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VOLUME 13, ISSUE 42 OCTOBER 20, 2016



Independent artist Ryder Richards has joined the Chattanooga arts community for the month of October to create a new series of works in preparation for an exhibition.

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The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is bringing a contemporary play “ripped from today’s headlines” to the Circle Theatre. It’s quite a departure from the typical CTC fare.


Artists, authors, creative types of all sorts occasionally delve in to the realm of collaboration, but none so often as musicians whose craft lends itself to the practice.


The coming-of-age film is a time honored part of the American storytelling tradition. It’s part of our shared experience of growing up—the teenage alienation, the family drama, the loss of self, the discovery of an identity.


Photo by Alexa Lampasona, atlanta.net


The Pulse Autumn Travel Guide With Autumn finally upon us, it's time to start thinking about taking some time off and getting in a vacation before the winter holiday madness is upon us. Stay close to home by exploring nearby Atlanta or heading out West to visit California's wine country.


























Janis Hashe has been both a staff editor and a freelance writer/editor for more than 25 years. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AmericanStyle magazine, among many other outlets.

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.



Artist Residency Chattanooga Visiting artist Ryder Richards kicks off new local arts initiative By Aaron Cowan

Special to The Pulse



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Independent artist Ryder Richards has joined the Chattanooga arts community for the month of October to create a new series of works in preparation for an exhibition scheduled to open early November, titled “Lookout.” Ryder’s visit is hosted by the new arts organization ARC: Artist Residency Chattanooga, which connects artists abroad with Chattanooga to develop their professional practice while educating and diversifying the arts culture. The not-for-profit will operate quarterly to host and incubate an artist while engaging the community with studio visits, workshops, and lectures, presenting Chattanoogans the opportunity to learn directly from artists such as Ryder, who holds several years’ experience: how he works and lives as a practicing artist; the start of his professional career as an artist; as well as critique for local artists looking for critical feedback and professional support. The Texas-based artist received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from Texas Tech University, with a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Texas Christian University. His work has been exhibited internationally, including Olm Space, Switzerland; Antena, Chicago; the Texas and Dallas Biennials; and the Dallas Museum of Art. He is a co-founder of the RJP Nomadic Gallery, Culture Laboratory, and Dallasbased group The Art Foundation. ARC already has a few events planned during Ryder’s month-long residency: DIY Trying: Gas Mask Workshop Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Hosted by the Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Ryder will guide a group of participants in creating their own functional gasmask from household materials. Space and materials are limited, so be sure to RSVP on their website. There is a suggested dona-


“Artist Residency Chattanooga connects artists abroad with Chattanooga to develop their professional practice while educating and diversifying the arts culture.” tion of $10 for supplies and future ARC programs. Open Studio Day Monday, Oct. 31, 3 to 6 p.m. An open studio day at the Swine Gallery that allows for a deeper understanding of how the artist works and maintains their studio practice. Join with Ryder to talk about his work and career as an artist. This event will be free and open to the public, including a visit from the Apothecary class from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Fine Arts Center. Opening Reception Friday, Nov. 4, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join them for First Friday at the Swine Gallery for the opening of “Lookout,” an exhibition of new

work from artist-in-residence Ryder Richards. The artist will be in attendance to talk about his work, and will be giving a lecture at 6:30pm. Enjoy food, hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and an opportunity to talk with the artist. Tickets will be for sale closer to the event, or are included with the purchase of a Patron Preview Party ticket. This marks the first iteration of the program. ARC is currently looking for partners and sponsors to ensure there are resources for the next resident artist. If you’d like to be involved, host an event, or support the program directly, please contact ARC at info@arcresidency. org or visit them at arcresidency. wordpress.com

Consider This with Dr. Rick

EdiToon by Rob Rogers

Taking On The Triple Crown of Bouldering Right outside of beautiful Chattanooga is one of the best boulder fields in the entire country. Stone Fort has placed Chattanooga in the national bouldering limelight because of its killer sandstone rocks (not literally killer) and primo lines. The beautiful sandstone boulder field is packed full of classic splitter lines. (Which is a clean crack with perfectly parallel sides ideal for climbers.) This Saturday at 8 a.m., Triple Crown Stone Fort will be holding a competition at the Stone Fort boulder fields. Triple Crown is a series of boulder-

ing events at three of the premier boulder fields in the Southeast. This event is number two in the series. The first event took place at Hound Ears in Boone,

NC and the series will wrap up at Horse Pens 40 in Steele, AL on November 19. What is the Triple Crown? The goal of the Triple Crown is twofold. First and foremost, the mission is to raise funds for two organizations dedicated to maintaining climbers’ access. Secondly, this unique event will once again provide a tremendous opportunity for vendors to promote the sport of bouldering, which has quickly become the focus of the ever growing climbing community. The event organizer is River Rocks Adventure Sport Games. — Colin Moran

“What’s difficult in life is to stay centered when somebody says or does something that tempts us to close our hearts because their heart was closed. That is hard. But that is also how we grow. We go through those circumstances in order to evolve into people who can hold to our loving center no matter what the world throws us.” —Marianne Williamson So how do we do that? How do we make the most of those challenging circumstances and allow them to serve a purpose: to keep to our center, to stay mindful, to evolve? Consider this: I frequently offer this image to people I work with to help with this very issue. Take a breath, and imagine yourself as the eye of the hurricane. The calm, quiet center, separate from the swirling, messy, painful chaos surrounding you. See yourself as the peaceful eye and observe how your calm energy helps you stay grounded and open-hearted. — Rick Pimental-Habib, Ph.D.




Is Reality Really Real? We might all just be living inside an elaborate simulation

Steven Disbrow Pulse columnist

IN THE MOVIE THE MATRIX, OUR hero “Neo” (a.k.a, “The One”), finds out that the world he knows is actually a sophisticated computer simulation. The purpose of the simulation is to keep humans docile and supplying a constant stream of electricity to power the civilization of the machines that created the simulation. Leaving aside the fact that solar power would serve the machines better, the premise of this movie, that reality is just a fantastically detailed simulation, is actually not all that far-fetched. In fact, there are some very smart people that think that our world is just a simulation; and that, one day, we might have the ability to test this hypothesis and prove it one way or the other. At this point, of course, this is all just a hypothesis, based on what some see as pretty iron-clad logic. This line of reasoning goes something like this: Our reality follows rules and laws. Specifically, the laws of physics. The more we look at these rules and laws, the more we see that they are basically all describable with math. Therefore, our entire reality is math-based. Computers are really good at math. As time progresses, computing power progresses. This progress allows us to run more and more complex and realistic simulations. Given that reality seems to be mathbased, consciousness must also be math-

based. Therefore, it’s only a matter of time before our own simulations include artificial consciousnesses inside them. For them, those simulations will be as real as our reality is to us. We humans love to run simulations. (“The SIMS,” “No Man’s Sky,” weather models, etc.) At some point, given enough computing power, somebody with a history fetish is going to run a simulation of life/evolution on Earth. That simulation will include all of us. What if that simulation is already running and this is it? Besides the fact that reality seems to be math-based, there is one other interesting bit of evidence in favor of this hypothesis: Everything in the Universe seems to be made of “chunks of stuff.” Solid matter, for instance, is made of atoms, and those are made of quarks. Way below that level, it’s also thought that there is a distance (the Planck Length [about 1.66 x 10-35 meters]) where space itself becomes “chunky”. Even light is made of discrete packets called quanta. This is all significant because computers typically work with things broken into chunks. For example, consider your computer monitor. If its resolution is 1024 x 768, that’s a total of 786,432 pixels in two dimensions. Not a lot by today’s standards, but enough to depict a recognizable version of the world. Now, consider that reality might

“At some point, given enough computing power, somebody with a history fetish is going to run a simulation of life/evolution on Earth.” have a “resolution” of the Planck Length in all three dimensions… that’s one hell of a lot of pixels to paint a reality onto. Of course, even if reality is a simulation it really doesn’t have a lot of implications for everyday life. The rules of the simulation seem pretty immutable (i.e. don’t jump out of a plane without a parachute, even if you know reality is just a simulation), so you can’t really hack the system to your advantage. Also, the entity running the simulation doesn’t seem to have much interest in interfering with it or interacting with it. Then again, our Universe/Simulation is massive, so maybe they just aren’t paying attention. (Time probably passes more

slowly for them than us, so maybe all of Earth’s history has been a potty break for them.) But, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to prove this one way or the other. And, if it turns out that reality is a simulation, we should definitely try and contact the Entity running the thing. They might not be able to grant us eternal life (these Entities probably don’t back up their data either), but, if nothing else, maybe we can get a do over on at least this election cycle. Steven Disbrow is a programmer who specializes in e-commerce and mobile systems development, an entrepreneur, comic-book nerd, writer, improviser, actor, sometime television personality and parent of two human children.




