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  • Let's pretend: 'The LEGO Movie' honors imagination

    Imagine, if you will, your kids are playing together with every tub of LEGOs dumped onto the floor. You hear silly voices and unbelievable stories coming from their imaginations. It’s a world where Batman, a 1980s astronaut and a unicorn kitty can come together to save the world.

    It’s a beautiful image until, like most parents who have kids who play with LEGOs, you walk into the room with bare feet, step on one of those tiny, plastic blocks and feel the sting.

  • Online and offline, a place for all things nerdy

    Nerds are the coolest people you ever will meet. Seriously, they are, and I’m not saying that because they are my kind.

    Nerds know off-the-wall facts and can help you with just about any movie reference because they have every movie they’ve ever seen memorized. Plus, they usually have cool toys and gadgets that, let’s face it, everyone wishes they had.

  • Tommy Emmanuel comes back to Elizabethtown

    Tommy Emmanuel will bring his fingerstyle guitar playing to town Feb. 14-16.

    Tommy Fest 12 is a weekend full of concerts and workshops at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    “Every year since we started in E’town I look forward to coming and playing,” Emmanuel said. “I love the folks of Kentucky and have a lifelong history with the state.”

    The first American family he met back home in Australia were the Booths from Phelps.

  • Radcliff veteran publishes second book of poetry

    The News-Enterprise

    Following up a collection of poetry she published last August, Radcliff author Sandra M. Sutherland has published her second book.

    “Memories That Touch The Heart,” another collection of poetry by the 63-year-old disabled veteran, was published Jan. 10.

    The author’s first book of poetry was “A Journey Through My Mind.”

    Sutherland served in the U.S. Army for 17 years and graduated in 1994 from what was then known as Elizabethtown Community College.

  • HCP holds auditions for 'Death and the Maiden'

    The News-Enterprise

    Auditions for the Hardin County Playhouse production of “Death and the Maiden” are held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10-11 at Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    No material is needed to prepare in advance for the audition. Those auditioning will read from a script with other actors.

    The three-person show needs two men and a woman, ages 30-60.

    Performances for “Death and the Maiden” are slated for April 4-6 and April 10-13.

  • 'Labor Day' is sweet but lacks realistic premise

    It’s not that the folks in Hollywood aren’t trying to make romance movies these days; it just seems they’ve forgotten how to make good ones.

    “Labor Day” has all the right pieces to make a good romance, but loses something in the middle.

    The movie falls somewhere between a romantic chick flick and a coming-of-age film. The story might have been more impactful if it had just been one or the other.

  • Providing support to a few household items

    I’m thinking about starting a support group for clothes: Socks Without Partners.

    You see, our household is not unlike many others where socks somehow magically lose their partners. I heard a theory once that every now and then, one sock explodes in the dryer to make lint.

    I’m not buying it.

    I think the missing sock was a heel and it just got cold feet, running off and leaving his or her partner alone to take care of their family of little footies.

  • Missoula Children's Theatre sets sails for 'Treasure Island' at the PAC

    Nearly 200 area students disregarded freezing temperatures Monday for a chance to land a spot on “Treasure Island” when Missoula Children’s Theatre held auditions at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    The auditions attracted 192 children in first through eighth grades for the production that hits the PAC stage at 7 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday. Between 50 and 60 children ultimately were cast.

  • Supporting cast the highlight of dark comedy

    “August: Osage County” has a cast full of A-list talent in a story of a family with a lot of problems. A lot may be an understatement.

    The family deals with suicide, drug addiction, alcoholism, infidelity, incest, pedophilia, abuse, neglect and lots and lots of anger. That might not be an exhaustive list, but it’s all I can remember.

    In short, it’s not a happy movie. It is described by many as a dark comedy, but the comedic moments are few and far between.

  • Residents of Tuna return to HCP stage

    Best friends take the stage once again at Hardin County Playhouse for the fourth play in the Greater Tuna series, “Tuna Does Vegas.”

    Bo Cecil and Josh Logsdon each play about 12 different roles in the two-man comedy.

    The story involves Arles and Bertha, a couple featured in the three previous plays, who are heading to Las Vegas to renew their wedding vows on Valentine’s Day and residents of the town of Tuna decide to go with them, Cecil said.

    A play like this has challenges, but is fun for these two friends to do together.