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October 3-9

Vol. 10 • No. 40

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Chattanooga’s Weekly Alternative


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Autumn destinations that are over the hills and not so far away. Asheville » Dahlonega » Huntsville

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THIS WEEK in the pulse october 3-9 EDITORIAL

Managing Editor Mike McJunkin Contributing Editors Janis Hashe • Gary Poole Contributors Rich Bailey • Rob Brezsny • John DeVore Rick Pimental-Habib • Janis Hashe Mike McJunkin • Marc T. Michael • Ernie Paik Gary Poole • Alex Teach • Michael Thomas Editorial Intern Chelsea Sokol Photographer Josh Lang Cover Photo Courtesy of Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau Founded 2003 by Zachary Cooper & Michael Kull


Director of Sales Mike Baskin Account Executives Chee Chee Brown • Julie Brown Rick Leavell • Leif Sawyer • Stacey Tyler Tara Viland • Jerry Ware • Candice York


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Chattanooga Celebrates 14th Annual Culture Fest! Fête International! Come to the First Tennessee Pavilion on October 6 for an international celebration to support the “Cultural Ambassadors and International Achievers” initiative and enhance local life and small businesses. Culture Fest returns for its 14th celebration showcasing Chattanooga’s international and local communities. Join the festivities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.—there will be live performances, a Parade of Nations, a multicultural fashion show, a dance contest and an art exhibition. Twenty display booths around the pavilion will share food samples, art, and information about their countries. Activities include: origami, yoga, dance instruction, henna painting, face painting, chopstick lessons, tea tasting, calligraphy, bocce ball and international board games.

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Noog’s Pride Fest

All People Power on October 6 In many parts of Tennessee, finding an accepting, or even a tolerant, community is often impossible for anyone who happens to differ in any way from the norm. But Chattanooga is becoming an oasis of acceptance in a vast desert of rejection and disdain, especially for those who reject the hetero-normative life expected of Southern Americans in the Bible Belt. Here, Tennessee Valley Pride, Chattanooga’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) nonprofit association, boasts an impressive history of community involvement, with everything from bowling and softball teams to singing and roller rinks groups and social clubs. In a “gay-friendly, accepting community” like Chattanooga, explains Chuck Hill, Tennessee Valley Pride president of the last five years, community programs, events, and involvement can actually live up to their primary goal: to be all-inclusive. Maybe that is why the Tennessee Valley Pride Festival, held during Chattanooga’s Pride Week, has traditionally been such a success—the festival is less about being proud of differences in sexual orientation and more about being part of a loving community, no matter what makes individuals different from one another. What is the basic function of Tennessee Valley Pride? To remind everyone that people deserve to be treated like people, including groups of people traditionally marginalized in American society. This year, the Tennessee Valley Pride Festival promises to be better than ever, with several interfaith services during the week, a spaghetti dinner at the St. Elmo United Methodist Church on Thursday evening, a kickoff party at Images bar on Friday night, and great music, speakers, poets, and other entertainment, all culminating in a drag show on the weekend. Some of the musical guests will be The Creative Underground, Ryan Oyer, sing-

er/songwriter Linda Brown, and a special performance by Strung Like a Horse. Perhaps it’s right that we celebrate our pride with music, food, and fellowship. One could probably assume that most important communal gatherings around the world, from pre-recorded history until today, have centered on these activities. A choir of voices is to be a single unit made of many—to share a common experience. Whether people sing and play music together to mourn a loss, to celebrate a gain or success, or merely to experience being alive, music itself is a symbol of unity, many different types of instruments and voices working together to create something beautiful and exciting. Music is also, traditionally, key to many religious and spiritual experiences, since it is essentially a physical and emotional manifestation of spirituality’s primary function: to remind us that we are not alone in the world and that we belong to a community that accepts us for what we are, whether that community is made of other people or the spirit or natural worlds. As in most other Southern towns, Christianity is Chattanooga’s organized religion of choice; however, LGBT-andthe-otherwise-oriented-or-marginalized

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find a different kind of reception in many churches here, especially in comparison to nearby cities like Memphis and Knoxville. Rather than shunning those who are different, many churches and congregations in Chattanooga welcome everyone equally, whether or not they are heterosexual. Rather than Tennessee Valley Pride and the LGBT community existing in on a “separate but equal” plane of existence from the rest of Chattanooga’s residents, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, etc., find a community here that is, of course, not perfect but generally values people for their differences and their similarities. Many non-heteronormative individuals in the city probably notice that not only many of the worship areas but also businesses and restaurants

also defy general Tennessee standards by being open and welcoming. Thus, instead of having separate places for the LGBT community to live, eat, work, and play, the general consensus in Chattanooga is a subconscious integration of different people into a single, cohesive unit. How did Chattanooga turn out to be so much more, well, awesome than the rest of Tennessee? We allow ourselves the opportunity to actually get to know each other. In the words of Chuck Hill, “If you sit at my dinner table and let me feed you, it’s hard for you to hate me.” Chattanooga Pride Festival, 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, Miller Plaza. For more information on Tennessee Valley Pride Week events, visit — Chelsea Sokol



pulse » PICKS

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

THU10.03 UP A CREEK Family Canoeing on North Chickamauga Creek • Grab the kids and paddle together on one of the more scenic waterways in the region. 6 p.m. • Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Rd. (423) 643-6888,

FRI10.04 I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE Bike2Work Breakfast • Leave the car keys at home and join your fellow cyclists as they embrace the growing "Bike2Work" movement, with fresh coffee from Velo Coffee Roasters and fresh fruit and muffins from Whole Foods Market. 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. • South End of the Walnut St. Bridge. (423) 6436888,

IN THE NAME OF LOVE Pride Festival Kickoff! • Pride Week kicks off with a host of festivities and event at Images. Bigger and better than ever, the annual Pride Week is open to all—LGBT or straight. 8 p.m. • Images Showbar, 6005 Lee Hwy. (423) 855-8210,

SAT10.05 I DO MY LITTLE DANCE Chattanooga Fashion Week Runway Show • Four days of celebrating the fashion arts in Chattanooga will culminate in a grand finale couture runway event. 4 p.m. • Hunter Museum, Riverview Terrace, 10 Bluff View. (423) 267-0968,

BRAAAAAAAAAAAAINS! MOLECULAR MADNESS The Molecules • “Ron Anderson is the best kind of madman. There’s just no other way to say it.” – The Brooklyn Rail 9 p.m. • Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347,

Zombie Walk After-Party • Come on out in your finest zombie attire (or any other Halloween costume), and check out four great local bands, one local DJ and a costume contest with $500 in prize money sponsored by Halloween Express. 9 p.m. • The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192,


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Shrink Rap

rick pimental-habib, Ph.d

To Honor or to Abandon? I’m baaaaack…! Dear Friends, I’m delighted to be back with you. To all my faithful readers from the past six-plus years, and to new readers as well, I hope this finds you well and happy as we continue on our journeys together. I want to share with you a topic I consider very important for sound mental health, for you—and for those you care about. I often find myself in conversation about this with patients and friends, and truly believe it is a powerful shift in understanding toward a healthy, balanced life:

This week we welcome Doctor Rick and "Shrink Wrap" back. We know you've missed him. Us too.

When it comes to tending to your needs, there are but two ways you can go—you can honor them, or you can abandon them. Sounds simple perhaps, but let’s look more closely. Honoring your needs means taking you into account. It means paying attention and giving priority to your needs, your feelings, your happiness and wellbeing. Abandoning your needs means just the opposite. While you may meet the needs and wants of others, if your own needs are not part of the equation, then ultimately, over time, you’ll pay a high price, perhaps with resentment, depression, anxiety. Perhaps with the empty feeling that comes when you’re nowhere to be found in the picture. Let’s be clear: “Honoring” yourself is not the same as being “selfish.” In my books I use the phrase, “healthy selfishness,” meaning good self-care—taking quality care of one’s self. So the questions become: How do I not abandon others on my personal journey of not abandoning myself? How do I keep healthy selfishness healthy? Navigating this, my friends, is the fine art of balanced living.

