Several talks at community events planned

March 18, 2019

It’s always fun when you can combine hearing a good educational talk in a cool place.

And that is happening several times this week as everyone from professors to physicians are out giving talks in the community.

Here’s a look at some entertaining and educating being done on mics around Huntington

Writers Can Read, doctors can joke

The husband and wife podcast team, Justin McElroy and Dr. Sydnee Smirl McElroy, took some of the best nuggets from their history-filled comedy podcast, “Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine,” and turned it onto a best-selling book, “The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine” that came out in October.

The comedic couple will be reading from their New York Times Bestselling Book at Writers Can Read at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Inner Geek at Pullman Square.

Each month the Inner Geek hosts Writers Can Read, bringing together authors, aspiring authors and those who just enjoy reading to share their works. Refreshments will be provided.

The book, which pokes fun at everything from bizarre hangover cures to bloodletting, is available now at www.weldonowen.com/sawbonesbook.

Go online at www.themcelroy.family/ to keep up with the McElroy Family podcasts.

‘Herd In Town’ talks

Marshall University’s College of Liberal Arts will host a “Herd in Town” panel discussion with retiring faculty members Dr. Paige Muellerleile and John Van Kirk at 6 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Fat Patty’s, 1935 3rd Ave., Huntington. The talk is free and open to the public.

Muellerleile is a professor in the department of psychology, specializing in social psychology with a focus as a gender and health care statistician. She has authored multiple research articles, presentations and grants and has been an active volunteer in the Marshall and Huntington community, serving as Faculty Senate chair and board president for the CONTACT Rape Crisis Center.

Van Kirk is a professor from the department of English and author of the novel “Song for Chance” (2013). An award-winning teacher, writer, author, poet and former naval aviator, his work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Hudson Review, The Iowa Review, West Branch, Kestrel, The Sonora Review and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, as well as in several anthologies.

“Herd in Town” is a series of panel discussions organized by Marshall’s College of Liberal Arts to facilitate conversations and share the expertise of Marshall faculty. The aim is to bring the campus and the community together to strengthen relationships, learn from each other and benefit Huntington and the region, Dean Robert Bookwalter said.

Discovering pioneering female violinists at MUsic Mondays

The Marshall University School of Music’s faculty lecture series, MUsic Mondays, continues at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at The Cellar Door, 905 3rd Ave., Huntington. The series features informal talks on topics of interest to music lovers and musicians.

Elizabeth Reed Smith, Professor of Violin at Marshall University and organizer of the spring series, will be the featured presenter. Her presentation is titled “The Arm of a Man, the Heart of a Woman, the Head of an Artist: Pioneering Female Violin Recording Artists.”

“I became interested in women violinists in the early days of recording because of Maud Powell, the first instrumentalist (not just violinist) to sign a contract with Victor Red Seal records, in 1904,” Smith said. “Given that within my lifetime women weren’t always welcome in professional orchestras, although that situation is changing, it seemed remarkable that a woman was in the top ranks of solo violinists in the early 20th century.” The presentation will discuss attitudes toward women violinists in the Victorian era, describe the development of recording technology, and introduce important female violinists, both before and after the advent of recording.

Seating is limited. Participants are invited to arrive early to enjoy conversation and refreshments. Checks should be made payable to Marshall University. All proceeds will go to support the music program. MU students receive free admission with an MU ID.

The final lecture of the series will take place on April 15 with “The Spurious Mr. Haydn” presented by Steven Lawson, Professor of Horn at Marshall.

For more information about MUsic Mondays, call the School of Music at 304-696-3117.

Women’s history comedy night

Every other week, the comics with Huntington Comedy host Comedy Night at Black Sheep Stage, at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, in downtown Huntington at Pullman Square.

Come out from 9 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, for a special all female lineup in honor of Women’s History Month featuring such regular stand-up comics as Alex Runyon and many more.

Admission is free but they will be accepting donations for Project Hope for Women and Children, a treatment facility for women and their children in Huntington.

Go online at www.facebook.com/huntingtonstandupcomedy/ to find out more about Huntington Comedy and go online at www.facebook.com/BlackSheepStage/ to find out more about Black Sheep Stage.