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August 22, 2013

Vol. 10 • No. 34

POLITICS » purpose & identity

Mayor andy berke on the arts

Chattanooga’s Weekly Alternative

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Ponder On This

Southern Brewers Fest

A Wee Taste of the Brew To the outside world, Chattanooga might not seem like a big beer town. No one would confuse it with Portland or Boston. But what outsiders don’t realize is that Chattanooga has its own great beer community—and it’s growing. In fact, it’s starting to attract some attention: recently included it in its list of the Top Ten “unexpected” beer cities in America. And local beer lovers should already know that one of the best days of the year is coming up fast. For those not in the know, we’re talking about the 19th Annual Southern Brewers Festival, coming to the Chattanooga Riverfront (Ross’s Landing) on Saturday, Aug. 24. Running from 2 p.m. until midnight, the Southern Brewers Festival is a full day celebration of all things beer. More than 40 breweries will be on hand, with multiple styles of beer on tap, totaling around 100 different beers to taste. These breweries range from local companies like Moccasin Bend Brewing Co., Terminal Brewhouse and Chattanooga Brewing Co., to nationally recognized brands like Blue Moon, Samuel Adams and Yuengeling, with plenty of regional beers from across the South, as well as the rest of the country. After 19 years, the festival has become a local tradition, one that keeps getting bigger and bigger. It was recently named the Best Brewer’s Festival in America by Draft Magazine, while Maxim listed the fest in its top three. Admission comes with a complimentary commemorative 14-oz. glass and one beer token to use towards your choice of beer. Additional tokens will be available for $2 each. Two tokens will get you a “full pour” of 12 oz, while one token gets you a “half pour” of 6 oz. All ages are welcome—and kids 12 and under are free—just make sure

the beer drinkers among you bring along an ID and don’t forget to designate a driver. The money you’ll spend doesn’t just go towards your own beer enjoyment—you’ll be downing a brew for a good cause. All proceeds from the event go to Chattanooga’s Kids On The Block program and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen. Last year alone, $173,000 dollars were raised, and since its inception 19 years ago, the Southern Brewers Festival has brought in nearly one million dollars for various local Chattanooga charities. If that wasn’t enough, this isn’t just a beer fest; it’s a full-blown one-day music festival, too. This year’s edition carries the heaviest-hitting lineup so far, starting with headliner Galactic and their very special guest, Corey Glover of Living Colour. Rounding out the lineup are Robert Randolph & the Family Band, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, North Mississippi Allstars and Yarn. Whether you go for the beer or the music, or both, this is one annual event you don’t want to miss. —Carson O'Shoney

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So You Think You’d Like To Learn To Dance Just a few days before fall classes begin there in earnest, “Ponder On This!” will take over the stage at Barking Legs Theater from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. With eight different classes being sampled in 30-minute blocks, there’s something for everyone. For kids ages 5-7, there’s “Creative Dance for Kids” with Jarred Clemons at 10 a.m., and for kids ages 4-10, there’s “Creative Movement” with Nina Jones at 1:30 p.m. There’s even one adults only class: “Seduce ’Em!” with Jarred Clemons at 10:30 a.m. For teens and just about everyone else ages 15 and up, there are plenty of options.

For starters, there’s “Contemporary Funk” with Bernadette Upton at 11 a.m., “Dance Improvisation” with Ann Law at 11:30 a.m., “Lyrical Hip-Hop” with Devante Williams at 12:30 p.m., and “Hip-Hop” with Bernadette Upton at 1 p.m. Then there’s a show that’s inclusive of all ages from 1 to 92, “A Contemporary Release of Modern Contemporary Dance” with Maite Bou at noon. The fall class offerings, ranging from children’s programs to adult dancing, feature a wide variety of dance. Sessions begin August 26. If you’re considering signing up for one of these classes, you would be remiss to skip out on “Ponder On This!” since you can sample upcoming classes, and decide which ones are for you. For more information, find Barking Legs Theater on Facebook or visit —C.O.

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• A curated weekly selection of picks from the Chattanooga Live and Arts & Entertainment calendars by Pulse staffers.

THU08.22 PARTY TIME Courtney Daly & Ivan Wilson • It's a good old-fashioned Ladies’ Night with live music at one of the city's more laid-back hotspots (with some killer barbecue, too). 7 p.m. • The Backyard Grille, 4021 Hixson Pike. (423) 486-1369.



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“Romeo and Juliet”

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• Oh, those lovestruck kids. When will they ever learn? For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo. 7:30 p.m. • The Colonnade Civic Center, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. (706) 935-9000,

• Craft brews, great food, and music from Galactic (with special guest Corey Glover), Robert Randolph & the Family Band, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and a North Mississippi All-Stars Jarm. 2 p.m. - Midnight • Chattanooga Riverfront, 100 Chestnut St.

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If you like infectious singer-songwriter piano-driven pop sung by a woman with an angelic voice, have we got a treat for you this weekend. The three-time Grammy-nominated Sara Bareilles is back on the road, headlining venues across the country after touring in support of major acts such as Maroon 5 and James Blunt. And while she hit it big on the charts in 2007 with "Little Voices"—the number one most-downloaded album on iTunes— the last thing anyone will ever accuse her of having is a little voice. Just earlier this year, in fact, VH1 ranked her as the “80th Greatest Woman in Music.”

• The latest in a series of classi Japanese anime films from a master. 2 p.m. • Chattanooga Public Library, Northgate Branch, 278 Northgate Mall. (423) 870-0635,

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“Hip Hop History”: Digital Butter

• By way of Old Hickory, Tennessee, Nate Bargatze is the son of a former clownturned-world-class-magician, and is following in his father's footsteps (we just hope they’re not the big clown shoe ones). 7:30 p.m. • The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233.

• The members of Digital Butter, along with some of Chattanooga's most talented musicians and MCs, will be teaming up to bring you a night filled with your favorite Hip Hop Hits of the past few decades. 10 p.m. • Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St., (423) 267-4644.

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mayor andy berke

Writing the Next Chapter In Local Arts “ W e are all familiar with the Chattanooga story. Our arc from the “dirtiest city in America” to the home of Volkswagen, the Gig, and a thriving downtown, is a study in community transformation. We are at a unique point in that story, where all of us—government, nonprofits, artists, community leaders, and others—have a role to play in writing the next chapter. Since taking office a little more than 120 days ago, I have been wholly focused on making sure that city government reflects our community priorities: Safer streets, stronger neighborhoods, a growing economy, and smarter students. As we move forward, it is important to remember the role that the arts can play in each of these areas. First, mediums like dance, music, painting, and many others are a critical part of youth development. Through art education, we can build smarter students and inspire kids to explore positive outlets for creativity. Second, public art and creative activities improve the qual-



ity of life in our neighborhoods. Chattanooga’s reputation as an artist-friendly community also draws tourism and boosts our local economy. That’s why I expanded funding to ArtsBuild in the 2013 budget, promoting the integration of arts into our daily lives. Chattanooga is not alone in recognizing the importance of the arts. Cities play a vital role as regional drivers of innovation, creativity, and economic opportunity. From their origins, cities have been centers of economic and cultural development. Yet the role of the arts has morphed as cities have changed over time. When cities across the country were in a



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state of crisis in the 1960s and 70s—rising costs and shrinking revenue, blighted neighborhoods, and bloated governments—the creative culture within those cities also suffered. As the inner core rebounds, though, much like Chattanooga in the 1990s, we see the arts ascending once again. In the landscape of resurrected post-industrial cities, economic development, culture and livability are inseparable. When businesses examine whether to move to Chattanooga, they see the high quality of life we offer their employees. To recruit top talent, we need to show prospective employees that their children will receive a well-rounded education. Our theaters, music venues, and museums all play a part in Chattanooga’s reputation as a great place to live and do business. Not only is our economic development aided by our arts community, but thousands of tourists come to Chattanooga each year for arts festivals and events. For the years when the American City was dead, central downtowns were the headstone. Now, Chattanooga’s downtown is a



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For the years when the American City was dead, central downtowns were the headstone. Now, Chattanooga’s downtown is a distinct attraction, due largely to the unique sense of place created by our artists. —Mayor Andy Berke

distinct attraction, due largely to the unique sense of place created by our artists. Art, especially public art, gives a community a purpose and identity. It represents who we are and builds Chattanooga’s unique sense of place. My administration is focused on growing this

unique image and fostering an environment that is open to change, innovation, and creativity. During the next few years, we will work with artists and creative workers from across our city to continue building a better, more inspired community.






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Shades of Green

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Protecting Something Beautiful And Wild In Japanese art, the crane is considered a national treasure, appearing everywhere in art, literature and folklore. The crane is known as a symbol of good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. It also represents fidelity, as Japanese cranes mate for life. Sandhill cranes mate for life as well. But that doesn’t matter to the people proposing to shoot up to 2,300 of them during their migration season this year. Nor does it matter that the sandhill’s resemblance to the endangered whooping crane will probably get some of that species killed as well. But it does matter to some pretty high-profile people, who have spoken out publicly against the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency’s proposal. Last Monday, Former President Jimmy Carter and worldrenowned animal researcher Dr. Jane Goodall announced their opposition to the TWRA proposal to allow sandhill crane hunting in Tennessee. The proposal, set for a vote by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) on Aug. 22 and 23 in Knoxville, allows for the issuance of permits to kill more than 2,300 sandhill cranes—despite experts’ warning that juvenile whooping cranes are likely, if accidental, targets as well.

