• '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.

  • Via Colori artist pencils in portraits

    Artist Sandy Bailey once read a quote that said, “Everybody draws when they’re a kid, I just never stopped.”

    That sums her up pretty well, she, on one occasion, said.

    She’s been drawing faces all her life.

    Bailey, 48, has lived her entire life in Elizabethtown and her talent was pointed out to her a few times in her childhood.

  • Kentucky Vocal Union to perform at Living Waters benefit Saturday

    A fundraising event Saturday at The Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown offers samples of Guatemalan food and entertainment by an award-winning contemporary barbershop chorus.

    The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. in the First Federal Gallery with A Taste of Guatemala and is followed by a performance by Kentucky Vocal Union at 7:30 p.m.

    Money raised goes to the Living Waters Guatemala Project. Sponsored by Elizabethtown Noon Rotary Club and the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethtown, the project provides clean water to residents of Guatemala.

  • Free concert to support those who search for missing

    An event Saturday to raise awareness of the missing in Kentucky and support the dogs and owners who search for them returns for an afternoon of music at Freeman Lake Park.

    Song for the Missing Two is a benefit show for the Kentucky Bloodhound Search & Rescue Team and features a number of musical acts. The free event begins at noon and continues through 6 p.m. at the Freeman Lake bandstand.

    Scheduled to appear are Luie Brangers, Aaron Fogle, The Blue Soul Gypsys, 3 on the Floor, Tiffany Tucker, Redwood, Chaos & Reason and The Buckaroos.