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Datebook: January 11 – William James Turns 170

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William James was born on January 11, 1842 (and died August 26, 1910). He was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher who was trained as a physician. He may be best known for his contributions to different aspects of psychology and as the brother of novelist Henry James and diarist Alice James. William gained widespread fame for his book Principles of Psychology, which criticized Hegelianism and sough to re-conceive the human mind as inherently purposive and selective. In 1906, he gave a speech, in which he defined one of the “classic problems of politics: hot to sustain political unity and civic virtue in the absence of war or a credible threat.” and sounded “a rallying cry for service in the interests of the individual and the nation.” Thoughts echoed in President Jimmy Carter’s Moral Equivalent of War Speech, 70 years later (

It’s Wednesday, January 11

Jeff Daniels’ deer-camp comedy Escanaba in da Moonlight opens at Paducah’s Markethouse Theatre tomorrow night. Steve Schwetman plays Reuben who seeks to shed the mantle of being “a buckless yooper.” Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. this weekend and next. Parental guidance is suggested due to language!

Practice sessions start Friday for a Dancing with the Stars Event, March 1 at the University of Tennessee at Martin Student Life Center. The UT-Martin Relay for Life Team fundraises for the American Cancer Society. The first practice Friday is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church 145 Hannings Lane in Martin.

LBL offers a balm for the winter blues with wildlife-viewing van tours through March. Saturday there’s an all-day Nature Watch tour seeking eagles and some 25 plus species of ducks which winter with us. The tour costs $40 per person and includes lunch at a local restaurant. See for details.

Hear KET’s Connections with Renee Shaw tonight at 6:30. See our programming schedule at Thanks!

Datebook: October 25 – Evariste Galois turns 200

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Évariste Galois was a French mathematician born on October 25, 1811 (and died May 31, 1832). As a teenager, he laid the foundations for Galois theory, a major branch of abstract algebra, and the subfield of Galois connections. He was the first to use the word “group” as a technical term in mathematics to represent a group of permutations. He was an outspoken radical Republican and died from wounds suffered in a duel, which involved Alexandre Dumas, at the age of twenty. He’s made several contributions to algebra, but his most notable contribution is Galois theory, in which an algebraic solution to a polynomial equation is related to the structure of a group of permutations associated with the roots of the polynomial.

(It’s also the 130th birthday of Pablo Picasso, but everyone knows that!)

It’s Tuesday, October 25

The Markethouse Theatre in Paducah continues auditions for Escanaba in da Moonlight tonight at 6:30 in the main theatre. The 5 men and one woman cast engage a hunting story complete with crude hunting humor and thick Upper Michigan accents. Performances are January 12 through the 22nd. See for more.

Marching bands from Heath, Lone Oak and Reidland high schools converge on Lone Oak’s Flash Field at 7 p.m. Thursday for the McCracken County Marching Band Community Showcase. Hear Back to 1975, Westward Ho, Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and a group rendition of America closing the showcase.

Randy Johnson directs the classic thriller Wait Until Dark at Murray’s Playhouse in the Park. Shows are at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday with a 2:30 matinee Sunday. Purchase tickets at A conman and two ex-convicts meet their match in a blind woman who evens the playing field in this cat and mouse game.

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Datebook: October 20 – Johnny Bright Incident 60 Years Ago

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The “Johnny Bright Incident” was a violent on-field assault against African-American college football player Johnny Bright by White American player Wilbanks Smith during a game held on October 20, 1951 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The game was significant in itself as it marked the first time that an African American athlete with a national profile and of critical importance to the success of his Drake University team had played against Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) on their home field. Bright’s injury also highlighted the racial tensions of the times and assumed notoriety when it was captured in what was later to become both a widely disseminated and eventually Pulitzer Prize winning photo sequence. The incident eventually provoked changes in NCAA football rules regarding illegal blocking, and mandated the use of more protective helmets with face guards.

It’s Thursday, October 20

Paducah’s Markethouse Theatre hosts Downtown Walking Ghost Tours tomorrow. Tours start at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 pm. $15 adults and $5 children ages 6 to 12 tickets are available at the door, online at or by calling the Box Office at 270-444-6828.

