Apr 222010

By Troy Lyle

The Rollergirls of Central Kentucky (ROCK) did everything but toy with the Lafayette Brawlin’ Dolls (LBD), handily dismantling the young derby team and moving their overall record to 2 and 1. The April 10 bout was LBD’s first home game and season opener, a fact a battle tested ROCK took full advantage of on their way to a final score of 136 to 65.

In an unrelenting onslaught of wicked jams and grand slams, ROCK’s Ellie Slay, Ryder Die, Sugar Shock and Ragdoll Ruby weaved their way through Lafayette, using their smooth skating and the team’s trademark impenetrable wall to score point after point and bury the Brawlin’ Dolls in a mound of bruises, back aches and botched blocks. Continue reading »

Apr 222010

Shootin’ n Snaggin’ with the Frugal Fisherman

No matter how hard I try, I can’t for the life of me fully embrace artificial bait fishing. Don‘t get me wrong, I use my fair share of spinnerbaits, jigs, rooster tails and plastics. But every time I’m unable to figure out the fishing pattern or entice a strike, I get antsy.

It’s about that time I wish I had a bobber and an earthworm. Or better yet a half ounce lead weight, a circle hook and a night crawler. Those are two tried and tested methods that always seem to land me a fish or two. Continue reading »

Apr 222010

Shows at Green Lantern and the Hive

By Danny Mayer

In a couple of weeks, Lexington will lose a vital component of its peace and justice community when Jerry Moody relocates north to Canada.

Moody, a social activist and rabble-rouser since his high school days in Ohio during the late Sixties, has been a tireless campaigner, organizer and contributor to a number of social justice causes since his arrival in Lexington two decades ago. He’s worked for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth fighting against big business coal practices and nefarious anti-felon voting laws; he helped start the now-defunct New Morning World Coffee House on Euclid Ave to provide a space for activists to gather to protest the first Iraq War, and has continued to organize protests against the most recent wars in the Middle East; he’s been active in the Central Kentucky Council for Peace; he’s worked to create a free university for the community; he’s advocated for Hispanic outreach groups, re-introduced CentrePointe to live guerilla theatre, and campaigned for local and national politicians. And he’s done all this while playing drums for peace and guitar for fun. Continue reading »

Apr 222010

A report from La Roca Methodist Church

NoC News

On Wednesday, April 14, eight of the nine candidates running for an at-large seat on the City Council met at La Roca Methodist Church on North Limestone. Joining incumbents Chuck Ellinger and Linda Gorton at the foot of the La Roca alter were former First District Council rep George Brown (now running for an at-large seat), Christopher Hignite, Kathy Plomin, Ralph Ruschell, Steve Kay and Don Pratt. Ismael Shalash was the only candidate not in attendance.e

The forum is one of several being held around Lexington before the May primaries, in which the field of nine candidates will be whittled down to six. Ultimately, Lexington voters will choose three at-large candidates to sit on the City Council. Continue reading »

Apr 222010

By Joe Anthony

Like many people, I’ve been surprised and dismayed by the depth of the rage exhibited by the tea party group. It has confused me, too. What is it all about? Today’s Lexington Herald-Leader had a Washington Post column by Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar from the very conservative American Enterprise Institute summing up Obama as left of center, certainly not a radical president by any means. The column talks about the dismay many of Obama’s base, me included, have felt at many of his very moderate initiatives. So even conservatives, in moments of clarity, see that this president is about as far from being a socialist as Gerald Ford was, maybe not as near to it as Richard Nixon. So again the question: why all the rage?

I’ve thought about it and come up with a few tentative answers. Continue reading »

Apr 222010

By Colleen Glenn

In That Evening Sun, currently playing at The Kentucky Theatre downtown, director and screenwriter Scott Teems delivers a poignant tale about aging, independence, familial relations and the importance of place. Like Gran Torino before it, That Evening Sun portrays an elderly curmudgeon struggling to live his last years on his own terms. And, like the crusty Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook’s character is treated by those around him as a burden to his family who should, well, cooperate and die already.

The 84-year-old Holbrook turns in a fantastic performance, one that will surely be remembered as one of the best of his prolific film and stage career. Playing Abner Meecham, an elderly man reluctant to leave his life-long home for a nursing home, Holbrook turns in a complex and developed character study that makes human what might otherwise have been a flat caricature. Continue reading »

Apr 222010

Creative Class

A sharp critique of Florida (“Richard Florida’s creative bullshit,” April 7 2010). Greg Brown’s “Boom Town” ran through my mind as I read. He points to Sonoma and Santa Fe, two distinctly “Creative Cities,” and asks where the original residents live now? In trailers on the outskirts of town.”

Gordimer T. Spotts

Murfreesboro, TN

Nostalgia and freedom

Thanks for the words on guerilla gardening (“Confessions of a guerrilla gardener,” April 7, 2010). I remember the flow of nice smoking component during those days of the early 70’s (some of it anyway). Continue reading »

Apr 222010

Grants use art to teach about environmental issues

By Amber Scott

The tangled mass of construction netting, batteries, reflectors, Ken dolls, twisty straws and worthless motherboards sits, somewhat appropriately, atop overturned garbage cans. All this debris is spackled onto life-size dolls and re-imagined rocking horses thanks to epoxy, spray paint, nails and good luck.

It’s quite literally a hunk of junk, but ultimately the work in Bob Morgan’s All that Glitters evolves into a stunning army of environment-saving soldiers on a mission. Continue reading »

Apr 222010

By Becca Barhorst

I write this opinion not as an environmental activist, a renewable energy advocate, or a progressive. I write this as a humanist, as we should all be, with a genuine concern for the dangers in which we entrench our people. The explosion of the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia that occurred on April 5 has disturbed me since I read the headline. A mining community that trusts companies like Massey Energy to maintain the safety of their workers was devastated after losing 29 miners, the worst mine explosion to occur since 1970. Continue reading »