OCTOBER 19, 2017
CHATTANOOGA'S WEEKLY ALTERNATIVE
BRIANNA BASS ART · THE PULSE HALLOWEEN GUIDE · ROCKY HORROR
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VOL. 14, NO. 42 • OCTOBER 19, 2017
A FEAST OF FALL FOLIAGE
At any time of year, a cruise aboard the River Gorge Explorer into the protected habitat of the Tennessee River Gorge offers a stunning perspective on its striking geography and abundant wildlife.
COLOR, PAINTING, AND THE ART OF DIVISIONISM
A stunning new collection of paintings by Brianna Bass is on display at the LIT Gallery in St. Elmo until the end of the month.
LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN
Forty-two years since Riff Raff opened the front door for Brad and Janet (forty-four if you count from the debut of the stage play) and people are still doing the Time Warp. Not a bad run for a film that was panned mercilessly when it debuted.
ANDROIDS KEEP DREAMING OF ELECTRIC SHEEP
Very little current sci-fi is hopeful. As a species, we seem to be convinced that the world will continually get warmer, dirtier, and more violent. Current generations believe that their lives will be harder than their parents and grandparents.
Station Street Upswing More surely than slowly, Chattanooga is on the rise with incredible music, galleries, new and unique restaurants and businesses, and as usual, a whole host of events to fill your weeknights and weekends around the Riverfront, Coolidge Park, and Downtown.
JUST A THEORY
NEW IN THEATERS
SUSHI & BISCUITS
FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
A lover of books, pizza, and all things happy, Brooke Brown joined The Pulse after she graduated from UTC with an English degree and an unyielding desire to correct grammar, leading her to a staff editorial position.
Our resident film and television critic, John DeVore, has spent a significant portion of his life in dark theaters. From an early age, he was drawn to strong storytelling brought to life through the magic of the silver screen.
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BEGINNINGS ∙ CITY LIFE
A Feast Of Fall Foliage Viewing Autumnal splendor in the Tennessee River Gorge By Thom Benson Pulse contributor
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T ANY TIME OF YEAR, A CRUISE aboard the River Gorge Explorer into the protected habitat of the Tennessee River Gorge offers a stunning perspective on its striking geography and abundant wildlife. Now, however, the view gets even more spectacular as autumnal hues cascade down the mountainside like Mother Nature is slowly bumping up the color saturation for the whole region. Aquarium guests have more opportunities to enjoy the sights with daily two-hour excursions and special extended cruises planned for three upcoming Sundays. This year’s River GORGEous fall color cruises return on Oct. 22 and will occur twice each Sunday through Nov. 5. With peak fall color foliage expected to reach the lower Tennessee Valley from late October to mid-November, these special cruises should show a natural wonder truly living up to the title, says Captain Pete Hosemann. “I have seen the canyon just in the most incredibly fiery colors of autumn that you can imagine,” says Hosemann, who has piloted vessels for about 40 years. “I’ve seen some pretty amazing and glorious days. This year? I think we’re going to have some nice foliage, and the canyon offers the greatest variation in coloration that you can find in this region.” Nicknamed “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon,” the Tennessee River Gorge is the fourth largest river canyon east of the Mississippi River. It straddles the Tennessee River for 26 winding miles. Because of the way sunlight falls on this sinuous geography, the canyon is home to an incredible diversity of plant and animal life. During the cruise, an on-board naturalist will point out passing animal life and discuss locations with historical or cultural significance.
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“I think we’re going to have some nice foliage, and the canyon offers the greatest variation in coloration that you can find in this region.” A normal River Gorge Explorer cruise takes guests on a two-hour, 24-mile round trip. River GORGEous Fall Color Cruises offer an extended journey that lasts three hours and 34 miles. “We run the entire length of the canyon. That alone is pretty special,” Hosemann says. “We try to imbue our crew with the recognition that, although we are fortunate enough to do this on a regular basis, on literally every trip, it’s someone’s first boat ride or chance to see our area. That’s a privilege.” In addition to the normal Fall Color Cruises, this year’s schedule includes two themed journeys. On Oct. 29, guests can learn more about efforts to preserve the gorge from a member of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. On Nov. 5, historian Jim Ogden will provide in-
sights into the role the gorge and surrounding landscape played during the Civil War. Fall Color Cruise depart at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Oct. 22, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5. Special themed cruises are at 1 p.m. on their respective dates. Morning cruises depart from Chattanooga Pier, with passengers bussing back to Chattanooga at the trip’s conclusion. Afternoon cruises begin with a charter bus ride from Chattanooga to Hale’s Bar Marina with passengers cruising back to Chattanooga. Tickets for children or adults are $40/$50 for members or $50/$60 for non-members. Because of the popularity of Fall Color Cruises, pre-registration is strongly recommended. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit tnaqua.org
Consider This with Dr. Rick
EdiToon by Rob Rogers
“We stopped checking for monsters under our bed when we realized they were inside us.” — The Joker
Furry Fun Festivities For A Good Cause Come join the tail wagging fun of the 3rd Annual Barktober Fest and Meowlloween Party presented by Hair of the Dog Pub at McKamey Animal Center this Saturday. Terminal Brewhouse is setting up a Beer Garden with a full German cuisine buffet provided by Lee Towery Catering starting at 5 p.m. Dinner and Beer tickets are only $30 a person or $45 for couples and all proceeds will go directly to benefiting the Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma animals cared for by McKamey Animal Center. Live music featuring Marty and Gib-
by will keep you entertained while you snack and socialize. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Halloween party without costume contests for all, including your dogs and cat (please only take photos of your cat and send by
email to mckameymarketing@gmail). Make sure you and your furbaby come dressed up for a chance to win some awesome prizes. Dogs start at 5:30 p.m. and humans at 6 p.m. with over 15 costume categories from which you could possibly win, so come dressed to impress. Come with a donation of cat/dog food or a toy and you can Trick-or-Treat in the spooky woods starting at 6 p.m. The Spooktacular event starts at 5 p.m. and will continue until 9 p.m., but adoption specials will run from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. — Jessica Manning
We’ve all got our demons. Some are hidden away in the dark corners of our psychic attic—they feel unreachable, yet they prick and poke now and then, causing us to wonder something about ourselves. Some are just under the surface, like the waterline of an iceberg. We can see them, but not clearly. Maybe we don’t understand them yet, or perhaps we do; we just don’t know what to do about them. Others are in our awareness, whether comfortably or uncomfortably, and it’s clear they ask for our attention. But are we skilled enough to take it from there, healthfully navigating through them, gaining invaluable awareness into ourselves? Ahh, life’s demons. Whether from infancy or last week, they hide under the bed no more.
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COLUMN ∙ JUST A THEORY
Research Roundup, Fall 2017 Our resident scientist reviews all the latest scientific news of interest
Steven W. Disbrow Pulse columnist
O BE HONEST, GIVEN THE SUPER storms in the Gulf, the gigantic wildfires out west and crazy spring-like weather that we’re experiencing here in mid-October, I strongly considered turning in a column that just said, “Climate Change is Real And It’s Going To Kill Us All!” over and over and over again. But, I’m fairly certain that this wouldn’t get past my editor. So! It’s time for another Research Roundup! (Which will hopefully see print before, you know, Climate Change Kills Us All.) MISSING MATTER FOUND! One of the great mysteries in Cosmology is that there doesn’t seem to be enough matter in the universe to hold it all together. That is, looking at galaxies and the speeds at which stars move inside them, there doesn’t seem to be enough matter (and therefore, gravity) inside them to keep the galaxies holding their shape and prevent those stars from flying apart. Now, two different teams of researchers have announced that they’ve found some of that missing matter, which exists as massive filaments of “warm-hot” gas stretching between galaxies. This matter wasn’t easily detectible by previous instruments, and even today it’s not easy to spot. But, now that it’s been spotted, it’s added a bit more to the total amount of “normal” matter (that is, the same type of matter that you and I are made of) that we know ex-
ists in the universe. That still leaves about 80 percent of the matter in the universe unaccounted for, which means the hunt for “Dark Matter” is still on. GAME OVER, MAN! I’ve written in the past about the hypothesis that we, and everything we experience may be some sort of computer simulation. Like a really detailed version of “The Sims,” but with less debauchery. Now, two theoretical physicists at Oxford University, Zohar Ringel and Dmitry Kovrizhin have proven, they say conclusively, that such a simulation is impossible using what we think of as computers. The problem is with simulating the behaviors we see in Quantum Mechanics. Whenever we try to simulate some of these behaviors with our computers, the resource requirements grow exponentially. Basically, every time we add a particle to the simulation, the number of required components (CPUs, memory, etc.) doubles. Add in enough particles to your simulation and soon the number of CPUs required is greater than the number of atoms in the universe. However, this conclusion doesn’t rule out some sort of Quantum Computer solution, or some superfuturistic type of computer that we can’t yet imagine, let alone build. REBOOT THAT BRAIN! Depression is a problem that affects more and more people in our modern society, so a lot of research
is done on how to combat it. Now, researchers experimenting with “Magic Mushrooms” have published a study where they claim that the brains of depressed individuals were basically “rebooted” after being treated with the chemical psilocybin which is found in the mushrooms. This was followed by a period of time where feelings of anxiety and depression were lifted and the patients were able to make significant progress moving past them. Unfortunately, the study was small and there was apparently no control group or placebo group, so, the researchers have advised that larger studies are needed and that no one should self-medicate with such a dangerous substance. (I’m looking at you, Kevin.) MAKING WAVES…AGAIN! Remember the LIGO observatory, and how it detected gravita-
tional waves back in 2015? Well, since then a third detector, VIRGO, has come on line in Italy and the number of gravitational waves that have been detected has increased to four since then. (Mostly from black holes colliding, which is, y’know, a super awesome thing to be able to detect.) Now, the folks that run these facilities have announced that they’ve made an “unprecedented discovery” and they were set to announce it just hours after we went to press with this edition of The Pulse. So, if you haven’t already heard what it is, be sure to hop on the inter webs and check it out. (And I’ll be sure to mention it next month as well!) Steven W. Disbrow is a programmer who specializes in e-commerce and mobile systems development, an entrepreneur, comicbook nerd, writer, improviser, actor, sometime television personality and parent of two human children.
