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  • More than thankful

    As I look back on 2011, there are many things to be thankful for.

    Some of them are the usual suspects: health, food, clothing and all the other basics. Some things I am thankful for are silly, like Diet Coke and Italian food. Some are sweet, like another year with my aging Lab, Boo.

    One event in 2011 made saying “I’m thankful” seem almost a trite expression. It was something that made being grateful more than just words expressed. It was a state of being that overwhelmed me to my very core.

  • It's Muppetational

    Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and Animal are back with the whole Muppet crew to entertain the children of the fans who fell in love with them so long ago.

    The story is pretty simple. Gary, played by Jason Segel (“How I Met Your Mother”) and his brother, Walter, played by a Muppet named Walter, set off to Los Angeles to meet the Muppets. Along for the ride is Gary’s longtime girlfriend, Mary, played by Amy Adams (“The Fighter”), who just wants a nice dinner and some alone time on their anniversary.

  • Age, ability, size unimportant when it comes to belly dancing

    Dressed in mid- or full-length skirts, arms extended upward, the three women clink their finger cymbals together to the rhythmic drumbeat of the music in the dance studio, their bodies swaying in unison.

    The shirts and blouses they wear are layered and colorful.

    The women are part of an American Tribal Style belly dance class at Blue Rose Studio in Radcliff, and they defy some common — but erroneous — perceptions of the art.

  • ECTC exhibit features masks from Mexico

    Forty masks from the Mask Museum in the Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita in Mexico are part of a free exhibit at Morrison Gallery at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. “Masks of Michoacán,” displays the collection from Patzcuaro, Michoacán.

  • Christmas crafts, activities highlight Santa's Workshop

    The Brown-Pusey House will kick off the holiday season with its annual Santa’s Workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday.

    The cost for the event is $3 per person. The event, which includes a Christmas mini-tree auction, runs until 3 p.m.

    During Santa’s workshop, adults and children can design and create Christmas crafts, including cards and candles. A new project this year will be the creation of gingerbread buckets to be filled with treats.

    “It’s all very creative,” Van Lahr said.

  • Allegro Dance Theatre presents 'Cinderella' en pointe

    Cinderella will be dancing off her slippers Sunday when Allegro Dance Theatre presents the ballet “Cinderella” at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    Many dancers from Allegro return each year to perform and have their ideas of why audiences enjoy the show.

  • David Toczko’s photos on display at Capitol

    The Kentucky Arts Council selected three of David Toczko’s photos for the “Kentucky Visions at the Capitol” exhibit.

    Chosen photos titled “The Simple Gift of Autumn,” “Golden Broom” and “Shadows on Chest” were taken at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
    The exhibit is on display in the capitol annex in Frankfort through mid April.

  • 'A Christmas Story' plays twice today at the State Theater

    Join Ralphie on his quest for an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle at the Historic State Theater this weekend.

    Popular holiday classic “A Christmas Story” (1983) will kick off the holiday movie season at the State.

    Frequently quoted at Christmastime, the film follows young Ralphie who tries everything he can to get his favorite BB gun despite everyone’s insistence that he’ll shoot his eye out.

  • Reflections on a former home

    My old residence in Radcliff burned down.

    My parents owned that old house, and my girlfriend, Rebecca Ricks, and I lived there for 19 years before moving to Elizabethtown in 2008.

    During a weekly gathering for game night at my dad’s house last week, my father mentioned the fire.

    The unoccupied house, which Dad still owned, burned to the ground during the night several days earlier.

  • Ensemble cast, old school laughs make 'Tower Heist' a hit

    The best way to describe “Tower Heist” is a working man’s “Ocean’s 11.”

    It’s got the same appeal, just not as suave and sophisticated. “Tower Heist” is the story of workers in a swanky hotel who get their money swindled in a Ponzi scheme by one of the wealthy tenants. The workers plan a hesist on Thanksgiving to retrieve their money.