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January 23-29

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Chattanooga’s Weekly Alternative

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Please Join Us for TerraMáe’s 1 Year Anniversary Celebration Explore, taste, & experience the Appalachian Trail

Thursday, January 30th starting at 6:00pm Join us in celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Chattanooga’s buzziest restaurant in town. Sample the unique regional dishes and drinks from TerraMáe’s phenomenal Chef Shelley, as well as 5 more featured chefs — Chefs Bruce Lafone & John Campbell from North Carolina, Chefs Kyle & Emily Woodruff from Virginia, and Chattanooga’s own Chef Rebecca Barron from St. John’s Restaurant. Explore the historic StoneFort Inn while listening to live music from performers representing the featured chefs’ regional personality. Then top it off by celebrating with a cause by participating in our Silent Auction to benefit Siskin Children’s Institute.

$115 Per Person // $50 of each ticket goes to Siskin Children’s Institute

As well as proceeds from the Silent Auction

Reserve Online or Call 423.710.2925 Located in the historic StoneFort Inn

122 E 10th Street | 423.710.2925

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Managing Editor Mike McJunkin

THE BOWL: Geek Mardi Gras... Snowboarding in Chattanooga

Contributing Editor Janis Hashe Art Director Gary Poole Contributors Rich Bailey • Rob Brezsny • John DeVore Mike Dobbs • Janis Hashe • Matt Jones Marc T. Michael • Mike McJunkin Ernie Paik • Gary Poole • Alex Teach Editorial Interns Madeline Chambliss • Dea Lisica • Leith Tigges Cartoonists & Illustrators Tom Tomorrow Photographer/Webmaster Josh Lang Cover Art Lauren Coakley Photography • Mike McJunkin Founded 2003 by Zachary Cooper & Michael Kull


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TRACK 29 ROLLS ALONG Putting the Chattanooga Music Scene on the Map By Marc T. Michael


Features MUSIC: Finding true shame or just ineptness in "bad music"

Account Executives Chee Chee Brown • Julie Brown Lisa Dicaire • Rick Leavell • Leif Sawyer Stacey Tyler • Jerry Ware • Candice York

SCREEN: "Her" embraces the line between artificial intelligence and true love


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ARTISTIC REJUVENATION Chattanooga Market’s Downtown Studio Space is Bustling By Rich Bailey

ALEX TEACH: Stop the presses— Officer Alex defends a bicyclist MIKE DOBBS: Our man in his living room samples authentic bourbons • January 23-29, 2014 • The Pulse • 3




39th ANNUAL Chattacon

Geek Mardi Gras

Photo by David Stabler, Chattacon

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Prepare for an invasion of wizards, aliens, robots, fairies, superheroes and more frightful and delightful characters this weekend with the return of Chattacon, the local literary convention for science fiction, fantasy and horror, this year the 39th annual. Whether you’re a diehard fan, an amateur, or just like to take advantage of any opportunity to play dress up, Chattacon offers a variety of activities to tickle your fancy: meet leading authors and artists, visit the art show or film festival, attend a panel discussions, watch a battle of robots or join the action in a Blok Bot Battle, enjoy a “Star Trek”-themed belly dance performance by the Sisters of Seduction (or test your own abilities of seduction in a belly dancing course), let the Comic Strip (a Fandom Themed Burlesque Revue) and Subterranean Cirqus (a “menagerie of miscreants” according to Chattacon’s website) astound you, and display your costume and dance skills at the very first Chattacon Masquerade Ball (cash prizes for best costume). There’s even a “Young Jedi Academy” with cartoons and fantasy-inspired treats for the younguns. Special guests include Tobias Buckell, John Kaufmann, Jean Johnson, Robert Buettner and Wendy Webb. Chattacon 39 begins at Finley Stadium on Jan. 24 with opening ceremony and concludes Jan. 26. According to KC Charland, head of publicity, “This year’s Chattacon promises to be more exciting than ever. Come down to the Choo Choo and meet some new old friends and enjoy one of Chattanooga’s most exciting events.” For more information, including details of event times and locations, visit the website at To peruse pictures from previous years, check out the Chattacon flickr page at photos/chattacon

$55 for adults, $35 ages 8-12, kids under 8 free with adult badge. Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St.. — Dea Lisica Rail Jam 2014

Gnarly, Dude! Saturday, Jan. 25 will bring a massive snowstorm to Tennessee—the return of the second annual event, Chattanooga Rail Jam, a snowboarding competition presented by Mellow Mushroom Waterside and Dodge City Ski. While snowboarding parks and competitions are rare in cities like Chattanooga, last year’s event brought in more than 1,000 people and this year’s competition is expected to attract an even larger audience. Any event with an overabundance of pizza, drinks, snow and live music by DJ Scuba Steve is a gathering most are more than willing to make time for. Cocktail bars, the Mellow Bake Bus and six tons of snow will take over the Mellow Mushroom Waterside location at 2318 Lifestyle Way. While admission is free, the crowd can sip beers and cocktails from multiple onsite bars including a Jack Daniels and Chattanooga Whiskey bar, a Budweiser of Chattanooga bar, a Gnarly Head Wine bar and a Three Olives Vodka bar. This year’s event will promote awareness for Tennessee Riverkeeper. Donations can even be exchanged for free drink or pizza slice vouchers to enjoy as snowboard contestants compete for exciting prize packs courtesy of Mellow Mushroom and Dodge City Ski. Men, women and youth will showcase their best techniques in the mini snow park of rails and jumps for a panel of judges. The top three competitors will be awarded a free snowboard and DJ party by Scuba Steve, among other fun prizes. Chattanooga Rail Jam 2014 is an event open to contestants and crowds of all ages. Doors open at 4 p.m., open snowboarding starts at 6 and the competition will begin at 7. — Leith Tigges



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





Navigate with Map and Compass Workshop

Henry Cho

• You never know when being able to find your way around without a GPS could come in handy. 6 p.m. • Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park, (423) 643-6888,

• This funny Korean-American by way of Knoxville (the Southern accent kind of gives it away) makes a triumphant return to The Catch. 7:30, 9:30 p.m. • The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233,



Battle of the Bands II

Husky Burnette

• Some of Chattanooga's best local bands compete on stage for bragging rights and the (possible) next step to fame & glory. Come root for your favorites or find a new band to say you knew them "before they were huge". 9 p.m. • Sky Zoo, 5709 Lee Highway, (423) 468-4533,

• Our good friend Husky Burnette brings his authentic roots country stylings to an intimate stage. If you want 100-proof, real-deal, throat-growling, twang and drawlin' country, your Friday night plans are already made. 8:30 p.m. • Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Ter. (423) 710-8739,

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The Odd Couple(s) Neil Simon’s comic masterpiece, "The Odd Couple"–both the original men’s version and Simon’s rewrite for women–will be performed in repertory on the Mildred M. Montague Circle Stage at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre January 24 through February 16. The hilarious plot centers on a pair of mismatched characters who are forced to cohabitate. One is careless and sloppy, the other a neurotic neat freak. Together they make arguably one of the most memorable pair of roommates ever written, in league with Laverne & Shirley or Bert & Ernie. The play came to Broadway in 1965 and, 20 years later, Simon adapted the play to feature a pair of female roommates. Felix and Oscar became Florence and Olive.

