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Sippin' The South's Best Libations Ask any American to name their favorite cocktail, and odds are they will name a Southern concoction. The cocktail wasn’t technically invented in the South, but it was certainly popularized and perfected among the moonlit magnolias and sweet tea accents of pre-prohibition apothecaries, hotel bars, and kitchen tables south of the Mason-Dixon line.
“TELL ME MY FUTURE”
Will I meet someone tall, dark and handsome? Will I die a crazy plant lady, after all? Who would know the answers? A fortune teller, of course! Joking aside, I approached a conversation with Kali Meister with some fear.
THE TILLERS: TRADITIONAL MUSICIANS WITH A TWIST
CREATING ART OUT OF STEEL & METAL
Chattanooga has a rich history of supporting sculptors and promoting the medium around town. The Sculpture Garden at Bluff View Art District, Sculpture Fields at Montague Park ...
The renewed interest in and popularity of American folk music has been mostly a blessing and ever so slightly a curse. The blessing has been that a new generation is being exposed ...
LOCAL STUDENTS TAKING CINEMATIC CHANCES
There hasn’t been a true student film festival in Chattanooga in a while. In times past, the Broad Street Film Festival was the place to find student films from local colleges and high school ...
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43 NEW IN THEATERS
7 JUST A THEORY
36 MUSIC CALENDAR
44 FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
14 ARTS CALENDAR
39 RECORD REVIEWS
45 JONESIN' CROSSWORD
17 SPRING DRINK GUIDE
41 THE COMIX
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BEGINNINGS · CITY LIFE
“Tell Me My Future” There's more to fortunetellers than meets the inner eye By Jenn Webster Pulse contributor
I have zero reason to be afraid, because, as I discover, Meister’s work resembles traditions at the intersection of art and healing, such as Reiki, art therapy or creative writing.”
ILL I MEET SOMEONE TALL, DARK AND HANDsome? Will I die a crazy plant lady, after all? Who would know the answers? A fortune teller, of course!
Joking aside, I approached a conversation with Kali Meister—spiritual healer, empath, claircognizant and clairaudient, with degrees in theater, psychology, and creative writing—with some fear. First: I’m a skeptic! I don’t believe people can know the future. Will she find me out? Second: Despite my so-called rationality, my lizard brain is whispering, “Run! Before she turns you into a newt!” In fact, I have zero reason to be afraid, because, as I discover, Meister’s work resembles traditions at the intersection of art and healing, such as Reiki, art therapy or creative writing. In fact, when she tells me about the meanings behind the cards, I feel like I’ve fallen into a comfortable, old-
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fashioned discussion about Biblical exegesis. Meister reads their cards metaphorically, not literally, she says, and the process of interpretation is a work of self-understanding and healing for each client. “I consider myself an intuitive counselor,” she says. “I use Tarot to get to the root of your issues and address them with you. For example, if you ask me, ‘When will I die?’, I’ll tell you about your health vulnerabilities that you need to address.” Though she compares herself to an Appalachian granny, drawing on that knowing to advise others, Meister also traces her roots to other traditions. “I’m a reformed pagan Catholic Baptist Pentecostal New-Age godfearing Buddhist,” she says, explaining
she identifies most with Buddhism and its emphasis on compassion. “The more we focus on [compassion], the more we heal collectively.” Fortune-telling, Meister says, is part of larger work of “creating a gray area” in Chattanooga—“gray areas” being her term for spiritual and creative spaces free of extremism. Her emphasis on balance and moderation also strikes me as particularly Buddhist—and it’s also reflected in numerous Tarot cards which balance dualities in static or kinetic tension. Meister describes herself as a psychic, one picking up spiritual information from a cacophony of sources, as compared to a medium, who routinely channels specific, named sources. “I’m a good person for an initial reading,” she says. “When you come for a reading, obviously there is something vulnerable you want to talk about.” She takes her responsibility seriously to help clients help themselves. She encourages them to write down their readings and go online to research further. Instead of drawing more and more energy to herself (such as “upselling” a reading with a love charm) she seeks to empower. “There’s an ethics in reading,” Meister says. “Everybody on the planet is psychic. Everybody has a knowing at their core. We all can do what I do.” Do I want to have my fortune told? Maybe. But now I know what I’ll be looking for: someone like “the kind psychic” Meister, who uses her knowing to uplift and empower. Will I leave a reading relying more on a spirit guide…or more on myself? That’s an important question, and now I know the answer. FIND A PSYCHIC April Blowout Oracle, Saturday, April 7, 1-4 p.m., 1322 Dodds Avenue. In addition to Tarot readings, the event will also feature a clothing exchange, henna, mandala paintings, and items for sale.
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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day Annual parade (and after party) all for a good cause The Shamrock Society is hosting Chattanooga’s 5th Annual St. Chatty’s Day Parade. The proceeds will help fund Chattnaooga's Kids on the Block, an educational service for children that uses the magic of puppetry to communicate social concerns and promote healthy behavior. In addition, proceeds will also benefit SoundCorps, a nonprofit for furthering our local music industries. Celebrating everything green, the
parade begins on Passenger St. this Saturday at 1 p.m. and culminates in a continued celebration with the St. Paddy’s Day Party event on Patten Parkway starting at 2 p.m. Here, you will enjoy a multitude of beer vendors, a bar dedicated to Jameson whiskey, and various Sidewalk Stage buskers. This event, hosted by the Honest Pint, will continue donations as they reflect their fundraising venture by presenting live music by Strung Like a Horse, Slim Pickens, Dani-
mal Planet, The Molly Maguires, Kerchief, the Dead Testaments, and more. For the kids, a designated zone features McKamey Animal Center, the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile, Faces by Deb, and the Chattanooga Zoo from 3-6 p.m. The event honors the legacy of the late Jim Brewer II, former head of Brewer Media and owner of The Pulse since 2008. Get more info on the parade at facebook.com/stchattysand and the party at thehonestpint.com. — Austin M. Hooks
“To be true to myself, to be the person that was on the inside of me, and not play games. That’s what I’m trying to do mostly in the whole world, is to not bulls**t myself and not bulls**t anybody else.” — Janis Joplin Or as Oscar Wilde put it: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” It’s been said that being your true and authentic self is one of the hardest things to do, and takes a person most of their life to fully achieve it. It may be one of the hardest things to do, but it is also one of the most rewarding ways to spend your journey. Consider this beautiful sentiment a friend wrote to me: “Ultimately I get to be with myself, whoever that is, and while that’s sometimes torturous, it’s also beautiful when I can have a clean and loyal and honest relationship with me. — Rick Pimental-Habib, Ph.D.
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COLUMN · JUST A THEORY
Celebrating The Women Of Science Too long overlooked and underappreciated, meet some amazing women
ID YOU KNOW THAT IT’S INternational Women’s Month? It is! Because of that, I wanted to take a look at a few women in Science that you should know. (If you don’t already.) Carolyn Porco — “Madam Saturn”
Steven W. Disbrow Pulse columnist
Such a huge project had never been undertaken before, but Hamilton’s team did it; creating in-flight software for both the command module (which orbited the moon) and the lunar lander itself.”
Steven W. Disbrow is a programmer who specializes in e-commerce and mobile systems development, an entrepreneur, comic-book nerd, writer, improviser, actor, sometime television personality and parent of two human children.
With a nickname like “Madam Saturn,” you might guess that Carolyn Porco is involved with one or more of the probes we’ve sent to Saturn, and you’d be right! Dr. Porco’s involvement with NASA’s unmanned probes actually begins back with the Voyager program in the early 1980’s. Since then, she’s been involved in pretty much every mission to the outer Solar System. Honestly, trying to simply list all of her achievements and research would result in an article long enough to fill this entire issue of The Pulse. But, she’s best known to the public as the co-coordinator (along with Carl Sagan) of the “Family Portrait” photo of the Solar System that Voyager took and just happened to include the “Pale Blue Dot” image of the Earth. She’s also the leading expert on planetary ring systems, having figured out (among other things) how a planet’s moons can act as “shepherds” for its rings. She’s an active advisor to NASA and spends a great deal of time traveling around the world speaking to groups about Science in general and Astronomy in particular. She’s also a frequent guest on CNN, “Star Talk” with Neal deGrasse Tyson and other science programs. Margaret Hamilton—Got Us To The Moon It’s a common joke these days that the phone in your pocket is more powerful (by a lot) than the computer that took
the Apollo Astronauts to the moon. Even though those computers were primitive compared to today’s models, they were still computers and they still had to be programmed to do all the tasks that were needed to get to the Moon. A young Margaret Hamilton was the leader of the team that created those programs. In those days, creating software was a tedious and time-consuming affair. (To be fair, it still is, but they did it on punch cards!) Such a huge project had never been undertaken before, but Hamilton’s team did it; creating in-flight software for both the command module (which orbited the moon) and the lunar lander itself. This software, which was, conceptually, years ahead of its time even had the ability to recognize and correct errors without requiring action by the astronauts. This amazing design has been credited for making the first Apollo landing possible and in 2016 President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As if that weren’t impressive enough, in 2017, she was turned into a Lego, as part of their “Women of NASA” set! Jill Tartar—Asking the Big Question As a long time researcher with various incarnations of the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) program, the majority of Astronomer Jill Tarter’s career has been spent asking the question, “Are we alone?” While her research
hasn’t yet given us a definitive answer, she’s had quite an impact on the field and on popular culture. The “Ellie Arroway” character in Carl Sagan’s book (and later, feature film), Contact was based largely on Tartar’s SETI work. She’s often called upon to speak on not just her research, but the ramifications of her work, should she ever get a positive result (i.e. if we ever actually hear a signal from an intelligent alien species) . Unlike many of her contemporaries, Tartar isn’t afraid of making contact with an extra-terrestrial species. She’s of the opinion that, if they are advanced enough to communicate, and perhaps even travel here, then they’ve evolved (both as a species and as a civilization), beyond the need for things like conquest and colonization. (I for one, agree with her there.) So, there you go. Three women scientists who, each in their own way, have helped take humanity into space. If you’ve got a daughter that’s interested in Science (or Space), I encourage you to share their stories with them and let them know that they too could end up helping humanity venture just a little bit further out into the Cosmos.
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Sippin' The South's Best Libations Celebrating our Southern heritage with the best cocktails from history By Mike McJunkin Pulse contributor
Margaritas, Mojitos, and Martinis top the list of the country’s most popular drinks and they are all fine cocktails, but there’s a time and place for everything.”
SK ANY AMERICAN TO NAME THEIR FAVORITE COCKtail, and odds are they will name a Southern concoction. The cocktail wasn’t technically invented in the South, but it was certainly popularized and perfected among the moonlit magnolias and sweet tea accents of pre-prohibition apothecaries, hotel bars, and kitchen tables south of the Mason-Dixon line. The South has blessed the world with an assortment of ambrosial libations that include the Sazerac, Mint Julep, Old Fashioned, Rum Runner, Grasshopper, Hurricane, and even the Gin Fizz, but outside of a Derby party or post-Thanksgiving drinking session with grandpa, when was the last time you had a Mint Julep or an Old Fashioned? Margaritas, Mojitos, and Martinis top the list of the country’s most popular drinks and they are all fine cocktails, but there’s a time and place for everything. Margaritas and Mojitos are delightful with a spicy cochinita or while munch-
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ing on chips and queso fundido. A Vesper Martini, shaken until ice cold and topped with a paper-thin slice of lemon peel is virtually required when wooing Ursula Andress at the baccarat table. But enjoying a fresh Southern cocktail is the only sensible response to the absurd incongruity of modern Southern life. If I was forced to sip a curaçaolaced Mai Tai while warm summer Tennessee rain pelted down upon the rooftops I am certain my soul would begin to slowly escape through my tear ducts. Every Southerner should have at least five classic Southern cocktails they call
upon when the occasion arises—such as the celebration of sunset or the onset of thirst. A great place to start is with America’s first cocktail—the Sazerac. Both the apothecary behind the Peychaud’s bitters and the Sazerac House bar in New Orleans claim to have created this legendary drink. It was initially made using Sazerac de Forge et Fils Cognac (hence the drink’s name) before bartenders began replacing that with Rye Whiskey along with Absinthe, bitters, and a sugar cube. Matt Ballard, bartender at Chattanooga’s Main Street Meats, loves the Sazarac, but warns that “It takes precision to make it shine. This particular drink has the potential to hold the trophy for the best or the worst cocktail you can have.” To get you on the right track, here’s the original recipe from The Sazerac Bar in New Orleans.
The drink became so popular that bars would hire ‘shaker boys’ specifically to emulsify the drink while employing Brian Flanaganesque theatrical flourishes to entertain waiting clients.”
THE ORIGINAL SAZERAC • 1 sugar cube • 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters • 1 ½ oz Sazerac, Jim Beam, or Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey • 1/4 oz Herbsaint Absinthe • Lemon peel, for garnish Directions: 1. Pack an Old-Fashioned glass with ice. 2. Place the sugar cube and 3 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters into a second Old-Fashioned glass and crush the sugar cube. 3. Add the Rye Whiskey to the bitters and sugar. 4. Empty the ice from the first glass and coat inside of the glass with the Herbsaint, discarding any that remains. 5. Strain the whiskey/bitters/sugar mixture from the second glass into the first glass and garnish with lemon peel.
