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  • Classic Christmas story gets additional spirits for HCP production

    Take a classic Christmas story, add allusions to “The Wizard of Oz,” stir in what amounts to a ghostly Greek chorus and you’ll have an idea of what to expect from Hardin County Playhouse’s latest production, “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas.”

    “I wanted to provide a spectacle,” HCP artistic director Bo Cecil said.

    “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas” is a version of the perennially favorite story with bleaker elements and more ghosts.

  • The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear ... and watching 'Elf'

    One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is to watch Christmas movies.

    A basket full of them sits by my television all season long. Snoopy, the Griswolds, Santa, various reindeer, George Bailey, some wise men and a Grinch all are included.

    But one Christmas movie has trumped all others lately — mainly because it’s full of Christmas cheer, which I hear comes from singing loudly for all to hear.

  • All-star cast falls short of greatness in 'New Year's Eve'

    To follow up director Garry Marshall’s flop “Valentine’s Day,” he now adds another holiday titled film to his resume in “New Year’s Eve.”

    Half of Hollywood seems to have showed up for this one as a variety of story lines weave together to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

    The concept of a multi-story film with multiple celebrities is not new. The British comedy “Love Actually” set the bar high for this kind of movie and other films often slip under that bar.

  • Memories are featured ingredient in Nora Sweat's cookbook

    When The News-Enterprise food columnist Nora Sweat decided to compile a cookbook a couple years ago, she decided to call it “Mama & Me.”

    Sweat’s father died in 1972 and as she got older, she and her mother became closer.

    “We became more like sisters rather than mother and daughter,” Sweat said.

  • Acoustic Guitar Masters series concert to be held at PAC

    Antsy McClain and the Trailerpark Troubadours take the stage Saturday at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is part of The Acoustic Guitar Masters Concert Series 12.

    Tickets for the Antsy McClain and the Trailerpark Troubadours concert, presented by Trinity Music Productions, are $15 and are available by calling (270) 325-3958.

    McClain stages his shows from a fictional trailer park called Pine View Heights, which is based on his childhood experiences.

  • Heart of Kentucky Men's Chorus presents Christmas concert

    The Heart of Kentucky Men’s chorus sings in the season at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Severns Valley Baptist Church with “A Christmas Jubilee.” 

    This is the group’s sixth Christmas show and it’s grown every year. It started with about 300 in attendance at the Historic State Theater.

    By 2007, the audience had grown and had to move to Severns Valley Baptist Church on Ring Road to accommodate, group member Brian Simpson said.

  • Pajamas encouraged during 'Home Alone' showings

    It might not quite be a pajama party, but adults and children are encouraged to wear pajamas when the Historic State Theater presents “Home Alone” Friday and Saturday.

    Showings of the 1990 movie, which stars Macaulay Culkin, are 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday.

    The movie concerns an 8-year-old who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for vacation.

  • In search of a Thanksgiving song

    Now that Turkey Day has come and gone, ushering in Black Friday, Cyber Monday and frenzied shopping in general, I’m taking time to reflect on that fowl-based holiday.

    We associate many things with that festive occasion: full stomachs, leftovers, full stomachs, more leftovers. Well, you get the picture.

  • 113th Army Band offers holiday concert tonight

    The 113th Army Band of Fort Knox will treat music lovers to a free holiday concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center, which is sponsoring the show.

    Musicians will play traditional and more modern selections of the season, from the brass quintet’s “Santa Wants a Tuba for Christmas” to the rock band’s “Hot Rod Sleigh.” In addition to the quintet and rock band, the lineup includes the band’s wind ensemble, Dixie band, jazz combo, stage band and vocalists.

  • Every child counts in 'Arthur Christmas'

    I’ll admit. I went into “Arthur Christmas” in a bad mood because I really wanted to review Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and it wasn’t shown locally.

    But, I left with a little taste of Christmas spirit.

    The story handles the whole Santa issue well. The role is passed down from generation to generation to one of Santa’s sons. I always wondered how that happened.