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The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again) of


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It began as most burgeoning electronic scenes do, with a rave; a monthly party called Bangerz Ball. A lot of the success of this party can be credited to the venue it was held in, 412 Market. More commonly known as Fathom, this venue and hosted local punk rock, hardcore, and metal shows on the weekends.

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By Marc T. Michael What’s in a name? Quite a bit if you’re shopping around for a good Celtic band apparently. In that instance a name can reveal quite a bit. And Olta means, “Quite drunk.”


By Michael Crumb The recent Anime Blast convention here in Chattanooga exceeded expectations with well over 1,000 in attendance, most of whom showed up costumed as their favorite anime character.

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By John DeVore This past Tuesday, Mise En Scenesters ended their 2013 lineup with “I Am Divine,” a documentary about Harry Queen Winstead, People Magazine’s “Drag Queen of the Century.”

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The Urban Revolution Continues on Main St. The annual Southside shindig known as MainX24 returns this weekend with, you guessed it, 24 hours of nonstop events, gallery showings, concerts, and plenty of food and drink. The festivities actually kick–off on Friday night with a VIP party at the CraftWorks office (201 W. Main St.) with plenty of great beer and fun followed by a special celebration with The Folk School of Chattanooga across the street at Enzo's Market. Tickets are $20 per person and all proceeds support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Then on Saturday morning, bright and early at 7:00 a.m. (yes, some folks get an hour-early start, technically making this MainX25), Mean Mug kicks off the festivities with an Open House at the same time as Massage Therapist and Yoga instructor Kelly Mantovani joins Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke for the official ribbon-cutting of the newest businesses on Main Street, the Center for Integrative Medicine and Center MedSpa. There are then literally more events than we could fit here in print without dedicating about ten pages of pure listings. You can peruse the schedule yourself by visting, but be warned: there is absolutely no way you can do everything you'll want to do without deploying a Harry Potter time-turning. Even so, some of the stand-out events include a Pancake Breakfast at Chattanooga’s Fire Hall #1 at 8:00 a.m., a Cornhole Tournament at 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot in front of Chuck's, the Heavyweight Chili Championship from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at OCI, the Adult Big Wheel Championship at 1:00 p.m. at CBL Auto Service on the corner of Main and Broad, the Warehouse Party at 5:00 p.m. at Clydes, featuring music from SoCro, Summer Dregs, and SharkWeek, the Glow Zoom 5K Run and Dance Party 4 • The Pulse • december 5-11, 2013 •

starting at 7:00 p.m. on Wilhoit St., a great concert from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Track 29 at 9:00 p.m., and the MainX24 Grand Finale Breakfast on Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. at the H*Art Gallery. emerging artists

AVA To Select Best Local Artists The Association for Visual Arts will end its 2013 exhibition season with a juried AVA member show. This show will feature, by juror selection, some of the best professional and emerging artists in Chattanooga. The winner of the Best in Show award will receive a solo show at AVA in November 2014. The winner will be announced at the opening on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the AVA Gallery on Frazier Avenue. Artists in the exhibit include Alan Shuptrine, Alex Loza, Ali Kay, Ann Nichols, Marie Lauer, Catherine Stetson, Christine Vogel, Jake Kelley, Jim Tucker, Laura Cleary, Michelle Kimbrell, Neil Grant, Shadow May, Thomas Shaw, Turry Lindstrom, and Wes Sumrall. The show will be juried by Paul LaJeunesse. LaJeunesse received his master of fine arts in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2006, the Elizabeth Greenshields grant in 2006, and a Fulbright grant in 2007. Currently, he is a lecturer at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is a realist landscape painter whose work deals with symbiotic relationships of light, space and structure.



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AS SEEN IN THE PULSE • Okay, so maybe we've become the president of his fan club, but if you want to see for yourself why we like him so much, come see him in the intimate venue of The Office. You'll thank us. We promise. (Okay, Butch, where's our check, like you promised?) 9 p.m. • The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn), (423) 634-9191,

A Christmas Singing Tradition The Chattanooga Boys Choir will host their 51st Singing Christmas Tree this Saturday, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Come celebrate with the Boys Choir in one of the area’s oldest and most revered holiday traditions. The Singing Christmas Tree will feature the 120+ members of the choir, Ballet Tennessee, and guest instrumentalists presenting a varied program including pieces from various time periods, cultures, and holiday traditions. Highlighting the theme "Peace on Earth", the choir will perform Mark Hayes’ arrangement of “Let There Be Peace

ZOOTASTIC Chattanooga Zoo Holidays in Lights • Come see one of the best small zoos in the country as you've never seen it before (or at least since last year). 5:30 p.m. • Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. (423) 687-1319,

MUSICAL ELECTRONS Arpetrio with New Planet • Arpetrio is a breath of fresh air for the live electronic scene. Their sound is one of a kind and draws from a broad range of influence while always staying true to themselves and their music. If you missed their last show, you now can make up for that loss. 10 p.m. • Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644,

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on Earth,” “Ose Shalom” by John Leavitt, and the 1977 collaboration by David Bowie and Bing Crosby “Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth.” Carols from various traditions such as “Christmastime,” “A La Puerta del Cielo,” “Candles in Window,” and “The First Noel” will be included, as well as holiday favorites such as “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” and the venerable “Jingle Bell Rock.” Tickets range from $10 to $30 and can be purchased at the Memorial Auditorium Box Office, by calling (423) 6428497, or by online purchase at


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Holiday Heaven or Holiday Hell The good doctor on how to cope with the holidays The holidays can be such a perfect time to work on yourself. Put another way: a perfect time to observe the issues you’re in the process of working on. Whatever it is you may be trying to change within, the externals, filled as they may be with family, friends, food, drink, spending, commercialism, merriment (forced?), travel woes and more, are guaranteed to provide an opportunity to see just how far you’ve come, and just what parts of yourself are still in need of your attention. Sometimes we observe with a sense of humor, indicating that we’re doing pretty well, although perhaps there’s still some internal eye-rolling and tongue-biting going on. At the other end of the spectrum, maybe we’re in a state of wanting to numb ourselves until the whole ordeal is over. Probably most often the holidays offer some combination of happiness and old wounds being pricked; wonderful and difficult significant others; personal growth opportunities that bring about a sense of accomplishment when we succeed, and those that remind us that there are still insecurities or unresolved resentments to be tackled. Artfully speaking, the holidays have a way of showing us both our inner Norman Rockwell and our inner

Let’s face it: at the holidays, childhood rears its head, and the quality of yours— plus whatever personal growth work you’ve done so far—will determine how it all feels.

