• Modern Christian music encompasses all styles

    Flipping through the Christian radio dial today, listeners might be surprised by the variety of music styles found in the genre.

    Along with tamer brands of praise and worship music, there are tunes with rock, pop, hip-hop, country, rap and even heavy metal sounds.

    “I think Christian music is in a much different place than it was 20 years ago,” said Chris Crain, radio personality with 88.5 WJIE in Louisville.

  • Déjà vu with a side of Bacon

    So this column feels a little bit like déjà vu with the added twist that my other half, Rebecca Ricks, and I discovered we have a Bacon Number.

    What’s a Bacon Number, you ask? It sure sounds tasty.

    Read on.

  • World War Z: Finally, a zombie story that won't make you gag

    “World War Z”
    Rated PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images.
    Release date: June 21
    Runtime: 116 minutes
    Rating: Suspenseful action 

    With the popularity of TV’s “The Walking Dead,” the undead phenomenon continues to spread.

    There are zombie horror movies, zombie comedies and even zombie love stories. Some towns even have zombie themed events such as flash mobs and 5k races.

  • Historic State Theater to serve up murder

    Murder will merge with dinner conversation Friday when the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown presents “Death at the End of St. John Road.”

  • HCP to hold a children's workshop

    The Hardin County Playhouse is holding a children’s workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24-28. The workshop is open for children ages 8-16 and will be held at the Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater complex in Elizabethtown.

    Activities will include theater games and basic drama skills learned through a short performance.

    The cost is $175 and there are discounts for multiple children in the same family.

    Space is limited to 20 children.

  • Band offers audiences more than Four Chords and the Truth

    CHECK THEM OUT: Four Chords and the Truth, a band consisting of North Hardin High School alumni Dave Dale, Ron Mace and Phil Wiseman, will perform 9 p.m. Saturday at Las Margaritas Mexican Grill, 2400 S. Dixie Blvd., Radcliff. For more information, call (270) 352-2324.

  • Special effects destroy Superman in 'Man of Steel'

    It’s been 35 years since Christopher Reeve stepped out in blue spandex and into our hearts as the iconic Superman. DC Comics has had a hard time recreating that magic in modern renditions and tried once again in “Man of Steel.”

    They tried and failed.

    Everything that made Superman, well, Superman, is missing from this movie.

    Filmmakers wanted to distinguish this attempt from previous tries so much that it is hardly recognizable.

  • Long to-do list leaves too much to think about

    Focus eludes me. I’ve got strings tied to every finger and lists all over. But it’s all yapping at me, refusing to be categorized and conquered.

    Mostly, family logistics is what makes me crazy.

  • HCP holds auditions for "Little Shop of Horrors"

    Hardin County Playhouse will hold auditions Monday and Tuesday for their forthcoming production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

    Auditions are 6:30 p.m. both days at the Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater complex in Elizabethtown.

    Needed for the production are four men, ages 25-65, and four women, ages 16–35. Those auditioning will not need to prepare material, but should be able to sing in the rock, gospel and blues style of the show.

  • Jon Taul’s music rooted in rural life

    Driving around his family’s Cecilia farm in a golf cart with his dog, Dakota, at his side, Jon Taul talked about his family, rural influences and country music.

    Fields, barns and antique Oliver tractors he helped his grandfather refurbish all contribute to the roots of Taul’s music.

    Home educated, Taul spent a lot of his spare time on the farm. His first job, at age 17, was with the family business, Taul Equipment.