Louisville Magazine

NOV 2016

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140 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.16 ARTS 3 X 2 Artists as critics 1 1 2 3 WINDOW SHOPPING The stretch of East Main Street from South Jackson to Baxter Avenue is bare and industrial. Until the corner of Wenzel and Main, where white porcelain bathtubs and luxurious sinks glisten. Tired eyes cling to eight huge windowpanes displaying quirky decorations among dream bathroom models. The Plumbers Supply Showroom, open since 1928, has taken advantage of its location and windows for the past three years with packing-peanut snow scenes, rubber ducks flowing out of tubs and, currently, a fall-themed bicycle. Freelance decorator Michael Pollard designs new themes every couple of months and has created a kind of window fan club. People drive by to see his whimsical interpretations of Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's Day. Some even call in distress when the window is unembellished. "I had a lady stop by the other day talking about how much she and her first-grader love coming by to check out the windows and see what's new," says Leigh Rae Kmiec, the store's marketing manager. "It's amazing what they notice." — Kaঞe Molck Kyle Coma-Thompson recently published the short- story collection Night in the Sun Brandon Harrison is a writer who will be on a panel at the Writer's Block Festival Nov. 5 What do you think of this mural in Butchertown? "I appreciate the loving detail applied to the representation of Prince's nose hairs. And his mustache is lovely. That wall has much sex appeal. I'll have to visit." "Prince, Elvis, Madonna and Ray Charles, arguably the most influential musicians and artists in their respective fields and of their generations. 'Love Has No Color' is the mural's title, and in the realm of quality music and art, I am inclined to agree." Read a page of We Can Hear You Just Fine, a new book from the Louisville Story Program by seven authors from the Kentucky School for the Blind. Would you continue reading? (First sentence: "When I was a little girl, I couldn't see a thing out of my right eye because it wasn't in my head.") "I am thoroughly biased: My brother Darcy is the director of the Louisville Story Program and my friend Joe was the project lead on We Can Hear You Just Fine. I live for reading. Given that that's the case, maybe this will mean something: That opening paragraph is the finest thing I've read all week." "I am particularly touched by this project because I am actually legally blind in my right eye and have been my entire life. I know about the weird looks and the overt caution that occurs when people presume you're at a disadvantage because you do not have the full function of your eyes." "I particularly like the touches of Screamin' Jay Hawkins — the drunken, malevolent laughter — he throws in there now and then." "We all have our vices that can occasionally take over our lives. Trying to regain control can be a struggle, and no person is immune to that fight. Vetter sings about this in the best fashion, using those down-South blues melodies, channeling a little bit of Muddy Waters in the guitar riffs toward the song's climax." Listen to "Temptation," by Shannon Vetter of Paducah. Thoughts? 2

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