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What’s In the Weeklies? Week of June 11

Posted in Art, Drink, Elections, Environment, Film, Food, Louisville News, Media, Music, Politics, What's In the Weeklies? on June 11, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

Welcome, once again, to another installment of What’s In the Weeklies?, where we take a look at Louisville’s two major weekly newspapers, so you don’t have to.

LEO June 11

LEO Weekly, June 11, 2008 issue:

Overall Score: 45 points

Velocity June 11

Velocity Weekly, June 11, 2008 issue:

  • Cover Story: Our House — 2008 Homes Issue: Personal Spaces 10 points (this is actually interesting, and not the typical gigantic-house-in-the-East-End look at Louisville homes)
  • Cover Art: 2 points
  • Additional News: N/A 0 points
  • Additional Features: Free for All, Green Tips for Green Thumbs, Make the Connection 10 points (two pretty good supplemental features to the Homes Issue plus an interesting art review equal a good job this week)
  • Opinion: This Week’s Winners and Losers, Stanford Blanch aside 0 points (okay, the former is the same ol’ boring conventional wisdom recap, the latter is… what now?!?)
  • Music Coverage: N/A 0 points (no additional coverage this week aside from a couple small previews — and hey guys, the Mighty Barrett Avenue Shake at the Monkey Wrench ended about a month or so ago)
  • Food/Drink Coverage: Kaelin’s in the Bar Hopper 5 points
  • Number of times the phrase “Metro Council” appears: 0

Overall Score: 27 points

Apologies for being so late with this week’s edition, we’ve had kind of a busy day. Also, maybe it’s just us, but the LEO web site seems to be loading awful slow, which makes doing What’s In the Weeklies? a bit more difficult. Oh well. That said, LEO still walloped Velocity in our arbitrary point-awarding system (or lack thereof) this week, by 45 to 27.

As always, please feel free to comment! Especially as regards stuff we don’t cover in the weeklies, such as theater and film coverage.

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What’s In the Weeklies? Week of June 4

Posted in Drink, Elections, Environment, Louisville News, Music, Politics, Transportation, What's In the Weeklies? on June 4, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

Welcome, once again, to another installment of What’s In the Weeklies?, where we take a look at Louisville’s two major weekly newspapers, so you don’t have to.

LEO June 4

LEO Weekly, June 4, 2008 issue:

Overall Score: 38 points

Velocity June 4

Velocity Weekly, June 4, 2008 issue:

Overall Score: 22 points

LEO wins again this week, despite some longtime features like B-Sides going missing (at least on the web site). And speaking of the LEO web site, we know changes are on the way, but why all of a sudden has the organization changed, ever so slightly? That is, why aren’t all news stories in the News section, etc.? Why is Peter Thiong’s excellent piece listed as news, when it clearly isn’t? Just a little quibble, but organization and readability (including the ease of which readers find articles) is important.

As always, please feel free to comment! Especially as regards stuff we don’t cover in the weeklies, such as theater and film coverage.

What’s In the Weeklies? Week of May 28

Posted in Drink, Louisville News, Media, Music, What's In the Weeklies? on May 28, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

Welcome, once again, to another installment of What’s In the Weeklies?, where we take a look at Louisville’s two major weekly newspapers, so you don’t have to. The big news of the past week is LEO‘s acquisition by a Tennessee media group. How will the sale affect the quality of the weekly? Read on, dear reader…

LEO May 28

LEO Weekly, May 28, 2008 issue:

Overall Score: 31 points

Velocity May 28

Velocity Weekly, May 28, 2008 issue:

Overall Score: 20 points

Well, LEO still pulls out a win, despite what must’ve been a strange week for remaining staffers there after the sale to SouthComm. We also really appreciated Stephen George’s tribute (of a sort) to departing LEO editor Cary Stemle. That said, we haven’t seen a print edition yet (we’re working off the online version, with Velocity as well), so we don’t know entirely what changes are in store. Additionally, the online LEO has a few strange moves — literally, where some sections aren’t published in their usual spots. And the Gannett Watch feature has this gem of a nugget of a mis-edit (in a discussion of walkouts by workers at two Gannett papers in the UK):

Gannett, which owns The Courier-Journal and also prints LEO, had not issued an official response as of LEO’s press deadline. The strike ended Monday. [emphasis ours]

We know it’s been a confusing week over there, but surely someone should’ve caught this!

