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HATponics at green|spaces

Farms of the Future You might presume, on seeing the word “HATponics,” that it has something to do with teaching hats to speak. But no. “HATponics,” says its website, “creates sustainable agriculture solutions for education and humanitarian aid using Hydroponics, Aquaponics and Terraponics farming methods. HATponics is the leader in aquaponics farming and sustainable agriculture education in the Southeast and at the forefront of sustainable agriculture development in Chattanooga, Tennessee and North Georgia. “HATponics is the commercial arm of a revolutionary farming enterprise that provides a viable food production option


in a compact, resourcesaving aquaponicsbased farming system, designed to alleviate problems of world hunger, provide sustainable agriculture education and create jobs.” Sounds pretty darn fascinating, right? The folks at green|spaces are hosting a program on HATponics on Wednesday night, Jan. 8, which, although technically a “members only” event, can be attended by those wanting to know more about green|spaces and considering membership in the organization. The program, “Changing the World

Through Sustainable Farming,” will include information about the world’s first portable farm, resource-saving aquaponics-based farming systems and HATponics’ ongoing collaborations with local schools. More from the site: “HATponics has created sustainable farming projects in schools around the Southeast which provide organic food for the community, while involving students and providing agricultural education as well as fundamental life skills and valuable job skills. Students are able to work alongside HATponics through internship programs that have provided students with invaluable opportunities to travel abroad and truly make a difference in the world while gaining unparalleled life experiences.” Both organizations and individuals can become members of green|spaces. Nonprofit membership, for example, is $200, while an individual membership is $75 and includes discounts on classes, discounts on programs and services, discounts on green|spaces’ fundraising events and membership networking events. Students can join for a mere $25. For more information or questions, contact Dawn Hjelseth at dawn@ or (423) 648.0963. green|spaces, 63 E. Main St. — Staff Choral Arts auditions

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Take your vocal chops off to the auditions for Choral Arts vocal ensemble. CA is looking for three or four additional singers for each section of the chorus in its April performance of “Missa Gaia” by jazz composer Paul Winter. Choral Arts is a long-established, high-quality arts organization that is well known for outstanding performances. For an audition time on Jan. 7, email artistic director Keith Reas at reas@ Auditions will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W. 7 th St. -Staff Take Five series returns

Explore “Hannah Coulter” New year—no time like the present to up your literacy quotient. UTC offers a wonderful opportunity to do just that with the return of its popular “Take Five Literary Series.” This time round, the focus is on “Appalachian Literarture,” and the series kicks off with a session on Wendell Berry’s 2004 novel, “Hannah Coulter.” As Amazon describes the book, “‘Ignorant boys, killing each other,’ is just about all Nathan Coulter would tell his wife, friends, and family about the Battle of Okinawa in the spring of 1945. Life carried on for the community of Port William, Kentucky, as some boys returned from the war and the lives of others were mourned. In her seventies, Nathan’s wife, Hannah, has time now to tell of the years since the war. In Wendell Berry’s unforgettable prose, we learn of the Coulter’s children, of the Feltners and Branches, and how survivors ‘live right on.’” Berry is a treasure of Southern writing, and if you haven’t discovered him, this free program at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7 is the perfect time. Chattanooga Room, University Center, UTC. Information:





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"Lavender Fields & Poppy Dreams" Acrylic & Pencil by Leslie Dunn

Celebrate Art! with In-Town Kicking off the New Year at its start, In-Town Gallery plans to “Celebrate Art!” Every medium involved in the original work of their 34 artists will be represented on the front wall as an introduction to the wealth of creativity within the gallery, which begins its 40th Anniversary celebration (which will continue all year long) highlighted with a special event on Founders’ Day in September. The exhibit covers the "ABCs of Art"–Acrylics, Assemblage, Beads, Charcoal, Clay, Collage, Encaustic, Etching, Fiber, Glass, Graphite, Ink, Jewels, Metal, Mixed Media, Oils, Pastels, Pencil, Photos, Tiles, Watercolors and Wood. Painting mediums include acrylics, encaustic, ink, oils, pastels and watercolors. Almost half of the In-Town artists, 16, are

painters. Some work exclusively in one medium; others like to experiment in many. Other forms of expression, like etching designs into metal plates and pulling proofs, as well as a whole galaxy of sparkling adornments formed with hand-tooled precious metals, beads from seed-size to marble-size, high-quality gems, colorful stones, quartz crystals, pearls, and more by In-Town jewlers as featured in the exhibit. “Celebrate Art!” reception at In-Town Gallery 5 p.m. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214,







Michael Mack

Kyle MacKillop, Jordan-Morgan Lansdowne, Conrad Ratchford

Mitch Rossell Band

• He once claimed to make a man laugh so hard his head exploded. Probably not, but it's worth seeing for yourself. A common quote for people leaving Mack's show is, "My face hurts!" Another is, "Where's the restroom?" 7:30 p.m. • The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233,

HOMETOWN HOEDOWN 9th Street Stompers • Chattanooga's own red-hot blues & swing supergroup features Skip Frontz Jr., Lon Eldridge, Christie Burns, Bryan Gross, Dalton Chapman, and John Boulware. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes. 8 p.m. • Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644,


• Chattanooga native who made the movie to Nashville, Rossell is one of the true "up and coming" country acts that is destined for greater success. Come help a hometown hero continue his journey to stardom. 10 p.m. • Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644,

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• Three of the best singing storytellers team up for a special night of songs and tales. 7 p.m. • The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081,

• Dancers, poets, musicians, professionals, students, seasoned performers, and those stepping out relatively unaccustomed to the stage. Expect surprises. Expect to be challenged. Most of all, expect the unexpected. 8 p.m. • Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347,

Lyndel Pleasant • A a star in the making, Pleasant (which is really his last name) has been taking the comedy world by storm, touring coast-to-coast as well as performing USO shows around the world. 10:30 p.m. • Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839,


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Hurry Up and Slow Down
 Officer Alex ponders the brave new world of weed In a very Jim Breuer/Dave Chappelle kind of way, the city of Seattle, Washington is living the dream. Effective December 6, 2012, initiative 502 went into effect, meaning it is no longer a violation of state law to use and possess certain quantities of marijuana in Washington. Put simply, you can have weed and use weed, but you’re only supposed to use it in the privacy of your own home. 

 More importantly, the Seattle Police Department told its 1,300plus officers via email that until further notice, “officers shall not take any enforcement action other than to issue a verbal warning for a violation of I-502.”

