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It’s Fall About Camping It’s not officially Fall until September 22, but we all know that Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. The arrival of cooler temperatures, a drop in humidity and the eventual return to limbs free of mosquito bites is nearly upon us.



I was speaking to some folks from Atlanta the past weekend who hadn’t been to the city in quite some time and were absolutely amazed at how “cosmopolitan” we’ve become.




Years ago I heard an interview with Bob Dylan in which he was asked about the “hidden meaning” behind a particular lyric. He looked amused and said, “Man, I liked the way it rhymed.”



Recently, my sister got into designing jewelry using wire wrapping and healing stones as a somewhat lucrative hobby in Maryland.


In general terms, there are three to five movies released wide every week and dozens more in smaller markets around the country. Film is big business and audiences demand new content on a regular basis, largely as a distraction.











Flags, Plants & Aquariums A roundup of some interesting stories from around town By Michael Thomas Pulse contributor

Surf’s Up will make a donation for each car washed and the Coast Guard will offer assistance to motorists in giving “‘tender, loving care to their vehicles’.”


HATTANOOGA IS NOTHING BUT A VERY DIVERSE city. I was speaking to some folks from Atlanta this past weekend who hadn’t been to the city in quite some time and were absolutely amazed at how “cosmopolitan” we’ve become. And while that is true in many ways— such as our great restaurants and lounges, art galleries, music venues, and so forth—Chattanooga is also in many ways still very much in touch with its small-town roots. Such as the ongoing drive by the Chattanooga Coast Guard Unit and Surf’s Up Car Wash, who are teaming up for “Wreaths Across Chattanooga” in an effort to place a flag on each of the 43,000 gravestones at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Currently, there is only enough funding to place about 10,000 flags on the grave markers of our veterans. Which


is why the Coast Guard Unit will be hosting a fundraising event at Surf’s Up Car Wash at 407 Signal Mountain Rd. this Friday starting at 9 a.m. Surf’s Up will make a donation for each car washed and the Coast Guard will offer assistance to motorists in giving “tender, loving care to their vehicles”. The plan is to place all 43,000 wreaths on Saturday, December 15, at noon. Another aspect of small-town life is gardening—both large and small. Autumn generally brings cooler temperatures and plenty of rain—both of which plants love—but the soil’s still warm

enough for roots to keep growing until winter when the ground freezes. And plants aren’t the only ones enjoying sweater weather—autumn conditions are perfect for gardeners, too! Which is why we are getting excited about the upcoming 32nd annual Fall Native Plant Sale where the horticulture staff and volunteers at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center offer an impressive selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials. The public sale is scheduled for September 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with a members-only pre-sale party on Thursday, September 20). On-site experts available to help with selection, plus guided hikes and educational workshops will take place throughout the weekend. And this year, for the first time, they are offering a new mail-order option where you can preorder native trees and shrubs by this Sunday and then pick up at their greenhouse during the event. Get all the details by calling (423) 821-1160 or at But wait, that’s not all (as they like to say on late-night television). We also have some really good news about our most popular destination for both visitors and locals alike: The Tennessee Aquarium. Of course, all Chattanoogans are well aware of what a fantastic aquarium we have (and if you haven’t visited in a while, you really should—it just keeps getting better all the time). But it’s also really nice to know that other people outside of the city share our enthusiasm as well. Which is why we are very pleased to note that we made the TripAdvisor 2018 Travelers’ Choice list of Top 10 Aquariums in the world. So congrats to all the staff and volunteers who have made the Tennessee Aquarium the true crown jewel of Chattanooga.

Cons ider This w ith Dr. Rick “Honesty is the absence of the intent to deceive.”

Giving Love To Scaly Things Repticon returns to Camp Jordan this weekend Brightly colored snakes and ornery looking lizards tend to make our minds spell trouble. Like a cat springing away from a cucumber, there is something universal in our apprehension to these creepy crawly guys. But when I’m around reptiles long enough I can actually warm-up to them… but maybe that’s because of the warming lights above theirs cages. The exotic animal and reptile convention, Repticon, is coming

back to Chattanooga this Saturday and Sunday, and with vendor titles like “NSFW Reptiles”, “Misfits Monsters”, and “Full Throttle Reptiles”, it’s a can’t miss event. Herpetologists will host seminars with creatures dangling from their arms that are not found in any natural area or pet store in Tennessee. And if one of these guys slither into your heart, then you can take them home (not the highly venomous ones of course).

Vendors will be selling family pets along with the supplies to take care of them, such as cages and live and frozen feeders. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Camp Jordan Arena in East Ridge. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children between the ages of 5-12; children under 5 are free. Advance or VIP tickets may be purchased from the website at — Allan Duggar

This simple definition implies some questions to ask yourself. How much are you willing to bare to another? Do you want to hide something when you speak that will make you look better, perhaps making someone else look worse? Are you protecting yourself? From what? What, exactly, are your intentions? Or, do you wish to hold on to something a bit longer…till you understand its implications better? To be certain it won’t cause harm to another. A friend of mine concedes, “When this confusion occurs I feel myself closing up, or coloring what I say, leaving out information, protecting myself from something, even if I can’t put my finger on it. Coming from a family where being discreet was seen as being deceptive, I was made to feel intensely guilty for holding back…even if it was mine to decide.” Consider this: This important distinction now becomes one of deception versus discretion. To be perfectly honest, that is. — Rick Pimental-Habib, Ph.D.


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“What Else Is Possible?” Learning to ask the right questions in the most successful way

Rick Pimental-Habib Ph.D Pulse columnist

The art of asking ‘What else is possible’ means that you are responsible for the question, but not invested in the specifics of the answer.”

Rick Pimental-Habib, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, author, minister, and educator in private practice in Chattanooga. Contact him at, visit his wellness center at

As we navigate the myriad adjustments in life, we dig, often deeply, into our “Big Bag O’ Tools” to find and use the healthy coping mechanisms we’ve learned and developed along the way. In this conscious process, we are doing our best to avoid the unhealthy tools we’ve had a history of defaulting to. Not always easy. This requires we tap into that part of each of us that contains self-awareness and the understanding that always, there is choice. Change can be challenging and scary. OK, we all know that. But it can also be exciting, full of possibility and hope. If your relationship to change is something you’d like to improve, there’s no time like the present. It doesn’t have to be scary…that’s your choice. It may not always feel like it, but fear is largely a conditioned response (default) that can be unconditioned (choice) if we so choose. Okay, let’s get to the fun part. I’m a big fan of a technique from the theory of “Access Consciousness” that allows your creative, mindful self to assist you with change through the form of questions. Here’s what I mean: A friend of mine, Lanie, told me about being at an airport and finding out that the seat she’d booked months in advance was no longer available, and she’d be bumped to a later flight. (Most of us can probably relate to this particular brand of travel nightmare.) She realized she had some choices. She could act like a four-year-old and throw a tantrum. The airline employee would surely love that and be ever more willing to help (insert eye roll here). She could accept her fate and walk away, the start of her vacation dissolving as she dragged her luggage to a seat for who knows how long. Or she could engage. Engage with the employee, with the universe, and with that part of herself that she trusts is reasonable, kind and

hopeful. She chose door number three. Lanie began by saying something like, “I understand the plane is overbooked, which is not your fault, but I’m wondering: what else is possible?” The airline employee— remember, this is the person with all the power, or so we believe, because she’s the one with the computer in front of her!—smiled and confirmed that there was very little she could do about the situation. So Lanie kindly said again, “I know your hands are tied, but I’d still like to ask you, what else is possible?” The airline employee checked for other options and wasn’t coming up with much beyond offering my friend a seat on the next flight. Showing even more calm, centered bravery, Lanie continued with, “Oh gosh, I just have a feeling we can work this out. For this flight, what else is possible?” A few minutes later, Lanie was holding an upgraded business class seating pass, for her original flight, and she and the employee ended up laughing. All worked out. The art of asking “What else is possible” means that you are responsible for the question, but not invested in the specifics of the answer. In other words, your job is only to ask. There’s every chance that the answer will be something better than you had imagined. However, when it arrives, you must be paying attention so as to catch it, whenever that may be. You can play with this technique in your own life, and tailor your questions to your specific needs. For example, say you’re engaged in an exhausting search for a new job. You might pause, take

