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  • Love and the arts: Brian and Susan Froedge met through band

    The arts, specifically music, brought Brian and Susan Froedge together.

    They knew each other professionally when Brian, band director at North Hardin High School, began his career in band directing and Susan came back from college to help during band camp.

    After she began teaching at Radcliff Middle School, they began dating. Susan said the late Chuck Campbell, who was band director at NHHS, liked to take credit for being their matchmaker.

  • ‘Journey 2’ a fun family adventure

    “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” follows the adventures Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”) who takes the writings of Jules Verne literally.

    His adventure is a quest to find his grandfather on the Mysterious Island.

    Along the ride for this adventure are Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson (“Fast Five”), Michael Caine (“Inception”), Luis Guzman (“Arthur”), Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”) and Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”).

  • Celebrating with a little schmaltz

    Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, and I can’t help but reflect on how Valentine’s Day means different things to different people.

    For some, it’s an occasion to shower loved ones with cards, candy and gifts.

    Others decry what they consider the over-commercialization of a pseudo-holiday or the outright fabrication of an occasion as an excuse to spend money.

    As jaded as I am, in general, I must admit I’m closer to belonging to the former group than the latter.

  • Assassin takes center stage in one-man play at the PAC

    Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center director Bart Lovins will portray an infamous assassin in “To Bury Caesar: An Evening With John Wilkes Booth,” a one-man play held this weekend.

    “To Bury Caesar” takes a glimpse into the psychology and history of Booth, who came from a famed acting family.

    In exploring the role, which he took to the stage last July and August, Lovins delved into the mind of Booth. Lovins characterized Booth as a Shakespearian actor who felt frustrated by his status with regard to his family.

  • Morrison Gallery exhibit features sculptures

    Sculptures incorporating experiences of exploring the woods around Bardstown take the spotlight beginning Monday at the Morrison Gallery at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    The sculptures are the work of artist John “Jake” Oxnard and will be on display through March 25.

    Oxnard, who graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, also used his study of cabinetry at Nelson County Vocational Technical School in Bardstown as a foundation for his work.

  • Local authors hold readings, signings in Radcliff

    Two local authors will read from and sign their books at 5 p.m. Friday at Bookends and More in Radcliff.

    Radcliff resident Billy H. Dean will sign copies of his books, “Underground” and “Raid on Innocence.”

    Dean grew up in southern Indiana and is a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army. Work at Fort Knox brought him to Radcliff.

    Donia Lawson of Elizabethtown will sign copies of her book, “Always.”

    A discussion period follows the signings. There also is a drawing for a signed copy of one of Dean’s books.

  • HCP presents comic satire in 'Greater Tuna'

    The crazy antics of the folks in Tuna, Texas, return Friday to the Hardin County Playhouse.

    “Greater Tuna” is the first of four plays by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, said HCP artistic director Bo Cecil.

    “Traditionally, two actors portray all of the citizens in Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, and HCP follows that tradition with two actors and a group of backstage dressers rounding out the company,” Cecil said, adding quick changes are part of the magic of the series.

  • A love of jolly ole England

    Recently, I was accused of having Anglophilia. Now before anyone gets their knickers in a knot, that simply means an admiration of England and all things English.

    I thought about it a while and maybe I am a bit enamored with England as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love America, am proud to be a citizen. And let’s face it, basketball and football beat soccer and cricket any day. But there’s something about the homeland of my ancestors.

  • '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.