Beth Gumnick directs both the male and female versions of the story and, to make things even more challenging, Gumnick has cast some actors in roles in both productions. In the women’s version, which opens the series Friday, Carlene Conway plays the unkempt Olive and Katlyn Gabor is cast as the tidy Florence. In the men’s version, opening the following night, Zach DeSutter is Oscar and Sanford Knox, Jr., is Felix. Gabor, DeSutter, and Knox all do double duty—appearing in supporting roles in the opposite production. “The Odd Couple” January 28 - February 16 Call for times, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8534,

SAT1.25 WHO'S PUCK? Shakespeare Chattanooga Reads: “A Midwinter Night’s Dream” • Come experience The Bard as you likely never have done before. A talented group of local actors tackle the classic comedy. 2:30 p.m. • Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave. (423) 622-2862, ShakespeareChattanooga

WHO'S ROCKING? Hometown Hereos #3: Five Great Bands •The Average, Soul Mechanic, Mdahts, Gold Plated Gold, and Crass Mammoth unite to create a Voltron of rock and roll for one killer night of music. 9 p.m. • Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644,

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UPCOMING EVENTS January 23 @ 7pm Duck Rabbit Pint Night and Tasting January 30 @ 7 PM RJ Rockers Tap Takeover and Pint Night February 6 @ 7 PM Southern Tier Tap Takeover

On the Beat

alex teach

Justice Backpedaled Stop the presses—Officer Alex defends a bicyclist Over the years in the Chattanooga area, particularly as a columnist, I have come to be known as a leader in many areas. I am a voice of reason. A voice of clarity above the din of hypocrisy, bureaucracy, and idiocrasy. These are titles I did not bestow upon myself, but rather ones I’ve been burdened with since they mandate I become a rallying point for all that is just in this community, if not world. And at the top of that list? My unrepentant and most well acknowledged passion is of all that is bicycling in the Chattanooga community.  Disinclined as I am to brag, such have my endeavors been recognized that my name has been sent forth to the likes of sitting U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a former mayor of Chattanooga, and the thensitting city council for recognition for various bicycling issues (by the Scenic City Velo group, to name one) and it is with this welcomed burden that I proceed forward with this column. My good friend and fellow columnist David Cooke of the Chattanooga Times Free Press launched a local story onto the national stage this last week regarding the events of a fellow cyclist, Anders Swanson, and his travails atop Raccoon Mountain. The long and short of it? A group of redneck kids

So on the one hand, an outside agency made the Chattanooga Police Department look good, fair, and reasonable, while on the other making cops in general look like complete assholes yet again. Well done, boys.”

harassed the living shit out of Mr. Swanson by nearly running him off the road while he was navigating the Raccoon Mountain reservoir area, close enough for the cyclist to reach out and touch the rear bumper of the Chevrolet pick-up as it passed by in an attempt to at least simulate running him off the road, leading to words at the next intersection between the cyclist in the occupants of the truck. According to Sheriff Bo Burnett of Marion County and Detective

Gene Hargis of the same, so terrorstricken were the teens that they were apparently forced to return in greater numbers in a separate vehicle (now a Toyota Forerunner), and spray this man with liquid pepper spray from a squirt gun as he attempted to load his bicycle back into his personal vehicle in a parking lot area. Swanson originally called 9-11 and this call was routed to the Chattanooga Police Department, from which Officer Amanda Morgan was dispatched. In the course of her investigation she identified and soon thereafter obtained a confession from the young men in question that they did, in fact, spray Mr. Swanson with pepper spray from squirt guns from their vehicles. In the state of Tennessee, this is called aggravated assault, very appropriately a felony charge. None of this was shattering news— not news, that is, until Marion County was identified as the place in which this alleged assault allegedly took place and that county’s the investigating officer felt compelled to disregard the confessions, facts at hand, and any semblance of an investigation and make it a “he said/he said” type of argument, on which they could not pass judgment. (The word “judgment” will come into play in the next paragraph.)

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Rather than exhibit any common sense or investigative fortitude, much less take seriously the facts potentially determined by another sworn officer from a neighboring jurisdiction (who could easily be subpoenaed), Marion County decided to ignore the inconsistent statements between the two interviews and not make a decision at all, citing impartiality, which is actually the purview of the judiciary, not law enforcement. So on the one hand, an outside agency made the Chattanooga Police Department look good, fair, and reasonable, while on the other making cops in general look like complete assholes yet again. Well done, boys. These kids were harassing a bicyclist, which the bicyclist captured on video. While they later contradicted their initial statement and stated they were acting in fear, they returned to his location in greater numbers and physically assaulted him with a chemical agent, which, since he was an asthmatic, could have cost him his life. An investigating law enforcement agency interviewed the suspects in question and determined them to be criminally at fault, but when jurisdictional issues arose and it was handed over to the appropriate primary jurisdiction, all

this went out the window, making that agency look completely inept, and worse yet, victimizing a victim in the eyes of the local citizenry, the state, the country, and potentially the world. All the while feeling comfortable, apparently, saying the parties simply disagree and in effect, these authorities are simply unable to make a decision despite the responsibility handed to them by their constituency. In a word? Pathetic. But as an avid cyclist and hero to such in general, I admit my bias. The facts are the facts, though, and I hope for the sake of justice as well as for Mr. Swanson that this is resolved fairly, and resolved fairly soon. Take it from me: Hell hath NO fury like a cyclist scorned.  No, really. 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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t has been more than 20 ropolitan areas of the years since I first came to Southeast were on Chattanooga, and a great their itinerary. Coming deal has changed since then, home with a wealth of ideas, they scouted more and for the better as far as than a dozen locations I’m concerned. The most stunbefore settling on the one ning thing I recall about the that seemed to have the best local music scene in 1992 is that combination of elements. there wasn’t one. Now the town is bursting at the seams with talent From there it was a matter of careful planning, prudent investand sharp, well-run smaller venues where they can showcase their talent. ment and hard work. The result is an entertainment venue on par with It has been a great pleasure to watch that the best in the country and the impact unfold over the years but always there was this nagging question, “Why do we so rarely see that has had on our community is major. big name national acts?” Chattanooga is, after all, a Ben Jumper is a Chattanooga native who by Marc T. Michael geographical anomaly; it’s two hours from everywhere. now resides in Nashville. Ben is President and CEO of Soundcheck Nashville, one of the largest full-producNashville, Knoxville, Atlanta, Huntsville, Murphy and, a little further up the road, Asheville. tion rehearsal facilities in the world. Ben has been a prominent It’s almost impossible for a national touring act to play in the Southeast withplayer in the music industry since the early seventies, so I contacted him for his out at least passing close by Chattanooga and for years that’s what they did. take on these Scenic City entrepreneurs. They passed us by. In 2010, when Adam and Monica Kinsey were attending “Monica and Adam have done an amazing job with Track 29. Their fresh ideas and amazing events are changing the entertainment climate in Chattanooga. Bonnaroo (an hour up the road), they asked themselves the same question and They’ve gained a reputation in the industry for really taking care of their talent. decided that perhaps it was time to do something about it. The couple’s business backgrounds and deep and abiding passion for music The people who have played there were impressed enough not only to comment proved to be a winning combination. They set about doing their homework, travon it, but have made the point that the venue and the city is a place they look eling across the country to study the most popular venues in cities with a repuforward to playing again. They’re essentially changing the market by offering consistent entertainment, which is the key to profitability.” tation for music. Austin, Seattle, Portland and of course, all of the major met-

The (not so) little engine that could

How Track 29 made a difference.

