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June 13, 2013

Vol. 10 • No. 24

the bowl » mise en scenesters

take a peek inside "room 237"

Chattanooga’s Weekly Alternative Immigration | dream act

Immigration

After more than ten years of battling for legislation to legalize undocumented young people who have resided in the US since they were children, the Senate immigration reform bill may offer the Dreamers the best chance yet. by Mike Feeley

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“Room 237” Peeks Into A Classic Most local cinephiles already know that Mise En Scenesters is the best thing to happen to the film world in Chattanooga in a long time. Fresh from bringing Shane Carruth’s mind-bender “Upstream Color” to the Scenic City, MES continue their hot streak with a one-night-only screening of “Room 237,” June 14 at Barking Legs Theater. Fans of “The Shining” will recognize that number instantly, and won’t want to miss this special documentary about the hardcore dedication and crazy theories the film inspires. MES head honcho Chris Dortch says he’s pleased to be presenting “Room 237” in Chattanooga. “For cinephiles and Kubrick fans, it's already a real treat, but for me what I really love about the film is that it clearly shows you the power that films and especially great films have,” said Dortch. “When you're dealing with a filmmaker that's a real auteur like Kubrick…you really can't help but read deeper

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meanings into things, but in the case of “Room 237,” you meet a group of genuinely strange folks who have gone pretty damn deep into “The Shining” rabbit hole.” Local “Shining” expert Perrin Lance will be the special guest for the evening, leading a discussion about his own theories about the film and more. If you’re a fan of Kubrick—or film in general—you don’t want to miss this. Friday, June 14, 8:30 p.m., Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, barkinglegs.org — Carson O'Shoney

fathers day

Hoist A Pint Or Two With Dad Looking for somewhere to take your dear old dad on Father’s Day? The Chattanooga Market has you covered—especially if Dad is into beer and banjos. On June 16, the Market is putting on a Father’s Day Brews & Bluegrass celebration, hosted by New Belgium Brewery. Plenty of local and regional breweries will be on

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hand with bottles and drafts, including Highland Brewing Company, Atlanta Brewing Company, Terrapin Brewing Company and Chattanooga Brewing Company. Packway Handle Band and the Barker Brothers will be handling the bluegrass side of things, both performing on the EPB stage at 12:30 and 2:00 p.m., respectively. Families with young kids won’t be left out either, as Habitat for Humanity brings their annual Lego Build Contest to the market the same day. The rest of the market will be open as usual, so pick up some fresh local meat and veggies for a great Father’s Day cookout while you’re there. Sunday, June 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com. — C. O.

CARE for a Bite

Eat Up and Show You Care This past weekend, Chattanoogans teamed up with Jack’s Chattanoggins (say that three times fast) to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital Foun-

dation at Erlanger. Next week, join forces with Chattanooga CARES to take a bite out of HIV/ AIDS . . . somewhat literally. CARES is a local nonprofit that provides both affordable care and medication to HIV/ AIDS positive individuals, as well as free, rapid HIV testing to the general public. CARES also focuses on support, outreach, and education around greater Chattanooga. CARE for a Bite (along with Strides of March and Cut Up for Life), is one of three annual fundraising events hosted by CARES to ensure that its services will continue to be available to those who need it. Helping is as easy as eating, and since that’s something we all have to do anyway, we might as well do some good while we’re at it. During selected hours on Wednesday June 19, participating area restaurants will donate 25 percent of their profits to CARES. The list includes The Public House, Alleia, St. John’s Meeting Place, The Big Chill, Brewhaus, Mojo Burrito, Tremont Tavern, Sing It or Wing It, Ototto and BiBa’s. Visit chattanoogacares.org for eligible dining hours. — Keeli Monroe

Mindful Living

Mind Full of Art If you haven’t yet visited the Center for Mindful Living, you may not be aware that in addition to opportunities to learn about various forms of meditation, you can access classes related to mindfulness. For example, well-known local artist Jas Milam is teaching a series of classes at the Center called “Art As A Daily Practice.” As the Center describes it: “This group for conscious adults is an art-centered support and study group for both artists and non artists. Classes combine teaching, demonstration and handson art making as participants learn how creativity and the creative process add beauty and meaning to life.” And who can’t use more beauty and meaning in their life? Classes meet Fridays, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Contact Milam at (423) 322-2514 to register for the series ($50), or visit www.jasmilam.com The Center for Mindful Living, 1212 McCallie Ave. www.centerformindfulliving.wildapricot. com. —Staff

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THU06.13 FARM TO TABLE Ooltewah Farmers' Market • OFM is a producers-only farmers' market featuring locally grown/raised food from family farms to your family’s table. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. • Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co. Inc., 5829 Main St. (423) 238-9775

FRI06.14 MUSIC Oaklynn & Carielle • Two sets of brothers in one band…talk about sibling rivalry. Oaklynn makes it work, though. 7:30 p.m. • The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, thecamphouse.com

THEATRE “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” • A comedic Wild West musical take on the birth of the Democratic Party that redefines Andrew Jackson as an emo rock star. No, we are not making this up. 8 p.m. • Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538, theatrecentre.com

SAT06.15 MUSIC Milele Roots • "Milele Roots have expanded their sound beyond roots reggae to a mix that comfortably embraces muted Miles-ish trumpet, Perry's pan-fired dub, soulful vocals, and a guitarist who adds a rock flavor without overpowering the groove." — Richard Winham 9 p.m. • SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, skyzoochattanooga.com

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The Vino Takes • The acid grass of the South; funky mandolin with fun lyrics. You never know what you might get, but rest assured you will be entertained. 10 p.m. • JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, jjsbohemia.com

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The 100 Dinner

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• A delightful local dinner in the fields at Crabtree Farms! They'll set the table with linens and vintage dishes and serve a local farm meal in style. This special treat for 100 people features local food from within 100 miles of Chattanooga, with dishes grilled on-site by a host of local chefs. 6 p.m. • Crabtree Farms, 1000 E 30th St. (423) 493-9155, crabtreefarms.org