 It’s kind of unbelievable. If you’re over 21, you can use marijuana and possess marijuana (up to an ounce of marijuana buds, or 16 ounces of solid marijuana infused product, or 72 ounces of infused-in-liquid, like oil). But the law also clearly states that you’re not supposed to use marijuana in public, and that selling it or giving it to anyone is still a felony. (The state was still working on setting up the system to license growers and sellers at the time this went into effect, because obviously what could go wrong if these things were not in place already?)

Someone’s going to have to actually make up their mind and let police police, or just do the next most fair thing and reinstitute a feudal system.”

In short? Smoking or selling weed in public is still against the law, but officers have been instructed to basically ignore it. 

 Now, there is a separate policy that Seattle’s mayor has implemented known as the Center City Initiative, in which police are required to direct the mentally unstable offenders they encounter into social services before arresting them for the crimes. 

 No matter how noble the intentions, both of these mandates dictate that officers selectively enforce these laws. Don’t get me wrong! I love it. If you find what you deem to be a “crazy person” breaking the

law because “they are crazy,” you don’t arrest them for breaking the law. That’s nice. And if you catch someone selling a small amount of weed or using weed in public, you ignore that law as well. Look, my lunch breaks just got longer.

 As the failed war on drugs has shown, it’s a waste of resources. And as the war against state assistance of the mentally ill has also indicated, jail is a waste of resources for them as well. But look a bit more carefully at this and the solution to these two long-perceived problems has created a third problem: We are taking police discretion to a new level, from creating a system of laws for them to enforce (and to then allow a judge to use discretion on for very specific Constitutional reasons), to allowing them to use their discretion on enforcement, to flat-out telling them that you’re allowed to enforce some laws but not others, so when problems arise? You can then blame the police for not enforcing the laws they were told to not enforce, because they need to focus on the real laws and not the fake laws that they may or may not be allowed to enforce, and then be further annoyed at them for being confused by this. And yes, you read that correctly. 

You see, as it turns out, violent crime in the downtown business district of Seattle has jumped since last December and business owners are rightfully pissed. Nuisance crimes like urinating in public and open drug use are being ignored, and police are being hammered for what is termed as “depolicing” as a result of these conflicting policies. 

During this era of ignoring marijuana use and selectively arresting based on a street cop’s assessment of someone’s mental stability (as opposed to psychiatrists’ and psychologists’), the Seattle Police Department is also under a consent decree by the Department of Justice due to its frequency in violating civil rights by engaging in a pattern of excessive force. So on one hand the federal government is telling them to curb their policing because they are exhibiting a pattern of excessive force. Then on the other hand, you have local city attorneys and politicians telling them to not enforce certain laws at all. So when crime spikes from this de-escalation, why…the police are at fault for that also. As NWA said, after all, “Eff the Police.”

 Because of conflicting and confusing policies like these, no

one will take the job of being the Seattle police chief, so as the interim chief Jim Pugel very wisely puts it, “We do have somewhat of a fickle group of folks that we serve. They want order, they want a crime-free area, but they want it done in a particular...what we call the Seattle way.” At some point, I have to be honest here: Someone’s going to have to actually make up their mind and let police police, or just do the next most fair thing and reinstitute a feudal system. Until then, though, wearing our own handcuffs makes it hard to plug our ears and cover our eyes and still do the fundamentals. Just food for thought in case this nonsense “spreads.” 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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omething’s happening.

There’s a huge shift taking place. And it’s about our connectedness, our relationship to all other living things. To think about it is to feel

it, at least to some degree, and it feels big. This is well worth our attention—for both emotional and spiritual growth—especially at the start of a new year. But let me begin with some background about the journey that continuously leads me to feel a part of this shift. I have been fortunate and blessed to live in some very interesting places throughout my life, and the most memorable ones have been when I’ve lived close to nature. In Florida, I lived on a lake, on the ocean and on a canal. The ocean setting became particularly memorable during hurricane season, when, during one especially rough summer of storms I awoke to find that the water level had risen into the lower part of the house. With binoculars I saw my printer and some books floating across the bay. Some neighbor’s boots and lawn chairs were in my yard. And I never did find my kayak. Ah, the price of living in paradise.

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That’s not, however, the kind of memory I’m talking about. In California, I lived in big cities, in ’burbs and on a mountain river at Sequoia National Park. At night on the river I could hear emus howling (or baying, or squawking, or whatever it is emus do,) and sometimes I’d awaken to a family of small red foxes running across my back deck, just a few feet from the swimming hole that was home to lots of little nibbling fish. I’d spot bears in the forest and eagles flying high above.

Currently, I am fortunate to live with woods behind me, and beyond that, tall hills in one direction and mountains in the other. The woods are buggy in summertime, but peaceful and private—a source of both comfort for the soul and oxygen for the lungs. Sitting out back with the pups is when I find the greatest sense of peace wash over me. Sometimes it’s a “lively peace,” with romping and wrestling and general doggy merriment surrounding me. Other times it’s the quiet and deeply introspective peace of meditation, where I feel totally connected, almost absorbed, with the trees and flowers, the squirrels, and sometimes a family of owls. At these times I can feel my heart rate slow, and I’m aware of the gentle, easy rhythm of breathing in oxygen from the trees, and breathing out stress. The energy within me mixes with the energy of nature, and a powerful, massive sense of oneness seems to float like a veil over all of it.

What I’ve come to understand is that for me, this is “home.” Home is less about location and more about connection; certainly, connection with my other humans, friends and family alike. But also connection with other living, breathing creations—four-legged or bark-covered, feathered or howling. When I’m “in the zone,” I don’t see or feel much difference between all of us. Yes, humans are (supposedly) at the highest level of reasoning ability along the food chain. But I also know that my dogs have souls and intellect, intuition and empathy. I know that, just as my thoughts, words and deeds carry energy, so does the weeping cherry tree in my garden. So, I wonder: Are we not all created by some force beyond us, uniting us, connecting us? Take a moment and ponder for yourself: Do you ever have experiences of feeling connected to the Divine; of being “in the zone” with the God of your understanding; of feeling nature’s rhythms in concert with your own heartbeat? If you do, then you know the amazing connectedness of which I speak. But this story is not really about finding God, or finding home. It’s about finding ourselves within the interconnectedness of all things, and the possibility of how we traditionally think of “self ” as it shifts into something much grander, much more universal. In her book, “World as Lover, World as Self,” author Joanna Macey explores the vast global movement of interconnection as well as the personal shift that occurs deep within us. For instance, in the Chipko, or tree-hugging, movement in north India, villagers fight the deforestation of their remaining woodlands. At the same time, on the open seas, Greenpeace ac-


