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Datebook: November 30 – Regina Mundi Day in South Africa

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It’s Regina Mundi day in South Africa. Regina Mundi is the largest Roman Catholic church in South Africa located in Orlando East, Soweto, a populous black urban residential area within the city of Johannesburg. Due to the role it played as a place of gathering for the people of Soweto in the years before, during, and after the anti-apartheid struggle, it is often referred to as “the people’s church” of “the people’s cathedral.” In 1997, Nelson Mandela established 30th November as “Regina Mundi Day” to honor the church.

It’s Wednesday, November 30

Murray State’s Chamber Singers present Madrigal Dinners Friday and Saturday nights at 6 in Ordway Hall near the intersection of 15th and Olive. Enjoy a full meal with the singing of carols and madrigals. Call 270-809-4288 for tickets.

Saturday brings the Reindeer Run 5K to Cadiz before the Christmas parade. The run starts from Trigg County Middle School Gym at 5 p.m. and benefits Bright Life Farms. Register at or mail. Race day registration is $20.

Pullen Farm Greenhouse offers an interior plant sale of houseplants big and small from 9 to 5 through Friday. It’s also time to order poinsettias which will go on sale closer to Christmas. Take Hickory off 94 West in Murray to get there.

Adsmore House hosts a special Christmas candlelight tour Saturday from 6 to 8:30. The 1857 Greek Revival home is restored to late Victorian grandeur and furnished with its family’s furnishings and memorabilia. It’s at 304 North Jefferson in Princeton.

See more at, including the schedule of all our holiday specials.

Written by Matt Markgraf

November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

the morning cram [get out!! edition]

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Occupy LA is no more after police attacked in the night and arrested around 200.

NPR reports around 1400 LA Police officers raided the Occupy LA camp last night, arresting 200 in an overwhelming show of force.

Kentucky~ Ballard County names interim superintendent.  Former KCTC Prez gets a settlement. We’re reaching out to farmers in Benton. KSP wants your food in their car.

Illinois~ A pension bill is on Gov Quinn’s desk.

Datebook: November 29 – First Chimp Launched Into Earth Orbit 50 Years Ago

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Enos was the first chimpanzee that was launched into Earth orbit. He completed more than 1,250 hours of training for his mission at the University of Kentucky and Holloman Air Force Base. He flew into space on board Mercury Atlas 5 on November 29, 1961 and completed his first orbit in 1 hour and 28.5 minutes.  According to observers, upon his return Enos jumped for joy and ran around the deck of the recovery ship enthusiastically shaking the hands of his rescuers. Enos’s flight was a full dress rehearsal for the next Mercury launch on February 20, 1962, which would make Lt. Colonel John Glenn the first American to orbit the Earth, after astronauts Alan Shepard, Jr. and Gus Grissom’s successful suborbital space flights.

It’s Tuesday, November 29

Greater Paducah Sustainability needs 40 volunteers to hand out candy during the Christmas Parade. GPS also needs help decorating the float Saturday at 1:00pm. Register at

Murray State’s Clara M. Eagle Gallery has 3 exhibits opening Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The BA/BS student exhibit reception is in the 7th Floor Gallery. An exhibit of Dale Leys’ drawing students titled Drawings from the Class of Reincarnation opens in the Curris Center Gallery, and an outdoor installation by John Utgaard – titled Carillon – opens on the green space between Old Fine Arts and Visual Arts.

Pennyroyal Arts Council’s Annual Holiday Tour of Homes is Sunday from 2 to 5 in the Great Oaks area. Advance Tickets are $10 at the L & N Depot downtown. $12 Tour Day Tickets are at each residence. Homes include those of Phil and Kitty Horn, Sands and Jennifer Chewing, Roger and Betty Holmes, all on Shallow Lake Circle, and Tom and Joyce Sholar on Greenleaf Court.

See details at Thanks for being here.

the morning cram [there’s what’s right and there’s what’s right and never the twain shall meet edition]

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It seems nobody told Mitt flip-fops in winter are faux pas.

NPR reports Romney’s position on abortion has been hard to pin down over the years, however the candidate’s supporters say only his emphasis changed.

Kentucky~ The McCracken County Fiscal Court chooses not to fund an investigation into Community Center embezzlement.    McCracken County stops funding for the Humane Society.  Synthetic Marijuana is now illegal in McCracken County.  It’s getting chilly- be careful out there!The governor says forget cutting down a Christmas tree, just use the one in the yard.

Illinois~ Tax breaks are making their way through the legislature.

Datebook: November 28 – The Name of a Town in Argentina

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28 de Noviembre, Photo by Alejandro Gramajo, Panaramio & Google Earth

28 de Noviembre, written out as Veintiocho de Noviembre, is a town of roughly 5,300 inhabitants in southwestern Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. The town is near the border with Chile, not far from Puerto Natales. Its main economic activity is coal mining. 28 de Noviembre was officially founded on November 28, 1959, on the second anniversary of adoption of the provincial constitution, when a decree merged several settlements into one town which was named after the date of foundation.

