• HCP to hold a children's workshop

    The Hardin County Playhouse is holding a children’s workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24-28. The workshop is open for children ages 8-16 and will be held at the Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater complex in Elizabethtown.

    Activities will include theater games and basic drama skills learned through a short performance.

    The cost is $175 and there are discounts for multiple children in the same family.

    Space is limited to 20 children.

  • Band offers audiences more than Four Chords and the Truth

    CHECK THEM OUT: Four Chords and the Truth, a band consisting of North Hardin High School alumni Dave Dale, Ron Mace and Phil Wiseman, will perform 9 p.m. Saturday at Las Margaritas Mexican Grill, 2400 S. Dixie Blvd., Radcliff. For more information, call (270) 352-2324.

  • Special effects destroy Superman in 'Man of Steel'

    It’s been 35 years since Christopher Reeve stepped out in blue spandex and into our hearts as the iconic Superman. DC Comics has had a hard time recreating that magic in modern renditions and tried once again in “Man of Steel.”

    They tried and failed.

    Everything that made Superman, well, Superman, is missing from this movie.

    Filmmakers wanted to distinguish this attempt from previous tries so much that it is hardly recognizable.

  • Long to-do list leaves too much to think about

    Focus eludes me. I’ve got strings tied to every finger and lists all over. But it’s all yapping at me, refusing to be categorized and conquered.

    Mostly, family logistics is what makes me crazy.

  • HCP holds auditions for "Little Shop of Horrors"

    Hardin County Playhouse will hold auditions Monday and Tuesday for their forthcoming production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

    Auditions are 6:30 p.m. both days at the Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater complex in Elizabethtown.

    Needed for the production are four men, ages 25-65, and four women, ages 16–35. Those auditioning will not need to prepare material, but should be able to sing in the rock, gospel and blues style of the show.

  • Jon Taul’s music rooted in rural life

    Driving around his family’s Cecilia farm in a golf cart with his dog, Dakota, at his side, Jon Taul talked about his family, rural influences and country music.

    Fields, barns and antique Oliver tractors he helped his grandfather refurbish all contribute to the roots of Taul’s music.

    Home educated, Taul spent a lot of his spare time on the farm. His first job, at age 17, was with the family business, Taul Equipment.

  • Wilson, Vaughn try to make the cut in 'The Internship'

    “Wedding Crashers” co-stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn reunite in the summer comedy “The Internship.”

    In a sea of R-rated comedies, some of which are pretty hard-R-rated, a PG-13 option is refreshing. “The Internship” pushed the boundaries of a PG-13 film with its language and sexual conversations, but the 35 and older crowd will relate to its subject matter.

    As job opportunities and the modern marketplace grow more high-tech, the people most qualified for those roles tend to be younger.

  • First step: Admitting you have a karaoke problem

    OK, I’m not sure how this happened, but my home has become a part-time karaoke bar.

    OK, I do know how it happened, but I’m not telling.

    OK, I’m telling.

    You see, it all began with a karaoke machine. It was one of those portable units that needs to be hooked up to a TV or monitor. I bought it for my other half, Rebecca Ricks, for Christmas about a year and a half ago.

    That’s how it starts: you think the karaoke is going to be limited to a whimsical pastime with your sweetie.

  • Hypnotist show postponed

    The Historic State Theater has rescheduled hypnotist Jon Saint-Germain’s show. The Saturday performance is postponed until Nov. 1.

    Refunds will be given for tickets purchased. For more information, call (270) 234-8258.

  • 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.”