This is a case where a living icon of Tennessee wilderness has much more value than allowing the killing of it. “I am an avid hunter of quail, dove, turkey, geese, ducks, and other game fowl, but have for years been a strong vocal and financial supporter of the effort to protect Whooping Cranes and to reestablish the flock that flies over our farm in southwestern Georgia— and also over parts of Tennessee, “ the former president wrote to the commission. “I understand that your commission is contemplat-


ing opening hunting for Sandhill Cranes in Tennessee, and it is obvious that this will make it highly likely that Whooping Cranes might also be killed.”  “For many, cranes are symbols of peace, a message they carry around the world,” Dr. Goodall stated. “The idea that these birds could be hunted for sport is distressing to me, and would be to many others.” Goodall continued, “It is clear that the Sandhills foraging and roosting in freedom during their stay in Tennessee, attracting visitors to view them and other local species, offer a good deal more all round than if hunters are permitted to kill them.” According to Axel C. Ringe, Biodiversity Committee Chair of the Sierra Club’s Tennessee Chapter, pressure from the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, which is composed primarily of hunters, is one of the main reasons the TWRA is proposing this action. “The TWRA does not receive taxpayer funding; it is primarily funded by taxes on guns, fishing tackle and so on,” he said. “In terms of wildlife conservation, this is like the fox supporting the henhouse. We would prefer to see an excise tax on things such as outdoor recre-

ation gear going to support the TWRA.” He noted, “The Sierra Club is not against hunting. But this is a case where a living icon of Tennessee wilderness

h a s much more value than allowing the killing of it.” In addition to the Sierra Club, other organizations opposing the hunt, including the Tennessee Ornithological Society and the National Audubon Society, cite a recent study revealed that 62 percent of Tennesseans oppose the hunting of cranes. Both species of cranes primarily congregate in a small area around the TWRA Hiwassee Refuge—at the junction of Meigs, Rhea, and Hamilton Counties— which was recently recognized as the best place in eastern North America to see and photograph

cranes. The spectacle of migrating and wintering sandhill and whooping cranes delights and attracts thousands of wildlife viewers to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge every year in addition to the thousands that attend the two-day Tennessee Sandhill Crane Fest ival each January. “Sandhill cranes are shy creatures, and once they are hunted, it will be very difficult for those who want to get close to them to view them each year,” said Crane. Though the window for written public comment closed Aug. 10, you can contact recently appointed TFWC commissioner David N. Watson with your comments at (423) 802-1761 or david. The August 2223 meetings are also open to the public. Both will be held at the Holiday Inn, Knoxville West at Cedar Bluff. The Thursday, Aug. 22 meeting begins at 1 p.m., and the Friday, Aug. 23 meeting begins a 9 a.m.



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STATEOFTHEARTS2013 For 2013-2014, we are delighted to report that the State of the Arts in Chattanooga is best described as “busting out all over.” From the burgeoning local film community to world-class painters and sculptors, from more theatre (and more onthe-edge theatre), to superbly diverse musical offerings, our city adds to its arts offerings every day. In this State of the Arts issue, we explore how recent changes in city government and

to a major arts support network are affecting the scene, and we introduce you to some of the people and projects that are making it pop. Our basic advice? Same as it ever was…get off the couch and into our galleries, museums, theatres, concert halls and wherever else art is happening. You may be confronted, affronted, inspired or amazed—but you will not be bored. • AUGUST 22-28, 2013 • The Pulse • 13


The Art of Change The state of the arts in Chattanooga: strong—but evolving

Chattanooga has art coming out of its ears. Whether it’s buskers on the street, new galleries popping up, theatre companies expanding their offerings (and places where they perform) or public art installations, the explosion in the arts scene from only a decade or so ago continues to shake things up.

by Janis Hashe

But changes in some tried-and-true arts support systems have raised questions. Long-established Allied Arts, source of grants and support to many organizations, became ArtsBuild. CreateHere went super nova. Then newly elected mayor Andy Berke did what insiders had predicted: Zeroed out the city’s Education, Arts and Culture Department and divvied up some of its responsibilities among other, newly created departments, including the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Office of Youth and Family Development, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Many in the arts community asked each other: Does this mean the city is lessening its support for the arts? And the age-old question surfaced again: How can we quantify what the arts do for a community? So, for this year’s State of the Arts issue, we sallied forth and asked a few key people for their take on these questions. What we heard was very encouraging. On Aug. 15, re-branded ArtsBuild held a meeting at the Church on Main, attended by more than 125 people, ti-

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tled “Branding the Arts in Chattanooga.” In its transition from Allied Arts to ArtsBuild, the organization has fundamentally changed how it interprets its relationship with the community, said President Dan Bowers. “Instead of asking the community what it can do for the arts, we are now asking what the arts can do for the community,” he said. “We now are also embracing a much bigger, more inclusive definition of ‘arts.’ Imagination and creativity need a bigger tent, one that encompasses new technology, the culinary arts—and everything in between.” In this, ArtsBuild is building on the model established by CreateHere, whose grant programs embraced everything from chocolatiers to webisodes. The Aug. 15 meeting asked attendees four questions: 1) How would you characterize the arts in Chattanooga? (Suggestions to get the discussion started included, among many, “kind of sassy,” “authentic,” “undervalued” and “enduring.”)  2) You are talking a friend into visiting Chattanooga for the first time. What do you tell them about the arts and culture scene? 3) Name four Chattanooga arts and culture events/festivals that locals must not miss, and 4) What is your own Chattanooga tag line? (Some interesting answers have already emerged: The top five answers to Question 3, for example, were 4Bridges Arts Festival, Nightfall, Main X 24, the Chattanooga Market and the 3 Sisters

"Anyone who knows me has probably already heard me say that instead of doing arts outreach to ‘underserved’ communities, we need to engage communities, open our eyes and see the arts that are already there." —James McKissic, Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs

STATEOFTHEARTS2013 Bluegrass Festival.) Bowers said ArtsBuild will use the collected information to design several different “branding” concepts, and participants will be contacted to give feedback in coming months. ArtsBuild itself received good news from the new administration this month in the form of more than $50,000 in promised additional funding. “We are very positive about the relationship with the Berke administration,” said Bowers. “They definitely get it—the role that the arts play in downtown, revitalizing neighborhoods and in tourism.” He cited a study, based on 2010 numbers and partially funded by ArtsBuild, that showed that Chattanooga’s nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences alone contribute $106 million to the local economy annually. Bowers views the changes in the support community as presenting opportunities: “Instead of the arts being ‘silo-ed,’ they will become better woven throughout the communities,” he said.

View from inside Someone who knows a great deal about “weaving art into communities” is Peggy Townsend, director of Public Art Chattanooga. Although supposedly a part-time position with the city, it’s one that requires many meetings, many phone calls—and the ability to deal with individuals who still do not see the value of public art. And the shake-up at the city level has meant changes for the program. “We used to be part of Parks & Rec, which no longer exists,” she said. “We are now part of the Department of Economic and Community Development, headed by Donna Williams. I think this is going to be a great fit. Donna is an enthusiastic leader, and sees the qualityof-life element as well as the economic impact of public art.” Townsend sees opportunities for “cross-pollination” with other city entities that have not existed up until now. “Of course the bottom line is funding,” she said, “and the city staff is working hard on ‘budgeting for outcomes.’ Public art does not have ticket sales; it’s open 24/7.” But there are statistics, she noted, that show a decline in crime in areas

that have public art. And she receives far more requests for installations throughout the city than the department can currently fill. In most cases, the neighborhoods must raise at least part of the money for the art themselves, but all acknowledge the value of the contribution. She points with pride to the 1.75 acre Main Terrain Art Park, which opened in January. The former urban wasteland was transformed by grants from ArtsBuild, the Lyndhurst Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency into a combination art walk, fitness area and “stormwater detention pond.” Its three large sculptures can be turned by hand by park visitors. Main Terrain, Townsend says, is a perfect example of how arts contribute to a better quality of urban living. New public arts projects are the “Art in the Neighborhood” installation in St. Elmo, and four sculpted trail markers for the soon-to-open Stringers Ridge park. James McKissic was tapped by Mayor Berke to head the reorganized Office of Multicultural Affairs. Himself an artist, who had a show at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center last January, McKissic is recognized in the arts community as a “left brain/right brain” person—someone who gets the arts, but who also gets what it takes to support them. Asked which programs his department will support, he responded: “The Office of Multicultural Affairs is not supporting any arts programs in particular, but because the arts and artistic expression are a huge part of culture, we are often engaged in arts program and events. “In the first 100 days,” he said, “we have supported an arts and theatrical performance called ‘Coming to America,’ organized a photoshoot for people with disabilities, promoted cultural art exhibits at the Hunter Museum and Bessie Smith Cultural Center, and participated in a garden dedication with Neema Refugee Services.” McKissic agreed that the city’s reorganization presents challenges, but also many opportunities. “The arts mesh well with all of the new administration’s goals, especially youth and family development, public

safety and economic and community development,” he said. “There is always a role for the arts to play in creating the Chattanooga that we all dream of.” He is not, however, a fan of the phrase “under-served areas.” “Anyone who knows me has probably already heard me say that instead of doing arts outreach to ‘under-served’ communities, we need to engage communities, open our eyes and see the arts that are already there. We must find ways to fund and support broader definitions of art. “Art is happening in every community,” he emphasized. “If you don’t believe me, visit a place of worship. Go to a family reunion. Drop into a mercado, or drive around and view some of the amazing ‘yard shows’ that Chattanooga has to offer. All of this is as valuable to a city as a thriving symphony or museum. In fact,” he concluded, “it is what gives our city and its diverse neighborhoods that flavor and character.” So, in fact, the change the city has seen in the arts has really just begun. Stick around for the ride for another decade—or better yet, help create the ride. Please see the “Politics” section in this issue for Mayor Andy Berke’s personal take on supporting the arts in Chattanooga.

“Art is happening in every community, if you don’t believe me, visit a place of worship. Go to a family reunion. Drop into a mercado, or drive around and view some of the amazing ‘yard shows’ that Chattanooga has to offer. All of this is as valuable to a city as a thriving symphony or museum. In fact, it is what gives our city and its diverse neighborhoods that flavor and character.” —James McKissic

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busking for fame and glory by janis hashe

"There’s always been more than a touch of flouting authority in the audacious artists who simply plop themselves down and begin playing music, dancing, juggling, swordswallowing or turning into living statues."

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Street performers have been getting kicked out and off of places as long as there have been places to get kicked out and off of. There’s always been more than a touch of flouting authority in the audacious artists who simply plop themselves down and begin playing music, dancing, juggling, sword-swallowing or turning into living statues.