···· Bellying up to the bar and ordering a “Ramos Gin Fizz” will result in your bartender a) smiling and giving you the coveted “nod of respect” or b) looking at you with the hate of 1000 Hans Grubers. This labor-intensive Southern classic is a simple mix of gin, citrus, orange blossom water, cream, and egg white that is shaken for up to 15 grueling minutes to create the drink’s signature booze-soaked cloud of egg-white meringue.
Henry C. Ramos served the drink at his Imperial Cabinet Saloon in the 1880s and insisted that the drink be shaken for an arm-meltingly long time to achieve its ethereal texture. The drink became so popular that bars would hire “shaker boys” specifically to emulsify the drink while employing Brian Flanaganesque theatrical flourishes to entertain waiting clients. I recommend it as a morning-after drink to sip as you groggily check your phone for drunk texts or pantsless photos of yourself from the night before. The cream and egg white line your stomach, the sugar, orange flower water and citrus give you a little boost of energy and freshness, while the gin provides the all-important hair of the dog. It’s like an alcoholic Orange Julius—smooth and refreshing for you, a morning workout for your bartender.
THE CLASSIC RAMOS GIN FIZZ • 1½ oz Old Tom gin • 1 oz simple syrup • ½ oz fresh lemon juice • ½ oz fresh lime juice • 1 oz egg white • 2 oz heavy cream • 3 dashes orange flower water • Chilled club soda Directions: 1. Add ice to the glass to chill and set aside.
2. Add all the ingredients except the soda to an ice-filled shaker and shake vigorously 100 times. 3. Remove ice from the glass and strain mixture into the glass from a distance of at least one foot to ensure froth. 4. Top with club soda.
···· Few drinks evoke the image of genteel Southerners sipping drinks on wraparound porches as vividly as the Mint Julep. The first juleps came from Virginia (sorry Kentucky) and were nothing more than rum cut with a little sugar and muddled mint. These “mint slings” were an “antifogmatic”—an early morning hit of booze meant to help cure whatever ailed you. The popularity of juleps really took off when a trendy, new ingredient was added—crushed ice. Ice had been a luxury in the South, but as giant blocks were being sent to ice-deprived regions, one of the first things Southerners did was to cool down their juleps. After the Civil War, whiskey began to replace brandy and rum, but making juleps with rum or rye is still perfectly acceptable, no Southern court will convict you. And by the way, Mint Juleps are a perfect drink for any day of the year. They should not require, as Jonathan Miles wrote, “a televised horse race and >> Continued on pg. 11
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COVER STORY 4. Top off with three bottles of chilled brut champagne. 5. Stir, serve and enjoy the show. To make oleo-saccharum: Peel the zest of 12 lemons and firmly muddle the peels with 2 cups of light raw sugar. Cover and let the mixture sit in a warm place for about an hour. Muddle the mixture again, and it’s ready to use.
a bunch of Yankees doing Foghorn Leghorn imitations” to be enjoyed.
THE CLASSIC MINT JULEP • 10-12 mint leaves • 1/4 oz Turbinado Syrup (see below) • 1 oz Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon • 1 oz Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon • Mint sprig (for garnish) • Powdered sugar (for garnish) Directions: 1. In a julep cup or rocks glass, add mint leaves and turbinado syrup. Lightly press with a muddler, then add both bourbons. 2. Fill the cup ¾ with crushed ice and stir 12-14 times to dilute. 3. Top off the cocktail with a small dome of crushed ice. Garnish with a straw, sprig of mint and a dust of powdered sugar. To make Turbinado syrup: Heat two parts raw, unrefined sugar to one-part water in a saucepan over medium heat until dissolved. Remove from heat, cool and store in the fridge.
···· Some classic Southern cocktails seem dangerously close to that pinnacle of 70s white trash mixology affectionately referred to as “trash can punch.” Chatham Artillery Punch is Savannah, Georgia’s contribution to Southern cocktails, as well as a direct at-
tack on the human liver. This potent libation was reportedly created to honor George Washington’s visit to the Chatham Artillery and its original recipe called for full bottles of cognac, bourbon, and Jamaican rum along with a handful of citrus. During their notoriously raucous “meetings” the punch would be served in horse buckets where the artillerymen would drink it as if it would cure syphilis. Good times. If you’re having a party and want to provide everyone a guaranteed express train to drunktown, try out David Wondrich’s old-school recipe and party like it’s 1885.
CLASSIC CHATHAM ARTILLERY PUNCH • Lemon oleo-sacchrum • 1 pint fresh lemon juice • 1 750 ml bottle VSOP cognac • 1 750 ml bottle bourbon whiskey • 1 750 ml Jamaican-style rum Directions: 1. Mix oleo-sacchrum with the lemon juice. Stir and strain into an empty 750 ml bottle. Add water to fill any remaining space in the bottle, seal and refrigerate. 2. To serve, fill a two-and-a-half gallon punch bowl with ice and pour in the bottled oleo-sacchrum. 3. Add the cognac, bourbon, and rum.
Finally, I’d like to pay homage to an old favorite of mine; the drink that comes with bail money; the one the only—Jack & Coke. It’s not the South’s finest cocktail, but it is a Southern cocktail so I borrowed the Coca-Cola syrup recipe from the folks at BourbonBlog and reengineered the Jack and Coke into something that’ll hopefully help keep whiskey snobs from bursting a blood vessel.
JACK & COKE Coca-Cola Syrup • ¼ cup Mexican Coca-Cola • ¼ cup sugar Directions: 1. Bring the Coke to a simmer in a very small saucepan. 2. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. 3. Allow to cool, then refrigerate until ready to use. Cocktail • 2 oz. Jack Daniels Old No. 7 • ¼ oz Coca-Cola syrup • 1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters • No garnish Directions: 1. Add the Jack, syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. 2. Shake vigorously, then strain into a cocktail glass. 3. Drink. Mike McJunkin is a native Chattanoogan, currently living abroad, who has trained chefs, owned and operated restaurants, and singlehandedly increased Chattanooga’s meat consumption statistics for three consecutive years.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Creating Art Out Of Steel & Metal Sculptors Roger Halligan, Issac Duncan, Sam Burns share their stories By Kevin Hale Pulse contributor
My professor showed me a pile of steel and metal, and said you don’t have to come back upstairs. I was hooked.”
HATTANOOGA HAS A RICH HISTORY OF SUPPORTING sculptors and promoting the medium around town. The Sculpture Garden at Bluff View Art District, Sculpture Fields at Montague Park and pieces scattered along the riverfront are just a few examples of the city’s commitment to the fine art. But a less familiar resource you may not know about is Mid-South Sculpture Alliance, whose crew I sat down with recently to get the happenings now on the local sculpture scene. Roger Halligan founded MSA in 2007 as an affiliate organization of the International Sculpture Center (ISC). It’s a long way from his beginnings in Syracuse, NY, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in the early 1970s. “I took a figurative sculpting course and I wasn’t half bad,” remembers Halligan. “My professor showed me a pile of steel and metal, and said you
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don’t have to come back upstairs. I was hooked.” He went on to complete a Master of Fine Art from The University of Georgia. Soon the wild came calling and Halligan took his talents to the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, NC. Here he worked with landscape architects to help design animal habitats using only steel. “I incorporated steel into exhibits so well geologists thought it was real rock from a distance,” says Halligan. “They had to take an up close look to realize it was not stone.”
But eventually he started to evolve as an artist and took to creating stone sculptures. Another characteristic of the zoo exhibits also remains in his work to this day. “The boundary warnings surrounding the animals are prevalent on my pieces even now.” Check out the artist statement on his website. Halligan may not have had a choice in the Neolithic direction his art took. “I’m Irish and found out there’s also a lot of Neanderthal DNA in my body,” he exclaims. He suggests he really has no control on the artistic path he has followed. “You know they still don’t know why Stonehenge was built.” Issac Duncan currently serves as president of MSA. He is a Brooklyn, NY native and Afro-Cuban descendant who started drawing and sketching at an early age. “I found it was better to draw out con-
flict than to get in someone’s face,” remembers Duncan. “My high school years consisted of two dimensional work because I couldn’t afford three dimensional.” He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Notre Dame, and he was advised to take classes at which he would excel. He was awarded a fellowship from the University of Kentucky, where he completed his Masters of Fine Arts, in sculpture while working in his own studio. What bought these two sculptors to the Tennessee Valley was another highly accomplished local sculptor. You may have seen John Henry’s steel sculptures in from of the Hunter Museum and Chattanooga State. “I work as a docent at the museum and when visitors see Henry’s work they can’t believe he is based in Chattanooga,” says Halligan. Henry employed Duncan for three years, where he worked as crew supervisor, heavy equipment operator and assistant. “Before I thought eight- and nine-inch pieces were pretty large,” laughs Duncan. “I received my PhD in large and monumental sculptures from him.” Duncan moved on in mid-2008 and opened his own studio. If you’ve ever wondered how sculptors, painters and other artists make ends meet, you’re not alone. Both Halligan and Duncan have received special honors, nominations, grants, committee and board memberships and juror/curatorial installation honors. They have conducted workshops, juried awards, served as artist in residences and speakers, taught, been awarded commissions, held exhibitions, and sold to private collectors. “People think you should just give away your
I work as a docent at the museum and when visitors see Henry’s work they can’t believe he is based in Chattanooga,” says Halligan.
art, or want it for free,” says Jan Chenoweth, fellow artist and Halligan’s studio partner. “But you wouldn’t say, ‘Hey can I have that root canal free?” Halligan realizes even trade can work if it means getting his sculptures out there. “I recently spoke with Elaine Harper, the principal at Red Bank High School, and realized she didn’t have a budget, but she was still able to exchange gift cards for my sculpture,” says Halligan. “She takes our work seriously, respects the process and realizes it enriches peoples’ lives.” Retired sculptor Sam Burns chimes in to hammer home the point. “Art can hit you on all levels and makes you look at things differently,” says Burns. Sculpting teaches you basic skills like welding and fabricating. “We’ve gotten away from teaching trades,” says Duncan. “People need other ways to use their minds.” Fnd out more about these sculptors and see upcoming events at midsouthsculpure.org
Shut Up And Dance Back in 1990, “Dancing at Lughnasa”, a play by Irish dramatist Brian Friel, met the stage for the first time. Now it is coming to Barking Legs Theater this weekend, and has lost none of its impact or power over the past three decades. Considered a memory play, the story follows the recollections of a grown man, Michael Evans, as he recounts the events of a brief summer at his aunts’ cottage in the fictional, Irish town of Ballybeg. It reflects on the life decisions of the five Mundy sisters (Kate, Maggie, Agnes, Rosie, and Christina) living unmarried and in poverty. The festival of Lughnasadh, a Celtic harvest festival, works as the medium by which their failures and hopes are communicated to the audience. In the series of events that leads up to the festival, we see further into the unfulfilled lives the sisters have lead. It is the dancing of the festival, a symbol of sexuality and freedom, that brings due diligence to the sisters otherwise bleak futures. The focus of Friel was to concentrate on both the dangers of freedom and to what extent society hinders our self-expression and goals. It is through dance that Christina finds the “very heart of life and all its hopes.” — Brian Friel. “Dancing at Lughnasa”, Thursday thru Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., (423) 624-5347, barkinglegs.org. — Austin M. Hooks
Art Car Weekend Planning Session
March Red Tent
From costumes to cars and everything in between, Art 120 wants your input to make Art Car Weekend awesome! 5:30 p.m. Art 120 100 Cherokee Blvd. art120.org
Through drumming and stories women come together to remember and reclaim their voice as the collective feminine. 6:30 p.m. Movement Arts Collective 3813 Dayton Blvd. movementartscollective.com
The Chattanooga Area Food Bank’s Signature Event! A tasting of trademark dishes accompanied by music, activities, and a live auction. 6 p.m. The Venue Chattanooga 4119 Cummings Hwy. thevenuechattanooga.com
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR
The Glass Menagerie
THURSDAY3.15 “Mystery of the Wax Museum” 2 p.m. Heritage House Arts Center 1428 Jenkins Rd (423) 855-9474 chattanooga.gov Ooltewah Farmers Market 3 p.m. Ooltewah Nursery 5829 Main St. (423) 238-9775 ooltewahnursery.com Signal Mountain Farmers Market 4 p.m. Pruett’s Market 1210 Taft Hwy. (423) 902-8023 signalmountainfarmersmarket.com Soap Making 5 p.m. Crabtree Farms of Chattanooga 1000 E. 30th St. (423) 493-9155 crabtreefarms.org Art Car Planning Session 5:30 p.m. Art 120 100 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 708-2120 art120.org Through the Lens: Photo Workshop 6 p.m. The Hunter Museum of American Art 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968
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huntermuseum.org Chattanooga Ballet Annual Scholarship Fundraiser 6 p.m. Chattanooga Ballet 817 N. Market St. (423) 265-0617 chattanoogaballet.net EXHBT: Senior Graphic Design Show 6 p.m. Southern Adventist University 4881 Taylor Cir. (423) 236-2000 southern.edu Chinese Medicine 101 6 p.m. Chattanooga WorkSpace 302 W. 6th St. (423) 822-5750 chattanoogaworkspace.com
5K Training Group Run 6 p.m. Fast Break Athletics 300 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 265-0531 fastbreakathletics.com The Glass Menagerie 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 theatrecentre.com Woodworking Workshop 7 p.m. ChattLab Makerspace 100 Cherokee Blvd. chattlab.org Dancing at Lughnasa 7:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave.
