• HCP holds auditions for "Little Shop of Horrors"

    Hardin County Playhouse will hold auditions Monday and Tuesday for their forthcoming production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

    Auditions are 6:30 p.m. both days at the Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater complex in Elizabethtown.

    Needed for the production are four men, ages 25-65, and four women, ages 16–35. Those auditioning will not need to prepare material, but should be able to sing in the rock, gospel and blues style of the show.

  • Jon Taul’s music rooted in rural life

    Driving around his family’s Cecilia farm in a golf cart with his dog, Dakota, at his side, Jon Taul talked about his family, rural influences and country music.

    Fields, barns and antique Oliver tractors he helped his grandfather refurbish all contribute to the roots of Taul’s music.

    Home educated, Taul spent a lot of his spare time on the farm. His first job, at age 17, was with the family business, Taul Equipment.

  • Wilson, Vaughn try to make the cut in 'The Internship'

    “Wedding Crashers” co-stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn reunite in the summer comedy “The Internship.”

    In a sea of R-rated comedies, some of which are pretty hard-R-rated, a PG-13 option is refreshing. “The Internship” pushed the boundaries of a PG-13 film with its language and sexual conversations, but the 35 and older crowd will relate to its subject matter.

    As job opportunities and the modern marketplace grow more high-tech, the people most qualified for those roles tend to be younger.

  • First step: Admitting you have a karaoke problem

    OK, I’m not sure how this happened, but my home has become a part-time karaoke bar.

    OK, I do know how it happened, but I’m not telling.

    OK, I’m telling.

    You see, it all began with a karaoke machine. It was one of those portable units that needs to be hooked up to a TV or monitor. I bought it for my other half, Rebecca Ricks, for Christmas about a year and a half ago.

    That’s how it starts: you think the karaoke is going to be limited to a whimsical pastime with your sweetie.

  • Hypnotist show postponed

    The Historic State Theater has rescheduled hypnotist Jon Saint-Germain’s show. The Saturday performance is postponed until Nov. 1.

    Refunds will be given for tickets purchased. For more information, call (270) 234-8258.

  • Wild Earth Gallery hosts Victor Sweatt exhibit

    Wild Earth Gallery will host an art exhibition by Kentucky artist Victor Sweatt. The exhibit runs through Aug. 4 and features a mixed media exhibit titled “Everyday Heroes.”

    A public reception with the artist is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the gallery at 110 N. Main St. in Elizabethtown.

    Sweatt uses pastel, watercolor and charcoal in his realist art.

    According to his RoGallery profile, Sweatt strives to create “thought-provoking, emotional moments in time.”

  • Playing outside is a good thing

    Remember when you were a kid and the sweet freedom that came when school was out for summer? A time filled with adventure soon followed.

    Those were the days when you played outside until dark or until you accidentally buried your Yoda action figure in the flower garden and were too sad to play because he was lost. Maybe that was just me.

  • Smiths use 'After Earth' as bonding project

    In “After Earth,” the Earth has been abandoned and humans have settled on a new planet. But father and son Cypher and Kitai — played by real life father and son Will (“Men in Black 3”) and Jaden Smith (“The Karate Kid”) — have crashed on Earth, now inhabited by ravaging wildlife and environmental dangers.

    Kitai has to venture into the dangerous wilderness to find a distress beacon to signal for a rescue. Along the way, he must face his fears to defeat a deadly enemy.

  • HCP travels to 'South Pacific' in latest production

    The theater of war in the South Pacific is the backdrop for “South Pacific” in a theater in Elizabethtown as Hardin County Playhouse presents their production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.

    The play opens tonight at Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater Complex.

    Co-director and actor Bo Cecil said the “cultural memory” of the era adds to the romantic atmosphere of the musical, which is set on a South Pacific island during World War II.

  • Elizabethtown photographer part of Frankfort exhibit

    Beginning Saturday visitors to the Frankfort office of Kentucky’s first lady will have the opportunity to view work by an Elizabethtown photographer.

    The Kentucky Arts Council selected David Toczko’s piece titled “Thoroughbred Sunset” for inclusion in the “Kentucky Treasures” exhibit.

    Toczko’s work was chosen from a pool of more than 200 juried artists. He is a juried/ fellowship artist with the Kentucky Arts Council.