• Once and for all—they are not slimy! In fact, they feel really cool— literally, since reptiles are coldblooded. Find out for yourself. The Repticon is back in East Ridge for the weekend, and you can gaze your fill (and in some cases, handle) live geckos, sand boas, ball pythons, bearded dragons—the whole reptil-

ian range of possible pets. Repticon $10 adult, $5 ages 5-12 at door (other offers online). Saturday, June 15 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, June 16 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy., East Ridge. repticon.com/chattanooga

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the dreamers | reform

Immigration

After more than ten years of battling for legislation to legalize undocumented young people who have resided in the US since they were children, the Senate immigration reform bill may offer the Dreamers the best chance yet. by Mike Feely

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If immigration reform is to happen this year, it will be driven by the economic and political changes occurring in communities across our country. But it will also be because of the lives that have been touched by this issue. One of the groups that would benefit the most is the one known as the “Dreamers,” the Latino (a) generations who have grown up and spent their lives in this country, but who are counted as “undocumented” because they were brought here as children without proper visas. Under the immigration bill currently being proposed in Washington, the Dreamers would be able to obtain legal residency, and be able to apply to become citizens. The Dreamers are an educated, articulate and motivated group— an incredible important but unrealized part of the human capital of this city and state. Chattanooga is a city of many Dreamers, and when asked what difference this legislation would make in their lives, one Dreamer in South Chattanooga, a recent high school graduate with a 3.6 GPA, simply said, “I would be able to be myself, to work under my own name, and to go to college.” A Dreamer in Hixson, an avid reader who writes poetry and short stories, “would be able to go to college, and to own a house in my own name, and to build a future for my son.” And Karla, a Dreamer in Nashville who has helped organize clusters of Dreamers across the state was “very excited” about this provision being in Senate Bill 744, but stressed it was important that reform includes the parents and those “original Dreamers” who came here to provide a better life for their families. Social change happens as we hear each other’s stories. And real change happens as we work toward a community and country where everyone not only can dream, but fully participate. The debate continues.

Where immigration reform currently stands We live in a time of partisan sniping and the politics of exclusion and extremism. A litany of political commentators and social media buzz on both the left and right continually assure us that we are in a perfect storm of political gridlock. But there are those rare times when it all comes together even in the midst of political inertia. This may be one of those times. And immigration reform is the cause.

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Democratic and Republican backers alike, they gritted their teeth and voted it out of c om m it t e e and onto the Senate floor.” Or in the words of the New Yorker, “The bill that was passed, on May 21st, satisfies nobody.” U.S. Senate Bill 744 (with the summary title “To provide for comprehensive immigration reform and for other purposes”) was introduced on April 17, 2013 by a group of senators known as the “Gang of 8.”This bipartisan group has unsuccessfully tried to find some common ground and progress on several issues, and now has joined the debate over immigration. On May 21, their proposal, amended (over 200 amendments were offered) but not substantively changed, was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and could be on the floor of the Senate for full debate this week or next. The bill’s chances for passage look good in the Senate. And companion bills are being written in the House. Of course, there are significant challenges ahead before immigration reform can be signed into law. Yet there are several reasons to hope and believe that immigration reform could happen this year. Political decisions are often if not always driven by electoral reality, and our politicians—even in Tennessee—have been noticing some changes in our area and nationally. We have changed demo-

Southeast during the past ten years. We are a much more ethnically and racially diverse community. And the voting rolls are beginning to reflect that change. We have changed economically; immigration has provided a stronger and more diverse workforce for a number of area businesses, and immigrants pay more than their fair share of taxes, especially in a sales-taxdependent state like Tennessee. Immigration continues to be a positive economic driver in the local and state economy. And we have changed culturally; immigration has been an integral part of our cultural mix since the first Native American — European encounters in the 1500s. Chattanooga’s history has had a robust cultural mix ever since. Those changes haven’t gone unnoticed—Tennessee groups supporting immigration reform this year include unlikely allies across the political spectrum.

The 800 pages of Senate Bill 744 S.B.744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” has four major sections, each dealing with specific issues in the immigration area. Title I (Border Security) includes requirements for various border plans, triggers, and the structure for Department of Homeland

(Reforms to Nonimmigrant Visa Programs) addresses existing visa programs for nonimmigrant workers and creates a new “W” visa for lesser-skilled workers (such as the “blue card” for undocumented farm workers) and includes a startup visa provision for entrepreneurs from other countries who create jobs and raise more than $500, 000 in capital. There are arguable flaws in the bill, most concerned with arbitrary cut-off dates on applications and limits on visas in some areas. And border security spending is still driven more by political expediency rather than data and qualitative research, as was made clear during the discussion and amendment process in the Senate Judiciary committee. This is nothing new, as most immigration bills since the late 19th century have reflected the political needs and prejudices of their day, especially in the allotment of visas for different groups and nationalities. Still, most analysts agree that S.B. 744 would fundamentally rebuild the nation’s broken-down, irrational, and politically driven immigration system in positive and substantive ways. It would also provide an opportunity to remove (or at least tone down) immigration reform as a political issue and offer 11 million of our undocumented neighbors a chance to fully participate in the American economy and society. And that certainly includes the Dreamers, nationally, statewide and here in Chattanooga.

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MUSIC

CECILIA CARBIDES

Home Is Anywhere You Are Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes wade into Track 29

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uring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes’ performance of “Home” at this year’s Sasquatch Festival in Seattle, front man Alex Ebert waded into the crowd asking for “stories.” After several insufferable minutes of X’d out twenty-somethings screaming, “you’re my favorite band” or repeating what can only be described as their favorite bits of dialogue from “Girls Gone Wild,” Ebert found what he was looking for. Through dangerously dilated pupils, a girl said (and I’m paraphrasing): “I went to India and I met a sheep that told me all my dreams would come true. I followed him to the United States where I danced for twelve hours, and as I did all my dreams came true. And I found that my home is right here.” Picking up on the thread, Ebert and company amended the lyrics to the summer anthem of 2010 singing, “Home is anywhere we are,” creating a moment of unity between artist and audience rarely seen this side of a U2 concert. This is the crux of what makes Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes who they are. You see, there is no Ed Sharpe; he’s a fictional

honest music

messianic character from a book Ebert started working on while in a 12-step program. The Zeroes began as a musical project formed not long after Ebert met vocalist/ guitarist Jade Castrinos outside a Los Angeles café. Though he strives to look physically like an unwashed Jesus, Ebert is less messianic figure and more community organizer. The loose, shambling Zeroes are a collective as much as a band, boasting 10 current members and another dozen former and auxiliary ones (including one who specializes in “off-note harmonies”).

