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‘The vine that ate the South’ is celebrated once again in Chattanooga. This is a long time tradition with a 30 year history. The North Shore will once again pay homage to our vine heritage with events and merchant special all weekend long. Begins Friday Oct. 5th at 5:00 p.m. and runs through Sunday Oct. 7th at 6:00 p.m. On the cover: River Rocks 2011. Photo • Tom and Pat Cory
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With the U.S. presidential election looming large, we thought we’d look at the best 10 movies focusing on politics. Many of these films are quite old, but that’s not a huge detriment. Writing and acting play huge roles in politics, and political films rely on the same fundamentals. The stories all involve the basic elements of human character, integrity, morality, honesty--and the complete lack of any of those traits. Politics is an awfully touchy subject, because it involves people’s core concepts and beliefs on how a nation should be run, how its citizens should be treated, and who’s fit to control all that. These films remind us
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of the incredible power of political offices, and that people who acquire those offices aren’t always the best-qualified, most moral, or even law-abiding candidates. Vote, people. Seriously. (Was that preachy enough?) 10. Bulworth (1998) Warren Beatty, who also wrote and directed, plays Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: a typical white, 60-year-old politician. He
realizes his political ambitions are basically dead, so he takes out an insurance policy and contract on his life. He then behaves so crazily that he makes his own campaign team insane but garners adoration from the nation. He raps his speeches on national television, brazenly addresses race and socioeconomic issues, hooks up with a beautiful young African-American woman (Halle Berry), smokes weed, et al. But he doesn’t lie. And even though his messages are wrapped in cartoonish mannerisms, the truth behind the statements still resonates. 9. The Candidate (1972) Robert Redford plays a lawyer from California, Bill McKay, who’s recruited to run for Senate. But he doesn’t actually believe he’ll win (and he doesn’t really care). Although McKay is inexperienced, he learns to garner goodwill--and votes--by using charismatic honesty. But eventually, the prospect of winning is too appealing, and he begins playing traditional political games. The Academy-Award-winning script was written by Jeremy Larner, who wrote speeches for Eugene McCarthy, so its political veracity is quite high.
8. Wag the Dog (1998)
2. All the King’s Men (1949)
Shortly before the election, the president gets caught up in a sex scandal involving an underage girl. The president’s team foresees the election going seriously south, so they hire a spin doctor (Robert De Niro), who hires a Hollywood producer (Dustin Hoffman) to create an imaginary war overseas, thereby distracting the public. Because the film’s release date was so close to the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, the film’s story seemed almost prescient and became quite controversial (Clinton ordered strikes on Afghanistan and Sudan shortly after admitting to inappropriate relations with Lewinsky).
Even though the film’s in black-andwhite, it expertly explores shades of gray in politics and human nature (yep, that pun sucked). Broderick Crawford plays Willie Stark, a Southern lawyer who has grand ideas for helping his state but no political experience. The opposition hires him to simply split the vote, but he wins, retains power, and (from his perspective) makes everything better -- by toying with populist emotions and engaging in illegal, corrupt, and immoral behavior. It’s an engrossing look at the malignant influence of power and ambition, and how their acquisition often impels disreputable actions.
7. Nixon (1995) This dark and disturbing film explores the strict and impoverished childhood of Richard Nixon (Anthony Hopkins), his budding political career, strange interactions with his wife, presidency and severe paranoia that eventually caused his disastrous downfall. The runtime on director Oliver Stone’s cut is 212 minutes, and because it’s packed with details, it forces you to stay mentally alert. By the end, it almost seems longer than Nixon’s time in office--and just as darkly compelling. 6. The Best Man (1964) Set in a political convention, this film explores the two extremes of stereotypical politicians--the dirty one who does whatever it takes to win (Cliff Robertson), and the one who relies on integrity and respectful tactics (Henry Fonda). Gore Vidal wrote this film that contains deplorable political maneuvers, infidelity and attacks on personal lives. It shows that even 50 years ago, politics were just as nasty as they are now (although people smoked a lot more).
John Doe. He sparks a grass-roots political campaign that eventually gets threatened by a financier (Edward Arnold), who’s looking for his own political gain. One line, delivered by Stanwyck, is especially memorable and is captured expertly by director Frank Capra (‘If it’s worth dying for, then it’s worth living for’). 3. Election (1999) Okay, so it’s not a film about governmental politics, but what’s a better setting for political satire than a high school? Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is running for head of student council. But civics teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) despises her and desperately wants to derail her progress, so he convinces football player (Chris Klein) to run against her. Shallow, powerhungry, selfish people do whatever it takes to get their way, including destroying others, proving that high school and politics are scarily similar (and frequently funny).
1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Similar to All The King’s Men (and not just because it’s incredibly old), this film chronicles the tale of Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart). He’s the leader of a boy-scout troop before being recruited to the Senate by a team that believes he’ll do whatever he’s told--specifically, allow the building of a dam that will make said team rich. But unlike All The King’s Men, the main character isn’t corrupted by politics, but rather defies and decries the corruption. Another film directed by the iconic Frank Capra, who’s responsible for a bunch of film classics (It’s A Wonderful Life, No. 6 Meet John Doe), Mr. Smith has major sentimental overtones and desire for a fantastical world, as Stewart’s character displays a fortitude and integrity we wish all politicians had. It’s old, but it’s still incredibly good.
5. The War Room (1993) This documentary explores Bill Clinton’s 1992 election campaign. Clinton isn’t seen as often as you’d assume; the film’s true stars are two members of the Clinton campaign, James Carville and George Stephanopoulos. It’s an engaging investigation into the innerworkings of politics, specifically the masters of spin who so expertly manipulate and craft messages at the expense of, well, truth. 4. Meet John Doe (1941) Columnist Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck) fabricates a ‘John Doe’ letter, in which a depressed man says he’ll commit suicide after becoming so tired of America’s ills. To satisfy the public and appease the critics, the newspaper is forced to hire ‘Long John’ Willoughby (Gary Cooper) to play the real chattanoogapulse.com • oct. 3-oct. 9, 2012 • The Pulse • 5
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Two Retired Cops Sweat rolled down the officer’s forehead despite the ball cap style uniform hat he was wearing, the thick growth of reeds slowly being parted by the bow of the boat he was riding in making a soft whisking sound against the hull. (The reeds posed a risk of getting caught up in the outboard propellers of an average boat, but not in the ones this Zodiac center console was equipped with. It was well designed, and incredibly overpowered.) He was completely focused, leaning forward with his arms braced on the rails for stability, but raising occasionally to direct the pilot “left” or “right” as they sought their quarry. He was quiet, as was his partner in the captain’s chair and the crafts outboard motors (or at least as quiet as they could be), and he was certain he was close. The reeds were dense, but most inland Florida lakes were like that, and in the late summer time especially. The water was cool, however, and inviting…apparently too inviting to resist for the two young women reportedly bathing topless on floats just inside the area of Turkey Lake Park, which is what brought the marine patrol unit to the area. And, of course, their focus. “Whoa whoa whoa!” Anderson said in a muffled tone as he raised his left hand in the form of a fist (cop-talk for “Stop”), allowing him to not have to look back. “Found’em” he declared, and the Captain smiled.