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So it was local musician Lon Eldridge’s Facebook post about being asked to stop playing on the Walnut Street Bridge that inspired Chattanooga Presents’ Jonathan Susman, himself a member of a few local bands, to come up with a new way to legitimize the street performers’ natural inclination to ply their arts in public. “It’s not a new thing even in Chattanooga,” said Susman. “[Chattanooga Presents Director] Carla Pritchard did a trial run with it in 1992. And Dr. Clark White [aka Deacon Bluz] created what he called the ‘Tapestry’ program for performers.” According to the much-despised but highly convenient Wikipedia, “The term ‘busking’ was first noted in the English language around the middle 1860s in Great Britain. Up until the 20th century, buskers were commonly called minstrels in

the United States, Europe, and other English-speaking lands. “The word ‘busk’ comes from the Spanish root word ‘buscar.’ meaning ‘to seek’—buskers are literally seeking fame and fortune...’buscar’ in turn evolved from the Indo-European word ‘bhudh-skō’ (to win, conquer) via the Celtic word ‘boudi’ (victory).” Thank us for now being able to run the “So You Wanna Be A Busker” category on “Jeopardy.” Susman turned to River City Co. and asked for permission to place buskers on its properties in downtown Chattanooga: Center Park, Miller Plaza, the Majestic 12 and the IMAX, where, since they had permission, they would not be asked to “move along” by a kindly passing bobby. “The McKenzie Foundation matched the cost with River City,” Susman said, “and both organizations recognized the

"Danimal" Pinson & Jessica Nunn

Haskell Sears created the cedar boxes that mark the buskers’ performances as part of the program. “I have been running boxes all over the place,” said Susman. “But it’s well worth it.” He points to the long-standing and much-loved tradition of busking in the London Tube, as well as a successful program closer to home in Greenville, SC. “A lot of these performers would not have a lot of other natural performance outlets,” he said. “That’s why it’s fun to see them.” And buskers have found, he noted, that passers-by can become sources of future gigs, at events and parties. The city currently has no actual permitting process for buskers, but that too may change soon, as the attitude toward street performances has changed. “The downtown culture is different even than it was a couple of years ago,” Susman pointed out. Those folks who want to support the busking program can help in several ways, he said. “First, give them something when you see them out, even if it’s just the change in your pocket,” he said. “And take pictures, post them, and ‘like’ the Chattanooga Busking Facebook page.” It’s a good bet you’ll be spotting living statue The Red Girl, viola player Jessica Nunn, hula hoop artist Jessi Harris Armstrong, magician Charles Wright and their busking brethren a lot in the near future. Bang on, say we. For more information on the busking program, contact Jonathan Susman at

Magician Charles Wright

importance of street performance in the urban streetscape. It’s just as much a part of ‘public art’ as the murals, sculptures and installations are.” The next step was putting together a list of performers, which Susman did using his own community contacts. Now, as word of the program has spread, artists are submitting videos of their work to him for consideration. “There are issues about anything with fire,” he said, “and of course we don’t want anything offensive.” But somewhere around 24 musicians, magicians, jugglers, hula-hoopers and others are now on the working list, and Susman said, “We definitely want more.” Each can request two-hour gigs at the four places listed above, and each is paid $25 a gig, plus, of course, whatever they make in tips. Local woodworker

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STATEOFTHEARTS2013 2013-2014 Pulse State of the Arts Calendar


Patten Performances

8/22-30 “The Fair Game Project” Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 MLK. Blvd. (423) 266-8658, 8/22-31 “Whitfield Lovell: Deep River” Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, 8/23 T.J. Borden, Evan Lipson, Bob Stagner Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, 8/24 The Bizarre Bazaar: The Mask! Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5900 Brainerd Rd. (423) 987-5141, Ponder on This: A Dance Open House Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347.


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9/1 First Free Sunday Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, 9/1-30 “For All The World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 MLK. Blvd. (423) 266-8658, 9/1-30 “Whitfield Lovell: Deep River” Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, 9/1-30 “Women Painting Women: (R)evolution 2013” Townsend Atelier, 201 W. Main St. (423) 266-2712, 9/5-15 “The Tempest” Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5900 Brainerd Rd. (423) 987-5141, 9/6-22 “The Secret Garden” Main Stage, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538,

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9/6 Wide Open Floor Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, 9/7 Gallery Hop Multiple locations. (423) 265-4282, 9/7 MES Presents: “Computer Chess” Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, 9/14 Patten Perforrmances: Katie Trotta UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. (423) 425-4371, 9/20-30 “Wiley and the Hairy Man” Circle Stage, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538, 9/21 CSO: Special – "Pops in the Park Saturday" Wilder Brigade Monument, Chickamauga Battlefield. (423) 267-8583, 9/22 CSO: Volkswagen Series – "An American Salute" Volkswagen Conference Center, 7351 Volkswagen Dr. (423) 267-8583, 9/23 Patten Performances: Blind Boys of Alabama UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. (423) 425-4371, 9/26 CSO: Barnett & Company Masterworks Series – “The Planets” Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 267-8583, 9/27-28 “Prometheus Bound” Theater for the New South, location TBA 9/28/13 MES Presents: “I Declare War” Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, 9/7-10/25 FRESH Emerging Artist Exhibit AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282,

OCTOBER 10/1-6 “Wiley and the Hairy Man”

(Youth Theatre) Circle Stage, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538, 10/1-20 “For All The World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 MLK. Blvd. (423) 266-8658, 10/1-13 “Whitfield Lovell: Deep River” Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, 10/2-13 River Rocks Chattanooga and surrounding areas. 10/4-5 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival Ross’s Landing Park, Chattanooga Riverfront. 10/6 First Free Sunday Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, 10/8 Patten Performances: Aquila Theatre: “Fahrenheit 451” UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. (423) 425-4371, 10/10 CSO: Barnett & Company Masterworks Series – “Lincoln Portrait” Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 267-8583, 10/11 Konk Pack (feat. Tim Hodgkinson of Henry Cow, Thomas Lehn and Roger Turner) Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, 10/20 CSO: Chamber Series – “Bach to Bach” Sheraton Read House Silver Ballroom, 827 Broad St. (423) 267-8583, 10/18- 31 “Blithe Spirit” Circle Stage, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538. 10/18-20, 25 “The Bald Soprano” Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5900 Brainerd Rd. (423) 987-5141, 10/26 CSO: Luken Holdings Pops Series – “TheBest of Rodgers & Hammerstein”


Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 267-8583, 10/26 CSO/CTC “Rodgers & Hammerstein Concert” Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 267-8583, 10/26-27 MES Presents: “Frightening Ass Film Festival 3! Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, 10/28 Patten Performances: Ballet Hispanico UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. (423) 425-4371,

NOVEMBER 11/1-29 John Stone Solo Show AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282, 11/1-3 “Blithe Spirit” Circle Stage, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St.(423) 267-8538. 11/3 CSO: Volkswagen Series – “Classical’s Top Hits” Volkswagen Conference Center, 7351 Volkswagen Dr. (423) 267-8583, 11/8-9, 16-17 “Circle Mirror Transformation” Theater for the New South, location TBA 11/8-17 “Raggedy Ann & Andy” (Youth Theatre) Main Stage, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538, 11/11 CSO: Special – Veterans Day Celebration Memorial Auditorium, (423) 267-8583, 11/14 CSO: Barnett & Company Masterworks Series – “Mozart Requiem” Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 267-8583, 11/17 MES Presents: “Dear Mr. Watterson” Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.

(423) 624-5347. 11/21-24 “A Rekindled Flame” Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5900 Brainerd Rd. (423) 987-5141, 11/24 CSO: Chamber Series – “Gems from the CSO Principals” Sheraton Read House, Silver Ballroom, 827 Broad St. (423) 267-8583,

DECEMBER 12/6-22 “A Christmas Story: The Musical” Main Stage, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538, 12/6-27 AVA Juried Members Show Ava Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282, 12/7 Main X 24 Main Street, adjacent area, Southside. 12/12-22 “Short Attention Span Theatre” Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5900 Brainerd Rd. (423) 987-5141, 12/21-22 CSO: Luken Holdings Pops Series – “Home for the Holidays” Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 267-8583,

JANUARY 1/9 CSO: Barnett & Company Masterworks Series – “Beethoven’s 7th” Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 267-8583, 1/11 Patten Performances: Lon Eldridge UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. (423) 425-4371, 1/20 CSO: Special – “Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration” Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.

(423) 267-8583, 1/27 Patten Performances: Sybarite5 UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. (423) 425-4371, 1/24 - 2/16 “The Odd Couple” Circle Stage, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538,

FEBRUARY 2/9 CSO: Volkswagen Series – “Symphonic Voyagers: The Orchestra in Orbit and Beyond” Volkswagen Conference Center, 7351 Volkswagen Dr. (423) 267-8583, 2/14-28 “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond” Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, 2/14-15 CSO: Luken Holdings Pops Series – “Big Band Fever!” Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 267-8583, 2/23 CSO: Chamber Series – “Mozart Symphony No. 40” Sheraton Read House Silver Ballroom, 827 Broad St. (423) 267-8583, 2/25 Patten Performances: Koresh Dance UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. (423) 425-4371, 2/21 - 3/2 “Go, Dog. Go!” (Youth Theatre) Main Stage, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538, 2/28/2014 - 3/16 “The Taming of the Shrew” Circle Stage, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538, • Complete listings through July 2014at • AUGUST 22-28, 2013 • The Pulse • 19


Have Squeegee, Will Print

Garuda Screenprinting melds old and new forms

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by Janis Hashe

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hen Michael Lester and Mary Beth Sanders get their hands in paint, pushing it through a screen with a squeegee, they are continuing an art form dating back 12 centuries before Christ, possibly as far back as the Phoenicians. Screenprinting was improved by the Japanese, who created a way to use stencils glued to a screen made of human hair stretched over a wooden frame. Fast-forward to the early 1900s and an Englishman named Samuel Simon, who patented a process of printing through a silk screen, using rubber blades—now called squeegees. Fast-forward again to today’s Chattanooga’s North Shore, and you’ll find essentially the same process being used at Garuda Screenprinting to create both commercial items, from business cards, band posters and T-shirts, to limitedrun art posters inspired by the past. Garuda founder and owner Michael Lester got his training in the technique in Cleveland, Ohio. “I started working with a friend in 2001…he had a print shop, and we were in a band together. We needed a job where we could go on tour and not get fired,” he said, laughing. Though that shop did printing only for apparel, Lester realized he could use his experience to create art as well. In 2011, he moved to Chattanooga. “I got into history around age 10, and Chattanooga had always seemed like a magical place to me,” he said. “So I got here, and everything kind of clicked.” One major thing that clicked was meeting Sanders when both were living and working on the Williams Island farm. Her background was also in arts and music, so together they launched the first incarnation of Garuda Screenprinting in the St. Elmo Firehall in mid2011. Outgrowing that space, they’ve moved a couple more times before land"Crying" ing on River Street.

