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August 29, 2013

Vol. 10 • No. 35

on the beat » crazy train

sex, scientology & psychos

Chattanooga’s Weekly Alternative

getting to the heart of



what it is & what it will change for students and parents

MUSIC singer/songwriter ryan oyer theater the magical island screen aldo leopold

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Managing Editor Mike McJunkin Contributing Editors Janis Hashe • Gary Poole Contributors Rich Bailey • Rob Brezsny John DeVore • Janis Hashe Matt Jones • Ernie Paik • Mike McJunkin Gary Poole • Alex Teach • Marc T Michael Photographer Josh Lang Cartoonists & Illustrators Max Cannon Jen Sorensen • Tom Tomorrow Founded 2003 by Zachary Cooper & Michael Kull


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Aquarium releases fish

Cheerio, Old Trout! Or, in this case, new trout, as the Tennessee Aquarium releases more than 200 Southern Appalachian Brook Trout in Hampton Creek on Aug. 29 as part of a new long-term effort to restore the fish to their native waters. According to the Aquarium, “The colorful Southern Appalachian Brook Trout, SABT, is the only species of trout that is native to Tennessee. Once abundant in the clear, cool mountain streams of east Tennessee, the SABT is found in only three percent of its historical range today. “The SABT [has] bright golden spots and vivid red bellies. Being one of the smallest members of the salmon fam-


ily and one of the more challenging to locate, this unique fish is a prize among trout fishermen. “Logging activities wiped out large portions of the habitat for this fish. When SABT numbers dwindled, many sites were overtaken by Rainbow Trout, a non-native species that can withstand warmer water and more direct sunlight. In many areas, forests have been repaired along streams creating more favorable conditions for SABT restoration work.” So, last October, Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute scientists, working with biologists from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, collected 50 brood

trout from the creek to begin raising them at the Aquarium. The successful results of this effort can be viewed as the lucky teenage trout are returned to the creek, where it’s hoped they will flourish and begin to replenish the streams around us. When / Where: Hampton Creek Cove Scenic-Recreational State Natural Area – Carter County, TN. Trout will be released at noon on Thursday, Aug. 29. Directions: Detailed Map: —Janis Hashe

Robert Sparks Walker

Celebrating A Native Naturalist The Pulse has long been a fan of Audubon Acres, considering it one of the city’s hidden treasures. So we are also a big fan of the new book fron Natural History Press, Chattanooga’s Robert Sparks Walker: The Unconventional Life of an East Tennessee Naturalist. Written by Walker’s granddaughter, Alexandra Walker Clark, the biography explores the life of a man who was born in Spring Frog Cabin on the site that is now Audubon Acres. Walker went on to write thousands of articles, poems and books celebrating nature. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and helped to found the Chattanooga Audubon Society, which now preserves his birthplace. From the book’s preface: “’Listen!’ He paused, turned his good ear toward the

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melodic splashing. ‘It says its name: Chickamauga, Chickamauga’… “… ‘Keep this place in your heart and you will never grow old. This is who we are, you know.’” If you enjoy Chattanooga history and you love the outdoors (or know someone who does), you’ll love this book. Natural History Press, 2013, $19.99. —Staff

Sunset Concert Series

Free Tunes in Hixson The city’s new Youth and Family Development Department has just announced a series of free concerts in the North River Civic Center in Hixson. Free is good! And this line-up is even better. North River Civic Center Sunset Concert Series

• September 20: Willa Creek Quartet      • October 18: Chattanooga Community Orchestra                          • November 22: Tee Bumpass                   • December 19: Scenic City Chorus                     • January 17: Chattanooga Clarinet Choir • February 28: Jericho Brass Band                   • March 21: Bill McCallie                                   • April 18: Blue John                                         • May  16: Fletcher Bright                            • June 20: Bounty Hunter All concerts 7-8 p.m. 1009 Executive Dr., Hixson. (423) 870-8924.   —J.H.


pulse » PICK of the litter


pulse » PICKS

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

THU08.29 JAM BAND OF THE CENTURY Ghost Owl • From legendary Athens, GA comes Ghost Owl, described as “shimmering electronics mixed with heavy, well-realized beats.” We can dig it. 9:30 p.m. • Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644.

Art + Issues: Shades of Race Across the Line • Times Free Press columnist David Cook and rapper/anti violence advocate Big Mike Mic Kelly on race from both sides of the color line. 6 p.m. • The Hunter Museum, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968.





“For All The World To See: Visual Culture and The Struggle for Civil Rights”

“A Standard of Change”

• New exhibit at the BCC brings home the continuing cultural legacy of Dr. King and his peers. 10.a.m - 5:30 p.m. • Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-8658.




HOUSTON, WE HAVE A TONTON The Ton Tons • According to HuffPo, “The Ton Tons and Tom Petty aren’t that far apart.” Really? This we gotta see. 10 p.m. • JJ’s Bohemia, 261 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400.



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• Local storyteller Jim Pfitzer is back with his one-man show about environmentalist Aldo Leopold. 7 p.m. • Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347,

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Enda Scahill has been a favorite during previous visits to Barking Legs Theater with the Brock McGuire Band. BLT calls him a “truly amazing talent—pick your own superlative.” Scahill returns with his solo project We Banjo 3, and fans of Irish music (as well as the banjo) need to be on Dodds Avenue on Tuesday.

• The very tall (6'7" at last check) Canadian goofball, best described as a freight train hitting the stage, tells the funniest stories this side of the Yukon. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. • The Comedy Catch, 3324 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233,

Enda Scahill & We Banjo 3 Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347.




