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NO. 36 • SEPTEMBER 7, 2017



VOL. 14, NO. 36 • SEPTEMBER 7, 2017



Forget Bonnaroo and Coachella, there’s only one festival this year celebrating what really matters: the realization that owning a home without crippling yourself financially is now a reality.



If there is a common theme to most indie movies, and it might be hard to argue that there is, that theme could conceivably be that people are strange.



Glen Gray sees hope and promise everywhere and tries to tell a story through his work. “Blessings can come from unexpected places, people, or situations,” he says. “Life is full of them if we but open our eyes to see them.”



Chuck Mosley may not be a household name. As the front man for Faith No More, he was there during the band’s “discovery” and rapid rise to success.



The World Comes To Chattanooga It seems like just a few short years ago that Chattanooga awoke one weekend morning to notice a large number of extremely physically fit people swimming, biking and running all around the city.


















While Christopher Armstrong wakes up every morning to the endless sunshine that is Los Angeles, he keeps the Scenic City, and all it stands for, in his pocket, taking with him everything he learned while living in the Noog.

Columnist Dr. Richard L. Pimental-Habib, Ph.D., C.C.H., better known as “Dr. Rick”, is an author, psychotherapist, educator and minister, and holds a doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy with an emphasis in mind/body wellness.



America’s Tiniest Festival Audobon Acres welcomes the Tennessee Tiny House Festival By Christopher Armstrong Pulse contributor



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Forget Bonnaroo and Coachella, there’s only one festival this year celebrating what really matters: the realization that owning a home without crippling yourself financially is now a reality. The 2017 Tennessee Tiny House Festival rolls into Audubon Acres this Friday for a weekend-long party dedicated to downsizing. Curated by the United Tiny House Association, this year’s event provides fun and entertainment for everyone. For the adults, along with scores of tiny homes available for exploring, there’s also over two dozen workshops with presentations from some of the brightest minds associated with the Tiny House movement, including a few familiar faces you’ve probably seen on television. Learning about the joys one experiences after freeing themselves from an unbearable mortgage payment will no doubt make you want to dance, and that’s where the live music comes into play. Friday and Saturday night overflows with an eclectic lineup of musicians. From the groovy reggae sounds of Root of All to the sweet, acoustic music from Austin Zackary, there’s something special for all types of music lovers. Friday morning the festival opens exclusively to students as they offer free school Field Trip sessions. Kids will love the popular “skoolies,” (former buses converted into tiny houses) as well as the gypsy wagons, yurts, and other special tiny homes parked down in the “Bohemian Village.” Afterwards, the young ones can cruise over to “Big Adventures of Tiny House Land,” for story-time and free movies all weekend or head over to the Saturday night bonfire where fire dancers are scheduled to perform. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (or in your bomb shelter) you’re probably somewhat knowledgeable about the Tiny


“The crusade fighting for personal happiness and financial freedom believes everyone can live this new American dream. The new secret to happiness is going small.” House movement. Chances are you’ve most likely met someone, somewhere, who won’t quit talking about how great their life is since they decided size doesn’t matter when it comes to their homes and how they’re no longer spending the majority of their paycheck on the mortgage payment. The crusade fighting for personal happiness and financial freedom believes everyone can live this new American dream. The new secret to happiness is going small. John and Fin Kernohan founded the festival back in 2015, and they’re a couple who practice what they preach. They formerly lived in a 304 square foot Tiny House but they’ve since upgraded into a 148 square foot home nicknamed “Tiny Firehouse Station No. 9,” which they use for traveling around the

country, promoting fire prevention. They’ve appeared on “Tiny House Big Living,” as well as “The Today Show,” spreading the word about their lifestyle. They also make sure their festival gives back to the community. Proceeds from the Georgia festival fully-funded the building of a Tiny House for a homeless veteran and his wife. The 2016 Tiny House festival in Georgia boasted a record setting attendance with over sixty thousand people, easily making it the largest Tiny House festival this country has ever witnessed. Yet, with mortgage rates increasing daily, there’s no doubt more and more Americans will soon begin taking interest in the Tiny House movement. When will you go tiny so you can live the large life?

Consider This with Dr. Rick

EdiToon by Rob Rogers

“Everyody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” —Albert Einstein

Chattanooga’s Greatest Show & Tell Faire See the creations of Chattanooga’s brightest and most fascinating creators and inventors as they present their masterpieces at the annual Mini Maker Faire this Saturday. This year will feature over eighty makers ready to give hands-on demonstrations to curious onlookers. “The festival includes a wide array of makers from tech enthusiasts and engineers to crafters and artists. Attendees will get to experience highly interactive exhibits as well as the opportunity to participate in workshops, hands-on experiments and hobby presentations.”

One of the highlights of the faire is the popular Robot Battles competition. “We’ll be fighting homemade one and three pound bots in our custom-built

arena in the morning, then have a hands-on workshop and demo on how to build and compete combat robots in the afternoon,” explains Robot Battles founder Kelly Lockhart. “We combine a love of science and engineering with watching things go crunch. Who says engineering has to be boring?” This is the perfect event for anyone looking to learn and engage with the deep thinkers of our city. Come be amazed and prepare to be blown away by the excitement and innovation of your local scientists, tech enthusiasts and crafters. — Jessica Manning

Here’s a new word for you: “Atelophobia”. Generally speaking, it means the fear of not being good enough. A person suffering from atelophobia thinks that all his or her efforts are error prone. (The word phobia is derived from the Latin word “phobos” meaning fear.) So what to do with this? Think of that poor fish—let’s say a salmon— trying to win a bet from some smartass carp in the fish bar…everyone’s throwin’ back a few fishtinis, and he accepts. He heads outside to climb a tree, falls backward and dies, right after feeling like an idiot. Now, put that same fish in his familiar rapids, swimming upstream like a champ, and he’s a miracle of nature. And so I ask you, dear readers, what is your take-away from this? — Rick Pimental-Habib, Ph.D.




Use Your Quivering Voice The good doctor on how to not let other people keep you doubting yourself

Dr. Rick

Pulse contributor


T ALL STARTED WITH A BUMPER sticker I saw at a local concert. It read: “Speak your mind, even if your voice quivers.” I thought, right on! I loved it because speaking one’s mind is a self-esteem issue. It’s far too often that the oppressed, downtrodden, and belittled do not speak their minds, nor do they have anyone speaking for them. Why would they? They’ve been stepped on all their lives. If you hear often enough that you’re not worth listening to, that you’re a second-class citizen, that you have nothing to offer, well gee…that should teach you to keep your head down and your mouth shut. So the black person who’s taught that he can’t go to college, finish college and make something of himself…won’t. He doesn’t feel worthy so, why bother? And the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender persons who are taught that they don’t deserve to have long-term, committed relationships recognized in the eyes of the law or the church (even with the new nationwide laws that face homophobic attack all the time, especially with this current administration)…will believe that their relationships and rights have no validity. So the woman who’s taught that there’s no breaking through the glass ceiling to actualize her talents—those talents being equal to or greater than her male colleagues’ who earn higher salaries…will

