July 4, 2013
Vol. 10 • No. 27
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Cody Maxwell Is Alive and Well Those you who’ve read this week’s cover story, or who are regular Pulse readers, recognize Cody Maxwell’s byline. For several years, Cody has been a unique voice in our pages, covering everything from the hidden city lurking below familiar streets, to the Chattanooga connection to the Scottsboro Boys, to the looming scandal of Patten Towers (his story on this ran two years ago). We’re delighted to report that this talented writer now has a book out: “Chattanooga Chronicles,” published by the His-
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tory Press. As the publisher says, “Chattanooga’s history is as storied and complex as any Southern city that was born in the early days of the America and came of age during the Civil War, but not every Southern city has a writer like Cody Maxwell.” Some of the stories recounted in the book began as Pulse articles (“The Great Flood,” “Haywood Patterson Is Dead and Gone,” “The Hotel Patten”), while others were written especially for the book. All are enthralling tales of the city we live in, told by a master storyteller. From the afterword of “Chattanooga Chronicles: ” We must listen to those workmen who shoveled river mud from the city streets after the floods, to Andy Williams and his skunk-sprayed girlfriend and to all the old black men locked up in prison like that young boy Haywood Patterson.
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To understand the spirit of Chattanooga, we must listen to the symphony of all those lives as inconsequential as our own. We must tell our sons to look past themselves— past us, even—and to remember the stories of all those now-forgotten people who were once as bright and alive as we all are.” On July 20, from 2-4 p.m., Cody Maxwell will sign “Chattanooga Chronicles” at Winder Binder Gallery and Bookstore, 40 Frazier Ave. (423) 413-8999. —Janis Hashe
Julyfest In Mentone
How to Keep on Fourthing Are you bummed out that the Fourth of July holiday doesn’t fall on a weekend this year? Do you need more time to celebrate your freedom without having to worry about work in the morning? No worries—you can keep the party going by making the short drive up Lookout Mountain to Mentone, Alabama for the second annual Julyfest. After drawing thousands of people to Mason Park last year, Julyfest is back and bigger with plenty of music, arts & crafts, pet parades and more. Running July 6 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and July 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST), the festival is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the entertainment in comfort. The festivities kick off, rain or shine, with a pet parade at 10:30 a.m. (registration for the parade begins one hour before). Music will follow soon after and continue throughout the day, starting with saxophonist Bill Henson at 11 a.m., and culminating with a performance by country singer Leah Seawright and her drummer Mark Herndon, formerly of the band Alabama, at 7 p.m. There will also be a juried arts and crafts show throughout both days that will feature more than 50 talented artists and craftspeople showcasing their skills in painting, sculpture, photography, wood art, pottery, and jewelry. In addition to the music and crafts, there will be a silent auction and dog adoption
to benefit the Humane Society and Animal Resources of DeKalb County, plus barbeque provided by Old Tymer’s of Fort Payne. Fireworks will be blasting all night on Thursday throughout Chattanooga, but if you want to keep celebrating America all weekend, what better way than with a good ol’ Southern fried festival in Sweet Home Alabama? —Carson O'Shoney
Big Cannons Go BOOM! As it turns out, not all of the cannons hanging out on Lookout Mountain just sit in the park and look cool. At least one cannon up there is functional. This Fourth of July, round up the family and try something a little different by attending a special artillery demonstration at Point Park. After all, who needs fireworks when you’ve got heavy weaponry? The dull pop! of a firework seems somewhat tame when compared to the earth-trembling BOOM of antique Civil War artillery. Living historians will demonstrate the awesome power of a reproduction nineteenth-century cannon while also discussing some of the historical aspects of the grisly battles fought in the area in 1836. Participants will hear what it was like for artillerists to prep, load, and fire these cannons into the beautiful valley below them. Each demonstration will last about 30 minutes, and is free for those 15 and under. Those 16 and older need only pay $3 to enter the park, which means the only smoke you’ll be smelling should be coming from the cannon—not your wallet. For specific demonstration times, call (423) 821-7786 or head to the Lookout Mountain Battlefield between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Whether you’re going for the history or the cannons, this is sure to be a Fourth of July the family will never forget. —Keeli Monroe
Swinging with The Supremes “ I
n many ways, the Supreme Court decisions revealed last week are a perfect microcosm of the ongoing American culture wars. I know it has become fashionable to raise eyebrows and roll eyes over that phrase, but if you don’t think those wars are still going on, stop looking at YouTube cat videos for five minutes and get a clue. Let’s take the decision on the Voting Rights Act first. In a 5-4 decision, with Justice Anthony Kennedy acting as the swing vote, the Supremes ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which mandated that certain states and area with a history of voting discrimination had to obtain clearance from the Justice Department or a federal court in Washington D.C., was unconstitutional. Nine states— Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia—and many counties and municipalities in other states, including Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx, were affected by Section 4. But the majority court opinion went further. Wrote Chief Justice John Roberts: [this law is] “based on 40-year-old facts having no logical relationship
to the present day.” Those five Supremes have obviously not been black, Hispanic and/or poor and trying to vote in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, which have all within the past couple of years passed restrictive voter ID laws ludicrously claimed by supporters to be designed to prevent “voter fraud,” but which are actually designed to prevent certain groups of people from exercising their right to vote. Oh, and since it’s been more than five minutes since this happened, let’s not forget that it was 96-year-old Dorothy Cooper of Chattanooga, Tennessee, whose denial of her right to vote under our own state’s new law became a cause célèbre in the last election. What the conservatives have
not been able to achieve legitimately at the ballot box, they are doing their best—in this case with the cooperation of the Supreme Court’s conservative wing—to end-run-around with laws. It’s the hypocrisy of it all that really makes you want to take to the barricades. The same people who scream that the courts are packed with “activist judges” any time a decision comes down advancing progressive causes (we’re getting to that in a second, folks), were fawning all over the Supremes for this one. Talk out of both sides of your mouth at your peril, as it happens, because just a couple of days later, this same court, with Justice Kennedy again acting as the swing vote and probably, at this point, getting dizzy, struck down the section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) denying federal benefits to married gays and lesbians. “DOMA writes inequality into the entire United States code,” wrote Justice Kennedy in the majority opinion. Then the court announced that it would not hear the case concerning California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage and was then declared unconstitutional by a lower court, thus opening the way for gay marriages to
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Those five Supremes have obviously not been black, Hispanic and/ or poor and trying to vote in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
again be performed in the state. Rainbow flags were a’flyin’ in my home state and I hope to live to see the day they fly here, too, my friends. Let’s talk hypocrisy again, shall we? The very same people who are constantly screeching about “government out of our lives,” etc. are the ones who want to poke their nasty noses into other people’s bedrooms. How in the wide world does it affect you, Mr. and Mrs. I’m-A-RealAmerican, if two people who love each other want to marry and have the benefits of that union? Are they coming to live with you? Are they preventing you from getting married? Are they clogging the wedding registries at your local department store? If not, how about shutting up already? But since Mr. and Mrs. IARA won’t, prepare for the ongoing cultural wars that are going to determine what kind of country we live in: One that respects everyone’s right to vote and respects everyone’s right to marry. Or one that doesn’t. I know the cat videos are beckoning. But don’t even get me started on the House Republicans and their views of the immigration bill. That’s for another day.
