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‘Scenic City Roots’ to debut at Track 29 “Scenic City Roots, Live from Track 29,” a new live monthly music program will debut on Thursday, March 7, at Track 29 and feature local, regional and even national acts in a showcase to be filmed and broadcast on TV and streamed live on the program’s website. “The ultimate goal is to unite the state’s musical trail, from Nashville to Memphis, Bristol to Chattanooga,” said Michael Jezewski, associate producer of Scenic City Roots. “Chattanooga has never really had a strong musical identity, so we hope this will help bring the city and region into the spotlight.” Bringing Chattanooga out of the shadows of Nashville and Memphis is a tall order, but Jezewski is working with Todd Mayo and John Walker of Heng Dai Media, producers of Music City Roots in Nashville, to boost the city’s vibrant, yet still nascent musical scene to a large-scale statewide and national stage. Each installment will feature a Chattanooga band along with other regional acts to “export and import authentic music,” Jezewski said, whether its rock, jazz, country or blues. The inaugural live show will feature Chattanooga’s own WTM Blues Band, the edgy bluegrass of The Steel Drivers, JOHNNYSWIM, an acoustic folk-pop duo, and St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the Birmingham-based rock and soul group who stole the show at The Pulse’s 10th Anniversary Concert at Rhythm & Brews in December. The shows will take place live each month at Track 29, stream live on sceniccityroots.com and be taped for broadcast on local public television station WTCI-TV each Thursday in April. “Each show operates independently,” Jezewski said of the ties to Music City Roots, the popular Nashville program which is produced live at the Loveless Cafe and Bar. “The timing is just perfect with all the development and the desire for more live music in Chattanooga, and Track 29 is the perfect venue.” “We are very excited to team up with Heng Dai Media to present ‘Scenic City
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Roots, Live from Track 29,’” said Monica Kinsey of Track 29. “It’s an incredible opportunity, not only for Track 29, but also to showcase Chattanooga and its talented local musicians to the world.” Tickets to the March 7 show are $10 ($5 for students with ID) and available online at track29.co. —Bill Ramsey
Creative citizens to unite around elections The Chattanooga Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a professional association for design, is launching a new program called Creative Citizenship featuring unique events in January focused on inspiring civic involvement in the upcoming municipal elections. The keynote event, “We Helped Obama Win,” kicks off the program at 5:30 p.m.
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on Wednesday, Jan. 23, on the fourth floor of the Chattanooga Public Library downtown, where all follow-up events will be held. The evening will feature a presentation and Q&A with Josh Higgins and Daniel Ryan, two key players in the success of the much-discussed Obama For America campaign. Ryan, a resident of Chattanooga, served as the director of front-end development for the campaign. Higgins was design director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign. Next, a “Candidate Forum” is a two-day get-out–the-vote event with the 2013 Chattanooga city council candidates set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, followed by DesignFest at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. Mayoral candidate Andy Berke will help kick-off DesignFest on Saturday. After spending time with the candidates, teams of citizens will put their heads together to brainstorm and build new techniques which can be used to build a better
relationship with the local government. The goal of DesignFest is to produce future Creative Citizenship events, communication tools or even, perhaps, an app. There will also be a “Get Out and Vote” poster rally at the DesignFest as well. Posters designed that day will be printed by Wonderpress and distributed around the city. Both events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required for all events and a ticket purchase is needed to attend “We Helped Obama Win.” Full details on registration and tickets can be found on the AIGA Chattanooga’s website at chattanooga.aiga.org. —Staff
City seeks emerging artists for exhibit Are you an emerging artist looking for a way to display your work? If so, the city’s Department of Education, Arts & Culture is reaching out to local artists in the community to showcase visual and two-dimensional pieces of art for the Emerging Artist Exhibit 2013 as a part of EAC’s Art in Nontraditional Spaces. “One of our goals at EAC is to showcase the creative talent of youth, adults and seniors in nontraditional spaces,” EAC administrator Missy Crutchfield said. “With this year’s focus, we extend this open call for emerging artists in our city and look forward to an outstanding exhibition at our office space.” The EAC is currently accepting applications in an ongoing call for entries for the exhibit. Exhibits may feature the work of a single artist, a complimentary small group or themed exhibit. Among the non-traditional spaces the ANTS projects have appeared include the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, where artwork from students of local elementary schools premiered “I Believe I Can Fly.” Another exhibit is the City Employee Art Show at City Hall. Visit chattanooga.gov to download an application. For more information about the EAC, contact Melissa Turner (423) 4257826 or email turner_m@chattanooga. gov. —Esan Swan
CSO launches film music symposium In a bid to launch what it hopes will become an annual event, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera will present the first Southeast Film Music Symposium, featuring artistic advisor George S. Clinton, from
March 1 to 3 at the Tivoli Theatre and the Read House. Participants will be immersed in presentations by other notable film composers, a movie screening, plus concert rehearsals and performances that bring together the world of composing music specifically for film. The symposium opens with a screening of “These Amazing Shadows,” an awardwinning documentary about the history of the National Film Registry, which aired on PBS and was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Premieres category. The film’s directors, Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton, and the film’s composer, Peter Golub, will give a brief introduction. Clinton, recently named chair of the film scoring department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, will also present a session that walks participants through his process of composing for film, using examples of his own work. Clinton, who developed his craft scoring “ninja” movies for Cannon Films, is also known for his scores for such movies as “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” “Mortal Kombat,” “The Santa Clause” sequels and the Emmy Award-winning “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.” Other programs and presenters include Edmund Stone, host of the syndicated public radio program “The Score,” who will give an overview of film music history; Doreen Ringer Ross, vice president of film and television for BMI in Los Angeles, who will moderate a panel discussion and Q&A session with the symposium attendees covering topics dealing with the art of composing for film; and Don Davis, composer of the music for “The Matrix” trilogy, who will serve as guest conductor of the CSO for “The Matrix Live” perfomance, which will close the symposium on March 3 at the Tivoli. Complete details, a downloadable brochure and registration information for the symposium can be found at southeastfilmmusic.org. For more information, call the CSO office at (423) 267-8583. —Staff
Vans seeks shoe art designs from students Vans shoes have become much more than fun footwear. The brand—originally deck shoes embraced by the Southern California skate culture that became an icon when the company’s now-classic checkerboard slip-ons were featured in the classic comedy “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”—could also be described as
NEW year, new TOONS The Pulse adds two new entries to our comix lineup this week. Each week in The Bowl you’ll find (above) Jen Sorensen’s take on politics and pop culture. On Page 6, accompanying “On the Beat” is E.J. Pettinger’s “Mild Abandon,” a twisted panel cartoon in the tradition of Gary Larson. You can also enjoy all our comix at chattanoogapulse.com.
a culture that spans generations ranging from skateboarders to hipsters and average Joes. Inspired by the impact of the shoe and the brand, the company sponsors Vans Custom Culture, a competition between high schools across the country to see which school can produce the most creatively designed shoe. The prize? Not a lifetime supply of Vans (unfortunately) but $50,000 for the school’s art program. Here’s how it works: Tennessee schools register online at vans.com/customculture and teams create designs for four popular Vans styles—the Old Skool, 106 Vulca-
nized, Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On—using one of four themes including action sports, music, art and local flavor for regional designs, through Feb. 11. After Vans experts narrow down their selections, the public votes on the Vans Culture website from April 22 to May 13. The top five schools will win a trip to New York where the announcement of the winner will be made in June. For more details visit vans.com/ customculture. It’s a win-win for schools, would-be student designers and Vans. And if anyone’s interested, The Pulse logo can be incorporated into a design—we’d dig some custom Pulse slip-ons. —Esan Swan chattanoogapulse.com • JANUARY 17-23, 2013 • The Pulse • 5
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Job Description A s I sit here on the side of a nameless road on a cold January night, it occurs to me that no matter how dark it is on the horizon you can always see lights somewhere in the distance; the greatest concentration of people will always produce the greatest concentration of energy. It is from that mass of luminosity that you can derive your greatest hopes for the longevity and superiority of humankind. Sadly, it doesn’t mean those indigenous peoples are worth a shit despite their luminosity. I’ve worked “midnights” for a long, long time. This is the shift they always tell you about; the one where you never know about the fiends running through your back yard, and in the best-case scenario being chased by the good guys which were once known as us, “cops.” It is the time of day that the
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decency of not waking you up to make you aware of it. I do the job from a car, first crossing the street and heading into the wider lanes and hoping to catch something in progress despite my positive outlook toward what humanity has to offer. I drive glancing left to right toward restaurants and storefronts, expecting to see someone holding up the ones that are open or inside the ones that are closed. Seeing someone sneaking out of a drive through window in particular never gets old, and despite their size it’s happened more times than you’d think— though I’ve never caught an overweight burglar, come to think of it. (I never want them to be robbed, mind you; I hope to discourage it by just being visible. I simply hope to be there or nearby if it does happen, which is something you should encourage in your police force.) I do this job based upon a balance of pessimism and experience (which are often one in the same). These are the people I deal with, so these are the ones emitting that light into the night sky you can see from far off that I described above … and if that’s the only kind of person you dealt with (aside from their victims), you might have a slightly negative outlook, too. The third shift is full of the sort of blissful ignorance that allows you to rest so peacefully at night while George Orwell’s proverbial “rough men” stand ready to do violence so that you may continue to do so, and it’s from midnight the majority of my stories spring from. And the reason I am able to tell you my stories? It’s because I don’t break certain rules. The rules that state I cannot discuss ongoing investigations, that I cannot discuss investigations
involving juveniles, and more importantly, that I don’t discuss investigations that would make you consider adding a third lock to your front and back doors. And to be honest, I get it. I get it because some of my readers are close to me, and who really needs to know those things? It won’t do them any good other than wearing on their stomach linings, and I donate quite enough of that material as it is. I just let enough out so that there is public awareness that “horrible shit” really does happen—and can happen in the happiest of places. It is the antithesis of my professional existence for people to live in fear or actually be unsafe, but I wish for them to be cognizant of the fact that “bad things really can happen to anyone at any time.” I would be negligent to act otherwise. Put simply, right or wrong, I feel that letting good people know that bad things can and do happen is just as important as letting bad people know that there are consequences for their actions. It strikes a balance, and it’s in that balance I live and work. That’s a lot to have gleaned from a simple observation from an old Crown Vic, but I suppose those thoughts are always just beneath the surface. We’ll consider that a job description or a mission statement for both on the government clock and here, for the newspaper. Here’s to 10 more years of public awareness published in the pages of The Pulse. Happy stories or sad, I do love telling them so. Alex Teach is a police officer of nearly 20 years experience. The opinions expressed are his own. Follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/alex.teach.