Autumn in Atlanta: Pumpkins, Crafts, and Haunts Experiencing all that Atlanta and surrounding areas have to offer this fall By Brooke Brown


Pulse Assistant Editor

HERE’S A CITY, ROUGHLY AN HOUR and a half from our sweet little town of Chattanooga, called Atlanta, Georgia. And in the fall, Atlanta and its surrounding cities erupt with an array of festivals, activities, haunts, and attractions. If it’s a haunted attraction you wish to experience, or something more unique than the average weekend activity, Atlanta and its counterparts will surely have something to offer you. Unique Atlanta Nothing could be more enticing than the Hot Air Balloon Festival taking place in Kennesaw, Georgia on October 21-22. Kick back and relax at Owl-O-Ween, where you can take part in kid’s activities with the little ones or enjoy the Oktoberfest stage which showcases Bavarian entertainment, something the kids will surely be mesmerized by too. As if the Bavarian entertainment wasn’t enough, once dusk comes, you'll soak up the sight of dozens and dozens of colorful balloons lighting up the night sky as they take flight. A kaleidoscope of color—it’s something that’ll give you chills and is truly unlike anything you’ve seen before. Remember that exhilarating feeling of letting a balloon go as a child, and watching it float up, up, up? Times that by a couple dozen, add a giant burner and some heat, and you’ve got Owl-O-Ween. Take the kid in you, they’ll appreciate it.

If you’re a crafter, antiquer, or lover of handcrafted arts, plan a visit to the Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain Park. This southerner’s dream fair will include 200 booths of antiques, crafts, and gourmet foods. Did you read that correctly, you wonder? 200 booths? Yes, you sure did. They’ll range from things like handmade soaps at Cheeky Maiden Soap Co. and yummy baked goodies at Blue Rooster Bake Shop & Eatery to vintage farmhouse decor from Olde Tyme Marketplace and the oh so adorable “fanciful mice miniatures” created by Wee Forest Folk. The home decorating, shelf-filling wheels in my head are alcontinued on page 10

“As if the Bavarian entertainment wasn’t enough, once dusk comes, you'll soak up the sight of dozens and dozens of colorful balloons lighting up the night sky as they take flight.”


COVER STORY ready turning. Oh, and for those of you, like myself, who need a little help in the kitchen, cooking demonstrations will be provided as well as demonstrations in painting and pottery if you’re feeling a bit more artsy. Maybe you’d like to experience something outside of your usual. We all know we’ll be celebrating Halloween this year, as always, with trick or treating and costumes of all kinds, but have you considered participating in the Day of the Dead at the Atlanta History Center? It’s taking place Sunday, October 30th and all guests are welcome to take part in this free outdoor festival as well as free admission into the history center that day. The festival will include traditions honoring the dead, including a display of altars honoring loved ones who’ve passed on. It is believed that during Dia de Muertos, loved ones can return from the dead for two days to visit those they left behind. Their altars will be decorated with flowers and favorite foods and beverages of those honored. Mexican food and entertainment will also be included. It’s an event that, if not part of the culture, you’d have to experience to understand fully so don’t be shy! Georgian Halloween The amount of haunts and fall activities are seemingly endless around Atlanta, but there are a few that have stood out and deserve that trip outside the city...to the woods, to thirteen stories of haunts, to the Netherworld. At Hell’s Gates in Dawsonville, Georgia, you and your companions experience what it would be like to be amidst the end of days. You will be placed in a group that takes an outdoor trail through nine shocking scenes of reality you may encounter come the end of times. Make life and death decisions, be exposed to gunfire, explosions, fires, live actors, and incredible video effects. The most terrifying effect of

“The most terrifying effect of the experience is that it’s inspired by the Book of Revelations as it depicts the end of times.” the experience is that it’s inspired by the Book of Revelations as it depicts the end of times, including the Great Tribulation period. Let’s be clear on this…you are not just a bystander at this haunt. You are part of a group of survivors and you have a job to do:


stay alive and think smart, you’re not alone in this. (hellsgates.com) For those of you (sane people) like me who think being terrified in realistic situations could potentially scar you for life, maybe you’d rather make your way through thirteen stories of different haunts

at 13 Stories Haunted House in Newnan, Georgia. At least then you’d know you’re in a haunted house, with the only negative being that it’s thirteen fricking floors and you have to complete them all. Expect gruesome scenes of murder and torture as well as asylum aesthetics and the world’s current favorite: killer clowns! There are few things that could be more terrifying than a clown, especially in a high intensity haunted house, but throw in complete darkness and bright black-lighting to guide your way around the insanity of red noses, squealing horns, and murderous giggles and it’ll be enough to make your heart stop…but hopefully not. 13storieshauntedhouse.com There’s one such place that, in reality, we never want to venture to: the Netherworld. But luckily, you don’t have to venture far outside of Atlanta to reach a probably equally terrifying version. The place is usually crawling with monsters, but their presence this year has intensified as horrors from the unknown have been released and only the resurrection of ancient monsters can stop them. Sea witches, feasting vampires, rabid werewolves, they’ll all come out to play with you once you’re inside. Try to keep reality straight in your mind as Netherworld features movie quality special effects that would bring Hollywood to its knees. A mind-altering experience complete with movie special effects and actors with makeup so detailed, it truly does rival that of some Hollywood sci-fi makeup effects. fearworld.com There’s a whole host of fall opportunities we can’t possibly fit in our word count. Do some Googling and find some activities for yourself, some friends, or with family. Whether it’s apple picking in Elijay, as a previous Day Tripping article highlighted, or exploring Stone Mountain Park as it hosts a multitude of festivals, Atlanta, Georgia and its counterparts will have something for you.




California’s Healdsburg: Wine Country Classic Active vacations abound in Sonoma County small town By Janis Hashe


Pulse contributor

ICTURE A GORGEOUS SONOMA Valley day, you on a bike, leisurely making your way from wonderful winery to wonderful winery. Sound appealing? Then Healdsburg, Calif. needs to be on your vacation planning list. The wine country town has it all—a perfect blend of wine tasting, gourmet food, shopping and active options for taking it all in. “We’re not Napa.” You’ll quickly discover that Sonoma County is very proud of its own wines and activities, and doesn’t particularly want to be lumped in with better-known neighbor Napa County. The wineries surrounding Healdsburg are famous for pinot noir, zinfindel, chardonnay and sparkling wines, among others. For example, gorgeous Jordan Winery, atop a hill outside Healdsburg, makes only world-class cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, and has been doing so for 40 years. Rather than a traditional tasting room, Jordan offers “tours and tastings” by reservation only, including the “library tasting,” which includes an artisan cheese pairing, the “winery tour and library tasting,” which includes hors d’oeuvres pairings posttour, and the three-hour “estate tour and tasting,” which includes a three-mile guided tour of the 1,200-acre estate with tastings and pairing along the way. Jordan has also started offering a guided walking tour of the vineyards and gardens several times a year, an excellent way to discover

how top-quality wine is grown. jordanwinery.com/visit Another long-held family winery, Wilson Artisan WineriesdeLorimer Winery, also in a lovely setting, features sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and primitivo, among other wines. (Primitivo is closely related to zinfindel.) The tasting room is open daily, but reservations are needed for the special “wine and food pairing” and “wine, cheese and chocolate pairing” (highly recommended). kristine@delorimierwinery.com

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COVER STORY Bike, paddle, walk, cook…with wine Whether you’re up for a full-on bike adventure, or just want a day of riding through slightly hilly country, stopping at several wineries and enjoying a picnic lunch, Wine Country Bikes has the tour for you. Entertaining and informative guides accompany you on the Classic Dry Creek Valley tour, for example, you start in Healdsburg at 10 a.m., returning at 4 p.m., and along the way, visit wineries such as Quivira, a leader in the growing “bio-dynamic” system of cultivating grapes, and features, among other wines, an outstanding rosé, Martorana Family Winery, where the tasting room samples, among other wines, estate-grown chardonnay and zinfindel, and DaVero, also certified bio-dynamic and producing strictly wines made from Italian grape varietals, such as vermintino and sangiovese. All of these wineries also offer tastings and tours for those not on the bike tours. winecountrybikes.com The Russian River area is famed for chardonnay—and for water adventures. You can spend a pleasant afternoon canoeing down the river with SOAR Inflatables. Watch for otters, herons, turtles and other wildlife as you work up an appetite for a meal in town later…maybe with a glass of chardonnay. russianriveradventures.com Walkers will enjoy a stroll through Healdsburg with Wine Country Walking Tours, taking note of the historic central plaza (which features free concerts Tuesday nights May-August), and stopping in at the several tasting rooms the town itself houses. winecountrywalkingtours.com Cooks should not miss the chance to take a class at Relish Culinary Adventures, where genial owner Donna del Rey and staff help you create an entire meal, using locally sourced ingredients, and of course paired with local wines. Relish also offers “Progressive Culinary Adventures” through Healdsburg and “Farm-to-Table Culinary Tours” where you’ll meet local artisan cheese makers, olive oil

producers and family farmers. (See sidebar for a recipe from Relish.) relishculinary.com

“On the Classic Dry Creek Valley bike tour, you start in Healdsburg at 10 a.m., returning at 4 p.m., and along the way, visit wineries.”


