• PAC holds auditions to populate 'Our Town'

    Actors and actresses are being sought to populate “Our Town” as the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center hosts auditions for the pro-am production Friday.

    Written by Thornton Wilder, “Our Town” offers a glimpse into some of the lives of residents of a small New Hampshire town.

    Auditions are 5 to 9 p.m. at the PAC at John Hardin High School. Those auditioning will read from the script, and materials are available in advance at the PAC office.

    All 15 roles, children and adults, are available.

  • Holiday movie preview

    The holiday movie season kicks off in November and I might as well start with a film many people are looking forward to that might be the one that does not live up to the hype, “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.”

    The fourth installment of the best selling book series begins with the marriage of Edward and Bella. I’m not sure there’s enough to the story to make two parts but Summit Entertainment is going to try to get their money’s worth out of this franchise.

  • Living in a banana peel puppet world

    A few weeks ago I saw a commercial I had seen several times but never really thought about.

    What it came down to was this: cannibalistic cereal.


    No, really. One piece of cereal eating another piece of cereal.

    It’s not like I’m shocked or freaked out or anything. (If it happened in real life — pardon the unintentional but appropriate joke — that would be different.) I just never really paid that much attention to the commercial until it struck me that it was just a bit odd.

  • Book signing in Radcliff

    Bookends & More, 809 N. Wilson Road in Radcliff, will host a book signing from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Authors the Rev. Gary Hamer and Michael Heitkemper will be there to sign their latest books.

    Hamer is a resident of Greensburg, Ind., and author of “The Thundering Whisper,” a book about prayer.

    Heitkemper also is from Indiana and author of a mystery novel titled “Becoming Mortal gods,” set in the World War II era. 

  • Sketch comedy meets horror in HCP's Halloween production

    If you go: "Another HCP Halloween," a fundraising production presented by Hardin County Playhouse, is at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater complex in Elizabethtown. Tickets are $20. For more information, call (270) 352-0577.

    What would it have been like if Judge Judy had presided over the Salem Witch Trials? Or what if serial killer Aileen Wuornos and suspected axe murderer Lizzie Borden were among the all-female hosts of a talk show?

  • 'The Shining' scares at the State this weekend

    As Halloween approaches, the Historic State Theater will present “The Shining Experience,” a program built around the celebrated horror film.

    The 1980 Stanley Kubrick film based on the Stephen King novel stars Jack Nicholson (“The Bucket List”), Shelley Duvall (“Popeye”) and child actor Danny Lloyd, who is rumored to reside in the Hardin County area.

  • A spectacle that's far from spectacular

    Take along a lot of crackers if you go to see “The Three Musketeers.” It’s very cheesy.

    Most modern productions of the Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale present it in a similar way.

  • Lessons from George McFly

    A teen forces himself out of bed on Monday morning. A new week at school has begun. He gets dressed and puts on the new jacket his mom bought him over the weekend. She knew something was wrong but he wouldn’t talk about it.

    He looks in the mirror, a slight smile on his face hoping today would be better. He grabs his bag and talks himself into stepping out the door.

  • Theater hopes magic show makes tickets disappear

    The Historic State Theater is expecting an event Saturday will cast a spell on its audience.

    Hocus pocus will be the focus when Grand Illusions, a magic show touted as the largest of its kind in the central U.S., takes the stage at 7 p.m.

    The show requires five people more than four hours to set up the more than five tons of equipment.

    Grand Illusions is suitable for the whole family.

    Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12.

    For tickets or more information call (270) 234-8258.

  • Gallery features pair of Elizabethtown painters

    Elizabethtown painters Cynthia Kelly Overall and Betty Campbell are displaying new oil paintings in “Landscape Paintings,” on exhibit at B. Deemer Gallery in Louisville until Nov. 5.

    Overall’s latest body of work depicts scenes of rural landscapes and farms. Her paintings have a luminosity and technical application learned from her studies in Europe and further developed over the years working in her studio, according to an announcement by the gallery.