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THU01.17 MUSIC CSA Writer’s Night Jam • Weekly songwriters jam sesson at the former Southern Comfort, now Five Eleven nightclub. 7 p.m. • Five Eleven • 511 Broad St. (423) 386-5921
EVENT String Theory: Miro String Quartet • The Hunter’s fourth season of chamber music concerts begins this evening. 5:30 p.m. • Hunter Museum • 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968 • huntermuseum.org
Singer, drummer reinvents herself—again • Singer-songwriter, guitarist and drummer Tess Brunet brings her lo-fi underground rock to The Pint for a free show on Sunday. The multi-instrumentalist spent time with the Generationals and Deadboy & the Elephantmen, then formed the solo act Au Ras Au Ras. Now, the Louisiana native reinvents herself
under her own name. Punk legend Henry Rollins is a fan, so check her out as she begins a 2013 tour supporting her new album, The Great Nothing. SUN 01.20 8 p.m. • Free The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192 thehonestpint.com
MON01.21 THE WAREHOUSE REOPENS in harrison • It’s been a tough year for The Warehouse, the all-ages venue previously housed in Tim Reid’s Mosaic space on Market Street until a shooting at Club Fathom, which also shared space in the building, over the 2011 Christmas holidays forced the venue’s exit. The Warehouse, which mostly featured Christian metal and rock bands (we enjoyed Stryper there in 2011), took most of 2012 off to seek out alternative space. Founder Casey Whitaker rebounded with Warehouse Cleveland in October 2012, then forged a partnership with Camp Joy in Harrison—a popular skatepark—and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the new Warehouse Chattanooga. This weekend, the venue re-opens with a grand opening celebration featuring a five-band lineup for $10. An extra five-spot buys entry to the vertical skatepark. We wish them success. Warehouse Chattanooga Grand Opening: Within, Becoming the Archetype, Rigoletto, Delmar, Sinai Vessel, Live DJ Frank Clark SAT 01.19 6 p.m. • $10 The Warehouse, 6226 Hunter Road warehousevenue.com
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY • The Unity Group’s 43rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Week Celebration includes a birthday celebration, memorial march and a main program at the Tivoli Theatre featuring guest speaker Erran F. Persley of the U. S. Department of Commerce. More events below and online at chattanoogapulse.com
sun 01.20 MLK Music Tribute & Brunch 1-3 p.m. • Mocha Restaurant & Music Lounge 3116 Brainerd Road • (423) 402.0452 tcuchatt.com Dr. King’s Birthday Party 4 p.m. • New Zion Baptist Church 809 E. MLK Blvd. • (423) 624-9097
mon 01.21 Memorial March 4 p.m. • Olivet Baptist Church 740 E. MLK Blvd. to Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. • (423) 624-9097 43rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance 5 p.m. • Tivoli Theatre • 709 Broad St. (423) 624-9097
exhibits “We Shall Not Be Moved” Exhibit: 50th Anniversary of Tennessee’s Civil Rights Sit-Ins (Through Feb. 28) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center Gallery 200 E. MLK Blvd. • (423) 266-8658 bessiesmithcc.org
Jordan Hallquist & The Outfit
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MUSIC • Hallquist’s first show since a car accident. Guests include Rick Bowers and Long Gone Darlings. 9 p.m. • Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. • rhythm-brews.com
• The legendary rock officer returns to Chattanooga with a show at JJ’s. 10 p.m. • JJ’s Bohemia • 231 E MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400 • jjsbohemia.com
“Backstage With Louis Armstrong”
Sluggo’s Square Dance
• Danny Mullen is Satchmo at this free concert. 7:30 p.m. • UTC Fine Arts Center •736 Vine St. (423) 425- 4269 • utc.edu/fineartscenter
• Whip your partner round and round at Sluggo’s. 8 p.m. • Sluggo’s North Vegetarian Cafe 501 Cherokee Blvd. • (423) 752-5224
MLK on MLK: Mural by Chattanooga artist Kevin Bate.
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Saints, Sinners & Guitar Slingers The blues is alive and well when The Delta Saints start to play By Richard Winham
uddy Guy is the last of the great guitar slingers. Inspired by Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, he was an inspiration for Hendrix and Clapton, as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan and a host of lesser lights. But after Vaughan’s untimely death in the summer of 1990, a generation began to lose interest in the blues. Now Buddy Guy is afraid that the music he loves may die with him.
He may be right about the shuddering, grimacing guitar hero—all the signs point to his demise. But the music is alive and well in the hands of a new generation who, like the Rolling Stones in the early ’60s, are digging into the roots of the music created by Waters and Wolf and reviving its spirit. If you venture down to Rhythm & Brews on Thursday night you’ll hear the blues born again when the Nashville-based band, The Delta Saints, start to play. The band’s members met in the music program at Belmont University in Nashville a few years ago. The bass player, David Supica, and the drummer, Ben Azzi, are from Kansas City, while the band’s singer and dobro player,
Ben Ringel, and guitarist, Dylan Fitch, are from Nashville. The newest addition, Alabama-born harmonica player Steven Henner, replaced Greg Hommert, whose furious energy is a high point of the band’s recently released debut album, Death Letter Jubilee. But Henner, who joined the band during its recent European tour, more than holds his own. Ringel and Fitch are devotees of the guitar heroes mentioned earlier, but this is a band of equals, and neither of them indulge in lengthy solos. In fact, on many tunes it’s Henner on the harmonica who plays that role as he shadows Ringel’s vocals, pushing and prodding the singer. But Ringel is a gospel fan, and he more often takes his cue from
the preachers and players he’s listened to on Nashville’s gospel station, The Light. “There’s so much attention to dynamics in gospel music, and that’s something we try really hard to put into our live shows,” he told me recently. The band’s attention to dynamics is apparent from the first song on its debut album. Called “Liar,” it’s a limber, second-line shuffle with an edgy lyric about a heartbreaker with few qualms about the singer’s obvious distress. But the edge in his voice, combined with the band’s punchy thrust and intense, throaty harmonica, go a long way toward making the case that he’s the one that’s been done wrong. It’s on “Death Letter Jubilee,” however—a great example of the band’s gospel-rooted approach to the blues—that The
Delta Saints’ remarkable sense of dynamics really kicks in. The temperature slowly rises as the tempo increases until they reach the middle eight and suddenly everyone drops out, and the tune turns into a handclapping-andharmonica-driven ring shout until the drummer slowly fades in and the train begins picking up steam again. Their carefully honed dynamics developed over countless one-nighters over the past two years makes the song a show-stopper on the record. Live, it surely brings the crowd to its feet. “Jezebel,” a deliberately paced showcase for Ringel and the harmonica player, segues into a racing Mississippi Fred McDowellstyle strut with a wailing Little Walter harmonica, searing slide guitar and a demon-possessed
vocal from Ringel, who sounds as if he’s finally reached the end of his tether with that jezebel who’s been pulling his chain since the beginning of the album. That push-forward, pull-back dynamic is repeated throughout the album. “Drink It Slow” is a medium-tempo shuffle followed by “From The Dirt,” a tense rocker that opens with the bass tracing thick, circling lines around the drummer’s steady 4/4 beat. Slowly the slide slips between them as Ringel begins amping up the tempo, his smoker’s rasp raging against that same insensitive hussy. Ringel is the quintessential preacher exhorting his congregation while driving his band mates ever higher. If you miss the show on Thursday, no worries. I’d be willing to bet it won’t be long before they’re back. The Delta Saints 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com Richard Winham is the producer and host of WUTC-FM’s afternoon music program and has observed the Chattanooga music scene for more than 25 years.
