• 'The Dark Knight Rises' is simply, unashamedly brilliant

    “The Dark Knight Rises”
    Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language
    Runtime: 164 min
    Release date: July 20
    Rating: Amazing



    Shrouded in mystery and now synonymous with tragedy, the finale of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman series rises above to be a piece of genius.

  • Kiddie cart provides cover for innocent shoplifter

    Parents must be careful what they write. First, your kids just are not as interesting to everyone else as they are to you. A hard truth, but the truth.

    And second — probably more important, too — some day when your little nuggets become Internet savvy, they will find every word you ever put down about them.

    I’m sorry, Quinn, but this is too good not to share.

    Little Quinn, my 3-year-old son, also known as The Hurricane, The Giggler and Quinny Monster, accompanied me to Kroger last week.

  • Historical Society offers presentation on young Kentuckian from War of 1812

    Sixteen-year-old Harry Smith is ready to tell a tale of war.

    But it’s not his story. It’s the story of Pvt. William Greathouse, a Kentucky militiaman who fought in the War of 1812.

    As a character with Kentucky Chautauqua, a historical program administered through the Kentucky Humanities Council, Smith provides a glimpse into the life of the young soldier. Smith will be the featured guest Monday when The Hardin County Historical Society holds its quarterly meeting in the Historic State Theater’s First Federal Gallery.

  • Donate used instruments for Barry Manilow tickets

    Barry Manilow’s Music Project hopes digging out and dusting off an old instrument is worth a couple tickets to see the singer in concert. 

    Bring a new or gently used musical instrument to The Louisville Palace box office in Louisville to receive two free tickets for Manilow’s July 27 concert. The instrument drop off is open between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or two hours prior to any show.

    With hits including “Mandy” and “Copacabana,” Barry Manilow’s career has spanned more than 40 years.

  • Stop the madness, let kids' movies be for kids

    Something’s happening in children’s films that is hard to swallow.

    For some reason, filmmakers feel they need to make children’s films more adult-like to appeal to parents and make more money. The logic, in and of itself, is madness. Children can’t come to the movies on their own, so their parents are stuck watching the child’s pick. Therefore there is no need to make it more adult to lure parents. They already are there.

    So the logic is rubbish.

  • 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' frigid yet fun

    “Ice Age: Continental Drift” doesn’t have groundbreaking or artistic animation, but it is a film the entire family can watch together.

    The “Ice Age” gang is on their fourth adventure, and this time Manny is not only separated from his family, but he and his friends encounter pirates on the icy seas.

    Scrat the prehistoric squirrel inadvertently causes the great continental divide by chasing an acorn to the Earth’s core, spinning it and causing the plates to divide into continents.

  • Fiddle competition, festivities come to Grayson County

    Grab your fiddle and head to Leitchfield this weekend for a festival showcasing Kentucky's bluegrass roots.

    The highlight of the two-day event is the Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship.

    Other activities include a bluegrass band contest, clogging, jig and buck dancing, a car show and the Fiddle Queen Pageant, organizers said.

    The pageant is at 6 p.m. Friday and the rest of the events are Saturday. The fiddle contest begins at 10 a.m. on the courthouse square.

  • When you propose, ‘Anything Goes’

    In theater, a variety of roles come together to make one successful show. If any of those roles are missing, no matter how small, something would be missing from the whole of the production.

    That’s where many cast members of the Youth Theatre of Hardin County’s production of “Anything Goes” come in.

    “Anything Goes” is a Cole Porter musical that takes place on a passenger ship and features popular songs “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top” and “Anything Goes.”

  • 'Annie Get Your Gun,' actors get your scripts

    If you’ve been bitten by the acting bug, auditions for the Hardin County School’s Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School pro-am musical might be for you.

    This year’s musical is “Annie Get Your Gun.” The story is based on the life of Annie Oakley, her sharpshooting days with “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” and romance with Frank Butler.

    The production needs a cast of four to six children younger than 14 and six to 10 high school students and adults.

  • Theater production focuses on legendary coach

    The phrase “making a play” takes on a different meaning as Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi is the featured subject in a current theater production.

    Presented by Kentucky Repertory Theatre in Horse Cave, “Lombardi” tells the story of the life of the legendary coach for which the Super Bowl trophy ultimately was named.