Jun 222011

More praise for “Adjunct”

Thank you so much for this article (“Adjuncts: the invisible majority,” April 27). Your experience echoes mine in so many ways. I am also an adjunct at a KCTCS college–one with multiple campuses under the umbrella of one college. I am qualified to teach (and have) in several different divisions and disciplines due to the interdisciplinary nature of my graduate work. Continue reading »

Jun 222011

Paco Chaos returns with the Nigel Tufnel Rating System

By Kevin Martinez

Ok, I’m back with the review of this summer’s second big comic book movie, X-Men: First Class. This is a prequel to the four other X-Men movies that have already been released, the most recent being 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine which was a prequel that takes place after this one.

The X-Men movies have always been a mixed bag, with the first two films being decent fun. The third was a slapdash mess that suffered from not having Bryan Singer at the wheel as he had been for the first two. The Wolverine prequel was another example of how Hugh Jackman is a talented actor getting stuck with goofy schlock. Continue reading »

Jun 222011

Chaco Mayer, September 2000-June 6, 2011

Chaco Mayer, river queen, was put to sleep on Monday, June 6, 2011. A Scott County native, at the age of four months Chaco adopted a pair of recent Kentucky transplants during a snowy MLK weekend in 2001 and lived the rest of her life in Lexington. From her first March 2001 river trip on the Flint River in Georgia, when she was placed aboard a beat-up 17 foot Coleman canoe and floated through a dirt parking lot to escape a sudden spring flood, Chaco remained an avid river dog. From her spot in front of the captain’s seat, she floated rivers in Georgia (Flint, Chattooga), Tennessee (Big South Fork), Arkansas (Buffalo), and Kentucky (Rockcastle, Red, Green, Elkhorn, Kentucky, Dix, and Hickman). She is survived by her adopted parents, Julie and Danny, adopted brother, Hartford, newborn adopted sister, Josie, and a great mix of human, squirrel, rabbit and canine friends. She will be missed.

Chaco Mayer, river queen, on her last trip, Hickman Creek.

Dewburger, Date unknown-June 10, 2011

After a brief unknown affliction, possibly the heart, Dewey Lackey died on June 10, 2011. Found several years back as a scrawny little suburban wild-cat, Dewey resided in the Lacky household for the last years of his life, where he catted around his critter-filled backyard and turned quite plump. The beefed-up Dewey took center stage as Dewburger, leading cat for a series of John Lackey comics that appeared in North of Center from June through September 2009. The strip, titled “Dewburger the Cubist Cat,” featured Lackey’s feline mentor dispensing sage advice and dead animal offerings to the homegrown artist.

Jun 222011

Politics, as the saying goes, is always local. So while at the national level, tea party righties and socialist lefties have begun to join forces in battle against conservative and liberal coalitions over things like auditing the fed and stopping the illegal Obama war in Libya (and Yemen…and Afghanistan), things are bending at the state and city levels, too.

As has happened in many cities where expensive campaigns dictate the narrow range of candidate options (and thought), we Lexington residents elected a wealthy, unabashedly pro-business head honcho of a corporate, global construction firm to the office of city mayor, and we did it by somehow claiming him as a progressive, a clear alternative to the non local-first, big-business friendly then-current mayor (who has now started his own online city newspaper). Continue reading »

Jun 222011

Morris Book Shop to move

NoC News

If you hadn’t heard, The Morris Book Shop will be leaving its Southland Drive location this fall for new digs in Chevy Chase at 882 E. High Street (next to Rite-Aid and in the spot currently occupied by Hubbuch & Company).

Morris Book Shop owner Wyn Morris and store manager Hap Houlihan are founding members of Local First Lexington, the nonprofit business league whose goal is to promote buying from locally owned, independently operated businesses. Continue reading »

Jun 222011

Limited Run of 1977 Japanese horror film House

By Lucy Jones

For those seasoned enough to remember the giant fold-out calendars that  were once inextricably linked with the Kentucky Theatre (if you were a typical UK student it was as likely for there to be one affixed to the outside of your fridge as it was for there to be beer inside it) it’s impossible to forget the premium that was placed on the midnight movie. Cult films on Fridays and Saturdays were a cultural ritual that provided an alternative to boozy bar escapades and an opportunity for less mainstream films to have their day—or, rather….really, really late night. Continue reading »

Jun 222011

Thursday, June 30

Warren Byrom
Al’s Bar; 601 N. Limestone. 7 P.M.

Byrom plays selections from his recent release, The Fabled Canelands. See the accompanying review.

JJ Grey & Mofro
Buster’s, 899 Manchester St. 8:39 P.M.

Out of the north Florida swamps rises Mr. Grey, his harp, and a motley squad of southern-rock virtuosi.

See what I was trying to do with that sentence? Continue reading »

Jun 222011

NoC News

PRESS RELEASE — After discovering that incarcerated females in Kentucky prisons have limited access to adequate feminine supplies, Transylvania University student Lillie Beiting began a drive to outfit one prison with a supply of feminine hygiene products. Working in tandem with campus nurse Laina Smith, Beiting donated 13 cases of feminine supplies to a local women’s prison. Continue reading »

Jun 222011

Kentucky Theatre Summer Classics Series Continues

If you have not yet made it down to the Kentucky Theatre for one of this summer’s amazing revival screenings, there are still plenty of opportunities! Upcoming films include Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H (6/22) and a double feature of Abbott and Costello flicks (6/29). All films in the series are shown at 1:30 P.M. and 7:15 P.M. on their respective dates, and each screening is $4. If you can make it to the evening screening, you will be rewarded with a “My Old Kentucky Home” organ sing-a-long and an introduction by the always entertaining Bill Widener. For a complete list of films in the series, please visit http://kentuckytheater.com. Continue reading »

Jun 222011

By Captain Comannokers
NoC Transportation Czar

In their infinite songwriting wisdom, the band Toto told us in 1978 to “Hold The Line.” It’s a song about the tricky game of timing in relationships – well, at last that’s what I think it’s about, I mean, this band was splitting time between singing songs about Rosanna Arquette, George Lucas’ THX1138 and blessing the rains down in Africa with lines like “As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti,” so really, all bets are off for me de-coding Toto lyrics.

Anyway, I’m co-opting “Hold The Line” as a cycling mantra for getting around the streets of Lexington. Continue reading »