local and regional shows
Crass Mammoth, The Punknecks, Boxing the Compass ($5) To Light a Fire with Bearhound & The Hearts in Light ($5) Brave Baby with Elim Bolt and Sly Tiger ($5) Erisa Rei with The Lauren Alexander Band ($5)
Wed, Jan 16 Thu, Jan 17 Wed, Jan 23 Thu, Jan 24
Tess Brunet (of Au Ras Au Ras) • Sun, Jan 20 • 8 pm • Free Show! Sundays: Live Trivia 4-6pm • Free Live Irish Music at 7pm Jan 27 • Molly Maguires
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Full food menu serving lunch and dinner. 11am-2am, 7 days a week. 35 Patten Parkway * 423.468.4192 thehonestpint.com * Facebook.com/thehonestpint
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VOX CHATTANOOGA • Singer-songwriter Josh Gilbert hosts Ten Bartram, Travis Singleton and Steve & Kim at The Camp House for this monthly event featuring music and art showcases to raise money for local causes. Visit facebook.com/voxchattanooga for more information. FRI 01.18 8 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081 thecamphouse.com
(423) 508-8956 sugarsribs.com Power Players Show Band 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956 sugarsribs.com Arpetrio, Livetronica, Cutlass Cult 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400 Crane 10 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919 One Night Stand 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Road (423) 499-9878 budssportsbar.com The Bohannons, Water Liars (Fat Possum), Tallahassee 10 p.m., Sluggo’s 501 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 752-5224
THU 01.17 Wendell Matthews 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956 sugarsribs.com Chattanooga Songwriters Association Writer’s Night 7 p.m. Five Eleven (formerly Southern Comfort), 511 Broad St. (423) 386-5921 Open Mic with Hap Henninger 8 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 Robert Earl Keen 8 p.m. Track 29, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-4323 track29.co To Light a Fire, Bearhound, The Hearts in Light 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192 thehonestpint.com Chad Yates 9 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Road (423) 499-9878 budssportsbar.com The Delta Saints 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St.
rhythm-brews.com Maycomb Criers, Loves It, Kendra Morris, Julia Haltigan 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400 423 Bass Love 10 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919
FRI 01.18 A Man Called Bruce 7 p.m. Pasha Coffee & Tea, 3914 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 475-5482 pashacoffeehouse.com VOX Chattanooga: Josh Gilbert, Ten Bartram, Travis Singleton, Steve & Kim 8 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081 thecamphouse.com Statue of Liberty 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 Jordan Hallquist & The Outfit 9 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com Power Players Show Band 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St.
Warehouse Chattanooga Grand Opening: Within, Becoming the Archetype, Rigoletto, Delmar, Sinai Vessel, Live DJ Frank Clark 6 p.m. The Warehouse, 6226 Hunter Road warehousevenue.com 2013 Soul & Blues Celebration: TK-Soul, Bobby Rush, Adam Bruce, Chris Michael, Bobbye “Doll” Johnson, Willie Hill 7 p.m. Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. (423) 757-5156 Priscilla & lil Ricky 7 p.m. The Foundry, 1201 Broad St. (800) 619-0018 Bennett, The Grevious Greys 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081 thecamphouse.com Husky Burnette 9 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533 skyzoochattanooga.com Power Players Show Band 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956 sugarsribs.com One Night Stand 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Road (423) 499-9878 budssportsbar.com Col. Bruce Hampton, Soul Mechanic 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400 Velcro Pygmies 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews,
221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com Tone Harm 10 p.m. The Social, 1110 Market St. (432) 266-3366 publichousechattanooga.com Crane 10 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919 Jack Kirton 10 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191
sun 01.20 Tess Brunet 8 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192 thehonestpint.com One Night Stand 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Road (423) 499-9878 budssportsbar.com PeeWee Moore and Friends 10 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919
Thursday • January 17
Maycomb Criers • Loves It Kendra Morris • Julia Haltigan
Friday • January 18
Arpetrio • Livetronica • Cutlass Cult
Saturday • January 19
Col. Bruce Hampton • Soul Mechanic
Sunday • January 20
JJ’s Talk Show (Pilot Episode) Free!
Tuesday • January 22 Stereodig
Wednesday • January 23
Brave Baby • Elim Bolt • Sly Tiger
Thursday • January 24 Telemonster
Friday • January 25 Deep Machine The Hearts in Light
tue 01.22 Theology On Tap 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081 thecamphouse.com Stereodig 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400
JJ’s Bohemia • 231 E MLK Blvd 423.266.1400 • jjsbohemia.com
wed 01.23 Dan Sheffield 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956 sugarsribs.com PeeWee Moore and Awful Dreadful Snakes 8 p.m. Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Terr. (423) 713-8739 jackaschopshopsaloon.com Brave Baby, Elim Bolt, Sly Tiger 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192 thehonestpint.com Rock Floyd 9 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Road (423) 499-9878 Jessta James, Zach Dylan Band 9 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com Johnathan Wimpee & Andy Elliot 10 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919
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Toy Love Live at the Gluepot 1980 (Goner)
Fans of New Zealand musician Chris Knox—one half of the deliciously weird D.I.Y. pop duo Tall Dwarfs and the beloved solo artist responsible for one of the greatest love songs ever, “Not Given Lightly”—have likely heard about his late-’70s groups The Enemy and Toy Love, referred to as punk bands. However, there is a disconnect between the outfit’s studio output (compiled on the collection Cuts), which is spirited new-waveera power pop, and written accounts of Toy Love’s live shows, which were described as being raw and terrifying, with Knox sometimes cutting himself with broken glass on stage in fits of Iggy-Pop-inspired madness to add to the frenzy. Now, there’s documentation of the stage fury of Toy Love with the new double-album Live at the Gluepot 1980. It’s a
RAW party, redefined.
welcome swift kick in the caboose that delivers the blistering goods, and a more accurate representation of the band’s essence than its sole studiorecorded, self-titled album from 1980, which the group itself considered a disappointment because it sounded too safe and lacked the bite and anarchy of its live shows. The set was recorded one week before the group disbanded, and over the span of less than two years with close to 500 shows under their belts, the members had honed their delivery to a scorching tightness. The sound quality is excellent, coming from a soundboard tape, with Knox’s charged vocalizations, the meaty fuzzbox-guitar-chord slinging of Alec Bathgate (the other half of Tall Dwarfs), solid yet nimble bass playing from Paul Kean (who later co-founded the Flying Nun Records pop band The Bats) and the urgent, restless drumming of Mike Dooley all fighting for attention. Keyboardist Jane Walker contributes some piercing notes only when necessary and serves up a bent rendition of Chopin’s funeral march melody for “Death Rehearsal.” Ending with the unstoppable, three-chord punk bliss of “Pull Down the Shades,” the album is engaging for an entire hour and simply blows
Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin Instrumental Tourist (Software)
Instrumental Tourist, the new album from Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin, brings together two distinct electronic artists into the same sandbox, playing with the notions of ambient music and concocting amalgams with disparate elements that alternately confuse, calm and intrigue. The two musicians are following their own acclaimed 2011 albums: Tim Hecker’s atmospheric, ambient Ravedeath, 1972, and Daniel Lopatin’s enigmatic, sample-focused Replica, released under the name of his project Oneohtrix Point Never. Brian Eno’s definition of ambient music says that it “must be as ignorable as it is interesting,” and if we take this to heart, then Instrumental Tourist would not pass muster as being true ambient music. The reason is mainly due to Lopatin’s contributions, which are free to disturb the listener’s
concentration with abstract interjections. The two musical personalities at work here are superimposed; Hecker seems to be more at home here with his own synth drones and melodic wanderings, while Lopatin is selective with his parts, not obligated to fill all the spaces with sound. Much of the album has a melancholic mood, like an imaginary soundtrack for film sequences with blurry, slow-motion scenes of people walking. “Uptown Psychedelia” kicks off the album with static and pulsing electronic tones, hacking noises and what could be the sound of the dying cry of self-destructing computers. One of the album’s best tracks is “Intrusions,” with its startling, buzzing bursts and mounting tones. The melodic strategies on the album perhaps subconsciously stimulate the listener to seek and recognize patterns, which unfurl with measured steps, revealing order within ostensible disorder. This writer prefers when the artists mess around with timbres instead of just tapping out sequences, and a few numbers, like “Vaccination (from Thomas Mann),” are a bit too directionless for my tastes. Nevertheless, the album has a nice offering of choice moments with peace intentionally disrupted, perhaps like the aural equivalent of a broken robot doing a cannonball dive into a serene lake. Read more of Ernie Paik’s reviews online at chattanoogapulse.com.
