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CHATTANOOGA'S WEEKLY ALTERNATIVE

EDITORIAL

Managing Editor Gary Poole Contributing Editor Janis Hashe

July 2, 2015 Volume 12, Issue 27

Music Editor Marc T. Michael Film Editor John DeVore Contributors Rich Bailey • Rob Brezsny Daniel Jackson • Matt Jones • Kevin Hale Zach Nicholson • Ernie Paik Rick Pimental-Habib • Alex Teach Editorial Interns Ashley Coker • Shaun Webster

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4 BEGINNINGS: World UFO Day beams down on July 2. We are not alone.

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6 SHRINK RAP: The healing power of diversity made manifest.

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Conduct Becoming: A TVR Journey

The smell of burning diesel hangs in the air at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum as the red-and-black 1824 locomotive positions itself on the track, the sound throbbing across the yard.

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Fantastic Patten Performances

One thing you can’t say about the Patten Performances series is that it’s stuck in a rut. Each year, Director Bob Boyer has a few new tricks up his sleeve, and the 2015-16 season is no exception.

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There are a few different ways the music I write about gets to me. Sometimes I am contacted by a bar with information about an upcoming show. Sometimes, but not nearly often enough, I am contacted by the band or performer who says, “Hey, we were hoping you might give this a listen.”

20 TECH TALK: Tech Town invites those age 7 to 17 to imagine and build. 23 DIVERSIONS 26 MUSIC CALENDAR 29 REVIEWS: Unrest remasters a classic, Thollem/Wimberly/Cline feels together. 31 OUTDOORS: Electric Bike Specialists have the most fun on two wheels. 32 SCREEN: “Slow West” celebrates the classic American Western. 34 FREE WILL ASTROLOGY 37 JONESIN’ CROSSWORD 38 on the beat: Officer Alex explains why his senses can’t leave the scene.

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Celebrating That We Are Not Alone World UFO Day beams down on July 2

A 35-year CIA veteran claimed to have seen photographs and documents at CIA headquarters in Langley, VA proving the crash was alien.”

World UFO Day is July 2—and for all of you out there who want to believe, this is your chance. But trying to find someone who has actually seen a UFO is as hard as trying to spot a UFO. Many who come forward are ostracized and ridiculed to the point where they wish they had never mentioned the sighting in the first place. Others who have seen these unidentified flying objects remain resilient and insist they saw something. World UFO Day is for these believers. Roswell, New Mexico is synonymous with one of the greatest unexplained mysteries and most famous

UFO incidents ever recorded. In mid-1947, residents of Chaves County reported an unidentified flying object in the skies. Shortly after the object was seen it crashed in the desert and was quickly recovered by Air Force surveillance officials. While the military claimed it was nothing but a conventional weather balloon, conspiracy theories suggested the UFO could have been extraterrestrial in nature. The local newspaper kevin hale report published on July 8, 1947 suggested the Air Force had captured a flying saucer near Roswell. Interest waned until the discipline of “UFOlogy” began to pick up steam in the 1970s. Ufologists concocted a number of different conspiracy theories suggesting the military covered up the crash of an extraterrestrial vehicle in Roswell. It wasn’t until the 1990s that the U.S. military revealed the weather balloon was part of Project Mogul. The idea of the project was to see if anyone else in the world was testing nuclear devices. The Air Force even held a press conference featuring the debris of the weather balloon. Even though it was disproven, there are still a number of believers around the world that think Roswell is a government conspiracy. Between 1978 and the early 1990s, UFO researchers interviewed several hundred people who had, or claimed to have had, a connection with the events at Roswell in 1947. Hundreds of documents were ob-

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tained via Freedom of Information Act requests that concluded at least one alien craft had crashed in the Roswell vicinity. Eyewitness accounts claimed aliens, some possibly still alive, had been recovered. Many of the government’s files on Roswell remain classified. On October 26, 2007, former New Mexico congressman Bill Richardson, who at the time was a candidate for president, said he attempted to get information on the Roswell incident, but was told by both the Department of Defense and Los Alamos Labs that the information was classified. Hard facts are hard to come by. Even as recently as 2012, Chase Brandon, a 35-year CIA veteran, claimed to have seen photographs and documents at CIA headquarters in Langley, VA proving the crash was alien. So where do all of these contradictory claims leave us? It’s safe to say the debate is not going to end anytime soon. Science is currently searching the universe for extraterrestrial life. So until definitive proof is found, look to the skies on this World UFO Day...because the truth is out there.


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Sousa and So Much More Light Up The Fourth Cue the fireworks, the star-spangled songs, the overly patriotic tank tops and T-shirts and, for the more sophisticated partygoers…the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. That’s right. You guessed it. It’s officially time to celebrate America’s birthday, and the city is hosting an event that everyone is welcome to attend. “Pops on the River” is the clas-

sic Fourth of July birthday bash that takes place at Coolidge Park. It’s an open invitation for all Chattanoogans who wish to spend Independence Day cooking out with the rest of the community, while enjoying a variety of music and a scenic firework finale over the Tennessee River. The CSO will follow special performances from a handful

IN THIS ISSUE

Daniel Jackson This week's cover story on the Tennessee Valley Railrod is Daniel Jackson, a freelance journalist who lives on Lookout Mountain. Along with being a journalist, last year, he completed a manuscript during NaNoWriMo writing challenge, a retelling of a local

of all-veteran songwriters and rock bands. Conductor Jacob Harrison promises to showcase a mix of patriotic tunes as well as music from some of America’s most influential composers. Food and drink concessions will be on site to help you keep both your cup and stomach full throughout the night. So grab a friend and a blanket, or a burger and a compatriot, and join the rest of the city in wishing America a happy birthday. Music begins at 5 p.m. and the fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. — Shaun Webster

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Regular contributor Kevin Hale is freelance journalist and experienced internet and television marketer living in North Chattanooga. Kevin is a student of human behavior and enjoys people-watching all over the Scenic City. He is currently working on his first

how-to book, “A Million Ways to Market.” Kevin’s Rolling Stone subscription doesn’t run out until 2055, at which time the collection will be up for sale. In the meantime, you can find him molding and shaping America’s next generation of movers and shakers, mainly his 3-year old son. And unlike Brian Williams or President Obama, he is not an expert at reading the teleprompter, but he does like chasing flying saucers. chattanoogapulse.com • July 2-8• The Pulse • 5


Love Wins The healing power of diversity made manifest

My hope for you is that you pluck the gem from this monumental historic moment: Diversity is everywhere, it is here, it is the rainbow-colored fabric that makes life interesting.”

“I learned my politary; from today’s daily tics from my children,” special at the local holeMary-Ellen would proudin-the-wall to the date ly proclaim to me with a of her dog’s next vet apsmile and a twinkle in her pointment. eye. She’d sit up a little In the foggier moments straighter, of her strugshoulders gle with AlShrink Rap back, with zheimer’s, the kind she disDR. RICK of self satplayed the PIMENTAL-HABIB isfaction usual mildyou feel t o - m o d e rright after you vote for ate symptoms: forgetfulyour candidate and think, ness, confusion, verbal “There’s one more for repetition, moodiness. my side.” But even during those Mary-Ellen was 78 episodes she was often years old and living in witty, mischievous and the Florida Keys when full of opinions. I knew her, and she beThe children she recame a dear friend. In ferred to were her four her lucid moments she adult kids, ranging in was sharp as a tack, and age from 40-something could regale you with evto 50-something, who erything from tomorrow’s visited her often, even weather forecast to last though they lived in difnight’s sports commenferent locales.