a breath, and ask, “What will it be like to land the perfect job?” Send up the question, let it go, and be allowing and receptive for whatever shows up. Other examples: Financial troubles: “What will it be like to be financially independent and free from this worry?” Relationship issues: “What will it be like to find a great partner who understands my needs?” Spiritual dilemmas: “How will it feel to rest in the faith that everything will be ok?” Notice that the question includes “what will it be like…” And not, “what would or might it be like…” Do you sense the difference? The word “will” implies intention and complete trust that the best result will happen. Perhaps not according to your timeline, or in the exact way you’ve imagined…but, remember, in Access Consciousness that’s not your job. Your energy now goes toward being open-minded and open-hearted, anticipating the answer. As these sorts of questions go into your Big Bag O’ Tools, you may find the results to be surprising and transformative. Ask the question, let go, and await the riches your “Senior Partner” will offer. Keep an eye out. It will be something great. Until next time: “Questions and answers anticipate each other.” — Osho



It’s Fall About Camping The calendar is poised to turn and camping weather is coming soon


T’S NOT OFFICIALLY FALL UNTIL SEPTEMBER 22, BUT WE all know that Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. The arrival of cooler temperatures, a drop in humidity and the eventual return to limbs free of mosquito bites is nearly upon us. By Robyn Wolfe-Fogle Pulse contributor

While outdoor summer activities are great, nothing compares to the allure of being outside on a beautiful Fall day. The warmth of the sun hitting your face actually feels good. Your lungs rejoice as you breathe in fresh, crisp air again. Renewed energy courses through your body. Far from being drained by the heat and drenched in sweat, a day spent outside will feel amazingly therapeutic and rejuvenating. While sometimes it’s enough to spend just a day in nature, more and more Americans are discovering the joy of camping as a way to extend the outdoor experience. Whether it’s primitive back-country camping, or the luxuries of RV glamping, “camping” has been growing rapidly over the past few years. The North American Camping Report, sponsored by Kampgrounds of America (KOA), reports an astounding 2.6 million new U.S. households started camping in 2017 alone. They join the 75 million households already on board. Throw in the $166.9 billion of outdoor recreation spending that camping accounts for, and I’d say it’s become a popular activity. If you’ve ever experienced the warmth of a campfire on a chilly Fall evening, it’s crackling and bright flames lighting up the night; or the brilliance of the stars away from city

lights, captivating and mesmerizing as the constellations seemingly pop, you get it. It’s the sound of crickets and forest critters replacing those persistently pesky cell phone alerts and alarms. The anticipation of evening entertainment that comes from the people around you, from laughter and conversation, campfire stories and maybe even some acoustic guitar. It’s that drive to connect to nature, to connect with each other, to unplug, relax, breathe. Fortunately for us, Chattanooga is located near many of the Southeast’s best wilderness areas and parks; so whether you’re a seasoned camper, or just beginning to dabble, the season to explore is here. ACTIVITIES If you’re a camper who’s into a little bit more than hammock swinging and s’mores eating (though there is absolutely nothing from with camping for those reasons!), one of the first factors in deciding where to go is likely based on the outdoor activities available nearby. “Our absolute favorite hobby is mountain biking! We like to find places where we can go mountain biking in the morning, then float down the river or paddle board in the evening” says Brianna Burgess, a 29-year-old Chattanooga native who camps regularly with her husband and their Australian Cattle dog. Mountain biking and kaya-


king are increasingly popular as camping recreational activities, joining the ranks of hiking and fishing. Whatever your activity of choice, utilizing websites like locally-created RootsRated is a perfect starting place. You can select what activity you’re seeking from a drop-down menu that includes everything from hiking to driving tours, to disc golf and white water paddling. You then choose the general area, city or state, you’d like to visit and the site will present you with options. You’ll find things like expert reviews, driving directions, trail lengths and difficulty levels—all helpful info before striking out on a trail adventure. There are plenty of other similar websites like AllTrails and TheOutbound that can help give you ideas as well. CAMPGROUNDS Whatever activity you choose, you’ll want a peaceful haven to come “home”

to. But if you’re going somewhere new, finding the right campground online can be a challenging chore. If you’re still going old school and scrolling through search pages, visiting multiple websites to compare your options, I have an alternative for you. Consider utilizing a website like The Dyrt to make this a fun part of the process. Much like Yelp reviews for restaurants, the Dyrt offers user-generated reviews of campgrounds and the site boasts over 70,000 user photos and videos. It’s a great way to research an area and find the best fit for your group. All sorts of filters are available which helps narrow down a massive search by allowing you to see only the campgrounds that meet your criteria, whether that means features like groups sites, cabins, WiFi, water hookups, pets allowed, reservable etc. Having all this info in one place sure beats visiting ev-

ery state park website. The end result is a fun way for campers to help campers find the perfect home away from home.


PACKING But before you hop in the car and go, let’s talk about what to pack. While seasoned campers may have storage bins of gear all ready to go whenever the camping urge arises, camping newbies may find the Camping Checklists and Packing Lists on websites like REI helpful. Just don’t get bogged down or overwhelmed, remember you don’t have to pack everything on the suggested list—even a tent isn’t necessarily essential. You’ll collect things over time and having every little item from the get-go isn’t a necessity, so don’t let that helpful sales associate convince you otherwise. A few things are key though. Always pack appropriate clothes for cold and rain. Kris Whorton, who has done her fair share of camping in her 53 years, says gloves, a hat, and really warm socks are essentials. “I always take a windbreaker too, just because you never know,” she said. Also be sure to pack plenty of food. “More than you think you’ll need” she advises. Fresh air and outdoor activity can work up an appetite you may not normally have, so plan to pack extra. For some campers, planning and preparing campfire meals is part of the fun! Type “camping food” into Pinterest and you’ll have pages of options from Dutch Oven recipes, to foil packet meals on the grill, and makeahead camping meals for the whole family. But if planning multiple camping meals feels more intimidating and burdensome than it does fun and exciting, know that you have options. A healthy, easy and local solution is TrailDrops. This local nutrition company offers individually-packaged meals made from dehydrated or freeze-dried fresh ingredients to which you simply add hot water and enjoy. They even offer gluten-free and vegan options and you can choose a 3 or 5-day meal

Wherever the winding dirt road takes you this Fall, get outside and enjoy it. It probably won’t be perfect, or go exactly as you planned, but the experience will be a memorable one and the memories lasting.”

supply pack for either 3,500 or 5,000 calories/day to cover all your nutrition needs hassle-free. Just be sure to bring a pot to boil the water! If you do forget something, there is usually a way around it. “Just be adaptable and recognize that you’re out in beauty and you might as well enjoy even if things don’t go as planned” Whorton encourages. SAFETY No matter what you choose to do, or where you decide to go, your camping trip will be a memorable adventure. But it is important to keep in mind some safety considerations. Tiffany Herron, who is passionate about being outdoors and even has her Parks Recreation Tourism Management degree, had some helpful safety tips to share. Always have plenty of fresh water she advises. While it can be used as hydration, it may also be needed for unforeseen things like cleaning a wound or

flushing out your eyes. Also be aware of your surroundings when camping. “Everybody’s so cautious when they go into a city with muggings and things, but it’s easy to start enjoying your time outside without considering your surroundings” says Herron who always carries a pocket knife as a precaution. While the area may not feel dangerous, bears, coyotes, bees, snakes and plenty of other creatures live in nature and it’s important to stay alert. Most importantly, always let someone know your plans, especially if you’re headed out to explore. Apps like Life360 make it easy to invite a friend or family member to see your location and help ensure your safety should an unforeseen emergency arise. “I taught hiking and backpacking at Chattanooga State, and that was the first thing I’d tell all the students – it doesn’t matter how far you’re going, let somebody know,” said Herron.

