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April 11, 2013

Vol. 10 • No. 15

Chattanooga’s Weekly Alternative







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Spark replaces HATCH as new citywide festival It’s no secret that after almost a full week of warm weather, festival season has arrived in Chattanooga. The Association for Visual Arts renowned 4 Bridges Arts Festival and the newly renamed Celebration of Southern Literature (from the renamed Southern Lit Alliance, formerly the Arts & Education Council) are the headliners of the month, but Spark: A Right Brained Celebration, April 11-21, is vying for your attention and attendance as well. It shouldn’t be hard to make your way to the events, as most of them are assembled from other ArtsBuild cultural partners


spread across the city. In fact, some of these may already be on your “to do in the Noog” list for the week and you didn’t even know it. Formerly known as Hatch, the spring festival launched last year at this time which aspired to birth a Spoleto-like event here, the essential concept of Spark is to create a weeklong festival that taps into two distinguished festivals while tagging on a few additional events. These include the Bessie Smith Celebration, A Glass Menagerie on the Bluff, a film screening of Flannery O’Connor’s “Wise Blood,” the Chattanooga Tweed Ride and even belly dancing classes. Venues are generally in the downtown area, but Spark fails to have much of a central spot to provide festival-wide en-

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gagement. However, the Spark finale will be contained to Ross’s Landing from 11 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. It is arguably the most original event of the week, and (hopefully) will capture the festival spirit at last. Food and merchandise vendors will be on the Chattanooga Green selling some of the day’s necessities, beginning with ChattyCrafty’s Spark Bazaar. A beer garden will be open, allowing adults to sample suds. Entertainment will be provided by the Australian fourpiece band The Greencards, who have opened for both Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, and musicians will be on the Spark stage nearly every hour, including Ogya, Slim Picking, RiverCity Red Hots and Great Peacock. On the same day, there is also a community block part at the St. Elmo Community UMC, beginning at 11 a.m. Face painting, door prizes, moonwalks, games and music will be available until 2 p.m. So if you see an image about town or on Facebook of a smiling yellow head with an asterisk “sparking” ideas inside its right brain, don’t be confused—it’s the logo of this fledgling festival. After the hastily assembled Hatch (a clunky acronym for History-ArtTechnology-Culture-Happenings) failed to, well, hatch—even it’s name wasn’t well-researched and had to be ditched after attorneys for a similarly named festival in Montana brought the matter to the attention of local organizers— we’re expecting much more from Spark, now produced by Chattanooga Presents, the same group that brings us the Nightfall Music Series. We hope this reinvention and the assimilation of ArtsBuild partners will attract more of an audience—and give the festival a sense of identity—even if they’re merely attending a niche event

that’s been on the calendar for weeks. For a full listing of various events and locations, visit —Julia Sharp


Center Park new home court for city’s food trucks Parking downtown may be an issue for some folks, but six local food trucks will have no trouble finding a spot at Center Park. Center Park is the vacant lot on the 700 block of Market Street and it is being officially repurposed April 12 as gathering place for the community. The food trucks were formerly housed in Miller Plaza as part of River City Company’s Fresh on Fridays campaign, but the rising popularity and amount of trucks

required a larger space. Miller Plaza and Waterhouse Pavilion will remain part of Fresh on Fridays and will serve as the seating for Center Park. Participating food trucks cover a broad spread of flavors and cuisines. A Taste of Argentina features a rotating weekly menu with exotically titled items such as beef empanadas, choripan sandwiches and berenjena on fresh bread. Southern Burger Co. is your typical burger truck, but ingredients are bought from local and regional farmers. If a your meat cravings persist after having a burger, Famous Nater’s slow-cooked beef and pork should do the trick. One breakfast sandwich includes 12hour braised pork with bacon, a fried egg and maple glaze, which sounds like a great meal to wake up for. The Missing Link is a sausage cart serving up artisan sausages from locally sourced pork. Popular sandwiches are the Chicago-style, Fully Loaded and Naked. Scheduled to join the rest in

June, The Muenster Truck will serve uniquely crafted grilledcheese sandwiches. The planning behind Center Park is also part of River City Company’s strategy to create a more vibrant urban community and unite the North Shore with Southside. They believe a vigorous downtown culture is necessary for a healthier city. Center Park is temporary until a long-term project can fill the block, but for now it’s a great reason to try a distinctive new sandwich on your lunch break. The Food Truck Court at Center Park opens April 12. Trucks are generally on the lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on Center Park, visit For more on the mobile food scene, read Mike McJunkin’s “Sushi & Biscuits” column on Page 19. —J.S.

southern nights

Stories, music focus of River City Sessions The River City Sessions— not to be confused with Scenic City Roots—is a collaboration of poets, authors, storytellers and musicians whose work honors life in the South and the tradition of literature and music which best express our unique culture. Presented in a live performance at The Camp House, the event is recorded and aired via delayed broadcast and streaming online on WUTCFM 88.1. The next live show and taping takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. “As a child I sat in the shaded yard of my grandparent’s

home,” said Michael Gray, creator and host of River City Sessions, explaining the inspiration behind the creation of the program. “Friends, family and neighbors dropped by to entertain each other with a mixture of stories and music on Sunday afternoons. The yard was filled with the sound of traditional music and the telling of tall tales as well as the blending of many voices rising together in song.” River City Sessions is bringing that front-yard feeling to The Camp House. Once a month, local as well as regional acts will join together to deliver a variety of entertainment, some old, some new, but all paying homage to the South. The April 13 show will include local acoustic bands The Tennessee Hustlers and The Holy Roller Trio, storytellers Jim Pfitzer, whose one-man play on the life of environmentalist Aldo Leopold is gaining national acclaim, Ben Schnell, a UTC student who was homeless for three years living in a variety of old automobiles, and Gray, giving the first telling of “The Promised Land,” a performance feature for Wilderness Training Week in Pisgah, N.C. Past performers have included Peggy Douglas, a performance poet whose poetry tells the story of growing up in Chattanooga during the 1950s; Gray, the program’s host and a storyteller whose work encompasses life from the early 1900s to the present; Red Shoes and Rosin, an emerging band from Knoxville that just came together this past summer and whose first public performance was in a trial run of the show during November; Kate Forbes, who gave her first performance as a storyteller presenting a story from her new CD of Appala-

chian tales and whose credits include Broadway, Off Broadway and The Royal Shakespearean Theatre in Stratford, England. —Staff


Barking Legs, Jazzanooga kick jazz up a notch As we noted last week, April is Jazz Appreciation Month across the nation—and here, thanks to the jazz aficionados who launched Jazzanooga to celebrate all things jazz in the Scenic City this month. You’ll find a month-long schedule of jazz music events at various locations around town—including a free lunchtime concert on April 17 at Miller Plaza—on the group’s website, But besides April, Chattanooga is not a very jazz-centric city. You’d be hard-pressed to find a club or restaurant hosting a quality jazz band on a regular basis in the city. And besides the overnight syndicated mainstream jazz program hosted by Bob Parloacha on WUTC-FM, you won’t hear jazz very often on local airwaves. Thankfully, the fine folks at Barking Legs Theater are working to bring Chattanooga a slate of quality live jazz performances throughout the year. And this week is particularly noteworthy at the intimate Dodds Avenue theater. Jazz at Barking Legs returns this Saturday, April 13, with a special performance by the Champian Fulton Quartet. Fulton is a young New York City-based pianist and vocalist who has already released five CDs, garnered stellar reviews and toured the world. The

jazz programming at Barking Legs at times runs to the outer limits, but this one is straight down the middle. Fulton is a spunky, swinging classic-jazz throwback in the Diana Krall/ Jane Monheit mode, but with a breezier style all her own. If you like classic, swinging jazz, or simply enjoy tunes from the “Great American Songbook,” expertly played and sung, you’ll love this show. On Monday, April 15, Barking Legs hosts a first when they bring Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band to the theater. If you aren’t familiar with Klezmer music, it’s a music with roots in eastern European jewish culture, a joyous, uplifting dance music filled with the sounds of clarinet, strings and horns. Richard Winham writes about the band this week in the second half of his column featuring conservatory-trained musicians on Page 10. In the weeks to come, Barking Legs’ jazz offerings will include the Kevin Roberts Quartet featuring Nial Djuliarso (a McCallie graduate who is making his mark on the New York jazz scene), the Matthew Shipp Trio and the Evan Cobb Quartet interpreting the music of the great Horace Silver. Every show will feature the theater’s Steinway grand, which is newly restrung and sounding better than ever, according to Bruce Kaplan, who owns the theater with his wife, dancer Ann Law. So take advantage of jazz the month in Chattanooga—at the various Jazzanooga-sponsored events and at Barking Legs. Both are reviving the spirit of America’s true musical art form. For more information and schedules, visit and, and pick up The Pulse each week for updates and previews. —Bill Ramsey • APRIL 11-17, 2013 • The Pulse • 5

