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VICE: How to Sue Beyonce

Originally published July 6, 2016 Threats of lawsuits are nothing new in the Beyhive. Beyoncé’s team’s experience with swarms of litigious activity certainly influenced the lengthy credits for this year’s visual pop culture achievement, Lemonade. But the case of Matthew Fulks might feel a bit different. By day, Fulks works as a video editor at the local Fox affiliate in …

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LEO Weekly: Muhammad Ali – A loving tribute to a once conflicted city

Once in 1,000 years does the world receive a gift like Muhammad Ali. This, from Billy Crystal’s eulogy, just adds more testimony that “The Greatest of All Time” is the most famous person in the world. And a personality that colossal requires at least two days of memorial to honor his legacy. Louisville delivered that last Thursday and Friday, each …

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LEO Weekly: Curb Your Foodieism (with Footnotes!)

“What I always want, what is crucial for me, is casual. I want everybody to have fun,” said Bobby Benjamin, executive chef of Butchertown Grocery, to the Courier-Journal in the midst of a media bonanza around their fall opening. Local media, ahem, ate this place up. Fun tops the menu at Butchertown Grocery, exclaimed one of the headlines, and less …

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LEO Weekly: Dankness on the Edge of Flavortown

[Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts on Guy Fieri, his impact on food culture and his new restaurant. To read the second part, by LEO food critic Robin Garr, click here.] On a balmy early September evening, the last vestiges of summer clinging to the air, I found myself in a room partitioned off from the rest …

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LEO Weekly: Ira Glass Interview

For over two decades, the internationally-syndicated “This American Life” has served as the gold standard for riveting storytelling, with a touch of radio theater, during which personal vignettes tell larger truths and resonate with millions on a significant level. Hosted by its conversational and consummate orator Ira Glass, “This American Life” has spun off into television, movies and splinter podcasts …

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VICE Noisey: You Have Faust’s Improvisation to Thank For Everything You Love

Holy trinities are a snooze of a trope—from the Christian doctrine, to celebrity deaths, to Zelda, and even to Cajun cooking (that’d be onions, bell pepper, and celery for the uninitiated gourmand). Yeah, three, we get it. But that narrative works well for the perennially revered early 70s German avant garde and art rock movement still tragically referred to as …

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LEO Weekly: We went to a vape party so you didn’t have to

I went to a vape party. Until last week, I had no idea such a thing existed. Now that the smell of the dankest pecan pie ever concocted has permeated and anchored itself onto every hair on my head, it’s not something I shall forget anytime soon, regardless of want or a visit from the hazmat team. Welcome to Vapeblast, …

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VICE: The Internet Thinks I’m Banksy

Add Michael Whatley to the shortlist of people IRL who, like the Ermahgerd Girl or Scumbag Steve, found themselves the face of some strange Internet ephemera, apropos of nothing. Last summer, a Facebook event appeared promoting a Banksy meet and greet early next year at New York’s Waldorf Astoria, offering complimentary face painting to the first 100 guests. Seemingly a …

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LEO Weekly’s WELP!: A seat at The Table

Louisville will see two new additions to the dining scene this month. One will bring the city’s very first completely pay-what-you-can model, a concept that accepts both American Express and sweat equity, offering a solid dining experience to an underserved food desert at price points actually reflective of the neighborhood’s median income. The other will have… charcuterie. And boozy milkshakes! …

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LEO Weekly’s WELP!: Godspeed You Mall Emperor

“And I — my head oppressed by horror — said: ‘Master, what is it that I hear? Who are those people so defeated by their pain?’      And he to me: ‘This miserable way is taken by the sorry souls of those who lived without disgrace and without praise.      They now commingle with the coward angels, the …