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Datebook: March 31 – César Chávez Day

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It’s Thursday, March 31.

A world-renowned scholar on the Holocaust, Christopher Browning, speaks in Murray Saturday night.  His presentation titled “Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony” is the keynote for the Beasley Memorial Scholarship Banquet starting at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center.  Tickets are $40 for dinner and lecture, $15 for lecture only.  Call 270-809-2234 for reservations.

The Hopkinsville Art Guild presents Spring into Art tomorrow.  It’s a Paint-off  and Reception starting at 5 p.m. at the Guild Art Gallery, 4000 Fort Campbell Boulevard.  7 Artists participate in a timed painting contest and their works will be in a fundraiser drawing.  Jim Garnett, guitar, entertains, and refreshments are provided.

Today’s the deadline for entries in the Entre Paducah Best Business Plan competition.  See contest rules and the official entry form at  There’s a $2500 cash price to the winner of this first Entre Paducah –Paducah Bank Business Plan Competition.

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Datebook: March 30 – Robert Bunsen turns 200

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It’s Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah raises laughs and funds for the American Red Cross Recovery efforts in Japan.  Tickets are $10 for Stand-Up for Humanity at 7 p.m. tomorrow featuring local stand-up talent along with headliner and Star Search contestant Tim Northern of Nashville.

The Jackson Purchase Friends of Bluegrass partner with DC Electric Company’s Relay for Life Team in a fundraising fish fry at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Kentucky Opry Building in Draffenville.  After dinner hear bands like The McKendrees and Uncle Mike and the Pea Snappers.  Tickets for the dinner are $7.50 per person.

Near Henderson Audubon State Park’s Annual Wildflower Extravaganza is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s a guided wildflower walk at 9 and another at 11.  At noon there’s a wildflower Scavenger Hunt for children ages 3 to 5 with parents.  Another wildflower walk follows at 1 and at 2 p.m. learn about birdscaping, or landscaping to attract birds.

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morning cram [surreal edition]

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Foreign journalists in Libya are facing increased government pressure.

NPR hears how the media’s situation in Tripoli has become ever more sinister and weird.

KENTUCKY~ Earlington voters end prohibition. A 5-car wreck this morning shut down KY-58. McCracken County authorities search for a knife-wielding robber. MSU’s Curris Center will be back open today after things got a little steamy. The Madisonville-North Hopkins County High School band is invited to play @ New York’s Carnegie Hall. Oak Grove’s longtime police chief gets fired. The (acclaimed) editor of the Madisonville Messenger is retiring. Lower temps may stave off some tree pollen-caused allergies. The state will pick up your tab if you take the GED.

TENNESSEE~ A Houston County fire station burns to the ground (irony!?). One proposed bill wants to add an extra tax to soft drink sales, and another wants to protect teachers (who allow students to decry theories of evolution).


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Datebook: March 29 – Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified 50 years ago

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Murray Calloway County Hospital Endowment for Healthcare raises funds for the Hospice House Building project with Murray’s first ever half marathon, Saturday April 16.  In addition to runners, volunteers are welcome all day to help with course set-up, water/aid stations, medal distribution, and other jobs.  Get more information at 270-762-1831.

The McCracken County Public Library is now recycling.  It’s at 555 Washington in Paducah.  Bring your used books, shaped cake pans, and books and papers about McCracken.  Bring your batteries & electronic equipment, old cell phones and eye glasses.  And the Library can use your un-used school supplies and coloring books as well as unexpired food items.

Angels Attic Thrift Store in Murray needs inventory.  It sells household items, books, furniture, clothing, CDs, and other items to benefit Angels Community Clinic.  Drop off hours at the rear of the store off Arcadia Drive are 9 to 5 Monday through Saturday.  The store is also able to pick up large donations and yard sale leftovers.

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morning cram [music clouds edition]

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Amazon has launched a way for consumers to easily access all of their music on all of their devices through a so-called “cloud music service.”

~NPR reports the online retailer’s launch beat Google and Apple to the punch.

KENTUCKY~ Residents want McCracken County officials to oversee the local Humane Society. Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant has a new contractor to convert radioactive waste. Four area high schoolers will have Associate’s degrees when they graduate. A Mayfield man pleads guilty to manslaughter. Boy! Murray sure has grown. Earlington votes today on whether to allow restaurant alcohol sales. Hopkins County’s long-time Circuit Court Clerk is retiring. Gov Beshear signs a bill into law making it easier for top-earners to refinance homes. Some Maker’s Mark bottles will be sealed with gold wax.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville man goes on trial accused of murdering his Fort Campbell soldier spouse two years ago. Low-risk prisoners can now get credit toward their sentences for taking 3-month classes. A House sub-committee will discuss legalizing deer farming.

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Datebook – March 28: Paris Commune formed 140 years ago

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The Regional Transportation Committee meets Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Pennyrile Area Development District office at 300 Hammond Drive in Hopkinsville.  Topics include prioritization and project updates.

The Yeiser Art Center hosts a Gala Opening Reception for its Fantastic Fibers 2011 Exhibit Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.  This international competitive exhibition showcases a wide range of works in the fiber medium.  See 58 works created by 47 fiber artists from around the world and the nation.  The Yeiser is at 200 Broadway in Paducah.  The exhibit runs through April, Quilt Show month.

The Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center showcases Student Art during April.  Works include those from grades 1 through 12, curated by art teacher Cindy Crider.  The museum is on South Main Street in Dawson Springs, open Tuesday through Friday 1 to 4 and by appointment other times.

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morning cram [debriefya edition]

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President Obama will debrief the nation tonight on the US military operations in Libya.