The band is at the forefront of a wave of sprawling collectives, replete with gang vocals and guy/girl duets that started with bands like Arcade Fire and the Polyphonic Spree, and have become a fullblown trend (if this year’s SXSW is to be believed). But Ebert’s stories of love—and really—community, call to mind what we around here would call “a pickin’”; musically talented part-timers who play for the joy of music, getting together to share the music they love. If you wanna listen, great; but if you’d rather join in—even better. Hack music writers tend to

compare this band to the current “Laurel Canyon Sound” or, more often, to the music of the ’60s. While the gratuitous use of plate reverb certainly lends a throwback air to the tracks, it’s the sense of companionship and unbridled optimism that, perhaps unsurprisingly, makes this band so appealing to echo boomers. That and the fact that Ebert’s infectious pop melodies have more hooks than a Pocket Fisherman. This particular tour takes them around the festival circuit, including stops at the Bonnaroo, Floyd Fest and the aforementioned Sas-

quatch festivals. It’s a tour that culminates with the gig in their hometown of LA at the Hollywood Bowl. The band is on the road promoting its new eponymous release (available July 23 on Community Records) and if the first release,“Better Days,” is any indication, it represents a modest shift from the Polyphonic Partridge Family sound of previous albums to a murkier—but more anthemic—sound that backs away from like-minded bands such as Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers towards something that wouldn’t sound out of place on a mid-’90s Flaming Lips album. "These songs mean everything to me," says Ebert, who produced the album. "It's the rawest, most liberated, most rambunctious stuff we've done." Later legs of this tour find them reuniting with bro-mates Mumford as well as Old Crow Medicine Show and others, playing nontraditional venues as part of the “Gentlemen of the Road Stopover” tour Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes bring their rambling, acid-tinged, feel-good folk rock to the Scenic City Tuesday, June 18 at Track 29. Tickets are $25. The similarly themed LA quintet He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister opens.

local and regional shows

The Royal Hounds with My Name is Drew [$5] Tillford Sellers with the Wagon Burners with Hot Damn [$5] The American Gonzos with Telemonster [$5] Nosecone Prophets with Muletide Perkins Trio [$5]

Thu, June 13 Wed, June 19 Thu, June 20 Wed, June 26

Sundays: Live Trivia 4-6pm followed by Live Music June 16: Sons of Hippies with Isle of Rhodes [$5] June 23: WB Givens [Free]

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Between the Sleeves record reviews • ernie paik

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ere we go for another round of “Name That Influence,” the game that all music nerds love to play (while regular people within earshot just roll their eyes.) The Brighton, England quartet Fear of Men plays a kind of clean, bright pop music that seems to borrow elements from early ’80s post-post-punk pop, like Altered Images, and Sarah Records recording artists along with successors such as the group Lush. Singer Jessica Weiss has the kind of singing style—clear, pretty and unflashy—that this writer is a sucker for, and it bears many similarities to that of Alison Statton, who sang for the early Fear of Men ’80s bands Young Marble GiEarly Fragments ants and Weekend. Even the band’s visual aesthetic, with (Kanine) stark layouts and photos of marble statues, seems to be a tip-of-the-hat to Factory Records, and the group apparently is well-versed in indie-pop history, having covered songs by the New Zealand group The Chills and Beat Happening. Early Fragments is a satisfying compilation full of easy delights, collecting tracks from three singles from 2011 and 2012—Ritual Confession, Mosaic, and Green Sea—plus a demo version of “Doldrums” and the track “Seer,” which serves as the mini-album’s opener, with wistful electric guitar strums and some irresistible vocal turns. “Mosaic” continues the salvo, offering the earworm chorus vocal hook “Break me into pieces to feel safe” among atypical drum patterns and ringing, jangle-guitar patterns. As the collection progresses, the songs actually get slightly more aggressive and driving, although the proceedings remain mannered and controlled. Actually, the drummer at times seems like he’s trying to break free from pop structures, with a pounding attack that’s not oppressive but more raucous than usual pop drumbeats. Two of the peaks on Early Fragments are back-to-back: the motorikbeat-driven “Born” and “Doldrums,” which jumps up with a surprise blast in its last 20 seconds. On this collection, Fear of Men clearly accomplishes what it sets out to do, delivering willowy, memorable pop with simplicity while avoiding being bland.

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his writer has a soft spot for 7-inch vinyl singles, whose limited time capacity offers a sort of challenge to the musician: you’ve got just a few minutes to win over the listener, so make the most of it. Singles were the dominant music media in east Africa between the ’60s and ’80s, and the new compilation of late-’70s singles from Orchestra Super Mazembe, none of which has been released on CD previously, wastes no time in making an impression on the listener. Immediately, from the beginning of Mazembe @ 45RPM, Vol. 1, the listener is immersed in the group’s upbeat, irrepressible sonic fabric, with a Orchestra Super vitality that is nearly impossible Mazembe to shake. With members originating Mazembe @ 45RPM, in Zaire before settling in NaiVol. 1 robi, Kenya in the mid-’70s, (Sterns) Orchestra Super Mazembe, which translated means “giant bulldozer orchestra,” played a form of dance music called Lingala, named after the language. With a uniformly high quality of material, the collection highlights several of the band’s touchstones: fluid, spirited call-and-response vocals, animated drum rhythms on a minimal kit—often just using a hi-hat and snare drum—and most strikingly, absolutely gorgeous lead electric guitar melodies that flow effortlessly. Most tracks here are around eight-to-nine minutes long, presented in their unedited forms, since the limited size of a 7-inch single required the tracks to be split into two pieces, and the sound quality is excellent, with a commendable job by Douglas Paterson who spent hundreds of hours on the audio restoration and research for this project, which also yielded a second volume (also recommended) available only as a digital download. Apparently, despite having incredibly vibrant and upbeat music, many of the songs here have lyrics about strife and concern for the poor and suffering. Typically on our fair continent, we just hear infusions of east African styles only occasionally permeating popular music, but in its unadulterated form, as heard on this collection, it’s as rewarding as it is inviting.