A Civil War Remembrance program of music, narration, and dramatization starts at 7:30 tonight in Performing Arts Hall of Price Doyle Fine Arts at Murray State. Music, theatre, and history faculty perform and student guest artist Gracie Wallace, fiddle, presents the striking tune, a SHOW kan Farewell.

There’s a Doggie Day Spa Saturday from 9 to 2 at Carmen Pavilion on College Farm Road across from Calloway County High School. Microchipping is $10. It costs $10 for bathing, ear cleaning and nail trimming for your pooch, who must be on a leash. The Humane Society staffs the free Lost Pet Photo Registry and make custom pet ID tags for $3.

Enjoy Brian Clardy’s all piano Café Jazz tonight at 9. Support programming like this at Thanks!

Datebook: October 5 – World Series First Broadcast on Radio 90 Years Ago

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A first for radio, the 1921 World Series was broadcast over radio stations KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, WBZ in Springfield, Massachusetts, and WJZ in Newark, New Jersey. In the 1921 World Series, the New York Giants beat the New York Yankees five games to three. This was the last of the experimental best-five-of-nine series. This series was significant for pitting the Giants’ “inside game” practitioners and the Yankees’ “power game” players (Babe Ruth, for example). This game also began the Yankees dynasty, and despite Ruth being injured (with limited action), it was a closely contested game. KDKA’s coverage was live, direct, and exclusive from the Polo Grounds. Meanwhile, WBZ and WJZ’ coverage was relayed and re-created by Tommy Cowan. Grantland Rice sent play-by-play reports/summaries to Cowan via the telephone.

It’s Wednesday, October 5

River City Legends and Lore Lantern Lit Walking Ghost Tours of Downtown Paducah commence from the Markethouse Studio Theatre at 120 Market House Square at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. this Saturday and next and Friday, October 21. Make reservations at 270-444-6828 noon to 5 Tuesday through Friday.

Tickets are $50 per person for A Taste of the Arts Event benefiting MSU student scholarships in Art, Music and Theatre Thursday, October 13. Contact the MSU Office of Development at 270-809-3250 for more. Enjoy dinner, a silent auction, and entertainments in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College presents Ballroom with a Twist, a new dance production fresh from Vegas, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Clemens Fine Arts Center on Campus in Paducah. See young dancers from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, and High School Musical, the Movie as well as American Idol finalists. Adult tickets are $25.

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Datebook: September 13 – “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe turns 100

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William Smith Monroe was born on September 13, 1911 (and died September 9, 1996). He was an American musician who created the style of music known as bluegrass, which takes its name from his band, the “Blue Grass Boys,” named for Monroe’s home state of Kentucky. Monroe’s performing career spanned 60 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. He is often referred to as The Father of Bluegrass. Monroe was made an honorary Kentucky colonel in 1966. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as an “early influence”) in 1997. He was also an inaugural inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1991. In 1993, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1995. In 2003, CMT had Bill Monroe ranked #16 on CMT 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.

Click here for more about Bill Monroe’s legacy from WKMS News’ Gary Pitts.


Check out NPR’s Bill Monroe tribute, featuring interviews with famous musicians.

It’s Tuesday, September 13

Today’s the deadline to register for Murray State’s Small Business Development Center’s State of the Economy event from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday. The topic is Managing a Business for the free meeting for business owners, entrepreneurs and students in the Curris Center Ballroom. Make reservations at 270-809-2856.

Markethouse Theatre’s 2nd night of auditions for The 39 Steps is tonight at 7 in the main theatre in downtown Paducah. The cast needs 3 men ages 20 and up and one woman between 20 and 40 years old. The play runs weekends November 10 through 20. Newcomers are welcome.

Murray State English faculty member Carrie Jerrell reads for the MSU Reading Series Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery. Ms. Jerrell’s debut collection “After the Revival” won the 2008 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize from Waywiser Press. The gallery’s on the 6th floor of Doyle Fine Arts.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

September 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

Datebook: April 21 – Father of self-medication industry turns 100

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Ivan DeBlois Combe, inventor of Clearsil, Odor Eaters, and several other personal care products was born April 21, 1911. Click here to read more about his company and legacy.

It’s Thursday, April 21.

Paducah’s Markethouse Theatre opens a two weekend run of The Dixie Swim Club tonight with shows Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.  There’s a special matinee Saturday, April 30.  Order tickets at  The cast of reuniting friends includes Cat Tilker, Marsha Cash, Sandra Wilson, Sue Fletcher and Victoria Parrish.

