Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Beyond the Valley of the Drums

Toxic chemical drums are still being found in this Louisville area that was supposedly cleaned up years ago:

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Make No Mis-steak

Nightlife Notes #3, on why JSH always sends his steak back:

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Buying the Farm

JSH dreams of obtaining this luxurious farm in Estill County. He just needs you to lend him half a million.

New Hope for the Dead

Another JSH modest proposal: let's let dead people vote!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Civil War Battle Fought in the Nude

Maybe this is a gimmick we should try in Afghanistan:

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Jefferson Davis Memorial

The tallest unreinforced concrete structure in the world:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nightlife Notes #2

"If you're an card-carrying degenerate Cachaca addict like myself, then you know how hard it can be to get a decent Caipirinha in this burg."

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Nightlife Notes

Nightlife Notes, a new column within a column, keeping track of where and what JSH likes to eat and drink.... and JSH *loves* to eat and drink.

The Last Suit You'll Ever Wear

Here come the Men In Black:

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Ninja, Please.

Two men in black kevlar SWAT/ninja outfits stage bizarre home invasion. What's the frequency, Kenneth?

In Defense of Tiger Woods

"Here we go again! Another phony, hand-wringing, media feeding frenzy to humiliate a man for having a sex drive."

Friday, December 11, 2009

Безымянная звезда

Can-Can dancers, Soviet style.

It's A Long Way To Tipperary

Where is Tipperary, anyway? And can you see Russia from there?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Clean-up in Aisle Seven!

A urinating, meat-handling man invades a Louisville Kroger store:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Louisville Violent Crime Wave

"A dead waitress in a suitcase. A stabbing in a gaming store, a shooting in a dollar store. Louisville's fear factor seems to be going into high gear as we enter the winter."

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ronald McDonald a Kentuckian?

The original Ronald McDonald clown, who died this week, was living in seclusion in Kentucky:

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Little People

"Were the "little people" known to the Cherokee related to UFOs, inter-dimensional mysteries or some other unusual phenomena?"

Crippled Chicken Statue

PETA wants to put up a statue of a crippled chicken in KFC's honor. Maybe KFC should put up a statue of a mentally ill vegan nerd to return the favor.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Battleship Saved by Taters!

Before the Corbomite Maneuver and the Fizzbin bluff, there was the Potato Gambit:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Somerset Serial Killer

The discovery of a burned body in Pulaski County leads to the discovery of another, older, burned skeleton in the same area...

Monday, November 30, 2009

Pig City!

Lamenting the passing of another Louisville barbecue joint:


Another of JSH's many obsessions: retro drive-in intermission films.


"Gotta love anything that has a hyphenated O in the middle of it. Like Bit-O-Honey. And Malt-O-Meal. And the Jazz-O-Harmonists."

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

JSH in Cigar Store Commercial

Seen on the JSH Twitter Feed:

"Video shoot today, appearing in a J. Shepherd's Cigar Store commercial... and I NEVER endorse a product I don't absolutely love! :) "

Eavesdropping on Apollo

A Louisville man recorded live radio feed of Neil Armstrong on the moon in 1969, and portions of his tapes are now available on mp3:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Starlight Frozen Custard

Another frozen custard place bites the dust.

Carl Hurley Lane

Kentucky comedian Carl Hurley now has a street named after him in London, KY.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Interplanetary Internet

Why are they building an internet for the solar system? Who is out there that they think is going to be using it?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Wild Wild West: a Steampunk TV show

"There are many television programs that have, accidentally or not, been very insightful about the true nature of quantum spacetime, and how it interacts with us today and our culture. Star Trek and Lost are notable examples. But for a Steampunk's particular fetish with the Victorian Age, there's no better program than The Wild Wild West."

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Steampowered Jet Engine in 250 B.C.

"Although the Victorian Era was the golden age of Steam power (hence, Steampunk), the technology actually goes back to ancient times."

