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VOL. 14, NO. 24 • JUNE 15, 2017



VOL. 14, NO. 24 • JUNE 15, 2017



There aren’t many things as surprising as taking a photo and realizing you captured the image of a spirit or ghost. But finding out that your business headquarters of 9+ years has to be torn down is a close second.



If you like to exercise, ride a bicycle, work out at a gym, and participate in fundraisers for global charities, then mark July 22 on your calendar for the 2017 Mobile Gym Ride-A-Thon.

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Webb Barringer’s EP, Show That Tombstone Smile, is scheduled for release at Tremont Tavern on Saturday, June 24th and will show that Webb is the consummate performer .


My mother spent the majority of her career in education as a school librarian. As a result, I spent many an afternoon perusing the books in her library as she worked after school.


Photo by Paul Chessare


Keep Your Motor Running Get your motor running, head out on the highway; looking for adventure, in whatever comes our way. Who hasn’t heard this iconic 1968 song from the movie Easy Rider made legendary by the group Steppenwolf? It’s the American bikers all time theme song that has epitomized motorcycling for decades.






















RayTerry is a former railroad man and now a world traveler, an officer in the Chattanooga Area Labor Council, and and writes about whatever he can. He lives in Collegedale, weaving in and out of orange construction barrels.

Tony Mraz spent the '80s growing up in Dalton before moving to Chattanooga in '95 to attend the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, which enabled him to earn a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute.



The Ghosts Of Chattanooga Chattanooga Ghost Tours overcomes an unexpected setback By Alex Plaumann Pulse contributor



Managing Editor Gary Poole Assistant Editor Brooke Brown Music Editor Marc T. Michael Film Editor John DeVore Contributors Rob Brezsny • Steven W. Disbrow Matt Jones • Mike McJunkin Tony Mraz • Ernie Paik Rick Pimental-Habib • Alex Plaumann RayTerry • Michael Thomas Editorial Intern Lauren Waegele Cover Art Andrea Felice Cartoonists Max Cannon • Rob Rogers Jen Sorenson • Tom Tomorrow

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Account Executives Brittany Dreon • Rick Leavell Libby Phillips • John Rodriguez Danielle Swindell • Logan Vandergriff


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HERE AREN’T MANY THINGS AS surprising as taking a photo and realizing you captured the image of a spirit or ghost. But finding out that your business headquarters of 9+ years has to be torn down is a close second. Chattanooga Ghost Tours celebrated their 10th Anniversary and grand re-opening this past Saturday and are excited to be back doing what they do best, sharing scares and history with all who want to experience the mystery of Chattanooga. Chattanooga Ghost Tours shared a building with Cheeburger Cheeburger and when the building suddenly collapsed, the entire building had to be torn down. Owner of Chattanooga Ghost Tours, Amy Petulla, had been a little hesitant of change and oddly enough being forced to move Ghost Tours has opened up some opportunities that may not have occurred otherwise. Having moved locations to 432 Market St. Chattanooga Ghost Tours has opened a new shop, Haunted Steampunk. The shop is cute, quaint, and clearly spooky. The shop’s steampunk theme works perfectly with the creepy attire and you can find all the little gifts and gadgets any visitor would love. Along with the Haunted Steampunk shop, Ghost Tours has joined forces (buildings) with Quest2Escape. They now share a building and the partnership just makes too much sense, and the Chattanooga Ghost Tours now begins and ends in the same place. Winner of the Score & Sam’s Club American Small Business Championship, Chattanooga Ghost Tours are excited to begin their new tour Murder and Mayhem. Chattanooga Ghost Tours offers two different tours and two different ghost hunts, one of which is an 18+ hunt. The Hunts are meant for those a little


“Chattanooga Ghost Tours shared a building with Cheeburger Cheeburger and when the building suddenly collapsed, the entire building had to be torn down.” more adventurous and wanting to experience the paranormal Chattanooga has to offer first hand, complete with ghost-detecting gadgets. Chattanooga Ghost Tours isn’t just some random tour, USA Today and Trip Advisor ranked them in the top 10 ghost tours in the United States. A couple reasons why they put on such a good tour is because of their amazing guides. So when I asked Petulla what separates her tours from others around the country she didn’t hesitate.

“We have the best tour guides.” Petulla went on to say that no other ghost tour has as enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides as Chattanooga Ghost Tours. Another difference that makes Chattanooga Ghost Tours so special, the pictures. When Petulla started showing me some of their best-verified photos I was a bit taken back, and Petulla doesn’t shy away from skepticism and actually encourages it. She is more than happy to have photographs verified by the most serious skeptics out there, and let me tell you, some of these photos are quite breathtaking. Maybe it’s the “man” standing outside of The Hunter Museum of Art, or a little girl’s face staring right back at you. When you see these photos there is no way you are not going to want to take a tour and see for yourself. The reopening and 10th Anniversary of Chattanooga Ghost Tours is a reminder of the many amazing things to do around Chattanooga. If you love mystery, history, and things just a tad bit scary, heading on a tour or hunt with Chattanooga Ghost Tours is sure to be right up your alley.

Consider This with Dr. Rick

EdiToon by Rob Rogers

“You seriously have no idea what people are dealing with in their personal life so just be nice. It’s that simple.”

Bridging The Gap With World Refugee Day Since 2015, the word “refugee” has carried more and more weight in society because of the Syrian refugee crisis. With this word comes a multitude of political opinions, and oftentimes, arguments ensue. Whatever your opinion on refugees and immigrants, the majority of people can agree that safety, shelter, food, and hope are necessities of life. World Refugee Day, to be celebrated June 20th, honors the people that have courageously searched for those exact same things beyond the pestilence, persecution, and violence of their various

homelands. One of the main sponsors of this event is Bridge Refugee Services, a nonprofit that facilitates refugee settlement in Chattanooga. Bridge Refugee Services has played an extremely integral part in settling refugees in affordable housing, assisting in language acquisition,

and providing self-sufficiency through job opportunities. World Refugee Day will be celebrated at the Camp House by engaging in some refugees’ personal stories and journeys, live music, food from a variety of cultures prepared by past and present Bridge clients, and even an art station for any children who attend. This gathering will not only be a celebration of the refugees’ past journeys but also a celebration of the beacon of hope that Chattanooga can become for asylum seekers in the future. — Lauren Waegele

The white-haired gentleman was driving slowly and cautiously. At seventysomething he tended to move slower than others. But there was also mindfulness about his pace. He truly listened to what you were saying. He simply believed you deserved the respect. His driving was extra cautious this day. In fact, the drivers in the few cars behind him seemed to be getting frustrated. Directly behind him some young people started honking the horn, which of course made him nervous. They started yelling, gesturing, and making a clear display of their impatience. After they sped past, he relaxed a little, but his mind was still elsewhere. See, his spouse of 49 years had just died that morning, and his shock had not yet turned into the deep grief that would undoubtedly be with him for all his remaining days. Consider this: Does a little patience require that much of you? Even in a hurry, is it possible to take a deep breath and proceed as your gentle, kind self?




