View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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, …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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! …

View Post

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 …

View Post

VICE’s Noisey: Slim Jesus Played for 30 People at a Kentucky Strip Club

YouTube rap phenomenon Slim Jesus made his debut to the great state of Kentucky on his inaugural Young & Ignorant tour Friday night at a seedy strip club, or “gentlemen’s club” if you prefer, for a night of entertainment somewhere between slice of life and through the looking glass. It was almost poetic, until you actually got there. Trixie’s Adult Entertainment …

View Post

LEO Weekly: Looneyville – The News of 2015 in Review

Read full issue at LEO Weekly. Kentucky elects Matt Bevin In every respectable poll, even up to the last week in October, Democrat Jack Conway held a comfortable, outside-the-margin-of-error lead. According to random samples and tried-and-true statistics, the reincarnation of Buzz Lightyear as an attorney general should’ve comfortably cruised to the governorship on Nov. 3. Then a funny thing happened on the …

View Post

Intel: How big data helps first responders

Police officers and firefighters are leveraging big data to do their jobs more efficiently and more accurately. In a life or death situation, it’s discouraging to think that emergency services might not be able to locate someone in distress. According to a New York Times article, “The Federal Communications Commission estimates more than 70 percent of 240 million annual 911 calls …