On the Beat

alex teach

Greasy Bullets: The Cop Diet I

was standing in the beverage cooler of what used to be called a Favorite Market, still as a statue, my eyes closed and chin tilted up. My right hand pulled my body armor away from my neck to facilitate a direct path for the sweet arctic air blowing from the fans above my head and I rejoiced as sweat nearly turned to ice; I could have stayed there forever, or at least until the spots I saw before my eyes faded away.

The evening shift Cop Diet would give dieticians the dry heaves Certainly I’d toyed around with it in my youth, but I never knew what heat exhaustion truly was until I became a cop and I discovered 99 out of 1,000 ways to experience it in just the first month of the summer I was released from train-

ing. Fifty feet of pushing a oneton vehicle may not seem like it should be so physically devastating, but Lee Highway didn’t suffer this or any fool and the

“Several years ago I promised myself I would tell at least one person a day that chocolate is bad for dogs. Today, that person is you.”

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day and its glaring sunlight had been as brutal as divorce court. My wits back about me, I finally left the cooler to find another officer had come inside to talk to the clerk. The store was in the heart of my district and from there I watched most men come in to ask her about her tongue piercing, but not this guy; he was here to ask her about the fact the kitchen had just shut down and wanted to discuss the fate of the contents on display, and his avoidance of hitting on her paid off in spades: He was handed a onepound box of deep-fried chicken livers and by the look on his face you would have thought it was pure salty gold. Without a word, I joined him. We gorged ourselves to the point of almost certainly offending a group of tweens who had come in to raid the candy aisle only to have their sugar rush halted by the sight of two polyester-clad gunslingers shoving fried chicken guts into their mouths like it was the cure for cancer. Minutes passed and I’m not even sure our radios were on. The salty yet bland goodness was a joyous respite from our usual fare of what passes for meals on the job, and this went on interrupted only by intermissions at a soda fountain until my co-worker suddenly froze with a concerned expression. Without looking at me he asked, “Is there such a thing as iron poisoning?” Somewhat alarmed, I stopped to give that some thought as well. The box was larger than a human head and had been filled to the top, so at the moment it seemed plausible that we had easily consumed more fried chicken livers than any two men combined in local history, and too much of such a unique element had to have consequences. I never stopped eating, but I certainly slowed my pace as my jaw muscles competed with my brain for

energy, such was my preoccupation with this thought. The evening shift Cop Diet is a brutal thing that the average person wouldn’t understand and would give dieticians the dry heaves. Cynicism and black coffee only go so far in filling the void below our ribs, and when your office is a car and lunch breaks simply do not exist, deep-fried chicken wings and potato logs are often the only thing available that were designed to be eaten with one hand while listening to Rob Zombie as you punch your way through rush hour traffic, siren wailing and blue lights flashing as you move toward a wreck or a hold-up. (So I hear, anyway). Even worse than being all that was usually available, things like these were often free, drawing the fledgling cop like a moth to a delicious, deep-fried and deadly light bulb. And why? Because if you think standing outside a crime scene where blood and bone is sticking to a moving ceiling fan sounds bad, try doing it with an empty stomach. I squinted my eyes as I mulled this over while I slowly chewed and my free hand reached up absently and toyed with the emergency Prilosec capsule I kept in my breast pocket (a trick born of many hard lessons), then at the same instant my partner and I snapped out of it with a shrug and barely missed each other’s hands as we reached in for another bite. No sense in getting all timid now, because like everything else in police work, why worry about tomorrow when you deal with people who often don’t see the end of today? “Any jalapeno poppers left under that lamp, Miss?” • Alex Teach is a police officer of nearly 20 years experience. The opinions expressed are his own. Follow him on Facebook at

Cool Stuff

Mobile Masters

Art Cars meet at intersection of pop culture and pop art during annual party, parade and ball By Esan Swan


an Gogh never painted cars, but he very well might have were he a living artist today. Still, he’d have some stiff competition topping the talented artists who paint and decorate the art cars visiting Chattanooga from all over the country this weekend for the second annual Scenic City Art Car Weekend. “Bonnie Blue will be back with her Be-You-tiFul ‘Women that Rock’ Car,” said Kate Warren executive director for Art 120. “Visionary artist Charles M. Laster will be cruising in his Inner Galactic Shack-a-llac and kids will enjoy ‘Wilber the Whirlybird,’ a helicopter complete with rotating propeller created from a vintage Isetta by Dave and Irene Major.” The event-filled weekend could be dubbed ArtCarapalooza and will begin with an Art Car-avan on Friday. On Saturday morning, the caravan continues with a tailgating party at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, followed by an afternoon parade down Main Street and finishing with the Art Car Ball at Miller Plaza that evening. “Art car artist Viskar said it best, ‘More smiles per mile’,” Warren said. “Art car events celebrate the creative American spirit. By bringing art into the streets, these mobile masterpieces provide a free public art opportunity for everyone to enjoy.” The tailgate party be-

“Art car events celebrate the creative American spirit. By bringing art into the streets, these mobile masterpieces provide a free public art opportunity for everyone to enjoy.” Kate Warren

Executive director of Art 120

gins at 9 a.m. and features free family fun, according to Warren, including the opportunity to meet the creative artists behind the vehicles. Then watch the cars line up and vote for your favorite. The parade begins at noon and travels from 200 W. Main St. to 60 E. Main St. Catch a glimpse of these mobile canvases as they wind their way through the Southside. After that, be ready to get down with live music provided by Ashley & the X’s, enjoy great food and see the cars light up the night. All events are free and open to the public. To volunteer and help this event grow for Chattanooga, visit • APRIL 11-17, 2013 • The Pulse • 7

Derby Divas Smack Track Roller Girls open season with new Chatype jerseys


hen the Chattanooga Roller Girls open their 201314 season at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, they will also open new doors in their history as they introduce some new and exciting changes.

Fans may notice the first change right away as the team skates out onto the derby track donning newly redesigned jerseys. These freshoff-the-press jerseys will be one of the first in the area to sport the new Chatype typeface as part of their design. Chatype was created to bring a sense of community and unity to all things Chattanooga. The jerseys visual association with Chattanooga further strengthens the

team’s commitment and partnership to the city they call home. Not only are the Roller Girls tough and fierce competitors on the derby track, they are also conscientious and passionate contributors within the community, donating an estimated 40 to 60 hours of community service each month. The team also supports local organizations by participating in events and donating a portion of the pro-

ceeds from home bouts to the Humane and Educational Society of Chattanooga, Jack’s Chattanoggins and other local charities. The 2013 season also marks the first time the team will compete for an entire season as a member of the South Central division of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. As full members of WFTDA, the Roller Girls will now be competing at a higher caliber as a nationally competitive

team eligible to obtain rankings based on the outcome of their bouts. Chattanooga Roller Girls vs. Classic City Roller Girls $10/$12 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13 Chattanooga Convention Center 1150 Carter St.

