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Thousands gathered at Freedom Hall on Thursday for a Muslim funeral prayer service in honor of Muhammad Ali. 

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Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema has a busy couple of weeks ahead with several special features and Music at MAC bookended by two acclaimed feature films: Punks-vs.-neo-Nazis thriller Green Room and the Tom Hanks-starring comedic drama, A Hologram for the King. John Null caught up with MAC's film programming director John Holt to discuss the coming attractions.

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The city of Metropolis, Illinois is expecting to attract a large crowd this weekend with the kickoff of its annual Superman Celebration. 20,000-30,000 people are expected to attend the celebration now in its 38th year. 

Among the younger artists who live on the border between traditional country music and singer-songwriterly Americana, women are currently leading the way. Kelsey Waldon is one of the best among them, crafting musical commentaries on 21st-century American lives that honor the past while remaining fiercely engaged with the present.

Update at 3:15 p.m. ET: Ali's Funeral Set For Friday

Muhammad Ali, the man considered the greatest boxer of all time, died late Friday at a hospital in Phoenix at age 74. He was battling respiratory problems.

He died of septic shock related to natural causes, with his family at his bedside, according to family spokesman Bob Gunnell.

Ali inspired millions by standing up for his principles during the volatile 1960s and by always entertaining — in the boxing ring and in front of a microphone.

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The Big Read returns to Christian County for the third year in a row this fall. The Pennyroyal Arts Council is one of 77 nonprofit organizations in the country to receive the grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema is hosting two critically-acclaimed movies in the next couple weeks: Gavin Hood's drone warfare thriller Eye in the Sky and Jeff Nichols' science fiction road movie, Midnight Special. John Null caught up with MAC's film programming director John Holt to discuss the coming attractions.

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The Land Between the Lakes Homeplace 1850s Working Farm hosts the 18th annual Pickin’ Party Old-time Music Festival June 11 and 12. From 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. that Saturday and Sunday, people can relive the way people would gather to celebrate with old-time music. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Public Relations Specialist Josh Frye about the summer activities.

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A judge has ended a restraining order that barred the city of Louisville from removing a 120-year-old monument to Confederate soldiers that sits near the University of Louisville.

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Market House Theatre’s next show is “All Shook Up,” a musical comedy featuring songs made famous by Elvis. The musical debuted on Broadway in 2005. “Heartbreak Hotel,” Love Me Tender,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” are a few of the 24 Elvis numbers. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with the director and choreographer about the production.

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