settle. So the young child who’s taught that none of the grown-ups have time for her, that no one’s going to get around to helping with her homework…internalizes a pervasive message about her lack of importance in this world. Unless… We start to wake up. And realize that: • African-American voices are responsible for desegregation, blacks more fairly portrayed in the media, and why conscious individuals no longer use the “N” word. • Why do “those homosexuals” need parades? Well, to stand up and say, “Claim your rightful place in this world and show people that we’re all just people”…and that love is love. • Who says women’s contributions are inferior to men’s? It’s not the women. And while we’re at it, just why do men believe they can dictate what a woman does with her own body? We’re still arguing this, seriously? • And who’s ignoring the young child, thereby teaching her, loudly and clearly even without words, to live a life of unworthiness, to find adult relationships in which she is treated poorly, and to pass along the “less than” message to her children, and their children, and their children? Speaking up for yourself is a seed. It begins a process. Others take notice and before long the seed empowers others, grows into a community movement, leading

to understanding and inclusiveness, a righting of wrongs. Much of my practice over the years has been working with individuals who have their hands full just learning to undo the teachings and preachings from their childhood that taught them they are not okay, not enough, not loveable. It takes a lot of diligent “ReParenting” to undo those esteemdamaging messages and speak up for yourself, speaking against deep tradition. Ask yourself these questions: Do you need to speak up—if not for yourself, for someone you care about? Do you need someone to speak up for you? I notice this guy who shows up at Riverbend each year. You’ve seen him. He carries the big cross on wheels, with signs condemning obscure celebrities to eternal hell. What? I’ve seen his comrade across the street holding a sign with similarly hateful damnations…I think it was about unwed

pregnant mothers, or puppies... who knows. But I suppose they believe that following their toxic example will help us sinners head heavenward. This got me thinking about people who speak loudly, not to lift themselves up from oppression nor to help others, not really; but to proclaim their superiority; to devote themselves to the “you’re going to hell unless you believe like I do” school of thought. Are these the voices of hope, intelligence, and enlightenment, or the voices we must speak up against? Or perhaps, to simply ignore, thus removing their power. You decide. Until next time: “Be happy. Be grateful. Mostly, be kind.” — Mayme Baker Dr. 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



The World Comes To Chattanooga How Chattanooga and Ironman created a match made in athletic heaven By Michael Thomas Pulse contributor


T SEEMS LIKE JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS AGO that Chattanooga awoke one weekend morning to notice a large number of extremely physically fit people swimming, biking and running all around the city. What was going on? Who were these people? Why did they do this to their bodies? Well, that was then. Now we are all quite familiar with the sights of world class athletes descending upon the Scenic City twice a year for both the Ironman and the Ironman 70.3 races. What makes the next several weeks unusual is that our fair city will be playing host to not one, but two events in two weeks time. And one of them is a world championship. Kicking off this week, Chattanooga plays host to the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, featuring the best triathletes in the world in the pinnacle event in the global Ironman 70.3 triathlon series. During the past year, more than 130,000 athletes participated in a season of qualifying races to grab one of the 3,000 slots in the championship, a series which consisted of over 85 events in locations such as Australia, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. Participants in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship will range in age from 18 to over 75, representing over 70 countries. When it was announced that Chattanooga would be the host city, Ironman CEO Andrew Messick said he was thrilled by the choice. “Chattanooga is

a first-class city, fully qualified and well-equipped to deliver an exceptional event, and we look forward to providing our athletes with an unforgettable championship race experience,” he said. The Ironman 70.3 World Championship week officially kicks off Thursday evening with a welcome banquet at the convention center, where one can only imagine the inordinate amount of carbs that will be consumed as racers gear up their metabolisms for the race. On Friday morning, there will be an IronKids half mile and one mile fun run down on the riverfront. Then on Saturday, the female competitors get underway, sliding into the Tennessee River at 7:30 a.m. sharp. On Sunday, the male competitors take their turn, taking to the river at 7:30 in the morning as well. If you plan on coming to see part of the event, it helps to know where everything will be happening. The first leg of the 70.3 is the swim, which starts and finishes at Ross’s Landing. Athletes will face a challenging course as they set off in a clockwise direction across the Tennessee River. After making a right turn at the first buoy, they will swim up river 940 yards before ferrying across and back down


to Ross’s Landing. Then comes the bike course, which takes riders five miles south of town before beginning the 3.5 mile climb up Lookout Mountain on Ochs Highway. Athletes will get to experience the incredible view as they ride along the top of Lookout Mountain before a quick decent down Highway 136 before turning to head back north. Near the end of the bike loop they will get the opportunity to ride through historic Chickamauga before making the final stretch back into downtown Chattanooga. For those that like to keep track of such things, the total elevation gain for the ride is 3,442 feet. Then comes the running. The athletes will have a chance to see the Scenic City up close and personal as they complete two loops through downtown Chattanooga, the Tennessee Riverwalk, Veterans Bridge, North Shore, Walnut Street Bridge and the

beautiful Riverfront Parkway. The final stretch will bring them back down Riverfront Parkway to Ross’s Landing, for a total distance of, you guessed it 70.3 miles between all three legs. But wait, as they say on late night television, there’s more. Just two weeks later, the city will play host to a full Ironman event. That’s a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a full 26.22mile marathon run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. And just like in the 70.3, the first event features our younger athletes with a Chattanooga Fun Run on Saturday, Sep. 23 at 9 a.m. Then on Sunday, the full race kicks off at 7:30 in the morning. Two weeks, two events, nearly 211 miles of racing. The only word to adequately describe this is “impressive”. And the people who compete in Iron-

COVER STORY man events are, likewise, quite impressive. In fact, part of the appeal of Ironman is learning what makes people take on such an arduous challenge. Longtime competitor Angela Naeth offers up an inside look at competing in the event. “Any advice I’ve ever received during my years of racing always came down to the following: have a plan, be flexible, take care of what you can control and stay positive.” She and her coach go over a race plan before every race. They talk race dynamics, go over nutrition strategies and the goals for the day, and are always focused on what they might be able to control and make sure to be flexible. “No race will ever go as planned,” she explains. “Accepting this and embracing it will allow you to excel come race day. As triathletes, we should all be grateful for our health and the opportunity to race. When things get tough, I remind myself that no one is forcing me to do this. I’m very grateful for my body, support team, family, friends, sponsors and competitors. Without any of them, I’d never have the chance to do this.” As for Chattanooga, Angela loves competing in the city. “Everyone seemed to come out for it,” she says. “The crowd that was there, especially the last two miles of the run, was absolutely phenomenal. It was like the whole community was there.” Triathlete Kim Schwabenbauer agrees that community support is essential for a successful race that competitors want to come back to year after year. “I really enjoyed the Chattanooga course,” she says. “And I think I’m not alone in that. I think it has a lot to do with how well the town accepts that race.” But what makes Chattanooga so popular? For all the cities around the world that host Ironman events, why is Chattanooga held in such high esteem by both organizers and competitors? For answers, we went to the Ironman organizers, where they shared a num-

“What makes the next several weeks unusual is that our fair city will be playing host to not one, but two events in two weeks time. And one of them is a world championship.” ber of comments from competitors in the past two events held here. “It was my third Ironman and I found the volunteer support absolutely top notch.” “Not as chaotic as other races I’ve done. Really loved the rolling start off the dock and the exit up the stairs. Good layout and thought process.” “The city was awesome. everywhere I went, I felt like a rock star. The community was well-informed of the event and they were all very kind everywhere I went.” “The events run like clockwork and everyone working and volunteering is so welcoming and clearly really dedicated to providing a seamless and enjoyable experience. The city and citizens of Chattanooga were also incredibly welcoming: the billboards,

signs on every business, the Y letting athletes use facilities for free, and restaurant owners going out of their way to please were incredible. Not every city lays out the red carpet like that.” “This was definitely my favorite bike course of any half-distance race I’ve done. Stunning views, great road services, rolling terrain that kept it interesting but never grueling, just an awesome bike course. And thank you for putting mats over the railroad tracks!” “Chattanooga, for two years straight, has had the best volunteers and support that I have experienced in any race that I have participated in. Aid station people were fantastic getting the items to us, encouraged us, kept the stations very clean, and did it all around a bunch of tired, cranky runners. Job very well done!”

