Oct 272010

The conclusion of a story in three places

By Danny Mayer

On October 14, UK’s student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, reported that staff members in the paper’s advertising division had been caught distributing free copies of the paper to guests tailgating at Commonwealth Stadium before the September 18 Cats’ home football game against regional powerhouse Akron University. Originally busted by UK athletics officials for driving “an improperly marked golf cart,” the officers later came back and ordered the staff to cease and desist their unlawful activities: the giving away of free papers to UK sports fans, many of whom were, presumably, alumni, students or kin to alumni or students. Continue reading »

Oct 132010

By Beth Connors-Manke

Editor’s note: In part one of this article, Beth introduced Blake Eames and Claudia Michler, the artists behind Made You Look!, an arts-based environmental activism project. Eames and Michler painted storm sewer drains around downtown, neighborhoods near UK, and the near north side. Made You Look! won an EcoART grant from the city to help with the storm sewer public education campaign.

After my last official interview with Eames and Michler – I saw and talked to them many times after that as they knelt over drains, brushes in hand – I had mixed feelings about the storm sewer project. I loved the art, of course, no question, but the problems that had led to the need for the art and for sewer education weighed on me. As much as I may appreciate the art, the environmental degradation that it signaled was serious and dangerous.

Our conversations had suggested there were at least two aspects to the project: the first, the joy in the art; the second, the decline in the city’s infrastructure and an ignorance about water pollution. Continue reading »

Oct 132010

Saturday, October 16

Karma Theory w/ Katie Kerkhover
Buster’s, 9 P.M. $5. 18+

There’s an age at which one can no longer muster the idealism and earnestness of youth, but only observe it with a wry smile and nostalgia for a simpler time, a time when the lyrics you sing so passionately in the car change in character, from hopeful to disappointed, and so we begin taking anti-depressants and complaining about the neighbors.

When you go see Karma Theory and Katie Kerkhover, then, you will experience one of two effects, depending on how far your wheel of life has turned: Continue reading »

Oct 132010

By Joy Arnold

The last weekend in September saw the birth of the Coffee Party when Annabel Park got up off her couch and ranted on her Facebook page about the growing popularity of the Tea Party movement. Park immigrated with her parents from South Korea as a young girl, grew up in Houston and now works in film. She and her partner, Eric Byler, recently produced the film 9500 Liberty, which documents the immigration issue as it has played out in Manassas, Virginia. The film is currently being shown on several MTV outlets.

Park’s Facebook rant reached an audience increasingly frustrated with the incivility and obstructionism in political discourse, and with the media assertion that the Tea Party represents America. Inspired, Park to organize, via social media outlets like YouTube, a group to counter the Tea Party’s populist mobilization. Continue reading »

Oct 132010

By Andy Johnson

The buzz of nearly 60 motor scooters broke the clear, crisp fall morning air of October 2 as riders lined up in front of Vespa Lexington on 198 Moore Drive to stake their place in history: Lexington’s first scooter rally. Riders came from as far away as Dayton, Cincinnati, and Louisville and rode everything from 50cc Vespas to 500cc Suzuki Burgmans, capable of cruising at more than 100 mph.

The inaugural rally, hosted by Lexington’s Circle 4 Scooter Club, was titled Crazy Mary’s Whiskey Run in honor of two Kentucky icons: Mary Todd Lincoln and bourbon. Continue reading »

Oct 132010

By Joan Braune

On the weekend of September 25-7, I joined over two thousand people in Washington, DC for Appalachia Rising, a conference and march against mountaintop removal mining. The march paused in front the Environmental Protection Agency and PNC Bank, which helps to finance mountaintop removal, before concluding in front of the White House, where around one hundred activists were arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience.Courtesy of Betsy Taylor

Appalachia Rising will likely prove to be a historically significant event, as this is the first time that a broad coalition of organizations, mostly based in Appalachia, came together to organize a large nationwide march against mountaintop removal. Continue reading »

Oct 132010

Eating out on the Legacy Trail

Editor’s Note: The paper hired Northrupp to do a serious story on WEG, for which NoC lent him its home during the Games. He came back from his New Mexico vacation to a thoroughly destroyed backyard, starving dogs and this manuscript, part of which is serialized below. We can make no claims about any of the actions relayed below by Center, except for those verifiable through other sources. We would not run this at all, except for the late date at which this was made known to us, and the writer’s insistence that I signed a contract giving him “full access,” which he takes as full access to this paper. We offer this piece by Rupp only as a poor example of realist fiction, historical short story writing or local color regionalist writing.

By Northrupp Center

We were somewhere on the Legacy Trail, near the edge of the Horse Park, when the mushrooms began to take hold. I remember saying something like, “Gortimer, I think we should get off the path for a moment.” Continue reading »

Oct 132010

Questions from midwest filmmakers; answers from Hollywood

By Mary Ashley Burton

The Kentucky Film Lab (KFL), now in its seventh year, has become a reliable resource for networking, workshops and face-to-face interactions with names whose fame go far beyond the borders of Kentucky.

The KFL’s 2010 Fall Studio, held on October 2nd at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, did not disappoint on any of these fronts. The main attraction at the event was the chance to meet Jon Landau, the producer of (among other films) Titanic and Avatar. Continue reading »

Oct 132010

By Michael Dean Benton

In the opening scenes of Debra Chasnoff’s 2009 documentary Straightlaced: How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up, young males are filmed discussing clothing in a retail store and debating the appropriate hardness of their appearance. This pose brought to mind Jackson Katz’s 1999 documentary Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity which depicted our cultural entertainments as increasingly focused on a hard, impervious, aggressive sense of masculinity. Sadly, this disciplining of proper masculinity through the threat of aggressive violence is still endemic in the twenty-first Century.

I was recently reminded of the dangers facing anyone who dares to step outside the bounds of rigid gender roles in certain situations. Last year, one of my students was hospitalized after being brutally beaten while walking home at night, his assailants shouting the word faggot as they kicked the student repeatedly in the head. His perceived violation was the wearing of a pink shirt and sporting long hair with different colors. Continue reading »