Okay, rant over! As always, please feel free to comment! Especially as regards stuff we don’t cover in the weeklies, such as theater and film coverage.

CORRECTION, 11:40 AM: From Stephen George’s comments on our post (he’s the LEO‘s editor, of course):

To clarify the Gannett Watch: That is not a misprint or error. LEO is printed by Gannett at its huge, new, shiny press behind the Courier-Journal building. That does not mean LEO is published by Gannett, of course. Just a nuance of the business-speak, I think.

Well, that certainly makes the rivalry between the two weeklies a little bit weirder, but hey, c’est la guerre. Thanks, Mr. George, for the clarification.

What’s In the Weeklies? Week of May 21

Posted in Drink, Food, Happenings, Louisville News, Media, Uncategorized, What's In the Weeklies? on May 21, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

Welcome, once again, to another installment of What’s In the Weeklies?, where we take a look at Louisville’s two major weekly newspapers, so you don’t have to. 

LEO May 21

LEO Weekly, May 21, 2008 issue:

Overall Score: 38 points

Velocity May 21

Velocity Weekly, May 21, 2008 issue:

  • Cover Story: Feeling like a cosmopolitan 0 points (OMG, LOL, a cover story on how some women like “Sex and the City” — seriously, how is this a story? “[Viewers] liked getting a peek into life in New York” WRONG — there is not a writer — much less a columnist! — in New York who can afford that many Manolo Blahniks, people)
  • Cover Art: 0 points (given that there wasn’t much to work with concept-wise, this still sure is boring)
  • Additional News: N/A 0 points
  • Additional Features: Q&A: Lauren Weisberger 2 points (“Sex and the City” and The Devil Wears Prada in the same issue? snoooooooze. Ps. again, nobody in New York lives like people do in either show/book/whatever)
  • Opinion: This Week’s Winners and Losers, Instead of judging Miley… 5 points (wow, the second piece on the unrealistic way we as society approach adolescent sexuality is actually pretty good!)
  • Music Coverage: Ike Reilly profile, Backstage at SNL with My Morning Jacket, Pokey LaFarge profile 10 points (decent music coverage this week)
  • Food/Drink Coverage: Felice Vineyards in the Bar Hopper 5 points 
  • Number of times the phrase “Metro Council” appears: 0

Overall Score: 22 points

Even with LEO publishing their Summer Fun Guide, which by definition is going to be pretty ephemeral, Velocity was stomped this week. We suppose that this may not come as a shock to some (since we have a pretty dude-centric perspective, being dudes and all), but somehow we still have a hard time understanding the “Sex and the City” phenomenon. It wasn’t that good of a TV show even as fantasy, but we’re constantly flummoxed by fans who claim it has something — anything — to do with “real life” in New York City. Much like the apartment in “Friends” or the apparent joblessness of the characters in “Seinfeld,” “Sex and the City” doesn’t have much in common with the life we — or any of our numerous friends — lived in the Big Apple. It’s fine to enjoy it as a sort of “zany” look at dating or whatever, but people, please stop pretending this show — or really any sitcom on television — has anything to do with reality. You want reality? Watch “Frontline.”

Okay, rant over! As always, please feel free to comment! Especially as regards stuff we don’t cover in the weeklies, such as theater and film coverage.

What’s In the Weeklies? Week of May 14

Posted in Drink, Elections, Food, Happenings, Louisville News, Media, Music, Politics, Uncategorized, What's In the Weeklies? on May 14, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

Welcome, once again, to another installment of What’s In the Weeklies?, where we take a look at Louisville’s two major weekly newspapers, so you don’t have to. Last week Velocity pulled off a surprising upset, but can they repeat? Read on, dear reader!

Velocity May 14

Velocity Weekly, May 14, 2008 issue:

  • Cover Story: Left of the Dial 8 points (for reasons way too complicated to go into here, we’ll say that while we agree with major points of Peter Berkowitz‘s take on WFPK‘s bland playlist, we’re still sort of ambivalent about it — that said, this is the type of cultural criticism that should be in any decent weekly paper)
  • Cover Art: -1 (bearded “hipster” — check. metrosexual — check. black dude — check. “cool mom” — check. this cover couldn’t be any worse if it tried)
  • Additional News: N/A 0 points
  • Additional Features: Rich, thin women have it all; Howard Fineman Q&A 2 points (if the Fineman Q&A isn’t particularly insightful, Lauren Titus’s column is downright insipid)
  • Opinion: This Week’s Winners and Losers 2 points (more My Morning Jacket boosterism — as if they need it)
  • Additional Music Coverage: Tantric profile 5 points (we couldn’t care less about this band, but that said, this is a well-written, if unrevealing, profile)
  • Food/Drink Coverage: The Grape Leaf review, Shenanigan’s in the Bar Hopper 5 points (it doesn’t make a lot of sense to tout a restaurant as providing “two [dinners] for $30” on your cover, then bury the caveat that “If you want to stay under $30, you need to work as a team or choose from a few menu items, mostly vegetarian” in your review)