‘them’ with whom we are in constant competition.” This type of compassionate perspective, says Macey, is a measure of our humanity. “Don’t ever apologize for crying for the trees burning in the Amazon or over the waters polluted from mines in the Rockies. Don’t apologize for the sorrow, grief and rage you feel. It is a measure of your humanity and your maturity. It is a measure of your open heart.” OK, so let’s bring this home, right to our own city streets. When was the last time you strolled downtown and encountered a homeless person? And what was your reaction to him or her? How did it feel? What were your thoughts? Was your heart in conflict with your head, your kindness at a crossroads with your righteousness? You’re out for a pleasant evening of dinner and a movie, and then homelessness crashes your party. I like Macey’s take on this. She says, “When we turn our eyes away from that homeless figure, are we indifferent or is the pain of seeing him or her too great? Do not be easily duped by apparent indifference. What looks like apathy is really the fear of suffering.” Spiritual teacher and author Ian Lawton explores forgiveness as a path toward connectedness. He believes that, “If someone makes a mistake, don’t rub it in, rub it out. Erase even the hint of guilt or blame. Wipe the slate clean. If they know they did all wrong, let them know it will be all right. Help them find a way to make amends. Give all the fresh starts that people need, because you know you’ve been given the same grace in your life. Say to yourself: Everyone deserves a second chance,

“It’s about finding ourselves within the interconnectedness of all things, and the possibility of how we traditionally think of ‘self’ as it shifts into something much grander, much more universal.”

tivists are intervening to protect marine mammals from slaughter. These are actions in which people risk their comfort and even their lives to protect other species. After one of Macey’s lectures, a student wrote: “I think of the tree-huggers hugging my trunk, blocking the chain saws with their bodies. I hear the bodhisattvas in their rubber boats as they put themselves between the harpoons and me, so I can escape to the depths of the sea. I give thanks for life itself.” The student is able to expand his sense of self to encompass the tree and the whale, which are no longer separate, disposable objects pertaining to a world “out there”; they are intrinsic to his own being. John Seed, director of the Rainforest Information Center in Australia, has said of his struggles: “It’s not me, John, trying to protect the rainforest. Rather, I am part of the rainforest protecting itself.” And this is what Macey means by “the greening of the self.” She writes, “It combines the mystical with the pragmatic, transcending separateness, generating a sense of profound interconnectedness with all life.” On a spiritual level, it becomes clear that unless you have some roots or beliefs in a practice that holds life sacred and encourages joyful communion with all your fellow beings, feeling this profound sense of connection becomes nearly impossible. In Robert Bellah’s book, “Habits of the Heart,” he writes, “We have to treat others as part of who we are, rather than as a


just as I have been given many times.” Lawton suggests that we can choose to forgive someone even before they’re sorry, even before they’ve apologized. And that this changes things. It changes you. It gives you peace of mind, and contributes to the healing of the world. It contributes to allowing us all to feel connected, forgiven and kindly toward each other. He challenges us: “If you can’t forgive them all the way, forgive them part of the way. If you can’t forgive everything they’ve done, forgive one part of what they’ve done. Create the world that you want to live in—a world of grace, of forgiveness. Start practicing today.” I’ll wind this up with poet James Broughten’s words about the connectedness of all things: “This is it, and I am it, and you are it, so is that, and he is it, and she is it, and it is it, and that is that.” My New Year’s wish for you is that you engage yourself differently this year. Ponder connection: When you feed the dog, when you drive your child to school, when you smile at a neighbor, when you’re on the phone with a friend, when you sit by a tree. Breathe it all in. Be present, mindful. Connect. And see what happens. Until next time: “In the end, we’re all one. We’re all doing the best we can, where we are, with what we’ve got. When we know better, we’ll do better.” — Ian Lawton • January 2-8, 2014 • The Pulse • 9


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Still Crazy Talented After All These Years Johnette Napolitano keeps on rockin’ in the New World


T HAS BEEN ALMOST A QUARTER CENTURY SINCE THE release of the breakthrough album “Bloodletting,” but Concrete Blonde vocalist and bass player Johnette Napolitano still has “the ways and means” and on Thursday, January 9, she will take the stage at Rhythm & Brews in a rare solo performance culled from the greatest moments of a music career spanning four decades. Although she is best known for her work with Concrete Blonde (her well-crafted lyrics, cool bass riffs and unique voice led the band to the forefront of the alternative music scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s) Napolitano has had a no-less-impressive solo career. Numerous albums, guest shots and collaborations read like a “who’s who” of classic new wave, pop, punk and alt-rock performers. Debbie Harry, Richard Hell, Richard Gano, The Talking Heads (minus David Byrne) and Wall of Voodoo founder Marc Moreland are just a few of the artists and performers that have shared the stage and the studio with Napolitano. If one may accurately judge a musician by the company they keep, then clearly she was and is a well-respected member of alternative music’s classic hierarchy. Unwilling to limit herself to the standard

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“rock star” persona, Johnette has an extensive resume of musical contributions to television and motion picture soundtracks, production credits, voice work, acting, writing—and is a visual artist to boot. In short, she is a Renaissance woman thriving on artistic expression, driven by the need to create. Mirthful and mischievous, she has an easy laugh particularly when discussing her own work. When asked how she came to choose bass as her instrument the key word seemed to be “necessity.” “I didn’t set out to play bass,” she recalls, “but we couldn’t keep a bass player and so I had to learn to play bass. It was hard to play. I’ve been playing guitar since I was nine years old, but it was really hard to learn to play bass and sing at the same time.” Her bass playing is solid, well-suited to

the music, but it necessarily takes a back seat to the distinguishing feature that makes her instantly recognizable, whether listening to a track from ’83 or 2013: her voice. Her dynamic range is a study in contrasts, moving seamlessly between extremes. Low, smooth, seductive and enveloping one moment, lashing out with the fury of a hurricane the next—and then back again while you’re still reeling from the power of it. Power is a key description, too; she has a magnificently powerful voice, and while some singers necessarily trade power for subtlety, that seems a choice she has never had to make. She is capable of shaking the rafters without ever losing her mastery of nuance and inflection. At times it seems she doesn’t sing so much as she emotes. Indeed, a voice like Johnette’s is all by itself enough to build a career on, Linda Ronstadt certainly did—but fortunately for the music world, Napolitano isn’t resigned to singing other people’s music beautifully. She is as skilled a lyricist as she is a vocalist and that’s saying a lot. The song “Joey” was Concrete Blonde’s biggest commercial hit, a gut-wrenching anthem to the ravages of an alcoholic relationship based on her relationship with Wall of Voodoo founder Marc Moreland. The song is a masterpiece, and it is her honest lyrics and heartbreaking vocals that make it so.