A Truly Sucky Top 10 List Summer is upon us, and brings with it a lot of very sucky parasites

Steven W. Disbrow Pulse columnist


T’S THAT TIME AGAIN. RIVERBEND is here and so is my deadline. With that in mind, this month you get a cliché “Summer Top 10” list. But, given that it’s a list of Human Parasites, you know it’s gonna suck, literally and figuratively. TICKS Whether on yourself or on a pet, finding one (or two or 10) of these is like hitting the paranoia jackpot. “Does it have a white dot? What does that mean if it does? What does it mean if it doesn’t? Will I also get Lemon Disease?” Fortunately, most ticks are harmless and easy to remove with a little practice. Unfortunately, experts (Yes. There are tick experts.) are warning that they will be more numerous and vengeful this year, so we’ll all be getting lots of practice removing them. FLEAS Another fabulous thing to find around the home is the common flea. When not playing Bass, these wee, jumping jerks like to take up residence in your pet’s fur, and then your bedding and then your fur. Another blood-sucker, these guys are also predicted to have a banner year of biting people in the swimsuit region and causing an embarrassing amount of itching and scratching. Studies have shown prayer to be ineffective at stopping fleas and the diseases they

spread (see, “The Black Death”). So, this summer, avoid traveling to 14th Century Europe, and get all of your pets a good-quality flea collar. MOSQUITOES About a year ago, I wrote about the ethical issues surrounding the debate as to whether or not we should eradicate mosquitoes once and for all. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes didn’t get the memo and continue to impale humans around the globe with their tiny proboscises. To add insult to injury, they continue to spread disease while doing it. The nerve! (By one account mosquitoes are the most lethal animal on the planet…at least when it comes to killing humans.) With temperatures rising, and wetter weather becoming the norm (cough Climate Change cough), mosquitoes are also predicted to be more numerous and feisty this year. So, if you see standing water (which is where they lay their eggs), pour it out. TOXOPLASMA GONDII If you’ve ever had a baby, and a cat, you’ve heard of this guy. It gets into cat feces and if a pregnant human handles those feces (because you were too lazy to empty the litter box for her, even though she’s pregnant and it was your cat), it can pass to the fetus and cause some pretty nasty birth defects. So, be a man and clean the litter box while your woman carries your

child for you. Sheesh. Oh, it can also be transmitted via improperly cooked meat. But in order to screw that up, you’d have to cook a meal once in a while, wouldn’t you? Dude! She’s carrying your baby! Help out a little! GUINEA WORM Honestly, I don’t even want to mention this one, because it’s so horrific. You get this thing from drinking contaminated water. The water has copepods, which have the worm larva in them. Your body then digests the copepods, which releases the larva, and then…ugh. The end result is that about a year later, you end up with a onemeter-long worm living in your leg. This leads to a blister in your leg or foot that feels like it’s on fire. So, you go to the river or pond and stick your leg in to relieve the pain. The blister pops, and out come the larva. The worm how-

ever, is still in there. The only way to get it out is to wind it around a stick and slowly pull it out over the course of a week or so. That’s right: You get a week of pulling a fire worm out of your leg. Fortunately, former President Jimmy Carter and his Carter Foundation have taken it upon themselves to eradicate the Guinea worm, and it’s working. In 1986, there were about 3 million reported cases worldwide. Last year, there were just 25. (Not bad for an ex-peanut farmer.) So, there you go, a “Top 10 List” of Five Human Parasites. Hey! I told you it was going to suck literally and figuratively. Now stop scratching... Steven W. Disbrow is a programmer who specializes in e-commerce and mobile systems development, an entrepreneur, comicbook nerd, writer, improviser, actor, sometime television personality and parent of two human children.



By RayTerry


Pulse contributor

ET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING, HEAD OUT on the highway; looking for adventure, in whatever comes our way. Who hasn’t heard this iconic 1968 song from the movie Easy Rider made legendary by the group Steppenwolf? It’s the American bikers all time theme song that has epitomized motorcycling for decades. Play it at any biker gathering and the crowd goes freaking wild!

Photo by Tim Callahan


At one time a state sponsored slogan was: Motorcycles are everywhere, so look twice! If only it were that simple. Whooosh! You know, that sound that just scared the hell out of you while you were on your cell phone driving down the road completely oblivious to your surroundings. You look up and see what is more than likely a millennial blasting up in front of you on what’s called a “crotch-rocket.” No particular make or brand, just really fast! Going in and out of traffic like he has a death wish. Well he doesn’t really, he just

loves to go fast…and you were in his way. Operating a motorcycle is several times more dangerous than driving a car. But it’s all about the thrill you know? To be honest, most bike riders are responsible law abiding people. Many stigmas from years gone by still exist today in our perceptions. Or maybe you hear the slow rising drone coming up from behind you of what sounds like a squadron of World War II bombers. Oh no! Hide the wife and kids, it’s a bunch of black bikes with black leathered tattoo laden, scruffy looking hea-


Photo by Kenn Kiser

thens who are no doubt coming to rape and pillage. Sound familiar? Silly isn’t it? This prejudice was created back in the ‘60s with Hollywood movies and the American Motorcycle Association. They stated that only one percent of the motorcycle riders were as such. Hence the term “one percenters” was born. If you have seen this moniker on vests, tattooed on arms, legs whatever, this was the phrase that helped create a separate society of riders outside the norm of the so-called regular riders. Everybody else who’s not a one percenter is considered a citizen. Most one percenters just want to ride and be left alone, but sometimes it’s just not that easy. Several movies and bad press have stereotyped these riders as just plain unsocial and up to no good. Rarely that might be the case, but for the majority of bike riders, it’s not. “Murder cycles” as they were once known years ago while being developed over the years have gained acceptance through there many diversified uses. They have been used in several military and police applications. At one time, Indian police motorbikes came with an unusual left hand throttle. The idea was that the mostly

predominantly right-handed cops would have their right hand free to shoot their service revolvers at assailants while riding. Just about every continent has their own style and/or brands of bikes. People ride them by the thousands, if not by the millions. Motorcycles reduce

ily through motorcycling. All bikes are welcome with over 800 US chapters and in over 30 other countries that make up CMA International. The heartbeat of CMA is evangelism. Sharing the Gospel with the motorcycling community for nearly 40 years. They have a group ride somewhere

“Just about every continent has their own style and/or brands of bikes. People ride them by the thousands, if not by the millions. Motorcycles reduce fuel consumption and are an economical way for people to travel by.” fuel consumption and are an economical way for people to travel by. In South America and Asia, the laws are a little more relaxed. You just might see a whole family riding on one motorcycle. There is one group out there that seeks to change the long time negative stigma of the motorcycle rider, the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA). A non-profit interdenominational organization dedicated to reaching people for Christ, primar-

new every month. You can attend a meeting with CMA every first Monday of the month at the Shoney’s on Shallowford Village Drive. Meet and greet at 6 p.m. with the regular meeting starting at 7 p.m. Over at 4113 South Access Road is Crockett Powersports. They offer Indian and Victory motorcycles. Indian is the oldest American made bike since 1901. For a really out of this world choice, they also carry the Slingshot series of half bike half car vehicles.

Owner John Crockett is a very gracious host and opens his dealership up for several local motorcycling events. His son Cayce says every day is demo day at Crockett Powersports. If you’re a licensed motorcycle rider and it’s not raining, you can ride the entire line of Indian’s from the big touring model Roadmaster to the smaller, nimbler Scout. With the recent announcement by Polaris to end production of the Victory line now would be a great time to negotiate a sweet deal. And don’t worry; parts will be available for years to come. Crockett Powersports will also service any American made big twin with their team of certified mechanics. Honda of Chattanooga has just about anything you need to ride the streets or trails. Owner Barry White gave me a tour of the facility on Highway 58, which was originally started by his Dad at Glass Street as the Western Auto store. Honda officially came to the US in 1959. Original owner Charles White was invited to meet the founder: Soichiro Honda in Japan and in 1962 he moved across the street and started Chattanooga’s first all-exclusive Honda dealership. The first imported Honda’s were the Cub 50. continued on page 10


COVER STORY Remember the slogan, “You meet the nicest people on a Honda”? Dirt, street, utility you name it, they got it. The large size Gold Wing bike has had a reverse gear in it since the 1988 models! Believe me, you need help sometimes with the enormous weight of the big bikes. The Valkyrie bagger model has the same six-cylinder engine as the Gold Wing. If you want something else besides a Honda, well, just step next door to his brother Gerald’s place, White Cycle Suzuki and Kawasaki. He can sell you anything you may like in these particular make. They sell pontoon boats, too. Need a custom bike like a bagger or a chopper? Apocalyptic Bike Works of Chattanooga, located on Highway 153 in Hixson is your place. Owner Rich Knapp can make you a sweet one-of-a-kind ride for whatever budget you may have. They also have the very diversified Ice Bear line of small custom bikes, trikes and ATV’s. One day while cruising my bike the clutch cable holder broke. I just happened to be by Apocalyptic, so I turned in for the repair. Knapp had one of the mechanics fix me right up. Best yet…there was no charge! They do insurance claims, collision repair, custom builds and fabrication. Custom paint jobs are another specialty as they have won several awards for custom bike designs and builds in the field of custom motorcycles. Blue Ribbon Cycles on Lee Highway is an independent bike shop that does it all. Owner Pete Woodward is factory trained in early and late model Harley-Davidsons and has plenty of experience with the dealerships and after-market parts. They will work on just about any type of bike. Blue Ribbon Cycles is a family owned and operated business with his wife Carla and her Father Mike. Services include: maintenance, parts, and a full line of accessories. They 10 • THE PULSE • JUNE 15, 2017 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM