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The Flaming Lips • Lauren Coakley Photography

work providing a venue for new, up and coming local talent. It really takes the collective effort of all the venues. By building the scene from the ground up, we pave the way to bring in even bigger acts to fill Mckenzie Arena and beyond.” Monica is quick to point out that the support of local fans has also been key to their success and the continued growth and diversity of the local music scene—but that there have been some “teachable moments” along the way. “For years Chattanooga had the reputation of being a “walk-up” town, which is to say that

Strong praise from a man who knows the business. But the couple is adamant that Chattanooga’s smaller venues play just as important a role in bringing the Scenic City recognition as a music city. Adam offers this insight: “There are some terrific artists who might not be at a point where they’ll fill a thousandperson hall, and it would be cost prohibitive for us to bring them in, but if they’re going to draw a few hundred people then we have Rhythm & Brews. If they’re going to draw a hundred, we have JJ’s. Sluggo’s is doing great

Rigoletto • Victoria Noel Photography

People are driving in from Nashville, Asheville and Atlanta to see shows in Chattanooga, a thing that simply didn’t happen a few years ago. people were used to waiting until the day of an event to purchase tickets. You just can’t sustain a large venue or big-name acts that way, so it has been a process of educating people to buy their tickets ahead of time. We have an act coming soon whose tickets have been available for four months, and now a week out, people are calling us up and finding out that the show is sold out. They try and press us to release more tickets but there aren’t any more. Sold out means sold out.” Local music fans are learning, though and that’s good because when you have an attraction like Ttack 29 in your hometown, other people are going to notice. The couple has been surprised and pleased to see a great deal of repeat business from out-of-towners. People are driving in from Nashville, Asheville and Atlanta to see shows in Chattanooga, a thing that simply didn’t happen a few years ago. Often they come here to see acts they could see in their hometown. Why? The obvi-

Jack White • Photo provided by Track 29

ous answer is that Track 29 offers a relatively intimate experience with superb quality, yet Monica says it’s more than that. “They see Chattanooga as a destination event. They come for the show, but they stay for the other attractions, spending the weekend seeing the sights or taking advantage of outdoor activities, good food, all sorts of things. Chattanooga has become a sort of minivacation or weekend getaway for a lot of the surrounding areas.” The value of that cannot be overestimated in a city that counts tourism as a local industry. The impact of the venue on the local community is manifold. Chattanooga is now on the national radar of the music industry, the local music scene continues to thrive and grow, local acts are promoted as openers for national acts (though the final decision rarely lies with the venue) local tourism is up and the significant economic influx is being felt throughout the community. For a perspective on the the cultural/artistic impact, I turned to Zach Cooper, Director of Media Design at the Association for Visual Arts (and founder and former publisher of The Pulse). He told me, “The importance of artistic and cultural fare in Chattanooga is talked about often and we have much to be proud of, but that conversation is mostly connected with the "fine arts" and excludes popular music. Track 29, JJ's Bohemia, Rhythm & Brews, Sluggo's…our live music venues should be at the table of Chattanooga's artistic and cultural conversations with as much clout as

any other organization. I think Track 29 has pushed that fact forward.” He goes on to suggest that some of Chattanooga’s more venerable institutions would do well to take note of the success of the Kinseys’ business model and approach to entertainment, lessons that could only benefit Chvattanooga as a whole and the arts in particular. In the last two years, Chattanooga has consistently made headlines in national magazines, polls and websites that trumpet “Best Place to Live,” “Best Place to Retire,” “Best Place for Young Entrepreneurs” and even the dubious designation, “Top Emerging Hipster City.” The city is lauded for its “green” achievements, not the least of which is the Volkswagen plant’s recent EPA award. It is a rising center of technology, boasting an unrivalled fiber-optic network. So where does Track 29 fit in that picture? Is its success a result of progress or a causative agent? I submit that it is both. Certainly Chattanooga’s star was already rising, providing a foundation upon which the venue has been able to flourish, but the Kinseys’ vision, daring and smart planning have helped to burnish the city’s reputation as not only a “cool place to be” but a place where anyone with a good idea and a clear and intelligent business model can thrive. And the music kicks ass. For more information contact T29 Facebook: Twitter: @TRCK29 • Instagram: Track_29 • Website: • January 23-29, 2014 • The Pulse • 9


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They’re Bad, Whose Bad? Finding true shame or just ineptness


WAS TICKLED TO READ THAT AT LAST month’s Mainx24 festival, apparently AVA (Association for Visual Arts) presented its Bad Art Contest, bringing together “truly awful” artwork and culminating in a “cleansing” bonfire. Although I was unable to attend this, it sounded like a fun idea, finding humor in failure without being too pointedly mean-spirited, and I have fond memories of a one-time “Festival of Bad Music” event that I organized many years ago, full of excruciating music. But in art and music, what exactly is “bad”?

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First of all, the notion of a “guilty pleasure” is dubious, because if something brings pleasure, you shouldn’t feel guilty. Let me amend this statement by excluding the cruel, despicable and/or illegal—maybe something like an unironic song called “Pol Pot Had The Right Idea.” I have no qualms to admitting owning more than a few bubblegum pop and disco records, from the likes of Ohio Express (of “Yummy Yummy Yummy” fame) and Village People. Let’s be clear that guilty pleasures are simply easy targets, for whatever reasons. Similarly, film critic Pauline Kael wrote in her 1969 essay “Trash, Art, and the Movies,” that “...movies are so rarely great art, that if we cannot appreciate great trash, we have very little reason to be interested in them.” Very little music truly aspires to be high art, but that’s OK, as long as it brings enjoyment. In popular music criticism, it isn’t easy to find a satisfying assessment of “bad.” A quick look at new release listings on the Metacritic website, which creates a critical consensus pulling from many sources, shows an overwhelming flood of music albums rated “green” (“generally favorable reviews” to “universal acclaim”) with a few albums rated “yellow”

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(mixed reviews) and none rated “red.” Almost everything is pretty good! Gold star for everyone! The usefulness of this is rightfully questioned. On the other hand, critics occasionally dish out gratuitously harsh criticism, ostensibly to make a point or get some attention; Pitchfork published, then retracted, a review that gave Zaireeka by The Flaming Lips (a fine album, in my estimation) a rating of 0.0 out of 10.0 and called it “completely useless.”