The Green Ice Building

No, they don't make green ice. It's an ice building that's green.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wedding of the Painted Doll

An obscure song from the 1929 musical, "The Broadway Melody":

Pigs is Pigs

What is the connection between Walt Disney, Mick Jagger, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Star Trek's Tribbles, Rolling Rock beer, Hank Williams, Robert A. Heinlein, and a 1905 children's book about guinea pigs?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Hunt-Morgan House

A haunted house in Lexington, formerly occupied by a Civil War general and a Nobel Prize winning geneticist:

Friday, November 13, 2009

Belle Brezing's Grave

A visit to the grave of Belle Brezing, the infamous Lexington prostitute:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Society for the Advancement of Paper Straws

"You need to drop whatever you're doing right now, right this very moment, and join SAPS, which stands for both Society for the Abolition of Plastic Straws and Society for the Advancement of Paper Straws."

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Birth of Merlin

Catclaw's putting on "The Birth of Merlin" in New York for Christmas:

And The JSH Combo will be recording backing musical tracks for it:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Krampus Blog

A new photoblog dedicated to his royal fuzziness.

The Morrissey Building

"Life is a pigsty", indeed.

Monday, November 2, 2009

High Five!

Was the "High Five" really invented in Kentucky? Well........ no.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Dancing Piggies of 1907

Doesn't this remind you of Barney the Dinosaur? It's a man in a giant grotesque pig suit in an obscure French film from 1907:

Corn in the USA

"Like a virus and its host, corn has successfully used us as a means to enable it to multiply and spread itself."

Caviar, Non Emptor

JSH raves about Louisville's most upscale sushi bar, which is pretty impressive since he doesn't even like sushi:

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

KFC Infiltrates the UN

Colonel Sanders, international secret agent:

lighters and matches

"There's a whole multiverse (literally!) of cool old cigarette lighters out there, all of which are perfectly suitable for time-transcending troublemakers such as ourselves."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Stingy Jack's Halloween Legend

The true story of Jack O'Lantern himself:

Saturday, October 24, 2009


A tribute to the late Soupy Sales:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Goodbye, Cafe Metro

The Louisville snooty bistro "Cafe Metro" folds, and JSH bids it a fond farewell. Okay, maybe it really isn't so fond:

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Is the Belle of Louisville haunted?

And did the ghost of an old captain recently send the steamboat out of control?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Abandoned House in Scott County

JSH takes a wrong turn trying to leave Georgetown and finds a creepy old abandoned house in the woods:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Today in JSH history: "Weird Kentucky" announced

On this date and on this site (at its former Geocities location), JSH's book "Weird Kentucky" was formally announced:

"A new JSH book, Weird Kentucky, is due to hit store shelves nationwide in May 2008 and is now available for pre-ordering on Amazon. The book is sort of an extension of JSH's Unusual Kentucky website, but features mostly new material that's never been seen on that site. Expect a book-signing tour in the weeks surrounding the book's release."


Seen on JSH's Twitter this evening:

"Having an 'Ari from Entourage' day. And you're all Lloyd. Beware."

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Stringbean Cometh

This week's Suspension of Disbelief: Part one of a two-part list of Kentuckians whose stories would make a great play.

Kentucky Hoarders

"You have a right to be so sentimental about possessions that you save objects from 40 years ago whose significance you've long since forgotten, but you keep them anyway, because you know the younger you would have wanted it that way."

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sonic Boom

Hyping the new KISS album, Sonic Boom...... KISS Mr. Potato Heads?? Really?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Death of a Secret Service Agent

Two different Federal workers inexplicably found in remote Kentucky rural graveyards, both cases years apart. JSH connects the dots:

Monday, October 5, 2009

Duck Shoes Rag

"The Grinnel Giggers made only eight recordings, all done in one session in Memphis, May 1930."

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The "Old Fashioned" Drink

"Supposedly, the first drink ever to be called a 'cocktail' was the Old Fashioned, and the Old Fashioned was supposedly invented in Louisville at the Pendennis Club. Supposedly."

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Scary Cells of Henrietta Lacks

"On October 4, 1951, an African-American woman named Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer.

Samples of her cervical cancer cells were extracted by Dr. George Otto Gey. To his amazement and horror, Henrietta Lacks's cervical cells multiplied readily and rapidly, faster than anything ever seen."