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THU07.04 MUSIC The Sneaky Hand • A secret society that you’re already a part of if you enact mischief on a system AND empower up your neighbor. Performing with Mad Anthony. 7 p.m. • The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, thehonestpint.com
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• There are bands that like to mimic the sound and style of another band. There are bands that do their best to transform themselves into another band. And then there are The Communicators, who seem to have the unnatural ability to not only become the essence of another band, but to perform as if they were that band in a very specific era. Which they will do when they morph into Jane's Addiction and perform the entirety of the "Nothing's Shocking" album before your very eyes. Who says? Jane says, that's who. The Communicators with Shark Week and Moon Slew • 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, • 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644 • rhythm-brews.com
Artillery Demonstrations • A very special artillery demonstration to learn about the trials and tribulations that Confederate artillerists experienced in the fall of 1863. 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. • Point Park, 112 Point Park Rd, Lookout Mountain. (423) 821-7786
FRI07.05 ACOUSTIC 6 String Suga Daddy • Talented, funny, and entertaining acoustic collaboration with musical influences from Hank Jr to Green Day and everything in between. 8 p.m. • The Acoustic Cafe, 61 RBC Dr., Ringgold, GA. (706) 965-2065, ringgoldacoustic.com
UNEXPECTED Wide Open Floor • Expect the unexpected as dancers, poets, musicians, professionals, students, seasoned performers and those stepping out relatively unaccustomed to the stage perform. 8 p.m. • Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 634-5347, barkinglegs.org
SAT07.06 MUSIC SoCro • soCro (a.k.a. Southern Croat) takes electronic elements of the European club scene and blends them with Southern hip hop. An innovative musical experience that has to be heard to be believed. 10 p.m. • JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, jjsbohemia.com
STAND-UP COMEDY Ward Anderson • High-energy comedian Ward Anderson seemed to explode onto the scene out of the blue and, instantly, was everywhere. He's also one-half of the popular SiriusXM radio talk show, “Ward and Al.” 10:30 p.m. • Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, funnydinner.com
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That COA, it Goa By Cody Maxwell
errin Lance, Chattanooga Organized for Action’s current executive director, welcomed the opportunity to talk about the citizens’ advocate group he now leads. Cody Maxwell: Who was responsible for creating Chattanooga Organized for Action, and why was there a need to do so? Perrin Lance: COA first began as a conversation between Megan Hollenbeck, Chris Brooks, myself. We had all recognized that there was something deeply wrong with Chattanooga. Here you had a city that had labeled itself the “Renaissance City of the South” but the newspaper headlines told a different story. There was the ongoing poverty and injustice and racism that were never talked about. So we decided to try to bridge the gap. Initially, we faced many tough questions: How do we create a more just city? Will activism do it? Do we march and petition the politi- cians? We tried that. Should we try to hold the politicians accountable? We tried that, too. Ultimately we decided that if we’re going to arrive at the kind of city we want to live in, it has to be the people themselves that do it. And that’s where we began our work of community organizing. CM: COA is barely three years old. How has the group grown, and what would you consider COA’s proudest accomplishments? PL: What started out as a small group of friends working to bring activist culture back has become something much larger. We had to engage in very real conversations about institutional racism, class, and privilege and how it is very alive and well in Chattanooga. Those conversations were the result of intensive, goal-oriented organizing campaigns that resulted in real wins for grassroots communities. When I think of COA’s achievements that I’m most proud of, I think of our campaign surrounding affordable housing. This campaign got started in the last months of 2011 when Mayor Littlefield brought in Purpose Built Communities, an organization brought for the specific purpose of replacing affordable public housing with high-priced market rate condos and apartments. Its target was the Westside, a community entirely composed of public and subsidized housing. We worked with the residents to organize the Westside Community Association and to stop PBC’s attempt to steal their homes and hand them over to private developers. The Westside community was successful, but they didn’t just want to stop with protecting their own community—they wanted to ensure affordable housing for all Chattanoogans. So we worked with them to issue the Affordable Housing Report in the summer of 2012, which found that one out of every two households in the urban core are economically burdened page 15 »
CTP President Mark West answered the following questions from The Pulse. Q: If the Tea Party had a superhero spokeshero, who would it be? A: The Founding Fathers. They designed something to account for the human weaknesses they read about from history. Politicians (and Americans uneducated about their founding documents and history) have been working to undermine their concepts since. Q: What's the best sign to bring to a Tea Party rally? A: Any "family friendly" sign but "FairTax" is a favorite among many of our supporters. Q: Who's the most unlikely ally you've made since the Tea Party was formed? A: Anyone who believes in free markets, the constitution, and liberty over security is an ally. Q: What's the "Tea Party look" and how can someone get it? A: Tee shirt and shorts or jeans. We're just normal people who come "as we are" to town halls, city council and county commission meetings as well as tea party rallies. The important thing is to get people to participate as the government's boss; it's their necessary role as citizens. Q: Does the Tea Party have anything in common with COA? A: Both of us applied for tax-exempt status. Only one of us was a target of the federal government to silence its enemies.
COA was asked by The Pulse to answer these questions. COA leaders declined to answer any of them. Q: If COA was a superhero, which one would it be? Q: Who had the best tent during Occupy Chattanooga and why? Q: Who's the most unlikely ally you've made since COA was formed? Q: What's the "COA look" and how can someone get it? Q: Does COA have anything in common with the Tea Party?
Suits Them to a Tea By Maurice Lewis
he Chattanooga Tea Party is a nonprofit organization, not a political party, organizers say, self-identifying as a movement of people who came together around storm water and sewer fees in 2009. They tend to be Libertarians, Republicans and mainline conser vatives—but without liberal representation. Locally, Chattanooga Tea Party (CTP) may have won its three-and-a-half year battle for nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service recently, but the obstacles of the future might offer a greater and more compelling challenge. It will be a struggle for n e w political hearts a n d minds to bols t e r a membership base that has few young followers, and almost no diversity. “It’s mainstream media,” said CTP supporter Charlie Hyatt, “that painted the Tea Party into a corner by pointing out that they are all white and with only a handful of followers under 30.” Hyatt is the owner of a local counseling company. “As far as them being political,” Hyatt continued, “they are—but everything we do is political in nature, because we all do things that are in our political interest.” The CTP is a network of 90 savvy individuals, attracted first to Republican party principals and then to the holy grail of the Tea Party ideology: limited government, fiscal responsibility and a limited tax structure. “Taxes were a galvanizing flash point, but not the only one,” said Mark West, a successful businessman, a racer of fast cars and president of the Chattanooga Tea Party. West and newly elected Chattanooga District 4 City Councilman Larry Grohn talked freely about their recruitment plans for hearts and minds, and of mentoring kindred spirits to replenish the ranks. For Councilman Grohn, it was a blinding glimpse of the obvious—“faith-based organizations. We have a lot in common with Hispanics and blacks as to how we look at faith issues,” he said, “and how we can take a look at the issues that seem to be dividing us. How do we look at how we are the same rather than how we are different?” Some new local office holders sought, counted on and were rewarded with support from the Chattanooga Tea Party, its members and others. The victors were city councilmen Chip Henderson, District 1, Larry Grohn, District 4, Ken Smith, District 3 and Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd.
