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Datebook: August 11 – 55th anniversary of artist Jackson Pollock’s death

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Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956), known as Jackson Pollock, was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. Pollock’s most famous paintings were made during the “drip period” between 1947 and 1950, a time when he experimented with unique methods of applying paint to canvas. After struggling with alcoholism for his entire adult life, Pollock, on August 11, 1956, at 10:15 pm, died in a single-car crash in his Oldsmobile convertible while driving under the influence of alcohol. Find more about Jackson Pollock and his work here.

It’s Thursday, August 11.

Murray Reads Maya is engaging readers for acclaimed author Maya Angelou’s speaking at Murray State’s CFSB Center on Wednesday, August 24th at 8 p.m. Use the website murrayreads.org to join the list of participants, to see special events, and to learn more about Ms. Angelou’s writings. Tickets for the reading are $10 at Ticketmaster.com.

Western Baptist Hospital’s annual free Childbirth Fair is from 10 to noon Saturday in the atrium of Doctor’s Office Building 2 in Paducah. Dr. Edward O’Neill will answer questions about the region’s first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Tour the birthing center and register for the free maternity program, Stork Central. Call 270-575-BABY for more.

Graves County High School hosts a 5KRun/Walk to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, in memory of Tori Beth Waggoner. Late registration is $25 starting at 7 a.m. Check-in is at 7:15 and the run starts at 8.

Murray State students are returning to campus, so drive safely. Use wkms.org to stay in touch with our region. Thanks.

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