Very little music truly aspires to be high art, but that’s OK, as long as it brings enjoyment.” A simple assessment is to determine whether or not something fulfills the artist’s intention, but this has its shortcomings. For example, the dreadful “The Christmas Shoes” by NewSong, about a mother’s dying wish for shoes so she can look presentable to Jesus, accomplishes what it sets out to do—deliver an incredibly shamelessly emotionally manipulative song. For me, badness in music evokes unintentional shame—not

an expression of shame, but actual shame. However, the “artist’s intention” test can be a useful test, and indeed, it identifies some of the worst performances I have witnessed in town. One solo musician had the unfortunate combination of being ill and not knowing the material, thus being unable to finish songs without interruption. In this case, the musician was aware that it was a poor performance. However, more problematic is the case where an artist is unaware that the target is being missed; what one performer may consider to be novel or edgy or interesting turns out not to be for the audience, which delivers the polite golf clap nevertheless. Missing the mark could mean not fully understanding the target, but it could also mean setting the bar too high. While an artist could aim low and hit the target for an entire career, that’s a boring way to do things. Admirable failures are much more interesting and educational. To musicians: if a piece of music doesn’t turn out as expected and is unsalvageable, don’t burn it, and don’t forget it. Keep it to yourself as a reminder in your practice room, because to know what’s good, you have to try to understand what’s bad.

New Local Release Mini-Roundup Multi-instrumentalist Rick Weaver burrows deeper into his invented “Hand Hotel” mythos on the new full-length Black Medicine soundtrack on More Records (, sounding like the intersection of a David Lynch mind-warp, an early ’80s horror movie and a cult recruitment tape. Weaver plays an assortment of characters— Stardaddy Dixie, crooner Trotter Huff, falsettosinging Blue Boy—with rhythm loops, discomforting hums, sick tones, rattling clutter, chanting and other uneasiness. Its second half erupts in a terrifying madness spiral with frantic, chimpy keyboards, evoking The Residents, being as creepy as it is compelling. The latest split 7-inch single on local punk label Do Ya Hear We ( squeezes six songs from Onetimers and Ol Scratch onto its marbled green vinyl, serving quick jolts and fixes for power-pop-punk fans. Recorded at the local Tiny Buzz studio and featuring cover art from Michael Jenkins, it is Chattanooga to its core, with the groups distinguishing themselves primarily through vocal deliveries— Onetimers with a growly, ’tude-sporting bark, and Ol Scratch with a discontented non-British Poly Styrene. These songs storm into the room, speak their business, then slam the door on the way out.

local and regional shows

kidDEAD with Kids From Across The Street [$5] Asian Teacher Factory with Monomath [$3]

Wed, Jan 22 Thu, Jan 23

9pm 9pm

Live Trivia every Sunday from 4-6pm, followed by Free Live Music Sunday, January 26: Molly Maguires [FREE]

Full food menu serving lunch and dinner. 11am-2am, 7 days a week. 35 Patten Parkway * 423.468.4192 * • January 23-29, 2014 • The Pulse • 11

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THUrsday 1.23 “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, Songwriter Shootout 7 p.m. The Camphouse, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, Bad Tattoo 7 p.m. Las Margaritas, 1 647 25th St. NW, Cleveland. (423) 614-8855 Forever Bluegrass 7 p.m. Poppy’s Smokehouse, 2102 Taft Hwy. (423) 305-1936, Jonathan Wimpee 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Courtney Daly, Ivan Wilson 7 p.m. Bart’s Lakeshore, 5600 Lakeshore Dr. (423) 870-0777, Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055,

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Soddy-Daisy Jamboree 7 p.m. Soddy-Daisy Community Center, 9835 Dayton Pk. (423) 332-5323. Tim Neal and Mike Harris 7:30 p.m. Mexi-Wing VII, 5773 Brainerd Rd. (423) 509-8696, Dark Horse Ten, Birds With Fleas, Sundy’s Best 9 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644, Open Mic with Hap Henniger 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn) (423) 634-9191 Asian Teacher Factory, Monomath 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pwky. (423) 468-4192, Battle of the Bands II 9 p.m. Sky Zoo, Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, Molly Gene Onewomanband, Jordan Halliquest and the Outfits, Sweet GA Brown 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400,

friday 1.24 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, 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 Chadd Holmes EP Release Show 7 p.m. The Camphouse, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081 Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, An Evening With Jim Hurst 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, Spand-XXX 8 p.m. Skyzoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, Husky Burnette 8:30 p.m. Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Ter. (423) 710-8739, Bad Tattoo 9 p.m. Pokey’s Sports Bar, 918 Sahara Dr., Cleveland. (423) 476-6059 Thom Cavin & Matt French 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn) (423) 634-9191 SRO Band 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Mad Margaret 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Rd. (423) 499-9878, Back in Black: A Tribute to ACDC 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644, Super-Gay Dance Party 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400,

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Thursday, January 23: 9pm Open Mic with Hap Henninger Friday, January 24: 9pm Thom Cavin & Matt French Saturday, January 25: 10pm Hap Henninger Tuesday, January 28: 7pm Creek Rd. Ellijay, Ga. (706) 698-9463, 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 The Rigneys, Lon Eldridge 7 p.m. Woodsongs Coffeehouse, 305 Depot St, Dalton,Ga. (706) 581-8025 Besides Daniel, Kyle MacKillop & Harrison B 7 p.m. The Camphouse, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081, Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Hometown Hereos #3: Five Great Bands 9 p.m. Rhythm & Brews,

221 Market St. (423) 267-4644, Power Players Show Band 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Hap Henniger 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn) (423) 634-9191 Mad Margaret 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Rd. (423) 499-9878,

sunday 1.26 Sunday Jam Session 3 p.m. McHale’s Brewhouse, 724 Ashland Ter. (423) 877-2124, Irish Traditional Music 5 p.m. Moccasin Bend Brewing Company, 4015 Tennessee Ave. (423) 821-6392, Dark Horse Ten, Endelouz Molly Maguires 7 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, Stillglow 7 p.m. Warehouse 260 2nd St. NE, Cleveland. Blind Draw 9 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar,

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monday 1.27 Babershop Harmony Group 7 p.m. All Saints Academy, 310 East 8th St. (423) 876-7359. Big Band Night 7:30 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Open Mic 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400,

tuesday 1.28 Tim Starnes & Friends 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956, DJ X’Phakder 8 p.m. Sky Zoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533, Faux Ferocious 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400,

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Broad St. (423) 508-8956, Zac Brown Band 7 p.m. UTC McKenzie Arena, 720 E. 4th St. (423) 425-4706 Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Coconut Room at The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Rd., #202. (423) 499-5055, Umphrey’s McGee 9 p.m. Track 29, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-4323, Tab Spencer, Hot Damn 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192, Dank Sinatra, Backup Planet 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. (423) 267-4644, Afro, Umphrey’s McGee After-Party 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, Arlo Gilliam 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Rd, (423) 499-9878, Map these locations on Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to: calendar@