Clearly realizing the boat had approached long before they were actually spotted, the two women continued to lie on their floats hoping the boat would miss them thanks to their very intentional camouflage. Once they were spotted, however, while they were not exactly rude…they were certainly less than thrilled to have been seen by these strangers who had no doubt been seeking them out. The two blonds crisscrossed their arms over their chests to obscure them as the boat approached, and remained lying flat. “Good afternoon, ladies,” Anderson said, clearly look-
ing at them but also looking around them at the water. “Hello officer. Are we in trouble?” Left Blonde inquired. She was not alarmed or making any obvious move to leave or even recover her top, and in fact seemed miffed in general in that way that only attractive women can be when caught doing something against the rules that they feel their looks should exempt them from. (Mostly because they are, in most cases.) “For this? Of course not, you’re fine. We’re just looking for a water moccasin someone reported in the area.” And with that, the ladies exchanged their pursed, angry lips for jaws slackened with surprise, and they simultaneously grasped the side edges of their floats and sat bolt-upright, the business usually hidden by a bra now exposed to the world…just as the incredibly clever (and unscrupulous) Officer Anderson intended. “No, no!” Anderson said. “You’re fine!” he yelled out. “But we’ll be right here in the area looking. Relax!” The girls were still sitting upright, but this encouraged them to lie back down, starting to cover themselves again. Anderson and the Captain indeed moved forward, and when just out of sight, the Cap’ leaned over one side of the boat and said “Andy, grab that big reed out of the water.” His partner was confused, but he
complied. Reaching over and getting in inside, the Cap’ then said “Ok, now wrestle with it. Give’em a show!” And with that, realization dawned on Anderson’s face and he slung that wet reed around like it owed him money. Less than a minute passed, and he stopped. The Captain began to back out, past the girls. “Oh my God, was that it?!?” Right Blonde asked. “Yes!” Anderson said with dismissive coolness. “You’re perfectly safe. We’ll be heading out now, we’re sorry if we scared you.” “Scared us?” said Left Blonde. “You saved us!” she said with glee. “Our heroes! Would you mind giving us a ride in? We’re really freaked out now.” “Why no, ma’am. Not at all,” Anderson said, reaching out to take her hand. (*This wasn’t me, folks. This is a story from a bygone era; 1981 to be precise. Events like these are fireable now, of course, but I have to tell you… they sure are hilarious to hear over dinner with some very old, and very dynamic-thinking retired cops. Salute, boys; glad I couldn’t beat your story!) Alex Teach is a full-time police officer of nearly 20 years experience. The opinions expressed are his own. Follow him on Facebook at facebook. com/alex.teach.
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T Bone Burnett brings his many talents to the Gig City Roots Concert stage
T Bone Burnett will be linked to the concert from Los Angeles while performing live with The Secret Sisters
By Erin McFarland RiverRocks, a 10-day festival celebrating Chattanooga’s natural resources with an emphasis on community, will close Oct. 13 with Gig City Roots Concert headlined by T Bone Burnett and The Secret Sisters. Other performances include Todd Snider, Futureman and the Circle of Harmony, Doyle Dykes, The Nim Nims and Jason D. Williams. Gig City Roots Concert will be held in Coolidge Park from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. The concert will juxtapose live music and cutting edge technology through the use of the unparalleled broadband capability of “the gig”, now available in Chattanooga in an HD online streaming expe-
rience. “The gig” is 200 times faster than the national average broadband, and due to the expertise of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Innovation Lab, Chattanooga is the only city in America with ubiquitous gigabit per second broadband internet »P8 chattanoogapulse.com • oct. 3-oct. 9, 2012 • The Pulse • 7
Here are just a few highlights from the 10 days of activities scheduled for the 2012 River Rocks Festival. Visit www.riverrockschattanooga.com for complete schedules and details about each event. RiverRocks Canoe/Kayak Race October 6 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Everything from elite racers to casual paddlers competing on the Tennessee River at the 21st Century Waterfront for $5,000 in cash and prizes. Starting and finishing at Ross’ Landing, this race is designed for speed, fun and to enjoy the beautiful waterfront.
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connectivity according to a news release. The Secret Sisters and T Bone Burnett will utilize this technology during the headlining act. T Bone Burnett will be linked to the concert from Los Angeles while performing live with The Secret Sisters in Coolidge. “The gig” will allow the three performers to play simultaneously as if they were on the same stage. “It opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. With the special software developed at the Annenberg Innovation Lab the show will demonstrate just one use of this technology with almost limitless potential for future applications in the areas of technology, education and entertainment,” music producer Todd Mayo said in a news release. T Bone Burnett is a 12-time Grammy winner for his work on widely acclaimed soundtracks from blockbusters such as Crazy Heart, The Hunger Games and O Brother Where Art Thou. He signed on as Executive Producer for The Secret Sisters’ freshman album after hearing the duo perform live. The Secret Sisters released the album under Beladroit Records, Burnett’s label conceived specifically for the album. RiverRocks will run from Oct. 5-14 with over 90 events that emphasize wildlife conservation, including Balloon Glow on Oct. 6 and The BIG Picnic on Oct. 13, an event featuring Chef Eric Taslimi, who will serve up healthy, local and sustainable food. A sculpture burn will immediately follow Gig City Roots in the festival’s finale. Sculptor, Andrew Nigh, will build the wooden sculpture during the festival in the main part of Coolidge Park. For more information on RiverRocks or Gig City Roots Concert visit riverrockschattanooga.com
Hot Air Balloon Glow presented by BlueCross BlueShield October 6 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Coolidge Park will be filled with gigantic, glowing lanterns as hot air balloons fill both sides of the park wtih beauty and excitement. Don’t miss it, come before dusk to line the bridges and park, get up close and photograph your favorites, see how beautiful the night can be with the hot air balloon glow. The BIG PICNIC October 13 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The BIG picnic celebrates RiverRocks’ focus on locally produced foods. Chef Eric Taslimi, formerly of Table 2, will master the BIG grill and offer your choice of a hamburger, hotdog or Petunia’s Silver Jalapeno’s barbecue butt, all cooked on site and served with potato salad, cole slaw and grilled vegetables. Saluting all the local farms that produce the freshest, healthiest foods you can serve your family. RiverRocks Grand Finale - Gig City Entertainment October 13 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Taking the stage at Coolidge beginning at 7:00 will be Tennessee musicians Todd Snider, Doyle Dykes, Futureman & the Circle of Harmony, Jason D. Williams and The Nim Nims. Each 25 minute set will be followed by a short interview with the artist. River Rocks will then welcome the Secret Sisters on stage who will perform from their new CD. This great duo’s latest album was produced by legendary musician T Bone Burnett and the legendary musician himself will join them onstage via the Gig Network from California.
