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  • Captain America is back in action

    “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
    Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout.
    Release date: April 4
    Runtime: 136 minutes
    Rating: Marvelous Marvel

    Marvel kicks off the summer movie series early with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” exploding onto screens today.

    We last saw Cap in “The Avengers” and find that since saving New York from an alien invasion, he has been working for S.H.I.E.L.D., alongside Natasha Romanoff aka the Black Widow.

  • Auditions for HCP’S ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ begin Monday

    Hardin County Playhouse will hold auditions Monday and Tuesday for its production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater complex in Elizabethtown.

    Those auditioning should arrive at the theater no later than 6:30 p.m. No preparation of material is necessary although becoming familiar with the show will be helpful in the audition.

    Auditions will include reading from a provided script with other actors.

  • Elizabethtown author to host booksigning

    An Elizabethtown author will be on hand Sunday for a booksigning at St. James Catholic Church.

  • A journey to Middle Earth

    Since J.R.R. Tolkien originally published the book “The Hobbit” in 1937, it has captivated readers and sent them on an adventure with 13 dwarfs, a wizard and a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins.

    The adventure unfolds live onstage this weekend at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    For the show’s cast and crew, bringing Middle Earth to the stage has been its own creative adventure.

  • Denise Lemke gets fired up to make glass beads

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about the lampwork glass beads made by Vine Grove resident Denise Lemke, visit caravancreations.net.

    Near an open flame in the kitchen of her Vine Grove residence, Denise Lemke held a stick-like implement known as a mandrel in one hand and a glass rod in the other.

    She drew the rod to the fire provided by an oxygen propane torch until the glass melted and carefully wrapped the material onto the mandrel, which she twirled.

    “This is a hobby you have to be very patient with,” Lemke said.

  • Review: "Divergent' isn't all that different after all

    “Divergent”
    Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality.
    Release date: March 21
    Runtime: 139 minutes
    Rating: Nothing new

    If “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” were not enough, we now have a new film series based on teenage-themed books. The first of that film series, “Divergent,” hit theaters last week.

  • Poor Man's Grave: A band of bankers that rock

    What do three bankers and a guy named Banks do in their spare time? Form a band, of course.

    Chris Buchanan, Charles DeRoche, Matt Neel and Pat Banks make up the local band Poor Man’s Grave.

    While their photos resemble those of many folk bands, they started out that way, but morphed into something louder and more electric, according to Buchanan, lead vocalist and acoustic guitar player.

  • 'It's time to light the lights ...': A review of 'Muppets Most Wanted'

    The Muppets are back for a sequel, or as Dr. Honeydew points out, one of many sequels.

    This time around in “Muppets Most Wanted,” they run into some trouble during a world tour when an evil tour agent, Ricky Gervais (“Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian”), replaces Kermit with Constantine, the most dangerous frog in the world.

    Mistaken for Constantine, Kermit is thrown in a Russian prison. Meanwhile, the other Muppets tour Europe, where guest stars abound.

  • Change is good ... unless aliens are involved

    Change is good. Or so they say.

    Then again “they” say a lot of things and we still don’t know who “they” are.

    Why don’t “they” change that?

    At any rate, I won’t argue with the aforementioned statement. It’s true enough, many times.

    Change can keep things from getting stale and can spark inspiration. In fact, I purposely break routine when I realize it has become just that: routine.

  • Local musician finds venue for his art

    Growing up in a family in which most everyone played an instrument or sang was bound to have an influence on Travis Puryear.

    “Music is a huge impact in my life,” he said.

    The 21-year-old Elizabethtown resident has been playing guitar since he was 12. Originally from Grayson County, Puryear played in the orchestra beginning in middle school and has learned to play other instruments.

    Puryear also can play violin and bass guitar, though he admits he’s “not so great” on drums.