To paraphrase actress Sally Field, they like us. They really like us. But Ironman means as much to Chattanooga as the city means to the competitors. “Chattanooga is one of six cities in the country to host both an Ironman and an Ironman 70.3; Chattanooga is one of ten cities in the world to host both an Ironman and an Ironman 70.3; and Chattanooga is the only city on the planet to host an Ironman, an Ironman 70.3 and two days of Ironman 70.3 World Championship racing,” notes Bob Doak, President and CEO for the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau. “That’s impressive. We would not have been able to do this without the existing strong partnership with Ironman and the dedication and support of the entire community.” Tim Morgan of the Chattanooga Sports Committee concurs with Doak. “Ironman has benefited our community both economically and socially,” he says. “With an estimated economic impact value exceeding over $100 million dollars for all events combined, Ironman is pumping new money into this region as an economic engine for our hospitality industry. “It has also instilled a new sense of pride in our capability to host major sporting events. Our region has become the epicenter of Ironman activity due to the professionalism and expertise of our local organizing team— made up of over 25 different organizations—combined with the amplified excitement demonstrated time and time again by our local volunteers and spectators lining the course creating an energizing environment for each participant.” So over the next several weeks, if you happen to meet a new face that is attached to an extremely physically fit body, welcome them to Chattanooga. Just don’t challenge them to a race. We’ll leave that to the professionals.



When Is A Lemon Truly A Lemon?

Janicza Bravo's first feature film goes over the top

Life And Death In Ferguson, Missouri In a year that has been marred by violent protests across the country, most notably in Charlottesville, Virginia, Whose Streets? is a timely, and often quite disturbing look at a civil uprising that lead to a new protest movement in America that shows little sign of subsiding anytime soon. Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live. This is not a film that searches for a happy ending or a peaceful resolution, because for many there doesn’t appear to either coming anytime soon. Instead, it shines an unflinching light on a segment of society that has long been marginalized and victimized by those in power. — Michael Thomas

By John DeVore Pulse Film Editor


Whose Streets? Opens this Friday See website for showtimes Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave., (423) 803-6578 10 • THE PULSE • SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM

F THERE IS A COMMON THEME TO MOST indie movies, and it might be hard to argue that there is, that theme could conceivably be that people are strange. As much as we look to our commonalities to understand each other as people, the diversity of humanity is often times mind-boggling. We like to describe unique people as one in a million, but with billions of people worldwide, being one in a million is really very common. The truth is more complex. People might be similar, but the diversity of human experience means that no one is just like anyone else. Some people, in fact, are so dissimilar from anyone else that they are nearly unrecognizable. Many indie movies, through exaggeration and surrealism,

highlight this fact. Lemon, the first feature film by Janicza Bravo, is an exploration of the strange behavior of a man who recently lost his girlfriend. In what could have been a simple story of a breakup, Bravo chooses to focus on exaggerating the traits and backgrounds of her characters, poking fun at self-perception and serious people, dragging stereotypes of all kinds into the light, pushing and pulling the audiences into a variety of uncomfortable situations, then forcing them to examine their reactions. The title of the film refers to the type of car that just never runs correctly. The ones that are always low on oil, have quirky transmissions, or have a hard time turning right. It’s a poor buy and poor decision, one that floods the owner with frustration and angst. Isaac (Brett Gelman) is a lemon. He’s an acting


“The film is lacking an everyman character, a person for the audience to connect with, our eyes and ears of every day interaction, a person that can stand in for us and diffuse the awkwardness unfolding onscreen”


teacher and mediocre commercial actor in L.A that passes harsh judgement on his students to make up for a lost career in New York. We watch him heap criticism on one student while lavishing praise on another, pitting them against each other for reasons that are obvious to no one but him. His praise only goes so far, however. When his prize student Alex (Michael Cera) lands a successful role in a film, Isaac rewards him by spraypainting a racial slur on his car. Ultimately, the film is about Isaac’s unravelling after Ramona (Judy Greer), his girlfriend of ten years, leaves him. How she managed ten years with the man seems miraculous. At any rate, it causes Isaac to spiral into a more unstable version of himself. We watch as he endures a Passover celebration with his family, each char-

acter as weird and uncompromising as Isaac himself. We watch him seek solace in the eyes of another only to find he lacks any ability to connect because he doesn’t understand himself. The film has an exceptional cast, from Rhea Pearlman to Megan Mullally to Jeff Garlin to Martin Starr to dozens of familiar and welcome faces in between. It’s a feature film featuring character actors, who are given plenty of meat to work with and scenery to chew. The film is lacking an everyman character, a person for the audience to connect with, our eyes and ears of every day interaction, a person that can stand in for us and diffuse the awkwardness unfolding onscreen. Bravo wants that everyman character to be the audience itself. It is

It A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children. Director: Andy Muschietti Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis

unflinching and forces us to absorb everything that happens onscreen and deal with it in our own way. For that reason, the film is somewhat exhausting. While the running time is only an hour and half, the film feels longer because it never really gives us a chance to escape from Isaac and his increasingly poor decision-making. When he turns his affections on Cleo, the only somewhat normal character in the film, it’s hard to understand why she continues spending time with him. It makes you wonder how someone can be that nice. But then this isn’t a film for rational thought and action. As I said, the film is an exaggeration. There aren’t many people in the world like Isaac or Alex, at least not in full. There are shades of these characters found in parts of the artistic world, but these shades don’t make up the whole character. I suppose Bravo is exploring what the world would be like if these characters existed as they do in the film— how would the world react to them? Can you do more than bitterly laugh? There’s a lot of sad chuckling to be done when watching Lemon. There’s not much else to do.

Home Again Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her. Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer Stars: Nat Wolff, Reese Witherspoon, Lake Bell, Michael Sheen CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 • THE PULSE • 11


Faith, Science And The Art Of Glen Gray Glen Gray takes a spiritual and mathematical journey

Quick Hands Create Unbelievable Portraits Coming to town this week is artist Sean Cheetham who is famously known for his alla prima oil portraits. Alla prima (wet-on-wet) involves layers of wet paint applied to previous layers. This technique requires a fast working hand because the work must be finished before the first layer of paint dries. He chooses to use a “mud-Palatte” as it gives him better control of the colors being used. Sean is known for his technical skill and his ability to create harmony within his portraits, which comes from his vast understanding of drawing and his own system of mixing colors. In 2005, he was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London where he was included in the prestigious BP Portrait award show. Sean is applauded as being one of the top young figurative artists of his time. He has been featured in several publications including American Artist’s Workshop magazine. When he isn’t traveling around the world for exhibits he can be found at his home in L.A. teaching others to create grand masterpieces. This Friday, Sean will be demonstrating his distinguished technique during a free live portrait painting at the Townsend Atelier. He will walk onlookers through the process and take questions during that time. — Jessica Manning An Evening with the Artist: Sean Cheetham Friday, 6 p.m. Townsend Atelier 301 E. 11th St. (423) 266-2712 12 • THE PULSE • SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM