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Riverbend: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Monophonics, Strung Like A Horse, Larry Carlton Trio, Drake White, Hillbilly Sins, more 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. Riverbend Music Festival, 200 Riverfront Pkwy. riverbendfestival.com Queen Lightning 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, sugarsribs.com Techno Dance Party 7:30 p.m. Backyard Grille, 4021 Hixson Pike. (423) 486-1369. Lonely Horse 8 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, thecamphouse.com The Royal Hounds, My Name is Drew, Get Hot or Go Home 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, thehonestpint.com Strung Like a Horse 9:15 p.m. TVFCU Stage, Riverbend Festival, 200 Riverfront Pwy. riverbendfestival.com Drake White 9:30 p.m. Coke Stage, Riverbend Festival, 200 Riverfront Pawy. riverbendfestival.com The Vino Takes, Phugoids 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, jjsbohemia.com Open Mic Night with Hap Henninger 10 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn) (423) 634-9191, facebook. com/theoffice.chatt Lynyrd Skynyrd 10 p.m. Coke Stage, Riverbend Festival, 200 Riverfront Pwy. riverbendfestival.com

Fri 06.14 Riverbend: Gavin DeGraw, Hot Chelle Rae, Moon Taxi, Nantucket, Drew Sterchi & Blues Tribe, Dennis

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the deacon brings the blues to nightfall • Dr. Clark White, better known to blues aficionados as Deacon Bluz, brings his down-home soul-fired blues vibe to Nightfall. Nationally known and respected as an educator, blues historian and electrifying perfomer, Deacon has been preaching the faith on traditional blues for decades. A former radio host at Atlanta's longtime blues and jazz station WCLK, Deacon not only can work a harmonica better than just about anyone you've ever heard, he has a voice drenched in the sounds of the Mississipi Delta with a touch of classic Chicago blues. Free. Friday, 7 p.m. Nightfall Music Series, River City Stage at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. nightfallchattanooga.com.

Brown, LEOGUN, more 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Riverbend Music Festival, 200 Riverfront Pkwy. riverbendfestival.com Deacon Bluz Band 7 p.m. Nightfall Music Series, River City Stage at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. nightfallchattanooga.com Carielle & Oaklynn 7:30 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, thecamphouse.com Paul Smith, Sky High Band 7:30 p.m. Backyard Grille, 4021 Hixson Pike. (423) 486-1369. Walter “Wolfman” Washington 8 p.m. Nightfall Music Series, River City Stage at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. nightfallchattanooga.com David Peterson & 1946 8 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065, ringgoldacoustic.com The Maycomb Criers with Marshall Law 8 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, skyzoochattanooga.com Johnathan Wimpee 9 p.m. The Office, 901

Carter St. (inside Days Inn) (423) 634-9191, facebook. com/theoffice.chatt “Bonna-boo-hoo-hoo!” with Sandal Stomp, Brick Mower, Secret Guilt 10 p.m. Sluggo’s, 501 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 752-5224 Scenic, Full Moon Crazies, Get Hot or Go Home 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, jjsbohemia.com Seven Handle Circus, Cicada Rhythm 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com Gavin DeGraw 10 p.m. Coke Stage, Riverbend Festival, 200 Riverfront Pkwy. riverbendfestival.com

Sat 06.15 Jeff Miller 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga River Market, Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. chattanoogarivermarket.com Riverbend: O.A.R., Steel Pulse, Break Science, Kelsey’s Woods, Reckless Adams, The C.C. Show,

Cherub, more 6 - 11 p.m. Riverbend Music Festival, 200 Riverfront Pkwy. riverbendfestival.com Passion Play, Alabama Smith 7:30 p.m. Backyard Grille, 4021 Hixson Pike. (423) 486-1369. Endless Cycle, Sinner of Attention 8 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com The Band Raven 8 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065, ringgoldacoustic.com Arlo Gilliam 8 p.m. Palms Patio at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, thepalmsathamilton.com One Night Stand Band 9 p.m. Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Terr. (423) 713-8739, jackaschopshopsaloon.com Milele Roots 9 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, skyzoochattanooga.com O.A.R. 9:30 p.m. Riverbend Festival, 200 Riverfront Pkwy.

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FOR ONLY $15? rocking the rhodes at the honest pint • Isle of Rhodes was founded in the spring of 2011 by front man and keyboardist Rob Farren, formerly of Aphonic (of Detroit), and Kiss or Kill . $5, Sunday, 8 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, thehonestpint.com

riverbendfestival.com Riverbend Finale with Queen B and the Well Strung Band 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, sugarsribs.com Bottle Rocket, Rodner Back, Medicine Tree 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, jjsbohemia.com Aunt Betty 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Rd. (423) 499-9878, budssportsbar.com Bryan “Crunkbones” Jones 10 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn). (423) 634-9191, facebook.com/ theofficechatt Sinner of Attention with Endless Cycle 10:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com

Sun 06.16 Slim Pickins Bluegrass 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Bluegrass Pharaohs

2 p.m. Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Kids Open Jam 4 p.m. Backyard Grille, 4021 Hixson Pike. (423) 486-1369. Tim Lewis 4 p.m. Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Terr. (423) 713-8739, jackaschopshopsaloon.com Chattanooga Traditional Irish Music Session 5 p.m. Moccasin Bend Brewing Company, 4015 Tennessee Ave. (423) 821-6392. Isle of Rhodes, Sons of Hippies 8 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, thehonestpint.com Cherub DJ set 8 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, jjsbohemia.com Peewee Moore and the Awful Dreadful Snakes 10 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919.

Mon 06.17 Tica Douglas with James Bradshaw 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St.