“We’re still in the basement, but it’s a basement with windows this time,” said Sanders. Her own arts work had not included screenprinting before meeting Lester, but she’s enthusiastically embraced it and now co-manages the business. Asked about a seeming revival in screenprinting here in Tennessee, Lester said, “It’s always been part of the under-

munity with them,” said Lester. Clients include The Hot Chocolatier, Good Dog, the Main Street Farmers Market, and the Shaking Ray Levi Society, of which Sanders is a former board of directors member. Still, it’s truly the art prints that have Lester's heart, despite the time-consuming process to create them. Each one has a run of only 25-50 pieces, and at

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ground culture…there have always been print nerds.” But, he acknowledges, the hands-on aspect of screenprinting has gained in appeal as people become more wedded to their electronic devices. “Having a paint brush in my hand is different than creating something on the computer,” he said. “There is heart to it,” said Sanders. So far, small businesses, bands and individuals have found Garuda mostly by osmosis, social media and mutual connections, the pair said. Their T-shirts are printed on the highest quality cotton the client can afford, and are frequently sourced from American Apparel, whose all-American production, no-sweat-shop code fits with Garuda’s own business practices. “We really enjoy having a connection with the customer and building a com-

an average cost of $50-$75 a print, are a perfect way for beginning art collectors to access original art. Lester is drawn to older images, often from his own family history (this issue’s cover, “Stevadora,” features a Lester ancestor), but, he pointed out, modern technology offers many options for screenprinting. “You can use large blocks of color or fine details,” says Sanders. Yet the many steps, the small-but-crucial decisions that must be made in the moment, remain the lure of the process, no matter what the original inspiration. And that’s just fine with Lester. “I’m proud of every job,” he said. Contact Garuda Screenprinting at 149b River St., Chattanooga, (423) 6028568,, • AUGUST 22-28, 2013 • The Pulse • 21


Hollywood of the South?

by Rocky Perry

When I was approached by Trey Cook from Cook Box Productions to create a film based on my Luke Banderloft book series, "Luke Banderloft and the McFarven Pirates," I had no clue what to expect. I wasn’t aware of many local filmmakers in Chattanooga. I figured we would have to search Atlanta or Nashville for cast and crew. Don’t get me wrong—I knew that actors lived here in town and people were making films, but I had no idea of the depth of talent that surrounded me. The casting call brought out dozens of talented actors looking for a part in the project. I was shocked how many of them were from Chattanooga. The cast and crew were both assembled from local talent, all of them eager for a project close to home. This project was especially appealing because it was a departure from local commercials and film projects connected to our tourist industries. In a town the size of Chattanooga, no actor can afford to be picky about the type of work they audition for. This project was something different—something new to the Chattanooga film scene. Big-budget movies such as “42” and “Water for Elephants” had recently filmed in the area, and created a buzz around the city’s film industry. These mainstream films create headlines in the

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local news, hyping the film industry’s interest in Chattanooga, but that interest faded as those films came and went from the city and the box office. I agree with the headlines. I think Chattanooga’s potential is limitless when it comes providing locations for movies, but I, for one, am not waiting for Hollywood to make that happen. We have talented actors and Trey Cook, Rocky Perry crew. We have plenty of filmmakers working on projects that should capture the attention of our city. What Chattanooga’s blossoming film scene needs is the spirit of the buy-local pro-Chattanooga citizen who wants to support local art. We need a few people to skip the neighborhood Red Box and see what is out there in their backyards. When John Summerour, one of the filmmakers on “Sahkanaga,” a story about the crematorium scandal that took place right next to Chattanooga, brought his film to town, I went to the theatre to check it out. I sat and watched a great film, starring local and regional actors and created by many local crew members—but I was watching it with less than a dozen fellow moviegoers. “42” was much better received by the city. To some degree, this is understandable. A big-budget Hollywood movie puts a lot of money towards marketing that John’s couldn’t, but that doesn’t alter my disappointment. It doesn’t change the fact that many local moviegoers missed a great film that they should have supported. The film industry in Chattanooga is growing and getting stronger, but it will be limited by the attention span of its citizens. Until the people of Chattanooga invest in local talent and give our own artists some much-deserved attention, our fledgling film community will continue to be at the fickle mercy of Hollywood producers. But there’s a bright note that I hold onto. I was working on the set of “The Daily Show with Jon

STATEOFTHEARTS2013 Stewart” when they shot here in Chattanooga, where I met actor Tim Shields, and was encouraged by something he told me. Several regionally hired crew and actors mentioned that they had left Chattanooga for Atlanta or Nashville in search of more work. Shields said he was from Chattanooga and recommended that they stick it out here. He had faith that Chattanooga was going to break away from being a location Hollywood would misuse for Ironman’s Internet. He felt the vision of our future was bright, and said he could feel that more work for our talent was coming. I hope he is correct. I hope the people of Chattanooga reach out and find what is being filmed in their backyards. I have faith in this future as well. Chattanooga’s film industry is growing stronger. If I didn’t believe in our lo-

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cal talents, I would not have put my heart and soul, the Luke Banderloft book series, into its hands. Amazing actors and filmmakers are waiting for Chattanoogans to turn an eye to their work. If they do, I have faith that Cook Box Productions and many others will surprise them with the quality and originality of what we are putting out. It is always easy to pick up a New York Times bestseller or hit OnDemand—but true Chattanoogans should consider checking out something local.

Cast and crew of "Luke Banderloft and the McFarven Pirates"


To see teaser/trailer or find more information about the film mentioned in this article, visit the Luke Banderloft channel on YouTube. • AUGUST 22-28, 2013 • The Pulse • 23


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Do you have eclectic tastes in music? Do you enjoy “highbrow” or “middlebrow” musical presentations? You may wish to join those who have already discovered the Monday night music series “Southside Casual Classics,” presented at the Camp House on Williams Street. The series has already entered its third season at this accommodating venue. If you’ve not already heard, musicians of all varieties have been praising the Camp House for its clear acoustic qualities and for quietly attentive and responsive audiences. People who have regularly attended this series since its first concert in July 2011 have enjoyed grand piano, guitar and ensemble instrumentalists, as well as choirs and large ensembles. Southside Casual Classics was founded by Cindy Solfest-Wallis, a flutist, who continues to organize these monthly shows. Sponsorship has been provided by Cartwright, Hitching & Frazier, a private wealth management firm. Solfest-Wallis explains her concept, “…When you can come to a coffeehouse and hear solo or chamber music, which is so personal and intimate, hopefully you will begin to realize that this music was the popular music of its day. And if you learn about the composer and why it was written or who

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it was written for, that knowledge makes listening a personal journey.” Clearly, part of this personal listening experience now involves the shared experience of a number of casual listeners who regularly return to these evening shows. Slated on the second Monday of each month, the shows are free, though free-will donations to performing musicians are encouraged. Partly because of the diversity of its musical offerings, the Camp House has developed into a significant music venue in downtown Chattanooga. The fact that the very excellent coffee beverages have now been augmented with excellent beers has provoked an enthusiastic response. Significantly, Southside Casual Classics shows have provided an ample portion of that musical diversity, introducing both audiences and performers within its uniquely informal performances. The upcoming show on Sept. 9 will feature the “Artisti Affamati Quartet” (“Starving Artists”), including Ted Lang, baritone, Sara Snider Scnone, mezzo-soprano, Beth DuRoy, soprano, and Keith Rollins, tenor. Such an opportunity to hear this style of singing doesn’t often present itself, so you may want to mark your calendar. Recently, Brassworks returned to the series, providing nuanced arrangements of music from New Orleans, popular songs and marches. It’s really a pleasure to appreciate the intricate responses of such committed musicians. More music from New Orleans will be featured in a January “Mardi Gras” show by River City Red Hots Dixieland Quartet. While Solfest-Wallis has included the

word “classical” in the title of the series, she wants folks to understand that her goals are broader, seeking to include “our local musicians and ensembles, as well as various styles and genres of music, which is shown in the diversity of our concerts this far.” So, while touring artists may appear at intervals, this series goes a long way into acquainting Chattanoogans with the range and vitality of developing music here. Some past featured performances have included the Adonia String Trio, Moccasin Brass Quintet, New Art Trio, Triptych Winds, Amabile String Quartet, Jericho Brass Band, Con Brio Strings, Chattanooga Tuba Euphonium Quartet, and the King’s Quire. Some past featured soloists have been music faculty members from schools around the region, and, at times, music students are also featured. October’s show will present clarinet students of Nicholas Hartline, and in November, SCC will showcase the McCallie Guitar Quartet. Student shows present a wonderful sense of the continuing development of the music scene here, and they provide a fuller sense of the breadth of our music community. So, if you are wondering what to do on Chattanooga’s famously quiet Monday evenings, check out Southside Casual Classics and surprise your ears—and possibly, your heart. Southside Casual Classics, first Monday of each month. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St.

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CSO and The Sesquicentennial

Classical music lovers, Civil War buffs and fans of our greatest president all need to mark Oct.10 on their calendars as the Chattanooga Symphony presents the Barrett & Company Masterworks concert celebrating American composers and featuring Copland’s moving “Lincoln Portrait,” which will be narrated by Mayor Andy Berke. Kayoko Dan also conducts Barber’s “Overture to The School for Scandal,” “Adagio for Strings,” and “Essay No. 1 For Orchestra,” and Adams’ “The Chairman Dances.” “Lincoln Portrait,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 267-8583,

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A journey to the top of Lookout Mountain is an “altitude adjustment” where all things take on a new perspective. From the many amazing geological wonders that created Rock City, to the beautiful botanical wonders that color the Enchanted Trail, to the newly installed art that was inspired by this magical place, Rock City Gardens has something unique for everyone to experience. Rock City is committed to showcasing the work and talent of regional artists. Join us as we celebrate art in nature.