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Station Street Upswing The ongoing renaissance of the Southside has a new beating heart By Brooke Brown
Pulse Assistant Editor
ORE SURELY THAN SLOWLY, CHATTANOOGA is on the rise with incredible music, galleries, new and unique restaurants and businesses, and as usual, a whole host of events to fill your weeknights and weekends around the Riverfront, Coolidge Park, and Downtown. But it’s only been in the last decade or so that the Southside has started to emerge from its chrysalis to reveal the butterfly inside. And the wings that make up Station Street are a sight to behold. In December of 2003, The Pulse published our very first cover story, focusing on the potential we saw in the Southside and what that growth could mean for the area, as well as for Chattanooga as a whole, expanding further and further out of the ‘hub’ of downtown and creating a larger community for its residents. At the time, it was all based on hope. Hope that the area would one day bring in new restaurants, businesses and tourists. Hope that we could breathe new life into what is such a historic part of town. With the Choo Choo at the forefront of revitalization, that glimmer of hope slowly evolved into action and action into fruition. The now-cobblestoned street plays host to an array of businesses. From restaurants and live events to bars, breweries, and distilleries, Station Street encompasses an entire afternoon and evenings’ worth of things to do and can be entirely shut down as a pedestrianonly street. “The potential of Station Street has barely been touched,” says Chattanooga Choo Choo president, and master
behind harnessing Station Street’s potential, Adam Kinsey. “Station Street is designed to be easily closed off for concerts, street festivals and other outdoor events. We were able to work with the city, Benwood Foundation, and the other property owners on the street to make it a reality.” But Station Street hasn’t always been the epicenter of entertainment as you all know. Long before the work on Station Street began, there was a fence between what is now Station Street and the Choo Choo, essentially a barrier between the past and the future. The alley was simply used as service entrances for deliveries rather than the walkable space it is today. At the time, that area hadn’t really been the place to be, but was slowly on the up and up. It would be quite the risk to open a business there, and the first to take that leap of faith was Terminal Brewhouse back in 2009, now a staple of Chattanooga’s Southside. “Southside was more of an idea of a multi-use neighborhood at the time rather than a reality, so it was a little bit of pioneering,” says owner Matt Lewis. After opening Hair of the Dog in 2005, there were inquiries from customers as to whether or not they planned to brew their own beer at Hair of the Dog. With limited space, it wasn’t going to be possible at that location, but Matt and
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his business partners had the mindset that if they found the right building in the right location, they’d try to make a brewpub happen. “We could tell the bones were good and there was a great deal of people moving here or planning to,” says Lewis. “And we thought the building was just really unique and funky so we met with Joe Sligher, the owner at the time, and told him we wanted to put a restaurant and brewpub in it. He was really excited about the idea and actually had a lot to do with the designs that went into the rebuild. It was basically our architectural handshake.” During their first few years, Terminal watched the growth begin. Main Street began to bring on new businesses, the landscape started to change, and walking and driving traffic increased. Through the development of nearby areas like Jefferson Heights, the Southside slowly became more cohesive. “I’ve lived in the Southside since 2005,” says Chattanooga Whiskey
owner Tim Piersant. “I actually played music at Jazz Junction, where Mean Mug is now, in high school so I’ve witnessed one hundred percent of this development. We had the original anchors in the area like the Choo Choo, then Terminal Brewhouse, but it’s only been the last few years that the Southside has adapted this almost Charleston-like feel to it. It’s unique in the sense that it’s super walkable.” That walkability has expanded the reaches of businesses and restaurants alike. The Southside has become the destination rather than the place you pass on through. Next door to Chattanooga Whiskey you’ll find the greatest hot chocolate in town at The Hot Chocolatier. Owner Wendy Buckner expressed her genuine astonishment at just how quickly the area has grown. “When we showed up it was kind of a blank canvas. We were ending our lease elsewhere so I met with my current landlord to see this property. The building didn’t even have a
COVER STORY roof,” says Buckner. “But he told me his vision and I thought, ‘It’s across from the Choo Choo. It’s a great location. There will be great growth.’ and after we moved in, shortly after Chattanooga Whiskey, things just took off around us.” The inclusion of Songbirds Guitar Museum on Station Street seems like the spark that ignited the entertainment fire under Chattanooga’s already very warm seat. Ultimately ushering in two new entertainment venues—the relocation of Regan’s Place as well as a country-western style saloon—Songbirds became the perfect addition to the entertainment we’d already come to know and love on Station Street, like The Comedy Catch and Revelry Room. Songbirds has put Chattanooga on the map as more than just a city with amazing local bands, but a city that truly live and breathes music. “We shopped around Nashville, New York, Austin, LA, places that seemed the more obvious fit,” says Songbirds’ digital media coordinator, Damien Rogers. “But we kept coming back to Chattanooga because there is something about this place that is very rock and roll. The growing Southside was really appealing and we knew a lot of other things were coming in. We noticed it was becoming the place to be and we wanted to be a part of that.” It seems transforming Station Street and the surrounding area was on the books of even Mayor Andy Berke. “I toured the property with Adam and John Kinsey in 2014 when I was looking to move out of our Brainerd location,” says Comedy Catch owner Michael Alfano. “Andy Berke was discussing having an entertainment district, with possibly the Choo Choo at the heart. From there the vision came together and we worked with the city on it. It’s still only halfway there, still a lot to be done, but we want to be the heart of the entertainment district. The heart of downtown.” The addition of such different businesses and restaurants to the small staples that had started to build up the Southside created a kind of consumerdriven community.
“The Southside has become the destination rather than the place you pass on through.” “The Southside has become a hub of what seems like an infinite stage of growth and boom,” says Stir general manager Fletcher Thompson. “And it’s created a community of businesses unlike any other. There have been countless times we’ve lent something to Frothy [Monkey] or Terminal or had to borrow something.” “Everybody brings each other to a higher level,” says Lewis. “It happened really naturally and has situated everyone to do well because of it.” The idea that competition breeds excellence has become very apparent when you look at the success of Station Street’s businesses. On the weekends, you’ll usually find an hour or so wait time at any of the aforementioned restaurants. In the moment of hunger, a wait can be frustrating, but looking at it in the sense that you’ve come to dine or drink at the place to be and if it’s that good, it’ll be worth waiting for. “Our employees tend to frequent other businesses here,” says Frothy Monkey general manager Amy Warren. “We even hold our meetings at
Terminal. It’s not so much a competition as a community building each other up. Frothy came into the community at the perfect time. We’ve grown with it all and we’re surrounded by like minds for a really positive purpose.” As for the future of the area, the boom won’t be quieting down any time soon as livable space continues to pop up all over Southside, Choo Choo’s campus and Station Street itself. Above the new location of Regan’s place and our own little honkytonk saloon will be rentable apartments as well as the renovated Choo Choo hotel suites that have become studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom apartments. No more Ubering home or worrying about leaving your car overnight because you live right in the middle of all the action. “We’ve always known that the Choo Choo property was to spread out,” says Adam Kinsey. “Our hotel buildings were spread out so when we saw the demand for affordable, efficient, well-located apartments downtown,
we thought it was worth the risk to convert ninety-eight hotel rooms.” Passenger Flats apartments offer a range of square footages, balcony options, and quite an impressive backyard: Frothy Monkey, Stir, Terminal, Flying Squirrel, and the list goes on and on. “Our doors are locked and secured 24/7,” says leasing manager Alethia Strickland. “Our offices are on site for any questions or issues you may have. We’ll sign for your packages so you don’t have to wait around on them, you have access to the clubhouse and pools, and you get some cool perks from local businesses.” Like the Flying Squirrel offering discounts for your food and non-alcoholic drinks during the stay of your lease at Passenger Flats. “We’ve always wanted to be a neighborhood bar,” says co-owner Dan Rose. “It [Station Street] is becoming more bustling than we ever imagined. I certainly never thought it’d pull people’s attention like it did. We have so many regulars now that they’re building apartments literally in our backyard.” When choosing the location for Flying Squirrel, co-owner Max Poppel expressed their desire to be a community for traveling climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. Southside seemed the better fit for their vision based on location, the surrounding area, and the perfect lot on which to build. “It was an acre with trees on it,” says Poppel. “This perfectly tucked away, secluded feel while the neighborhood was very walkable.” It was just a dream, a little vision, and a whole lot of hope on behalf of all the risk-taking restaurateurs and entrepreneurs that took a leap of faith in choosing the Southside and Station Street as the location for their endeavors. It was a hefty risk with a big payout that, if the current state of affairs is of any indication, will continue to grow, strive, and bring new life to the Southside. It wasn’t an overnight job, and it surely wasn’t without struggle, but the dream is alive and thriving today. We all just know it as the place to be this weekend.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Color, Painting, And The Art Of Divisionism Brianna Bass weaves paint like a work of fabric art By Tony Mraz
Embracing The Senses At LIT Gallery LIT Art Gallery is a modern and contemporary art gallery that strives to shine light on creativity that might otherwise be left in the dark. LIT has crafted a space where any genre of diverse and engaging art forms can coexist. The exhibition for this month is called “Senses” and it will consist of performance art, installation art, and paintings. Featured artists will be both local and national, with some traveling all the way from California. “Senses” will be a truly unique experience as this exhibition attempts to engage all five of your senses. There are two special performances that will take place for this night only. One requires blind trust from the audience, and the other requires engagement and cooperation. The first performance allows the you to relax in color and comfort, and the other requires engagement in touch, sound and smell. Sound mysterious? Well you’ll have to attend to see, smell, touch, and hear what all the fuss is about. This event is only $10 and there will be live music, free food, wine, and beer for your enjoyment. Come experience art like never before, as all of your senses will be moved during this fun and interactive exhibition. — Jessica Manning Senses Exhibition Friday, 6 p.m. LIT Art Gallery 4015 Tennessee Ave. (423) 401-8171 www.litartgallery.com 10 • THE PULSE • OCTOBER 19, 2017 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM
STUNNING NEW COLLECTION OF paintings by Brianna Bass is on display at the LIT Gallery in St. Elmo until the end of the month.