Photo • Chattanooga Roller Girls/Capture the Canvas Photography


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MUSIC Scenic City Roots • The new local and regional music showcase continues with its second show tonight featuring Scott Miller, The Whiskey Gentry, Roger Alan Wade and The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. 7 p.m. • Track 29 • 1400 Market St. (423) 521-2929 •

SCREEN “42” Chattanooga premiere • The new Jackie Robinson bio-pic, partially filmed in Chattanooga, premieres tonight and hits theaters on Friday. For more on the film’s local connection, see Endpaper on Page 30. 10 p.m. • The Majestic 12 • 311 Broad St. (423) 826-2370 •


MUSIC Meat Puppets • Legendary punk-folk band visits JJ’s tonight on tour behind their 14th studio album, Rat Farm. Read Chuck Crowder’s interview with Curt Kirkwood at 9 p.m. • JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. • (423) 266-1400

SCREEN “The ABC’s of Death” • Subtitled “26 Ways to Die,” this collection of horror film shorts is an alphabetical festival of gore and blood. John DeVore reviews the collection in Screen on Page 25. 8:30 p.m. • Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. • (423) 624-5347

Faux Bridges

Winder Binder’s arts and literature festival is a North Shore bookend to 4 Bridges Arts Festival


e’re all aware of Chattanooga’s premier arts festival happening at the First Tennessee Pavilion this weekend—and by all means, check it out. But if you’d like a North Shore bookend to your weekend festival-going schedule, wander across the Walnut Street Bridge to Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore and you’ll find the Seventh Annual Faux Bridges Art and Literature Festival, an open-air event from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. The festival will take place on in the parking lot adjacent to the store at 40 Frazier Ave. Twenty local and regional artists will be participating in this edition of the festival. Many different media will be on exhibit, including painting, metal work, glass work, sculpture, mixed media assemblage and printmaking. The store will also be hosting a number of book signing events in the gallery over the weekend, including a signing with local history authors David Carroll, Bill Hull, Gay Morgan Moore and Jennifer Crutchfield from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday and a signing featuring sci-fi/adult fantasy author Poppy Jackson from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. Gallery owner David Smotherman said that in conjunction with Faux Bridges, the weekend will also serve as the official grand opening of Chad’s Records @ Winder Binder. After a month of cleaning and organizing, Chad’s Records @ Winder Binder is fully operational with more than 10,000 records, CDs and DVDs available. Chad’s has been vinyl nirvana in Chattanooga for 25 years, but it took an unfortunate fire at Chad’s previous location for Winder Binder and Chad’s to combine into one hub of folk art, books and music. Cousins Smotherman and Chad Bledsoe said they are delighted how well the two stores have seamlessly merged together in less than a month. To celebrate the grand opening, Chad’s will conduct drawing for two $50 gift certificates over the weekend. The concept of a the festival dedicated primarily, though not exclusively, to Southern Folk Art was conceived in a brainstorming session in early 2006 during a monthly artist meeting at the Winder Binder Gallery. The name is a tongue-in-cheek nod to and homage to 4 Bridges, Smotherman said. For more information, visit




• If you missed the show on Saturday, you have all day to enjoy Chattanooga’s premier arts festival today. Read about the festival’s featured—and local—artist on Page 15, along with all the details. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • First Tennessee Pavilion 1826 Reggie White Blvd. (423) 265-4282

Champian Fulton • An uncommonly talented jazz singer and pianist with a hot new album, Fulton visits Barking Legs with her combo tonight. 8 p.m. • Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. • (423) 624-5347

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Fresh from the Conservatory— and Free to Play Snipes wrote the lyrics, all four band members wrote the music and arranged the songs. The album opens with a throbbing guitar figure over Ellis’ one-two bass drum punch and Snipes’ distorted vocal, which introduces the muse who drew him to the city only to dash his dreams. “(Left me) Sweat sleeping in a dream honey / (Hold me) Cause I’m tossing in this air mattress / (Told me) You were too afraid to fall in love.” Following that tense opening verse, the song swells into a full-throated rocker with the band adding a high harmony behind Snipes, as Griffis’ guitar powers the tune into full flight. Like the rest of the songs on the album it takes unexpected turns, as when everyone else drops out and Williams plays Rigoletto a deeply funky chorus alone. Gifted musicians with a keen grasp of dynamics and melody, t’s taken us two years to figure out how to write Rigoletto are one more reason a song without killing each other,” said Corey why people everywhere have Snipes, singer and guitarist with the Chattabegun to pay much closer atnooga-based band, Rigoletto. The remark drew hoots of tention to the music coming knowing laughter from his bandmates, bassist Chris Wilout of Chattanooga. Another group of conserliams and guitarist Dave Griffis. vatory-trained musicians Covenant, as is drummer Kirk will play at Barking Legs on Covenant College Ellis. Snipes, the band’s singer Dodds Avenue at 8:30 p.m. on classmates comprise and lyricist, is an Monday, April 15. art major. It was Called Ezekiel’s Rigoletto; Ezekiel’s while he was in Wheels, they’re a Wheels reignites New York studying five-piece Klezmer design last summer band from Boston. Klezmer music that he began writKlezmer origiTheir debut album, Deluing the songs on RICHARD WINHAM nated as the music sions of Grandeur, was retheir first album. played by eastern leased to retail last Tuesday, Like many before him, European jews at weddings and they’re celebrating with a Snipes found the city’s size and and other celebrations in the show at Rhythm &Brews on ceaseless momentum disori19th century. They brought the Thursday, April 11. They’ve enting, intimidating and irremusic here in the early part of been playing together since sistibly exciting. These conflictthe last century and began fusmeeting at Covenant College a ing emotions—and the girl he ing it with jazz. The music fadcouple of years ago. Griffis and sought there—are captured in ed in the 1930s and ’40s before Williams are music majors at the album’s 10 songs. But while being revived in the ’70s.


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Ezekiel’s Wheels—featuring clarinetist Nat Seeten, fiddlers Jon Tannen and Abigail Reissman, trombonist Pete Fanellim and bassist Kirsten Lamb—is a second-generation revivalist band. “Our approach to Klezmer has always been to bring in lots of different genres,” Lamb said in a recent phone conversation. “We like taking the most popular tunes of the day and doing our own thing with them … fusing it with different styles, trying to keep it fresh.” All except Fanelli are classically trained musicians who yearned to break free from the constraints of the orchestra. They all wanted to play in a smaller ensemble that would allow them to improvise rather than simply following a score. The result—freewheeling jazzbased improvisations in which everyone has an equal voice— sounds like Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven with an eastern European accent. “The thing I really appreciate about this band,” Lamb said, “is the way we bounce the melodies from person to person and the way we all trade being a lead player at times with a more supportive role at others. It’s refreshingly democratic.” Freed from the prison of the page, these five talented players sound like children at recess, dashing, shouting and laughing at play. The bright, breezy, traditional tunes are given fresh life in their hands. This isn’t musty folkloring, but music making at its most liberated and enthusiastic. The band won both Best Klezmer Band and Audience Choice Award at the October 2012 International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam. By all accounts, the judges were won over by their improvisational skills and democratic spirit. It’s very likely that anyone in the audience at Barking Legs will be, too. • 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.


Richard Thompson Electric (New West Records)


ichard Thompson’s new album, Electric, resulted from a potentially disastrous union of Bootsy Collins’s earthy thump with Judy Collins’ cerebral folk/ art songs. “We’ve invented a new genre—a kind of funk folk,” he told an interviewer on his record company’s website. He goes on to wonder whether the world is ready for this previously unimagined hybrid. But as anyone who has followed Thompson’s peripatetic career can attest, the majority of the population has long been content to ignore everything he’s done—and this new album is unlikely to change that. One of his best records in some time, the album abounds with his bristling, spiraling guitar lines mostly played on his trusty Fender Stratocaster after a decade of albums on acoustic guitar. His writing, acute as ever, balances his acid wit with an empathetic understanding of people like the aging satyr of the album’s opening stomp, “Stoney Ground.” “Old Man Morris got it bad last week / Fell for the widow across the street / She clipped him in the ear, he told him what’s what / But he couldn’t keep his mind of her honey pot.” “I think he’s a kind of a hero because he doesn’t

care what people think about him,” Thompson said. “He cocks a snoot at society.” Thompson’s been doing the same thing for nearly 50 years. Endlessly lauded by the critics, he nevertheless remains, as one listener put it recently, “an acquired taste.” “There is an inner landscape you carry around with you and that’s where your songs live,” he told a reporter for The Observer in 2010. “For me, it’s ’50s or ’60s suburban Britain, I guess.” He hews to a vocal style drawn from stalwarts of the 1960’s English folk scene while his guitar lines evoke skirling pipes and swirling kilts rather than the blues lines favored by the more popular but no more gifted players of his generation, such as Clapton or Page. Anyone willing to meet him halfway will be richly rewarded.