If none of this is new to you, and you were just hoping for some ideas on killer locations to visit this Fall, here you go. For fishing and river activities, Herron suggests the Tellico River area which is part of the Cherokee National Forest in Tellico Plains, TN. Nearby Cherohala Skyway is a beautiful 43mile National Scenic Byway to experience views of the river and 90-foot Bald River Falls. For mountain biking, Brianna Burgess recommends Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Away, a private campground in Ellijay, GA, that she says is “the bomb!” and an absolute favorite Fall getaway for her and her husband. For hiking, or closer to home, Kris Whorton raves about the trails along the Cumberland Trail—a new section of which has just been opened thanks to the work of Wild Trails. For whitewater rafting and kayaking Whorton and Burgess both recommend the Thunder Rock campground nestled alongside the Ocoee River. There is an abundance of options all within a few hours of Chattanooga – Prentice Cooper State Forest, Cloudland Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Barkley Lake, Land Between the Lakes, Old Hickory Lake just to name a few. Wherever the winding dirt road takes you this Fall, get outside and enjoy it. It probably won’t be perfect, or go exactly as you planned, but the experience will be a memorable one and the memories lasting. Breathe deep, get moving and live life. Put down this paper and GO! Robyn Wolfe Fogle writes for the love of it! She spends the rest of her time running a business with her husband, and trying to wear out her crazy Aussie, Whipper.



The Fabric Of Our Lives Objects in our lives often times describe who we are better than we can describe ourselves. A worn down pair of work boots can tell a detailed story of who we are better than we can put into words. Gay M. Arthur, a Chattanooga local, realizes this concept and articulates through her paintings the importance of everyday objects in our lives. Arthur has used her artistic talent to show how everyday items influence Chattanooga residents in their day to day life through oil paintings. “I believe that all structures have a story to tell,” Arthur says, which is clearly represented through her paintings. She tries to weave a portrait of ourselves in everyday things. For example, this could be an worn down American flag, a clothesline with fresh laundry, or a deteriorating building. The items from our past often times represent our current state. Gay M. Arthur’s opening, titled The Fabric of Our Lives, takes place at the In-Town Gallery on Friday, starting at 5 p.m. The show will last until 8 p.m. and will include Arthur’s works a long with thirty-four local Chattanooga artists. To learn more about this event, visit — Ethan Palmer

A Twist In A Trinket Matthew Laws takes jewelry to a new level By Jessie Gantt-Temple Pulse contributor

I first started seeing wire wrapping at music festivals and it inspired me since I love building things and being outside.”



ECENTLY, MY SISTER GOT INTO DESIGNING JEWelry using wire wrapping and healing stones as a somewhat lucrative hobby in Maryland.

Her pieces are simple and bold so when I searched wire wrapping in Chattanooga, I imagined a couple twists and tightens then voila! Then I met Matthew Laws, of Laws Jewelry, and his jaw dropping designs take it to another level. I feel the words “wire wrapping” are an extreme understatement when describing what he does and the pictures still do it no justice. At just 26 years old, Matthew’s skill is fabricating an intricate network of complicated canals that evokes an elders touch with a modern biomechanical look. Selftaught, he has been manipulating

metals around gems and selling them since 2014. “I first started seeing wire wrapping at music festivals and it inspired me since I love building things and being outside,” he says, reflecting that he used to build treehouses and skate ramps as a kid. “I also remember being seven years old in Hendersonville and going out to Old Hickory Lake to collect geodes every year.” “As I was a bit of a troublemaker when I was younger, I needed something more engaging to keep my idle hands busy,” he says, explaining that although the Nash-

ville area was fun to grow up in, it did not keep his interest during his formative years. This Chattanooga-born boy came back to his birthplace about four years ago and has been inspired by his love of waterfalls, music, art and his girlfriend Lexi to seriously pursue his passion. Enthusiastic about the path that his craft has taken him on, Matthew is eager to share his knowledge gained as much as his products. As he is unaware of any wire wrapping workshops or groups, he created the “Tennessee Wire Wrappers & Jewelers” Facebook group, which he affectionately refers to as the “Gemnastics” and currently has 60 members. “It’s a place where fabricators can ask questions, get feedback and just connect to help each other elevate in any way possible.” He hopes of soon being able to teach a class on basic wire wrapping in order to grow the underground jewelry scene even more in Chattanooga. As he is not yet able to afford the materials he desires or buy local as much as he would like, he is proud of a undisclosed, manmade location that consistently provides him with Quartz crystals and has been able to find rare purple Fluorite in the area as well. “It’s crazy how I dream about places where I can uncover gems and then I

He hopes of soon being able to teach a class on basic wire wrapping in order to grow the underground jewelry scene even more in Chattanooga.”

try to find this place in real life to no avail,” Matthew says. “It is ultimately heartbreaking, however, then I am still inspired to create the piece I dreamed about.” He does partner with John Avery at the Chattanooga Lapidary as well as gemstone dealer Garrett Warnock, of Garretts Minerals, who also commissions Matthew. “It’s hard to find green miners.” He explains how he researches his resources to ensure they are using the safest environmental approach, “The goal is to utilize natural treasures in the earth.” In his light and airy, small studio at his bungalow-like Northshore residence, Laws lays out his labyrinthine, ornate pieces and describes his limited inventory. On average, it takeshim 40 hours from start to finish. He adds that by the time he completes the work then uploads a picture of it, it is sold within 24 hours therefore no back stock is available to take up a market booth. Prices starting around $100, with his

most costly commissioned piece over $450, Matthew can design his riveting art around specific stones or budget. His top three stones to work with is the December birthstone Tanzanite, the semi-precious yet ample in color Tourmaline and the greyish purple Iolite. He has shipped to California and as far as Norway and, of course, loves to share locally. Currently, he is saving up to head west and attend the GRS Training Center in Kansas to gain more experience in engraving and stone setting. There is the Gem Institute of America in Atlanta, but he wants to travel a little further out to learn about different regions. That being said, he is currently working part time at the Tennessee Aquarium Imax as well as Axis Security to hopefully have enough saved by the end of the year. To help Matthew achieve his twisted dreams, get your mind wrapped around his entangled items via Instagram then reach out to him through his Laws Jewelry Facebook.





NITRO COMEDY September 20-22

ETTA MAY Chattanooga’s Premier Comedy Club Tickets: (423) 629-2233 1400 Market Street on the Southside




Library Fall Book Sale

Peggy Epton and David Swanagin

Julius Caesar

The Friends of the Library are hosting the annual book sale with thousands of great books to choose from. 9 a.m. Eastgate Town Center 5600 Brainerd Rd.

Peggy works in fabric and thread, while David paints mood-evoking landscapes and interiors. 5:30 p.m. River Gallery 400 East Second St

The story of a brilliant general, a cunning politician, and the most beloved leader Rome has ever known. 7:30 p.m. The Mars Theater 117 N. Chattanooga St. LaFayette, GA



THURSDAY9.6 Library Fall Book Sale 9 a.m. Eastgate Town Center 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 855-5570 LAUNCH Party 5:30 p.m. Stratton Hall 3146 Broad St. (423) 667-4332 Adam Hunter 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 Country Line Dancing Class 8 p.m. Westbound Bar 24 Station St. (423) 498-3069

FRIDAY9.7 Library Fall Book Sale 9 a.m. Eastgate Town Center 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 855-5570 Railfest 9 a.m. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 4119 Cromwell Rd.