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MUSIC String Theory at Hunter Art Museum • Chamber music of Bloch and Brahms. 6:00 p. • Hunter Museum• 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968• huntermuseum.org
EVENT Big River Man Film Screening, Q & A • Meet the man who swam the Amazon! 6:30 p. • TN Aquarium • 1 Broad Street (423) 267-3477 • bigriverman.com
FRI10.05 MUSIC Yonder Mountain String Band • Kicking off 3 Sisters Festival. 9:30 p. • Ross’s Landing • 100 Riverfront Pkwy. 3sistersbluegrass.com
Vendor Market opens at 1 p.m, the Stage Show starts, at 2 p.m. Over 50 vendors, food, and family/kids play area. Special Guest to include:
• Charlie Brown of the Famous “Charlie Brown’s Cabaret” • The DC Cowboys from America’s Got Talent • Singer/songwriter Summer Osborne • The Ashley Jo Farmer Band • Stone Parquet – Mr. Bear Unlimited. On the List Catering to provide beer sales during the event
Sunday - Chattanooga PRIDE Festival 2012 Miller Plaza from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
EVENT National Geographic Photographer Kim Hubard • opening night reception for photographer Kim Hubbard. 6 p. - Winder Binder Gallery - 40 Frazier Ave (423) 413-8999 - winderbinder.com
MUSIC ANTISEEN & Monster Truck
EVENT Wine Over Water • 0ver 100 wines, on a bridge, over water 5 p.m. - Walnut Street Bridge wineoverwater.org
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Hailing from Nashville, The Kingston Springs released their debut fulllength album Oct. 2nd. Aptly titled The Kingston Springs, the premier recording lives up to the accolades they have received
from publications and live performance reviews throughout the country. To quote one of these, “They’re what could have happened if Cold War Kids built on the soul of Robbers & Cowards and pushed their dirty Delta sensibilities into something modern instead of polishing up and pop-ping out.” - SXSW 2012: Who to Know If You Go Or Don’t – Los Angeles Magazine. Raw where you want it to be with just enough polish on the sound to transfer their warm vibe, The
Kingston Springs have produced a gem debut recording. What’s more exciting is to anticipate hearing them live. They’re one of those bands that you have every expectation of playing a memorable show. KINGSTON SPRINGS Tuesday, Oct. 9th 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400 jjsbohemia.com
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We were bouncing and rattling up an unpaved logging road in the Cohutta Wilderness in northern Georgia. The truck we were following up the fourteen-mile road to a lakeside camping site high in the mountains was creating a dense fog of dust making driving on the narrow track demanding. The driver was worried that she might miss a bend and our truck would slide down the steep wooded slope on our right. Within a half hour we were at the top where we spent the weekend taking a break from everything familiar, hiking, kayaking and canoeing, eating meals cooked over an open fire. You’ve probably done something similar yourself recently. It’s one of the reasons we all live within the nexus of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. It’s the reason for River Rocks. The fourteen-day celebra-
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tion of the wild world around us opens on Friday (October 5th) with Fletcher Bright’s celebration of the music he’s
played all his life, The Three Sisters Bluegrass Festival. Beginning on Friday evening at 6, and continuing throughout the day and evening on Saturday, the free festival will bring a host of great musicians to its stage on the lip of the greenspace on the riverfront. In 1945, after listening to Bill Monroe play, Fletcher, along with several of his buddies at McCallie School, began
playing bluegrass. They’re still at it, albeit with a couple of newer members, 67 years later. They’ll be playing a short set to open the festival at 6 on Friday evening, and another slightly longer set on Saturday afternoon at 2. This is the 6th year for the festival featuring a broad swath of talented musicians reflecting Fletcher’s eclectic taste. Along with some of the best traditional bluegrass bands, in past years the festival has featured Solas, the Greencards, Uncle Earl, Peter Rowan and The Emmitt-Nershi Band. This year’s line-up includes Keller and The Keels, and The Travelin’ McCourys, a band led by Del McCoury’s two sons, Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo). Like their father (and Fletcher) they don’t think music should sit still. They still play the music they heard growing up, but they’re always stretching to keep it fresh. Talking about their approach on their website, Ronnie said, “If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.” Last year they jammed with The Allman Brothers at Florida’s Wanee Festival, and later with Warren Haynes at his annual Christmas concert in Asheville. They also released Meeting In the Middle, a six song EP capping a series of shows with the sacred steel band The Lee Boys with whom they’ve been creating a heady fusion of gospel, blues and bluegrass as each group of musicians pushes the other closer to the stratosphere. The Travelin’ McCourys will be closing the festival on Saturday evening with a set starting at 8:30. A couple of
hours earlier, guitarist Keller Williams will be playing a set with The Keels. But Williams also played a series of shows with The McCourys this past Summer following the release of Pick, an album they made together in Nashville late last year, it could be that they’ll play a few tunes together on Saturday night. Another band known for pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Colorado’s Yonder Mountain String Band, are the closing act on Friday evening. Recent sets have included their take on everything from The Beatles’ “Hey Bulldog” to The Allman Brothers’ “Whippin’ Post” and the Grateful Dead’s “Reuben and Cherise.” From those choices alone it’s clear their listening has been as deep as it’s been disparate, and their energized takes on those vintage songs as well as a range of others not only served to energize their sets and breathe new life into those venerable classics, it almost certainly introduced a new generation (as well as many in older generations) to songs they might never otherwise have heard. That is the beauty of Fletcher’s free festival. It’s a celebration of a rich tradition while at the same time keeping the music alive and well with an annual infusion of Bill Monroe’s rebel spirit, the same spirit that drew Fletcher and his friends to the music all those years ago. Richard Winham is the host and producer of WUTC-FM’s afternoon music program and has observed the Chattanooga music scene for more than 25 years.