Wining, dining and checking in Healdsburg’s restaurants are famous even in a state famous for famous restaurants. Try trendy Spoonbar for their crafty cocktail menu and innovative appetizers. Craft beer lovers will find the foam of their dreams at Bear Republic Brewing Company. Locals love old-timey Costeaux’s French Bakery for lunch, renowned for its French onion soup, French dip sandwiches, and, of course, house-baked breads and desserts. Foodies cherish Valette, the dream-cometrue of two local brothers who make the area’s bountiful produce, locally sourced meats, seafood and wines the stars of the menu. Indulge in the “Chef Valette’s ‘Trust me’ Tasting menu,” $15 a course, minimum four courses. While in town, drop in at The Taste of Tea for a nonalcoholic tea-tini, Chef Nez’s signature ramen, and a great education in the art of selecting and brewing tea. Healdsburg accommodations range from luxury B&Bs, such as the Honor Mansion, to upscale boutique hotels, such as h2hotel and Hotel Les Mars, to the much larger Best Western Dry Creek Inn, which offers suites as well as single rooms. Detailed help in planning your trip is provided by the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau website, healdsburg.com. Salud!

Grilled Peaches with Ricotta & Honey • 4 large firm-ripe peaches • 2 Tbsp. olive oil • 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese • Drizzle of honey • Sea salt & freshly cracked pepper Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Halve peaches, remove pits. Brush cut sides with olive oil and season

lightly with salt and pepper. Grill peaches cut side down until juicy and grill marks remain. Remove from grill and let cool. To serve, put a peach half in a bowl and top with a dollop of ricotta and a drizzle of honey. Serves 8. Pair with a dry rosé. — Relish Culinary Adventures



Theatre Centre Takes On A Hot Button Issue The Library focuses on school shootings and the aftermath

How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse Do you lay in bed at night and toss and turn because you worry about not being prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse? Odds are, probably not...but you can never be too safe right? Well we have just the thing for you! Next Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Chattery presents “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse”. For only $15 you can learn everything you need to know to keep yourself alive. The seminar will educate and entertain you along with teaching you apocalyptic survival methods one needs to know, just in case. You will learn a blend of biology, emergency medicine, and personal combat. The teacher of the seminar is Dr. David Powers who is an adventurer, philosopher and pioneer. He is considered an expert in team building and goal setting. He has perfected his skills in life threatening situations and now teaches them in conferences and other events. He is a best-selling author in cognitive psychology and experimental education along with being a decorated veteran on the Marine Corps and a founding member of the U.S Department of Homeland Security. Tickets to this event can be purchased on the Chattery’s website. Don’t miss out on this event. Who knows, one day you might really regret not going. — Colin Moran “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse” Wednesday, 6 p.m. The Edney Center 1100 Market St. (423) 413-8978 www.thechattery.org 16 • THE PULSE • OCTOBER 20, 2016 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM

By Stephanie Smith Pulse contributor


HE CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE is bringing a contemporary play “ripped from today’s headlines” to the Circle Theatre. It’s quite a departure from the typical fare the public has come to enjoy from the community theatre, and we sat down with director Scott Dunlap to find out what all the fuss is about. The Pulse: Tell us about the story behind The Library. Scott Dunlap: It’s kind of a mystery in a way. It’s about a school shooting and a girl, Caitlin Gabriel, who’s injured. Through eyewitnesses she has been accused of assisting the killer. It’s about how quickly a story gets out and how quickly that becomes the definitive story, the

truth. Also, how willing we are to settle for the first thing we hear being the truth. The play uses today’s hot button issues—ripped from today’s headlines like a Law & Order episode. TP: Tell me about your cast. SD: The lead is a high school age character and we cast two high school students who are sharing the role. Maggie Meller and Jaime McConnico play Caitlin. TP: Why did you doublecast the lead role? SD: Mainly so that it would be unsettling for the actors onstage. It especially makes the adults in the play really listen and respond. For these girls, some of the direction is the same but they might interpret it differently—you might have more empathy with one than the other. It also took a little bit of the pressure off of them—we don’t have professional actors to


“For me I see the connection the play is trying to make in everything—the media has to get the story out so quickly that they rush to have facts but don’t have time to have facts.” make sure they have time to do their homework—and this way one of them could be at rehearsal at all times. TP: Being that this is sensitive subject matter and not typical fare for the CTC, how did you select this play? SD: Some of the reasons were that it has a young lead and really strong female characters. The play is very topical and very now. We get a lot of requests for newer plays and it’s hard because some of the newer stuff is about stuff Chattanooga may not want to hear. This is modern without being vulgar. It’s not about guns and gun control—the play doesn’t take a stance on that type of stuff. TP: Is the story based on a real story? SD: The story is inspired by Columbine but it is completely fictional. For me I see the con-

nection the play is trying to make in everything—the media has to get the story out so quickly that they rush to have facts but don’t have time to have facts. But once you’ve spilled that how do you get it back in the bottle? I see that politically and everywhere—lately we’re into immediate reporting and two or three days later we hear, here’s the other side of the story. We’re acquiring information but not necessarily the truth. TP: How is the story told? SD: It’s Caitlin’s story with several scenes that are interactions and reactions of people in her life since the incident. The other night as I was watching it reminded me of Alice in Wonderland—while there are moments that are real there are also scenes that are a concept. A lot of things that reflect her mental state are told through abstract concept. The entire cast is onstage the whole time in 90 minutes with no intermission. It’s very concise. Everything is for a purpose and all the ends are tied

up—you don’t feel cheated at the end going I wonder what happened to that thread of the story. TP: What is the set design like? SD: It is very abstract. We’re mostly in the library—but it’s an artistic representation of Caitlin’s situation. Sarah Miecielica has designed the sets. She’s done a good job of helping it move swiftly and smoothly and still keeping us in a mindset or a feeling. Also the play is done in the round, which we haven’t done in a long time, and that adds to that feeling of eavesdropping on the conversation. I hope people respond to it. That’s the thing; people ask for modern stuff but then they need to come out and support it. The Library plays in the Circle Theatre at the Chattanooga Theatre Center on October 28 – November 13 Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit theatrecentre.com

THU10.20 Wayne White Book Signing

Ooltewah's own artist and master puppeteer. 6 p.m. Winder Binder Gallery 40 Frazier Ave. (423) 413-8999 winderbinder. wordpress.com

FRI10.21 David Sedaris

Humorist, comedian, author, and radio personality brings his comedic story-telling talents to the Tivoli stage. 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St (423) 757-5580 tivolichattanooga.com

SAT10.22 Boo in the Zoo

Come out and support the Chattanooga Zoo and have some haunting good Halloween fun. 5:30 p.m. Chattanooga Zoo 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave (423) 697-1319 chattzoo.org



House on Haunted Hill

THURSDAY10.20 House on Haunted Hill 2, 7 p.m. Heritage House Arts and Civic Center 1428 Jenkins Rd. (423) 855-9474 Ooltewah Farmers Market 3 p.m. Ooltewah Nursery 5829 Main St. (423) 238-9775 ooltewahnursery.com Signal Mountain Farmers Market 4 p.m. Pruett’s Market 1210 Taft Hwy. (423) 902-8023 signalmountainfarmersmarket.com St. Elmo Farmers Market 4 p.m. Incline Railway 3917 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 838-9804 lookoutfarmersmarket.com Wayne White Book Signing 6 p.m. Winder Binder Gallery and Bookstore 40 Frazier Ave. (423) 413-8999 winderbinder.wordpress.com 9th Annual Not-soSilent Auction 6 p.m. Track 29 1400 Market St. (423) 521-2929 track29.co Photographic Society of Chattanooga Open House


6:30 p.m. Gallery at Blackwell 71 EastGate Loop (423) 344-5643 chattanoogaphoto.org Chris Franjola 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com CSO Masterworks Series Beethoven Choral Fantasy 7:30 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. chattanoogasymphony.com

FRIDAY10.21 3rd Street Farmers Market 10:30 a.m Erlanger Medical Mall

SPOTLIGHT: CHRIS FRANJOLA Chris was a writer and regular performer on E!’s hit talk show Chelsea Lately for eight years, writing over 1,500 episodes of the popular comedy show. Chris Franjola The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com

979 E. 3rd St. lookoutfarmersmarket.com MLK Blvd Night Market 2016 5:30 p.m. Jazzanooga Arts Space 431 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 402-0452 jazzanooga.org Boo in the Zoo 5:30 p.m. Chattanooga Zoo 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave (423) 697-1319 chattzoo.org TN Valley Railroad Museum’s Halloween Eerie Express 5:45 p.m. Tennessee Valley Railroad 4119 Cromwell Rd. (423) 894-8028 tvrail.com Harvest Supper 6 p.m. McCoy Farm

1715 Anderson Pike (423) 886-4362 mccoywalden.org Yoga on the Square 6:30 p.m. Cambridge Square 9453 Bradmore Ln. (423) 531-7754 cambridgesquaretn.com The Jungle Book 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 theatrecentre.com Southern Soiree 2016 7 p.m. Waterhouse Pavilion 850 Market St. ypchattanooga.org Chris Franjola 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com David Sedaris 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5580 tivolichattanooga.com