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10th ANNIVERSARY: THE PRESENT
The Pulse’s first 10 years: Looking back, looking forward
tive secrecy, writing and designing with equal amounts of passion and fervor, summoning all my experience and skills et’s get one somewhat confusing detail out of the way first: into what I have referred to as my “dream The first issue of The Pulse carried the cover date of Dec. 3, job.” At 48, and after more than 25 years 2003, and the remaining issues of that month comprised in the business—a large chunk of which Volume 1, cleverly allowing the paper to point to an entire volume of issues has been spent at alt-weeklies in other cities—I was not at first prepared to even as it crossed over into 2004 and Volume 2 just a few weeks later. So, devote myself so thoroughly to another technically we’re lighting the candles on this cake 11 months too early. But newspaper. I’d scaled the ranks, rose to then again, when Zach Cooper and Michael Kull launched the paper, any a top editing position in California and number of publishing perils confronted them—not least of which was the enjoyed the hard-earned fruits of manmoney for Issue No. 2—and they quite likely never considered the long-term agement at a large daily paper—until the hammer fell all too quickly as the Great viability of their new alternative newsweekly. Because of this, it’s become a Recession took hold. Pulse tradition to celebrate early lest those same perils—some of them still I understand now (again) that fate very real—conspire to thwart our forward progress. Besides, Cooper, Kull & and destiny have played a huge role in Co., like many young alt-weekly mavericks, never quibbled over the details my career, hopscotching as I have from when a party was at stake. Some things never change, so we’re seizing the one city and paper to the next, immoment again to pause in the first month of our 10th anniversary to look mensely enjoying each experience and (so I thought) leaving those papers in back at the paper’s beginnings and all that’s transpired since those heady better shape than before I arrived. (Did days in the fall of 2003. I mention ego?) Thankfully, while somewhat less important that I imagined, As some of you might have heard, and Janis Hashe (2007-2011). my former editors and colleagues have Pulse co-founder and publisher Zach When I assumed the mantle of editor assured me of my place in the evolution Cooper left the paper over the holidays. in January 2012, I did of their papers. But Since then, a “parting shot” letter from so in stealth mode. I digress. 10th Anniversary Issue our former leader, along with my own I’d been hired as the When I first came tribute to Cooper’s many fine attributes, paper’s art director to The Pulse, my appeared in the first issue of this, Volsix months prior, and passion for alternaume 10, of The Pulse. “Life in the Noog” while I’m no stranger tive newsweeklies columnist Chuck Crowder and former to straddling both was revived along editor (now Nooga.com columnist) Bill design and editowith my (sometimes Colrus have also written about Cooper rial responsibilities, unfortunate) proand the paper with pointed interest, the masthead had pensity to take on given the anniversary. Suffice it to say thinned to the point everything at once. that once over the initial shock, we’ve that placing my name But the moment returned to semi-normal stability (the alongside multiple demanded that agGreatest Hits only stability we know) and continue titles seemed a bit gressive posture and JANUARY 17, 2013 • VOL. 10/NO. 3 • chattaNOOga’s weekLy aLterNatiVe siNce 2003 to press forward with gusto and zest silly, if not egotistical. I have rarely slowed into our 10th year and second decade Besides, I needed that the pace. as Chattanooga’s Weekly Alternative. first year to find my footing, plot a path Why? When I first met Zach, I met But because the paper is so inextricably and consult Cooper on the wheels I was a kindred spirit, someone whose vision linked to Zach’s persona and his own certain to reinvent without slow, steady matched my own and whose affection psyche, he even happily contributed to contemplation. In my zeal to overachieve and concern for his hometown I adthis feature, drafting a fun timeline of I have stumbled, even fallen at times, but mired, as my own quickly returning the paper to accompany remembrances only in an attempt to re-energize the pasense of pride in a city I had left behind by Colrus (the paper’s first editor, who per after a momentary setback. 30 years before surfaced. The Pulse was served from its 2003 inception to 2007) Along the way, I’ve worked in relaborn of the city’s renaissance, sought to
catch and capture that wave and distill its machinations in music, arts, culture and politics in its pages with all the best hallmarks of the alt-weeklies Cooper and Kull admired most. Zach and Bill Colrus had boarded that ship briefly before, but its hull was not sturdy enough for the choppy seas it confronted. The Pulse was, and has since built its reputation as the state’s fourth star in Tennessee’s alt-weekly universe, joining The Memphis Flyer, the Nashville Scene and the Metro Pulse in Knoxville as Chattanooga’s true alternative. That legacy, combined with my newfound respect and fascination with the remarkable, ongoing revival of my hometown convinced me every effort, every long, lonely hour I spent was worth the price— and it still is. So, here we are, beginning a new year, a new decade of existence and reviewing a remarkable 10 years of “Greatest Hits.” With the first issue of this year, I came out of the closet and added the title of editor to that of creative director in front of my name. With Zach’s departure, I felt readers needed a responsible to party to laud or blame for the paper’s direction and coverage. And while I possess little of Cooper’s smooth style and in-depth knowledge of modern Chattanooga and that of his paper, I’ve learned enough to earn his blessing. I hope that counts for something. Paging through back issues of the slowly yellowing archives of The Pulse, I felt something like a new in-law married into an eccentric, brilliant family. I grimaced at its shortfalls, smiled at its achievements and marveled again at the idea that a group of young, inspired and dedicated individuals would and could produce a weekly journal in an era when the odds of its survival are much diminished. The Pulse is very much a family, and in 10 years I hope to have earned my place at the reunion. Onward. —Bill Ramsey
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10th ANNIVERSARY: 2003-2007
The First Four Years
Timeline Recalled with nearalarming accuracy by Zachary Cooper
By Bill Colrus
first met Zach Cooper in the mid-1990s when we were both on the wait staff at 212 Market Restaurant. We became fast friends and would both eventually join the staff of the short-lived Chattanooga Outlook alternative newsweekly—he worked on the sales side, I was a contributing writer. The paper struggled to keep the lights on, and Zach would often talk about how he’d love to start his own alt-weekly one day. The idea appealed to me, too, but as he and I both left the Outlook to seek other opportunities, the likelihood of that ever happening faded.
Fall 2003 Established offices
on the second floor of the Business Development Center on Cherokee Boulevard. Contents of office: Four guys, one G5 Mac tower, two iBook laptops, one e-Mac (Sorry, Bill!), four folding tables, one mini-fridge, one ventriloquist’s puppet.
Dec. 3, 2003 First issue
From top: The Pulse, Dec. 8, 2004, profiling artist Casey Baugh; Jan. 19, 2005, Pulse city editor Aaron Mesh interviews outgoing mayor (now U.S. Senator) Bob Corker; Nov. 2, 2005, “Questioning Missy” Crutchfield—some things never change.
In 2003, I had pretty much forgotten about the idea when Zach called to let know that he and Michael Kull were putting together The Pulse. Zach asked me if I “wanted to do some editing.” I agreed, and days later the three of us met around a table and a legal pad at Rembrandt’s to sketch out what the paper should look like. Eric Jackson, who had been the art director at the Outlook, also joined the team, and we moved into a tiny office (and then a bigger one) at the Small Business Development Center. A couple of years later, aided by a rotating cast of (mostly freelance) writers and artists, a brave pool of advertisers and a growing number of dedicated readers, we moved into Warehouse Row and were soon voted into the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. We had a tiny budget and a tiny staff, but admittance into AAN—an industry group governed by and comprised of all the papers we’d long admired—meant that we had achieved a certain level of quality in the eyes of our peers. There were many smiles around the office that day.
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The Pulse newsroom, 2003. From left, Eric Jackson, Zach Cooper, Bill Colrus and Michael Kull. Photo • Philip Luckey
My memories of my time as editor of The Pulse are filled with flashes of people and laughter and stories. Stories. The biggest memories are of the work. Flipping through the 197 yellowing back issues in my garage, I’m immediately transported back. Countless editorials about city government. Collaborating on April Fool’s issues. Interviewing Ken Burns. And Vanilla Ice. Aaron Mesh writing about both film and local news at a near-genius level. Kelley Walters’ expert food writing. The glorious day when Joe Lance agreed to be a columnist. When John Totten somehow pulled off an enormous interview with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Explaining to caller after caller after caller that
Max Gerskin was not, in fact, killing cats. Watching (the late) Nathan Bosic fulfill a life’s dream by interviewing (the late) George Carlin. Watching reporter Angela Tant not give an inch in her pursuit of answers. The sheer joy of reading Ernie Paik’s music writing. Hearing Andrew Stegall proudly announce the next successful ad sale. The photo essay that Andy Montgomery and staff photographer David Andrews shot on the night of the city election in 2005. David shooting our first family portrait in the office when my son was just a couple of weeks old. Working with Eric Jackson to put out every issue. Countless people contributing to the paper for little, slow or no money. All the people I met while working there. The support and encouragement of my publishers. In many ways, we achieved what we set out to do. In other ways, we struggled. But we learned a lot, and I will always look back on my time at The Pulse with great fondness. Bill Colrus was the editor of The Pulse from 2003 to 2007. He writes for Nooga. com and BillColrus.com.
published. The cover story focused on developments on Main Street and it’s future as a revitalized neighborhood. We were prophets.
2004 Moved to a posh (read large,
cold/hot) office on the third floor of the Business Development Center. Established a buddy system to visit the scariest bathrooms in the entire city. Seriously, these were straight off the set of the gore/horror film “Saw.”
2005 Moved to posh (comparatively,
actually posh) office space in Warehouse Row, taking a former retail space on the second floor. Raided the former Ralph Lauren Polo retail space for anything usable. Found mannequins, but no sign of Kim Cattrall or Andrew McCarthy.
2007 Moved to Rossville Avenue office at the Loose Cannon Gallery building in the Main Street neighborhood. Despite the relentless jack-hammers, rat invasions and the occasional vandalism, it felt like home. Maybe it was because of the jackhammers, rat invasions and occasional vandalism.