Boz Scaggs Memphis (429 Records)


he first song on Boz Scaggs’ just released Memphis, a tribute to the city and the sound that inspired him, sounds like an outtake from one of Al Green’s early albums. That he made the album in Royal Recording Studios in Memphis with the late Willie Mitchell providing the arrangement for one track helped, but this is Scaggs’ album. He wrote the first song,

“Gone, Baby, Gone.” The following track, “So Good To Be Here,” is an Al Green original. Scaggs is equal to his hero in every way. Riding the languorous rhythm just like Green, his voice a silken purr buoyed by the organ, piano, guitar and strings billowing beneath him. Scaggs grew up in Texas transfixed by the rhythm ‘n’ blues he heard on local radio. His early albums are a mix of blues and sweet soul crooning, but it wasn’t until he made a disco album called Silk Degrees in the mid-1970s that he had any significant commercial success. But within a few years of that success he stopped singing. He returned in the late ’80s, but it’s only now that he’s made an album the equal of his first few records. Although the album brings him full circle stylistically, it’s not a retread but a summation of everything he’s learned. His takes on Tony Joe White’s “Rainy Night In Georgia” and Sylvia Robinson’s “Love On a Two Way Street” evoke the sinuous supper-club-soul side of his work, while his take on Jimmy Reed’s “You Got Me Cryin,’” is reminiscent of his smoldering version of Fenton Robinson’s “Somebody Loan Me a Dime” from his first album. He also digs deep into the blues on The Meter’s tune, “Dry Spell,” rendered as a drowsy 12- bar shuffle with some stinging Reedstyle slide from Keb Mo and some meaty, muscular harmonica from Charlie Musselwhite. But it’s his languidly drawling version of “Corrina Corrina” that’s the album’s highlight. Taking the song back to its folky roots with mostly acoustic instruments, his voice floating like a leaf on a stream. Combining his feeling for the blues with his crooner’s control, Scaggs has delivered his most consistent album yet.











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Lost Coves/Rough Rope Until We Break Bone/ Party Animals (Saw Her Ghost)


he new split LP— or double EP, if you prefer—featuring the Brooklyn duo Lost Coves and the Chattanooga trio Rough Rope pairs two bands who probably listened to the same rock bands during their formative years, but went into different sonic directions. The side from the bass and drums twosome Lost Coves, entitled Until We Break Bone, evokes both the build/release crests of Slint and the sludge of Melvins with ominous minor keys. However, it mixes up the song structures in unexpected ways, injecting elements of heavy psychedelia with reverb and delay treatments and an echoing sample, willing to warp, manipulate and disturb its sounds. As the side progresses, the pace picks up, with the final “Ballad” ending with a fuzz-out maelstrom accented with some knob-twisting distortions. For listeners, the band’s vocal stylings may be a deal-breaker, sporting an odd singing approach that might resemble Mud-

honey’s Mark Arm singing high, in a slightly child-like, sing-songy manner. Rough Rope’s side, Party Animals, wastes no time to deliver the goods, providing instant satisfaction with a style clearly influenced by hardcore, punk and certain early ’90s indie hard rock from Chicago. Singer and guitarist Ben Roeske barks aggressively and ferociously, evoking Jon Spencer’s most furious moments, with big, dumb yet satisfying chords chugging away. The behemoth rhythm section of bassist Brent Joly and drummer Jerry Reed unleashes a brutal pounding to match, and the band’s sonic palette has widened just a bit since its last release, with a few details that occasionally grab a hold of the listener’s attention, ranging from spacey guitar effects to throaty white-noise vocal disintegrations. It’s the group’s best batch of songs yet, with the members adding to their bag of tricks while maintaining the band’s intensity with gratifying hard rock pummelings.

Lisa Germano No Elephants (Badman Recording Co.)


he solo career of Lisa Germano is far away from her years as a violinist sidewoman for John Mellencamp, having released a body of deeply moving, sometimes disconcerting material tackling her real-

life demons like alcohol dependence (on Lullaby for Liquid Pig) or being terrorized by a stalker (on Geek the Girl). Germano’s most recent material has been finding its inspiration in surprising places; her 2009 album, Magic Neighbor, drew from cat-related stories—her own cat was a cancer survivor—and her latest, No Elephants, features a song cycle in part stimulated by her ruminations developed while working at a Whole Foods market. The album’s title refers to the phrase “the elephant in the room,” suggesting that Germano is striving for complete honesty; indeed, it is sincere and honest in its attitude, but getting to the pith takes a little digging. It is not an album of outward consternation—the arrangements are mostly calm and contemplative— and in that respect it may seem deceptive. Like Germano’s last few albums, No Elephants is piano-centric, with a spotlight on her own breathy voice, which inhales noticeably. There’s a delirious and mysterious atmosphere, with occasional animal sounds and producer Jamie Candiloro’s synthetic glitches and flourishes lurking behind acoustic instruments. The peculiar opener “Ruminant” turns a biology lesson about cattle into a metaphor about coping, with the paced lyrics “Ruminants / Four stomachs / Throw up / Start over / I need four stomachs to deal.” Described on paper, No Elephants might sound like it could be insufferably preachy. Apparently, “Apathy and the Devil” was inspired by her non-recycling co-workers, for example, and “A Feast” mentions foie gras and other gastronomical offenses. Fortunately, No Elephants does not come off as being self-righteous and manages to be affecting with an off-kilter beauty.

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hen I asked Jake Kelley to walk me through how he creates his wildly energetic abstract paintings, he first notes that he has to wear a gas mask while he paints because he uses a lot of toxic epoxy resin.

Why epoxy, I ask? “Because it’s ... shiny,” he says. That incongruous pairing of toxic fumes and shiny things somehow sets the tone for our talk. Kelley was highlighted in 2008 as one of four emerging artists at AVA’s 4 Bridges Arts Festival and he’s this year’s featured artist. Most of his pieces start when he cuts a piece of aluminum to size, with only a vague idea of where he will take it. »P16

“medusa” “Lately, I’ve been cutting out shaped canvases and doing more simple compositions, because the complexity is in the shape of the canvas and not necessarily in the actual composition of the painting,” Kelley explains. One is a severed head of Medusa based on a Caravaggio painting that he’s really excited about. “I can’t imagine who would want that hanging in their living room, but well see,” he deadpans. • APRIL 11-17, 2013 • The Pulse • 15

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“I’ll chose a first layer of color and put that down and then maybe choose a second layer of marks, and then the layers build upon themselves like a one-man chess game,” he says. Each succeeding layer is each a reaction to the preceding layer. “Sometimes they don’t work, sometimes they do, but it’s always exciting because I’m not necessarily in control of the outcome completely,” he adds. “There’s always a nice fight going on.” The epoxy resin comes in near the end. “If I think it’s worthy of becoming really, really shiny I’ll pour some epoxy resin on it. Then I go in and draw on top of the epoxy resin. The drawing ends up being raised because the epoxy resin is a half-inch think, crystal clear glaze. It gives it kind of a strange 3-D look.” As an emerging artist five years ago, his work was all large-scale black and white drawings created with dry media like powdered graphite and charcoal. Now, Kelley’s canvases are full of vibrant color. For his featured artist designation this year, AVA provided a booth space free of charge and produced a fine art print of one of his canvases, called “Glitter and Drunk.” The featured piece juxtaposes an intricate topography of blue and white with looser reds and yellows and a pair of geometric arcs.