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From Dolley to Dr. King to Us “ I don’t know about you, but sometimes the world comes at me, asking me to make the connections it’s holding out for me to observe. “C’mon!” it seems to be saying, “It’s all right here in front of you. And there are no coincidences.” Such a time is right now, with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. I happened to be reading a book I’d plucked rather randomly from the library shelves, Rita Mae Brown’s “Dolley,” historical fiction covering First Lady Dolley Madison’s life, primarily during the War of 1812. Some turn up their noses at historical fiction but I find a well-written novel can give you insight hardcore historical facts don’t. And in this case, Brown’s exploration of Dolley Madison’s struggle to reconcile slavery with her Quaker upbringing was truly gripping. James Madison was the “Father of the Constitution.” He was also, like Washington and Jefferson, a Virginian, and his plantation at Montpelier was worked by slaves. There were slaves in the White House during his administration, some of whom stayed loyal to Dolley long after her husband was dead and she was forced to sell Montpelier. The Quakers hated slavery and were some of the first and most fervent abolitionists. As Brown depicts it, Dolley Madison also deplored slavery—but shrugged off the solution to “the peculiar

institution” for another generation. She died in 1849, already anticipating the War Between the States. I’m reading virtually every day about the Sesquicentennial of the war. All we have to do here in our city is stretch out a hand and we can touch remnants of that tragic time. The Hunter Museum’s wonderful Whitfield Lovell exhibit contains a piece dedicated to “Camp Contraband,” where slaves fleeing north could find refuge once the Union had taken Chattanooga. Immediately after the war, many former slaves who did not move all the way north came here to find work in the city’s industries, to this day one of the reasons Chattanooga’s population is a third African American. Dr. King, as is well known, almost became a pastor here, before finding a home at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery. The famous “I Have A Dream” speech specifically calls out Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, as a place he hoped to see his dream come true one day. I never met Dr. King, but I was very fortunate to be sitting behind Congressman John Lewis when he came to town a year and a half ago to speak at


a benefit. Urged by Pastor Kevin Adams, everyone turned to hug the people next to them. A hug from John Lewis gave me a direct line to Dr. King and the movement that here in Chattanooga, is epitomized by State Rep. JoAnne Favors, with whom I've worked in the past. Rep. Favors has been in the news recently talking about her memories of Lincoln Park, when it was the only park black people were allowed to go to on a regular basis. Lincoln Park has been in the news because a group of community leaders have spoken out against the city’s original plan to extend Central Avenue straight through their historic community. And here is where all these threads form a picture for me. Dolley Madison left the fight, really had to leave the fight, against slavery to the generation that came after her. Thousands of them fought and died in a war that produced the Emancipation Proclamation and eventually, the 13th Amendment. But that amendment did not end racism, hatred and discrimination—that was left to yet another generation, Dr. King’s, to bring to the fore. And as so many have said, Dr. King himself passed the torch. There’s still so far to go before we actually realize his dream. We have a black president—and a Tennessee Republican Party that in 2008 thought it was just fine to

A hug from John Lewis gave me a direct line to Dr. King and the movement that here in Chattanooga, is epitomized by State Rep. JoAnne Favors.

joke about “Barack the Magic Negro.” We have a voter registration law that was clearly designed to prevent black people from exercising their right to vote. Didn’t work in the 2012 election—but that ridiculous law needs to be stricken from the books. We have a city of Chattanooga in which unemployment in some of the primarily black communities exceeds 20 percent. We have a group of wealthy, politically wellconnected people who thought they could just ram that Central Avenue extension through a poor black neighborhood and no one would notice or care. Fortunately, some did notice, did care, and Lincoln Park is now getting a say in its future. We are the generation—and here I don’t just mean boomers like me, but every American alive today—that must take up that torch. Don’t buy it when you hear, “Oh, that’s old news. We’re postracial now!” That is just plain wrong. Dolley Madison, transported two hundred years forward to 2013, would be astounded by Barack Obama (and Michelle Obama) but would weep over East Chattanooga. But if she had the chance, she’d stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Dr. King in his journey to the mountaintop. Neither one ever got there. But we can. I still believe that.



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change classroom in the

the impact of

COMMON CORE on YOU AND YOUR FAMILY by JENNIFER CRUTCHFIELD The state of education in Chattanooga has long been a complicated question. In a region that has historically ranked low in education and test scores, Chattanooga has placed a premium on education since Thomas Hooke McCallie brought a famous educator to the new city growing in the wilderness. Today’s Chattanooga is home to three of the most successful private schools in the country, and its magnet schools are consistently ranked among the highest-achieving public schools in the nation. When people in Chattanooga ask where you went to school, they don’t mean college. Bumper stickers and booster shirts announce who you are and where you come from before you even get there, a school affiliation screaming out your social standing and economic status. And yet, in a city celebrated for business, entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, recent ACT scores suggest that

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only 18 percent of Tennessee high school seniors are academically prepared for college. That sounds a lot like 82 percent of high school seniors who are not on a trajectory toward success or achievement. Something had to change. With assistance from groups like the Public Education Foundation (PEF), teachers have translated trainings and leadership opportunities into

enhanced successes in the classroom. Recently, 14 local schools were honored for posting test scores that were among the highest five percent in the state, and the new STEM high school is now serving a 9th grade class, the 10th graders leading the way in a unique setting with seemingly limitless potential for learning and exploration. School has started for the year, and as students are heading to the classrooms, political buzzwords are packed in their backpacks and screaming “Common Core” at their parents from the headlines. Chattanooga’s Mayor Andy Berke described his philosophy for the city as “budgeting for outcomes” and challenged his staff to “not do things just because that’s how they’ve always been done,” reorganizing the system of government to allow for innovation to change the city in key areas. Common Core takes that same approach and seeks to prepare American students to be successful in college and careers by providing clear goals for student learning instead of telling teachers how to teach. In true Pulse form we talked to people about what they knew and what they wanted to know about education in Chattanooga, Common Core and how it will impact you and your family. What is Common Core and where did it come from?