(423) 894-8028 Out On 8th 5 p.m. West Village 802 Pine St.
 (423) 424-1831 Fabric of Our Lives Opening Reception 5 p.m. In-Town Gallery 26 Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214 Kristin Kendall Solo Art Exhibit Opening Reception 5:30 p.m. Townsend Atelier 301 E. 11th St. (423) 266-2712 Peggy Epton and David Swanagin Opening Reception 5:30 p.m. River Gallery 400 E 2nd St. (800) 374-2923 Cambridge Square Night Market 6 p.m. Cambridge Square 9453 Bradmore Ln. (423) 648-2496 Adam Hunter 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233

Julius Caesar 7:30 p.m. Back Alley @ The Mars Theater 117 N. Chattanooga St. LaFayette, GA (706) 996-8350 The Floor Is Yours 7:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 Improv Movie Night: Pandemic! 8 p.m. First Draft Theater 1800 Rossville Ave. (423) 843-1775 Ruby Falls Lantern Tours 8:30 p.m. Ruby Falls 1720 S. Scenic Hwy. (423) 821-2544 Improv Showdown 10 p.m. First Draft Theater 1800 Rossville Ave. (423) 843-1775

SATURDAY9.8 VICtory 5K/10K/ Mile Fun Run 8 a.m. Enterprise South Nature Park 8015 Volkswagen Dr. (423) 602-2750

Railfest 9 a.m. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 4119 Cromwell Rd. (423) 894-8028 Library Fall Book Sale 9 a.m. Eastgate Town Center 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 855-5570 Climate ‘Nooga Festival 10 a.m. Station Street 1 Station St. (423) 718-5009 Indigo and Shibori Dyeing 10 a.m. Townsend Atelier 301 E. 11th St. (423) 266-2712 Repticon Chattanooga 10 a.m. Camp Jordan Arena 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy. (803) 814-5018 Chattanooga River Market 10 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. (423) 648-2496 Beginning Hand-Lettering with Lesley Miller 10:30 a.m. Art Creations 201 Frazier Ave. (423) 267-0072

Adam Hunter Red Wolf Feeding and Talk Noon Reflection Riding Arboretum 400 Garden Rd. (423) 821-1160 Summer in West Village 6 p.m. West Village 802 Pine St. Adam Hunter 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 Julius Caesar 7:30 p.m. Back Alley @ The Mars Theater 117 N. Chattanooga St. LaFayette, GA Your Stories 8 p.m. First Draft Theater 1800 Rossville Ave. (423) 843-1775 Whose Line Chattanooga 10 p.m. First Draft Theater 1800 Rossville Ave. (423) 843-1775

SUNDAY9.9 Railfest 9 a.m.

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 4119 Cromwell Rd. (423) 894-8028 Repticon Chattanooga 10 a.m. Camp Jordan Arena 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy. (803) 814-5018 Chattanooga Market 10 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1826 Carter St. (423) 648-2496 Library Fall Book Sale Noon. Eastgate Town Center 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 855-5570 Adam Hunter 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233

MONDAY9.10 Friends Of The Library Fall Book Sale 9 a.m. Eastgate Town Center 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 855-5570 Summer Belly Dance Session 5:45 p.m.

Movement Arts Collective 3813 Dayton Blvd. (423) 401-8115 Joggers & Lagers 6 p.m. Chattanooga Brewing Co. 1804 Chestnut St.

TUESDAY9.11 Wake Up & Run 6 a.m. Fleet Feet Sports 307 Manufacturers Rd. (423) 771-7996 Library Fall Book Sale 9 a.m. Eastgate Town Center 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 855-5570 Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute Tour 4 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute 175 Baylor School Rd. (800) 262-0695 Tuesday Night Chess Club 6 p.m. Downtown Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 643-7700 Paths to Pints along the Riverwalk 6:30 p.m.

The Tap House 3800 St. Elmo Ave.

WEDNESDAY9.12 Library Fall Book Sale 9 a.m. Eastgate Town Center 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 855-5570 Middle Eastern Dance 10:30 a.m. Jewish Cultural Center 5461 North Terrace (423) 493-0270 Main Street Market 4 p.m. 522 W. Main St. Rapid Learning Kayak Skills + Roll Sessions 6 p.m. Chester Frost Park 2277 Gold Point Cir. N. (423) 643-6888 Naughty Knights Chess Meetup 7:30 p.m. The Bitter Alibi 825 Houston St. (423) 362-5070 Map these locations on Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to: CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 • THE PULSE • 13


Putting Strings On Your Bow So you had too good of a time this Labor Day weekend and now the work week has come back with a vengeance? Need to thrash around a little bit and let loose some angst? This Thursday night Behold the Brave is back at JJ’s Bohemia, and they provide all the cathartic hard rockin’ release one shall ever need. A local band whose original and uplifting sound has carried them far from Tennessee, Behold the Brave rocks out with the grit of an early Kings of Leon with the vocals to match. Band members Zack Randolph (guitar), Joel Parks (bass), Jeremiah Thompson (drums), and Clayton Davis (vocals, guitar) have jammed together for nearly ten years now. BTB moved from Chattanooga to the massive music pond that is Nashville three years ago, and since then they’ve focused on time in the studio and experimenting with their sound, adding in a touch of R&B to their upcoming work. Try them for yourself on YouTube with the fat riff and wobbly-funky lyrics of “Rocky Mountain Strawberry”. Along with Behold the Brave, Nightengale and the Harpooner will be the opener. Show starts at 7 p.m. and will have a small cover fee at the door. — Allan Duggar

Songs With Meaning Ian Fisher puts Idle Hands to a very good use By Marc T. Michael Pulse Music Editor

I believed every song should have some deeper meaning, some poignant observation on the human condition.”



EARS AGO I HEARD AN INTERVIEW WITH BOB Dylan in which he was asked about the “hidden meaning” behind a particular lyric. He looked amused and said, “Man, I liked the way it rhymed.” I had always liked various eras and personas of Dylan, but my respect for him rose several notches that day because of his simple honesty. There wasn’t any particularly deep thought behind the song; he just thought it sounded good. You see, I grew up with a certain idea of what a singer/songwriter is, or should be. I believed every song should have some deeper meaning, some poignant observation on the human condition. I still have great deal of admiration for that kind of songwriting but have long since come to un-

derstand that these types of songs are fewer and further between than I would have imagined. For one thing, their commercial viability is… uneven. For another, it’s far too easy to wield a heavy hand and create music that tends towards the preachy and overbearing. It takes a very particular kind of skill to produce the right balance of statement and entertainment. Bruce Cockburn managed it. U2 was wellknown for it in their earlier days, it’s what built their reputation, however their music evolved later on. Joe Strummer and The Clash are

iconic for their politically charged tunes and probably did a great deal to raise the awareness of some kids who otherwise might not have given much thought to what goes on in the world. What a pleasure it is, then, to discover the music of Ian Fisher, a self-taught musician from rural Missouri who went to earn a degree in political science before spending over a decade touring Europe and the world at large. Ian is a fellow who knows things, who has seen things, and has the skill and talent to express his observations musically without ever coming across as heavy-handed or preachy. He is a rarity; a singer/songwriter who, building on his folk roots, has found the delicate balance between deep, meaningful subtext and entertaining music. His latest album, Idle Hands, was recently released and has drawn favorable comparisons to the work of Jason Isbell, another artist whose work resonates with deeper truths while maintaining its integrity as wonderfully listenable music. The title track is a fine introduction to the complexities of

Fisher makes of use of the technique he feels best suits an individual track, but the underlying theme throughout is one of intelligent, thoughtful, worldly lyrics.”

