• Wild Earth Gallery hosts Victor Sweatt exhibit

    Wild Earth Gallery will host an art exhibition by Kentucky artist Victor Sweatt. The exhibit runs through Aug. 4 and features a mixed media exhibit titled “Everyday Heroes.”

    A public reception with the artist is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the gallery at 110 N. Main St. in Elizabethtown.

    Sweatt uses pastel, watercolor and charcoal in his realist art.

    According to his RoGallery profile, Sweatt strives to create “thought-provoking, emotional moments in time.”

  • Playing outside is a good thing

    Remember when you were a kid and the sweet freedom that came when school was out for summer? A time filled with adventure soon followed.

    Those were the days when you played outside until dark or until you accidentally buried your Yoda action figure in the flower garden and were too sad to play because he was lost. Maybe that was just me.

  • Smiths use 'After Earth' as bonding project

    In “After Earth,” the Earth has been abandoned and humans have settled on a new planet. But father and son Cypher and Kitai — played by real life father and son Will (“Men in Black 3”) and Jaden Smith (“The Karate Kid”) — have crashed on Earth, now inhabited by ravaging wildlife and environmental dangers.

    Kitai has to venture into the dangerous wilderness to find a distress beacon to signal for a rescue. Along the way, he must face his fears to defeat a deadly enemy.

  • HCP travels to 'South Pacific' in latest production

    The theater of war in the South Pacific is the backdrop for “South Pacific” in a theater in Elizabethtown as Hardin County Playhouse presents their production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.

    The play opens tonight at Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater Complex.

    Co-director and actor Bo Cecil said the “cultural memory” of the era adds to the romantic atmosphere of the musical, which is set on a South Pacific island during World War II.

  • Elizabethtown photographer part of Frankfort exhibit

    Beginning Saturday visitors to the Frankfort office of Kentucky’s first lady will have the opportunity to view work by an Elizabethtown photographer.

    The Kentucky Arts Council selected David Toczko’s piece titled “Thoroughbred Sunset” for inclusion in the “Kentucky Treasures” exhibit.

    Toczko’s work was chosen from a pool of more than 200 juried artists. He is a juried/ fellowship artist with the Kentucky Arts Council.

  • Musicians honor the missing with concert at Freeman Lake Park

    Local musicians will band together Saturday at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown to bring awareness to the missing in Kentucky and support the owners and their dogs who search for missing people.

    The concert, Song for the Missing 2, begins at noon Saturday and features 10 bands performing throughout the day.

    Toni Goodman, event organizer and vice president of the Hardin County-based Kentucky Bloodhound Search and Rescue, said the event is to bring attention to the people who are missing in Kentucky.

  • Area teens recognized in 2013 Congressional Art Competition

    Three area teens received recognition for Kentucky’s Second District in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.

    Upton teen Jacob Walters was chosen as the first place overall winner, earning his work a place at the U.S. Capitol Building for display for a year. Walters also won, among other prizes, two tickets to Washington, D.C., a certificate and a ribbon.

    Winners of the contest were announced earlier this month.

  • "Epic" is fun and adventurous

    Rated PG for mild action, some scary images and brief rude language.
    Runtime: 102 minutes
    Release date: May 24
    Rating: Surprisingly fun 

    As children, we often wonder about enchanted elements of the forest.

    Or maybe it was just me. Then again, I thought my toys came alive when I wasn’t looking, so “Toy Story” wasn’t such a stretch.

    But in DreamWorks Animation’s “Epic,” the heroine M.K. is transported to a tiny world in the forest not seen by human eyes.

  • Giving thought to food rather than scarfing it down

    As I sat in my living room with the TV on, swallowing supper on a short break from between work duties last week, it struck me how often I scarf down meals.

    It made me realize fully experiencing a meal — at least for me — is a waning experience. By this, I don’t mean I don’t take adequate time to eat, though that is sometimes the case.

  • Berlin Wall exhibit provides palette for Fort Knox artist

    Tressa Croce Breton will leave some important graffiti behind when she and her husband leave Fort Knox.

    A professional artist by trade, Breton created the artwork for a display of the Berlin Wall for the General George Patton Museum of Leadership.

    The display consists of a representation of the wall that includes graffiti and artwork ranging from accomplished artists to everyday people, she said.

    “I wanted to show the variety of the population and represent everyone,” Breton said.