Edvard Munch. Any and all of this may be sparked by a racist or homophobic comment from Uncle Morty at the holiday dinner table. Or by a passive-aggressive gift from Aunt Louise. Or by the behavior of a sibling with whom you have a long history that turns ever more prickly each year. Or by any other big white elephant in the middle of the room. Just the thought of returning to the family home at the holidays can bring about a sense of joy, dread, grief or angst,

or some combo. Let’s face it: at the holidays, childhood rears its head, and the quality of yours— plus whatever personal growth work you’ve done so far—will determine how it all feels. And to think…we do this year after year, Thanksgiving to Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa. So how do we gladden the tidings? My suggestion to you is that we absolutely have the power to allow this time of year to be an opportunity to do it more happily and healthfully. Here are three tips to help make the holidays a time that feels good to you, in all ways: mind, body and spirit. • Pray / meditate / ponder gratefulness. An attitude of gratitude is a powerful thing. I believe that there is always, always something to be grateful for. So before your internal complainer has a chance to gather steam, think of this: Neale Donald Walsch (author of the Conversations With God series), reminds us that, “The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.” And humorist Garrison Keillor puts it this way: “Thank you, God, for this good life, and forgive us if we do not love it enough.” Perhaps a gratitude meditation of your own can help prepare you for whatever challenges your holidays may offer. Get to a quiet place…

breathe…and remind yourself that no matter what, you’ll be OK. • Take care of yourself while you take care of others. In past columns, you’ve read about the problems that occur when you lose yourself in the busy-ness of the season, or when you put everyone else’s needs first without honoring your own needs and wants, or when you simply can’t say “no.” The diminishing of your own importance, ignoring healthy boundaries, a lack of good self-care—these are the best ways I know of to plant seeds of resentment. If you get your holiday cookies through suffering or guilt or playing the martyr, it’s time to look at that, because the holidays are when all these buttons are absolutely going to get pushed. So you might as well start your process of paying attention now. Believe me, everyone will be happier. • Go hug a tree. Now, you can take this as literally as you’d like. What I mean is, take a break. Observe your own pace, and when you start to race too fast, talk too fast, eat too fast, think too fast, drive too fast, slow down. You know the feeling I’m talking about. Use it as a red flag to remind you to take a breath. Push the pause button. And maybe

spend the afternoon over a long lunch with a good friend. Or call an elderly relative and really listen to them, with nothing else on your mind. Sit on the back porch with a cup of tea or a glass of mulled wine and breathe in the energy of the universe. Get out of yourself, and think of a creative act of kindness to do for a stranger. Play with the dogs. Go for a walk. Hug a tree. I hope these suggestions help make your holidays the best ever. My gift to you is a wish for great joy, strong health, and a forgiving spirit. Until next time, from Byron Katie: “Our loved ones will continue to press every button we have, until we realize what it is that we don’t want to know about ourselves yet.”

Dr. Rick Pimental-Habib, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, author, minister, and educator in private practice in Chattanooga. Contact him at, visit his wellness center at and follow his daily inspirations on Twitter: @DrRickWellNest • december 5-11, 2013 • The Pulse • 7

The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again) of


MUSIC in Chattanooga

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by Adam Staudacher


t began as most burgeoning electronic scenes do, with a rave; a monthly party called Bangerz Ball. Much of this party's success can be credited to the venue it was held in, 412 Market. More commonly known as Fathom, this venue actually served as a church on Sunday mornings and hosted local punk rock, hardcore, and metal shows on weekends. Fathom's main room had so much untapped potential; capable of holding over 800 people, it was a matter of the right event happening and being promoted to the right audience. It’s important to note that Fathom was the only venue in town that was willing, at the time, to allow 18+ shows. Other venues in town have since adopted this policy, such as Rhythm & Brews and Track 29, among others. But if you were an 18 to 20 year old kid in 2009, Fathom was really your only downtown option. Eventually, Bangerz Ball morphed into Night Moves and a second night, 423 Bassheads, sprung up as well. These parties continued all the way through August 2011 when a rift between some of the party promoters led to the end of the monthlies. Another stark contrast began to emerge at this time which showed both the strengths and weaknesses of Chattanooga’s drawing power. JMJ Productions hosted a show with improvisational dubstep duo EOTO that was a big hit. Almost 600 people attended, and it was one of the more successful independent shows ever held at the venue. A month or so later JMJ tried to host The New Deal, a Canadian live-electronic jam band and couldn’t put 200 people in the venue. Thus we see the fickle nature of the young EDM fan, and as such, the fickle nature of promoting shows in a town that doesn’t consistently support electronic music. Sometimes you lose your ass. Herein lies both a strength and a flaw of the electronic music scene in Chattanooga: electronic music has become so diverse in the last 15 years, especially in the last five to six years, that old genre classifications mean so much less than they used to. Parties like Bassheads don’t work anymore because most kids going to electronic shows don’t want to hear the same genre all night long. This is a complete about-face from the late 90s and early aughts, when raves would break up rooms by style. One room would be house, one room would be drum and bass, the trance kids would be set up in a hallway and there was some small dark room in the back where kids were playing happy hardcore. There was some diversity within these rooms, but typically speaking, electronic music fans were fans of a specific genre above all else. Today, music festivals like Electric Forest, which evolved from the Rothbury Festival and the Ultra Music Festival in Miami are the big draws. Events that last three or four days and have heavy amounts of electronic music late at night, like Electric Forest or Ultra, are strictly electronic music but will still host many diverse styles of electronic music, often one right after the other. Big name DJs like Bassnectar and Datsik bring their own enormous, bone-shaking sound systems and some bring

The growth has been slow, but encouraging; it’s a sign that after doing so many things wrong, the electronic scene is town is starting to get it right.

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destroyed. No promoter wanted to do shows at Fathom anymore, nor did Fathom want any part of hosting those shows. With nowhere else to go in town, and the prevalence of large festivals and great acts consistently coming through Nashville and Atlanta, the scene in Chattanooga was on life support, but only for a little while. It’s hard to pinpoint where to place credit for the slow and steady revival of the electronic music scene in Chattanooga, but two things really stand out when you look closely. The first is the evolution of venues in Chattanooga. In 2011, Track 29 opened as a non-smoking venue and around

They are not the only bands to have done this, but they have done it better than just about everyone else. Both bands have gone out of their way to consistently play shows in Chattanooga and, in turn, build a solid fan base. Those early shows didn’t always sell out, but they do now, demonstrating proof that there is still an audience to be had for great electronic music if you are willing to put in the work to earn those fans. Electronic music has exploded into the public consciousness over the last few years, and as a result that scene will never again have the luxury of flying under the radar. These days, there is just too much attention for the electronic music scene to ever go back to where it was. Bands now have to earn a following organically, just like everyone else. A situation like Fathom will probably never occur again in this town, where promoters were given basically free reign over a venue of that size, with very little supervision (until something actually went wrong.) Track

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elaborate 3D stage sets and projection lighting, such as what Amon Tobin brought with ISAM (Invented Sounds Applied to Music). Unfortunately, the market for a group of 500 kids going to a dark room with a few LED bars and listening to seven local DJs all play dubstep all night just doesn’t exist anymore. And of course, when talking about Fathom, we have to talk about the elephant in the room, which is the unfortunate shooting incident on Christmas Eve in 2011. On that night, a brawl erupted and ended with what police say were rival gang factions shooting at each other in a crowded room of 400 people. Blame was placed on the club and the pastor who helped to oversee and supervise some of the events. The narrative became—that if you place at risk youth in a party environment and introduce alcohol it shouldn't be surprising that you'll get violence as a result. This event, coupled with the demise of the monthly parties led to a quiet time in Chattanooga for electronic music. The scene as it existed before had essentially been


the same time Rhythm & Brews decided to go fully nonsmoking as well. In a non-smoking venue in Tennessee, you are free to have 18+ shows if you want. These venues really deserve credit for adapting to the changing demographics and working hard to appeal to the kids who club owners and promoters want to see come out and attend shows. The second watershed moment came with Zoogma and Arpetrio. Zoogma hails from Memphis, Arpetrio from Nashville, and for three to four years now, they have been playing shows in Chattanooga, slowly building their following and their performances organically.