Fisher’s style. His bio states that his early musical education was largely at the hands of his father’s collection of ‘70s records and it shows here with complex arrangements and production that borders on lavish without giving in to the self-indulgence prevalent in much of the music of that era. On the face of it, this might seem anathema to his self-professed folk roots, a genre generally thought of as being “stripped down,” but here again is a sign of his unique talent. Lyrically he can take the no-nonsense approach of the folkie and combine with a musical complexity that creates something new. This is only a sampling of the ground covered by the album, however. “Tears in Dust” is, in fact, as powerful a folk/country song as any I’ve heard while

“Road to Jordan” has an early eighties alt-pop feel right up Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello’s alley. The music is flexible, Fisher makes of use of the technique he feels best suits an individual track, but the underlying theme throughout is one of intelligent, thoughtful, worldly lyrics. Fisher isn’t putting on a costume when he steps to the microphone, he’s delivering sincerity and he does with a background that lends considerable gravitas to the work. It’s highly unlikely you’ll find the opportunity to catch a concert locally, the only U.S. show for the rest of his 2018 tour is in the middle of September in New York, but his music (and videos) is readily found online and well worth the time and effort to check out.

It’s A Toga Party At The Palace

Ah, Autumn, when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of dressing up in a sheet and hanging out with a hundred or so close friends and a handful of wailing bands. This Friday, the Palace Theater on Georgia Avenue is hoisting the “preeminent Toga party of 2018!” No, really. The event, scheduled from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m., features a brilliant musical lineup including Mudsex, “space metal” band Pinecone, and the triumphant return of Road to Nightfall (one of the cleverest names for a band since “Free Beer.”) Expect to see Danimal Pinson and Alex Volz lending their talents to the evening, as well. It’s going to be a jam-packed night of celebration of the end of summer and the start of cooler weather with some of your favorite musicians and artists so dust off your favorite toga, memorize the lyrics to “Shout!” and head on down to the Palace Theater this Friday night! — MTM




Big Freedia

Nick Lutsko

Hollow Bone

The Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia is at the forefront of the Bounce rap movement and brings it to town on the Bessie Smith lawn. 5:30 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center 200 E. MLK Blvd.

One of the most innovative guitarists, and one of the most creative stage perfomers in town, Nick never disappoints. 7 p.m. Oddstory Brewing Company 336 E. MLK Blvd.

If you've ever heard the phrase "JamGrass", chances are you've also heard of Hollow Bone. If not, come find out how fun it really is. 9 p.m. HiFi Clyde’s 122 W. Main St.



Little River Band

THURSDAY9.6 Cat Man Smothers 2 p.m. Virgola Wine Bar 608 Georgia Ave. Big Freedia 5:30 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center 200 E. MLK Blvd. Bands on the Bluff: C-Grimey & The Freedom Riders 6 p.m. The Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View Ave. James Crumble Trio 6 p.m. St. John’s Meeting Place 1278 Market St. Mark Andrew 6 p.m. 1885 Grill 3914 St. Elmo Ave. Flattop Boxers 6:30 p.m. Westin Alchemy Bar 801 Pine St. John Carroll 6:30 p.m. Westin Dorato Bar 801 Pine St. Songwriters Stage 7 p.m. The Camp House 149 E. MLK Blvd.

16 • THE PULSE • SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM The Pickup Lions 7 p.m. Cambridge Square 9453 Bradmore Ln. Toby Hewitt 7 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Moccasin Bend Brewing Co. 3210 Broad St. Keepin’ It Local 8 p.m. The Social 1110 Market St. Open Mic Night 9 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. Behold the Brave, Nightengale and the Harpooner 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. Tab Spencer, Genevieve & Hemmy, Jack Endelouz 9 p.m. Music Box @ Ziggy’s 607 Cherokee Blvd.

FRIDAY9.7 Two Piano Journey

5 p.m. Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre 4501 Amnicola Hwy. Sistren 6:30 p.m. Cambridge Square 9453 Bradmore Ln. Jesse Jungkurth 6:30 p.m. Westin Alchemy Bar 801 Pine St. Preston Ruffing 6:30 p.m. Westin Dorato Bar 801 Pine St. Nick Lutsko 7 p.m. Oddstory Brewing Company 336 E. MLK Blvd. Dallas Walker with Abigail Blake 7 p.m. Songbirds North 35 Station St. Rick Rushing and The Blues Strangers 7:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. Little River Band 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5580

Dr. B & The Ease, Sleazy Sleazy 8 p.m. Southside Social 1818 Chestnut St. Belle Hollows 8 p.m. Charles & Myrtle’s Coffeehouse 105 McBrien Rd. Lon Eldridge 8 p.m. Barley Taproom 235 E. MLK Blvd. The Simp Gatsby 8 p.m. The Camp House 149 E. MLK Blvd. Charley Woods 8:30 p.m. Puckett’s Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way Who’s Bad: the Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience 9 p.m. Songbirds South 41 Station St. Webb Barringer 9 p.m. Tremont Tavern 1204 Hixson Pike Hurly & Good Company 9 p.m. HiFi Clyde’s 122 W. Main St. Quitron and Miss Pussycat, Megan Jean and the KFB

Danimal 7 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. Open Mic Jam Session 7 p.m. Crust Pizza 3211 Broad St. Open Mic with Mike McDade 8 p.m. Tremont Tavern 1203 Hixson Pike

American Aquarium 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd.

SATURDAY9.8 Moon River Music Festival 12:30 p.m. Coolidge Park 150 River St. New Grass Express 12:30 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. Ryan Oyer 6:30 p.m. Westin Alchemy Bar 801 Pine St. Megan Howard 6:30 p.m. Westin Dorato Bar 801 Pine St. South for Winter 7 p.m. Charles & Myrtle’s Coffeehouse 105 McBrien Rd. Forever Bluegrass 7 p.m. Westbound Bar 24 Station St. Counterpoint: Schaafritz 7:30 p.m. St Peter’s Episcopal Church 848 Ashland Ter.

Danimal 7:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. Saturday Night Music Series 8 p.m. Westbound Bar 24 Station St. Brian Sutherland 8:30 p.m. Puckett’s Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way Tim Higgins 9 p.m. Barley Taproom 235 E. MLK Blvd. Hollow Bone 9 p.m. HiFi Clyde’s 122 W. Main St. Three Star Revival 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. From Another Planet with Friends 9 p.m. Music Box @ Ziggy’s 607 Cherokee Blvd.

SUNDAY9.9 Jalil Mohammad 11 a.m. Flying Squirrel Bar

55 Johnson St. Marcus White 11 a.m. Westin Dorato Bar 801 Pine St. Stratoblasters 11 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1826 Carter St. Moon River Music Festival 12:30 p.m. Coolidge Park 150 River St. Nikki Michelle and the Cosmic Collective 1:30 p.m. Flying Squirrel Bar 55 Johnson St. Two Tons of Steel 2 p.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1826 Carter St. Bluegrass Jam 4 p.m. Fiddlers Anonymous 2248 Dayton Blvd. (423) 994-7497 Mathis & Martin 7 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. Rock Skool Chattanooga Charity Concert 9 p.m. Songbirds South 41 Station St.

MONDAY9.10 American Aquarium 7 p.m. Songbirds South 41 Station St. Monday Nite Big Band 7 p.m. The Coconut Room 6925 Shallowford Rd. Open Air with Jessica Nunn 7:30 p.m. The Granfalloon 400 E. Main St. Very Open Mic with Shawnessey Cargile 8 p.m. The Well 1800 Rossville Blvd. #8

TUESDAY9.11 John Carrol 6 p.m. 1885 Grill 3914 St. Elmo Ave. String Theory: Leon Fleisher 6:30 p.m. The Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View Ave. Bill McCallie and In Cahoots 6:30 p.m. Southern Belle 201 Riverfront Pkwy.