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Of Haggis & Hog Jowls Dave Arcari is Mississippi meets the Highlands
top me if you’ve heard this one: A Scotsman walks in to a Finnish record label to record an album of powerful Mississippi Delta Blues… The Scotsman is Dave Arcari, the Finnish record label is Blue North and the album, Whisky in My Blood, is indeed powerful Mississippi Delta Blues (and a bit more). Arcari is currently touring the U.S. promoting his latest record (it is available on vinyl, as all good blues ought to be) and will be making an appearance at J.J.’s Bohemia on July 10. “Positive” and “upbeat” are not words typically associated with the blues, an art form decried by Navin R. Johnson as being “too depressing.” This album defies that convention. Every one of the 14 tracks listed is toe-tapping and infectious—it’s impossible not to smile. This is quite easily the happiest blues album I have ever had the pleasure to listen to, and a large part of that comes from the fact that Arcari is clearly having a ball doing what he does. The guitar work is phenomenal. It is pure bottleneck blues, simple and unadorned, and that’s a bit of a rarity. A great many guitarists get
their start playing blues in some form and go on to muck it up with needless over-complication. Not so Arcari, whose considerable chops are tempered by the taste and restraint of a seasoned pro. Arcari learned his trade by listening to the classics (Blind Willie Jefferson is a particular influence) and has managed to maintain that raw edge found on good old scratchy records from the ’30s and ’40s. For a man who grew up across the broad Atlantic in a land better known for craggy peaks, impenetrable lochs and terrifying ethnic cuisine, Arcari’s blues are surprisingly, refreshingly authentic. Many a would-be Memphis busker would do well to pay attention to the William Wallace of National Guitars. Whether the guitar licks complement the vocals or the vocals complement the guitar licks, his gruff Celtic growl is the perfect counterpoint to his soulful playing. In this respect, he is evocative of Tom Waits in that one suspects there is a diesel engine idling away deep in his chest. Yet for all its low, rumbling, scratchy, and whiskeysoaked qualities, there is the burr of a Scottish accent and somehow that makes it better. If it were any
heavier, it might be a distraction, but as it stands, it is the perfect extra-ingredient to make a genuinely good blues album great, an unconventional component that enhances the overall impact nicely. This combination of “guts guitar” and unique vocals means this is an album you can listen to over and over. The production work on the album is minimalist, which is absolutely appropriate.The album is unvarnished, and if it were any other way, it would be less than it is. Too often artists at this level come out with albums that are over-processed and over-produced, heavily laden with studio tricks to compensate for a lackluster performance. As a recording, Whisky in My Blood sounds like a group of hungry musicians and a rolling tape and that’s it—and that’s precisely what it should sound like. You half expect to hear the players telling each other dirty jokes between tracks. The spirit of live performance is so large that I doubt there was any overdubbing done at all. This has “one and done” written all over it. Lyrically the tunes are well-written, solid blues tunes with a sly shot of humor here and there, Arcari being a man who describes the “morning after” a show as “a bad head and a mouth like a badger’s arse…”
Hard t o i m a g i ne Robert Joh n s on using that par ticular phrase but if he were to hear Arcari say it, there is no doubt he’d shake his head and say, “I k n o w w h a t y o u mean, man.” Whisky in My Blood is an album strongly grounded in the Delta
style, full of tradition (the unmistakable voice of a cigar box guitar is readily apparent on several tracks), but incorporating some slightly less conventional elements (a plaintive banjo broadens the sound nicely)and the result is an album that is just at home at a punk show, a blues fest, a honky tonk or a street corner. In Chattanooga we call that JJs Bohemia. Come down July 10. When Dave Arcari takes the stage, that’s where you’ll want to be.
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Between the Sleeves
ne of the most entrancing and enticingly hypnotic albums that this writer has heard recently is 800% Ndagga by the Sengalese band Jeri-Jeri, presented by the German techno producer Mark Ernestus, known as half of the Berlin-based production team Basic Channel. This is far from being a techno album, mind you, offering a healthy helping of the dance genre called mbalax played in West Africa, which blends popular music elements with traditional handstruck drumbeats of Senegal. While the album features a variety of singers, the center of
he new fourCD set from Future Bible Heroes includes nearly its entire discography and features Magnetic Fields lyricist/composer/singer Stephin Merritt, synth master Chris Ewen and vocalist Claudia Gonson. With this band, Merritt’s wit, sly naughtiness, and brilliant songwriting are in full force, and Ewen’s clean, pointedly artificial yet welcoming arrangements draw from both his experience in the ’80s band Figures on a Beach and electronic-based artists such as Kraftwerk, Ryuichi Sakamoto and The Human League. The solid 1997 debut Memories of Love could almost be mistaken for a Magnetic Fields album, particularly with Merritt’s over-the-top deliciously depress-
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attention is the complex web of drumbeats, making up an unrelenting sound stream. Singers know that several voices blended together create a chorus effect that results in a fuller, rounded sound, and there is a similar effect demonstrated here with the ensemble of multiple drums; the rhythms are still swift and tight, but the beats have a sonic thickness that dominates. Sometimes a drum kit—heavy on the high-hat taps—joins the river of beats, but mostly the other instruments—light guitar strums that float, anchored downbeat bass notes—are just the icing. 800% Ndagga is a
cleanly recorded album, with minimal studio wizardry that likely draws from Basic Channel’s love of Jamaican dub and reggae, at times letting notes linger on with dub echoes and reverb, like on “Mbeuguel Dafa Nekh.” These effects are perhaps unnecessary but, fortunately, they are applied sparingly and gingerly, without being annoying or too awfully distracting. This sets the album apart from, say, a straight-up field recording, but this writer supposes Ernestus wants to leave his mark, which is fine—this genre-infusion is tasteful and pretty harmless. Never letting up, the album provides varia-
ing songs, like “Hopeless,” which features the catchy chorus of “There’s no use even trying because it’s hopeless / All of our dreams are dying of overdoses.” Perhaps the most poignant track is “Real Summer,” about lost love and youth, ending with bratty resignation with the line, “Summer, my ass.” Featuring Gonson on all lead vocals, 2002’s Eternal Youth is a drop in quality—some of the lyrics aren’t up to Merritt’s usual high standards, and the album’s flow is choppy with Ewen’s instrumental interludes. Despite this, it has two great standouts: the unrepentantly campy “I’m a Vampire” with a rap (!) breakdown and the clever and playful tribute to radical feminist Mary Daly entitled “Kiss Me
Only with Your Eyes.” The excellent new album Partygoing is a tongue-in-cheek glorification of irresponsibility; it brings Merritt back as a singer and smartly keeps the proceedings short and sweet, like running a pub gauntlet of exotic shots lined up on a bar counter. In addition to promoting alcohol abuse (example title: “Drink Nothing But Champagne,”) the album dabbles in Satanism (“Satan, Your Way Is a Hard One”) and, most outrageously, mocks parental anxieties and today’s coddled youth with the track “Keep Your Children in a Coma.” Finally, there’s the impeccably sequenced odds-and-ends collection, featuring the band’s three EPs— wisely excluding a few unnecessary re-
Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri 800% Ndagga (Ndagga)
tions on its slithering groove over its eight tracks, extracting just the right amount of energy from each vamp
and serving up its irresistible kinetic rhythms in 4-to-9 minute slices of aural calisthenics.
