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  • 'The Descendants' lives up to the hype

    Vying for several Oscars, “The Descendants” finally made its way to local theaters. Among its nominations are Best Picture, Actor, Director and Adapted Screenplay.

    It’s the story of Matt King, played by George Clooney (“Ides of March”). King suffers hit after hit after hit in his life as his world collapses around him. But with a family decision looming and two daughters to care for, life must go on.

    That’s really what the core of this story is about. It’s about life.

  • Local children, pros hit the stage in 'The Tortoise vs. The Hare'

    Since the days of Aesop, the tortoise and hare have been locked in an epic race.

    The Missoula Children’s Theatre tells the story a little differently and incorporates local children into the telling.

    In the MCT version the reptiles and mammals have an annual race in West Sandy Bottoms. Hype men play up their favorites and fan clubs cheer on their picks.

    The lines are drawn between green and brown animals, a sort of racial divide.

  • Tom Mabe headlines night of comedy at Historic State Theater

    The Historic State Theater hopes to have audiences rolling in the aisles when it hosts comedian Tom Mabe at 8 p.m. today.

    Mabe, who is famous for prank calls and stunts, is the featured performer in the Historic State Theater Comedy Series. Mabe’s show, “Mabe in America,” airs on CMT.

    Opening for Mabe are comedians Zan and Sean Smith.

  • Zach Medler exhibit comes to ECTC

    The Morrison Art Gallery at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is hosting a Zach Medler exhibit through Feb. 9.

    His exhibit, Country Fair, explores Middle America through the cultural tradition of county fairs.

    Medler is an Indiana artist who works with functional ceramics, assemblage paintings, video, prints on paper or shirts, sculpture and installations.

    He uses block-printed and stenciled imagery to express Midwestern life.

  • History takes the big screen

    Buzz about George Lucas’ interest in telling a story based on the Tuskegee Airmen began long before he dove back into the “Star Wars” world to film the prequels. That was more than 20 years ago.

    Being a history buff and fan of previous Lucas projects, I remained interested in the film. A script was formed, but Lucas couldn’t get a studio to back it. In an industry that likes to tout its progressive nature, Hollywood’s refusal to tell this story is sad indeed. 

  • When Wii should be I

    Some things are not meant to be viewed by the public — strategic game plans, personal account information and me trying to get my dance on with the Nintendo Wii “Just Dance” game.

    That’s not to say I won’t jump onto the dance floor in public. It’s more like saying when it comes to trying to mirror someone else’s practiced dance routine I look like a giant muscle spasm.

    Dancing isn’t generally something I’m self-conscious about, but the Wii version is a whole different matter.

  • Will you be the tortoise or the hare?

    The Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming back to town and is holding auditions from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    The roles in “The Tortoise Versus the Hare: The Greatest Race” are for children in first through eighth grades. There is no guarantee all who audition will be cast for the play. Approximately 50 students will be chosen.

  • Fly away with Hardin County Playhouse

    The Hardin County Playhouse will hold auditions for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

    The play is based on the 1962 novel written by Ken Kesey. The original Broadway production starred Kirk Douglas and Gene Wilder.

  • Canvases include jewelry, faces for Radcliff artist

    Need a caricature artist? Want to learn to make jewelry? Considering a face painter for an event?

    Stefanie Meade to the rescue.

    The Radcliff woman does all those things and more.

    “I’ve been drawing since I was 2,” Stefanie said.

    When she was 16, her family encouraged her to show her artwork. She’s had exhibits and has sold artwork in Europe and the United States since then.

  • Small appliance brings warm breakfast bliss

    A few days after Christmas, I went shopping with the money I was given for Christmas and a coupon in hand.

    I walked in the store and scanned the shelves for the purchase that awaited me.

    There it was, in the kitchen appliance section. It was sitting there, waiting for me.

    I got in line and shuffled the box around, trying hard not to drop it as I waited. At the register I carefully gave the cashier my item and coupon.

    Bonus, it was on sale.