ENTERTAINMENT SPOTLIGHT CJ Starr’s Ccmedy can reach most anybody as he makes fun of his upbringing, his bi-racial marriage, family, kids, stereotypes, college , and anything else that can happen to a mid-30’s man. CJ Starr The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com
(423) 624-5347 barkinglegs.org CJ Starr 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com Country Line Dancing Class 8 p.m. Westbound Bar 24 Station St. (423) 498-3069 westboundbar.com Chatt Talk Tonight with Donnie Marsh 8 p.m. The Palace Theater 818 Georgia Ave. (423) 803-6578 chattpalace.com
FRIDAY3.16 Chattanooga Market at Erlanger 10:30 a.m. Erlanger Hospital Medical Mall 975 E. 3rd St. chattanoogamarket.com The Wild Around 3D 5:30 p.m. IMAX 3D Theater 201 Chestnut St. (800) 262-0695 tnaqua.org/imax Sideshow Slideshow 6 p.m. Barley Chattanooga 235 E. MLK Blvd.
Leprechaun Chase 5k (423) 682-8200 chattanoogabarley.com March Red Tent: Reclaiming What Is Ours 6:30 p.m. Movement Arts Collective 3813 Dayton Blvd. (423) 401-8115 movementartscollective.com Jason Reevs 7 p.m. The Spot 1800 E. Main St. facebook.com/frequencyarts The Nude Formula 7 p.m. Spot Arts Venue 3210 Brainerd Rd. (423) 602-1418 spotvenue.co CJ Starr 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com Dancing at Lughnasa 7:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 barkinglegs.org The Glass Menagerie 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 theatrecentre.com Nooga! Visit Rock Village 8 p.m. First Draft Theater
1800 Rossville Ave. (423) 843-1775 improvchattanooga.com Improv Showdown 10 p.m. First Draft Theater 1800 Rossville Ave. (423) 843-1775 improvchattanooga.com
SATURDAY3.17 Leprechaun Chase 5k & Family Fun Run 8 a.m. Coolidge Park 150 River St. (404) 819-0697 chattanooga.gov Native Plant Marketplace and Expo 8 a.m. UTC University Center 642 E. 5th St. (423) 425-4455 utc.edu/university-center St. Albans Hixson Market 9:30 a.m. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 7514 Hixson Pike (423) 842-6303 FarleyCon 10 a.m. East Ridge Community Center 1517 Tombras Ave. (423) 867-6406 eastridgetn.gov Brainerd Farmers Market 10 a.m. Grace Episcopal Church
20 Belvoir Ave. (404) 245-3682 Lookouts FanFest 10 a.m. AT&T Field 201 Power Alley (423) 267-2208 lookouts.com Farmer’s Market 11 a.m. Nutrition World 6237 Vance Rd. (423) 892-4085 nutritionw.com Lights, Camera, Action: Activities and Tours 11 a.m. The Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968 huntermuseum.org Red Wolf Feeding and Talk Noon Reflection Riding Arboretum 400 Garden Rd. (423) 821-1160 reflectionriding.org St. Chatty’s Day Parade 1 p.m. Patten Parkway 29 Patten Pkwy. (423) 757-5259 facebook.com/stchattys Chattanooga Art Tour 1 p.m. Bluff View Art District 411 E. 2nd St. (423) 290-2477 newsouthtourco.com Artful Yoga: Vinyasa and Vino 1:30 p.m.
The Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968 huntermuseum.org Homefront: Chickamauga 2 p.m. Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park 3370 Lafayette Rd. (423) 752-5213 nps.gov Bitter Block Party: St. Patrick’s Style! 3 p.m. The Bitter Alibi 825 Houston St. (423) 362-5070 thebitteralibi.com 5th Annual St Paddy’s Party on the Parkway 3 p.m. The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192 thehonestpint.com HullaBOWLoo 6 p.m. The Venue Chattanooga 4119 Cummings Hwy. (423) 994-2272 thevenuechattanooga.com St. Patricks’ Day in West Village 4 p.m. West Village 802 Pine St. westvillagechattanooga.com Dancing at Lughnasa 7:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • MARCH 15, 2018 • THE PULSE • 15
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR (423) 624-5347 barkinglegs.org CJ Starr 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com The Glass Menagerie 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 theatrecentre.com Week in Review 8 p.m. First Draft Theater 1800 Rossville Ave. (423) 843-1775 improvchattanooga.com Whose Line Chattanooga 10 p.m. First Draft Theater 1800 Rossville Ave. (423) 843-1775 improvchattanooga.com
SUNDAY3.18 Fairytales Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mosaic TN 819 Mississippi Ave. mosaicfaith.org Free Fiddle School 2 p.m. Fiddlers Anonymous 2248 Dayton Blvd. (423) 994-7497 The Glass Menagerie 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 theatrecentre.com Voluptuous Belles Plus Size Pageant 5 p.m. Chattanooga Convention Center 1150 Carter St. voluptuouspageant.com Bi-monthly Queer Youth Night 6 p.m. Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center 1918 Union Ave. (423) 521-0642 mercyjunction.org CJ Starr
Try Archery at Outdoor Chattanooga 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com
MONDAY3.19 Spring Belly Dance Session 5:45 p.m. Movement Arts Collective 3813 Dayton Blvd. (423) 401-8115 movementartscollective.com Serial Killer Groupies 6 p.m. Heritage House Arts Center 1428 Jenkins Rd. (423) 855-9474 chattanooga.gov Program on the 112th Anniversary of the Lynching of Ed Johnson 6 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center 200 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-8658 bessiesmithcc.org Attack Of The Open Mic! 7 p.m. Barley Chattanooga 235 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 682-8200 chattanoogabarley.com
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Wake Up & Run 6 a.m. Fleet Feet Sports 307 Manufacturers Rd. (423) 771-7996 fleetfeetchattanooga.com Northside Farmers’ Market 3 p.m. Northside Presbyterian Church 923 Mississippi Ave. (423) 266-1766 Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute Tour 4 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute 175 Baylor School Rd. (800) 262-0695 tnaqua.org Tuesday Night Chess Club 6 p.m. Downtown Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 643-7700 chattilibrary.com Intro to Improv 7 p.m. First Draft Theater 1800 Rossville Ave. (423) 843-1775 improvchattanooga.com Chatty: Krish Mohan & Andrew Frank’s Nationwide Comedy Takeover 8 p.m. Moccasin Bend Brewing Company 3210 Broad St. (423) 821-6392 bendbrewingbeer.com
WEDNESDAY3.21 Lookout Farmers Market 10 a.m. Memorial Hospital 2525 Descales Ave. lookoutfarmersmarket.com Try Archery 3:30 p.m. Outdoor Chattanooga 200 River St. (423) 643-6888 outdoorchattanooga.com Main Street Market 4 p.m. 522 W. Main St. mainstfarmersmarket.com Volunteer Work Day 4 p.m. Reflection Riding Arboretum 400 Garden Rd. (423) 821-1160 reflectionriding.org March Connect Event: The Gig Economy 4:30 p.m. The Edney 1100 Market St. (423) 643-6770 theedney.com March Welding Classes 6 p.m. Art 120 100 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 708-2120 art120.org Chatt. Collectors 6 p.m.
AVA Gallery 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282 avarts.org Instant Pot 201 6 p.m. Chattanooga WorkSpace 302 W. 6th St. (423) 822-5750 chattanoogaworkspace.com Glimpses 7:30 p.m. The Ringgold Playhouse 155 Depot St. (706) 935-3061 cityofringgoldga.gov Naughty Knights Chess Meetup 7:30 p.m. The Bitter Alibi 825 Houston St. (423) 362-5070 thebitteralibi.com Open Mic Night 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com Open Mic Comedy 8 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com Map these locations on chattanoogapulse.com. Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to: email@example.com
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CHATTANOOGA'S WEEKLY ALTERNATIVE
Featured In This Issue Mellow Mushroom ..................................... 20 The Dwell Hotel .......................................... 21 Southside Social .......................................... 22 Brewhaus ..................................................... 23 Bar & Nightclub Guide ............................... 24
Bluewater Grille .......................................... 28 The Press ..................................................... 29 Splitz Bar & Grill ....................................... 30 New Amsterdam Vodka .............................. 31
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Mellow Mushroom W
ith its funky interior, tasty food, and laid-back atmosphere, Mellow Mushroom is one of the best places in Chattanooga to grab a bite with friends. Of course, Mellow’s pizzas are its main draw, and for good reason. Their flavorful, spring water crust and fresh ingredients make for a quality pizza experience. But even if you’re just in the mood for a drink and a quick appetizer, Mellow is a fantastic choice for a night out. Tuesday nights are Pint Night at Mellow. Diners can enjoy select draft beers for just $3, and Mellow’s rotating selection keeps things exciting week after week. Wine is just $2 all day every Thursday, so whether it’s girls’ night or date night, celebrate it at Mellow! Mellow is also the ideal Sunday destination. Their craft cocktails are just $5 each all day every Sunday, and mimosa carafes are just $10. They’re perfect for sipping on the patios. One standout cocktail is the Blue Moon Rising, a refreshing blend of Patrón Citrónge orange liqueur and house-made sour topped with a splash of Blue Moon Belgianstyle witbier and fresh lemon. With spring just around the corner, lighter meals are a great option, and Mellow’s got you covered. You can try their Greek Salad, their Caesar Salad paired with all-natural grilled chicken, or their Enlightened Spinach Salad, featuring fresh spinach topped with dried cherries, apples, house-
made candied pecans, and feta cheese. Some of the favorite patio pies are the Kosmic Karma (Mellow red sauce topped with feta cheese, mozzarella, spinach, sun-dried roasted tomatoes, and roma tomatoes finished with a pesto swirl) and the Great White (an olive oil and garlic base with sun-dried roasted tomatoes, provolone, feta, seasoned ricotta, fresh basil, mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and onions). Try them on Mellow’s thin crust! Pizza restaurants can be a bummer for gluten-free or vegan diners, but not Mellow. With the best gluten-free, dairy-free pizzas in town, it’s a place anyone can enjoy. Of course, Mellow’s locations are hard to beat. Their downtown location, sitting right by the Chattanooga Aquarium, the riverfront, and downtown movie theatre, is the perfect dinner destination if you want to take a walk downtown before and catch a movie after. Mellow’s Hamilton Place location is also a great option. It features a lovely outdoor patio, and is just a few blocks away from all the shopping options of Hamilton Place. All these in-restaurant drink and dining options are great reasons to choose Mellow, but don’t forget that they offer catered meals as well. If you want the taste of Mellow Mushroom at your next event,
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check out their brand-new catering menu. You can order any of their handcrafted, stone-baked pizzas along with salads, pasta, sandwiches, desserts, and munchies for any occasion. Don’t forget that they offer vegetarian, vegan, calorie-conscious, and gluten-free options, too. The full catering menu is available at mellowmushroom.com/catering. Next time you’re looking for the right place for date night, Sunday lunch, after-work drinks, or anything in-between, you can count on Mellow Mushroom.
Funky, art-filled chain pizzeria featuring craft beer, calzones & creative stone-baked pizzas. Mellow Mushroom Two convenient locations 205 Broad St. (423) 266-5564 2318 Lifestyle Way (423) 468-3737 mellowmushroom.com
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The Dwell Hotel
Following a month of renovations,
Chattanooga’s midcentury-inspired gem, The Dwell Hotel, has opened a completely reimagined drinking and dining space. The Solarium, a café and cocktail bar, boasts colorful decor, botanical touches, and both indoor and outdoor seating. Large windows bring a refreshing airiness to the space, capturing the look and feel of a retro sunroom. The Solarium creates a perfect contrast to Matilda Midnight, The Dwell’s “starlit” cocktail bar. Both lounges will share the same menu and hours, serving brunch, lunch, tapas and small plates every day from 7 a.m. to midnight. New cocktail menus play on the day and night contrast between the two bars. The Day Cocktails menu features six newly developed drinks, including “Daydreaming”, a mix of Pimms, Dry Curacao, Cocci Rosa, Red CurrantInfused Dark Rum, and Cucumber Bitters. The drink has a fruity lightness, perfect for sipping on the Solarium patio.
Night Cocktails menu standouts like “Luminary”, with its exquisite balance of spicy, bitter, and smooth—a mix of Ancho Reyes, Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur, Bombay Sapphire, Paxton, and chocolate and barrel-aged peychauds bitters—is ideal for evening hours at the Matilda Midnight bar. “Like Matilda Midnight and The Dwell Hotel, The Solarium will exceed the expectations of our local and outof-town guests, offering a menu and experience that they can’t find anywhere else,” said owner Seija Ojanpera. “While the dining options are the same for Matilda Midnight and the Solarium, the two spaces are completely different: guests can choose between The Solarium’s bright, café-like atmosphere or Matilda’s evening-inspired ambience—no matter the time of day.” With a menu inspired by international cuisine, drinks designed by masterful mixologists, and ingredients sourced from local farms and businesses, you’re bound to fall in love with the lounges at The Dwell Hotel, where lively meets luxury. THE PULSE • SPRING DRINK • MARCH 15, 2018 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • 21
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outhside Social, the downtown Chattanooga favorite for group games and lively atmosphere, is reopening after a brief hiatus with a refurbished space and a reimagined menu. The “new” Southside Social will still have all the features that made the first place a success—ten lanes of bowling, lounge seating with flat-screen televisions, pool tables, skee ball, ping pong, shuffleboard, and giant jenga. The outside courtyard has casual seating, fire pits, a bocce ball court, horse shoes, and corn hole. Now, arcade games have been added to the upstairs lounge area, including two pinball machines and one multicade game machine. Southside has spent time during the revamp ensuring that the bar is a safe place for anyone to come enjoy a night of games, music, drinking, and socializing. Now closing at midnight instead of 2 a.m., and closing the streets alongside the front entrance, Southside promises
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a carefree time in a game-focused environment. With new music venue, The Signal, right next door and the warmer months right around the corner, Southside is the perfect place to come sip a drink from the new cocktail menu while playing a game of corn hole with friends. A standout on the new menu is the Tennessee Twist, a fruity, bold mixture of JW Kelly bourbon, Triple Sec, orange juice, and grenadine syrup. Southside still offers some of the best drink deals in the city, with $2 mimosas and $5 award-winning Bloody Marys at Saturday and Sunday brunch, and $2 domestic drafts available all night on Thursdays. There’s no place in Chattanooga quite like Southside. It’s the only place that offers so many options for entertainment, and with its refocus on the games that made it such a hit when it first opened, Southside is a perfect destination for those in search of a good time.