The oldest of three daughters was an intelligent, earthy woman living in Vermont with her husband and delightful 10-year-old son. Next was the daughter in Atlanta, who holds a doctorate in education and is widely respected in her field. The third child was a daughter in Washington D.C., a psychologist raising two kids with her successful attorney husband. And finally, her son, the acknowledged black sheep of the family. He lived locally and was often known to be teetering on the edge of some small-town scandal, if not right smack in the middle of it. When I knew this family, the daughter in Atlanta, a lesbian in her early 50s, had just come out to the family, and concurrently had begun a longdistance relationship

with a woman who lived a few states away. Despite the miles between all of them, this clan would get together frequently at Mary-Ellen’s oceanfront home for long weekends of spirited conversation, boisterous laughter, frolicking in the ocean, unabashed displays of affection, and multi-course meals featuring freshly caught lobster. Significant others, including the new girlfriend, were always included, and neighbors would freely stop by to enjoy the merriment (and seafood!) . Inevitably, after sunset, when the rowdiness would calm down and we’d be quietly sitting on the deck, listening to the waves and watching the fireflies, someone would ask, “So, Mom, how are you feeling?” And, ready for either a gem of wis-

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historic ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that bans on marriage equality are unconstitutional. Marriage equality is the law of the land and LGBT couples in every corner of the country will soon have the opportunity to marry in their home states. My hope for you is that you pluck the gem from this monumental historic moment: Diversity is everywhere, it is here, it is the rainbow-colored fabric that makes life interesting. If we can revel in that, if we can “learn more and empathize” with each other, as Mary-Ellen put it, then we can grow together, instead of apart. This is our wonderful life. Until next time: “Love is love.” — Sara El-Amine, Executive Director, Organizing for Action

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Grant Harris on the trip to East Chattanooga station

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COVER STORY

Conduct Becoming: A Railroad Journey A day on the rails with a conductor-in-training Story and photos by Daniel Jackson

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he smell of burning diesel hangs in the air at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum as the red-and-black 1824 locomotive positions itself on the track, the sound throbbing across the rail yard.

A few minutes after 8:30 a.m., Grant Harris walks up to TVRM's shop at 2202 N. Chamberlain Avenue. His work boots crunch on the bits of eastern coal mixed with gravel. His black vest is unbuttoned and he wears no tie. Already, his white shirt is rolled up in the morning heat. It's the beginning of his shift for the conductor-intraining. Every day, five times a day, TVRM takes passengers on the three-mile trip in historic rail cars pulled by historic locomotives, over the Chickamauga Creek, through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel, and down to the East Chattanooga station where the museum restores its stock. On weekends, it drives trains to Chickamauga and the Hiwassee River Gorge. TVRM was created in the ’60s, as volunteers came together to preserve what once was America's "way of life," according to TVRM's Operations Coordinator Steve Freer. "Railroads built our country, especially during the industrial revolution," he wrote in an email. "Rail passenger service was the most reliable form of transportation and thrived through the years. Until automobile travel became widespread, that is." Grant Harris is one of the newest members to

the crew at the Tennessee Valley Railroad, a recent hire who is working toward his certification as a conductor. Five months ago, Harris was "semi out of work." Previously, he managed a machine shop and did some surveying. A friend of his, a steam engineer at TVRM, told Harris the railroad was looking for conductors and got him an interview. So Harris came in, with little knowledge of trains and a year's growth of a red mustache. He got the job. Then came the difficult part: becoming a conductor and learning the duties and rules of the rail. The Federal Rail Administration has strict regulations for the operation of a rail, and certifying conductors is no exception. For conductor certification, Harris needs about 100 to 150 hours of on-the-job training with a conductor and 40 hours of classroom training. So far, he's logged over 150 hours on the job. But he still needs to sit down with an instructor. After that, it's a test, then he can stand by the train and yell, ”BOAAARD!” Mark Ray, president of the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums, who also sits on the board of the TVRM, said one of the greatest challenges for historical and tourist railroads

For conductor certification, Harris needs about 100 to 150 hours of on-the-job training with a conductor and 40 hours of classroom training.”

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is complying with "increased regulation of a result of recent 'Rail Safety Improvement Acts.'" Other challenges include finding funding, preserving their collections and getting the next generation interested in rail preservation. For Harris, complying with the regulation begins as soon as he clocks in. First, he fills out his weekly time sheet and then his monthly time sheet—FRA rules to ensure he's getting rest. He buttons up his vest, puts on a black tie and he's out the door to the train. Unlike the sign near the gate that advises passengers "keep off tracks…Do not go under, between, or climb on equipment," Harris is certified in how to walk around and between the trains. He gives a quick rundown: Make sure the locomotive isn't moving. The engineer should know you're back there. Look both ways before crossing the tracks. Try to cross as perpendicularly as possible. Don't step on the rails. Give every train a 10-foot berth. "Basically, give everything a wide berth," he said. Walking down the train and punching tickets may be the most visible thing a conductor does on a train trip. The conductors at TVRM also speak about the history of the place, anything from talking about the 4501 Mikado Locomotive, the steam engine listed in the National Register of Historic Places, to the significance of the area around the train tracks during the Civil War. However, the primary duty of the conductor is to be responsible for the train. The engineer may have been going too fast, but that's the conductor's problem, Harris said. Before setting off, Harris and the conductor, Bo Ellis, conduct a class-one terminal brake test, walking the line of cars, checking every brake. First, the two release the handbrakes—essentially the equivalent of the emergency brake in a car. The engineer deploys the brakes and checks for air leakage while the conductor walks the train, checking each brake pad.

"This is the major, major inspection of the day," Harris said. By 10:15 a.m., the train starts at the East Chattanooga station, a glide, and it's off to pick up passengers. "There's always something that the conductor can do," Harris said. Say the air hose keeping the brakes off bursts in the tunnel, a worst-case scenario. Sand would drop on the rails to provide extra friction. The train's brakes will snap on and the train will stop. The locomotive, still running, would still be emitting carbon dioxide and fresh air would be hundreds of feet away. It's a scenario the crew is certified to handle. While the engineer unhooks the locomotive and drives it out the tunnel, the conductor would move the passengers in the open car into an air-conditioned one. With the situation stabilized, the crew would walk the train to find the ripped hose. And all that should happen in just a minute or two. "It's not particularly hard work," Harris said, "but there's a lot to it." The crew pulls into Grand Junction Station, picks up passengers. As the train sets off, it turns around, executing a Y-turn. Harris stands on the back of the train to serve as the crew's eyes as the train backs up, ready to stop the train should, say, a child run in front of it. No one is allowed to stand with him at the back of the train: more FRA rules. He speaks in shorthand into his microphone, telling the engineer the distance he can see, and the engineer replies by sounding the horn. With the train facing the right way down the track, Harris returns to the middle of the train as it rolls toward East Chattanooga. Jonathan Shields, the historical interpreter for the day, stands in the middle of the train cars explaining the history of the area, the war and the trains into a microphone. Three miles later, the train pulls into the East Chattanooga station. Passengers disembark to watch the crew turn the locomotive on TVRM's turntable. While Shields >> Continued on page 12

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Grant Harris, Bo Ellis and Jonathan Shields talk as the train travels to pick up its first round of passengers.

