Issue September 11, 2012

Food for thought

Combine the wonder of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (subtract the Oompa-Loompas and add actual food groups) with the pristine order of a government science laboratory, and you’ve got a rough image of Jefferson County Public Schools’ Nutrition Services Center, a 69,000-square-foot labyrinth of stainless-steel industrial kitchen equipment located near the fairgrounds. Before first light breaks, … Continued

To Beat the Devil

As he was walking up to the stage, I remember thinking how attractive this young man was. He was the very definition of tall, dark and handsome. I also noticed he wasn’t wearing a suit. His jacket may have been brushed suede. He was wearing dark pants, slacks, jeans? I couldn’t tell; I was too … Continued

Grooming the next-next generation

Attention 7-year-olds: Congratulations! You’re going to inherit the country. I know what you’re thinking: “Oh, barnacles!” But hear me out. Now that you’re 7, it’s time to start thinking about not only your own future but your country’s future as well. You probably aren’t aware of it, but time is speeding up dramatically. Gone are the … Continued

Holy family planning

The threat of increased restrictions on women’s reproductive health care services appeared to subside late last year when Gov. Steve Beshear nixed the proposed merger of the city’s hospital giants with University Hospital, a move that would have prohibited the public institution from dispensing contraceptives and performing tubal ligations under Catholic directives. But recent developments … Continued

Plaintiffs ‘occupy’ bridges project

Days after dignitaries hailed a ceremonial groundbreaking miles from the proposed East End bridge as a step forward, plaintiffs walked the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project two steps back, filing separate, overlapping complaints in U.S. District Court. In June of last year, officials reduced the mega-project and subsequently updated plans to limit some of … Continued

Me Vs. Music

I can’t go for that … I’ve watched two political conventions in two weeks, each with a very different soundtrack. I’m happily way left-of-center, and I make no apologies for being fond of our president. I will also let you know that I did find some evil joy in watching the Republican National Convention drag … Continued

David Wax Museum’s nose-to-tail music

“When you’re an artist, you always feel like your current work is the best,” says Suz Slezak, “because you’re the oldest and most mature that you’ve ever been — hopefully, most mature,” she laughs. “So I think there is a sense that we’ve really gotten our stride now.” Slezak is the fiddle player, a vocalist, … Continued

Inbox — Sept. 12, 2012

Thinking About Parking The “Lost in thought” piece (LEO Weekly, Aug. 22) was very historically informative, as “The Thinker” is one of my favorite pieces of art. It is an honor to have it at our city’s most well-known university, and yet recently it seems full of irony. The University of Louisville is a well-loved … Continued


<FILM> Ongoing ‘Compliance’ Village 8 Theatres 4014 Dutchmans Lane $3-$5; various times In the new film “Compliance,” a prank caller posing as a police officer induces a “ChickWich” manager to detain and strip-search her 19-year-old cashier over the course of several hours. If this set-up seems unlikely, know that the plot is based on real … Continued

John McCutcheon’s everyday people

One of the last great classic folk singers, John McCutcheon has carved out a life as a singer of songs, a storyteller and, often, a comedian. He’s also noteworthy as a hammer dulcimer player. As a singer, he’s in the folk tradition of Woody Guthrie, singing both to adults about injustice and to children about … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH 1982; $17.98-$29.98; R The “Halloween” franchise is the uncontested champion of hoary fright, spawning uncountable sequels and imitators. But this particular title is The Best, even though Michael Myers is nowhere to be seen. Dan O’Herlihy shines as the grandfatherly modern-day Druid warlock who, in … Continued


Guitar Trio, Louisville For two decades, the California Guitar Trio has traveled around the world, dazzling audiences with their intricate instrumental music. Their path shifted 12 years ago, almost to this day (Sept. 17), when Louisvillian Tyler Trotter booked them to play at the Rudyard Kipling. The successful show led to a successful relationship with … Continued

Theater: Oh, Romeo

‘Romeo and Juliet’ Directed by Tony Speciale. A production by Actors Theatre of Louisville. Continues through Sept. 26. For tickets, go to or call 584-1205. The second half of director Tony Speciale’s superb new production of “Romeo and Juliet” opens on a scene of sublime innocence. On a swing suspended by ropes from the … Continued

Film: To sleep perchance to sleep

‘Sleepwalk With Me’ Starring Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn and Carol Kane. Directed by Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish. NR; 1:30. LEO Report Card: B “Great stories happen to those who can tell them,” Ira Glass is fond of saying. If anyone would know, it’s Glass, host and co-creator of National Public Radio’s “This … 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 SEP 12 … Continued

Lil Cheezers piles on the cheese

Order a sandwich and it comes with a foundational legend, the old story about John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, who invented the portable meal that bears his name so he wouldn’t have to stop playing cards to take his nourishment. The grilled cheese sandwich, sadly, carries no such memorable tale. While the combination … Continued

Comedy: Raanan Hershberg — comedy sold

When Raanan Hershberg arrived on the scene three years ago, he instantly stood out among the pack with his brash, heady sense of humor. Since then, he has worked with comics like Rory Scovel and John Witherspoon, appeared at the Laugh Your Asheville Off! comedy festival, and has been the mastermind behind ongoing local shows … Continued

Comedy: Fun with Fluffy

“I’m not fat, I’m fluffy” joker Gabriel Iglesias launched his career on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” He has since done three Comedy Central specials and is working on material for his fourth, and he had a great summer with a role in the mega-hit movie “Magic Mike.” Iglesais will perform Sunday at the Palace Theater. … Continued

The Taste Bud: Confessions of a sashimi addict

Do you have one of those restaurants in your life at which you can’t help but order the same thing every time you visit? A menu item that captivates you so fiercely that you can’t not order it for fear that you may be abducted by clowns, dragged off to join the circus against your … Continued