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Brewhaus BrewPub S
itting in a prime location on Frazier Avenue on Chattanooga’s North Shore is the unique German– American gastro pub, Brewhaus. With a relaxed and homey feel, Brewhaus is a great place to grab a hearty portion of some very unique food. When walking inside, you can’t help but be blown away by the stunning view of the Walnut Street Bridge and the Tennessee River. At Brewhaus, they treat you like family and are never eager to rush you out the door. You are greeted with friendly faces, who immediately make you feel as if it’s your home
away from home, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy some good food and drink.” Kick off the week on Mondays with $3 half liter draft beers all day and end the week with industry happy hour on Sundays with $4 wells and $1 off beers. On Tuesdays, join us for team trivia starting at 7:30 p.m. and a chance to win a variety of prizes. And on Wednesdays you can enjoy the live music of Dan from Danimal Planet. April 21st is a big date for Brewhaus. Dog Fish Head is sponsoring the “Dog Fish Record Store Day
Nation Wide Release Party” for up and coming record releases. This event includes live music, food, and of course, plenty of beer, including the 2016 Dogfish 120min IPA. David Sherril, the general manager at Brewhaus, is all about bringing in the springtime with his focus on atmosphere and the incredible view and scenery that accompanies
its patio area. For him, “a city like Chattanooga, being more an outdoor city, is perfect for people who enjoy staying active given its masterful scenery. As one looks out from the patio at Brewhaus, to our local Coolidge Park, Tennessee River, Aquarium, and Lookout Mountain, they will understand why.
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Bar & Nightclub Guide 1885 Grill 3914 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 485-3050 1885grill.com 3rd Deck Burger Bar 201 Riverfront Pkwy. (423) 266-4488 chattanoogariverboat.com Abuelo’s 2102 Hamilton Place Blvd. (423) 855-7400 abuelos.com Acropolis Mediterranean Grill 2213 Hamilton Place Blvd. (423) 899-5341 acropolisgrill.com AGM Restaurant & Lounge 1622 Dodds Ave. (423) 508-8107 Alan Gold’s Discotheque 1100 McCallie Ave. (423) 629-8080 alangolds.com Alchemy 801 Pine St. (423) 531-4653 westinchattanooga.com Alimentari Cucina e Bar 801 Chestnut St. (423) 498-3190 alimentarichattanooga.com Alleia 25 E. Main St. (423) 305-6990 alleiarestaurant.com American Wings 4011 Brainerd Rd. (423) 475-6212 Amigo Mexican Restaurant 5794 Brainerd Rd. (423) 499-5435 5450 Hwy. 153 (423) 875-8049 1906 Dayton Blvd. (423) 870-9928 3805 Ringgold Rd. (423) 624-4345
We strive to make our listings accurate, but things change. We recommend you call in advance or visit websites before visiting any restaurant.
6701 Hwy. 58 (423) 710-8970 amigorestaurantonline.com Applebee’s 5606 Brainerd Rd. (423) 553-9203 356 Northgate Mall Dr. (423) 875-8353 2342 Shallowford Village Rd. (423) 499-1999 applebees.com Aretha Frankensteins 518 Tremont St. (423) 265-7685 arethas.com Back Inn Café 412 E. 2nd St. (423) 265-5033 bluffviewartdistrict.com Backstage Bar 29 E. 14th St. (423) 629-2233 backstagechattanooga.com Bar Louie 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. (423) 855-4155 barlouieamerica.com Barley Chattanooga 253 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 682-8200 Basecamp Bar & Restaurant 346 Frazier Ave. (423) 803-5251 basecampcha.com Beast + Barrel 16 Frazier Ave. (423) 805-4599 beastandbarrel.com Beef O’Brady’s 5958 Snow Hill Rd. #100
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(423) 910-0261 ooltewahbeefobradys.com Big Chill & Grill 103 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 267-2445 bigchillandgrill.com Big Don’s Bar & Karaoke 306 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 755-0041 Big River Grille 222 Broad St. (423) 267-2739 2020 Hamilton Place Blvd. (423) 553-7723 bigrivergrille.com Bluewater Grille 224 Broad St. (423) 266-4200 bluewaterchattanooga.com Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar 1459 Riverside Dr. (423) 622-0122 boathousechattanooga.com Boccaccia Restaurant 3077 S. Broad St. (423) 266-2930 boccacciarestaurant.com Bonefish Grill 2115 Gunbarrel Rd. (423) 892-3175 bonefishgrill.com Bourbon Street Music Bar 2000 E. 23rd St. (423) 475-5118 Brewhaus 224 Frazier Ave. (423) 531-8490 brewhausbar.com Bud’s Sports Bar
5751 Brainerd Rd. (423) 499-9878 budssportsbar.com Buffalo Wild Wings 120 Market St. (423) 634-0468 5744 Hwy. 153 (423) 877-3338 buffalowildwings.com Carrabba’s Italian Grill 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd. (423) 894-9970 carrabbas.com Charlie’s Restaurant & Lounge 8504 Dayton Pike (423) 842-9744 Chattanooga Billiards Club 725 Cherry St. (423) 267-7740 cbcburns.com Chattanooga Billiards Club East 110 Jordan Dr. (423) 499-3883 cbcburns.com Chattanooga Brewing Company 1804 Chestnut St. (423) 702-9958 chattabrew.com Chili’s 408 Market St. (423) 265-1511, 5637 Brainerd Rd. (423) 855-0376 1921 Gunbarrel Rd. (423) 892-6319 123 Northgate Mall Dr. (423) 877-4344 chilis.com Christy’s Sports Bar 3469 Brainerd Rd. (423) 702-8137 Clyde’s On Main 122 W. Main St. (423) 362-8335 clydesonmain.com Community Pie
850 Market St. (423) 486-1743 communitypie.com Conga Latin Food 26 E. Main St. (423) 201-4806 Den Sports Bar & Lounge 1200 E. 23rd St. (423) 475-6007 Diamond Billiard Club 3600 Hixson Pike (423) 877-5882 diamondbilliardclub.com Diamonds & Lace Showbar (Babes Sports Bar) 115 Honest St. (423) 855-1893 Dorado Cuisine & Spirits 801 Pine St. (423) 531-4653 westinchattanooga.com Dos Amigos 3208 Amnicola Hwy. (423) 495-1802 Easy Bistro 203 Broad St. (423) 266-1121 easybistro.com Edley’s BBQ 205 Manufacturer’s Rd. (423) 498-2772 edleysbbq.com El Meson 2204 Hamilton Pl. Blvd. (423) 894-8726 248 Northgate Park (423) 710-1201 elmesonchattanooga.com Eleven and H20 Bar DoubleTree Hotel 407 Chestnut St. (423) 756-5150 doubletree3.hilton.com Empire Distributors 3794 Tag Rd. (423) 899-3962 empiredist.com Feed Table & Tavern 201 W. Main St. (423)708-8500 feedtableandtavern.com Firebirds Wood Fired
Grill 2107 Gunbarrel Rd. (423) 308-1090 firebirdsrestaurants.com Fireside Grille 3018 Cummings Hwy. (423) 821-9898 firesidechattanooga.com FIVE Bar 200 Manufacturer’s Rd. (423) 777-4120 five-bar.com Flying Squirrel Bar 55 Johnson St. (423) 602-5980 flyingsquirrelbar.com Frothy Monkey 1400 Market St. (423) 680-6343 frothymonkey.com Fuji Japanese Steak & Sushi 2207 Overnite Dr. (423) 892-2899 5437 Hwy. 153 (423) 531-3183 fujisteakchattanooga.com Gail’s 2555 Harrison Pike (423) 698-4123 Georgia Winery 6469 Battlefield Pkwy. Ringgold, Ga. (706) 937-9463 georgiawines.com Hair of the Dog Pub 334 Market St. (423) 265-4615 hairofthedogpub.net Harley House 3715 Rossville Blvd. (423) 867-7795 Heaven & Ale 304 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 602-8286, 9431 Cambridge Square Ln., Suite 101 Ooltewah, TN heaven-and-ale.com Hennen’s Restaurant 193 Chestnut St. (423) 634-5160 hennens.net
Hooters 5912 Brainerd Rd. (423) 499-8668 hooters.com Hutton & Smith Brewing Co. 431 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 760-3600 huttonandsmithbrewing.com Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar 5621 Brainerd Rd. (423) 892-0404 5035 Hixson Pike (423) 875-0473 5425 Hwy. 153 (423) 875-0404 yourichiban.com IL Primo 1100 Hixson Pike (423) 602-5555 primochattanooga.com I’m Game 110 Jordan Dr. (423) 394-0390 cbcburns.com Images Showbar 6005 Lee Hwy. (423) 855-8210 mirage-complex.com J. Alexander’s 2215 Hamilton Pl. Blvd. (423) 855-5559 jalexanders.com J & J Lounge 2208 Glass St. (423) 622-3579 Jax Liquors 216 Market St. (423) 266-8420 facebook.com/jaxliquors JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 362-5695 jjsbohemia.com Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint 818 Georgia Ave. (423) 682-8198 jackbrownsjoint.com Jay’s Bar 1914 Wilder St. (423) 710-2045
Jefferson’s 618 Georgia Ave. (423) 710-1560 jeffersonsrestaurant.com Jimmy D’s Sports Bar & Grill 3901 Rossville Blvd. (423) 867-2624 Kanpai of Tokyo 2200 Hamilton Pl. Blvd. (423) 800-8193 kanpaioftokyo.com La Altena 314 W. Main St. (423) 266-7595 615 Commercial Ln. (423) 877-1447 8644 E. Brainerd Rd. (423) 893-9047 La Fiesta Mexican Grill 8523 Hixson Pike (423) 843-1149 lafiestarestauranttn.com Lakeshore Grille 5600 Lake Resort Terrace (423) 710-2057 lakeshoregrille.com Lamar’s Restaurant 1018 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-0988 lamarsrestaurant.com Las Margaritas 1101 Hixson Pike (423) 756-3332 4604 Skyview Dr. (423) 892-3065 3100 Cummings Hwy. (423) 825-0304 7015 Shallowford Rd. (423) 553-8686 Lawrence’s Lounge 1201 E. 37th St. (423) 867-0079 Leapin’ Leprechaun 101 Market St. (423) 777-9097 theleprechaunpub.com Local 191 191 Chestnut St. (423) 648-6767 local191.com Logan’s Roadhouse
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2119 Gunbarrel Rd. (423) 499-4339 3592 Cummings Hwy. (423) 821-2948 504 Northgate Mall Dr. (423) 875-4443 logansroadhouse.com Lookout Winery 11848 Highway 41, Guild, Tn. (727) 499-8974 lookoutwinery.com Lupi’s Pizza Pies 406-A Broad St. (423) 266-5874 2382 N. Ocoee St. (423) 476-9464 5504 Hixson Pike (423) 847-3700 1414 Jenkins Rd. (423) 855-4104 9453 Bradmore Ln. (423) 602-7499 lupi.com Maggie G’s 400 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 757-7722 Marsha’s Backstreet Café 5032 Brainerd Rd. (423) 485-7911 Mary’s Lounge 2125 McCallie Ave. (423) 493-0246 Mash & Hops 168 First St. Cleveland, TN (423) 667-9245 mashandhops.com Mayan Kitchen 507 Broad St. (423) 682-7835 mayankitchen.com Mayo’s Restaurant & Lounge 3820 Brainerd Rd. (423) 624-0034 mayosbarandgrill.com McHale’s Brew House 724 Ashland Terrace (423) 877-2124 mchalesbrewhouse.com Mellow Mushroom
205 Broad St. (423) 266-5564 2318 Lifestyle Way (423) 468-3737 mellowmushroom.com Memo’s 430 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 267-7283 Mexiville 811 Market St. (423) 805-7444 mexivilletn.com Mexi-Wing VII 5773 Brainerd Rd. (423) 634-8899 mexi-wingchattanooga.com Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant 3029 Rossville Blvd. (423) 805-4443 Mike’s Hole in the Wall 538 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 475-5259 mikesholeinthewall.com Mitch’s Sports Bar 2555 Harrison Pike (423) 698-4123 Moe’s Original BBQ 221 Market St. (423) 531-6637 moesoriginalbbq.com Mojo Burrito 3815 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 822-6656 1800 Dayton Blvd. (423) 870-6656 1414 Jenkins Rd. (423) 296-6656 mojoburrito.com Molcajete Mexican Restaurant 6231 Perimeter Dr. (423) 760-8200 molcajeterestauranttn.com Mountain City Club 729 Chestnut St. (423) 756-5584 mountaincityclub.org North River Pub 7001 Middle Valley Rd. Suite #101 (423) 385-8918 O’Charley’s
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5301 Hixson Pike (423) 877-8966 2340 Shallowford Village Dr. (423) 892-3343 ocharleys.com Odd Story Brewing Co. 336 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 682-7690 oddstorybrewing.co Old Chicago Pizza 250 Northgate Mall (423) 877-3450 oldchicago.com Outback Steakhouse 501 Northgate Mall (423) 870-0980 2120 Hamilton Place Blvd. (423) 899-2600 outback.com P.F. Chang’s 2110 Hamilton Place Blvd. (423) 242-0045 pfchangs.com Pickle Barrel 1012 Market St. (423) 266-1103 goodfoodchattanooga.com Pin Strikes 6241 Perimeter Dr. (423) 710-3530 pinstrikes1.com Poblano’s Mexican Cuisine 551 River St. (423) 490-7911 poblanoschattanooga.com Porkchops Bar & Grill 6727 Ringgold Rd. (423) 296-2571 Porter’s Steakhouse 827 Broad St. (423) 643-1240 portersteakhouse.com Provino’s 5084 S. Terrace Plaza (423) 443-4927 provinos.com Public House 1110 Market St. (423) 266-3366 publichousechattanooga.com Red Bank Wine & Spirits 3849 Dayton Blvd.
