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  • 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.

  • Disney invites audiences to be their guest again with 'Beauty and the Beast 3-D'

    An enchanted castle, a mysterious beast and a strong-willed town maiden all join together for a familiar tale. A “tale as old as time,” you might say.

    “Beauty and the Beast” hits the big screen again, but this time in 3-D. Audiences also see a special “Tangled” treat with the animated short film “Tangled Ever After.” 

    The film originally was released in 1991 during what many have called Disney’s renaissance period. It followed the successful release of “The Little Mermaid.”

  • A place for comic book artists and enthusiasts to gather

    A comic book weaves artistic skill and storytelling together. Each panel is a work of art, flowing into the next to tell a story.

    “For some people comic books are superhero stories or Archie comics, but really the level of storytelling and the creativity involved makes that idea limiting,” said comic artist Bill Nichols of Elizabethtown.

    There’s a strong appreciation for comic books out there, and Nichols started a gathering of enthusiasts, which meets monthly to discuss the genre and share ideas.

  • Taking advantage of ideas when they pop up

    Yeah, OK. I’m not immune to some pop culture experiences.

    So when I found out VH-1’s series “Pop Up Video” was returning, I admit I set my DVR to record the episodes.

    You know the series, right?

    A music video plays, and the entire time, bits of related trivia pop up on the screen. They found what in one of the hotel rooms where Andy Grammer’s video “Keep Your Head Up” was shot?

    For someone like me who enjoys trivia, the series, which began in the 90s and later ended, became addictive.

  • Actors nail performances in Crowe’s ‘We Bought a Zoo’

    “We Bought a Zoo” has the potential to have everything going for it. It has animals, kids and Matt Damon (“Contagion”). But I wasn’t convinced it is completely family friendly.

    The story is loosely based on a real life journalist, who bought a zoo in the English countryside,  and his two children. The film version is set in California.

  • 'Blue Hawaii' to show at Historic State Theater

    Riding the wave of Elvis’ Jan. 8 birthday, the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown will show “Blue Hawaii” on Friday and Saturday.

    Showings of the 1961 film are at 8 p.m. both days and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

    “Blue Hawaii” features Elvis as a soldier returning to his Hawaiian home where he takes a job as a tour guide at his girlfriend’s agency. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is a featured song in the film.