Issue September 4, 2012

What lies beneath

I had a decision to make. I’d been in Tampa for all of 15 minutes, and I was already late for something, anything, everything — a white rabbit with OCD, searching for Mad Hatters. Of course, I knew the real Republican National Convention would occur far from the klieg lights and sound bites of primetime. … Continued

Punk’s not dead …

It’s just doing hard time in a Russian gulag. Last month three women from the Russian punk protest collective Pussy Riot were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years each in a prison work camp. No clemency was granted for having an awesome band name. In an effort to parse … Continued

‘Midlands’ gate magnified

I underestimated a bad idea whose time I feared was nigh. It’s worse than I knew. But dissent is more fierce than I fancied — and maybe committed enough to triumph. My last offering, “Pimping the VA” (Aug. 22), fed a studious opposition movement, meetings with activists and a torrent of email with links to … Continued

No shame

The past year has been hell for 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich. Last fall, she discovered that months earlier two boys had sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious after a night of heavy drinking. She learned this from friends and acquaintances who had seen pictures the boys in question took during the assault. Dietrich went to … Continued

Fishbone sticks together

There aren’t a lot of 30-year-old bands still writing, recording and touring whose lead singer lives with his mom. Such is the case of Fishbone. Three decades strong without ever having that career-defining single, that four-minute moment that provides security for life, Fishbone are like Charles Barkley. It’s not like they haven’t stopped trying. Years … Continued

Inbox — Sept. 5, 2012

VA Soup Just finished reading Steve Shaw’s column regarding location/hanky-panky associated with the new VA hospital (LEO Weekly, Aug. 22). I attended the first open meeting on this in 2009, and another veteran said to me, “They promised there would be no politics involved.” I replied, “That’s like saying you can eat soup with a … Continued

B-sides

The dog dies at the end Art history isn’t a topic you expect to talk about with most rappers. Yet, in our sprawling two-hour conversation, the Indiana emcee Sno. (“Struggle’s Never Over”) left few subjects off the table. Not many conversations begin with fashion for the plus-sized gentleman and range from stained glass to 2 … Continued

Staffpicks

<FILM> Ongoing ‘Bill W.’ Village 8 Theatres 4014 Dutchmans Lane village8.com $3-$5; various times How do you research a man who is dead and didn’t leave much behind — other than a worldwide fellowship organization known as Alcoholics Anonymous? It took documentary filmmakers Kevin Hanlon and Dan Carracino eight years to complete “Bill W.,” an … Continued

Plugged In

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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW 1981; $14.98; UR Very few made-for-TV horror flicks ever seem to work, but this is one of the all-time best. Charles Durning plays an evil postman (is there any other kind?) who leads a group of small-town vigilantes to kill a simple-minded young man and hide … Continued

Film: Fearless, peerless

A documentary about dissident, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, entitled “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” arrives at Baxter Avenue Theatres on Friday. One of the designers of Beijing’s “Bird Nest Stadium,” Weiwei topped ArtReview’s Power 100 List last year, shortly after being detained by the Chinese government for 81 days on a somewhat wishy-washy charge of tax … Continued

DiFabio’s offers fine, family-style Italian along Frankfort Avenue

“Casapela.” Utter this word slowly, with Mediterranean rhythm, assonant and mellifluous, “Cah-sa-PEH-laaaah,” and it sounds as Italian as Tony Bennett crooning “Arrivederci, Roma.” But plug it into Google Translate or ask a friendly Italian what “Casapela” means, exactly, and you come up with nothing. Zero, zip, even, well, niente. But it means a lot to … Continued

Bar Belle: Napa Valley, meet Bourbon Alley

Last week I took a trip out to the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Ky. I had been once before and forgot how much I loved the quaint Kentucky scenery on the drive past horse farms, roadside farmers markets and towns without Walmarts. The tour I took showed us what life was like at the … Continued

Comedy: Margaret Cho outdoes herself

You can call Margaret Cho a lot of things — and she’s used to it — but a slacker is not one of them. In the midst of starring in two TV shows — Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” and Food Network’s “Blind Dinner Party” (premiering this fall) — and reprising her Emmy-nominated guest role on … Continued

Book: It’s not our fault

‘Free Will’ By Sam Harris. Free Press; 83 pgs., $9.99. This slim tome — the main argument spans only 66 pages — spends its first paragraph introducing “free will,” the belief that we choose, and are conscious of our choosing, our actions in life. Then the author renders one of the most horrific crimes imaginable: … Continued

Fragrant World

Yeasayer isn’t just about the music. This is a band that’s all about concepts, image and finding the art in everything from music videos to onstage light shows. Songwriter Anand Wilder has wild aspirations, counting Michael Jackson and David Bowie among his artistic influences. To mix things up for fans, Yeasayer created a digital scavenger … Continued

Heritage

Lionel Loueke has wowed audiences — with his own trio and with Herbie Hancock. His nimble guitar playing and moving singing utilize tasteful electronic manipulation, and he has found a compatriot in producer/keyboardist Robert Glasper. Together with Derrick Hodge (bass) and Mark Guiliana (drums), they create a natural extension of Loueke’s prior albums. Guiliana’s deft … Continued

That Noise

Derek Monyhan’s new band is more of a quarter-turn from his main gig with the Villebillies. The differences are more behind-the-scenes than some major stylistic shift coming out of your speakers. Monyhan has described the ’Billies’ process as a “meritocracy,” but here, he and partner Andy Crompton are the songwriters and decision makers. That Noise … Continued

Love and Hip Hop

Much like characters on the namesake television catastrophe, Ace Lib apparently has more money than he knows what to do with. The production on the bulk of this sounds expensive, if somewhat familiar. Also like the TV show, Ace Lib’s about as vapid and emo as Stevie J and company. The 19 tracks, split into … Continued