Historically, each state has had different standards and measurement tools. Common Core State Standards establish expectations aligned with those in colleges and careers. The consistency of standards between states allows teachers, administrators and districts to share best practices. Local teachers, principals and superintendents led the implementation of Common Core, and school districts in Tennessee have been phasing in use of the Common Core Standards for math and English language arts during the last two years. The standards are a clear set of goals establishing what students need to learn— but don’t dictate to teachers how they should teach it. Curriculum decisions and textbook

choices are made locally, but the standards focus on real-world skills and critical thinking that will prepare students to succeed and compete in college and career s globally. Common Core changes the teaching model from teachers having knowledge that they share, to a model that gives students access to information and teaches them how to find it. As PEF’s Dan Challener explains, it “flips the model of the classroom to consuming the content at night and doing work in groups with problem-based experiences” at school. How does it impact my children in their classroom and at home?

More than 25,000 Tennessee educators enrolled in the optional trainings offered during summer 2013, and more than 2,500 school and district administrators participated in courses designed by “Leadership Coaches.” Those teachers and administrators have arrived in your schools and classrooms excited and ready to achieve new things. They’ll be communicating with you more. They’ll be challenging your children to think critically, to explore, learn and be inspired to succeed in college or career. You will see students writing more in all of their classes—not just English— and they’ll be challenged to discuss how problems are solved in math and science classes. A group of Hamilton County teachers was awarded fellowships from the Public Education Foundation and the Texasbased Fund for Teachers, each teacher conducting 6-week explorations that relate to the lessons they’ll be teaching their students. Trey Joyner, a middleschool science teacher, went on a trek across the United States and said, "Every place we're going, every stop, is a direct connection to what we're teaching and learning in the classroom. The idea is for them to go with me, to get them excited about the lab they're about to do." Those students have already explored science, nature and biodiversity on local field trips, and he has plans for more ad-

ventures, sharing his lessons as a Leadership Fellow with teachers who learn from those explorations. Be sure to sign up for the online email, text and contact programs for your child’s class. You’ll see your children reading more at night and using the Internet to conduct research that they will use in the classroom activities. Students will be reading more nonfiction, exploring complex texts and engaging in problem-based learning and critical thinking. If Internet access is an obstacle for your family, Comcast offers programs with reduced rates and a discounted computer. Is there new testing that will go with the new standards?

Yes, Tennessee students will be using the PARCC (Partnership for Readiness for College and Careers) assessment tool. PARCC is a measurement tool designed to be administered online and will begin during the 2014-2015 school year. This will replace the TCAP tests for math and English language arts. Assessing students online allows for a reflection of the expectations for college and career and can more authentically assess student performances. Online testing allows for a faster return on information, and enables teachers and administrators to make modifications in the classroom to enhance success. Are there new resources for me and for my children?

Chattanooga’s Youth and Family Development Centers have Lexia, a new computerbased literacy program available in 13 centers, with 16 expected to be operational by this winter. This effort, led by “Coach” Lurone Jennings, administrator of the new Department of Youth and Family Development, will serve Chattanoogans from pre-K to adult, preparing students to achieve more in school and giving adults access to programs designed to increase career readiness. The Lexia Literacy program will help fill in the gap for literacy

Resources Common Core TN Send questions to tncore. PBS Common Core http:// Contact WTCI’s Chief Learning Officer, Angela Ballard, at www.wtcitv. org or aballard@wtcitv. org for information on PBS programs available locally. Comcast Internet Access – Comcast Internet Essentials Visit www. or call 1-855-846-8376

Chattanooga’s Youth and Family Development Centers Literacy Labs: Avondale, Carver, Brainerd, East Chattanooga, Eastdale, East Lake, North Chattanooga, Hixson, Glenwood, Tyner, South Chattanooga, Washington Hills and Westside Center Please contact Jessica Broadnax, (423) 6436066 for information about these literacy labs and program hours. Visit for more information. PTA Parent Guides commoncore.html

Chattanooga Public Library

learning through extended time in after-school programming. Lexia will bridge children’s interest in technology, providing a structural and productive use of reading through technology, while having fun and coexisting with numerous recreation programs. The Chattanooga Public Library and the 4th Floor continue to provide innovative programs and services for Chattanooga’s families, encouraging teens to explore technology and learning in ways that can open doors for their future goals and successes. WTCI, Chattanooga’s community PBS station, offers a wide variety of resources, activities and programs that support families and inspire a lifetime of learning and exploration. PBS is the go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of classroomready, digital resources, including videos, games, audio clips, photos and lesson plans. You can search, save, and share with ease. PBS LearningMedia is

free for educators. PBS has been working with the Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to implement the Ready to Learn activities that support learning and achievement goals for atrisk children from 2-8. A wealth of games, apps and digital resources are available free online, and WTCI provides events, activities, outreach and resources for local families and teachers. Professional development opportunities for teachers, a Media Lab, TNCode Academy workshops and summer classes and Exploration Wednesday camps for children are just a few of the free programs and resources that help support the goals of Common Core Standards for Chattanooga families. Jennifer Crutchfield is an author, director of public relations for WTCI, the former publisher of Chattanooga Parent magazine, and the mother of three sons. • AUG 29-Sept 4, 2013 • The Pulse • 9

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Singer/Songwriter Street Cred Ryan Oyer brings credibility back to the wordsmith/vocalist


yan Oyer is one of those names I’d heard a thousand times without ever having had the opportunity to hear him play. The best I could guess from the ubiquitous nature of his name was that he must be one of the hardest-working men in show business—in Chattanooga anyway. I spent a long road trip over the weekend listening to his discography, and two things immediately occurred to me: 1) What a pity to have missed all those performances, and 2) What a treat to discover that something so worthwhile was right here the whole time. As a rule, I don’t like to write about individual singer/songwriters for the simple reason that I’ve known too many of them. In the last 25 years, I have met, listened to and performed with literally hundreds of would-be lyrical wordsmiths and of the lot of them, 10 might have been really memorable (Dave Brown and Vic Burgess are two good examples). There is nothing particularly difficult about writing a song or unique about being a songwriter. Writing a good song is an altogether different matter, and good songwriters are few and far between. It was a stroke of good fortune, then, to find that Oyer is one of the good ones, a singer and songwriter worthy of the titles. Much has been made of the influence of the Beatles on Oyer’s work, and there are undoubt-

honest music

edly hints of that to be found, but every artist is, to an extent, an amalgam of influences and experiences. It is the interpretation of that creative fodder that gives an artist his voice. Townes Van Zandt was influenced by Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams by Roy Acuff, but whatever may have influenced them, their own contributions to music are iconic and unmistakable. This is just as true for Ryan Oyer, Beatles or not. Even during a first listen, it becomes clear that at least some of the tunes have an autobiographical origin. “Rabbit Hole” is a standout example, a reflection of Oyer’s angst during a painful divorce. The marvelous thing about the tune is that it completely fails to beat you over the head with the subject matter and THAT is what marks Oyer as a great songwriter.