“It’s more like you put in the hours and hopefully there will be moments of inspiration that will find you when you’re down in your studio.A lot of times I just go down there to put myself in that space. A lot of times I’ll end up sweeping the floor.” JAKE KELLEY ON INSPIRATION Being Found By Inspiration Kelley credits AVA with helping him keep going as an artist. “I have two kids and a full-time job. AVA has always given me a little carrot to go for.” He disowns the idea that artists are always inspired. “It’s more like you put in the hours and hopefully there will be moments of inspiration that will find you when you’re down in your studio,” he says. “A lot of times I just go down there to put myself in that space. A lot of times I’ll end up sweeping the floor.” He sometimes tries to help inspiration find him by writing to-do lists for his studio work. “They’re a little bit weird,” he says. “I can remember one said something like ‘paint trash white’ and ‘upside down deer.’” A truckload of trash did in fact get painted and displayed at CreateHere as an installation called, yes, “White Trash.” The upside





down deer never quite happened, he says, “But I am working on and will have at 4 Bridges some things that are vaguely deer-related. One of them might be upside down. I haven’t decided.” He starts listing the shapes of aluminum canvases he will have a 4 Bridges: squares, rectangles, circles, animals, severed heads. Wait, what? Painting on Medusa “Lately, I’ve been cutting out shaped canvases and doing more simple compositions, because the complexity is in the shape of the canvas and not necessarily in the actual composition of the painting,” he explains. One is a severed head of Medusa based on a Caravaggio painting that he’s really excited about. “I can’t imagine who would want that hanging in their living room, but well see,” he deadpans. »P18




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Festival among top in U.S., cited by New York Times in 2012 Consistently ranked as a Top 100 Fine Arts Festival in the U.S., AVA’s 4 Bridges Arts Festival was recognized by The New York Times last year as a reason Chattanooga made their list of “Top 45 Places to Visit in 2012.” The crowds seem to agree. Some 12,000 attended the weekend festival last year, creating an average $1.5 million economic impact. And while Chattanooga benefits from the influx of visitors, all money from art sales goes directly to the artists. In previous years, the featured artist’s work has been used in promotional poster. This year AVA had a “street poster” designed for promotional pieces. “The featured artist this year is Jake Kelley,” said Kat Dunn, AVA’s major projects manager and director of 4 Bridges. “His work is going to be sold through an auction held throughout the weekend. We are using his imagery to create a limited-edition art poster, which will be printed on archival paper in a small run of 100 and sold at the festival.” “Jake has a great history with AVA,” she added. “He was an emerging artist in 2008 and has since taught in some of AVA’s programming, culminating as the featured artist for this year’s festival. His work is very dynamic.” Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the Chattanooga Threatre Centre, followed by the Chattanooga Girls Choir, Function, Creative Underground, Hudson K, Shark Week, the Chattanooga Symphony Woodwind & String Quintet, The Communicators and the Chattanooga Ballet. “We have Bob Stagner of the Shaking Ray Levi Society coordinating all the music on Sunday. He is bringing in the Fourth Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra,” Dunn said. Other entertainers on Sunday include Alex Thompson, Big Kitty and the Orange Grove Chorus. 4 Bridges Arts Festival Preview Party: 6:30-10 p.m. • Friday, April 12 $75 through April 11; $100 at gate Festival: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, April 13; 11 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday, April 14; $7 for a one-day festival pass; $10 for a two-day festival pass First Tennessee Pavilion 1826 Reggie White Blvd.






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This interplay between abstract color and figuratively shaped canvas began about a month ago and he will have three of these pieces at 4 Bridges, out of about 30 pieces in his booth. “I’ve realized that imagery is something that I am interested in playing with,” he says. “It seems like a natural step for me to inject a new layered meaning through imagery. The shaped canvas has allowed me to do that while still maintaining this complex, abstract color field that’s become a part of my process.” One reason Kelley is looking forward to showing these new pieces is to get feedback on them. After staring at them all day in his studio, he has a hard time telling what’s good and bad anymore. “I think these new painting are either really cool or just completely horrible,” he says. “I would ask my wife, but she’ll just ask me why I’m not upstairs folding laundry. So it’s good to get it out there and get feedback.” Layered Glass Jewels In addition to larger canvases, Kelley will also exhibit smaller pieces on layered glass. Most are about seven inches square and two inches thick, made from a half dozen panes painted on one or both sides and sandwiched

with clear epoxy resin. He made these initially as color and composition studies using extra materials. “I had lots of glass pieces. Every night when I would go down to my basement, I would use leftover paint and experiment with different marks on this glass.” As the colored panes accumulated, he would experiment with different combinations. “Not only would it teach me things for my bigger pieces, but they also became little jewels in themselves,” he says. “You can see each layer, and when you stack them they begin to interact. The top layer of glass might have one single brush stroke. The bottom might have a whole opaque layer of color.” A Tip of the Hat, A Flick of the Hand So what powers Jake Kelley’s one-man chess game? “That’s a hard, hard question,” he says. “Painting is a conversation, right? You can only hope that you can become an important part of that dialog,” he says. “My work is kind of a post-modern play on abstract expressionist ideas.” Why post-modern? “Because it is work that’s aware of its roots and aware of the absurdity of some of the ideas that it’s dealing with, such as genuine expression or originality.” His work, he says, is si-

multaneously a tip of the hat to abstract expressionism and ... he makes a gesture. The four fingers of one hand flick, palm down, from under the chin out into the air. It’s a classic insult, maybe more Italian than American, far less obscene and insulting than the familiar middle finger, but with some of the same literal meaning. It carries a dismissive sense, somewhere between “Get the f--- out of my face!” and “What, are you still here?” And what does it mean to give a simultaneously tip and flip to the artistic movement that inspires him? “It means I’m trying to paint with sincerity while kind of being conscious of my own cynical understandings of culture,” he says. I mention irony, but he doesn’t see any in his approach. Actually the timing of our conversation is ironic, he says, “Because I’m a teacher and this very day I’ve been interviewing my students on camera about their own work, and it’s a difficult thing to do, to talk about your work without being too sensitive or defensive.” I reassure him that he has been neither sensitive nor defensive, and ask what he learns from his students. “They remind me every day that being an artist is not a walk in the park, it’s a grueling day in the factory.”

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hen someone mentions “the arts,” many times that conjures up images of tweedjacketed, pearl-wearing socialites or hipsters with thickrimmed spectacles gazing thoughtfully at a something that looks like a carny’s methfueled nightmare exploded onto a canvas. The folks at Chattanooga’s Association for Visual Arts have been successfully working to change that perception for over a quarter of a century through events such as the annual 4 Bridges Arts Festival, which is taking place again this weekend at the First Tennessee Pavilion. I’m a fan of all the arts, but especially the culinary arts. Once again, the term “culinary arts” may whisk the mind to delicate plates of meticulously arranged cubes and spheres of unrecognizable food that’s been plated with tweezers and squeeze bottles. And again, the folks at AVA come to the rescue to remind us that the culinary arts aren’t limited to high-minded, modernist plating or classic nouvelle cuisine. There’s an art to making tender and smoky pork, casing a sausage to give that perfect snap when you bite into it, or to the techniques required to create a paper thin, yet structurally sound crêpe. This year’s 4 Bridges Arts Festival will give festival-goers the opportunity to fill their art loving bellies at ChattaFood, the dining, drinking and snacking area of the festival. Just like the art that will be on display and for sale, AVA wanted the food to be accessible yet high quality, and to provide a showcase for local culinary talent.

