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  • ECTC Fine Arts Committee offers free concert tonight

    Music ranging from Bach to Appalachian mountain songs awaits guests who attend a free concert Wednesday at Morrison Art Gallery on the campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    The concert, sponsored by the ECTC Fine Arts Committee, begins at 7 p.m. at the gallery in the administration building.

    Kevin and Christina Shank performs the flute and guitar concert, which includes selections of music from Bach, Tarrega, Piazzolla and Appalachian mountain songs.

    For more information, call Kevin Shank at (270) 706-8495.

  • McLaughlin and the blowfish

    Dick McLaughlin is an artist inspired by color and the images he discovers emerging from the canvas as he paints.

    Originally from Massachusetts, costal waves and sunsets inspired some of his landscape and seascape work, he said. For five years he used pastel paints, but the dust bothered him so he switched to oil painting.

    He met his wife, Verna, in Boston in a pottery class. Along with painting, McLaughlin also enjoys sculpting, writing poetry and photography.

  • When a book is not a Nook

    Technology continues to amaze me. With a few key strokes you can send a message to dozens of friends simultaneously anytime, day or night. Or you can engage in a conversation with someone across the world without long-distance charges by instant messaging.

    You can even do the above via a smartphone or portable device.

    Wondered whatever happened to Oingo Boingo? Me, either.

    But the answer is at the fingertips of those who do.

    Tons of other information is there, too.

  • 'My Week With Marilyn' not worth the hype

    “My Week with Marilyn” has received several nods during awards season but didn’t make it to local theaters. It’s now available for rental.

    The film chronicles young Colin Clark’s experience working on the set of the film “The Prince and the Showgirl” staring Marilyn Monroe and Sir Lawrence Olivier.

  • Making their point: Gene and Barbara Baskett create custom knives

    In his workshop behind his house in Eastview, Gene Baskett is just as likely to be holding mammoth ivory as he is steel.

    For the last 32 years, Baskett has been making custom knives, a craft rooted in an interest that can be traced back many years.

    “Boys like knives,” he explained.

    Baskett, owner of Baskett Custom Knives, joined The Knifemaker’s Guild in 1981 — a year after he started making custom knives — and now sits on the board of directors for the organization.

  • Free concert Sunday honors military

    A free concert honoring members of the military and their families is Sunday at the corner of Vine Street and Woodland Drive in Radcliff.

    Unlimited, Peacemakers, Salsa Rhythms and Come Together Band perform at the event from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

    The bands’ musical genres include gospel, salsa, R&B and jazz.

    While the concert is free and open to the public, donations are accepted. Proceeds benefit Dollars for Dukes and the American Red Cross, sponsor Jeff Kennedy said.

  • 'Golden' opportunity for fun tonight at State Theater

    If the names Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia are familiar favorites, you’re in for some killer entertainment Saturday night at the Historic State Theater.

    “The Golden Girls” Murder Mystery Dinner starts at 7 p.m. in the First Federal Gallery Banquet Room.

    Actors from Lexington group Fantastical Theatricals portray television’s comedic quartet, and audience members have an opportunity to interact with them as a murder mystery unfolds.

  • Tornado wrecks a town, but not a community

    On the southern side of Kenton County, there’s a little community called Piner. There’s an elementary school, a corner market, some churches and not much else but homes and farms.

    Every time I drive through Stephensburg, I think about Piner. I think about my grandma, Mary Ruth, and everyone in Piner.

    Piner was devastated when tornadoes ripped through the region March 3. A volunteer coordinator estimated 100 homes were destroyed and another 250 families were affected. Four people died.

  • 'John Carter' a nice surprise

    I have to begin this review with a confession. I didn’t realize Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote anything beyond his work with Tarzan. But through the introduction of Disney’s “John Carter” I learned Burroughs wrote a work that inspired much of modern science fiction.

  • 'The Music Man' marches into the Historic State Theater

    A con artist visits Elizabethtown when the Historic State Theater presents a screening of “The Music Man” this weekend.

    The movie was shown Friday night and presentations Saturday are at 2 and 7 p.m.

    “The Music Man” is a 1962 musical featuring Robert Preston as Harold Hill, a con artist who plans to bilk the town out of money. His plan is to offer to equip and train a marching band with no intention of staying around after getting the money.