strive to earn your business and trust so you as the customer will return. They even sell bikes, too. Want a bike from Europe? Look no further than Pandora’s European Motorsports over on Highway 58. A dealership that offers Italian-made Ducati, British-made Triumph, and the German-made BMW. If you’re into dirt bikes they have the Swedish Husqvarna. They now offer delivery service for new and pre-owned purchases to customers in Nashville, Birmingham, Knoxville, and Atlanta and as far away as Florida. With several new and used bikes for sale and with a quick NADA evaluation for your trade, they make buying and selling simple. See General Manager Justin Prann and he will make sure you get what you want. Here in the ‘noog, we have lots of great scenery for local riding and it’s also a great springboard for starting out to other exciting nearby destinations. For lots of places to go on your bike for a day or a weekend jaunt checkout the 2017 WildRides Touring Map. WildRides of Tennessee & North Carolina offers pre-mapped routes from Nashville to Asheville and further. Featuring lots of ride routes in the Great Smoky Mountains and into North Georgia, plus, all named roads and over 40 ride loops that are vividly detailed. Included are several listings for bike shops, lodging, campgrounds and restaurants that are all bike friendly. Stop in a motorcycle shop and pick up the brochure or go online at The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will once again this year sponsor the Second Annual Fall Ride on October 7th. Cosponsors include the Chattanooga Area Labor Council and the IBEW Local 175 credit union. Bikes will gather and leave from Thunder Creek Harley Davidson to


Photo by Klaus Stenzel

begin the 120-mile poker run. Crockett Powersports will be at the IBEW at the end of the ride with door prizes, goody bags and plenty of BBQ too eat. There will also be plenty of vendors on hand giving away lots of swag like: ORCA coolers, Milwaukee Tools, ALTEC and COSTCO, just to name a few. Make plans to come join Chattanooga area union members for a full day of family oriented fun. All bike types are welcome for this fun filled day of brotherhood. One of the biggest issues concerning a rider is safety. A few months ago I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Course for the experienced rider. It is a one-day training course held at Chattanooga State and co-sponsored by the Cleveland Rider Education Program. Course fee is only $100 and well worth the time and money. The experienced rider is taught how to detect hazards, manage traction and refine swerving, braking, and cornering technics. Also, there’s a two-day course

for beginners that cost $235. Certified MSF instructors teach ages 14 years to older the basics of motorcycling. They even supply the smaller more manageable bikes.

697-3100 for more details. As motorcycle riders, our personal safety is just that: up to us individually. But there are other variables that a rider cannot control. Case in point:

“There are other variables that a rider cannot control. Case in point: people who use the same roads as the rider who are not conscious to anyone else on the roads but themselves. ” Courses are Tennessee State certified, meaning if you pass the MSF course your state DMV test for a motorcycle license is waived. Even with well over 100,000+ miles on motorcycles, it really was a good idea for me to take the refresher course. It definitely helped my skills level. I highly recommended it for any one who rides. Contact Chattanooga State at (423)

people who use the same roads as the rider who are not conscious to anyone else on the roads but themselves. The list is long: drunk, stoned, pilledup, young, old and last and by no means least, and probably the most dangerous come lately: cell phone users! Yes, cell phones are now the new ultimate driver distraction. Many times I’ll be tooling down the road enjoying

the day and all of a sudden I see a car coming toward me halfway in my lane! My horn usually brings them back into reality. And sure enough, when they go by I see that its just another brain-dead zombie on their cell phone. Talking, texting or just plain staring into the screen—you are a public menace! Remember, driving is a privilege not a right. Many people need their driving privileges revoked for such stupid and reckless behavior. Please contact your representatives and request firm and decisive action for distracted drivers with hand-held devices. If you are caught using one while driving in California, you get a $500 ticket! Cell phones in the last few years have become the new scourge of the roadways. My personal safety is not yours to recklessly play with, so: GET OFF THE PHONE AND DRIVE! Remember, drink responsibly and be smart. Live to ride, and ride to live.



Take The Gym Outside For A Charity Ride A not-so-stationary bike takes to the Chattanooga streets

Clay Entertainment At In-Town Gallery As a child, I remember watching an artist wheel throw a pot on PBS. Since then, I’ve always been a little bit obsessed by the idea of using a pottery wheel even though I haven’t had the chance to do it (yet). Laurie Graham realized her obsession with clay as well, but she made a career out of it. While in school at the Tennessee Technological University Appalachian Center for Crafts, she took a clay class as an elective and was immediately hooked. Now, she creates all kinds of different pieces including beautiful pitchers, trays, and whimsical mugs with various faces on them. “I am drawn to the clay and the way it feels in my hands,” says Graham. Interestingly, though each of her works is a piece of art, each piece boasts functionality: “The pieces with silly faces are great for entertaining as well as entertaining to look at.” Her work is currently being featured at In-Town gallery in her exhibit entitled, “Let Me Entertain You” and is certainly sure to be entertaining. Each of Graham’s mugs exude personality and fun, and her various other works express the inspiration that she often draws from nature. Let Laurie Graham’s work entertain you for the month of June at In-Town Gallery. You won’t be disappointed. — Lauren Waegele Let Me Entertain You Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm In-Town Gallery 26 Frazier Avenue (423) 267-9214 12 • THE PULSE • JUNE 15, 2017 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM

By Tony Mraz

Pulse contributor


F YOU LIKE TO EXERCISE, RIDE A BICYCLE, work out at a gym, and participate in fundraisers for global charities, then mark July 22 on your calendar. The 2017 Mobile Gym Ride-A-Thon is the perfect way for you to accomplish all of these things at once. Starting at the Creative Discovery Museum at noon, volunteers will ride a four-person art bike across Chattanooga, through downtown and the South side, to Rossville. Riders will be taking pledges to raise money for the Playing to Live Foundation, a charity that provides art therapy, play therapy, and psychological services to children in disaster areas. The charity began in 2014 as a response to the

Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and has since expanded to other areas. The event is being sponsored by a number of local businesses, to raise awareness about what is possible when small businesses join together to raise funds for a good cause. So far, the sponsors are Campbell & Associates INC, Wizard Electric, Chattanooga Ink & Toner, Kickstand Bicycles, Chattanooga Motorcycle Collective, Bettieville, Dead Girlz Tattoo Studios, Red Bank Thrift Store, Sluggo’s North Vegetarian Cafe, La Familia Mexican Restaurant, Grand Palace Chattanooga, and Creighton’s Wildflowers Design Studio, and more are being added. The Ride-A-Thon is centered around a 19-footlong people-powered art bike that will be as fun to ride as it will be to see on the road. The machine weighs several thousand pounds and will be chal-


