Issue August 7, 2012

What’s the alternative?

In a basement assembly room at Jefferson Community and Technical College, orange and blue bar graphs glowing from an overhead screen put orderly visuals to a decades-old issue. A few dozen advocates, concerned citizens and school officials stare upwards on this June evening. One slide shows that in 2010-2011, of all the suspensions within Jefferson … Continued

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The song that does not end

I’m driving through California’s Central Valley now. Some of it looks like the photographic inverse of the American South. Out in the country, where one might expect to see little farmhouses and barns surrounded by sturdy oaks and maples, there are little farmhouses and barns surrounded by giant palm trees. The rolling hills and pastureland … Continued

Of poultry and polarization

On April 14, 2002, my gay brother died surrounded by his partner, John, my mother, sister and me. None of us will forget the outpouring of love and support from his extended family of friends. We’ll never get over Gordy’s death. We can aspire only to be as kind, gentle, tolerant and patient as he … Continued

Waiver worries

In early February, with the nod from President Barack Obama, Kentucky and nine other states broke free from an unpopular law often reduced to its notorious four letters — NCLB. No Child Left Behind aimed to push all children to proficiency in math and reading by 2014, a lofty goal. With the news that these … Continued

Summer learning

In the Woolridge household, the roughly 70 days between the last and first day of school doesn’t deflate into a seasonal pile of idle time. Every weekday morning, 11-year-old Donald wakes up, completes chores, eats lunch with his mom, and buckles down at his family’s computer to complete up to 40 minutes of reading and … Continued

The main brain

Nathan Herl, 15, is a talented musician who’d like to study music at the University of Louisville. He recently had an opportunity to transfer to Atherton High School for his junior year but opted to stay at his home school, Iroquois, because of loyalty to the band program there. It’s not a story you might’ve … Continued

Dollars and degrees

Lofty goals have been set in Louisville recently for getting more high school students into college. In addition to the 55,000 Degrees initiative — seeking to increase college degree holders in the city by 55,000 by 2020 — the Louisville Urban League created 15K Degrees, whose goal is to see black students achieve 12,000 bachelor’s … Continued

The ripple effect

In 2001, volunteers with a small, local ministry traveled to Kenya as part of a humanitarian outreach project. The mission: install a basic water purification system to reduce potentially deadly waterborne diseases. Over the years, this group had performed an array of worthwhile projects in developing countries, but this particular effort — water purification — … Continued

Mr. Silk goes to Frankfort?

If Norris Shelton gets his way, slavery will be a hot topic in Frankfort next year. Of course, he’d also be pleased if the campaign simply generated some good publicity. Shelton, founder of the nonprofit American Slaves Inc. (ASI) — and owner of Mr. Silk’s Liquors — recently announced plans to run as an independent … Continued

Good medicine

Key provisions of the Affordable Care Act went into effect last week, meaning an estimated 47 million women nationwide — and 650,000 in Kentucky — will now have access to a wide range of preventative screenings, counseling and services without any additional charges. As of Aug. 1, women with private health care coverage — or … Continued


Ask questions later Rock ’n’ rollers Discount Guns celebrate the release of their first full-length album, Odessa, on Friday on the Glassworks rooftop. Cincinnati’s Buffalo Killers will also play, having also recently released an album, along with locals The Tunesmiths. LEO checked in with Edward Vincent, who shares vocals and instrumental duties with partner John … Continued

Plugged In

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Inbox — Aug. 8, 2012

You Go, Sister! Thank you to Anne Marshall who did a magnificent feature story — “The Sisters: The lives of American nuns” (LEO Weekly, July 25). There is a group of Catholics and non-Catholics in the Louisville and Bardstown areas concerned about the recent actions of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith … Continued

Brandi Carlile stays young

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile released Bear Creek in June and is on tour supporting the album that’s been described as “earthy” and “country-leaning,” but features enough Carlile staples — that golden voice, smart songwriting, and longtime band mates Tim and Phil Hanseroth — that it satisfies her devoted fanbase. She’ll be at the Iroquois Amphitheater as … Continued