2008 Became part of Brewer Media
Group and moved into their offices on Carter Street. It didn’t have rats, it had nicer bathrooms, a kitchen (whoa!) and a reception area to screen visitors who might be suffering from mental illness (Sorry, Brewer Media receptionists!).
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10th ANNIVERSARY: 2007-2011 Former Staffers of Note
Zachary Cooper • Co-founder, publisher and Tyler Brûlé-esque (Sorry, Zach!) co-editor Michael Kull • Co-founder and publisher Bill Colrus • Editor Eric Jackson • Art director Mike Fecht • Advertising executive Andrew Stegal • Advertising executive, advertising manager Aaron Mesh • City editor, film editor Alex Gunderson • Production manager Jennifer Crutchfield • Advertising/ production manager, The Pulse, Chattanooga Parent Elizzabeth Beil • Advertising executive Ryan Campbell • Production assistant Angela Smith • Staff writer Jennifer Greilier • Graphic designer Janis Hashe • Editor Gary Poole • City editor, writer, layout and production
Dr. Rick Pimentall-Habib “Shrink Rap” columnist and resident staff therapist. It’s impossible to determine how many people Dr. Rick helped with his thoughtful columns. It was impressive to see the amount of people who would send us emails and letters saying “Thank you, Dr. Rick.” Indeed. Thanks, Rick. Trebor Redle Cartoonist who contributed “Lockout Mountain.” It was gritty, keenly aware of it’s surroundings with sharp, pointed humor. At times it was disgusting (we only refused to print two of his submissions. The blender and Britney Spears vagina one was just a bit much) but it was always hilarious and creative. “Mad” Max Gerskin Declared a “Cat Jihad” in his column “Madder Max” which garnered local, regional and national press attention ... as well as months of phone calls and angry letters from cat and animal advocates. Pure bliss. Action Jackson Our first advice columnist in the form of the previously mentioned ventriloquist’s puppet. He had an attitude, chips on both shoulders and a potty mouth. But he cared. Editor’s note: Zach Cooper is cofounder and former publisher of The Pulse. We now realize that the tone of our recent tributes lionized him to near obituary status, and for that we apologize. Zach is very much alive and concocting new media schemes from his Southside lair/hipster holding cell. You can often find him at such hangouts as The Mean Mug and The Honest Pint.
Picking Up The Pulse By Janis Hashe
hen I moved to Chattanooga in 2006, one of the first things I did was pick up The Pulse. Coming from Los Angeles, where I had relied on the LA Weekly to offer news and opinions that the Los Angeles Times wouldn’t touch, I knew the value of an alt-weekly to the community. I liked what I read. The paper was fun, had attitude and knew what was going on. I met Zach Cooper and Michael Kull through a mutual friend and began contributing occasionally as a freelancer. Then, in 2007, I approached them about becoming a contributing editor. I’ll be honest—that first year had a lot of rocky times. Among other things, our new office was freezing and the space in back was rented by people who just couldn’t keep from blasting obnoxious country music. But a highlight was the dedication of the longtime contributors—music critic Ernie Paik, editorial cartoonist Rick Baldwin, music reviewer Hellcat, “Shrink Rap” columnist Dr. Rick Pimental-Habib, and “Life in the Noog” columnist Chuck Crowder—who stuck with the paper and continued to contribute important, topical content. I’d also like to acknowledge Angela Tant, who was serving as city editor when I first came on board, for her help and professionalism. When Brewer Media bought The Pulse in August 2008, I butted heads with someone who would become a respected colleague and friend: Gary Poole. Anyone who knows Gary (and Gary himself) would tell you he isn’t shy about expressing his opinion. Nor am I. But we established a productive working re-
lationship, and one of the best things that came out of it was the creation of Alex Teach’s “On the Beat” column. It’s no secret that “Alex” actually is a real, live police officer who is also a talented and occasionally untamed writer. I loved the fact that I had never seen anything like his writing in an alt-weekly. I often disagreed with Alex, and sometimes had to edit him, but his column on busting local pagans still makes me laugh and the “Christmas story” covers we did for a couple of years are some of the most moving pieces The Pulse has ever done. One of my greatest pleasures as an editor is finding new voices, and Cody Maxwell has to be another major find. Cody is not a traditional journalist—and I don’t think alt-weeklies have to be traditional journalism. But he is an amazing storyteller and we gave him the chance to tell some of those local stories. During my time at The Pulse, we also gave readers the chance to read people such as Michael Crumb on the arts, Phillip Johnston and John DeVore on film, Tara Viland on local music and Sandy Kurtz on the environment. At Zach Cooper’s request, we established the Short Short Story contest, which has been a great success and allowed writers to dip their toes into fiction in a fun and non-intimidating way.
Besides contributing “Shrink Rap”, without doubt one of The Pulse’s most beloved columns, Dr. Rick also wrote about the evolving gay community in several “Pride” cover stories, as well as about Chattanooga’s growing alternative wellness options. People continue to say that his columns changed their lives. There’s not much more powerful than that. I am proud of the six-part “sustainability” series The Pulse published during my tenure, again at Zach Cooper’s instigation. While the topic might not be sexy, it is absolutely one of the crucial issues facing the city, county and region—and one that continues to be ignored or reported on elsewhere in any kind of significant way. I would like to thank Zach, Michael and Jim Brewer for giving me the opportunity to work on stories like these for nearly four years, and thanks also to all the writers I was privileged to edit. I’d like to wish The Pulse a happy 10-year anniversary and best wishes for many more years of ruffling feathers, poking fun at pomposity and standing up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. As my dear friend Dr. Rick has said many times, “I don’t want to live in a city without a Pulse.” Janis Hashe, a freelance writer and teacher, was editor of The Pulse from 20072011.
From top: The Pulse, Oct. 15, 2009, “Sustainable Development: Past, Present and Future”; May 13, 2010, “Steeped in the South: Literary Chattanooga”; Nov. 10, 2011, “John Hiatt Drives South” the debut of the redesigned Pulse.
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10th ANNIVERSARY: COMICS LOCKOUT MOUNTAIN Among the most popular staples of any alt-weekly are alternative comics, especially comics by local cartoonists. Trebor Redle’s strange, quirky and hilarious “Lockout Mountain” panels were a past staple (and highlight) of The Pulse. Like most alternative cartoonists who routinely “crossed the lines” of good taste and political correctness—if that is not a mandate—Redle poked fun at local landmarks, restaurants and Southerners in general with his caustic, off-kilter wit. Here are but a few samples from past issues. Look for more online in our 10th anniversary gallery at chattanoogapulse.com.
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Teasing the Spirits By Rich Bailey
o now we are 10. Reflection and review and looking forward seem like the order of the day for an anniversary column, but The Pulse isn’t the venue for speechifying, backslapping and self-congratulating.
The artists, not arts institutions or big projects, should be the focus of Chattanooga’s arts community
The last decade saw some great arts-related projects in Chattanooga—an aggressive public art program, the artful placemaking of the 21st Century Waterfront, the rich Cherokee art of The Passage, the Hunter’s new Gehryesque wing, ArtsMove incentives for artists to relocate here, the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute to train people passionate about the arts to serve on arts boards. Arts institutions and big projects do great things for the community, but for me they aren’t where most of the action is. Browsing through old issues of The Pulse I found several “State of the Arts” features that asked arts administrators (plus a token artist or two) about the state of the arts here and what the future held. Thankfully, more recent State of the Arts surveys have been collections of artist profiles. In the same vein, this space focuses primarily on artists rather than programs and institutions. Over the last year, I’ve interviewed people like Tim Hinck, who’s deconstructing and rebuilding the process of musi-
cal composition and himself as a composer; Cessna Decosimo, who’s digging into decades of private imaging to explore new terrain in his art; and Aubrey Lenahan, who brings literary artists to town to co-create a literary environment that nurtures her own creativity. So this week, I turned to a few artists to help me reflect on art in Chattanooga. I actually tried to ask a question about Chattanooga’s arts community. But dancer and choreographer Ann Law pointed out the obvious: “arts community” is an impossible abstraction. Do the artists all unwind together at the end of the day over cold ones or reconnect and wear funny hats every year at a convention? And “the arts” isn’t much better. Which ones? The established ones that feel familiar or the edgy ones out on the borderlands of the everyday? For Law, the right question was: “What do artists need, and what does Chattanooga need from artists?” Beyond the obvious need for audiences and financial support, Law said artists need community, including exposure to a broader community of artists in other media. But the community also needs artists as a resource. She sees few artists on nonprofit boards, both artsrelated and non-arts, and added, “What a major loss of creative thinking skills, different per-
spectives and exposure to larger networks.” Emerson Burch sees his artist friends accidentally serving as extremely effective relocation promoters. Burch is a ceramist and business consultant who runs the 35.85 Guild artist development group. When friends from all over the world visit him and meet his Chattanooga artist friends, he says 80 percent start making plans to move here. “In their minds, this city is on a trajectory that is a place that they want to be,” he said. “Consistently when they talk to my friends who are artists, the conversation is really different. It’s fundamentally challenging and engaging and interesting. It reflects really well on our city for people who are not here, who are from larger cities in particular.” He sees artists as key storytellers of the narrative of Chattanooga, people who can craft a “landing pad” for the new residents Chattanooga wants to attract while respecting and honoring the past. “That’s the nature of artists: to tease the spirits.” According to Caleb Ludwick, author of “The First Time She Fell,” in the last five or 10 years, Chattanooga artists have felt greater freedom to experiment, where he said before there was fear that experimental work would cut them off from funding opportunities. And fringe work is beginning to be funded. “Arts funding has changed,” he said. “MakeWork
and Kickstarter are, by their nature, looking for fringe creators. People are looking beyond Chattanooga for where they can sell. Chattanooga is no longer seen as the primary market. It’s home base, from which we sell to other markets.” Looking ahead, Ludwick thinks the best thing Chattanooga can do for the arts is to stop patting ourselves on the back and keep working. “Brand building rah-rah has its place and time,” he said, “but we can’t be so focused on the PR value of arts, or artists, or any other slice of life in town that we forget to push for deeper and more longlasting support of the edges, the under-represented, people and ideas who will push us back in healthy ways.” Most of us stick to the simpler commercial struggle to earn a living. Even innovators and entrepreneurs work the fuzzy edges of what people want (or don’t yet know they want) to create new gears in the economic machine. Artists hang out on the edges of the mainstream or abandon it altogether, trying to discover something new and then reporting back to us. Occupying this outsider-insider, leader-follower position is hard to pull off and harder to get paid for. But as the young Springsteen sang about looking at the sun, “Mama, that’s where the fun is.” Rich Bailey writes about the arts and artists each week in The Pulse. A true NoogYorker, he divides his time between Chattanooga and New York City.