Her constant development of style and experimentation with color has caused these pieces to represent a departure from her previous approaches to painting (she is well known for her nearly photo-realistic still lifes, word compositions, and non-objective forms). In addition to being non-objective, most of them are also non-descriptive—any formal content has been replaced with smooth fades of color and layered patterns of brush strokes. Due to these subtle hue and value changes, these intricate pointillist works are best viewed in person. Bass’s paintings have a fabric-like quality; a flow, a weaving that has evolved throughout her life as an artist. “There is something about crocheting, where you just go one loop at a time, and build something else from it,” she explains. “It is the same thing with the paintings—I make one mark at a time. On one of them, I started with a grey, made a few marks, mixed a little bit of white in, made a few more marks, and repeated.” One can see this process being employed throughout the works. Lines of chromatic dots cross one of the paintings, evidence of where she gradually mixed the colors, making one mark with each new hue. The paintings have a meditative quality, and a sense of unconscious discipline. “When I start a layer, I tap out mentally,” she says. “I make a decision, I start, and then I don’t think of it. There is something interesting about being able to remove myself from the process mentally.” In another one of the pieces, a cross gradient fades into a third color. She mixes red to yellow,
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“When I start a layer, I tap out mentally, I make a decision, I start, and then I don’t think of it. There is something interesting about being able to remove myself from the process mentally.” and each of those colors fades into blue. These triad gradients take a long time to paint, because they require a lot of mixing. Though images of the work are impressive, the delicate color changes don’t show up in digital photographs, because of the camera’s color correction. Bass achieves these gradual color fades with a restricted palette of acrylics. She only uses cadmium red, cadmium yellow, viridian hue, ultramarine, white, and black. She found that starting with three primaries and one secondary works best, giving her the most freedom. “If you were to put a light purple, and a dark orange, and a teal in front of me, it would not compute—I wouldn’t know what to make out of it,” Brianna says. “But when I start with primary colors, it is easier to map it out, and get exactly what I want.” She believes that there is something essential about using the primary colors. “I used to avoid them like the
plague in college, thinking that is was a cop-out or a sign of weakness to use color straight out of a tube—but now I feel like there is something jarring about them, because you don’t ever see them in nature. There is something very plastic about that, that rejects comfort.” Unlike her spot-on still life paintings, Bass’s color field paintings are distinctly inorganic. In her study of Pointillism, she discovered a branch of the school known as Divisionism. These artists used undiluted colors next to each other on a picture plane, so that the eye is forced to mix them. This was a result of scientific studies of white that were happening at the time. They discovered that when paint is mixed together, it has a reductive effect on the perceived color. When one mixes all of the paint colors together, there is a loss of luminosity—but when all of the colors of light are combined, the eye sees white. The Divisionist artists applied this by abstaining from mixing colors, to get a
maximally luminous surface. This concept is clearly demonstrated by Bass’s paintings—they almost seem to jump off of the wall, their colors dancing and shimmering. They were influenced by the Hunter School, a painting movement that originated at The Hunter College from instructors like Sanford Wurmfield and Gabrielle Evertz (Brianna’s color theory teacher went to school there). These artists are interested in gradients, and chromatic progressions interspersed with color progressions. Like Evertz, Bass believes that color is the most elusive of the visual elements. Exploring the relativity of color, she states that “Lines and forms tend to move, but colors can be completely pushed out of reality by whatever is around them.” Her paintings are all steps in a progression—she continues to push a sense of scale, color, shape, and direction, to undermine a visual hierarchy.
House of Views: Leading Ladies
School of Rock
Paws in the Park
A showcase saluting the female artist power houses of our Chattanooga community. 6:30 p.m. AVA Gallery 30 Frazier Ave. averts.org
Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme…You better get me to school on time! Based on the popular movie, this is a fun-filled play. 7:30 p.m. Harrison United Methodist 5621 Hwy. 58 cdoorent.com
Hundreds of animal lovers will be gathering to raise money for the animals at the Humane Educational Society. 10 a.m. Ross’s Landing 100 Riverfront Pkwy. (423) 692-9710
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR
THURSDAY10.19 Taking Note 6 p.m. The Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View Ave. huntermuseum.org School Life 6, 8 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. chattpalace.com House of Views: Leading Ladies 6:30 p.m. AVA Gallery 30 Frazier Ave. averts.org Witches & Wine 7 p.m. Stratton Hall 3146 Broad St. strattonhall.com PSC Open House 7 p.m. St. John’s United Methodist 3921 Murray Hills Dr. stjohnumc.org Les Diabloliques 7 p.m. Heritage House Arts Center 1428 Jenkins Rd. (423) 855-9474 Steel Magnolias 7 p.m. Signal Mountain High School 315 Ault Rd. smmhs.hcde.org Dean Napolitano 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. thecomedycatch.com
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Rebel In The Rye 8 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. chattpalace.com
FRIDAY10.20 Edi Rama: Art in the Public Realm Noon Chattanooga Design Studio 719 Cherry St. chattanoogastudio.com Five Local Artists Reception 5 p.m. Reflections Gallery 6922 Lee Hwy. reflectionsgallerytn.com Senses Exhibition 6 p.m. LIT Art Gallery 4015 Tennessee Ave. litartgallery.com Embrace 6:30 p.m. Movement Arts Collective 3812 Dayton Blvd. redtentmovie.com Zac Holbrook 7 p.m. Frequency Arts 1804 E. Main St. (423) 260-8387 Charlotte’s Web 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Center 400 River St. theatrecentre.com Steel Magnolias 7 p.m. Signal Mountain High School 315 Ault Rd.
smmhs.hcde.org Handcrafted Wishes 7 p.m. The Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View Ave. handfamilycompanies.com Crimes of The Heart 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga 5705 Uptain Rd. (423) 987-5141 The Woman in Black 7:30 p.m. Mars Theatre District 117 N. Chattanooga St. bapshows.com School of Rock 7:30 p.m. Harrison United Methodist 5621 Hwy. 58 cdoorent.com Dean Napolitano 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. thecomedycatch.com Lucky 8 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. chattpalace.com Improv Showdown 8 p.m. First Draft Theater 1800 Rossville Ave. improvchattanooga.com Silent Vibes 8 p.m. The Camp House 149 E. MLK Blvd. thecamphouse.com The Long Game 10 p.m.