SATURDAY10.22 ChattaJack 31 8 a.m. Ross’s Landing 100 Riverfront Pkwy. chattajack.com Trailblaze Challenge 8 a.m. Lula Lake Land Trust

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Halloween Guide haunted depot scary good fun in the ringgold depot jack-o-lanterns make your pumpkin carving stand out plus: haunted houses & halloween events WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO SEE, WHEN TO SCREAM

your weekly guide to chattanooga's favorite halloween haunts


Ringgold's Haunted Depot By Colin Moran


ou are standing outside of a train depot with blacked out windows. The sun begins to set and darkness descends upon you as the crowd around you rumbles with a low nervous chatter. You hear a scream as the door slowly opens in front of you. A green faced Witch invites you in: “Let’s play a game,” she says. Will you step inside? The Ringgold Downtown Development Authority proudly presents the Ringgold Haunted Depot. Their mission: to terrify the minds of its willing participants! The Ringgold Haunted Depot is a spooktacular family event in downtown Ringgold, Georgia. On Friday and Saturday nights from 7-11 p.m. in October, the historic Ringgold Depot is transformed into a terrifying maze of horrors. This year is the 10th year anniversary of the Haunted Depot. They bring with them this year all new props and animatronics to help accomplish their mission to make this the scariest year yet. If you have the guts to step inside

the depot, then you’ll find yourself in the living room of a house where you sit down and watch a hype video before the fun begins. I won’t tell you what happens next though. That’s for you to go and find out. The terrifying maze of horrors is amazingly set up as you twist and turn through the depot. Each of the many rooms is beautifully designed for maximum horror. As you wind your way around in the dark you are treated to some great eye candy as the actors are decorated to perfection. This haunt breaks you down by attacking your senses. With the help of lights, sounds, smell and even some heat, your heart will be pounding. One of the best parts of the maze’s set up is how it works to get your whole group all in on the action. It’s not safe to just hang out in the back of the group and let the others go first. You might even get separated. With dead ends and twist and turns, the group won’t finish in the same order you started in.

(Prepared to be touched by the actors as they will guide you through parts of the maze and hurry you along.) This haunt is a family event as well. They offer an old fashion Hayride, Ghost Rides through downtown and a bonfire for the faint of heart and the younger members of the group. (While suitable for all ages, parental discretion is advised for children under 10 years of age.) Also live music and entertainment is offered throughout the night to enjoy while in line. Another aspect that makes this attraction a great outing for a group or family is the low prices.

Halloween Jack-O-Lantering By Alyson McGowan


ith only two weeks left until Halloween arrives in Chattanooga, residents are beginning to collect, carve, and decorate their pumpkins in hopes to repel the things that go bump in the night. However, carving a giant orange vegetable is not as easy as some make it out to be, so I’ve come up with a few tips to get the most out of your pumpkins and make the decorating experience easier. So you can get back to what’s really important, like trick or treating or scaring the neighbor’s kids.

The main issue with pumpkin carving is they eventually begin to shrivel up and go bad. One of the best ways to prolong the life of that little orange guy on your porch is to slather it in petroleum jelly after you finished cutting it up. Of course you can extend the life of the pumpkin more by not carving it at all. Instead use paint and decorate it with different colors and designs. My favorite way is to cover them in chalkboard paint and draw on them with chalk. That way if

I mess up, I can just erase it and try again! You could also use the pumpkin as an outdoor vase for flowers. Get creative! THE PULSE • HALLOWEEN GUIDE • OCTOBER 20, 2015 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • 21

Haunted Houses & Events Acres of Darkness: Haunted Trail & Family Adventures Chattanooga Audubon Acres 900 N. Sanctuary Rd. (423) 892-1499 Fridays & Saturdays in Oct. Tickets: $15; $5 off for CAS members acresofdarkness.com Asylum’s CarnEvil 527 W. Inman Rd. Cleveland, TN (423) 473-9668 facebook.com/asylumcleveland Blowing Springs Farm 271 Chattanooga Valley Rd., Flintstone, GA Fridays-Sundays in Oct. Tickets: $10 all ages, Free ages 3-under blowingspringsfarm.com Boo in the Zoo 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Fridays & Saturdays, starting Oct. 21 Tickets: $9.95 adults, $6.95 children, free ages 2-under, Half off for members chattzoo.org Fall Hayrides & Campfires at Cloudland Canyon 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd. Saturdays in Oct. Tickets: $6 adults, $3 children, free 2 and under gastateparks.org Halloween Eerie Express 4199 Cromwell Rd. Fridays & Saturdays in Oct. Tickets: $22 ages 2 & up tvrail.com The Haunted Barn 5017 McDonald Rd.,


McDonald, TN Fridays & Saturdays in Oct. Tickets: $20 all ages thehauntedbarnchattanooga.com Haunted Cavern Ruby Falls 1720 South Scenic Hwy. Fridays-Sundays in Oct. Tickets: $25 (Fri.), $30 (Sat.), $20 (Thurs/Sun) hauntedcavern.com Haunted Hilltop 8235 Hwy. 58, Harrison, TN Fridays & Saturdays in Oct. Tickets: $20 for everything or $15 per attraction thehauntedhilltop.com Lake WinnepeSPOOKah 1730 Lakeview Dr. Fridays & Saturdays in Oct. Tickets: $22 ages 3-54 lakewinnie.com/spookah Mayfield Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch 257 Hwy 307 E. Athens, TN Fridays and Saturdays in Oct. Tickets: $13 mayfieldmaze.com Post-Mortem Haunted Trail 200 Natures Trl SW Cleveland, TN Saturdays & Sundays in Oct. Tickets: $15 teamtwiste5.wix.com/post-mortem Ringgold Haunted Depot 155 Depot St., Ringgold, GA Fridays & Saturdays in Oct. Tickets: $15 for all ages cityofringgold.com The River Maze

1371 Hwy. 64 Cleveland, TN Fridays-Sundays in Oct. Tickets: $10, 3 & under free therivermaze.com Rock City Gardens’ Rocktoberfest 1400 Patten Rd. Saturdays & Sundays in Oct. Tickets: $22.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids seerockcity.com Shocktober Nights 490 County Rd. 67 Riceville, TN Fridays & Saturdays in Oct. Tickets: $16.50 shocktobernights.com Tennessee Aquarium’s AquaScarium & ODDtober Events 1 Broad St. Oct. 28 Tickets: $40 for adults, $30 for children tnaqua.org McKamey BARKtober Fest and MEOWlloween Party 4500 N. Access Rd. Oct. 22 Tickets: Free ($13 cat adoptions and $31 dog adoptions) mckameyanimalcenter.org Trick or Treat at Hamilton Place 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Oct. 31 Tickets: Free hamiltonplace.com Trick or Treat at Northgate Mall 271 Northgate Mall Oct. 31 Tickets: Free visitnorthgatemall.com


Kyle Kinane 5000 Lula Lake Rd. (706) 820-0520 lulalake.org Rocktoberfest 2016 8:30 a.m. Rock City 1400 Patten Rd. (706) 820-2531 seerockcity.com Brainerd Farmers Market 10 a.m. Grace Episcopal Church 20 Belvoir Ave. (423) 243-3250 saygrace.net Northside Farmers Market 10 am. Northside Presbyterian Church 923 Mississippi Ave. (423) 266-7497 northsidepresbyterian.org St. Alban’s Hixson Market 10 a.m. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 7514 Hixson Pike (423) 842-6303 Barktoberfest and Meowlloween Party 11 a.m. McKamey Animal Center 4500 N. Access Rd. (423) 305-6500 mckameyanimalcenter.org 3rd Annual Oktoberfest Noon Cambridge Square 9453 Bradmore Ln. (423) 883-5633 cambridgesquaretn.com The Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni 12:55 p.m. Carmike East Ridge 18 5080 South Terrace

(423) 855-9652 carmike.com/events The Jungle Book 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 theatrecentre.com Boo in the Zoo 5:30 p.m. Chattanooga Zoo 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. (423) 697-1319 chattzoo.org Chris Franjola 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com

SUNDAY10.23 Rocktoberfest 2016 8:30 a.m. Rock City 1400 Patten Rd. (706) 820-2531 seerockcity.com Chattanooga Market 11 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. (423) 402-9957 chattanoogamarket.com The Jungle Book 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 theatrecentre.com Boo in the Zoo 5:30 p.m.

