• Elizabethtown duo enters electronic dance music scene

    At one point in his life, Central Hardin High School graduate Jordan Logsdon wanted to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band.

    “I really enjoyed rock ‘n’ roll music,” Logsdon said.

    That was before the now 21-year-old DJ/producer went to his first electronic dance music event.

    Once Logsdon went to such a party and saw the crowds getting into the music produced onstage, he was hooked. He knew he wanted to produce the same kind of music and see the event from the perspective of the DJ.

  • ‘Jack Reacher’ not a reach

    “Jack Reacher”
    Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material
    Runtime: 130 minutes
    Release date: December 21
    Rating: Decent action flick.

    I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a big Tom Cruise (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) fan. In fact, unless he’s in the hands of a good director, he usually annoys me.

    But putting all that aside, “Jack Reacher” surprised me.

  • My goals to accomplish in 2013

    I’m not big on resolutions. It sounds so formal and law-like, as if you’re saying “I do so resolve.”

    But in a new year, most people are focused on resolving something. I’d rather call them goals.

    The other day I posted a few of my goals for 2013 on Facebook. The more I post them, say them out loud or put them in print, the more likely I actually will acheive some of them.

    One of the so-called goals is to actually accomplish two of the four main goals I came up with.

  • 'Les Misérables' slated as PAC 2013 fall Pro/Am production

    “Les Misérables” is the 2013 fall ProAm musical presented at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center, the center and producing partner Fort Knox Federal Credit Union announced.

    The Tony Award-winning musical will be performed Oct. 4-13 at the PAC.
    Auditions for the musical are July 15, with details available at www.thepac.net as they develop.

  • A year for the arts: Hardin County a stage for quality, variety in 2012

    It’s been a busy year for arts and entertainment in Hardin County. From local milestones to national television broadcasts, Hardin County has provided a variety of music, theater, dance and visual art throughout 2012.

    “This year has provided so many artistic opportunities in Hardin County that we are often hard pressed to decide which to attend,” Hardin County Playhouse director Bo Cecil said. “This is a nice problem to have both for the community at large and for local artists.”

  • Recognizing some of life's joys


    So the end of the world did not arrive last week as some might have feared.

    The thing about impending ends is they give many of us pause for thought.

    Whether it’s the end of the world or the end of the year, some of us began to evaluate what we’ve done, what we’ve left to do and what we’ve only dreamed about doing.

  • Les Miserables on the big screen

    “Les Miserables”
    Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements
    Runtime 157 minutes
    Release date: December 25
    Rating: Exceptional emotional performances 

    Audiences have not seen a movie musical the size and scope of “Les Miserables” in years. As it hits the big screen, it’s my hope the large-scale epic movie musical makes a comeback.

  • Success seems etched in stone for Rineyville man

    As a certified engraver, Christopher Grunch of Rineyville has done work for the likes of Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Ralph Lauren and Four Roses Bourbon.

    The nature of the business, he said, requires him to be part of some special moments, such as when he engraves bottles of wine for anniversaries.

    “I’ve had people cry on me and want to hug me,” Grunch said. “That’s fine. They can hug me.”

    Sometimes, though, the special moments are unexpected.

  • Holiday standards show at the State

    The Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown shows two Christmas classics as families prepare to celebrate.

    “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) shows at 7 p.m. tonight. This popular holiday movie features a mysterious old man who appears during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and claims to be Santa Claus. A young girl, and most of the city, struggles to decide if they believe him. 

    Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn and a young Natalie Wood star in this classic.

  • ‘Lincoln,’ ‘The Avengers’ among this year’s finest

    The 2012 movie season is almost over. While there still are a few on my “to-see” list, of the films I reviewed this year, there are some excellent ones and some that were downright bad.

    On the best list, “Lincoln” is at the top. This film not only had excellent acting but wonderful direction by Steven Spielberg. It is a quality film with a bonus look back at one of the greatest presidents in American history. If you only see one movie from 2012, this one is the one to see.