• Hang around, summer

    It’s tempting this time of year to yearn for fall. Rush along, summer, we’ve had enough of your grass-browning, makeup-melting ways.

    But somehow I’m not ready to anticipate fall color, pumpkin patches or even those perfect-blue October skies. Heading into its unofficial end, I hope summer stays around a little while.

  • "Emperor" fails to hook its audience

    Rated PG-13 for violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical).
    Release date: Limited theater release March of 2013, DVD release August 13
    Runtime: 105 minutes
    Rating: Not as good as it could be

  • Children's author holds book reading, signing

    Children’s book author Lenora Rodgers will host a book reading and signing 6 p.m. Monday at the Hardin County Public Library in Elizabethtown.

    Rodgers, who is from Elizabethtown, will read and sign her book “A Fairy Long Night,” which is the first in her Zak and Zeke series. She will be joined at the library event by Upton artist Terry Wise, who illustrated the book.

    In addition to reading and signing, Rodgers will have two free book giveaways. Wise will have two giveaways for color illustrations.

  • Missoula Children’s Theatre presents 'Jack and the Beanstalk'

    Local children get their chance to shine as The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    MCT is a touring educational children’s theater from Montana It is the 38th year for the international tour project, tour actor and director Kirsten Paisley said.

  • HCP holds 'Mousetrap' auditions

    Auditions for the Hardin County Playhouse production of the longest-running play in history are 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

    No preparation is needed for the auditions for “The Mousetrap” at Plum Alley Theater at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    Needed for the play are five men and three women of varying ages, HCP artistic director Bo Cecil said. Readings from the script will be provided, he said.

  • 'Paranoia' a waste of time

    Sitting in the theater watching “Paranoia,” I thought it would make a great scenario for a TV crime drama. It’s not the type of movie that plays well on the big screen.

    First off, look at the title. When someone is paranoid, there’s usually an irrational fear behind it. The main character in this movie wasn’t paranoid; he was being followed, blackmailed and other seedy things. With that kind of title, you’d think there was a twist at the end leaving him in a paranoid state, which wasn’t the case.

  • Birthday wishes for a young event

    So often people complain there’s nothing to do when what they really mean is there’s not a specific activity they’re looking for going on locally that they know of. Not every kind of activity can be found around here, but those who think there’s absolutely nothing going on should think again.

  • Hodgenville author chronicles family history

    LaRue County historian James D. LaRue Jr. chronicles the life of his great-great-great grandmother in his book “Mary Brooks: Portrait of a Kentucky Pioneer, Granny Woman, Family Matriarch.”

    The 173-page book tells the story of Brooks, one of Kentucky’s earliest settlers. She would be the matriarch to prominent LaRue County families whose descendants include a governor and U.S. Congressman.

  • Carnivorous plant blossoms on HCP stage

    Members of Hardin County Playhouse believe life beyond our planet is likely.

    Whether they believe it will arrive on Earth in a manner that in any way resembles its latest production is another matter.

    Man-eating alien plants, ’50s and ’60s rhythm and blues, a Greek chorus and a skid row flower shop are some of the elements woven into the storyline of “Little Shop of Horrors.” The HCP production opens tonight at Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater complex in Elizabethtown.

  • Fee, fi, fo, fum, I smell an audition

    Local students have the chance to climb the beanstalk in Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

    Auditions for students in first through eighth grades take place 4-6 p.m. Monday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    Students should arrive on time and plan to stay for the entire two-hour session. The 50 students cast will start rehearsing 30 minutes after the auditions are completed. The rest of the rehearsals are 4-8:30 p.m. through Thursday.