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  • Rapper draws on real life to create music

    Family life — and life in general — has been a big influence on rapper Berran Lee Evans, who goes by the stage name B-Lee and is signed with a Radcliff production studio.

    A mostly absent father, the end of a long-term relationship and stints staying with other family members, among other things, provided Evans material and inspiration. The result has been recordings such as “Letter to My Father” and “The Confession.”

  • Young actors shine in 'The Book Thief'

    “The Book Thief”
    Rated PG-13 for some violence and intense depiction of thematic material.
    Release date Nov. 27 nationally, Jan. 10 locally (last Hardin County showing is today)
    Runtime: 131 minutes
    Rating: Great performances, flat ending

    Literary fans have been waiting for the pages of the popular novel “The Book Thief” to appear on theater screens. The film had a limited release so far but hit local theaters over the weekend.

  • Playing in the mud: Sonora woman finds passion in pottery

    After retiring to the family farm in Sonora, Brenda Heaton spent six years unraveling the secrets of pottery.

    “It was a mysterious thing to me,” she said.

    She read about it, watched YouTube videos and practiced until she was comfortable with the craft.

    Heaton has felt a connection to the clay earth all her life.

    “I was born and raised on this land,” she said.

    As a kid, she often found herself making something out of clay such as pots and other objects, she said.

  • Radcliff author publishes book of song lyrics

    Calling his work “mind rockin’,”  Radcliff resident Gary Atwood, 45, has published a book of song lyrics under the name The Gemini Rising Rockin’ Machine.

    “Book One: Who Am I?” is available at www.Amazon.com and www.Createspace.com and is the first of his planned collections.

  • Band releases 'Act 1' of three-part musical project

    A forthcoming musical, in graphic novel form, provides the basis for the latest release by a band that includes an Elizabethtown musician.

    “The Raven Locks, Act 1,” the first installment in a three-part recording project, is the title of the album released Nov. 19 by Dirt Poor Robins, a band formed by Louisville musicians Neil and Kate DeGraide in 2004. Elizabethtown resident Josh Brown began recording with the band in 2010 and plays brass and other instruments on the latest release.

  • The AcoUstiKats: UK group from ‘The Sing-Off’ to perform at State Theater

    The AcoUstiKats will bring four-part harmony with a pop sound to the Historic State Theater at 7:30 p.m. today.

    Fresh from appearances in season four of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” the AcoUstiKats are an a cappella men’s chorus from the University of Kentucky. The group’s website describes its sound as “southern charm with a whole lot of swag” and “Justin Timberlake meets Kentucky Fried Chicken.”

  • Guitarist Pat Kirtley to perform this weekend

    Pat Kirtley and friends will appear Saturday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School as a part of Trinity Music Productions’ Acoustic Guitar Masters Concert Series.

    Kirtley’s music is a blend of Merle Travis and Chet Atkins with a contemporary electric style. A news release states that Kirtley “penned a virtual library of lyrical compositions for guitar.”

    He was named the U.S. National Fingerstyle Champion in 2006 and is an inductee of the Thumbpicking Hall of Fame.

  • David Toczko releases his latest book

    Local photographer David Toczko is releasing his latest book, “South Union Shaker Village” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the South Union Shaker Village in Logan County.

    The book benefits preservation efforts of the Shaker Museum at South Union. It contains more than 250 color photos showcasing the structures, lifestyle, architecture and culture of the village

    Located west of Bowling Green near Auburn off U.S. 68, the village was an active community from 1807 to 1922.

  • 'Death and the Maiden' HCP's latest offering

    Hardin County Playhouse offers audiences an award-winning drama at 7 p.m. today at Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    Performances of “Death and the Maiden” are at 7 p.m. today, Saturday and April 10-12 and 3 p.m. Sunday and April 13.

  • Civil War documentary to be shown Tuesday at State Theater

    A filmmaker/director of a Civil War documentary will be part of a panel discussion following a free public screening of one of the episodes Tuesday night at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    Episode five of “Civil War: The Untold Story,” will be shown at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The screening is a sneak preview of the five-part PBS documentary.