• Hypnotist to keep audience entranced

    The Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown expects audience members to be spellbound when it offers its Adults Only Halloween Party on Friday night featuring a hypnotist.

    Jon Saint Germain provides the evening’s entertainment beginning at 8 p.m.

    Germain, who is credited at his website, www.jonsaintgermain.com, with being a thought reader, expert in hand analysis and student of the human mind, turns the audience into part of the show through hypnosis.

  • Young movie-goers weigh in on their favorite flicks

    The children’s film industry is huge. In fact, of the 20 top-grossing films of 2012, six were animated, earning a total of around $2 billion.

    On top of theater earnings, there are many children’s films that go straight to rental/DVD. But among those rentals, there are some duds. If you are not careful you might have to sit through a film called “The Talking Cat.”

  • Progressive dinner set for Nov. 9 Second Saturday

    As part of downtown Elizabethtown’s Second Saturday event, Brown-Pusey House, Wild Earth Gallery and Sugar Fashion Cakes will host a progressive dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9.

    The meal starts at Wild Earth Gallery with salads and appetizers. Then, heavy hors d’ouevres will be served at Brown-Pusey House. Dinner wraps up with dessert at Sugar Fashion Cakes.

  • Concert to thank customers

    WJCR-FM 90.1 is showing its appreciation for listeners with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    “The Listener Appreciation Concert is our way of saying thank you for listening to and supporting our stations,” station manager Gary Richardson said. “Without the support of our listeners there would be no stations.”

  • Mountain traditions are firm in central Kentucky

    Hardin County plays host to the Traditional Music Festival for the 19th year this weekend. The centerpiece of the festival is the mountain dulcimer and musicians say it remains a relevant instrument because it is easy to play and the tunes are familiar.

    “The mountain dulcimer was born out of a desire for an instrument that had a drone sound or a similarity to the bagpipe sound as many of the Appalachian ancestors would have remembered from Scotland and Ireland,” said Pam Story of the Heartland Dulcimer Club.

  • Elizabethtown woman creates dark artwork

    Dusty June Finch of Elizabethtown plays with dolls, but they’re not your average Barbies.

    Finch, 37, specializes in what is known as dark art, creating macabre dolls that are particularly fitting during the Halloween season. She calls them dead dolls or sometimes refers to them as zombie dolls and sells them at area shops through her page on Facebook, Skeletons in My Closet.

  • HCP hosts auditions for Christmas play

    Hardin County Playhouse is seeking adults and children to take part in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

    The story, based on a book, follows the production of a church Christmas pageant with the added struggle of keeping the six members of the Herdman family in line.

    Auditions are at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater complex.

    Director Bo Cecil is casting the naughty Herdman kids and many others in the large cast of young performers.

  • 'Escape Plan' flexes its muscle in theaters

    “Escape Plan” stars two of Hollywood’s biggest heavy hitters, “The Expendables” co-stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film isn’t the same quality as some in their heyday, but it’s the best performance of their elder years I’ve seen.

    Stallone’s character’s job is to find flaws in prison security. He’s an expert in breaking out of prisons and he’s met his biggest challenge, a prison designed on his research. And someone wants him kept there.

  • Time of traditions begins

    The fourth quarter is the best time of year. Not for the seasonal economic boost, as nice as that is, but because it’s the height of family traditions.

    It’s a three-month run, starting early in October, when the tote of Halloween decorations is hauled out of the basement.

  • Radcliff author Washington pens book about King David

    A Radcliff resident has self-published a book focusing on King David.

    Youlanda C. Washington penned “The Destiny of a Shepherd, the Dynasty of a King, Overcome by His Love,” which was published by WestBow Press.

    The work reflects the life of King David and was published in September.

    Washington travels as a missionary to other countries and serves as a speaker, teacher and minister at the City of Hope in Louisville.