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THU 01.17 “Another Point of View: How Israel and the United States are Portrayed by Arab Media” (Through Feb. 1) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road (423) 493-0270 jewishchattanooga.org “We Shall Not be Moved” 50th Anniversary of Tennessee’s Civil Rights Sit-Ins (Through Feb. 28) 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Bessie Smith Cultural Center Gallery, 200 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-8658 bessiesmithcc.org “Crossings” (Through March 2) 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Bessie Smith Cultural Center Gallery, 200 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-8658 bessiesmithcc.org “The Masks Behind the Mask” (Through Feb. 10) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Exum Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W. 7th St. “Lucky 13” 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214 intowngallery.com Opening Reception: “Colors & Collages” 4-7 p.m. Reflections Gallery, 6922 Lee Hwy. (423) 892-3072 reflectionsgallerytn.com String Theory: Miro String Quartet 5:30 p.m. Hunter Museum, 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968 huntermuseum.org Photographic Society of Chattanooga 6 p.m. St. John UMC, 3921 Murray Hills Road (423) 894-5210 chattanoogaphoto.org Film Noir Movie Nights: Orson Wells’ “The Stranger” 7 p.m. Heritage House Arts & Civic Center, 1428 Jenkins Road (423) 855-9474 chattanooga.gov Shape Note Singing Introductory Workshop
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“THE MASKS BEHIND THE MASK” • An exhibit with art by Michael Smelcher and masks by Curt Hodge now on display at the Exum Gallery through Feb. 10. THROUGH 02.10 • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • Exum Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church • 305 W. 7th St.
7-9:30 p.m. Folk School of Chattanooga, 1800 Rossville Ave. (423) 827-8906 chattanoogafolk.com
fri 01.18 New Artist Spotlight: Evan Wilson 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Shuptrine’s Gold Leaf Designs, 2646 Broad St. (423) 266- 4453 shuptrines.com “Lucky 13” 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214 intowngallery.com An Evening on the Emerald Coast: A CSO Fundraising Event 7 p.m. 212 Market Restaurant, 212 Market St. (423) 265-1212 chattanoogasymphony.org Harlem Globetrotters
BLACK JACKET SYMPHONY • The BJS returns with a tribute to Fleetwood Mac, performing the band’s classic 1977 album, “Rumors,” in its entirety. FRI 01.18 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 642-TIXS chattanoogaonstage.com
7 p.m. McKenzie Arena, 720 E. 4th St. (423) 266- 6627 gomocs.com “Backstage With Louis Armstrong” 7:30 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center, 736 Vine St. (423) 425- 4269 utc. edu/fineartscenter “Avenue Q” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 1918 Union Ave. (423) 987-5141 ensembletheatre ofchattanooga.com Mike Speenberg 7:30p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Road (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com Black Jacket Symphony: Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 642-TIXS chattanoogaonstage.com Darryl Rhoades, Matt Baetz 9:30 p.m. Vaudeville Cafe, 138 Market St. (423) 266-6202 funnydinner.com
sat 01.19 Kid’s Bicycle Rodeo Noon. Carver Community Center, 600 N. Orchard Knob St. outdoorchattanooga.com River City Clarinet Festival: Guest Artist Recital 2 p.m. Cadek Recital Hall, 615 McCallie Ave. (423) 425-4601 utc.edu River City Clarinet Festival: Festival Clarinet Choir Concert 5 p.m. Roland Hayes Concert Hall, 615 McCallie Ave. (423) 425-4601 utc.edu “What Can We Do to Prevent a Nuclear-Armed Iran?” 7 p.m. Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road (423) 493-0270 jewishchattanooga.com Mike Speenberg 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Road (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com
coming: “THE TRAVELING PAINTS”
• This exhibit includes a group of local artists who share a common interest in painting “en plein air,” carrying portable paint kits around town to capture scenes of local interest and beauty. The artists—including Marie Miller, Victoria Pearmain, Janis Wilkey and Ellen Franklin, whose work is show above— are exhibiting their paintings throughout February, 02.01.-02.28 • In-Town Gallery • 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214 • intowngallery.com
• A veteran performer with a wide-ranging appeal who has garnered rave reviews from Playboy, The Village Voice and Performance magazine, prompting Rolling Stone/MTV critic Kurt Loder to proclaim him “One of the most savagely gifted writer/performers in the country today.” Matt Baetz opens. 01.18-19 • Vaudeville Cafe • 138 Market St. (423) 266-6202 • funnydinner.com
“Avenue Q” 7:45 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 1918 Union Ave. (423) 987-5141 ensembletheatre ofchattanooga.com Sluggo’s Square Dance 8 p.m. Sluggo’s North Vegetarian Cafe, 501 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 752-5224 Darryl Rhoades, Matt Baetz 10:30 p.m. Vaudeville Cafe, 138 Market St. (423) 266-6202
Gold Leaf Designs, 2646 Broad St. (423) 266-4453 shuptrines.com “Lucky 13” 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214 intowngallery.com
sun 01.20 “Avenue Q” 2:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 1918 Union Ave. (423) 987-5141 ensembletheatre ofchattanooga.com
mon 01.21 New Artist Spotlight: Karen K. Brown, Robert Calcagno, Paula Ann Ford, Maggie Siner 9a.m.-5 p.m. Shuptrine’s
tue 01.22 “Lucky 13” 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214 intowngallery.com
wed 01.23 “Lucky 13” 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214 intowngallery.com Kayak Roll Class 6-9 p.m. 1010 N. Moore Road (423) 425-3600 outdoorchattanooga.com
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Vengeance Disguised In ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ America takes a victory lap Jessica Chastain stars in “Zero Dark Thirty,” about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
By John DeVore
magine America’s reaction if a country like Iran released a major motion picture where nearly a third of the film depicted the torture of American soldiers as a necessity to achieve an important military victory. Imagine the film was released worldwide, nominated for awards and praised for its quality. Imagine that the film was not entirely fictitious—it was based on real accounts, with real soldiers who had living family members. What would our reaction be? There would likely be a national meltdown. Fox News would catch fire due to the heat generated from outrage. Congress might come together to publicly con-
demn the film. It would certainly dominate the news cycle for weeks. And yet, a film like “Zero Dark Thirty” is different only in that the protagonists are American and the enemies are members of terrorist organizations. Is a film like this wise? Is it any wonder that we are hated in certain parts of the world? “Zero Dark Thirty” is a film about vengeance under the guise of preventing terrorist attacks. It is well made and well acted, a slick Hollywood production about the operations that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden. But this isn’t a film made to inform—it’s not a documentary; it’s a fictionalized narrative of actual events, with potentially classified information supplied by the CIA and other sources, for the purpose of entertaining Americans and reminding the world of the reach of the last superpower. It’s a victory lap. “Zero Dark Thirty” stars Jessica Chastain as Maya, a CIA operative recruited out of high school for the sole purpose of tracking Osama bin Laden. We see her watching interrogations, participating in meetings, floating potential locations and contacts by a sea of staff members. She is unrelenting in her search,
It is not simply a movie without an agenda ... The filmmakers want to excuse questionable methods of interrogation by linking them to powerful results. taking all leads seriously and supporting any measures that might obtain her goal. The search takes 10 years, through multiple bombings and guard changes, and yet Maya remains resolute in her belief that bin Laden is the source of all terrorism and that attacks will stop once he is dead. She makes no mention of capture, of trial, of justice. She is the hand of the executioner and will strike as such. At the end, when the compound is discovered, she is certain he is there. Not because of overwhelming evidence, but because of her gut feeling. It’s as American as apple pie. The film is filled with recognizable actors, including Joel Edg-
erton and James Gandolfini. The latter portrays the unnamed CIA director, but anyone paying attention recognizes Gandolfini as Leon Panetta. It is not simply a movie without an agenda. It believes in itself as much as Maya believes in her mission. The filmmakers want to excuse questionable methods of interrogation by linking them to powerful results. Whether this is true or not is up for debate—there are Senate hearings on the topic already scheduled. While Katherine Bigelow describes her method as journalistic, her approach is much more emotional and sensational. If it’s journalism, it has a distinct yellow tint. For instance, the film begins with actual recordings of 9-1-1 calls during the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. The film wants to begin by emotionally charging the audience so that they will accept the barbarism that comes later. The approach is borderline manipulative, not especially careful or thoughtful. My reservations about the film prior to seeing it were confirmed. I wasn’t expecting an apologist film on the subject of torture, but I felt that the events depicted were too recent to be done tactfully. “Zero Dark Thirty” shows a country still entrenched in the idea of Manifest Destiny. We aren’t seeking land, but we are divinely correct in all things. All ends are justified. It’s an uncomfortable thought. And yet, it’s one that will be celebrated—”Zero Dark Thirty” is nominated for Best Picture and may win. I could do with less sabre-rattling and more introspection. Let’s hope the Academy agrees.
