• Abrams' 'Star Trek' lives long and prospers

    One word describes how J.J. Abrams translates his love of the science fiction genre into the images on the screen: Genius.

    Abrams has made a diehard “Star Wars” fan not only appreciate “Star Trek” but love his vision of the famous franchise.

    “Star Trek Into Darkness” takes a clever blend of the old beloved series and twists it into his new version of the “Star Trek” timeline flawlessly.

    There even is a Tribble. 

  • Jisun Mudd expresses emotion in color

    Art for Jisun Mudd is expressing herself through color in a way that brings joy to others.

    She began painting as a teenager and was able to use art as an outlet when she became very ill. Mudd saw art as a gift from God to help her through her illness, and she’s continued for 30 years.

    Mudd also is a local hairdresser, working at Headquarters Barber and Styling in Elizabethtown.

  • Bro Ride: Take it easy

    On any given weekend I find myself on a Bro Ride.

    No, the Bro Ride isn’t me cruisin’ in my car with a bunch of buddies. The weekend Bro Ride is what I call car time with Tybalt, our Pomeranian.

    Like many companions of the canine ilk, Tybalt loves to go for car rides. Neither the destination nor the duration of the ride matter much.

  • Tie-dye gets new twists from Vine Grove artist

    About a year ago, Vine Grove resident Monica de Leon added a little color to her life.

  • ECA welcomes Buddy Greene

    Buddy Greene performs in concert at 7 p.m. today at Elizabethtown Christian Academy.

    Greene, a singer-songwriter and guitarist, has a country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and blues style. He also plays harmonica.

  • Little known facts about Mom

    Because Sunday is Mother’s Day, it’s a perfect time to share a few things you may not know about my mom.

    Everyone who knows her knows she’s a great cook with artistic style and perfect penmanship, a trait I did not inherit from her.

    But she’s much more than that.

    In her youth, Mom was a good athlete. She was a cheerleader at Elizabethtown High School and often could be found around her neighborhood playing baseball. In fact, at one point in her childhood, she wanted to be the first female Major League Baseball player.

  • From Vegas to Middle Earth: Local theater offers something for everyone in 2013-2014 season

    Fantasy, tradition, music and mystery make up the 2013-2014 theater season in Hardin County.

    Hardin County Playhouse and Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School have announced new seasons, bringing variety on this year’s playbill.

    The PAC’s season continues to explore the motto “Because all the world’s a stage,” director Bart Lovins said.

  • Coming soon: Preview of summer movies

    This year’s summer movie season is jam-packed with action, irreverent comedies, animation and Shakespeare in the hands of Joss Whedon.

    The season blasted off last weekend with the release of “Iron Man 3.” But the action movies don’t stop there.

  • Recharging creativity in the great outdoors

    Being in the line of work I’m in, I’ve had the opportunity to interview artists of all kinds: musicians, painters, novelists, poets, sculptors, crafters, photographers and others.

    Often when I talk to them about creativity, I find the process is virtually the same across the board. Artists are inspired by everything, and inspiration often cannot be predicted.

    I thought about this while on a fishing and camping trip to Land Between the Lakes last weekend with my other half, Rebecca Ricks.

  • Third time's a charm for Iron Man

    To kick off the summer movie season, Robert Downey Jr. is back as billionaire superhero Avenger Tony Stark in “Iron Man 3.”

    But things are a bit different this time around. Stark has left his playboy ways to settle down with Pepper Potts. He also is dealing with the memories and emotions of what happened to him while fighting with the Avengers in his last adventure.