Thursday, October 1, 2009

"Water Nymph Ballet"

See sexy Vera Zorina dance the "Water Nymph Ballet" in the 1938 film The Goldwyn Follies.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Reviews on Review

So last night JSH posted a review of Pandora's Rocky Horror Picture Show:

But then tonight comes out against theatre reviews:

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Behind the Scenes at Appalachian Voodoo Fibers

Alpaca fiber being prepared in the Appalachian Voodoo Fibers Headquarters. In other words, JSH's kitchen and bathroom.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cabaret of the Nameless

"The more incompentent and ignorant the poor artist-to-be is, the more welcome he is to the producer. And the more hospitably Elow's public accepts him. For the whole point here in the Cabaret of the Nameless is to laugh oneself silly at stupid and pathological human beings"...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ketchup and Mustard batt

Why am I craving a hot dog now?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Today in JSH history: Window Comics article in LEO

On September 9, 2005, LEO Weekly ran an article by Paul K about JSH's Window Comics installation, where a different hastily drawn stream of consciousness comic strip was placed in the window of his Butchertown art studio every week.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Osiris and Isis

"the earliest theatrical events recorded by history were performances of the sacred plays of Osiris and Isis, in Egypt, circa 2500 BC."

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Six Flags is hiring zombies

Halloween season at Six Flags means special actors and performers needed:

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Grab Bag

The Return of the Appalachian Voodoo Super Explosive Intergalactic Grab Bag:

Ditching Dracula

JSH urges Actors Theatre of Louisville to ditch its long running Dracula play for some other, any other, Halloween show:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Plankton, Royalty, Henhouse

Some new fiber batts (Plankton, Royalty, Henhouse) are up on JSH's Etsy store, and on the Appalachian Voodoo Fibers blog:

Rand Harmon Interview

Rand Harmon of Specific Gravity Ensemble gives his first interview since leaving Louisville, Kentucky for Louisville, Colorado, and plugs Catclaw Theatre Company on his short list of who matters in the local scene:

"Don't settle for mediocre. Stay loyal to LePetomane, Pandora, Finnigan, Lilith, Necessary, Catclaw. They won't disappoint."

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Today in JSH history: Shermia Love in LEO

One year ago today, August 26, 2008: Catclaw's Shermia Love got a nice writeup in LEO on the heels of Toulouse-inations:

Erik Anthony DeCicco

Keeping up with the latest doings of Erik A. DeCicco (Jack the Ripper suspect Dr. Francis J. Tumblety in Toulouse-inations):

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Old is the New New

Speculation on highly obscure plays listed in the 1953-1960 hardcover edition of Wilson's Play Index:

The Magic Cloak of Oz

More Oz stuff: A silent film called The Magic Cloak of Oz on Voraxical Theatre and a piano roll of "My Little Maid of Oz" on Creeps Records:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Voodoo Video

JSH reminisces about Voodoo Video:

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Radio from Another Time

The subject of this week's Suspension Of Disbelief is old radio dramas like Theatre Five and Black Mass:

And on Voraxical Theatre, it's Lights Out, The Hall of Fantasy, Dimension X, and X Minus One:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Editha Salomon Story

How a Kentucky girl with a vivid imagination became an international occult criminal:

Platinum 7x Vodka

On the nuances of fine and not so fine vodka:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The International Mystery Writers Festival

I'm surprised JSH hasn't entered something in this writers fest himself:

Alice Cooper in Monster Dog

Alice Cooper, a popular topic among JSH and crew, comes up again with this video from a z-grade flick called Monster Dog:

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Shakespeare's Apocrypha

This week's Suspension of Disbelief column for Theatre Louisville deals with the apocryphal plays of William Shakespeare, ones that so-called experts refuse to accept.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bunning Not Running

JSH bids a sarcastic goodbye to Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) :

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Hungarian Suicide Song

"Gloomy Sunday" by Paul Whiteman and Johnny Hauser:

Lost in the Flood

JSH on being caught in Louisville's flood-causing thunderstorm that made national headlines:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Livin' on Creeps Time

"Spacetime is one big amalgamated lump of stuff - not a lump of mere space with a weird half-ghostly appendage called time hanging off of it."