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The lyrics avoid the banality of so many other songs on the subject. There is no schmaltz. No one who has ever witnessed (or, bless them all, been a participant in) a relationship being torn apart by the bottle can hear this tune and not recognize its naked authenticity, and in capturing this both lyrically and vocally, Napolitano effectively becomes the voice for everyone who has “been there.” That, friends, is the mark of a real artist; that separates the poseur from the pro. The show promises to be an acoustic exploration of familiar favorites, exciting new material, some spoken-word and some readings from her 2010 book, “Rough Mix,” an insight into the thoughts and experiences of this phenomenally talented and versatile woman (the book also contains original lyrics and artwork further substantiating her “Renaissance” status.) There is no doubt that the show will be entertaining, but it promises to be so much more than that. Poignant, emotionally engaging, an intimate evening with one of the most unique, talented and respected artists of a generation; miss this rare opportunity and you will regret it ever after.

Her dynamic range is a study in contrasts, moving seamlessly between extremes. Low, smooth, seductive and enveloping one moment, lashing out with the fury of a hurricane the next.

local and regional shows

Jeremy Thomas [$3] Thu, Jan 2 Nosecone Prophets, Toxic Shock & Hill St Hooligans [$5] Wed, Jan 8

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Live Trivia every Sunday from 4-6pm, followed by Free Live Music Sunday, January 5: Old Time Travelers [FREE]

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THUrsday 1.02 “Pickin’ at the Post” with Bluegrass bands 5 p.m. American Legion Post 95, 3329 Ringgold Rd. (423) 624-9105, Bluegrass and Country Jam 6:30 p.m. Grace Nazarene Church, 6310 Dayton Blvd. Hixson. (423) 842 5919, Courtney Daly with Ivan Wilson 7 p.m. Bart’s Lakeshore, 5840 Lake Resort Terr. (423) 870-0777, Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, The Loop 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Soddy-Daisy Jamboree 7 p.m. Soddy-Daisy Community Center, 9835 Dayton Pk. (423) 332-5323 Bluegrass Jam 7 p.m. Poppy's Smokehouse, 2102 Taft Hwy, Signal Mountain, (423) 305-1936,

12 • The Pulse • January 2-8, 2014 • Tim Neal and Mike Harris 7:30 p.m. Mexi-Wing VII, 5773 Brainerd Rd. (423) 509-8696, Richie Ragsdale 7:30 p.m. The Brew and Cue, 5017 Rossville Blvd. (423) 867-9402 9th St. Stompers 8 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644, Jeremy Thomas 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, Open Mic with Hap Henniger 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn) (423) 634-9191

friday 1.03 Charley Yates 4:30 p.m. Wimpie’s Country Restaurant, 9826 Dayton Pk. (423) 332-6201 Jason Thomas–The Man in Black Tribute 5 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo—Victorian Lounge, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-5000, Danny Sample/ Dave Walters

5 p.m. 212 Market, 212 Market St. (423) 265-1212, The Silver Creek Band 5 p.m. American Legion Post 95, 3329 Ringgold Rd. (423) 624-9105, 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 and Lounge, 1809 Broad St. (423) 266-1461 Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Kyle MacKillop, JordanMorgan Lansdowne, Conrad Ratchford 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, “Mountain Opry”, bluegrass and mountain music 8 p.m. Walden’s Ridge Civic Center, 2501 Fairmount Pk.

(423) 886-3252 Crosstown Traffic 8 p.m. VFW Hall, 3370 N. Ocoee St. Cleveland, TN, (423) 476-8442 Wide Open Floor 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave, (423) 624-5347, Marshall Law 8:30 p.m. Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Terr. (423) 713-8739, Jonaton Wimpee 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn) (423) 634-9191 Skin Deep 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Hearts in Light, JANETT, Joey Molinaro 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, Slippery When Wet: Bon Jovi Tribute 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644, The Nathan Farrow Band 10 p.m. T-Bones, 1419 Chestnut St. (423) 266-4240,

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saturday 1.04 Jason Thomas–The Man in Black Tribute 5 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo—Victorian Lounge, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-5000, 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 and Lounge, 1809 Broad St. (423) 266-1461 Comrades 7 p.m. Warehouse Cleveland, 260 2nd Street NE., Cleveland. Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, The Hopeful Country Band 7 p.m. Troy's Place, 320 Emerson Dr, Ringgold, GA, (423) 965-8346 Grown Azz 8 p.m. VFW Hall, 3370 N.

Ocoee St. Cleveland, (423) 476-8442. The Countrymen Band 8 p.m. Eagles Club, 6128 Airways Blvd. (423) 894-9940 Mitch Rossell Band, Friends of Lola 8 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644, Full Axess 8:30 p.m. American Legion, 227 James Asbury Dr NW, Cleveland, TN, (423) 476-4451. The Average + 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, Rob Snyder 10 p.m. T-Bones, 1419 Chestnut St. (423) 266-4240, Kara-Ory-Oke 10 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn) (423) 634-9191.

sunday 1.05 Jam Session 2 p.m. Chattanooga Folk School, 1200 Mountain Creek Rd., Suite 130. (423) 867-3092 Open Jam Session 5 p.m. Cheap Seats Sports

Bar, 2925 Rossville Blvd. (423) 629-5636 Old Time Travelers 7 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, Little Spoon, Prophets and Kings, Palmless 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400,

monday 1.06 Babershop Harmony Group 7 p.m. All Saints Academy, 310 East 8th St. (423) 876-7359. Monday Night Big Band 6 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Lon Eldridge & Bone, Jugs ‘n Harmony 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081,

Mike McDade 9 p.m. Tremont Tavern, 1203 Hixson Pike. (423) 266-1996, Uptown Big Band Swing Party 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644,

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wednesday 1.08 Humpday Hoedown Square Dance with Folk School of Chattanooga 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, Nosecone Prophets, Toxic Shock, Hill Street Hooligans 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, Saintsenaca, LVLUP 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400,

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magine the upward trajectory of dense, busy free-jazz albums, going from Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz to John Coltrane’s Ascension or Om, up to the present decade; remove the “jazz” from free jazz while maintaining the intensity and adventurous spirit, fueled by adrenaline, and you’ll get the gist of the live album Cryptocrystalline, recorded earlier this year in Montreal, Quebec. Although it primarily uses acoustic instruments, this improvised, 72-minute album is not for the faint of heart, with the quartet at hand constantly upping the ante, seemingly challenging themselves and each other to see how far they can push the fringes. The configuration consists of Canadian pianist Charity Chan, trumpeter Peter Evans (also of Mostly Other People Do the Killing), bassist Tom Blancarte (of The Home of Easy Credit, TOTEM, and The Gate) and drummer Weasel Walter (of The Flying Luttenbachers and Behold…The Arctopus), each of whom has forged a reputation in the improvised music (under)world. While Cryptocrystalline seemingly has no strict rules, it is not merely a

