Kala Dunn

Administrative Assistant, Rick's Kitchen Sink Producer

Kala Dunn is a native of Princeton, Ky. She’s a 2006 graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy with a concentration in flute performance and a 2010 graduate of Murray State University with a B.M. in piano performance. Her hobbies include yoga, kayaking, reading, running, and listening to music. She lives in Hamlin, Ky.

Ways to Connect

A representative from the National Endowment for the Arts presents an interactive workshop about the availability of federal grants for the arts tomorrow morning at 9 at the Paducah Commerce Center. The workshop is geared towards non-profit organizations, but anyone interested in learning more is welcome. Registration information available by contacting the Paducah Chamber. 

The Rivertown Reading Series presents poets Jon Tribble and Allison Joseph this Saturday evening at 7 at the Ruth Baggett Gallery in Paducah. Both authors serve as editors of the Crab Orchard Review at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and have written numerous works of poetry. Admission is free. 

The Paducah School of Art and Design hosts its inaugural National Sculpture Invitational at the Clemens Fine Arts Center. The exhibit features contemporary work in the sculpture discipline by leading artists from around the country. There’s an opening reception this Thursday night from 5 to 7, and the exhibit remains on display through April 7th. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 to 4. 

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive Wednesday from 1 to 5 at Lake City Baptist Church in Grand Rivers. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 lbs, and be in general good health. More information at redcrossblood.org

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents its “Made In America” concert this Sunday afternoon at 3 at Broadway United Methodist Church. The concert features American hymns and new works performed by the PSO Adult, Children’s, and Youth choruses as well as the Murray State University Concert Choir. Tickets available at the door. 

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Students are entering the fight to protect state funding for Kentucky colleges and universities. Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed budget would cut state support 4.5 percent this year and nine percent during the state’s two year budget.

According to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the commonwealth has reduced university budgets by more than $713 million in the last eight years. Many students say they’re tired of the cuts, and they showed up in Frankfort Thursday to let their legislators know.

The Challenger Learning Center of Paducah holds a Trivia Night tomorrow at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The format consists of ten rounds of ten questions, with prizes awarded to the top three teams. Light snacks and drinks provided. Doors open at 6:15, and trivia begins at 7. Contact the Challenger Learning Center to preregister. 

Murray’s Cheri Theatre holds a special screening this Thursday night at 7:30 celebrating two films made in Calloway County, “5 Dollars” and “Jess+Moss.” The screening honors the five-year anniversary of their Sundance Film Festival premiere. There’s an after-party with filmmaker Clay Jeter and lead and local actors, plus a question and answer session. 

First United Methodist Church in Hopkinsville holds the first concert in its Main St. Sacred Arts Series tomorrow at noon. Dr. Diane Earle, classical pianist and professor of music at Kentucky Wesleyan, performs works by Chopin and Debussy. Admission is free.

The Trahern Gallery at Austin Peay State University presents "Southlandia" featuring the work of Andrew Blanchard. The print works reinterpret various places on the periphery of many Southern towns and cities that are on the fringe of society. There’s an opening reception today, and the exhibit remains on display through March 18th.