Overall Score: 21 points

LEO May 14

LEO Weekly, May 14, 2008 issue:

Overall Score: 36 points

There you have it, LEO triumphs yet again, though Velocity‘s cover story was at least a good effort. However, considering Kentucky’s primary is next Tuesday and — more importantly — it actually matters this year, the lack of any political coverage in Velocity besides a rather weak Q&A with Newsweek writer Howard Fineman was disappointing (though not surprising given Velocity‘s primary role as an ad revenue generator).

As always, please feel free to comment! Especially as regards stuff we don’t cover in the weeklies, such as theater and film coverage.

What’s In the Weeklies? Week of May 7

Posted in Churchill Downs, Horse Racing, Louisville News, Media, Sports, Uncategorized, What's In the Weeklies? on May 7, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve gotten a chance to post one, but it is also Wednesday, so it’s time for another installment of What’s In the Weeklies?

LEO May 7

LEO Weekly, May 7, 2008 issue:

Overall Score: 27 points

Velocity May 7

Velocity Weekly, May 7, 2008 issue:

Overall Score: 28 points

Velocity pulls out the surprise win this week! Granted, it’s gotta be tough for any editor in Louisville to put together a paper the week after the Derby, when not much happens. And Velocity‘s Derby coverage was pretty vapid, to be sure (which is fine — we’re not looking for anything too serious when it comes to, say, Barnstable-Brown stories and photos). But the prospect of a thin paper led to some “risky” editorial choices that, while not de riguer for Velocity, actually seemed to work! Like a full two-page poem, we gotta like that. And a decent interview with Kevin Phillips, and a piece on House of Ruth, “a local organization that provides financial and social support to people with AIDS and HIV.” So perhaps Velocity should take more chances in the future.

As always, please feel free to comment! Especially as regards stuff we don’t cover in the weeklies, such as theater and film coverage.

What’s In the Weeklies? Week of Apr.16

Posted in Horse Racing, Kentucky News, Louisville News, Media, What's In the Weeklies? on April 16, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

We apologize for the late start this week, but hey, it’s springtime, and we’re getting out of the house more often. That said, it’s Wednesday, so it’s time for another installment of What’s In the Weeklies?

LEO Apr. 16

LEO Weekly, April 16, 2008 issue:

Overall Score: 40 points

Velocity Apr. 16

Velocity Weekly, April 16, 2008 issue:

  • Cover Story: Derby Power 2008 10 points (interesting look at the movers and shakers who make Derby what it is, at least this year)
  • Cover Art: 0 points (pretty ugly, doesn’t really have anything to do with the Derby or power, btu looks like a last-minute brainstorm)
  • Additional News: N/A 0 points
  • Additional Features: Power outage, Comedy Q&A 5 points (former is a good explanation of which people were bumped from their Derby Power list this year and why, the latter’s a good Q&A with upcoming comedians Eugene Mirman, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer)
  • Opinion: This Week’s Winners and Losers 2 points (again, kind of a yawn)
  • Music Coverage: 0 points (nothing this week, except for a couple of concert previews… what gives?)
  • Food/Drink Coverage: The Dugout in Bar Hopper 5 points (the review of the Dugout was up last week, but we still liked it)

Overall Score: 22 points

After last week’s close and tight race, this week’s blowout by LEO comes as a surprise. While Velocity‘s cover story and profiles are pretty interesting, we feel that the rest of the magazine may have suffered as a result, which is too bad. Additionally, LEO tackled a topic that is, as non-drivers, important to us and the community at large. Let’s hope the upcoming pedestrian-themed events sponsored by the Metro government enact some positive changes for Louisville’s walkers and bike-riders.

As always, please feel free to comment! Especially as regards stuff we don’t cover in the weeklies, such as theater and film coverage.