Here are some ways to shrinkwrap your mind around the importance of honoring yourself. (And make no mistake about it: This is not just OK to do, it’s important to do. In the recipe for a happy life, learning to understand and embrace one’s needs is a crucial ingredient.) When I give talks about selfcare to care providers, I use the metaphor of the heart. One of the primary facts medical students learn is that the first task of the heart is to pump blood to itself. If the heart isn’t taking care of itself, what happens? The rest of the body cannot survive. When I talk to businesspeople about this topic, I remind them that without enough principal, you cannot generate interest. The “principle”—self-care—is the all-important first part, creating the “interest” necessary to share with, to care for, others. Bottom line: How in the world can you give enough if you’re coming from a place of not-enough? Consider these three meditations: • Denying yourself good care does not allow you to bring the best of you, only what’s left of you. You know what it feels like to be depleted, and so do those around you. It certainly doesn’t make for a happy or fulfilling (“full-feeling”) life. • We teach others how to treat us based upon how we treat ourselves. If we dismiss or minimize our needs, if we are careless with ourselves, then those around us will treat us similarly. If we respect our needs, if we handle them with care, then we

In the recipe for a happy life, learning to understand and embrace one’s needs is a crucial ingredient." will be teaching others to treat us with respect and care. • Everyone is responsible for tending to their own needs. So perhaps you’re less responsible for the happiness of others than you’ve come to believe. But you are responsible for your own. When you take an honest look, if you find that you get your “cookies”—you know, the guiltflavored ones—through the “selfless giving” of the martyr, well, then this may be an excellent opportunity for you to gain some insight. I’ve been helping a friend with this issue. Recently, at age 73, she said, “Today I’m having a ‘Julie day’.” “What’s that mean?” I asked her. She replied with a mischievous grin, “Well, it just means that today is about taking care of Julie.” Right on, Julie.

Dr. Rick Pimental-Habib, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, minister, and educator, in private practice in Chattanooga, and the author of “Empowering the Tribe” and “The Power of a Partner.” Visit his wellness center, Well Nest, at www., and his website at www.

I’ll close with a favorite quote from healer and author Shakti Gawain: “When I’m trusting and being myself, everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.” "Shrink Wrap" will appear the first week of each month in The Pulse • october 3-9, 2013 • The Pulse • 7


blue ridge parkway • wnc cheese trail • pumpkin festival • beer city usa • crooked creek corn • george vanderbilt • the "living hall" • locavore's paradise


North Carolina Calling Asheville

From saké to art pumpkins,Asheville’s cooler than ever

Story by Janis Hashe Photos courtesy of

tart humming the tune to “April in Paris,” then transpose the words to “Autumn in Asheville.” As I write this, the sky is delphinium blue and a light breeze is ruffling the just-turning leaves. It’s the ideal time for a gorgeous road trip to our sister city in grooviness—Asheville. Even frequent visitors to the North Carolina music and arts mecca have some new reasons to pile in the car and head for the hills.

Turn, turn, turn The whole Southeast is hoping for an extrabeautiful autumn after our extra-rainy summer— but the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a project that appeals to both foliage fans and science buffs. Multi-media “The Science Behind Fall Color” ( explains the theory behind the transformation, including answering, “What do the trees get out of it?” As the site points out, “Western North Carolina has an enormous variety of trees—the Smokies, in fact, peppered with microclimates, have some 120 species of trees, the greatest variety in the United States. That variety gives the southern Appalachians a broader spectrum—a patchwork quilt of color.” There’s also a time-lapse video showing the progression of color, and a guide to scenic drives in the region.

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While you’re happily tootling through the colors, you can stop at several places to enjoy the bounty of an Appalachian harvest. Travel up the Blue Ridge Parkway to mile marker 328 and discover The Orchard at Altapasss, home to 280 acres of heirloom apples, apple butter, mountain music and hayrides. Artisan cheesemaking is flourishing in the area around Asheville, just as it is here at home. If humming “April in Paris” has brought out the French in you, then by all means get as cheesy as possible along the WNC Cheese Trail. Farms participating this year include Blue Ridge Creamery, Daddy's Girl Dairy, Heritage Homestead, Looking Glass Creamery, Mountain Farm, Oakmoon Creamery, Round Mountain Creamery, Ripshin Goat Dairy, and Yellow Branch Cheese. You can download a map at

pia/food/adventures/wnc-cheese/trail. Note that some of the farms are open to visitors by appointment only, so you may need to call ahead. (Personal note: Sampling delicious handmade goat cheese while getting to know the frolicking goats themselves needs to be on your bucket list if it isn’t already.) When you hear “pumpkin festival,” your reaction might be, “seen one, seen them all.” Not so, pumpkin lovers! From October 5-26, in the stunning Pisgah Forest outside of Asheville, Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin Fall Festival will astound you after night falls with its Illuminated Pumpkin Trail, featuring scenes crafted completely from pumpkins by local artists, and lit up, grinning and grimacing in the dark. (stingyjackspumpkinpatch. com)

Beyond beer I confess I did not know Asheville was known as “Beer City USA.” For some, I need say no more. But the city has some other beverage offerings as well, including Blue Kudzu Sake, which just opened in the River Arts District and is only the fourth craft sake microbrewery in the U.S. A whole list of craft sakes includes offerings such as “Renaissance Kanazawa” and “Zen Tokubetsu.” Visitors can also sample Asian cuisine-inspired small plates and entrees, and the menu is promised to keep growing. ( The first hard cider producer in western North Carolina is Asheville’s Noble Cider. Also brand new, Noble was created when in May 2012, four friends asked themselves, “If Western North Carolina is NC’s apple country, where the heck are the commercial hard cideries?” Their answer to this question now produces its own hard cider blends, without using artificial colors, artificial flavors, or artificial smell. They do use all local apples, and, as their site points out, “We know the farmers that grew the apples for our hard cider. This year, we’ve been up close and personal with these apples. Hand-washed and hand-pressed by yours truly.” ( And then there’s Troy and Sons, according to them, “the first female-owned moonshine producers.” Gotta love that! Founded by Troy Ball, her husband Charlie and their three sons, the

While you’re happily tootling through the colors, you can stop at several places to enjoy the bounty of an Appalachian harvest.

distillery uses only locally grown corn, notably an heirloom variety from the 1840s called “Crooked Creek Corn,” which is now being grown specifically for them. Along with their T&S Platinum and T&S Oak Reserve, Troy and Sons has created a new style of American whiskey called “Blonde,” which has captured even non-whiskey drinkers. Perhaps the perfect Christmas gift for the spirits connoisseur? (

Biltmore lux redux Noble Cider

Of course, the magnificent Biltmore estate remains one of Asheville’s top destinations—but even if you’ve been there, a return visit is in order to see two “re-imagined” rooms, restored to their 1895 splendor. The “Living Hall” opened in September after extensive efforts in conserving

the furnishings, recreating elaborate window treatments and making structural changes. For example, the furniture’s original upholstery was reproduced in France, and the room’s green velvet draperies took two years to embroider by a local textile artist. Two John Singer Sargent portraits have been returned to where they originally hung. On October 1, the Biltmore also opened the restored Salon, which is one of the few rooms in the 250-room house not completed during George Vanderbilt’s lifetime. The Salon now tells the story of how it has changed during its history. (

Food, art and music Asheville continues to offer some of the South’s best restaurants, alongside its humming arts and music scenes. It also boasts an outstanding array of great places to

stay. For up-to-date, comprehensive information on all of this, the Asheville CVB is your friend. Visit them at, or give them a call at (828) 258-6101. • october 3-9, 2013 • The Pulse • 9

TRAVEL lumpin county courthouse • consolodated gold mine • wineries dot the slopes • wedding chapels • chestatee river • bed and breakfast • gold rush days

North Georgia's New Gold Rush Story by Gary Poole • Photos by Star Roberts



s a child growing up in Atlanta, we often made family trips to nearby cities and towns just to see what was there. While my friends were carted off to the obvious places—Myrtle Beach, DisneyWorld, New Orleans, and yes, Chattanooga—my siser and I were plopped in the backseat of the family Dodge and taken to off-the-beaten-path destinations. Which awoke in me, at least, an appreciation for the hidden joys that can be found in even the smallest town. I distinctly remember a weekend trip to Dahlonega, nestled in the hills and mountains of North Georgia. I got to pan for gold and thought the few flakes I had “discovered” would make me insanely rich. An eight year old's grasp of the economics of precious metals aside, I remembered the town fondly. So

when the opportunity arose to revisit it as an adult, I was eager to see what had changed. Boy, was I surprised. Dahlonega is still at its heart a small North Georgia college town with a history of gold mining that continues to infuse the region, though it has long since ceased to be a source of mined gold. And yes, there are still several mines that offer tours and the beloved panning for gold experience that made such an impression on the younger me. What I was not expecting was the transformation the town has undergone in the just the past decade. It’s turned into a community that has embraced the arts, music and fine dining, and has become one of the region’s premier


Lilly Creek Lodge 26087 Aurari Road Dahlonega, GA 30533 (706) 864-6848 European-style bed & breakfast with an adventurous (and tasty) breakfast menu.

wedding destinations. The drive from Chattanooga is under two hours, an interesting jaunt through the North Georgia mountans and valleys, passing apple orchards and cow-filled pastures. Dahlonega itself almost sneaks up on you. You make a turn under the gold tower of the University of North Georgia and are suddenly in the town square. At the center of the square is the old Lumpkin County Courthouse, which has been converted into the Dahlonega Gold Museum. The road wraps around the courthouse, with parking lots wrapping around the road, and the buildings of the town square wrapping around the whole. It's a layout very conducive to parking and walking the square to discover all the shops, restaurants, and galleries that call the town center home. Dahlonega is very much a walking town, so be sure to bring

along a pair of comforatble shoes when you visit. You can still seek for the original claim to fame: gold. Back in 1828, gold was discovered in the mountain streams, which set off the first true “gold rush” in American history. The mines have been a popular tourist destination for several decades, and for good reason: they’re fascinating. Visiting the Consolidated Gold Mine, for example, gives you the opportunity to don a hardhat and venture down into the mine itself. Much of the mining equipment still remains, along with several visible veins of gold-infused quartz. The knowledgeable tour guides ably explain the history and mechanics of how the mine operated, in such a way to keep both children and adults intrigued. There's a special connection to straddle a set of rail tracks far underground and visualize what it was like for the miners of

WHERE TO EAT The Historic Smith House 84 South Chestatee Steet Dahlonega, GA 30533 (800) 852-9577 Newly renovated, with a classic Southern farm-style restarant.

