• Watoto Children's Choir presents 'Beautiful Africa'

    The Watoto Children’s Choir visits Valley Creek Baptist Church on Thursday for a music and dance performance.

    The group previously performed in churches in Hardin County, including a performance at Valley Creek.

    “We are excited to have the Watoto Children’s Choir at Valley Creek for the second time,” worship pastor Josh Brown said. “They travel through our region every two years, alternating between the eastern and western parts of the United States.”

  • Enjoying surprises as they blossom

    Last week as I stood on the back porch, I noticed a tiny purple bloom in a random spot on the lawn.

    It was nothing spectacular, just a tiny flower amid a lawn of brown grass.

    The notable thing is at various times during the year for the past few years, tiny blooms have popped up in that same area at random times. And usually not the same color or type as its predecessors, but they always are tiny flowers.

    One time, a white flower appeared. Another time, it was yellow. Yet another time, we got one that was mostly pink.

  • The slightly mediocre 'Burt Wonderstone'

    What is advertised as incredible should more accurately be called slightly funny in Steve Carell’s latest film.

    The title role in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is not much of a departure for Carell. If you’ve seen his character Michael Scott on television’s “The Office,” you’ve basically met Burt Wonderstone. He’s Scott with a spray tan, sequins and a velvet outfit performing magic — a little less Scranton, a little more Vegas.

  • Allegro Dance Theatre performs under the sea

    The Little Mermaid swims her way to the stage tonight in Allegro Dance Theatre’s musical theater ensemble production.

    Auditions were so successful director Carol Zagar triple cast the lead.

    “I chose to multiple-cast the part of Ariel because I had three young ladies who prepared and did well during their audition and deserved the part,” Zagar said.

    Including private performances for local students, there are nine performances so each actress performs as Ariel three times.

  • History draws many to Celtic music

    Celtic music comes to the forefront of many minds as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, but for some it’s more than a once-a-year experience.

    Associated with Scottish and Irish culture, Celtic music as a genre is debated by some. Still, many have a concept, both accurate and erroneous, of what Celtic music is.

  • 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.