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Friday • October 5 Pujol
Saturday • October 6
Antiseen • Monster Truck
Sunday • October 7 The Tontons
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Thursday • October 11
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Friday • October 12
The follow-up to 2010’s Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms, Mirage Rock is the first Band of Horses record to be produced by Glyn Johns, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year in recognition of his work with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Faces, Eric Clapton and too many others to list. FRI 10.04 - 8 p.m. - Track 29 - 1400 Market Street (423) 521-2929 - track29.co
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String Theory 5:30 p.m. Hunter Museum 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968. huntermuseum.org UTC Orchestra Free Concert 7:30 p.m. Roland Hayes Concert Hall, 615 McCallie Ave, (423) 425-4601, www.utc.edu/music Zoogma 10:00 p.m. Rhythm and Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com. Unsatisfied & Labretta Suede 10:00 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400. Duet’s Night 11:00 p.m. TBOW’s Tavern, 4321 Ringgold Rd, (423) 698-4849, thedivanation.com/ tag/tbows-tavern Friday
Yonder Mountain String Band 9:30 p.m. Ross’s Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway
(423) 265-0771 3sistersbluegrass.com Anthony Quails 7:00 p.m. The CampHouse, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081. thecamphouse.com Andy Irvine with Pay the Reckoning 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theatre, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 barkinglegs.org Misfit Toyz 8:00 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065. ringgoldacoustic.com Alliance 9:00 p.m. SKYZOO, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533. skyzoochattanooga.com. Skin Deep 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956 sugarsribs.com. Slippery When Wet: A Tribute to Bon Jovi with the Power Players 9:30 p.m. Rhythm and Brews, 221 Market St.
rhythm-brews.com. Husky Burnette 10:00 p.m. T-Bones, 1419 Chestnut St. (423) 266-4240. tboneschattanooga.com. Pujol 10:00 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400.
sat 10.06 The Beatles: Revolver/ Rubber Soul 8:00 p.m. Tivoli Theater, 709 Broad St. (423) 642-TIXS chattanoogaonstage.com Travelin’ McCourys 8:30 p.m. Ross’s Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway (423) 265-0771, 3sistersbluegrass.com Husky Burnette 9:00 p.m. SKYZOO, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533. skyzoochattanooga.com. Skin Deep 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956. sugarsribs.com.
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ANTISEEN & Monster Truck 10:00 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400. Afro & Deep Fried 5 10:00 p.m. Rhythm and Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com.
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Open Mike Jam with Whiskey Bizness 7:00 p.m. SKYZOO, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533. skyzoochattanooga. com.
mon 10.08 Warm Soda 8:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theatre, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347. barkinglegs.org
tue 10.09 Kingston Springs 8:00 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400.
wed 10. Tim Lewis 6:00 p.m. Big River Grille, 2020 Hamilton Place Blvd, (423) 553-7726, bigrivergrille.com Smooth Dialects with Function 8:00 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192. thehonestpint.com. Gabe Newell & Muddy Soul with Long Gone Darlings & Megan Howard 9:00 p.m. Rhythm and Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com. MUTEMATH 9:00 p.m. TRACK29 Chattanooga Choo Choo Campus, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-4323 track29.co.
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Between the Sleeves record reviews • ernie paik The saying “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” comes to mind when diving into the new, completely engrossing two-hour-long double-album from Swans, The Seer; its boiling opening track, “Lunacy,” harnesses mounting pressure and intense repetition until its singers simply chant the word “Lunacy!” again and again. However, the aforementioned maxim doesn’t entirely hold true for Swans, which in its thirtieth year of existence has evolved gradually, first delivering Swans harrowing and bruThe Seer tal amplified death(Young God) marches, then moving toward acoustic music and even sinister ambient styles, though with the same level of thematic severity as previous works. The 32-minute title track alone would make for an impressive album, taking the listener on an exhausting journey, building its maelstrom with bagpipes, dulcimers, and chimes to supplement the rock instruments. Structurally, it seems to mirror a street slugfest, with its climax marked by crushing blows and a stirring tempo; its weakened fighters then muster their last bits of strength for additional punches, spaced-out for dramatic effect, leading to no-wave skronking, unsettling atmospherics, ambling electric death folk, and lyrical “indecipherable obscenities” as designated in the liner notes. While longtime Swans member Jarboe was not present on the previous album, which had broken a 13-year hiatus, she contributes backing vocals and an eerie vocal collage for “A Piece of the Sky,” another evocative and compelling highlight that begins with foreboding campfire crackles and closes with front man and lead singer Michael Gira in country mode (explored previously with his hiatus-era band Angels of Light). Karen O’s (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) appearance singing lead on “Song for a Warrior,” also in the vague country vein, is unexpected, with her dynamically compressed vocals a little out of place. The Seer closes with the explosive “The Apostate,” one hell of an ending that bridges the early Swans-style minimalist pummeling with a new direction featuring an energized rhythmic tug, closing a sprawling, ambitious, absorbing album that—like previous masterpieces like Soundtracks for the Blind and Children of God—can put a stranglehold on your attention. Ernie Paik reveiws new music each week in The Pulse. Read more of his reviews online at chattanoogapulse.com.
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halloween guide local haunts Blowing Screams Farm 271 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga. blowingscreamsfarm.com Hours/Dates: 7 p.m. Every Friday & Saturday in October Tickets: Forest of Fear $15; Ghost Ride $15; $25 for both
271 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga. enchantedmaze.com Features: “Another Y-Ear of Corny Fun” Hours/Dates: Sept. 20-23 & 27-30; Oct. 4-7, 11-14, 18-21 & 25-28 Tickets: $9 adults; $7 children
Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern
1720 S. Scenic Hwy. hauntedcavern.com Hours/Dates: 8 p.m. Fridays,
PANIC ALERT! The Pulse’s Panic! Halloween Guide will appear each week through Halloween (Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25). Listings are updated weekly. If you operate a haunted house or event and would like to be listed or your listed event changes, submit information as formatted here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturdays and Sundays in October & Oct. 31 Tickets: $21 online; $17 Sundays
7425 Commons Blvd. Large selection of costunes, accessories, props and decorations. halloweenexpress.com
Doc Shock Horror Movie Night
1720 S. Scenic Highway hauntedcavern.com Hours/Dates: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29; Friday, Oct. 5;
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Wednesday, Oct. 31 Tickets: $60
Chattanooga Ghost Tours
100 Walnut St. chattanoogaghosttour.com Features: Walking ghost tours, ghost hunts with the talking Ovilus X and extended tours with an inside visit to a haunted location. Hours/Dates: Walking Ghost Tour 7:30 p.m. nightly; 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays in October; Extended Ghost Tour: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays & Saturdays;
Ghost Hunt 9:30 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays Tickets: Tour $14 adults, $9 kids; Hunt $20 adults only
McDonald, Tenn. Hours/Dates: 7 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 & Nov. 2-3 Tickets: $15
301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. chattzoo.org Hours/Dates: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 19-20 & 26-27 Tickets: $8.95 adults; $5.95 children
8235 Hwy. 58 thehauntedhilltop.com Hours/Dates: 7 p.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 1920 & 26-27 Tickets: $18
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Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 4119 Cromwell Road thehauntedbarnchattanooga. com Hours/Dates: Oct. 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27; trains depart at 5:45 p.m. & 7:45 p.m. Tickets: $22 ages 2 & up tvrail.com
The Haunted Barn 5107 McDonald Road
The Haunted Hilltop
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155 Depot St Ringgold, Ga. ringgoldhaunteddepot.com Hours/Dates: 7 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27 Tickets: $5 for Depot; $3 for Hayride Mystery Dog Ranch 975 Wooten RoadRinggold, Ga. mysterydogranch.com Features: “The Headless Horseman” Hours/Dates: 7 p.m. Oct. 12-13,
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halloween guide 19-20 & 26-27 Tickets: $10
Sunday Slasher Cinema Sluggo’s North 501 Cherokee Blvd. Hours/Dates: 7:30 p.m. Every Sunday in October. Tickets: $2 (donation) Double Features: • Oct. 7: “Phantasm” and “Maniac” • Oct. 14: “The Beyond” and “Demons” • Oct. 28: “Private Parts” and “Halloween”
bars & clubs The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. thehonestpint.com • Oct. 27: 13th Annual All Hallows Eve Bash with The Bohannons, Eight Knives and How I Became The Bomb. Costume contest with cash prize. • Oct. 31: Second Annual Halloween Night Show with Opposite Box, Subterranean Cirqus and Smooth Dialects. Costume contest with cash prize.