For him, the most fulfilling part of the day is when he meets some of the 110,000 passengers that ride the rail every year.”

explains the physics of it all, Harris operates the mechanism. After Shields takes the passengers to check out the 4501 Locomotive, Harris points out some equipment he finds interesting. He stops before a hulking, black beast: the 610 locomotive. It's the newest steam engine in the TVRM's collection, Harris explained. It was built in the 1950s, just as the nation made its switch from steam to diesel. This was during the height of McCarthyism, Harris said, and the Soviet Union still used steam engines. The 610 was a replica of the trains there and was used to train U.S. soldiers how to use Soviet equipment—just in case. Ironic, given the fact that the TVRM operates on a historical track a short drive away from where the Unionist Andrew's Raiders commandeered a train in 1862 in Kennesaw, Georgia, leading the Confederate South in what is now known as “The Great Locomotive

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Chase.” But what are Harris' favorite cars? They are at the other train yard, and include the Pullman car 98, a private car used for business trips, mahogany paneled, with a kitchen, three sleeper rooms and a sitting room. Also, there is the Clover Colony, a Pullman sleeper car. Marilyn Monroe was filmed in it for the classic movie "Some Like it Hot." Shields is done with his talk. It's time to go. Harris does another quick check of the brakes, the class-three test, standing at the end of the train to make sure the brake pads make contact as the engineer engages them. "Good application. Release,” he says into his radio, then it's all aboard and back to Grand Junction station. "I was never big into trains," Harris had said earlier in the day, with the implication of,”before now.” Among the volunteers, the crew and people walking up buying the ticket and taking the ride,

"There're a lot of people here that really know what they are doing," he said. For him, the most fulfilling part of the day is when he meets some of the 110,000 passengers that ride the rail every year. "One on one… that’s my forte," he said. Many tourists come on board; Germans, some coming from Volkswagen, and tour groups of French. Having studied in Germany and visited both Eastern and Central Europe, Harris can say hello in French, and speak a bit of German. And for any group, "I want them to feel like a passenger on the Southern rails line in the 19-teens,” he said. After a 15-minute lunch, the crew is back on the train, returning back to East Chattanooga. The train stops. There's Harris. He's standing by one of the rail cars, hands behind his back, talking to passengers as they disembark. But soon, it will be “All aboard!” again.


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Majestic 12 Presents “La Traviata” Escape on a tear-filled Parisian adventure on July 8 From an overabundance of macarons to its world-renowned architecture, Paris is the stuff of many dreams and the inspirer of much wanderlust. Unfortunately, those fantasies come with a pretty hefty price tag. If you’re craving an Parisian adventure, but the purse strings won’t budge, look no further than Chattanooga’s own Majestic 12. “La Traviata” is coming to the Scenic City for one night and one night only. The Majestic 12 will show Verdi’s romantic tragedy on Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. Skip another night in with Nicholas Sparks, and come watch as Alfredo the upperclass good guy, risks his good name for Violetta, the 19th-century call girl. Produced by Willy Decker, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi

conducting, this timeless tale promises more tears than even Sparks can conjure, with a taste of Paris to boot. You may have to try a little harder to find macarons after the show, and you won’t be greeted by the Eiffel Tower when you step onto the street, but this trip will only cost you $12.50. (That’s approximately 100 times less than a plane ticket to the real Paris will cost you, if you’re doing the math.) — Ashley Coker La Traviata Wednesday, July 8, 7 p.m. Majestic 12 311 Broad St. (423) 826-2375 carmike.com

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Patten Performances has a wowser season opening this week

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ne thing you can’t say about the Patten Performances series is that it’s stuck in a rut. Each year, Director Bob Boyer has a few new tricks up his sleeve, and the 201516 season is no exception.

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I have got to put in a huge plug for the The Q Brothers. They are heading to London after Chattanooga to perform ‘Q Gents’ at the New Globe.”

Take the starting date, for example: July 7. In a new partnership with The University of the South’s Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the series opens with two faculty shows from the festival. “The idea is to bring some of the great music from the festival into a more urban setting,” says Boyer. “These are world-class musicians, and we are presenting them in summer, when there is not much chamber music in the city.” The first concert, which will feature a brass ensemble, will be held on the patio next to the new UTC library (this is change from what was announced in the brochure). The second, on July 14, features a mixed string ensemble playing in the new library’s fourth floor Grand Reading Room, which Boyer believes will give patrons a chance to experience how lovely the new facility is. Back from a successful first year are the two Patten Unplugged performances (Oct. 10 and Jan. 30), which respectively feature the Malpass Brothers and Cardon Smith. “I saw the Malpass Brothers in concert and I haven’t had that much fun at a show in years,” says Boyer. “We want to go in different directions with the ‘Unplugged’ concerts, and this year, it’s a nod to the countrystyle of Americana.”


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Back for the first time in 20 years are Grammy winners BeauSoleil on Feb. 24. Garrison Keillor has called them “the best Cajun band in the world,” and Boyer expects this show to sell out early.

On Sept. 13, taiko drumming will resound through the Roland Hayes Concert Hall as Nagata Shachu raises the roof and your heart rate with all sorts of classic taiko drums, combined with gongs, bells, wooden clackers, shakers and bamboo flutes. Boyer is thrilled with the “get” of The Q Brothers, who perform on Oct. 22 (another change from the brochure). The Brothers describe themselves as “two guys who share parents and rewrite Shakespeare plays into hip hop musical add-RAP-tations.” They’ll be performing their latest adaptation, “Q Gents,” a version of “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” The two gents, in this case, are two high school football stars at Verona College Prep. “I have got to put in a huge plug for the The Q Brothers,” says Boyer. “They are heading to London after Chattanooga to perform ‘Q Gents’ at

the New Globe.” While the two are here, he says, they will also be visiting local schools and introducing a sometimes-reluctant new generation to the musicality of Shakespeare. Dance comes next, with Keigwin + Company on Nov. 9. The contemporary dance troupe has been featured at the Kennedy Center and New York Center, among many others theaters and festivals. Back for the first time in 20 years are Grammy winners BeauSoleil on Feb. 24. Garrison Keillor has called them “the best Cajun band in the world,” and Boyer expects this show to sell out early. As, undoubtedly, will the final show of the season: the one, the only Pilo-

bolus, on April 18. “They’ve been here twice before and we’ve tried for years to get them back,” Boyer says. “It finally came together. Everyone who knows they’re coming is looking forward to.” He notes that he hopes they replicate their world record for most people in a Mini. “It’s pretty amazing,” he says. Meanwhile, the UTC Fine Arts Center has switched booking systems and Boyer strongly feels the new system will make booking both individual shows and buying season subscriptions much easier. The new system goes live on July 2. He also highly recommends season tickets for this year’s super line-up, to avoid the disappointment of not being able to get in to see your favorite shows. For more information, and to purchase both individual show tickets and subscriptions, visit utc.edu/finearts-center or call (423) 425-5249.

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friday7.3 Independence Day Lunch 11:30 a.m. Jewish Cultural Center 5461 N. Terrace Dr.

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saturday7.4 Chattanooga River Market 10 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium 1 Broad St. (423) 267-3474 chattanoogarivermarket.com ReptiDay Chattanooga Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo 10 a.m. Camp Jordan 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy., East Ridge (423) 490-0078 reptiday.com Artillery Program 10:30 a.m. Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center (423) 752-5213 nps.gov Red, White & Blue Day Noon Creative Discovery Museum 321 Chestnut St. (423) 756-2738 cdmfum.org Red, White & Blue Happy Hour 1 p.m.