It takes more than minor chords and spooky fiddles to make a good tune. Subtlety and a light touch are far more valuable (and rare). Oyer’s command of nuance is proof positive that the man cares for his craft. To put it plainly, if I were in a crowded, noisy bar and heard this tune in the background, I’d drop whatever I was doing to listen until it was finished, and whether I knew what it was about or not, I’d buy the album on the spot. It’s pretty good. “Beautiful Disaster” is another tune that smacks of having a real-life story behind it. I don’t know that for a fact, but being more than a little familiar with the subject matter, I feel qualified to say that if Oyer is faking it in this tune, he is doing a hell of a job. It may not be a universal experience, but I’d guess that a great many people have at one time or other found themselves in a relationship where the pretty book cover had little do with the beer-stained crayon scribbling inside. The lyrics ring true, and the music is a very nice

homage to Chris Isaak. Since the release of his most recent album, Oyer has devoted a great deal of time to penning

and perfecting a new album’s worth of tunes. With the contributing talents of such familiar faces as Brett Nolan and Butch Ross, as well as a number of guest appearances by other prominent local musicians, it’s a safe bet that Oyer will knock this one out of the park as well. You can generally catch Ryan Oyer at Tremont Tavern’s open mic night, hosted by the near-legendary, allaround-good-guy Mike McDade. The Ryan Oyer Band (a change in nomenclature reflecting the evolving nature of their live sound) has two gigs coming up soon, Sept. 19 at Rhythm & Brews, opening for American Aquarium, and Sept. 21 at The Camp House, where rumor has it they will be recording a live album. I recommend you see them now while you have the chance, because sooner or later, people are going to notice what Oyer is doing, and once that happens, ticket prices will go up, availability will go down, and it will be much too late to say, “I knew him before he was famous.”

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Between the Sleeves

record reviews • ernie paik

Life Among The Sonic Animals Les Rhinocéros and Barn Owl aural au naturel

Les Rhinocéros Les Rhinocéros II (Tzadik)


he Washington, D.C. trio Les Rhinocéros seems like a perfect match for John Zorn’s Tzadik label, fitting into multiple sets of its favored aesthetics; offhand, the tight jump-cut insanity and rigorous, mind-bending compositions of Zorn’s Naked City comes to mind, along with Bill Laswell’s melting-pot eclecticism, and the trio’s second album, Les Rhinocéros II, was actually recorded at Laswell’s studio. The (mostly) instrumental outfit, led by bassist/multi-instrumentalist Michael Coltun, offers a disorienting and jumbled grab-bag of genre-busting pieces, with the only common thread being a lack of cohesion.

“Bea Spiders” is an energizing burst of Mr. Bungle-esque schizophrenic madness, changing directions whimsically while serving quick metal blasts and fragments of

Barn Owl V (Thrill Jockey)

Eastern European folk. The band slams on the brakes for the next track, “Seepy Seepy,” one of the album’s finest and most intriguing numbers, with unsettling background atmospherics and serene guitar melodies from Amit Peled; however, the peace seems to be threatened by an emerging saxophone, like a confused bird entering the pastoral scene, and overdriven drum beats from percussionist Jonathan Burrier. “Life in a Battery” doesn’t quite work, with its spoken words being sliced and diced among a dirge of bass and percussion pitter patters, and “What Do YOU Know About VELCRO?” is a blend of echoing Jamaican dub, Eastern European scales and lurking synthetics before delving into spy/surf rock and a freak-out pinnacle. “Part Too” throws everything into a pot, with kamel n’goni playing (a Malian lute) and video game electronics over a minimalist sonic web, while “Only Bar-

barians Use Forks…” ends the album with vigorous passages and a playful yet sinister carnival-esque spirit. The album hits its target more often than it doesn’t, and the group’s willingness to explore is admirable, being a band defined by its violent and confused identity crisis.


uch has already been said about the seemingly whittled-down attention spans of the collective consciousness, but it seems like not enough value has been placed upon the rewards of patience and the temporal qualities of certain cultural offerings, be it a complex wine or a gradually unfurling film. The outstanding new album from the San Francisco instrumental duo Barn Owl, V, is like the aural equivalent of a long voyage through the galaxy, hurtling yet floating with relative comfort in a luxurious

spacecraft, offering sonic strata that can be placed in the background to be lightly ignored or at the forefront of one’s attention for deep concentration. Featuring more prominent synths than before, the album is full of ultra-concentrated, sculpted pieces that seem to draw from German Kosmische and ambient music from the ’70s and more recent ambient noise. Tracks draft along but purposefully, not aimlessly and never on autopilot; there is structure here without sounding obviously so, with ample time to stretch its arms and legs, and the proceedings gingerly nudge the listeners’ focus from one moment to the next.

