Arts and Entertainment

  • Shakertown Roundtable highlights on KET

    The 2007 Shakertown Roundtable, held Sept. 28 and 29 at Kentucky’s Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, focused on ideas for improving early childhood education and how those improvements could boost economic development in the state. Business, education and community leaders throughout the state discussed the relationship between early education and Kentucky’s economic health — and how the public and private sectors can work together to improve both.

  • Comedian Billy Crystal honored with Mark Twain Prize

    Billy Crystal, who has created one of the most versatile and prolific careers in the entertainment industry — finding success in front of the camera, as a performer in film and television, and behind the scenes as a writer, director and producer — has been honored with the 10th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The 90-minute special ‘Billy Crystal: The Mark Twain Prize,’ featuring tributes and comic testimonials from a star-studded cast of Crystal’s friends and colleagues, airs at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 on KET2.

  • Library hosts this month's feature film Nov. 20

    ‘The Bothersome Man,’ Nelson County Public Library’s Film Movement offering of the month, will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the Community Room at the new Main branch of the library.

    A Norwegian production, ‘The Bothersome Man’ won awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

  • 'Fred Claus' - Movie means Christmas is a-coming

    “Fred Claus” has everything we expect in a holiday film, and that’s the trouble. There’s nothing special, nothing that makes our minds say “That’s cute,” “Whee, I love it!” or “Wow.” However there are moments when you’ll wonder, “How’d they do that?” For example, the actor (John Michael Higgins) playing one of the principal elves Willie, is a normal-sized man whom you will recognize from dozens of supporting roles on television.

  • It's Halloween, and time for another 'SAW' movie

    First things first: I know that a vast majority of people viewing this film will have already seen the first three chapters of the mayhem of Jigsaw, perhaps the most inventive villain in cinematic horror. “Saw IV” continues that level of ingenuity even though Jigsaw died in “Saw III.” Hollywood will not let a money-making franchise die through pure logic. There has to be a gimmick. In this movie, we see Jigsaw/John through flashbacks while realizing that someone else is carrying on his work in the present.

  • Moms who plan ahead can relieve separation anxiety

    DEAR ABBY: After reading your response to “Desperate Mom in Miami,” who was being married and wasn’t sure if she should take her 4-year-old son on her honeymoon because she was afraid he’d be traumatized if he was left for 12 days, I have to respond. Of course he will be traumatized if his mother leaves him for that long!

  • Derby Dinner's 'Wait Until Dark' too much wait, not enough dark

    “Wait Until Dark” is a taut drama which encourages the audience to expect that heroine Susy Hendrix will take back her home from invading thieves. But Derby Dinner Playhouse’s production fails to create that expectation. All the elements are there, but the directing is so by-the-numbers that we are left out. The blind Susy (Janet Essenpreis) is at the mercy of anyone who invades her home, but if she can get the apartment in darkness then she has leveled the playing field.

  • Movie Memos

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.