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29 and Rhythm & Brews are certainly big enough to accommodate parties of that size, but they are also run by professionals who have a stake in a well run business. Several local bars, JJs and The Social most notably, have begun to host electronic music monthlies. In fact, The Social hosts DJs every Friday and Saturday night, the only venue downtown to do so. There is renewed interest from venue owners in attracting local talent and the audiences that come out to those shows. The growth has been slow, but encouraging; it’s a sign that after doing so many things wrong, the electronic scene is town is starting to get it right.


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New Tunes from the Auld Sod Straight from the back porch, Olta likes to keep things traditional


HAT’S IN A NAME? QUITE A BIT IF YOU’RE SHOPPING around for a good Celtic band, apparently. In that instance a name can reveal quite a bit. Black 47 derives its name from the worst year of the Great Irish Famine and this in turn reflects the often political nature of the band’s music.

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The Saw Doctors, on the other hand, take their name from the Irish travelling folk, tinkers and gypsies. When travelling folk are referenced it is generally either whimsical or derogatory, the former in the case of the Saw Doctors who are known for their upbeat and humorous style. Then you have local Celtic band Olta. Olta means, “Quite drunk.” The band has been together for a little over a decade now and is a recognizable fixture at local festivals and cultural heritage gatherings including Chattanooga’s Nightfall summer concert series. They opened for heavy hitting Celtic band Gaelic Storm at the Riverbend festival and have contributed to the soundtracks of at least a few independent film projects. Olta grew out of the “Chattanooga Session,” a weekly musical meetup of Celtic musicians that started many years ago on drummer Julie’s back porch and continues to this day every Sunday afternoon at the Moccasin Bend Brewing company having made its way there via Durty Nelly’s, The Honest Pint and Tremont Tavern, to name a few. The session is open to all comers, be they listeners or players.

Currently a four-piece band, Olta is comprised of Randy Walker, Rachel Lightfoot, Julie Kurtz-Kunesh and Sarah Martin. Walker has an extensive musical background, well practiced in a variety of styles and traditions including Southern Gospel, Renaissance and Folk. Adept at guitar, tin whistle and bodhran (the Irish drum,) Randy was a Vocal Music major in college and puts this prodigious array of talents to good use as the anchor point of the band. He is joined by his partner in crime, Rachel Lightfoot with whom Randy played in the nineties in the New World Irish Band. A lifelong singer and musician, Lightfoot was introduced to the bodhran by a friend who was teaching a class and from then on was obsessed with the Celtic style of music. She adopted the concertina as an instrument almost a decade ago and has since demonstrated a mastery of the instrument that brings an infectious light-heartedness to much of the music she plays. Kunesh is a very gifted and respected drummer achieving more with a single drum than many people do with a full kit. Her singing ability is no less impressive albeit a bit underpowered at times. It has been remarked more than once (good naturedly of course) that she is “the quiet one” in the group although if you’re sitting close enough to hear her she can break your heart or lift your spirit with just a few wellsung lines.

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1203 Hixson Pike • (423) 266-1996 If Kunesh is the quiet one, Sarah Martin is…not. The boisterous young woman from Michigan is the group’s fiddle player as well as an accomplished vocalist capable of belting out a tune with the best of them. A classically trained musician from a musical family, Sarah’s command of the fiddle is undeniably superb but no more so than her powerful, nearly operatic vocal skills. Frankly, Sarah’s voice ought to make her a shoe-in for one of those televised singing competitions the kids seem so fond of these days but lucky for local music fans she elects to stay rooted here in Chattanooga. Four highly talented individuals brought together under one banner could be a thing of beauty or a holy train wreck. Fortunately Olta is the former, having struck a pretty fine balance between the rigidly defined traditional (trad) style and the bawdy and irreverent pub style. Put another way, they maintain an air of respectability with a sly wink thrown in every so often for good measure.

The good news is that Olta has been putting in time at the studio, recording an album that could hopefully be finished by spring. The bad news is they are folk musicians so whether it’s the spring of 2014, 2015 or 2016 remains to be seen, but if the handful of tracks already laid down are any indication it is going to be a superlative album and a must-have for fans of the genre. The songs are largely traditional but the arrangements are unmistakably Olta’s and it is here that they shine. Like any band Olta has had its share of trials and tribulations, players have come and gone, but through it all they have developed a voice, sweet and unique, worthy of respect and admiration. Speaking as a fellow who knows a thing or two about Celtic music, Olta is simply one of the best in this or any other region. Catch them at the Honest Pint; follow them at, and when you see her remind Julie to “please speak up a bit.”

Olta grew out of the “Chattanooga Session,” a weekly musical meet-up of Celtic musicians that started many years ago on drummer Julie’s back porch."


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THUrsday 12.05 Christmas at the Courthouse Lunchtime Concerts 11:30 a.m. p.m. Hamilton County Courthouse, 201 E. 7th St. “Pickin’ at the Post” with Bluegrass bands 5 p.m. American Legion Post, Highway 11 N. (423) 582-1337. Bluegrass and Country Jam 6:30 p.m. Grace Nazarene Church, 6310 Dayton Blvd. (423) 842-5919, Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd #202. (423) 499-5055, Soddy-Daisy Jamboree 7 p.m. Soddy-Daisy Community Center, 9835 Dayton Pk. (423) 332-5323. The Loop 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Scenic City Roots Live 7 p.m. Track 29, 1400 Market St. (423) 521-2929, Open Mic - 4th Quarter Winners Competition 7:30 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, Open Mic w/Hap Henninger 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn), (423) 634-9191, facebook. com/theoffice.chatt Black Market Research, Muletide Perkins

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9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy, (423) 468-4192, Amber Fults & The Ambivalent Lovers 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St.

friday 12.06 Christmas at the Courthouse Lunchtime Concerts 11:30 a.m. Hamilton County Courthouse, 201 E. 7th St. Charley Yates 4:30 p.m. Wimpie’s Country Restaurant, 9826 Dayton Pk. (423) 332-6201. 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. Binji Varsossa 6 p.m. Cancun Mexican Restaurant & Lounge, 1809 Broad St. (423) 266-1461, 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, Firefighters Benefit Concert Featuring Tracy Lawrence 8 p.m. Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. (423) 757-5156. Mountain Opry 8 p.m. Walden’s Ridge Civic Center, 2501 Fairmount Pk. (423) 886-3252. Bluegrass Dinner Music 8 p.m. Ocoee Dam Deli and Diner, 1223 Highway 64, Ocoee, (423) 338-8184. Scenic City Soul Revue 8:30 p.m.The Foundry, 1201 Broad St. (423) 756-3400, Butch Ross 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn), (423) 634-9191, facebook. com/theoffice.chatt Krampus, Subterranean Cirqus 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, Exit 60 9 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, Plan B. Band 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Departure: The Ultimate Journey Tribute 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. Southlander 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Rd. (423) 499-9878,

saturday 12.07

Christmas at the Courthouse Lunchtime Concerts 11:30 a.m. Hamilton County Courthouse, 201 E. 7th St. Chattanooga Boys Choir presents “The Singing Christmas Tree” 2 p.m. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5156, 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 Binji Varsossa 6 p.m. Cancun Mexican Restaurant & Lounge, 1809 Broad St. (423) 266-1461, MAINx24! 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, “Senior’s Dance” with The Country Connecting Band 7 p.m. Teamster’s Union Hall, 4431 Bonny Oaks Dr. (865) 546-8373 24/7 Band + jamming and singing 7 p.m. Red Clay Pickin’ Barn, 1095 Weatherly Switch Tr. (423) 464-3034 The Hopeful Country Band 7 p.m. Troy’s Place, 320 Emerson Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (423) 965-8346 Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd #202. (423) 499-5055,