(423) 877-1787 Regan’s Place 24 Station St. (423) 667-3775w regans.net Rodizio Grill 439 Broad St. (423) 777-4999 rodiziogrill.com Rumors 3884 Hixson Pike (423) 870-3003 Ruth’s Chris Steak House 2321 Lifestyle Way (423) 602-5900 ruthschris.net Sekisui 1120 Houston St. (423) 267-4600 sekisuichattanooga.com Shogun Japanese Steak & Sushi 1806 Gunbarrel Rd. (423) 296-6500 shogunchattanooga.com Sigler’s Craft Beer & Cigars 1309 Panorama Dr. (423) 485-3271 siglerscraftbeerandcigars.com Sing It or Wing It 410 Market St. (423) 757-9464 singitorwingit.org Sky Zoo 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 521-2966 skyzoochattanooga.com Slick’s Burgers 309 E Main St. (423)760-4878 slicksburgers.com Sluggo’s 501 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 752-5224 Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill 2225 Gunbarrel Rd. (423) 893-7850 smokeybones.com Sofa King Juicy Burger 1743 Dayton Blvd.
(423) 490-7632 sofakingjuicyburger.com Solarium 120 E. 10th St. (423) 267-7866 thedwellhotel.com Southern Burger Co. 9453 Bradmore Ln., Ooltewah (423) 825-4919 southernburgerco.com Southside Pizza 612 E. Main St. (423) 498-2193 Southside Social 1818 Chestnut St. (423) 708-3280 thesouthsidesocial.com St. John’s 1278 Market St. (423) 266-4400 stjohnsrestaurant.com Sticky Fingers 2031 Hamilton Pl. Blvd. (423) 899-7427 420 Broad St. (423) 265-7427 stickyfingers.com Sushi Nabe of Kyoto 110 River St. (423) 634-0171 sushinabechattanooga.com Sweet Basil 5845 Brainerd Rd. (423) 485-8836 sweetbasilthairestaurant.com T.MAC 423 Market St. (423) 267-8226 tmacrestaurants.com Taco Mamacita 109 N. Market St. (423) 648-6262 tacomamacita.com Taconooga 207-A Frazier Ave. (423) 757-5550 8174 E. Brainerd Rd. (423) 475-6192 taconooga.com Taco Roc 6960 Old Lee Hwy. (423) 653-1001
We strive to make our listings accurate, but things change. We recommend you call in advance or visit websites before visiting any restaurant.
tacoroc.com Taqueria Jalisco 1634 Rossville Ave. (423) 509-3430 850 Market St. (423) 362-8056 T-Roy’s 2300 Glass St. (423) 629-8908 Teasers Bikini Bar & Grill 1401 E. 23rd St. (423) 622-6734 Terminal Brewhouse 6 E. 14th St. (423) 752-8090 terminalbrewhouse.com Terra Nostra Tapas & Wine Bar 105 Frazier Ave. (423) 634-0238 terranostratapas.com Texas Roadhouse 7016 Shallowford Rd. (423) 899-8293 texasroadhouse.com The Backstage Bar 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com The Bitter Alibi 825 Houston St. (423) 362-5070 thebitteralibi.com The Blue Plate 191 Chestnut St. (423) 648-6767 theblueplate.info The Brew & Cue 5017 Rossville Blvd. (423) 867-9402 The Casual Pint 5550 Highway 153. Suite 103
(423) 800-5990 thecasualpint.com The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com The Chop House 2011 Gunbarrel Rd. (423) 892-1222 thechophouse.com The Dwell Hotel 120 E. 10th St. (423) 267-7866 thedwellhotel.com The Fix Lounge 825 Houston St. (423) 362-5070 thebitteralibi.com The Foundry Chattanoogan Hotel 1201 Broad St. (423) 424-3775 chattanooganhotel.com The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192 thehonestpint.com The Meeting Place 1278 Market St. (423) 266-4400 stjohnsrestaurant.com The Office Inside City Café 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 citycafemenu.com The Palms 6925 Shallowford Rd. (423) 499-5055 thepalmsathamilton.com The Press 168 First St. Cleveland, TN (423) 584-6077
thepressonfirst.com The Social 1110 Market St. (423) 266-3366 publichousechattanooga.com The Tap House 3800 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 682-8234 Tipoff Sports Bar & Grill 830 Dodson Ave. (423) 622-2900 Tony’s Pasta Shop & Trattoria 212 High St. (423) 265-5033 bluffviewartdistrict.com Totto Sushi & Gril 330 Frazier Ave. (423) 508-8898 tottonooga.com Tremont Tavern 1203 Hixson Pike (423) 266-1996 tremonttavern.com Tupelo Honey 1110 Market St. (423) 779-0400 tupelohoneycafe.com Underground 2503 Westside Dr. (423) 485-3873 Universal Joint 532 Lookout St. (423) 468-3725 ujchattanooga.com Urban Stack Burger Lounge 12 W. 13th St. (423) 475-5350 urbanstack.com Westbound Bar 24 Station St. (423) 498-3069 westboundbar.com Wine Down 9431 Bradmore Ln., Ooltewah, Ste 109 (423) 531-9463 winedownbar.com Ziggy’s 607 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 265-8711 ziggysbarandgrill.net
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Bluewater Grille T
he Buewater Grille operates with a chefdriven menu, meaning, everything is hand selected. Market fresh fish is served every day for every order. Located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, Bluewater Grille showcases a bar with an open air concept perfect for the rapidly approaching springtime weather. Joining the Big River family in 2006, their reputation and local reach have grown ever since. Kane Weathers, General Manager, states, “Bluewater may have been here for twelve years, but there is still plenty of room for growth.” Their Saturday and Sunday brunch make it ideal for a meal with friends and family while enjoying the $5 bloody mary bar or a $2 mimosa. Every day one can enjoy craft beers, brewed right next door, as you help yourself to anything from hand-cut filets to their seafood-stuffed trout. You can even enjoy the musical performance of Maria Sable and Tyler Martelli, a duo that puts on anything from jazz to new age pop, every Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. However, don’t stop there. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. (M-F) and their drink selection is all-encompassing. If you make your way to the bar, there are two main craft beverages 28 • THE PULSE • MARCH 15, 2018 • SPRING DRINK • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM
to look for, both infused on location: Barrel Aged Boulevardier and the Garden Collins cocktail. Each batch of the Boulevardier is composed of Campari, Vermouth and Chattanooga Whiskey aged for thirty days in an oak barrel that can be seen by patrons atop the bars upper shelving. This is served on the rocks with a burnt orange peel for enhanced flavor. As for the Garden Collins, the Lass & Lions Vodka is infused inhouse with cucumber and basil for three days to attain a nice floral flavor. Next, house-made lemonade and a splash of club soda garnished with a cucumber and basil leaf. The results, a great spring and summer cocktail. It’s these in-house elements, unique to Bluewater Grille, which in the words of Mr. Weathers, “keeps everything local as much as possible.”
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or the past several decades, craft beers have been all the rage when it comes to connoisseurs of interesting alcoholic beverages. But now, a first of its kind bar in Cleveland has opened and is offering something both very old and very new: hard ciders, intriguing wines, and meads. The Press, at 169 First Street in Cleveland (next to the Mash & Hops craft beer store) is greatly expanding your beverage choices. Co-owners Rob McGowan and Beth Finnell have put together an exciting new destination for both the curious and experienced consumer. “It just made sense to me have a wine bar next to a craft beer store,” explains McGowan. “The really complement each other.” The Press features a wide selection of regional wines, ciders and meads, many of which are made in Eastern Tennessee and Western Kentucky. And if you aren’t familiar with mead,
you are not alone. “A lot of people have never heard of mead before, or even know what it is,” McGowan says. “When I tell them it’s a honey wine, they ask, ‘how sweet is that?’ They’re really curious. And no, it’s not that sweet.” And there’s more to The Press than just ciders, wines and meads. They also offer a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with lots of daily specials to choose from. Some of the most popular dinner items are the tapasstyle meat and cheese plates, which pair up perfectly with the beverage selections. They also have a tantalizing desert menu, perfect for that after dinner end to a night out with a special someone. If you stop in this weekend, be sure to try their special barrel-aged rose cider. McGowan says it’s unlike anything you’ve ever had before. In fact, he’s always on the lookout for something new to share with customers. THE PULSE • SPRING DRINK • MARCH 15, 2018 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • 29
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Pin Strikes Splitz Bar
here’s nothing better than picking up a ten-pound ball, lobbing it 60 feet as fast as you can, and perfectly knocking down ten unsuspecting pins in front of your friends. What’s even better than this feeling? Doing the exact same thing with a delicious craft cocktail, a combination only available at Pin Strikes in Chattanooga. One of the coolest things about Pin Strikes of Chattanooga isn’t the groovy space themed bowling lanes, the huge selection of arcade games, the bumper cars, or even the laser tag arena. Recently, it’s has been the host of an emerging craft cocktail selection, featuring a diverse selection of Harry Potter inspired concoctions that are sure to satisfy the spirits of any and every patron. Reviewing the list of drinks, one of the first beverages that immediately catches my eye is the Polyjuice Potion, a balanced mixture of kahlua, 30 • THE PULSE • MARCH 15, 2018 • SPRING DRINK • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM
vodka, baileys, and amaretto. It’s a cocktail perfect for any occasion, though it’s effects are slightly different than its fictional counterpart. However, if you’re looking for a drink that’s more to the punch you might want to give the Amortentia a try. It’s a combination of Godiva White Chocolate Liquor, Tequila Rose, Frangelico, and White Luster Dust that is sure to give you the extra edge when bowling. If those drinks sound exciting, ask for an Elder’s Wand, Phoenix Feather, or Mule Ball, all of which are worthy of their own lavish descriptions but equally as worthy of a night out at Pin Strikes to discover on your own. The hours of operation for the Pin Strikes bar, also known as the Splitz Bar and Grill, can be found on the Pin Strikes website, as well as their schedule of events and plethora of activities that make the venue such an exciting night out.
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New Amsterdam Vodka: It's Your Town N
ew Amsterdam Vodka is five-times distilled from the finest grains then filtered three times. It’s so smooth you can create a perfect cocktail or drink it straight, making it one of the best vodkas available. Our premium process makes our distilled vodka as iconic as the cityscape on the bottle. Our flavors are crafted using our award winning original 80-proof vodka. And as good as the Original Vodka is, New Amsterdam has an entire line of great tasting flavored vodkas, perfect for any occasion or specialty cocktail. Peach vodka refreshes your drink with a subtle sweetness that helps summer come early and stay late. This peach-flavored vodka mixes perfectly with your favorite cocktails. Pineapple vodka stays crisp and fresh under situations of extreme pressure, like doing the limbo. For the weekend, try our pineapple-flavored vodka. Mango vodka adds a subtle tropical flavor to your drink without demanding a frilly, little umbrella. Liven up your drink with a splash of our mango-flavored vodka. Red Berry vodka creates bold cocktails that take your night where it’s always wanted to go. Explore our blackberry, strawberry & raspberry vodka infusion on your next evening adventure. Coconut vodka brings the smooth island vibe to your drink but leaves the clanging steel drum behind for better beats. Find your rhythm with this coconut-flavored vodka. Orange vodka offers sweet citrus
flavors to give your cocktail complexity that goes down easy. Brighten up your drink with our refreshing orange-flavored vodka. Citron vodka stays smooth while infusing the tang of New Amsterdam’s most popular supporters: lemon and lime. This lemon vodka will add the perfect amount of zest to your liquid concoction. But there’s a lot more to New Amsterdam Vodka than just premium taste. The master mixologists at New Amsterdam have created a number of tasty cocktails for you to make on your own for dinner parties or just to impress your friends Amsterdam Mule • 2 parts New Amsterdam Vodka • 3 parts ginger beer • ½ part simple syrup • ½ part fresh lime juice • Sprig of mint Pour vodka over ice. Add simple syrup & lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Spank mint sprig (to release aromas) & add as garnish.
