• 'Red 2' hits the mark

    “Red 2” continues the adventures of ex-CIA agent Frank Moses, played again by Bruce Willis, and his rag-tag spy friends.

    The film has action, comedy and actors who are 55 and older showing they still can handle an action film. The youngest star of the flick in his 40s, and that’s a good thing.

  • Chronicles of the heat

    N-E Newsroom Log 23JL2K13: Last week the personnel environment appeasement unit, which some call “air conditioning,” began malfunctioning on my side of the base of operations.

    Despite a day without the adjusted atmosphere provided by the unit, we scraped by, taking breaks as needed to revive ourselves at other locations in The N-E mothership where other P.E.A. units remain intact and functioning. Thanks to the actions of an off-site assistance crew, who managed to provide a temporary repair, we were but a day without atmospheric relief.

  • Comedy for a cause comes to Vine Grove

    The Comedy Caravan is bringing laughs to Vine Grove for a good cause.

    Along with the Rotaract Club of Hardin County, the Comedy Caravan presents “Laugh All the Way to the Bank.”

    All ticket sales and donations go toward installation of a water filtration system in a public school in the Philippines.

    The show begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Bridgid Catholic Church in Vine Grove and features comedians Rich Ragains, Big John Richardson and Donna Watts.

  • Playing with fire

    Steven Daugherty’s artwork is smoking hot.

    At least that’s the case when he’s working on projects for Lost Art, his custom wood burning business.

    “I always try to do something different, something you don’t see everywhere,” Daugherty said.

    Billing himself as a fire writer, Daugherty, who recently moved from Hardin County to just over the Breckinridge County line, uses a small wood burning tool to make signs and create artwork.

  • 'Pacific Rim,' a high-tech Godzilla film

    “Pacific Rim”
    Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language
    Release date: July 12
    Runtime: 131 minutes
    Rating: Great effects, weak story

  • Youth Theatre's 'Peter Pan' will make a lost boy of you

    The first time Peter Pan came on stage — flying, smiling, sprinkling fairy dust — my stomach fluttered and a childlike grin spread across my face.

  • PAC holds auditions for "Les Misérables"

    Auditions for the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center Pro-Am production of “Les Misérables” are 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday.

    Students in first through 12th grades can audition Sunday. Men can audition Monday and women can audition Tuesday.

    All auditions are at the PAC at John Hardin High School.

    Those who cannot audition on the day of their gender or age can attend one of the other auditions, but will not be seen until the end of the evening, according to a news release.

  • Flying high with 'Peter Pan'

    Some actors on stage and screen have to undergo physical transformations to play their part. Like Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables,” Kendra Ball learned sometimes transformation means you have to cut off 14 inches of hair.

    Ball, who always had long hair, made the decision to forgo a wig in her performance in the lead role in “Peter Pan,” a part written for and traditionally played by a woman in the musical.

  • Unscripted life moments can be welcome change

    To paraphrase an old quote:the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. And sometimes, as Steve Winwood once sang, you just have to roll with it.

    Last Friday, my other half, Rebecca Ricks, and I planned an outing that involved a trip to Louisville.

    When we got there we discovered the event — Shakespeare in Central Park — had been canceled because of an unexpected emergency.

  • Confederate Railroad highlights Bullitt County festival

    The Salt River Music Fest offers live music on two stages today and Saturday at Bullitt County Fairgrounds in Shepherdsville.

    Country act Confederate Railroad highlights the event Saturday night. The music agenda includes more than 18 bands and activities include karaoke, mud volleyball, tug-o-war and mud boggin'.

    Tickets are $10 Friday and $15 Saturday. For more information, visit www.saltrivermusicfest.com.