By Kevin Hale

Pulse contributor


LEN GRAY SEES HOPE AND PROMise everywhere and tries to tell a story through his work. “Blessings can come from unexpected places, people, or situations,” he says. “Life is full of them if we but open our eyes to see them.” Gray’s journey started in Texas, where Christian theology was his calling, even though early on he doodled on whatever he could find. “My mom used to keep all my little scribbles, even though I didn’t take it seriously at the time,” he remembers. It wasn’t until he lived in New Zealand during his ministry work that he decided to take classes. Watercolor, oil and acrylic training helped Gray capture what he saw there. “I used to sit in banquets and while listening to the speaker, I would sketch whatever came to my mind,” explains. “I would draw ships and pirates and such things. It would help me focus. People would then come up to me after and ask me if

they could have my drawings, which I gave away.” It was that interest from others early on that gave Gray the confidence to continue. “One guy actually mounted the drawings I did and he displays them as stills in his house,” he Gray. His travels soon took him to Africa, where he made sure he took advantage of the continent’s rich wildlife. “I used to love to go to the reserve and take pictures of the various animals; elephants, rhinos and zebras,” he says. “We used to watch the elephants cross the road so we drove up and parked.” One aggressive male elephant decided the group was too close and charged the car. “He stopped right before he hit us,” chuckles Gray. “He ended up just kicking some rocks at us, although the ranger said he could have hit us.” Gray channeled this experience into at least two of his painting. “Elephant Tub” conveys the encounter accurately, as you come almost faceto-face as the viewer. “Power in Red” may make some SEC football fans squirm for a different reason. “I did that painting for all the Alabama Crim-


“A large influence on his art comes from the Italian mathematician Fibonacci, who in the late 11th and early 12th centuries was credited with bringing the Arabic numeral system to Europe” son Tide fans,” laughs Gray. A large influence on his art comes from the Italian mathematician Fibonacci, who in the late 11th and early 12th centuries was credited with bringing the Arabic numeral system to Europe and introducing the use of the number zero and the decimal place. His name is today remembered for the Fibonacci Sequence; an integer sequence whereby each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 (and so on). Although it may not seem obvious, there is a strong connection between this mathematical sequence and the composition of artwork. By visualizing each number as a square (increasing in size, in the same way as the sequence) and connecting the opposite corners of each

square, you can create the Fibonacci Spiral. “This is one of the techniques I use to teach my students,” says Gray. “They look at the canvas and see nothing but white and they don’t know where to begin.” Once his students master the technique, he encourages them to start developing and projecting their ideas visually. “It’s a balanced method where the formula pulls the viewer’s eye around the painting, in an almost counterclockwise motion.” His work can be described as realistic and explores techniques like distance through paint, perspective elements, reflections and suggestive elements that fool the eye. Wildlife, landscapes, still life and iconic animals tend to grace his canvases.

I just finished a painting of a man coming out of a vineyard,” says Gray. The man’s face expresses an almost grateful sense of joy for the bountiful harvest he has in his arms. “My idea for this particular piece came from Proverbs 3:910, ‘Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine’.” Gray has painted several bald eagles and even makes a minor political statement with his latest work. “It’s an eagle with a tear in its eye,” he explains. “The background is a quilt sown back together after being torn apart. Even though we want unity, the eagle knows we’re not unified.” Over the years, Gray has collected more than 12,000 photographs and countless images from books and magazines to paint. No telling how many paintings he has completed. “The difference between a good painter and a bad painter is the good painter will only show you his best work,” he advises. “But you can learn something from every artist. You can even learn by their mistakes.”

THU9.7 Alan Shuptrine

Chattanooga artist will be singing his new book as well as conducting a watercolor demonstration. 6 p.m. Star Line Books 1467 Market St. (423) 266-4453

FRI9.8 Dana Lynn Harper Grand Opening

Harper’s interactive installation “Garden Party” opens the gallery. 6 p.m. LIT Gallery 4015 Tennessee Ave. (423) 227-5197

SAT9.9 Garrison Keillor

The legend behind Lake Woebegon brings his unique voice and humor live to the big stage. 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5580




THURSDAY9.7 Ingrid Goes West 2 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. Ooltewah Farmers Market 3 p.m. Ooltewah Nursery 5829 Main St. (423) 238-9775 Signal Mountain Farmers Market 4 p.m. Pruett’s Market 1210 Taft Hwy. (423) 902-8023 Columbus 4 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. LAUNCH Party 5:30 p.m. Stratton Hall 3146 Broad St. (423) 523-9307 “Understanding Behaviors: It’s Not Your Personality” 5:30 p.m. The Edney 1100 Market St. (423) 413-8978 Alan Shuptrine Book Signing & Watercolor Demonstration 6 p.m. Star Line Books 1467 Market St.


(423) 266-4453 The Girl Without Hands 6 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. Dana Lynn Harper Cultivating Light 6:30 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. 1st Gallery Night with Jen Warren & Dogfish Ale Trail 7 p.m. Barley Chattanooga 235 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 682-8200 J.B Ball 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 The Trip to Spain 8 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. Red Christmas 10:30 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave.

FRIDAY9.8 Tiny House Festival 9 a.m. Audubon Acres 900 N. Sanctuary Rd. (954) 558-3619 Chattanooga Market at Erlanger 10:30 a.m.

ENTERTAINMENT SPOTLIGHT J.B. Ball's comedic talents have landed him appearances on Comedy Central, MTV, CBS, COMCAST, SIRIUS/ XM Satellite Radio, and Kevin Hart’s comedy network “LOL”. J.B. Ball The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233

Erlanger Hospital Medical Mall 975 E. 3rd St. Ingrid Goes West 4 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. (423) 645-8920 Cambridge Square Night Market 5 p.m. Cambridge Square 9453 Bradmore Ln. (423) 531-7754 Rail Baron’s Bash 5:30 p.m. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 4119 Cromwell Rd. (423) 894-8028 An Evening with the Artist: Sean Cheetham 6 p.m. Townsend Atelier 301 E. 11th St. (423) 266-2712 Dana Lynn Harper Grand Opening 6 p.m. LIT Gallery 4015 Tennessee Ave. (423) 227-5197 The Oath 6 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. J.B Ball 7:30 p.m.


Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 Lemon 8:30 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. Whose Streets? 10:30 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave.

SATURDAY9.9 Patriot Day Weekend Celebration 9 a.m. Chattanooga Zoo 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. (423) 697-1322 Railfest 9 a.m. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 4119 Cromwell Rd. (423) 894-8028 Tiny House Festival 9 a.m. Audubon Acres 900 N. Sanctuary Rd. (954) 558-3619 St. Alban’s Hixson Market 9:30 a.m. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 7514 Hixson Pike (423) 842-6303 Chattanooga Mini

Maker Faire 10 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1801 Carter St. (423) 648-2195 Northside Farmers Market 10 a.m. Northside Presbyterian Church 923 Mississippi Ave. (423) 266-7497 Chattanooga River Market 10 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. (423) 648-2496 Brainerd Farmers Market 11 a.m. Grace Episcopal Church 20 Belvoir Ave. (404) 245-3682 Farmer’s Market 11 a.m. Nutrition World 6237 Vance Rd. (423) 892-4085 Lemon 2 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. What Makes a Fortification? 2 p.m. Chickamauga Battlefield 929 Lightfoot Mill Rd. (423) 752-5213 Chattanooga Electric Vehicle Tailgate Party 3 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo 1400 Market St.