Serve in Amsterdam Mule mug or metal mug. Peach Sunrise • 2½ parts New Amsterdam Peach • 4 part orange juice • 1 part pineapple juice Shake ingredients together in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Strain into a martini glass and serve or strain into a classic highball glass filled with ice cubes and serve. Black Diamond • 2 parts New Amsterdam Vodka • ½ part sweet vermouth • ½ part fresh lemon juice • ½ part maple syrup Shake ingredients very well with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel. So the next time you’re at your favorite vendor of fine spirits, pick up a bottle of New Amsterdam and experience premium vodka taste without having to pay premium prices. New Amsterdam. It’s your town.
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FOOD & DRINK · MIXOLOGY
Cure the Brown Bottle Flu Experiencing a Southern Style, Old-Fashioned tonic in a brand new light
Austin M. Hooks Pulse contributor
Our lexicon has now expanded to include the stubborn tradition of drinking bitter, citrus-sweet rye. We now have a sipping cocktail that is estranged, yet at the same time, unchanged from its origins.”
T THE TIME, LET’S SAY THE 1800’s to the 1860’s, cocktails were generally considered a morning drink. In other words, “a hair of the dog that bit you.” Much like morphine and other misunderstood chemicals at the time, alcohol was, namely, (and for most of human history) considered medicinal. That’s not to say they didn’t enjoy their medicine from time to time, in fact, I’m sure some still consider it curative; however, it’s likely an emotional sort of pain, not physical. “A drop of gin was once advised to ward off the plague, a glug of wine to ‘defend the body from corruption’ and a sip of absinthe to cure the body of roundworms.” —Dr. Smitha Mundasad All this to say, in the 1800’s, we were just getting around to naming things, let alone mixing and muddling our hearts away. Indeed, it was a May 13th issue of The Balance and Columbian Repository in 1806, Hudson, New York which would first define the ubiquitous term: “Cock tail, then, is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters.” Now, fast forward 87 years and we have the first use of the term, Old-Fashioned, to describe a particular cocktail, published in the Chicago Tribune on May 14, 1893: “The old-fashioned cocktail affected by Southern men differs in its composition in various cities.” And there you have it; the Old-Fashioned is born again. Our lexicon has now expanded to include the stubborn tradition of drinking bitter, citrus-sweet rye. We now have a sipping cocktail that is estranged, yet at the same time, unchanged from its origins. Aside from a boisterous debate con-
cerning the muddling of fruits in addition to simple bitters, the concept has remained relatively static over the years. The only real difference being the change in time, from morning to evening, and our respective reasoning. That is to say, we use it to get drunk and not to do away with the brown bottle flu. Yet, time always has a way of well, muddling things? Take our own local Alchemy Bar, located on the tenth floor of the Westin Hotel. You won’t find beer or wine here but an experience unique to cocktails. As Jon Gwaltney, a local mixologist at the Alchemy, reaches for his muddler and adjusts the ingredients of your tumbler-glass appropriately, a sense of care and healing accompanies your drink and is well worth the money. Likewise, Jon Gwaltney now has the pleasure of infusing your drink with hickory-smoked flavor. You now have a tonic for what ails you and an aromatic touch which really takes the edge off. Gwaltney achieves this with the use of a smoke gun; hickory-smoked chips of wood are ignited and pulled into the chamber that houses your cocktail. Anything from an Old-Fashioned to a tradi• 1.5 oz. Bourbon or Rye whiskey • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters • 1 sugar cube • Few dashes plain water • A muddler to dissolve the sugar Place sugar cube in old-fashioned
tional Manhattan are fair game. For this reason, Gwaltney is a real magician behind the bar. Given that the Alchemy is a high-volume setting for even the most experienced bartender, Gwaltney not only keeps up but he does so with style and precision. Therefore, to produce a rather tedious set of cocktails, further lengthened by the smoking process, takes skill. For Gwaltney, “It’s getting all the right measurements. In order to make the perfect cocktail, all you need is time.” So, visit Alchemy anytime and let the atmosphere and alcohol do the talking for me. You might not be able to smoke here but you can smoke your whiskey. As your cocktail billows and wisps through the air, reserving a mild-smoky flavor, you’ll realize, my Old-Fashioned is not so Old-Fashioned—and I like it. glass and saturate with bitters, add a dash of plain water. Muddle until dissolved. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey. Garnish with orange slice and a cocktail cherry.
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THE MUSIC SCENE
The Tillers: Tradition With A Twist Mining the deep, deep roots of Americana, bluegrass, and "old time" music By Marc T. Michael Pulse Music Editor
The proliferation of genuine string bands, “old time” music, blue grass, et al is a treasure that shouldn’t be lost again.”
HE RENEWED INTEREST IN AND POPULARITY OF AMERIcan folk music has been mostly a blessing and ever so slightly a curse. The blessing has been that a new generation is being exposed to the rich and vibrant culture of genuinely American roots (and us older generation types who loved the music anyway now have far more to choose from.)
The curse is that every trend-sensitive college band that comes down the pike throws in a banjo or mandolin and poof! “Now we’re Americana!” That can be tedious, but it will pass soon enough when the “next thing” comes along (I hope it’s Theremins) and in the meantime the proliferation of genuine string bands, “old time” music, blue grass, et al is a treasure that shouldn’t be lost again. Cincinnati-based band The Tillers
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are a prime example of the real deal, a group of musicians utterly committed to their genre, earning their pedigree the honest way by actually living it. With five albums, extensive touring at home and abroad, and accolades to their credit, they are no late-comers to the scene and that is perfectly evident in their latest (and arguably most powerful to date) release, The Tillers, scheduled for release in multiple formats on March 23rd.
None of this is to say that they were born with “old time” instruments in their hands. To the contrary, singer/songwriter/guitarist Sean Geil has said, “At our core we are still a traditionally rooted string band, but I’d say our punk rock roots are more visible on this album.” Punk rock roots. It’s not an association you’d ordinarily make with folk music, but perhaps you should. What is folk, after all, but the music of the common people? And what was punk if not the common people’s response to the bloated, over-produced narcissism of the album-oriented material prevalent in the late sixties and seventies? Sonically they couldn’t be more different, but the heart and soul of both traditions is more akin than not and while Joey Ramone and Pete Seeger may
seem like an odd couple, the motivations behind “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” and “What Did You Learn in School Today?” sure seem like one and the same. There are ten tracks on the album, nine originals and one cover and while all are beautifully written and performed, it’s the cover that has left me thoroughly gob-smacked. The Tillers do a frenetic rendition of Woody Guthrie’s’ “All You Fascists Are Bound to Lose.” It is a bold selection, all the bolder for the addition of a few extra verses that make a timely tune even more relevant in 2018. The original track, “Revolution Row” is another shining example of the band’s ability to combine gorgeous music with serious commentary while maintaining a light enough touch to prevent any hint of “preachiness” or self-righteousness. As a result, you have a song that may be enjoyed superficially as “a pretty tune” or, if you’re the sort who likes a little more meat to your music, you may listen more carefully and find some genuine lyrical depth. “Migrant’s Lament” is another particularly standout tune, purely traditional in composition and execution but perhaps a bit more poignant than it appears at first. Whatever social overtones some of the songs have, the
The Tillers are a prime example of the real deal, a group of musicians utterly committed to their genre, earning their pedigree the honest way by actually living it.”
album is by no means heavy-handed and contains more than a few tracks that are there simply for the joy of the music. “The Old General Store is Burning Down” and “Riverboat Dishwashing Song” are two excellent examples of this. The band has deftly maintained a balance between serious and silly, with the unifying element being superb musicianship and well-crafted lyrics. Beginning to end, it’s a gorgeous collection with broad appeal and it can be yours on March 23rd on vinyl, CD or digital download. For more information, please see the-tillers.com.
Women Rock With The Symphony Last Thursday, people around the world observed International Women’s Day, celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women everywhere. Fitting right into this celebratory moment, The Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra is presenting a unique, woman-focused show this Friday. “Women Rock,” a new show from conductor Jeff Tyzik, celebrates many of the legendary women of rock and roll, including Carole King, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Heart, and Carly Simon. These women changed rock and roll for good, bringing their own distinctive styles to the genre, and contributing many classics to the rock
and roll canon. The show will feature many of these classics, such as, “I Feel the Earth Move”, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, “Proud Mary”, “Dancing In The Street”, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, and “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”. Accompanied by the CSO, a talented cast of female singers will bring these favorite songs to life. Additionally, the show will feature local students from Chattanooga high schools who have auditioned for a spot on the stage. The show is one night only, this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theater on Broad St. Purchase your tickets at ticolichattanooga.com — Adrienne Kaufmann
California Guitar Trio
The Red Rogues
Amber’s powerful voice has become one of the most recognized, and respected, voices in the Chattanooga music scene. 6:30 p.m. Westin Dorato Bar 801 Pine St. westinchattanooga.com
Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. A musical treat for the ears. 7 p.m. Songbirds Guitar Museum 35 Station St. songbirdsguitars.com
You want some honest-togoodness Celtic music on St. Patricks' Day? Well look no further than The Casual Pint for the real deal. 7 p.m. The Casual Pint 5550 Hwy. 153 hixson.thecasualpint.com
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LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR
THURSDAY3.15 James Crumble Trio 6 p.m. St. John’s Meeting Place 1278 Market St. stjohnsrestaurant.com Open Mic Night 6 p.m. Stone Cup Cafe 208 Frazier Ave. stonecupcafe.com Open Mic Night with Megan Saunders 6 p.m. Whole Foods Market 301 Manufacturers Rd. wholefoodsmarket.com St. Louis Brass Quintet 6 p.m. Iles P.E. Center University Dr. southern.edu Megan Howard 6:30 p.m. Westin Alchemy Bar 801 Pine St. westinchattanooga.com Amber Fults 6:30 p.m. Westin Dorato Bar 801 Pine St. westinchattanooga.com Prime Country Band 6:30 p.m. Motley’s 320 Emberson Dr. Ringgold, GA (706) 260-8404
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Bluegrass & Country Jam 6:30 p.m. Grace Church of the Nazarene 6310 Dayton Blvd. chattanoogagrace.com Sacred Harp Sing 7 p.m. The Well 1800 Rossville Blvd. #8 wellonthesouthside.com Toby Hewitt 7 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. backstagechattanooga.com Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room 6925 Shallowford Rd.
thepalmsathamilton.com Open Mic Night with Ryan Oyer 7 p.m. Moccasin Bend Brewing Company 3210 Broad St. bendbrewingbeer.com Bluegrass Thursdays 7:30 p.m. Feed Co. Table & Tavern 201 W. Main St. feedtableandtavern.com Jesse James & Tim Neal 7:30 p.m. Mexi-Wing VII 5773 Brainerd Rd. mexi-wingchattanooga.com Dirty Blonde, Hive Theory,
ENTERTAINMENT SPOTLIGHT Rova is one of the longeststanding groups in the music movement that has its roots in post-bop, free jazz, avantrock, and 20th century new music, and draws inspiration from traditional and popular music styles. Rova Saxophone Quartet Monday, 7:30 p.m Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org
3’s Company, Endelouz, Iron Fez, Dr. B and the Ease 8 p.m. The Granfalloon 400 E. Main St. granfalloonchattanooga.com Travis Tritt 8 p.m. Walker Theater 399 McCallie Ave. tivolichattanooga.com Keepin’ It Local 8 p.m. The Social 1110 Market St. publichousechattanooga.com KlusterfunK Open Jam 8 p.m. Trip’s Tavern 4762 Hwy. 58 (423) 803-5686 Open Mic Night with Jonathan Wimpee 9 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com Futurebirds, Okinawa 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com
FRIDAY3.16 Papa Sway 5 p.m. Underdogs Bar & Grill 2503 Westside Dr.
The Wood Brothers (423) 485-3873 Binji Varsossa 6 p.m. Cancun Mexican Restaurant 1809 Broad St. (423) 266-1461 Dustin Concannon 6:30 p.m. Westin Alchemy Bar 801 Pine St. westinchattanooga.com Ryan Oyer 6:30 p.m. Westin Dorato Bar 801 Pine St. westinchattanooga.com California Guitar Trio 7 p.m. Songbirds Guitar Museum 35 Station St. songbirdsguitars.com Lew Card 7 p.m. OddStory Brewing Company 336 E. MLK Blvd. oddstorybrewing.co Tim Lewis 7 p.m. El Meson 248 Northgate Park elmesonchattanooga.com Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Baby Magic, Milele Roots, Shaky’s Bad Knee, Prayer Circle, Peter Stubb 7 p.m.
