Here are five random facts from the book “Random Illustrated Facts” by Mike Lowery

Here are five random facts from the book “Random Illustrated Facts” by Mike Lowery (Workman Publishing, 2017):

v Today was a bad day: A church steeple in Germany was destroyed by lightning and rebuilt four times between 1599 and 1783. Each time it was struck, the date was April 18.

v Shocking: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” was the first American movie to show a toilet being flushed.

v Distance: The wingspan of a Boeing 747 is longer than the Wright brothers’ first flight.

v Pirate lore: Pirates likely wore eye patches so that one eye would stay adjusted to the dark, and not to hide a missing eye.

v Productivity: In one year, a single female rabbit can produce 800 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“Nova: LIVING WITH THE WEATHER MACHINE” (8 P.M., PBS): Join scientists on a quest to better comprehend the workings of the weather and climate change.

“Criminal Minds” (9 p.m., CBS): The BAU is called to Taos, N.M., to investigate someone who is targeting his victims’ temporal lobes in the first episode of the double-episode Season 13 finale.

“POV: BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY” (10 P.M., PBS): An intimate and exclusive look at the former host of a popular children’s show who continues to inspire millennials to participate in science, technology, engineering and math.

TV listings, C4


Art silent auction to benefit group


A selection of art from the private collection of Youngstown artist Jim Pernotto will be sold at a silent auction Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., downtown.

Proceeds will benefit Next Best Art, an arts advocacy group headed by Pernotto. Works by more than 20 other regional artists will also be part of the sale. All of the works can be seen at the gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

Doo Wop Project at Packard hall


The Doo Wop Project will come to Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave., next Wednesday for a 7 p.m. concert presented by Warren Civic Music Association.

The show traces the evolution of doo wop music and features stars of Broadway’s smash hits “Jersey Boys” and “Motown: The Musical.”

Tickets are $40 at the box office. Go to

‘Beauty and Beast’ at Fitch High


Austintown Fitch Drama Club will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the school’s auditorium, 4560 Falcon Drive. Tickets are $10 ($8 for students, veterans and senior citizens).

Paint and Sip for river friends


Friends of the Mahoning River will have a Paint and Sip evening April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at B&O Station, 530 Mahoning Ave. The fee is $25, which includes everything needed to complete a 16-inch by 25-inch painting of a heron, and one drink.

For reservations, email

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