Georgia Winery 6469 Battlefield Pkwy., Ringgold (706) 937-9463 georgiawines.com “Mystery of the Facebook Fugitive” 5:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café 200 Market St. (423) 266-6202 funnydinner.com Star Spangled Supper 5:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 theatrecentre.com America’s Birthday Cruise 7 p.m. Tennessee River Gorge Explorer 2 Riverfront Pkwy. (423) 267-3474 tnaqua.org “Mystery of the Redneck Italian Wedding” 7 p.m. Vaudeville Café 200 Market St. (423) 266-6202 funnydinner.com Lawrence Killebrew 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com Pops on the River 8 p.m. Coolidge Park 200 River St. (423) 265-0771

sunday7.5 Chattanooga Market Peach Festival 11 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1826 Reggie White Blvd. (423) 266-4041 chattanoogamarket.com Free First Sunday Noon The Hunter Museum of American Art 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968 huntermuseum.org

monday7.6 Audition for the MACC Dance Ensemble 4:30 p.m. Mountain Arts Community Center 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain (423) 886-1959 signalmacc.org One Step at a Time 6 p.m. Shepherd Community Center 2124 Shepherd Rd. (423) 999-7958 Monday Night Vintage Swing Dance 7 p.m. ClearSpring Yoga 17 North Market St. (423) 266-3539 clearspringyoga.com

tuesday7.7 Camp EtsyNooga 9 a.m. Downtown Public Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310 chattlibrary.org Chattanooga WordPress Meetup 5:30 p.m. Downtown Public Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310 chattlibrary.org

wednesday7.8 1 Million Cups 9 a.m. green |spaces 63 E. Main St. (423) 648-0963 greenspaceschattanooga.org June Teuscher Workshop 9:30 a.m. Mountain Arts Community Center 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain (423) 886-1959 signalmacc.org Lunch & Learn 11:30 a.m. green|spaces Chattanooga 63 E. Main St. (423) 648-0963 greenspaceschattanooga.org Chattanooga Market 3 p.m. First Tennessee Pavilion

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1826 Reggie White Blvd. (423) 266-4041 chattanoogamarket.com Main Street Farmers Market 4 p.m. 325 E. Main St. mainstfarmersmarket.com 8-Week Summer Dance Session 4:30 p.m. Mountain Arts Community Center 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain (423) 886-1959 signalmacc.org Open Chattanooga Hack Night 5:30 p.m. Downtown Public Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310 chattlibrary.org Tour de Beer Fork & Pie 811 Market St. (423) 648-0963 greenspaceschattanooga.org Wednesday Night Chess Club 6 p.m. Downtown Public Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310 chattlibrary.org "Introduction To Buddhism and Zen: Buddha's Teaching" 7 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church 3224 Navajo Dr. (423) 624-2985 uucc.org

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July Exhibit River Gallery 400 E. Second St. (423) 265-5033 river-gallery.com “Eudora Welty and the Segregated South” The Hunter Museum of American Art 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968 huntermuseum.org “Monet and American Impressionism” The Hunter Museum of American Art 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968 huntermuseum.org “Japonisme and America” The Hunter Museum of American Art 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968 huntermuseum.org “Rural South” Reflections Gallery 6922 Lee Hwy. (423) 892-3072 reflectionsgalleryTN.com Local Homeless & Nontraditional Artists Exhibition H*ART Gallery 110 E. Main St. (423) 521-4707 hartgallery.com “Indivisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas” The Museum Center at Five Points 200 Inman St. E (423) 339-5745 museumcenter.org Map these locations on chattanoogapulse. com. Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to: calendar@chattanoogapulse.com


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Rich Bailey is a professional writer, editor and (sometimes) PR consultant. He led a project to create Chattanooga’s first civic web site in 1995 before even owning a modem. Now he covers Chattanooga technology for The Pulse and blogs about it at CircleChattanooga.com. He splits his time between Chattanooga and Brooklyn.

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Taking a pre-opening tour through The idea of Tech Town is to give Tech Town, the new digital learnkids direct access to tools, both ing center for kids and adults, is like equipment and knowledge, and then walking through Willy Wonka’s faclet them guide their own learning. tory, only the eye-popping goodies This summer will be devoted to sumare tech toys instead of mer camps, with indisweets. vidual memberships In one room, five being sold beginning 3-D printers are being in August and aftercalibrated and boxes school programs startRICH BAILEY of magnetically attaching in the fall. ing circuitry pieces wait for kids to “This is a different kind of place, snap them together into doodads that where students are driving their exdo stuff. Across the hall is a robotics perience,” Carter says. “It’s not about space next door to a gaming center us telling you what you should do. where kids will design and test comIt’s about us telling you what you’re puter games or just play them. capable of.” Colors in the 23,000-square-foot Tech Town will show kids how to space on the second floor of the Lifeuse tools like 3-D printers, game destyle Center at 325 Market Street are sign software and robotics and then bright. Much of the furniture twists ask, “What is it that you want to do? and curves like the imaginations of That’s just a question that people the 600 summer campers age 7 to 17 aren’t asked at younger ages,” says who will be all over it starting this Carter. “Figure out what you enjoy. week, learning 2-D and 3-D design, If you don’t like it, try again with robotics and circuitry, filmmaking something else. You can do different and coding. There’s also a film stuthings till you find something you’re dio, editing rooms and a presentation passionate about.” space with the region’s largest cycloTech Town started with Paul Cumrama wall, a white-walled space with mings, founder of online training rounded curves instead of corners, company Woople. Ten years ago, useful for filming and photography or when he was speaking at a high making presentations. school in Michigan, he observed the “All this is meant to invoke design worst disparity of resources he had thinking, creativity, curiosity, inspiever seen compared to better-funded ration—all for the point of building schools. As he traveled around the something amazing,” says Cordell country, he found bits and pieces Carter, executive director of the Tech where various communities had creTown Foundation. ated effective programs coding or

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3-D printing or robotics, but only in isolation, never comprehensively integrated. The idea to bring all those pieces together became the spark for Tech Town. Last year Cummings partnered with John Foy and Todd Phillips to create the nonprofit Tech Town. The three are also founding partners of venture incubator SwiftWing Ventures. In 2014, the partners recruited Carter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was chief of staff, to lead Tech Town. Carter remembers the instant when the enormity of the vision became clear to him and he was stunned. “I had my Charlie Brown moment…when everyone in the room sounded like the adults in the Charlie Brown cartoon: ‘wah-wah, wah-wah-wah.’” Carter says. “I said, ‘You’re going to change communities. This isn’t just about kids. There’s nothing like this in the country.’ I was at Gates. We saw everything, and there was nothing like this.” The difference, he says, is not

just in the comprehensive approach, but in the student-centric learning model and in how Tech Town aims to partner with public schools. “One of the problems in ed. reform is that people come in with this notion that schools aren’t good and teachers are dumb,” he says. “And they forget that 96 percent of the 58 million kids in K-12 are in public schools. You’re not going to be successful until you figure out a way to partner. That was the plan from the start for Tech Town: How can we partner with schools?” He also sees Tech Town as a feeder system for the tech talent that growing startups need. “My goal is to be pumping out talent to the city every year,” he says. “Our job is to be sure we are recruiting from a wide base of Chattanoogans to ensure more diversity—socioeconomic, racial and ethnic—to make the city a more vibrant one as we all enter this new era of digital everything.” For more information about Tech Town and its programs, visit gotechtown.com.

