ian Black goes on a road trip across America with a political heir, the young … Continued

Art: Both ordinary and sacred

Last Thursday night, South African artist Yolanda Dlamini and I sat on the corner of Seventh and Main streets talking about “The Cosby Show,” a strange conversation to be having with someone raised halfway across the globe who only arrived in Louisville two months ago. This, however, was part of her answer to my “Why … Continued

Hasta la Muerte

Xibalba is a Mayan word that roughly translates to “place of fear,” a realm of death equivalent with hell. With a band name that badass, it evokes a near mythological darkness, epic in its life-ending scope. They come heavily influenced by the tortoise-like pace of doom metal, but replace Black Sabbath riffs with death metal … Continued

The Relic: The Return of Magic Mill

A parent’s love is sometimes best exemplified by their willingness to completely embarrass themselves in a misguided attempt at bonding. Magic Mill used to be a rapper in the early ’80s, and 30 years later got “challenged” by his son to “produce music that would appeal to modern-day hip-hop enthusiasts.” It’s worthy of an “awww” … Continued

A Thing Called Divine Fits

Get ready to unleash your inner mojo. Divine Fits, a “supergroup” including Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs), and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks), is letting loose the best sort of burping synthesizer jerks and curly guitar growls that their signature bands play so well. It’s truly the best of all worlds … Continued

Christian aTunde Adjuah

A recent remark about the ability musicians have to incorporate political statements into instrumentals led my younger, rap-focused friend to respond with incredulity. A week of experimentation followed, including Wagner, Copland, Coltrane’s “Alabama,” and this, the latest from trumpeter Christian Scott. As I know Scott to be one of the more outspoken composers today — … Continued