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Datebook: August 18 – 55th birthday of film composer John Debney

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John C. Debney (born August 18, 1956) is an American film composer. He received an Academy Award nomination for his score for Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. John was born and raised in nearby Glendale, California, where he began guitar lessons at age six and played in rock bands in college. Debney earned his B.A. degree in Music Composition from the California Institute of Arts in 1979. In the early 1990s, Debney began to score indie films and Disneyland attractions. In 1993, he scored his first studio feature, the Disney comedy Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler. Debney has since gone on to have a career composing scores for many films including Iron Man 2, The Passion of the Christ, Bruce Almighty, Elf, Sin City, Chicken Little, Liar Liar, Spy Kids, The Emperor’s New Groove, The Scorpion King, The Princess Diaries, and Predators.

It’s Thursday, August 18

Paducah School of Art Painting faculty Bilan Liao hosts a grand opening of her new gallery Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.. It’s at 520 North 7th Street in Lowertown. Liao’s art includes stories of her family who endured hardships during the Chinese Revolution and the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Cabela’s King-Kat Tournament Trail Fishing Series brings Midwest catfish anglers to Prizer-Point Marina & Resort, Cadiz, Saturday. Tournament fishing is from 6:30 to 3 with weigh-in at Prizer-Point through 4 p.m. Late registration is tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. See prizerpoint.com. There’s also a kids fishing rodeo with registration from 8 to 9.

The Paris Henry County Arts Council presents The Barons Dance Band at Lee Academy for the Arts Saturday at 7 p.m. It’s a free concert, but refreshments and snacks will be sold to raise funds for the Council. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Lee Academy for the Arts is at the intersection of Crawford and Lee in Paris.

Thanks for listening. See other events at wkms.org.

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