Feb 162011

Screenings at Kentucky Theatre and Lexington Public Library focus on cultural issues

By Grayson Johnson

Now in its thirteenth year, Lexington’s own One World Film Festival is currently underway, showcasing recent movies that bring to light poignant cultural themes and ideas.  “We’re not trying to hit you over the head with it,” laughs festival organizer Annette Mayer. “But, in a subtle way, in a pleasant way, to expand your knowledge.”  The festival brings in both narrative and documentary films that highlight pressing social issues both in America and abroad.  “Through film,” Mayer notes, “maybe we can understand cultural diversity.” Continue reading »

Feb 162011

Friday, February 18

Matt Duncan

Al’s Bar; 601 N. Limestone. 8:00 P.M.

I Netflixed a documentary about Scott Walker a few weeks ago. I learned that Walker is a recluse who sings with lots of vibrato. He used to sing catchy, melodic pop songs, but now he sings songs that are the compositions of someone who’s lost his mind.  Not in that embarrassing Brian Wilson way, but more of a dark, syphilitic Van Gogh thing.

By way of contrast, Matt Duncan sing catchy pop songs, largely vibrato-less, that sound like the compositions of people who once lost their minds, but recognized early enough that in social situations the dark, syphilitic thing can be off-putting to others, and so came back from the brink and rejoined civil society.

Monday, February 21

The Fervor with Cabrew Montage

Cosmic Charlie’s; 388 Woodland. 9:00 P.M.

One of the fun things to do when you’re a music snob and given the opportunity to write your snobby opinions in a blog, or a small publication such as this  newspaper, is to denigrate–nay, ridicule–the musical opinions of other snobs writing for other blogs or small publications. And so this passage, from a Cincinnati-area web site: Continue reading »

Feb 162011

By Rebecca Fear

Tom Thurman answers questions following the screening of his documentary film "Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland."

Lexington’s first Harry Dean Stanton Fest, inspired by Fairmount, Indiana’s annual tribute to James Dean, was quite a success. The festival celebrating actor Harry Dean Stanton, a Lafayette High School graduate, kicked off on Wednesday, February 2, with a documentary directed by Kentucky native Tom Thurman entitled Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland. Continue reading »

Feb 162011

Kevin and friend

Text and Image by Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova

Text and Image by Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova.

Kevin agreed to sit on the couch for us for three reasons: 1) he had seen us photographing another couch some time ago and had asked people about what we were doing, so he knew about the project, 2) he had once taken a summer course in theater at Transylvania and felt a degree of allegiance to us for that reason, and 3) we complimented his outfit and enabled Kevin to admit to everyone that he dressed that day hoping to be photographed (one of his necklaces had a bejeweled version of the baby from The Family Guy). However, it was hard to keep him committed to the project as groups of people kept driving by and yelling at him to get off the couch because it had bugs. A yoga mat we kept in the car as a deterrent to bedbugs saved the day.

Image and text by Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, Discarded project.

Feb 162011

Johansen soars to Master’s title in disc golf tournament

NoC Sports Desk

A few inches of snow and ice can make the tamest of tournaments seem tough. Combine the two with blustery, bitter cold winds and you’ve got a recipe for grueling disc golf. Such was the case February 5th when the Bluegrass Disc Golf Association (BDGA) held its fifth annual Lexington Ice Bowl.

The 36-hole tournament was played at the Shilito and Veteran’s Parks courses. It was a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) sanctioned event, meaning pros from as far away as Tennessee and Ohio made the drive north and south to gain valuable points for their 2011 PDGA season. Continue reading »

Feb 162011

NoC Music

Local legend Tee Dee Young and his crack backing band, Scandalous, were eliminated in the semi-finals of the 2011 International Blues Challenge, held earlier this month in Memphis, Tennessee.

Colorado’s Lionel Young Band took top honors in the band category, while Germany’s George Schroeter and Marc Breitfelder won in the solo/duo category.

Tee Dee Young and Scandalous were heralded shortly the official competition, however, as the 2011 Beale Street Blues Kings, an honor bestowed by the Beale Street Merchant’s Association. Their performance at the New Daisy Theatre clinched the award, which included a cash prize and leather jackets all round.

The 2011 IBC, which was the 27th annual, was organized by The Blues Foundation. The Kentucky Blues Society sponsored Young’s entry in the Challenge.

Young and the band play every week at his own club, Tee Dee’s, at 266 E. Second.

Feb 162011

By Captain Comannokers

John Lackey poster

John Lackey poster of MMB show.

John Lackey’s poster art for the March Madness Marching Band benefit show at Buster’s on Saturday, February 19, depicts a bus flying through a ring of fire and a blasting trombone from one of the windows. I’m not sure the band’s bus will actually go into orbit, or if it will perform any circus tricks down the highway, but I wouldn’t put any of it past ‘em.

The show is a benefit to get the massive Lexington ensemble, consisting of dozens of musicians and color guard members, down to Austin, Texas, for the Honk! festival in March.

Honk! is a madcap celebration of community street bands from all over the country performing for FREE all over the city—unleashing laughter, hops, skips and jumps of musical joy into the Austin atmosphere.

And if you have ever seen March Madness Marching Band perform in any number of parades or at countless events over the past two years you know that this event is like a pilgrimage to Mecca (no, not the one that they practice at each week on Chair Ave in Lexington, but a spiritual journey of some sort – however marching bands sift through that sort of metaphysical experience.

I know some of these outlandishly fun folks in MMMB and they deserve this trip. They deserve it because they are in it to make people smile. That’s always been their goal – that, and supporting the community organizations they believe in. They don’t get paid to play, but they certainly help others in raising funds by supplying their unique flair and style when called upon by their beloved community.

Brian Connors Manke

Leif Rigney plays trumpet for MMB.

And now they are asking that same community to help them represent the city of Lexington on a national stage—where bands from New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Boston will all be throwing down massive party grooves for a city that knows a thing or two about a party.

I say we christen that crazy, flyin’ bus with a bottle of the bubbly, and watch as it rolls away—instruments hanging out the windows, making a glorious clamor all the way to Austin and back.

Outside of the MMMB playing three sets at the Buster’s show, there will also be performances by Rebel Without A Cause, FUMA, Prefab Rehab as well as appearance by Gail Winters, Rakadu Gypsy Dance, Sabi Diri, Hallwa, Chip Chop, Amalgamation Fire Nation and Holler Poets. Doors at 8:00 p.m. 18 & up.

Feb 162011

By Danny Mayer

The last several weeks have provided an excellent example of how city leaders direct city needs inward to the downtown core. With UK now realizing that private business cannot profit greatly enough to construct a new basketball coliseum alongside Rupp Arena (last year’s ingenious plan), CEO Lee Todd has thrown the ball back to City Government to get the job done. Continue reading »

Feb 162011

A new era: Appalachia rises

By Danny Mayer

The banner headline Saturday morning in the Herald-Leader read “Egyptians welcome new era.” The accompanying photo appeared to be a close shot of photographer Hussein Malla’s hand flashing the Peace/Victory sign as he looked down on a celebratory crowd at Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The  lead line to the lead story noted that the revolt against dictator president Hosni Mubarak was “led by the young people of Egypt.” Inside the paper, journalists expressed concern for Israel and pondered which Mideast country would fall next to people power. On TV, analysts wondered if democracy would jump the Atlantic, spread to Mexico and topple Felipe Calderon.

In Frankfort, Kentucky, at the capitol building, a group of between thirteen and twenty Kentucky residents woke up Saturday morning with stiff backs, having spent the previous night on the floor of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s outer office while staging an act of (semi-condoned) civil disobedience. Continue reading »