WEDNESDAY9.12 Spinster 6 p.m. 1885 Grill 3914 St. Elmo Ave. The Other Guys 6 p.m. SpringHill Suites 495 Riverfront Pkwy. Jesse James Jungkurth 7 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. Dexter Bell and Friends 7 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. Priscilla & Little Rickee 8 p.m. Las Margaritas 1101 Hixson Pike (423) 756-3332 Handsome Grandsons, Sunsap, Shakeys Bad Knee, North by North 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. Prime Cut Trio 9 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. Map these locations on Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to:



Bill Brovold’s Stone Soup The Michael Goldberg Variations (Public Eyesore)


ach’s famous composition “The Goldberg Variations”— written for harpsichord but often performed on piano—features a melody with 30 variations that demonstrate the possibilities of the keyboard, challenge the performer’s required virtuosity and bears a cleverness and sophistication that has intrigued listeners for centuries. With a titular nod to Bach’s work, Bill Brovold presents The Michael Goldberg Variations, named after a friend whose “heartfelt comments and wisdom”—while sometimes stinging—were influential and treasured. The album was spurred by a suggestion from Goldberg to make a minimalist piece that wasn’t as “repetitive and meandering” as the minimalism that he was encountering, and Brovold supplied a bare acoustic guitar track—featuring a rattling threenote pattern that occasionally ends on a 4th note—to collaborators to embellish with their own methods for their own individual tracks. Taking the moniker “Bill Brovold’s Stone Soup” for the collective, the “stone soup” folk tale is brought to mind, where contributors add food scraps to a cauldron containing just water and a stone. Like the soup, what’s interesting isn’t the stone—in this case, Brovold’s absurdly simple note pattern—but how others are inspired and what they bring to the table. For the most part, the album has a softness and calmness, as if the players are walking on eggshells, perhaps either to not draw too much attention away from the main theme or to adhere to an unspoken yet loose and amorphous minimalist theme.


The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices BooCheeMish (Prophecy) Most collaborators leave Brovold’s guitar untreated; however, Keith Moline adds a processing effect to the sample, and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm—who provides his own long tones—overlays Brovold’s guitar string buzz to cause gentle provocation. Both members of Atlanta’s Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel contribute, with Scott Burland adding his pure, drifting and echoing theremin tones and Frank Schultz providing diving lap steel notes. Rhys Chatham’s voice and flute additions suggest some kind of spiritual ritual, while the warm drones and ringing keyboard notes from Frank Pahl evoke tenderness. Karen Haglof’s placid electric guitar wandering has a hint of psych-rock, while the faint electronics of Beth Wilusz and Erik Gustafson seem to have a delicate translucence. As a whole, it’s perhaps like an aural glider, entering the windows of a building or flying through a forest, being lifted by diverse breezes.


ever before...have I been so intensely subjugated by the human voice.” So wrote Ivo Watts-Russell, co-founder of the 4AD record label, about the project Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares—French for The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices. In the mid-’80s, Peter Murphy of the band Bauhaus gave WattsRussell a tape dub of the first Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares album, compiled by Marcel Cellier and originally released in 1975. Watts-Russell was so blown away by it that he reissued it on 4AD in 1986, leading to international recognition; the equally excellent and compelling Volume 2, released in 1987, even won a Grammy award.

Trying to articulate the “mystery” can only go so far, in technical terms. As explained by Cellier, the Bulgarian female choir music of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares has origins in the thousand-yearold Bulgarian song tradition, scarred by centuries of Ottoman domination and finally adopting Occidental harmony in the 20th century. Melodies are woven around pedal notes that act like bagpipe drones, occasionally creating gripping dissonance, while outbursts act as flourishes to powerful, sustained chords. Beyond any words of explanation, this music hits at the gut level—it’s absolutely stunning, beautiful, disquieting and strange at the same time. Now redubbed The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices, the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir—featured prominently on the original compilations—has a new studio album entitled BooCheeMish, available as a single CD, 2-CD set (with five bonus tracks), SACD, vinyl record, digital downloads, and a boxed set that includes all physical formats. Like the previous releases, a number of moments are perfectly spine-tingling, with highlights including the arresting “Zableyalo Agne” and “Ganka.” Lisa Gerrard—best known for her work in Dead Can Dance and film soundtracks—is a featured singer on four tracks, and her distinctive, eclectic singing styles meld fittingly with the choir. Some moments will likely ruffle the feathers of purists; as stated by producer and composer Petar Dundakov in the New York Times, BooCheeMish was an attempt to “broaden the sound” and “move folklore forward.” The methods for doing this include using subtly modern, relatively tasteful instrumental arrangements with percussion, bass, strings (strummed and bowed) and other instruments; the Bulgarian human beatbox SkilleR even contributes to “Rano Ranila.” While these arrangements are far from the cringe-worthy 1993 novelty album From Bulgaria with Love, which clumsily paired Bulgarian voices with modern hiphop and techno beats, they are slightly distracting for those who wish to focus on the choir, making things a little less timeless, exotic and, well, mysterious.


The Spice & Tea Exchange Offering the finest herbs, spices, teas, exotic rices, sea salts and more Brooke Brown

Pulse Assistant Editor

Now is the time to practice making those new beverages for parties and nailing down your staple dish to wow your friends and family with this holiday season”

The Scoop The Spice & Tea Exchange 2115 Gunbarrel Road (423) 826-7707 Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm Sunday: 1pm-6pm


T’S A SURPRISINGLY COOL MORNing in August when I arrive at the Spice and Tea Exchange. I like to think it’s because I’ve been forcibly wearing fall outfits for two weeks in hopes of persuading the weather to cool down. I push open the door, scents of hearty spices and sweet teas whipping around me in the morning breeze. Proprietor Diane Tobin greets me with a friendly smile and offers to brew me a cup of tea. She offers me the choice of one of their three new fall teas: Pumpkin Chai Latte Tea, Spiced Ruby Cider Herbal Tea, and Tipsy Toffee Herbal Tea. I smell each one, decide on the Tipsy Toffee and we begin our chat over warmly brewed buttery toffee, chocolatey caramel cups. “Our tea bar is something I’ve wanted to do since day one of opening our store,” Diane says. “Folks used to come in and want to grab a cup to-go and I had no way to do that for them, and now I can! We have great prices and it’s fun for people to try new teas at the bar before they decide on buying a new blend.” Choose from four different sizes and whether you want your tea hot or iced. Pick a tea from their expanded single flavor teas and master blends, including black chocolate and coconut oolong, or mix the two together for a taste like a candy bar in a cup. Or choose from seven of Diane’s Sweet Teas, which include dessert flavored teas like Apple Pie a la Mode. “Add a flavored sugar to it if you want,” says Diane. They’ve recently added even more flavored sugars to their collection alongside favorites like cinnamon sugar. Try their pineapple, key lime or apple

cinnamon crisp sugars in a cup, on a dish or as a rim for a dessert drink. Or use them to mix up your own flavored simple syrup to be your own bartender. As the holidays approach, Diane says now is the time to practice making those new beverages for parties and nailing down your staple dish to wow your friends and family with this holiday season. “Practice those sweet cocktails for Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas. Now’s the time to get crafty and we help you be as creative as you want,” Diane says. “This is the time to prep to impress. You can spend these next few months planning and practicing and get the one special dish under your belt. You will be so happy with how confident you’ll feel.” If you’re like me and want to whip up something special and delicious but are nervous to get started, check out their Chef to Table spice packs that include a recipe, a grocery list on the back, and all the premeasured spices you’ll need

to craft a delectable dish, whether it’s for the holidays or just a weeknight dinner. Seasoning your meal is imperative, and if you tend to over measure or under measure your spices, their Chef to Table options will be a simple next step towards putting together a meal that turns out perfectly. Choose from delicious options like Bacon Bleu Cheese Macaroni or Baked Ziti, or desserts including Coconut Blondies and drinks like a good ole Bloody Mary. And once the chilly days of fall finally roll around, nothing’s better than breaking out the slow cooker to do the leg work for you with all kinds of soups and chilis. Spice and Tea Exchange has all the recipe cards and spices you need to put together slow cooker butter chicken, old city chili and more. If you want to put together “extra special chili,” head over to see the spice queen herself and find your way to flavor.



