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Arts and Entertainment

  • ‘Seussical’ not as strong as past productions

    This is third production of this musical that I have seen, based upon the writings of the late Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel), conceived by Monty Python’s Eric Idle, with music and lyrics by Steven Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. This is the second production to be opened this summer by the cast and crews of “The Stephen Foster Story” in My Old Kentucky State Park.

  • Movie review: 'The Amazing Spiderman'

    When we first meet Peter Parker, he is a nebbish, bullied by the jocks and ignored by the girls. But that’s exactly how we should perceive him. Newcomer Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”) lets us see the true teenager before that fateful spider bite. That leaves plenty of time for him to soar over the city and into that enigmatic super-hero.

  • Bourbon Fest tickets are now available

    Tickets for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival are now available. The 21st annual festival is set for Sept. 11-16.

    Tickets are available for the following events:

    •All Star Sampler, (a KDA members Bourbon tasting event) Sept. 12, $40 each

    •Any Way She Likes It, review the different aromas and flavor bourbons to pair with food, Sept. 14, $35 each.

    •Boots and Bourbon, (come to the Wild Turkey “Sit and Sip” saloon for games, dancing, great food and more) Sept. 13, $45 each.

  • Live at the Park Concert Series: Spinners

    After more than half a century, it’s safe to say the Spinners know soul.

    The band rolls into town Monday, bringing along its Motown sound and such hit tunes as “Working My Way Back to You” and “The Rubberband Man.”

    “They put on an excellent show with singing and dancing — all their classic hits,” said Johnny Warren, managing artistic director of the Stephen Foster Drama Association, which hosts the Budweiser Live at the Park Concert Series.

  • Not your usual teddy bear story

    Toward the end of this film, his girlfriend says to John, “I need a man, not a teddy-bear loving boy.” That about sums up the relationship between John (Mark Wahlberg) and Lori (Mila Kunis). As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John’s side ever since — a friendship that’s tested when Lori, John’s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship. But that’s not the only problem.

  • ‘Brave’ Animated 3D comedy of old Scotland

    Once upon a time there was a princess who was a tomboy. She never got to do what her three younger ginger-haired brothers did, nor did she get the same attention. Why? Because she was a girl in olden times, and she had to do what princesses did. But Merida (voiced by Kelly McDonald) would have none of that, even to the point of putting her mother, the Queen (Emma Thompson), into danger. In addition to having a head full of flaming red hair, Merida was as stubborn as her mother was beautiful and her father (Billy Connolly) was brave.

  • ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’: A really grim, Grimm fairy tale

    Between “Once upon a time…” and “They lived happily ever after,” there’s an excess of gloominess in Snow White’s kingdom. A once fruitful and beautiful woodland is now the dark forest where death and madness lurk. But it is there that a fleeing princess meets the seven little men and her hunter and begins the process of bringing  light back into the kingdom.

  • ‘Men in Black 3’ Don’t ask a question to which you don’t want to know the answer

  • ‘Battleship’ The battle for Earth begins on the sea

    Any resemblance between this movie and the Hasbro board game is purely accidental. But that doesn’t stop it from being an explosive, special effects driven film. It’s two hours of yelling ‘Hooray’ for the red-white-and-blue. There is a hero, lots of fiery battle scenes, and once again aliens have arrived to take over Earth. Don’t they know that invasions have been tried and always have failed?

  • ‘Think like a Man’

     In “Think like a Man” we have all types of personalities and methods as mature young adults engage in romance or mating. But when the ladies find a self-help book on getting their way with men, then the rules are all thrown away. Of course, the men don’t know what has hit them.