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The Crimson Moon Café 24 North Park Street Dahlonega, GA 30533 (706) 864-3982 The home for live musical entertainment on the town square.

Cool Breeze of Dahlonega 3072 Hwy 52 E Dahlonega, GA 30533 (706) 864-9938 New owners have ungraded the menu and have very ambitious plans for future expansion.

Back Porch Oyster Bar 19 North Chestatee Street Dahlonega, GA 30533 (706) 864-8623 Excellent Outer Banks seafood in the mountains of N. Georgia. The crab bisque is a must-try.

What I was not expecting was the transformation the town has undergone in the just the past decade. It’s turned into a community that has embraced the arts, music and fine dining, and has become one of the region’s premier wedding destinations.

a hundred years ago who braved the dangers of low-tech mining in search of gold flakes no larger than a grain of salt. But there is a lot more to Dahlonega than gold. The real gold in them thar hills now comes in the form of grapes. Wineries dot the slopes surrounding the town, growing, fermenting, aging and bottling a wide variety of wines that stand up well in competitions across the country and the world. The red clay that dominates the region’s soil provides an excellent base for the grapes, creating award-winning cabernet, merlot, sangiovese and tannat wines. Ev-

ery winery has a distinct style and approach to the wine-making process, allowing for a very wide variety of styles and flavors. Tasting all of the wines produced in the region would be next to impossible, but each winery has its own tasting room, and there are two tasting rooms right in the town square. What I didn't expect to find, though, was a lovely (and rather large) wedding chapel at one of the wineries I visited. Stephen Smith, co-owner of the Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery, explained that a little more than 10 years ago, the winery began hosting weddings. Since then, several other wineries followed suit, which has led to a near-explosion of weddings. Smith estimates Wolf Mountain alone hosts nearly 70 a year. The wineries are also a very popular destination for bridal and bachelorette parties (Dahlonega has a surprising number of limo

companies for that very reason). When it comes to food, Dahlonega again surprises. Right on the square is the Back Porch Oyster Bar, a renovated, classic two-story building highly reminiscent of seafood restaurants found in places like Key West or the Carolina Outer Banks. The owners are from the Outer Banks and opened the place 10 years ago when they realized no one in the area offered fresh seafood. Also on the square is the Crimson Moon Cafe, which features live music in an intimate setting, as well as a very nice and rather adventurous menu. A real highlight, and a microcosm of the continued rebirth of Dahlonega, is Cool Breeze (formerly the Oar House, and still known by that name to most residents). Brothers Joe and Jeff Marshall bought the place and the surrounding 15 acres in December and have already made a substantial mark on the community.

In addition to upgading and improving the menu and food quality (the baked brie appetizer and fresh mountain trout entree are excellent), they have added a riverside deck, a side deck for large parties, and are not content to stop there. I spoke with the pair at length over after-dinner coffee, where they talked about their plans to open a primitive campgorund, convert a 100-year-old barn into a vacation rental, and even build a live-music natural amphitheatre right on the banks of the Chestatee River. It's always refreshing to meet people who think big, no matter where they live. Dahlonega, being a wedding and tourism destination, does not lack a wide variety of hotels, motels, vacation rentals and bed & breakfasts. Of the latter, the Lily Creek Lodge is a delightful Europeanstyle bed & breakfast in a unique, rambling three-story building featuring rooms and suites of vary-

ing sizes and themes. An outdoor pool (open during the summer), hot tub, walking trails and even a bocci court provide plenty to do outside, while the breakfast was easily one of the best I've had in a long time. Owner Sharon Bacek and her staff made us feel like we were staying with good friends instead of merely renting a room. Of special note, in just two weeks, the town will host the 54th Annual Gold Rush Days Festival. The two-day event during the weekend of October 19-20 will feature live musical performances, more than 300 arts and crafts exhibits, children’s activities, food, and a festive parade through the town square. All in all, if you're looking for a perfect weekend getaway, you will be hard pressed to find a more inviting and welcoming destination than Dahlonega. For more information, visit

WHAT TO SEE Consolidated Gold Mines 185 Consolidated Gold Mine Rd. Dahlonega, GA 30533 (706) 864-8473 Take a fascinating 40-minute walking tour into the mine, where pockets of gold still exist.

Crisson Gold Mine 2736 Morrison Moore Pkwy E. Dahlonega, GA 30533 (706) 864-6363 An actual open-pit mine, with the antique gold mining machines still in working order.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery Vineyard Café 180 Wolf Mountain Trail Dahlonega, GA 30533 (706) 867-9862 One of the best cafes in the region and a breathtaking view of the mountains and hills.

Three Sisters Vineyards and Winery 439 Vineyard Way Dahlonega, GA 30533 (706) 865-9463 Located on a small family farm with a spectacular view of the Three Sisters Moutain.

Frogtown Cellars 700 Ridge Point Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533 (706) 865-0687 Features a an underground, trilevel, gravity-flow winemaking facility that has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve 469 Old Dahlonega Highway Dahlonega, GA 30533 (678) 859-6820 Nearly 100 wild animals have been rescued or adopted over the years, including the highly unusual “Zedonks,” a cross between a zebra and a donkey. • october 3-9, 2013 • The Pulse • 11

TRAVEL huntsville museum of art • lowe mill • flying monkey arts center • alabama constitution village • con*stellation 32 • huntsville ghost walks • vertical house records

Huntsville: Infinity and Beyond Rocketing into art, history, ghosts—and Da Vinci Story by Janis Hashe Photos courtesy of Huntsville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Lowe Mill


Artist Katherine Purves at Lowe Mill

Artistic Huntsville The fast-growing arts scene in Huntsville reflects both its highly educated, affluent sector— and a very vigorous alt sensibility. At the lovely Huntsville Museum of Art in the center of town, a 3,000-piece permanent collection is augmented by high-quality traveling exhibits. The collection is so large, in fact, that the museum’s 14 galleries cannot display it all permanently, so some treasures are housed below decks, waiting for their turn in the sun. Of special interest are the 400-piece Sellars Collection: Art By American Women 1850-1940, which the museum displays in a series of rotating exhibits, and the spectacular Betty Grisham Collection of Buccellati Silver Animals. The museum actually has a partnership with the centuries-old Milanese silversmiths, and has acquired a world-class, unique

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untsville has a huge, fabulous, internationally famous elephant in its room: the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. You cannot miss the Space Center in the city; locals sometimes give directions based on the enormous Saturn I rocket visible from many points in town. Having visited both the Space Center and its near neighbor, the also-fabulous Huntsville Botanical Gardens (where the holiday display is designed by actual retired rocket scientists), I can personally attest these two attractions alone are worth the short two-hour drive into Alabama. But there is a lot of Huntsville beyond the Space Center. And that’s what I focused on during a recent weekend visit.

collection of the intricately detailed sculptures. 300 Church St. South. If the center of town is perfect for the museum, the outskirts are perfect for Lowe Mill, the former textile mill and then shoe factory that is now, according to them, the Southeast’s largest center for the arts. The sprawling exmill already houses more than 100 working artists, small businesses, restaurants and live performance venues and is by itself a reason to visit Huntsville—it’s that amazing. Theatre and performance buffs should not miss whatever is going on in the Flying Monkey Arts Center (for example, the Rocket City Short Film Festival on Oct. 19). Arts and crafts collectors, pack plenty of dough. Some favorites from this recent visit: Danny Davis’s handcrafted acoustic instru-

ments (Railroad Suite 7), hard-to-find vinyl at Vertical House Records (Railroad Room 3), leaded glass at Julie Gill (Studio 120), Connie Ulrich’s silver jewelry, especially the tongue-incheekily named “Road Kill” series (Studio 121) and Susie Garrett’s wonderful, inventive mixedmedia sculptures (Studio 126). Be aware that the art studios are open only Wed-Thur noon - 6 p.m., Fri. noon - 8 p.m. and Sat. noon - 6 p.m. The restaurants and Flying Monkey have additional hours. 2211 Seminole Dr. SW. ( If all this ain’t enough art for ya, Friday nights are now ongoing arts and performance exhibits in the Quigley and Meridian Arts & Entertainment Districts downtown.