“I can remember a few times when I was having a really bad day, and I saw some strange art that made me happy. It stuck with me.” lenging to ride, so the volunteers will be taking turns. The sponsors are providing riders with refreshments and food, and friends and family are encouraged to join them to support and enjoy the spectacle. The art bike is the creation of local sculptor Danny Reyes. Attendees of this year’s Chattanooga Film Festival might remember his last project, a life sized cardboard tank that fired flower petals. In his work, Danny seeks to make art that is functional and thought provoking. He tells us, “I like to create things that make people confused and happy at the same time. I can remember a few times when I was having a really bad day, and I saw some strange art that made me happy. It stuck with me. My goal is to do the same for someone else.” It was with this spirit that he conceived of the quad-

tandem art bike. “I thought it would be really fun for people to see stationary exercise bikes riding down the street. Here you have four things that don’t move, but are designed to mimic a moving experience. I thought it would be something that would stick in people’s minds.” To make this dream a reality, Danny and a team of volunteers have taken four full body workout bikes (the kind with the moving handles) and attached them to a motorcycle chassis to create the world’s first quadruple tandem mobile exercise bike. Taking four exercise machines that were never meant to move and making them into a vehicle was no easy task. The exercise bikes had to be completely disassembled and retrofitted with bicycle sprockets to replace their flywheels. The machines were then welded together and attached to

a motorcycle front end, while the back end was modified to have two wheels, for stability. The four bikes were then connected with chains by veteran bike mechanic Jacobo Salazar Jr. of Kickstand Bicycles, whose technical expertise was invaluable to the team. Instead of spinning their individual flywheels, the exercise bikes will collectively spin one large gear that is attached to the two back wheels, causing the vehicle to move. Danny explains his thought process further, saying, “I used

to make things like crazy cars, just for the sake of making them, to freak people out and delight them. I made quite a few of these things, but never really made them public. I did it just for the sake of making something different, making cool weaponry, a Mad Max style winch truck, all for my own personal amusement.” He continues, “Now I am doing things with a purpose, to help small business, and to raise money for charity. We are getting support from the community, so that we can

give back at the same time as having fun. All of this is sponsored by locals, to show what small businesses from Rossville and Chattanooga can achieve together.” To participate in the RideA-Thon, make a pledge, volunteer, donate, or sponsor the Mobile Gym, call Danny Reyes at (423) 704-0589 or Maria Zare at (865) 3061306, shoot an email to, visit them on Facebook @ mobilegymrideathon, or head over to




Chattanooga FC vs New Orleans Jesters

Smoke On The Mountain Homecoming

Great Kiwanis Duck Race

Come join the Chattahooligans and support one of the best football clubs in the Southeast! 7:30 p.m. Finley Stadium 1826 Carter St.

Come and join the Sanders family as they send Mervin and June off in style. 7:30 p.m. The Colonnade Center 264 Catoosa Cir. (706) 935-9000

5,000 Rubber Ducks will be dropped of the Market Street Bridge, and the fastest three ducks win! 2 p.m. Walnut Street Bridge 1 Walnut St.



A Midsummer Night's Disco

THURSDAY6.15 Ooltewah Farmers Market 3 p.m. Ooltewah Nursery 5829 Main St. (423) 238-9775 Signal Mountain Farmers Market 4 p.m. Pruett’s Market 1210 Taft Hwy. (423) 902-8023 T. Kay Davis Artist Reception 5 p.m. Reflections Gallery 6922 Lee Hwy. (404) 375-0746 Major! Documentary Screening 6:30 p.m. Chattanooga Public Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 643-7700 A Midsummer Night’s Disco 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 PSC Presents Photographer Jonathan Starling 7 p.m. St. John United Methodist Church 3921 Murray Hills Dr. (423) 344-5643 Mia Jackson


7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 Chattanooga FC vs New Orleans Jesters 7:30 p.m. Finley Stadium 1826 Carter St. Manifesto 8 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. (423) 803-6578

FRIDAY6.16 Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race 8 a.m.

Lookout, Raccoon, and Signal Mountains Chattanooga Market at Erlanger 10:30 a.m. Erlanger Hospital Medical Mall 975 E. 3rd St. Cambridge Square Night Market 5 p.m. Cambridge Square 9453 Bradmore Ln. (423) 531-7754 Mia Jackson 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 Smoke On The Mountain Homecoming

ENTERTAINMENT SPOTLIGHT Mia Jackson is a diverse comedian with an outspoken voice and unique perspective. Her energetic conversational style leaves the audience as if they have known her forever. Mia Jackson The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233

7:30 p.m. The Colonnade Center 264 Catoosa Cir. (706) 935-9000 A Midsummer Night’s Disco 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 It’s A Disaster 8 p.m. Historic Mars Theater 117 N. Chattanooga St. Lafayette, GA (706) 621-2870 Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary 8 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. (423) 803-6578

SATURDAY6.17 Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race 8 a.m. Lookout, Raccoon, and Signal Mountains St. Alban’s Hixson Market 9:30 a.m. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 7514 Hixson Pike (423) 842-6303 Northside Farmers Market 10 a.m. Northside Presbyterian Church 923 Mississippi Ave.


It's A Disaster (423) 266-7497 Chattanooga River Market 10 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. (423) 648-2496 Brainerd Farmers Market 11 a.m. Grace Episcopal Church 20 Belvoir Ave. (404) 245-3682 Smoke On The Mountain Homecoming 1, 7:30 p.m. The Colonnade Center 264 Catoosa Cir. (706) 935-9000 The Art of Botany 1:30 p.m. The Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968 Great Kiwanis Duck Race 2 p.m. Walnut Street Bridge 1 Walnut St. Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary 7 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. (423) 803-6578 Mia Jackson 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 Chattanooga FC vs

Inter Nashville FC 7:30 p.m. Finley Stadium 1826 Carter St. A Midsummer Night’s Disco 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8534

SUNDAY6.18 Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race 8 a.m. Lookout, Raccoon, and Signal Mountains Chattanooga Market 11 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. (423) 648-2496 A Midsummer Night’s Disco 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary 6 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. (423) 803-6578 Mia Jackson 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St.

(423) 629-2233

MONDAY6.19 Move It, Bend It, Shape It, Sculpt It! 9 a.m. The Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968 DIVERSIFY Pop-Up Markets 10 a.m. Miller Plaza 850 Market St. (423) 763-4357 Red Bank Farmers Market 3 p.m. Red Bank United Methodist 3800 Dayton Blvd. (423) 838-9804 Takenote Vol. 7: Success In Songwriting 6 p.m. The Camp House 149 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 777-4217

TUESDAY6.20 DIVERSIFY Pop-Up Markets 10 a.m. Miller Plaza 850 Market St. (423) 763-4357 Tuesday Night Chess Club 6 p.m. Downtown Library

1001 Broad St. (423) 643-7700 Chattanooga FC vs Birmingham Hammers 6:30 p.m. Finley Stadium 1826 Carter St.

WEDNESDAY6.21 DIVERSIFY Pop-Up Markets 10 a.m. Miller Plaza 850 Market St. (423) 763-4357 Chattanooga Market at Erlanger East 10:30 a.m. Erlanger East Hospital 1751 Gunbarrel Rd. Main Street Market 4 p.m. 522 W. Main St. Comedy Open Mic 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. Free Kittens Comedy 8 p.m JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. Map these locations on Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to: CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • JUNE 15, 2017 • THE PULSE • 15


Webb Barringer Shows That Tombstone Smile Webb Barringer's upcoming EP melds Dylan and Isbell

Sweet Sounds On The Summer Solstice It’s time to bust out your guitars, violins, harmonicas, and, yes, recorders (thank you, kindergarten music teachers), and make some music. Make Music Day is a worldwide celebration on June 21st of, you guessed it, music. Make Music Day started in France in 1982 and has been spreading across the globe, even to our little corner of southeast Tennessee. Make Music Day in Chattanooga, according to director Taryn Balwinski is important because it encourages “all Chattanoogans to create and celebrate music with the rest of the world.” You can even learn a new instrument during the Make Music School in Choo Choo Gardens. Specifically, one of these lessons is a free ukulele lesson taught by local instrumentalist, Amanda Rose. All you have to do is BYOU (Bring Your Own Ukulele), and free ukulele songbooks will be provided. With this lesson, you can finally learn how to play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” If playing music isn’t your thing, there will also be over 50 free concerts all over Chattanooga. Enjoy the longest day of the year by listening, playing, or dancing to the sweet sounds of Make Music Day. — Lauren Waegele Make Music Day Wednesday, July 21st, starting at Noon Various downtown locations 16 • THE PULSE • JUNE 15, 2017 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM

By Marc T. Michael Pulse Music Editor


EBB BARRINGER’S EP, SHOW THAT Tombstone Smile, is scheduled for release at Tremont Tavern on Saturday, June 24th and the consummate performer and artist has raised his own personal bar yet again. Not many artists could say as much with only five tracks. For some, a disc this size would be a mere sampler, basically a “Hey, here’s some stuff we do.” For others, it would paint an incomplete picture and for still others, it would be a struggle to assemble five songs worth a damn. But Barringer has seemingly managed to distill a lifetime of experience into a small, powerful, super-concentrated package. The result is an EP that puts many a full-length album to shame with

its depth and breadth. Stylistically the work has some Dylanesque qualities and not just the beautifully presented harmonica. I hesitate to make that comparison for two reasons. One, Dylan’s status is almost god-like among his fans (and the world in general I suppose) so drawing a comparison is risky business. Two, while Dylan’s lyrics are almost always poetic and sometimes profound, there are also plenty of instances where they sound profound but on closer inspection are rather nonsensical. Before you start bombarding me with hate mail please know that I have heard Dylan himself say publicly when questioned about people’s search for hidden meaning in some of his lyrics, “Man, I just thought it sounded good.” There’s nothing wrong with “just sounding good,” but Barringer’s lyrics, which do sound