NPR reports the televised address comes nine days after Obama spurred the military into action.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah man (allegedly) stabbed another man many times with a screwdriver. Paducah had a mini-quake last week. Six area dams would be hazardous if breached. A philanthropic dancing competition over the weekend drew in $132k. Gov Beshear throws out state agency cuts in the just-passed Medicaid bill.  UK makes the Final Four. Oh, and don’t burn your trash.

TENNESSEE~ A bill on Gov Haslam’s desk would remove state law references to ‘idiots, lunatics, and retards’.

SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU = APSU, UTM > << JSU. (Softball) MSU = TTU, APSU > << EMU, UTM = EKU.

Weekend Energy 3/26

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so erratically fortuitous, it’s like stumbling into a swamp wrestling match between a sharktopus and a piranaconda refereed by… a yeti.


Computers Want Me Dead – In Your Blood – I can’t get enough of this synth-heavy smooth New Zealand group. I stumbled across In Your Blood like six months ago and its kept me hooked. Their new self-titled EP just came out – and full of good stuff including this single, We Walk In Circles and Letters and Numbers. Check out their slick retrofuturistic video for In Your Blood.

Jupiter – Sake – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Dillon Francis & Diplo – Que Que (feat. Maluca)- American DJ Diplo has a huge following on Facebook. I’m most familiar with his work managing Mad Decent records and as part of Major Lazer. His favela funk, dancehall house style is largely what makes him a unique and powerful force in music. Mixed in with west cost Dillon Francis, the new EP, “Westside!” is a chill, funky wall of sound. Que Que is my favorite track off the EP, but Masta Blasta is also quite good.

Ze! – X Lover – Ze! sounds like someone you should already be familiar with… but you’re probably not. This Malaysian singer recently made a splash at SXSW – performing stuff of her new EP “I Am Glam.” Around the same time, her song X Lover pummeled my ears. It’s got a searing bassline, brash lyrics and a massive dose of energy. It’s awesome. “Ze” is heard to Google search for, but she’s on MySpace – where you can hear more of her music. Here’s a link to her web site.

(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)



Jupiter caught my attention from their beginning, with a remix of Salt Air by Chew Lips, followed by their own singles Starlighter and Vox Populi. This Parisian Electro/Disco/Funk group is on the Kitsune record label – which translates to “a place where good things come from.” Sake sounds like the drink: crisp, not too serious, a little sweet, a little cheap, and in large quantities will make your legs feel like squids. The video is full of ridiculous dancing and a prominently featured keytar – a deadly combination. It’s fun and vibrant and doesn’t stray from the indie-dance French sound that Kitsune has been nurturing over the past few years. Nothing offensive here – except maybe the dancing in this video! Check out Jupiter’s Facebook Page and their song Starlighter.

Almost Made It

Teenage Mutants

German duo Teenage Mutants are sort of new, but they are riding strongly on the Afro-beat, electro house wave paved by fellow German great Malente. The “almost made it” song is Chango – the title track of their new EP – remixed by Malente. The original has a transient quality to it, and Malente rips this thing into a glitchy poppy dancehall masterpiece. It almost sounds like a lessen in music making – take risks and sound different, but don’t alienate the beat. Chango came to my computer at the same time as the new EP by Dillon Francis and Diplo, and with too much similarity, I went with the stronger of the two. Check out Chango by Teenage Mutants remixed by Malente below.

Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include  Dada Life, Uffie, Cloud Control, Libex & LRM, Disco Trash Music, Madeline Puckette, Etienne Futur and more!

“Crank up your stereo, bust out the strobe light and kick up the bass.”

Weekend Energy has been blowing out car stereo systems, upsetting the neighbors and enhancing the night life of western Kentucky every weekend since July 2007 on WKMS. Host Matt “McG” Markgraf pours through hundreds of songs each week to create “the loudest show on public radio” featuring the best techno, dance and electronica from around the world.

Weekend Energy airs Saturdays on 91.3 WKMS from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stream it live on Saturday nights.

Hear the show streaming online.


Written by Matt Markgraf

March 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Datebook: March 25 – Waffle Day in Sweden

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Murray State’s Animal Health Technology Day is tomorrow at Carman Pavilion on College Farm Road across from Calloway County High.  From 8 to 4 dogs and cats are welcome for baths, various basic diagnostic tests, nail cuts and ear cleaning.  The Humane Society of Calloway County provides a pet ID clinic.

Kentucky Dam Village’s 38th Annual Buffalo Dinner and Native American Heritage Day is noon til 8 tomorrow.  Enjoy a $19.95 buffet featuring carved steamship of buffalo, buffalo brisket with Cajun demi glace, smoked buffalo with chipotle BBQ sauce and more.  Demonstrations of the Cherokee culture are presented 1 to 5 p.m.

A “Sucker Punch” Ride benefits MSU’s cycling team tomorrow. Registration starts at 7 a.m. at GearUp Cycles on the corner of 15th and Main for 50 and 100 kilometer rides.  Riders get a police escort from 15th and Main to Doran and Wiswell Roads and then are on their own through the southern part of Calloway, including Hazel.

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morning cram [google spy edition]

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Intelligence agencies have traditionally relied on top-secret information to track changes in other countries. But wiretaps and secret intercepts didn’t help US officials predict revolutions popping up across the Middle East and North Africa.

NPR reports officials say in hindsight, maybe they should have just used Google.

KENTUCKY~ The Paducah-McCracken merger study group says volunteer fire networks would remain unchanged. School officials promise streaming video of construction at the new McCracken County High School site. The Medicaid Special Session ends, but lawmakers are still being paid. Senators keep the state’s high school dropout age @ 16.  The Commonwealth invests a few bucks in several high-tech firms. The state Supreme Court temporarily halts executions.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell and union reps pen in another date (next month) to debate.