It is Monday, November 28

Tomorrow at 6 p.m. Christian County Public Schools Parent University hosts Pre-K Reading Night at Lacy Elementary including story time, activity and snack. Kids who attend four meetings receive a free book. Parents who attend four meetings with their children are entered into a drawing for a Nook color e-reader, and more. See

The Downtown Paris Association and the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center present the exhibition, Trees on the Square, at the Heritage Center, 614 North Poplar Street. It’s on display tomorrow through December 18. Use the Market Street Entrance. Tuesday through Saturday hours are noon to 6. Sunday hours are 1 to 4.

Friday at 7:30 p.m. the Jackson Purchase Dance Company’s 20th Anniversary Production Season opens with Cinderella: A Story/Ballet performance at Murray State’s Lovett Auditorium. Adult tickets are $8. Also, see about 500 artworks exploring the theme “Why Dance?” created by students in 8 schools in the region.

Listen to our local music programs, like Weekend Energy, on demand at Thanks!

the morning cram [smog…well I reckon it’s a small hog edition]

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The U.S. has more carbon emissions than anyone but China, and that may not change anytime soon.

NPR reports as United Nations climate talks begin in South Africa, the US has more carbon emissions than ever. And the political climate isn’t helping.

Kentucky~ A Paducah teen left the scene of an accident.  Toys for Tots needs more of the former. Murray State wins a shootout. Ballard County remembers superintendent. For profit colleges get millions from the state.

Tennessee~ Gov Haslam wants smarter kids. Montgomery County wants weather warnings.

The Weekend Energy Preview 11-26

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy.  This week’s show is such a guilty pleasure; it’s like eating left-over Thanksgiving green bean casserole two weeks from now! It’s my Thanksgiving Leftovers Mix… That’s right, this week I’ve cleared out my not-so-short shortlist of roughly 450 songs and picked a dozen or so of the best!


Figure – Monster’s Revenge – This song is drop dead awesome. It’s dark, heavy drumstep with killer samplings from the classic movie Frankenstein. I forgot it was on my shortlist, I suppose a holdover from the Halloween Mix, in which I heavily featured Figure with his other songs: Boogie Man and Mr. Hyde. Monsters of Drumstep Vol. 2 is an incredible mix, perfect for every holiday! Check out the comments on Soundcloud:

Yuksek- On A Train – See this week’s “Featured” below.

Captain Capa – Rivals (feat. Deniz Jaspersen) -I’ve featured Captain Capa on here before, highlighting the single Faraday and their song Berlin Fainting. Their song Rivals was an “Almost Made It” back in June, and now it’s finally on the show! This power ballad switches off between English and German in an emotional tour-de-force. Their album “Saved My Life” is still as captivating as it was back in April. It’s one of the best albums I’ve heard all year. There’s an official video for this, but the live version is way better.

Nate Metro – Gato Means Cat (Original Mix) – How often does great music entertain AND educate?! It’s great to learn new languages and when songs help foster such a great learning experience. This is big dirty electro house music. It’s like getting slapped in the face by a large slab of steak. It’s so bold, I’ve never been able to justify putting it into a mix… One of those songs that simply takes over in a matter of seconds and drops you off a cliff at the end. For truly maddening sounds, check out the Steve Konkel remix!



Yuksek is one of those remix masters that has an incredible knack of turning everything to gold. This French producer has appeared on my playlists for years, but I honestly forgot about his masterful music until just this week, as I was clearing out my shortlist and came across his original mix On A Train off his newest EP of the same name. On A Train’s got a quirky intro sound that fades out to driving, strong vocals with awesome inconsequential lyrics: “And now, I’m crying, Cause I don’t wanna be here, I don’t wanna be seen, Enough, I would run and live on a train.”  I love it. It’s so simple and contrived, it’s genius. The guy wants to live on a train going nowhere to escape the lies he has to tell you. The “you” in the song seems to be his face. Mind = Blown. It all makes sense in the video… Check out his remixes of Papillon by The Subs, Sunglasses at Night by Tiga, Always More by Autokratz, Bonafied Lovin by Chromeo, Stylo by Gorillaz, Heavy Cross by Gossip, Hold Me Down by Primary 1, and… the list of incredible remixes just goes on and on… It’s all fantastic.

Almost Made It

Ron May

Ron May’s Limpopo is a wild beach party contained in a six-minute sound byte. It’s tropical, breezy, and rambunctious house music. The best part of the song are the vocal “whoops” and “ahs” that add an intricate deep layer to an airy flutey melody. It’s one of the few songs left in my shortlist, but won’t be for much longer.

Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. It’s the Moombahton Madness Mix featuring Nadastrom, Diplo, Major Lazer, Shachthofbronx, Dillon Francis and more! Also in the mix is Dillon Francis’ remix of Broken Hearts by Kito & Reija Lee. I’d previously only heard their original mix of the song, which was bass booming wickedness. Then I found this trippy video for On The Jam:

“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.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

November 26, 2011 at 1:07 am