Future Bible Heroes Memories of Love, Eternal Youth and Partygoing. (Merge)
mixes—and various compilation tracks. Highlights include the manic techno exotica of “My Blue Hawaii,” “Mr. Punch” about the Neil Gaiman-penned character and the dev-
astating “O! What a Dream It Was,” and the set is a no-brainer for fans of synth-pop, The Magnetic Fields, and/ or cheeky electro decadence.
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Ogya with Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Chattanooga Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 821-4224, ridetheincline.com Ragtag Ramblers 12:30 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960, chattanoogarivermarket.com The Loop 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, sugarsribs.com Mad Anthony and The Sneaky Hand 7 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, thehonestpint.com Tim Lewis 9 p.m. Bart's Lakeshore, 5840 Lake Resort Terrace (423) 870-0777, bartslakeshore.com Open Mic with Hap Henninger 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn). (423) 634-9191 Soul Survivor 9 p.m. Jack A's Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Terrace, (423) 710-8739, jackaschopshopsaloon.com
Fri 07.05 Ogya with Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Chattanooga Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 821-4224, ridetheincline.co Lumbar Five 7 p.m. NightFall Music Series, River City Stage at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. nightfallchattanooga.com Ryan Oyer 7 p.m. Barking Legs Theatre, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, barkinglegs.org Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
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• Lumbar Five. It's a bone in the body. The place where the backbone meets the tailbone. Soulful vocals, soaring guitar, a percolating bassline, and a combination of a jazz/rock drummer paired with an out-of-this world percussionist from West Africa make the Lumbar Five a band unlike any other. Friday, 7 p.m. Nightfall Concert Series, River City Stage at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. nightfallchattanooga.com
8 p.m. Nightfall Music Series, River City Stage at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. nightfallchattanooga.com 6String Suga Daddy 8 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065, ringgoldacoustic.com Matt Stephens Project 8 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644, rhythm-brews.com 6 String Suga Daddy 8 p.m. The Acoustic Cafe, 61 RBC Drive, Ringgold, GA. (706) 965-2065, ringgoldacoustic.com Wide Open Floor 8 p.m. Barking Legs, 1307 Dodds Ave., (423) 634-5347, barkinglegs.org Roberts & Sims 8 p.m. Jack A's Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Terrace, (423) 710-8739, jackaschopshopsaloon.com Gentleman’s Jazz 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The Foundry, 1201 Broad
St. (423)756-3400, chattanooganhotel.com Scott Stambuagh, Troy Underwood 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn). (423) 634-9191 Five 40 9 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919 Billie in the Woods 9 p.m. Tremont Tavern, 1203 Hixson Pike. (423) 266-1996 Husky Burnette 9 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, skyzoochattanooga.com The Micks 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, sugarsribs.com Milele Roots 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, jjsbohemia.com Classhole, Red Necklace, Tuff Tits, Monstertruck 10 p.m. Sluggo’s, 501 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 752-5224
Ogya with Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Chattanooga Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 821-4224, ridetheincline.co The Mason Dixieland Line 12:30 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960, chattanoogarivermarket.com Michelle Holder 6 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo Victorian Lounge, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-5000, choochoo.com/localevents Zach Laliberte 7 p.m. Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mtn. (423) 866-1959 The North and South Dakotas 8 p.m. The Acoustic Cafe, 61 RBC Drive, Ringgold, GA. (706) 965-2065, ringgoldacoustic.com Gentleman’s Jazz 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The Foundry, 1201 Broad St. (423) 756-3400, chattanooganhotel.com 27 South 9 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, skyzoochattanooga.com Roshambeaux 9 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919 Jason Isbell with Widowspeak 9 p.m. Track 29, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-4323, track29.co Kara-Ory-Oke 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn). (423) 634-9191 Preston Parris 9 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd. (423) 499-5055, thepalmsathamilton.com Gabriel Newell 9 p.m. Jack A's Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Terrace (423) 710-8739, jackaschopshopsaloon.com
Chattanooga Live The Communicators performing Jane’s Addiction’s “Nothing’s Shocking” with SharkWeek, Moon Slew 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644. rhythm-brews.com The Micks 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, sugarsribs.com SoCro, Bataille Noted!, Talk 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, jjsbohemia.com Common Ground 10 p.m. Bud's Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Rd., (423) 499-9878, budssportsbar.com
Sun 07.07 Lone Mountain Band 12:30 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960, chattanoogarivermarket.com Michael Jacobs 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Ryan Oyer 1:30 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org Jessica Campbell 2 p.m. Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Sunday’s Best Gospel Contest 4 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org Tim Lewis 4 p.m. Jack A's Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Terrace, (423) 710-8739, jackaschopshopsaloon.com Chattanooga Traditional Irish Music Session 5 p.m. Moccasin Bend Brewing Company,
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• Chattanooga born-and-bred and now residing in the City of Angels, Zach Laliberte's music is an eclectic mix of words and notes. He can be heard anywhere that he sings and is usually enthusiastic about being enthusiastic. When you hear him play, and it doesn't seem like you will be in danger, then you should reexamine the amount of fun you are having in your life and let go. Saturday, 7 p.m. Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mtn. (423) 866-1959. signalmountainmacc.org
4015 Tennessee Ave. (423) 821-6392 Shawn Waters, West Bound Rangers, Karyna Micaela 7 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, thehonestpint.com River City Sessions 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, thecamphouse.com Relient K, The Almost, The Rocketboys 7:30 p.m. Track 29, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-4323, track29.co 423 Bass Love 9 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, skyzoochattanooga.com Common Ground 10 p.m. Bud's Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Rd. (423) 499-9878. budssportsbar.com Strata G, Flomi Fly, Natural Habitz
10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, jjsbohemia.com
Mon 07.08 Kingdom of Giants, You Can’t Miss the Bear, Everyone a Masterpiece, Reformers, Exiting the Fall 7 p.m. Warehouse Cleveland, 260 2nd Street NE, Cleveland. warehousevenue.com Cannibis Corpse 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, jjsbohemia.com
Tue 07.09 Tim Starnes & Friends 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, sugarsribs.com
4 Miles Gone 6 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644. rhythm-brews.com Emblem3 featuring MKTO 7 p.m. Track 29, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-4323, track29.co Cat Country Presents: Texaco Country Showdown 7:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644. rhythm-brews.com Dan Sheffield 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, sugarsribs.com River City Sessions 7:30 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St., (423) 702-8081, thecamphouse.com Chris and Lolly 8 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065, ringgoldacoustic.com Paul Hadfield 9 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644, rhythm-brews.com Joey Green Band, Rob Nance, Dead Freight 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, thehonestpint.com 2nFro & Frenz 9:30 p.m. Pokey’s Sports Bar, 918 Sahara Dr. Cleveland. (423) 476-6059 Husky Burnette, Dave Arcari, Kara Clark 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, jjsbohemia.com
Thursday, July 4: 9pm Open Mic with Hap Henninger Friday, July 5: 9pm Scoot Stambaugh, Troy Underwood Saturday, July 6: 10pm Kara-Ory-Oke! Tuesday, July 9: 7pm
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Life As a Moving Target
ow do you think it feels to live in the crosshairs of a target scope? Shanequa Gay’s return exhibition at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, “The Fair Game Project,” shows many aspects of this oppressive condition. More than 20 visual works evoke a range of feelings from empathy to irony to rage. Gay combines elegant painting with poetic acumen to bring viewers a realization of the terror of being the target. Gay remarks: “’Fair Game’ is inspired by my belief that African American men are being hunted like game and are an endangered species.” She goes on to explain that these “hunters” even include “the black male through self-inflicted genocide.” Gay will be present for an artist talk on Tuesday, July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, where “The Fair Game Project” runs through August 30. Gay’s paintings are on wood and carry 2012 dates. A group of six paintings, some of which show the “Fair Game” titles, use
the natural board as a background, and this choice brings a sense of irony to the works since the “natural” wood backgrounds the unnatural and surreal foreground presentations. These subjects are shown in just two colors, gray and black, both functioning in silhouettes. The gray becomes a middle ground and the black presents the foreground. Gay achieves an elegant, threedimensional effect with this use of the medium. She also invokes a dramatic sense of implied motion for her figures, many of which are caught in dynamic flight.