(423) 266-5000 Ingrid Goes West 4 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. Arts for CARES Benefit Arts for Cares 901 Lindsay St. (423) 265-2273 J. B. Ball 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 Garrison Keillor 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5580 Whose Streets? 8:30 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. The Oath 10:30 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave.

SUNDAY9.10 Patriot Day Weekend Celebration 9 a.m. Chattanooga Zoo 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. (423) 697-1322 Railfest 9 a.m. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 4119 Cromwell Rd. (423) 894-8028 Tiny House Festival 9 a.m. Audubon Acres 900 N. Sanctuary Rd. (954) 558-3619 Chattanooga Market 11 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. (423) 648-2496 The Oath 2 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. Whose Streets? 6 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. Ingrid Goes West 8 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. Pauly Shore 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 Lemon 10:30 p.m. The Palace Picture House CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 • THE PULSE • 15


818 Georgia Ave.

MONDAY9.11 Red Bank Farmers Market 3 p.m. Red Bank United Methodist 3800 Dayton Blvd. (423) 838-9804 Sunflower & Relatives 6 p.m. green|spaces 63 E. Main St. (423) 648-0963

TUESDAY9.12 Whose Streets? 12 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. The Elder Scholars Program 1 p.m. UTC Auditorium 226 University Center (423) 425-5947 The Oath 2 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. Lemon 4:15 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers


6 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. Tuesday Night Chess Club 6 p.m. Downtown Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 643-7700 Tupac Lives: Poetry Event 6:30 p.m. AVA Art Gallery 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282 Chatt About Science: Return of the Lake Sturgeon 7 p.m. Stone Cup Café 208 Frazier Ave. (423) 521-3977 Comedy Buffet 8 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. Trivia with Jordan Hallquist 8 p.m. Tremont Tavern 1203 Hixson Pike. (423) 266-1996 Ingrid Goes West 10 p.m. The Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. (423) 645-8920 Map these locations on chattanoogapulse. com. Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to:

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Keeping The Faith Through Thick & Thin Chuck Mosley overcomes the stigma of “one hit wonder”

Erik Tyler

UTC Takes The Bluff This Thursday evening, The Hunter Museum of American Art invites UTC students and music lovers alike to the latest edition of their Bands on the Bluff concert series. The Hunter Museum’s bluff, overlooking the Tennessee River, is the perfect place to embrace these last few days of summer while also enjoying a spectacular view. Headlining the event, Moose Truck is a local rock band consisting of members Mark Hackett, Tarbell Patten, John Bevans and Joe Wilferth. Their presence will surely draw a crowd, and so too will the two-dollar moose rides accompanying their set. However, a “Bring Your Own Moose” disclaimer has been posted, so don’t forget your spare moose at home. Opening for Moose Truck is Erik Tyler, a 22-year-old Chattanooga based rapper who’s organic blend of EP’s and singles garners thousands of listeners on SoundCloud. His music doesn’t just try and alter the rap game, instead it’s a reflection of his own experiences that he hopes anyone can relate to. If these diverse and local exhibitions of talent aren’t enough, the event also allows attendees to see “Thrill After Thrill: Thirty Years of Wayne White” for a discounted rate of just five dollars. So come to the Hunter Museum for a night of fantastic local music as UTC prepares to take the Bluff and kick their fall semester off with a bang. — Kelley J. Bostian Moose Truck featuring Erik Tyler Thursday, 6 p.m. The Hunter Museum of American Art 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968 18 • THE PULSE • SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM

By Marc T. Michael Pulse Music Editor


HUCK MOSLEY MAY NOT BE A household name. As the front man for Faith No More, he was there during the band’s “discovery” and rapid rise to success. Unfortunately, stress and internal conflict led to his departure from the group shortly before their breakthrough commercial hit, “Epic,” and while that “almost made it” scenario has spelled the end of many a musician’s career, Mosley’s creative drive and need to perform led him to further success with pioneering hardcore band Bad Brains and beyond. This Friday, Chuck will be performing at JJ’s

Bohemia and I can say without hyperbole that it is destined to be one of the most amazing shows ever in a venue known for its amazing shows. I’ve spent the last few hours getting to know the man behind the music and it has been hours well-spent. He is easily one of the most interesting, generous and open musicians I have ever had the pleasure of interviewing and if I had space for ten-thousand words, I might be able to encompass most of what we talked about. Since I don’t, I’ll boil it down to some basics. First, to get it out of the way, a word on Faith No More. Despite the bevy of fabricated horror stories from a press that isn’t above making minor stories significantly more dramatic through “creative writing,” Mosley and his band mates


““The first time I put on the headphones and heard Ziggy Stardust, I was blown away. Outwardly it seemed weird, but I got it. Bowie was all about alienation, which I knew very well at that point in my life.” remained friends and are to this day. Rumors to the contrary are far more fiction than fact, and that’s as much as needs be said about that period. Mosley went on to a stint with pioneering hardcore band Bad Brains as well as a number of other highly respected gigs before taking some time off to live life and enjoy family. He didn’t tour during that era, but never stopped writing and playing music and it was inevitable that he would again answer the call of the road, this time armed with a library of original tunes and a stripped down, acoustic approach. His music is largely defined by his propensity for marching to the beat of his own drum, a characteristic that undoubtedly grew out of being the adopted son of bi-racial parents in sixties California. Mosley found that he could easily move between groups, equally at home with whites, blacks and Latinos, but his refusal to

ever adopt any particular group as his “tribe” also led to a fair amount of flak from all sides as well. The ability to weather that is one of his defining traits, however, and informs his music and his approach to life so that what might be seen as adversity by people in love with the security of groups was really just another day for Chuck. While his musical influences are as widely varied as any, his early experiences growing up were undoubtedly a factor in his love for David Bowie. “The first time I put on the headphones and heard Ziggy Stardust, I was blown away. Outwardly it seemed weird, but I got it. Bowie was all about alienation, which I knew very well at that point in my life. He was this voice for all the outcasts and loaners and he was a genius.” Mosley’s music these days is largely (but not always) acoustic, with lyrics informed by hardship and adver-

sity. Although many people describe the man as “cryptic,” his music is refreshing for its stark honesty and openness, quite a feat for a man who once described himself as introverted. He laughs this off now, suggesting that his age and experience have left him “far more outspoken than is probably good for me,” but for his fiercely dedicated fan base, that outspoken honesty is precisely what makes him so vital a performer. As limited as my space is here, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge his friend and tour manager Doug Esper who has single-handedly arranged the seventy-show tour and special shout out goes to local promoter Shannon Plemmons who is going to great lengths to bring shows like this to the Scenic City. Chuck has a number of upcoming releases, including an album written largely on the road in the last few months, slated for release by next March. Look for some advance reviews of that and two other releases here in The Pulse. In the meantime, make sure you get your tickets NOW for a one of a kind show that will inevitably be sold out by the time the doors open at JJ’s on Friday night.

Halfway To St. Patrick’s On Saturday, Sep. 17th, the Honest Pint will proudly present its third annual “Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day” celebration for everyone who can’t wait until March for a pint of the dark, a shot of the pure and a rousing evening of craic. The show starts at 8 p.m. with a five-dollar cover and the first one hundred paid guests receive their first pint of Guinness free. Yeah, they know how to draw a crowd. Featured bands include the Red Rogues, the Wolfhounds, the Secret Commonwealth and the Molly Maguires for your Irish party music pleasure. Mark it on your calendars now. No need to wait for Spring. — Marc T. Michael





Stolen Rhodes

Roger Alan Wade

This folk/Americana foursome from North Carolina continue to gain new fans with every performance. 7:30 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center 752 Vine St.