Everything about his style and demeanor has an instantly likeable, “Shucks, I’m just a guy with a guitar” quality to it. good and are quite poetic, also seem to carry some real depth so, more Dylanesque than Dylan, and honestly, I think a better comparison could be made between Webb’s work and Jason Isbell. Webb is the quintessential singer/ songwriter, using observation and experience to weave relatable stories with grace and artistry, but doing so without a shred of hubris or arrogance. To the contrary, everything about his style and demeanor has an instantly likeable, “Shucks, I’m just a guy with a guitar” quality to it. Do not be deceived, though, for while he may be “a guy with a guitar,” he is also a poet and artist of the highest caliber and if his songs seem stripped down and minimalist, it is because they require no further adornment. They are raw and powerful just the way they are and frankly, to make them more complicated would rob them of some of that power. “Getting to Know Me” is, for me, the stand-out track in this collection of stand-out tracks. “So if you feel uncertain, know that confusion is a trait of the free. And don’t feel like the only

one hurtin’. I, too, am getting to know me.” I don’t know that I can convey the gravitas of those lyrics without the context of the full song, but I urge you to hear it in its entirety. It is one of the most beautifully crafted tunes I’ve heard and while it happens to be the one that resonated most with me personally, all of the tracks are just as artfully constructed and lovingly performed. The EP was recorded by Brett Nolan out at the Soundry and while there are many excellent engineers and producers in the area, Brett was the right man for this job, capturing the subtlety and intimacy of Webb’s performance in a way that makes you feel like you’re sitting in a small bar, listening to the man on stage ten feet away. There’s lots of great music in this town, much of it comes and goes, but Webb Barringer is something a little more solid and permanent, an artist who is here to stay. You can preorder the album now on Amazon and iTunes but I highly recommend treating yourself to the live performance on the 24th at Tremont Tavern.

The Bohannons Are Ready To Drop A New Album There’s plenty going on musically in the upcoming days, but one of the most genuinely exciting events is that Chattanooga musical demigods The Bohannons are releasing a brand new album this Friday evening at 9 p.m. at J.J.’s Bohemia. No need to sing the praises of this iconic Chattanooga band, their reputation is well known, so all there is to say is hey, here’s a thing nobody will want to miss. On the other hand, if you find yourself further up the road that evening, Dumpy’s up on the Ocoee is presenting an absolute powerhouse show featuring The Ryan Oyer Band, Webb Barringer and Ashley and the X’s. Any one of those three would make for a fantastic evening, the lot of them together is as good as it gets. As a final note, the Chattanooga Girl’s Rock Camp is in the midst of an ongoing “loaner gear” drive. Now in its second year, the group that empowers young girls by offering a crash course in song writing

and musical performance in a weeklong summer camp format needs gear. Instruments, sound reinforcement, and basically anything related to music is in short supply and your contribution, temporary or permanent, will go a long way towards the musical education of some wonderful kids. If you want to help, email with the subject line “Gear Drive” for more information or to volunteer. Trust me, it’s worth it. — Marc T. Michael




Gladys Knight

Tim Hinck & Christian Collier

Ben de la Cour

The great ones endure, and very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry and musical brilliance. 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St.

It's a multi-sensory performance of Ravel's monumental masterpiece, "Le Tombeau de Couperin." 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave.

“A folk musician with the songwriting acumen of a young Nick Cave and the lyrical wisdom of a vitriolic Leonard Cohen.” 8 p.m. Charles & Myrtle’s 105 McBrien Rd. CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • JUNE 15, 2017 • THE PULSE • 17


Morris Day & The Time

THURSDAY6.15 Riverbend Festival featuring Morris Day & The Time, Cameo, The Purple Experience 5:30 p.m. Riverfront Parkway James Crumble Trio 6 p.m. St. John’s Meeting Place 1278 Market St. Rick Rushing 6 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. Forever Bluegrass 6 p.m. Whole Foods Market 301 Manufacturers Rd. Bluegrass Thursdays 7:30 p.m. Feed Co. Table & Tavern 201 W. Main St. Jesse James & Tim Neal 7:30 p.m. Mexi-Wing VII 5773 Brainerd Rd. Gladys Knight 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. Keepin’ It Local 8 p.m. The Social 1110 Market St.

18 • THE PULSE • JUNE 15, 2017 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM Open Mic 9 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. The Mentors, Mudsex, Praymantha 10 p.m. Music Box @ Ziggy’s 607 Cherokee Blvd.

FRIDAY6.16 Summer Music Weekends 11 a.m. Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd. Riverbend Festival featuring Toby Keith 5:30 p.m.

Riverfront Parkway The Von Wamps 6 p.m. Cambridge Square Night Market 9453 Bradmore Ln. Tyson Leamon 7 p.m. Thunder Creek Harley-Davidson 7720 Lee Hwy. Tim Hinck & Christian Collier 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. Boogie Party 8 p.m. Music Box @ Ziggy’s 607 Cherokee Blvd. Priscilla & Lil Rickee 8:30 p.m.

PULSE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT The "Chattanooga Family Reunion" finishes up its eight-day run with a weekend full of big name and local acts spread out over five stages. Riverbend Festival Through Saturday night Riverfront Parkway at Ross's Landing (423) 756-2211

The Foundry 1201 Broad St. Papa Sway 9 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. Bohannons Record Release, Genki Genki Panic, Double Dick Slick 9 p.m JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. Magic Birds 9 p.m. Puckett’s Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way Allen Thompson Band 10 p.m. Clyde’s On Main 122 W. Main St. Live Music 10 p.m. Raw Bar & Grill 409 Market St. Misfit Toyz 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd.

SATURDAY6.17 Summer Music Weekends 11 a.m. Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd.


Bluegrass Brunch Noon The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers 12:30 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. Kofi Mawuko 2:30 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. Riverbend Festival featuring The Flaming Lips, Here Come The Mummies 5:30 p.m. Riverfront Parkway Somethin Else 6 p.m. Las Margaritas 4604 Skyview Dr. (423) 892-3065 Tim Hinck & Christian Collier 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. Black Music 2017: Sound of Motown 8 p.m. The Camp House 149 E. MLK Blvd. Ben de la Cour 8 p.m. Charles & Myrtle’s Coffeehouse 105 McBrien Rd. Priscilla & Lil Rickee

8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. Killing Addiction & Druid Lord, Coathanger Abortion, Shadow Dominion 9 p.m. Music Box @ Ziggy’s 607 Cherokee Blvd. Flaming Lips after Party with Brothers Griiin 9 p.m JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers 9 p.m. Puckett’s Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way Andrew Leahey & The Homestead 10 p.m. Clyde’s On Main 122 W. Main St. Jacob Green 10 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. Live Music 10 p.m. Raw Bar & Grill 409 Market St. Misfit Toyz 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd.

SUNDAY6.18 Summer Music Weekends 11 a.m. Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd. Jim Pankey & Roy Curry 11 a.m. Flying Squirrel Bar 55 Johnson St. Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers 12:30 p.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. Kofi Mawuko 12:30 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. Brooks Hubbard 1 p.m. Flying Squirrel Bar 55 Johnson St. Bluegrass Jam 4 p.m. Fiddler’s Anonymous 2248 Dayton Blvd. (423) 994-7497 Open Mic with Jeff Daniels 6 p.m. Long Haul Saloon 2536 Cummings Hwy. (423) 822-9775 Nathan Mell 7 p.m. The BackStage Bar 29 Station St. (423) 629-2233

Juice Boxxx, Lacing, Sad Baxterm, By the Gods 9 p.m JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd.