Not All Movies Can Be Good Gringo searches for a reason for us to care By John DeVore Pulse Film Editor

“ with

Gary, Beth & Eric

There is something to be said about our constant state of diversion but I can’t really get a handle on it...”



OT ALL MOVIES CAN BE GOOD. IN GENERAL TERMS, there are three to five movies released wide every week and dozens more in smaller markets around the country. Film is big business and audiences demand new content on a regular basis, largely as a distraction from everyday life. Occasionally, I think about the amount of time I spend on being entertained by books, movies, television shows, video games, music, etc. and I wonder just what it is I’m trying not to think about. There is something to be said about our constant state of diversion but I can’t really get a handle on it because I’m too busy thinking about how cool the new Spider-man video game looks or whether or not all of the Avengers are going to return in the next movie. There’s no time to be still. To be fair, being still can lead to uncomfortable thoughts about our place

in the world and what it is that we truly do and don’t deserve, which is an absolutely terrifying line of thinking, particularly for the white American male. This is all a digression from my main point, however, which is that not all movies can be good. Specifically, the Amazon pictures film Gringo (not be confused with the 1989 Gregory Peck/Jane Fonda film Old Gringo or the 2012 Mel Gibson film Get Him to the Gringo) is not very good. It was summer film released to not much fanfare, filled with great actors, that completely vanished from theaters almost immediately. As a distrac-

tion, though, it almost works. David Oeylowo stars in Gringo as a downtrodden Nigerian immigrant named Harold who works for a pharmaceutical company that may soon merge with another company and cost him his job. Harold suspects something but he doesn’t know all the details. All Harold knows is that his greedy friend and CEO of the company, Richard (Joel Edgerton), graciously gave him a job and allowed him to manage a lucrative account south of the border. Richard even hired Harold’s wife to be his interior decorator, despite her lack of experience. But as is said in a line from a much better movie, what David doesn’t know about Richard could fill the Grand Canyon. For instance, he doesn’t know that his company is selling pills to a Mexican drug cartel. He doesn’t know that Richard allowed the company’s kidnapping insurance to lapse. He doesn’t know that Richard is currently sleeping with his wife. All of these things are found out in due time, of course. Gringo is the type of film where things go from bad to worse to absurd in a matter of minutes. The filmmakers attempt to play this for comedy, but it doesn’t quite work. It doesn’t work because no one


Gringo is the type of film where things go from bad to worse to absurd in a matter of minutes. The filmmakers attempt to play this for comedy, but it doesn’t quite work.”

really cares about Harold. Not his wife. Not his boss. Not even the audience. There’s a way to do a movie about a sad sack, a born loser who never makes it and can’t get ahead. The William H. Macy film The Cooler is a great example. Ultimately, the character is endearing enough to win over the audience. Harold simply isn’t interesting. We just don’t get enough of his personality. Additionally, audiences have become conditioned to expect a certain level of violence in films that depict Mexican drug cartels. We’ve read stories about entire busloads of tourists disappearing, passengers being forced in some case to fight to the death for the amusement of cartel members. We’ve seen tortoises crawl across the desert with severed heads resting on their backs. Some of us have even spent countless hours watching Narcos.

Gringo never reaches that level of violence, and as such, doesn’t come across as particularly threatening. Despite Harold’s born loser qualities, we never really feel like he’s in any danger. And so, Gringo is mostly a bust. It’s the type of film that you might watch on a Sunday when the kids are gone, football season is over, and the only thing on is the third quarter of some hockey game with second rate teams locked in a defensive struggle. When the ennui starts encroaching on the edges of your mind, and you start to wonder what it is about your boss that entitles them to three or four times your salary, and you wonder why you settled for an English major when you’re pretty good with computers, and most of your friends who joined the military are doing pretty good right now, you might just decide Gringo is a better use of your time. It’s that kind of movie.

The Nun A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun. Director: Corin Hardy Stars: Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga

Peppermint Peppermint is a revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her enemies the very life they stole from her. Director: Pierre Morel Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr.



Your Traffic Ticket, Tell Me About It Officer Alex as some friendly and helpful advice on traffic citations Editor's Note: Alex Teach is having an out-ofstate advenutre thsi week, so we are running one of our favorite past columns of his.

Y Alex Teach

Pulse columnist

Tickets are a voluntary program, folks; just watch your speed and your brake pedal instead of your cell phone because that’s how you show up ‘The Man’.”

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.

OU CAN OFTEN GAUGE HOW well I know someone I’m in a conversation with based on the length of the “traffic ticket story” they’re telling me. First clue: If they’re telling me a long “traffic ticket story,” I don’t know them at all and they certainly don’t know me well. Second clue: Well…that’s pretty much it. But it’s still okay to ask questions now and then. (If I want your ticket history I can pull it up in my car. But I’m not going to. Ever. Because I don’t.) Insensitive? Eh, maybe, but I don’t blame them. Wait, you mean I’m being insensitive? Eh, maybe I am, too, but I am just one man and I have to have some limits. I actually have a profound understanding for why people feel the need to do this: It’s a source of anxiety and therefore a topic they are very passionate about and it’s how they feel they can relate to me upon meeting me. I get it. Sometimes the comments are snide, sometimes remorseful, and most involve the injustice of being caught (“…instead of that other guy that blew past me just seconds before!”) to deflect from the fact they were still guilty, and I’m always patient with them. (Okay, mostly patient with them, but my expertise is in dealing with human accountability, not being an emotional tampon; give the PTSD-bound a break here.) The last conversation I had was actually about why they didn’t get a ticket, hence this week’s normally verboten topic. “I couldn’t find my license anywhere, and I was panicking. My kid was in his


car seat and asking what was happening over and over and I actually think he’d undone his seatbelt which would have been a second ticket and finally the cop just said ‘Fine, just…be careful. Have a good day, ma’am.’ What was with that? He didn’t go through my car or anything!” She had other forms of identification. He had tools in his car to verify who she was, but what made her really lucky was that this wasn’t a drug interdiction cop, or a cop who wasn’t able to convince his supervisor he hadn’t seen a citeable offense in five, ten, or fifteen days as opposed to not doing his job. She was polite and nervous and didn’t know that without a license you can’t get a ticket by the letter of the law—you have to be taken to jail for a lack of state ID to verify your identity and brought before a magistrate, and she had a kid in the car that would have suffered. That’s why she didn’t get a ticket for doing 12 over, so naturally I told her, “Wow. That was just your lucky day I guess! Be careful, don’t waste that!” I wasn’t lying, but I wasn’t going to give her the idea she had an “out” from

now on, and I’m not giving you that idea either because, unlike in her situation, I can take the time to tell you it’s a fool’s errand to think you can chuck your ID into the trunk and drive like Steve McQueen in “Bullitt” so long as you have a kid in the car. She both had a planetary alignment in the personality and tenor of the cop that pulled her over and a genuine air that he read into along with the sense to find other ways to verify her identity rather than have a fast one pulled on him. Discretion + Experience + Instinct = Good Cops. He was fine to let her roll, but any other cop, much less a specialist in ticket writing? Press hard because there are several carbons to be distributed under that white copy, Mrs. Thing. The real “ticket” to avoidance isn’t claiming ignorance of law or that “everyone else was doing it.” Tickets are a voluntary program, folks; just watch your speed and your brake pedal instead of your cell phone because that’s how you show up “The Man”. If not? Collect that carbon and add it to the stories. I’m a listener. It’s what I do.


