• Radcliff author Francis pens Christian fantasy novels

    Brad Francis wrote his first book, “The Turtle Went to the Sea,” when he was in kindergarten.

    It was part of a class project in which students got to see their work bound.

    The project seemed to portend the life that awaited him.

    “I’ve been writing forever,” the Radcliff resident said.

    In September, Francis, 31, self-published “The Savvy Demon’s Guide to Godly Living,” his second full-length Christian novel. He also published a short story.

  • Illusionist to perform at State Theater

    The Historic State Theater is offering a magical experience at 7 p.m. Saturday.

    Illusionist Dinky Gowen is in Elizabethtown to present a Houdini magic and escape show. The Halloween-themed show honors Houdini by featuring some of Houdini’s famous illusions, including the upside down straightjacket escape and milk can water escape.

    Along with escapes, the show includes vanishing acts, levitation, ventriloquism, fire eating and comedy.

    Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children younger than 10. Seating is general admission.

  • Spooky films take over State Theater

    The Historic State Theater is providing two weekends full of Halloween films.

    Friday and Saturday is a tribute to women who star in creepy films in a Ladies of Horror weekend. The weekend begins with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” (1962).

    This story of sisterly torment will make viewers think their sibling rivalries are nothing but child’s play. The psychological thriller was nominated for five academy awards with one win for best costume design.

  • "Gravity" holds its weight

    Rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language.
    Release date: Oct. 4
    Runtime: 90 minutes
    Rating: A great drama set in space

  • Local theater proves its quality

    Musicals were always a part of my childhood. My mom loves musicals, most of which she’s seen in movie form but occasionally we take a trip out to see one live on stage.

    Basically, I got the homegrown version of musical appreciation every time mom watched a musical.

    Sunday we ventured out with friends to the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School to see the pro/am production of “Les Misèrables.”

  • Bestselling author to visit Fort Knox

    New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance will hold a discussion and book signing at noon Tuesday at Fort Knox’s Barr Memorial Library.

    Part of the Authors at Your Library series, Jance is signing “Second Watch,” her newest book, which is part of the J.P. Beaumont series.

    With more than 40 books published and 23 million copies in print, Jance has authored three series in addition to the J.P. Beaumont series. The others are the Joanna Brady, Ali Reynolds and Walker family series.

  • Military spouse pens patriotic poetry collection

    An Elizabethtown author said she wrote her book of poems primarily as a legacy to her family, and the work was some 15 years in the making.

    “Salute — A Military Wife’s Poetic Allegiance to Faith, Family and Friends” contains 54 poems relating to Patti A. Tucker’s life. That life includes almost 34 years as an Army wife, and her writing reflects her memories of friends she made during that time as well as her faith and family.

  • 'Can you hear the people sing?': ‘Les Misérables’ on stage at the PAC

    Audiences won’t have to wait “One Day More” to see “Les Misérables.” The beloved musical hits the stage tonight at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    The musical has captivated audiences since 1985. In 2012, it was adapted for the big screen starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe, winning three Academy Awards.

    Local audiences have an opportunity to see a live stage version, as it is the PAC’s 2013 pro-am musical production.

  • Advance tickets available for 'The Butler'

    Advance tickets are available for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” showing in late November at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    All tickets are $5 during the three-day run, Nov. 28-30, and can be purchased in advance at www.historicstatetheater.org, said director Emily West.

    Tickets also are available at the box office one hour prior to each showtime, or by calling the State Theater from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 270-234-8258.

  • Appreciating the things that make life sweeter

    Occasionally my significant other, Rebecca Ricks, will post on Facebook an observation that invites deep reflection.

    Unlike me, who often posts about doughnuts, funnel cakes or other batter-based goods, Rebecca manages to build on seemingly insignificant everyday events or thoughts to give them greater relevance.

    Case in point: Rebecca posted a few weeks ago about asking “Why?” She was inspired by seeing a child at the “Why?” stage of life and said it got her thinking we should never leave that stage.