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Between the Sleeves

record reviews • eric foster

Behind the Buzz with Queen B “Beyonce” allows the superstar to talk directly with her fans












ho in their right mind would release a musical project without promotion? That’s synonymous with death, is it not? The genesis of any idea, product, or service to be utilized or consumed by the masses has to have some sort of blueprint to make the consumer aware of it. The definition of “brand” is “ a trademark or distinctive name identifying a product or a manufacturer.” If there is one name in the music business that can shock the world, by dropping an entire album complete with music videos for each song without promotion—and pull off this Houdiniesque feat—it would be that of the queen: Beyonce. If you look closely at 2013, Queen B has really been a busy bee. She constantly toured the UK and the US, released an HBO documentary she executive produced and directed, secretly recorded this album, covertly shot videos for each song, and strate-

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Beyoncé Beyoncé (Sony) gically set the perfect climate for her fans to anticipate new music. From the start of her solo career, with each of her albums, Beyonce has always set her her fans up with an air of anticipation so palpable it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. This is the magic of Beyonce Giselle Knowles, unquestionably the Queen of Pop. The break-up of the Grammy Award-winning group Destiny’s Child was the catalyst of Beyonce’s mystique. The group never actually said that they were breaking up, instead telling the world, “No matter what happens, we will always love each other as friends and sisters and will always support each other as artists.” We all know that was industry jargon. Beyonce was dripping with the “it” factor and the Bey machine was too big to ignore— sorry, Michelle and Kelly. My first encounter with Destiny’s Child was in New Orleans at an industry event and included

the original crew; Beyonce, Kelly, Latoya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. I was waiting around for the next showcase to start when I heard four beautiful women (that I would later realize were children), harmonizing in the corner of the lobby. The first one I noticed was Beyonce—not because she was the most attractive but because she was obviously the one in charge. She was confidently instructing the others on what to do about pitch, who was too loud or too soft, and whether or not the group sounded up to par. All of this I noticed at a glance, not knowing that they would become one of the most successful female groups of our time. (Here’s a fun fact: Beyonce’s father Matthew Knowles is a former basketball Moc and Beyonce has been to Chattanooga a few times as a child and has admitted to being a lover of Krystals. Who knew?) “Beyonce” was released on iTunes alongside 17 videos that shocked the world. She once said, “I see music. It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.” It’s obvious she always had something up her sleeve but in today’s world of music piracy, illegal downloads, and music-sharing, keeping things under wraps is paramount. Bey says that she was bored with the conventional way music is released and that she wanted to be able to talk directly with her fans. So what exactly is the theme of this latest musical exploit? The answer is empowerment. She once asked the question who runs the world, and answered: GIRLS!!! Although she stops short of calling herself a feminist, Beyonce is an advocate for women’s rights and uses her celebrity status to inform the world that a change is needed.

What exactly is the theme of this latest musical exploit? The answer is empowerment.”

Beyonce lent her voice to The Shriver Report with a spectacular essay proclaiming that “gender equality is a myth.” She states that “the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change.” Maybe Beyonce has read “War Talk” by Arundhati Roy, which states: “Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness—and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling—their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” Not only is she breathing, but she has the voice of an angel. She is married to one of the most powerful men in the music industry and she is “Drunk In Love” with him, their daughter Blue Ivy, and the life that they are living.

Spirits Within

mike dobbs

My Old Kentucky Bourbon Our man in his living room samples three bluegrass bevvies


F YOU HAD TOLD ME A WEEK AGO THAT A CLOSE friend of mine was so obsessed with bourbon as to have an entire room of his house devoted to it, I would have believed you and replied with, “And?” He’s a unique individual. But he’s not as different as you might think. He’s one of the many, many connoisseurs that spend their free time scouring the back roads and byways, visiting out-of-the-way liquor stores and taverns in search of that one elusive bottle that has been languishing on a dusty shelf in the back storeroom for decades.

Bourbon has been around forever. It is produced mostly in Kentucky, although it can come from any state as long as it’s made from a minimum of 51 percent corn and is aged in new barrels. If you’re in Canada, Tennessee whiskey is considered bourbon as well because of the North American Free Trade Agreement, eh. This week, we’re into a trio from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, located on the outskirts of the second-oldest city in the state, Bardstown. Also known as Willett Distilling Company, it’s a family-owned distillery that’s been boiling up mash since 1936. First up to the task is Willett Pot Still Reserve. This amber-colored 94 proof is pretty just to look at in its rounded, long-neck

Bourbon is huge these days. Once regulated to the back porch of Southern homesteads, it’s now become top-shelf and in high demand.” Bourbon is huge these days. Once regulated to the back porch of Southern homesteads, it’s now become top-shelf and in high demand. Some small-batch distilleries have such faithful followers that even high-end shops on Manhattan’s Upper West Side have private waiting lists with secret customer code numbers. (And I thought getting a low number at Katz Deli was precious!)



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bottle. I’ll have to remember it this Mother’s Day as it would look real nice on the fireplace mantle next to Elvis’s baby picture. Anyway, this single-barrel eight-year-old’s first impression is nicely sweet with a definite corn flavor. It has hints of nut and rye. But, for the proof, it’s very mellow even without my usual drop of water in it. It finishes quite nice with a little char taste on the back of the throat. This is perfect after just finishing my din-dins. A glance over to the right reveals a more ordinary bottle with a label that looks like it was once part of a treasure map. Rowan’s Creek, it says. Oh, of course. This is named after John Rowan. His house was the inspiration for the song, “My Old Kentucky Home”. This is a 100.1 proof smallbatch bourbon that’s been held captive in a barrel for 12 long years.

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Add Artists, Shake Well Chattanooga Market’s Downtown Studio Space is Bustling


HE GOAL IS DEFINITELY TO COMPRESS A BUNCH OF creatives and shake it up to see what exploded,” says Chris Thomas, executive director of Chattanooga Market about his Chattanooga Workspace, a downtown studio space for artists. The site for this art experiment—sorry, I can’t get Mentos in Diet Coke out of my mind—is a four-story building on Sixth Street, formerly part of the St. Barnabas nursing home and assisted living campus. “As we worked with our vendors down there, one of the things they said was, ‘We need a place to work, we need a place to meet outside the market,” he says. “This was about four years ago, and this building came on our horizon about a year and a half ago.” Thomas shows me a first-floor gallery space with work by two artists with studios upstairs, Danyelle Dover and Donyale Grove, the featured artists for Chattanooga Workspace’s January open-studio night. Every first Friday, artists open their studios for visitors and one or two featured artists are exhibited in this space. We walk through some double doors into a cavernous space. “This ground floor originally was intended to be for other startups, technology or nonvisual arts related,” Thomas says. “We have