Chattanooga Zoo 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. (423) 697-1319 chattzoo.org Chris Franjola 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com

MONDAY10.24 Red Bank Farmers Market 4 p.m. Red Bank United Methodist Church 3800 Dayton Blvd. (423) 838-9804 lookoutfarmersmarket.com

TUESDAY10.25 East Brainerd Farmers Market 4 p.m. Audubon Acres 900 N. Sanctuary Rd. (423) 838-9804 lookoutfarmersmarket.com Kyle Kinane Comedy 8 p.m. The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192 thehonestpint.com Funny Or Nah Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 kerosenekomedy.com

WEDNESDAY10.26 Main Street Market 4 p.m. 325 E. Main St. mainstfarmersmarket.com Wine Down Wednesday 5:30 p.m. Jazzanooga Arts Space 431 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 402-0452 jazzanooga.org Take Back the Night 6 p.m. UTC University Center 642 E. 5th St. (423) 425-4455 utc.edu/university-center Wednesday Night Chess Club 6 p.m. Downtown Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 643-7700 chattilibrary.com “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse” 6 p.m. The Edney 1100 Market St. (423) 413-8978 thechattery.org Josh Blue 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 1400 Market St. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com

Map these locations on chattanoogapulse.com. Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to: calendar@chattanoogapulse.com CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • OCTOBER 20, 2016 • THE PULSE • 23


The Final Shake, Rattle & Roll The Burnette, Tomcat and GA Brown connection By Marc T. Michael Pulse Music Editor

Celebrating A Decade of Downtown Music This weekend, one of our favorite local music clubs will be celebrating their tenth year of booming business. Chattanooga’s own JJ’s Bohemia has had a wild 10 year ride of incredible shows, music, and guest performers. If you’ve ever been to JJ’s you’ll know that there is never a dull moment and this weekend is no exception. They have collected a huge line up of talented musicians and songwriters to help celebrate a successful decade of fun, new friends, and music here in the Scenic City. Friday’s line up includes appearances from Megan Jean and the KFB, Baby Baby, and Shantih Shantih. Saturday is an all-out blowout with Bohannons, Canopy, Elkmilk, King Mud, Raiders LA, Anna Banana, Folk Killer, Big Time, and One Timers That’s a total of twelve incredible bands that you will not want to miss out on (and don’t be surprised if there’s a special appearance or two). JJ’s Bohemia is located downtown on E. Martin Luther King Blvd, right between Houston and Lindsey St. The doors will open at 8 p.m. both nights, and patrons should plan to rock out until the wee hours of the early morning. Tickets can be bought online in advance at etix.com — Alyson McGowan JJ's Bohemia Tenth Anniversary Weekend Friday, 8 p.m. ∙ Saturday, 2 p.m. JJ's Bohemia 231 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. (423) 266-1400 www.jjsbohemia.com 24 • THE PULSE • OCTOBER 20, 2016 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM


OLD, RISKY AND WITH THE POTENTIAL to be greatly rewarding, the collaborative effort is a time-honored tradition in artistic circles. About twenty years ago I attended a

panel at a science fiction convention in which three professional illustrators representing the genres of horror, fantasy and science fiction would hear suggested scenarios from the audience. Each artist then took a moment at the easel, contributing some small part of the image be-


“[We] came in with no expectations and didn’t try to make a masterpiece, just had fun jamming and recorded it.” fore passing it on to the next fellow, who would then build on the work. This rapid-fire hand off would cycle through several times until the illustration was deemed finished. The results were pretty fantastic. The melding of three distinct creative styles and artistic approaches yielded results that no single one of them could have achieved alone. It was a classic “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” scenario and judging by the artists’ reaction to each other during and after the process, it was a hell of a lot of fun as well. Artists, authors, creative types of all sorts occasionally delve in to the realm of collaboration, but none so often as musicians whose craft lends itself to the practice. The latest collaborative effort to come across my desk is the new EP, The Final Shake, Rattle & Roll,

featuring the talents of three local blues juggernauts, Brian “Husky” Burnette, GA Brown and Tomcat Hughes. It’s a sterling effort and, like those scifi guys from long ago, it sounds like they had a blast doing it. Whether an effect of our smallish (but bigger than people realize) community, or just that talented folk tend to move in the same circles, the three men share a particular connection and that all three are or have been performers with Hellstomper and Polecat Boogie Revival. It’s fair to say that their skills are on par with one another. At the same time, each man has his own distinct musical signature which is what makes collaboration like this a worthwhile endeavor. The EP contains six tracks and according to Burnette, their attitude towards the project was simple enough. “Just three guys and three guitars. We each brought two songs to the table, one cover and one original. The other two of us do accompaniment. Came in with no expectations and didn’t try

Chattanooga Pop Series Kicks Off at JJ’s

to make a masterpiece, just had fun jamming and recorded it.” Despite that humble approach, the result is a masterpiece of raw blues. There’s no need to dissect the tracks one by one, each man has a solid reputation already and each has been reviewed individually in this paper on multiple occasions. I would think that any fan of one of them is already a fan of the other two. If not, you certainly should be and the EP is the definitive proof of that. It is an unvarnished showcase of three talented bluesmen highlighted by their ability to play off one another and if blues is your taste, it’s a welcome and essential addition to any collection. Hearing it should be no problem. Rusty Kuckles is releasing the EP digitally for mass consumption, but if you (like me) prefer to have a physical copy for your collection, there’s only one way to do that. Physical copies will only be available directly from the artists themselves at their live shows.

Matt Addison of Mythical Motors fame has an all new contribution to the local music scene. The project is an ongoing series called Chattanooga Pop and the inaugural event is Saturday, Nov. 5th at JJ’s Bohemia (currently celebrating their ten year anniversary!) The show starts early, at 4 p.m., and features a bevy of hot acts including Eureka California, Mythical Motors, Jim Shorts (ha!), Dead Neighbors, Dingzui and Hunger Anthem. It’s an impressive lineup and with the cover charge of $7 working out to roughly $1.16 per band, it’s a hell of a bargain too. Response to the event will dictate the frequency of the new series, but given the quality of talent and Bohemia’s reputation as a nexus for all things musical in the city, there is little doubt it will soon be a staple of Chattanooga’s flourishing music scene. For more details, investigate the Chattanooga Pop Series Facebook events page. — Marc. T. Michael




Drew Sterchi & Blues Tribe

Kane Brown’s Hometown Birthday Bash

Ron Pope

Drew Sterchi returns to the stage with his Blues Tribe Band for a night of blues and rock & roll. 10 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org

Tennessee's Kane Brown celebrates his birthday with a night of country music. 9 p.m. Track 29 1400 Market St. track29.co

“Affectionately-crafted and Americana-drenched; soaked in the country rooted-musicianship of the southern states.” 9 p.m. Revelry Room 41 Station St. revelryroom.co



Band of Horses

THURSDAY10.20 James Crumble Trio 6 p.m. St. John’s Meeting Place 1278 Market St. stjohnsrestaurant.com Blues Jazz N’ Friends 6 p.m. Bluewater Grille 224 Broad St. bluewaterchattanooga.com Tin Cup Rattlers 7 p.m. Greenway Farms 5051 Gann Store Rd. outdoorchattanooga.com Beethoven Choral Fantasy 7:30 p.m. Tivoli Theater 709 Broad St. tivolichattanooga.com Keepin’ It Local 8 p.m. The Social 1110 Market St. publichousechattanooga.com Open Mic with Hap Henninger 9 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com Kerchief, Sad Baxter, Focus Fox 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com Drew Sterchi & Blues Tribe 10 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org


FRIDAY10.21 Brian Ashley Jones 6:30 p.m. Cambridge Square 9453 Bradmore Ln. chattanoogamarket.com GuitarPlus: An Evening of Chamber Music with Guitar 7:30 p.m. Chattanooga Workspace 302 W. 6th St. chattanoogaworkspace.com Champian Fulton Quartet 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barckinglegs.org Slippery When Wet: A Bon Jovi Tribute 8 p.m. Revelry Room 41 Station St.

SPOTLIGHT: KEVIN PRATER BAND The Forever Bluegrass gang is back with the fantastic traditional bluegrass sounds you love, from Kentucky’s Kevin Prater Band. Kevin Prater Band Sunday, 3 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org

revelryroom.co Megan Jean and the KFB, Baby Baby, Shantih Shantih 8 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com Ramble in the Attic 8 p.m. Fireside Grille 3018 Cummings Hwy. (423) 821-9898 Priscilla & Lil Rickee 8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. chattanooganhotel.com Kane Brown’s Hometown Birthday Bash 9 p.m. Track 29 1400 Market St. track29.co Jack Kirton

10 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com Blackwater Still 9 p.m. Puckett’s Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way puckettsgro.com/chattanooga Downright 9 p.m. Clyde’s On Main 122 W. Main St. clydesonmain.com 789 10 p.m. Raw Bar & Grill 409 Market St. rawbarandgrillchatt.com Sullivan Band 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com

SATURDAY10.22 Bohannons, Canopy, Elkmilk, King Mud, Raiders LA, Anna Banana, Folk Killer, Big Time, One Timers 2 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com Brophy (from Kids from Across the Street) EP Release Party 6 p.m. Chattanooga Workspace 302 W. 6th St. chattanoogaworkspace.com Anthony Hamilton, Lalah Hathway, Eric Benét


ZZ Top 8 p.m. Memorial Auditorium 399 McCallie Ave. tivolichattanooga.com Roger Alan Wade 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org Priscilla & Lil Rickee 8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. chattanooganhotel.com Ron Pope 9 p.m. Revelry Room 41 Station St. revelryroom.co Chad Chig Martin And The Alabama Outlaws 9 p.m. Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant 2 W. Aquarium Way puckettsgro.com/Chattanooga Band of Horses Featuring The Shelters 9 p.m. Track 29 1400 Market St. track29.co Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers 10 p.m. Clyde’s On Main 122 W. Main St. clydesonmain.com Joel Clyde 10 p.m. The Office @ City Cafe 901 Carter St. citycafemenu.com 789

