• 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.

  • Heartland Winds perform Sunday concert

    The Heartland Winds perform in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    The theme is “Force of Destiny.”

    Conductor Brian Froedge said the group will play many pieces within that theme.

    One piece is “La Forza del Destino” by Verdi.

    “It is a very exciting, dramatic piece of music,” Froedge said.

  • The Van-Dells perform oldies at the State

    The sound of oldies music rings through the halls of the Historic State Theater this weekend.

    The Van-Dells, an oldies tribute group, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

    The group is recording the performance for promotional purposes.

    “They thought it was such a beautiful location that they made a special trip down here to see it in person before the show,” theater director Emily West said.

    A three man show, their website touts them as “the Three Stooges set to music.”

  • Youth Theatre holds 'Peter Pan' auditions

    This season the Youth Theatre of Hardin County is taking the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning in the high-flying adventures of “Peter Pan.”

    Auditions for the musical are 5 to 9 p.m. today or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

  • Central Hardin student introduces world to 'Girl From Iowa'

    A fictional girl from a real place practically has Zach Alexander sitting on top of the world.

    On April 10, the Central Hardin High School senior, performing as Ocean City, won the Louisville region round in the Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands. He has advanced toward the top spot, which puts him in the running for a chance to play Hard Rock Calling in London as part of a world tour as well as make an album and video with Hard Rock Records and win gear.

  • Cruise's latest, 'Oblivion,' is forgettable

    Tom Cruise tries his hand at science fiction once again in “Oblivion,” a state most audiences will be in after seeing the film.

    The problem with this movie is it’s nothing new. Science fiction used to be a genre that could be counted on for a fresh and unique experience.

    With the increased accessibility of special effects and the popularity of the genre, audiences now are inundated with these films. The sad thing is where there once was quality and excitement, we now get a series of copycat themes and unoriginal stories.

  • Dance, even if you don't know the steps

    From the stoop of middle age, I see kids dancing in the street. And they look ridiculous.

    Last weekend, I attended the wedding of my husband’s old friend. At the reception, I’d been bobbing my head and watching the dance floor, for a while. I was ready to dance but, wow, the people tearing up the dance floor were intimidating. The six people I knew at this wedding weren’t budging and it took a few songs to work up the nerve to join the dancing.