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Just like the art that will be on display and for sale at 4 Bridges, AVA wanted the food to be accessible yet high quality and provide a showcase for local talent. There will be about a dozen food vendors, but I’m personally looking forward to a few particular things. Kenny’s Smokehouse’s smoked pork is made by hickory smoking nice big pork butts for two days— and you know I like big butts, I cannot lie. Conga Latin Food will be serving sliced mango with lime salt and hot sauce as well as some quesillo cheese and guayaba (guava) crêpes, among other things. Good Dog will be serving all of the dogs and creative toppings from their regular menu, as well as breaking out their killer handcased sausages and brats. Flatiron Deli is bringing that famous pimento cheese and Lupi’s will have their pizza and even some salads on hand. Come check out some art, eat, drink and be merry. The vendors on site for festival will include: • Cadence Coffee Co. • Chattanooga Cookie Company • The Crepe Outdoors • Conga Latin Food • Flatiron Deli • Go Bagel • Good Dog • Lupi’s Pizza Pies • Kenney’s Smokehouse


love street food. I love everything from the big food trucks with built-in kitchens and colorful graphics to the little Guatemalan lady selling tamales out of a cooler in the back of her minivan. This is what helps lend character and flavor to our city and gives local entrepreneurs a space in the market alongside the assembly line, factory farm-toplastic table chains that plague our perception of what it really means to “eat good in the neighborhood.” So naturally I was concerned when I heard that City Council and Public Works were discussing mobile food vendors. Last month, a full two years after Chattanooga’s first food trucks launched, City Council decided on further guidelines for “mobile food units” that included wording stating that a trailer must “remain attached to its towing vehicle at all times.” While I’m not surprised that the Council and Public Works stuck their noses into the rapidly growing mobile food scene, I’m thankful they didn’t do any more damage than just increasing the footprint of food trailers. It’s still a silly addition to the ordinance in my opinion (oh, the horror of a food trailer parked overnight in a parking lot), but it could have been worse. City officials also announced the opening of Center Park in the 700 block of Market Street. This small “pocket park” will serve several purposes, but will be used as a food truck court several days a week, including on Fridays. Meaning that instead of hitting Miller

Plaza on Fridays for lunch and some music, we’ll have to walk a couple of blocks to Center Park to grab delicious foodtruck grub, then hoof it back to Miller Plaza to participate in the music, artisans and produce vendors there. The good news is that Center Park has more space for the increasing number of food trucks, carts and trailers. The bad news is that it feels a bit like the city is separating the food trucks from the rest of Fresh on Fridays like eccentric aunt Petunia at the family reunion. For now, I’ll take the good with the bad and be glad that we have these great additions to the city’s food scene in the first place. Current Chattanooga Mobile Food Lineup

• Famous Nater’s World Famous: Sandwiches and salads • Taste of Argentina: Authentic Argentine food • Southern Burger Co.: Fresh burgers and fries • Local Slice: Pizza truck with a wood-fired oven inside • Rock-n-Tacos: Killer tacos! • The Missing Link Sausage Cart: Locally made sausage hot dogs • Terra Nostra: Tapas • Taqueria Jalisco: Authentic Mexican food • The Muenster Truck: Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches • King of Pops: All-natural frozen treats • Monkey Town Donuts: Hot, fresh mini donuts • Rusty’s Nutz: Hot boiled peanuts and fresh-roasted peanuts • Mike McJunkin loves art festials, street food, food trucks and craft beer. Catch him eating everything but the kitchen sink in and around Chattanooga.

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THU 04.11 Spark Arts Festival: “Dewdles” in Coolidge Park 8-11 a.m. Coolidge Park, 110 River St. (423) 463-0620 Spark Arts Festival: Art Halo Noon-11 p.m. Public Art Chattanooga, 1102 S. Watkins St. (423) 643-6059 Spark Arts Festival: Sparking With Paint Noon-1 p.m. Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. (423) 280-4642 Photography Exhibit: “In Visible” 5 p.m. Hamilton County Courthouse, 625 Georgia Ave. (423) 756-2787 UTC String Project 6 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center, 736 Vine St. (423) 425-4371 String Theory 6:30 p.m. The Hunter Museum, 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968 “Intersection of Poetry & Jazz” 7 p.m. Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre, 4501 Amnicola Hwy (423) 697-3383 “Middletown” 7:30 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center, 736 Vine St. (423) 425-4371 “Savage Wilds” 7:30p.m. Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road (423) 697-3246 Chattanooga Premiere Screening: “42” 10p.m. The Majestic 12, 311 Broad St. (423) 826-2370

fri 04.12 EarthDayz 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rock City, 1400 Patten Road (800) 854-0675 “East Meets Western”

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BILL COSBY is now 75, but he’s as sharp as ever. Cosby turned in a hilarious bit recently on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and showed off some of his signature dance moves while explaining the significance of the Harlem Globetrotters’ theme song, “Sweet Georgia Brown,” to Letterman. Catch the legend on Sunday at the Tivoli Theatre.

Exhibit Opening 5-9 p.m. Frameworks, 4520 Hixson Pike (423) 774-9933 4 Bridges Art Festival Preview Party 6:30-10 p.m. Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd. (423) 265-4282 “The Children’s Hour” Opening Night Reception & Show 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 Spark Arts Festival: “How I Became A Pirate” 7:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 “Middletown”

7:30 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center, 736 Vine St. (423) 425-4371 Student Voice Recital 7:30 p.m. Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre, 4501 Amnicola Hwy (423) 697-3383 4501 “Savage Wilds” 7:30 p.m. Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road (423) 697-3246 Screening: “The ABC’s of Death” 8:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347

sat 04.13 Sparks Art Festival: Art Car Tailgate Party & Parade

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Market & Main Streets (423) 886-3990 4 Bridges Art Festival 10 a.m.-8 p.m. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. (423) 265-4282 Tunnel Arts Festival 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Brainerd Road Arts District, 3116 Brainerd Road (423) 653-9434 6th Street Block Party 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Downtown YMCA, 301 W. 6th St. (423) 266-3766 Chattanooga Symphony & Orchestra at Northgate 11 a.m. The Public Library Northgate Branch, 271 Northgate Mall (423) 267-8583 EarthDayz 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rock City, 1400 Patten Road (800) 854-0675 “Middletown” 2 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center, 736 Vine St. (423) 425-4371 “How I Became A Pirate” 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 Spark Arts Festival: Jazz & Soul 6-10 p.m. Mocha Lounge, 3116 Brainerd Road (423) 653-9434 Chattanooga Roller Girls vs. Classic City Roller Girls 7 p.m. Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. (423) 756-0001 Spark Arts Fetival: Art Car Ball 7 p.m. Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. (423) 314-6659 River City Sessions 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St.


Tell Us About The Rabbits ‘Of Mice and Men’ is a classic—but it’s not a museum piece, says actor Joe Tisa By Janis Hashe


ohn Steinbeck never heard of “the 47 percent.” But most of the people he wrote about—from the Joad family in “The Grapes of Wrath” to Mack and the boys in “Cannery Row” and Lennie and George in “Of Mice and Men”—knew quite a bit about being on the downside of the American Dream. The lure of that Dream, and its betrayal of many who cling to it, is perhaps more poignant now, as millions continue to “OF MICE AND MEN” stars, from left, Joseph Midyett, struggle, than at any time since Joe Tisa and Christopher Michael the Great Depression of SteinMcFarland star in The Acting beck’s time. Which makes the Company’s production of the play revival of the dramatized verbased on John Steinbeck’s novel sion of “Of Mice and Men,” on Friday at UTC’s Roland Hayes coming into town for one Concert Hall. performance at UTC as part of the Patten Performances to the farm and rekindle his Series, particularly dreams,” says Tisa. timely. Fast-talking “I tend to play charGeorge and his slow acters who are suffriend Lennie have fering loss and beachieved such iconic trayal.” Though Tisa’s status over the years never been a farm that they are somehand, he notes that THEATRE times caricatured, actors can naturally but that doesn’t make them relate to characters who have any less heartbreaking. an itinerant life with no seJoe Tisa is a member of curity. The company spent a this year’s The Acting Comlong time in rehearsal workpany ensemble, the prestigious ing on what that life in the ’30s professional troupe that is, as must have been, what living in Tisa points out, one of the last a bunk house with a bunch of full-Equity touring rep comother men who know no other panies. He plays Candy, the life must have been like. one-handed farm worker in The company’s been on the “Of Mice and Men,” the older road with the show since auman whose days of usefulness tumn, garnering excellent are drawing rapidly to a close, reviews in New York, and inlike those of his old dog. There deed wherever they’ve played, is no “safety net”—no Social including around Steinbeck’s Security, no Medicare. When California birthplace. he can no longer work—that’s “We played in Carmel and his problem. several places around the Sa“Then these two guys, linas Valley,” Tisa says, “and George and Lennie, come you could feel the engagement


The lure of the American Dream, and its betrayal of many who cling to it, is perhaps more poignant now, as millions continue to struggle, than at any time since the Great Depression of Steinbeck’s time. Which makes the revival of the dramatized version of “Of Mice and Men” particularly timely. from the audience. People hold the story dear there, but they do all over the country.” “Of Mice and Men” is a classic—“but it’s not a museum piece,” says Tisa. Each new generation sees what it needs to see in Lennie and George, Candy and his dog and all the other characters on that farm in Central California.