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SUSHI & BISCUITS
Spinning the Lazy Susan Same as it ever was at Bea’s By Mike McJunkin
hen I was growing up my family didn’t eat out very often. I came from a family of very accomplished cooks with little disposable income to spend on restaurant visits, so when we did eat out it was always a special occasion that excited my little Garanimals-covered body to no end. From the late ’60s to the mid ’70s there were two restaurants in particular that would get me excited like Honey Boo Boo on a go-go juice bender. One was Shoney’s Big Boy, which enchanted me with their Big Boy coloring books and faux newspaper-lined basket of fish and chips with malt vinegar. The other was a wonderland of Southern comfort food in motion—Bea’s Restaurant.
Typically, a discussion centering on a restaurant that opened its doors in 1950 would be focused on what used to be, how things have changed and how we pine for the images and tastes that populate our well-kept memories of that cherished eatery. This is not one of those discussions and Bea’s is not one of those restaurants. Bea’s has somehow managed to resist the creeping tide of change, retaining the best parts of what made this restaurant a Chattanooga institution without becoming “retro.” Everything from the decor to the food and even most of the staff has remained unchanged for decades,
which is exactly what sets Bea’s apart from any other restaurant in town—along with the seating, tables, chicken and that crazy delicious strawberry cobbler. Everything at Bea’s is done “family style,” starting with the seating. Each of their round, Formica-topped tables seats eight, which means that unless you brought seven people along, you will be sharing your meal with strangers. In spite of my own personal space issues and an aversion to mindless small talk, I found sharing a meal with strangers ignited a feeling of community and shared humanity with my fellow diners that I carried with me long
after the meal. I also was able to strike up a conversation with a hot mother of three whose blonde pigtails and sweet Southern drawl stayed with me long after the meal as well. In keeping with the familystyle setting, there are no menus at Bea’s. Once you’ve been seated, your server will place serving bowls of whatever food is on tap for that day in the center of the table along with an array of condiments and garnishes such as pickled beets, diced onions and Bea’s homemade chow chow (a must for putting on your greens). Then, any strained attempts at small talk will cease while you and your tablemates serve yourselves out of the same serving bowls of food just like one big,
happy family. This is when the fun begins. The center of each table is one big lazy susan, so rather than having to interrupt Uncle Jimmy’s diatribe on the state of Southern rock in ’Merica you can just spin the wheel of carbs on around and grab yourself another piece of Bea’s amazing fried chicken or some butter for your cornbread. Need some more tea? Spin that sucker around and refill it with the pitcher of classic Southern sweet tea that they leave right at the table. The food at Bea’s has withstood the ravages of time and trends. While you won’t find any baby arugula salads or suckling urchin en papillote spinning around on the lazy susan, you will find
classic Southern meat-and-three choices made from scratch using the freshest ingredients the Bradshaw family can find. Their signature fried chicken is butchered by hand using an old school method that leaves a center “keel” breast piece that you’ll stab your own child with a fork for. The mac and cheese is the creamy, stovetop version granny used to make, and the potato salad has just a touch of mustard that you know you like. If you enjoy finishing your meal with something sweet, the strawberry cobbler is unique and amazingly good. I was skeptical at first, but this sticky, sweet and delicious cobbler may seriously be my new favorite. They also realize that there are only three ingredients in a classic banana pudding —vanilla pudding, vanilla wafers and bananas—and they stick to that, except on Fridays when they create some mutant banana pudding with pineapple in it. But that’s another story. Drive out to Dodds Avenue and check Bea’s out for yourself. If you’ve never been, you’ll find so much more to love than what I’ve been able to mention here, including a quarry tile floor that you just don’t see any more. If you haven’t been to Bea’s in a while, never fear. The same made-fromscratch food is being served on those same lazy susans you’ve always loved. Either way, get out to Bea’s and take some food for a spin! Mike McJunkin always returns to the “biscuits” in Sushi & Biscuits, but remind him where he came from at facebook.com/ sushiandbiscuits.
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Free Will Astrology
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A San Francisco writer named Maneesh Sethi decided he was wasting too much time on the Internet. His productivity was suffering. So he hired a woman to sit next to him as he worked and yell at him or slap his face every time his attention wandered off in the direction of Facebook or a funny video. It worked. He got a lot more done. While I would like to see you try some inventive approaches to pumping up your own efficiency, Capricorn, I don’t necessarily endorse Sethi’s rather gimmicky technique. Start brainstorming about some interesting yet practical new ways to enhance your self-discipline, please. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Ronnyjohnson618” is a guy who posts his opinions on a wide variety of Youtube videos. Many times, he claims to be an expert in the field he’s commenting on. Responding to a live music performance, he says he’s a conductor for an orchestra. Offering his opinion about a mimosa plant, he asserts that he is a botanist. I love this guy’s blithe swagger; I’m entertained by the brazen fun he’s having. As you express yourself in the coming week, I recommend that you borrow some of his over-the-top audacity. Create a mythic persona. Imagine your life as an epic story. Play the part of a hero.
According to my analysis, For best results, don’t cling to the past; don’t imitate what has always worked before. Instead, have faith that surrendering to the future will bring you the exact transformation you need.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The earliest
performance artist on record was the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope. In one of his notorious stunts, he wandered around Athens with a lit lantern during the daytime, claiming to be looking for an authentic human being. I recommend that you undertake a similar search in the coming days, Pisces. You don’t have to be as theatrical about it. In fact, it might be better to be quite discrete. But I think it’s important for you to locate and interact with people who are living their lives to the fullest —devoted to their brightest dreams and sworn to express their highest integrity.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): “If you would
hit the mark, you must aim a little above it,” wrote 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. “Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of the earth.” This is good counsel for you to keep in mind during the coming weeks, Aries. I suspect you will have a good,
clear shot at a target you’ve been trying to get close to for a long time. Make sure you adjust your trajectory to account for the attraction of the earth.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If you learn a
novel idea or a crucial new lesson while you are tipsy or outright blitzed, you will probably forget it when you sober up. But there’s a good chance you will recall the vanished information the next time you get loopy. I’m telling you this, Taurus, because even if you haven’t been inebriated lately, you have definitely been in an altered and expanded state of consciousness. I’m afraid that when you come back down to earth in a few days, you might lose some of the luminous insights you’ve been adding to your repertoire. It would be a shame to lose track of them until the next time your mind gets thoroughly blown open.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Studying the
movements of the planets is my main way of discerning the hidden currents of fate. I sometimes supplement my investigations by reading Tarot cards and the “I Ching.” Here’s what I found, Gemini: You now have the power to discern previously unfathomable patterns in a puzzling mystery you’ve been monitoring. You also have the ability to correctly surmise the covert agendas of allies and adversaries alike. Maybe best of all, you can discover certain secrets you’ve been concealing from yourself.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): “To be reborn is a constantly recurring human need,” said drama critic Henry Hewes. I agree. We all need to periodically reinvent ourselves, to allow the old ways to die so that we can resurrect ourselves in unforeseen new forms.
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(July 23-Aug. 22): My readers Paul and Sophie wrote to let me know they have patched together three Latin words to invent a term for a new concept: vomfiabone. They say it means “a curse that becomes a blessing.” Here’s an example of the phenomenon at work in their lives: While driving home from work together, they experienced car trouble and had to pull over to the shoulder of the road, where they called a tow truck. Later they discovered that this annoying delay prevented them from getting caught in the middle of an accident just up ahead. Extrapolating from the current astrological omens, I’m guessing that you will experience at least one “vomfiabone” in the coming week, Leo.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I bet that in the next five months you will be obliged to carry more responsibility than you have in the past. I suspect that during this time you will also have the privilege of wielding more influence. The effect you have on people will be more pronounced and enduring. In short, Virgo, your workload will be greater than usual—and so will your rewards. To the degree that you serve the greater good, you will be a major player. Concentrate on the service and responsibility part of this equation. LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Do you know
what a “binky” is? It’s what a rabbit does when it gets so crazily happy that it exuberantly leaps up into the air, stretching and twisting its body as it flicks and flops its feet. I’m not sure if lexicographers would allow us to apply this term to humans. But assuming they might, I’m going to predict that you’ll soon be having some binky-inducing experiences. You’re entering the Joy and Pleasure Season, Libra— a time when abundant levels of fun and well-being might be quite normal.
