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  • PAC hosts auditions for MCT's 'Treasure Island'

    Roles for about 50 local students will be up for grabs when auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Treasure Island” are held Monday.

    The group audition will be held 4-6 p.m. at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School. It is open to students in first through eighth grade. No advanced preparation is required.

    Students who audition should plan to stay for the entire two-hour session.

    Auditioning does not guarantee a part in the play.

  • State Theater to host art party Friday

    The Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown will offer an opportunity for those who want to try their hand at creating art when it hosts Paint at the State today.

    The three-hour art lesson begins at 6 p.m. in the First Federal Gallery and will be led by art instructor Jana Leigh Propst. Participants will take home an original art piece.

    A cost of $40 includes all art supplies, including a 16-by-20-inch canvas.

    Seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 270-234-8258 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Wipe away the small stuff, protect the big stuff

    By SARAH BERKSHIRE

    The News-Enterprise

    If you spend much time with a child, at some point, you’re going to be caught without a tissue or napkin when something desperately needs to be wiped away.

    You could make a big deal of it, run around with an embarrassed kid holding the offending mess. Or you can do something that’s good enough for now and keep moving.

  • 'The Voice' contestant Henken performs at the State Theater

    Kentucky native Olivia Henken will be on stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    The country artist appeared on the fifth season of “The Voice” as a member of Christina Aguilera’s team and has performed with Charlie Daniels.

    She recently released an original album titled “The Ride.”

    Henken said she’s glad to be performing in her home state after her run on “The Voice.”

  • Young actors shine in 'The Book Thief'

    “The Book Thief”
    Rated PG-13 for some violence and intense depiction of thematic material.
    Release date Nov. 27 nationally, Jan. 10 locally (last Hardin County showing is today)
    Runtime: 131 minutes
    Rating: Great performances, flat ending

    Literary fans have been waiting for the pages of the popular novel “The Book Thief” to appear on theater screens. The film had a limited release so far but hit local theaters over the weekend.

  • Youth Theatre of Hardin County to hold first of three workshops

    In preparation for auditions for its 2014 production, Youth Theatre of Hardin County is holding three winter workshops, the first of which begins Saturday.

    Held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School, Saturday’s winter workshop requires a year’s membership fee of $35. Membership includes a T-shirt.

    The workshop is open to students in sixth through 12th grades who reside in Hardin County.

  • Radcliff author publishes book of song lyrics

    Calling his work “mind rockin’,”  Radcliff resident Gary Atwood, 45, has published a book of song lyrics under the name The Gemini Rising Rockin’ Machine.

    “Book One: Who Am I?” is available at www.Amazon.com and www.Createspace.com and is the first of his planned collections.

  • Playing in the mud: Sonora woman finds passion in pottery

    After retiring to the family farm in Sonora, Brenda Heaton spent six years unraveling the secrets of pottery.

    “It was a mysterious thing to me,” she said.

    She read about it, watched YouTube videos and practiced until she was comfortable with the craft.

    Heaton has felt a connection to the clay earth all her life.

    “I was born and raised on this land,” she said.

    As a kid, she often found herself making something out of clay such as pots and other objects, she said.

  • Reflecting on a birthday of a different sort

    I missed a birthday last week.

    Not just any birthday, mind you. This birthday is significant in a very particular way, but I confess I hadn’t really given it much thought before.

    Last Friday, Alaska turned 55. Well, at least it celebrated its 55th year of statehood.

    Though it had been in the works for a while beforehand, it was on Jan. 3, 1959, that then President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed Alaska the 49th state.

  • 2013 in film: The hits and misses

    In 2013 there was a lot to brag about at the movies. The year ended with many Oscar contending films that haven’t yet made it to wide release. But the ones that made an impact at the box office were some of the year’s highlights.

    One of the best movies of 2013 was “Saving Mr. Banks.” Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, as well as the supporting cast, gave excellent performances. It was a clinic on how to make a moving and entertaining film. It should be on everyone’s must watch list.