If folk music were turned up to eleven and added in blistering guitar solos, the end result would sound just like Stolen Rhodes. 10 p.m. Clyde’s On Main 122 W. Main St.

If you've never seen Roger Alan Wade perform live... what the hell are you waiting for? Go! Go now! You won't be disapointed. 9 p.m. Puckett’s Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way



Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

THURSDAY9.7 Bands On The Bluff with Moose Truck, Erik Tyler 6 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art 10 Bluff View Ave. James Crumble Trio 6 p.m. St. John’s Meeting Place 1278 Market St. Rick Rushing 6 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. Megan Saunders 6 p.m. Whole Foods Market 301 Manufacturers Rd. Katrina Barclay 7 p.m. Fiamma Pizza Company 405 N. Market St. Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience 7 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center 200 E. MLK Blvd Seaux Chill 7 p.m. The Camp House 149 E. MLK Blvd. Mipso 7:30 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center 752 Vine St.

20 • THE PULSE • SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM Open Mic Night with Jonathan Wimpee 9 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. Zoogma 9 p.m. Revelry Room 41 Station St. Whores, Red Necklace 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd.

FRIDAY9.8 Monday Night Social 6 p.m. Cambridge Square Night Market 9453 Bradmore Ln. The Rev. Thomas Foote & Mixed Signals 6 p.m. Frequency Art 1804 E. Main St. (423) 260-8387 Southern Drawl Band 7 p.m. Thunder Creek Harley-Davidson 7720 Lee Hwy. Mitchapalooza 7 p.m. Mitch’s Sports Bar 2555 Harrison Pike (423) 698-4123 Siggno 8 p.m.


Zoogma Saloon 75 Sur 6175 Airways Blvd. (423) 803-5566 Husky Burnette 8 p.m. Coyote Jack’s 3530 Cummings Hwy Danimal 8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. Chuck Mosley, Iron Chief, Sweet GA Brown 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. Heatherly 9 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. Sullivan Band 9 p.m. Fireside Grille 3018 Cummings Hwy. J Edwards & Cricket 9 p.m. Puckett’s Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way Stolen Rhodes 10 p.m. Clyde’s On Main 122 W. Main St. Justin Long 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd.

SATURDAY9.9 Broke Down Hound Noon The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. Ryan Oyer Band 12:30 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. Rubik’s Groove 2 p.m. Songbirds Guitar Museum 35 Station St. Peace Merchants 6 p.m. Embargo ’62 301 Cherokee Blvd. The Mailboxes

7:30 p.m. Stone Cup Cafe 208 Frazier Ave. Dara Tucker Band 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. Endelouz 8 p.m. Mayo’s Bar and Grille 3820 Brainerd Rd. Poetry vs. Hip Hop 8:30 p.m. The Camp House 149 E. MLK Blvd. Danimal 8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St.

Bohannons 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E MLK Blvd. Rick Rushing Experience 9 p.m. Revelry Room 41 Station St. Roger Alan Wade 9 p.m. Puckett’s Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way Guy Marshall 10 p.m. Clyde’s On Main 122 W. Main St. Eric Rhodes 10 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St.

THE PULSE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT Station Street rocks out as Harleys and Guitars with Rubik's Groove bring the glory days of '80s music to life along with a street full of performance artists, food, and fun. Rubik's Groove Saturday, 2 p.m. Songbirds Guitar Museum 35 Station St. Justin Long 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd.

SUNDAY9.10 Brian Ashley Jones 11 a.m. Flying Squirrel Bar 55 Johnson St. The Lone Mountain Band 11:30 p.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. John Carroll Noon 1885 Grill 3914 St. Elmo Ave. Bluetastic Fangrass 1 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. James Hatem & The Transfers 1:30 p.m. Flying Squirrel Bar 55 Johnson St. Connection 27 2:30 p.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. Simcha! 3:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave



David Cook Southlander 7 p.m. The Brew & Cue 5017 Rossville Blvd. (423) 867-9402 Mathis & Martin 7 p.m. The BackStage Bar 29 Station St. (423) 629-2233

MONDAY9.11 Monday Nite Big Band 7 p.m. The Coconut Room 6925 Shallowford Rd. Eyehategod & Mountain of Wizard 9 p.m. Music Box @ Ziggy’s 607 Cherokee Blvd.

TUESDAY9.12 Danimal 6 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. Bill McCallie and In Cahoots 6:30 p.m. Southern Belle 201 Riverfront Pkwy. Tunes on Tap with John Carrol 7 p.m. The Tap House 3800 St. Elmo Ave.


WEDNESDAY9.13 Toby Hewitt 6 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. DJ Battle – Round One 6 p.m. SPOT Athletic Arts Venue 3214 Brainerd Rd. David Cook 8 p.m. Revelry Room 41 Station St. Joel Clyde 8 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. Priscilla & Little Rickee 8 p.m. Las Margaritas 1101 Hixson Pike (423) 756-3332 Jazz In The Lounge 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. Prinme Cut Band The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. Map these locations on chattanoogapulse. com. Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to:


New Music from Tunabunny, Kedama

Tunabunny PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Happy Happy Birthday to Me)


ny sprawling double-album in the pop/rock realm will automatically garner comparisons to the Beatles’ 1968 self-titled album (a.k.a. “The White Album”), and while most people will linger on the album’s diversity, what’s particularly remarkable for this writer is how, in spite of the diversity, each track still has certain unmistakable Beatles features— the extreme example is “Helter Skelter,” which manages to be terrifying while sporting pop backing vocals and Ringo Starr’s trademark drumming style. The Athens, Ga. quartet Tunabunny pulls off a similar trick on its fifth album— a double-album set titled PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr. The dilemma any artist faces is risking artistic stagnation while fostering a recognizable style, or branching out while possibly losing your base audience which will insufferably utter, “I liked the old stuff better.” Tunabunny clearly does not like to be pigeonholed, and its new album ostensibly has no cohesion; however, the tracks actually are tied together with an undercurrent of characteristic weirdness in various forms but mostly electronic buggery, enhancing the core pop songs. There’s barely any time to breathe here, as the album bounces around with quick changes, with some tracks being mere fragments or one-minute songs; as a result, it’s impossible to fully absorb or appreciate with a single listen.

