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  • 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.”

  • 'Rio 2' journeys into the Amazon

    “Rio 2”
    Rated G
    Release date: April 11
    Runtime: 101 minutes
    Rating: Colorful but bland

     

  • My first comic con

    A few weekends ago, I boldly went where so many other nerds had gone before: comic con. It wasn’t the big one held in San Diego each year, but it still had some big-name guest and lots of excitement.

    I didn’t cosplay — dress up like a character — but did spend several days deciding which sci-fi T-shirt to wear. I finally picked one featuring Marvel character Loki, mainly because I have a slight crush on the actor who plays him, Tom Hiddleston. The friend who went with me wore a TARDIS dress.

  • Marvel movies take over theaters this summer

    The summer movie season kicked off early this year with the opening of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” last weekend.

    It could be said the season will belong to Marvel. “Captain America” opens and “Guardians of the Galaxy” closes out the season in August and there are a couple of other Marvel offerings in-between. Marvel Studios and Disney are producing these two most-anticipated superhero offerings.

  • Elizabethtown musician continues lifelong career

    At area restaurants and private functions, Don Picozzi plies his trade of creating music and atmosphere as a jazz keyboardist and accordion player.

    Picozzi has been playing the accordion most of his life.

    “I started out when I was 7 years old taking accordion lessons,” Picozzi said.

    Now 70, the Elizabethtown man said he took lessons until he was 21.

    “I should be a lot better than I am,” Picozzi joked.

  • 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.

  • Glen Rice is back at the PAC

    Glen Rice returns Friday to the stage at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    The “It’s a Family Affair” concert, which begins at 7 p.m., is Rice’s opener for the 2014 concert series, now in its ninth year.

    Special guests include Allie Shae Hash, Clint Sapp, Tiffany Puckett, Ricky Puckett, Camryn Reynolds, Grace Farmer and Matthew Dyer.

    Rice will be joined by friends Ron Benningfield, Glenn Williams, Wayne Sexton, Lou Bingham, Ron Browning, Tony Cook and Camille Turner.

  • Captain America is back in action

    “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
    Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout.
    Release date: April 4
    Runtime: 136 minutes
    Rating: Marvelous Marvel

    Marvel kicks off the summer movie series early with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” exploding onto screens today.

    We last saw Cap in “The Avengers” and find that since saving New York from an alien invasion, he has been working for S.H.I.E.L.D., alongside Natasha Romanoff aka the Black Widow.

  • '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.