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Consider This with Dr. Rick by Rick Pimental-Habib, Ph.D. Here are three of my favorite quotes: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” — Harper Lee, author “As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.” — Reverend Dr. Robert H. Schuller “The enlightened give thanks for what most people take for granted.” — Reverend Dr. Michael Beckwith Before June 26, 2015, the right to marry was denied to same-sex couples in many states throughout this country. Some of these states— Tennessee included—went so far as to proclaim that even if a GLBT marriage was legally binding in another state, it would not be honored here. Not terribly long ago, it was illegal in many states for interracial couples to marry. There was a time when women weren’t allowed to vote. My suggestion is to consider the above quotes in your daily meditations, prayers or ponderings. And ask yourself which side of history you want to be on. chattanoogapulse.com • July 2-8• The Pulse • 23


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Nick Shanahan Is the Real Country Deal

From Johann Sebastian to Queen B Brian Sutherland Band ain’t your average pop folk Tell me you don’t want to see a band that describes itself thusly: “Well, take everything you know about Bach, and everything you know about Beyonce—everything in between that, that’s what we do. If there was a slogan, it’d be ‘Bach to Beyonce and Back.’” That’s Brian Sutherland of the The Brian Sutherland Band, quoted by Bill DeYoung on themahaffey.com before playing The Mahaffey Theater. The Lakeland, FL-based five-piece band (cello, guitar, bass, violin, piano, drums, with three of the musicians doing vocals), made its official debut at the 2014 Child of the Sun Music Festival. Last August, they released their debut album. Again quoting DeYoung, this time about

“What Makes You Better” from that release: “It moves, it soars, it sounds like a lost outtake from Poco, or maybe Little Feat. Sutherland and co-vocalist Adrienne Kneebone circle through the melody like twin butterflies, with Jason Baker’s fiddle adding color and swing.” Sutherland, Kneebone, Baker and bandmates Zachary Rogers and Brady Springer are touring this summer, and on July 8, coming to The World of Beer near you. Be there. — Pulse Staff The Brian Sutherland Band Wednesday, July 8 10 p.m. World of Beer 412 Market St. worldofbeer.com

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Hello Heartache, Welcome Home is modern but old school cool

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here are a few different ways the music I write about gets to me. Sometimes I am contacted by a bar with information about an upcoming show. Sometimes, but not nearly often enough, I am contacted by the band or performer who says, “Hey, we were hoping you might give this a listen.”

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Between the glorious tones of the steel guitar, and the raspy, country-crooning of Shanahan, the first couple of tunes sound like they’re straight out of the arsenal of Hank Williams Sr.”

(Note: If you are a band or a performer who has NOT gotten some time in The Pulse’s music section, have you actually reached out to me or anyone else at The Pulse? No? Then shuddup and do it!) Then there are those times when I rely on my secret weapon, a local musician, producer, session player and soundman of some esteem who always seems to have some killer recommendations. This is a secret weapon week and he handed me the new EP by Nick Shanahan, Hello Heartache, Welcome Home. If you had asked me as a younger man what I thought about country music, it wouldn’t have been a very favorable opinion. Of course, when I was a younger man I was tragically over-exposed to “Pop Country.” I had all the “Achy Breaky Heart” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” I could stomach and then some, a result of growing up where I grew up. Not knocking you, if it’s your thing, it just isn’t mine. Nope, I like my country music old school. Classic, golden age stuff. Lucky me—Nick’s new EP has more


vintage country sound than a Mount Pilot Rock-Ola. Between the glorious tones of the steel guitar (the disc practically drips with it) and the raspy, country-crooning of Shanahan, the first couple of tunes sound like they’re straight out of the arsenal of Hank Williams Sr. (the good one) or Lefty Frizzell. To make the point more directly, that material sounds like it came from the Country Music Hall of Fame. My initial reaction to the title track, “Hello Heartache, Welcome Home,” was, “Hey, this guy is taking a page from George Jones’ book!” Then, of course, he references Jones directly in the tune…Mission accomplished, Shanahan. This isn’t just a pack of “dusty sounding” tunes, however. In fact, there seems to be a marked progression from vintage to modern era from the first to the final track. The tasteful use of distortion lends some weight (and a touch of the contemporary) to track four, “Too Young,” a song lamenting the toll poverty can take on a relationship, a song that could garner some serious radio airtime now and would frankly make for better listening than a great deal of what is being broadcast these days. Nick Shanahan is a name you need

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to remember, for a number of reasons really, not the least of which is that for now you’ll have to find the man on Facebook to keep up with his upcoming gigs. The EP is available absolutely free of charge right now at Nickshanahan.

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thursday7.2 Signal Mountain Women’s Chorus 6 p.m. Mountain Arts Community Center 809 Kentucky Ave. signalmacc.org All-American Summer Concert Series: Hot Damn 6 p.m. The Hunter Museum of American Art 10 Bluff View huntermuseum.org Prime Country Band 6:30 p.m. Ringgold Nutrition Center 144 Circle Dr., Ringgold (706) 935-2541 Live Bluegrass 6:30 p.m. Whole Foods Market 301 Manufacturers Rd. wholefoodsmarket.com Feel It Thursday Open Mic 7 p.m. Mocha Restaurant & Music Lounge 511 Broad St. mochajazz.net Bluegrass and Country Jam 7 p.m. Grace Nazarene Church 6310 Dayton Blvd. chattanoogagrace.com Torres 7 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St.

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The Beaters flashlightshows.com Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room @ The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Jesse James & Tim Neal 7 p.m. Mexi Wings VII 5773 Brainerd Rd. (423) 296-1073 Open Mic with Hap Henninger 9 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com DJ Puddin’ 9:30 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com

Pulse Pick: Beth Wood Beth Wood's exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for sixteen years. Beth Wood Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga River Market 1 Broad St. chattanoogarivermarket.com

friday7.3 The Old Time Travelers, Taylor Kress 9 a.m. Rock City 1400 Patten Rd. seerockcity.com Deacon Bluz 11:30 a.m. Jewish Cultural Center 5461 N. Terrace jewishchattanooga.com Auditions: Rising Star Contest Noon Robert Kirk Walker Community Theatre 399 McCallie Ave. sceniccitychorus.com Summer Patio Concert Series 5 p.m.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill 2107 Gunbarrel Rd. firebirdsrestaurants.com Jason Thomas and the Mean-Eyed Cats 5 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo 1400 Market St. choochoo.com Eddie Pontiac 5:30 p.m. El Meson 2204 Hamilton Place Blvd. elmesonrestaurant.com Binji Varsossa 6 p.m. Cancun Mexican Restaurant & Lounge 1809 Broad St. (423) 266-1461 Camp Jordan Jams with Tommy Jett, Common Ground, The Beaters 6 p.m. Camp Jordan Arena 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy. eastridgeparksandrec.com Freedom Fest 15 7 p.m. Southside Social 1818 Chestnut St. thesouthsidesocial.com Xklusive 7 p.m. Nightfall Concert Series Miller Plaza 850 Market St. nightfallchattanooga.com Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com


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saturday7.4 The Old Time Travelers, Tarryn Aimee Smith 9 a.m. Rock City 1400 Patten Rd. seerockcity.com Jennifer Daniels 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga River Market 1 Broad St. chattanoogarivermarket.com CSO: Pops On The River 5 p.m. Coolidge Park 150 River St chattanoogasymphony.org Jason Thomas and the Mean-Eyed Cats 5 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo 1400 Market St. choochoo.com Eddie Pontiac 5:30 p.m. El Meson 2204 Hamilton Place Blvd. elmesonrestaurant.com Binji Varsossa 6 p.m. Cancun Mexican Restaurant & Lounge 1809 Broad St. (423) 266-1461 Husky Burnette 6 p.m. Magoo’s 3658 Ringgold Rd. facebook.com/MagoosTN Tammy’s CD Release Party, Ryan Oyer

Band, Tab Spencer 7 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.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 The Pool 8:30 p.m. The Foundry Chattanoogan Hotel 1201 Broad St. chattanooganhotel.com Aunt Betty 9 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com Amanda Rose 10 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com

sunday7.5 The Old Time Travelers, Highbeams 9 a.m. Rock City 1400 Patten Rd. seerockcity.com Beth Wood 12:30 p.m.