Gay combines elegant painting with poetic acumen to bring viewers a realization of the terror of being the target.
Some of these figures represent a verbal and visually surreal idiom. While the word “buck” can refer to white males, it has a long history of reference to black males, probably going back to slavery. Many of Gay’s black male figures have racks of horns, just as “trophy bucks” have. Some of her figures include actual deer animals as well. Other figures include hunters with rifles, a uniformed figure with a pistol, and a “buck” figure with a pistol. Gay’s metaphor “hunted like game” has a very deep significance. While slavery in the ancient world was a common state, it was generally a kind of political fortune. A famous passage in the “Satiricon” by Petronius portrays a feast given by a character who owns a great Roman estate. The character had been a slave to the estate’s former owner, but he inherited the property upon the death of his master. With the widespread ascent of Christianity, the moral problem of slavery was assuaged through dehumanization, with slaves considered to be no more than savages or beasts. In his famous novel “The Sound and the Fury,” William Faulkner demonstrated that those who keep men like animals become animals themselves. The abolition of slavery came as a result of the recognition of the humanity of the people held as slaves. This broadening humanized inclusion allowed a more equitable moral ground. Racism remains the horrible legacy of slavery. Beliefs that are little more than rationalized hatred continue to damage society. Perception remains the key to artis-
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tic creation. The perspective of privilege blindly ignores the collateral damage of its privileged position. Gay’s art brings the viewer to the perception of the prey, as it were. Some of Gay’s paintings are poems, voicing the rage that results from continued victimization. Her “Boxed In” diptych shows black men who are pulled into themselves, surrounded by word collages. She also has portraits, presented on natural board to emphasize the natural quality of humanity. Gay’s collage painting “Father of Perpetual Help” has a satirical bite. She presents the man holding a child in the iconic mode usually accorded to Madonnas. Is this divine state somehow unthinkable? This image of divine man and child erupts into a cultural void. Can you see this? You can, because Gay does. Of other portraits, one called “Patriot” shows a standing black “buck” with target
zones indicated. Another, “Troy (Davis)” has his first name and portrait painted onto a collage of news stories about his case. One of the poem paintings depicts Trayvon Martin. The Zimmerman trial is ongoing. Gay’s work has gained wide recognition since last exhibit at the Bessie Smith. She has shown at the Hunter Museum, and has been chosen for a White House commission, among a number of other inclusions and honors. Gay’s work, relevantly engaged and stunningly evocative, brings balance to skewed social views.
Shanequa Gay: “The Fair Game Project”
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with housing costs, and one out of every four households are spending more than 50 percent of their income on housing. From this report came the proposed Affordable Housing Ordinance, a law that would mandate affordable housing units in new multi-unit residential developments built in the city. As far as I know, it’s the first time a group of citizens has worked together to create a full piece of legislation and propose it. The AHO was re-introduced to the new city council just this past week. CM: In August 2012, COA was awarded a $40,000 dollar grant by the Benwood Foundation. How has this grant been used to further the efforts of COA? PL: Since receiving the grant, we’ve worked to institute two programs to help grassroots individuals and organizations create the change they wish to see. The first program is the Justice School, which trains individuals in theory and practice of community organization. This year’s program will run in August. It’s entirely free and we only ask that students, upon leaving the program, lend their skills to future organizing efforts COA may encounter. The second is the SPARC Initiative. SPARC stands for “Sustaining People and Reclaiming Communities,” and the keyword here is “reclaim.” Instead of professional planners and politicians determining the future of individual communities, we work to deliver the tools of community planning directly into the hands of the people. I can think of no better example than our work with Lincoln Park. This community was told that a road was going to be built through their historic community park. City officials said the plans were set and couldn’t be stopped. SPARC changed this. They’ve won a promise from Mayor Andy Berke to be included in all conversations regarding their community and a promise that no road would be built through their park. Lincoln Park is now making plans for itself—plans that include a reunion and getting historic status for their park. CM: Where do you see COA in the future? PL: First you have to ask where Chattanooga is in the future. Chattanooga’s renaissance has not been equitable. Investment hasn’t been equitable. We may have more millionaires and luxury condos, but this renaissance has occurred in the midst of a 75.2 percent increase in poverty levels, according to the Brookings Institute. We have some communities with 23 percent unemployment rates, but some communities where the median family income exceeds $100,000 annually. This is not the Chattanooga I want to live in. But what this city becomes is up to us. This is what COA will be working on.
