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    We all remember Patrick Henry Hughes. Louisville loves their local personalities, and Hughes is one of more seriously inspiring. Patrick Hughes was born with bilateral anophthalmia with pterygium syndrome and congenital bilateral hip dysplasia. In plain English: he was born without eyes and unable to walk. Growing up with a great love of music, Hughes excelled at piano and trumpet, playing the latter in the University of Louisville marching band starting in 2006. Many Louisvillians first heard of him back in 2008 when his family appeared on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." His fame led him to perform twice at the Grand Ole Opry; he has played onstage with prominent musicians such as Pam Tillis, Lonestar, and Faith Hill; and he has played solo trumpet with the Louisville Orchestra.

    His story has inspired Louisvillians everywhere – including filmmaker Zach Meiners, whose film "I Am Potential" will be playing at the Louisville Palace on July 9. "I Am Potential" is a Patrick Henry Hughes biopic, starring Jimmy Bellinger as Hughes. The film also stars Burgess Jenkins, Jama Williamson, and Judge Reinhold – with a cameo by Patrick Henry Hughes himself.

    Tickets go on sale today, Friday, April 24. Tickets are $15, or $75 for VIP admission, which gets the bearer prime seating and a meet-and-greet with the cast and Patrick Henry Hughes. Tickets can be purchased at the Louisville Palace box office, in person or online. Details on the film can be found at its website or on its Facebook page.

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    There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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