• Embracing tradition, even fowl ones

    The great thing about traditions is they can be started at any time, modified or adjusted, and they can be shared with those who are special to you.

    They don’t have to make sense to anyone but those who participate, and even then, they don’t necessarily have to make sense as long as they are mutually enjoyed.

    Over the years I’ve probably described a few traditions my girlfriend, Rebecca Ricks, and I share.

  • Santa has new look in 'Rise of the Guardians'

    “Rise of the Guardians” offers audiences a different view of popular childhood holiday icons.

    Santa, or North, (Alex Baldwin, “30 Rock”), the Tooth Fairy, or Tooth, (Isla Fisher, “Confessions of a Shopaholic”), the Easter Bunny, or Bunny, (Hugh Jackman, “Real Steel”) and the Sandman, or Sandy, are protectors of childhood dreams, hopes and innocence.

  • Hardin County band seeks to change lives through music

    Formed by members who played in other bands as recently as this summer and who mostly knew one another, The Blue Soul Gypsys not only have meshed musically, but personally.

    “Everyone in this room is my best friend,” drummer Jeff Scott, 20, said, as he sat in the Elizabethtown office at Pandaruella Productions with company founders Jacob and Samantha Langley and band members. “These are my brothers and sister.”

  • 'Twilight Saga' comes to an end

    This Thanksgiving, I am thankful this is the last Twilight movie I have to watch.

    The last installment of the Twilight saga follows its predecessors with poor filmmaking and bad acting.

    I won’t bore you with my feelings about the films or how bad an actress Kristen Stewart (Bella) is. I’m mean, come on, Stewart. Leaning forward and breathing heavy does not equate intensity in a scene. Work on your acting already.

  • Thankful for a path and everything along it

    Like many, I’ve been counting a lot of blessings lately. In this season of thanksgiving, I’ve reflected on the good things in my life and I keep coming back to one overall theme.

    Life seems to be as it’s supposed to be.

    At this point in the path, there is peace. How lucky I must be to look over the years and see that one phase flowed right into the next, leading me to today. Phase by phase, maybe it seems trivial, but I’m thankful for each moment that led me this way and that way.

  • Dancing in the Big Apple

    This morning, most Hardin Countians will be waking up to the start of Thanksgiving dinner in the oven. But two area teenagers will wake early to the sights and sounds of the Big Apple as they get ready to dance in the 86th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    Kendra Ball, 17, and Emalee Haynes, 14, are on their first trip to New York City and to say they are excited is an understatement.

    Both girls were giggling with excitement talking about their trip.

  • Southern sass takes State stage Saturday

    If you’re looking for a sassy Saturday, the Historic State Theater has a show right up your alley when it hosts comedian Etta May at 8 p.m.

    Known as “The Queen of Southern Sass” and a returning performer at the State Theater, May will present her new show, “White Trash Diaries.”

  • Allegro performs 'Cinderella'

    Usually, girls take center stage in “Cinderella.” But equally essential to the success of the production are the male escorts, stepsisters played by men and, of course, the prince.

    The guys in Allegro Dance Theatre’s production Sunday of “Cinderella” know part of their role is to make sure the female dancers shine.

    “The guy is the frame and the girl is the picture,” Nathan Cooney said.

  • Holiday theater in Horse Cave

    The Kentucky Repertory Theatre in Horse Cave presents four plays during the holiday season. For the first time, the KRT will present four plays performed in rotating repertory.

    A musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” is showing today.

    “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” opens Nov. 30. The play is an “irreverent yet moving” comedy of Marley’s experience of torment before his attempt to redeem Scrooge.

  • HCP seeks male performers for production now in rehearsal

    Hardin County Playhouse is in immediate need of three male performers for its upcoming production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

    HCP artistic director Bo Cecil said interested performers should be able to sing and be at least 16 years old, though the preference is for older performers.

    Cecil does not have time for a lengthy audition process. He said he is willing to take on people with enthusiasm who are able to make the rehearsal and performance schedule work.