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Art Bike Workshops 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Glass House Collective, 2523 Glass St. (423) 490-9671, glasshousecollective.org “Natural Collections” 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. - 8 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org “Shanequa Gay: The Fair Game Project” 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-8658. Artillery Demonstrations 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Point Park, 112 Point Park Rd, Lookout Mountain. (423) 821-7786 AVA All-Member Salon Show 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave, (423) 265-4282, avarts.org Rock City Raptors 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rock City, 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mtn, Ga. seerockcity.com Red, White, and Blue Day Noon - 4 p.m. Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. (423) 756-2738, cdmfun.org Ooltewah Farmer’s Market 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co. Inc., 5829 Main St. (423) 238-9775 “Mystery at the Redneck Italian Wedding” 7 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, funnydinner.com Painting Workshop: “4th of July American Flag” 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, artsychattanooga.com Spectacular Fireworks Display! 10 p.m. Lake Winnepesaukah, 1730 Lakeview Drive,
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Fri 07.05 Art Bike Workshops 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Glass House Collective, 2523 Glass St. (423) 490-9671, glasshousecollective.org “Thenwedieatron” - The Art Bike! 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310, lib.chattanooga.gov “Natural Collections” 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 “Shanequa Gay: The Fair Game Project” 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-8658. AVA All-Member Salon Show 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave, (423) 265-4282, avarts.org "Mystery at the Nightmare Office Party” 7 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, funnydinner.com Painting Workshop: “Doorway” 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, artsychattanooga.com Open House Showcase hosted by Red Squirrel 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233. thecomedycatch.com Wide Open Floor: Fresh Blood 7:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347,
barkinglegs.org “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538, theatrecentre.com Stand-Up Comedy: Ward Anderson 9:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, funnydinner.com
Sat 07.06 “Natural Collections” 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 AVA All-Member Salon Show 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282, avarts.org “Shanequa Gay: The Fair Game Project” Noon -4 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-8658. Animal Adventures Show 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. (423) 697-1322, chattzoo.org “The Canoe from Ancient Times to Present” 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, 400 Garden Rd. (423) 821-1160, chattanoogaanc.org “The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Intelligent Beings” 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, 400 Garden Rd. (423) 821-1160, chattanoogaanc.org “Mystery of Flight 138” 5:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, funnydinner.com
Painting Workshop: “Beach” 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, artsychattanooga.com Music and Comedy Night: Rare Coalition 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233, thecomedycatch.com “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 Stand-Up Comedy: Ward Anderson 10:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St., (423) 517-1839, funnydinner.com
Sun 07.07 Peach Festival @ The Chattanooga Market 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Free First Sunday Noon - 4:30 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org “Natural Collections” 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. River Gallery, 400 E. 2nd St. (423) 265-5033, river-gallery.com Animal Adventures Show 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. (423) 697-1322, chattzoo.org Sunday’s Best Gospel Competition 4 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, barkinglegs.org Open House Showcase hosted by Red Squirrel
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Pedal For a Pyramid Ever wanted to interact with a sculpture? Then the “Thenwedieatron” Interactive Sculpture coming to the Chattanooga Public Library is for you. Art bike artist Natali Leduc returns to Chattanooga to teach a series of workshops and brings the “Thenwedieatron” with her. The collaborative sculpture by Mattew Gorgol and Leduc, is a giant pyramid inflated by a stationary fan-bicycle. The sculpture is about trust and interdependence. While pyramids are normally perceived as a structure devoted to the preservation of the dead, this one focuses on the ephemeral and the joy of being alive. Ride the bike and help blow up the sculpture Friday, July 5 from 9-6 p.m. After July 5, the sculpture may pop up at various locations throughout town. • The Thenwedieatron Friday, July 5, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Chattanooga Downtown Library, 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310, lib.Chattanooga.gov
7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233, thecomedycatch.com
Mon 07.08 “Natural Collections” 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 “Shanequa Gay: The Fair Game Project” 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-8658. The Sketchbook Project 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org Painting Workshop: “Wings of Spring” - Family Night 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, artsychattanooga.com
Tue 07.09 “Natural Collections” 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 AVA All-Member Salon Show 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave, (423) 265-4282, avarts.org Chattanooga Writer’s Guild 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310,
lib.chattanooga.gov Painting Workshop: “Tree Top” 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, artsychattanooga.com “Mouth of the South” Comedy Competition 8 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St., (423) 517-1839, funnydinner.com
Wed 07.10 “Natural Collections” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. River Gallery, 400 E. 2nd St. (423) 265-5033, river-gallery.com Magic Tree House traveling exhibit 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. (423) 756-2738, cdmfun.org “Shanequa Gay: The Fair Game Project” 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-8658. “Whitfield Lovell: Deep River” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org AVA All-Member Salon Show 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave, (423) 265-4282, avarts.org Rock City Raptors 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rock City, 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mtn, Ga. seerockcity.com Painting Workshop: “Daytime - Singing Sun” 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, artsychattanooga.com
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Zombies R Us “World War Z” may share the same name as the 2006 Max Brooks novel, but that’s where the similarities end. The novel is a thoughtful and complicated discussion of a global response to a highly contagious and deadly pathogen using zombies as an entertaining symbol. It is a vast, ambitious, and sprawling piece of survival fiction that features strong social commentary and a surprising amount of depth.
The film is a blockbuster zombie movie starring Brad Pitt. This isn’t to say it’s poorly done—quite the opposite, in fact. “World War Z,” the movie, is a thoroughly enjoyable addition to the genre featuring a breakneck pace, intriguing characters, and some exciting scenes of fresh zombie mayhem. It might have been hindered by its PG-13 rating, as the blood and gore usually found in zombie fiction is almost entirely absent. Zombie movie fans might leave scratching their heads at off-screen violence, wondering how it is that cable television has more guts than Hollywood. But given the rumors surrounding the film—reportedly the last 40 minutes of film had to be reshot after the first edit due to poor quality—the finished product is unexpectedly coherent and complete. Former UN investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) wakes up with his wife Karin (Mireille Enos) one idyllic Philadelphia morning and
readies his family for school. In the background, we hear various news reports about a strange outbreak of rabies in other countries. Soon after, the family is sitting in traffic when all hell breaks loose. From here, the story is one chase scene after another, with little pause or reflection. “World War Z” zombies are fast, army-antlike, and not particularly interested in brains. These zombies are only interested in self-replication, which is a fresh look at a familiar movie monster. Given the ten seconds between bite to zombie, humanity really
appears to be in dire straits, and the tension that this creates is built very well. The most successful aspect of the film is the development of the pandemonium atmosphere in the cities of the world. The film jumps from scene to scene, from location to location, attempting to show the length and breadth of the outbreak and the local responses to each. Scenes in Korea and Israel are handled well, with a good mixture of exposition and chaos. The scenes in Israel come closest to the book in terms of depth and social commentary, with the explanation of “the tenth man” being one of the only shout outs to fans of the novel. Israel is likely the most thrilling part of the film and those scenes alone are worth the ticket price. Unfortunately, the worldwide view of a global crisis stops abruptly soon after the scenes in Israel. The scope of the film narrows to the protagonist, as he searches for a cure in the last act. These are the scenes that were likely reshot in an attempt to rein in the sweeping action and tightly wrap the story up in under two hours. The film leaps from giant set pieces and CGI to close-quarter zombie encounters. They are gripping in their own way, but the abrupt change in structure
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or unique storytelling. Narrative issues aside, “World War Z” is still an effective and entertaining summer movie. Brad Pitt maintains his record of never giving a bad performance, and the fast pace of the film keeps the audience engrossed in the action throughout. Fans of the book may be disappointed—but should be heartened by the recent unabridged release of the audio book, featuring narrators like Martin Scorcese, Nathan Fillion and Simon Pegg, among a cavalcade of other great actors and directors. Both the film and the audio book make it a great summer for zombie fans.
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makes the film seem like it’s falling short of its initial aims. “World War Z” hoped to be an encompassing look at a zombie outbreak on a worldwide scale, but didn’t take into account how wide the world actually is. The format of a star-driven, two-hour blockbuster doesn’t have enough space to confine something so large while telling a meaningful and affecting story. A miniseries might do a better job of covering the topics in the book and give a larger cast a chance at telling a powerful story, but it wouldn’t have the budget of a big Hollywood film, making the special effects budget dramatically smaller. It’s a tradeoff between either incredible visuals
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Socializing and Gamifying Two Gig Tank teams modernize information management
wo Gig Tank teams are developing mobile applications that turn familiar aspect of business inside out by exploiting the ubiquity of smart phones and social media. Sisasa and Tidbit are two of the seven teams spending the summer working on highly accelerated launches of products that use Chattanooga's gig-speed Internet bandwidth. One is targeting the hospitality industry, and one is taking aim at banking for 20-somethings. Both companies are business-to-business products with the help—and potential interest—of Chattanooga companies they have met through the Gig Tank.