The Spot 1800 E. Main St. spotvenue.co Rick Rushing and The Blues Strangers 7:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. chattanooganhotel.com The Wood Brothers 8 p.m. Walker Theater 399 McCallie Ave. tivolichattanooga.com Marcus Whybrew 8 p.m. Puckett’s Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way puckettsgro.com Derek Wayne Martin, Danimal Planet, The Afternooners, The Fridge, Ashes Fall, SunSap 8 p.m. The Granfalloon 400 E. Main St. granfalloonchattanooga.com Shabti + SWAYYVO 9 p.m. Songbirds Stages 41 Station St. songbirdsguitars.com Westfall 9 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com Displace 9 p.m. Clyde’s On Main
122 W. Main St. clydesonmain.com The Pickup Lions 9 p.m. Fireside Grille 3018 Cummings Hwy. firesidechattanooga.com Spowder, Riversedge, Yeah Right, One Timers 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com Voodoo Slim 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com
SATURDAY3.17 Shamrock City 8:30 a.m. Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd. seerockcity.com Bluegrass Brunch Noon The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. thehonestpint.com Binji Varsossa 6 p.m. Cancun Mexican Restaurant 1809 Broad St. (423) 266-1461 John Carroll 6:30 p.m. Westin Alchemy Bar
801 Pine St. westinchattanooga.com Tim Lewis 7 p.m. El Meson 248 Northgate Park elmesonchattanooga.com Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Louisa Branscomb 7 p.m. Charles & Myrtle’s Coffeehouse 105 McBrien Rd. christunity.org The Red Rogues 7 p.m. The Casual Pint 5550 Hwy. 153 hixson.thecasualpint.com CSO Pops: Women Rock 7:30 p.m. Tivoli Theatre tivolichattanooga.com Danimal 7:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. chattanooganhotel.com The Band Antle, Caney Creek Company, Midnight Promise, Connection27, Kindora, Stagger Moon 8 p.m. The Granfalloon 400 E. Main St. granfalloonchattanooga.com The Ham Family CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • MARCH 15, 2018 • THE PULSE • 37
LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR 8 p.m. Puckett’s Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way puckettsgro.com Here Come the Mummies 8:30 p.m. The Signal 1810 Chestnut St. Thesignaltn.com 10,000 Days—A Tribute to Tool with PLVNET 9 p.m. Songbirds Stages 41 Station St. songbirdsguitars.com Blake Morrison 9 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com St. Paddy’s Day Shindig 9 p.m. Clyde’s On Main 122 W. Main St. clydesonmain.com Iron Fez, Cosmic Shift 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com Voodoo Slim 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com
SUNDAY3.18 Shamrock City 8:30 a.m. Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd. seerockcity.com Lily Rose 11 a.m. Flying Squirrel Bar 55 Johnson St. flyingsquirrelbar.com Resurrection Mary 1:30 p.m. Flying Squirrel Bar 55 Johnson St. flyingsquirrelbar.com Doin’ It for Themselves: Music by Women for Women 3 p.m. First Christian Church Chattanooga 650 McCallie Ave. roseburgffc.org
Here Come The Mummies Bluegrass Jam 4 p.m. Fiddlers Anonymous 2248 Dayton Blvd. (423) 994-7497 Open Mic with Jeff Daniels 6 p.m. Long Haul Saloon 2536 Cummings Hwy. (423) 822-9775 Jesse James Jungkurth 6:30 p.m. Westin Alchemy Bar 801 Pine St. westinchattanooga.com Mathis & Martin 7 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. backstagechattanooga.com
MONDAY3.19 Open Mic Night 6 p.m. Puckett’s Grocery 2 W. Aquarium Way puckettsgro.com Sofa Sessions Open Mic Night 6 p.m. Sofa King Juicy Burger 1743 Dayton Blvd. sofakingjuicyburger.com Jonathan Wimpee 6:30 p.m. Westin Alchemy Bar 801 Pine St. westinchattanooga.com Attack of the Open Mic!
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7 p.m. Barley 235 E. MLK Blvd. chattanoogabarley.com Monday Nite Big Band 7 p.m. The Coconut Room 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com ROVA Saxophone Quartet 7:30 p.m Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org Open Air with Jessica Nunn 7:30 p.m. The Granfalloon 400 E. Main St. granfalloonchattanooga.com Very Open Mic with Shawnessey Cargile 8 p.m. The Well 1800 Rossville Blvd. #8 wellonthesouthside.com
TUESDAY3.20 Bill McCallie and In Cahoots 6:30 p.m. Southern Belle 201 Riverfront Pkwy. chattanoogariverboat.com Zach Bridges 6:30 p.m. Westin Alchemy Bar 801 Pine St. westinchattanooga.com Danimal
7 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. backstagechattanooga.com Open Mic Jam Session 7 p.m. Crust Pizza 3211 Broad St. crustpizza.com Paul Byrom 7:30 p.m. Red Bank Cumberland Presbyterian Church 115 Morrison Springs Rd. paulbyrom.ie Open Mic with Mike McDade 8 p.m. Tremont Tavern 1203 Hixson Pike tremonttavern.com Rye Baby, CATL, volk 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com
WEDNESDAY3.21 No Big Deal 6 p.m. SpringHill Suites 495 Riverfront Pkwy. springhillsuites.com Old Time Fiddle & Banjo Show 6:30 p.m. Fiddlers Anonymous 2248 Dayton Blvd. (423) 994-7497 Amber Fults
6:30 p.m. Westin Alchemy Bar 801 Pine St. westinchattanooga.com Jesse James Jungkurth 7 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. backstagechattanooga.com Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Jazz In The Lounge 7 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org Joe Kilgore 8 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com Priscilla & Little Rickee 8 p.m. Las Margaritas 1101 Hixson Pike (423) 756-3332 Prime Cut Trio 9 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com
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New Music From Living Hour, Ben Eshbach
Living Hour Lovely, Lonely (thehours.bandcamp.com)
Ben Eshbach Bells Through the Leaves (beneshbach.bandcamp.com)
lines, brush-struck drums and cymbals, and lead singer Sam Sarty’s lovely, floating vocals. There’s an atmospheric haze with occasional muffled yet softly devastating guitar bursts, like chocolates that burst with cherry syrup as they’re bitten. The second track, a cover of “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” (made famous by The Ink Spots’ 1941 version), is the EP’s highlight and a rendition that this writer just can’t seem to get out of his head. It evokes a western feel with an easygoing cowboy guitar swagger in 6/8 time and a relaxed, measured pace. Thematically, it’s an exception on the EP, with modest and optimistic romantic intentions in-
erhaps the release date of the new Living Hour EP Lovely, Lonely was strategically timed to come a few weeks after Valentine’s Day, being subtitled “A Collection of Covers for Hollow Hearts”; while prevailing attitudes around that holiday are either unabashedly romantic or bitterly anti-romantic, the mood on this EP seems to predominantly be one of wistful defeat and peaceful, contemplative acceptance. The opening track on the Winnipeg, Canada band’s self-released EP is a gorgeous cover of Françoise Hardy’s first hit—and one of her most recognized and beloved tracks—“Tous les garçons et les filles,” featuring intertwined guitar
stead of defeat, as Sarty sings, “I just want to start a flame in your heart.” In the track’s middle section, various random snippets of people’s conversations are puzzlingly added, including one mentioning eggplant parmesan and another, saying, “Procrastination is one of our greatest faults.” Next is a dreamy cover of Avi Buffalo’s “Overwhelmed with Pride,” which tempers the song, about a bigheaded protagonist whose internal conflict is ostensibly minuscule in the grand scheme of things—“I’m relatively, inconspicuously overwhelmed with pride.” It’s followed by a brief, trifle of a piano instrumental, “For Nico,” which leads to the oft-covered Jackson Browne song “These Days,” with Nico’s cover being the gold standard and most admired rendition. Living Hour covers it as an understated piano ballad, with Sarty singing with her exposed, clear voice, without vibrato; its loose tempo adds to a despairing nature, as she sings, “I had a lover / I don’t think I’d risk another these days.” At one point, the piano takes over and dominates with its unexpected patterns, and the melody diverges and wanders from the expected path at the end, as
Sarty heartbreakingly concludes, “Please don’t confront me with my failures / I haven’t forgotten them.”
he enduring music of Claude Debussy can be exquisitely arresting, glisteningly sensual and even jaunty, and at its most stunning, it can give the listener the shivers coupled with a sense of profound calmness. Being part of the modern classical canon, there’s no shortage of interpretations of his work, and many of his piano pieces have been adapted for other instruments, including the guitar; however, while a YouTube search reveals numerous nylon-string classical guitar performances of Debussy’s pieces, electric guitar adaptations aren’t so common. Perhaps unexpectedly, Ben Eshbach—best known as a member of the California pop/rock band The Sugarplastic—took inspiration for his new album Bells Through the Leaves, comprised of Debussy compositions performed on electric guitar, from Isao Tomita’s 1974 album Snowflakes Are Dancing, which covered Debussy on synthesizers. Eshbach’s playing on the breathtaking opener, “Arabesque no. 1,” is expressive with its various forms
of movement—as the elegant runs rise and fall in pitch, Eshbach both eases and pushes the tempo, and on the recording, the notes gently bounce between the left and right channels, making for compelling listening on headphones. Eshbach’s tone is clean and bright, with a little reverb for a cozy warmth, and guitar effects are used very sparingly, like some delay effects on “Clair de lune” and a tremolo effect on part of “En bateau.” While Eshbach’s arrangements are faithful to the piano pieces, he takes advantages of the particulars of the guitar, using string bends, harmonics, slides and other techniques. “Cloches à travers les feuilles” (“Bells Through the Leaves”) and “Clair de lune” are perfect tracks for peering into a snowglobe, with certain high notes almost sounding like a celesta. Eshbach tackles Debussy’s playful ragtime diversion “Golliwogg’s Cakewalk” with the requisite vigor, and the album ends perhaps fittingly with a popular encore piece, “La fille aux cheveux de lin” (“The Girl with the Flaxen Hair”), a sonic daydream that concludes an album that revisits familiar tunes with a welcome freshness and high technical proficiency.
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FILM & TELEVISION
Seeing The Wild All Around You Living in a society where the demands of digital interactions are constantly multiplying and becoming more insistent, it can be all too easy to lose touch with the natural world. With our eyes glued to our phones, many people fail to look up and appreciate the aerial ballet of flocking waterfowl and songbirds or the awe-inspiring migration of Monarch Butterflies. And as we strive to add to our online networks, we often miss the more intimate connections we share with the Box Turtles, Flying Squirrels, Bluejays and other species living right in our backyard. This Friday, the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater will premiere The Wild Around You 3D, a new giant-screen film focused on the oft-neglected relationship between people and the animals with whom they share their world. The film centers on a modern suburban family and the animals that live in and near their home. Unbeknownst to their human neighbors—excepting one girl whose eyes are steadily opened to the wonder around her—the nearby woods teem with wildlife. The 45-minute film captures intimate moments of natural wonder happening right underfoot and overhead, from the daredevil free-fall of Wood Duck hatchlings leaving the nest and the annual migration of legions of Spotted Salamanders to the monumental power of a raindrop to turn a Ladybug’s world upside down. — Thom Benson
Encouraging Students To Take Cinematic Chances Chattanooga State kicks off a new film festival By John DeVore Pulse Film Editor
Students need a place to show their work, to receive feedback, and to bask in the glow of having created something that belongs to them.”
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HERE HASN’T BEEN A TRUE STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL in Chattanooga in a while. In times past, the Broad Street Film Festival was the place to find student films from local colleges and high schools, but the festival all but vanished in recent years, perhaps due to lack of funds, or lack of participation, or even lack of leadership. It’s a shame, really. Student film is key to encouraging a strong local film scene in Chattanooga. Every filmmaker working now was once a student. Maybe not officially. Not every filmmaker enrolls in a post-secondary program. But all study what has come before, from watching films, from experimenting with rented equipment, from practicing the art of visual storytelling over and over. Project based learning is the current trend in education. It’s something of a buzzword dropped when discussing STEM education, a curious piece of jargon easier described
by what it’s not than what it is. In short, project based learning occurs through student led ventures, guided by teachers, with a definitive end product meant to be displayed and judged publically. There might not be a better example than filmmaking. Filmmaking can cover every subject through writing, storyboarding, producing, directing, acting, etc. Students need a place to show their work, to receive feedback, and to bask in the glow of having created something that belongs to them. The Broad Street Film Festival provided that venue. Now that it appears to be defunct,
Chattanooga State is picking up the slack with the first annual Chattanooga State Film Festival. The Chatt State Film Festival is free and will take place from March 29-31. The festival will feature films from any high school and college within a 50 mile radius. According to the festival event page, the Chatt State Film Festival will include “hands-on workshops taught by community and industry leaders, Friday night’s featured speaker (TBA), numerous film screenings (including an International Film Series screening of Spirited Away, catered with food from Fuji restaurant).” But the purpose of the festival is, as always “giving high school and college students the opportunity to have their works judged by professionals, screened before the community, and possibly receive awards.” The festival has accepted entries in a variety of categories, from both feature length and short narrative films to feature length and short documentaries. Awards will be given for each, as well as special awards for best filmmaker under the age of 18 and a Chattanooga State Honor Award for current Chattanooga State students. Chris Willis, professor at Chattanooga State in the Professional
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The goal of the film is create sympathy and understanding for these street corner evangelists, pointing to the message rather than the messenger.” Film and Television Training Program, gave me an advance copy of a film to be screened at the festival. Written and produced by Willis and directed by student Kyle Orr, Follow is a twenty-five minute short that focuses protests surrounding an offensive and loud street preacher at a local college. Most of us have encountered these either on campus or outside a concert venue or event. I once encountered one on a shiny red bike outside the Majestic 12, who quietly and sternly instructed me not to be a Democrat lest I risk my eternal soul. The goal of the film is create sympathy and understanding for these street corner evangelists, pointing to the message rather than the messenger. As with a lot of student films, the message takes precedence over the story, making the film heavy-handed but honest.