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free-for-all, in all its wild glory; it is clear that each player is paying attention to the proceedings and not simply in his or her own onanistic world. The musicians feed and nourish each other, adding to the controlled ruckus rather than engaging in a shouting match; although the three lengthy pieces are forceful, there is a spirit of synthesis, rather than showboating, with the players daring each other to vault to elevated levels. At certain times, Chan and Evans step back slightly, sustaining small note-patterns or trills to maintain the pressure and tension, with admirable dexterity and precision; Walter often erupts with swift blast-beats, while self-regulating to never seem too predictable, and Blancarte’s extended sound palette offers some of the most remarkable textures on the album. Picture a snowball rolling down a mountain, dramatically increasing in size, or the video game Katamari Damacy with an enormous ball of miscellaneous objects, rolling around all over everything and accumulating more and more stuff, and you might get an idea of what the superbly messy, formidable vigor of Cryptocrystalline is all about.


he word “experimental” is perhaps generally used too frequently to describe any sort of music that is just a little bit unusual, to the point where it has little meaning. However, there is one specific application of the word “experimental,” where it refers to music that has an outcome that is initially uncertain. An experimental composer may create a set of rules and parameters like a scientist and then allow the piece—essentially the results of an experiment—to unfurl. So, does this produce awesomeness or randomsounding garbage? Anything is possible, and it is up to the creator to choose whether or not to share his results; there is an additional element to be judged aesthetically: the formula, which itself may be elegant. While John Cage is the accepted “big name” in the experimental music realm, this writer is happy to suggest the American composer Alvin Lucier for curious listeners. Orchestra Works presents three Lucier pieces performed by the Janá ek Philharmonic Orchestra from the Czech Republic and the San Diego Symphony, and fortunately, each has

both a fascinating formula and interesting results. “Diamonds” presents three separate orchestras each ascending or descending steadily in pitch, either using discrete notes or gradually gliding between notes, to “draw” the two-dimensional shape of a diamond. With elements including high, wispy strings, low brass tones and ringing bells, the paths are merely a conduit for allowing the notes to interact and interfere with each other, dramatically alternating between tension and cohesion. “Slices” begins with 53 musicians each sustaining a different pitch of the 53-note range of a cello, simultaneously, in a messy cacophony. Methodically and patiently, the solo cellist Charles Curtis plays each of the 53 notes, and as he hits each pitch, the corresponding orchestra member playing that pitch stops playing. Eventually, the discordant cluster is whittled down to a single note, followed by silence; then the cellist “lights up” each of the 53 notes one by one to reconstitute the cluster, presenting a disquieting type of ambient music with a fleeting, clarifying resolution. “Exploration of the House” presents a variation of Lucier’s most famous piece, “I Am Sitting in a Room,” which creates a sort of acoustic fingerprint of a specific space by simultaneously playing and recording a segment—in this case, snippets of Beethoven’s “The Consecration of the House” overture—then playing the recorded segment using speakers while recording it again, and repeating the process until the resonant frequencies dominate the recording. Therefore, the outcome is entirely dependent upon the acoustics of the performance hall, and the results here paint an aural picture of erosion and disintegration. The unknown can evoke fear, but it can also be a beautiful thing; Einstein articulated this by writing, “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

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From Cinerator to RumChata Our man on the bar stool samples some cinnamon


’KNOW ALMOST EVERYBODY LOVES THE HOLIDAY SEASON EVEN though most won’t admit it. “Grrr,” they say, “it’s all commercial” and,“It’s too stressful.” The truth is, deep down they really dig it because people are attracted to shiny objects and brightly colored items. They’re like crows. The holiday season with Christmas and the New Year celebrations always spur on memories of the “good ol’ days,” when life was simple and the sun always shining, there was always time to enjoy the little things that make a young man (or lady) rather pleased with themselves. What also gets their mojo rising is all of the food—especially the sweets. There are all varieties of candy, cookies, puddings, pies and warm drinks that round out the sensation. One of the main tastes associated with all the warm-fuzzy hubbub is inevitably cinnamon. So, you can have Santa drop off an extra crystal skull for the Sri Lankans as thanks for the tasty cheer next time he passes through because that’s where cinnamon comes from. As much as I love a nice dessert or cuppa, sometimes the chill in the air dictates that more extreme measures be taken to combat the Snow Miser. That said, a couple of Jim Dandies were recently sent to my rescue. There in front of me are two bottles of relief. One is white in color the other has flames crawling up the side. H'mm, which do I choose first?

Flames it is! This one is called “Cinerator.” It’s made by Heaven Hill in Kentucky and it’s a Hot Cinnamonflavored Whiskey. As the lid is removed, I realize they weren’t kidding with the cinnamon. On the label it says 91.1 proof. (Yep… 9-1-1) This should be a treat, oh yeah. Because I already know that it’s cinnamon, it’s not a total surprise—that’s what it tastes like. What is a surprise is that the whiskey part of it is really smooth for a proof that high. There’s a little warmth at the bottom of the throat but it finishes quite well. The cinnamon is definitely playing lead on this number. I like it straight out of the glass and I think this would be a great addition to a hot drink or (my fave), egg nog. Unfortunately, I don’t have any in the fridge or I would be ears deep in a big mug of it. (Note to self: “Buy egg nog.”) The white bottle is a brand titled “RumChata.” This is a cream -based bevvie from…Wisconsin? Well, it is “America’s Dairyland”— says so right on the license plate. But, the “Chata” part of the name comes from horchata, which is originally from Spain. Horchata

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How to Print An Ear Gig Tank delves into 3D printing for 2014


D PRINTING CONTINUES MORPHING from another headline-generating “wow” technology into a ubiquitous game-changer. With CoLab’s December announcement that the 2014 edition of the Gig Tank start-up accelerator will have a triple focus on 3D printing, along with healthcare and smart grid power distribution, this technology moves strongly into the mainstream. In the first two iterations of Gig Tank, the heavy lifting of guiding the entrepreneurial teams fell mostly on CoLab. This year, teams focusing on smart grid technology will be guided by EPB, which created Chattanooga’s gig-per-second Internet to make its own smart grid possible. Project Lift, a Florida healthcare accelerator created by Chattanooga entrepreneur David McDonald, will work with healthcare innovators, particularly in telehealth and healthcare analytics. “Those two partners allowed us to have three verticals, all being supported by CoLab,” said CoLab Entrepreneur-In-Residence Mike Bradshaw. “We’ll be logistically handling everything.” It won’t all be 3D printing when entrepreneurs take up residence in Chattanooga next summer, but the technology that keeps

making more and more items printable not only seems likely to steal the show, but also ties into the other two tracks, since many of those 3D printing headlines are about man-made body parts, like ears, organs and teeth. And 3D printers use a lot of electricity. “How are electrical distribution facilities going to be affected by having a multitude of machines out there gulping power 50 kilowatts at a time?” asks Bradshaw. 3D printing—also called “additive manufacturing” because most printers work by building up layers of material—is a passion for Bradshaw, who organized a Maker Day exhibition last year that showcased the technology on the Fourth Floor of the downtown library. But he straddles an increasingly blurry line between the technology’s blue-sky promise and its potential to change