MONDAY6.19 Monday Nite Big Band 7 p.m. The Coconut Room 6925 Shallowford Rd. Very Open Mic with Shawnessey Cargile 8 p.m. The Well 1800 Rossville Blvd. #8 Open Mic Night 6 p.m. Puckett’s Grocery 2 W. Aquarium Way Open Air with Jessica Nunn 7:30 p.m. The Granfalloon 400 E. Main St. Bath Salt Zombies, Buffo’s Wake 9 p.m JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd.

TUESDAY6.20 Danimal 6 p.m. Backstage Bar CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • JUNE 15, 2017 • THE PULSE • 19

LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR Stop Light Observations

29 Station St. Bill McCallie and In Cahoots 6:30 p.m. Southern Belle 201 Riverfront Pkwy. Open Mic with Mike McDade 8 p.m. Tremont Tavern 1203 Hixson Pike

WEDNESDAY6.21 Noontunes with Side Affect Noon Miller Plaza 850 Market St. Make Music Chattanooga Noon Various downtown locations Toby Hewitt 6 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. The Other Guys 6 p.m. SpringHill Suites 495 Riverfront Pkwy. Black Music 2017: What Happened, Miss Simone? 6 p.m. Jazzanooga Arts Space 431 E. MLK Blvd.


Bike Night with Krystye Dalton Band 6 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. Old Time Fiddle & Banjo Show 6:30 p.m. Fiddler’s Anonymous 2248 Dayton Blvd. (423) 994-7497 Joel Clyde 8 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. Priscilla & Little Rickee 8 p.m. Las Margaritas 1101 Hixson Pike (423) 756-3332 Jazz in the Lounge 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. Stop Light Observations, The Georgia Flood 9 p.m. Revelry Room 41 Station St. Prime Cut Trio 9 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd.

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Zeena Parkins Three Harps, Tuning Forks & Electronics, Laraaji Celestial Vibration

Zeena Parkins Three Harps, Tuning Forks & Electronics (Good Child)


arps: they’re not just for angels or television show dream sequences. There is a short list of musicians who use harps in interesting ways, and Zeena Parkins has been on that list since the ‘80s when she was a member of the legendary Skeleton Crew with guitarist Fred Frith and the late cellist Tom Cora. A composer and improviser, who often favors her custommade electric harp, Parkins has worked with the likes of Björk, Yoko Ono and John Zorn and has created music for film and dance. One such dance piece is her originally improvised score for

Laraaji Celestial Vibration (Soul Jazz)

choreographer Neil Greenberg’s “Really Queer Dance with Harps” from a decade ago, and Parkins has adapted this work into a stand-alone recording, Three Harps, Tuning Forks & Electronics, which features harpists Nuiko Wadden, Kristen Theriault and Megan Conley in addition to Parkins and guest Ikue Mori. The opening piece “Muted” starts with octave-separated notes on muted strings, eventually introducing unmuted note patterns played in unison from the harp trio, weaving in and out of a minimalist soundstream. “Determined” uses electronic manipulation, with garbled tones among the clarity of pure tones, and “Tuning Forks” has even

more pure tones from the titular tone generators, adding somber sounds that resemble bowed strings, fluttering electronics, reversed sounds and watery, reverberating bursts in the context of electro-acoustic music. Even beyond its angelic associations, the harp has a sort of inherent purity in its sound—also because its strings are singlenote and unfretted—but Parkins has a toolbox for the performers to introduce such impurities, in addition to her electronic processing. Objects such as metal bolts and basting brushes or textiles like yarn and ribbons are used on the harps, and the musicians also employ Ebows (hand-held devices to vibrate strings) and mallets. “Drumming” begins with minimalist approaches and swiftly becomes more confrontational, with the players slapping the wood of the harps, sounding like a stampede and seemingly driving a sound-based story. The album ends with “Coda,” with tender yet swift melodic interplay that gets interrupted by a ramping outburst of distortion, lending to the concept of a purity being sullied in controlled ways.


n one of those “right place, right time” busking success stories, musician Edward Larry Gordon— who plays the hammered dulcimer, zither and mbira (thumb piano)—was performing in a park in New York City in 1979 when Brian Eno stumbled upon him; impressed by what he heard, Eno eventually offered to release an album as part of his Ambient series (which also includes the classic albums Music for Airports and the Eno/Harold Budd collaboration The Plateaux of Mirror). Under the name Laraaji—reflecting Gordon’s devotion to Eastern spirituality and mysticism—the album Ambient 3: Day of Radiance was released in 1980. However, before that, Gordon had already released his debut album, Celestial Vibration, under his birth name on a smallrun boutique label in 1978, and it has been recently reissued by the Soul Jazz label in multiple formats. Comprised of two 24-minute tracks, Celestial Vibration unwinds gradually, with subtle yet apparent changes that unfurl for patient listeners who seek an experience that is simultaneously soothing and stimulating. Reversing the original track order, this reissue begins with

“All Pervading,” which uses a fast tempo, with Laraaji going through several cycles of alternating between his swift hammered dulcimer sequences and mbira passages, never dropping the rhythm. There is a light envelope processing effect on his sounds—think about the way the sound of a mouth harp changes as a player opens or closes his mouth—and a slight phaser effect. While Laraaji’s hammered dulcimer notes sound heavenly, the mbira has a shambling, homemade feel that is earthier, emphasizing rough textures rather than notes. At times, the effects make Laraaji’s notes sound like synthesizers, and the exquisite, glistening cascades on this piece are comparable to those heard on “The Dance” on Ambient 3: Day of Radiance. “Bethlehem” is a more abstract number, taking advantage of space and time and demanding more patience; a few more peculiar moments have Laraaji creating metallic buzzing, as if springs were attached to his instrument’s strings, or nervously tapping with his fingers. Overall, it’s a satisfyingly meditative piece that marks a fascinating debut.



In Defense Of A Flawed Monster Flick The Mummy is not a great film, but it's not that bad

Celebrating 50 Years Of Monterey Pop On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade's spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse cast that included Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and The Papas, The Who, The Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic vérité style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his, and some of the most memorable music ever performed love that set the tone for an entire generation. Now you can relive the experience in with the Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary Celebration in a fantastic 4K restoration, debuting this Friday and running all weekend at The Palace Picture House. Even better, proceeds from the screenings will benefit the fifth annual Chattanooga Film Festival, to be held in April of 2018, and will feature a short documentary of Dick Dale made by students at the STEM School in conjunction with Songbirds Guitar Museum. Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary Celebration Opens Friday, 6 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. (423) 803-6578 22 • THE PULSE • JUNE 15, 2017 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM

By John DeVore Pulse Film Editor


Y MOTHER SPENT THE MAJORITY of her career in education as a school librarian. As a result, I spent many an afternoon perusing the books in her library as she worked after school. She is an excellent librarian and her collection contained many a volume— anything an elementary student might want to know. One particular genre, classified by the unparalleled Dewey Decimal System, could be found in the 700’s under sports, games, and entertainment. On her shelves were a series of books that told the stories of movie monsters, specifically those under the Universal umbrella, with names like The Wolfman, Frankenstein, Dracula, and my personal favorite, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. I never had cable growing up, so I was never treated to these films on the small screen, but be-

cause of my many hours in my mother’s library, I learned about them all the same. I knew the names Bela Legosi and Boris Karloff at a time when most of my friends were more concerned with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kevin Costner. Even though I had never seen the films themselves, I found the look and style of the characters to be fascinating and terrifying and beautiful. The cyclical nature of Hollywood means that everything will reappear at one point or another. No film is safe, it seems, from a reboot or a remake. The same is now true of these classic Universal films. With this year’s release of The Mummy (itself a reboot of a Brendan Fraser triology from the late ‘90s/early 2000’s), Universal is cashing on the cinematic universe a la Marvel and DC. Their socalled Dark Universe will feature the classic monster movies in an updated environment, ripe for the very best in CGI uncanny valley style animation, existing together for what one can only hope