The album’s first half is comprised of shorter pieces, with each being roughly five minutes long, and each track is compelling in its own way; “Blood Echo” is majestic, dark and eerie, with its synth tangles enveloping the tense, percussive hits that reverberate to suggest huge, open spaces. “Pacific Isolation” uses a barely audible static blanket underneath clear and pure electric guitar notes, and every chord change seems like a revelation, packing a lot of subtle drama into less than three minutes. The album’s centerpiece is the second half’s “The Opulent Decline,” a 17-minute piece constructed from a 30-minute improvisation, with a sense of epic vastness and perhaps like a sonic version of artist Olafur Eliasson’s ambitious and huge simulations of natural phenomena. • AUG 29-Sept 4, 2013 • The Pulse • 11

Chattanooga Live


MUSIC CALENDAR Matthew Mayfield

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THUrsday 08.29 Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, The Loop 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Open Mic 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, Blake Morrison 8 p.m. The Backyard Grille, 4021 Hixson Pike. (423) 486-1369 Valley Young, W.B. Givens and The Mailboxes 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, Open Mic with Hap Henninger 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn). (423) 634-9191, facebook. com/theoffice.chatt Ghost Owl 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644,

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7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Screaming Orphans 7 p.m. Nightfall Music Series, River City Stage at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Scenic City Soul Revue 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, Martha Ann Brooks and Andrew Kelsay 8 p.m. Charles and Myrtle’s Coffeehouse, 105 McBrien Rd. (423) 892-4960, Rigoletto 8 p.m. Nightfall Music Series, River City Stage at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Matthew Mayfield 7:30 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, Johnston Brown 8 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065, Corey Smith 8 p.m. Track 29, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-4323,

Soul Survivor 8 p.m. Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Terrace, (423) 713-8739, John Sharpe 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn). (423) 634-9191, facebook. com/theoffice.chatt Crossfire 9 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, Power Players Show Band 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Channing Wilson Band, Paul Hadfield & Tucker Hollow Band 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644, Pistol Town 10 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919, facebook. com/raw.chattanooga Ton Tons featuring Stereodig 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, Black Cat Moon 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Rd. (423) 499-9878, Nathan Farrow 10 p.m. T-Bones, 1419 Chestnut St. (423) 266-4240,

saturday 08.31 Ogya, Lumbar 5 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 821-4224, Julie Gribble 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga River Market, Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960, Jason Thomas – The Man in Black Tribute 5 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo Victorian Lounge, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-5000, Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers 7 p.m. Riverfront Nights, 21st Century Waterfront Park. Scenic City Soul Revue 7 p.m. The Foundry, 1201 Broad St. (423) 756-3400, Year of October, Devin Balram, Nick and Keenan 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, The Mocha Band featuring Jermaine Purifory 7:45 p.m. Mocha Restaurant & Lounge, 3116 Brainerd Rd.,

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10 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn). (423) 634-9191, facebook. com/theoffice.chatt Rick Williams and Friends 10 p.m. T-Bones, 1419 Chestnut St. (423) 266-4240,

sunday 09.01 Ogya, Lumbar 5 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 821-4224, Amber Fults 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers 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, Glass House Giants 8:30 p.m. Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Terrace. (423) 713-8739, The Sandwich, Hotel War, Endelouz 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, Midnight Ghost Train 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400,

monday 09.02 Ogya, Lumbar 5 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 821-4224, Queen B's Voice of Chattanooga 9 p.m. Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Terrace. (423) 713-8739,

tuesday 09.03 Tim Starnes & Friends 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Enda Scahill & We Banjo 3 7:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, Allegaeon featuring Unspoken Triumph 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, Uptown Big Band 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644,

wednesday 09.04 Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Fit For A King 7 p.m. Warehouse Cleveland, 260 2nd Street NE, Cleveland. Dan Sheffield 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St., (423) 508-8956, Courtney Daly with Ivan Wilson 8 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065, Jason & the Punknecks, The Kernal, Get Hot or Go Home 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 10 Years, Monster Truck, Kyng 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644,




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Shakespeare’s magical island reappears at Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga

Jeremy Wilkins as Caliban

Shakespeare never shied away from using magic in his plays. Magic, in fact, plays a big part in several of his most popular works: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Macbeth,” and the play that was Janis Hashe very likely the last he wrote as a solo artist, “The Tempest.” This tale of a magical island inhabited by a former duke, Pros-


pero, who is now a sorcerer, his daughter Miranda, the monster Caliban and the spirit Ariel will be presented by the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga beginning Sept. 5. “It’s my favorite play of Shakespeare’s,” says Jeffrey Parker, who directs. “When I saw it for the first time, I thought, ‘There’s not a part in this play that I would not want to be.’” Scholars believe that the magi-

It’s set in an imagined world that’s part ‘Brave New World’ and part ‘Game of Thrones.’

cian Prospero, who unforgettably describes the world, magic and the stage in the famous speech beginning, “Our revels now are ended. These our actors/As I foretold you, are all spirits and/ Are melted into air, into thin air” is Shakespeare’s stand-in. When, a little later in the play, he says, “And deeper than did ever plummet sound/I’ll drown my book,” it is Shakespeare’s good-by to the world that made him immortal.

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Parker mentions Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel series, “The Sandman.” “The last story in Volume 10 is about Shakespeare’s life while he was writing ‘The Tempest.’ When Shakespeare begins to write the play’s epilogue, I cried,” he says. “It is profoundly moving.” But lest you think “The Tempest” is a weepy downer, Parker notes that it also contains some of the Bard’s funniest clowns, in the persons of shipwrecked sailors Stephano and Trinculo, who manage to form an unholy alliance with Caliban. No spoiler alert is needed to point out this does not turn out well—but is hilarious. “I have a soft spot for clowns and magic,” Parker says, making it the perfect choice for the Chattanooga State theatre arts professor in his directorial debut at ETC. The company cast the show back in March, and it features some familiar faces: ETC founder Garry Lee Posey as Prospero, co-artistic director Christy Gallo as Ariel, and ensemble members Jeremy Wilkins as Caliban and Eric Phillips as Trinculo. Marcia Parks plays Prospero’s evil brother Alonzo, genderbent in this production as Alonza.

