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  • 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.

  • The Blue Soul Gypsys back on stage at the State Theater

    The Blue Soul Gypsys return to the Historic State Theater stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Aaron McDowell, Justin Perz and Jeffery Scott make up the band with a sound that mixes progressive, classic, southern, blues and rock music. They met at Pandaruella Productions, a local studio headed by Jacob and Samantha Langley.

  • To the WABAC machine

    “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
    Rated PG for some mild action and brief rude humor.
    Release date: March 7
    Runtime: 92 minutes
    Rating: Smart and fun

    The creators of “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” take audiences on a hilarious trip in the WABAC machine to nostalgic fun with a modern twist.

  • Getting back on the write track

    The writing group I facilitate, which meets twice a month in Elizabethtown, hasn’t met since last year.

    Mother Nature is largely to blame for the cancellations. Out of the five meetings scheduled in the past two and half months at the Hardin County Public Library in Elizabethtown, three of them were canceled because of weather. One was canceled when the library was closed for a holiday and because of a staff development day at the library.

  • Betty Campbell brings memories to life on canvas

    Local artist Betty Campbell’s memories of Holland will be on exhibit at B. Deemer Gallery in Louisville.

    The exhibit, called “Remembering Holland,” will include about 14 paintings drawn from reflections from a trip that left a great impression on Campbell.

    “I cannot express to you the dignity, quietness and beauty of this country,” she said. “I was absolutely in awe.”

    The paintings are landscapes of the countryside filled with sheep, openness and windmills.