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a couple nonprofits in here currently, but it hasn’t caught on with the enthusiasm, with the momentum that we would like.” Upstairs is another story, however. “There was a five-year plan to build out all four floors, but we did it in 18 months because the demand was so intense,” says Thomas. “We had to accelerate things because there was so much interest in having the studios.” The three upper floors are small, private artists studios, mostly either 450 square feet or about half that size. Those spaces are 100 percent occupied by 40 artists—through, ironically, only three or four are Chattanooga Market artists—and Thomas has a waiting list. The tenant mix includes sculptors, painters, textile artists, an art therapist, marketing and graphic design companies, two attorneys, and—the newest—a book publisher. “We definitely noticed as each floor was ready there was a new level of energy as those artists moved in,” says Amanda Varnell, coowner of Dish T’Pass, the building’s other ten-

ant besides Chattanooga Workspace, which finished its own space and moved in before Thomas’ first artists did. Dish T’Pass is a recreational cooking school and catering company using the first-floor commercial kitchen that once made hundreds of daily meals for people in the nursing home and hospital. Co-owners Varnell and Sarah Hooper found the building in 2012 and put it on Thomas’s radar. “We knew we didn’t want to have this fabulous kitchen space and not know what was going to happen around us,” says Varnell. “So we literally sat in the car and brainstormed: Who do we know?” They knew Thomas from doing cooking events at Chattanooga Market and were aware he was looking for a space like this building. The two companies signed their leases within a day of each other. The vibe, both upstairs and down, is almost like a college dorm, according to Thomas. Artists use the cooking school’s microwave and coffee maker and buy prepared foods from a cooler on an honor system. And the Dish T’Pass classroom, though not a common space, has become a hangout for many of the artists in the building. Thomas finished each upstairs floor with plain gray floors and white walls, knowing the artists

The tenant mix includes sculptors, painters, textile artists, an art therapist, marketing and graphic design companies, two attorneys, and— the newest—a book publisher.”

would fill the chromatic vacuum better than he could. And that’s what happened. Second floor painter Ali Kay is a decorative artist who creates elaborate trompe l’oeil murals— turning a ceiling into a rippling tent canopy or a transforming a simple white dome into an ornate Italian cupola—as well as faux finishes and traditional canvases. Faced with Thomas’ blank canvas, she filled much of it with images, including walls covered with flowing curves, elevator doors exploding with color, bathroom mini-murals and a faux carpet painted in her floor’s elevator lobby. As a recent transplant from Houston, she finds the building a great source of networking. And she shares unique paints and stencils she’s developed with other artists and created a table with one. With the upper floors fully occupied, Thomas is focusing more on reconceiving the underused coworking space and holding more animation events. It could be converted into studio space or become an event space. “It’s a blank tablet at the moment so we’re trying to figure out what that niche is going to be,” he says. “We’re trying to find ways to bridge keeping our original vision, but also finding ways to make this place more animated on the ground floor and generate revenue. We definitely want to have more activity here and more public events, as well as ways for the artists here to socialize and collaborate. That cross collaboration is where really cool things come out.” Chattanooga Workspace’s next open studio night will be Feb. 7, 5:30-8 p.m. 302 W. 6th St. (across from the YMCA). (423) 822-5750,

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Chattacon 3 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-5000, Navigate with Map and Compass Workshop 6 p.m. Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. (423) 643-6888, Bourbon: An American Tasting 6:30 p.m. Back Inn Café, 412 E. Second St. (423) 265-5033, ”Mystery of the Redneck Italian Wedding” 7 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, Screening: “Forks Over Knives” 7 p.m.. East Ridge Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2105 Dabney Dr., East Ridge. NPR’s “From The Top” Broadcast 7 p.m. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5050 Swirly Girl Workshop 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Ter., East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, “The Color Purple” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 602-8640, ensembletheatreof

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(423) 266-5000, Van Gogh Tree Workshop 2 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Ter., East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, Matt’s Traditional Music Workshop 5:30 p.m. Folk School of Chattanooga, 1200 Mountain Creek Rd., (423) 827-8906, ”The Color Purple” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 602-8640, Megan Duncanson’s Winter’s Edge Workshop 7 p.m. Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Ste. 100. (423) 602-8580, ”Mystery of the Nightmare Office Party” 7 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, ”The Important of Being Earnest” 7 p.m. Bryan College, 721 Bryan Dr., Dayton. (423) 775-2041 Jade Owl Workshop 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Ter., East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, Henry Cho 7:30, 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233, “The Odd Couple” 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8534, Friday Night Ballroom Dance Party 8:30 p.m. Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access

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saturday 1.25 Chattacon 9 a.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-5000, Sandhill Crane and Eagle Cruise 9:30 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960, Rain Barrel Workshop 10 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960, Wildlife Wanderland Tour 11:30 a.m. Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, 400 Garden Rd. (423) 821-1160, Artist Demonstration: Lynda Metcalfe 11 a.m. River Gallery, 400 E. Second St. (423) 265-5033, Workshop: Make a Basket from Kudzu Noon. Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. (423) 643-6888, Seeing Music & Hearing Art 1 p.m. Hunter Museum, 10 Bluff View. (423) 267-0968, Tennessee Amphibians 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, 400 Garden Rd. (423) 821-1160, ”Mystery of Flight 138” 5 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St., (423) 517-1839, Skyline - Couples Painting 7 p.m. Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Ste 100. (423) 602-8580, Screening: “Forks

Over Knives” 7 p.m. East Ridge Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2105 Dabney Dr., East Ridge. ”The Color Purple” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 602-8640, ensembletheatreof ”The Important of Being Earnest” 7 p.m. Bryan College, 721 Bryan Dr., Dayton. (423) 775-2041 Henry Cho 7, 9 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233, Snow Rabbits Workshop 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Ter., East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, Shakespeare Chattanooga Reads: “A Midwinter Night’s Dream” 7:30 p.m. Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave. (423) 622-2862 Ballroom Dance Class 7:30 p.m. The Ballroom at Hixson, 7001 MIddle Valley Rd., Hixson. ”The Odd Couple” 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8534, ”Mystery of the Facebook Fugitive” 8 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839, MES Presents: “The Punk Singer” 8:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347, Stand Up Comedy:

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monday 1.27 Rhythm Ballroom Dance 6 p.m. The Ballroom at Hixson, 7001 Middle Valley Rd., Hixson. Mando Mondays! Workshops, Lessons, and Classes 6 p.m. Folk School of

Chattanooga, 1200 Mountain Creek Rd. (423) 827-8906, Rustic Cross Workshop 7 p.m. Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Ste. 100. (423) 602-8580, Sybarite5 7:30 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center, Vine & Palmetto Sts. (423) 425-4269,

tuesday 1.28 Birds on a Wire Workshop 7 p.m. Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Ste. 100. (423) 602-8580, ”The Important of Being Earnest” 7 p.m. Bryan College, 721 Bryan Dr., Dayton. (423) 775-2041 Three Trees Workshop 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Ter., East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, Shall We Dance? 7:30 p.m. Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Rd. (423) 899-9913,

wednesday 1.29 Old Time Music Community Jam 6 p.m. Folk School of Chattanooga, 1200 Mountain Creek Rd. (423) 827-8906, Ballroom Dance Classes for Groups 6:30 p.m. Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Rd, Hixson. (423) 771-3646

