• 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.

  • Fall head over heels for Cirque Zuma Zuma

    Performers tonight at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center will be bending over backwards to entertain their audience — Literally.

    Cirque Zuma Zuma, an African troupe of Cirque du Soleil-style performers, lands on stage at 7 p.m. and brings with it much more than a night of entertainment.

    Bart Lovins, PAC director, said Cirque Zuma Zuma provides a glimpse into another culture, which is “laced” into the performance and possibly unfamiliar to audience members. The presentation is educational while still being entertaining, he said.

  • The Oscars: A look at Hollywood's finest

    Sunday night, Hollywood brings out its finest for the 85th Academy Awards.

    This year had some standout performances in a wide range of films.

  • Imagining a day in the life of a single Pomeranian

    While my other half, Rebecca Ricks, and I continue our search for another canine companion, I’ve come to worry a little about our current companion, Tybalt.

    As much as we try to incorporate play time, walks and car rides for the Pomeranian, I know he must get bored on days when we are both at work. Since we lost our other Pomeranian, Nanook, last July, Tybalt does not have any sleeping targets to dive bomb during work days.

  • Kentucky author to hold book signing

    Western Kentucky during 1811-1815 is the setting for “Widder’s Landing,” a novel by a Kentucky author who will hold a book signing Saturday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Elizabethtown.

    Author Eddie Price will sign first edition copies on his historical novel from 1 to 4 p.m. at the book store.

  • Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo on stage at The PAC

    Guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo will appear as a part of the Acoustic Guitar Masters Concert Series this weekend at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    In its 13th year, the series has included guitarists from around the world.

    Vignola has performed with many musicians including Ringo Starr, Madonna and the Boston Pops. He was named to Les Paul’s Five Most Admired Guitarists list.

  • Picking and giving in Vine Grove

    A lot of pickin’ will be going on in Vine Grove, and it’s for a good cause.

    The Vine Grove Bluegrass Jam Fundraiser and Band Scramble kicks off at 6 p.m. March 1 at Vine Grove City Hall. For the second time, bluegrass musicians will use a jam session and scramble to raise money for Hosparus of Central Kentucky. Bluegrass enthusiasts regularly come together and play in Vine Grove.

    Organizer Bobby Smith decided to use bluegrass to support the organization after he spent some time working with Hosparus. The last event raised almost $2,000.

  • Emmanuel returns to PAC for Tommy Fest 11

    He comes from “a land Down Under” and even played on recordings by the ’80s Aussie band Men at Work, but Tommy Emmanuel also feels his roots extend to the Bluegrass State.

    “It’s a bit of a homecoming for me,” Emmanuel said.

    Emmanuel performs in concert and leads workshops beginning tonight during Tommy Fest 11, part of an annual concert series at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.