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Wed 06.19 Cat Country Presents: Eric Heatherly 8 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com The Local Group 8 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065 ringgoldacoustic.com Josh Lewis 9 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Rd. (423) 499-9878, budssportsbar.com Tilford Sellers and the Wagon Burners, Hot Damn 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, thehonestpint.com Dan Sheffield 7 p.m. Sugar's Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, sugarsribs.com

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The second biggest challenge a walkable neighborhood, the of designing Enzo's, according parking was a potential deal to its architect Craig Kronenkiller. The store would need berg, was relating the building more customers than those to Main Street and to the pubwho live in the neighborhood, lic realm. so parking had to work. "The building was kind At first look, it seemed imof hermetic," said Kronenpossible to Kronenberg. The berg. He and his wife Heidi rear of the building was a loadHefferlin are principals of ing dock three feet, six inches Hefferlin+Kronenberg, which higher than the parking. His designed the building. "It was a first sketches showed people florist's warehouse, pushing grocery and it was comcarts along a series pletely closed up of switchbacks to get from the street. So from the door to the we programmed parking at grade. the building to have But the pieces all a public cafe at the came together when rich bailey corner of Main and Kronenberg realized Long for reaching there was enough out to the community. But the room behind the building to real key to the project was how turn the entire parking lot into to get the parking to relate to a ramp leading to the entrance. the building." "That unlocked the whole Yes, despite this long-awaitthing," he said. "It meant that ed grocery store being poised the parking was a sort of autoto become the cornerstone of mobile procession to the front

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door, but it also allowed for elevating the outdoor cafe and the entry on Main as a splendid public terrace. There are two front doors. That dual function is reflected in the architecture, with flanking cubes of slate with big overhangs that announce 'entry.' A covered public terrace bridges those two entries.” With Enzo's open only a month, it's too soon to assess its long-term impact on the neighborhood, but Kronenberg—who lives two-and-ahalf blocks away and shops there daily—already sees it becoming a "social condenser," bringing together Southside residents, a Lookout Mountain crowd on their way home and groups of Craftworks employees who buy a couple of sixpacks at Enzo's and drink them on the terrace. "We're finding ourselves walking to Enzo's," says Kro-

nenberg. "In terms of auto trips, it will have the effect of completely eliminating a huge carbon footprint because people who live and work in the area can walk to get their groceries. Enzo's is a diagram of how to do responsible urban design." He doesn't want to mention "the P word," but I'll go there. Enzo's integrates into its urban neighborhood precisely how Publix and Walgreen's should have in North Chattanooga, and might have if former Mayor Littlefield had urged them in that direction instead of caving to their developers' insistence that dumbing down our urban core with suburban design is the only economically feasible way to do business downtown. Note to Mayor Berke: Enzo's shows what can happen when a developer allows an architect to use design to solve a

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problem, rather than steamrolling a generic corporate design over a specific place. The developers of Enzo's have created both a business and a true place, and Enzo's is well on the way to becoming a beloved part of its neighborhood. The North Chattanooga

Publix will serve a welcome purpose, but it will be an ugly utility that people pass through as fast as possible on their way to places they care about. In my book, that constitutes damaging the city. Please urge downtown developers to do more projects

like Enzo's and no more—never—like Publix and Walgreen's. Other Hefferlin+Kronenberg Southside projects in the pipeline include a pocket park nearing completion at Long and 17th Street that will double as a play yard for

Battle Academy. Kronenberg describes it as a small outdoor room based on the subparks of the Tuileries in Paris. A new H+Kdesigned office building for Southern Surgical Arts is under construction just off Main between Broad and Cowart. And design has begun on 50 apartments to be built in a two renovated timber warehouses on Madison, in the sliver of land between Main Street and the railroad tracks. What the Southside really needs now, according to Kronenberg, is more affordable rental housing to increase density. "Density creates more opportunities for human interaction," said Kronenberg. "You can abandon your car and hoof it. It's not a suburban lifestyle anymore, you're not always driving around." Kronenberg sees good urban revitalization as a lot like the surrealist game of “The Exquisite Corpse,” where a piece of paper is folded so that four artists create a portrait by drawing head, chest, genitals and feet independently. No matter how much civic planning we do, "People are doing projects separately and are blind to what other people are doing," said Kronenberg, who's heard that a storage warehouse is being built next to one of his new projects. But, "Sometimes you get serendipitous relationships like Craftworks moving in and Enzo's opening.”

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EVENTS CALENDAR

7:30 p.m. Studio Theatre, UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St., (423) 425-4371, utc.edu/finearts Craft Night! 8 p.m. Sluggo’s, 501 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 752-5224.

Fri 06.14 Ice Cream Festival 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Hwy. (423) 821-254, rubyfalls.com “Inside & Out” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. River Gallery, 400 E. 2nd St. (423) 265-5033, river-gallery.com “Whitfield Lovell: Deep River” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org “Michael Murphy: Damage” 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ava Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282, avarts.org Fresh On Fridays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Center Park, 728 Market St. (423) 265-3700, facebook.com/ centerparkchattanooga Rock City Raptors 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mtn, Ga. seerockcity.com Daytime - “Dogwood” painting workshop 2 - 4:30 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace. (423) 321-2317, artsychattanooga.com “Mystery at the Nightmare Office Party” 7 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, funnydinner.com “Jekyll & Hyde” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5900 Brainerd Rd. (423) 987-5141. Carlos Mencia 7:30. 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233, thecomedycatch.com

“Monster” 7:30 p.m. Studio Theatre, UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. (423) 425-4371, utc.edu/finearts “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538, theatrecentre.com “Room 237” with special guest Perrin Lance 8:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, barkinglegs.org SU: Vince Morris 9:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, funnydinner.com

Sat 06.15 Ice Cream Festival 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Hwy. (423) 821-254, rubyfalls.com Repticon Reptile Show 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy., East Ridge. repticon.com/chattanooga “Inside & Out” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. River Gallery, 400 E. 2nd St. (423) 265-5033, river-gallery.com “Whitfield Lovell: Deep River” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org “Open Gallery” 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shuptrine’s Gold Leaf Designs, 2646 Broad St. (423) 266-4453, shuptrines.com Rock City Raptors 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mtn, Ga. seerockcity.com “Michael Murphy: Damage” 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ava Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282, avarts.org Saturday Cinema: “Up” 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Public

Library, 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310, lib. chattanooga.gov “Mystery of Flight 138” 5:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, funnydinner.com The 100 Dinner 6 p.m. Crabtree Farms, 1000 E 30th St. (423) 493-9155, crabtreefarms.org “Warm Wine Bottles” painting workshop 7-10 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, (423) 321-2317, artsychattanooga.com Carlos Mencia 7, 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233, thecomedycatch.com “Jekyll & Hyde” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5900 Brainerd Rd. (423) 987-5141. “Monster” 7:30 p.m. Studio Theatre, UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. (423) 425-4371, utc.edu/finearts “Mystery of the Facebook Fugitive” 8 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, funnydinner.com “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538, theatrecentre.com SU: Vince Morris 10:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, funnydinner.com

Sun 06.16 Ice Cream Festival 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Hwy. (423) 821-254, rubyfalls.com Repticon Reptile Show 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy., East Ridge. repticon.com/chattanooga

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Her Majesty’s “Audience" in East Ridge Helen Mirren played QE2 (the person, not the ship) in “The Queen” and won an Oscar for it. Now she’s onstage in London’s National Theatre as the same august personage in “The Audience”—but you don’t need to cross the Atlantic to see it. Hie thee to the East Ridge 18 for “National Theatre Live” and don’t forget to curtsey.

