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  • Pinterest: An obsessive new distraction

    My mind is fluttering in about 50 different directions. I have so many ideas, but I can’t seem to focus on any of them.

    I blame my newest social networking obsession for this. Yes, I’m often on Facebook, I tweet and watch funny videos on YouTube but lately, thanks to a friend, I discovered Pinterest.

  • Vincent Price classic shows at the State Theater

    In the 1950s and 1960s there was one name in horror and it was Vincent Price. The Historic State Theater will be scaring patrons as Price stars in “The House on Haunted Hill” (1959) this weekend.

    The film features Price as a millionaire who, along with his fourth wife, invites five people to the home for a party. If partiers stay the entire night, they receive $10,000, but as the night goes on, the hauntings and terrors begin.

  • Newsboys to spread the word at Severns Valley show

    Christian pop band Newsboys has seen numerous lineup changes over the years, but keyboard player Jeff Frankenstein believes that’s a good thing because it indicates the band is still evolving.

    “It feels like we just started again,” Frankenstein said of the band’s success since landing Michael Tait as its front man in 2009.

    Frankenstein said he prefers to be part of something that’s growing and evolving rather than hanging onto something that’s fading.

  • Even as acting struggles, 'Courageous' is a touching and challenging film

    “Courageous”
    Rated PG-13 for some violence and drug content
    Runtime: 130 minutes
    Release date: Sept. 30
    Rating: It’s a great movie that I’d see again, but it’s not a well made film.

  • Taking inventory of the non-disposable

    In the ’70s, when I was a kid living in Radcliff, dry cleaning was available through a special house call service.
    Whenever Mom had to have something dry cleaned, she would place an orange cardboard placard in the living room window. It was like Commissioner Gordon using the bat signal to call Batman.
    An employee of the dry cleaning business constantly drove his van in neighborhoods to drop off clothes and would stop by any house that had a placard up. Seeing one, he knew someone was in need of the special dry cleaning superpower of the business.

  • Personnel loss is personal loss for HCP

    The Hardin County Playhouse board of directors voted Wednesday to dissolve the position of managing director formerly held by longtime member Dee Corkran.

    HCP interim president Ron Blair said the vote was more for documentation because Corkran would not be returning as an employee. Her husband, Jeff Corkran, also a longtime member and former HCP board president, resigned.

    Blair said HCP lost two “incredible performers.”

    “Those two built the playhouse as we know it,” Blair said.

  • ‘Deathtrap’ provides a story of twists and turns

    The Hardin County Playhouse presents “Deathtrap” this weekend. It’s a murder mystery with a bit of fun.

    “There are bits of comedy and lightness, but for the most part it's an intense thriller,” play director Josh Logsdon said.

  • New York freelance bassist has Hardin County roots

    Brian Vinson is a freelance jazz bassist in New York, but his roots are in Hardin County.

    Vinson lived in White Mills until he was about 7 and then moved closer to Elizabethtown.

    “My grandparents had farms in Upton, and I spent a lot of time there when I was young,” he said. “Then I moved to Louisville to go to college after graduating high school.”

    Music was a big part of his young life.

  • Murder and Mardi Gras

    A night of murder, mystery and Mardi Gras is staged Saturday at the Brown-Pusey House.

    Costumed murder mystery “As the Beads Drop” will be the highlight of the evening as volunteer actors will portray the mystery and audience members submit guesses about which one is the killer.

  • Pitt doesn’t get the ‘Moneyball’ rolling

    Brad Pitt (“Tree of Life”) has received high praise from many critics for his performance in “Moneyball,” but I found that it is the people around him with strong performances and that Pitt’s is lacking.

    The film is based on the true story of how the Oakland As Major League Baseball team, and its general manger, Billy Beane, played by Pitt, created a history-making season with a fourth of the operating budget of some of the big league teams. I’m sorry to tell you kids, a lot of it had to do with math.