Sisasa: Clueful Social Banking Sisasa begins from the premise that there is a huge gap between 20-somethings and financial institutions. Young adults use smart phones and social media for everything, but most banks really haven't figured out how to reach them that way. "Everyone is trying to figure out social banking, and no one has figured it out yet," said Debbie Tien, cofounder of Sisasa. "Right now social banking for most banks is creating a Facebook page, making a twitter, maybe having a hashtag if they're super revolutionary." She sees some upstart banks doing well with mobile applications, but says those companies are, essentially, trying to create an alternative banking system. "We don't want to do that," she said. "We are trying to work with existing banks and credit unions because we think they are far more efficient and effective in spreading financial literacy."
Sisasa's product is a social banking app that uses gamification techniques to encourage friendly competition among savers and Facebook-like sharing functions to draw young adults in and encourage financial literacy. The company plans to market the app to banks, which would provide it as an option for customers. Though young adults are not profitable banking customers to start with, she said, "If the bank can keep a customer their whole life, that lifetime value is very high, especially if they are interacting on a mobile channel, which has a much lower cost per transaction than a branch transaction."
Tidbit: Training Goes Social and Mobile Tidbit also relies heavily on the ubiquity of mobile devices. Starting with the hospitality industry, it wants to turn corporate training on its head by offering employers a platform that allows employees to create training material themselves in the form of short text, images, one-minute video captured via smart phone and tablet. "We want to kill the learning management system," said Sam Bowen of Tidbit, referring to the seemingly inescapable digital training interface that presents information on a computer screen and quizzes the "learner" before moving on to additional PowerPoint-like slides, followed by another quiz. "Also the employee handbook. Handbooks suck." Tidbit offers an alternative to suffering through corporate training video, online readand-quiz systems and employee handbooks. Instead, Tidbit will
We want to kill the learning management system. Also the employee handbook. Handbooks suck. Sam Bowen allow employees to document their own best practices. Imagine some arcane bit of knowledge that needs to be documented, like maintenance tips for the plumbing system of an old building that only one person knows how to fix. Tidbit would allow that employee to shoot a quick video of the procedure—or a series of several—for a knowledge base anyone could access. Or consider a relatively small but rapidly changing bit of information at a restaurant, like instructions for the next shift of servers. If the information is typed into an email, it might never be read by servers, who are mostly in an age band that has largely abandoned email. If it's recorded in a video and pushed to workers' phones, they're more likely to get the message. Competitive gaming elements are also part of the mix for Tidbit, in the form of incentives for employees competing to document the most efficient way do something, for example. Rather than a more traditional, top-down corporate video approach, said Bowen, "We're more inside up in how we gen-
erate the content, as opposed to someone in management telling employees this is how you're going to do it. You get a better form of communication in the organization that way." Both teams' products have evolved rapidly over the weeks of the Gig Tank. "We weren't even sure what industry we wanted to target because we were being pulled in so many different directions," said Bowen. "We knew we wanted to do some type of learning platform." "We were the opposite," said Tien. "We knew the industry but we didn't know what we wanted to do in it. We knew we wanted to give young adults more control in the economy. A lot of people feel really helpless, especially given the current environment." "We're both solving big data problems," added Bowen. "Every organization has a huge amount of data that's trapped within the walls of people's minds. Tidbit is trying to pull it out and share it in that organization so that everyone can benefit from it. Debbie is doing same thing with Sisasa, but her data is knowledge trapped in websites and dusty books that no one in that age group would use."
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Gray was a renowned 18th-century English poet best remembered for his “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.” It was a short poem—only 986 words, which is less than the length of this horoscope column. On the other hand, it took him seven years to write it, or an average of 12 words per month. I suspect that you are embarking on a labor of love that will evolve at a gradual pace, too, Cancerian. It might not occupy you for seven years, but it will probably take longer than you imagine. And yet, that’s exactly how long it should take. This is a character-building, life-defining project that can’t and shouldn’t be rushed.
(July 23-Aug. 22): The 18thcentury German philosopher Georg Christoph Lichtenberg accepted the possibility that some humans have the power of clairvoyance. “The ‘second sight’ possessed by the Highlanders in Scotland is actually a foreknowledge of future events,” he wrote. “I believe they possess this gift because they don’t wear trousers. That is also why in all countries women are more prone to utter prophecies.” I bring this to your attention, Leo, because I believe that in the coming weeks you’re likely to catch accurate glimpses of what’s to come— especially when you’re not wearing pants.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Were you nurtured well by caring adults in the first year of your life? If so, I bet you now have the capacity to fix whatever’s ailing your tribe or posse. You could offer some inspiration that will renew everyone’s motivation to work together. You might improve the group communication as you strengthen the foundation that supports you all. And what about if you were NOT given an abundance of tender love as a young child? I think you will still have the power to raise your crew’s mood, but you may end up kicking a few butts along the way. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Summing up his experiment in living at Walden Pond, naturalist Henry David Thoreau said this: “I learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws will be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.” Given the astrological factors that will be impacting your life in the next 12 months, Libra, you might consider adopting this philosophy as your own.
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Thirteen thousand years ago, lions and mammoths and camels roamed parts of North America. But along with many other large beasts, they ultimately became extinct. Possible explanations
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for their demise include climate change and over-hunting by humans. In recent years a group of biologists has proposed a plan to repopulate the western part of the continent with similar species. They call their idea “re-wilding.” In the coming months, Scorpio, I suggest you consider a re-wilding program of your own. Cosmic forces will be on your side if you reinvigorate your connection to the raw, primal aspects of both your own nature and the great outdoors.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): Who was Russia’s greatest poet? Many critics say it was Alexander Pushkin, who lived in the 19th century. His abundant creativity was undoubtedly related to his unruly libido. By the time he was 31 years old, he’d had 112 lovers. But then he met his ultimate muse, the lovely and intelligent Natalya Goncharova, to whom he remained faithful. “Without you,” he wrote to her, “I would have been unhappy all my life.” I half-expect something comparable to happen for you in the next ten months, Sagittarius. You may either find an unparalleled ally or else finally ripen your relationship with an unparalleled ally you’ve known for a while. One way or another, I bet you will commit yourself deeper and stronger.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It’s Grease Week—a time when you need to make sure everything is as well-oiled as possible. Does your car need a quart of Castrol? Is it time to bring more extra virgin olive oil into your kitchen? Do you have any K-Y Jelly in your nightstand, just in case? Are there creaky doors or stuck screws or squeaky wheels that could use some WD-40? Be liberal with the lubrication, Capricorn—both literally and metaphorically. You need smooth procedures and natural transitions. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Two years into the War of 1812, British soldiers invaded Washington, D.C. They set fire to the White House and other government buildings. The flames raged out of control, spreading in all directions. The entire city was in danger of burning. In the nick of time, a fierce storm hit, producing a tornado and heavy rains. Most of the fires were extinguished. Battered by the weather, the British army retreated. America’s capital was saved. I predict that you, Aquarius, will soon be the beneficiary of a somewhat less dramatic example of this series of events. Give thanks for the “lucky storm.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Like the legendary Most Interesting Man in the World who shills for Dos Equis beer, you will never step in gum on the sidewalk or lose a sock in the coming weeks. Your cereal will never get soggy; it’ll sit there, staying crispy, just for you. The phero-
mones you secrete will affect people miles away. You’ll have the power to pop open a pinata with the blink of your eye. If you take a Rorschach test, you’ll ace it. Ghosts will sit around campfires telling stories about you. Cafes and restaurants may name sandwiches after you. If you so choose, you’ll be able to live vicariously through yourself. You will give your guardian angel a sense of security.