Perched Raptor Isaac Duncan III

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Villa Aviana

Iron Age

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John Henry

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THUrsday 08.22 Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Queen Lightning 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Courtney Daly & Ivan Wilson 7 p.m. The Backyard Grille, 4021 Hixson Pike. (423) 486-1369 Crass Mammoth, The Average, Scenic 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, Tim Lewis 9 p.m. Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Terrace. (423) 713-8739, Jessta James, Project Illumination 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644, Open Mic with Hap Henninger 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn). (423) 634-9191, facebook. com/theoffice.chatt

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6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Elenowen 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, Moonlight Bride 7 p.m. Nightfall Music Series, River City Stage at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Standing Room Only 7 p.m. The Foundry, 1201 Broad St. (423) 756-3400, The Mocha Band featuring Jermaine Purifory 7:45 p.m. Mocha Restaurant & Lounge, 3116 Brainerd Rd. (423) 531-4154, Brett Holland 8 p.m. Charles and Myrtle’s Coffeehouse, 105 McBrien Rd. (423) 892-4960, Leagues 8 p.m. Nightfall Music Series, River City Stage at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. T.J. Borden, Evan Lipson, Bob Stagner 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, Convertibull 8 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065, Crossfire 8 p.m. Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland

Terrace. (423) 713-8739, Soul Survivor 8:30 p.m. The Backyard Grille, 4021 Hixson Pike. (423) 486-1369 Amber Fults 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn). (423) 634-9191, facebook. com/theoffice.chatt Reigns Band 9 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, Scenic City Soul Revue 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Banditos, Mississippi Shakedown 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, The Well Strung Band 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Rd. (423) 499-9878, “Hip Hop History”: Digital Butter 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644, Roger Alan Wade 10 p.m. Tremont Tavern, 1203 Hixson Pike. (423) 266-1996, Stereotype 10:30 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919, chattanooga

saturday 08.24 John Ralston & Kathy Veazey, Dana Rogers 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 821-4224, Jordan Hallquist 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga River Market, Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960, Galactic with special guest Corey Glover, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, North Mississippi All-Stars Jarn 2 p.m. - midnight Southern Brewers Festival, Chattanooga Riverfront, 100 Chestnut St. Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Rosedale Remedy 7 p.m. Palms Patio at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Standing Room Only 7 p.m. The Foundry, 1201 Broad St. (423) 756-3400, The Mocha Band featuring Jermaine Purifory 7:45 p.m. Mocha Restaurant

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The Breakfast Club 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644, The Well Strung Band 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Rd. (423) 499-9878, Spand-XXX 80’s Cover Band 10 p.m. T-Bones, 1419 Chestnut St. (423) 266-4240, Stereotype 10:30 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919, facebook. com/raw.chattanooga

sunday 08.25 Jordan Hallquist 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. Joy Ike 2 p.m. Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. Chattanooga Traditional Irish Music Session 5 p.m. Moccasin Bend Brewing Company, 4015 Tennessee Ave. (423) 821-6392, Sara Bareilles 7 p.m. Track 29, 1400 Market St. (at the Choo Choo) (423) 266-4323,

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Street NE., Cleveland. Dan Sheffield 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Carissa Leigh 7 p.m. Moccasin Bend Brewing Company, 4015 Tennessee Ave. (423) 821-6392, Prime Cut House Band 8 p.m. The Lounge at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, A Man Called Bruce, Laura Thurston 8 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065, Crying Wolf 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, 2nFro & Frenz 9 p.m. Pokey’s Sports Bar, 918 Sahara Drive, Cleveland. (423) 476-6059. GrooveKid 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, (423) 267-4644, 221 Market St.



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The Crescent City Comes to The Scenic City Corey Glover and Galactic headline Southern Brewers Fest

Galactic with Corey Glover

Every blistering-hot, rocket-powered jazz-fusion funk band needs a powerful, engaging and dynamic front man on vocals, and so it makes perfect sense that New Orleans-based jam band Galactic is teaming up with veteran actor and singer Corey Glover for the 19th annual Southern Brewer’s Festival this Saturday. Originally billing themselves as “Galactic Prophylactic” and evincing an exemplary approach to funk, the band soon shortened the name and expanded the musical influences. While never abandoning their funk roots, the band has incorporated elements of hip-hop, electronica, jazz and a wide assortment of other contemporary styles into a sound that borders on experimental, bringing to mind some of the work of Frank Zappa or The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. The fairly straightforward ensemble of keys,

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The power, strength and conviction of Glover’s vocals are stronger than ever, set against the backdrop of Galactic’s inspired fusion jams.

guitar, sax, bass, harmonica and drums is frequently supplemented with a variety of other instruments, effects and sounds—not the least of which has been an entire high school marching band on one occasion. As well-respected members of the music community, Galactic has hosted an endless stream of guest artists. This reads like a “Who’s Who” guide to rap, hip-hop, jazz and funk—yet the band never fails to feature up-and-comers in the underground scene, to the point that one suspects appearing with Galactic is a rite of passage for serious New Orleans musicians, a must-have on the resume for those who want to be taken seriously. Certainly there is no shortage of entertainers looking for the opportunity to appear with

them. The band has shared the stage with the likes of the Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, The Roots, B.B. King and Counting Crows. to name a few. With that sort of talent pool to draw from and a free hand when it comes to production in the studio, it’s small wonder that Galactic has come to embody modern New Orleans as much as Dr. John or Louis Armstrong did during their heydays. For evidence of this, look no further than their latest release, Carnivale Electricos, a magnificent collection of songs that takes the listener from the opening moments of Mardi Gras to the somber (and potentially hungover) realization of Ash Wednesday. Each tune encapsulates an aspect of the experience, from the chants of the War Chiefs, to the

bold and brassy resonance of a marching band, incorporating Afro-Cuban rhythms and Brazilian samba along the way. Honestly, the only way the album could further capture the spirit of the festival would be to serve it up with a bowl of red beans and rice. Since the departure of Galactic vocalist Theryl DeClouet in 2004, the band has remained largely an instrumental ensemble, featuring a variety of guest vocalists—the most recent being Corey Glover. Glover’s name ought to be instantly recognizable from his work with Living Colour, though his professional career is considerably more diverse. Originally an actor, Glover seemed well

Following the eventual break up of Living Colour in the mid-’90s, Glover went on to release several solo albums before rejoining the band for a reunion tour and follow-up album. Ultimately, Glover returned to his acting roots, winning the role of Judas in a national touring company of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” a role he says that as a child inspired him to pursue a career in entertainment. In 2010, Glover began touring as the guest vocalist for Galactic, an arrangement that seems like a solid match to all concerned. Gone are the braids and yellow body glove of the ’80s, replaced with a less-assuming flat cap and the occasional Cosby sweater,


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on his way to stardom with the role of Private Francis in Oliver Stone’s examination of the Viet Nam experience, “Platoon.” Offers started rolling in, including a brief stint on television and numerous appearances on VH1 before Glover’s acting career was suddenly and unexpectedly derailed by music superstardom. In 1985, guitar wizard Vernon Reid convinced Glover to front his new project, Living Colour, and within three short years they were international superstars, garnering critical acclaim, a number of Grammy awards, including “Best New Artist,” a certified double-platinum album and a gig alongside Guns N’ Roses, opening for the Rolling Stones.

but the power, strength and conviction of Glover’s vocals are stronger than ever, set against the backdrop of Galactic’s inspired fusion jams. The occasional nod to Glover’s work with Living Colour is a nice touch. An overtly brass version of “Cult of Personality” from an appearance in Nashville floating around on YouTube is particularly fun, breathing a new, funky life into what was already one of the Top 100 Rock Songs of all time. The collision of so much talent from so many directions on one stage makes for a compelling show. Chattanoogans will have the opportunity to experience a little bit of that sonic magic this Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Southern Brewers Festival downtown.

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record reviews • ernie paik

New Noog Releases Showcase Strong Music Scene Local bands span an inspiring gamut

Hazes Monomath Hazes An EP

The blissed-out, quasishoegaze outfit Hazes ( h a z e sba nd .ba ndc a mp. com) began as a home-recording venture from Nick Turner (Forest Magic) and Justin Wilcox (Moonlight Bride) before eventually becoming a full band with the addition of two other Forest Magic alumni Allen Hartley and Allie Stafford, plus Josh Boutwell. The group’s self-titled debut EP ( offers six tracks of dreamland pop-rock enshrouded in a velvety fog, sustaining a distinctive, comforting mood with tamed, reignedin guitar swirls. Among the high points are “Show Me Anything,” which delivers a codeine-induced watercolor wash with gently mingling guitars, somewhat reminiscent of Slowdive, and “Catacombs,” with a supple mix of reverent keyboard chords, intersecting guitar lines and welcoming vocal harmonizing. The new 4-song EP, simply entitled An EP, from the

power trio Monomath (monom at h .ba ndc a mp. com) on Ten Twenty Two Records ( brings to mind a ’90s Chicago indie rock aesthetic with glimpses of prog and math rock. From the start, there’s a quality of rigor, like with the use of an 11/8 time signature on the opener, “Playing Post Office,” and “Hog Jammin’” evokes Robert Fripp’s early-’80s guitar craft in King Crimson with lithe, nimble patterns. Guitarist and singer Gabe Barrett, drummer Chris Lanza and bassist Brian Hennen chug along forcefully, being vigorous but not oppressive, even sporting a major-key, cheery aural disposition on “A Climb Down in 7.”

Xanax dance


( is the current name of the decade-strong collaboration between Adam Foster and Ezra Robertson, which has experienced numerous line-up and band name

Xanax Squaredance Swervin’ on Durham xanaxsquaredance.

changes. Although both country and punk influences are cited—in particular, Merle Haggard and Hickey—the needle squarely points to the punk-rock end of the spectrum on the group’s recent EP, Swervin’ on Durham. Clocking in at under ten minutes, it’s short and sweet and to the point, with an infectious and urgent energy, bringing to mind west-coast punk styles rather than more earnest mid-Atlantic hardcore acts. The best song is the closing number “Blink of an Eye,” revealing the group at its most melodic, with a full, nourishing sound and a powerpop/rock attack.