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Asked about the setting for the play, Parker says, “It’s not specifically 1610, but it’s not modern dress. It’s set in an imagined world that’s part ‘Brave New World’ [which takes its title from a line in the play] and part ‘Game of Thrones.’ There is a chaotic, natural part of the this world in conflict with a sterile, ordered, militarized one.” He’s cut the play down, as has been customary all the way back to Shakespeare’s own time, trimming some of the long scenes that are difficult to understand and don’t advance the plot. “This play is one of Shakespeare’s most accessible to modern audiences,” he emphasizes. “There’s something for everyone: singing, dancing, family drama, and, course, magic.” As for the theory that Prospero’s relationships with


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“For All The World To See: Visual Culture and The Struggle for Civil Rights” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. (423) 266-8658, “Pooled Elements: A Jewelry Collective” 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214, Pickin in the Park 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Center Park, 728 Market St. (423) 265-3700, centerparkchattanooga Art + Issues: Shades of Race Across the Line 6 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Tennessee Smokies 7:15 p.m. AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. (423) 267-2208, Painting Workshop: “Golden Grass” 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, Painting Workshop: “Chandelier” 7 p.m. Uptown Art, 2

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Cherokee Blvd. Suite 100. (423) 602-8580, Ian Gutoskie 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233, Chattanooga Mocs vs. UT Martin 7:30 p.m. Chattanooga Mocs Football, Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. (423) 266-4041,

friday 08.30 “Sense of Place” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. River Gallery, 400 E. Second Street, (423) 265-5033, “Pooled Elements: A Jewelry Collective” 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214, Painting Workshop: Daytime - “Swirly Tree with Swing” 2 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, Painting Workshop: Two Canvas Friend or Date Night - “Beach Painting’ 7 p.m. Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 100. (423) 602-8580, Painting Workshop: “VanGogh Beach”

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7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, Chattanooga Lookouts ve. Tennessee Smokies 7:15 p.m. AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. (423) 267-2208, “Romeo and Juliet” 7:30 p.m. The Colonnade Civic Center, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. (706) 935-9000, Ian Gutoskie 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233, Stand-up Comedy: John DeBoer 9:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839,

saturday 08.31 Summer of Fun Concerts 2013 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. (423) 821-4224, Silk Painting Workshop 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Townsend Atelier, 201 W. Main St. (423) 266-2712, River Market Yoga 10 a.m. Chattanooga River Market, Tennessee

Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 648-2496, "Sense of Place" 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. River Gallery, 400 E. Second Street, (423) 265-5033, “Pooled Elements: A Jewelry Collective” 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214, “Romeo and Juliet” 1:30 & 7:30 p.m. The Colonnade Civic Center, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. (706) 935-9000, Paint & Sip Party 2 p.m. 5 p.m. Georgia Winery, 6469 Battlefield Pkwy, Ringgold, Ga. (706) 937-WINE, Miyazaki Movie Month: “The Secret World of Arrietty” 2 p.m. Chattanooga Public Library - Northgate Branch, 278 Northgate Mall. (423) 870-0635, “A Standard of Change” 7 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, Painting Workshop: “Abstract Rain” - Karen Tarlton Original 7 p.m. Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 100. (423) 602-8580,

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sunday 09.01 Silk Painting Workshop 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Townsend Atelier, 201 W. Main St. (423) 266-2712, Hot Rod Show & Cruise In 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. First Free Sunday Noon - 4 p.m.Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, “Journeys” 1 - 5 p.m. River Gallery, 400 E. Second St. (423) 265-5033, “Jennie Kirkpatrick: Flavor of the Market” 1 - 5 p.m. In-Town Gallery, 26A

Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214, Painting Workshop: “Colorful Cross” 4 p.m. Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 100. (423) 602-8580, Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Tennessee Smokies 6:15 p.m. AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley, (423) 267-2208, Ian Gutoski 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233,

monday 09.02 “Journeys” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. River Gallery, 400 E. Second St. (423) 265-5033, Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Tennessee Smokies 2:15 p.m. AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. (423) 267-2208, Painting Workshop: “American Flag” 5:30 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317,

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Megan Duncanson’s “Winters Edge©” 7 p.m. Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 100. (423) 602-8580, Painting Workshop: “Green Tree” or “Fall Tree” 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace, East Ridge. (423) 321-2317,

wednesday 09.04 Painting Workshop: Spirit Wednesday - “Go Vols!” 7 p.m. Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 100. (423) 602-8580,

on going Magic Tree House traveling exhibit 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Sun. 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, “Journeys” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Sat, 1 p.m. - 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., (423) 892-3072, For All The World To See: Visual Culture and The Struggle for Civil Rights 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri., Noon- 4 p.m. Sat. Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. (423) 266-8658, Community Arts Show: “Mark Making” 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tues.Sat. AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282, “Jennie Kirkpatrick: Flavor of the Market” 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mon-Sat, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214, Rock City Raptors 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fri-Sat, Rock City, 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mtn, Ga. (706) 820-2531,

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Meet The Man of “Green Fire” Storyteller Jim Pfitzer reprises role as Aldo Leopold A while back , I wrote a documentary, “Green Fire,” on the life and philosophy of Aldo Leopold, one of our country’s first, and arguably most influential, conservationists. The film itself was an informative and engaging part of a larger story, one that tells of a love for the wilder parts of the country and values the unique and fulfilling relationship man shares with the natural world. It was a wonderful film, an experience that also came with a free copy of A Sand County Almanac, Leopold’s seminal work, a thoughtful and beautiful piece of writing that still sits on my shelves. At the time Jim Pfitzer, well-known local storyteller and the man responsible for bring “Green Fire” to Chattanooga, was working on a one-act play based on Leopold’s life and work. This play, entitled “Aldo Leopold—A Standard of Change,” has now been performed more than 30 times to enthusiastic audiences, including members of the Leopold family. Pfitzer is bringing his play to Barking Legs Theater as part of the “Cinematters” series on August 31, at 7 p.m. Cinematters is a series organized by Lisa Holt of LifePoint Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine that that uses film, theater,

books, essays and other media as a catalyst to provoke thought and discussion on the subject of conservation. Past subjects have included fracking, peak oil, and soil—all areas of grave concern for those that want to protect the world we live in. Pfitzer’s play is the first theater production in the series. Pfitzer says that the show “definitely takes the series in a little bit different direction, not only in that it is a live performance, but also that it is a story that leaves the audience with more questions than answers.” He calls “A Standard of Change” “perfect for conversation material.” The play discusses and informs the audience on the land ethic theory Leopold was famous for, as well as the more personal journey Leopold took to reach his audience. According to Pfitzer, “ [it] is a one-man, one-act play about Aldo Leopold, famed conservationist and author of A Sand County Almanac. Set today in and around the small shack and farm that inspired much of the “Almanac,” the play opens with