Also present are some strangely framed shots—Indicative of the learning process the students are experiencing and their willingness to experiment. But what’s more important is that the film shows the process and a completed product. The learning is evident right on screen. As a former judge for the Broad Street Film Festival, I can assure you there will be a lot of variety among the films, but a lot of similarities too. Christian colleges like Bryan or Covenant always seem to approach their films by presenting themes of redemption. Chatt State might have a few amusing horror films or dramas. Acting can be spotty, but no more than local theater. Everyone involved is learning and getting better. Regardless, the Chatt State Film Festival is a necessary part of the film scene in Chattanooga. Support local film.
Tomb Raider Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. Director: Roar Uthaug Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West
Love, Simon Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is leaked, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity. Director: Greg Berlanti Stars: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel
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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Although her work is among the best Russian literature of the twentieth century, poet Marina Tsvetayeva lived in poverty. When fellow poet Rainer Maria Rilke asked her to describe the kingdom of heaven, she said, “Never again to sweep floors.” I can relate. To earn a living in my early adulthood, I washed tens of thousands of dishes in restaurant kitchens. Now that I’m grown up, one of my great joys is to avoid washing dishes. I invite you to think along these lines, Pisces. What seemingly minor improvements in your life are actually huge triumphs that evoke profound satisfaction? Take inventory of small pleasures that are really quite miraculous. ARIES (March 21-April 19): The British science fiction TV show Dr. Who has appeared on BBC in 40 of the last 54 years. Over that span, the titular character has been played by 13 different actors. From 2005 until 2010, Aries actor David Tennant was the magic, immortal, time-traveling Dr. Who. His ascendance to the role fulfilled a hopeful prophecy he had made about himself when he was 13 years old. Now is an excellent time for you, too, to predict a glorious, satisfying, or successful occurrence in your own future. Think big and beautiful! TAURUS (April 20-May 20): New York City is the most densely populated city in North America. Its land is among the most expensive on earth; one estimate says the average price per acre is $16 million. Yet there are two uninhabited islands less than a mile off shore in the East River: North Brother Island and South Brother Island. Their combined 16 acres are theoretically worth $256 million. But no one goes there or enjoys it; it’s not even parkland. I bring this to your attention, Taurus, because I suspect it’s an apt metaphor for a certain situation in your life: a potentially rich resource or influence that you’re not
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The iconic 1942 movie Casablanca won three Academy Awards and has often appeared on critics’ lists of the greatest films ever made. That’s amazing considering the fact that the production was so hectic. When shooting started, the script was incomplete. The writing team frequently presented the finished version of each new scene on the day it was to be filmed. Neither the director nor the actors knew how the plot would resolve until the end of the process. I bring this to your attention, Gemini, because it reminds me of a project you have been working on. I suggest you start improvising less and planning more. How do you want this phase of your life to climax? CANCER (June 21-July 22): If all goes well in the coming weeks, you will hone your wisdom about how and when and why to give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients—as well as how and when and why to not give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients. If my hopes come to pass, you will refine your ability to share your tender depths with worthy allies—and you will refine your understanding of when to not share your tender depths with worthy allies. Finally, Cancerian, if you are as smart as I think you are, you will have a sixth sense about how to receive as many blessings as you disseminate. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): How adept are you at playing along the boundaries between the dark and the light, between confounding dreams and liberated joy, between “Is it real?” and “Do I need it?”? You now have an excellent opportunity to find out more about your capacity to thrive on delightful complexity. But I should warn you. The temptation to prematurely simplify things might be hard to resist. There may be cautious pressure coming from a timid voice in your head that’s not fierce enough to want you to grow into your best and biggest self. But here’s what I predict: You will bravely explore the possibilities for self-transformation that are available outside the predictable niches. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Cultivating a robust sense of humor makes you more attractive to people you want to be attractive to. An inclination to be fun-loving is another endearing quality that’s worthy of being part of your intimate repertoire. There’s
Homework: Describe what you’d be like if you were the opposite of yourself. Write Freewillastrology.com a third virtue related to these two: playfulness. Many humans of all genders are drawn to those who display joking, lighthearted behavior. I hope you will make maximum use of these qualities during the coming weeks, Virgo. You have a cosmic mandate to be as alluring and inviting as you dare.
His lucky accident led to a renewed search for the elusive creatures, and soon more were discovered. I foresee a metaphorically comparable experience coming your way, Sagittarius. A resource or influence or marvel you assumed was gone will reappear. How will you respond? With alacrity, I hope!
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I suggest you gaze at exquisitely wrought Japanese woodcuts…and listen to jazz trumpeter Miles Davis collaborating with saxophonist John Coltrane… and inhale the aroma of the earth as you stroll through groves of very old trees. Catch my drift, Libra? Surround yourself with soulful beauty—or else! Or else what? Or else I’ll be sad. Or else you might be susceptible to buying into the demoralizing thoughts that people around you are propagating. Or else you may become blind to the subtle miracles that are unfolding, and fail to love them well enough to coax them into their fullest ripening. Now get out there and hunt for soulful beauty that awakens your deepest reverence for life. Feeling awe is a necessity for you right now, not a luxury.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The Velcro fastener is a handy invention that came into the world thanks to a Swiss engineer named George de Mestral. While wandering around the Alps with his dog, he got curious about the bristly seeds of the burdock plants that adhered to his pants and his dog. After examining them under a microscope, he got the idea to create a clothing fastener that imitated their sticking mechanism. In accordance with the astrological omens, Capricorn, I invite you to be alert for comparable breakthroughs. Be receptive to help that comes in unexpected ways. Study your environment for potentially useful clues and tips. Turn the whole world into your classroom and laboratory. It’s impossible to predict where and when you may receive a solution to a long-running dilemma!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the Sikh religion, devotees are urged to attack weakness and sin with five “spiritual weapons”: contentment, charity, kindness, positive energy, and humility. Even if you’re not a Sikh, I think you’ll be wise to employ this strategy in the next two weeks. Why? Because your instinctual nature will be overflowing with martial force, and you’ll have to work hard to channel it constructively rather than destructively. The best way to do that is to be a vehement perpetrator of benevolence and healing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1970, a biologist was hiking through a Brazilian forest when a small monkey landed on his head, having jumped from a tree branch. Adelmar Coimbra-Filho was ecstatic. He realized that his visitor was a member of the species known as the goldenrumped lion tamarin, which had been regarded as extinct for 65 years.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed to the top of Mount Everest. They were celebrated as intrepid heroes. But they couldn’t have done it without massive support. Their expedition was powered by 20 Sherpa guides, 13 other mountaineers, and 362 porters who lugged 10,000 pounds of baggage. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, in the hope that it will inspire you. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to gather more of the human resources and raw materials you will need for your rousing expedition later this year. Rob Brezsny is an aspiring master of curiosity, perpetrator of sacred uproar, and founder of the Beauty and Truth Lab. He brings a literate, myth-savvy perspective to his work. It’s all in the stars.
“What Am I Doing Here?”—somehow in the middle. ACROSS 1 1998 Apple rollout 5 #, outside of Twitter 10 Dog in early kiddie lit 14 “You’re in trouble!” 15 Buddy, slangily 16 Russian speed skater Graf who turned down the 2018 Winter Olympics 17 Request in exchange for some ones, maybe? 19 “Roseanne” of “Roseanne” 20 Confused 21 It’s sung twice after “que” 23 “Uh-huh” 24 Prepares leather 27 Bedtime, for some 29 Goldencoated horse 33 The Rock’s real first name 36 66 and I-95, e.g. 37 Surveillance needs, for short 39 1966 Michael Caine movie 40 Pound sound 41 Io’s planet 43 “You’ve got
mail!” company 44 “The Great Gatsby,” for one 46 Harry and William’s school 47 General feeling 48 Some circus performers 50 Split into splinters 52 Harnesses for oxen 54 Garden of Genesis 55 Scrooge’s outburst 57 Bacon portion 59 Search (through) 63 Shaped like a zero 65 Sand down some menswear? 68 NPR correspondent Totenberg 69 Wonderstruck 70 Bauxite, et al. 71 “Electric Avenue” singer Grant (who turned 70 in 2018) 72 “I Got Rhythm” singer Merman 73 Abbr. in a Broadway address DOWN 1 Greek vowel 2 Castle surrounder 3 Affirmative
responses 4 Snack notable for its residue 5 Retiring 6 Org. that honors sports legends 7 Author Kingsley 8 Bridge fastener 9 Looked closely 10 Convulsive sigh 11 Demand for your favorite band to perform at a county gathering? 12 Beast 13 Camping need 18 Palindromic address with an apostrophe 22 1978 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner Sadat 25 Preemie’s ward, for short 26 Rickman, in the “Harry Potter” films 28 Buddy 29 “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris 30 Heart chambers 31 Walked away from the poker table with cards face down?
32 Leaves off 34 Mythical weeper (and namesake of element #41) 35 Caught lampreys 38 Took the wrong way? 41 People who cut you off in traffic, say 42 Oklahoma city near Oklahoma City 45 Shortest of the signs 47 Meat that somehow sparked a 2017 Arby’s craze 49 Pic taken alone, or together (as the name doesn’t suggest) 51 Extremely 53 Canonized figure 55 Fibula or ulna 56 Dedicated 58 Dullsville 60 Emotion that’s unleashed 61 Claim on property 62 Crafty website 64 Make some eggs? 66 Ma who says “baa” 67 Blanc with many voices
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FOOD & DRINK · SUSHI & BISCUITS
In Praise Of The Classic Scotch Egg They're not Scottish, but made properly, they are absolutely wonderful
I Mike McJunkin Pulse columnist
A good Scotch egg can make everything in your headspinny little world right; a bad one tastes like sawdust and disappointment with a side of egg farts.”
Mike McJunkin is a native Chattanoogan currently living abroad who has trained chefs, owned and operated restaurants. Join him on Facebook at facebook.com/SushiAndBiscuits
N THE GLISTENING PANTHEON of the world’s great drinking foods, there will always be a place for the humble Scotch egg. While they don’t have pizza’s marketing team and can’t match the convenience of “parking-lot-tamale-guy,” it’s hard to beat ramming a delicious Scotch eggs into your muzzle when you’re pouring back a bit o’ Paddy’s eye water or find yourself three Phelps to the wind on those marijuana sticks. If you’ve somehow gotten to this point in your life without encountering a Scotch egg, let me extend my deepest thoughts and prayers before removing the veil of darkness that has blanketed this part of your food experience. At its most basic, a Scotch egg is a boiled chicken egg covered in sausage, coated in breadcrumbs, and deep fried to a delightful crisp. A good Scotch egg can make everything in your head-spinny little world right; a bad one tastes like • 6 eggs • 1 lb unseasoned pork sausage • 3 tbsp chopped chives, sage, and thyme • ¾ tsp salt • ¾ tsp pepper • 1 tbsp English mustard • 6 oz flour • 2 cups plain, salted pork rinds, ground into crumbs • 2 tsp garlic powder • 2 tsp ground cayenne pepper • Vegetable oil, to cook • Sauce • 1/2 cup olive oil mayonnaise • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard • 1 ounce lemon juice Put four of the eggs into a pan (the other two are for breading), cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for five minutes then drain and
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sawdust and disappointment with a side of egg farts. No bueno. London’s fancy pants Fortnum & Mason department store claims to have invented the Scotch egg, but it takes quite a set of bollocks to claim you invented wrapping meat around a yardbird egg. It also means you have to ignore Indian nargisi kofta (the leading contender for the earliest version), Indonesian bakso telur, Polish jaskółcze gniazda, Dutch vogelnestje and even Portuguese bolinhos and several other lesser known instances of wrapping eggs in meat. Sidenote: you’ve probably figured out by now that Scotch eggs are not Scottish. The best Scotch eggs don’t venture far from the basics so don’t use the two halves as a burger bun, don’t cross polliput the eggs straight into a large bowl of iced water. Wait at least 10 minutes then peel the eggs. While the eggs cool, whisk the mayonnaise, mustard, and lemon juice together to create the mustard sauce. Refrigerate until needed. Beat the remaining two raw eggs together in a bowl, put the flour in a second bowl, and mix the pork rind crumbs, garlic powder and cayenne pepper into a third bowl. Arrange the bowls like an assembly line. Put the meat, herbs, salt, pepper, and mustard into a bowl and mix well with your hands. Divide into four portions. Put a square of plasticwrap on your counter, flour it lightly and put one of the meatballs in the centre. Flour lightly again, then put another square of cling film on top. Roll the meat out until it’s large enough to wrap around an egg. Remove the top sheet of
nate it with a falafel, and don’t you dare replace the sausage with rice or quinoa or I will personally hunt you down and waterboard you with bacon fat. A proper scotch egg should raise concerns about the integrity of your arteries and risk a gout flare-up with each bite. This is drinking food—it’s no time to be thinking about your health. For the recipe below I’ve added a little Southern flair to the traditional British Scotch egg version with some pork rinds and cayenne pepper. Cheers y’all! plasticwrap. Roll one peeled egg in flour, place it in the center of the meat, and bring the sides of the film up to help wrap the meat completely around egg, ensuring the egg is no longer visible and the meat is as uniform as possible around the egg. Dip and cover each meat-wrapped egg in flour, then beaten egg, then pork rind crumbs and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove from the refrigerator, dip in egg again, and coat in pork rind crumbs once again. Fill a pan with enough vegetable oil to at least cover the Scotch eggs halfway and heat to 350F (or until a chunk of bread sizzles and turns golden brown, not burnt when dropped in). Cook the eggs two at a time, until crisp and golden, (about 8 minutes) then drain on paper towels. Slice into quarters lengthwise and serve with mustard sauce.
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