“The cyclical nature of Hollywood means that everything will reappear at one point or another. No film is safe, it seems, from a reboot or a remake.” will be eternal movies in the monster vs. monster genre. The Mummy is sitting at a whopping 17 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is to be expected for the type of movie it is. Many of the aggregate critics are understandably harsh on the film. Is The Mummy a great cinematic masterpiece? Not at all. Have any of the various Mummy films been great cinematic masterpieces? Absolutely not. Is this version of The Mummy any worse than the others? Not really. 2017’s The Mummy tells a coherent story about an ancient evil and does so with a few laughs and very few chills. It’s not a great movie, but it’s not a bad one either. This film begins with the tale of Princess Ahmanet, who was destined to rule Egypt until her younger brother was born. Not content to give up her birthright

to a whiny little brat, Ahmanet made a pact with the Egyptian god Set to give him physical form in exchange for a kingdom. The pact gives her enough superpowers to murder her father, his wife, and their baby but she’s unable to overcome his guards and is mummified alive and buried far away from Egypt in an underground tomb, guarded by statues and covered in a pool of mercury, which supposedly wards off evil spirits. Cut to modern times, a pair of mercenaries (Tom Cruise and Jake Johnson) looking to loot modern day Iraq under the guise of a government contract inadvertently open the tomb with the help of a cruise missile. Another young researcher (Annabelle Wallis) immediately recognizes the significance of the find and the sarcophagus

is removed for transportation to London, when the evil within begins to take control. Obviously, this film is not breaking any new ground. Nor is it retreading old ground effectively. Tom Cruise is miscast for the part, calling back to Brendan Fraser style humor but not selling it anywhere near as effectively, and he lacks a certain amount of chemistry with the leading lady, both living and dead. But if you can overlook certain things, the story itself is interesting and fun. In particular, the secret society that exists to combat evil being led by a barely contained Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe) helps establish a universe that there is bound to contain at least a few good ideas. There is potential in the Dark Universe, even if it’s not fully realized in The Mummy. I can say, without hesitation, that there is at least an audience of one for these films. I’d like to see more. Even with the negative reviews, The Mummy looks to be moderately successful at the box office, which means I’ll likely get my wish. Next up: The Bride of Frankenstein. We’ll have to see where it goes from there.


Cars 3 Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world. Director: Brian Fee Stars: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion

Rough Night A group of friends are horrified when the male stripper they hired for a wild bachelorette party in Miami winds up dead. Director: Lucia Aniello Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zoë Kravitz, Ilana Glazer

The Best Sports Coverage in Chattanooga. Period. CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • JUNE 15, 2017 • THE PULSE • 23


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How Much Do We Cry? ROB BREZSNY

Babies do it a lot. Kids do it a lot (sometimes too much, to be honest). And even us adults do it, though we often try to hide it. We're talking about crying. It's a part of human nature. But how much and how often do we cry? Dr. Ad Vingerhoets, of Tilburg University in The Netherlands, has found out and published his results in “The International Study on Adult Crying”. • Average number of times a woman cries each month: 5.3 times • Average number of times a man cries each month: 1.3 times • Percent who reported feeling better after crying: 52% • Percent who reported feeling the same after crying: 38% • Percent who reported feeling worse after crying: 10% Furthermore, fully 74% say they cried at home, with just 9% in public, 7% while in transit, and 6% at work or school. The bottom line? It's okay to cry. Go ahead and let it out. Chances are you really will feel better. Source:

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Actress Marisa Berenson offers a line of anti-aging products that contain an elixir made from the seeds of a desert fruit known as prickly pear. The manufacturing process isn’t easy. To produce a quart of the potion requires 2,000 pounds of seeds. I see you as having a metaphorically similar challenge in the coming weeks, Gemini. To create a small amount of the precious stuff you want, I’m guessing you’ll have to gather a ton of raw materials. And there may be a desert-like phenomena to deal with, as well. CANCER (June 21-July 22): There are three kinds of habits: good, bad, and neutral. Neutral habits are neither good nor bad but use up psychic energy that might be better directed into cultivating good habits. Here are some examples: a good habit is when you’re disciplined about eating healthy food; a bad habit is watching violent TV shows before going to bed, thereby disturbing your sleep; a neutral habit might be doing Sudoku puzzles. My challenge to you, Cancerian, is to dissolve one bad habit and one neutral habit by replacing them with two new good habits. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, cosmic forces will be on your side as you make this effort. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Dear Dr. Astrology: Good fortune has been visiting me a lot lately. Many cool opportunities have come my way. Life is consistently interesting. I’ve also made two unwise moves that fortunately didn’t bring bad results. Things often work out better for me than I imagined they would! I’m grateful every day, but I feel like I should somehow show even more appreciation. Any ideas? –Lucky Leo.” Dear Lucky: The smartest response to the abundance you have enjoyed is to boost your generosity. Give out blessings. Dispense praise.


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Years ago, a fan of my work named Paul emailed to ask me if I wanted to get together with him and his friend when I visited New York. “Maybe you know her?” he wrote. “She’s the artist Cindy Sherman.” Back then I had never heard of Cindy. But since Paul was smart and funny, I agreed to meet. The three of us convened in an elegant tea room for a boisterous conversation. A week later, when I was back home and mentioned the event to a colleague, her eyes got big and she shrieked, “You had tea with THE Cindy Sherman.” She then educated me on how successful and influential Cindy’s photography has been. I predict you will soon have a comparable experience, Virgo: inadvertent contact with an intriguing presence. Hopefully, because I’ve given you a heads up, you’ll recognize what’s happening as it occurs, and take full advantage. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You’ll never get access to the treasure that’s buried out under the cherry tree next to the ruined barn if you stay in your command center and keep staring at the map instead of venturing out to the barn. Likewise, a symbol of truth may be helpful in experiencing deeper meaning, but it’s not the same as communing with the raw truth, and may even become a distraction from it. Let’s consider one further variation on the theme: The pictures in your mind’s eye may or may not have any connection with the world outside your brain. It’s especially important that you monitor their accuracy in the coming days. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to go gallivanting so heedlessly into the labyrinth. Or maybe it was. Who knows? It’s still too early to assess the value of your experiences in that maddening but fascinating tangle. You may not yet be fully able to distinguish the smoke and mirrors from the useful revelations. Which of the riddles you’ve gathered will ultimately bring frustration and which will lead you to wisdom? Here’s one thing I do know for sure: If you want to exit the labyrinth, an opportunity will soon appear. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Over the years I’ve read numerous news reports about people who

Homework: Do a homemade ritual in which you vow to attract more blessings into your life. Report results at have engaged in intimate relations with clunky inanimate objects. One had sex with a bicycle. Another seduced a sidewalk, and a third tried to make sweet love to a picnic table. I hope you won’t join their ranks in the coming weeks. Your longing is likely to be extra intense, innovative, and even exotic, but I trust you will confine its expression to unions with adult human beings who know what they’re getting into and who have consented to play. Here’s an old English word you might want to add to your vocabulary: “blissom.” It means “to bleat with sexual desire.”

than you normally allow yourself. Be unapologetic about surrounding yourself with flatterers and worshipers. Be sumptuously lazy. Ask others to pick up the slack for you. Got all that? It’s just the first part of your oracle. Here’s the rest: You have a cosmic license to explore the kind of spiritual growth that’s possible when you feel happy and fulfilled. As you go through each day, expect life to bring you exactly what you need to uplift you. Assume that the best service you can offer your fellow humans is to be relaxed and content.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Your life in the coming days should be low on lightweight diversions and high in top-quality content. Does that sound like fun? I hope so. I’d love to see you enjoy the hell out of yourself as you cut the fluff and focus on the pith…as you efficiently get to the hype-free heart of every matter and refuse to tolerate waffling or stalling. So strip away the glossy excesses, my dear Capricorn. Skip a few steps if that doesn’t cause any envy. Expose the pretty lies, but then just work around them; don’t get bogged down in indulging in negative emotions about them.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You have to admit that salt looks like sugar and sugar resembles salt. This isn’t usually a major problem, though. Mistakenly sprinkling sugar on your food when you thought you were adding salt won’t hurt you, nor will putting salt in your coffee when you assumed you were using sugar. But errors like these are inconvenient, and they can wreck a meal. You may want to apply this lesson as a metaphor in the coming days, Aries. Be alert for things that outwardly seem to be alike but actually have different tastes and effects.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Inventor, architect, and author Buckminster Fuller lived to the age of 87. For 63 of those years, he kept a detailed scrapbook diary that documented every day of his life. It included his reflections, correspondence, drawings, newspaper clippings, grocery bills, and much other evidence of his unique story. I would love to see you express yourself with that much disciplined ferocity during the next two weeks. According to my astrological analysis, you’re in a phase when you have maximum power to create your life with vigorous ingenuity and to show everyone exactly who you are. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You have a cosmic license to enjoy almost too much sensual pleasure. In addition, you should feel free to do more of what you love to do

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Here’s a possible plan for the next ten days: Program your smart phone to sound an alarm once every hour during the entire time you’re awake. Each time the bell or buzzer goes off, you will vividly remember your life’s main purpose. You will ask yourself whether or not the activity you’re engaged in at that specific moment is somehow serving your life’s main purpose. If it is, literally pat yourself on the back and say to yourself, “Good job!” If it’s not, say the following words: “I am resolved to get into closer alignment with my soul’s code—the blueprint of my destiny.” 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.