Swingin’ to Dirty Projectors’ avant-pop leanings

The New York-based band Dirty Projectors has evolved over the past decade to become one of the most acclaimed, innovative and influential bands around. Each of their past three albums has earned overwhelming praise — not only from critics but also from more established artists like Bjork, David Byrne and Jay-Z. Their latest album, Swing … Continued

Kris Kristofferson’s life in words

Kris Kristofferson has written many classic songs — “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “For the Good Times,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” — and has also been a movie star (“A Star is Born,” “Heaven’s Gate,” several Sam Peckinpah films and “Blade” titles), an Army captain, a helicopter pilot, and … Continued


<SEXY> Aug. 9-11 ‘Va Va Vittles’ Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road • 584-8088 $20 ($30 VIP); 8 p.m. A Va Va Vixens show hits an audience like a fleshy storm of scissor kicks, hula hoops and acrobatics. Reviving a late 19th/early 20th century form of entertainment, our local troop of 25 limber ladies … Continued

Theater: Lovin’ on ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’

‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ Presented by Theatre [502]. Written by Rajiv Joseph. Directed by Gil D. Reyes. Continues through Aug. 11 at Actors Theatre. For tickets or info, go to Doug rode his bike off the school roof. Kayleen has another stomachache because of her “bad thoughts.” Their unique friendship begins in the quiet, sterile … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: ROMEO MUST DIE 2000; $14.98-$19.98; R Now available on Blu-ray: Hong Kong chop-socky sensation Jet Li’s first American leading role. He kicks and stomps and punches and gouges and screams his way out of a Chinese prison, landing smack in the nether regions of luscious mono-monikered Aaliyah amidst a mob war … Continued

Back home again in Argentina at Palermo Viejo

Think globally, eat locally: I can hardly think of a better place to do both of these things than Palermo Viejo, Louisville’s only Argentine restaurant and a perennial favorite among ethnic eateries. Where is Argentina? If you answered “Down past Mexico somewhere,” you’ve probably come closer than many Americans, sadly, to locating this major nation … Continued

Bar Belle: Bourbon trailblazer

Inspired by the Olympics, I figured I’d set out to accomplish my own kind of amazing feat this weekend in the form of the Urban Bourbon Trail. I’ve been working on completing the trail for years — and either lost my passport or cut myself off from bourbon consumption (which happens often). One of this … Continued

Comedy: The ‘other’ Koy

Jo Koy is hot on the comedy scene right now. A regular on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” he was voted one of Daily Variety’s “Top 10 to Watch.” Koy came of age in Tacoma, Wash., and after launching his comedy career in Las Vegas, he has since relocated to Los Angeles. Koy returns to The Improv … Continued

Art: Calling it like she sees it

It must be difficult for anyone familiar with artist Dana Ellyn to believe her claim that for the first three decades of her life, she was quiet and reserved. Her paintings, on display at Garner Narrative, would suggest an artist unabashed about sharing her opinion. The show, titled “A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures,” … Continued

channel ORANGE

channel ORANGE is the retail debut of singer-songwriter Frank Ocean (he of Odd Future affiliation, Watch the Throne hooks and Beyonce credits) and one of the most exciting debuts in soul music in years. That much R&B music being made today is not geared for adults who actually have had relationships (good, bad, joyous and … Continued

All Hail the Void

When Indiana extremists Harlots opted for indefinite hiatus in 2009, the underground scene quickly lost an innovative act. Now their key anchor, Jeff Lorhber, has reappeared with Enabler, a band similarly schooled in caustic genre cutups and contortions. All Hail The Void follows in the path of many recent d-beat hardcore revival bands: furious and … Continued

Heart of a King

There’s no denying the quality that Devine Carama is currently turning out. Heart of a King is the culmination of over a year of buildup, a rare enough effort for locals with a “team” behind him, much less someone who is basically doing it himself. The Lexington emcee has crafted a high-quality record, one that … Continued


The new EP by this revamped local quintet defies easy categorization, though perhaps not always in the way intended. An offbeat blend of folk instrumentation, British lit, indie cute and prog-rock imagination, Entertainment shows Aby Laby Land at their brightest when they successfully tap into the spirits of The Kinks, XTC or Frank Zappa. For … Continued