A set-up for Tom Owen?Bar owners are understandably miffed about the recently enacted smoking ordinance, which bans smoking in every enclosed public place in Louisville except Churchill Downs (bring on the lawsuits!). In fact, a coalition of bar and restaurant owners has lobbied heavily against such a thing for several years.
The Stink Eye is wondering what’s wrong with The Courier-Journal’s editorial board. The decaying, out-of-touch windsuckers who think they’re still progressive are so firmly lodged up the Establishment’s ass it’ll take a jackhammer to ever see their faces again. Most recently, in this year’s round of Metro Council endorsements, they’ve contorted themselves into radically new positions. It makes them look foolish.
Probing â€˜the Lifestyleâ€™ - Conference at Bellarmine shines an academic light on a sexual taboo: swinging
Dr. Curtis R. Bergstrand: Photo by Claudia OleaThis weekend, Bellarmine University plays host to an academic conference that may raise a few eyebrows. The topic is swinging, and while it may elicit a giggle from the average person, organizers believe the topic is important because research into this particular activity has historically been lacking.
The kid grew up way back when football was nice. Hoops had its moments in Kentuckiana. But baseball, sweet game o’ nines, was the deal. Truly the national pastime. And national passion.
If the relative coolness of a city is measured by its restaurants, then Louisville is a great place, indeed. For whatever reason, we’re blessed with a dining scene that is broad and deep and independent, and a fine reflection of our city’s creativity. Which brings us to LEO’s annual Dining Guide, a true labor of love and, we hope, a public service. Keep it handy and peruse it every once in a while. You might be pleasantly surprised by what it can tell you. —Cary Stemle, editor
Breathe easy, Cards fans.
Lewis Black: Photo by Jill GreenbergLewis Black is one busy dude. If he’s not sharing his hilarious twitchy insights on “The Daily Show” or Conan, he’s in some movie, like the new Robin Williams flick “Man of the Year.” And he’s on the road a most of the year, talking to audiences like the one he’ll confront Thursday night at the Palace Theatre. CARY STEMLE caught up with him while he was in South Carolina at a golf resort where the woman who answered the phone asked: “Lewis Black — is he an employee or a guest?”
Here is a list of the places you can no longer smoke in Louisville as of July 1, 2007: everywhere that’s inside. Here is a list of where you can smoke inside: Churchill Downs and tobacco manufacturers.
There is an ethos in journalism that says reporters and the publications for which they report should never become part of a story. Of course, that was shattered by a handful of intrepid and adored journalists over the years — Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese back when — and also by some major issues of late, like Judith Miller’s jailing for refusing to reveal a source and the response of her paper, The New York Times.
Chef Challenge: photo by Ross GordonFor LEO’s 2006 Dining Issue, we issued a dare to a handful of local chefs. The charge was simple: figure out a unique dish (or dishes) they could prepare that incorporates the following ingredients: Cheez Whiz, persimmons, chipped beef and cassava (or manioc, which is known as yucca in Spanish).