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3D printing businesses at angel-funded levels are coming into being right now in large numbers. Nobody has explored that in an accelerator.”

things right now. On the one hand, he calls it “a really elegant manufacturing technique that puts us that much closer to being able to directly put our thoughts into matter.” But he embraces Gig Tank 2014’s more prosaic promise of here-and-now transformation. “Because of what Gig Tank is and what it is not—it’s not a research organization— what we have to do is to build businesses that can commercialize their ideas quickly in the time frame of the program, get a pilot going, and really show that they are investible at the angel level and that they have a chance of growing to something that could be interesting to venture capital investors,” says Bradshaw. He sees immediate short-term potential in the integration of 3D printing into the supply chains of large companies. General Electric, for example, is already 3D printing 50,000 aircraft parts. Bradshaw sees a near future in which those parts could be made more cheaply using a network of distributed 3D printers connected by highspeed Internet bandwidth. “We have this great capacity of the Gig to see how a manufacturer can connect with a cluster of machines and get parts into their

supply chain in a much more costeffective manner,” he says. “If you’re looking at micro manufacturing, where you’ve got a distributed network of 3D printers, when you start looking at mediating demand and capability, then the Gig starts coming to the forefront.” Bradshaw has gotten interest from national and local manufacturers, including PlayCore, which has volunteered its production facility in Fort Payne, Ala. as a resource for Gig Tank teams. Other partners include UTC, Chattanooga State and the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association. Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility is involved through the presence of one of its employees, Doug

Speight, who is on entrepreneurial leave from the lab and will serve as the director of Gig Tank’s 3D printing track. “He is building a 3D printing business himself at the same time on a national scale, so he’s an example of what we’re trying to do with Gig Tank,” says Bradshaw. “3D printing businesses at angelfunded levels are coming into being right now in large numbers. Nobody has explored that in an accelerator.” CoLab is already recruiting nationally for Gig Tank participants, primarily focusing on three groups: business insiders who have lived and breathed industrial 3D printing and have business ideas they want to develop on their own, 3D

printing researchers who want to connect with entrepreneurs to develop their ideas, and 3D printing hobbyists who are ready to leverage their passion into a business. “Additive manufacturing has been building for 25 years and is coming into its own right now,” says Bradshaw. “It’s going to be realized over high-speed networks. We’re starting it here, and we’ll join a long list of forward-thinking areas of the country that are thinking about the same things. We’re just doing them first.” Applications for the 2014 Gig Tank can be submitted January 15 – March 14. To learn more, visit • January 2-8, 2014 • The Pulse • 17

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THUrsday 1.02 Yuletide FISH-tivities - Day 8: “Snakes and Lizards” 10 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (800) 262-0695, Snowy Night 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Ter., East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, “Mystery of the Redneck Italian Wedding” 7 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, Michael Mack 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233,

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26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214, “Mystery of the Nightmare Office Party” 7 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, "Contemporary Arts & Crafts" reception 6:30 p.m. River Gallery 400 E. 2nd St. (423) 265-5033, ext. 5, Michael Mack 7:30, 9 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233, Wide Open Floor 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, Dance and Drag at Images 9 p.m. Images, 6505 Lee Highway. (423) 855-8210, Stand-up Comedy: Lyndel Pleasant 9:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839,

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Winter Festival 8 a.m. UTC Fine Arts Center, Vine & Palmetto Sts. (423) 425-4371, Breakfast with the Penguins in IMAX 3D 8:30 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (800) 262-0695, Yuletide FISH-tivities Day 10: “Birds That Fly” 10:15 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (800) 262-0695, “Mystery of Flight 138” 5:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, Kissing Couple 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Ter., East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, Michael Mack 7:30, 9 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233, “Mystery of the Facebook Fugitive” 8:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, Dance and Drag at Images 9 p.m. Images,

6505 Lee Highway, (423) 855-8210. Stand-up Comedy: Lyndel Pleasant 10:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839,

sunday 1.05 Yuletide FISH-tivities - Day 12: “Sharks” 10:15 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (800) 262-0695, Free First Sunday at the Hunter Museum Noon. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968, Friends Of Folk Music 2 p.m. The Folk School of Chattanooga, 1200 Mountain Creek Road, Suite 130. (423) 827-8906, Japanese Bridge by Claude Monet 6 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Ter., East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, Michael Mack 7 p.m. The Comedy Catch,

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monday 1.06 CSA application for 2014 season available 10 a.m. Crabtree Farms. (423) 493-9135, Yuletide FISH-tivities - Day 12: “Humans Underwater” 11 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (800) 262-0695, Lonely Tree 5:30 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Ter., East Ridge. (423) 321-2317,

tuesday 1.07 Winter Garden Seminar at Chattanooga State 7 p.m. Chattannoga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Hwy. (423) 697-3246, Rapid Learning Kayak Practice 7 p.m. Outdoor Chattanooga. Call for location. (423) 643-6888,

wednesday 1.08 Green Express Horticulture Short Course 8 a.m. Chattannoga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Hwy. (423) 697-3246, Masterclass with Violinist Jennifer Frautschi 1:30 p.m. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5156, Live from the Met: “Parsifal” 6:30 p.m. Northgate 14, Hixson. (423) 870-9833, Pink Hair 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Ter., East Ridge. (423) 321-2317.

ongoing “Contemporary Arts & Crafts” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Sat, 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday River Gallery, 400 E. 2nd St. (423) 265-5033, “Members Exhibit” 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tues.- Sat. AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave.