GTRUK (a.k.a. Grumptruck) is the instrumental hip-hop manifestation of Joseph Micolo, the multiinstrumentalist and studio wizard behind projects such as Segamented Worms and JJEMMEIII (sou ndcloud .c om/j jemmeiii). Declaring itself to be “urban decadence in au-

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dio form,” GTRUK evokes scenes of teens skateboarding and tagging, during the age when samplers and drum machines became affordable in the late ’80s. This summer, it dropped the full-length mixtape NOFLXGVN, available now on Bandcamp (gtruk. and later as a cassette release. It’s a mischievous, spit-shined mix of head-nod-inducing beatbox blasts, pulsating and effervescent electronics and choice samples of cinematic criminal confrontations and sci-fi camp. The one-man noise tsunami Millipede, a.k.a. Joseph Davenport, has unleashed its latest album The Lower World, available both on cassette on Failed Recordings ( and as a digital download on Bandcamp (millipede. Davenport uses heavily treated guitars, tapes and effects processing to create his harsh noise inferno, which

Millipede The Lower World

requires total concentration for its peak effect. It’s definitely not for everyone, and although some may find it too intense and punishing, it cannot simply be dismissed as random noise; like Lou Reed’s infamous Metal Machine Music, there are melodies and patterns below the surface. For effect, there are abrupt drop-outs to ensure listeners don’t get too cozy with any particular zone, and under the layers of distressed steel and barbedwire windings, sucking envelope effects act like alien maws opening and closing. In April 2012, the “oldtimey avant-garde” Chattanooga duo The Shaking Ray Levis (Dennis Palmer on Moog synthesizer and Bob Stagner on drums and percussion) visited their longtime friend and collaborator Frank Pahl in Michigan and had a fruitful recording session, creating some of the most beautiful material of their careers. Palmer passed

Frank Pahl, Dennis Palmer and Bob Stagner Fishers O' Wufmen

away in February of this year, and Pahl immersed himself in the completion of the project as a way of seeking solace. The trio’s album, Fishers O’ Wufmen, was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign (, and it’s alternately playful and contemplative, with certain parts being eerily and presciently elegiac while always being uplifting and far from bleak. Some tracks are free and colorful improvisations, while others have more of a semblance of structure, weaving deeply felt melodies. The sound palette on Fishers O’ Wufmen is wide, and Pahl is featured on a multitude of instruments including piano, melodica and euphonium; Stagner even comes out from behind the drum kit to play horn and ukulele parts, and Palmer’s vibrant and cosmic synth excursions are imbued with affection and a sense of purpose.

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The Pot Stops Where? Shadow May makes treasure maps that can't be followed

Shadow May throws pottery on a wheel. Just like a seemingly infinite number of ceramic artists, he makes round-ish vessels with openings at the top, containers that can hold things. For most ceramists, that's where the pot stops, but for May the pot is a building block for something very different. In his Red Bank studio, Shadow May shows me four abstract sculptures he's preparing for a show in St. Louis. Each is composed of many small clay pots that have been squeezed together to make a new shape. Resting on a small pedestal—securely, May says, though they look too big for them—the new shape occupies a territory somewhere between grounded and rising. Recognizable vessel shapes are squeezed and distorted, almost like a wadded up sheet of paper but short of total collapse. They are densely packed around a cylindrical hole that passes cleanly from front to back. "Some people would say, 'Well, he just took his mistakes and piled them all together,' but I could never do that actually," he says. Because wet clay offers a limited window of time for shaping it, May has to make new pots day

The pieces he's showing me are like perverse little meditations on containment, made of containers but incapable of containing anything themselves.

by day as he builds these abstract pieces. First comes that surprisingly small pedestal and a few pots. Then he throws a thick cylinder to make the central void that will hold the smaller pots together and layers more pots around and on top of it. The cylinder retains its shape, like the

Shadow May at work

eye in the middle of a hurricane of twisted crockery, though its edges are torn and smeared into the surrounding pots. "This piece right here is 10 to 15 open and closed thrown vessels that could easily be 75 to 120 dollars apiece if I just left them alone," he says. "I choose to spend all the time to make them and then to build some sort of ambiguous shape." The pieces he's showing me are like perverse little meditations on containment, made of containers but incapable of containing anything themselves. He points to another abstract piece that has some of the same elements, but is more expansive. A larger cylinder angles up from its base and a large flat bowl torn in half is attached. Ragged tears and cuts are prominent and barely softened in the finished pieces by a simple white glaze. "I am all about form first. The glaze is there to let the form stand on its back," he says. "It's almost like when you were in class and the math teacher said 'We're having a take-home test, and I want you to show your work.' I want to show my work. I don't want to hide it at all. You see the process of what I'm doing, of everything that went into making the piece."

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May worked with clay throughout his high school years in Homer, Alaska. As soon as he graduated, he drove from Homer to Knoxville for an apprenticeship with a clay artist. After working as a carpenter or as a chef for a long time, he's made a living as a full-time artist for the last 12 years. He still makes functional pieces like trays and mugs and semi-functional pieces

that show a playful mind at work. He shows me one piece he calls a "split jar." It looks like a large bottle, with a cap at the top, but like a Russian nesting doll, one thing hides inside another. The bottle lifts up off of a base that looks like it is part of the bottle. Inside are two shot glasses. The structure is sophisticated, the finish deliberately rough. He calls it "Japanese archi-

tecture meets Fred Flintstone ceramics." His heart is clearly with the abstract work, which he sees as a rebellion against his training as a potter. He wants his pieces to transcend expectation, inspiring people to think there's no way a human could have made it. And he really loves it when he reacts that way to his own work. Some nights when the day is over and his four-year-old son is asleep, he goes back to the studio behind his house, looks at the day's work and thinks, "Man, did I make that?" Doing work that surprises him begins with knowing his skills and his medium. He says he has found his voice as an artist only in the last five years. "Now it's time to see what you're made of and let your imagination go," he says. "That's what I've been doing. The work just keeps evolving." Every day in his studio he asks, "How can I take my idea a step further to where it's almost like a treasure map that you cannot follow?” And it doesn't work every time. "Sometimes I catch glimpses of it, and sometimes I get codependent on what I used to know," he says. "It's just being brave, fearless. It's like a damn drug. If I could buy it, I would be broke. To me, it’s very addictive."

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Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Jacksonville 7:15 p.m. AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. (423) 267-2208, Painting Workshop: “Old Barn” 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, “Taco Thursday Funky Martini” 7 p.m. Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 100. (423) 602-8580, Nate Bargatze 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233,

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Cherokee Blvd., Suite 100. (423) 602-8580, Painting Workshop: “Window” 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, “Romeo and Juliet” 7:30 p.m. The Colonnade Civic Center, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. (706) 935-9000, Nate Bargatze 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233, Stand-up Comedy: Floyd J. Phillips 9:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839,

saturday 08.24 Summer of Fun Concerts 2013 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 821-4224,

The Bizarre Bazaar: The Mask! 10 a.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5900 Brainerd Rd. (423) 987-5141 River Market Yoga 10 a.m. Chattanooga River Market, Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 648-2496, chattanoogarivermarket. com “PONDER ON THIS”: A Dance Open House 10 a.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, 2013 Boehm Birth Defects Center Poker Run & Benefit Noon - 7 p.m. American Cycle, 3208 Rossville Blvd. (423) 698-2500, Southern Brewers Festival 2 p.m. – midnight. Chattanooga Riverfront, 100 Chestnut St. southernbrewersfestival. org Miyazaki Movie Month: “Kiki’s Delivery Service” 2 p.m. Chattanooga Public

Library, Northgate Branch, 278 Northgate Mall. (423) 870-0635, “Starry Night Over Chattanooga” 7 p.m. Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 100. (423) 602-8580, Painting Workshop: “PolkaDot Cross” 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, Moonlight Paddle 7:15 p.m. Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, 400 Garden Rd. (423) 821-1160, “Romeo and Juliet” 7:30 p.m. The Colonnade Civic Center, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. (706) 935-9000, Nate Bargatze 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233, Stand-up Comedy: Floyd J. Phillips 10:30 p.m. Vaudeville

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ONGOING Magic Tree House traveling exhibit 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. MonSun. Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. (423) 756-2738, “Whitfield Lovell: Deep River” 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thur., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri.-Sat, Noon - 5 p.m. Sun. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, “Sense of Place” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. MonSat, 1-5 p.m. Sun. River Gallery, 400 E. 2nd St. (423) 265-5033, “Iconic Chattanooga” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri. Reflection Gallery, 6922 Lee Hwy.

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The Twelve Types of Facebook Users If you have been online anytime in the past few years, you've probably visted Facebook at last a couple zillion times. Or at least it sometimes feels that way, and with about one sixth of the world's population signed in, you are far from being alone. And as you've surfed through the ever-changing landscape that is Facebook—and they probably changed the layout of your wall or the news feed while you were reading this, just because they can—one thing stands out even if you didn't consciously notice it: In spite of the sheer number of people who are on Facebook, most of them can be broken down into about a dozen or so types. The most common type is probably the group you are in: The Normal. The Normal has about 150 friends, of which they personally know about a third of them (the rest being distant cousins, former schoolmates, and that odd celebrity who accepted your hopeful friend request). The Normal posts a few times a day, shares mostly innocuous updates on what they are doing, maybe a funny photo or video, and that’s about it. But as common as The Normal is, it has a lot of un-normal company that should be immediately recognizable to everyone else on Facebook. I’m sure you've run into each one of these at least a few times...and might even have a bit in common with some of them yourself. The first one is The Rooster. That’s the person who feels it necessary to start each and every day with a “Good morning!” post, regardless of whether or not it actually is a good morning. The Rooster will turn on the news, see that Armageddon is underway, and immediately run to Facebook to get one last good morning wish in to all their friends before the end of the world. A close cousin to The Rooster is The Anti-Rooster. This is the person who has to wish everyone

a good night each and every evening. The only difference is that they likely won’t get a chance to wish everyone a good night when the Great Asteroid Apocalypse destroys the world because that calamity will likely fall on a Friday and they’ll probably be at some lame End Of The Worldthemed party when the Earth disappears into the celestial abyss. Which bring us to a serious question: What’s the point of being in a social network if you aren't social? The Lurker never actually responds to a single thing that is posted on Facebook, nor do they ever share anything of their own. Their wall is as empty of life as the far side of the moon, without even the benefit of a cool prog-rock soundtrack. Yet they read every single thing you post, as you are sure to learn when you run into them in person and they mention something you wrote. Three months ago. While drunk. And then they correct your spelling. Almost a reverse of The Lurker is The Hyena. The Hyena is the laugh track of Facebook. They don’t actually read or post anything of their own, as far as anyone can tell, other than commenting with a “LOL” or “LMAO” to everything even remotely funny you say. They also have a weird habit of liking everything you post, no matter the context. Your cat died? Liked. You lost your job? Liked. You lost your job because your cat died? Liked and LOL’d. Which is not to be confused with The Liker. This is the person who likes every single band, movie, television show, public event, sports team, cause, celeb-

