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  • 'Lockout' is no knockout

    March and April usually produce a steady stream of mediocre films before the big summer movie season starts in May.

    These aren’t necessarily bad films, just something you’d rather rent or catch on television than pay to see in a theater.

    “Lockout” is one of those movies. It’s not totally bad but it’s not great.

  • Making a bucket-free list

    A couple of weekends ago I found myself in Madisonville in western Kentucky.

    As unlikely as it might seem, I was there to audition for an independent film, a psychological thriller by an area production company.

    That is not the crux of the story.

  • Free tours offered at Mammoth Cave

    National Park Week is April 21 through 29 and Mammoth Cave National Park is offering free tours.

    Visitors can pick up the free tickets at the visitor center ticket office before tour times. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT Saturday and April 28, free self-guided Discovery tours are offered. The self-guided Discovery tour is a three-quarter mile tour lasting about 30 minutes.

    Sunday through Friday and April 29, the park offers free Mammoth Passage Tours at 9, 10 and 11:15 a.m. and 12:15, 1:15, 2:45 and 4:15 p.m. CDT.

  • 'Cuckoo' becomes relative with HCP production

    Mental health is relative in more ways than one when a real-life brother- and sister-in-law take lead roles in the Hardin County Playhouse production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

    Sarah Ryan, who plays Nurse Ratched, appears opposite her brother-in-law, Aaron Taylor, who plays Randle McMurphy.

    “They were just the right ones for the roles,” said Bo Cecil, HCP artistic director.

  • Summer movie preview

    The summer movie season kicks off with a bang.

    The first weekend of May features one of the most anticipated offerings of the season, Marvel’s “The Avengers.” The movie gathers previous Marvel stars Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Thor and team leader Nick Fury and tosses them in with new additions Black Widow and Hawkeye. What’s most impressive about this film is that it brings together established characters from previous movies helmed by multiple directors and different studios.

  • Day made by a man of action

     It was a sunny day at lunch hour and steady traffic buzzed around Target in Elizabethtown. Hustling out the door, thinking of the next errand, keys in hand, I stopped short on the sidewalk.

    A woman was lying flat on her back in the parking lot, her feet inches from the storefront sidewalk, her motorized scooter straddling the curb.

    A child with her seemed to wonder what to do. Some older women had stopped and asked her if she needed an ambulance. She didn’t. More people came to help, but appeared not to know exactly how.

  • 'Our Town' returns to PAC stage

    For the second year, the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High school presents a community pro-am drama with “Our Town.”

    The run of the play is followed by Our Copland Concert by the Heartland Winds.

    Bart Lovins, PAC director, sees the pro-am production as a great way for amateurs in the area to interact with professionals in a high-quality production.

  • Just call me 'Lord of the Doughnut Ring'

    My girlfriend thinks I’m a hobbit.

    I’m not particularly short or rotund. It’s not that.

    It’s my eating habits.

    Really, it comes down to one remark I made.

    Though I love doughnuts I made a comment one time when Rebecca Ricks suggested them for breakfast that I would eat them but needed something more substantial first. Doughnuts, I told her, are breakfast dessert.

    Yeah, I called them breakfast dessert.

    She found that amusing. Very amusing.

  • 'Mirror Mirror' not the fairest of them all

    Hollywood has gone nutty for fairy tales lately. NBC airs the creepy “Grim” and ABC airs the dual reality fairy tale “Once Upon a Time.”

    “Snow White and the Huntsmen” and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” are two fairy tale films slated to hit theaters in the next two years along with the highly anticipated “Jack the Giant Killer” coming in June.

  • Mitch McVicker headlines Acoustic Cafe

    The Bridge Acoustic Café will welcome Mitch McVicker in concert at 7 p.m. Friday.

    McVicker was a guitarist in the Ragamuffin band, which performed with the late Rich Mullins. He also shared a Dove award with Mullins for writing the song “My Deliverer.” McVicker also was in the car wreck that killed Mullins, suffering many injuries resulting in a long recovery.

    Local musician Lyndsay Taylor will open the show. She recently released the CD “Who We Are While We Wait.”