Historic Huntsville

Huntsville is chock-full of historic fun, including the Alabama Constitution Village (a reconstruction of what the city was like in 1819), the Depot (which had a role to play in the Civil War), and Twickenham, a whole district of historic homes. But unique to Huntsville is the 167-acre Burritt on the Mountain, founded by the eccentric, not to say flat-out mad Dr. William Henry Burritt. The thrice-married surgeon and homeopathic doctor left his estate to the city, and it’s now a regional history museum. You

can tour the house, the collection of 19th-century rural cabins and structures (moved to the estate), visit farm animals and stroll nature trails overlooking the entire valley from on top of Monte Sano Mountain. Don’t forget to peek in and see the esteemed doctor’s car, now restored and in its original parking spot below the house. Prompt one of the volunteers for tales of Dr. Burritt…you won’t be sorry. The 3rd Annual International Heritage Festival is Oct. 19. 3101 Burritt Dr. SE.

Haunted Huntsville Ghost walks are materializing in many cities these days, but Huntsville is fortunate to have Jacque Reeves as chatelaine for the three Huntsville Ghost Walks (Twickenham, Old Town and Downtown), the Haunted Trolley Tour, and the tour of Maple Hill Cemetery. Jacque and her docents are well versed in the spirited history of the area, and will answer such questions as, “Who are the phantom children singing a haunting tune on Walker Street?” and “Who is the angry ghost at the courthouse?” The cemetery tour can be booked as a private excursion, and Jacque knows where virtually every body is buried…literally. You can take in another Hunstville attraction at very cool vintage Harrison Brothers Hardware Store, where tickets can be purchased in advance (cash only). Extra tours have been added for expected additional paranormal hi-jinks in October. Avalon Tours. (256) 509-3940, huntsvilleghostwalk. com

Back to Infinity As you might expect, Huntsville is home to a bustling science fiction and fantasy convention. This year’s Con*Stellation 32: Columba takes place Oct. 11-13 with mistress of ceremonies Stephanie Osborn, who besides being a novelist is—you guessed it—a retired space scientist. And to complete our orbit, we return to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, which beginning Nov. 1, is hosting an exhibit in honor of that wacky, brilliant extraterrestrial Re-

naissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. Says the Space Center: “ ‘Da Vinci: The Genius’ ” brings to life Leonardo da Vinci as an inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor and philosopher. This amazing exhibition provides fascinating insight into not only the mind of a genius, but the fundamental scientific and artistic principles that he discovered.” 1 Tranquility Base. Autumn is seriously happening in Huntsville.

IF YOU GO Our best advice: Contact the nice folks at Huntsville Convention & Visitors Bureau for advice on where to stay, where to eat and for more information on any of the places and people mentioned above. 500 Church St. NW, Suite 1. (800) SPACE4U,

On this trip, I stayed at the Homewood Suites by Hilton—Village of Providence. Its spacious accommodations are perfect for families and those who enjoy having a kitchen en suite. 15 Town Center Dr. (256) 895-9511,

Right next to the Homewood Suites is one of the city’s favorite restaurants, Grille 29, which boasts a friendly staff, swell house cocktails and an excellent menu. You can eat al fresco if weather permits. 445 Providence Main St. NW, #101.

Before or after visiting the Huntsville Museum of Art (or while downtown during the day for any other reason), stop into Pane e Vino, located on the museum’s lower level. Tasty pizza, pasta, panini, salads and a nicely selected wine list. Try the roasted zucchini caprese panini…yum! 300 Church St. SW. • october 3-9, 2013 • The Pulse • 13


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Amber Fults and the Ambivalent Lovers: Barreling Toward Success Fun people, fun band, big talent Spend a quarter century or more in the music business and you’ll start to develop a penchant for prognostication. At a glance, you’ll recognize the band that isn’t going to make it past the second or third gig, the “money for nothing” kids who are laboring under some pretty hefty pie-in-the-sky false assumptions. Then there are the hometown heroes, those players who are pretty good, well known locally, but music will never be their first income. They’ll play for a while, maybe a good long while, but eventually performing will become a beloved memory of the good old days. Next in line are the workhorses and journeyman musicians who will attain a fair degree of regional fame and will no doubt tour nationally, occasionally opening for bigger acts. They’ll never be entirely famous on their own, but they will make a pretty decent living doing what they do and they’ll do it for a long time. At the top of this particular musical pyramid you’ll find the chosen few, those performers with that rare combination of talent and commercial appeal that gives them the ability (if not the guarantee) to go all the way, to “make it.” You’ll hear them on the radio; you’ll see them on television and 40 years from now, you’ll hear their greatest hits being used to sell the 2053 Volkswagen Hover Car. With her sweet, pure voice, considerable songwriting ability and superb backing band, Amber Fults is well on her way to the top. A lifelong singer and music lover, Amber’s professional music aspirations didn’t blossom until 2008, when a broken ankle and a broken heart

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With her sweet, pure voice, considerable songwriting ability and superb backing band, Amber Fults is well on her way to the top.

left her with a lot of pain and a lot of time on her hands. As so many people do in these situations, she started sleeping with her guitar, writing songs at a furious pace and assembling a band of hard-hitting locals, all while hobbling about with a walker. If there is anything sadder than a lead singer on stage with a walker I haven’t heard of it, but the indefatigable Amber pressed ahead and the reward for her effort was an impressive win at this year’s “Road to Nightfall” competition. Charming and ebullient, Amber is quick to credit her bandmates for their talent and support. Whether it’s a pat on the back or a kick in the pants, the Ambivalent Lovers chal-

lenge their singer creatively, which ultimately turns good songs in to great songs and great performances into showstoppers. That’s no huge surprise considering the talent on stage. Butch Ross and Travis Kilgore are respected veterans, Hunter White has developed a reputation for superb drumming and Hayley Graham…well…actually, I have to admit to not being as familiar with Hayley’s work but I know this: Judging by the company she keeps, she must be pretty fantastic. She’d have to be, really, because as much as this is a band of people who genuinely like each other and clearly enjoy playing, dancing, and putting on a show, there is an unmistakable no-nonsense

“Mama says” quality to the band which makes it pretty clear that if you can’t run, you need to stay under the porch. Amber and the Ambivalent Lovers have already released a five-song EP, The Implication, but true to their work ethic they are re-recording most of it in preparation for a full-length album. The fact that they are revisiting that material reveals a key point about the group. It is a universally accepted phenomenon for musicians to record something and then think, “Huh, coulda done that better.” Music is an evolutionary process and a recording is a frozen moment in time. It is inevitable to hear old tunes differently down the road—but revisiting that work with an eye to improving it is somewhat less common, yet Amber’s drive

is looking for a few good Can you craft a compelling 650-word short feature or profile—and a longer, in-depth feature worthy of our cover? If so, let’s talk. The Pulse is seeking a few good freelance writers to join our stable of news, feature, music and arts writers. We reward our writers with fair pay and a showcase for their skills. If you’ve got the “write stuff,” we want your voice in The Pulse.

for perfection is such one can safely assume most of the kinks of recording a fulllength album will be worked out before the first new track is laid. They are fun people in a fun band. They love to sing and dance and wear funny hats and act nuts and their joy is so infectious that the audience can’t help but come along for the ride. Underneath all of that, at the very heart of everything they do, there is a driving ambition, a fiercely competitive spirit and a desire to be the best. Amber and her merry band of players have talent, but they also have the drive to match it and THAT is what will drive them straight to the top. Their next performance will be at the October 12 edition of Scenic City Roots at Track 29.


