• Jon O’Brien and his owls: E’town resident moonlights as painter

    A shared love of  nightlife brought Elizabethtown artist Jon O’Brien and his artistic subject, owls, together.

    O’Brien, 32, began his artistic journey a few years ago. He didn’t think of himself as an artist until he started doing a few things for friends on their birthdays.

    “I bought some cheap paint and tried to draw out some things to see how it worked out,” he said.

    From there, people noticed his art and started asking him to create paintings for them.

  • 'Jumanji' comes to Historic State Theater

    A magical board game, jungle animals and Robin Williams join forces to provide entertainment for movie-goers Friday and Saturday when the Historic State Theater presents “Jumanji.”

    The 1995 movie shows at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.

    A magical board game is the focus of the movie. When two children begin playing the game, they release a man trapped for decades and unleash a cavalcade of jungle animals in their home.

    Tickets are $5. For more information, call (270) 234-8258.

  • 2012 'Total Recall' distances itself from original

    Growing up in the action-heavy era of the 1980s and 1990s, it’s hard to picture how a remake of “Total Recall” would work without Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Sure, Schwarzenegger isn’t the greatest actor in the world, but he was a larger-than-life personality in that film.

    The current remake with Colin Farrell (“Fright Night”) might have kept a few visuals and references to the original film but felt less than blockbuster.

  • Creative process can be inspirational, productive

    A few weekends ago I found myself driving to Louisville on a Friday night. My friend Laura had invited me to help write the script for a short film for the 48-Hour Film Project.

    The crux of this competition is that filmmakers meet at a certain time and place on Friday night, randomly draw a genre, receive certain elements required to be in the film and have 48 hours to produce a work.

  • Horton, Whos arrive in HCP production

    Horton the Elephant, the Grinch, Max the dog, Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Yertle the Turtle and a host of Whos are among the characters who will come to life onstage beginning Friday.

    The characters, made famous by Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, are part of Hardin County Playhouse’s latest offering, “Seussical the Musical!”

    Performances of the family-friendly musical are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Aug. 16, 17 and 18; and 3 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 19 in Plum Alley Theater at the Historic State Theater complex.

  • A tale of a fateful trip: Murder mystery comes to Historic State Theater

    Mysterious happenings take place at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown this weekend during “The Last Cruise of the SS Minnow” murder mystery dinner theater.

    Fantastical Theatricals, an interactive theater group, conducts the mystery tour as guest try to discover who murdered Captain Jonas “Skipper” Stubing.

    The dinner theater show starts at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $40 and include a roast beef meal by Back Home Catering.

    For more information, call (270) 234-8258.

  • Hardin County rock band rooted in early experiences

    A road trip through Colorado and Utah provided the name for the band formed last year by Hardin County residents Aaron Fogle and Justin Perez.

    Perez, an Elizabethtown resident, took that road trip and noticed a line of trees on the horizon.

    That image spawned the name Tree Meets Sky.

    “It’s really metaphorical, too,” Perez, a bassist, said, explaining the band name implies growth.

  • KRT's 'Oliver!' begins Friday

    A musical based on a work by Charles Dickens makes its way to Horse Cave today.

    The Kentucky Repertory Theatre production of “Oliver!” opens at 7:30 p.m. CDT.

    The play concerns the life of 13-year-old Oliver Twist who escapes from a brutal orphanage and a shyster-undertaker only to find himself alone, wandering the sinister back streets of 1850s London.

  • Despite potential, 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' has identity crisis

    Films from the BBC often can be one of two things. They can be utterly amazing or they can have potential but become awkward and distracting.

    “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” was the latter. The film only played in select theaters in March and was released for rental in July.

    While the actors’ performances are great, the story has a bit of an identity crisis and tries to accomplish too much in one movie.

    Is it a quirky romance? Is it a drama? Maybe a political film? It tries to be too many things.

  • Local author Nancy Barry to sign book

    Elizabethtown author Nancy Barry pens a book of stories too good not to be told.

    “It only took 72 years,” she said.

    Barry wanted to write a book since she was 3 years old.

    She was too poor to have toys and too little to go out and became bored. She went to school with her mother to enroll her brother in first grade and discovered the wonder of books. Barry became a lifelong lover of books, counting “The Yearling” and “Heaven is for Real” as some of her favorites.