(March 21-April 19): In his book The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden, Robert Johnson says many of us are as much in debt with our psychic energy as we are with our financial life. We work too hard. We rarely refresh ourselves with silence and slowness and peace. We don’t get enough sleep or good food or exposure to nature. And so we’re routinely using up more of our reserves than we are able to replenish. We’re chronically running a deficit. “It is genius to store energy,” says Johnson. He recommends creating a plan to save it up so that you always have more than enough to draw on when an unexpected opportunity arrives. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to make this a habit, Aries.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
In the course of your long life, I estimate you will come up with approximately 60,000 really good ideas. Some of these are
small, like those that help you decide how to spend your weekend. Some are big ones, like those that reveal the best place for you to live. As your destiny unfolds, you go through phases when you have fewer good ideas than average, and other phases when you’re overflowing with them. The period you’re in right now is one of the latter. You are a fountain of bright notions, intuitive insights, and fresh perspectives. Take advantage of the abundance, Taurus. Solve as many riddles and dilemmas as you can.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): No one knows the scientific reasons why longdistance runners sometimes get a “second wind.” Nonetheless, such a thing exists. It allows athletes to resume their peak efforts after seemingly having reached a point of exhaustion. According to my reading of the astrological omens, a metaphorical version of this happy event will occur for you sometime soon, Gemini. You made a good beginning but have been flagging a bit of late. Any minute now, though, I expect you will get your second wind. Homework: Where’s the place you’re half-afraid to travel to even though you know it would change your life for the better? Write Freewillastrology.com.
“Let Freestyle Reign”--who needs a theme? Across 1. Cap and gown wearer 9. Ticket ___ 14. Spying, as at a window 15. Sweet stuff 16. The Notorious B.I.G., for one 18. Team-building exercise? 19. Nastase of tennis 20. Be a bigmouth magician 27. It flows to the Baltic Sea 28. Words preceding “where the buffalo roam” 29. Regarding 30. Way off 33. Org. that uses the pattern XXX-XX-XXXX 36. Morphine alternative 37. Abbr. in Albany 38. It turns green in mid-March 41. Uncanny glow 42. Having wings
(anagram of EAT AL) 43. When sold separately 47. Scorsese, Soderbergh or Shyamalan 50. Magazine founder Eric 51. “___ are exactly alike” 52. Forbidden 58. “Portlandia” executive producer Michaels 59. Pen pals? 60. Spiral-horned antelope 61. They end “time” and “date” Down 1. Targeted (towards) 2. Make sure you won’t lose a file 3. Johnny Carson character who used crazy road maps 4. Formal pronouncements 5. Its deck has 108 cards 6. Turkish title
7. Opposite of ‘tain’t 8. Allergy specialist, perhaps 9. Sedimentary rock 10. Of interest 11. Crimethink offender flushed down the memory hole 12. Spelling competition 13. Mideast nat. 14. “Napoleon Dynamite” role 17. Surpassed 21. They may have innings past midnight 22. Anderson Cooper once hosted it 23. Irritation for a web surfer 24. Retired professors 25. Online DIY store 26. Ten below? 31. Harem quarters (hidden in SODA WATER) 32. A.L. Central team, on scoreboards
33. Line crosser 34. Feng ___ 35. Flying force 39. Mos Eisley saloon 40. 2008 TV movie with Laura Dern as Katherine Harris 44. Churchill successor 45. Shrinks 46. Bill and George’s competitor, in 1992 48. Extension of the main building 49. “The Smartest Guys in the Room” company 52. Carte start 53. 2003 and 2007 role for Morgan Freeman 54. Rolls out a prank? 55. Prefix with centennial 56. Sec. of State nickname 57. -speak
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Brightside of the Southside I
took a little heat recently for a recent comment I made about the Southside of Chattanooga after last week’s “Weekly Perfectly Justifiable Felonious Shooting Competition.” People were saying I sullied its name and espoused only the negatives, the stereotypes, and described it from the cynical perspective of a burned-out asshole. Oh, and that I was somehow a racist, which usually just engenders my smile…or frown…or neutral expression.
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Me? Cynical? What a load of crap. And I can prove it: Something good HAS come from the Southside, and it was something I actually took home with me and held close for years. No, literally. I was a Brainerd man in those days, which meant I dealt exclusively with two types of crime: Traffic violators (wrecks included), and shoplifters. It was horribly boring (less the occasional foot chase through what was, at the time, the largest mall in Tennessee) so upon finding I’d been loaned out to Charlie Team (the zone that covers the aforementioned blight-prone area of the city), I thought, “Hey, this will be a different kind of horrible at least.” And hey, maybe they Shoney’s from my training days was still open? I learned two things over the next few hours. One, the grass is never greener on the other side…it just gets fed by a different septic tank. And two, that the damn Shoney’s was closed after all and no one had the decency to even put a cheap Mexican restaurant into the building as is generally required across the nation. I had barely gotten into the team area when the radio chirped and any remaining thoughts of an easy, unmotivated night perished. Well, most of them. Howard High School. I was being sent on an unknown trouble call there, and let me tell you: An “unknown trouble” call at a inner-city high school
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“ can have a LOT of possibilities in this world. I acknowledged the dispatch and headed that way. I arrived about the same time as my backup unit and we headed to the front office, the absence of banter between us being notable since I was a tourist in his team. We knew each other by nametags but not much else, and we opened the front doors silently considering one another until we were interrupted by the sound of screams. Despite having hardly met, we were both trained the same way by the same people for the same reasons, so eyes narrowed and hands went to pistols and we went wordlessly inside, a plan not needing to be spoken just yet as we headed to that place cops always go to: Where people were running from. There were no sounds of shots or scent of gunpowder or other signs of “CNN-style” shit breaking loose, so we navigated a few hallways and turns to find a group of kids outside one particular classroom, and we asked what the problem was. “Sn… Sn…,” one girl tried to say between heaving sobs and some kind of dancing on tiptoes.
Scarred and emaciated, its aggression and hunger were balanced out by its weakened physical condition— so naturally I bonded with it.
“Hey, hey now…it’s OK. Tell me what is wrong?” I asked her as soothingly as possible. “Sn… Sn... SNAKE!!!” she cried, then pulled her own hair and ran up the hallway where the others had gone. It was a ball python, to be precise, being held at bay in the rear left corner of an English classroom with a broom wielded by a very surprised-looking teacher. “Please. Take. This. Please.” We later found that the snake in question had been a classroom pet, an environmental sciences specimen that had apparently escaped its terrarium and not been seen for more than a year. A year of living in the walls and crawlspaces of an innercity high school…amazing. Scarred and emaciated, its aggression and hunger were balanced out by its weakened physical condition—so naturally I bonded with it. Upon learning that neither the Humane Society nor any other agency would claim this thing, I did what any other decent human being would do: I took the poor bastard home. What good came of the “prerevitalized” Southside? A serpent (later named “Howard,” of course, it being his alma matter, after all). Five good years we had, Howard and I: eating mice, scaring chicks, and never having to say a word to each other. A friend. “Cynical?” I think not. Next question?
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