First Draft Theater 1800 Rossville Ave. improvchattanooga.com Bad Day For The Cut 10 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. chattpalace.com
SATURDAY10.21 Superhero Sprint 5K 8:15 a.m. Greenway Farms 5051 Gann Store Rd. (423) 425-6311 Paws in the Park 10 a.m. Ross’s Landing 100 Riverfront Pkwy. (423) 692-9710 Chili Cook-Off 11 a.m. The Barn Nursery 1801 E. 24th St. Pl. barnnursery.com UTC vs. The Citadel 2 p.m. Finley Stadium 1826 Cater St. finleystadium.com School of Rock 2 p.m. Harrison United Methodist 5621 Hyw. 58 cdoorent.com Lucky 4, 8 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. chattpalace.com 3rd Annual Barktober Fest & Meowlloween Party
Halloween Guide acres of darkness experience that haunted outdoors at audubon acres
Lake WinnepeSPOOKah see lake winnie like you've never seen it before
plus: haunted houses & halloween events WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO SEE, WHEN TO SCREAM
your weekly guide to chattanooga's favorite halloween haunts
Acres Of Darkness There’s a reason why nearly half of all scary movies take place in the woods at night. Guided by nothing more than a glow stick, Acres of Darkness forces daring visitors to give up the air-conditioned comforts of a normal haunted house and trek through a half-mile of dark trails in Audubon Acres. When first entering, you’ll learn very quickly that the provided glow stick is not enough to light the dark trails ahead of you. Instead, a rope wrapping from tree to tree guides the majority of a dark and foggy experience between each cleverly crafted scare. The entire experience revolves around a central eerie theme. Essentially, a crazed mine owner has driven his crew to their breaking point in the pursuit of silver and riches. Guests walk through the aftermath of a small abandoned mining town, sometime
after the events of this overworked mining crew, who’s insatiable mining unearthed a strange sickness that turned the entire town into blood thirsty fiends. Unlike an indoor haunted house, the Haunted Trail keeps thrill seekers on edge from beginning to end. Actors hide in the shadows of the towering trees and use the deafening sounds of a local train station to cover their movements and sneak around where you’re least expect-
ing it. Disorienting mazes, powerful fog machines, and extremely creepy child actors were enough to make me rethink my own visit, but there are many more surprises and scares I encourage you to discover on your own. Outside of the Haunted Trail, the Acres of Darkness provides a plethora of kid-friendly activities to keep the entire family entertained. Pumpkin decorating, inflatables, hay rides, face painting stations, and even a kid-safe haunted trail (with no jump scares) are all included upon entry. On top of all of this, all proceeds from this season's events benefit the environmental conservation and education programs of the Chattanooga Audubon Society. Benefit the local environment and seek a few thrills at the Acres of Darkness, Chattanooga’s truly unique outdoor haunted experience. — Kelley J. Bostian
Lake WinnepeSPOOKah Lake WinnepeSPOOKah is an eventful experience that will leave you wanting to return again and again. It’s the Lake Winnie you know and love, without the dreadful heat and time-consuming lines of the summer season. Lake WinnepeSPOOKah takes place every Friday and Saturday night in the month of October kicking off at 6 p.m. The park is dressed to impress with zombies located on every corner. As you cross the chair lift, you can see the corpses of those who have fallen from your very seat on the ground below. The Halloween decorations are absolutely stunning and make for great photo opportunities. After looking at picture online I was worried the experience might be too scary for my small child, but upon arrival I found that it was still the family 14 • THE PULSE • OCTOBER 19, 2017 • HALLOWEEN GUIDE • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM
friendly environment that they strongly claim to be. There are friendly clowns and other characters who are walking all over the park and more than willing to dance alongside you or take as many selfies as you desire. Every hour, on the hour, there is a fun and entertaining “Thriller” parade that passes beneath the glisten-
ing Halloween lights. Where a young Michael Jackson character can be found leading the parade followed by all your favorite characters within the park. For those who dare, you can enter a fenced in area known as the Fear Grounds, after 8 p.m. to experience scares that aren’t suggested for children under 12. There you will find disturbing circus actors as well as a haunted house called The Aftermath, which tells the story of Lakeford’s Carnival of adventures that burned to the ground years before Lake Winnie replaced it. While you are there I highly suggest grabbing some yummy Halloween themed treats, such as the green Zombie funnel cake topped with Zombie brains if you so desire. — Jessica Manning
Haunted Houses & Events The Haunted Cavern
Halloween Eerie Express
Thur-Sun & Halloween Dread Hollow 321 Browns Ferry Rd. (423) 821-2544 hauntedcavern.com
Fri & Sat in October Tennessee Valley Railroad 4119 Cromwell Rd. (423) 894-8028 tvrail.com
Blowing Springs Farm
Fri-Sun till October 29 271 Chattanooga Valley Rd. (706) 820-2531 blowingspringsfarm.com Rocktoberfest Fall Festival
Sat & Sun in October Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd. (706) 820-2531 seerockcity.com
Escape Experience Chattanooga
Oct. 1-31 1800 Rossville Ave. (423) 551-3306 escapeexperience.com
Acres of Darkness: Haunted Woods & Family Adventure
Oct. 13-14, 20-21, & 27-28 Audubon Acres 900 North Sanctuary Rd. (423) 892-1499 acresofdarkness.com Boo in the Zoo
Oct. 13-14 Enterprise South Nature Park 190 Still Hollow Loop (423) 893-3500 hamiltontn.gov/esnp
Oct. 1-31 257 Hwy. 307 E. Athens, TN (423) 746-9859 mayfieldmaze.com ODDtober
Fri & Sat in October Tennessee Aquarium 1 Broad St. (800) 262-0695 tnaqua.org Post-Mortem Haunted Trail
Tri-State Exhibition Center 200 Natures Trail S. McDonald, TN (423) 476-9310 postmortem.myfreesites.net Ringgold Haunted Depot
Chattanooga Ghost Tours
The Haunted Barn
Fall Hayrides & Campfires
Saturdays in October Cloudland Canyon State Park 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd. (706) 657-4050 gastateparks.org
1371 Hwy. 64 Cleveland, TN Fri - Sun through Oct. 29 (423) 650-0710 therivermaze.com WinnepeSPOOKah!
Fri & Sat in October Lake Winnepesaukah 1730 Lakeview Dr. (706) 866-5681 lakewinnie.com
Mayfield Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch & Haunted Trail
Oct. 20-22 & 27-29 Chattanooga Zoo 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. (423) 697-1322 chattzoo.org Nightly in October 57 E. Fifth St. (423) 800-5998 chattanoogaghosttours.com
The River Maze
Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 155 Depot St. (706) 935-3061 cityofringgoldga.gov
Fri & Sat in October 5017 McDonald Rd. McDonald, TN (423) 396-9790 thehauntedbarnchattanooga.com The Haunted Hilltop
Fri & Sat in October 8235 Highway 58 (423) 488-3956 thehauntedhilltop.com
BARKtober Fest and MEOWlloween Party
October 21 McKamey Animal Center 4500 N. Access Rd. (423) 305-6500 mckameyanimalcenter.org Scary-Oke Contest
October 28 Sing It or Wing It 410 Market St. (423) 757-WING singitorwingitchattanooga.com Big Chill Halloween Bash
October 28 The Big Chill 103 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 267-2455 thebigchillgrill.com Trick or Treat
Oct. 31 Hamilton Place Mall 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. (423) 894-7177 hamiltonplace.com Trick or Treat
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR
RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead 5 p.m. McKamey Animal Center 4500 N. Access Rd. mckameyanimalcenter.org Bad Day For The Cut 6, 10 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. chattpalace.com Charlotte’s Web 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Center 400 River St. theatrecentre.com Steel Magnolias 7 p.m. Signal Mountain High School 315 Ault Rd. smmhs.hcde.org Crimes of The Heart 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga 5705 Uptain Rd. (423) 987-5141 The Woman in Black 7:30 p.m. Mars Theatre District 117 N. Chattanooga St. bapshows.com Dean Napolitano 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. thecomedycatch.com
SUNDAY10.22 Urban Nature 10K 8 a.m. Coolidge Park 150 River St. riverrockschattanooga.com
Tennessee Race for the Cure 11 a.m. UTC McKenzie Arena 720 E. 4th St. utc.edu Chattanooga Market 11 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Hot Wings & Hot Rods 1 p.m. Fireside Grille 3018 Cummings Hwy. firesidechattanooga.com Savor Live with Chef Jon Ashton 2 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. tivolichattanooga.com Crimes of The Heart 2:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga 5705 Uptain Rd. (423) 987-5141 Lucky 4, 10 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. chattpalace.com Keep Fighting: The Journey of Nathan Sexton 6 p.m. Walker Theatre 709 Broad St. tivolichattanooga.com Bad Day For The Cut 6 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. chattpalace.com Charlotte’s Web
7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Center 400 River St. theatrecentre.com Dean Napolitano 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. thecomedycatch.com
MONDAY10.23 Charlotte’s Web 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Center 400 River St. theatrecentre.com