Saturday the Woodlands Nature Station in Land Between the Lakes offers ECO-Heroes Training for kids 8 to 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.   Participants learn how easy it is to become planet protectors through recycling, reusing and reducing consumption.  Register in advance at 270-924-2020.

The Humane Society of Calloway County invites canines to a Doggie Bone Hunt Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Murray Calloway County Central Park Courthouse Pavilion.  For a $5 donation per dog, pets may keep the treats they find in separate searching areas for large and small dogs.  Pets may have pictures made with the Easter Bunny.  Microchipping and supplies will be available.

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Datebook: March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day

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Good St. Patrick’s Day Thursday, March 17.

Madisonville Community College’s Glema Mahr Center for the Arts and Children’s Center for Dance Education present an hour long adaptation of the classic ballet Hansel & Gretel tonight at 7.  Tickets are $12 half price for children 12 and under.

Markethouse Theatre’s “Murder for Hire” troupe presents the murder mystery Phantom of the Market House Theatre tomorrow and Saturday at the Theatre.  Pampered Palate provides dinner for the evening starting at 6:30.  Tickets are $30 at the box office, 270-444-6828, noon to 5.  Attendees go on a clue hunt to discover a killer and the motive.  The Theatre’s near the riverfront in Paducah.

Rossview High School in Clarksville is the site  for the 37th Annual State of Tennessee Old-Time Fiddlers’ Championships starting tomorrow at 7 p.m. and continuing Saturday morning at 9.  Admission is $8 Friday, $10 Saturday with proceeds going to Hilldale Civitan Club charities.

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Datebook: March 4 – Lincoln inaugurated 150 years ago

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It’s Friday, March 4.

Paris celebrates Mardi Gras tomorrow with a ball at the Paris Convention Center that benefits the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center.  The Barons provide dance music for the semi-formal event including a New Orleans inspired meal.  Tickets are $35 at the Heritage Center.    Social hour begins at 6:30 with dinner at 7.  Call 731-642-1030 for information.

Murray State’s Athena Festival, a celebration of women composers, winds up this evening with Come Into My Parlor, An Evening of Parlor Songs featuring MSU Faculty. It starts at 7:30 p.m. in Performing Arts Hall of the Doyle Fine Arts Center near the corner of 15th and Olive.

Paducah’s  Markethouse Theatre’s Third Annual Curtain Call Auction is tonight at 7:30.  Tickets are $20 and include beverages and light hors d’oeuvres.  Bid on cameo roles in the musical Annie for a show in June as well as a variety of entertainments, excursions, wine tastings and more.  Call 270-444-6823 for tickets.

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Datebook: February 22 – Be Humble Day

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It’s Tuesday, February 22.

Western Baptist Hospital offers free heart screenings 9 to noon Friday in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2 at the hospital in Paducah.  Cardiologist Patrick Withrow will be available to answer questions.  Blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and EKG rhythm strip screenings are also provided.

The Calloway County Humane Society hosts a Canine Behavioral Psychology Workshop in Murray, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Two day slots are still available for which the cost is $60. Behesha Doan of Extreme K-9 in Carbondale, IL, presents the workshop. Doan is nationally well-known and well-respected canine behaviorist and trainer. Register and learn more at

Markethouse Theatre in Paducah opens The Hundred Dresses Thursday.  The kid-friendly shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  It’s all about peer pressure and fitting in at school.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for youth at

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Datebook – Tuesday, November 9

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It’s Tuesday, November 9.

Paris’ Downtown Unwrapped activities include a 10,000 Villages sale of handicrafts from third world countries at First United Methodist Church, 101 East Blythe Street.  Shop Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from noon to 5.

Murray Calloway County Hospital critically needs O Negative blood.  Give at the blood donor center at the hospital on Poplar Street or give at a blood drive tomorrow from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church on South Fourth Street near the Court Square in Murray.

Markethouse Theatre presents Bloody Murder, a spoof on the classic mysteries of Agatha Christie through November 21.  Thursday through Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. Matinees Sundays.  There’s a matinee at 2:30 on Saturday, November 20.  Get tickets at the box office, 132 Market House Square in Paducah, open noon to 5 Tuesdays through Fridays.

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