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ETC: Passion for Making Theater and Paying Actors By Rich Bailey Talk to an artist about C hattanooga’ s developing arts scene, and it doesn’t take long for the topic of money to come up. Finding, seeking or needing funding is epidemic. But that seemingly universal dynamic takes a twist in a conversation with the three producing partners of Ensemble Theater of Chattanooga (ETC). They’d rather talk about paying money out... to artists. “Someone asked me what my greatest pleasure is in doing this work,” said Garry Posey ETC’s artistic director and an instructor at Chattanooga State’s Professional Actor Training Program. “I like signing 30 checks at end of a show and knowing that we’re the only theater in Chattanooga that’s doing it consistently. If ETC makes money, the people who help us make money as well.” ETC has grown quickly. Posey began the company in 2007 by co-producing a summer theater festival with Chattanooga State. He did that again in 2008, then presented a small number of shows in 2009. The same year Christy Gallo and John Thomas Cecil, who had been Posey’s students at Chat State, joined ETC as producing partners, and all three planned the 2010 season. ETC is now in its third full season of 10-13 shows. Cecil and Gallo both also act in many of ETC’s productions. “When I started this in 2007 I wanted to start a theater that paid actors. At that time we were a ‘whenever I have money we’ll produce a show’ outfit,” said Posey. Now ETC pays all its artists – actors, designers, directors, and stage manag-
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Quality is something I’ve always harped on, the quality of the performances and the acting. John T. Cecil Producing Dir.
ers – a percentage of box office receipts. But the company’s ambitions for creating professional theater go beyond just paying actors. “Quality is something I’ve always harped on, the quality of the performances and the acting. We want to guarantee that quality time and time again for and with the community,” said Cecil, who serves as producing director. “I think we’d like the experience an actor has with the company to be similar to any have other professional company somewhere else in the country,” adds Gallo, who is ETC’s public relations director. ETC has worked to cultivate what Posey called a “symbiotic
relationship” between the actors and the audience. “Both groups have to be engaged and artistically satisfied, in my opinion, for a performance to be successful,” said Posey.
had to be put on permanent hold because ETC was not able to cast enough deaf actors in supporting roles, but Posey promises it will be staged in a later season.
Productions are characterized by minimalist staging and emotional engagement, where the “aesthetic distance” that separates audience and actors is small. Presenting Macbeth, for example, in a 45-seat theater means that no audience member is more than ten feet from the action, including combat.
Nevertheless audiences are growing – several performances of Macbeth sold out in September – and ETC is contemplating a move to a larger venue from its current black box space in the Saint Andrews Center in Highland Park.
“I want the audience to be a part of what they’re experiencing. It has taken patience to develop that with the community because it’s so different. We’ve lost people who say ‘I like my distance from the actors. I don’t like to be right up on top of them.’ And that’s okay. This may not be for everyone,” said Posey. “What we’ve seen over time is that we are developing a very specific patronage who enjoy the experience they have, the material that we do and our approach to that material,” he said. Some of those attempts at engagement fail to connect, he admits. The show scheduled for mid-October was Sweet Nothing in My Ear, a drama centered on the child of deaf and hearing parents that was to be cast with both deaf and hearing actors. It was to be performed in both English and American Sign Language, with both languages translated on stage. The production
And the company itself is growing, with the creation of a new group ETC calls its Senior Ensemble. Nine people who have been involved in productions over the last few years as actors and in other roles are formally joining the company to support the three producing partners and allow ETC to expand into new areas. The roster will not be announced until later this year when ETC announces its 2013 season, but Senior Ensemble members are expected to help cast shows, take youth plays into schools, offer acting classes, work with the producing partners to develop original scripts, and more. “We dream big. That’s what we do,” said Posey. “With only the three of us it’s impossible to do it all. So we’re bringing nine more people into the mix, all just as passionate about what we’re doing as we are.”
Master of Disguises No matter how good the director, no matter how strong the acting, no matter how compelling the material, any film with poor pacing is going to be a chore to watch.
The Master should have been a great film. All the pieces are in place – Paul Thomas Anderson, Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman almost always ensure a rewarding film experience. The subject matter of the film is rich, with a wide variety of dramatic possibilities and avenues for discussion. And yet, at two and half hours, The Master says nothing of consequence, fails to adequately develop its characters, and left me questioning why I bothered investing so much time into a film that appears to have so little purpose. The Master is a character study, one that hopes to show us human nature and give us insight into others, into people that are inherently unknowable so that we might better understand ourselves. It makes a valiant effort to give the audience fascinating people with which
Philip Seymour Hoffman professes his truth in The Master.