TUESDAY10.24 Lucky 6 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. chattpalace.com Closing the Gap: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Arts 6 p.m. The Camp House 149 E. MLK Blvd. thecamphouse.com Charlotte’s Web 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Center 400 River St. theatrecentre.com Bad Day For The Cut 8 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. chattpalace.com Top Secret Tuesday
10 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. chattpalace.com
WEDNESDAY10.25 Lucky 6 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. chattpalace.com Charlotte’s Web 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Center 400 River St. theatrecentre.com Measure For Measure 7:30 p.m. Roland Hayes Concert Hall 615 McCallie Ave. utc.edu/fine-arts-center Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead 7:30 p.m. AMC Chattanooga 18 5080 South Terrace amctheatres.com Comedy Open Mic 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com Bad Day For The Cut 8 p.m. Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. chattpalace.com Map these locations on chattanoogapulse.com. Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to: firstname.lastname@example.org CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • OCTOBER 19, 2017 • THE PULSE • 17
Let’s Do The Time Warp Again Halloween, music, and the enduring nature Rocky Horror
A Match Made In Harmonic Heaven When I was young, I never could harmonize with the rest of my church when singing gospel hymns. I later found out that singing was much easier and far more exciting when I had a few drinks in me, but the opportunities to translate this alcohol-infused confidence to gospel settings were few and far between. Luckily, the First Christian Church of Chattanooga sees the opportunity I never had, hosting a monthly “Beer and Hymns” event at OddStory Brewing Company this coming Monday. As the name indicates, the church invites gospel lovers alike to congregate the stools of OddStory Brewing Co., drinking beer and singing hymns to their hearts' content. A keyboardist will be present to accompany the songs of praise, taking requests ranging throughout the gospel spectrum. Craft-brewed beers on tap might prompt a few rounds of “Hallelujah,” while house-made flatbreads and soft pretzels will inevitably spark at least one requested “Thank You, Lord!” Free parking will be available across the street of OddStory, and child-care services are available up the hill at First Christian Church upon reservation. To join in on the unique opportunity of fellowship, please make reservations directly by contacting senior minister Brandon Gilvin at email@example.com You don’t want to miss out on this monthly opportunity of singing, praise, and beer! For more information, contact the First Christian Church of Chattanooga. — Kelley J. Bostian Beer and Hymns Monday, 6 p.m. OddStory Brewing Company 336 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 682-7690 www.oddstorybrewing.co 18 • THE PULSE • OCTOBER 19, 2017 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM
By Marc T. Michael Pulse Music Editor
ORTY-TWO YEARS SINCE RIFF RAFF opened the front door for Brad and Janet (forty-four if you count from the debut of the stage play) and people are still doing the Time Warp. Not a bad run for a film that was panned mercilessly when it debuted. There may not be quite as many year-round midnight showings as there once was (though there are still quite a few) but when Halloween rolls around, for many people garters, corsets and gold bikinis are as much a part of the season as jack o’ lanterns and The Great Pumpkin. I suppose there are many reasons why a campy musical paean to science fiction movies has resonated with enough people to sur-
vive this long, but from my own experience it comes down to one thing. See, I grew up in a small military town that was itself smack-dab in the middle of an otherwise rural area. That combination does not generally celebrate self-expression or “marching to the beat of one’s own drum.” Conformity was de rigueur, different was “weird,” and “weird” was bad. Suffice it to say that this was not an ideal environment for your friend and humble narrator. There was a party, with all the trappings of a typical party in that place. Hooch and Mad Dog and an acre of denim, it had all the makings of every other party that ever was, but one party-goer brought a movie to show, a VHS copy of Rocky Horror. The lights went down, the film came on, and within fifteen minutes or so two thirds of
It was liberating and maybe, just maybe, the folks who condemned anything “out of the ordinary” were the ones who had it all wrong. the party erupted in homophobic slurs and exited to the yard to continue shot-gunning Keystones while I and a few others stayed behind. When the closing credits rolled I asked the young lady who brought the tape if I could borrow it, and I watched it over and over for the next several days. Soon after I learned that thirty miles north (in the big city as it were) they showed this film in actual theaters, once a month, at midnight on Saturdays, the people dressed up and played along, and I made my way to the next available showing. It was ritual, it was shared experience and it was a hell of a lot of fun. From there I discovered conventions and a much larger (and more welcoming) world than I, in my somewhat limited experience, realized existed. So, for me, the appeal was and still is that the goofy little film was the first time it occurred to me that maybe outsider status (for whatever reason) wasn’t necessarily something to be eschewed. To the contrary, vive le difference, it was something to be celebrated. It was liberating and maybe, just maybe, the folks who condemned anything “out of the ordinary” were the ones who had it all wrong.
That must seem like a perfectly obvious thing now, but to a teenage kid from Kentucky it was a huge and genuinely lifechanging realization. I will say that it was a proud moment for me when my older daughter, at the tender age of sixteen, asked if I had a copy of the film she and her friends could borrow (I did.) That’s my take it on it anyway, and I suppose everyone has their own reasons for celebrating the film and its music, but the continued popularity of Richard O’Brien’s work cannot be denied. On October 28th, the Honest Pint will present its annual showing of the film, complete with stage cast in full wardrobe pantomiming the action on the screen. Rumor has it that the show is already sold out, but I have seen at least a few tickets for sale from individuals so be just and fear not. For that matter, Hallowcon, Chattanooga’s Halloween themed science fiction convention, is happening in East Ridge from the 27th through the 29th. The theme this year? Science Fiction Double Feature. So if you find yourself longing to do the Time Warp again, check out hallowcon. com, don your unconventional conventionist garb and don’t dream it, be it!
Out And About It may be a quiet week in Lake Woebegone, but it’s anything but quiet in the Scenic City. This Saturday, come celebrate the eleventh anniversary of JJ’s Bohemia, the epicenter of cool music happenings in the Scenic City. The all-star lineup includes Elkmilk, mmhmm, Folk Killer, M-Dahts, Stoop Kids, The Bronzed Chorus and DJ Tryezz. That same night Chattanooga Bands presents Rocktoberfest at Ziggy’s Music Box. Scheduled performers include Shallowpoint, Safe Secrets, Raviner, Powers, Ironchief, slicksilver and the much beloved Scarlet Love Conspiracy. The following weekend Sluggo’s on the Northshore has it going on with a Friday night show featuring Canopy, with Red Necklace and Powers, followed
by a Saturday performance with the Bohannons, Austin Lucas and Ryan Singer, a Sunday “Halloween Cover Band Show” with costumes, tricks and treats and finally, a bona fide Halloween shinding on Tuesday, October 31st featuring Shellshag and a variety of Halloween themed activities. Finally, don’t forget the long-awaited CD release party of MPH’s newest (greatest) album at JJ’s Bohemia on November 10th. It will be an affair to remember. — MTM
Silent Vibes Chattanooga
Cannon brings classic, southern rock sounds to the stage in both covers and originals with a folk-inspired style. 7 p.m. Greenway Farm Park 5051 Gann Store Rd. outdoorchattanooga.com
A “silent party” broadcast to your headphones, with HiphopCha DJ's, DJ Jefe and D.O.P.E. 8 p.m. The Camp House 149 E. MLK Blvd. thecamphouse.com
Priscilla is an up and coming country artist with a sassy pop flare. Come out and see her before she hits the big time. 9 p.m. Puckett’s Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way puckettsgro.com
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LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR
Paul Childers Band
THURSDAY10.19 Irene Diaz, East Lake Expression Engine 5:30 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center 200 E. MLK Blvd. bessiesmithcc.org Rick Rushing 6 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. backstagechattanooga.com Cannon Hunt 7 p.m. Greenway Farm Park 5051 Gann Store Rd. outdoorchattanooga.com Drums & Dance: Klimchak Conspirators 7:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org KlusterfunK 8 p.m. Trip’s Tavern 4762 Hwy. 58 Mark Andrew 8 p.m. The Social 1110 Market St. publichousechattanooga.com Open Mic Night with Jonathan Wimpee 9 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com Blake Hise, Swayyvo Morton 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd.
