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Arts

  • Shelbyville playwright to stage new musical in Louisville

    A Shelby County playwright has a play set to debut in Louisville in April, and auditions will be held there on Sunday.

    When Jenny Lind Came To Town, a fact-based musical docu-drama celebrating Jenny Lind’s April 1851 performances in Louisville and Madison, Ind., will make its debut at the Clifton Center in Louisville on April 3-7.

    The play is the newest work of playwright and Shelbyville resident Mike Smith, whose hobby of collecting vintage programs and tickets inspired him to write and produce a play about renown 19th century soprano Jenny Lind.

  • 6 Shelby Countians earn spots in ballet

    Over the past few years, several Shelby County dancers have earned spots in the holiday performance of Nutcracker in a Nutshell, and this year the county will send its largest contingent ever.

    Denise Gillman, the owner and director of Gillman’s Dance Academy, which has studios in Shelbyville and Crestwood, has six dancers that will partake in the show this year. Two dancers from Shelby County participated last year.

  • Shelby native’s first book is a flood of feelings

    Jim Miller would be the first to tell you that his well-plotted path from boy journalist of Shelby County to adult author took a few side trips, the last of which ultimately if unwittingly landing him at his destination.

    Miller, who grew up in the Clark Station area of Shelby, became Author James W. Miller as the result of a devastating hurricane that swept away his life and blew him forward and into the pages of his first book, Where The Water Kept Rising.

  • Van Stockum publishes new book on world wars

    Sentinel-News Columnist Gen. Ron Van Stockum has another new book hitting the stands, and he has been invited to sell it at the Kentucky Book Fair, which is Nov. 10 in Frankfort.

    Remembrances of World Warsconsists of the 41 columns he has written about the World Wars of the 20th Century for the Sentinel-News during the past five years.

  • Arts center pitch includes new script

    More than 50 people filled the West Middle School library Tuesday to begin the conversation of possibly adding an arts center to the long-discussed City Center project for the 800 block of Washington and Main streets in Shelbyville.

  • My Morning Jacket has Shelby County roots

    Johnny Quaid said he never set out to be anything but honest with his music and his work.

    On his grandparent’s farm near Shelbyville, where corn and soybeans grew, so did Johnny and his cousin Jim’s band, My Morning Jacket. Comprised of members from Pleasureville, Buckner, and Shelbyville, the band’s music reached international acclaim with its first albums recorded mostly on the family farm.

  • Failed retirement creates book for Shelby County native

    There you are: 55 or 65 or whatever and about to retire. You’ve worked your whole life. day in, day out. You’re standing on the threshold of a new life. One that you author. One that you’ve awaited.

    Your day has arrived. Now what?

    Simpsonville native Mike Shouse found stepping into retirement was not as easy as he had hoped. “I wasn’t very good at it,” he said. “In fact, I failed the first time. I just wasn’t ready for the emotional changes.”

  • Artist Bright is back in the spotlight

    The mood in downtown Louisville tonight will be one of celebration and of achievement and also for many, a time to remember a native son of Shelbyville.

    The Louisville Clock, created by late artist Barney Bright of Shelbyville, has been out of commission for several years but has been restored and will be dedicated at its new location in Theater Square near 4th Street.  

  • Arts center project gets another donation

    The plan to develop the 800 block of Main and Washington streets into an arts and conference center got another  boost this week.

    Attorney Don Prather and his wife, Greta, donated a house at 810 Washington St. to the city to use for the project, following up on the donation last October by Citizens Union Bank of property at 818 and 820 Washington.

     “This is kind of a dream project that we [with Leon Mooneyhan] have, and this kind of generous donation lets others know we’re still moving forward,” Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said.

  • Shelby County native continues novel ideas

    When Shelby County native Drew Howell released his first book, Expendable Assets, he said more books would follow.

    He hasn’t let readers down on that promise, recently releasing Irish Pennant and promising even more books will be published.