Kedama Live at Sunrise Studios (Guerssen) One great thing about the album is that the listener’s favorite song will likely change upon every listen; one day, it might be the catchiest song about selfimmolation, “Incinerate,” seductively voiced by Brigette Herron—the next day, it could be “Blackwater Homes,” with an affecting vocal delivery from Mary Jane Hassell. There’s the raucous punky stomper “Noise Problems,” the odd campfire singalong of “Winter’s Mind” with electronic ghosts, the tense synth-punk-Krautrock soundstream of “Pretending to Bend” and the strangely captivating “Dream Sugar” with bagpipe-esque drones. On an album that refuses to stand still, the final, extended track “I Thought I Caught It (With You)” seems to be playing a joke on the listener, with numerous fake endings. While pop music is deep within Tunabunny’s heart, it hovers with playfully menacing sound waves like a taunting 8-year-old saying “I’m not touching you” while waving close to your face.


he Swiss band Kedama has a name inspired by the city of Ketama— known as a hash production center of Morocco—but don’t expect the group’s music to be hazy jam-band noodling. The new reissue of Kedama’s little-heard album Live at Sunrise Studios, originally released in 1976 in a small, private run

of 200 copies, reveals a band profoundly influenced by prog-rock and with a relatively short attention span, rarely content to linger on a theme for very long. Recorded at Etienne Conod’s noteworthy Sunrise Studios in Switzerland, which documented such acts as Henry Cow, Yello, LiLiPUT and Art Bears, Live at Sunrise Studios is an early recording for the studio, revealing a facility yet to find its footing. It’s a raw recording, particularly with the drums and the punishingly bright cymbals, that sounds better than a demo but not quite as polished as one might expect or desire. The band’s keyboards—including Moog synths and a Mellotron—along with the complexity of its compositions immediately bring to mind prog powerhouses Yes and King Crimson. In particular, “Our Power” has a strong early ‘70s King Crimson vibe, with a Mellotron flute sound and a demeanor that can swiftly change from furious to wandering; its ramping tempo leads to a tempestuous ending, packing a wallop in just four minutes. The album’s centerpiece is the 12-minute “Finale” (cheekily sequenced as the second of four tracks) with some rough and heavy guitar wailing and power chords mixed with lighter, more sensitive and playful elements, like a hopeful piano riff that unfurls its glistening patterns. While the proper album is reissued on vinyl, it’s bundled with essentially another album’s worth of bonus tracks, available as digital downloads, that reveal the group’s ambitions for diverse approaches. For example, “Chinese Dragon” mixes its tight vamps with conspicuous synth wankery, while “Improvisations” has a strong Indian influence with sitar and tabla parts, along with vibraphone notes; then there’s the gentle drifting and graceful wooshing of a chorus-treated guitar on “Intermezzo.” There is ample enthusiasm to cover a lot of territory by darting from one theme to the next, and one minor criticism is that these disparate pieces could be stitched together more elegantly sometimes—but then again, that’s part of Kedama’s spirit and delivery. CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 • THE PULSE • 23

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ∙ ROB BREZSNY VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Will a routine trip to carry out an errand take you on a detour to the suburbs of the promised land? Will you worry you’re turning into a monster, only to find the freakishness is just a phase that you had to pass through on your way to unveiling some of your dormant beauty? Will a provocative figure from the past lead you on a productive wild-goose chase into the future? These are some of the possible storylines I’ll be monitoring as I follow your progress in the coming weeks. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Let’s meet in the woods after midnight and tell each other stories about our origins, revealing the secrets we almost forgot we had. Let’s sing the songs that electrified our emotions all those years ago when we first fell in love with our lives. Starlight will glow on our ancient faces. The fragrance of loam will seep into our voices like rainwater feeding the trees’ roots. We’ll feel the earth turning on its axis, and sense the rumble of future memories coming to greet us. We’ll join hands, gaze into the dreams in each other’s eyes, and dive as deep as we need to go to find hidden treasures. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I don’t usually recommend giving gifts with strings attached. On the contrary, I advise you to offer your blessings without having any expectations at all. Generosity often works best when the recipients are free to use it any way they see fit. In the coming weeks, however, I’m making an exception to my rule. According to my reading of the omens, now is a time to be specific and forceful about the way you’d like your gifts to be used. As an example of how not to proceed, consider the venture capitalist who donated $25,000 to the University of Colorado. All he got in return was a rest room in a campus building named after him. If you give away $25,000, Scorpio, make sure you at least get a whole building named after you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Now that you’re getting a taste of what life would be like if you ruled the world, I’ll recommend a manual. It’s called How To Start Your Own Country, by Erwin Strauss. (Get a free peek here: YouSovereign.) You could study it for tips on how to obtain national sovereignty, how to recruit new citizens, and how to avoid paying taxes to yourself. (P.S.: You can make dramatic strides toward being the boss of yourself and your destiny even without forming your own nation.) CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There was a time when not even the most ambitious explorers climbed mountains. In the western world, the first time it happened was in 1492, when a


Frenchman named Antoine de Ville ascended to the top of Mont Aiguille, using ladders, ropes, and other props. I see you as having a kinship with de Ville in the coming weeks, Capricorn. I’d love to see you embark on a big adventure that would involve you trying on the role of a pioneer. This feat wouldn’t necessarily require strenuous training and physical courage. It might be more about daring creativity and moral courage. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Science fiction proposes that there are alternate worlds alongside the visible one—hidden, yes, but perhaps accessible with the right knowledge or luck. In recent years, maverick physicists have given the idea more credibility, theorizing that parallel universes exist right next to ours. Even if these hypothetical places aren’t literally real, they serve as an excellent metaphor. Most of us are so thoroughly embedded in our own chosen niche that we are oblivious to the realities that other people inhabit. I bring these thoughts to your attention, Aquarius, because it’s a favorable time to tap into those alternate, parallel, secret, unknown, or unofficial realms. Wake up to the rich sources that have been so close to you, but so far away. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’m always in favor of you cultivating a robust relationship with your primal longings. But I’ll be rooting extra hard for you to do that during the next eleven months. I hope you will dig deep to identify your primal longings, and I hope you will revere them as the wellspring of your life energy, and I hope you will figure out all the tricks and strategies you will need to fulfill them. Here’s a hint about how to achieve the best results as you do this noble work: Define your primal longings with as much precision as you can, so that you will never pursue passing fancies that bear just a superficial resemblance to the real things. ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’re half-intoxicated by your puzzling adventures—and half-bewildered, as well. Sometimes you’re spinning out fancy moves, sweet tricks, and surprising gambits. On other occasions you’re stumbling and bumbling and mumbling. Are you really going to keep up this rhythm? I hope so, because your persistence in navigating through the challenging fun could generate big rewards. Like what, for example? Like the redemptive transformation of a mess into an asset. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Free your mind and your ass will follow,” sings funk pioneer George Clinton in his song “Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts.” And what’s the best way to free your mind? Clinton advises you to “Be

careful of the thought-seeds you plant in the garden of your mind.” That’s because the ideas you obsess on will eventually grow into the experiences you attract into your life. “Good thoughts bring forth good fruit,” he croons, while “Bullshit thoughts rot your meat.” Any questions, Taurus? According to my astrological analysis, this is the best possible counsel for you to receive right now. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): James Loewen wrote a book called Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. He said, for instance, that during the Europeans’ invasion and conquest of the continent, it wasn’t true that Native Americans scalped white settlers. In fact, it was mostly the other way around: whites scalped Indians. Here’s another example: The famous blind and deaf person, Helen Keller, was not a sentimental spokesperson for sweetness and light, but rather a radical feminist and socialist who advocated revolution. I invite you to apply Loewen’s investigative approach to your personal past, Gemini. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to uncover hidden, incomplete, and distorted versions of your history, and correct them. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Roger Hodge writes books now, but when he worked for Harper’s magazine, he had an unusual specialty. He gathered heaps of quirky facts, and assembled several at a time into long sentences that had a nutty poetic grace. Here’s an example: “British cattle have regional accents, elephants mourn their dead, nicotine sobers drunk rats, scientists have concluded that teenagers are physically incapable of being considerate, and clinical trials of an ‘orgasmatron’ are underway in North Carolina.” I’m offering Hodge as a worthy role model for you in the coming weeks, Cancerian. Be curious, miscellaneous, and free-flowing. Let your mind wander luxuriantly as you make unexpected connections. Capitalize on the potential blessings that appear through zesty twists and tangy turns. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In Japan you can buy a brand of candy that’s called The Great Buddha’s Nose Snot. Each piece consists of a rice puff that resembles the Buddha’s nose filled with bits of brown sugar that symbolize the snot. The candy-making company assures customers that eating this treat brings them good luck. I invite you to be equally earthy and irreverent about your own spiritual values in the coming days. You’re in prime position to humanize your relationship with divine influences…to develop a more visceral passion for your holiest ideals…to translate your noblest aspirations into practical, enjoyable actions.