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Thursday, December 5: 9pm Open Mic with Hap Henninger Friday, December 6: 9pm Butch Ross Saturday, December 7: 10pm Kara Ory-Oke Tuesday, December 10: 7pm Chattanooga Boys Choir presents “The Singing Christmas Tree” 7:30 p.m. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5156. The Countrymen Band 8 p.m. Eagles Club, 6128 Airways Blvd. (423) 894-9940 Jaime Michaels 8 p.m. Charles’ and Myrtle’s Coffeehouse, 105 McBrien Rd. (423) 892-4960, Ron Block Trio featuring Sierra Hull 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theatre, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, Scenic City Soul Revue 8:30 p.m. The Foundry, 1201 Broad St. (423) 756-3400, Kara Ory-Oke 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn), (423) 634-9191, facebook. com/theoffice.chatt Hazes 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Feat. Alanna Royale 9 p.m. Track 29, 1400 Market St. (423) 521-2929, Crossfire 9 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, Josh Lewis and Friends 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Arpetrio with New Planet 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St.

sunday 12.08 Christmas at the Courthouse Lunchtime Concerts 11:30 a.m. Hamilton County Courthouse, 201 E. 7th St. Open Jam Session 5 p.m. Cheap Seats Sports Bar, 2925 Rossville Blvd. (423) 629-5636 Acoustic Gospel Jam 6 p.m. Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-0333 The Quote Unquotes 7 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy, (423) 468-4192, Maid Madrid 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400,

monday 12.09 Christmas at the Courthouse Lunchtime Concerts 11:30 a.m. Hamilton County Courthouse, 201 E. 7th St. Live Gospel Music 6:30 p.m. Wendy’s E. Brainerd, 7655 E. Brainerd Rd. (423) 331-7126 Big Band Night 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd #202. (423) 499-5055, Southside Casual Classics 7:30 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, Black Market Research 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192,

tuesday 12.10 Christmas at the Courthouse Lunchtime Concerts 11:30 a.m. Hamilton County Courthouse, 201 E. 7th St. Southland Quartet 6:30 p.m. Bimbo’s Restaurant, 7606 Rhea County Hwy. (423) 240-7210. Live Gospel Music Concert 6:30 p.m. Wendy’s Ooltewah, 6009 Ooltewah-Georgetown Rd. (423) 899-7852 Tim Starnes & Friends 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Jim Palmer 7:30 p.m. 1885 Grill, 3914 Saint Elmo Ave. (423) 485-3050, Goo Goo Dolls Live 8 p.m. Track 29, 1400 Market St. (423) 521-2929, Comedy Buffet 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400,

wednesday 12.11 Christmas at the Courthouse Lunchtime Concerts 11:30 a.m. Hamilton County Courthouse, 201 E. 7th St.

Eddie Pontiac 5:30 p.m. El Meson Hixson, 248 Northgate Mall, (423) 710-1201. Dan Sheffield 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd #202. (423) 499-5055, Emily Hearn with Darren Johnson 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, Bluegrass Jam 7:30 p.m. Folk School of Chattanooga, 1200 Mountain Creek Rd. (423) 827-8906, Priscilla & Little Rickee 8:30 p.m. Las Margarita’s, 1101 Hixson Pk. (423) 756-3332. Bassgasm 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, Fatt Legs, Dan Tedesco 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy, (423) 468-4192, John King 9 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Rd. (423) 499-9878,

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Between the Sleeves

record reviews • ernie paik

Old (not so) Lonesome Sounds and a pair of Benji's American fun and an improvisational jam with old-fashioned technology











Bryan and the Haggards featuring Dr. Eugene Chadbourne Merles Just Want to Have Fun (Northern Spy)


oughly a century ago, traditional American music blazed divergent forks, eventually solidifying into what we know as country music and jazz and ending up on opposite sides of the radio dial. The rollicking new album Merles Just Want to Have Fun from Bryan and the Haggards, led by saxophonist Bryan Murray, with the esteemed free-improv/bluegrass banjo and dobro player Eugene Chadbourne, pays tribute to Merle Haggard by gleefully and sometimes violently smashing together country music and avantjazz. There are many ways this could have been a train wreck, but this writer was pleasantly surprised by just how spirited and enjoyable this album is, in its own goofy yet reverent way. The ensemble transcends novelty while expressing a sense of humor, creating an album that is good for much more than a few laughs and holds up to

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Form A Log The Two Benji’s (Decoherence)

multiple listenings. Murray’s crack team features saxophonist Jon Irabagon and bassist Moppa Elliott from the formidable and cheeky jazz outfit Mostly Other People Do The Killing plus guitarist Jon Lundbom and drummer Danny Fischer, and after two albums of instrumental Merle Haggard covers, the new, third album features a striking change by featuring vocals from Eugene Chadbourne. Chadbourne is a perfect fit, being no stranger to country music or the avant-garde, having collaborated with diverse artists such as John Zorn and Camper Van Beethoven and plundered the classic country canon, from Roger Miller to Johnny Cash, for his unusual covers. Each track uses a different approach while still (sometimes just barely) being recognizable as country music, with “Fightin’ Side of Me” ending with an all-out free-jazz breakdown and “Okie

from Muskogee” using unrepentant, discordant sax siren tones. It is unlikely that this album will be a jazz gateway for country fans, since it is probably too crazy for the typical country listener, but free jazz fans might come away with a somewhat greater appreciation for Merle Haggard. Depending on your perspective, it is either one of the most adventurous country albums or one of the most offbeat avant-jazz albums of the year.


n an episode of The Simpsons, it was humorously explained that few cartoons are broadcast live because “it’s a tremendous strain on the animator’s wrist.” Of course, traditional cell animation is an extremely laborintensive process, and similarly, early sound artists painstakingly spliced bits of tape together, using tape as a compositional medium.

The trio Form A Log offers a twist on tape music, bringing it into the realm of live improvisation by creating pieces in real-time, solely using samples from pre-recorded cassettes and 4-track recorders used as playback devices. While sample-heavy plundering acts such as Girl Talk or John Oswald play with how the listener recognizes and processes popular-music samples, bending the context of the music, Form A Log has an entirely different approach, using unrecognizable samples, possibly meant to alienate and confuse the listener while still being entertaining. The latest Form A Log album, available on vinyl and as a digital download, from 4-track jockeys Noah Anthony (Profligate), Ren Schofield (Container) and Rick Weaver (Dinner Music) is entitled The Two Benji’s, taking its name from the coined term for throwing the “V” symbol with two fingers, and apparently it is a concept album, while the concept isn’t entirely clear. It may have to do with Asian noodles and “Log Culture”; perhaps the Twin Peaks Log Lady would know what it is. Ultimately, it gives off the vibe of being the aural equivalent of all of the nonanime Cartoon Network “Adult Swim” television shows, with a peculiar, bizarre and button-pushing sense of humor. Regarding an improvisational style, it seems like the players feed off each other in order to keep things bewildering and utterly unpredictable. It may be the sound of going insane while the soundtrack for the film Fletch stutters in the listener’s head. Love it or hate it, with donkey sounds, dated ‘80s synth-bass slaps, disquieting vocal snippets and other pages of madness, it ends up being one of the most spontaneously strange albums of recent memory.