to connect. Freddie Quell is an alcohol and sex addicted former sailor, who suffers from mental illness and is prone to violent outbursts at the slightest provocation. After returning from Pacific Theater in the 1950s, Freddie first finds work as a department store photographer and then later as a farm worker harvesting lettuce in California. He moonlights as a chemist that combines various toxic substances into potent drinks, which he distributes freely, especially to young women. After he inadvertently poisons a migrant farm worker, Freddie flees to stow away on board the first vessel he finds. This ship turns out to belong to our second character, Lancaster Dodd. Dodd is based heavily on author and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. He has
created a lifestyle/religion dubbed “The Cause”, which is a pseudoscientific belief system that focuses on past lives and eternal existence. From the outside, “The Cause” is clearly an asinine cult where people speak endlessly about nothing, applauding each other for insights that could be picked apart by a small child. Dodd is drawn to Freddie for reasons that aren’t sufficiently explained. He allows Freddie to stay on the ship, recruiting him into “The Cause” and using him as something of an enforcer against those that criticize his ideas. Dodd sees Freddie as a potential validation for his “processing”. If he can “cure” Freddie, perhaps his ideas can become mainstream. The film focuses on the interactions between the two, showing the audience various stages of Freddie’s treatment at the hands of the Causites, led by Dodd. »P23 chattanoogapulse.com • oct. 3-oct. 9, 2012 • The Pulse • 21
Arts & Entertainment Thu 10.04 Yoga Underwater 7 a.m. TN Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960. chattanoogamarket.com Street Food Thursdays 11 a.m. Warehouse Row, 1110 Market St. warehouserow.net Five for Five Thursdays at the Foundry 5 p.m. Chattanoogan Hotel, 1201 South Broad St. (423) 266-5000. chattanooganhotel.com Big River Man Back Row Film 6:30-8:30 p.m. TN Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960. chattanoogamarket.com Mystery of the TV Talkshow 7:00 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839 funnydinner.com The Tennessee Tramp 8:00 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233. thecomedycatch.com
fri 10.05 Bike2Work Breakfast 7 a.m. Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. (423) 265-3700. rivercitycompany.com Fresh on Fridays 11 a.m. Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. (423) 265-3700 rivercitycompany.com Over the Edge- Presented by SunTrust Bank 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Suntrust Bank Bldg, 736 Market St., overtheedgechattanooga. com Rock/Creek Stump Jump Vendor Fair 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Coolidge Park, 150 River Street, riverrockschattanooga.com Fresh Exhibit 11 a.m.-5 Association for Visual Arts, 30 Frazier Ave (423) 265-4282, kudzufestival.com
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Guided Canoe Trip with CA&NC Naturalist 12:30-2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden, (423) 821-1160, riverrockschattanooga.com Animals All Around Us 2:45 p.m- 3:45 p.m. Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden,(423) 821-1160, riverrockschattanooga.com PRIDE Weekend Official Opening Party 5-8 p.m. Chattanooga PRIDE Week, 6005 Lee Hwy, tennesseevalleypride.com Sir Gooney’s Haunted Carnival of Nightmares 7 p.m. Sir Gooney’s, 5918 E. Brainerd Road. (423) 892-5922. sirgooneys.com The Haunted Hilltop 7 p.m. The Haunted Hilltop, 8235 Highway 58. (423) 488-3956. thehauntedhilltop.com Bunnicula 7:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538. theatrecentre.com Ruby Falls Lantern Tours 8:30 p.m. 1720 South Scenic Highway. (423) 821-2544. rubyfalls.com
sat 10.06 Football at the Falls 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scene Hwy. (423) 821-2544 rubyfalls.com SUP Yoga with Karen Mirlenbrink 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Ross’s Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway, riverrockschattanooga.com River Market 10 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960 chattanoogamarket.com Kudzu Parade! 10 a.m. Frazier Avenue
and River St. kudzufestival.com The Aquarium’s Big Backyard Clean-up 10 a.m.- noon Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960. chattanoogamarket.com Whopper Fish! 10:30-noon Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960. chattanoogamarket.com “Bunnicula” 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 theatrecentre.com River Rocks Canoe/ Kayak Race 10:30 a.m. Ross’s Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway, riverrockschattanooga.com Georgia Winery Grape Stomp 11-6 p.m. 6469 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, GA (706) 937-WINE georgiawines.com Rocktoberfest 12 -5 p.m. Rock City, 1400 Patten Rd. Lookout, GA, 800-854-067 seerockcity.com One Bridge Folk Art Festival- Day One 12-8 p.m. Winder Binder Gallery and Bookstore, 40 Frazier Ave (423) 413-8999 kudzufestival.com Wine Over Water 5-8 p.m. Walnut St Bridge, 100 Walnut St. (423) 265-2825, wineoverwater.org Southern Country Chattanooga Hoedown 6:30-8:30 Chucks ii, 27 West Main Street , (423) 265-5405 tennesseevalleypirde.com The Haunted Hilltop 7 p.m. The Haunted Hilltop, 8235 Highway 58. (423) 488-3956. thehauntedhilltop.com 30th Anniversary Kudzu Ball 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538. theatrecentre.com
Sir Gooney’s Haunted Carnival of Nightmares 7 p.m. Sir Gooney’s, 5918 E. Brainerd Road. (423) 892-5922. sirgooneys.com Stand-Up Comedy: Matt Golightly 10:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839. funnydinner.com
sun 10.07 Football at the Falls 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scene Hwy. (423) 821-2544 rubyfalls.com AEC Culture Fest 2012 11 a.m.-1 p.m. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. http://artsedcouncil.org/ page/programs/culture-fest Champagne Sunday Brunch 11 a.m. Chattanoogan Hotel, 1201 South Broad St. (423) 266-5000. chattanooganhotel.com Rocktober Fest 12-5 p.m. Rock City, 1400 Patten Rd. Lookout,GA, 800-854-067 seerockcity.com “Bunnicula” 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 theatrecentre.com One Bridge Folk Art Festival 12-6 p.m. Winder Binder Gallery and Bookstore, 40 Frazier Ave (423) 413-8999 kudzufestival.com Chattanooga PRIDE Festival 2012 1- 8 p.m. Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. (423) 265-3700. rivercitycompany.com OPEN IMPROVISATIONAL JAM for Dancers, Musicians, Spoken Word 3-5 p.m. Barking Legs Theatre, 1307
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Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347. barkinglegs.org Trekking with Tykes Backyard Safari 2-4 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960. chattanoogamarket.com Sunday Slasher Cinema: Phantasm and Maniac 7:30 p.m. Sluggo’s North, 501 Cherokee Blvd., (423) 752-5224
mon 10.08 Thrills, Gills and Chills 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (423) 267 3474 tnaqua.org Chattanooga Bike Share Bike Parade 6:00 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (423) 267 3474. tnaqua.org Chattanooga Monday Nite Big Band 7:30 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Road. (423) 499-5055. thepalmsathamilton.com Holy Mountain with musical guest Warm Soday 8:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theatre, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 barkinglegs.org
tue 10.09 Tuesdays at Tony’s 11 a.m. Tony’s Pasta Shop & Trattoria, 212 High St. (423) 265-5033. bluffviewartdistrict.com Thrills, Gills and Chills 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (423) 267 3474 tnaqua.org Rocktober Celebration at Tremont Tavern 5:00 p.m.- 7 p.m. Tremont Tavern, 1203 Hixson Pike, (423) 266-1996 seclimber.org
wed 10.10 Thrills, Gills and Chills 10 a.m.-8 p.m.) Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (423) 267-3474 tnaqua.org Wine Wednesdays 5 p.m. Back Inn Café, 412 E 2nd St. (423) 265-5033 bluffviewartdistrict.com Wine Down Wednesday 5 p.m. Broad Street Grille, 1201 Broad St. (423) 424-3700 chattanooganhotel.com Light Up the Night Family Bike Ride 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St., (423) 643-6888, outdoorchattanooga.com
«P21 If the film works, it works on one level as a discussion of mental illness. Freddie is very clearly disturbed, in a simple and straightforward kind of way. He is the picture of the effects of an unhealthy mind. Dodd, on the other hand, is a narcissistic egotist – someone we might expect to found a cult. He is persuasive, intelligent, successful, and above all, charming. The relationship between these two starkly different flavors of madness should be fascinating and powerful. The film asks us to consider the differences between the bus station war veteran with quirky habits and a David Koresh type leader with scores of followers. One may be the victim, one the victimizer, but they are both products of an unhinged mind. In The Master, Dodd doesn’t seem dangerous necessarily – he comes across as a swindler but not an abuser. But when you see the methods of treatment and the strain it places on Freddie, you have to wonder how Dodd is able to keep control over his flock. An entire room of people watches Freddie break down after a series of long, repetitive tasks with no obvious purpose. No one questions – they all pretend to understand. There is something powerful here about herd mentality and social pressures of religion, but to the film’s detriment, they aren’t explored. Furthermore, we aren’t given the opportunity to understand the complicated relationship between Freddie and Dodd. They seem inexplicably linked, but for reasons known only to them. I wanted to understand more about the pair, about their past, about their futures. For some reason, director Paul Thomas Anderson wanted to keep any clear motivations for the characters a secret. Freddie and Dodd are played superbly by Joaquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. These are actors far above the typical Hollywood fare. If they can’t get the film’s message across, the message is too blurry to see. The film looks amazing, with beautiful scenes and deft camera work. Anderson’s directing style is distinct. But I wanted more – I needed the characters to be more transparent, more accessible. The film is long, a significant investment of time. Without a stronger payoff, it just seems like a waste. The Master is not a film I’d want to see again. Unlike There Will Be Blood, which at times was brilliant, The Master reaches for something poignant and doesn’t quite grasp it. There is much to say about the people in the film. Sometimes understatement does the story a disservice. Had I been led just a little bit further, I might have been more interested.
