• PAC holds auditions for "Les Misérables"

    Auditions for the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center Pro-Am production of “Les Misérables” are 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday.

    Students in first through 12th grades can audition Sunday. Men can audition Monday and women can audition Tuesday.

    All auditions are at the PAC at John Hardin High School.

    Those who cannot audition on the day of their gender or age can attend one of the other auditions, but will not be seen until the end of the evening, according to a news release.

  • Flying high with 'Peter Pan'

    Some actors on stage and screen have to undergo physical transformations to play their part. Like Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables,” Kendra Ball learned sometimes transformation means you have to cut off 14 inches of hair.

    Ball, who always had long hair, made the decision to forgo a wig in her performance in the lead role in “Peter Pan,” a part written for and traditionally played by a woman in the musical.

  • Unscripted life moments can be welcome change

    To paraphrase an old quote:the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. And sometimes, as Steve Winwood once sang, you just have to roll with it.

    Last Friday, my other half, Rebecca Ricks, and I planned an outing that involved a trip to Louisville.

    When we got there we discovered the event — Shakespeare in Central Park — had been canceled because of an unexpected emergency.

  • Confederate Railroad highlights Bullitt County festival

    The Salt River Music Fest offers live music on two stages today and Saturday at Bullitt County Fairgrounds in Shepherdsville.

    Country act Confederate Railroad highlights the event Saturday night. The music agenda includes more than 18 bands and activities include karaoke, mud volleyball, tug-o-war and mud boggin'.

    Tickets are $10 Friday and $15 Saturday. For more information, visit www.saltrivermusicfest.com.

  • Crochet catches on for Elizabethtown woman

    For the relatively short time Barbara King has been crocheting, she’s has gone from doing it as a hobby to making a business out of it.

    “I just learned how to crochet in ’09,” the Elizabethtown resident said.

    When King first started crocheting she made baby blankets as gifts.

  • Saddle up for 'The Lone Ranger'

    The masked man rides again in Walt Disney’s rendition of “The Lone Ranger.”

    This time around, the western crusader is played by Armie Hammer (“Mirror Mirror”) and Tonto is played somewhat controversially by Johnny Depp (“Dark Shadows”).

    Many moviegoers, including myself, have been skeptical about this new treatment of the beloved western icon. From the commercials, the film looks like Will Smith’s comedy-western flop “Wild Wild West.”

  • Sharing the wisdom of the Duck Commander

    Along with many Americans, I absolutely adore the loveable rednecks of “Duck Dynasty.”

    Part of the draw of this phenomenon is even though they are millionaire woodsmen, they are relatable.

    Most families have an Uncle Si in some form or fashion and the families that don’t wish they did. Siblings pick on and pull pranks on each other all the time, too.

    Sometimes, while laughing at their TV antics, I realize I’m laughing because I could totally see someone I know doing something like what I see on the show.

  • The minions return in 'Despicable Me 2'

    “Despicable Me 2”
    Rated PG for rude humor and mild action
    Release date: July 3
    Runtime: 98 minutes
    Rating: Something for the whole family 

    Gru and his team of minions are back this summer for more misadventures in “Despicable Me 2.”

    This time around Gru, voiced again by funny man Steve Carell, is a dad who’s retired from his evil ways and uses his legion of minions to make jams and jellies instead of evil plots.

  • Weekend event offers music, camping

    Depot Tavern hosts Vine Grovestock this weekend, which features live music Friday and Saturday.

    Dave Mason, owner of the Meade County tavern, said he hosted a similar event last year called Meadestock but opted to have the festival during the Fourth of July weekend this year as a birthday celebration for America.

    The Redstone Band hits the stage at 7 p.m. Friday and three bands — Judea Band, After Hours Rockers and Bobbie Stew Band — play between 3 p.m. and midnight Saturday.

  • State Theater art show deadline looms

    The Historic State Theater will hold an art show and auction Aug. 17 but submissions to the show are due July 14.

    Select pieces will be auctioned off in the theater. For those pieces, 50 percent of sales go to the artist and 50 percent to the theater.

    Artists can set up a booth with their art for a $55 fee or submit pieces solely for the auction.

    The show features artists from the area in many mediums including sculpture, woodworking, painting, jewelry and photography.