Author Name: Mary D. Ferguson
Mary D. Ferguson is a staff writer and columnist for the Kentucky New Era. Her column runs every Friday. .
Author Name: Mary D. Ferguson
CADIZ, Ky. — With the blistering July heat persisting outside the Janice Mason Art Museum, Paula Lisowsky sits bundled up in a windbreaker inside the museum’s front office, a spare blanket a few feet away.
Standing among her plant and flower entries at the Western Kentucky State Fair, Linda Joiner moves between each with a watering can, tending them with gentle care.
GOLDEN POND, Ky. — When she was younger, Monika Flake remembers poking fun at her mother for keeping an old dress from the 19th century among her belongings. Earlier this week though, Flake found a good use for the dress.
Fifteen workers gathered underneath the hot sun Wednesday afternoon for a service project at Sanctuary House. Throughout the afternoon, the workers planted trees, cleaned up flowerbeds and trimmed hedges in the facility’s front courtyard along East Ninth Street.
In almost 40 years of working as a professional musician, Ron Creager has built up a large supply of memories. With an upcoming show at the Alhambra Theatre, he plans on sharing many of them.
Local author Teresa Medeiros’ 22nd novel, “The Pleasure of Your Kiss,” was released Tuesday in print and as an e-book. Medeiros will be signing copies of the book from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 7 at Kroger on Skyline Drive.
Peter Sellers will probably always be remembered (correctly) for his comedic chops. Audiences fell in love with Sellers in the “Pink Panther” films, where he cemented his reputation as a comedy star. Films like “Dr. Strangelove,” where Sellers performed as three distinctly hilarious characte…
In his short story collection “The Name of the Nearest River,” Alex Taylor gives us a set of characters heartbreakingly familiar to any Southerner; sad, despondent people working dead end jobs and living in hopeless circumstances, the next six pack of beer their only refuge. There is a deep …
Romance is never easy in the movies, but it seems to follow some fairly reliable rules. We are so accustomed to the boy-meets-girl Hollywood formula that it is hard to conceive of a romance between two fully realized individuals, human beings driven by their own passions and convictions rath…
I had never read a Barbara Kingsolver book before picking up “The Bean Trees” from the library last week. I had heard good things about her other books, particularly “The Poisonwood Bible,” but I liked the look of “The Bean Trees,” her first novel, published in 1988.
This time of year, it is easy to get swept up on the wave of summer entertainment at the multiplex. Over Memorial Day weekend, I went to see the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” installment and was reminded of the joy of extended action sequences, grandiose special effects and the mindless …
My heart sank mournfully on April 9 when I learned of Sidney Lumet’s death at 86. Lumet was one of the great American directors, author of more than 40 films in a career that spanned five decades.
Those looking for a conventional plot won’t find one in “A Place on Earth.” Wendell Berry’s book is more a series of observations and reflections on rural culture, linked together by the slow passage of life in a small Kentucky farming community.
With one Phillip K. Dick’s inspired sci-fi flick, “The Adjustment Bureau,” in theaters, I thought I’d take a look at a film based on another Dick work for this month’s column.
Seeing as Wednesday was Feb. 2, I thought I would take a look at the immortal Bill Murray comedy “Groundhog Day” for this week’s column. I know the film isn’t quite 20 years old yet, but I thought I would break my rule just this once. Promise.
With the recent release of Samuel Fuller’s “Shock Corridor” on special edition DVD from the Criterion Collection, I thought I would look at the film for this week’s column.
Out of all types of performers, dancers probably endure the most physical punishment for their art. Their bodies are their only means of expression, and they must craft them ruthlessly as they pursue artistic perfection. The agony they endure must be intense.
Few movies have been more deeply engrained in my life than “A Christmas Story,” and not always to a pleasant end. I guess that’s the price of growing up a round-faced kid with glasses.
With a musical, “Burlesque,” and a dark dance drama, “Black Swan,” now in theaters, I thought I would take a look at a musical film of the past for this week’s column.
I’ve never been a big traveler, so the national controversy about the new body scans and searches at airport security terminals has been a little bit lost on me. I understand the points of view in play, but travel too infrequently for it to make much of a difference to me.
With the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library planning a brown bag discussion next week for Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” I decided to take a look at the 1962 film adaptation for this week’s review.
It’s strange how your perspective can shift as you get older. I have vivid memories of Pee-wee Herman from my childhood; I was always watching reruns of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” and remember watching “Big Top Pee-wee” more times than my parents should have allowed. You remember that film; it’s …
Every Halloween, one of the things I look forward to the most is sitting down for my annual viewing of John Carpenter’s classic horror movie “Halloween.” I first saw the film when I was around 12, and though it never kept me up nights, there was something unmistakably frightening about it.
Since the actor Tony Curtis passed away a couple of weeks ago, I thought I would pay tribute to one of his best films, “The Defiant Ones,” with this week’s column.
This year marks a number of different Beatle-related anniversaries: the 70th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth, the 30th anniversary of his death and the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ break-up. With this in mind, I thought I would look at a documentary on Lennon, “Imagine: John Lennon,” …
With Hopkinsville Community College screening “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” Friday in the Auditorium Building, I thought I would take a look at the film for this week’s column.
With a new Woody Allen film “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” going into limited release this week, I thought I would revisit an Allen film of the past for this week’s review.
With a new crime movie, “The Town,” opening this week, I thought I would revisit a great crime film of the past, “Prince of the City,” for this week’s review.
I was a little bothered last year when I found out Oliver Stone was making a sequel to his 1987 financial drama “Wall Street.” The film, titled “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” will be released on Sept. 24 and will have Michael Douglas reprising his classic role of corporate raider Gordon …
This December, the Coen brothers will release a remake of the 1969 John Wayne classic “True Grit.” I thought I would take a look at the original for this week’s column.
With a release of a new movie this week about demonic possession, “The Last Exorcism,” I thought I would revisit the mother of all possession movies, “The Exorcist,” for this week’s column.
With one screwball comedy, “Dinner for Schmucks,” having opened last week and another, “The Other Guys,” opening this week, I thought I would revisit a comedy of the past for this week’s review.
With sci-fi blockbusters like “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Inception” opening this week, I thought I would revisit another great sci-fi action film, “Aliens,” for this week’s review.
With the release of the third film in the “Twilight” series, “Eclipse,” this week, I thought I would take a look at one of the earliest of vampire films, “Dracula” (1931), starring Bela Lugosi, for this week’s review.