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Food &Drink Los 3 Amigos: Celebrating a Year in Tiftonia DINING OUT CHATTANOOGA
By D.E. Langley When I first entered Los 3 Amigos, I was most struck by what I didn’t see. There’s none of the kitschy ornamentation one often finds crammed into Mexican restaurants. Instead, I was greeted with tasteful decor spaced throughout a conspicuously clean interior. A small bar sits in the back corner, and televisions hang sparingly, providing the option of entertainment without forcing the space into feeling like a sports bar. As the owner Osman Rodas told me, “To be successful, a restaurant has to be clean in every way—and have great service and food.” He should know. Osman has worked in the industry since he was seventeen years old, holding virtually every position possible on his way to owning his own restaurant. Together, he and his wife Leah have over a quarter of a century in the business, and they apply the lessons they’ve learned in that time at Los 3 Amigos. “We’re here practically every day, working with our employees,” Leah told me. For just under a year now, they’ve been bringing their brand of Mexican cuisine to the folks of Tiftonia. Leah related how happy they were to be in Lookout Valley, with familiar faces returning time and again for favorites and new items from their constantly expanding menu. I tried a couple of their newer items during my meal. The obligatory chips and salsa were excellent—the salsa had just the right amount of heat to
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keep me coming back for more. The cheese dip was pleasantly thick and creamy, as it should be. (Sadly, a lot of places offer a thin, watery concoction instead.) So new it has yet to be added to the menu is the House
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Guacamole, with huge chunks of avocado complemented with minced onion and jalapeño pepper, tomato, cilantro and lime juice. It was fresh, light and fantastic. (You can ask them to load up on the jalapeño if you like things a bit spicier than most.)
Just ask your server if it’s not on the menu by the time you stop in! For an entree, I had the Pollo Rico, recently added to the plethora of options on offer. The dish certainly lived up to its name. Sautéed peppers, onions and tomatoes are placed atop a well-seasoned chicken breast, then smothered in the aforementioned fantastic cheese dip. Alongside flavorful rice and creamy refried beans, it was an impressive plate of food and had just about everything you could ask for. If you’re not an adventurous eater, your best bet at Los 3 Amigos might be Monday nights, when their crunchy ta-
cos are only 75 cents! With beer specials on offer as well, it’s a deal that’s hard to beat. New items on the menu aren’t the only things the Rodas family is adding at Los 3 Amigos. Soon diners will also be able to have a margarita or another cocktail with dinner, as a liquor license should be on its way shortly. Though the details haven’t quite been hammered out, there will also be happy hour specials once the full bar is up and running. With Los 3 Amigos turning out to be such a success, the owners are expanding their holdings. Their new restaurant, Casa Amigos, will open in Fort Oglethorpe later this month. If you want a preview, look no further than Los 3—the new kitchen staff is even training in Tiftonia! The new location doesn’t mean Los 3 Amigos will be getting any less attention. In celebration of their first year in business, Osman and Leah are throwing a full-scale fiesta on Saturday, October 13. The anniversary party will feature $2 bottled beers, 10% off the full menu, and 50% off of appetizers! All are welcome, and it’s certainly worth a drive from anywhere in the area to get a discounted taste of the fantastic flavors of Los 3 Amigos. D.E. Langley eats all over Chattanooga then writes about it. He also has a beard.
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Free Will Astrology LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): While doing research in South America four decades ago, anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss found an indigenous tribe whose people claimed they could see the planet Venus in the daytime. This seemed impossible to him. But he later consulted astronomers who told him that in fact Venus does emit enough light to be visible by day to a highly trained human eye. My prediction for you, Libra, is that in the coming months you will make a metaphorically equivalent leap: You will become aware of and develop a relationship with some major presence that has been virtually undetectable.
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Whether or not anyone has ever called you an “old soul” before, that term will suit you well in the coming months. A whole lot of wisdom will be ripening in you all at once. Relatively unimportant desires you’ve harbored for a long time will fade away, while others that have been in the background -- and more crucial to your ultimate happiness -- will rise to prominence.
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(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In most of my horoscopes I tell you what you can do to make yourself feel good. I advise you on how can act with the highest integrity and get in touch with what you need to learn about. Now and then, though, I like to focus on how you can help other people feel good. I direct your attention to how you can inspire them to align with their highest integrity and get in touch with what they need to learn about. Listen with compassionate receptivity to the people you care for. Describe to them what they’re like when they are at their best. Give them gifts they can use to activate their dormant potential.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you’ve ever watched tennis matches, you know that some players grunt when they smack the ball. Does that help them summon greater power? Maybe. But the more important issue is that it can mask the sound of the ball striking the racket, thereby making it harder for their opponents to guess the force and spin of the ball that will be headed toward them. The coming week would be an excellent time for you to hunt down a competitive advantage that’s comparable to this in your own field of endeavor. AQUARIUS
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(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Many people seem to believe that all of America’s Christians are and have always been fundamental-
ists. But the truth is that at most 35 percent of the total are fundies, and their movement has only gotten cultural traction in the last 30 years. So then why do their bizarre interpretations of the nature of reality get so much play? One reason is that they shout so loud and act so mean. Your upcoming assignment, Aquarius, is to do what you can to shift the focus from small-minded bullies to bighearted visionaries, whether that applies to the Christians in your sphere or any other influences. It’s time to shrink any tendency you might have to get involved with energy vampires. Instead, give your full attention and lend your vigorous clout to life-affirming intelligence.