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9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn). (423) 634-9191, facebook. com/theoffice.chatt Kishi Bashi, Fancy Colors, Dead Testaments 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400,

friday 10.04 Jason Thomas and the Mean-Eyed Cats: The Man in Black Tribute 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo--Victorian Lounge, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-5000, Jane Rose and the Deadend Boys 5, 9 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, Eddie Pontiac 5:30 p.m. El Mason, 2204 Hamilton Pl Blvd. (423) 894-8726, Tim Lewis 5:30 p.m. El Mason Hixson, 248 Northgate Mall. (423) 710-1201 3 Sisters Festival: Dismembered Tennesseans, Balsam Range, The Greenbriars, Sam Bush 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Ross’s Landing Park, Riverfront Pkwy. (423) 267-0771, College Band Night: Our American Revolution,

Deleville, Maplehurst, Talking Blues Band 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, The Half & Half Band 7 p.m. Troy’s Place, 320 Emerson Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (423) 965-8346 Danny Sample, Dave Walters 7 p.m. 212 Market, 212 Market St. (423) 265-1212, Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Tennessee Valley Pride: A Night at Barking Legs Theater 7 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, Front Porch Junkies 8 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065, Scenic City Soul Revue 8:30 p.m. The Foundry, 1201 Broad St. (423) 756-3400, Marshall Law 8:30 p.m. Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Ter. (423) 710-8739, Shark Week, New Madrid, Rigoletto 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, Next 2 The Tracks 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn). (423) 634-9191, facebook. com/theoffice.chatt DJ Bree-Z 9 p.m. Bart's Lakeshore, 5840 Lake Resort Terrace, (423) 870-0777, Scenic City Soul Revue 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Deep Fried 5 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 2674644, Ben Deignan Band 10 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919, facebook. com/raw.chattanooga IMAGES: Pride Festival Kickoff! 10 p.m. Images Showbar, 6005 Lee Hwy. (423) 855-8210,

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Pkwy. (423) 267-0771, Joseph Gilbert 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Rd. (706) 698-9463, Jason Thomas and the Mean-Eyed Cats: The Man in Black Tribute 5 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo-Victorian Lounge, 1400 Market St. (800) 872-2529, Eddie Pontiac 5:30 p.m. El Mason, 2204 Hamilton Pl Blvd. (423) 894-8726, Tim Lewis 5:30 p.m. El Mason Hixson, 248 Northgate Mall. (423) 710-1201 Music on the Mountain 7 p.m. Jim Oliver Smokehouse, 850 W Main St., Monteagle. (800) 489-2091, Uptown Big Band 7 p.m. Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky St. (423) 866-1959, Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Gabriel Newell 7 p.m. Palms Patio at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Scenic City Soul Revue 8:30 p.m. The Foundry, 1201 Broad St. (423) 756-3400, One Night Stand 9 p.m. Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Ter. (423) 710-8739, Zombie Walk After-Party 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, Those Darlins 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, Rough Works 9 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, Kara-Ory-One 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn). (423) 634-9191, facebook. com/theoffice.chatt DJ Bree-Z 9 p.m. Bart's Lakeshore, 5840 Lake Resort Terrace, (423) 870-0777, Power Players 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Ben Deignan Band 10 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919, facebook. com/raw.chattanooga Ott, Aligning Minds, Paper Tiger 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644,

sunday 10.06 The Wurstbrats at Rocktoberfest 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Rock City Gardens, 271 Chattanooga Valley Rd. (706) 820-2531, 45th Annual Great Locomotive Chase Festival: Renewed Trio, The Gift of Life Singers Noon-6 p.m. Adairsville Historic Square, Downtown Adairsville. (770) 773-3451, The Kevin Prater Band with Fox Mountain Express 3 p.m. Mike’s Music & Concert Hall, 1546 Burnt Mill Rd., Flintstone, Ga. (706) 820-2228, The Creative Underground Presents “Back Down Memory Lane” 6 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, Behold the Brave, Modoc 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400,

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Between the Sleeves

record reviews • ernie paik

Spirited Tuba Vamps, Slyly Shy Guitar London’s Burn, Michigan’s Shells

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he instrumentation on the new, debut album Burn from the London jazz quartet Sons of Kemet may raise a few eyebrows, featuring a tuba, a reedist and two drummers, playing a peculiar fusion that brings to mind music from west Africa, Jamaica and eastern Europe. Saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings, who was raised in Barbados, is the backbone of the group, serving as composer and drawing from backgrounds in both classical and Jamaican music worlds before making his name in jazz spheres. While tubas are a mainstay of brass bands, perhaps they are assumed to not have the elegance or dexterity re-

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quired in the jazz realm, but tuba player Oren Marshall makes a valiant case for his instrument, handling the low registers where a double bass might normally be and adding interesting flavors and tonal variations. This writer is a big fan of the “different drummer in each ear” recording method, heard on such recordings as Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz, and it’s used on Burn to great effect; drummers Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford (of Polar Bear) play in unison yet asymmetrically, tickling the listeners’ ears. They’re seemingly tethered together like those knife-fighters in Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” video, cooperating and working together to keep time, yet

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channeling their percussive aggression. “Inner Babylon” is a high point, evoking Afro-beat energy and a Caribbean dark power, marked with spine-tingling, skeletal, bone-rattling beats with swift clicks and clacks; “The Godfather,” a tribute to Ethio-jazz figure Mulatu Astatke, is an unusual mix, with klezmer scales on clarinet and electronic bass bloops. Strangely, Hutchings’s refined playing seems like the oddball among the fury, but it works perfectly on the swampy “Song for Galeano” with floating, mysterious melodies. The closing, sedate and puzzling “Rivers of Babylon,” a cover of the reggae song by The Melodians, is like a woozy walk at 3 a.m., with didgeridoo-like tuba blowing and tom-centered drums. Burn is an album with spirited vamps alternating with more pensive pieces that serve as tributes to poets and writers; this flip-flopping between ferocious, fiery numbers and more smoldering, wandering pieces sometimes breaks up the momentum. Still, it’s an album with good ideas and great promise for an innovative ensemble.


n paper, the new cassette Other Clouds from the Michigan onewoman band Shells sounds like a trifle, mostly featuring nothing more than an electric guitar steadily weaving simple chords and patterns that most novice players could manage. Demanding musicianship is not what it’s about; it’s a small album by design, tapping into longing, slightly melancholic emotion rather

than rationality. Its simplicity is shyly sly; it doesn’t take a stranglehold on the listener’s attention, and its personality is mostly unassuming. Its distribution method could have been leaving copies of the cassette on the ground in a forest; nearby is an abandoned, unheated shed with an oil lamp and portable tape player to serve as the optimal listening environment. However, the seemingly breezy casualness really embodies the mood, with light gray tones and a lo-fidelity ambience. Like furniture that has been artificially distressed in order to show more character through its scars, the slightly murky pointedly nonprofessional home recording adds to the proceedings. The woman behind Shells is Shelley Salant, also in the punk band Tyvek and the pop bands Saturday Looks Good to Me and Swimsuit, and Other Clouds is a companion piece to her vinyl album In a Cloud, also released this year. In certain ways, Other Clouds is the more engaging and enchanting release, employing a hazy tape collage method with mere hints of dub and a few intentional analog glitches. Its atmosphere is key, in a way similar to the less noisy, vocal-free moments of Grouper; its unabashedly simple arrangements and wistful attitude are also somewhat reminiscent of Tracey Thorn’s A Distant Shore or her work with the Marine Girls in the early ’80s. So, while it’s a small album with small moments, the shadowy, obscure and gentle sound space that’s invoked provides resonance more than one might expect.

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Filming Under the Skin of Chattanooga Luke Padgett likes the deeper layers

Luke Padgett is on a roll. Returning to Chattanooga recently after a year on the road, the 29-year-old filmmaker premiered two new short films at Artifact Studios in mid-September. A week later, video he shot for AVA's Capture weekend filmmaking event won the award for best camera work. Padgett contributed images of a waterfall taken from directly above the cascade with his own helicopter-mounted camera. The waterfall images are striking—they were used in all three very different Capture films— but Padgett's work is not really about beauty shots. He's interested in something deeper. "I love the transformation that's happened in the city, but part of what's come along with that is this picture-perfect narrative," he says. "And it's a slight to what this place really is. It's much more complicated and deeper and dirtier and ultimately more interesting. I think it's important, as we go forward as a city, to not get lost in the public story and to remember that this place is what it is. And make it better." He prefers to create what he thinks of as "rogue histories." The two films he premiered at Artifact are examples of this approach. One is a profile of Eric Smith, a blacksmith who shared studio space with him at Artifact before Padgett hit the road a year or so ago. The film is a tightly focused study of a guy who's a bit of a rogue himself, devoted to the very old craft of bending steel to his vision and ignoring the prevailing opinion that pounding an anvil is not a good 21st century career move. I'll have more to say about the blacksmith himself in a future column. Padgett sees Smith's story as both a tale worth telling in its own right and an entry point into that grittier Chattanooga. He

I think it's important, as we go forward as a city, to not get lost in the public story and to remember that this place is what it is. And make it better. talks to me about how the "tentacles of Chattanooga" stretched up the Cumberland Plateau on 19th century railroad grades to bring coal down for making iron and steel. He is drawn to bridges and railroads and gigabit-persecond Internet because they are tangible physical changes that open into unforeseeable futures. "Every time I think of stories, I always go back and back as far as you can go," says Padgett. " When I look at something the way it is now, I can't help but ask

