• Boo and Duke settle in for retirement

    Everywhere I go, people ask about my dogs and wonder why I haven’t written about them in a while.

    To be perfectly honest, it’s because they’ve settled into a boring life.

    They’ve reached senior status and pretty much lie around all the time. They are healthy dogs, just old.

  • Watson, Shank perform at ECTC

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is hosting a free flute and guitar concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Morrison Gallery.

    Flutist Tony Watson and guitarist Kevin Shank will perform songs and dances from around the world.

    Watson has taught the flute for 30 years and teaches for the University of Louisville Community Music Program and ECTC.

    He has performed around the world, including at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and studied at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan.

  • Adaptation brings new life to fairy tale

    We all know the fairy tale. Jack goes up the beanstalk, kills the giant and gets the fortune. But the 2013 film version tells the story differently.

    Jack, played by Nicholas Hoult (“Warm Bodies”), does go up a beanstalk, but he’s trying to rescue a princess and stop giants from destroying the kingdom.

  • Final winter workshop offered by Youth Theatre

    Youth Theatre of Hardin County is offering the third and final winter workshop Saturday for students in sixth through 12th grades who reside in Hardin County.

    The workshop is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center. The workshops are held to prepare students for April auditions for the YTHC summer musical production, “Peter Pan.”

    Participation requires a year’s membership, which costs $35 and includes a T-shirt.

    To find out more, contact Betty Marsee at (270) 765-5421.

  • Through the lens: Photography continues to grow as a hobby

    Photography always has been a fun hobby, but with modern technology, its popularity has grown.

    While technology has made it easier and more affordable to document and create, other innovations, such as social media, have made it easier to share. And as these trends develop, more and more people are connecting with their inner artist and delving into photography.

    Amateur photographer Madge Hearne has enjoyed the hobby all her life.

  • Cereal prizes still bring joy

    Last week my older sister presented me with a piece of cardboard I had saved from when I was a kid.

    This wasn’t just any piece of cardboard, though.

    It was a 45 record by The Archies that had been printed on the back of a cereal box from the ’60s. Honeycomb, if I remember correctly.

    My sister had found the 45 when going through some boxes of memorabilia or something. She noticed an inscription on the back I had written, declaring it was my property.

    I was probably 8 or 9.

  • Classic Rooney, Garland film offered at State Theater

    Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney return to the big screen when the Historic State Theater shows “Life Begins for Andy Hardy” on Friday and Saturday.

    Showings are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. showing Saturday.

    The 1941 movie is being presented as part of the classic film series.

    Rooney plays the title character, who was featured in several films. The story follows Andy Hardy after high school graduation as he moves to New York and finds a job.

    Tickets cost $3.

    For information, call (270) 234-8258.

  • Review: We're off to see the wizard

    “Oz the Great and Powerful”
    Rated PG for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language.
    Release date: March 8
    Runtime: 130 min
    No rating this week

    As a child I was a huge fan of “The Wizard of Oz,” watching it every time it was on TV. Let’s face it; I’m still a big fan. I also adored Broadway’s “Wicked,” the stage version that serves as a prequel to the original.

  • The new TV habit: One season at a time

    A new entertainment avenue has emerged.

    Empowered by on-demand cable and online services such as Netflix, more and more Americans are “binge” watching, or viewing at least three hours’ worth of a television show in a single sitting.

  • "Die Hard" changed the action film

    “A Good Day to Die Hard”
    Rated R for violence and language
    Runtime: 97 minutes
    Release date: Feb. 14
    Rating: Who cares, it’s Die Hard 

    Critics across the country have been ripping apart “A Good Day to Die Hard.” It might not be the best movie this year but, let’s face it, quality filmmaking is not what draws audiences to this type of movie.