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  • 'Frozen' won't leave you cold this holiday season

    “Frozen"
    Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor.
    Release date: Nov. 27
    Runtime: 108 minutes
    Rating: A fun time at the movies

    Walt Disney’s “Frozen” is a cute and funny film but is nothing like the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale “The Snow Queen” it supposedly is based on. But then again, “Tangled” wasn’t much like the Grimm fairy tale either and it still was a cute film.

  • '12 Years a Slave' a story worth telling

    “12 Years a Slave”
    Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality.
    Release date: Nov. 15 locally, Nov. 8 nationwide
    Runtime: 134 minutes
    Rating: Hard to watch

  • Fueling a malleable mind proves maddening

    Parents of preschoolers know time is of the essence. I mean, if kids hit their sixth birthdays and aren’t bilingual, playing a musical instrument and reading chapter books, you might as well hang it up and hope for manual labor’s comeback.

    Early childhood education is the key to the good life. You must push as much as possible into that absorbent, still malleable mind.

  • Comedy duo hosts charitable variety show

    It’s for the kids, Eric Clemens and Joe Bennett explained, only half-joking.

    The Elizabethtown natives, both 31, know the phrase has become somewhat of a cliché, but in this case it’s true. Today at 7 p.m. at the Historic State Theater, the two will host “The Eric & Joe Before Thanksgiving Christmas Variety Show,” an event to benefit WHAS Crusade for Children.

  • Mike Roos signs his latest book in Elizabethtown

    Mike Roos discusses and signs copies of his book “One Small Town, One Crazy Coach: The Ireland Spuds and the 1963 Indiana High School Basketball Season,” from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Barnes and Noble in Elizabethtown.
    The book is an underdog story about Coach Pete Gill and the Ireland High School Baseball team in Indiana. It follows the 1962-63 season that did not hold much hope in the beginning, according to a news release.

  • Comedy back on stage at the State

    Comedian James Gregory will be working for laughs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    Gregory is on the road 46 weeks a year performing a comedy act that takes folks back to a simpler time when people sat on the porch and talked to one another without a cellphone, according to a news release.

    He also can be heard weekly on popular radio shows such as “Rick and Bubba,” “John Boy and Billy” and “Bob and Tom.”

  • Allegro's 'Cinderella' on pointe at the PAC

    Allegro Dance Theatre presents the happily-ever-after ballet Cinderella for the 22nd year Sunday.

    The ballet has sustained its appeal, in part, because it is a classic fairy tale, director Carol Zagar said.

    Sergei Prokofiev’s music is another lasting feature. He was a genius, she said.

    “Every time you hear the music, you hear something different,” Zagar said.

  • HCP fundraiser strives to rid the world of boredom

    For one night only, Hardin County Playhouse presents an original production, “Telethon: The Drive to Cure World Boredom,” as its fall fundraiser.

    But it’s not your average telethon.

    To create a production with a talent-show base, playhouse director Bo Cecil came up with the idea of a telethon-centered show.

    He took it to the HCP board, which told him to run with it. Cecil pulled in Ron Blair to write the script, which wasn’t written until they picked what acts would be featured in the show.

  • Looking at things in unexpected ways

    A friend of mine forwarded to me an email with a list of paraprosdokians.

    I wasn’t familiar with the term, either. It kind of sounds like a debilitating disease.

    Typically, a paraprosdokian is a sentence or phrase in which the latter part is surprising in a way that makes the reader or listener rethink or reframe the earlier part. Apparently it is a term that hasn’t found its way into the dictionary but is said to have been coined possibly in the 19th century.

  • ‘Ender’s Game’ offers big names, little entertainment

    The highly anticipated film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s book “Ender’s Game” presents a thought-provoking story.

    The veteran cast and young actors mesh together to present a bleak view on a possible futuristic war with aliens. The film illustrates a future in which the hope of the entire human race is that children become warriors in video game driven warfare.