I hate to break this to The Collectors out there, but there is no prize for having the most friends on Facebook. And even if there was, George ‘Oh My!’ Takei would already have won it. rity, what have you. I have no idea how they find the time to enjoy everything they like, unless they have access to a time machine or a cloning device. But it could be worse. Have you ever wondered why you get invited to certain events that have nothing to do with your interests, or aren't even in your town? That’s because at least one of your friends is a Promoter. The Promoter feels it necessary to invite every one on their friends list to whatever event captures their attention, many of which they aren't even directly involved with. Luckily, Facebook does allow you to turn off the inviting ability from friends who abuse their power. But then, they're just

as likely to show up on your wall “just to let you know about” their next big event. In Peoria. Then there is the type that hits a bit close to home: The Collector. The Collector is the one who, for no apparent reason, has thousands of friends. I have the excuse of being in the media and a musician, but how do you explain the person who works as a cashier at the local box store who has 4,387 friends? Or the guy who works third shift at the widget-assembly plant that just passed the 3,500-friend mark? I hate to break this to The Collectors out there, but there is no prize for having the most friends on Facebook. And even if there was, George “Oh My!” Takei would already have won it. A close cousin to The Collector is The Gamer. Whether or not you've ever played a single Facebook game, you simply cannot escape their notice. The Gamer wants to ensnare every single friend into their Mafia Farm Words Alliance Space World to further their own progress in the game. As far as anyone can tell, The Gamer never actually posts anything on Facebook not game related. It’s all about rewards and achievements and levels and gifts. And also, as far as anyone can tell, The Gamer spends approximately 17.4 hours a day on Facebook keeping up with their game(s) of choice. That said, I’d much prefer to share virtual space with The Gamer than with The Cynic. The Cynic makes Eeyore look positively cheerful. Nothing is ever good, nothing is ever positive, it is always raining and the world is always about to end. The Cynic won’t even wait for the Next Great Asteroid Apocalypse, and even if

they did, they certainly wouldn't go to an End Of The World party. They are the Facebook equivalent of comedian Steven Wright, only without the humor. One step worse than The Cynic is The Drama Queen (and it is not gender-specific, trust me). Best described as an emotional vampire, The Drama Queen is never happy and feels duty-bound to spread their unhappiness as far and wide as they can. And their favorite weapon is the passive-aggressive post. “Oh, I can't believe they did this to me.” Or “Just got my test result back, oh dear.” Or “I am about to go postal!” What they want is to snare you in their trap and then suck you into their world of woe and misery. And sadly, many of them are relatives that would be rather hurt if you unfriended them. (Not my relatives, of course, but I am lucky in having a perfect family tree.) And while not as annoying as The Drama Queen, The Updater can be even more tiresome. The Updater either hasn't discovered Twitter yet (where narcissists go to find voyeurs) or, worse yet, has merged their Facebook and Twitter accounts. They feel it necessary to share with everyone every last thing they are doing, whether or not it has the remotest interest to anyone. And when The Updater adds in FourSquare to their online repertoire, it’s enough to make you want to break into their house when you absolutely know they aren't home (because they've told you) and rearrange all their furniture. That said, the beauty of Facebook is that everyone can use it in their own way. I’m sure the way I use Facebook probably irritates some people, but in the end there really is no one right or wrong way to use Facebook. Except for that idiot who keeps wanting to argue about the “faked” moon landing. He needs to have all electronic devices taken away. Permanently. • AUGUST 22-28, 2013 • The Pulse • 39

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ood luck trying to put Matthew Dutton, 29, in a category. Yes, he’s an artist, but that description would leave out his experiences as a brick mason, construction worker and electrician. An Orlando, Fla., native, Dutton moved to Chattanooga when he was about 14. “Everything was different, “he said, “I didn’t even have a pair of pants when I moved here, you know, I grew up going to the beach.” Dutton also grew up exploring his creativity, from drawing cartoons to disassembling products to see how they worked. His curiosity carried him, then a high school senior, to his first show of paintings at the Chattanooga Market, where his talent was affirmed; most of his pieces sold. “After that, I was like, man, people are really interested in something I had made with my hands,” he said. Later in his education, he deviated from painting to crafting 3-D sculptures. “To me, sculpture is a 3-D painting,” he explained, “because if you look at all the planes and surfaces [of a sculpture], you have to treat all of that like painting.” When he starts a project, he works back and forth between two main steps: concept and design. With his current series of creatures, which he calls figments, Dutton took an organic approach by letting andthe molds guide his weresin cover state of the arts of art. “Through just experimenting with mateChattanooga rials they started taking a life of their own,” with locally made he said, “I’m making my own mythology, you jewelry, pottery, know?” art, glassware “The Collector,” a much creature that carries and more... what at first looks like junk on its back, holds Local Artists – Pottery: Mark Issenberg • Glass: Prentice Hicks • Photography: Tom Cory sentimental value not only as one of the first

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As summer winds down and blockbuster film releases begin to slow to a trickle, the best time of the year for film begins to emerge. Movies with modest budgets and great performances begin to get the recognition they deserve, and the competition for weekend dollars slows down, meaning a quality film might last longer than a week at the Majestic 12 downtown. Chattanooga is luckier than some cities of its size—we are beginning to get screenings of films that can’t be seen anywhere else, thanks to Mise En Scenesters. If you are a film fan and you haven’t been to a MES event, you should re-evaluate your weekend priorities. During the next few months, they are bringing some choice indie fare (including the Frightening Ass Film Festival on Oct. 28—tickets are limited!) to our city, so make sure to drop by the Barking Legs Theater and check one out. But beyond MES, there are a couple of worthwhile flicks that will likely make it into the big screen here. Look out for the following: Computer Chess Sept. 7 – Barking Legs Theater Filmed in very low-fi black and white, “Computer Chess” examines the strange draw of narrow subcultures and the people that participate in them. Despite being a quasi-comedic work of fiction, “Computer Chess” is shot in a documentary style and focuses on a group of programmers striving to create realistic A.I. for computer chess games. Set in the early 1980s, before Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov, the film aims to create honest characters out of the conference attendees, back at a time when nerds were antisocial, awkward, and unhygienic rather than attractive, chic, and ironic.

As I Lay Dying Sept. 27 This James Franco vehicle has not been especially well received by advance critics, and a film adaptation of a stream-ofconsciousness William Faulkner novel may have something of a limited audience, but this one will almost certainly be worth seeing if only for the performances. Anyone who has seen Franco’s portrayal of the rapper/criminal Alien in Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” knows the lengths to which he’ll go to bring a character to life. While the film may come across as uneven or unfinished, fans of Faulkner and Franco will hopefully be pleased. • AUGUST 22-28, 2013 • The Pulse • 45

Screen I Declare War Sept. 28 – Barking Legs Theater Inventive and thought-provoking, “I Declare War” takes a familiar game all boys play to one degree or another and explores the dark undertones of young male relationships. The film is one part “Lord of the Flies,” one part “The Hunger Games,” one part Calvinball. Competitive imaginations and strict adherence to esoteric rules are all part of a deadly serious game of “war” between neighborhood boys, where the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur, both for the boys and the viewers. The film is carried by very strong performances by the child actors and a provocative script that doesn’t shy away from complicated subject matter. Carrie Oct. 18 Ordinarily, a remake of such a classic film wouldn’t make the list, but given that 37 years have passed since the original film shocked audiences, a fresh look at the story is intriguing. For me, the desperation and cruelty of the opening scene in the original film far surpasses the bloody conclusion. I’m interested to see if the newest version of the film will even approach the fearless direction of the original. The casting of Julianne Moore as crazy Margaret White is encouraging; however, the film will need to match the breakneck pacing of Brian DePalma to come close to achieving the same measure of success. Regardless, to see the story presented for a modern audience may be worth the ticket price.

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Bavaria Meets the South at Brewhaus Choosing the right restaurant is the first and most important step in any dining out experience. In Chattanooga, we’re fortunate to have scores of eateries offering virtually any type of cuisine your rumbling belly desires. Dozens of Latin, scores of Asian and double handfuls of European, Mediterranean and Indian restaurants form a virtual U.N. of flavors destined to entice you. But if you’re craving German food and your Oma is off playing bingo, there is only one place in the Scenic City that can satisfy your need for German feed—and that’s Brewhaus. Owners Hunter Hart and Michael Robinson opened Brewhaus at 224 Frazier Avenue in 2011 on one of the few North Shore lots that can boast actual parking spaces. The family-style seating in the dining area, hearty Germanstyle food and abundant selection of beer is meant to pay homage to Brauhauses found all across Germany, but Hart is quick to point out that the menu is a GermanAmerican interpretation of typical brauhaus food that not so subtly suggests its connection back to the classic American food that Chattanoogans know and love. Although it was tempting to sit on the deck and take in the relaxing view of Coolidge Park, my friends and I opted for a seat at one of the long tables in the main dining area. Naturally, when you take a seat in a German restaurant called Brewhaus, your mind will quickly wander towards the malted beverage selection. I zeroed in on a bottle of pale, refreshing German hefe-weisse, while my friends were a bit more indecisive—understandable given the long, well-curated list of not just German beers, but some of the best craft beers available in this area. After scanning the food menu, we slowly raised our eyes to meet each other’s glance in a silent, binding pact to abandon all diets and doctors’ advice so that we could savor the wondrous carbs and meats that were about to be laid before us. I made the first move and ordered Bavarian House Nachos. Normally, those are two things that don’t coexist on a plate, but this brilliant culinary innova-

tion replaces boring tortilla chips with a plateful of silver-dollarsized, crispy potato cakes, and then tops them with handfuls of melty cheese, fresh lettuce, tomato and sour cream. They were so filling I barely had room to sample the hubcap-sized Bavarian pretzel that came with house-made cider mustard, horseradish mustard, and my favorite, the cherry ale mustard. These beasts are baked to soft, chewy perfection at the Bluff View bakery every morning, then hand delivered by a Von Trapp child to the rear entrance of the restaurant…at least, she says she’s a Von Trapp. As the entrees arrived at our table, things began to spin out of control. Forks and knives jabbed and skewered their way into meats and various incarnations of potato in a beer-fueled feeding frenzy. I managed to get a few bites of everything and somehow protect the majority of my own meal while sustaining only minor fork wounds. First, I went for the Glockenspeil burger: a half-pound beef burger topped with a touch of sauerkraut, sweet pickled beets, a thick slice of melted Swiss cheese, lettuce and

tomato on a soft, buttery pretzel roll. Every part of your tongue will sit up and sing in harmony as the sweet beets provide a perfect foil against the savory beef and slight tang of the sauerkraut. Next I made a successful play for a few bites of Currywurst. If you’ve never experienced this king of German street food, it’s a guilty pleasure made of grilled wurst (sausage) that is sliced and sautéed in a spicy tomato curry sauce, then served with potatoes. Brewhaus serves their Currywurst atop a mound of chunky hash-brownstyle potatoes with two sides. I recommend the beir cabbage for its tangy contrast to the rich tomato sauce and the spaetzle, because you can never go wrong with spaetzle. Imagine if mac & cheese married alfredo sauce and they had a baby that was raised by Chuck Norris… it’s just that awesome. Now it was time to return to home base and enjoy what was left of my own entree, the Brewhaha. Anyone who knows me knows I can’t pass up a good sausage—and these are really good sausages. The Brewhaha has a grilled, beermarinated brat snuggled up next to a smoked sausage lounging on a

bed of tangy sauerkraut. This pork romance is accompanied by German potato salad (no mayo, this is a vinegar-based potato salad), ale mustard, and a vegetable medley that I assume is there as part of a witness protection program. Somehow, someone had the presence of mind to order fried apple pie for dessert. The cinnamon butter ice cream that came with it almost stole the show from the pie itself. I would have a more complete description of the taste, but I could only get one bite before my dining companions devoured it like a swarm of piranha. I can’t take these people anywhere.

