Oct 032012

The leek: a satirical take

By Horace Heller Hedley, IV

In a stunning counterpoint to the recent video where Mitt Romney describes 47 percent of Americans as irresponsible and feeling entitled to government handouts, a second video has emerged showing the candidate expressing very different views. The second video, recorded secretly at a gathering of low-income women at a community center in an undisclosed city, shows Romney expressing empathy for his low-income guests, even raising questions of economic justice. Continue reading »

Oct 032012

By Marcus Flores

Theoretically, extreme partisanship presupposes a thorough understanding of one’s own party. In reality, it is often an indicator of the opposite—particularly for celebrities who generally forget that fame does not beget wisdom.

Hank Williams Jr. is loose again, scattering falsehoods like a Texas tornado. He has mislabeled President Barack Obama a Muslim who does not celebrate the pastoral values of rural Americans—fishing, hunting, and cowboys. (How conveniently he forgets that Romney—an Ivy League businessman with a blemished NRA record—is not exactly the figure one would expect to see plowing a field.) But Williams did not stop there, and in fact went on to defame liberals and “queer guitar pickers.” His peroration was as grand as it was pathetic: “Obama loves gays and we hate him.” Continue reading »

Oct 032012

Thoughts on language and action

By Patrick O’Dowd

There are two ways someone could look at Occupy Lexington’s one year anniversary rally in Phoenix Park: 1) As a grim picture of what remains of the national movement three hundred and sixty five days later; or 2) as a fair representation, for good or ill, of what the Occupy movement was from the beginning.

A pedestrian passing Lexington’s one year occupation rally might have to be forgiven for taking the former view of the movement. With a hand painted banner, a table of supplies and speaking equipment, it was not that the rally looked underprepared. It was that those remaining to remember the anniversary seemed merely to be talking to themselves, no longer meaningfully engaged — if they ever were — with the broader political moment. A harsh criticism for a local rally? Perhaps, but one that seems to reflect honestly the movement’s current condition, here in Lexington as elsewhere. Continue reading »

Oct 032012

Another Creative for Common Sense position paper.

Two recent downtown traffic developments have piqued the curiousity of we Creatives for Common Sense. First has been the admission by Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Jeff Fugate that creating a vibrant and workable downtown–and not the specific creation of two-way streets–should be the primary goal of any city project. Second has been the recent “modest proposal” for downtown traffic realignment proffered by NoC writer David Shattuck.

Accordingly, we Creatives endeavored to create our own downtown traffic model, one that embraces Fugate’s desire for a workable and holistic downtown, and one that eschews Shattuck’s plans for minor “holistic medicine” in favor of performing radical surgery on our downtown traffic arteries. Continue reading »

Oct 032012

By Michael Dean Benton

The Kentucky Theater, one of Lexington’s most beloved cultural centers, will celebrate its 90thanniversary this October. Originally opening in 1922, the theater is one of the oldest cinemas still in operation, surpassing even the world famous Los Angeles Grauman’s Theater (also built in 1922 but not actually opened until 1927).

The Kentucky marquee. Photo by Danny Mayer.

Situated on the southern side of the Main Street artery running through town, the theater continues to serve the Lexington community by hosting a wide range of cultural events. It is not hyperbole to say that this region would be a cinematic wasteland if it wasn’t for the recent releases the Kentucky brings to town. Not only has it operated as the primary Lexington venue for international, experimental and independent cinema, it also hosts a number of film revivals, festivals and special screenings throughout the year. In the summer its Classic Film series hosts capacity crowds of enthusiastic audiences either revisiting old cinematic favorites or encountering them for the first time on the big screen. Fall brings the Rosa Goddard International Film Festival, which this year re-introduced viewers to world cinema classics Band of Outsiders (France 1964), Diva (France 1981), Knife in the Water (Poland 1962), and which premiered in Lexington the critically acclaimed Weekend (United Kingdom 2011). Continue reading »

Oct 032012

Current and former residents sound off on the Kentucky Theater.