10 p.m. Raw Bar & Grill 409 Market St. rawbarandgrillchatt.com Sullivan Band 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com

SUNDAY10.23 Kyle Machtigal 11 a.m. Flying Squirrel Bar 55 Johnson St. flyingsquirrelbar.com Buskers Festival 11 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Liz Brasher 1:30 p.m. Flying Squirrel Bar 55 Johnson St. flyingsquirrelbar.com Kevin Prater Band 3 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org Barnett & Company Sunday Showcase 4 p.m. Roland Hayes Concert Hall 752 Vine St. chattanoogasymphony.org Open Mic with Jeff Daniels 6 p.m. Long Haul Saloon 2536 Cummings Hwy. (423) 822-9775

MONDAY10.24 Open Mic Night 6 p.m. Puckett’s Grocery 2 W. Aquarium Way puckettsgro.com Monday Nite Big Band 7 p.m. The Coconut Room 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Open Air with Jessica Nunn 7:30 p.m. Granfalloon 400 E. Main St. granfalloonchattanooga.com Very Open Mic 8 p.m. The Well 1800 Rossville Blvd. #8 wellonthesouthside.com Cryptic Wisdom 8 p.m. Revelry Room 41 Station St. Revelryroom.co Allison Cruthfield and the Fizz 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com

TUESDAY10.25 Maren Morris 7:15 p.m. Revelry Room 41 Station St. Revelryroom.co Open Mic with Mike McDade 8 p.m.

Tremont Tavern 1203 Hixson Pike tremonttavern.com ZZ Top 8 p.m. Tivoli Theater 709 Broad St. tivolichattanooga.com Shellshag, Basement Benders, Vacation, Mixed Signals 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com

WEDNESDAY10.26 Mandolin Orange 8 p.m. Revelry Room 41 Station St. revelryroom.co Open Jam 8 p.m. Raw Dance Club 409 Market St. rawbarandgrillchatt.com Wednesday Night Jazz 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org Sonic Aviaries, One Timers 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com Map these locations on chattanoogapulse.com. Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to: calendar@chattanoogapulse.com CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM • OCTOBER 20, 2016 • THE PULSE • 27


Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel 10, Real Numbers Wordless Wonder

Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel 10 (dftals.bandcamp.com)


itchfork recently unleashed its “50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time” list, which made this writer alternately nod in agreement, smirk in mild disagreement and shake his head violently at some of the more confounding choices and omissions. “Best of All Time” lists can be awkward; indeed, establishing a canon can be useful for newcomers, and certain widely-heard albums are favored for indisputable impact and influence. Music discovery can be a lonely endeavor, and through codified lists, listeners sometimes find comfort in an objective type of validation, if only for the social aspects. But as individuals, we must take in music fiercely subjectively to be true to ourselves, and to give partial credit to Pitchfork, some of those list selections seem to be severely subjective. This writer brings this up because he cannot stop playing the new album 10 by the aptly named Atlantabased Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel—Scott Burland on the former, Frank Schultz on the latter—which most often


ventures into improvised ambient territory. It’s an absorbing album, impeccably sequenced without a misstep for its hour-long duration; with its two non-fixedpitch instruments, treated with effects, it’s the perfect fall weather soundtrack, conveying warmth but with a frosty, crystalline purity and ambiguous moods, hovering in a grey space that’s haunted, melancholic and hopeful. Opening with a short burst of static, “Dulcamara” establishes a sequence of reverberating two-note chords with gliding Theremin notes evoking a sort of bowed-string timbre, and extending the mood is “Serpentariae,” with echoing clangs and a secretive fog. “Sanguinaria” brings dissonance right where it needs to be, after the two soothing openers, for disruptive variation, and guest musician Jeff Crompton offers smooth, slightly smoky saxophone and clarinet lines on “Absinthium,” applied like brushstrokes to a neutral canvas. The album closes with the 10-minute “Aether Fortior” with a mysterious haze punctured with the chirps of birds. After ten years of existence—hence, the album’s title—the duet has come up with its best album yet, which astoundingly was mostly recorded in a single weekend; with a celebratory spirit, it’s no accident that the trend of previous monochromatic album covers has been broken, with 10 featuring a colorful painting from artist R. Land and design from Grammy-winner Susan Archie.

As a reviewer who encounters hundreds of new releases every year and deems, roughly, 75 percent of them to be unremarkable, mediocre or unlistenable, it always seems like a minor miracle to find beautiful music like this, with which a true connection is made.

Real Numbers Wordless Wonder (Slumberland)


hen a band records a new album and attempts to get some attention, it doesn’t just have to compete with its contemporaries; no, it also has to compete with the entire history of recorded music. How do you stand out, among the endless avalanche of new releases? Is anything original? Are you doomed to repeat history? This writer experienced three distinct phases when listening to the (proper) debut album Wordless Wonder from the Minneapolis indie power-pop band Real Numbers. The first was, “This is pretty good. Real energy!” The second was, “Wait a second. This sounds exactly like British C86 pop. What happened to originality? Come on!” And the third was, “Oh, who cares? Just enjoy it!”

The key to enjoying Wordless Wonder is to not overthink it; it’s rarely less than a joy on its ten tracks, spanning a tidy 25 minutes with jangly, treble-heavy rhythm guitar galore and melodies that make a bee-line to your listening pleasure centers. The quartet—vocalist/guitarist Eli Hansen, bassist John Eggerman, drummer James Blackfield and lead guitarist Ian Nygaard—is tight and able, but there’s a sort of D.I.Y. feel to it; it’s not out-of-tune, but it’s not perfectly in-tune, if that makes sense, in stark contrast with overcompressed, Autotuned audio aesthetics in the mainstream. Hansen’s pronunciation of vowels makes him sound like a British person who is trying to sound like an American, and the two lead voices on “Frank Infatuation,” singing the same melody separated by an octave, bring to mind the British band Veronica Falls, who happen to be labelmates. Not only does the group sound like British C86 pop, but also, it allegedly writes songs about that era of indiepop, including subjects such as the band Television Personalities and the mid-’80s fanzine Are You Scared to Get Happy?; however, the lyrics are obscured just enough to escape verification. If you’re wondering how to grapple with indie-pop history, here’s this writer’s suggestion: first, check out the original C86 compilation, dive into the Sarah Records catalog, and then enjoy the thoroughly charming Wordless Wonder, guilt-free.




The Beer That’s More Than a Meal Stout beers have a long and tasty history. Discover one today. By Colin Moran Contrary to popular belief, stout beer is still alive and well today. The world we live and drink in is dominated by the craft beer. But fans of dark silky liquids in their pint glasses topped with a head of foam shouldn’t worry. Stout is a dark beer made using roasted malt or roasted barley, hops, water and yeast. Stout beer has a long history dating back to the 1600’s, early 1700’s. The word “stout” used to refer to strong beers. Back then, they were way stronger and nothing like the smooth, creamy and thick session beer we now enjoy and call Guinness. Then, they were more complex, big-bodied and, like we said, incredibly strong. Now, through years of experimenting and different breweries all across the world brewing to their liking, we have a variation of stout beers. Here are a few facts on some of the popular stout beers today. There is the Dry Irish Stout which comes to most people’s mind when they think of a stout beer. They tend to have light-ish bodies to keep them on the highly drinkable side. Bitterness comes from both roasted barley and a generous dose of hops, though the roasted character will be more noticeable. Popular Dry Irish Stouts include Guinness, Murphy’s, and Beamish. Next there is the Russian Imperial Stout. A piece of interesting history pertaining to this stout is that it was first brewed in England in the 1700’s for the court of Catherine II of Russia. This stout has grown a huge following over the years. Sometimes labeled the king of stouts. There is even a stout beer that goes well with breakfast: the Oatmeal Stout. Being brewed with oatmeal gives the drink a fuller body, smoothness and an extra note

of sweetness. One Oatmeal Stout that can be found on the internet is named Hell’s Black Intelligencer and that sounds straight lovely. Another stout with a name that hints at its flavor is the Sweet (or Milk) Stout. Just because it has milk in its name doesn’t mean you can pour it on your Cheerios. The Sweet Milk Stout usually contains lactose and milk sugars hence its name. If you are a sailor or just a fan of seafood there is a stout for you too: Oyster Stout. (It’s incredible what the internet will pull up from a search.) Oysters have had a long association with stout beer up until the 20th century when oyster beds were in decline.