Monday, August 3, 2009

Senso and Sensibility

Is there a conspiracy to keep JSH from finding Senso brand yarn?

Fairy On The Clock?

Apparently it's 'Fairy on the Clock' day:

Today in JSH history: NYC Stuckism CBGB show

On August 3, 2005, Jeffrey Scott Holland took part in the Stuckist/Remodernist exhibition entitled 'Addressing the Shadow and Making Friends with Wild Dogs', at the historic CBGB club's 313 Gallery in the Bowery, NYC.

Other artists exhibiting with JSH included J. Todd Dockery, Sexton Ming, Ella Guru, Charles Thomson, Wolf Howard, Philip Absolon and Terry Marks.

More about the JSH UFO

Unusual Kentucky has more details about JSH's recent UFO sighting:

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Whole Lotta Faust Goin' On

Continuing the recent Wizard of Oz theme, the Voraxical Theatre blog has a piece about the musical version's star, Lotta Faust.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Suspension of Disbelief #5

In this week's Suspension of Disbelief column for Theatre Louisville, JSH expands upon his previous Unusual Kentucky post about 1902's Wizard of Oz stage musical:


About five hours ago, JSH posted this to his Twitter feed:

"Last night I saw a UFO over Middletown. Slow-gliding, low enough to see it clearly, making almost no sound but a creepy pulsing hum. Damn."

Today in JSH history: Sarah Elizabeth CD Release Party

On this date in 2005, JSH joined Sarah Elizabeth Whitehead onstage on guitar for the release party of her compact disc When The Redbuds Bloom. The show was at the Rudyard Kipling in Louisville.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wizard of Oz in 1904

Awesome post on Unusual Kentucky about a weird musical version of The Wizard of Oz that predated the movie by almost 40 years:

The Creeps Records blog has an mp3 of a recording of an antique music box that plays a song from that very same weird Oz musical:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vote for Sidney Hymson!

Catclaw Theatre Company's Sidney Hymson, star of Toulouse-inations, needs your help - vote for him in the AMC Mad Men casting contest:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Death and Pugilism

Four boxing stars dead in four weeks! JSH ponders these fallen heroes on Transylania Gentlemen:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Today in JSH history: Desperate Telegrams

On June 27, 2003, Jeffrey Scott Holland's Desperate Telegrams exhibition was unveiled at Bob Morgan's Gallerie Soleil, Lexington, KY.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

"I can't stand being preached to"

"Combine zeal for current-events topicality with the ongoing trend towards shorter, simpler, smaller-scale plays and you have a lazy liberal's wet dream: something that's easy to stage, and invokes certain buzzwords that look good on certain kinds of grant applications.
And so we see more and more plays that consist of just two or three characters (or even better, just one monologuing his or her heart out) on a minimal set, talking about "relevant social and political issues." If you ask me - and I know you didn't - that kind of "Theatre of NPR" jazz is about as interesting as watching a staged reading of transcripts from the Congressional Record. "

JSH's weekly Suspension of Disbelief column on the Theatre Louisville site:

Today in JSH history: Bruno Bischofberger

On this day in 2004, JSH's painting "Elderly Crossdresser Watching Television" was acquired by legendary art dealer Bruno Bischofberger, famous for his representation of Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente and others.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Fake Kentuckians of 1919

A dixieland jass band by the name of Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders, who actually were NOT from Kentucky, is the subject of both the Creeps Records and Unusual Kentucky blogs today:

Aphra Behn

The life and times of Aphra Behn, playwright, poet, feminist, and sexual secret agent:

Friday, July 24, 2009

Back in Black

It's the Unofficial JSH Site, 3.0! After years of being hosted of Geocities, first by indie filmmaker Jon Shelton and then graphic artist Rob Ruane, the site is now hosted by yrs truly, Miss Vanilla Dendrite. I've moving the site to Blogger because of the announcement that Geocities will be shutting down in October. Not sure what's to be done about all the old archived entries going back to 2003. Maybe I'll backdate them into this blog, or maybe I'll just leave it to JSH himself to figure out some other place to host that.