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what layers were laid down to get to this shape. All the social fabric we know is 100 percent dependent on the fact that the land looks this way." The second short film he premiered at Artifact documents the work he did last year in the Northwest, climbing cell towers hundreds of feet above the ground, which he has also documented in an essay he hopes to publish in a national magazine. "If it were still the 1800s—in Chattanooga or anywhere else— I would want to be watching the telegraph lines being put up or railroads getting made, whatever it is that's going to change life for the next hundred years," he says. "That's what the cell

phone towers are to us right now. We don't really understand it. No one even knows how many cell towers we have." In the unseen labor to maintain our ubiquitous cell phone network, he found one of those layers to be peeled back and simply a good story. "It's like being a sailor or any of these weird jobs where you have a bunch of single guys, or a bunch of guys who'd rather be on the road than at home," he says. "Those are the people maintaining our connectedness, people who are fundamentally disconnected from the rest of us." Next January, Padgett heads to New Zealand for three to six months to co-direct a documen-

tary film with former BBC natural history videographer James Reardon. "He's got the chops and the experience, and I'm totally new generation, totally digital," says Padgett. "We're feeding each other. It's really taking us both to get this done." Their subject is the Chatham Islands, a rocky archipelago about 300 miles south of New Zealand. It has a high concentration of species that develop on biologically isolated islands and a human culture uniquely shaped by isolation and conflict. "It's the wild west but way bigger and with endemic albatrosses with nine-foot wingspans," he says. Since graduating from Sewanee, Padgett has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, New Zealand, Europe and the U.S. Film has been a constant, but he says he only began taking it seriously in the last year or so. "Our generation is so good at being like 'Oh yeah, man, I'm not really trying,'" says Padgett. "It's cowardice. It's because if you fail, you tried and you suck. Well, you have to throw down at some point and say 'I'm going to try to do this.' I've mentored with some great camera people and some amazing businessmen. I grew up with National Geographic specials on TV. I always wanted to do this. Now I feel like I have the tools to give it an honest try. And if I don't make it, I don't make it, but I have to try."


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We regret to inform all of you that on October 5 at 3 p.m., the growing zombie population will convene at the south end of Walnut Street to invade and pillage downtown Chattanooga. Unfortunately, we have reason to believe that the ultimate goal is to consume copious amounts of human brains. Our informants indicate that, since these individuals are already dead, we lack the ability to protect ourselves physically from the rotting demons. Thus, the best way to protect ourselves: Join the horde. Eight talented makeup artists from M.A.C. Cosmetics have volunteered to arrive a few hours early to prep all of us to blend in with the zombie horde. Some resistance fighters were successful in self-preservation last year by sporting generous makeup to imitate zombie wounds and flesh. (A squirt of “Eau de Corpse” probably wouldn’t hurt either.) Details you should know before joining the Horde: • Bring canned goods for the Chattanooga Food Bank. The zombies will be doing so as well to foster better brain growth and development in future victims. • Don’t stand out. Look and act as zombielike as you can. • Don’t forget to register for official membership and recognition in this pseudo-society. Camouflaging yourself under zombie identification only costs $13 at • Sign up for the Brain Eating Contest if you want to seem more legitimate, but the rest of us might shun you afterward as a disgusting, savage cannibal. On the other hand, you’ll probably be alive. At night, the 21-and-up survivors will touch up their makeup (probably by themselves) and head to the zombies’ 9 p.m. after-party at The Honest Pint. If you can, try to protect the bands from zombification as well—we’ve gotten word that the zombies will force Pack of Wolves, Monomath, Eight Knives, and Full Moon Crazies to play for them before consuming their brains. Do not panic. And, please, try not to be eaten.

Mark your calendars for 3 - 7 p.m. on October 5, because Chattanooga’s zombie population will meet en masse at the south end of Walnut Street to terrorize the town with moans, groans, bloody bodies, torn limbs and rotting flesh. The walk is a little long for our decaying muscles, so sustenance will await our arrival to the center of the town, which has a sufficient victim— sorry, human—population to provide enough delicious brains for all participants. Now, since the zombies of Chattanooga are somewhat more intelligent than your average zombies, we’re going to need donations to participate. Do not panic—no evil zombie overlord is trying to enslave us. You just missed the last ZCCU (Zombie Citizens of Chattanooga Unite) meeting, during which we realized we should probably start fattening humans up before we run out of brains. To join our reckless, feckless band of brain-devouring bandits, we encourage you to bring the “people food” they keep in cans or just some money that you stole from your neighbors or that kid who walks past your gutter to get home from school everyday. Additionally, we have a few rules this time because some people (“cough, DAVE, cough”) thought it would be OK to start a world-domination thing at the last minute, causing chaos and, worse, no brains for anyone. Please visit to review the rules, register to become official, recognized members of the Horde’s Chattanooga chapter ($13 fee—remember, gotta feed those humans), and sign up for the first annual brain-eating contest. Zombie Walk, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Both zombies and humans must register in advance,

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Cool Breeze and Good Food, Mon Many years later, the spices, smells and flavors that I fell in love with on that Jamaican street corner have come to downtown Chattanooga and Steelpan Rastaraunt.

nivore, I did steal a few bites of the Vegan Curry Pan off the plate across the table, and it was a perfect mix of medium-spiced coconut curry with vegetables and a few chunks of sweet pineapple to break up the richness of the curry. Delicious in spite of being vegan. When you think Caribbean food, you may not immediately think of sandwiches, but you should. Steelpan's Cuban sandwich is made with CocaCola marinated pork and real Cuban mustard; their Sririachacha (say that three times fast and Eddie Huang will appear) is a masterpiece of mango Sri-

By Michael Tomas The sweet smell of Caribbean spices greeted me the minute I walked through the door. Subtle wisps of allspice, tamarind and thyme drifted over my cilia as I took my seat and revived the memory of my first bites of true Caribbean food. Two decades ago, I sat on a curb in Spanish Town, Jamaica, dug my teeth into a piece of tender, juicy, spiced jerked chicken that had been plucked straight from a converted oil barrel charcoal grill—and became instantly hooked on the flavors and aromas of the Caribbean. I returned to Chattanooga to face the stark reality that my fair city was painfully devoid of places for me to feed the Caribbean food monkey clinging aggressively to my back. Now, so many years later, the spices, smells and flavors that I fell in love with on that Jamaican street corner have come to downtown Chattanooga and Steelpan Rastaraunt. (Yes, rastaraunt.) Steelpan is the brainchild of John Shoemaker, owner of JJ's Bohemia, who started the restaurant out of a love of Caribbean food and a desire to fill an obvious gap in Chattanooga's food scene. “We wanted to add a new set of flavors to the city's palate,” says Shoemaker. “It's casual, fresh Caribbean fusion cuisine that draws its flavors and influences from all of the coastal areas and islands surrounding the Caribbean Sea.” Caribbean food is inherently “fusion” cuisine. The Caribbean's role in the spice trade, and its historically central loca-

tion for Spanish, British, French, Dutch, African, Indonesian, Indian, Mexican, Cuban and Chinese travelers have dramatically shaped the flavors of the islands. The menu at Steelpan takes full advantage of this wide range of flavors and influences, while keeping to the core spice palette common to the region. The menu is surprisingly large and reasonably priced, with salads, sides, sandwiches, flats (pizza-like devices made on naan bread) and pans or entrees served on round steel pans, yet another play on the restaurant name—Steelpan. If you are expecting to find jerk chicken with black beans and rice, you will not be disappointed. The chicken in Steelpan's Jerk Pan is juicy, the jerk seasoning is spicy, rich and well balanced by the coconut milk, cilantro and sweet pepper sauce that tops the dish. Although I am a committed car-

racha pork and goat cheese; and then there's the Aruba Tuna. I thought a tuna melt was just a tuna melt until I got a mouthful of Steelpan's cilantro-lime tuna salad with melted mozzarella cheese, topped with guacamole, tomato and mixed greens on a french baguette. It shouldn't work, but oh, how it does and it works especially well with a big glass of freshly brewed mango tea. Broke UTC students, revelers needing to soak up the evening's beverages or anyone that just wants a tasty snack will love the flats, otherwise known as naan (Indian flatbread) pizzas. At just five bucks, these eight-inch tandoori treats come in varia-

tions such as the Pork Naan (hummus, Mojo pork cooked in molasses and beer, goat cheese and mozzarella); the Chicken Naan (jerk chicken, bacon, cheese and veggies over Steelpan's house sweet pepper sauce); and for vegetarians, there is of course a veggie version.

