Sep 292010

GLBT Parent support group meetings

PFLAG Lexington is a support group for parents with gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans-gender children.  We are dedicated to helping other parents who are dealing with these issues in their family and in our society.   Our meetings provide a safe, non-judgmental place where both attendees and all conversations remain confidential.  We welcome friends interested in support, education and advocacy.

On the first Sunday of the month, we meet from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Pride Center, 389 Waller Ave.   The third Sunday of the month, from 2:00 to 4:00, we meet at the Good Foods Co-Op, 455 Southland Drive, in the Rochdale Room.

On Saturday, October 16, at 12:00 P.M., PFLAG will present a free film screening of Straightlaced: How Gender’s Got us all tied up, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 564 Clay’s Mill Road.

With courage and humor, the film depicts teens who identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning, as they open up their lives to the camera. Topics covered include the intricacies of choosing a deodorant, handling the locker room and the classroom, and mourning the suicide of classmates. Coming of age today has become increasingly complex and challenging; Straightlaced offers teens and adults a way out of anxiety, fear and violence, and points the way toward a more inclusive, empowering culture.

Check or call (859) 338-4393 for more information or for any changes in meeting schedule.

Sep 292010

By Brandon Cayot

One and a half years ago, Joaquin Phoenix walked onto the set of “The Late Show with David Letterman” and shocked the world with the announcement that he was retiring from film and pursuing a career in hip-hop.

With that announcement came a wild new look and disposition that was just as bizarre as his newly declared passion for hip hop music. Continue reading »

Sep 232010

This Saturday, the Void Skateshop and their new building-mates Spivs will be hosting a sidewalk sale/party. Expect music, fun, and a whole host of things for sale: T-shirts, bratwursts, sunglasses, shoes, jewelery, skateboards, bikes, shoes and other goodies. Things kick off at noon. The Void/Spivs building is located at 518 E. Hight Street, across the street from Woodland Park.

Sep 162010

By Danny Mayer

“Some places overmarket and underperfrom and others undermarket and overperform.”

Lee Todd, Fall 2006

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, September 8, Lee Todd finally called it quits in front of a receptive, if somber, audience. Todd, CEO of the University of Kentucky, will retire effective June 30, 2011. Though he had not worked at any university for the 18 years prior to his becoming president of the state’s flagship university in 2002, Todd arrived to UK amidst much fanfare. He made turning UK into a nationally competitive research university, one ranked in the Top 20 of public universities, the signature issue of his tenure. Continue reading »

Sep 162010

Thursday, September 16

Big Head Todd and the Monsters w/ Carbon Leaf
Buster’s, 8 P.M. $20 adv, $25 door. 18+.

Believe it or not, Big Head Todd and the Monsters played the loudest show I’ve ever attended. Back in the early ‘90s, when I was a but a degenerate frat guy idealistic collegian on the prowl for randy co-eds and kegs of Natural Light hopeful, soul-enlightening music, the Monsters played a free show at the university’s pastoral outdoor amphitheater—or, they were to play a show at the amphitheater, except that about an hour prior torrential rains hit the campus, and the whole production was relocated to the student center’s “ballroom,” which closely resembled my high school’s gymnasium. This would have been fine but for the evident laziness of the sound technicians, who had set amplifier and speaker levels at the soundcheck that afternoon, under clear skies, and then couldn’t be bothered to adjust those levels for the new, smaller, indoor space. And thus the sound was deafening.

Hundreds of folks turned up–this was at the peak of the band’s national popularity, borne of the melodic magnificence of their 1993 release, Sister Sweetly. But there was quickly established a sort of no-fly sector within 50 feet of the stage, an area within which one risked rapid, irreparable hearing loss. Continue reading »

Sep 162010

Shootin’ and Snaggin’ with the Frugal Fisherman

I’m a sporadic disc golfer. My introduction to the sport came over a three year period in the late 90s when I threw an infrequent series of really stoned-out rounds at parks across the greater southeastern United States with a close friend from high school. We played suburban parks in Raleigh, state parks in rural middle Georgia, and even a municipal park located near the Charleston, SC coast. My friend worked a sales job with a corporate client—selling lawn mowers, I thought, until informed years later that it was actually ATM receipts and other printables. Officially, he was “out on a sales call” for all 288 holes we played.

More recently, I have been playing at a nearby place in Keene, KY, on property I’ve helped rent with some friends for the past three years. The course is an excellent compliment to the firepits, berry patches, gardens, canoes, kayaks and hops decks with which we’ve littered the property. Continue reading »

Sep 162010

Squad’s revenge will have to wait

[Editor’s Note: We changed the headline to reflect (1) that ROCK did not play Louisville; and (2) that it did play Black-n-Bluegrass.]

By Troy Lyle

When someone mentions epic sports battles in Kentucky, people immediately think of UK versus UL. But for the more than 400 people who attended this past Saturday’s roller derby bout at Heritage Hall, they can now add the Rollergirls of Central Kentucky (ROCK) versus the Black-n-Bluegrass Roller Girls (BBRG) to the list.

You could tell from the opening warm up skate both ROCK and BBRG meant business. This would be no ordinary derby bout. Skaters from both leagues rounded the track with purpose, eyeing their opponents every move, hoping to garner a glimpse at what the other was planning. Continue reading »

Sep 162010

By Ernie Yanarella

The prospect of large Republican gains in the Congress during the mid-term elections in a couple months and the uncertain possibility of the GOP unseating a sitting Democratic president in about two years hence should give American citizens pause for remembrance and reflection. Kentuckians too should pay close attention to what is really behind Republican rhetoric on the campaign trail, as well as what is archived from past events.

Before we forget the preceding eight years of Republican presidential governance and its failed policies that led us to a financial meltdown, global economic crisis, and mounting worries over runaway climate change, before we buy a “pig in the poke” who extols individual liberty, an end to big government, and the sanctity of private property over civil rights, I’d like to offer this vocabulary of political terms that are likely to be descriptive of practices in a new Senator, a new Congress and even a new presidential administration under future Republican rule. Continue reading »

Sep 152010

Sapori d’Italia makes proletarian food for artisan crowd

By Evan Barker

Making proletarian food would seem like an odd move for a former financial advisor, but Jason Gresham isn’t complaining. Along with his wife Annarita and brother-in-law Giovanni Capezzuto, Gresham, 37, is hard at work building Sapori d’Italia, an “old world artisan Italian market” which sells handmade goat cheese at the Lexington Farmers’ Market and elsewhere.

Evan Barker

Gianni Capezzuto making cheese

Sapori d’Italia is most famous for its cheesemaking, headed by Giovanni, or Gianni (pronounced “Johnny”) – a Farmers’ Market mainstay. Gianni’s table is generally located at the center of a crowd of shoppers under the glass at Cheapside plaza. Continue reading »