Jun 232010
 

Move over ladies: the bromance is where it’s at

By Colleen Glenn

This summer’s bromance is Get Him to the Greek. Following the trend of The Hangover, I Love You, Man, and Superbad (to name just a few of the recent bromances to hit the big screen), Get Him to the Greek is a buddy film about dude love in which two men find themselves after finding each other. You’ve seen the films; you know the score.

But don’t get me wrong…I liked it. Continue reading »

Jun 232010
 

Friday June 25

GWAR w/ Dirge Within and Mobile Deathcamp

Buster’s 899 Manchester Street. $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Doors @ 7:30 P.M.; Show 8:30. 18+

Whether you know it or not, GWAR coming to Lexington is a special occasion.  Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to enhance your experience.

DO: Give them a listen before the show. You should at least know what you’re getting yourself into.

DON’T: Listen to them too much. The music is only about 15% of why you should be going to see GWAR. And truth be told, it’s not that good.

DO: Watch at least one of their movies. I recommend Phallus in Wonderland. If you cannot stomach an entire movie (which is perfectly legitimate) at least get on Youtube and watch some of their fake commercials from the late 90s. Sperm ‘n Slide is a classic.

DON’T: Attempt to recreate any scenes from any of the movies. You don’t have a spaceship that runs on crack, you will go to jail for selling crack to children, and no one has stolen your Cuttlefish of Cthulhu.

DO: Wear a white shirt. One that you no longer want, need, or care about. GWAR’s shows are notorious for massive blasts of fake blood, slime, semen, guts, and sundry other liquids. Standing towards the back will not save you. Wearing a white shirt will ensure that you remember your evening no matter how much you are driven to drink.

DON’T: Wear a GWAR shirt to the GWAR show. This advice goes for seeing any band. It is the ultimate way to be “that guy.”

DO: Bring earplugs. These dudes are loud.

DON’T: Expect any modicum of political correctness. It is not uncommon for GWAR to execute puppets of famous people like Michael Jackson or George W. Bush.—Patrick Bigger

Jun 232010
 

A post-navigational meander

By Wesley Houp

Cross-currents

On the morning of May 5, 2010, the Dixie Belle, a sternwheeler owned and operated by Shaker Village in Mercer Co., broke free of its moorings on the Kentucky River near High Bridge after being struck by a large concrete dock and other flood debris. The 20 ton, 65-foot, 100-passenger boat traveled downstream on the swollen Kentucky, passing safely over Lock and Dam #7 before rescuers eventually corralled it to the bank just above Brooklyn Bridge on state highway 68, where it held sway against the current as the river crested at 42 feet, approximately ten feet above flood stage, its highest point since 1978.

After several weeks the Dixie Belle was eventually pulled from the water several more miles downstream at Cummins Marina, where it was later inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard. Found structurally sound, the flood-stranded craft was partially dismantled and finally hauled overland, no small task given the extremely steep, narrow, and winding roads in and out of the river valley, not to mention the hilly, curvy roads through the Bluegrass Region atop the palisades. The thirty or so mile trip took two days, and the Dixie Belle once again rested its weight in the Kentucky near Camp Nelson, seventeen or so miles upstream from its home. Continue reading »

Jun 232010
 

CD Central, Morris Book Shop, Void Skateshop, and Buster’s present the 3rd of July Concert @ Phoenix Park

For my money, there’s no better way to spend your Independence Day afternoon than at Phoenix Park. Whether or not you’re amongst those of us who take this opportunity to drink downtown with impunity, the Fourth ‘o July at Phoenix—now in its eighth year—is your chance to check out some great live music smack in the middle of downtown Lexington.  Just like Americans, this music is free.  But, for a few reasons, this year’s festivities will be a little different than in years past.

For starters, the Fourth will actually be celebrated on the Saturday the Third.  Don’t screw this up; 3 is the new 4. Continue reading »

Jun 202010
 

CD Central, Morris Book Shop, Void Skateshop, and Buster’s present the 3rd of July Concert @ Phoenix Park

For my druthers, there’s no better way to spend your Independence Day afternoon than at Phoenix Park. Whether or not you’re amongst those of us who take this opportunity to drink downtown with impunity, the Fourth ‘o July at Phoenix—now in its eighth year—is your chance to check out some great live music smack in the middle of downtown Lexington.  Just like Americans, this music is free.  But, for a few reasons, this year’s festivities will be a little different than in years past.

For starters, the Fourth will actually be celebrated on the Saturday the Third.  Don’t screw this up; 3 is the new 4.