Brewhaus German-American Gastropub is a one of a kind restaurant in Chattanooga with hearty, delicious food, a friendly, casual atmosphere and a well-curated, well-rounded beer selection. “Hilft das Bier gegen den Durst, stillt den Hunger eine Wurst.” Brewhaus German-American Gastropub, 224 Frazier Ave. (423) 531-8490, Hours: Sunday 11a.m. - 10p.m. Mon. - Thurs. 11a.m. - 12a.m. Fri. - Sat. 11a.m. - 2a.m. • AUGUST 22-28, 2013 • The Pulse • 49

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “My story isn’t sweet and harmonious like invented stories,” wrote novelist Herman Hesse. “It tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.” As interesting as Hesse’s declaration is, let’s not take it as gospel. Let’s instead envision the possibility that when people reduce the number of lies they tell themselves, their lives may become sweeter and more harmonious as a result. I propose that exact scenario for you right now, Leo. There might be a rough adjustment period as you cut back on your self-deceptions, but eventually your folly and bewilderment will diminish as the sweet harmony grows. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Novelist James Joyce once articulated an extreme wish that other writers have probably felt but never actually said. “The demand that I make of my reader,” said Joyce, “is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works.” Was he being mischievous? Maybe. But he never apologized or issued a retraction. Your assignment, Virgo, is to conjure up your own version of that wild desire: a clear statement of exactly what you really, really want in all of its extravagant glory. I think it’ll be healthy for you to identify this pure and naked longing. (P.S. I’m not implying that you should immediately try to get it fulfilled, though. For now, the important thing is knowing what it is.) LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Now and then a British Libra named Lloyd Scott dresses up in funny costumes while competing in long-distance races. He does it to raise money for charity. In the 2011 London Marathon, he wore a nine-foot snail outfit for the duration of the course. It took him 27 days to finish. I suggest you draw inspiration from his heroic effort. From a cosmic perspective, it would make sense for you to take your time as you engage in amusing activities that benefit your fellow humans. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): What will you do now that you have acquired more clout and visibility? Will you mostly just pump up your self-love and bask in the increased

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’ve been pretty wild and uncontained lately, and that’s OK. I’ve loved seeing how much permission you’ve given yourself to ramble free, experiment with the improbable, and risk being a fool. I suspect that history will judge a majority of your recent explorations as tonic. But now, Sagittarius, the tenor of the time is shifting. To continue being in alignment with your highest good, I believe you will have to rein in your wanderlust and start attending to the care and cultivation of your power spot. Can you find a way to enjoy taking on more responsibility? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “The person who can’t visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot,” said the founder of Surrealism, writer André Breton. I wouldn’t go so far as to call such an imagination-deprived soul an “idiot,” but I do agree with the gist of his declaration. One of the essential facets of intelligence is the ability to conjure up vivid and creative images in one’s mind. When daily life has grown a bit staid or stuck or overly serious, this skill becomes even more crucial. Now is one of those times for you, Capricorn. If you have any trouble visualizing a horse galloping on a tomato, take measures to boost the fertility of your imagination. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I want to be with those who know the secret things, or else alone,” wrote the eccentric ecstatic poet Rainer Maria Rilke. That wouldn’t be a good rule for you Aquarians to live by all the time. To thrive, you need a variety of cohorts and allies, including those who know and care little about secret things. But I suspect that for the next few weeks, an affinity for those who know secret things might suit you well. More than that, they may be exactly the accomplices who will help you attend to your number one assignment: exploratory holy work in the depths. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): To launch your horoscope, I’ll steal a line from a Thomas Pynchon novel: A revelation trembles just beyond the threshold of your understanding. To continue your oracle, I’ll borrow a message I heard in my dream last night: A breakthrough shivers just beyond the edge of your courage. Next, I’ll use words I think I heard while eavesdropping on a conversation at Whole Foods: If you want to cook up the ultimate love feast, you’re still missing one ingredient. And to finish this oracle,

Pisces, I’ll say that if you want to precipitate the trembling revelation, activate the shivering breakthrough, and acquire the missing ingredient, imitate what I’ve done in creating this horoscope. Assume the whole world is offering you useful clues, and listen closely. ARIES (March 21-April 19): An Indian student named Sankalp Sinha has invented the “Good Morning Sing N Shock.” It’s an alarm clock that plays you a song and gives you a small electrical jolt when you hit the snooze button. The voltage applied is far less intense than, say, a taser, and is designed to energize you rather than disable you. I encourage you to seek out wake-up calls like the kind this device administers, Aries: fairly gentle, yet sufficiently dramatic to get your attention. The alternative would be to wait around for blind fate to provide the wake-up calls. They might be a bit more strenuous. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If you Google the statement “I can change overnight,” most of the results that come up are negative, like “It’s not something I can change overnight” or “I don’t think I can change overnight.” But there’s one Google link to “I can change overnight.” It’s a declaration made by Taurus painter Willem de Kooning. He was referring to how unattached he was to defining his work and how easy it was for him to mutate his artistic style. I wouldn’t normally advise you Tauruses to use “I can change overnight” as your battle cry. But for the foreseeable future you do have the power to make some rather rapid and thorough transformations. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “The artist is by necessity a collector,” said graphic designer Paul Rand. “He accumulates things with the same ardor and curiosity with which a boy stuffs his pockets. He borrows from the sea and from the scrap heap; he takes snapshots, makes mental notes, and records impressions on tablecloths and newspapers. He has a taste for children’s wall scrawling as appreciative as that for prehistoric cave painting.” Whether or not you’re an artist, Gemini, this would be an excellent approach for you in the coming days. You’re in a phase when you can thrive by being a gatherer of everything that attracts and fascinates you. You don’t need to know yet why you’re assembling all these clues. That will be revealed in good time. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Can you remember the last time you bumped up against a limitation caused by your lack of knowledge? What did it feel like? I expect that sometime soon you will have that experience again. You may shiver with worry as you contemplate the potential consequences of your continued ignorance. But you may also feel the thrill of hungry curiosity rising up in you. If all goes well, the fear and curiosity will motivate you to get further educated. You will set to work on a practical plan to make it happen.

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On the Beat

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all in East Chattanooga. A cool, but not cold, breeze blew through my fingers as I extended my arm ever-so-slightly out the driver’s side window, the light and shadows repetitively curling around them as I passed under the streetlights of North Chamberlin Avenue, one after another like giant illuminated pickets in an impossibly tall fence…the windshield casting the occasional flare from the same into the corner of my eye.

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The sky was about to have a serious discussion with the color of the area foliage, but not yet. The sky slept in its darkness, and the wind allowed my fingers to dance in the air to the tune of Van Morrison’s “T.B. Sheets” as it poured out of the patrol car’s stereo and into very grateful ears. My left-hand fingers randomly poked out as if there were a keyboard there, while the right-hand fingers barely gripped the wheel as I slouched down and to the left of the normally uncomfortable Crown Vic seat, my head bobbing with the rhythm of what I considered to be possibly the greatest blues song on Earth. God help me, I was smiling. The radio had been unusually quiet or I could never have reached this level of Zen, but I’d been grateful for the break and so was not upset when the call came in to see a woman on Bradt Street about a delayed assault. I eased onto the street and found the duplex and its correct side and let the music play out as I secured my car. My apparent customer was already approaching and began to talk with one hand firmly planted on her hip. “I wanna press charges on my brother’s girlfriend,” she said. I raised my eyebrows and frowned at the same time to communicate sadness and seriousness simultaneously, and asked for what charge. “Well, my brother done

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“ raped me, but that’s not the problem. He’s takin’ care of the baby, but now his gurl-fren done put that on Facebook, so I wanna’ press charges. I’m embur-ress,” she said. My face still locked as described, I was only able to further express myself by lowering my right eyebrow, leaving the left one raised. During this exchange, a male had walked up and remained at a respectful distance, and upon hearing this he raised his hand and said, “And I want to press charges too. Since that’s my girlfriend, that makes this domestic that she’s tellin’ on me,” he said as he pointed at his sister. “So I wanna press charges, too,” he repeated. I now raised my lower left lip, giving me the likely appearance of a stroke victim (or a fat, small, unattractive Sylvester Stallone) and was pondering my next response when I noticed a small child awkwardly stepping off the curb across the way and into the street. The baby was about two years old, but moving slowly

The sky slept in its darkness, and the wind allowed my fingers to dance in the air to the tune of Van Morrison’s “T.B. Sheets” as it poured out of the patrol car’s stereo and into very grateful ears.

for one that age. The eyes were a bit close together, the nose just a bit too small…and the forehead a bit pronounced… and just as my brain connected the dots, both of my new customers yelled in unison, “MOMMA! GET THE BABY OUT OF THE STREET!” My eyebrow remained raised, but I will admit it: My jaw now hung slack as my brain temporarily momentarily seized. Realizing this was in fact the Down Syndrome child of the two siblings in question before me making absurd legal propositions wasn’t the worst I’ve handled, but doing so while simultaneously discovering their own mother was apparently caring for the child of both of her children, and doing so poorly at that, all at the same time? Show me how to deal with that particular brand of shit at your MillerMotte criminal justice classes, boys and girls. At this level of bizarre, I can only assume my brain hit a reset button because my face simply relaxed, focused on the cool night breeze, and told my mouth to hang back a second while I pulled out my notepad and pen. “Either of you like Van Morrison?” I asked. Now they looked at me like I was the crazy one, hair blowing again in the resurgent night breeze, and all was again right with the world. I truly love my job. • AUGUST 22-28, 2013 • The Pulse • 55













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