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FRIDAY10.20 UTK Marching Band Noon First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Randy Steele Noon Waterhouse Pavilion 850 Market St. rivercitycompany.com Abbey Elmore Band 6 p.m. Stone Cup Cafe 208 Frazier Ave. stonecupcafe.com Coma Vigil 7 p.m. Frequency Arts 1804 E. Main St. facebook.com/frequencyarts Tim Lewis 7 p.m. El Meson 248 Northgate Park elmesonchattanooga.com Paul Childers Band 7 p.m. Songbirds Guitar Museum 35 Station St. songbirdsguitars.com Silent Vibes Chattanooga (Silent Party) 8 p.m. The Camp House 149 E. MLK Blvd. thecamphouse.com Toby Hewitt 8 p.m. The Casual Pint
5550 Hwy. 153 hixson.thecasualpint.com Priscilla and Lil’ Rickee 8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. chattanooganhotel.com Kanopi, Chillhowie Royal, Pinecone 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com Eric Rhodes 9 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com Callie Hopper 9 p.m. Puckett’s Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way puckettsgro.com The Larry Keel Experience 9 p.m. Revelry Room 41 Station St. revelryroom.co Grilled Cheese & Good Music 10 p.m. Mt. Olive 3522 Harrison Pike mtolivecog.org Roots of a Rebellion & Whyte Noyse 10 p.m. Clyde’s On Main 122 W. Main St. clydesonmain.com Bad Tattoo 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com
SATURDAY10.21 "Roctober Fest" with The Musik Meisters 11 a.m. Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd. seerockcity.com Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. tivolichattanooga.com Matt Foster 8 p.m. The Casual Pint 5550 Hwy. 153 hixson.thecasualpint.com Joseph Akins 8 p.m. Charles & Myrtle’s Coffeehouse 105 McBrien Rd. christunity.org Priscilla and Lil’ Rickee 8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. chattanooganhotel.com Elk Milk, MMhmm, Folk Killer, M-Dahts, The Bronzed Chorus 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd jjsbohemia.com Priscilla Block 9 p.m. Puckett’s Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way puckettsgro.com Tribute: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers 9 p.m. Revelry Room
LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR
Kenny George Band 41 Station St. revelryroom.co Kenny George Band 10 p.m. Clyde’s On Main 122 W. Main St. clydesonmain.com Mark Andrews 10 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com Bad Tattoo 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com
SUNDAY10.22 "Roctober Fest" with The Musik Meisters 11 a.m. Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd. seerockcity.com The Bird and the Bear 11 a.m. Flying Squirrel Bar 55 Johnson St. flyingsquirrelbar.com Wurstbrats Oompah Band 12:30 p.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Something Else, Papa Sway, Robin Chambers, Ancient Age, Tom Crammer, Rick Mayo, Benji 1 p.m. Mayo’s Bar and Grill 3820 Brainerd Rd.
mayosbarandgrill.com Nancy Westmoreland 1:30 p.m. Flying Squirrel Bar 55 Johnson St. flyingsquirrelbar.com David Parmley & The Cardinal Tradition 3 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org Bluegrass Jam 4 p.m. Fiddler’s Anonymous 2248 Dayton Blvd. (423) 994-7497 Open Mic with Jeff Daniels 6 p.m. Long Haul Saloon 2536 Cummings Hwy. (423) 822-9775 Maria and Josh Sable 7 p.m. Southside Social 1818 Chestnut St. thesouthsidesocial.com Mathis & Martin 7 p.m. The BackStage Bar 29 Station St. (423) 629-2233 Burton Greene 7:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org Southlander 8 p.m. The Brew & Cue 5017 Rossville Blvd. facebook.com/thebrewandcue Kerchief, Caney Village, Oginalii, Thirstain Daniels
9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com
MONDAY10.23 Monday Nite Big Band 7 p.m. The Coconut Room 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com
TUESDAY10.24 Danimal 6 p.m. Backstage Bar 29 Station St. backstagechattanooga.com Bill McCallie and In Cahoots 6:30 p.m. Southern Belle 201 Riverfront Pkwy. chattanoogariverboat.com Courtney Holder 7 p.m. Southside Social 1818 Chestnut St. thesouthsidesocial.com Long Live the GOAT, SunSap, TIME 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com
WEDNESDAY10.25 Jesse James Jungkurth 6 p.m.
Backstage Bar 29 Station St. backstagechattanooga.com The Other Guys 6 p.m. SpringHill Suites 495 Riverfront Pkwy. springhillsuites.com Bike Night with Justin Long 6 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com Amber Carrington 7 p.m. Southside Social 1818 Chestnut St. thesouthsidesocial.com Joel Brothers 8 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com Priscilla & Little Rickee 8 p.m. Las Margaritas 1101 Hixson Pike (423) 756-3332 Jazz In The Lounge with David Walters & Rishard 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org Prime Cut Trio 9 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Map these locations on chattanoogapulse.com. Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to: firstname.lastname@example.org CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • OCTOBER 19, 2017 • THE PULSE • 21
RECORD REVIEWS ∙ ERNIE PAIK
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Talibam!
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith The Kid (Western Vinyl)
wise man once passed along a sage piece of advice to this writer, after he had purchased his first multi-effects sound processor years ago: don’t use the presets. This can also be applied to synthesizers—don’t use the pre-configured instruments, and make your own sounds. Of course, this isn’t a hard and fast rule, but there are so many potentially variable elements to a sound that not taking advantage of these choices can make it harder to be individualistic. Imagine an oil painter being told not to mix colors—it’s not impossible, but it’s certainly limiting. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith seems to have an instinctual knack for making compelling sounds from synths, such as those of the modular analog variety, like the Buchla 100. Sure, there’s a fair share of bleeps and bloops, but Smith can conjure affecting timbres and tones to great effect, like on her outstanding 2015 album Euclid. Last year’s full-length Ears demonstrated how Smith was emphasizing her lyrical content more than before and presenting things with a slightly slicker sheen, and her new album, The Kid, continues with that trend. It was designed as a double-LP with four sides, each of which represents a different stage of human life; in line with this,
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Talibam! Endgame of the Anthropocene (ESP-Disk’) the album’s title represents an artist who recognizes with humility that she is still growing. Smith’s vocals are often treated with pitch-shift harmonizing, allowing a single vocal track to be duplicated in real-time to create a small, virtual choir, and the album begins with glistening, enticing tones for which Smith has a talent. “In the World” has a beginning fake-out, starting with a more organic, pastoral sound that hearkens back to her earlier recordings, but then it soon gets more busy, less wandering. Some of the most satisfying numbers appear toward the album’s end, including “Who I Am & Why I Am Where I Am” recorded in one-take with no overdubs on an EMS Synthi 100 and the heavenly final side, enhanced with arrangements for the Stargaze quartet. For this writer, The Kid has a duality that is a little distracting, going between Smith as a pop artist versus a sound-forward electronic artist, and as she grows as an artist, perhaps she’ll find harmony as both, simultaneously.
he year’s hardly over yet, and the NYC concern Talibam!, centered on the core duo of keyboardist Matt Mottel and drummer Kevin Shea, has just released its third and fourth albums of 2017 on the legendary ESP-
Disk’ label like a musical runaway train. Following the riotous piss-take live album Billy Joel Cover Band with Colin L. and the sci-fi electro album Norris at the Border, there’s Hard Vibe which smashes ‘70s and ‘80s fusion sources with keyboardist Ron Stabinsky and furious free-jazz bumblebee runs from saxophonist Matt Nelson (of Battle Trance and tUnE-yArDs). Finally, there’s the album at hand— Endgame of the Anthropocene—an instrumental concept album based on a dystopian vision. It’s a twist on the familiar science fiction premise that humanity will eventually have to relocate to another planet because it made this one uninhabitable; the twist is that after Earth is ravished by wars and climate change, Antarctica will be the most desired place on the globe, leading to an international war over its control. Using ridiculously long track titles (example: “Cost-Effective Drilling Enabled by Pioneering Technologies and Warmer Climates in the Southern Ocean”) and evocative soundtracks, the album tells it’s kinda-serious, kindanot-serious story. The opening 12-minute doozy sets the futuristic tone with whooshing synths, occasional dance beats and a prog-rock-esque approach to structure and complexity. “Human Interference and the Failure to Ratify” brings to mind an aggressive electro-clash style with oil-slicked synth vamps, and “Reign of Primordial Tenure on the Ice Shelf” has a driving momentum, bringing to mind video game music. The underlying dystopian mood is most evident on “The Telegenic Annexation of Territorial Expanse in the West,” with some militaristic elements, and the stylistic jumble of the album’s closing track, “Rise of the Defenders of Antarctica,” sports a hopeful, somewhat triumphant attitude with synth horns and glitchy drums. The struggle for human survival over a catastrophic worldwide crisis has never sounded so good.
