• A Tony new show

    The Shelby County Community Theatre is stepping out of its comfort zone this month with the upcoming performance of Drowsy Chaperone, an award-winning Broadway musical.

    “This is a huge undertaking for the theatre,” SCCT President Cheryl Van Stockum said in an E-mail. “I am so proud of the theatre for taking on such a project.”

    The show’s director David Pilkinton echoed her enthusiasm.

    “We’re mounting a major Broadway musical, it won five Tony’s in 2006,” he said.

  • Arts council wants to share its vision

    A year after losing their gallery on Main Street, Shelby Artists on Main has a new focus and will soon have a new name for their group, as well.

    And the group wants to share its vision with the community.

  • Actresses embrace dramatic new play

    Taking in a play about murder and rape and other terrible atrocities committed against women may not seem like a relaxing way to spend a couple of hours at the theatre.

    However, those involved in the play “Necessary Targets,” opening Friday at Shelby County Community Theater, say that while the story of what five Bosnian women endured in a civil war in the 1990s may be gruesome, it’s also very inspiring and uplifting.

  • Arts bulletin board: Sept. 5, 2014

    Great American Dulcimer Convention

    to be held at Pine Mountain State Resort


    Dulcimer players from near and far will gather Sept. 26-27 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park at Pineville for the 2014 Great American Dulcimer Convention.

  • Shelby twins in new feature film

    Shelby County twins and students Gavin and Keegan Martion, active on the local acting and music scene, in August completed work on a  feature movie, In Gramps’ Shoes, which was filmed in Crossville, Tenn., and opens there on Saturday night.

  • Shelby County woman playing the new Queen of rock

    Shelbyville native Ruby Lewis is about to embark on her latest venture, co-starring in the national tour of the Queen musical We Will Rock You, which opens later this month.  

    Lewis will play Scaramouche alongside Brian Justin Crum, who was cast in the lead role of Galileo.

  • Former Shelby resident pens book about local legend

    Lisa Tindle Simpson, who grew up in Shelby County but now lives in Northern Kentucky, has published her first book, Crybaby Bridge, based on a Shelby County legend.

    At 5 p.m. Saturday she will be at Sixth and Main Coffeehouse to sign copies.

    Simpson's "urban legend" comes to life in novel form about a woman who was born in 1960 and kills herself and her newborn in 1978 by throwing the baby over the bridge and then jumping in, the water, too.

  • Li'l Abner from Broadway, movie now makes Shelby home

    From 1956-1959, Peter Palmer practically lived in the fictional town of Dogpatch as the star of both the Broadway and Hollywood productions of Li’l Abner, based on the popular comic strip that ran from 1934-1977.

    Now, more than 50 years later at the age of 81, Palmer lives in Shelbyville and can most often be found at a different kind of dog patch – the Red Orchard Dog Park.

    “I’m not retired,” Palmer says with a laugh. “The calls just don’t come anymore.”

  • Simpsonville’s former ‘Warrior’ publishes book

    When Walter Herd s retired from the military and returned to Kentucky from Afghanistan in 2007, he noticed a trend that concerned him – few people at home, even his friends, seemed to understand what the military was all about.

    “They learn about soldiers from Hollywood movies,” said Herd, who lives in Simpsonville.

  • Matthews releases historic postcard book

    A veteran publisher from Shelby County this fall will return to book shelves with a unique look at the history of Shelby County and its northern and southern neighbors.

    William E. Matthews and Historic Kentucky Inc. is releasing Historic Postcard Art – Shelby, Henry, Spencer counties – 1900-2013, which contains more than 200 postcards issued as long ago as the early 20th century. The cards tell much about the rich history of the three counties.