Arts & Culture

American Cinema International

The Los Angeles-based company American Cinema International is increasing its production in Kentucky. The first project filmed mostly in Hart County was a Hallmark movie called “An Uncommon Grace,” which aired in February 2017.

The second project launches a three-part mini-series called “Runaway Romance.” It was filmed in Glasgow, Horse Cave, Cave City and Munfordville and will air on Jan.7 on UP-TV, a small network for family-oriented movies. 

George Shamieh is CEO of American Cinema International. He said the assistance he’s been getting from the Southern Kentucky Film Commission and its founder, Hart County Judge Executive Terry Martin, keeps him coming back. Shamieh said one example of that assistance is a day when they were filming in a cave.

Nonviolent Owensboro Facebook

As Americans look toward the New Year, there’s a universal hope for peace in a world so often troubled by conflict and war. Members of a group called Nonviolent Owensboro are working to create a little more of that peace, beginning in their own community.

Nonviolent Owensboro was founded a year ago by Mary Danhauer, a family nurse practitioner at the Green River District Health Department. She launched the group after hearing about a similar organization in Carbondale, Illinois. It's part of a national effort called ‘Nonviolent Cities’ that has the goal of creating more compassionate communities, a mission that matches Danhauer's long-time interest in social justice.  

Emil Moffatt

The latest installment of the Stained Glass Series took place Dec. 5, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, featuring organist Ken Stain and members and friends of the Christ Episcopal Church choir. 

Lost River Sessions LIVE: 2017 In Review

Dec 8, 2017
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The first full year of Lost River Sessions LIVE concerts provided lots of great music and wonderful memories. Ten times during 2017, music fans turned out to watch emerging artists in the world of folk, bluegrass and Americana. 

Crews began filming a movie called “Prayer Box” in Edmonson County this week. It’s one of several productions lured to the region since the creation of the Southern Kentucky Film Commission in October 2016 by the Hart County Fiscal Court.

Rhonda Clemmons is executive director of the Edmonson County Tourism Commission and a board member of the Southern Kentucky Film Commission. She said there’s a lot of activity being generated by film.

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Garrison Keillor, the creator and former host of A Prairie Home Companion, has been accused of inappropriate behavior with someone who worked with him, according to Minnesota Public Radio, which has announced it is cutting ties with Keillor and his production company.

Green River Area Development District

The small community of Rosine in Ohio County now has high-speed Internet thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The new service has led to the creation of a community Internet center and is even connecting to the father of bluegrass music.

Rosine is the home of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, and a museum in his honor is under construction. Now the new museum will be able to have high-speed Internet. It’s one of the bonuses for Rosine that comes along with an $800,000 grant from the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. The grant was awarded to the Evansville-based company Q-Wireless. 

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Devon Gilfillian and 8 Track Love were the featured musicians at Lost River Sessions LIVE on Oct. 19 at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green. The show came just days before Gilfillian inked a deal with Capitol Records. 

WKU Theater

WKU theater faculty member Scott Stroot and junior Jada Jefferson discuss the play Mother Courage by Bertolt Brecht. The play runs through Nov. 7 at the Russel H. Miller Theater on the WKU Campus. 

Veterans Upward Bound at WKU

It’s a week before the official Veterans Day holiday, but Bowling Green will honor those who have served in the military with a parade on Saturday, Nov. 4. The parade is scheduled so it doesn’t interfere with other activities by local veterans groups on Nov. 11.

One group coming out in force for the parade is Veteran’s Upward Bound. The organization is based at Western Kentucky University and helps veterans get into college and succeed in their studies.

Davy Stone is director of Veterans Upward Bound at WKU. He said the parade might inspire some veterans to go back to school.

Lost River Sessions

10 String Symphony - the combination of Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer plays on this edition of Lost River Sessions radio. Their performance was captured at Loving Chapel Stables in Franklin, Kentucky.

In the second half of our show - the deeply introspective songs of Nashville singer-songwriter Carl Anderson. His set was recorded at Van Meter Hall on the campus of Western Kentucky University.  

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Misty Mountain String Band joined organist Ken Stein for the latest installment of the Stained Glass Series. This concert was recorded on Sept. 26 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. 

Stein is organist/choir master at Christ Episcopal Church in Bowling Green. He's also a member of the WKU Department of Music faculty. 

Misty Mountain String Band, based in Louisville, is composed of Neal Green on fiddle, Derek Harris on bass, Paul Martin on banjo and mandolin and Brian Vickers on guitar. 

Human Rights Campaign

Kentucky has one city – Louisville - that earned top-ranking in a new report on towns that support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of the community. Bowling Green was at the bottom.

The “Municipal Equality Index,” published by the Human Rights Campaign, grades cities on a scale of 1-to-100, based on issues like non- discrimination laws in employment and housing. The index also includes grades for the relationship city officials and police have with LGBTQ individuals.

Decades before NFL player Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to protest police treatment of African-Americans, boxer Muhammad Ali roiled white America with his 1967 resistance to the Vietnam War draft.

The boxer had converted to the Nation of Islam a few years earlier, and he explained his resistance to the war by saying, "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong."

Emil Moffatt

Sound the Trumpets is a special concert featuring Southern Kentucky Brass and organist Ken Stein. It was recorded in June 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bowling Green as part of the Stained Glass Music Series. The emcee for this concert was Barbara Deeb from WKU Public Radio. 

The Stained Glass Music Series is made possible thanks to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and its parishioners. Support also comes from Lynn and Dennis O’Keefe, and the listeners of WKU Public Radio. Our sound engineers for this recording were Don Eastman and Sam Holiday.
 

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