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Magic Tree House traveling exhibit 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. (423) 756-2738, cdmfun.org Rock City Raptors 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mtn, Ga. seerockcity.com Father’s Day Brew & Bluegrass 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St., chattanoogamarket.com “Whitfield Lovell: Deep River” Noon - 5 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org “Inside & Out” 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. River Gallery, 400 E. 2nd St. (423) 265-5033, river-gallery.com “Jekyll & Hyde” 2:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5900 Brainerd Rd. (423) 987-5141. “Monster” 7:30 p.m. Studio Theatre, UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. (423) 425-4371, utc.edu/finearts

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Ice Cream Festival 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway, (423) 821-254, rubyfalls.com Magic Tree House traveling exhibit 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. (423) 756-2738, cdmfun.org “Inside & Out” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. River Gallery, 400 E. 2nd St. (423) 265-5033, www.river-gallery.com Whitfield Lovell: Deep River 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave., (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org Family Night- “Swirly Plant” painting workshop 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, (423) 321-2317, artsychattanooga.com Chris Sclarb 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., (423) 624-5347, barkinglegs.org

Tue 06.18 Ice Cream Festival 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Hwy. (423) 821-254, rubyfalls.com PLEIN AIR: The Art of

Outdoor Painting 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Shuptrine’s Gold Leaf Designs, 2646 Broad St. (423) 266-4453, shuptrines.com Magic Tree House traveling exhibit 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. (423) 756-2738, cdmfun.org “Inside & Out” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. River Gallery, 400 E. 2nd St. (423) 265-5033, river-gallery.com “Whitfield Lovell: Deep River” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org “Michael Murphy: Damage” 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ava Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave, (423) 265-4282, avarts.org CSA Song Symposium 6-10 p.m. Heritage House Arts and Civic Center, 1428 Jenkins Rd. (423) 855-9474. “Poppy Close-Up” painting workshop 7 - 9 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace. (423) 321-2317, artsychattanooga.com All-You-Can-Eat Comedy Buffet with Rob Shapiro 8 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd.

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Wed 06.19 Ice Cream Festival 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Hwy. (423) 821-254, rubyfalls.com Magic Tree House traveling exhibit 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. (423) 756-2738, cdmfun.org “Inside & Out” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. River Gallery, 400 E. 2nd St. (423) 265-5033, river-gallery.com “Whitfield Lovell: Deep River” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org “Michael Murphy: Damage” 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ava Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282, avarts.org

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with a sign that says “We demand to be taken seriously.” I’ve got nothing against magicians—I like misdirection and sleight-of-hand as much as the next guy—but the magic industry has a PR problem. Unfortunately, “Now You See Me” does nothing to make magic seem any cooler. If anything, it might make you roll your eyes a little bit more. The film is essentially a heist movie, like “Ocean’s 11-13.” Just like those films, “Now You See Me” boasts a wonderful cast, with actors like Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Woody Harrelson. Four street performers with only modest success in the magic industry are approached separately by an anonymous benefactor to put on three giant shows for the purpose of stealing enormous amounts of money to redistribute to the audience. The plot follows Mark

Ruffalo’s character as he chases the magicians from show to show, trying to catch them in the act but always lagging one step behind. The plotting is relatively thin and the tricks are rather obvious to anyone that has ever seen anything by The Amazing Randi. Those that appear unexplainable can be attributed to the illusion of CGI. The misdirections that the screenwriters attempted to include in the plot are telegraphed more than Western Union, and any one paying attention can easily see where the film will end up. There isn’t any tension in the film because the characters don’t appear to have any flaws. Every act, every set up is executed perfectly while the FBI follows along, hapless and mystified. This is by far the largest problem with the film. It might have been a decent concept if the film had any characters to speak of.

Instead of characters, we have boilerplate stand-ins that have no personalities beyond the very narrow definition of their role: The close magic/card trick guy. The assistant-turned-escapeartist. The mentalist/hypnotist. The swindler/rogue. These four are pitted against the most American of film stereotypes: the hard-boiled cop that has no time for shenanigans. Add to these typical movie tropes a forced and awkward love story, and you have a film that is boring and unconvincing. For a movie about magicians to work, the audience needs to be able to see them off the stage, where they behave like real people with actual motivations. Films like “The Prestige” or “The Illusionist” worked well because we saw a lifetime of work and commitment out of magicians who had actual relationships with other people that weren’t simply part of the act. There is nothing at stake in this film, and as a result it’s hard to care about it. There are a few scenes that are amusing, largely because of the talent of the cast. Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg do a good job at being smarmy and self satisfied, which here is shown as being a positive personality trait. It’s almost like in every scene, you can almost hear “The Final Countdown” playing softly somewhere in the background. The film tries very hard to be electrifying and explosive, but the flames fizzle and fail, dampening the audience’s enthusiasm. I guess you could ask where the lighter fluid came from. I would suggest staying home and watching the newest season of “Arrested Development” on Netflix rather than wasting even a matinee on “Now You See Me.”

Small Screen

Gary Poole

Summertime and the Viewing is Easy B

ack in the not-so-long-ago past, summer television was the great wasteland of endless re-runs and lots of baseball. Now, though, the summer viewing season is where the cable networks present some of the better shows on the tube, and this summer promises to be no different. For USA, TNT, FX, AMC, TVLand, HBO and Showtime, the summer has become their time to shine. And for fans of the small screen, this is a reason to rejoice.

