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  • The secret life of Honest Abe

    I can’t believe I am going to say this, but there’s a part of me that liked “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

    At least what I saw of it when I wasn’t hiding my eyes from the bloodbath. Seriously, I’m not sure people actually have that much blood in them to splatter when struck with an ax.

    Don’t get me wrong, this film is totally moronic in premise and in what you view on film, but seeing one of the greatest presidents of all time welding an ax is kind of cool in a weird way.

  • Recounting an evening that deserved red-carpet treatment

    I got to walk down the red carpet.

    Really.

    Accompanied by my other half, Rebecca Ricks, I strolled down the prestigiously-adorned entrance to the auditorium for the world premiere of a movie as paparazzi ignited the area with flashes of light like a flurry of lightning bugs converging on an expansive southern garden on a warm summer evening.

    OK, it was one dude with a digital camera.

    It was still pretty cool.

    And it topped off a great evening.

  • Writing contest open to Kentucky authors

    Kentucky authors or writers of works about the Bluegrass State or using the commonwealth as its setting have an opportunity for publication by a nonprofit literary press located in Louisville.

    Sarabande Books is seeking submissions during July for the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. The contest strives to focus on Kentucky literature.

    Each year since 2005, Sarabande has awarded publication to one book of short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, a novella or novellas or a short novel.

  • Elizabethtown band releases digital EP

    Elizabethtown band Boxwine has released a digital EP titled “Highlights and Lowlifes."

    The five-track EP is available for listening at www.spotify.com and available for purchase on iTunes.

    Boxwine is a rock band consisting of lead vocalist Mac Blair; guitarist/vocalist Jeshua Logsdon; guitarist/vocalist Zac Newton; bass guitarist Tyler Coudret; and drummer Eric Garwood.

  • Extreme 5K Warrior Dash comes to Lebanon

    The Warrior Dash, originally slated to occur in Hardin County, is Saturday in Lebanon.

    Organizers said they expect 5,000 participants.

    The 5K race welcomes all athletic abilities. Pope’s Creek Ranch hosts the event with obstacles and three miles of terrain. Runners begin the race at 9 a.m. with staggered start times throughout the morning.

    After the race is over, participants and onlookers can celebrate with live music, food and beer.

  • Classic rockers take Godman Army Airfield at 7 tonight

    Three classic rock acts are rolling into Godman Army Airfield at Fort Knox on Saturday.

    A stop on the Midwest Rock ‘n’ Roll Express tour, Fort Knox hosts co-headliners REO Speedwagon and Styx. Opening act Blue Öyster Cult takes the stage at 7 p.m.

    “We were very fortunate to get on the Midwest Rock ‘n’ Roll Express,” said Fort Knox event coordinator Mark Wicker. The show marks Fort Knox’s 13th big summer concert and is the first to bring three notable acts to the stage.

  • An inspiring story of doing what is right

    What is the cost of doing what is right?

    “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer said.

    I’m reading a biography on Bonhoeffer called “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” by Eric Metaxas. As the words cross the page, a remarkable man walks out of history. He’s a man who could not be silent in the face of evil.

  • 'Brave': Beautiful artistry but not family friendly

    Previews for Disney and Pixar’s “Brave” make the film look like a fun and exciting adventure for the entire family. Sadly, the reality is quite different.

    In “Brave,” Princess Merida wishes to rebel against tradition and find her own way in the world. But she doesn’t do this, as the previews suggest, by having a brave adventure through the Scottish highlands.

    Because Merida and her mother, Queen Elinor, cannot agree on what to do, Merida seeks the aid of a witch to change her mother. No adventure, just trickery.

  • Hot-weather hits and local favorites

    Listening to a song on the radio can instantly transport you to a summer of your youth. The windows immediately come down in the car and your hair blows in the wind as you drive. It’s that kind of song.

    Throughout music history, songs released in the summer create memories that last a lifetime. There’s something about a goodtime summer song.

    Just like DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince crooned, it’s “summer, summer, summertime; time to sit back and unwind.”

  • 'Prometheus' fails to connect the dots

    “Prometheus,” Ridley Scott’s long-awaited prequel to the “Alien” franchise, is, in a word, disappointing.

    This film has as much to do with “Alien” as a slice of bacon has to do with a cow.

    For a successful prequel, it must explain long-asked questions and set a new foundation for the original films that shine light into established plotlines.