Leopold walking down the Jim Pfitzer as path and pausing to lisAldo Leopold ten to the call of sandhill cranes—birds greatly beloved by Leopold that were nearly extinct at the time of his death in 1948. The cranes kick off a series of discoveries and memories that lead Leopold to pondering many of the influences that led to some of his most important essays and his own legacy. At the heart of the play is Leopold's relationship with Albert Hochbaum, a graduate student and friend who pushed Leopold to reconsider how he engaged his readers and challenged him to write one of his most beloved essays.” Pfitzer describes his first encounters with Leopold’s work as “a bit of a religious experience” that “explained with “Then, two-and-a-half years ago, great eloquence many of the deep I was asked to recite one of Leofeelings [he] had been experipold's essays for a conservation encing throughout [his] youth event. Following that recitation, regarding where [he] fit in the a series of events, including sevnatural world.” These feelings uleral trips to the Leopold Center timately were the impetus behind in Wisconsin and a night spent in “A Standard of Change.” “I knew the historic Shack, revealed not for 20 years that I wanted to tell only the story but the reality that a story about Leopold, but was this story would be a one-man never able to nail down just what play.” After more than 30 perforthe story would be,” Pfitzer says. mances and countless rehearsals,

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Pfitzer feels that the play is just as fresh and engaging as ever. “I have not grown the least bit tired of performing the show,” he says. “It is just as exciting today as it was when I debuted it 18 months ago at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. The most exciting parts of performing the play are all about the audience.” Aldo Leopold was ahead of his time in a lot of ways, especially regarding the way that man should care for the world around him. His writings spurred a revolution in conservation. “We have still not caught up today with Leopold's thinking at the time of his death 65 years ago,” Pfitzer says. “He is hands-down the most important conservationist of the 20th century, yet very few folks have ever heard of him. I chose to tell a part of his story because the world needs to hear it.” “Aldo Leopold—A Standard of Change” 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, $10 general / $8 students


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Liu Peiwen. What playfully heroic stir up through an exploration of or richly symbolic deed might you eros will be extensive and intenbe willing to perform for the sake sive. Your research may proceed of love? more briskly if you have a loving collaborator who enjoys playing, GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “The but that’s not an absolute neces“Wine is art. works It’s culture. It’s with must be conceived sity. the essencefireofin civilization the soul but executed with clinical said the painter PISCES (Feb. 19-March and 20): “This the art ofcoolness,” living.” Joan Miró in describing his artistic suspense is terrible. I hope it will ~ Robert Mondavi process. I recommend a similar aplast.” So says a character in Oscar proach to you in the coming weeks. Wilde’s play "The Importance of Identify what excites you the most Being Earnest." I could envision and will continue to inspire and you speaking those words someenergize you for the foreseeable time soon. Plain old drama could future. Activate the wild parts of creep in the direction of passionyour imagination as you dream ate stimulation. High adventure and scheme about how to get as may beckon, and entertaining stomuch of that excitement as you ries might erupt. Soon you could SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22can stand. And then set to work, find yourself feeling tingly all over, Dec. 21): James Caan is a with methodical self-discipline, to and that might be so oddly pleaswell-known actor who has make it all happen. ant that you don’t want it to end. appeared in more than 80 movVIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “A beWith the right attitude—that is, a ies, including notables like "The ginning is the time for taking the CANCER (June 21-July 22): My willingness to steep yourself in the Godfather," "A Bridge Too Far," and most delicate care that the balvision of you in the coming week lyrical ambiguity—your soul could "Elf." But he has also turned down ances are correct,” wrote science involves you being more instincfeed off the educational suspense major roles in a series of blockfiction author Frank Herbert. I urge tual and natural and primal than for quite a while. busters: "Star Wars," "Close Enyou to heed that advice. According usual. I have a picture in my mind counters of the Third Kind," "One to my analysis of the astrological of you climbing trees and rolling in ARIES (March 21-April 19): You Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," omens, you will oversee the germithe grass and holding bugs in your seem primed to act like a ram, the "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Blade Runnation of several new trends in the hands and letting the wind mess up astrological creature associated ner," and "Apocalypse Now." I prescoming weeks. Future possibilities your hair. You’re gazing up at the with your sign. I swear you have ent his odd choices as a cautionary will reveal themselves to you. You sky a lot, and you’re doing sponthat look in your eyes: the steely tale for you in the coming weeks, will be motivated to gather the intaneous dance moves for no other gaze that tells me you’re about Sagittarius. Don’t sell yourself gredients and formulate the plans reason than because it feels good, to take a very direct approach to short. Don’t shrink from the chalto make sure that those trends and and you’re serenading the sun and smashing the obstacles in your lenges that present themselves. possibilities will actually happen. clouds and hills with your favorite way. I confess that I have not alEven if you have accomplished a One of the most critical tasks you songs. I see you eating food with ways approved of such behavior. lot already, an invitation to a more can focus on is to ensure that the your fingers and touching things In the past, you have sometimes complete form of success may be balances are righteous right from you’ve never touched. I hear you done more damage to yourself in the offing. the start. speaking wild truths you’ve bottled than to the obstruction you’re up for months. As for sex? I think trying to remove. But this is one CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The you know what to do. time when the headfirst approach “What a terrible mistake to let go online Time Travel Mart sells prodmight work. There is indeed eviof something wonderful for someucts you might find handy in the LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The Japadence that the job at hand requires thing real,” says a character in one event that you travel through time. nese word senzuri refers to a a battering ram. What does your of Miranda July’s short stories. I’m Available items include barbarsexual act of self-love performed intuition tell you? offering similar advice to you, Capian repellant, dinosaur eggs, time by a man. Its literal meaning is “a ricorn. The “something real” you travel sickness pills, a centurion’s hundred rubs.” The correspondTAURUS (April 20-May 20): “I’m would get by sacrificing “somehelmet, a portable wormhole, ing term for the female version Gonna Be (500 Miles)” is a raucous thing wonderful” might seem to be and a samurai umbrella. I have is shiko shiko manzuri, or “ten love song by the Scottish band The the more practical and useful opno financial tie to this store. So thousand rubs.” Judging from the Proclaimers. In the chorus, the tion, but I don’t think it would be in when I recommend you consider astrological omens, I’m guessing singer declares, “I would walk 500 the long run. Sticking with “somepurchasing something from it or that the applicable metaphor for miles / And I would walk 500 more thing wonderful” will ultimately another company with a similar you in the days ahead will be shiko / Just to be the man who walked inspire breakthroughs that boost product line, it’s only because I shiko manzuri rather than senzuri. 1000 miles / To fall down at your your ability to meet real-world suspect that sometime soon you Whatever gender you are, you’ll be door.” In 2011, a Chinese woman challenges. will be summoned to explore and wise to slowww wayyyy down and named Ling Hsueh told her boypossibly even alter the past. Be take your time, not just in pursuit friend Lie Peiwen she would marry AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): well-prepared to capitalize on the of pleasure but in pretty much evhim if he took the lyrics of this “There is more truth in our erotic unexpected opportunities. (Here’s We loverwill meet or beat erything you do.any The best rewards song to heart. 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The scent of a lily is an you predict will be the next one? courage you to consider the posthe coming weeks, Aquarius. The intimate message from the Holy sibility of being a romantic fool like new wisdom you could potentially Testify at Beloved, provoking bliss. Even a bowl of oatmeal contains the essence of the Creator; to eat it is to receive an ecstatic blessing. But those of us who aren’t mystic poets are not necessarily attuned to all this sweetness. We may even refuse to make ourselves receptive to the ceaseless offerings. To the mystic poets, we are like sponges floating in the ocean but trying very hard not to get wet. Don’t do that this week; Scorpio. Be like a sponge floating in the ocean and allowing yourself to get totally soaked.


