Murray Resident Mona Kashani Heern, her mother and sister fled Iran in the early 1980's after unexpected news that prison officials had executed her father. Heern's father had be imprisoned for being a member of the Baha'i faith.
Maiden Alley Cinema is seeking funds for their digital conversion campaign. Mandatory digital conversion is happening across the country, effectively ending the era of 35mm films. For smaller, independent theaters, purchasing new equipment and replacing the projection set-up is costly, and in Maiden Alley's case, is $90,000, half of the annual operating budget. MAC's executive director Landee Bryant speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the change, and their Kickstarter campaign to meet the goal.
Ryan Walker's preparation for the Spartan Death Race
You may die... Well, at least that’s what organizers say to participants of what they bill as the world's most difficult endurance race. Competitors in the Spartan Death Race can look forward to at least 48 hours of excruciating pain and challenges designed to push them to their limits. Murray insurance agent Ryan Walker is training to be one of the few to complete the endurance challenge next month. Walker now trains for a race in which the obstacles ahead of him are largely unknown.
Chris Kerlick speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about Samfest IV, a memorial/charity concert for late local musician Sammie Crutcher. Crutcher played in a Samfest is at Hidden Creek Campground in Springville, Tennessee on May 25. This family event features music in the styles of bluegrass, country and rock & roll. Proceeds from this year's event goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. See more information about the event.
Todd Anderson and Sam "Snacks" Hawkins of Leadership Paducah (Hawkins is also the Director of Operations for the Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club) speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the OCBGC and the opportunities it offers Paducah area youth. Hawkins also performed some slam poetry. They also talked about the Big Bang Dueling Pianos Band performing for a benefit for the Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club at Harrah's in Metropolis on June 1. The event also features comedian "Kier." Doors open at 6 p.m., individual tickets are $50 each.
Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher returns to the Calloway County Public Library for a performance tonight (Thursday, May 16) at 6:30 p.m. According to the library's website, The New York based artist made his professional debut at the age of 15. He now tours the country, performing over 100 concerts each year. Tonight's event is free and will be in the Calloway County Public Library meeting room. Try to get there early, space is limited.
Over 50 guest artists will be showing their works on the streets of LowerTown, Paducah, and many of the resident galleries will be open extended hours during the Arts & Music festival there Friday through Sunday. As you listen to the upcoming interview with one of these artists, selected by jurors, you might want to log on to the website patinainpaducah.com. Their doors will open for you to enter the site and see the works of today's Sounds Good guest, Darrell Martin. See more interviews on our LowerTown page.
His voice is called lonesome, yearning, urgent and tender. Rounder Recording artist James King is 12 time and reigning traditional male vocalist of the year of the Society for the Preservation of Blue Grass of America. Singer of such hits as "Echo Mountain," "Bed By the Window," and "Thirty Years of Farming," James King and Band performs next Friday, May 17th at 7 p.m. at Lakeland Jamboree, 61 Jefferson Street, Cadiz. Mr. King spoke with Kate Lochte about his music and we'll hear that interview.
I remember my mother, Cammie Mann Bolin, everyday, but there are times in the day when my memories intensify. My mother, was born in 1921 at the beginning of the “Roaring Twenties,” and grew to adulthood in the years of the Great Depression She lost two babies, a girl and a boy, born a year apart, both living only one day, but she raised with my father two boys — my brother and I — during the Cold War.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is hosting a workshop to help individuals gather and record information for family history. It’s scheduled for June 1st at 9:30 a.m. in the TSLA auditorium. Author Jim Taulman will oversee the event. He has 35 years of writing and editorial experience and is a member of the Association of Personal Historians. The session is free to the public, but reservations are required due to limited seating in the auditorium.