Pro tip: If you take the spiral stairs down to the first floor of Steelpan, you'll find a space you may remember as O'Heiney's pub. Shoemaker has kept the Caribbean theme going and made this cozy space into the Black Magpie Theory, a tavern that currently serves beer, but is slated to be turned into Chattanooga's first rum bar, complete with fresh fruit and herb rum drinks as well as everything else you would expect from a full bar. The name Black Magpie Theory comes from the debated legend that pirates in the Caribbean (not the Johhny Depp kind, or the Somali kind, but the old-school plundering and pillaging kind) would follow black magpies in the belief that the birds would lead them to fermenting molasses (from sugarcane plants used to produce natural rum), which they could use to trade or for personal inebriation. Who knew? If you're needing to relive a Caribbean vacation meal, grab a delicious lunch downtown or just stop in for a beer and a flat, Steelpan is a perfect place to feed that Caribbean monkey clinging to your back. Nyam well an be strong! Steelpan Rastarant Mon - Sat 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. 825 Houston St. (423) 201-4882 Black Magpie Theory Mon - Sun 11 a.m. - 4 a.m. 825 Houston St. (423) 702-5687 • october 3-9, 2013 • The Pulse • 25


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More Like ‘The OK Now’ “The Spectacular Now” doesn’t deserve its acclaim “The Spectacular Now” is one of the highest rated movies of the year, with a 97 percent “fresh” rating among top critics on Rotten Tomatoes. It premiered earlier this year to an enormous amount of praise, seemingly for avoiding the typical coming-of-age film tropes seen in countless teen movies. Critics love it because the characters in the film look and speak as if they are actually teens (rather than 30-year-old actors) and because it doesn’t shy away from the darker aspects of teenage rebellion and angst. Some of these accolades are deserved. The film does develop the misgivings of youth tenderly, without pretense or over-simplification. But it’s still a by-the-book teen movie, one that isn’t as incredible as the reviews might lead you to believe. The scores and ratings are almost too homogenous, as if several of the critics shared the same theater experience, at the same time, in a festival of some sort (Sundance?). This isn’t to say the film is poorly done, but it’s certainly a lot more average than the reviews suggest. It begins, as so many teen movies do, with the protagonist sitting at a computer composing a college essay. This is all done through internal voiceover, in which we learn about the life and times of Sutter (Miles

No one banters with the witty catchphrases of a cut-rate Diablo Cody movie, but the banality of teen conversations doesn’t necessarily coincide with entertaining filmmaking.

Teller). Sutter is this film’s Lloyd Dobler/Ferris Bueller—a charming, well-mannered slacker with a heart of gold. He’s recently broken up wiith his long-time girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson), and despite beginning a new relationship with a bookish, shy girl named Aimee (Shailene Woodly),

he continues to pine for Cassidy and long for the way things used to be. But Aimee and Sutter like each other, fall in love, and go to prom. Later on they take a road trip to find Sutter’s estranged father. There are shades of the typical teen romance, such as Aimee not being the type of girl Sutter

usually falls for and the ending of high school being the most important moment in anyone’s life, ever. These are mixed with more after-school special notions of alcoholism and abandonment. Sutter carries a flask everywhere he goes and spends most of his days drunk, even while driving

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and working. No one really calls him on it, except in a few key scenes, and it’s largely explained away and forgiven because his mother works and his father is absent. One of my issues with the film is that many of Sutter’s actions would have very real consequences, but the consequences we see aren’t very consequence-like. For a film that appears to be interested in show-

ing a realistic teen experience, it tends to gloss over the realities of reckless behavior, just like every other teen movie. Much of the praise “The Spectacular Now” garners stems from how it handles dialogue between the characters. It’s true that Sutter and Aimee’s speech is more authentic than most. No one banters with the witty catchphrases of a cut-rate Diablo Cody movie, but the banality of teen conversations doesn’t necessarily coincide with entertaining filmmaking. Yes, the dialogue seems more natural—but natural dialogue can be irritating to listen to. This film features gems like, “I think everyone should have dreams” and weepy declarations that “Nobody loves me!” While these might be real sentences uttered by real

teenagers, it doesn’t make them interesting, nor does it reveal character with any sort of skill. Most people talk when they have nothing to say, and I’d rather a film explore the inner thoughts of the characters through good writing, even if it doesn’t represent everyday language. The good news is that the film is very well acted. Miles Teller and Shailene Wood ly have excellent chemistry and appear to effortlessly flow through the scenes. The story isn’t especially original or intriguing, but it’s functional and relatable for most people. I was struck by how uniformly American it is—there’s no real sense of place in the film. Each street, each house, every tree and rock and stone could be found almost anywhere in the U.S. It reminded me that teenagers really are the same everywhere, and that unique American landscapes are fading quickly into mini-malls and fast-food restaurants. To be honest, this revelation is more disheartening than Sutter being a drunk. “The Spectacular Now” will soon become “The Spectacular Last Year” and although it may win some Academy Awards because it is so universally loved, it won’t necessarily deserve them. We’ve still got a few good months of Oscar-quality movies ahead of us. Let’s hope that they can outshine a run-of-the-mill teen movie.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I periodically hike alone into the serene hills north of San Francisco and perform a set of my songs for the birds, insects, squirrels, and trees. Recently I discovered that British comedian Milton Jones tried a similar experiment. He did his stand-up act for a herd of cows on a farm in Hertfordshire. I can’t speak for Jones’ motivations, but one of the reasons I do my nature shows is because they bring out my wild, innocent, generous spirit. Now is a good time for you to do something similar for yourself, Libra. What adventures can you undertake that will fully activate your wild, innocent, generous spirit? SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Are you anxious and agitated, afraid that you’re careening out of control? Is there a flustered voice in your head moaning, “Stop the insanity!”? Well, relax, dear Scorpio. I promise you that you no longer have to worry about going cray-cray. Why? Because you have already gone cray-cray, my friend. That is correct. You slipped over the threshold a few days ago, and have been living in Bonkersville ever since. And since you are obviously still alive and functioning, I think it’s obvious that the danger has passed. Here’s the new truth: If you surrender to the uproar, if you let it teach you all it has to teach you, you will find a lively and intriguing kind of peace. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): To give you the oracle that best matches your current astrological omens, I’ve borrowed from “Sweetness,” a poem by Stephen Dunn. I urge you to memorize it or write it on a piece of paper that you will carry around with you everywhere you go. Say Dunn’s words as if they were your own: “Often a sweetness comes / as if on loan, stays just long enough // to make sense of what it means to be alive, / then returns to its dark / source. As for me, I don’t care // where it’s been, or what bitter road / it’s traveled / to come so far, to taste so good.” CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):In her book Teaching a Stone to Talk, Annie Dillard apologizes to God and Santa Claus and a nice but eccentric older woman named Miss White, whom she knew as a child.

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the human quest. Here’s one that’s apropos for you right now: “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” He came up with several variations on this idea, including this one: “The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for.” I urge you to consider making this your operative hypothesis for the coming weeks, Pisces.

“I am sorry I ran from you,” she writes to them. “I am still running from that knowledge, that eye, that love from which there is no refuge. For you meant only love, and love, and I felt only fear, and pain.” Judging from your current astrological omens, Capricorn, I’d say that now would be a good time for you to do something similar: Take an inventory of the beauty and love and power you have sought to escape and may still be trying to avoid. You’re finally ready to stop running and embrace at least some of that good stuff. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The Dragon Lives Again is a 1977 film that tells the story of martial arts legend Bruce Lee fighting bad guys in the underworld. Among the villains he defeats are Dracula, James Bond, the Godfather, Clint Eastwood, and the Exorcist. I urge you to use this as inspiration, Aquarius. Create an imaginary movie in your mind’s eye. You’re the hero, of course. Give yourself a few superpowers, and assemble a cast of scoundrels from your past—anyone who has done you wrong. Then watch the epic tale unfold as you do with them what Bruce Lee did to Dracula and company. Yes, it’s only pretend. But you may be surprised at how much this helps you put your past behind you. Think of it as a purgative meditation that will free you to move in the direction of the best possible future. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): After studying the myths and stories of many cultures throughout history, Joseph Campbell arrived at a few conclusions about the nature of