“A Creepy Game”—with a common name. ACROSS 1 Iowa State University locale 5 “Baywatch” actress Bingham 10 Figure in some unlimited phone plans 14 “I ___ Food” (Food Network show with title YouTube celeb Hannah) 15 Second-largest Great Lake 16 Ride-share company that changed CEOs in 2017 17 Fourth-largest Great Lake 18 Block legally 19 Quahog, for one 20 Valet for Red Scare proponent Eugene? 23 Downed Russian space station 24 Turn 25 “Lord of the Rings” actress Tyler 28 The amount of electricity needed to power a fried chicken container? 35 Without any guarantees 37 Fifth column abbr.? 38 Hit the sack

39 ‘60s Secretary of State Dean 40 Alien’s foe, in B-movies 42 Iberian Peninsula river 43 Geologic age meaning “without life” 45 Hold back, as breath 46 “Meh” 47 Candice Bergen TV comedy with ... hey, wait, that’s an actual thing! 50 2000s Chinese premier ___ Jiabao 51 Get the point 52 Play scenery 54 Creepy penciland-paper “game” popularized in 2015 via YouTube and Twitter (and basis of the theme answers) 62 Dull impact sound 63 Well-drawn game? 64 Plays to the audience? 65 ___ Linda, Calif. 66 Between, en français 67 Airplane blade 68 Forge, as a painting 69 Bargain hunters’ finds 70 He sometimes

talks over Teller DOWN 1 “I’m right here” 2 “Double Dare” host Summers 3 Actor Bana 4 Popular distribution platform for PC gaming 5 What “you can’t handle,” in a line from “A Few Good Men” 6 Heady feeling 7 Highbrow 8 Backyard home for suburban chickens 9 Somewhat 10 Animated Disney series with a 2017 reboot 11 Cut out for it 12 Peel (off) 13 Humerus setting 21 Floating ___ 22 Stadium seating divisions 25 West coast NFLer as of 2016 26 Rodeo automaker 27 Motorcycle helmet piece 29 “Treat ‘Em Right” 1990s rapper ___ Rock 30 Harold’s title pal of film 31 Lyric poetry muse

32 Quarterback known for kneeling 33 Like one-word responses 34 Ice cream shop freebie 36 Deviates from the scheduled routine, perhaps 41 They usually need to be broken in 44 “Believe” singer 48 Made a big noise 49 “Read Across America” org. 53 The Von ___ Family Singers 54 Footwear designer Jimmy 55 Camel’s characteristic 56 Actress Skye of “Say Anything ...” 57 “Blues to the Bone” singer ___ James 58 Lower-left PC key 59 Bygone Italian money 60 There’s still some in a neodymium magnet 61 Channel usually avoided by sports non-fans 62 “No Scrubs” trio

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The Mysterious Horchata Our world-traveling chef experiences a delicious Mexican beverage

Mike McJunkin Pulse columnist


HE BEST PART OF EATING CEREAL is drinking the milk that’s left over at the end. Every human—rich, poor, young and old, ritually lifts that morning’s phiale to our lips and partakes in the sweet, creamy nectar that lingers in the bowl like a gift from Dionysus himself. Although each cereal creates its own individual sacrifice to our gustatory perception, some of these natural libations are better than others. If you are one of the trailblazers who spent time hunched over a bowl of Jean LaFoote’s Cinnamon Crunch in the ‘70s, you know all too well that cinnamon-flavored cereals produce superior cereal milk. (Cinnamon Toast Crunch is inarguably the heir to the cinnamon-flavored cereal throne, but Jean LaFoote’s fought those difficult, early battles against Sir Grapefellow and Baron Von Redberry so let’s honor the forefathers first.) Many years ago, my memories of cinnamon-flavored cereal milk unexpectedly flooded the dining area of one of Chattanooga’s first taquerias. As I approached the counter to order I couldn’t help but notice the huge glass container filled with milky liquid that was very popular with the Spanish-speaking regulars. I ordered a glass of this mystery beverage, sat down to wait on my carnitas, and discovered with my first sip the liquid perfection that is horchata. Horchata is a sweetened, iced beverage that is outrageously popular all over Mex-

ico, Central America and Puerto Rico. Latin American horchatas have their roots in an ancient drink from Spain made from tubers called chufas or tigernuts. Be warned, however, that horchata made from tigernuts tastes like soy milk with a light Pepto-Bismol infusion and is usually served with a long donut-like pastry called (I kid you not) a ‘farton’. Mexican horchata, on the other hand, tastes like you’re riding a smiling alpaca in a refreshing, cinnamon toast dream. It’s a spectacularly delicious and a must-have accompaniment to any Mexican or Tex-Mex meal. In Chattanooga, as in most of the US, Mexican horchata reigns supreme. Most recipes start with rice that is soaked, ground, strained and sweetened before adding cinnamon and vanilla. Some regional variations include nutmeg, allspice and occasionally fruit, but restaurants around the Tennessee Valley Ingredients • 1/3 cup uncooked, longgrain white rice • 1 cup almonds • 1 cinnamon stick • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract • 3 cups hot water • 2 cups cold water • 1/2 cup simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water) Directions Blanch the almonds in boiling water for about a minute and rinse under cold water. Once


tend to stick to the basic vanilla and cinnamon flavors. Making horchata at home is easy, but takes a bit of planning ahead since it requires soaking ingredients overnight. Under no circumstances, however, should you buy a packaged mix. Prepackaged horchata mixes like “Klass” or “Clown” brand taste like weak powdered milk with a hint of chimney creosote and should only be used as snake repellant or toilet bowl cleanser. The following recipe can be used as a foundation to which you can add other flavors and adjust the sweetness. In Nicaragua and Honduras, for example, cocoa is commonly added; while in the Oaxaca region of Mexico they use a couple of spoonfuls of pureed prickly pear blanched, the almond skins should slip right off by giving the nut a little pinch. Let the almonds dry completely then toast them in a dry skillet over medium heat until lightly brown. Grind the rice in a spice grinder or blender until it becomes a fine powder. Add the powdered rice, almonds, vanilla and cinnamon stick to a large jar or bowl and stir in the 3 cups of hot water. Allow to cool to room temperature then cover and let stand at room

cactus fruit to cut through the richness of the drink. I like to keep it simple, but if I’m in the mood for a really rich and smooth horchata, I’ll substitute 3 cups of milk or evaporated milk for 3 cups of the water to make a smoother, creamier version that I rarely find in restaurants. Provechito! Mike McJunkin is a native Chattanoogan currently living abroad who has trained chefs, owned and operated restaurants. Join him on Facebook at SushiAndBiscuits

temperature overnight. The next day, blend the mixture with 2 cups of cold water for three to four minutes or until it’s creamy and smooth. Strain the blended mixture slowly, a small amount at a time, into a pitcher using a strainer lined with three layers of cheesecloth (alternatively you can use a fine mesh tea strainer). Discard the solids that are left behind. Add the simple syrup and stir until mixed thoroughly. Refrigerate. Serve over ice.


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