FREE WILL ASTROLOGY VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran loved the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. “Without Bach, God would be a complete second-rate figure,” he testified, adding, “Bach’s music is the only argument proving the creation of the Universe cannot be regarded as a complete failure.” I invite you to emulate Cioran’s passionate clarity, Virgo. From an astrological perspective, now is an excellent time to identify people and things that consistently invigorate your excitement about your destiny. Maybe you have just one shining exemplar, like Cioran, or maybe you have more. Home in on the phenomena that in your mind embody the glory of creation. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I foresee the withering of a hope or the disappearance of a prop or the loss of leverage. This ending may initially make you feel melancholy, but I bet it will ultimately prove beneficent—and maybe lead you to resources that were previously unavailable. Here are rituals you could perform that may help you catalyze the specific kind of relief and release you need: 1. Wander around a graveyard and sing songs you love. 2. Tie one end of a string around your ankle and the other end around an object that symbolizes an influence you want to banish from your life. Then cut the string and bury the object. 3. Say this ten times: “The end makes the beginning possible.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “If a man treats a life artistically, his brain is his heart,” wrote Oscar Wilde. I’ll translate that into a more complete version: “If a person of any gender treats life artistically, their brain is their heart.” This truth will be especially applicable for you in the coming weeks. You’ll be wise to treat your life artistically. You’ll thrive by using your heart as your brain. So I advise you to wield your intelligence with love. Understand that your most incisive insights will come when you’re feeling empathy and seeking intimacy. As you crystallize clear visions about the future, make sure they are generously suffused with ideas about how you and your people can enhance your joie de vivre. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “My tastes are simple,” testified Sagittarian politician Winston Churchill. “I am easily satisfied with the best.” I propose that we make that your motto for now. While it may not be a sound idea to demand only the finest of everything all the time, I think it will be wise for you to do so during the next three weeks. You will have a mandate to resist trifles and insist on excellence. Luckily, this should motivate you to raise your own standards and expect the very best from yourself.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Russian playwright Anton Chekhov articulated a principle he felt was essential to telling a good story: If you say early in your tale that there’s a rifle hanging on the wall, that rifle must eventually be used. “If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there,” declared Chekhov. We might wish that real life unfolded with such clear dramatic purpose. To have our future so well-foreshadowed would make it easier to plan our actions. But that’s not often the case. Many elements pop up in our personal stories that ultimately serve no purpose. Except now, that is, for you Capricorns. I suspect that in the next six weeks, plot twists will be telegraphed in advance. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Would it be fun to roast marshmallows on long sticks over scorching volcanic vents? I suppose. Would it be safe? No! Aside from the possibility that you could get burned, the sulfuric acid in the vapors would make the cooked marshmallows taste terrible, and might cause them to explode. So I advise you to refrain from adventures like that. On the other hand, I will love it if you cultivate a playful spirit as you contemplate serious decisions. I’m in favor of you keeping a blithe attitude as you navigate your way through tricky maneuvers. I hope you’ll be jaunty in the midst of rumbling commotions. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): People will be thinking about you more than usual, and with greater intensity. Allies and acquaintances will be revising their opinions and understandings about you, mostly in favorable ways, although not always. Loved ones and not-soloved ones will also be reworking their images of you, coming to altered conclusions about what you mean to them and what your purpose is. Given these developments, I suggest that you be proactive about expressing your best intentions and displaying your finest attributes. ARIES (March 21-April 19): In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, our heroine encounters a talking caterpillar as he smokes a hookah on top of a tall mushroom. “Who are you?” he asks her. Alice is honest: “I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.” She says this with uneasiness. In the last few hours, she has twice been shrunken down to a tiny size and twice grown as big as a giant. All these transformations have unnerved her. In contrast to Alice, I’m hoping you’ll have a positive attitude about your upcoming shifts and mutations, Aries. From what I can tell, your journey through the Season of Metamorphosis should be mostly fun and educational.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Juan Villarino has hitchhiked over 2,350 times in 90 countries. His free rides have carried him over 100,000 miles. He has kept detailed records, so he’s able to say with confidence that Iraq is the best place to catch a lift. Average wait time there is seven minutes. Jordan and Romania are good, too, with nine- and twelve-minute waits, respectively. In telling you about his success, I don’t mean to suggest that now is a favorable time to hitchhike. But I do want you to know that the coming weeks will be prime time to solicit favors, garner gifts, and make yourself available for metaphorical equivalents of free rides. You’re extra magnetic and attractive. How could anyone could resist providing you with the blessings you need and deserve? GEMINI (May 21-June 20): One of the big stories of 2018 concerns your effort to escape from a starcrossed trick of fate—to fix a longrunning tweak that has subtly undermined your lust for life. How successful will you be in this heroic quest? That will hinge in part on your faith in the new power you’ve been developing. Another factor that will determine the outcome is your ability to identify and gain access to a resource that is virtually magical even though it appears nondescript. I bring this to your attention, Gemini, because I suspect that a key plot twist in this story will soon unfold. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Potential new allies are seeking entrance to your domain. Existing allies aspire to be closer to you. I’m worried you may be a bit overwhelmed; that you might not exercise sufficient discrimination. I therefore urge you to ask yourself these questions about each candidate. 1. Does this person understand what it means to respect your boundaries? 2. What are his or her motivations for wanting contact with you? 3. Do you truly value and need the gifts each person has to give you? 4. Everyone in the world has a dark side. Can you intuit the nature of each person’s dark side? Is it tolerable? Is it interesting? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): While a young man, the future Roman leader Julius Caesar was kidnapped by Sicilian pirates. They proposed a ransom of 620 kilograms of silver. Caesar was incensed at the small size of the ransom—he believed he was worth more—and demanded that his captors raise the sum to 1,550 kilograms. I’d love to see you unleash that kind of bravado in the coming weeks, Leo—preferably without getting yourself kidnapped. In my opinion, it’s crucial that you know how valuable you are, and make sure everyone else knows, as well.

“Free Stuff”—a big freestyle for the 900th Jonesin’ puzzle. ACROSS 1 URL component 4 Writer Bombeck 8 Flat floaters 13 Longtime Jets QB who led the NFL in passer rating in 1985 15 “Ran” director Kurosawa 16 Put into a different envelope 17 Uncompromising 18 For each 19 Slowdowns 20 ___-days (heavy practices for football teams) 21 Letters on NYC subways 23 Woody Guthrie’s kid 24 2008 puzzle game for the Wii that relied heavily on multiplayer modes 29 Velvet finish 30 “Jackass” costar who had his own “Viva” spinoff on MTV 31 Droop 32 “No ___ way!” (self-censorer’s

exclamation) 33 Big figure 36 Night away from the usual work, maybe 40 Hotshot 41 “Things will be OK” 43 Charity calculation 45 Ex-NHL star Tikkanen 46 Magazine that sounds like a letter 47 Supporting bars 49 Congenitally attached, in biology 51 Coloraturas’ big moments 52 “Can’t eat another bite” 55 Norse goddess married to Balder 56 Many seniors, near the end? 57 Feline “burning bright” in a Blake poem 58 “Good for what ___ ya” 59 Jekyll creator’s monogram DOWN 1 Hard-to-search

Internet area “just below the surface” in that iceberg infographic 2 The slightest bit 3 Record player component 4 Perry Mason creator ___ Stanley Gardner 5 2016 Olympics city 6 “Au revoir, ___ amis” 7 Suffix after hex- or pent8 Seldom seen 9 AKC working dog 10 “Yeah, just my luck ...” 11 One step below the Majors 12 Elegy, perhaps 13 Surname of brothers Chris and Martin, hosts of “Zoboomafoo” and a self-titled “Wild” PBS Kids show 14 Discreet way to be included on an email, for short 19 Where the

military goes 21 Harvard’s school color before crimson 22 Hesitant 25 Plant firmly (var.) 26 Artillery barrages 27 Spruces up 28 “Crazy Rich Asians” actor Jimmy O. and comedian Jenny, for two 33 “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” director 34 Cube origin? 35 Taking a close look 37 Precede, as at a concert 38 Pita filler 39 Snapchat features 42 Saxophonist’s supply 44 Gregg Allman’s brother 48 Peter I, e.g. 49 “Hole-in-the-wall” establishments? 50 Really liked 52 Strong pub option 53 Test for internal injuries, for short 54 Fa follower

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