JOe TISA plays Candy in “Of Mice and Men.”

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(423) 425-5242 “Middletown” 7:30 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center, 736 Vine St. (423) 425-4371 “Savage Wilds” 7:30 p.m. Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road (423) 697-3246 “The Children’s Hour” 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 Champion Fulton’s Jazz Band 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347

sun 04.14 4 Bridges Art Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. (423) 265-4282 “Sweet Sounds of Jazz” 2-5 p.m. Blue Orleans Restaurant, 1463 Market St. (423) 653-9434 “Savage Wilds” 2:30 p.m. Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road (423) 697-3246 The Chattanooga Bach Choir: “Music In Honor of the Virgin Mary” 3:30 p.m. Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave. (423) 883-8901 Chattanooga Dance Projects: “When Sparks Fly...” 6 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 An Evening With Bill Cosby 7 p.m. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5156

mon 04.15 Free Organ Concert Noon-1 p.m. Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. (423) 757-5156

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“MIDDLETOWN” is the latest production by the UTC Theatre Department, featuring a cast of mainly younger actors that centers on the journey of a newcomer, a woman who has moved to the title town to start a new life. The production continues through Saturday at the UTC Fine Arts Center at Vine and Palmetto Streets.

UTC String Project 6 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center, 736 Vine St. (423) 425-4371 Spark Arts Festival: Chattanooga Tweed Ride 6 p.m. Warehouse Row, 1110 Market St. Book Reading: A.L. Gates 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 425-5242 Patten Performances: “Of Mice and Men” 7:30 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center, 736 Vine St. (423) 425-4371 Ezekial’s Wheels Klezmer Band 8:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347

tue 04.16 “Shakespeare for the Elizabethan Impaired” 6:30-8:30 p.m. The English Rose Tea Room, 1401 Market St. (423) 622-2862 Story Slam “Grand Slam” 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 425-5242 Screening: “A Place at the Table”

7:30 p.m. Majestic Theatre, 311 Broad St. (312) 933-2625

wed 04.17 Spark Arts Festival: “Dewdles” in Coolidge Park 8 a.m. Coolidge Park, 110 River St. (423) 463-0620 Jazz at Waterhouse Pavilion Noon-2 p.m. Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. (423)653-9434 Spark Arts Festival: Jerome Meadows Exhibition 5-8 p.m. Front Gallery, 1800 Rossville Ave. (423) 243-3778 A Day in the Life of Niedlov’s Breadworks 6 p.m. Cobblestone Rue, 55 E. Main St. Ste. 103 (423) 228-2860 Screening: “Central Park Five” 6 p.m. Howard School, 2500 S. Market St. (423) 702-7815 Jazz at Terra Nostra Tapas 7 p.m. Terra Nostra Tapas, 105 Frazier Ave. (423) 634-0238



Death by the Letter

A collection of 26 short horror films by top names in the genre spill guts, blood and gore in a festival of one-upsmanship during ‘The ABCs of Death’ By John DeVore


t seems that I’m not a fan of horror films—at least not of the type depicted in “The ABCs of Death,” the latest film brought to Chattanooga by Mise En Scenesters. As a film critic, I get asked frequently about my favorite types of film. My answer is always the same —I like good ones. I’ve never been one to prefer one genre over another. All genres have something to offer the audience if done with care and thought. But if being a horror fan requires me to enjoy a film like “The ABCs of Death,” I’ll just bow out gracefully. It may be that my definition of a horror film is somewhat narrow. I like a good story with convincing characters and motives, a dynamic and believable setting, a genuine threat of danger lurking somewhere unseen. But among hardcore horror directors, there seems to be a movement toward topping previous achievements in depravity, forsaking storylines and characters for decapitations, child and animal abuse, sexual degradation and mutilation. I can simply do without it. “The ABCs of Death” is a collection of short films by some of the top names in horror filmmaking. While I haven’t heard of any of them, intrepid MES leader Chris Dortch assures me that they are all highly soughtafter genre directors. The film follows the alphabet, Sue Grafton style, with each letter standing for a different death scene. Some are weird, some are disgusting, some are decent, but overall the film doesn’t establish any real continuity or believability. The tagline for the film is “26 Ways to Die,” but this is only true if time, space and


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“A is for Apocalypse” is the first short in “The ABCs of Death.” It’s about a couple who are facing the end of the world together. The film is one of 26 alphabetical segments to be shown Friday at Barking Legs Theater.

reality have no meaning. There is a surprising amount of humor peppered throughout the film, adding levity to a bloody affair. The experience is similar to watching the fake horror movie trailers found in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez’s “Grindhouse.” The only difference is that it is even more extreme and lasts for more than two hours. For those horror fans out there dead set on seeing the film, watch for “C is for Cycle” and “U is for Unearthed.” Both shorts do a great job at creating a unique and comprehensible narrative in a thought-provoking way. Among the others, “Q is for Quack” and “N is for Nuptials” are at least funny. “E is for Exterminated” seemed to be pulled directly from the elementary school Book Fair legend “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” The rest of the films lie

outside my area of expertise, as I don’t understand why anyone would make them. To help me understand, I asked Dortch, who finds these movies appealing. His answer was fairly straightforward: “While I fully admit this type of movie isn’t for everybody, for adventurous and hardened horror fans it’s a curiosity to behold,” Dortch said. “[It] definitely is off the deep end but I guess to answer your question, I see the appeal as just simply being that the whole thing was a neat experiment and something fans of horror cinema would want to take a look at.” To me, horror fans are a bit like metal fans (the director of Cartoon Network’s “Metalocalypse” is even featured in the film). To them, anything that isn’t metal is inferior and anything that doesn’t push the envelope of heavy metal music is

selling out. Metal musicians are thus heavier and more intense than ever, leaving classic bands like Black Sabbath sounding positively melodic. Much the same way, horror movies are increasingly violent and gory. It’s an arms race of mutilated body parts. If any of this sounds intriguing, by all means check out “The ABCs of Death” on Friday at the Barking Legs Theater. There are likely to be plenty of likeminded individuals discussing busty women with chainsaws and the men they dissect. Mise En Scenesters Presents “The ABCs of Death” $7 • 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347

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Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): German theologian Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a central figure in the rebellion against the Catholic Church that led to the Protestant Reformation. You’ll never guess where he was when he was struck by the epiphany that became the core axiom of his new religion. I’ll tell you: He was sitting on the toilet in the Wittenberg Monastery. The Holy Spirit gave him the crucial knowledge then and there, or so he testified. In this spirit, Aries, keep a very open mind about where you will be and what you will be doing when your illuminations arrive this week. TAURUS (April 20May 20): Your task is to uncover the semi-happy ending that was hidden back in the story’s beginning. Once you do that, you may be able to create a graceful and honorable climax. In fact, I don’t think you will be able to bring about the semi-happy ending any other way. It’s crucial that you return to the original flash of inspiration—the time when all the plot lines that eventually developed were first germinating. You need to remember fate’s primal promise. You’ve got to read the signs you missed in the early going.