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You know that area on your back that you can’t quite reach if you want to scratch it? It’s called your acnestis. I propose that we make it your featured metaphor of the week. Why? Because I suspect you will have to deal with a couple of itchy situations that are just beyond your ability to relieve. Yes, this may be frustrating in the short run. But it will ultimately make you even more resourceful than you already are. By this time next week, you will have figured out alternative solutions that you haven’t even imagined yet.
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “We need new friends,” said essayist Logan Pearsall Smith. “Some of us are cannibals who have eaten their old friends up; others must have ever-renewed audiences before whom to re-enact an ideal version of their lives.” Smith could have been talking about you Sagittarians in early 2013. You need some fresh alliances. Their influence will activate certain potentials that you haven’t been able to access or fully express with the help of your current circle.
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natural health expert Andrew 40. Landscaping stuff 41. “Animal House” college 45. “Ermagerd,” in shorthand 46. “___ for Alibi” (Sue Grafton mystery) 47. Singer Bachman 49. Mighty Joe Young, for one 50. Memorial designer Maya ___ 51. Grabbed the end of Indiana Jones’s weapon? 54. What your card says when Toronto’s NBA team sends you a present? 56. Woodsy home 57. Where flour is made 58. Stephen Strasburg’s team 60. “In ___” (Nirvana album) 61. “On the Waterfront” director Kazan 62. Drug bust unit 63. Underneath 64. Make eggs 65. Once more
1. “Jersey Shore” network 2. Totally rad 3. Rotating power tool part 4. Diary writing 5. Anjelica of “The Royal Tenenbaums” 6. Old treatment for poisonings 7. Hedge maze possibilities 8. Arctic expanse 9. Those things, in Tijuana 10. Sherbet variety 11. Monaco’s region 12. How bunglers operate 15. “Oh yeah, I forgot there was another one” 21. Fail to be 22. Staircase post 23. Most populous state, in college nicknames 30. Grapeseed or sesame 31. Dahlia delivery option 32. Weekend retreat 34. 1990 NBA Finals MVP ___ Thomas 35. “What’re ya gonna do about it?” 36. Key for Elgar’s
Symphony No. 1 37. New member of the pack 38. Qatar, for one 39. Award bestowed by the Annals of Improbable Research 42. 38-down neighbor 43. Letter 44. Salesperson 46. Urgent infomercial line 47. Muse of comedy 48. During leisure time 52. Give the third degree 53. Everlasting Gobstopper inventor 55. Surrealist Joan 59. Sty dweller
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Life in the Noog
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ell, this is officially the 10th anniversary issue. So that means the very first edition of The Pulse was published way back in 2003. Even though we tend to think any year starting with 20 is somewhat current compared to 19, it was still a long time ago.
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I think about how much I’ve changed in the past 10 years. In fact, now that I recall, 2003 was a very interesting year in my life. My daughter was seven, a very impressionable age. Now she’s 17 and about to graduate high school. I was one year in to my nine-year “career” with BlueCross’s marketing department, which means I was likely upping my Prozac at the time. I’d just completed restoring an older home, which I will never, ever do again. I made the official switch to digital photography. Every photo I have prior to mid2003 is printed on Kodak paper, but none have been since. And I switched from a fast, well-handling Volkswagen Jetta to a slower, more versatile Nissan pick-up truck. Now I remember—I also had an old flip cell phone because that was way pre-smart phone. Looking back, I also think about how much Chattanooga has changed since 2003. Back then, we didn’t have Renaissance Park, the sloped-roof wing of the Hunter Museum or even the saltwater addition to the Tennessee Aquarium. People still saw movies at the Bijou Theater because the Majestic hadn’t been built yet. And downtowners couldn’t satisfy a Chili’s or Applebee’s fix (if they so chose) because they too hadn’t yet been built. Speaking of restaurants and bars downtown, 2003 pre-dates Easy Bistro,
If you wanted to see live music here in 2003 you’d have to wait until something other than a cover band came to Rhythm & Brews. Taco Mamacita, Urban Stack, Terminal Brewhouse, The Honest Pint, Mean Mug, Public House, The Social, St. John’s, The Meeting Place and Aleia, to name a few. Hair of the Dog Pub was a just a twinkle in someone’s eye and you could still get a PBR tallboy at the Stone Lion Tavern. If you wanted to see live music, you’d have to wait until something other than a cover band came to Rhythm & Brews or maybe, just maybe, the Tivoli. Now we have Sluggo’s, JJ’s Bohemia and one of the Southeast’s premiere performance venues—Track 29. All of these great venues—including Rhythm & Brews—are bringing in the kind of bands we would’ve had to drive 100 miles to see back in 2003. I mean, just last year we were the first city Jack White ever
played as a solo artist. That’s just plain cool. Housing choices shifted from the North Shore back across the river and further south. If you told me in 2003 that I would be purchasing a townhome on the Southside in 2005 I would have said you were nuts. The area was a wasteland of warehouses and a few homes owned by pioneers who thankfully didn’t get scalped. But since The Pulse has been in existence, the area has exploded into a cluster of full-fledged neighborhoods complete with a grocery store opening up on Main Street in the next couple of months. So much has changed around here in the last 10 years, but there has been one constant—The Pulse. It’s covered all of the Noog’s milestones along the way, and has been a significant part of the reason our city is such a cool place to live. I remember approaching Zach Cooper five years ago to see if he’d let me write for his paper. With a five-year history as publisher under his belt, he’d tangled with a few columnists in his day, but he said yes anyway. Back then, if you’d have told me that this paper was still gonna be around for another five years or even longer, I would’ve said you’re absolutely right. Happy Anniversary, Pulse! Chuck Crowder is a local writer and man about town. His opinions are his own.
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10th Anniversary Issue Greatest Hits
Anniversary Theme Bill Ramsey The First Four Years Bill Colrus Picking Up The Pulse Janis Hashe Timeline Zachary Cooper
Teasing the Spirits Rich Bailey Back in Time Chuck Crowder Reprise Special thanks to: Zachary Cooper • Michael Kull • Bill Colrus • Eric Jackson • Aaron Mesh • Andrew Stegall • Mike Fecht • Alex Gunderson • Kelly Walters • Joe Lance • John Totten • Max Gerskin • Nathan Bosic • Angela Tant • Ernie Paik • Andy Montgomery • David Andrews • Elizzabeth Bell • Jennifer Crutchfield • Ryan Campbell • Angela Smith • Jennifer Greilier • Janis Hashe • Gary Poole • Dr. Rick Pimental-Habib • Rick Baldwin • Trebor Redle • L’Vander “Action” Jackson • Cody Maxwell • Chuck Crowder • Hellcat • Steven Rummer • Ruth Cartlidge • Chris Braly • Will Chandler • Ken Dryden • Herm Dunbar • Bambi Evans • Kurt J. Faires • John Hawbaker • Cheryel Hutton • Kate Menna • Brandon A. • Ben Cairns • Jeff Carter • Christopher Wilson • Farron Kilburn • Kelli Baker • Joshua Daniels • Chris Kornman • Dan Lyons • Jason Mitchell • Monkeyboy • Chloe Morrison • Seth Wilson • Paul Just • John James • Charlie Moss • Leticia Wolf • Ryan Camp • Doug Ogg • Ben Classen III • Christopher Wilson • Natalie Lodico • Andy Still • Rick Leavell • Bertram Brandt • Anne Caldwell • Sharon Chambers • Mary Duffy • Stephanie Smith • Sandy Kurtz • Alex Teach • Michael Todd • Damien Power • David Ruiz • Lesha Patterson • Jason Dunn • Josh Lang • Mike McJunkin • John DeVore • Richard Winham • Rich Bailey • Chris Kelly • David Morton • Sarah Skates • Richard Rice • Alison Burke • Michael Crumb • Joshua Hurley • Colleen Wade • Kat Dunn • Lois Lee • Kim Hunter • Bill Ramsey • Our Interns, past, present and future • Jim Brewer II • The Brewer Family • Brewer Media • and all the staffers, contributors, freelance writers, artists, salespeople, friends and lovers we have unintentionally left out of this list. Mostly, thanks to our readers and advertisers. You make it all worth it. Thank you, Chattanooga. The Pulse 10th Anniversary Greatest Hits Hi-Fi/Lo-Fi Stereophonic Long-Playing Album Recorded on newsprint and soon available on Pulse Records, Cassettes, 8-Tracks, Reel-to-Reel, CDs, MP3s and live streaming. A Pulse/Brewer Media Production © MMXIII The Pulse & Brewer Media Group All Rights Totally Reserved Visit us on the World Wide Web at www.ChattanoogaPulse.com Join the fan club on www.Facebook.com/ChattanoogaPulse