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Derailing the Crazy Train I woke up Friday morning to discover two entirely separate but equally disturbing things: One, that I had apparently decided to sleep on the loveseat the night before and to keep warm by wrapping myself in what had once been a decorative throw tastefully displayed on the wall, and two, that a couple of crazy bastards in Las Vegas had been arrested for plotting to kidnap, judge, torture and execute a cop as a public relations event for the Sovereign Citizens movement. One of these events made my back hurt, the other made my head hurt; I’ll leave which did which up to you, but both revelations left me sad and confused. I had decided that at long last, this was going to be the week I finally wrote something happy and positive for you, something very likely “bunnyoriented,” but how can I ignore something like this? According to a 10-page police report, David Allen Brutsche, 42, and Devon Campbell Newman, 67, planned to confront police officers during traffic stops and kill them if they resisted, all in the name of fighting governmental authority. They were actively holding meetings on the topic as well as conducting training sessions that detailed their plans to secretly videotape police officers, pick a cop to abduct, and find a house that could be used as a jail and torture chamber. Hundreds of meeting hours were recorded by an undercover officer, ladies and gents. This went beyond bullshitting over a few beers at the local “Slap & Gulp” and straight into forging actual documents to get into Crazy Town where they’d be greeted with open arms. “We need to arrest the police and take them to our jail and put them in a cell and

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put them on trial in a people's court," the report quotes Brutsche saying during a July 9 meeting with an unidentified undercover officer. "If we run into the position that they resist, then we need to kill them." During a tour of gun stores the next day (which I’m sure was a pleasant task for the informant present), Brutsche said that what they were planning was going to be big, "and that they would really get a large following once they started because of the publicity," according to the report. And that whistle he probably heard off in the distance? That was the U.S.S. Looney Tune pulling into port to pick his crazy ass up. Or the FBI, whichever. Wherever the root may lie, Brutsche likely doesn’t like the government because it has convicted him of six different felonies in the past, and to cap it off, he is a child sex offender from California. And his partner, Ms. Newman? As if it could be made stranger yet, she is the now the former public relations director of Scientology’s “Celebrity Center” in Las Vegas. A high-ranking Scientologist and a sex offender plot to capture and kill a cop. Hello. In an interesting twist, while Brutsche and Newman apparently feel it’s within their

A highranking Scientologist and a sex offender plot to capture and kill a cop. Hello.

authority to arrest and/or kill a cop, they do not feel the reverse is true. Never mind their actual custodial arrest; when the two stood before a judge Friday facing their charges of felony conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and attempted kidnapping, they told him they didn’t recognize his authority to keep them in jail. “So noted,” was the response from Judge Conrad Hafen, “bullshit” apparently not being on the docket for the day. While I’m trying to dilute some of “The Onion Field”esque horror of this plot (that was stunningly stopped by local LVPD, I might add, with no small amount of admiration), this is an incredible example of a real threat by some of the craziest people I have ever heard of in a job not unknown for its disturbing contacts. The Southern Poverty Law Center counted seven killings of law enforcement officers by alleged Sovereign Citizen members in the past decade in South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas and last year in Alamo, California. Then there was that thing in Oklahoma City a few years back you may recall, before 9/11 blotted it from memory, it seems…that was their party, too. But hundreds of hours spent planning the kidnap, torture, trial and execution of a street cop for… what? I should have just stayed asleep.


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