Rainy Day Workshop 7 p.m. Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Ste. 100. (423) 602-8580, ”The Important of Being Earnest” 7 p.m. Bryan College, 721 Bryan Dr., Dayton. (423) 775-2041 Swirly Plant Workshop 7 p.m. Artsy-U, 5084 S. Ter., East Ridge. (423) 321-2317, Rhythm Ballroom Dance 8 p.m. The Ballroom at Hixson, 7001 Middle Valley Rd, Hixson. DanceWise: Point of Departure 8:30 p.m. University of the South at Sewanee, 735 University Ave. (931) 598-1000

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, “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, “Winter Wonder Exhibit” 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon-Sat Noon -5 p.m. Sun The Creative Discovery Museum,

321 Chestnut St. (423) 756-2738, “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, “Go Figure: Selections from the Permanent Collection” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Sat, Noon - 5 p.m. Sunday, Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. (423) 267-0968, “Photographic Prints” 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, “Laurel Nakadate: Strangers and Relations” 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri University of the South, 735 University Ave., Sewanee. (931) 598-1000, Rock City Raptors 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fri-Sat, Rock City, 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mtn, Ga.

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john devore

Artificial Intelligence, Real Love “Her” is nuanced, intimate sci-fi

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RIOR TO 2010'S BEST PICTURE NOMINATION FOR the thinly disguised anti-apartheid film "District 9", the last time a science fiction film was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars was all the way back in 1977. That film was “Star Wars”, one of the first blockbusters. It was soon a giant franchise, an incredible success for genre film, and an influence on filmmakers and children across the globe. But “Star Wars” wasn’t exactly hard science—the film was a space opera, a Western set in the stars. The adventure is the heart of the story.

Hard science fiction, the kind written by Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, didn’t seem like something that would grab an audience. Rubber masks and strange costumes would sell more tickets. After “Star Wars”, there was an explosion of terrible and silly sci-fi. George Lucas simultaneously exalted sci-fi to the upper echelons of a merchandising windfall and damned it to the bottom shelves of video stores. But it seems that something has changed this year. Each year, there are a couple of decent sci-fi films, but this year there just seemed to be more— not just space operas or blockbuster franchises, but good stories about discovery and faith. Finally, 37 years later, there is not one, but two science fiction films nominated for Best Picture. And while “Gravity” owes its nod to the jaw-dropping special effects and breakneck screenplay, “Her” joins the nominees as a quiet underdog. “Her” is a thoughtful, beautiful film that poses questions without answers, seeking instead to provoke and prod at the sublime nature of life—or reasonable facsimile thereof. On the surface, the idea of a man falling in love

“Her’ is a thoughtful, beautiful film that poses questions without answers, seeking instead to provoke and prod at the sublime nature of life—or reasonable facsimile thereof.” with an operating system is laughable. It conjures images of large, sweaty men sitting alone in the dark, basking in the light of a computer monitor, gingerly stroking the screen with Cheetos-stained fingers. Despite the pervasive use of technology, despite its ever-increasing presence in our daily lives, the computer super-literate are still seen somewhat as social pariahs. “Her” asks us to imagine a world, a world in the not-too-distant future, where technology has

become seamlessly integrated into aspects of our personalities. The film shows us scenes of people commuting through the wilds of Los Angeles, completely immersed the world of their own making. We see undertones of this now—men and women attached to their mobile devices, listening through headphones to playlists individually tailored to their own musical preferences or experiencing the vast libraries of books now occupying space on a hard drive. “Her” scales this obsession up slightly, adding functional vocal commands and sophisticated programming. The technology in the film isn’t far from what we have now. Its rough edges have been smoothed away. However, there is one revolutionary new technology available to all. An unnamed company has developed the world’s first, fully functional artificial intelligence. It’s rare for a sci-fi film to depict such technology as a positive addition to the lives of its users. We all have visions of Skynet dancing through our head—for some reason, the machines we create must always become malevolent and godlike. Part of it must be that we see ourselves, our humanity, as illogical, irrational, and dangerous. We see our society as a problem to be fixed, rather than a structure to be experienced. It’s easy to assume that a stoic machine would react to such a world as if it were a piece of broken code, something to be eliminated. “Her” shows us a different side of A.I. There is a certain amount of sense to the OS seen in the film. It is a product, after all. People want something user-friendly. What they receive is a constant companion, a nonjudgmental voice in their head, planning their days and organizing their lives in the

background. How comforting these newly minted personalities must be! They exist solely to serve and to learn. Of course, a lonely man like Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) would attach himself to one. And from a logical standpoint, it would is understandable that a curious new being might reciprocate those feelings, if only to experience more of the world it/she now inhabits. There is much more to the film than this, however. It is an exploration of relationships, of the nature of being, and the wonder that can be found in a simple conversation. “Her” is a dark horse candidate in the Oscar race. Against films like “12 Years a Slave,” the film stands little chance of winning. But the nomination speaks to the quality of the film and the vast possibilities of science fiction. If it wins, all the better. If it doesn’t, its place of recognition is well deserved. • January 23-29, 2014 • The Pulse • 21

Free Will Astrology

rob brezsny

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The Aquarian author Georges Simenon (1903-1989) wrote more than 200 novels under his own name and 300 more under pseudonyms. On average, he finished a new book every 11 days. Half a billion copies of his books are in print. I’m sorry to report that I don’t think you will ever be as prolific in your own chosen field as he was in his. However, your productivity could soar to a hefty fraction of Simenon-like levels in 2014—if you’re willing to work your ass off. Your luxuriant fruitfulness won’t come as easily as his seemed to. But you should be overjoyed that you at least have the potential to be luxuriantly fruitful. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): When I’m older and wiser, maybe I’ll understand the meaning of my life. When I’m older and wiser, maybe I’ll gain some insight about why I’m so excited to be alive despite the fact that my destiny is so utterly mysterious. What about you, Pisces? What will be different for you when you’re older and wiser? Now is an excellent time to ponder this riddle. Why? Because it’s likely you will get a glimpse of the person you will have become when you are older and wiser—which will in turn intensify your motivation to become that person. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Actor Casey Affleck appreciates the nurturing power of his loved ones. “My family would be supportive,” he says, “if I said I wanted to be a Martian, wear only banana skins, make love to ashtrays, and eat tree bark.” I’d like to see you cultivate allies like that in the coming months, Aries. Even if you have never had them before, there’s a good chance they will be available. For best results, tinker with your understanding of who your family might be. Redefine what “community” means to you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Author John Koenig says we often regard emotions as positive or negative. Feeling respect is good, for example, while being wracked with jealousy is bad. But he favors a different standard for evaluating emotions: how intense they are. At one end of the spectrum, everything feels blank and blah, even the big things. “At the other end is wonder,” he says, “in which