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Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Kurt Scobie 2 p.m. Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Evensong 5:30 p.m. The Camp House 149 E. MLK Blvd. thecamphouse.com Open Mic with Jeff Daniels 6 p.m. Long Haul Saloon 2536 Cummings Hwy. (423) 822-9775 Black Titan, Ten Foot Beast, Age of Atrocity, SIS 8 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com

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Blues Night with Yattie Westfield The Other Guys 6 p.m. Spring Hill Suites 495 Riverfront Pkwy. (423) 834-9300 Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Dan Sheffield 7:30 p.m. Sugar’s Downtown 507 Broad St. sugarschattanooga.com Open Jam 8 p.m. Raw Bar & Grill 409 Market St. rawbarandgrillchatt.com Ladies Night & Live Entertainment 8 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Wednesday Night Jazz 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org Blues Night with Yattie Westfield 8 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com Brian Sutherland Band 10 p.m. World of Beer 412 Market St. worldofbeer.com Map these locations on chattanoogapulse. com. Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to: calendar@chattanoogapulse.com


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Coffee With A Longtime Favorite, Listening With Empathy Unrest remasters a ’90s classic, Thollem/Wimberly/Cline feels together

Unrest Imperial f.f.r.r. (Teen Beat)

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his writer bought the D.C.-area band Unrest’s 1992 album Imperial f.f.r.r. solely based on a glowing review; little did he know at the time, in the early ’90s, that it would feed a continuing obsession, leading to this moment in 2015, drinking coffee from an Imperial f.f.r.r. coffee mug (yes—he is typing this sentence with one hand just to make it a true statement). In addition to the 1992 original U.S. CD, in the intervening years he had purchased the album as a U.K. import (on the 4AD imprint Guernica, with bonus tracks) and its 2005 remastered “Deluxe Edition” (with even more bonus tracks), and now, he holds the remastered-for-vinyl 2015 reissue on white vinyl, available with or without the aforementioned coffee mug. Founding members guitarist Mark Robinson and drummer Phil Krauth, added bassist Bridget Cross after several lineup changes since the group’s formation in high school, and the cohesion on Imperial f.f.r.r. has more to do

Thollem/Wimberly/Cline Radical Empathy (Relative Pitch) with the clean recording aesthetic than the songs themselves, often wildly diverse. Unrest has always been a diverse band, with love for punk, pop, hard-rock and peculiar sounds, but the group’s identity steered more toward the pop side on Imperial f.f.r.r. The swift, strum-happy “Suki” and “Cherry Cream On” are similar, with the latter explicitly expressing carnality with an intensely delirious joy. Robinson’s odd falsetto on the gorgeous, minimal “Imperial” has no right to work as well as it does, and the track ends beautifully with resonating wine glasses. Imperial f.f.r.r. sports several unusual sound-loving instrumentals, and against all odds, they are actually essential on this otherwise pop album; the dizzying “Firecracker” offers alternating left-channel and right-channel guitar chords underneath the roar of sirens, and “Champion Nines” uses a pseudo-trip-hop beat with clattering bells. The penultimate “June” is possibly the album’s best

song, sung by Cross about her dying father with a transcendental, shimmering and moving ending. There are many albums that we listeners love, and then there are the select few albums that we madly, profoundly love after repeated listenings (100+, easy) to the point where there is seemingly a biological connection; somewhere embedded in this writer’s brain cells are the exact tempos and starting pitches of every track on Imperial f.f.r.r., not to mention every lyric. It may seem excessive to own four copies of the same album, but to this writer, something that has brought so much joy for over two decades unfailingly deserves such devotion.

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mong one of the most maddening human behaviors, which social media can often highlight, is people thinking that they know how other people feel or should feel without actually asking them or listening. The new album Radical Empathy, full of improvisations from the trio of keyboardist Thollem, guitarist Nels Cline (best known as a member of Wilco) and percussionist Michael Wimberly, takes its title from the philosophy that empathy—truly attempting to understand people’s perspectives—is a key to long-term conflict resolution. While there are certain rare strains of modern improvisation involving the players ignoring each other, the approach on Radical Empathy is the polar opposite of that, where it is clear that

the players are keenly listening and then forming notes from both thoughts and mutual feelings. These pieces are largely leaderless, with minimal direction from Thollem, whose striking solo work often forges ahead with confidence in his spontaneity; here, he is more seemingly reactive, cherishing moments of synchronization like on “Pores,” which gradually escalates its piano/guitar interplay with both fanned chords and solitary figures. Certain tracks like “Thinkers Mix” have a ramping chaos, with Cline’s soaring guitar and Wimberly’s urgent drumming that sounds like it’s hammering out three simultaneous Morse-code messages on ride cymbal, snare and bass drum, and “Thought Pools” is a complicated mesh with scampering, quick guitar bursts, bleeding energy yet never disintegrating into total disorder. Other tracks are more delicate, like the haunted melancholia of “Rain Drips To” that tip-toes through careful piano notes as if avoiding to wake sleepers. One diversion is “Howled Ground” on which Thollem demonstrates a love of timbre by channeling his notes through boutique analog pedals, as if trying on outfits in a fitting room. The kind of synthesis on Radical Empathy, with the players constantly absorbing and comprehending, forms music that develops its own personality apart from the performers, as if a child could possibly have three biological parents.

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“Fly down Market Street in that business suit and tie because even the 95-degree sunshine feels pretty damn good when you’re coasting on two wheels.” in Coolidge Park. Maybe it was because you just needed something to get your heart pumping besides those intense Netflix original dramas. So you bought a bike or thought about buying one, but now that bike sits in your garage, and the spiders have spun their webs. Why? Time, perhaps. Convenience. Energy. Simple boredom. But your original reason for buying a bike is still relevant. And you still want to ride. So often in Chatta-

nooga it seems that the only people riding bikes are tourists, homeless, or logo-studded racers. But the entire city should be cycling, and electric bikes are the strongest transportation option for the urban commuter. Whether you’re a lawyer in suitand-tie, a server in a white button-down, or anything in between, an electric bicycle wins over car any day of the week. Practical, economic, and indescribably fun, electric bikes are what Chattanoogans don’t know they’re missing.

The EBS on Main Street keeps their doors open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Go in and ask to try a bike out. You’ll never forget the feeling. Maybe even rent a bike for the day and ride throughout Chattanooga. You’ll notice things you’ve driven past a thousand times and never saw. Talk to managers and brothers Chandlee and Garnet, or their dad Ted. Hang out with Archie, the family dog. But most importantly, get on that bike and start laughing.