Second, it will be hotter than ever this year, as the park’s only grassy area, once a popular spot for picnicking and lounging, has been paved over to create a new firefighter’s memorial.  An eternal flame dedicated to firefighters seems ironic and paganistically sanctimonious to me.  But the park is, I’m assuming, dutifully approximating its namesake with the extra-radiant concrete standing in for the burning pyres of the Phoenix myth; We, The People will have risen from the ashes when we peel our smoldering keisters off this concrete parkland—should we dare sit.  A nearby memorial to firefighters burned alive, compounded by the promise of fireworks, is too much to comment upon, so I digress…

Third: there should be a new sidewalk completed on the corner of Main and Limestone by Independence Day Eve.  This offers a sexier, sleeker place to survey the exotic flatland known as The Centrepointe, or to marvel at the simplicity of the fountain before the new courthouse known as “the bum shower.”

Lastly, there are more new bands playing this year, and you’re likely to hear something you’ve never heard before.  Here’s the lineup:

11 a.m.—The Bleats (melodic pop rock)

12 noon—Randy Tuesday & the Two Two Tuesdays (50s/60s pop cover song barrage)

1 p.m.—Ford Theatre Reunion (vaudeville rock)

3:30 p.m.—Rough Customers (ska/punk)

4:30 p.m.—Frank Rocket (punk/surf)

See you there!

Jun 152010
 

Johnny Shipley’s Sandwich Shop will be open at Institute 193 from 12 – 2 PM beginning June 14 and closing on June 18. He will be preparing Banh Mi sandwiches for 5 dollars a piece. All proceeds benefit Institute 193.
Institute 193 is located at 193 North Limestone.
For more info, email: phillip@institute193.org
www.institute193.org

Jun 092010
 
Danny Mayer

Liquor store, barber shop and vacant lot garden at North Limestone and Sixth Street.

In-feed joins growing list of gardening groups

NoC News

On Saturday morning, June 5, less than twelve hours after a fatal shooting a block away, two members of In-Feed and a lone volunteer helped plant a garden on the grassy vacant lot located across the street from the old Spauldings Building on the 500 block of North Limestone. The urban gardeners put in tomato and basil plants and, from seed, bush beans, okra and sunflowers.

The small reclamation of the grassy lot was organized by In-Feed, a group challenging the widespread mis-use of green space in a region where 1 in 7 inhabitants rely on food banks for some form of nourishment during the course of the year and, more specifically, in a part of the city where mean annual incomes remain below $20,000 per year. In-Feed’s strategy is to push for making unused city land more productive and beholden to the immediate communities in which those lots exist. As the group’s mission statement puts it, “We want unused land to be made available for urban gardening.” The North Limestone garden was the first of two gardens the group would put up that day around downtown. Continue reading »

Jun 092010
 

“I am a streetwalker, but, no, I am not a prostitute.”

By Beth Connors-Manke

To state what I hope is obvious to most, there are lots of things wrong with the movie Pretty Woman. Richard Gere isn’t really acting in it. Julia Roberts is completely unbelievable as a prostitute. There is also the anti-feminist theme of rich-man-saving-destitute-sex-worker-from-a-life-she-didn’t-deserve. The biggest problem, though, isn’t these three things. It’s that prostitution is so much more mundane than Pretty Woman—even the parts of Pretty Woman the audience doesn’t see: the backstory of Vivian’s nights on the boulevard in cheap but sassy knee-high boots and tight dresses.

So how would I know about the banal aspects of the sex-trade? COPS, the TV show. One weekend my brothers made me (by virtue of the fact that they would do nothing else) watch a COPS marathon. I dislike the show, but after three episodes I started learning things, including the fact that women willing to trade sex for cash money generally don’t look good. Even more, many of them don’t do it as a career path, as the Julia Roberts character did. Often, prostitution is serendipitous and opportunistic. If you’re waking down the street in your dirty, cut-off jeans and drugstore flip-flops looking for a friend to hang out with because you’re bored, and a John in a broken down old truck with his work tools in the back stops beside you, well, why not? Who doesn’t need more cash? Continue reading »

Jun 092010
 

Mighty Wurlitzer also a part of KY Theatre experience

After reading Colleen Glenn’s informative article (“Kentucky Theatre Summer Classic Movies Series returns May 26,” May 19) about nearly all aspects of the 2010 Kentucky Theatre’s Summer Series—including the anticipation of the series, assemblage of the movies, people involved, Flash Gordon Series, and a synopsis of each feature film—were covered. However, there was no mention of one very essential item which is experienced before each matinee and evening feature picture, and has been a part of the Classic Series Film Series since 2001!

Kentucky’s Mighty Wurlitzer-Theatre Organ Project, Inc continues each Series with pre-show mini-concerts on the 2-Manual Conn Theatre Organ (a 1959 tube model), which recreates the movie patron’s experience of the “Golden Age of the movie palace,and at no cost to the Kentucky Theatre Group, Inc or movie patrons. Continue reading »