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(July 23-Aug. 22): Golden Rock is a Buddhist holy site in Burma. It’s a small pagoda built on top of a giant boulder that in turn seems to be precariously balanced at the edge of a down-sloping bed of rock. How does the boulder remain stationary? Why doesn’t it roll off the edge? It appears to defy gravity. Legend says that it’s held in place by a single strand of hair from the Buddha’s head. I suspect that many of you Leos will soon have access to a tricky asset with resemblances to that magic strand. True, it might be merely metaphorical. But if used correctly, it could become a key element in a future foundation.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It’s SoulSearching Season: a good time to go in search of your soul. To aid your quest, I’ll offer a few lines from “A Few Words on the Soul,” a poem by Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska. “We have a soul at times,” she says. “No one’s got it non-stop, for keeps. Day after day, year after year may pass without it. For every thousand conversations,

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you play poker, the odds are one in 649,740 that you will get a royal flush. That’s an ace, king, queen, jack and ten of one suit. As for drawing a straight flush—any five consecutive cards of one suit—the odds are one in 72,192. Judging from the current astrological omens, Gemini, I’d say your chance of getting one of those hands is far better than usual—maybe one in 88,000 for the royal flush and one in 8,888 for the straight flush. But those still aren’t great odds. On the other hand, getting a flush—all five cards of the same suit—is normally one in 509, but these days it’s pretty likely for you. The moral of the story, not just for when you’re playing cards, but in whatever you do: Expect really good luck, but not miraculous, out-of-this-world luck. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place,” wrote the poet Rumi. This is excellent advice for you right now, Cancerian. You are nearing the peak of your power to express yourself with beautiful accuracy. You have more skill than usual at understanding and conveying the interesting truth. As a result, you’re in a position to wield extra influence. People are receptive to being moved by your heart-felt intelligence. So please do more than simply push for greater efficiency, order, and discipline. Those things are good, but I hope you 26 • The Pulse • APRIL 11-17, 2013 •

it participates in one, if even that, since it prefers silence. It’s picky: our hustling for a dubious advantage and creaky machinations make it sick. Joy and sorrow aren’t two different feelings for it. It attends us only when the two are joined. We can count on it when we’re sure of nothing and curious about everything. It won’t say where it comes from or when it’s taking off again, though it’s clearly expecting such questions. We need it but apparently it needs us for some reason too.” (Translation by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh. Read the whole poem here:


LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “I do not believe in God,” said Mexican painter Diego Rivera, “but I believe in Picasso.” My poet-musician friend Tanya has a similar philosophy. “I don’t believe in God, or even Goddess, for that matter,” she says. “But I do believe in Patti Smith.” Do you have a God-substitute, Libra? Or, if you do have faith in a Cosmic Wow, is there also a more approachable, second-tier source of divinity you love? According to my reading of the astrological omens, you would really benefit from feeling an intimate kind of reverence right now —a tender devotion for something higher and brighter that awakens the sleeping part of your lust for life. SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): This would be an excellent time to stage staring contests with yourself in the mirror. There’s a high likelihood that you will win every time. I think you’ll also have great success whenever you try to read your own mind. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you’ve got an uncanny knack for plucking buried secrets and selfdeceptions out of their hiding places. One more thing, Scorpio: Have you ever considered how fun it might be to wash your own brain and kick your own butt? Now would be an excellent time to experiment with those radical acts of healing.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness,” writes novelist Chuck Palahniuk. “We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” Your assignment in the coming days, Sagittarius, is to prove Palahniuk wrong. As the surges of sweetness flow through you, as your secret joy ripens into bright blooming bliss, imprint the sensations on your memory. Vow to remember them for the rest of your life. Make these breakthrough moments into talismans that

will serve as magical spells whenever you need rejuvenation in the future.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein had his priorities straight. This is what he said about his profession: “In philosophy the race is won by the one who can run slowest—the one who crosses the finish line last.” It’s my belief, Capricorn, that a similar rule should apply to you in the coming days—no matter what project you’re working on or goal you’re trying to accomplish. Proceed slowly enough to be absolutely thorough, meticulous, and conscientious. As you make your way to the finish line, be as deep as you dare. AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In Samuel Beckett’s novel Molloy, the main character talks about a long overland journey he took on foot and by bicycle. Before the trip, he had read somewhere that when people are lost in a forest, they often imagine they’re moving in a straight line when in fact they’re going in a circle. That’s why, during his own travels, he intentionally walked in a circle, hoping thereby to go straight. Although this might sound like a loopy strategy, Aquarius, I think it will make sense for you to adopt in the coming week. Your apparent path may be very different, maybe even opposite, to your actual path.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Are you

in competition with someone who is doing mediocre work? Do you find it incomprehensible that anyone would pay attention to that weak expression instead of flocking to your beautiful vibe? If so, here’s my advice. Withdraw your attention from your inferior opponent. Don’t waste a minute feeling jealous or resentful or incredulous. Instead, concentrate your energy on making your production so strong and smart and irresistible that you simply overshadow and overwhelm your rival’s. • APRIL 11-17, 2013 • The Pulse • 27

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30. River biter 31. Very, to Valdez 32. See 26-across 38. “Love Story” author Segal 39. One URL ending 40. Impede, as with “the works” 42. Line from 1999’s “The Sixth Essen” about visiting Miami? 45. Biochemistry abbr. 46. Diploma alternative 47. ___ Avivan 48. With 59-across, line from 1950’s “Unsets Blvd.” about a new marriage counselor? 53. David ___ Pierce 54. Naive utterances 55. “___ Gang” 56. ___ Dark Materials

(Philip Pullman trilogy) 57. Garden gate fastener 59. See 48-across 64. How actors can cry 65. Olympics prize 66. Eggs 67. Fill-in-the-blank survey option 68. California town that used to have a palindromic bakery 69. Animator Avery


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Engel Stadium’s Hollywood Moment T here’s always a fair amount of pomp and circumstance surrounding movie premieres, even these days when movies open—and close—so quickly, it’s tough to keep score. In Los Angeles, where premieres are almost a weekly event, the locals are used to the hullaballoo but even the most jaded show up to stargaze. Many occur in Westwood near the UCLA campus adjacent to Hollywood proper, where a seat at the nearby Starbucks is prime people- and star-watching property almost any day of the week. In Chattanooga, such events are few and far between. So when Harrison Ford arrived in town last year to shoot scenes for “42,” the Jackie Robinson bio-pic debuting this week, the course was set for a local premiere. And while neither Ford nor Chadwick Boseman, who plays Robinson in the movie, will attend, expect Hollywood, Chattanooga style— red carpets, limos, spotlights, the works—when

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the movie premieres here on Thursday, April 11, at the Majestic 12 cinema on Broad Street before opening in theaters nationwide on Friday. But the real star of the film, at least for Chattanooga, is Engel Stadium, the venerable ballpark that doubles for Brooklyn’s famed Ebbetts Field, home of Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers during his heyday before the team moved west to L.A. When location scouts for “42” came calling, seeking a stand-in for Ebbetts Field, Chattanooga’s own “field of dreams” again garnered the spotlight, playing home to cast, crew and many locals who became crowd extras—including Pulse film critic John DeVore—and bringing an added glow to the old field. The stadium underwent extensive renovations for the filming of “42” and the Engel Foundation is finishing more than $90,000 of additional renovations in its efforts to restore one of the city’s beloved landmarks. Celebrating the opening

of the film “42,” Engel Stadium will open its doors for a an open house from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Sharon Davis, who was the film’s art director in Chattanooga for various “42” locations, will be giving tours of the stadium every 30 minutes. The event tours will describe different places in the stadium where scenes from the story of Jackie Robinson were filmed and how Ebbets Field was recreated for the movie. Photographs and video montages from the construction and filming will be displayed, and there will also be food, games and live music. Admission is $5 for adults and $1.50 for children 5 and up. Generations of Chattanoogans grew up knowing Engel Stadium as the home of the Lookouts and baseball in Chattanooga and it deserves to be preserved. If you haven’t been in a while, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. To learn more about the stadium and the foundation, visit engelfoundation. com. —Bill Ramsey • APRIL 11-17, 2013 • The Pulse • 31

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