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  • 'Cuckoo' becomes relative with HCP production

    Mental health is relative in more ways than one when a real-life brother- and sister-in-law take lead roles in the Hardin County Playhouse production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

    Sarah Ryan, who plays Nurse Ratched, appears opposite her brother-in-law, Aaron Taylor, who plays Randle McMurphy.

    “They were just the right ones for the roles,” said Bo Cecil, HCP artistic director.

  • Summer movie preview

    The summer movie season kicks off with a bang.

    The first weekend of May features one of the most anticipated offerings of the season, Marvel’s “The Avengers.” The movie gathers previous Marvel stars Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Thor and team leader Nick Fury and tosses them in with new additions Black Widow and Hawkeye. What’s most impressive about this film is that it brings together established characters from previous movies helmed by multiple directors and different studios.

  • Day made by a man of action

     It was a sunny day at lunch hour and steady traffic buzzed around Target in Elizabethtown. Hustling out the door, thinking of the next errand, keys in hand, I stopped short on the sidewalk.

    A woman was lying flat on her back in the parking lot, her feet inches from the storefront sidewalk, her motorized scooter straddling the curb.

    A child with her seemed to wonder what to do. Some older women had stopped and asked her if she needed an ambulance. She didn’t. More people came to help, but appeared not to know exactly how.

  • 'Our Town' returns to PAC stage

    For the second year, the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High school presents a community pro-am drama with “Our Town.”

    The run of the play is followed by Our Copland Concert by the Heartland Winds.

    Bart Lovins, PAC director, sees the pro-am production as a great way for amateurs in the area to interact with professionals in a high-quality production.

  • Just call me 'Lord of the Doughnut Ring'

    My girlfriend thinks I’m a hobbit.

    I’m not particularly short or rotund. It’s not that.

    It’s my eating habits.

    Really, it comes down to one remark I made.

    Though I love doughnuts I made a comment one time when Rebecca Ricks suggested them for breakfast that I would eat them but needed something more substantial first. Doughnuts, I told her, are breakfast dessert.

    Yeah, I called them breakfast dessert.

    She found that amusing. Very amusing.

  • 'Mirror Mirror' not the fairest of them all

    Hollywood has gone nutty for fairy tales lately. NBC airs the creepy “Grim” and ABC airs the dual reality fairy tale “Once Upon a Time.”

    “Snow White and the Huntsmen” and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” are two fairy tale films slated to hit theaters in the next two years along with the highly anticipated “Jack the Giant Killer” coming in June.

  • Mitch McVicker headlines Acoustic Cafe

    The Bridge Acoustic Café will welcome Mitch McVicker in concert at 7 p.m. Friday.

    McVicker was a guitarist in the Ragamuffin band, which performed with the late Rich Mullins. He also shared a Dove award with Mullins for writing the song “My Deliverer.” McVicker also was in the car wreck that killed Mullins, suffering many injuries resulting in a long recovery.

    Local musician Lyndsay Taylor will open the show. She recently released the CD “Who We Are While We Wait.”

  • Hardin County Playhouse holds 'Gypsy' auditions tonight and Tuesday

    The Hardin County Playhouse begins auditions for the musical “Gypsy” on Monday.

    “Gypsy” is a Stephen Sondheim musical following the life of famed striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and her mother Rose, the picture of the ultimate stage mom.

    Noted songs “Everything’s Coming up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You” are featured in the Broadway musical. The musical also was made into a film staring Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood.

  • Hardin County native's art takes on epic proportions

    Wrestling a grizzly bear might seem like an unusually dangerous undertaking for most.

    Wrestling one with laser beams shooting out of its eyes and a chainsaw and flame thrower duct-taped to its paws is epic.

    For Central Hardin High School graduate Tony Aros it’s also the subject of the first in his latest art series, epic portraits. The portraits depict subjects performing “over-the-top feats of strength.”

  • Comedy returns tonight to State Theater

    Comedy is back at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown at 8 p.m. Friday.

    Keith McGill, who toured with Royal Caribbean Cruises and appeared on “The Bob & Tom Show,” is one of the headliners.

    Jesse Joyce, also headlining, has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” as well as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Joyce also was a semi-finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2010.

    Seating is first come, first served and doors open at 7 p.m.