Sure, summer audiences are smaller, but so are the budgets and casts of many of the shows (though not all). What separates summer shows from the major network offerings in the fall and winter is their focus. They are aimed at specific audiences instead of trying for mass appeal. Whether it’s drama, sci-fi, horror or screwball comedy, there are plenty of offerings to keep you inside enjoying the air-conditioned comfort of your living room. While we can't review all of the new and returning shows, there are several that stand out for originality, quality of writing and acting, and the way they have influenced better writing and acting on the major network's more mainstream offerings. It can be argued that the success of CBS's “Person of Interest,” one of the best-written shows on TV, would never have happened if the cable networks hadn't demonstrated during the

past several summers how intelligent and edgy programming can find and sustain an audience. Case in point has been the ongoing success of everyone's favorite South Beach serial killer in Showtime's “Dexter.” Asking the question "Am I a good man doing bad or a bad man doing good?", “Dexter” had the chutzpah to create a protagonist out of the least-likely leading character possible. That viewers found themselves rooting for a sociopathic murderer opened the door for more complex and morally gray characters to anchor a new breed of dramas. Without “Dexter” on Showtime, there would not have been a “Hannibal” on NBC. Although “Dexter” followed the time-tested formula of finding unknown actors to create memorable characters, many of the summer shows give wellestablished actors a chance to stretch their acting legs. Show-

time will debut the new “Ray Donovan” right after the Dexter premiere, featuring the talents of Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight. Schreiber isn't exactly a stranger to television, but his turn a few season ago on the aging “C.S.I.” vastly underutilized his range and quirky talent. And when it comes to quirky, there are few more out there than Jon Voight. It's not only established film and stage actors making their mark on the small screen. “Will & Grace” star Erik McCormack and “ER”'s Noah Wyle both lead a pair of TNT shows that have found an audience. Considering that neither McCormack or Wyle are concerned about a weekly paycheck any longer, they have found the freedom to dive deep into compelling and complicated roles. McCormack as a schizophrenic college professor working with the FBI in “Deception” and Wyle as a father trying to keep his family togeth-

er in a post-apocalyptic world in “Falling Skies” are both joys to watch. Yet while most summer shows are to be found on cable networks, that's not to say the major networks are ceding the summer to the new kids on the programming block. Stephen King's intriguing “Under The Dome,” based on the sci-fi thriller about a town in Maine that discovers one day it has been sealed underneath a massive transparent dome, lands on none other than CBS. The network is putting major money (and a hefty promotional campaign) behind what

just a few years ago would most likely have been a low-budget fluff show, or a slightly higherbudget miniseries. Simply put, while there are plenty of things to do out of the house this summer—and Hollywood's film division isn't exactly sitting the summer out, either— if you do find yourself just wanting to kick back in your easy chair with the remote control, chances are you'll find something quite interesting to watch. In fact, the only downside is that AMC's “Breaking Bad” won't be back until August. Damn them.

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Free Will Astrology

rob brezsny and performed an exorcism to purge the place of its evil. With the power of songs and chants, they invoked magic spells designed to levitate the 6.5 million-square-feet building into the air. Their plan didn't quite work in a literal way—the Pentagon remained firmly fixed to the ground—but the legend they spawned was potent. When I heard about it years later, it inspired me to become an activist. I see myth-making as a worthy goal for you right now, Cancerian. Dream up an epic task or project that will fuel your imagination for a long time.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In 1926, sur-

realist artist Max Ernst painted "The Blessed Virgin Chastising the Infant Jesus in Front of Three Witnesses." It shows Mary vigorously spanking her son as he lies on her lap. Nowadays, the image doesn't seem nearly as scandalous as it did when it first appeared. Even some Christians I know find it amusing, welcoming the portrayal of Jesus as a genuine human being with lessons to learn. What would be your equivalent of creating a cheeky image like this, Leo? How could you achieve cathartic release by being irreverent toward something or someone you respect? I recommend it. (See the image: tinyurl.com/ SpankingJesus.)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Long

after the artist Amedeo Clemente Modigliani died, his paintings sold for millions of dollars. But while alive, he never got rich from doing what he loved to do. He expressed frustration about the gap between his ambitions and his rewards. "I do at least three paintings a day in my head," he said. "What's the use of spoiling canvas when nobody will buy anything?" I hope you don't arrive at a comparable conclusion, Gemini. It's crucial that

you NOT keep your good ideas bottled up in your imagination. You need to translate them into practical actions, even if there's no immediate or obvious benefit in doing so. Expressing yourself concretely has rarely been more important than it is right now.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): In 1967, dissidents dreamed up a novel way to protest America's horrific Vietnam War. They marched to the Pentagon, the military's headquarters,

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It's prime time to promote cross-cultural liaisons and interspecies relationships, Virgo. I encourage you to experiment with hybrids and facilitate the union of diverse interests. You will be working in alignment with cosmic trends if you strengthen the connections between influences that belong together, and even between influences that don't know they belong together. So see what you can do to facilitate conversations between Us and Them. Negotiate peace treaties between Yes

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and No. Look for legitimate ways to compare apples and oranges.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Gonzo

columnist Mark Morford wrote a list of liberated behaviors he wants to cultivate. Since you're in the emancipatory phase of your yearly cycle, I invite you to try some of his strategies. 1. Have a gentler grip. Let go of tight-assed attitudes. 2. Make deeper penetration. Don't be satisfied with surfaces. 3. Raise the vibration. Isn't it a waste of precious life energy to mope around in a sour and shriveled frame of mind? 4. Appreciate appreciation. Treat gratitude as an emotion of the same caliber as joy. 5. Cultivate ecstatic silliness. Develop a blissful ability to take everything less seriously. 6. Drink the awe. Allow astonishment to seep in. (More: tinyurl.com/morford joy.)

SCORPIO

faster and they'll be more intense. The only catch is that you will really have to be calm and composed and willing to wait a long time. It won't work if you're secretly antsy and only pretending to be imperturbable.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Let the boundaries blur a bit, Capricorn. Don't stick too rigidly to the strict definitions. Play around with some good old-fashioned fuzzy logic. The straight facts and the precise details are important to keep in mind, but you shouldn't cling to them so ferociously that they stifle your imagination. You need to give yourself enough slack to try open-ended experiments. You'll be smart to allow some wobble in your theories and a tremble in your voice. Magic will happen if there's plenty of wiggle room. AQUARIUS

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): From an astrological perspective, now would be a good time to go on a meditation retreat for a few days or make a pilgrimage to your ancestral homeland. You would generate just the right shifts in your brain chemistry by doing something like that. Other recommended adventures: reviewing the story of your entire life from your first memory to the present moment; writing a brief letter to the five people you have loved best, telling them why you've loved them; spending a day outside of time, when you don't consult a clock or use electronic media for the duration.