“All For It”—literally so. ACROSS 1 Greek letters shaped like pitchforks 5 Retired NHLer Larionov whose nickname was “The Professor” 9 Wright of 2017’s “Wonder Woman” 14 Hosiery shade 15 Neighborhood near Greenwich Village, slangily 16 Bacteria in spinach recalls 17 Poetic foot 18 Vivacity 19 Crack filler 20 Racquetball match, in a way? 23 Debtor’s note 24 2010 Apple debut 25 With 44-Across, exasperated complaint about endless corridors? 31 ___Pen (injector for some allergic reactions) 34 Garlicky dip for sweet potato fries, e.g. 35 “Look ___ this way ...” 36 Seize suddenly 37 Pouting countenances

38 Tony-winning Sweeney portrayer Cariou 39 Part of an M.O.? 40 Dies down 41 “Shameless” blurb 42 “I would give all my fame for a pot ___ and safety”: Shakespeare’s “Henry V” 43 Montreal steak seasoning? 44 See 25-Across 46 Part of Q.E.D. 48 Ear, in German 49 Left like a tossed football? 55 African country just north of the equator 56 Move like a batch of homemade slime 57 Ingredient in some diaper rash creams 59 Limp Bizkit frontman Fred 60 Taj Mahal location 61 Embarrassing defeat 62 “Orange” drink that’s really black 63 Yearling, previously 64 Her friends include a Backpack and Map DOWN 1 Louvre Pyramid architect I.M.

2 Scraped elbow souvenir 3 Jon’s usual waitress, in “Garfield” 4 Feature on some Blu-Rays 5 “Rhapsody ___” 6 45th American vice president 7 Only U.S. state with a non-rectangular flag 8 It provides coverage 9 Episode summaries 10 City between Jacksonville and Tampa 11 Barrier later renamed for Herbert Hoover 12 Maladies 13 No-good conclusion? 21 Andrew Marvell’s “___ Coy Mistress” 22 Go bad, like kale 25 Willie of “Eight Is Enough” and “Charles in Charge” 26 Weeping statue of Greek legend 27 Be an ass in the lot, maybe 28 “X-Men: Days of Future Past” star Berry 29 Bought hook, line and sinker 30 Specialized slang 32 St. ___ Girl (German

beer brand) 33 “Peer Gynt” dramatist Henrik 36 Phrase before “Move ahead” in “Whip It” 39 McCafe option 41 “2017: The Year for Animal Liberation” sponsor 44 Martial art debuting as an Olympic event in Tokyo in 2020 45 Game show option after The Banker makes an offer 47 Bygone detergent with an apt brand name 49 “Leaving Las Vegas” actress Elisabeth 50 Boulangerie purchase 51 Airer of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” before it moved to VH1 52 MSNBC contributor Klein 53 ___ gobi (Indian potato dish) 54 “How to Train ___ Dragon” 55 National economic indicator, for short 58 Announcement of when Alaska lands in Washington, e.g.

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The Dancing Shrimp Of Thailand Our traveling chef samples one of the world's most controversial dishes

Mike McJunkin Pulse columnist


AYING BACK ON A BAMBOO MAT, I stare out at the dreamlike reflection our bamboo hut makes on the rippled surface of Thailand’s Huay Tung Thao Lake. The shoreline of the lake is dotted with a dozen or more of these open-air huts, jutting out just above the water to create the illusion you are effortlessly floating on the surface. Before the morning dew has dried, flirtatious Thai couples and excited families from Chaing Mai and surrounding villages begin to set up makeshift bars and picnic spreads on the squat-legged bamboo tables centered in each hut. These bamboo cabanas are available to anyone, as long as you order food from the open-air restaurant nearby. Papaya salad, grilled fish and chicken, fried rice and noodles are all part of the standard menu along with standard social lubricants like Chang beer and Thai whiskey by the bottle. Throughout the day, vendors will casually circle the lake’s edge selling fresh fruit, pickles and insects out of colorful baskets for those moments when you’re craving a handful of stir fried silkworms and pickled carrots to wash down your cold beer. But there is a dish included on the menu, with no fanfare or warning, that’s known as one of the world’s more controversial dishes—Yum Goong Ten, or “Dancing Shrimp.” The shrimp aren’t dancing because they are getting lit at the club or because they are preparing to destroy the very concept of their dignity on DWTS. These decapods are dancing la danza de la muerte or as the prophet Bruce Dickinson calls it, “The

Dance of Death” because they are about to be eaten alive. This delightfully delicious, yet terrifyingly macabre salad is made by mixing tiny freshwater shrimp with seasonings, ground roasted chilies, cilantro, fish sauce, and a bit of onion. Lime juice is then squeezed all over the top just before a lid is quickly placed on the container and served with various greens and herbs like basil and water spinach. Why the lid? Because the moment lime juice hits the shrimp, they begin to jump for dear life, banging against the sides of the container and generally freaking out in search of freedom from certain death inside your gaping maw. Once you’ve come to terms with your own willingness to place a still living creature in your mouth and chew, you grab a leaf of basil or water spinach, carefully lift the lid just a little, snatch some shrimp from their writhing, death-orgy mosh pit and shovel them in. Once you manage to get the lively little critters into your mouth, you’ll feel a tiny tickle from their

dish barbaric, to some Thai Buddhists the eater becomes the vehicle through which the spirit of the shrimp carries on in the world. It is said that “energy never dies; it is only transformed,” and because animal and vegetable must die in order that we may live, we strive to be worthy to carry on the spirit that has sacrificed its life for our nourishment at every meal. Don’t be squeamish. Don’t be afraid. Just eat and don’t look them in the eyes.

legs and antennae as the nightmare in Bikini Bottom continues on your tongue. The sensation and texture of goong ten is unique, but then the taste hits you. Like most Thai salads, there is a complex, but balanced, mix of salty, sour, and spicy—but the incredible taste puts you into a state of flavor overload. Each individual shrimp delivers a mild burst of saltiness on your tongue, complimented by the light crunchiness of their thin shells, the contrasting flavors of the herbs, and the heat of Northern Thai dried chilies for a taste that is truly remarkable. It’s like the best ceviche you’ve ever had with an added crunch. Although some consider this

Mike McJunkin is a native Chattanoogan currently living abroad who has trained chefs, owned and operated restaurants. Join him on Facebook at SushiAndBiscuits

How To Make Yum Goong Ten Ingredients • 1 cup small, live, freshwater shrimp • 5 cloves garlic, sliced • 2 stalks lemongrass sliced thin • 2 tsp dried chilies, chopped • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice • 2 tbsp fish sauce • 2 tbsp sliced scallion


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1/2 cup mint 1 tbsp chopped cilantro 2 tbsp sliced red onion 1 bunch of basil and water spinach to serve Directions 1. Wash freshwater shrimp very well. 2. Mix garlic, lemongrass, dried chilies, lemon juice, and fish

sauce together. 3. Add scallion, mint, cilantro and red onion to the mixed sauce. 4. Place freshwater shrimp in a big bowl with a tight lid, add the sauce, quickly seal with the lid and shake to mix well. 5. Serve with fresh basil or water spinach.


The Pulse 14.24 » June 15, 2017  

Chattanooga's Weekly Alternative

The Pulse 14.24 » June 15, 2017  

Chattanooga's Weekly Alternative