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  • 'John Carter' a nice surprise

    I have to begin this review with a confession. I didn’t realize Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote anything beyond his work with Tarzan. But through the introduction of Disney’s “John Carter” I learned Burroughs wrote a work that inspired much of modern science fiction.

  • 'The Music Man' marches into the Historic State Theater

    A con artist visits Elizabethtown when the Historic State Theater presents a screening of “The Music Man” this weekend.

    The movie was shown Friday night and presentations Saturday are at 2 and 7 p.m.

    “The Music Man” is a 1962 musical featuring Robert Preston as Harold Hill, a con artist who plans to bilk the town out of money. His plan is to offer to equip and train a marching band with no intention of staying around after getting the money.

  • Down on 5th: Not your father's bluegrass

    Down on 5th members acknowledge they are not your father’s bluegrass band, describing themselves as progressive.

    Band members hail from all over central Kentucky. Banjo player Joe Larson is from Munfordville, guitarist Marke Richardson is from Shepherdsville, Dennis Haycraft, on mandolin, is from Leitchfield, Fiddle player J.B. Miller is from Hartford and bass player Kelsie Westfall lives in Cecilia.

  • Second Saturday showcases local art

    Art is the theme for this weekend’s Second Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Elizabethtown.

  • Allegro presents Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.'

    Allegro Dance Studio’s musical theater presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” on Friday at the Hardin County School’s Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    The junior version is only 65 minutes long but the entire story and all songs are included, just shortened, said Carol Zagar, director of Allegro Dance Theatre, which is producing the show.

    There are 45 Allegro students ages 6 to 18 in the cast. Also in the cast are three men.

  • 'The Lorax' has nice visuals but environmental theme is overshadowed

    The creators of “Despicable Me” have attempted to celebrate Dr. Seuss with the release of “The Lorax.”

    The title character, the Lorax, speaks for the trees in an environmentally conscious film based on Seuss’ book.

    As the story begins, a young boy named Ted lives in a plastic and toxic world where residents have to buy bottled fresh air. Ted begins a quest to find a real tree to impress a girl, Audrey, voiced by country music star Taylor Swift.

  • In hopes for the truth of the last half of an adage

    They say March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. Given the recent severe weather, the old adage is proving to be true.

    Devastating storms and tornadoes last week put all of Hardin County and Kentucky — not to mention several other states — on alert.
    Loss of lives and livelihood dominated the news.

  • Van Zant holds book signing

    Author Stephen Van Zant will have a book signing from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Elizabethtown.

    Van Zant is a local attorney with Bell, Hess and Van Zant Attorneys at Law in Elizabethtown.

    His book, “Far from Good,” focuses on 13-year-old Sam Cray, who comes of age in the summer of 1975 in a fictitious Kidron County, Ky.

  • ArtReach Children’s Theatre performs ‘The Ugly Duckling’

    “The Ugly Duckling” will grace the stage this weekend at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    Based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale, actors follow a swan as he grows up ugly in a family of ducks before recognizing his full potential. Audiences learn the lesson of overcoming adversity and understanding each other’s differences.

  • Dance company brings socially aware performance to Hardin County

    She choreographed “AVATAR,” prompted a revision of a computer system and is coming to Elizabethtown.

    Lula Washington, who founded Lula Washington Dance Theatre for which she is artistic director and choreographer, will bring her dance company to Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center on Sunday.

    Erwin Washington, Lula’s husband and executive director/co-founder, said when James Cameron was looking for a choreographer for “AVATAR,” he asked around for suggestions.