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Growing Geeks Iron Games brings 1,500 high tech gamers to town


INCE IRON GAMING WON THE $10,000 WARNER BROTHERS Digital Media Prize at the first Gig Tank in the summer of 2012, the Chattanooga-based company has mostly been flying under the radar in its hometown. That’s about to change. This weekend, the company’s Iron Games event brings 1,500 attendees to the Chattanooga Convention Center to compete in a tournament of 10 video games. Though the company has been hosting smaller events at other gaming events around the country, this one is the first of many standalone Iron Games competitions it plans to host in Chattanooga, taking advantage of the city’s gigabit-per-second bandwidth to build itself into the SEC of eSports. In the 18 months since its Gig Tank win, Iron Gaming reworked its business model based on what founders have seen at gaming events around the country and in the overall gaming industry. “We’ve bounced around the country quite a bit attending, participating and then hosting gaming events,” says Iron Gaming president and CEO Aaron Welch. “Essentially, we were looking at the holes in what we call eSports. What we found—which was contrary to our previous belief that the main focus of our business needs to be online—is that online businesses are failing in our industry.”

At the same time, he saw that live gaming events remain extremely popular, with commercial ones selling out rapidly and informal ones increasing in size until they become commercial. And there continues to be a lack of opportunities for amateur gamers to reach for professional status. So Welch is pivoting the business to focus on live events for amateurs. “We’re going to pick a space in the market where nobody else exists and where there’s the most pain, which is the amateur space,” says Welch. “We’re going to start bringing events closer to them.” He plans to create an amateur feeder system to the professional video gaming circuit. He will hold qualifying events in Chattanooga and other cities, organized into four seasons that each culminate in an event called the Iron Games. His company will organize the venue, manage the competition and create the standards for gaming events. This weekend’s event—which may serve as a model for others—opens with a day devoted to younger children.

“Friday is Kids Play, where we engage parents, educators and children, then show the adults how to use video games to provide incentives for children to do better at home, in school and in life in general,” says Welch. Saturday and Sunday are devoted to competitive play, which will be televised live on Sunday, a Gig-enabled first that is only possible in Chattanooga. “This is the first time video games will be televised live while playing,” says Welch. “Nobody has done it live. They’ve prerecorded it and put it on Spike TV, but this is the first time broadcasting live from the event.” Welch is working with select Hamilton County schools to create a system of schoolbased teams, with opportunities for student motivation, fundraising and equipment donations. Engaging schools—middle, high and college—is a major component of Iron Gaming’s plans, partly because that’s where the next generation of competitors will emerge. When the company participated in Career Crunch event with Hamilton County middle schools, Welch says employees met 3,000 eighth graders, 70 percent of whom, both male and female, play video games. Given the opportunity to compete, some of those will become competitors. It also makes broader economic sense to grow the pool of tech talent for his in-

dustry and others. “We fall very far behind some of the other countries around the world when it comes to bringing up geeks,” he says. “We’re losing those kids, and it starts in middle school.” For Welch, there’s also a personal side to the economic argument for growing more geeks. “I have two daughters, a 5-year old and a 2-year old, and I don’t want prima donnas graduating middle school—I want two girls who are just as skilled at math and science as they are at being girls,” he says. “In today’s culture and society, they’re growing up to be more like the Miley Cyruses of the world instead of like these amazing women scientists and researchers that are out there.” He wants girls—his own and others—to know that being geeky is more than wearing a geeky t-shirt or doing cute pictures wearing glasses. “They don’t understand that the makeup they wear, the cars they drive, the things they hold most dear like iPhones—those were created by geeks and engineers who spent years and years in school learning how to do things, designers who spent just as much time in engineering school as they spent in art school to be able to design a beautiful electronic object they covet so much,” he says. “We’ve got a generation that is about consuming but not producing, and we want to stem that tide as best we can.”

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‘Twas mere weeks before Christmas, and all through the tow When a man suddenly appeared, He had music and movies, and the la Then he loaded his sleigh, and ca

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Holiday gift ideas from around the city and around the world Imagine being able to put together a Korg Synth as easily as putting to gether LEGO's. That is what you get with the LIttleBits Korg synth kit. You'll make Reggie Watts proud. $159 What better gift than the gift of flight? Challenge and excite the adventurer you love with skydiving lessons. Local companies can provide expert instruction and advice for the first-time jumper or the expert who wants to jump out of a perfectly functional aircraft. Chattanooga Skydiving Company 855-776-5867

The sleek rounded corners, strong elastic band, and iconic smooth black cover all say Moleskine. This analog-digital hybrid tool is perfect for writers, artists, readers or anyone who grabs their journal to jot notes or insights as they peruse their tablet $89

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For the area's widest variety of theater, music and performace art there is no better place than Barking Legs Theater. Give Aunt Stacey or Uncle Brian tickets to an upcoming BLT show and they'll shower you with blessings and your kharma bucket will overflow. 423-624-5347

Yes, it's winter and the last thing on most people's mind is getting onto a paddleboard in the TN river. But the people on your gift list aren't most people, are they? Give them another reason to be impatient for spring with stand up paddleboard lessons or rentals. 423-531-SURF

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These candy canes may look like any other unremarkable confection, but in actuallity they are made with that sweet hot nectar of the gods, Sriracha Hot Sauce to form a genius solution to bland holiday candy or those lingering trust issues you haven't fully developed with your kids. $7.99

"Don't reach for the Lipitor just yet grandpa, it's only the new Fried Chicken Scented Candle I got for Christmas." Made with real chicken and a cast iron skillet, these candles can help start a wonderful tradition of exchanging strange scented gifts among your family $22

Yeah, it's a year old but it's still a great addition to anyone's music collection. This recording from Chattanooga's own "specialists in American Musics" Uncle Lightnin' fits perfectly in a stocking or leaned against a gift wrapped bottle of Jim Beam. Your call. • iTunes

Pulse contributor and writer Cody Maxwell has penned Chattanooga Chronicles. It's a look back at some of the most enthralling, sometimes overlooked, chapters in Chattanooga's history from the stories of Nickajack Cave and the Great Flood to the changing history of Patten Towers and more. $15

Fiddlehead is the fifth book in Chattanooga writer Cherie Priest's steampunk, alternate history series titled Clockwork Century. If you are buying for a true alternate history enthusiast the entire series can be bought online as well. $14.99

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Home cooks love gadgets, so here's one that is actually useful. The iGrill is a digital thermometer that will send an alert to your phone when your food is done. It also does a million other things like brush your teeth, walk the dog and pick winning lottery numbers. $79.99