“Whether you’re looking to end the day with an easy drink or plan to get suitably pleasant with a friend, there’s a stout for you.” Also there is a mythical stout beer. One that only lives in legends and in stories: the Pale Stout. Brewing logs have been found indicating that London brewery Barclay Perkins brewed a Pale Stout—

a strong ale brewed entirely from pale malt until around 1800. When most people think of stout beer they think of a dark colored beer. A truly black beer was not even an option until the invention of black patent malt in 1817. Prior to that stout beers were mainly of an amber color coming from the brown malt. Whether you’re looking to end the day with an easy drink or plan to get suitably pleasant with a friend, there’s a stout for you. I recommend adventuring beyond Guinness and trying all the different varieties of stouts out there. Play a game and try to find the craziest one you can and drink it. You’ll be surprised by what you find.



Finding Faith In Unexpected Places Taking a modern, goth-influenced, look at religion

Mozart At The Met, Live In High-Def The Met: Live in HD returns to the big screen this Saturday afternoon at Carmike's East Ridge 18 theaters, with a special presentation of Mozart's famous Don Giovanni. Set in Spain in the mid-18th century, Leporello, servant to the nobleman Don Giovanni, keeps watch outside the Commendatore’s home at night. Suddenly, the Commendatore’s daughter, Donna Anna, rushes out, struggling with the masked Giovanni and followed by her father. The Commendatore challenges Giovanni to a duel and is killed. Giovanni and Leporello escape. Anna asks her fiancé, Don Ottavio, to avenge her father’s death. The two-act opera, sung in Italian with subtitles provided in English, is based upon the fictional exploits of "the world's greatest lover" Don Juan. When it was first staged, the libretto, by the noted by Lorenzo Da Ponte, was seen as a dramma giocoso, a mix of seriousness and comedy, making it one of the earliest examples of what we know refer to as "dramedy". Three charismatic singers, Simon Keenlyside (making his Met role debut), Ildar Abdrazakov, and Mariusz Kwiecien, share the role of the title hero, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de théâtre. The ensemble of great Mozartean singers includes Angela Meade, Marina Rebeka, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Erwin Schrott, and Paul Appleby. Fabio Luisi and Plácido Domingo conduct. The Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni Saturday: 12:55 p.m. Carmike East Ridge 18 5080 South Terrace (423) 855-9652 www.carmike.com/events 32 • THE PULSE • OCTOBER 20, 2016 • CHATTANOOGAPULSE.COM

By John DeVore Pulse Film Editor


HE COMING-OF-AGE FILM IS A TIME honored part of the American storytelling tradition. It’s part of our shared experience of growing up—the teenage alienation, the family drama, the loss of self, the discovery of an identity, the reconciliation of youthful ideals with adult reality. Our love of these stories may be rooted in our religious past, a Puritanical devotion to the Prodigal Son. We all long for a place where everything is forgiven, where the fatted calf waits, where we can return without judgment or fear of reprisal. Of course, these places rarely exist, but there is comfort in coming home. Even if a home is abandoned for legitimate reasons, we remain tied to a place.

Little Sister is a coming-of-age film that turns this tale on its ear. It’s about a teenage rebellion, about how children borrow their parent’s values until they find values of their own. It’s also funny, imaginative, and well written. Collen (Addison Timlin) is a young nun in Brooklyn, New York who has not yet taken her vows. She appears timid, quiet, unsure of herself in her position. But there’s something about her. Something about the friends she’s made, something about the cheap blue sunglasses she wears as she talks to the Mother Superior, something about the way she carries herself. She’s seeking something, but it isn’t necessarily an opportunity to serve. After receiving an email from her mother (Ally Sheedy) asking her to return home to Asheville, North Carolina to see her brother, we learn that Colleen has come a long way from her past.


“Both the church and the armed forces are organizations with rules and structure, a place that minimizes individuality in service of the greater good.” Her childhood room is painted black, covered in posters for GWAR and Slayer, complete with an upside down cross over her bed. We learn that her brother, who shared a similar affinity for the darker side, has returned from Iraq badly burned and disfigured. Colleen must confront her reason for leaving, the friends she left behind, while serving as a balm for her brother and punching bag for her mother. The film draws the obvious parallels to the typical teenage rebellion of drinking and partying. The impression is that Colleen had no shortage of opportunities for that type of behavior during her time at home and roundly rejected it in an attempt to define herself. She leaves the anything goes environment of her home and rushes into the arms of the

strictest environment she can think of: The Catholic Church. Hers isn’t a religious conversion necessarily, though you can see it developing as she reaches out to her family. Rather, her conversion mirrors her brother’s flight to the military—both the church and the armed forces are organizations with rules and structure, a place that minimizes individuality in service of the greater good. The film does an excellent job at allowing the actors to reveal strong emotions through understatement, whether it's Colleen’s righting of the cross in her room or Jacob’s (Keith Poulson) incessant drumming to avoid conversations with his family. The drumming in particular is a competent device for underpinning the tension in many of Colleen’s conversations with her mother. It serves to highlight the subtle violence in their interactions, without resorting to broken plates and shouted obscenities. Overall, Little Sister is a well-made and well-acted film. Of particular note

is Keith Poulson, who imbues a strong sense of understandable defeatism into Jacob, a man who CNN praises as a hero that wants only to be left alone in his misery. Jacob isn’t a hero—he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. All the interviews and praise in the world won’t replace what he lost, and neither will pointing out the failure of U.S. military policy. All of this is portrayed expertly by Poulson, through downcast glances and even delivery. Little Sister is yet another in a long line of terrific films brought to Chattanooga by the Cine-Rama. Every week, there is something else worth seeing, something that can’t be seen anywhere. My only complaint is that there aren’t enough show times for me to see everything they bring to town. Coming soon is the 6th Annual Frightening Ass Film Fest—a full day of spectacular horror films, music, comedy, and Halloween festivities. There’s not another event like in Chattanooga. Support local film.


Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever. Director: Edward Zwick Stars: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Robert Knepperr

Ouija: Origin of Evil In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. Director: Mike Flanagan Stars: Lin Shaye, Doug Jones, Annalise Basso, Elizabeth Reaser


FREE WILL ASTROLOGY a first-class transformer. But that’s not all. I suspect you will also have the ability to distract people from concerns that aren’t important…to deepen any quest that has been too superficial or careless to succeed… and to ask the good questions that will render the bad questions irrelevant.

ROB BREZSNY LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the course of her long career, Libran actress Helen Hayes won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony. Years before all that glory poured down on her, she met playwright Charles MacArthur at a party in a posh Manhattan salon. Hayes was sitting shyly in a dark corner. MacArthur glided over to her and slipped a few salted peanuts into her hand. “I wish they were emeralds,” he told her. It was love at first sight. A few years after they got married, MacArthur bought Hayes an emerald necklace. I foresee a metaphorically comparable event in your near future, Libra: peanuts serving as a promise of emeralds. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Welcome to the Painkiller Phase of your cycle. It’s time to relieve your twinges, dissolve your troubles, and banish your torments. You can’t sweep away the whole mess in one quick heroic purge, of course. But I bet you can pare it down by at least 33 percent. (More is quite possible.) To get started, make the following declaration five times a day for the next three days: “I am grateful for all the fascinating revelations and indispensable lessons that my pain has taught me.” On each of the three days after that, affirm this truth five times: “I have learned all I can from my pain, and therefore no longer need its reminders. Goodbye, pain.” On the three days after that, say these words, even if you can’t bring yourself to mean them with complete sincerity: “I forgive everybody of everything.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): For the foreseeable future, you possess the following powers: to make sensible that which has been unintelligible…to find amusement in situations that had been tedious…to create fertile meaning where before there had been sterile chaos. Congratulations, Sagittarius! You are


CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the past eleven months, did you ever withhold your love on purpose? Have there been times when you “punished” those you cared about by acting cold and aloof? Can you remember a few occasions when you could have been more generous or compassionate, but chose not to be? If you answered yes to any of those questions, the next three weeks will be an excellent time to atone. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when you can reap maximum benefit from correcting stingy mistakes. I suggest that you make gleeful efforts to express your most charitable impulses. Be a tower of bountiful power. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1415, a smaller English army defeated French forces at the Battle of Agincourt in northern France. Essential to England’s victory were its 7,000 longbowmen—archers who shot big arrows using bows that were six feet long. So fast and skilled were these warriors that they typically had three arrows flying through the air at any one time. That’s the kind of high-powered proficiency I recommend that you summon during your upcoming campaign. If you need more training to reach that level of effectiveness, get it immediately. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Let’s imagine your life as a novel. The most recent chapter, which you’ll soon be drawing to a close, might be called “The Redemption of Loneliness.” Other apt titles: “Intimacy with the Holy Darkness” or “The Superpower of Surrender” or “The End Is Secretly the Beginning.” Soon you will start a new chapter, which I’ve tentatively dubbed “Escape from Escapism,” or perhaps “Liberation from False Concepts of Freedom” or “Where the Wild Things Are.” And the expansive adventures of this next phase will have been made possible by the sweet-and-sour enigmas of the past four weeks. ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the 1980s, two performance artists did a project entitled A Year Tied To-