(423) 265-4282, “Celebrate Art!” 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mon-Sat, 1 - 5 p.m. Sun. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214, “Pictures Tell The Story” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri, Noon - 4 p.m. Saturday, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-8658, “Harmony & Hostility” art exhibit by John McLeod 10 a.m. - 5p.m. Mon-Fri. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W. 7th St. (423) 266-8195, “Fine Art Landscapes” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri Reflections Gallery, 6922 Lee Hwy. (423) 892-3072, “Go Figure: Selections from the Permanent Collection” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Sat, Noon - 5 p.m. Sunday, Hunter Museum, 10 Bluff View. (423) 267-0968, The Gallery at Blackwell Winter Show and Sale

8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - Noon, Saturday, Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. (423) 894-7112 “Small Works and Miniature” art exhibit 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday. E.G. Fisher Library, 1289 Ingleside Ave., Athens. (423) 745-7782, Rock City Raptors 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fri-Sat, Rock City, 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mtn, Ga. Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Mon-Fri, Rock City Gardens, 271 Chattanooga Valley Rd. (706) 820-2531, Holidays Under the Peaks 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 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, Map these locations on Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to: calendar@

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Lights, Camera, Festival! Curtain rises on the Chattanooga Film Festival in April


URING THE PAST FEW MONTHS, I’VE MENTIONED THE UPCOMING CHATTANOOGA FILM Festival in passing. Details have been relatively sparse as the program has been coming together over the course of the year, slowly building to what will hopefully be something truly spectacular. A film festival is key to for the film community in Chattanooga for several reasons. First, it gives local film fans a chance to see new films that haven’t been shown in other cities. In general, Chattanooga only gets independent or art films much later than their release, after they’ve become critical or commercial successes. A common complaint among cinephiles in the area is how long we have to wait to have access to truly great movies. Obviously, streaming sites, On Demand viewing, and same day releases on iTunes have helped somewhat, but there is something to be said for seeing a film in a theater, for the first time, with like-minded fans. A good film festival is a step in the right direction. But for the film community itself, a film festival legitimizes the city for distributors and filmmakers. Local group Mise En Scenesters has been working diligently for the past few years to open Chattanooga’s doors to films not seen at your local multiplex. They have given film fans a place to go to experience unique films. Now, the Chattanooga Film Festival will serve to expand this audience and help make Chattanooga a film destination. As the organizers for the festival state, “Exposing Chattanoogans to the top independent films is our mandate. We partnered with Mise En Scenesters to put an emphasis on unique programming, and we’ve cultivated incredible relationships with the nation’s most prestigious distribution companies to guarantee the best films for the festival…we will be accepting submissions from across the nation. "Our goal is to have movies for everyone, by everyone. Proudly, we will seek out local and regional filmmakers and dedicate prime time during the Chattanooga Film Festival to showcase their unique voices.”

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Film Festival organizers (r-l) Mara Tasker, Grey Watson and Chris Dortch

This local focus is vital. It’s important for the festival to bring great films from everywhere—but this is still Chattanooga, a place where local arts shine. There is some serious talent here, much of it being nurtured by the film programs at Chattanooga State and Bryan College. By promising these local artists prime spots during the festival, the arts culture of the city is celebrated and honored. Credit should go to the organizers for recognizing the importance of local filmmakers and including them in the process. The most exciting part of the Chattanooga Film Festival’s recent announcement, however, is the identification of its sponsors. It goes without saying that a film festival is an expensive undertaking. Films themselves are extremely expensive, and for a film to be even moderately successful, money must be spent. Several local organizations have come on as partners to ensure that

the film festival is a success and will continue past its first year. According to festival organizers, “This month, The Lyndhurst Foundation joined The Chattanooga Film Festival as a major partner. Founded to insure a positive, cultural impact in the local community… [the foundation offers] an unquestioned passion to further advance our shared goal of creating an enduring experience for the betterment of Chattanooga.” Additionally, “The Hunter Museum of American Art enthusiastically

partnered with the Festival in October, marking a relationship rooted in education. Such generous support will allow for unrivaled education panels featuring working professionals from across the country. "The Hunter Museum will also host [the] Opening Night Gala in [its] incredible facility overlooking the Tennessee River.” And very importantly, Carmike Cinemas has been supporting the film festival since its early inception, ensuring a home for many of the films during April 3-6. Several more local sponsors have

Our goal is to have movies for everyone, by everyone. Proudly, we will seek out local and regional filmmakers and dedicate prime time during the Chattanooga Film Festival to showcase their unique voices.”

come on board, such as Pure Sodaworks, which has had a presence at many Mise En Scenester’s showings. Groups like Diversified Printing, Blue Ribbon Media, Maucere Law Firm, and Mashburn Outdoor Advertising have also pledged support. However, the film festival will not be successful without support from the general public. This festival will not only feature great films, films for everyone, but celebrity panels and discussions for true aficionados to interact and learn about film as a medium. The festival organizers consider education as important as entertainment, and there are many programs planned to teach about the how and why of filmmaking. Tickets for the event will go on sale the January and as more details become available, The Pulse will keep readers apprised. Film fans have asked for more opportunities like this one—let’s hope this is the start of an annual tradition. • January 2-8, 2014 • The Pulse • 21

Free Will Astrology

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Would you be interested in a motto that will help set the tone for you in 2014? I’ve got a suggestion that’s in alignment with the astrological omens. It’s from a poem by Margaret Atwood. Try saying this and see if it works for you: “Last year I abstained / this year I devour / without guilt / which is also an art.” If you choose to make this affirmation your own, be sure you don’t forget about the fact that devouring without guilt is an art—a skill that requires craft and sensitivity. You can’t afford to get blindly instinctual and greedy in 2014; you shouldn’t compulsively overcompensate for 2013’s deprivations. Be cagey and discerning as you satisfy your voracious hunger. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The coming months will be a good time to meditate on the concepts of happy accidents and benevolent trouble. Go ahead and throw constructive mischief into the mix, too, and maybe even a dose of graceful chaos. Are you game for playing around with so much paradox? Are you willing to entertain the possibility that fate has generous plans for you that are too unexpected to anticipate? There’s only one requirement that you have to meet in order to receive your odd gifts in the spirit in which they’ll be offered: You’ve got to be open-minded, eager to learn, and flexible. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I think we humans need some new emotions. It’s true that old standards like sadness, anger, jealousy, and fear are as popular as ever. But I would personally love to be able to choose from a greater variety, especially if at least 51 percent of the new crop of emotions were positive or inspiring. Now it so happens that in 2014 you Pisceans will be primed to be pioneers. Your emotional intelligence should be operating at peak levels. Your imagination will be even more fertile than usual. So how about it? Are you ready to generate revolutionary innovations in the art of feeling unique and interesting feelings? To get started, consider these: 1. amused reverence; 2. poignant excitement; 3. tricky sincerity; 4. boisterous empathy.

