• Local theater proves its quality

    Musicals were always a part of my childhood. My mom loves musicals, most of which she’s seen in movie form but occasionally we take a trip out to see one live on stage.

    Basically, I got the homegrown version of musical appreciation every time mom watched a musical.

    Sunday we ventured out with friends to the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School to see the pro/am production of “Les Misèrables.”

  • Bestselling author to visit Fort Knox

    New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance will hold a discussion and book signing at noon Tuesday at Fort Knox’s Barr Memorial Library.

    Part of the Authors at Your Library series, Jance is signing “Second Watch,” her newest book, which is part of the J.P. Beaumont series.

    With more than 40 books published and 23 million copies in print, Jance has authored three series in addition to the J.P. Beaumont series. The others are the Joanna Brady, Ali Reynolds and Walker family series.

  • Military spouse pens patriotic poetry collection

    An Elizabethtown author said she wrote her book of poems primarily as a legacy to her family, and the work was some 15 years in the making.

    “Salute — A Military Wife’s Poetic Allegiance to Faith, Family and Friends” contains 54 poems relating to Patti A. Tucker’s life. That life includes almost 34 years as an Army wife, and her writing reflects her memories of friends she made during that time as well as her faith and family.

  • 'Can you hear the people sing?': ‘Les Misérables’ on stage at the PAC

    Audiences won’t have to wait “One Day More” to see “Les Misérables.” The beloved musical hits the stage tonight at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    The musical has captivated audiences since 1985. In 2012, it was adapted for the big screen starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe, winning three Academy Awards.

    Local audiences have an opportunity to see a live stage version, as it is the PAC’s 2013 pro-am musical production.

  • Advance tickets available for 'The Butler'

    Advance tickets are available for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” showing in late November at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    All tickets are $5 during the three-day run, Nov. 28-30, and can be purchased in advance at www.historicstatetheater.org, said director Emily West.

    Tickets also are available at the box office one hour prior to each showtime, or by calling the State Theater from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 270-234-8258.

  • Appreciating the things that make life sweeter

    Occasionally my significant other, Rebecca Ricks, will post on Facebook an observation that invites deep reflection.

    Unlike me, who often posts about doughnuts, funnel cakes or other batter-based goods, Rebecca manages to build on seemingly insignificant everyday events or thoughts to give them greater relevance.

    Case in point: Rebecca posted a few weeks ago about asking “Why?” She was inspired by seeing a child at the “Why?” stage of life and said it got her thinking we should never leave that stage.

  • 'Avengers' director Whedon takes on the Bard

    When a two-week break from shooting a blockbuster superhero film such as “The Avengers” rolls around, one would think a director would settle down for some much-needed rest.

    Not Joss Whedon.

    Instead, he invited some of his friends to his house to film Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

    The film reportedly was shot in 12 days at Whedon’s Santa Monica, Calif., home.

    The cast basically is a reunion of actors who have been in his previous productions.

  • 'Prisoners' is gritty, real, hard to watch

    “Prisoners” is full of compelling acting, but it’s not a movie I ever want to see again because of the intense subject matter. Take your ethics books with you on this one because you might need it.

    In a heart-wrenching and stressful plot, audiences have to decide if violence — and in a way, evil — is OK when trying to combat a heinous act. Complicating the decision is that the characters are unsure who is at fault.

  • Losing a fashion face-off

    When it comes to clothing, I consider myself a moderate.

    Right in the middle of the aisle, that’s me. I’m not very trendy and I don’t make a fuss. But I don’t wear things that don’t fit and I’m a whiz at trolling a clearance rack.

    You won’t catch me at the grocery in pajama pants. But I have worn a pair of yoga pants to drop a kid off at school — a lot of moms do that, content to pretend we’re all on our way to the gym.

  • Elizabethtown duo creates creature-feature attractions

    Though this is the first year for Night Risers Film Festival & Expo, a horror-themed event held tonight, Saturday and Sunday in Elizabethtown, the organizers are not new to scaring people.

    Held at Pritchard Community Center, the event includes everything from a hearse auto show to dancing zombies.