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A romantic picnic in the park is a beautiful idea, but gathering up and dragging along all of the plates, glasses, untesils can be like preparing for the apocalypse. A picnic backpack gets everything in one place and is easy to carry in case the apocalypse includes zombies. $79.95

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HE RECENT ANIME BLAST CONVENTION HERE IN CHATtanooga exceeded expectations with well over 1,000 in attendance, most of whom showed up costumed as their favorite anime character. Anime Blast co-chair Michael Miller, better known as "Zippy" to regular con-goers, stepped away from all the excitement to explain why Japanese animation matters to American Culture. For the past several years, Miller has hosted "Tokyo Tower," a show on Chattanooga's State online-only radio station WAWL, which features music from anime shows, Japanese pop music, and news and interviews relating to the expansive world of anime culture. The very word "anime" has several different meanings. With regard to its culture and conventions, "anime" becomes an inclusive general term that encompasses print, video and cinematic media. In its stricter sense of "anime" as "animation," the word applies to television cartoons and animated films. In many cases, TV shows and films have originated in "manga" form, basically Japanese comic books

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brought to life, in which the more general sense of "anime" become a comfortable fit. "Anime speaks to a lot that is not available in the United States," Miller explains. "There is a different point of view that develops more mature themes in cartoons, and this is not only an Eastern point of view, but it often also show their view of our own culture." This representation of Western culture has great value because it provides a cultural dialogue that both examines cultural issues and brings both our cultures closer together. Historically, it's fair to say that Disney cartoons arrived in Japan and inspired interest in animation there. Not so long ago, Miyazaki's "Ponyo"—an anime

version of "The Little Mermaid"—was released here as a Disney film, bringing the cultural exchange full circle. This is a bit reminiscent of the British Invasion of the sixties, when a core of American music, much of which was repressed in America, came back across the Atlantic to flood American pop music airwaves. Not surprisingly, artists in Japan have also responded to American blues and jazz, and examples of this enthusiastic response can be found in the intense cyber-punk film "Darkside Blues" and the "Cowboy Bebop" television series. "Japanese writing seems more substantial," Miller notes. "Light or full novels, sometimes connected to manga, open a portal and can be a connection force." Anime fan Lazarus Hellgate, of Chattanooga's Subterranean Cirqus performance troupe, agrees with Miller. "Anime writing is full of strange and interesting details that are really absorbing." It should be noted here that "anime" can also extend to live-action presentations. For example, "Power Rangers" be-

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came widely known, and, in fact, Johnny Yong Bosch, who played the Black Ranger, was a guest at Anime Blast. He even brought along his band, "Eyeshine." The strangely surreal manga "Mushishi" was adapted to live-action, imbuing reality with mystery. Likely a greater impact will be noted as Spike Lee releases his "American" version of "Old Boy." This fascinating manga has already been adapted in an Asian live-action film that won the Palm D'or award at the Cannes film festival. Lee's effort is intended to bring the this story to a wider audience, though it should be noted the initial release did not exactly set the American box office on fire. Without a doubt, Japanese writing expressed as anime has been influential. A recent episode of the television show "Supernatural" worked with a concept expressed in Miyazaki's film masterpiece "Princess Mononoke," in which gods can become demons. There may be other Eastern sources that speak of such transformations, but this concept does not readily emerge from Western mythology, where gods tend to be on one side or the other of the "good/evil" dichotomy, even though ambiguities may arise. Anime films by Satoshi Kon illustrate well the deep intensity of Japanese novels. His "Perfect Blue" is considered among the best anime, adapting a novel of perils threatening a pop singer actress. The narrative structure of this film may well have influenced Aronofsky's intense ballet drama, "Black Swan". Of more significance, the now famous film "Paprika," originally a novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui, became the cyber-world link between "The Matrix" and "Inception." Tsutsui's world merged surreal dream space and cy-

berspace with a shattering force and magnificent artistry. Miller points out the importance of empathy in anime, which results in attractive teen role models. He finds a comparison between Bella of the "Twilight" series and Winry from "Fullmetal Alchemist" very instructive. Both series are authored by women. Winry, though lonely, is a kind of practical genius, designing and fabricating the flexible prostheses that replace Edward Elric's limbs lost in his catastrophic encounter with alchemical power. The initial manga chapter of "Fullmwetal Alchemist" brings deep affection, and though its outcome has violence, its motivation is compassion. Anime also uses a variety of form that employ visual intensity to tell intense stories that involved ordinary people. The girl at the center of the violent maelstrom in "Perfect Blue" emerges stronger beneath the perfect blue skies of Tokyo. Hideaki's "Neon Genesis Evangelion" details the difficulties of young people who must pilot machines to fight aliens. Another woman author, Rumiko, created the popular series "Inuasha" in which an ordinary girl falls into extraordinary spiritual adventures, only a little like the ones Alice experienced in her journey through Wonderland. Lastly, Miller extols on the power of innovation in anime. This emerges in various forms both as concepts and as artistic finesse. For example, in the credit sequence of "Perfect Blue," the girl is riding on a train. We see her virtual reflection in the window she is standing near by. Then we see another train pass by the outside of that window. This photographic effect that occurs regularly in film, has now been duplicated by art, drawn to look like "real" film.

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friday 12.06 Love Gives Wheels Bike Drive 2013 5 a.m. Walmart, 2020 Gunbarrel Rd. (423) 899-7021, Pre-K Day: Christmas at Hunter Museum 10 a.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, (423) 267-0968, Singing Sun 2 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Terrace (423) 321-2317, Holiday Market/Vendor Fair 3 p.m. Red Bank UMC, 3800 Dayton Blvd. (423) 877-2881. WRCB’s Share Your Christmas Food Drive 4:30 p.m. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. (423) 622-1800, Mainx24—VIP Party 5:30 p.m. Mainx24, Main St. AVA Juried Members Exhibit Opening Reception 5:30 p.m.AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282, Chattanooga Zoo Holidays in Lights 5:30 p.m. Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. (423) 687-1319, River Gallery December

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Exhibit, “Triple Whipple” Opening Reception 6:30 p.m. -River Gallery, 400 E. Second St. (800) 374-2923, “A Christmas Story, The Musical!” performance and Opening Night Gala 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8534, A Southern Gospel Christmas 7 p.m. The Colonnade Center, Benton Place Campus. (706) 935-9000, Mystery of the Nightmare Office Party 7 p.m.Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. (423) 643-6888, “Megan’s Star” - a dramatic Christmas musical in ASL 7 p.m.Harvest Baptist Church of the Deaf, 1314 Old Three Notch Rd. (706) 375-7107, The Homecoming: A Christmas Story 7 p.m. Dalton Little Theatre, 210 North Pentz St. (706) 226-6618, Friday Night Ballroom Dance Party 7:30 p.m. Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N Access Rd. (423) 771-3646, Jim Breur 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, “The Nutcracker Christmas Carol: A Holiday Musical” 7:30 p.m.Chattannoga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Hwy. (423) 697-3246, “Short Attention Span” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5600 Brainerd Rd.

