January 2, 2013

What a Week — Jan. 2, 2013

Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar


Two homicides — one on Christmas Eve and one early Christmas morning — claimed the lives of two 20-year-old men. The first victim, Dante Newsome, was killed while sitting on a porch in the 4000 block of West Market. Charles Fambrough was shot multiple times on Portland Avenue. According to The Courier-Journal, this brings the homicide total up to 62 for 2012. That’s 11 more than last year.


What’s the secret word of the day? Festival! Will Russell, who’s turned kitsch into a career with his WHY Louisville store and as co-creator of Lebowski Fest, will bring us Pee Wee over Louisville in September. The day-long fete will celebrate “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” an ’80s-era cult movie that made many children feel trippy before they even knew what that meant. While Lebowski Fest plays to an older crowd, Pee Wee Over Louisville is being billed as family friendly. Think bicycle rodeo and cotton candy. Keeping Louisville weird in 2013.


Louisville resident Andre Mulligan has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Cordish and the Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge at Fourth Street Live, alleging the establishment refused to host his event because there would be too many “black people.” Cordish denies any wrongdoing, but considering the long history of such complaints at Abramson’s Folly, let’s just say the jury’s still out.


EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson resigned last week, with early reports citing her displeasure with President Obama’s lack of urgency and action to slow climate change. Such insight puts into perspective the strange realm most of Frankfort lives in, where the president is a tree-hugging monster latched onto the back of Steve Beshear and the coal industry.

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