• 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.

  • One-woman band comes to Vine Grove

    Laura Thurston brings her unique one-woman band to The Depot Tavern in Vine Grove at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

    Thurston is a Charleston, S.C., musician who plays a suitcase for a kick drum, a tambourine with her foot as well as a guitar and harmonica all while singing in a folk-grass sound.

    Thurston has played music since she was young and began a solo career in 2011 performing along the East Coast, according to a news release.

  • 'Gatsby' adaptation less than great

    “Romeo + Juliet” director Baz Luhrmann puts the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel on screen for the summer movie season in “The Great Gatsby.”

    While I’m always a fan of literature in film, “Gatsby” is not the happiest of stories. It’s not what you would call an entertaining time at the movies. Instead, it expresses the central theme that money and decadence can’t make someone happy or make dreams come true.

  • Good stuff comes easy

    It’s strange how we build such complicated lives even though the most enjoyable things in life are quite simple.

    We have houses too spacious to keep clean and appliances that mimic those in the kitchens of gourmet restaurants. But a crisp set of Downy-scented bed sheets or a window open to spring’s breeze brings an indulgent, satisfied smile just as quickly.