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  • Saddle up for 'The Lone Ranger'

    The masked man rides again in Walt Disney’s rendition of “The Lone Ranger.”

    This time around, the western crusader is played by Armie Hammer (“Mirror Mirror”) and Tonto is played somewhat controversially by Johnny Depp (“Dark Shadows”).

    Many moviegoers, including myself, have been skeptical about this new treatment of the beloved western icon. From the commercials, the film looks like Will Smith’s comedy-western flop “Wild Wild West.”

  • Sharing the wisdom of the Duck Commander

    Along with many Americans, I absolutely adore the loveable rednecks of “Duck Dynasty.”

    Part of the draw of this phenomenon is even though they are millionaire woodsmen, they are relatable.

    Most families have an Uncle Si in some form or fashion and the families that don’t wish they did. Siblings pick on and pull pranks on each other all the time, too.

    Sometimes, while laughing at their TV antics, I realize I’m laughing because I could totally see someone I know doing something like what I see on the show.

  • The minions return in 'Despicable Me 2'

    “Despicable Me 2”
    Rated PG for rude humor and mild action
    Release date: July 3
    Runtime: 98 minutes
    Rating: Something for the whole family 

    Gru and his team of minions are back this summer for more misadventures in “Despicable Me 2.”

    This time around Gru, voiced again by funny man Steve Carell, is a dad who’s retired from his evil ways and uses his legion of minions to make jams and jellies instead of evil plots.

  • Weekend event offers music, camping

    Depot Tavern hosts Vine Grovestock this weekend, which features live music Friday and Saturday.

    Dave Mason, owner of the Meade County tavern, said he hosted a similar event last year called Meadestock but opted to have the festival during the Fourth of July weekend this year as a birthday celebration for America.

    The Redstone Band hits the stage at 7 p.m. Friday and three bands — Judea Band, After Hours Rockers and Bobbie Stew Band — play between 3 p.m. and midnight Saturday.

  • State Theater art show deadline looms

    The Historic State Theater will hold an art show and auction Aug. 17 but submissions to the show are due July 14.

    Select pieces will be auctioned off in the theater. For those pieces, 50 percent of sales go to the artist and 50 percent to the theater.

    Artists can set up a booth with their art for a $55 fee or submit pieces solely for the auction.

    The show features artists from the area in many mediums including sculpture, woodworking, painting, jewelry and photography.

  • Best-selling author to give 100 uniformed soldiers free books

    New York Times best-selling author James Rollins is a guest Monday at Barr Memorial Library at Fort Knox, and 100 uniformed soldiers are offered a free token of their visit.

    The first 100 soldiers in uniform to attend the event, which begins at 11:30 a.m., receive a free copy of Rollins’ latest book, “The Eye of God,” according to a news release from the library.

    Rollins, whose thrillers have been translated into 40 languages, will discuss and sign copies of “The Eye of God,” the latest in his Sigma series.

  • Children’s author brings musical storytime to E'town

    Author and songwriter Mike Norris will tell stories, read from his children’s books and sing songs at 11 a.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Elizabethtown.

    Norris, who lives in Central Kentucky, and award-winning Kentucky folk artist Minnie Adkins worked together to produce two unique children’s books.

    Rather than drawings or photographs of claymation figures, “Bright Blue Rooster” and “Sonny the Monkey” are illustrated with photographs of Adkins’ wood carvings, according to a news release.

  • Modern Christian music encompasses all styles

    Flipping through the Christian radio dial today, listeners might be surprised by the variety of music styles found in the genre.

    Along with tamer brands of praise and worship music, there are tunes with rock, pop, hip-hop, country, rap and even heavy metal sounds.

    “I think Christian music is in a much different place than it was 20 years ago,” said Chris Crain, radio personality with 88.5 WJIE in Louisville.

  • Déjà vu with a side of Bacon

    So this column feels a little bit like déjà vu with the added twist that my other half, Rebecca Ricks, and I discovered we have a Bacon Number.

    What’s a Bacon Number, you ask? It sure sounds tasty.

    Read on.

  • World War Z: Finally, a zombie story that won't make you gag

    “World War Z”
    Rated PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images.
    Release date: June 21
    Runtime: 116 minutes
    Rating: Suspenseful action 

    With the popularity of TV’s “The Walking Dead,” the undead phenomenon continues to spread.

    There are zombie horror movies, zombie comedies and even zombie love stories. Some towns even have zombie themed events such as flash mobs and 5k races.