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Are you good at haggling? Do you maybe even enjoy the challenge of negotiating for a better price, of angling for a fairer deal? The coming week will be a favorable time to make extensive use of this skill. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will thrive on having friendly arguments with just about everyone, from your buddies to your significant other to your mommy to God Herself. Everywhere you go, I encourage you to engage in lively discussions as you hammer out compromises that will serve you well. Be cheerful and adaptable and forceful. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In David Markson’s experimental novel Wittgenstein’s Mistress, the protagonist fantasizes about the winter she lived at the Louvre Museum in Paris. She says that to keep warm she made big fires and burned some of the museum’s precious artifacts. I’m hoping you won’t do anything remotely resembling that mythic event in the coming week, Taurus. I understand that you may be going through a cold spell—a time when you’re longing for more heat and light. But I beg you not to sacrifice enduring beauty in order to ameliorate your temporary discomfort. This, too, shall pass. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Don’t say you want love,” writes San Francisco author Stephen Sparks. “Say you want the morning light through a paint-flecked window; say you want a gust of wind scraping leaves along the pavement and hills rolling toward the sea; say you want to notice, in a tree you walk past every day, the ruins of a nest exposed as the leaves fall away; a slow afternoon of conversation in a shadowy bar; the smell of bread baking.” That’s exactly the oracle I want to give you, Gemini. In my opinion, you can’t afford to be generic or blank in your requests for love. You must be

highly specific. You’ve got to ask for the exact feelings and experiences that will boost the intensity of your lust for life. (Here’s Sparks’ Tumblr page: CANCER (June 21-July 22): “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are stronger in the broken places,” wrote Cancerian writer Ernest Hemingway. By my estimation, my fellow Crabs, we are now entering a phase of our astrological cycle when we can make dramatic progress in healing the broken places in ourselves. But even better than that: As we deal dynamically with the touchy issues that caused our wounds, we will become stronger than we were before we got broken. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Let’s hope you have given deep thought to understanding who you are at this moment of your life. Let’s also hope that you have developed a clear vision of the person you would like to become in, say, three years. How do you feel about the gap between the current YOU and the future YOU? Does it oppress you? Does it motivate you? Maybe a little of both? I’ll offer you the perspective of actress Tracee Ellis Ross. “I am learning every day,” she told Uptown Magazine, “to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.” VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Do the words “purity” and “purify” have any useful purpose? Or have they been so twisted by religious fundamentalists and mocked by decadent cynics that they’re mostly just farcical? I propose that you take them seriously in the coming week. Give them your own spin. For instance, you could decide to purify yourself of petty attitudes and trivial desires that aren’t in alignment with your highest values. You might purify yourself of self-deceptions that have gotten you into trouble and purify yourself of resentments that have blocked your creative energy. At the very least, Virgo, cleanse your body with extrahealthy food, good sleep, massage, exercise, and sacred sex. Homework: Name ten personal possessions that you’d put in a time capsule to be dug up by your descendants in 500 years. Testify at

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A Festive Evening of Unique Art, Food, & Fundraising Join FACES for an evening of artist imagery. Enjoy heavy hor d’oeuves and adult beverages, meet the artists, play games for prizes, and bid on special crafted masks in the silent auction, all benefiting FACES: The National Craniofacial Association.

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“Magazine Inserts” --I don’t see what the issue is. Across 1 2014 Olympics city 6 “The Voice” judge Levine 10 Machiavellian Karl 14 C.S. Lewis lion 15 Indian royal 16 Golf tournament, sometimes 17 Expensive dresses 18 Does comic book work 19 Marian, for one 20 Cleans up after a dance, as a janitor might? 23 “It’s a crock!” 24 Abbr. on a road map 25 Stimpson J. Cat’s partner 26 Current that flows between two objects: abbr. (hidden in YES, DEAR) 27 Ranch response 28 Some brews 32 How to get a wander-

er to suddenly appear? 35 When some local newscasts start 38 Chatroom chortle 39 Does a desk job 40 Hollow gas pumps? 43 2,000 pounds 44 “... ___ will be done...” 45 Vehicle associated with 50-across 48 Geologic timespan 49 Dien Bien ___, Vietnam 50 Activist Parks 51 Apple drink of the 21st century? 55 Like some tofu 56 Enough to count on one hand 57 “Can I give you ___?” 58 Big-box that’s blue and yellow 59 Strahan’s cohost 60 Come up again 61 Desirable for diets 62 Craft maker’s website

63 “Chasing Pavements” singer Down 1 Leather seat 2 Bearded Egyptian god 3 Was overly sweet 4 Injures 5 Not ___ many words 6 He gave Jackie her O 7 “The Inferno” poet 8 Cross on a goth kid’s necklace 9 Penny-pinching 10 Mars and Mercury 11 Birthstone for some Scorpios 12 Wedding dress part 13 Culmination 21 Paid players 22 Cheap restaurant 27 __ and Sons 29 Label for Pink Floyd 30 Lab maze runner 31 ‘60s activist org. 32 Real-life catalog in

many Seinfeld episodes 33 Beer that means “Sun” 34 How a player could go, as an emphatic announcer might say 35 Airport with a BART connection 36 McKellen of the “X-Men” movies 37 Classic Jaguar 41 Ignorant (of) 42 Barak of Israel 45 ___-ripper (romance novel) 46 Of service 47 “Being and Nothingness” author 49 Crams for exams 50 Got all agitated 51 Boost in price 52 Carpenter’s estimate 53 “___ ain’t broke...” 54 “Fame” actress Irene 55 Chick-___-A

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A Sample of Masks from 2012 FACES UnMasked Many children and adults with facial anomalies live with fear and uncertainty and sometimes feel as though they live behind a mask. That’s why we’ve created FACES UnMasked, a unique art event and auction. Special masks will be decorated by local and national artists, celebrities, sports figures and personalities who are donating their time and talent to make it easier for FACES clients and families to get the help they need. All money raised goes to help give the children of FACES the Gift of a Smile.

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On the Beat

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here is an advantage to cops pretty-much hating me and “activists” full-on hating me: The freedom to say W.T.F. I want. Which is, of course, among the primary reasons I’m hated. And it is here I begin this column about the recent re-uproar over the reinstatement of Officers Emmer and Cooley to the Chattanooga Police Department despite the tremendous divide between the video which fostered the uproar, and the process of due rights that’s led them to being reinstated with full pay. On one side, you have the inimical “Concerned Citizens for Justice” or CCJ, who have given a public statement that first praises the mayor and police chief of Chattanooga for their mutual stances against the decision of the administrative judge that decided for the plaintiffs here, then essentially bashes them “just in case they don’t order an immediate appeal” despite the possibility that it could be a gigundus waste of time since the local grand jury of citizen peers, the FBI, the D.A.’s office, and now an administrative law judge say there’s nothing to prosecute and/or fire them for. Per their statement, they feel they can make Chattanooga “the next Sanford, Florida” despite a lack of death, and a high concentration of the use of cocaine and cutlery on the part of the felonious halfway house-bound victim who was trying to beat his way through the door of the halfway house to access its civilian overseers and make them “understand something,” presum-

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ably, with his edged teaching aid. (Making him a victim, of course.) These are also the folks that hang banners off of downtown bridges inciting racial violence in the name of…well, I’m not sure, but something important to people that incite violence based on cartoon-like statistics compiled by convicted hijackers now re-branded as “anarchist heroes,” but that’s their “thing.” I “get it.” I would do as well getting frustrated by a brain-damaged Yorkshire terrier, but the Yorkie is neither able to grab headlines like these cats nor does it do so while closely resembling an equally-deranged

cartoon character like “Sideshow Bob” on “The Simpsons.” This is pure media gold, and I love journalistic jewelry. Next to them, however, is a segment of society that agrees on principle and also wishes to act in the name of “justice” so long as “justice” ironically doesn’t involve a local grand jury of citizen peers, the FBI, the D.A.’s office, and now an administrative law judge. Chief among these is City Councilman Larry Grohn who stated, “The Thin Blue Line must stop protecting the very small number of officers who give all the rest a bad name.” While I agree with his statement in general, I’m not sure exactly how this applies, because the one sworn officer involved in the decision-making process (Police Chief B.H. Dodd) is the one that fired these officers after reviewing the video gathered in evidence by other officers in Internal Affairs. The grand jury isn’t part of the Thin Blue Line. The judge sure as hell isn’t…and

And where does that leave me? With the NAACP making the most cogent and sensible response to an awkwardto-terrible situation. How the hell did that happen?

the D.A.’s office that prosecutes our officers isn’t either, so…what is he talking about? Cops are “the Thin Blue Line” and cops are the ones that fired them.

And where does that leave me? With the NAACP making the most cogent and sensible response to an awkward-to-terrible situation. How the hell did that happen? Comb through my words and you’ll find that I don’t have an opinion one way or the other about the actual reinstatement. Questioning the common findings of the FBI, the district attorney, a grand jury, and now a judge is something I haven’t done before and I’m not compelled to start doing now, video or no video, especially when the judge in question lays blame at the feet of the one that ingested cocaine, armed himself, forced the call to 911 and resisted as much as he was struck by a baton. But the response? Wow. Classic Sideshow Bob—and classic distraction from any semblance of dealing with the actual causes of the events in question. Responding by gathering en masse to voice protest at the one body that actually agrees with them (the city council, as opposed to the Hamilton County D.A.’s office, the FBI or the judiciary)? Classic CCJ. Don’t go changing, folks. It’s not easy to come up with writing material as rich and consistently baffling as yours. No…really.

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