Sep 282011

NoC News

From October 6 to November 4, the Tuska Center for Contemporary Art at the University of Kentucky will be exhibiting Wall of Memories: The Disappeared Senoritas of Ciudad Juárez by Lexington artist Diane Kahlo. The show presents portraits of the more than 350 disappeared and murdered women of Juárez, Mexico.

In 1993, young women began disappearing in Ciudad Juárez, which sits across the border from El Paso, Texas. The young women, often workers at the assembly plants along the border, are often found in the desert, tortured and mutilated. Many believe that the murders are partially the result of neoliberal economic policies, drug trafficking, and governmental corruption. One can only say ‘partially’ because the murders have never been solved and the situation in Juárez is a confusing web of violence, drugs, conspiracies, and fear. While many news reports put the number at 350, scores more women are believed to have been killed under similar circumstances. Continue reading »

Sep 282011

Enforcing the Green Scare

By Michael Dean Benton

Photo by E.J. Watt

Activist sits atop clear cut land

Curry Marshall, with a degree in Comparative Religion from Swarthmore College and experience as a senior producer at a New York multimedia design firm, got his start in filmmaking by shooting, directing and editing the 2005 documentary Street Fight. The documentary followed the grassroots, underdog candidate Cory Booker’s attempt to unseat Sharpe James, the longtime mayor of Newark, NJ. Marshall impressed audiences and critics with his dogged determination to cover the campaign despite James’ attempt to control all media coverage of his public appearances. The film, which ran as part of a series on PBS and was later recognized with both an Oscar and Emmy nomination, remains an essential document of an actual grassroots campaign running against entrenched party machine politics.

Marshall’s newest documentary, made with cinematographer and co-director Sam Cullman, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) tells the complex story of environmental Earth Liberation Front activist Daniel McGowan, who faced life in prison for his participation in the burning of two timber facilities. The film has received Best Documentary awards at multiple film festivals, and a Best Documentary Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Continue reading »

Sep 282011

The Diversity Project blankets the community

By Susan Stewart

The Diversity Project—a hand-knitted and crocheted blanket made from individual squares, celebrating the Lexington Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered (LGBT) community—is the brainchild of U.K. undergraduate and Gaines Fellow, Catherine Brereton.  As eight-inch squares are knitted by contributors over the next few months, the blanket will eventually contain up to 144 pieces of original fabric art.  Brereton’s goals are to prominently display the blanket somewhere in Lexington and to auction the project to fund a one-time scholarship for an LGBT student. Continue reading »

Sep 282011

An imaginative stretch

By Wesley Houp

The mid-afternoon sun finally breached the cloud-cover as we passed under the tight array of bridges linking Frankfort proper to South Frankfort and satellite communities to the west, and the roar of water over the spillway at Lock 4 rekindled in us all the dreamy exhilaration the summer squall had temporarily neutralized: we would be locking our canoes through the only functional lock on the entire 255-mile mainstream of the Kentucky River.  For paddlers of the otherwise post-navigable Kentucky, such a prospect represented at once a portal to past river-experience forever dead and gone and a shimmer of hope that the future might not be so dismally fragmented for slackwater venturists such as ourselves, that the option of free and open passage the length of the Kentucky might still become a viable reality…again.

Photo by Troy Lyle

Slackwater venturists heed Ricky G's direction while in Lock 4.

After passing Twin Bridges just beyond the mouth of Benson Creek, the gravity of our long-awaited passage set in, and like parishioners on the Sabbath we fell into a solemn line, holding no further confab, our jubilation suddenly constrained, hearts stilled and ready for the lockmaster to deliver sacrament: we would be born again, delivered from this pool to the next without even relinquishing our riverine frames.  There would be no purgatorial portage.  As we neared the upper gate, a figure rose on the bank above the lock-wall and lumbered toward the pit.

“There he is,” I heard Gary mutter behind me. Continue reading »

Sep 282011

But ROCK falls to Hard Knox

By Sunny Montgomery

Over Labor Day weekend, I attended the Rollergirls of Central Kentucky’s (ROCK) second to last bout of the season where they faced off against Knoxville’s Hard Knox Rollergirls (HKRG.)  I arrived early, ordered a beer and wandered through the arena.  I stopped and chatted with Jack King, devout follower and official photographer of ROCK.  “I’m trying to find the perfect seat,” I told him.  Jack raised his eyebrows.   “Well that’s suicide seating, of course,” he said. Continue reading »

Sep 282011

Hi. Buck Edwards here. I’m your NoC Music Editor. Normally, as longtime readers know, I fill this space with all sorts of clever writing about upcoming shows, but frankly, I don’t feel like doing that this issue. I’m pretty down on music, as it turns out. It’s only temporary—don’t worry!—but right now I’m just not in the mood.

What happened is that my favorite Scandinavian progressive/goth/melodic death metal band, Sweden’s Opeth, just released a new album, Heritage, that frankly isn’t very good. Not only is it not very good, it isn’t even metal. Like, at all. Instead, it’s seventies-style progressive rock, in the vein of King Crimson, or Camel. One song sounds just like Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Continue reading »

Sep 282011

Kayla knew that the white couch had belonged to a neighbor since Kayla started 3rd grade, so she figured out that her neighbor had owned the couch for 10 years. It was just replaced by newly bought furniture.

Image and text by Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, Discarded project. Fall poem by Jeremy Paden.

Discarded project

The Place Where Couches Go to Die

 By Jeremy Paden

We had a couch for ten years, a new couch,

our first, and our dog claimed that sofa as her bed.


The older she got, the more she chewed her paws and her slobber,

her smell of old, decrepit dog settled into its fabric, its stuffing.


The house reeked of dying dog, but we could not smell it.


We had made love on that couch,

on that couch my wife nursed our children in their first months,

on that couch our dog would curl around our daughter

and the two would nap.


The realtor said the couch was keeping our house from selling,

that no one wanted to walk into a house and smell old dog.


So we did the sensible thing:

drove it to the landfill, a mountain of trash and mud.

We wended our way up the curving road between dump-trucks

and garbage trucks to the summit and rolled the sofa over the edge.


It tumbled end over end once and was stopped by a recliner,

some tires, and a jumble of busted concrete and bricks.


Sep 282011

Foreign Film at the Kentucky Theatre

Sqecial Media’s relaunch of the Rosa Goddard International Film Festival continues with two final screenings. On Wednesday, September 28, the Kentucky Theatre will host a screening of Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire. This 1987 classic starring Bruno Ganz and Peter Falk was beautifully shot by Henri Alekan, the same cinematographer who photographed Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast. The festival will close on Wednesday, October 5 with Fantastic Planet, a psychedelic animated classic which took home a special jury prize at Cannes in 1973. All films in the series are shown in 35 mm in their original language with English subtitles. Screenings start at 7:15 PM, are $4, and are preceded by prize drawings for DVDs and posters. For more information on the Rosa Goddard International Film Festival, please visit Continue reading »

Sep 282011

By Billie Mallory

“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.“

Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being , including food, clothing, housing and medical care, necessary social services and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Continue reading »