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Go West, Young Filmmaker “Slow West” celebrates the classic American Western in a modern take

Well, He Did Say He'd Be Back... Schwarzenegger returns in iconic role to collective "meh" The year was 1984. A humanlooking, indestructible cyborg is sent back in time from 2029 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. The movie was “The Terminator” and its low-budget prevent-theapocalypse science fiction theme with no big names and a director fresh off “Piranha Part Two: The Spawning” didn’t seem like it was destined to be much of anything. Instead, it launched the careers of Arnold Schwarzenegger and

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ne of the perks of having a film festival in town is the opportunity to see certain films first. While the goal of the Chattanooga Film Festival is not necessarily to have exclusive premieres, there is a genuine sort of pleasure at seeing articles appear online praising a film for its cutting-edge approach several months after we saw it for the first time in theaters.

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‘Slow West’ is not breaking rules or redefining a genre. It is a slow burn of staggering beauty and effective performances.”

It’s almost as if Chattanooga audiences were collaboratively involved in whatever it was that made the film so great. Of course, a drawback to the film festival experience is that there is often only one chance to see something great—if you miss that showing, you have to wait to see the best films with the rest of the plebeians. Due to my desire to volunteer at the festival this year, I missed several of the films I’d hoped to see, relegating myself to the unwashed masses of most American filmgoers. But this week, one of those films found its way back into our viewing area through the wonders of Video on Demand. “Slow West,” winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, can be found in a variety of locations online and through cable, and in a summer chockfull of sentimental children’s movies and tired reboots, it is a film worth well worth spending an evening alone with. The western is a timeless American classic, a genre that belongs wholeheartedly to a population of heroes and outlaws. The cultural identity and political ideologies of entire generations are linked with the popular romantic notions found in these movies. Our rabid defense of gun ownership and our need for an isolationist self-sufficiency have


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film. Newcomer John Mclean, like most of his predecessors, owes much of this to the stunning settings found in the American West. “Slow West” is a film of landscapes. The location scouting for the film is exceptional. It’s nice to know that these wild places still exist, somewhere outside crowded suburbs and shopping centers. Of the performances, I can say the actors know their characters, such as they are. The film is populated with archetypes rather than well-rounded people, as it seems the filmmakers are more interested in exploring the concept of the western rather than the minds of the characters themselves. Jay (Kodi Smit McPhee) is wide-eyed and wondering, the innocent driven by loving naivety and followed by cynical survivalists. Silas (Michael Fassbender) is carved from the expe-

rience of evil and is suitably myopic. The two don’t necessarily play off each other as much as inhabit opposing viewpoints. There is no discussion or compromise, just a steady gait towards an obvious conclusion. “Slow West” is an exercise in celebration. The filmmakers have a genuine love for this genre, but are not really interested in exploring its boundaries. Instead, the film makes an effort to re-create the emotions and themes common across the type. “Slow West” doesn’t ask or answer any questions. Instead, it exists to draw attention to the beauty of these types of films. Filmmaking grew up in the West. It cut its teeth on the dry, cracked dust of the desert and flourished under its unrelenting high noon. What better genre for a first time filmmaker to begin his journey? Westerns are necessarily cinematic, because cinema was born there. “Slow West” is a film to drink in.

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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.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I am doing,” said composer John Cage in describing his creative process. That’s excellent counsel for you to meditate on, Cancerian. The less expertise and certainty you have about the rough magic you’re experimenting with, the more likely it is that this magic will lead you to useful breakthroughs. To bolster Cage’s advice and help you get the most from your period of self-reinvention, I offer you this quote from Picasso: “I imitate everyone except myself.” LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your words of wisdom come from Leo artist Andy Warhol: “Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years, when they could just say, ‘so what.’ That’s one of my favorite things to say. ‘So what.’” Can I interest you in that approach, Leo? It has similarities to the Buddhist strategy of cultivating nonattachment—of dropping your fixations about matters that can’t be controlled or changed. But I suspect you would draw special benefits from the breezy, devil-may-care spirit of Warhol’s version. So start there. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In her late twenties, J. K. Rowling was a single mother living on welfare. That’s when she began work on her Harry Potter books. Craig Newmark had turned 42 by the time he founded Craigslist. One of the world’s most oft-visited websites is HuffingtonPost.com, which Arianna Huffington established when she was 54. As for Harland Sanders, creator of KFC: He didn’t begin building the global empire of friedchicken restaurants until the age of 65. I hope the preceding serves as a pep talk, Virgo, reminding you that it’s never to late to instigate the project of a lifetime. The time between now and your birthday in 2016 will be an especially favorable phase to do so. Start ruminating on what it might be. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): It’s the power-building phase of your astrological cycle. To take

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maximum advantage, convey the following message to your subconscious mind: “I know you will provide me with an abundance of insight, inspiration, and energy for whatever intention I choose to focus on. And during the next four weeks, my intention will be to cultivate, expand, and refine my personal power. I will especially focus on what author Stephen R. Covey called ‘the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.’” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I’m a big fan of science and logic and objective thinking. Most of us need more of that good stuff. The world would be a saner, safer place if we all got regular lessons on how to be more reasonable and rational. But in the immediate future, Scorpio, I’ll steer you in a different direction. I believe you will benefit from injecting your imagination with primal raw crazy wild mojo. For example, you might read utopian science fiction and fairy tales about talking animals and poetry that scrambles your intellectual constructs. You could remember your dreams and ruminate about them as if they were revelations from the Great Beyond. You may also find it healthy to fantasize profusely about forbidden and impossible and hilarious adventures. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): There are lots of inquiries and invitations coming your way—perhaps too many. I don’t think you should pursue all of them. In fact, I suspect that only one would ultimately make you a better human being and a braver explorer and a wiser lover. And that one, at first glance, may have not as much initial appeal as some of the others. So your first task is to dig deep to identify the propositions that are attractive on the surface but not very substantial. Then you’re more likely to recognize the offer that will have lasting value even if it doesn’t make a spectacular first impression. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “I find a lot of people physically attractive, but finding

people mentally and spiritually attractive is different and much harder for me.” So says 40ozshawty on her Tumblr page. If you share that frustration, I have good news. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re due to encounter a higher-than-usual percentage of mentally and spiritually attractive people in the next six weeks. But I wonder how you’ll deal with this abundance. Will you run away from it, feeling overwhelmed by the prospect that your life could get more interesting and complicated? Or will you embrace it, daringly welcoming the interesting complications? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I think you will generate good fortune for yourself by choosing between two equally invigorating but challenging tasks: losing your illusion or using your illusion. Both are quite worthy of your attention and intelligence. To succeed at either would fuel your emotional growth for months to come. You probably can’t do them both, however. So which will it be: Will you purge the illusion, or put it to work for you? PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Do you sometimes imagine yourself to be an underachieving underdog? If so, I suggest you start weaning yourself from that fantasy. Do you on occasion allow people to take advantage of you? It’s time to outgrow that role. Do you ever flirt with being a selfpitying martyr? Say bye-bye to that temptation. Cosmic forces are conspiring to relieve you of tendencies to act in any or all of those ways. I’m not saying you will instantly transform into a swashbuckling hero who knocks people over with your radiant self-assurance. But you will, at the very least, be ready to learn much, much more about how to wield your vulnerability as a superpower. ARIES (March 21-April 19): To determine whether you are aligned with the cosmic flow, please answer the following questions. 1. Would you say that your current situation is more akin to treading water in a mosquito-ridden