Cleveland Happenings A look at what's going on in and around Bradley County
Cleveland Apple Festival
Women United's "Brunch and Bubbly" Thursday, 11:30 a.m. The Museum Center at 5ive Points 200 Inman St. E Women United will be raising awareness for Domestic Violence. Please join us as we brunch and listen to Bradley County native Kelly Wells' personal testimony and survival story. She will shine a light on the incredibly important topic and help to further awareness about the serious nature of domestic violence. Love Nancy's 3rd Annual Wine for the Mind Friday, 6:30 p.m. The Coffey Barn 2688 Benton Pike NE Love Nancy provides respite support to caregivers and their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease, progressive memory impairments and special needs. The fundraiser will benefit the programs of Love Nancy, including Love Nancy CAREavan Pro-
gram, Fun with Friends and Memory Makers. At Wine for the Mind, our fundraising activities will include a live and silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Food by Café Roma and Randy Steele & Friends will perform. Cleveland Apple Festival Saturday, 10 a.m. & Sunday, 1 p.m. Bradley County Courthouse Square 155 N. Ocoee St. The Cleveland Apple Festival, a celebrated family event in downtown Cleveland is a great buy for families, especially since so many of the kids’ activities are perfectly free—including pony rides! Enjoy a variety of contests, from the Miss Apple Blossom pageant to the Apple Dessert competition. Indulge in a petting zoo, live music and plenty of good food—much of it inspired by apples, of course. Season Opening of The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus of Tennessee
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Cleveland State Johnson Cultural Heritage Center 3535 Adkisson Dr. Featuring selections by Carl Maria von Weber and Johannes Brahms. This event is free and open to the public. Mess & Moxie...Every Mile Matter Tuesday, 7 p.m. Raider Arena 850 Raider Dr. A three-hour event featuring Jen Hatmaker and Nichole Nordeman, with Noah Needleman and a special guest in each city. The format is a blend of music, stories, and conversation. The world is filled with angry voices shouting about our differences. For one evening, leave the noise behind. You and your friends can treat yourselves to a night out—a reminder that you can laugh at the days to come, soothe your soul, and have strength for whatever lies ahead. CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • OCTOBER 19, 2017 • THE PULSE • 23
FILM & TELEVISION
Androids Keep Dreaming Of Electric Sheep Blade Runner 2049 asks more unanswerable questions
How Lucky Do You Really Feel? Harry Dean Stanton, who passed away last month, left behind him a towering body of work. The quintessential character actor, Stanton’s career spanned more than six decades, marked by a commitment to every role he took, regardless of the how “big” or “small” the film may have been. Director David Lynch said of Stanton, “There’s nobody like Harry Dean. Everyone loved him. And with good reason. He was a great actor (actually beyond great) and a great human being—so great to be around him.” And Lynch had first-hand experience with Stanton, as they co-starred in Lucky, which plays this week at The Palace Picture House The directorial debut of John Carroll Lynch, Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Stanton’s performance is mesmerizing and not to be missed. Even better, along with David Lynch, he is surrounded by a superlative cast that includes Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant and many more, all of whom bring their “A” game. — Michael Thomas Lucky See website for showtimes Palace Picture House 818 Georgia Ave. (423) 803-6578 www.chattpalace.com 24 • THE PULSE • OCTOBER 19, 2017 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM
By John DeVore Pulse Film Editor
ERY LITTLE CURRENT SCI-FI IS HOPEful. As a species, we seem to be convinced that the world will continually get warmer, dirtier, and more violent. Current generations believe that their lives will be harder than their parents and grandparents, that they will be in debt longer, that they will retire later, if at all, and that the gap between rich and poor will grow ever wider. It makes sense that our visions of the future would be decidedly dark. To be fair, though, this line of thinking isn’t new. “Brave New World” was written in 1931. “1984” came in 1949. In fact, it’s harder to think of an example of positive futurism in fiction than negative. Some of this is by necessity. Stories require conflict and conflict is harder to find in a utopia. But maybe, those among us can see the writing
on the wall. There’s something dangerous lurking over the next hill. We can see the outline of the shadows but our light is too dim to pierce them, so we make up stories to explain the shapes behind the flickering. The longer we stare, the more uncomfortable we become. 1982’s Blade Runner, a loose adaptation of “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick, is a classic tale exploring what it means to be human in a dingy, depressing world. The film was always more style of substance—the seams are showing in the storytelling and much of the action is without consequence. But it has a cult following for good reason. Blade Runner has an elegantly crafted, fullyrealized world with that feels lived in and realistic. It’s success in blending film noir with sci-fi has been influential across a variety of mediums and can be felt throughout the genre of sci-fi.
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“Blade Runner 2049 is a film that begs for multiple viewings and honest discussion. There aren’t too many of those in theaters now.” There are many that would find a remake (or a sequel) to be blasphemous. And yet, Hollywood rarely finds anything holy, especially not popular and recognizable properties, and thus Blade Runner 2049 should come as no surprise. What is a surprise, however, is just how good the film is. For once, a sequel proves itself as a necessary part of the original story. In fact, the storytelling in Blade Runner 2049 surpasses the original by leaps and bounds. It helps that the world was so well established in the first film. Blade Runner 2049 builds on the original, taking some necessary leaps forward in terms of technology but retaining the seedy, run-down feel of a future built on the ruins of a lost society, driven by exploitation and advertising. Set some thirty years after the events of the first film, Blade
Runner 2049 follows another cop tasked with “retiring” rogue replicants that participated in a bloody off-world rebellion. Replicants are no longer illegal as they once were. Technology has advanced so that the newest versions of bio-engineered synthetic humans are more compliant and less likely to rebel. The technology has advanced so much, in fact, that the newer models can serve as Blade Runners themselves. K (Ryan Gosling) is one such replicant. But after a routine retirement, K discovers something new: the skeleton of a former replicant that appears to have once been pregnant. Billed as impossible, K is tasked with finding the child of this replicant and retiring it, because if a bio-engineered being can give birth, what makes it any different than a human? The themes of the true meaning of humanity, of the cost of
continual expansion, of exploitation, of paranoia, or corporate rule and class division, are all on display in the film. None of these things are overwrought or hammered at the audience. Instead, the film allows for these elements to simply exist in the background of a compelling detective story that keeps the audience guessing. At nearly three hours, the running time for Blade Runner 2049 could be off putting for some audiences. The pacing is slow and deliberate, forcing the audience to take in the atmosphere and wonder about the conditions of this society. We see the insanity of the masters, the ones that consider themselves gods, and wonder what has happened to the people. Are they complacent or complicit in their rule? How does a replicant interact with a human? Do they know the difference? Does it matter? To the film’s credit, these questions are left open. In fact, most questions are left open. Blade Runner 2049 is a film that begs for multiple viewings and honest discussion. There aren’t too many of those in theaters now. Blade Runner 2049 is worthy of your consideration.
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Wonderstruck The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection. Director: Todd Haynes Stars: Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Millicent Simmonds
The Snowman Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. He fears that an elusive serial killer may be active once again. Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny, Val Kilmer
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FOOD & DRINK ∙ SUSHI & BISCUITS
A Bite Of Food Wrapped In Leaves Our world traveling chef educates us on a Thai snack sensation DIY flavor bomb that originated in Northern Thailand. It’s a hands-on dish that’s usually eaten with family and friends around a shared platter of ingredients. Each mouthful is assembled by wrapping pinches of ginger, garlic, shallots, chilies, dried shrimp, lime, peanuts, coconut and a salty-sweet sauce together in a peppery cha plu leaf. These bitesized packages are eaten whole, followed by the uncontrollable urge to moan and arch your back in ecstatic, sensorial pleasure. But let’s get one thing straight, this is not some post-hipster lettuce wrap or must-have spring roll for pig-tailed pescatarians. This is serious Thai food with serious flavors that will punch you in the throat if you even think of confusing it with those tame, limp parcels that have all the originality and excitement of a Nickleback cover band. Typically, miang kham fillings are wrapped up in the leaves of the
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WEET, SALTY, SOUR, SAVORY, and spicy. When our brains sense this holy quintinity of tastes simultaneously, we briefly lose all sense of the world around us and our eyes begin to instinctively retreat into the back of our head in a glorious, involuntary foodgasm. When it comes to stimulating these pentamerous portions of our palate, no cuisine is better equipped to send us into that coveted ecstatic state than Thai, and no Thai dish is more up to that task than the tour de force of flavor, miang kham. Miang kham is Thai for “a bite of food wrapped in leaves” which tells you virtually nothing about the kaleidoscope of flavors, textures, and aromas this dish delivers. It looks like a simple pile of raw ingredients, but every component is a key player in this
MIANG KHAM Ingredients • 20 to 30 bai cha plu leaves, Chinese broccoli leaves or palm-sized spinach leaves with a small piece of arugula per spinach leaf • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts • 1/4 cup small dried shrimp • 1/2 cup toasted, shredded unsweetened coconut • 1/3 cup fresh ginger diced into peasized pieces • 1/3 cup shallots diced into peasized pieces • 1 lime, cut into pea-sized pieces • 3 heads garlic, cut into pea-size
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pieces 6 Thai chilies, cut into thin rounds Sauce Ingredients: 1 Tbsp galangal 2 Tbsp shallots 1 Tbsp ginger 2 Tbsp lemongrass 1 Tbsp shrimp paste 2 Tbsp water 1/2 cup palm sugar 1 Tbsp toasted coconut flakes 1 Tbsp toasted peanuts, chopped
Directions Place the coconut in a dry cast iron pan over medium heat, stirring frequently until golden brown and fragrant.
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cha plu plant, which is in the same family as betel leaves (bai plu) but should not be confused with their mildly psychoactive and stimulating cousin. Cha plu leaves are herbaceous and peppery, like mature arugula, where betel leaves are bitter and medicinal tasting. Because cha plu can be tricky to find, I recommend using Chinese broccoli leaves or a combination of spinach and arugula leaves (one each per miang kham bite) The sauce is an addictive amal-
Arrange the leaves, coconut, and all the filling ingredients on a large serving platter. Make it look nice—you’re not a barbarian. Spread the shrimp paste in a thick layer onto the surface of a banana leaf or foil, fold into a package and roast in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. While the shrimp paste is roasting, cut the galangal, ginger, shallots, and lemongrass into small pieces and toast in a pan over medium heat, occasionally stirring until they are dry and toasted. Pound these in a mortar and pestle until a coarse paste is formed then add the roasted shrimp paste and pound until a smooth paste is formed.
gam of aromatics, coconut, peanuts, palm sugar, and shrimp paste that you may be tempted to slather on your body in a moment of uninhibited, flavor extasis. Tip: if you cook the sauce one minute too long, you’ll end up with a stringy failure blob. Watch it carefully as it cooks. Mike McJunkin is a native Chattanoogan currently living abroad who has trained chefs, owned and operated restaurants. Join him on Facebook at facebook.com/ SushiAndBiscuits
In a small saucepan, heat the palm sugar, water and pounded paste over medium heat until a sticky sauce is formed. Add more water one tsp at a time if it becomes too thick. Once the sauce is ready, stir in chopped toasted peanuts and toasted coconut flakes. To eat, put a leaf on your palm, (if using spinach/arugula combo, place a small piece of arugula on the spinach leaf), add one pinch of each filling ingredient, top with a dab of sauce, gather up the corners of the leaf to form a small package and eat the whole thing in one bite. Enjoy the inevitable foodgasm.
FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ∙ ROB BREZSNY LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A woman I know, Caeli La, was thinking about relocating from Denver to Brooklyn. She journeyed across country and visited a prime neighborhood in her potential new headquarters. Here’s what she reported on her Facebook page: “In the last three days, I’ve seen three different men on separate occasions wearing sundresses. So this is definitely the right place for me.” What sort of signs and omens would tell you what you need to do to be in the right place at the right time, Libra? I urge you to be on the lookout for them in the coming weeks. Life will be conspiring to provide you with clues about where you can feel at peace, at home, and in the groove. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Simon & Garfunkel released their first album in October 1964. It received only a modest amount of airplay. The two musicians were so discouraged that they stopped working together. Then Bob Dylan’s producer Tom Wilson got permission to remix “The Sounds of Silence,” a song on the album. He added rock instruments and heavy echo to Simon & Garfunkel’s folk arrangement. When the tune was re-released in September 1965, it became a huge hit. I bring this to your attention, Scorpio, because I suspect you’re now at a point comparable to the time just before Tom Wilson discovered the potential of “The Sounds of Silence.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Consider how hard it is to change yourself,” wrote author Jacob M. Braude, “and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.” Ninety-nine percent of the time, I’d advise you and everybody else to surrender to that counsel as if it were an absolute truth. But I think you Sagittarians will be the exception to the rule in the coming weeks. More than usual, you’ll have the power to change yourself. And if you succeed, your self-transformations will be likely to trigger interesting changes in people around you. Here’s another useful tip, also courtesy of Jacob M. Braude: “Behave like a duck. Keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like the devil underneath.” CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In 1969, two earthlings walked on the moon for the first time. To ensure that astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed there and returned safely, about 400,000 people labored and cooperated for many years. I suspect that in the coming months, you may be drawn to a collaborative project that’s not as ambitious as NASA’s, but nevertheless fueled by a grand plan and a big scope. And according to my astrological calculations, you will have even more ability than usual to be a driving
force in such a project. Your power to inspire and organize group efforts will be at a peak. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I predict your ambitions will burn more steadily in the coming months, and will produce more heat and light than ever before. You’ll have a clearer conception of exactly what it is you want to accomplish, as well as a growing certainty of the resources and help you’ll need to accomplish it. Hooray and hallelujah! But keep this in mind, Aquarius: As you acquire greater access to meaningful success— not just the kind of success that merely impresses other people— you’ll be required to take on more responsibility. Can you handle that? I think you can. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): What’s your top conspiracy theory? Does it revolve around the Illuminati, the occult group that is supposedly plotting to abolish all nations and create a world government? Or does it involve the stealthy invasion by extraterrestrials who are allegedly seizing mental control over human political leaders and influencing them to wage endless war and wreck the environment? Or is your pet conspiracy theory more personal? Maybe you secretly believe, for instance, that the difficult events you experienced in the past were so painful and debilitating that they will forever prevent you from fulfilling your fondest dream. Well, Pisces. I’m here to tell you that whatever conspiracy theory you most tightly embrace is ready to be disproven once and for all. Are you willing to be relieved of your delusions? ARIES (March 21-April 19): “I am my own muse,” wrote painter Frida Kahlo. “I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.” Would you consider trying out this perspective for a while, Aries? If so, you might generate a few ticklish surprises. You may be led into mysterious areas of your psyche that had previously been off-limits. You could discover secrets you’ve been hiding from yourself. So what would it mean to be your own muse? What exactly would you do? Here are some examples. Flirt with yourself in the mirror. Ask yourself impertinent, insouciant questions. Have imaginary conversations with the person you were three years ago and the person you’ll be in three years. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Happiness comes from getting what you want,” said poet Stephen Levine, whereas joy comes “from being who you really are.” According to my analysis, the coming weeks will bear a higher potential for joy than for happiness. I’m not saying you won’t get anything you want. But I do suspect that focusing on getting what you want might sap energy from the venture that’s more likely to thrive: an
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unprecedented awakening to the truth of who you really are. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Sigmund Freud was a medical doctor who laid the groundwork for psychoanalysis. Throughout the twentieth century, his radical, often outrageous ideas were a major influence on Western culture. When Freud was 50, he discovered a brilliant psychiatrist who would become his prize pupil: Carl Jung. When the two men first met in Vienna in 1907, they conversed without a break for 13 consecutive hours. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you could experience a comparable immersion sometime soon: a captivating involvement with a new influence, a provocative exchange that enchants you, or a fascinating encounter that shifts your course. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In the next twelve months, I hope to help you track down new pleasures and amusements that teach you more about what you want out of life. I will also be subtly reminding you that all the world’s a stage, and will advise you on how to raise your self-expression to Oscar-worthy levels. As for romance, here’s my prescription between now and October 2018: The more compassion you cultivate, the more personal love you will enjoy. If you lift your generosity to a higher octave, there’ll be another perk, too: You will be host to an enhanced flow of creative ideas. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Are you interested in diving down to explore the mysterious and evocative depths? Would you be open to spending more time than usual cultivating peace and stillness in a sanctuary? Can you sense the rewards that will become available if you pay reverence to influences that nurture your wild soul? I hope you’ll be working on projects like these in the coming weeks, Leo. You’ll be in a phase when the single most important gift you can give yourself is to remember what you’re made of and how you got made. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Louisa May Alcott wrote a novel entitled A Long Fatal Love Chase, which was regarded as too racy to be published until a century after her death. “In the books I read, the sinners are more interesting than the saints,” says Alcott’s heroine, Rosamund, “and in real life people are dismally dull.” I boldly predict that in the coming months, Virgo, you won’t provide evidence to support Rosamund’s views. You’ll be even more interesting than you usually are, and will also gather more than your usual quota of joy and self-worth—but without having to wake up even once with your clothes torn and your head lying in a gutter after a night of forlorn debauchery.
“Candy-Coated”—it’s what’s on the inside. ACROSS 1 ___-de-sac 4 Seedless oranges 10 Maroon 5 frontman Levine 14 Expend 15 Funnel-shaped wildflower 16 Fishing line attachment 17 Valentine’s Day candy word 18 Pop singer Christina 19 Breezed through 20 Performer who does a lot of swinging and catching 23 Jack who could eat no fat 24 “Yup,” silently 25 File folder feature 28 Molten rock 32 “August: ___ County” (Meryl Streep movie) 34 DDE beat him twice 37 Comedian with a self-titled ABC series and a TBS talk show 40 Inflated self-images
42 “Come in!” 43 Fallon’s predecessor 44 Shaped like a quadrilateral with one pair of parallel sides 47 Crossers of aves. 48 Nation south of Mount Everest 49 Writing assignment 51 Get from ___ B 52 ___ in “Isaac” 55 Milk container? 59 Candy collectibles, or what the three long answers end up being 64 Crowning point 66 “___ Scissorhands” 67 Cleveland basketball player, for short 68 Apple voice assistant 69 River that divides Nebraska 70 Egyptian headdress serpent 71 Peppers may pack it 72 Restraining rope
73 “That’s it!” DOWN 1 Fringe factions 2 Take by force 3 “Reading Rainbow” host Burton 4 Conventiongoer’s badge 5 “Parks and Recreation” costar Ansari 6 Poetic place between hills 7 “East of Eden” director Kazan 8 Soak up knowledge 9 ___ Domingo 10 Cry of dismay 11 Adheres in a pinch, maybe 12 “And the nominees ___ ...” 13 Big Pharma product 21 Cooking spray brand 22 Person with a following 26 Representative 27 Amazon founder Jeff 29 “Good grief!” 30 Having only one
channel, like old LPs 31 Former “MadTV” cast member Lange 33 Note between fa and la 34 MetLife competitor 35 Heron relative 36 It’s a long, long story 38 Night sch. awards 39 Historic periods 41 Place for relaxation 45 Part of QEII, for short 46 Get clean 50 Fabric store amts. 53 Skillful 54 Go laterally 56 Crumble away 57 Rub clean 58 Answers a party invitation 60 Solve an escape room successfully 61 Dispatch a fly 62 Bike course 63 Art Deco master born Romain de Tirtoff 64 Cigarette leftover 65 Pizza order
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