Taurus, you’ll thrive on that kind of stimulating companionship. Having such regular contact with a like-minded ally might even be an important factor in ripening your intelligence. At the very least, I predict that soulful friendship will be a crucial theme in 2014. You will attract blessings and generate luck for yourself by deepening your ability to cultivate synergistic bonds. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): St. Peter’s Basilica is a very old church in Vatican City. It contains a life-size bronze statue of St. Peter that is at least 700 years old. Over the centuries, countless visitors have paid their respects by kissing and touching the feet of the idol. The metal composing the right foot has been so thoroughly worn down by these gestures that the individual toes have disappeared, leaving a smooth surface. You will have a similar kind of

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Big rivers don’t travel in straight lines. Their paths are curvy and complicated, with periodic turns and bends. In some places they flow faster and in others they’re slower. Their depth and width may vary along the way, too. Your own destiny is like one of those big rivers, Cancerian. In some years, it meanders for long stretches, slowing down as it wanders along a crooked course. It may even get shallower and narrower for a while. But I expect that in 2014, you will be moving more rapidly than usual. You will be traveling a more direct route, and you will be both wide and deep. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “In games there are

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Deep bronzes and smoky cinnamons and dark chocolates will be your lucky colors in 2014. Mellow mahoganies and resonant russets will work well for you, too. They will all be part of life’s conspiracy to get you to slow down, deepen your perspective, and slip into the sweetest groove ever. In this spirit, I urge you to nestle and cuddle and caress more than usual in the coming months. If you aren’t totally clear on where home is, either in the external world or inside your heart, devote yourself to finding it. Hone your emotional intelligence. Explore your roots. On a regular basis, remember your reasons for loving life. Stay in close touch with the sources that feed your wild soul. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): For years, French painter Édouard Manet and French poet Stéphane Mallarmé hung out with each other every day. Mallarmé referred to their relationship as “the most complete friendship.” They influenced each other to become better artists and human beings. I’m guessing that in the coming months,

power in 2014, Gemini. Little by little, with your steady affection and relentless devotion, you can transform what’s rigid and hard.

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rules,” writes science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, “but in life the rules keep changing.” This is always true, of course, but I think it will be an especially poignant truth for you between now and your next birthday. During the coming months, you may sometimes feel as if every last law and formula and corollary is mutating. In some cases, the new rules coming into play will be so different from the old rules you’ve been used to, they may at first be hard to figure out. But now here’s the happy ending: It may take a while, but you will eventually see that these new rules have an unexpected logic and beauty that will serve your future well. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I predict that you will commit no major acts of self-sabotage in 2014. Congrats! I also foresee that you will be exceptionally careful not to hurt or damage yourself. Hooray! More good news: You won’t be as critical of yourself as you have sometimes been in the past. The judgmental little voice in the back of your head won’t be nearly as active. Yay! Even your negative emotions will diminish in frequency and intensity. Hallelujah! Whoopee! Abracadabra! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The citizens of Iceland love literature, but many are not content to simply read. One out of every ten Icelanders writes and publishes a book at sometime in his or her life. I know it’s unrealistic, but I would love to see at least one in ten of all my Libra readers do the same in 2014. I think you’re ready to make a big statement—to express yourself in a more complete and dramatic way than ever before. If you’re not ready to write a book, I hope you will attempt an equivalent accomplishment. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I’m hoping you will find a new teacher or two in 2014, maybe even a mentor. Not a guru who tells you what to do. Not an exploitative “expert” who claims to know what’s right for you or a charismatic narcissist who collects adoration. What I wish for you, Scorpio, is that you will connect with wise and humble sources of inspiration…with life-long learners who listen well and stimulate you to ask good questions…with curious guides who open your eyes to resources you don’t realize you need. In the coming months, you are primed to launch a quest that will keep you busy and excited for years; I’d love to see you get excellent help in framing that quest. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 2014, it’s possible you will be given a cabbage farm or a petting zoo or some bequest that’s not exactly in close alignment with your life’s purpose. But it’s more likely that the legacies and dispensations you receive will be quite useful. The general trend is that allies will make available to you a steady flow of useful things. Your ability to attract what you need will be high. In the coming months, I may even have good reason to name you an honorary Scorpio. You might match those Great Manipulators’ proficiency at extracting the essence of what you want from every situation.

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Jonesin’ Crossword

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“Upstarts”--watch that first step.

Across 1 NASDAQ purchase 4 Thanksgiving turkey carver, maybe 7 ___-M-Aid (candy renamed Fun Dip) 10 Before 13 “Tic ___ Dough” (game show) 14 Last-minute shopper’s day 15 Let loose 17 “The greatest” boxer 18 Cinematographer’s concern 20 “The Twelve Days of Christmas” musician 22 Enjoy Mt. Hood, say 23 Animal on Wyoming’s flag 24 Get a move on 26 Roll with the punches 28 Aries, astrologically 30 Unreliable people 34 Garfield’s foil 36 College town north of San Francisco 38 Computer key 39 “Filthy” dough

41 Jailbird 42 Hockey great Cam 44 Subject of Indiana Jones’s quest 45 Big guy in Molokai 48 First Nations tribe 49 Seven Sisters college 51 Major stress factor, it’s said 53 Send a short message 55 Opticians’ products 58 “I, Robot” author Asimov 61 Confound 63 Wild West “justice” 64 Person who believes Haile Selassie was the Messiah 67 Org. where Edward Snowden once did contracting 68 Stranded, in a way 69 “Bill ___, the Science Guy” 70 Chick 71 Jamaican music 72 Spider-Man creator Stan 73 Home of Kraftwerk

and bratwurst: abbr. 74 Part of PBS Down 1 Bacterial infection, for short 2 “Rocky” actress Shire 3 Game that’s sort of an ancestor of Jenga 4 Court order 5 Sinatra ex Gardner 6 GOP’s opposition 7 Like tabloid headlines 8 Needle ___ haystack 9 What to try if things aren’t working 10 Halloween vandal’s projectiles 11 Change of address, to a realtor 12 Forbidden fruit locale 16 “Sweet Love” singer Baker 19 Place to buy a few compacts 21 Old knockout fumes 25 Carrier’s org. 27 To the back of a boat 29 Foot curve

31 Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” and Hall & Oates’s “She’s Gone,” for two 32 “Allure” shelfmate 33 Eye problem 34 Royal Norwegian name 35 ___ mater (brain covering) 37 Rice from Louisiana 40 Reality check 43 ___ Lodge 46 “___ you for real?” 47 Hole-poking tool 50 Singles, RBI and triple-doubles 52 Bruce who keeps up with the Kardashians 54 Keep away from 56 Piece of Bacon? 57 Navy commandos 58 States of anger 59 Did well at Battleship 60 Massive landmass 62 “PED ___” (street sign) 65 Charge card charge 66 “All in favor” word

Copyright © 2013 Jonesin’ Crosswords. For answers to this puzzle, call: 1-900-226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+ to call. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-655-6548. Reference puzzle No. 0656 • January 2-8, 2014 • The Pulse • 23

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