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sunday 12.08 December Holiday Market 11 a.m. Chattanooga Market, 1829 Carter St. (423) 648-2496, The Homecoming: A Christmas Story 2 p.m. Dalton Little Theatre, 210 North Pentz St. (706) 226-6618, “Short Attention Span” 2:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 602-8640. “2013 Hometown Christmas” 2:30 p.m. Cumberland County Playhouse, 221 Tennessee Ave. (931) 484-5000, “The Nutcracker Christmas Carol: A Holiday Musical” 2:30 p.m. Chattannoga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Hwy. (423) 697-3246, Steve Mingolla 7 p. m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233. “Megan’s Star” - a dramatic Christmas musical in ASL 7 p.m. Harvest Baptist Church of the Deaf, 1314 Old Three Notch Rd. (706) 375-7107, Matt Baetz 9 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839,

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ongoing Chattanooga Zoo 12 Days Of Christmas Campaign For The Animals 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. (423) 687-1319, “Meditations: New Work by Scott Hillard & Steve Olszewski” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Sat, 1 - 5 p.m. Sun. River Gallery, 400 E. 2nd St. (423) 265-5033, “Work by John Stone” 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tues- Sat, AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282, “Tour d’Art”

11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mon-Sat, 1 - 5 p.m. Sun. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214, “Fine Art Landscapes” Reflections Gallery, 6922 Lee Hwy. (423) 892-3072, “Miki Boni” 11 a.m, - 7 p.m. Mon-Sat Graffiti: A Hill City Art Joint, 505 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 400-9797, “Flying Brushes Art Show” Open Arms Care art exhibit Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Hwy. (423) 647-4448, Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights Mon-Fri 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Rock City Gardens, 271 Chattanooga Valley Rd. (706) 820-2531, Winter Wonders Exhibit Daily. Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. (423) 756-2738, Holidays Under the Peaks Daily. Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (800) 262-0695, Chattanooga Ghost Tours 9 p.m. nightly. The Little Curiosity Shoppe, 138 Market St. (423) 821-7125,

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HIS PAST TUESDAY, MISE EN SCENESTERS ENDED their 2013 lineup with “I Am Divine,” a documentary about Harry Queen Winstead, People Magazine’s “Drag Queen of the Century.” Always associated with John Waters and “Pink Flamingoes,” Divine embodies the concept of the grotesque, without shame or apology. The film is a fitting cap on what MES brings to Chattanooga: the Pop Up Movie Theater brings films that this city would see nowhere else.

Founder Chris Dortch puts his heart and soul into the selections, ensuring that over the course of a season anyone that loves film will find something that appeals to the stranger and more perplexing parts of their personality. There is more in store for 2014, including the very first Chattanooga Film Festival. Publishable details about the festival are slim at the moment, but the rumors surrounding the films, the funding, and

the celebrity panels will soon reach its zenith. The event is going to be a giant step forward for film in Chattanooga and none of it would have happened without the growing popularity of MES. One look at the films coming to town between January and March shows why film fans love it. “Here Comes the Devil”: It wouldn’t be MES without beginning the season

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with a somewhat controversial horror film. “Here Comes the Devil” follows a family on a camping trip into a mountainous, cave riddled countryside, where children disappear and sometimes come back wrong. The film is something of an ode to 1970s horror and will likely please the stout-hearted genre movie fan, even if the reviews are somewhat mixed. “The Punk Singer”: This documentary premiered at SXSW in 2013 and it was received by mostly positive reviews. The film follows the life and career of feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna, lead singer for bands like Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. MES has a soft spot for obscure music and the people who love it, tracing back to one of my first experiences with the film club: a documentary on The Replacements. “The Punk Singer” continues the tradition of celebration for music and personalities on the fringe. “The Visitor”: MES shows its range of selection with 1979’s “The Visitor.” This film has recently been re-issued by Drafthouse Films – it is only for the most hardcore film enthusiasts. Poorly received by mainstream critics upon its initial release, “The Visitor” is more of an art film masquerading as a thriller. It features aliens, demons, children, and late 70s special effects – it’s the type of movie that should be enjoyed with an audience of likeminded individuals with open minds and tongues in cheeks. “Fateful Findings”: This is another low budget, obscure film that lurks the wings of the MES schedule. Earlier in

2013, MES screened a documentary called “Rewind This” which shows the underground interest in the weird world of direct to video film. “Fateful Findings” is a film that would likely be buried on the bottom shelves of a backwoods Mom and Pop video store. Though it was released in 2013, “Fateful Findings” doesn’t even feature a page on Rotten Tomatoes. Not to fear, though. One of the strengths of MES is their ability to reveal hidden qualities in even the worst films. If anything, the pre-show reels will make the event worth the ticket price. “Grand Piano”: This Hitchcock inspired film featuring Elijah Wood and John Cusack is a simple story about a concert pianist suffering from stage fright and a would be assassin waiting in the wings to kill him if he misses a note during his concert. The premise is absurd and fascinating, the perfect example of a film that would never make it to our local multiplex. “Grand Piano” is the type of film that highlights the appeal of MES—this is one that I really want to see. There is always something for everyone. Mise En Scenesters is becoming more and more successful, boasting high attendance and a powerful presence in the Chattanooga art community. Every time they raise funds to bring films in, they meet their goal within a matter of days. There is a hunger for independent and genre film in Chattanooga. MES is the balm in Gilead for Chattanooga film enthusiasts.

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rob brezsny "Burn down the Louvre," he replied. The Louvre, as you may know, was and still is a major art museum in Paris. Judging from your current astrological omens, I surmise that you might want to make a symbolic statement equivalent to Pissarro's. It's time for you to graduate from traditions that no longer feed you so you can freely seek out new teachers and influences.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The standard dictionary says that "righteous" is a word that means virtuous and highly moral. The slang dictionary says that "righteous" describes someone or something that's absolutely genuine and wonderful. suggests that "righteous" refers to the ultimate version of any type of experience, especially "sins of pleasure" like lust and greed. According to my analysis, the coming week will be jampacked with righteousness for you. Which of the three definitions will predominate? It's possible you will embody and attract all three types. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the dreams you're having at night, Capricorn, I bet you're traveling through remote landscapes in all kinds of weather. Maybe you're recreating the voyage of the Polynesian sailors who crossed hundreds of miles of Pacific Ocean to find Hawaii 1,500 years ago. Or maybe you're hiking through the Darkhad Valley, where the Mongolian steppe meets Siberia's vast forests. It's possible you're visiting places where your ancestors lived or you're migrating to the first human settlement on Mars in the 22nd century. What do dreams like this mean? I think you're trying to blow your own mind. Your deep self and your higher wisdom are conspiring to flood you with new ways of seeing reality. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It wouldn't be too extreme for you to kiss the ground that has been walked on by people you care about deeply. And it wouldn't be too crazy to give your special allies the best gifts ever, or compose love letters to them, or demonstrate in dramatic fashion how amazed you are by the beautiful truths about who they really are. This is a unique moment in your cycle, Aquarius -- a time when it is crucial for you to express gratitude, devotion, and even reverence for those who have helped you see what it means to be fully alive. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway described his vision of paradise. It would have a trout stream that no one but him was permitted to fish in. He'd own two houses, one for his wife and chil-