“If something cool was coming out and I knew it would never screen anywhere else in our neck of the woods, odds were good that the Kentucky would have it.” Carl Root, Tampa, Florida, teacher/student at University of South Florida

“[I]t was an excuse for my friends and I to dress crazily and go to Rocky Horror at midnight and then go to Tolly-Ho afterward. Those midnight showings were, like, the social occasion to be at as a teen.” Leah Dick, Pulaski, Virginia, studying Communications at Virginia Tech University

“It’s my preferred first stop for a quick getaway from work or for a romantic date night—it’s something about that grand theater hall that makes it feel like you’re out on the town.” Martin Mudd, Lexington, KY, teacher at Montessori High School

“I’ve often thought there are some things I would take drastic action to preserve in my community, if ever they were in trouble. I’ve imagined a couple things I would chain myself to in order to save them, channeling Julia Butterfly Hill. The UK Arboretum is one. The Kentucky Theater is another.  While a student at EKU I would drive to Lexington on the weekends to catch films unavailable anywhere else. The KY is community- from the lovely folks who greet you at the ticket booth to Fred always quick to smile and the counter staff who seem to actually enjoy working there. It is a place of music and art and activism.”  Lisa Conley, Sociology graduate student and instructor, University of Kentucky

Oct 032012

Sandwich Shop 2 at Institute 193

Institute 193 (193 N. Limestone) is pleased to announce a new collaborative project with chef Johnny Shipley (formerly of Table 310), titled SANDWICH SHOP 2.

Shipley will prepare pa-jeon kim chi belly pancakes that will be available in Institute 193’s gallery from 12-2 PM, October 22-26.

Pa-jeon are Korean pancakes made with eggs, rice flour, and scallions. Shipley’s version will also include carrots, kim chi, and pork belly.

The pa-jeon will be for sale for $5 each. All proceeds support the mission of Institute 193—to advance the careers of contemporary Southern artists and enrich the cultural landscape of central Kentucky.

In 2010, Shipley collaborated with Institute 193 on the first SANDWICH SHOP, serving banh mi sandwiches in Institute 193 gallery space. Continue reading »

Oct 032012

DM: Add Epling’s June 3 image of FUCers

Slavery is real


We just wanted to send you a quick “thanks” for the articles that you’ve written regarding both sex and labor trafficking. They are very bold. Ultimately, we made the decision to share them with our organization’s audience and we look forward to any future news that you may publish on the issue. It is undoubtedly a worthy cause and your work to help spread the word is highly appreciated.

In the interest of keeping you informed on the local organizations that are working in the fight for freedom, we’d like to introduce ourselves as well. We are Slavery Is Real, a recent non-profit organization developed in Lexington, KY that seeks to raise awareness and take action against modern slavery. We enjoy working closely with many local individuals and organizations that share our interests as well, and we’d love to keep up-to-date on your work. We’ll leave some links below. Check them out when you get a chance.

Thank you,

The Team at Slavery Is Real, SlaveryIsReal.org

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Oct 032012

Remembering Larry Gibson

By Dave Cooper

An American hero has passed away.  Larry Gibson, the “Mountain Keeper” from West Virginia who fought for over 25 years to save his family’s ancestral land on top of Kayford Mountain, died on his beloved mountain of a heart attack on Sunday, September 9.

Larry Gibson being arrested as part of a non-violent demonstration against mountaintop removal in West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin’s office, March 2007. Photo by Dave Cooper.

Larry fought the good fight.  One of the first West Virginians to try and organize people against mountaintop removal (MTR), he fought longer and harder against that destructive process of coal extraction than anyone else ever could.  Beginning as a volunteer with the West Virginia Citizen Action Group (WV-CAG) in the mid-1980s, Larry soon joined the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) and, with the help of OVEC organizer Laura Forman, began speaking publicly against MTR by the late 1990s.

When I first met Larry in March, 1998, I wasn’t too sure what to think of him.  He was not a polished speaker and it was sometimes difficult to understand what he was saying.  But like me, he was a former General Motors employee, and he had a lot of good GM stories from his days on the assembly line in Lordstown, Ohio, so we hit it off.

Meeting Larry changed my life.  Shortly after hearing him speak, I visited Kayford Mountain, and 14 years later I’m still working on the mountaintop removal issue.  Continue reading »