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “I’m not sure where to go from here. I need help.” I encourage you to say those words out loud, Leo. Even if you’re not sure you believe they’re true, act as if they are. Why? Because I think it would be healthy for you to express uncertainty and ask for assistance. It would relieve you of the oppressive pressure to be a masterful problem-solver. It could free you from the unrealistic notion that you’ve got to figure everything out by yourself. And this would bring you, as if by magic, interesting offers and inquiries. In other words, if you confess your neediness, you will attract help. Some of it will be useless, but most of it will be useful. everything feels alive, even the little things.” Your right and proper goal right now, Taurus, is to strive for the latter kind: full-on intensity and maximum vitality. Luckily, the universe will be conspiring to help you achieve that goal. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): At her blog other-wordly.tumblr. com, Yee-Lum Mak defines the Swedish word resfeber this way: “the restless race of the traveler’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together.” You might be experiencing resfeber right now, Gemini. Even if you’re not about to depart on a literal trip, I’m guessing you will soon start wandering out on a quest or adventure that will bring your heart and mind closer together. Paradoxically, your explorations will teach you a lot about being better grounded. Bon voyage! CANCER (June 21-July 22): How does a monarch butterfly escape its chrysalis when it has finished gestating? Through tiny holes in the skin of the chrysalis, it takes big gulps of air and sends them directly into its digestive system, which expands forcefully. Voila! Its body gets so big it breaks free. When a chick is ready to emerge from inside its egg, it has to work harder than the butterfly. With its beak, it must peck thousands of times at the shell, stopping to rest along the way because the process is so demanding. According to my analysis, Cancerian, you’re nearing the final stage before your metaphorical emergence from gestation. Are you more like the butterfly or chick?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Dogs have a superb sense of smell, much better than we humans. But ours isn’t bad. We can detect certain odors that have been diluted to one part in five billion. For example, if you were standing next to two Olympicsized swimming pools, and only one contained a few drops of the chemical ethyl mercaptan, you would know which one it was. I’m now calling on you to exercise that level of sensitivity, Virgo. There’s a situation in the early stages of unfolding that would ultimately emanate a big stink if you allowed it to keep developing. There is a second unripe situation, on the other hand, that would eventually yield fragrant blooms. I advise you to either quash or escape from the first, even as you cultivate and treasure the second. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Whatever adventures may flow your way in the coming weeks, Libra, I hope you will appreciate them for what they are: unruly but basically benevolent; disruptive in ways that catalyze welcome transformations; a bit more exciting than you might like, but ultimately pretty fun. Can you thrive on the paradoxes? Can you delight in the unpredictability? I think so. When you look back at these plot twists two months from now, I bet you’ll see them as entertaining storylines that enhance the myth of your hero’s journey. You’ll understand them as tricky gifts that have taught you valuable secrets about your soul’s code. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Manufacturing a jelly bean is not

a quick, slam-bam process. It’s a five-step procedure that takes a week. Each seemingly uncomplicated piece of candy has to be built up layer by layer, with every layer needing time to fully mature. I’m wondering if maybe there’s a metaphorically similar kind of work ahead for you, Scorpio. May I speculate? You will have to take your time, proceed carefully, and maintain a close attention to detail as you prepare a simple pleasure. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I understand the appeal of the fword. It’s guttural and expulsive. It’s a perverse form of celebration that frees speakers from their inhibitions. But I’m here today to announce that its rebel cachet and vulgar power are extinct. It has decayed into a barren cliche. Its official death-from-oversaturation occurred with the release of the mainstream Hollywood blockbuster “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Actors in the film spat out the rhymes-with-cluck word more than 500 times. I hereby nominate you Sagittarians to begin the quest for new ways to invoke rebellious irreverence. What interesting mischief and naughty wordplay might you perpetrate to escape your inhibitions, break taboos that need to be broken, and call other people on their BS and hypocrisy? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) has had a major impact on the development of ideas in the Western world. We can reasonably divide the history of philosophy into two eras: preKantian and post-Kantian. And yet for his whole life, which lasted 79 years, this big thinker never traveled more than ten miles away from Konigsberg, the city where he was born. He followed a precise and methodical routine, attending to his work with meticulous detail. According to my analysis, you Capricorns could have a similar experience in the coming weeks. By sticking close to the tried-and-true rhythms that keep you grounded and healthy, you can generate influential wonders..

Homework: How could you change yourself in order to get more of the love you want? Go to FreeWillAstrology. com; click on “Email Rob.”

Jonesin’ Crossword

matt jones

“Don’t Look Down” -- you’ll get nightmares.

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Across 1 On the ___ (like a fugitive) 4 Satisfied sounds 8 Slow, sad song 13 Historical period 14 Rorschach test pattern 15 Bakery chain 16 Foil material 17 ___-Honey (chewy candy) 18 First half of a Beatles song title 19 Completely disheveled 22 401(k) relatives 23 Patron saint of sailors 24 8 1/2” x 11” size, briefly 25 Cambridge campus 26 Post-game complaint 31 Subscription charge 34 President Cleveland 36 100 percent 37 Planking, e.g. 38 Chicken ___ king 39 Abbr. on a tow truck 40 The Grim ___

42 In an even manner 44 Inseparable friends on “Community” 47 Actress Saldana of “Avatar” 48 ___ Maria (coffeeflavored liqueur) 49 East, in Ecuador 53 Liven (up) 54 2013 Eminem hit featuring Rihanna (and inspiration for this puzzle’s theme) 57 Lowers (oneself) 59 After-bath attire 60 “I’m down to my last card!” game 61 Tarnish 62 Be positive about 63 What three examples of 54-Across are hidden under 64 Sports star’s rep 65 “Don’t change!” to a printer 66 Sault ___ Marie, Mich.

Down 1 Leave alone 2 “The Little Mermaid” title character 3 Coated piece of candy 4 “Dancing Queen” group 5 Sacha Baron Cohen alter ego 6 Stuck fabric together, in some craft projects 7 Eric of “Pulp Fiction” 8 “Lost” actor Daniel ___ Kim 9 Left hanging 10 Bringing back, as computer memory 11 Bunch 12 Where buds hang out? 15 Prof’s degree 20 “That was a catty remark!” 21 Make a mistake 27 “Wow, that’s ___ up, man...” 28 ___ smile (grin) 29 Lewd looker

30 Shout heard over the applause 31 Egypt and Syria, from 1958-61 32 Loathsome person 33 Give all the details 35 2004 Jamie Foxx biopic 38 Concert site in “Gimme Shelter” 41 Looks through a keyhole 43 Peeping pair 45 Degree in mathematics? 46 Country music star ___ Bentley 50 Paycheck pieces 51 Basic principle 52 Carve a canyon 53 Bearded Smurf 54 Airport org. 55 Reed instrument 56 Little salamander 58 Talking Tolkien tree









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