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dren and one for his nine beautiful mistresses. There'd be a church where he could regularly confess his sins, and he'd have great seats at an arena where bull fights took place. From my perspective, this is a pretty vulgar version of paradise, but who am I to judge? I suggest you draw inspiration from Hemingway as you come up with your own earthy, gritty, funky fantasy of paradise. It's an excellent time for you to get down to earth about your high ideals and dreamy hopes. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Sometimes I think too fast and too much. My logic gets sterile. My ideas become jagged and tangled. When this happens, I head off to Turtle Back Hill for a hike through the saltwater marsh. The trail loops around on itself, and I arrive back where I started in about 15 minutes. Sometimes I keep walking, circumambulating four or five times. Going in circles like this seems to help me knit together my fragmented thoughts. Often, by the time I'm finished, my mind feels unified. I recommend you find your own version of this ritual, Aries. From what I can tell, you need to get rounder and softer. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the mid-19th century, French art was dominated by the governmentsponsored Salon, whose conservative policies thwarted upcoming new trends like Impressionism. One anti-authoritarian painter who rebelled was Camille Pissarro. "What is the best way to further the evolution of French art?" he was asked.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): "Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil," is a request that Christians make of God when they say the Lord's Prayer. If we define "temptation" as an attraction to things that feel good even though they're bad for you, this part of the prayer is perfectly reasonable. But what if "temptation" is given a different interpretation? What if it means an attraction to something that feels pleasurable and will ultimately be healthy for you even though it initially causes disruptions? I suggest you consider experimenting with this alternative definition, Gemini. For now, whatever leads you into temptation could possibly deliver you from evil. CANCER (June 21-July 22): "You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks," said the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. But you don't have to worry about that outcome, Cancerian. The storm might howl and surge, but it will ultimately pass. And although your tree may bend pretty far, it will not break. Two weeks from now, you won't be mourning your losses, but rather celebrating your flexibility and resilience. Congratulations in advance! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It's a perfect time to start reclaiming some of the superpowers you had when you were a child. What's that you say? You didn't have any superpowers? That's not true. Before you entered adolescence, you could see things and know things and feel things that were off-limits, even unknown, to most adults. You possessed a capacity to love the world with wild purity. Your innocence allowed you to be in close touch with the intelligence of animals and the spirits of the ancestors. Nature was so vividly alive to you that you could hear its songs. Smells were more intense. The dreams you had at

night were exciting and consoling. Your ability to read people's real energy—and not be fooled by their social masks—was strong. Remember? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Not all darkness is bad. You know that. Sometimes you need to escape from the bright lights. It can be restorative to sit quietly in the pitch blackness and drink in the mystery of the Great Unknown. The same is true for silence and stillness and aloneness. Now and then you've got to retreat into their protective sanctuary. Dreaming big empty thoughts in the tranquil depths can heal you and recharge you. The magic moment has arrived for this kind of rejuvenation, Virgo. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the movie "Clueless," the character played by Alicia Silverstone describes someone as a "full-on Monet." What she means is that the person in question is like a painting by the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet. "From far away, it's OK," says Silverstone. "But up close, it's a big old mess." You may still be at the far-away point in your evaluation of a certain situation in your own life, Libra. It appears interesting, even attractive, from a distance. When you draw nearer, though, you may find problems. That doesn't necessarily mean you should abandon it altogether. Maybe you can fix the mess so it's as engaging up-close as it is from far away. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your power animal for the coming months is the Bateleur eagle of Africa. In the course of searching for its meals, it covers about 250 square miles every day. It thinks big. It has a spacious scope. I hope you get inspired by its example, Scorpio. In 2014, I'd love to see you enlarge the territory where you go hunting for what you want. Fate will respond favorably if you expand your ideas about how to gather the best allies and resources. As for this week, I suggest you get very specific as you identify the goals you will pursue in the coming months by exploring farther and wider. Homework: Everyone fudges the truth and hides the whole story now and then. What are your top three deceptions? Confess at

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America's youth have a new obsession that, for once, doesn't involve producing their boxer shorts in great abundance or bending over and shaking that ass in uncomfortable proximity to the crotch of another or towards a camera. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) While I'm trying not to make it the actual topic of this column, I'm referring to the new American pastime known as the "knockout game." The goal is obvious: To knock someone out with a single punch, someone obviously not expecting this to occur, and consequences be damned. It establishes the masculinity of the one doing the punching and results in many high-fives, as well as the occasional death of the unsuspecting subject of the punch. For me, accidentally killing someone is where things stop being funny, but at least four deaths have been attributed to this pastime in the last year. And that doesn't touch on the ones still in medically induced coma's for suffering injuries in their limp and unpredicted falls to the ground which, as most of us can relate,

I'm sure someone will blame the victims for not walking on mattresses or on trampolines, but that logic is the subject of another story. Or is it?

consist of hard surfaces like asphalt and concrete. I'm sure someone will blame the victims for not walking on mattresses or on trampolines, but that logic is the subject of another story. Or is it? While this is certainly a step above Tipper Gore's old battle cry of listening to raunchy music lyrics in the 80's and Hillary Clinton's issues with violent video games, it's not the pastime itself that has me speaking to you here in the form of a public service announcement, but an illustration to explain why deadly force is occasionally em-

ployed against those who are unarmed. (I know, right?) Last year, a teenager punched a man out. Knocked him backward onto the concrete, then straddled him and beat him severely. The victim never regained consciousness and died nine days later. Clearly this echoes the Trayvon Martin incident, but we all know how that actually ended because young Trayvon could never have done something like that. He wore a hoodie and was straddling someone and beating their head onto the concrete, and he was shot for it therefore making him the victim. In this instance, the 29-yearold was an El Paso police officer as well as a Marine Corps veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. He was off-duty and unarmed (a crucial difference here), and a 17-year-old popped him in the face when confronted about having scratched the off-duty officers car. The officer fell back and struck his head on the concrete. The young man then straddled him and began beating his head further into the ground. He died nine days later from injuries to his head. While the circumstances were by no means identical (including

the fact that George Zimmerman is a complete moron, but based on the evidence in the Martin case he was still the victim receiving the beating no matter what prompted the exchange), it shows why unarmed people are occasionally shot despite only being armed with a fist. In our line of work, something people have a hard time accepting is why we use force before the other guy (or girl) does in rare instances. People view fights based on their knowledge of boxing; a sport that has rules and even requires licensure. When cops fight, it isn’t in a ring, and they aren't intended to be fair. They are intended to either be avoided, prevented, or won…in advance if possible. There's a difference. We know that you can be knocked out with a single punch (therefore making our gun belts an open market for the person still conscious) and so we cut to the chase and in the process, offend folks sensibilities. While that makes me sad, well…I deal with the sadness so I can go to the next call. One hit can make a difference. These instances (like Zimmer-

man's) are often judged by people who have never been in a fight, much less a gunfight, but there are things you simply can't learn from television or never having experienced them for yourselves, as difficult as this may be to believe. Google the phenomena and see businesswomen, schoolteachers, and an assortment of other people knocked completely unconscious before they hit the ground for no other reason than the sheer entertainment of doing so, and usually on video. Cops are generally comprised of humans which means they can be knocked out too, and this is why we react the way we do to the threat of such. I do truly hope this inspires thought, but if not? Here’s looking forward to your hate mail. Hugs. When officer Alexander D. Teach is not patrolling our fair city on the heels of the criminal element, he spends his spare time volunteering for the Boehm Birth Defects Center. Follow him on Facebook at www.


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