swamp, or conducting a ritual of purification in a clear mountain stream? 2. Have you been wrestling with boring ghosts and arguing with traditions that have lost most of their meaning? Or have you been transforming your past and developing a riper relationship with your roots? 3. Are you stuck in a gooey muck? Or are you building a flexible new foundation? TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus singer Sam Smith won four Grammys this year, largely on the strength of his hit single “Stay with Me.” The song has a lush gospel choir backing up his lead vocals, or so it seems. But in fact, every voice in that choir is his own. He recorded 20 separate harmony tracks that were woven together to create the big sound. What would be the equivalent in your world, Taurus? How could you produce a wealth of support for yourself? What might you do to surround yourself with a web of help and nourishment? How can you amplify and intensify your efforts so they have more clout? Now would be an excellent time to explore possibilities like these. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Born under the sign of Gemini, Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) was a French painter who upset traditionalists. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he wasn’t interested in creating idealistic art based on historical and religious themes. He focused on earthy subjects about which he had direct experience, like the day-to-day lives of peasants and laborers. So even though he became a highly praised celebrity by his mid-thirties, the arbiters of the art world tried to exclude him. For example, they denied him a place in Exposition Universelle, a major international exhibition in Paris. In response, Courbet built a temporary gallery next door to the main hall, where he displayed his own work. As you strive to get your voice heard, Gemini, I urge you to be equally cheeky and innovative. Buy yourself a megaphone or erect your own clubhouse or launch a new enterprise. Do whatever it takes to show who you really are.


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“Back At Ya”—return the favor. ACROSS 1 “Kenan & ___” (late-’90s Nickelodeon show) 4 Varmint 10 Gear teeth 14 Tina’s ex 15 Chevy model since 1966 16 Dance with gestures 17 Device that reads other temperaturetaking devices? 20 Price basis 21 “You ___ busted!” 22 Costar of Rue 23 Really avid supporter 26 Down Under predator 28 Judge who heard a Kardashian, among others 29 She sang “Close My Eyes Forever” with Ozzy 31 Blood fluids 34 “Hot 100” magazine 35 “The Lion

King” bad guys 36 With 41-Across, hiphop producer’s foray into Greek typography? 39 Lincoln’s youngest son 41 See 36-Across 42 “Put me down as a maybe” 44 Bright stars 46 On the way 47 Biblical brother 48 Narrow estuary 51 Some cigs 53 Minimally 55 Gator chaser? 57 Become swollen 59 ___ for the money 60 Overly pungent cheeses? 64 Judd’s “Taxi” role 65 Result of “pow, right in the kisser” 66 “Pulp Fiction” star Thurman 67 Astronaut Sally 68 Curly-haired “Peanuts” character 69 Shih tzu or

cockapoo, e.g. DOWN 1 Korean pickled dish 2 Barely make 3 “C’mon!” 4 Step into character 5 “Ain’t gonna work!” 6 “That was no joke” 7 Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny 8 Pistol-packing 9 Not so snug-fitting 10 Fidel’s comradein-arms 11 Away from the city, maybe 12 Musical Fox show 13 Actress Rue 18 Took on a roll? 19 Jonah Hill sports flick 24 They’re coordinated to look random 25 ___-en-Provence, birthplace of Cezanne 27 ABC’s “___ Anatomy” 30 Brand of kitchen appliances

32 Damage the surface of 33 157.5 degrees from N 34 Cartoon “Mr.” voiced by Jim Backus 36 Binary component 37 Expressive rock genre 38 Nailed at the meter 40 Fight (with) 43 Reprimand 45 Zoo doc 48 Called on the phone 49 Self-conscious question 50 As it stands 52 Till now 54 A, to Beethoven 55 A long way off 56 Bagel shop 58 Italian sparkling wine 61 “Game of Thrones” weapon 62 Free (of) 63 Government org. concerned with pollution

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Mean Streets, Mean Memories Officer Alex explains why his senses can’t leave the scene

“ Except for the smell of burning rubber, plastic, and…well, never mind that last one, but it’s the one you take home with you in your clothes and your hair and your dreams.”

When officer Alexander D. Teach is not patrolling our fair city on the heels of the criminal element, he spends his spare time volunteering for the Boehm Birth Defects Center.

I am not your blowing wind—I am the lightning I am not your autumn moon—I am the night I am not your rolling wheels—I am the highway —“I am the Highway,” Audioslave

up and down a ridge overlooking Chattanooga known simply as “The Ridgecut.” The crashes coming down are both spectacular and prone to multiply as people stare stupidly at the carnage they’re passing as opposed to the slowed or stopped vehicle ahead It’s that acdoing the rid smell that same thing, hits you beand bam—I fore you even have a new ALEX TEACH open the car customer. door and you (“Bam,” and know it’s bad. I would smell another. “Bam,” and anit on the occasional Hallowother…) I would just hold een night when kids would up my index finger, nod, burn tires under a highway and mouth the words, “I’ll drainage ditch for effect, be right with you” when but in general it only meant I’d see it happen, jaw eione thing: Vehicle fire. And ther slackened in disbelief “vehicle fire,” of course, or smiling depending on my meant nightmares may have level of acceptance of the just come true. universe that day (time of Despite what Hollywood day and rainfall being subwould have you believe, austantial factors), sweat pertomakers go to some fairly petually dripping off the tip incredible lengths to keep of my nose. vehicles from catching fire, It was the uphill side much less exploding. In orthat crawls towards the east der to pull it off you have to that made me think of that actually try, to be negligent, smell, though. or as it is in most cases, to “Damn, boss,” I remembe at the wrong place at the ber a co-worker saying, the wrong time. You can mix two back of his hand across his of the three without much nose, elbow dramatically effort, but I find it’s the last hiked up, and eyes squintoption most find themselves ing as they waited for it to too familiar with. dissipate. “I hope there’s Interstate 24 is a little nobody in that thing.” over 316 miles long and it White smoke billowed ends in Chattanooga at I-75, from the rear of a Mercury but it is known in trucking Tracer, the remainder of its circles for a few spectacular dark-red paint job barely steep grades (Monteagle is showing through by now. actually known nationwide), The windows that were the lesser of them running still intact were covered in

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a white-and-black film and water ebbed from the base of the door where it had overflowed its edges due to the work of Chattanooga’s Bravest. The smoke had burned quite black earlier as petroleum products quickly folded their defenses, and we were now left with a combination of smoldering and steam, but as it turned out I was actually here because there was someone in that car. The Tracer had been negotiating a sharp curve (for an interstate) and was beginning to climb the hill. The driver certainly didn’t expect a semi pulling a trailer to be in his intended lane, otherwise he wouldn’t have reached back over the seat and begun searching for a toy for his youngest while negotiating this combination of terrain, I’m sure. The Mercury met the back of a fully loaded trailer, and like the two occupants still inside, the rest was history. Except for the smell of burning rubber, plastic,

and…well, never mind that last one, but it’s the one you take home with you in your clothes and your hair and your dreams. In a way, we’re both burned when that happens, I suppose. Sights are sights, sounds are sounds, but a smell is a very primal thing. Maybe that’s just me, though—but when it’s triggered? The scars on the client match the ones inside the service provider almost to a “T.” I clapped a hand on my partner’s shoulder, clenched my jaw, and took a brief walk. He understood. Most cops do. I let the brisk night air blow through my fingers and hair for a bit as I walked towards the city lights, knowing the smell locked into them wasn’t going anywhere soon, and neither was I, judging by this traffic. The lights cast their glare and the smoke drifted on and neither cared; I leaned against a guard rail and wished I could do the same.


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