• 'Prisoners' is gritty, real, hard to watch

    “Prisoners” is full of compelling acting, but it’s not a movie I ever want to see again because of the intense subject matter. Take your ethics books with you on this one because you might need it.

    In a heart-wrenching and stressful plot, audiences have to decide if violence — and in a way, evil — is OK when trying to combat a heinous act. Complicating the decision is that the characters are unsure who is at fault.

  • Losing a fashion face-off

    When it comes to clothing, I consider myself a moderate.

    Right in the middle of the aisle, that’s me. I’m not very trendy and I don’t make a fuss. But I don’t wear things that don’t fit and I’m a whiz at trolling a clearance rack.

    You won’t catch me at the grocery in pajama pants. But I have worn a pair of yoga pants to drop a kid off at school — a lot of moms do that, content to pretend we’re all on our way to the gym.

  • Elizabethtown duo creates creature-feature attractions

    Though this is the first year for Night Risers Film Festival & Expo, a horror-themed event held tonight, Saturday and Sunday in Elizabethtown, the organizers are not new to scaring people.

    Held at Pritchard Community Center, the event includes everything from a hearse auto show to dancing zombies.

  • Via Colori artist pencils in portraits

    Artist Sandy Bailey once read a quote that said, “Everybody draws when they’re a kid, I just never stopped.”

    That sums her up pretty well, she, on one occasion, said.

    She’s been drawing faces all her life.

    Bailey, 48, has lived her entire life in Elizabethtown and her talent was pointed out to her a few times in her childhood.

  • Kentucky Vocal Union to perform at Living Waters benefit Saturday

    A fundraising event Saturday at The Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown offers samples of Guatemalan food and entertainment by an award-winning contemporary barbershop chorus.

    The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. in the First Federal Gallery with A Taste of Guatemala and is followed by a performance by Kentucky Vocal Union at 7:30 p.m.

    Money raised goes to the Living Waters Guatemala Project. Sponsored by Elizabethtown Noon Rotary Club and the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethtown, the project provides clean water to residents of Guatemala.

  • Free concert to support those who search for missing

    An event Saturday to raise awareness of the missing in Kentucky and support the dogs and owners who search for them returns for an afternoon of music at Freeman Lake Park.

    Song for the Missing Two is a benefit show for the Kentucky Bloodhound Search & Rescue Team and features a number of musical acts. The free event begins at noon and continues through 6 p.m. at the Freeman Lake bandstand.

    Scheduled to appear are Luie Brangers, Aaron Fogle, The Blue Soul Gypsys, 3 on the Floor, Tiffany Tucker, Redwood, Chaos & Reason and The Buckaroos.

  • Swedish Nightingale returns to E’town

    The Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind, returns Saturday to the Brown-Pusey House but this time as a part of a murder mystery.

    The first time Lind visited Elizabethtown was in 1851. Documents from the Hardin County History Museum say she was under contract with P.T. Barnum to tour the United States. She performed a concert in Nashville and stopped in Elizabethtown while traveling by stagecoach on the way to Louisville. When people learned she was there they begged her to sing so she stood on the stone steps in front of the house. She sang several songs.

  • Dove Award winner headlines local concert

    Bridge Community in Elizabethtown hosts a concert by an award-winning singer-songwriter Friday night with a local musician opening the show.

    Mitch McVicker, who won Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award, and Elizabethtown Christian artist Luke Yates perform at 7 p.m. at the Bridge Acoustic Café. There is a $5 cover charge.

    In 1999, McVicker won the GMA Dove Award Song of the Year with the late Rich Mullins for “My Deliverer.” His latest album is “Underneath.”

  • Revisiting plans for the art of fishing

    Maybe it was a sign.

    Last weekend, as I’ve done for the past four years, I walked to downtown Elizabethtown to check out Via Colori, the street painting festival. For those who are unfamiliar with the free event, Via Colori features artists who paint or chalk their artwork onto the streets and sidewalks in and around the square.

  • 'The Grandmaster' puts 'art' in 'martial arts'

    Have you ever wondered who taught Bruce Lee before he became a martial arts legend? The answer is found in “The Grandmaster.”

    The film spans decades of martial artist Ip Man’s life. The story begins in the 1930s before China’s war with Japan and continues as Man travels to Hong Kong to find work as a martial arts instructor after the war. It ends as he finds a new young student, Bruce Lee.