(Feb. 19-March 20): [WARNING: The following horoscope contains more than the usual dose of poetry.] Mirthful agitation! Surprising deliverance! I predict you will expose the effects of the smoke and mirrors, then find your way out of the labyrinth. Lucid irrationality! Deathless visions! I predict you will discover a secret you’d been hiding from yourself, then escape a dilemma you no longer need to struggle with. Mysterious blessings arriving from the frontiers! Refreshed fertility roused by a reborn dream! I predict you will begin to prepare a new power spot for your future use.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): “In a full heart there is room for everything,” said poet Antonio Porchia, “and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.” That’s an important idea for you to meditate on right now, Aries. The universe is conspiring for you to be visited by a tide of revelations about intimacy. And yet you won’t be available to get the full benefit of that tide unless your heart is as full as possible. Wouldn’t you love to be taught more about love and togetherness and collaboration? TAURUS (April 20-May 20): As I
turn inward and call forth psychic impressions of what’s ahead for you, I’m seeing mythic symbols like whoopie cushions, rubber chickens, and pools of fake plastic vomit. But as I push further into the not-too-distant future, exploring the deeper archetypal levels, I’m also tuning into a vision of fireflies in an underground cavern. They’re lighting your way and leading you to a stash of treasure in a dusty corner.
(May 21-June 20): “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That’s the opening sentence of Charles Dickens’
bestselling novel A Tale of Two Cities. The author was describing the period of the French Revolution in the late 18th century, but he could just as well have been talking about our time -- or any other time, for that matter. Of course many modern cynics reject the idea that our era is the best of times. They obsess on the idea that ours is the worst of all the worst times that have ever been. When your worried mind is in control of you, you may even think that thought yourself, Gemini. But in accordance with the current astrological omens, I challenge you to be a fiery rebel: Come up with at least five reasons why this is the best of times for you personally.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” said Pablo Picasso. That’s certainly true for me. I can purify my system either by creating art myself or being in the presence of great art. How about you, Cancerian? What influences can you draw on to purge the repetitive thoughts that sometimes torment you? How do you go about making your imagination as fresh and free as a warm breeze on a sunny day? I urge you to make a study of all the things that work for you, and then use them to the max in the coming week. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect.” So said literary critic Lionel Trilling. Would you like to conjure up a surge of good karma for yourself? Then for the next ten days or so, refrain from the urge to find fault. And do your best to politely neutralize that reflex in other people who are sharing your space, even if they love to hate the same political party or idiot fringe that you do. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): One
of the reasons platinum is regarded as a precious metal is that it is so infrequently found in the Earth’s crust. A second reason is that there are difficulties in extracting it from the other metals it’s embedded in. You typically need ten tons of ore to obtain one ounce of platinum. That’s a good metaphor for the work you have ahead of you, Virgo. The valuable resource you’re dreaming of is definitely worth your hard work, persistence, and attention to detail. But to procure it, you’ll probably need the equivalent of several tons of those fine qualities.
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engaged couple’s Plan Z? 40. LaBeouf of the last Indiana Jones movie 41. Latch (onto) 42. County in a 2008 Tony-winning drama 43. Olympic soccer player Rapinoe 45. “Them!” creature 46. Garden hose bunches 48. Word before or after “thou” 49. Home to the Mustangs 52. Show about helping out with bank heists and kidnappings? 56. Waikiki’s island 57. Centipede’s features 58. “21” singer 59. “Leave it in,” to a proofreader 60. Revolver’s hiding place in “Foxy Brown” 61. Person with a messy desk 62. Duck out of sight 63. Paula from Savannah 64. “For ___ sake!”
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Life in the Noog
It makes calls too! R ecently, A pple released the new i P hone 5 . They advertise that this edition of the iPhone has a bigger screen, panoramic photo capabilities, faster speeds and other bells and whistles they’ve apparently thought up since the four or more prior versions. This is great but to me, Apple as well as iPhone users are forgetting the namesake of this exceptional mobile device – it makes calls too! In this day and age when the iPhone, Droid and other “smart phones” have placed the capabilities of a laptop computer neatly within your pocket, one thing everyone seems to forget is that first and foremost, they’re cell phones. But despite this fact, like everyone else, I use my smart phone for everything except making calls.
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The convenience of looking stuff up on the Internet remotely, making notes, keeping calendars, and even checking Facebook with the touch of a finger – no matter where you may be hanging out at the moment – seems to have removed the need to tote around a laptop. But the main thing that has made these “can’t do without devices” more communicative than ever is the ability to text rather than making boring old-school phone calls. I realize that texting in many ways has its advantages. First of all, it enables the user to send a message anytime a thought pops into their head, regardless of the hour of day or frequency of transmission. We know that the recipient then has the option of responding when it’s convenient for them. So, if they happen to be holding court with friends or meeting with clients, sleeping, eating or enjoying a moment of personal time, the nuisance of an-
swering a phone call is replaced by the unobtrusive option of responding to a typed message at a better time. However, this phenomenon has rendered the friendly familiarity of a live person on the other end a thing of the past, and this is a little sad in my mind. In fact, it’s made it where phone calls are almost reduced to emergency situations, even though nine times out of ten the calls I make go straight to voicemail. And, many times I find that when a missed call gets to the voicemail option, the person at the other end hasn’t even set up their voicemail box to accept messages. I can’t complain, as my voicemail box isn’t set up either. This is mainly because 98% of voicemails left to me in the past simply stated, “Hey it’s me, call me when you get a chance.” I saw the missed call, I know you called and I can surmise that you want me to return the call when I can. Besides, most people who call and can’t reach you will turn right around and send you a text with the details of why they called in the first place – especially if it’s important.
I will say though, that I do miss the voice-to-voice, real-time communication that a phone call enables. Texts aren’t the same. You can’t tell intent, mood, joking comments versus flat cut-downs and other inflections that a live voice provides. That’s why we have to use those stupid emoticons like smiley faces, frowny faces or the dreaded slanted mouth face to judge what the texter is trying to convey emotionally – which is especially important with new friends or persons of love interest. I recently started seeing someone who prefers texting to phone calls when we’re not seeing each other face to face. I get it. It’s more convenient, enables each of us to think about what we’re saying before we say it, versus blurting out affectionate “sweet nothings” we later wish we’d said differently (if at all). And, it also removes the nervousness felt when making or receiving a call without prior warning. It works pretty well, and it does make our face-toface contact a little more special when it occurs. So while texting versus a friendly voice may a little less personal, I guess it’s the emoticon of the times. Call me! Chuck Crowder is a local writer and general man about town. His opinions are his own.
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