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): "One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather," said French poet Paul Valery. How do you interpret that thought, Aquarius? In the book "The Science of Self-Control," here's how Howard Rachlin expands on Valery's idea: "We need to be spontaneous, but only in the context of some framework that allows us to attain higher levels of spontaneity; a feather is a slave to the wind, while a bird uses the wind." Take heed, Aquarius! Your creative flights will go further and last longer if you have a solid foundation to take off from.

SAGITTARIUS

call today Sigh-Day. Tomorrow, too, and the next day, and the two days after that. During these five Sigh-Days, you should feel free to let out big, deep sighs at a higher rate than usual. Allow yourself to be filled up with poignant thoughts about life's paradoxical mysteries. Give yourself permission to be overwhelmed with emotions that are

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarius comedian Steven Wright says he took a class in speed waiting. "Now I can wait an hour in only ten minutes," he brags. I think you will have the same knack in the coming days, Sagittarius. Your patience is likely to be much more effective than usual. Results will come

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Let's

midway between lamentation and reverent amazement. For even better results, indulge in some free-form moaning during your five Sigh-Days. That'll help you release your full backlog of tension and give you more appreciation for the crazy beauty of your fate. (P.S. Try not to whine, though.)

ARIES

(March 21-April 19): Irish poet Richard Brinsley Sheridan didn't confine his lyrical wit to well-crafted poems on the printed page. He used it to say things that would advance his practical ambitions. For example, when he first met the woman who would eventually become his wife, he said to her, "Why don't you come into my garden? I would like my roses to see you." That's the kind of persuasive power I hope you will summon in the coming days, Aries. According to my analysis of the omens, you should have it in abundance. So what's the best use of this mojo? Is there anything you would really like to sell? What new resources do you want to bring into your sphere? Who do you want to convince?

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20): In "The Book of the Damned," Charles Fort revealed one of the secrets of power. He said that if you want power over something, you should be more real than it. What does that mean? How do you become real in the first place, and how do you get even more real? Here's what I think: Purge your hypocrisies and tell as few lies as possible. Find out what your deepest self is like—not just what your ego is like—and be your deepest self with vigorous rigor. Make sure that the face you show the world is an accurate representation of what's going on in your inner world. If you do all that good stuff, you will eventually be as real and as powerful as you need to be.

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On the Beat

alex teach

Same Outfit: Different Decade

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was cruising in a battered ’89 Chevy Caprice within ten miles of the posted speed limit, which annoyed those “stuck” behind me to no end. This didn’t bring me pleasure, but the fact that the same people would no doubt phone in a complaint for speeding if I went at or above their preferred pace did not escape me.

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As annoyed as they may have been, however, I was the one coping with the whistling noise coming from below that was likely emanating from the seam between the floorboard and the piece of steel that had been riveted in place to patch a once gaping hole. That there was a section of stop sign attached to the floor of the car didn’t strike me as odd for two reasons: It was better than allowing rainwater and muck to fly up from the road and into my face, and I had been working for the city just long enough to get a feel for how it functioned. To say it would have been long-since bankrupt if it were a business was putting it lightly; it would have been far more accurate to say that if it were a business, it would have been bound with wire and repeatedly beaten unconscious with thick bamboo poles for a few weeks until it finally died. As I drove, I absently rubbed the thumb and first two fingers of my right hand together to ease the irritation of the cuts there. I was concerned about infection. It was 1994, and it wasn’t like you could carry soap and water in your car, but the rubbing soothed the occasional sting. Like the recently solved problem of inhaling carbon monoxide through the floorboards, the cuts were also caused by the car. Our blue lights were activated by plungers locat-

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ed under the dash that you pulled downward into an “on” position. After a while, the caps on the plungers pulled off completely and were lost, leaving only a serrated toothpick-sized post to pull down on to activate your emergency equipment, and after a few hours on the shift I worked there was a neat red line of blood on each finger where they met together to pull. The cars from 1990 on up all had flipswitches you could see in the dark, but I was lucky as hell to be in one as new as five years old. With only 260,000 miles on the odometer, who could complain? I was working Brainerd and glad to be there; the call load was ridiculous, but it was more exciting than Hixson and safer than the deteriorating buildings downtown. The Aquarium had opened two years before and I heard they’d even turned the Walnut Street Bridge into a pedestrian bridge a few months ago, but otherwise the place was filthy and attractive only to vagrants. It may have been nice in the ’70s, but the ’80s had been cruel, while Brainerd grew modern and clean. Everything happened here; getting from one end of Lee Highway to the end of Brainerd Road was a 45-minute odyssey on Friday and Saturday nights because of the cruising traffic. Seeing the kids lean-

Seeing the kids leaning on their cars alongside the road by the hundred was reminiscent of scenes from ‘American Graffiti,’ except the cars were smaller and Buddy Holly had been replaced by Ace of Base.

ing on their cars alongside the road by the hundred was reminiscent of scenes from “American Graffiti,” except the cars were smaller and Buddy Holly had been replaced by Ace of Base. The place was so congested they were even clearing property over on Gunbarrel Road, but they could never hope to replace the beating heart of Brainerd if that’s what they were thinking. The sun was fading and I thought I’d check on a local 24-hour poker game up behind Corkscrews and Confetti before things got serious; the owner kept it under control for the most part, but it was a good excuse to buy a cheap fried turkey leg off of the grill in their yard, and I wanted fuel for the rush hours ahead. As I slowed the cruiser to make the turn off Brainerd, the whistling floorboard died down and I heard the comforting rumble of the engine, when it occurred to me that I was driving the last of the carbureted V8 engines in the fleet, and that times were changing. I had no idea where I’d be in the next year, much less ten or 15, but I sure enjoyed where I was at for the moment. I mean really: Could the city or the job get any better than this? Ask me then, I suppose. • 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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