Homework: Describe what you’d be like if you were the opposite of yourself. Freewillastrology.com gether at the Waist. For 12 months, Linda Montano and Tehching Hsieh were never farther than eight feet away from each other, bound by a rope. Hsieh said he tried this experiment because he felt very comfortable doing solo work, but wanted to upgrade his abilities as a collaborator. Montano testified that the piece “dislodged a deep hiddenness” in her. It sharpened her intuition and gave her a “heightened passion for living and relating.” If you were ever going to engage in a comparable effort to deepen your intimacy skills, Aries, the coming weeks would be a favorable time to attempt it. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the coming weeks would you prefer that we refer to you as “voracious”? Or do you like the word “ravenous” better? I have a feeling, based on the astrological omens, that you will be extra super eager to consume vast quantities of just about everything: food, information, beauty, sensory stimulation, novelty, pleasure, and who knows what else. But please keep this in mind: Your hunger could be a torment or it could be a gift. Which way it goes may depend on your determination to actually enjoy what you devour. In other words, don’t get so enchanted by the hypnotic power of your longing that you neglect to exult in the gratification when your longing is satisfied. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): When the wind blows at ten miles per hour, a windmill generates eight times more power than when the breeze is five miles per hour. Judging from the astrological omens, I suspect there will be a similar principle at work in your life during the coming weeks. A modest increase in effort and intensity will make a huge difference in the results you produce. Are you willing to push yourself a bit beyond your comfort level in order to harvest a wave of abundance? CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cuthbert Collingwood (1748-1810) had a distinguished career as an admiral in the British navy, leading the sailors under his command to numerous wartime victories. He was also a good-natured softie whose men regarded him as generous and

kind. Between battles, while enjoying his downtime, he hiked through the English countryside carrying acorns, which he planted here and there so the “Navy would never want for oaks to build the fighting ships upon which the country’s safety depended.” (Quoted in Life in Nelson’s Navy, by Dudley Pope.) I propose that we make him your role model for the coming weeks. May his example inspire you to be both an effective warrior and a tender soul who takes practical actions to plan for the future. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Eighteenthcentury musician Giuseppe Tartini has been called “the godfather of modern violin playing.” He was also an innovative composer who specialized in poignant and poetic melodies. One of his most famous works is the Sonata in G Minor, also known as the Devil’s Trill. Tartini said it was inspired by a dream in which he made a pact with the Devil to provide him with new material. The Infernal One picked up a violin and played the amazing piece that Tartini transcribed when he woke up. Here’s the lesson for you: He didn’t actually sell his soul to the Devil. Simply engaging in this rebellious, taboo act in the realm of fantasy had the alchemical effect of unleashing a burst of creative energy. Try it! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The planets have aligned in a curious pattern. I interpret it as meaning that you have cosmic permission to indulge in more self-interest and self-seeking than usual. So it won’t be taboo for you to unabashedly say, “What exactly is in it for me?” or “Prove your love, my dear” or “Gimmeee gimmeee gimmee what I want.” If someone makes a big promise, you shouldn’t be shy about saying, “Will you put that in writing?” If you get a sudden urge to snag the biggest piece of the pie, obey that urge. Rob Brezsny is an aspiring master of curiosity, perpetrator of sacred uproar, and founder of the Beauty and Truth Lab. He brings a literate, myth-savvy perspective to his work. It’s all in the stars.





“Will Ya Look at the Time?”—it’s a little off. ACROSS 1 Language in which many websites are written 5 Favreau’s “Swingers” costar 11 Internet connection problem 14 “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess,” e.g. 15 Where tigers may be housed 16 Notre Dame coach Parseghian 17 Vessel even smaller than the one for shots? 19 Airline based in Stockholm 20 Marching band event 21 Capulet murdered by Romeo [spoiler alert!] 23 Prepare lettuce, perhaps 24 Community org. with merit badges 26 “Let It Go” singer 27 Gallagher of Oasis 28 Badtz-___ (penguin friend of Hello Kitty) 30 She voices Dory

31 Bow (out) 32 Component of a restaurant’s meateating challenge? 34 Reveal accidentally 35 “I like 5 p.m. better than 11 p.m. for news”? 39 “CSI” theme song band, with “The” 42 National who lives overseas, informally 43 Dye holders 44 Word said by Grover when close to the camera 45 Canning needs 46 Marker, e.g. 47 Hawk’s high hangout 48 Big baking potatoes 50 It may be printed upside-down 52 Nyan ___ 53 What the other three theme entries do? 57 Scarfed down 58 Accessed, with “into” 59 Pomade, e.g. 60 Primus frontman Claypool 61 Tony and

Edgar, for two 62 Website specializing in the vintage and handmade DOWN 1 “Black Forest” meat 2 Portishead genre 3 Mosque adjunct 4 Winner’s wreath 5 Competed (for) 6 Heavenly creature, in Paris 7 Contract ender? 8 Wu-Tang member known as “The Genius” 9 Ground-cover plant 10 Inquisitive 11 French explorer who named Louisiana 12 Body of water between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan 13 It’s filled at the pump 18 Just a ___ (slightly) 22 Sing like Ethel Merman 23 Nestle ___-Caps 24 Bond, before Craig 25 Naturally bright 28 Sole syllable spoken by the geek

on “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (and Beaker on “The Muppets”) 29 Working 30 Cable channel launched in 1979 32 Arcade machine opening 33 “Vaya con ___” 35 Spiral-shaped 36 Get rusty 37 Some newsbreaks 38 Certain allergic reaction 39 Never existed 40 Coiffures 41 Rock worth unearthing 44 Windham Hill Records genre 46 “Rubbish!” 47 Pokemon protagonist Ketchum 49 Bi- times four 50 Like Scotch 51 Flanders and his name-diddlyamesakes 54 Org. for analysts 55 Home of “Ask Me Another” 56 Double agent, e.g.

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Teaching Tech, Making Beats AIR Labs brings music production technology to teens

Rich Bailey

Pulse columnist

Inside a quirky little stone building on South Broad Street, with a door framed by Steve Terlizzese’s mosaic art, a young web developer is hatching a project to teach kids in Chattanooga how to use professionalgrade music-making technology. In the tech world, Seun (pronounced “shone”) Erinle is a unicorn, having both design and coding skills. At 32, she is also a three-time startup founder. Grid Principles is her graphic design and web development firm, with clients inside and outside Chattanooga. Several years ago at CoLab’s 48 Hour Launch, she created Blerd Nation, a networking site for black nerds (or “Blerds”) that launched but is currently on hiatus while other projects take precedence. And AIR Labs is an after-school program that teaches web development, graphic design and 3-D modeling. AIR Labs grew out of Seun’s experience teaching HTML and CSS at the DevDev code camp for kids at the Chattanooga Public Library. After that experience led to more teaching and tutoring gigs, a friend encouraged her to build a business around her love for teaching tech. A little over two years ago, she started Grid Principles for commercial design and development work, and AIR Labs for teaching and tutoring. She says AIR stands for Aspire, Imagine and Reason, “the three qualities I feel like

you need to be successful in anything in life. You need aspiration, you need imagination, and you need reasoning skills. I think with that foundation you can achieve quite a lot.” AIR Labs’ latest project is Rhythm Lab, a music production class that gives high school kids access to MPC (music production controller) hardware, instruction in how to make music, and open lab time to create. The free class started October 17, after an Indiegogo campaign raised enough to buy six machines for AIR Labs’ 12-station setup. The campaign—igg.me/at/ rhythmlab—will continue, aiming to raise funds to finish out the classroom set of 12 machines and help fund more classes. “There’s so much these kids can do. Our goal is to get them more familiar with the structure of music: how to make it, how to edit it, mix it down, things like that,” says Seun. “We’ll get into the meat of making a song from scratch, from an idea in your head to sounds for other people’s ears. We want them to come out with a couple to a handful of songs.” Seun’s Maschine Studio unit—the same model she teaches kids—has big lighted square buttons that give it a candy-colored toy vibe at first glance, but it’s a serious piece of equipment, used by professional DJs and musicians for creating beats. First developed in in 1988, these multi-function devices have come


“There’s so much these kids can do. Our goal is to get them more familiar with the structure of music: how to make it, how to edit it, mix it down, things like that.” a long way from their origins as, basically, electronic drum machines. They come loaded with a variety of instrument sounds and pre-recorded sequences, and can receive input from other electronics or recorded samples. The software allows complex layering and even live performance using the MPC as an instrument. Seun took up the MPC as a creative outlet and found other locals using the same software and hardware. “We started getting together and giving each other challenges of how to make different types of songs, different types of samples. Also teaching each other tricks and tips that we’ve learned over time,” she says. “One day we said ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could do this for the kids in Chattanooga?’”

Seun splits her time about 5050 between web development and teaching but hopes to tilt a bit more toward teaching. She bristles at people who keep their knowledge to themselves. “I’m not one to hold in all my knowledge and information and die with it. I want somebody to do better than me,” she says. “It’s almost like how your parents raised you and they want you to do better than them. I want people in my community around me to do better and to expose them to perhaps different areas of learning that they’ve never been exposed to.” Rich Bailey is a writer, editor, and PR consultant. He led a project to create Chattanooga’s first civic website in 1995 before even owning a modem. Now he covers Chattanooga technology for The Pulse and blogs about it at CircleChattanooga.com


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