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The Pulse CHATTANOOGA'S WEEKLY ALTERNATIVE

APRIL 24, 2014

Spring Fashion issue

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Like spices in cooking, accessories add flavor, texture and zip

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MUSIC: An artistic labor of love NEW MUSIC REVIEWS: Red Beans & Weiss and Rembrandt X

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

SCREEN: Anderson crafts a perfect confection in ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

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Scenic—But Also Unhealthy? A recent attention-grabbing headline on USA Today’s website listed the “least healthy” cities in the country. What grabbed our attention specifically was the inclusion of Chattanooga on this list. The city that prides itself on nationally celebrated outdoor activities, an ever-growing cycling community, great hospitals, and even an annual festival devoted to outdoors sports and activities—unhealthy?

Nearly a third of respondents told researchers they just didn’t have enough money to pay for heathcare or medicine.”

The Gallup-Healthways group surveyed hundreds of thousands of Americans in 189 metropolitan areas during the past two years, asking people about their physical and emotional health, as well as measuring job satisfaction and access to basic needs. Sadly, the “Boulder of the East” did not fare very well. According to survey results, we have the 40th highest obesity rate in the country, and even more disturbing, the

14th highest blood pressure rate. Worst of all, researchers noted that more than 20 percent of Chattanoogans claimed they didn’t have enough energy to accomplish what they needed to do every day, which places us almost at the bottom of the national list. Only two other metropolitan areas were worse off. So what’s going on? It certainly isn’t a lack of options for exercise, or availability of GARY POOLE healthcare (we have a surprisingly large number of hospitals and medical facilities for our population size). It turns out, availability isn’t the problem. Affordability is the problem. Median household income in the region, according to the report, was just $43,475 in 2012, which is nearly eight grand lower than the national average. Those lower incomes are believed to have strongly impacted the ability of Chattanoogans to afford basic needs such as healthcare, exercise and making healthy food purchasing decisions. And while the percentage of Chattanoogans covered by health insurance is in line with the national average, nearly a third of respondents told researchers they just didn’t have enough money to pay for heathcare or medicine. A figure that is among the lowest rates in the country. What do we do? National debate has focused recently on “living wages”. Calls are being made to raise the

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minimum wage. Many people believe that such a move will help both the lowest of the low income and also help spark the economy, using the logic that people who have more money will spend more money. A recent nonpartisan report from Dube showed that raising the minimum wage just 10 percent (to nearly $8 an hour) would reduce the number of people living in poverty 2.4 percent. Raising it to an even $10 an hour would have an even greater effect. And the reduction of poverty is the key to health (and happiness). However, the flip side of that argument comes down to whether raising the minimum wage merely helps some at the expense of others. University of California Irvine economist David Neumark, among many others, argues there is indeed an adverse effect. His research shows that the net effect is zero, as workers who benefit are balanced out by those who losing their jobs outright as employers balance increased payroll costs. The bottom line is that there is no easy solution. And given our current political climate, solutions of any kind seem hard to find.

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Conversations at the Hunter The current exhibit at the Hunter, “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond” is not only a stunner in its own right, but has sparked some insightful related events. On Sunday, April 27, from 1-4 p.m. the Hunter Museum of American Art will host its first undergraduate student symposium. Topic: Race in America.  Four students from regional colleges have been selected to present their research on the interdisciplinary topic. Students presenting include Liz Simakoff, an economics student from Covenant College (performance and identity in the 1960s photographs of Gordon Parks); Megan Oelgoetz, a studio art student from Austin Peay State University (the cultural hybridity of spiritual art created in New

Mexico in the 19th century); Heather Murray, an accounting student from the UTC (rap and political activism in the 21st century), and Barry Bookheimer, a history and engineering student from UTC (historical Western perceptions of Vodou and its relation to arts practice).   Dr. Andrea Becksvoort, lecturer in English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will serve as a respondent for the panelists, and Rebecca Theus, a history student at Southern Adventist University, will conclude the afternoon with a special tour of the current exhibition. The symposium is free and open to the public.  Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org — Staff

IN THIS ISSUE

Janis Hashe This week's Pulse cover story is by Contributing Editor Janis Hashe. Janis has been both a staff editor and a freelance writer/editor for more than 25 years. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta JournalConstitution, AmericanStyle

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and “Lunacy: The Best of the Cornell Lunatic”, and he is the current president of the Chattanooga-based nonprofit arts education organization The Shaking Ray Levi Society. As a recording artist, he has created original music for film, radio, television and theater, and his video artwork has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the 2010 Big Ears Festival.

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Yom HaShoah: Never Forget What’s Important to Remember Remembering the Holocaust is just as vital today as it was in the 20th Century, if not more so. In my senior year of high or what concentration camp she school, I took a class called was in, but I do remember some “Facing History and Ourselves” of the stories she told us. She in which I learned more about mentioned she was a part of a the Holocaust than I had in any resistance group that worked on other history class. assembly lines. They were often Through class discussions and in charge of loading guns for the readings, my teacher, Mr. RobNazis, or sewing buttons onto inson, taught us their uniforms. about the politiShe told us cal and economic that in order to state of Germany fight back, they after World War would try to do MADELINE I, Adolf Hitler’s little things that CHAMBLISS rise to power, could be seen the start of World as accidental or War II, the brutality of the cona mechanical error, so no one centration camps, and the sufwould get in trouble. fering and death more than They sometimes tried to load six million Jews experienced. the bullets incorrectly so the gun We read personal stories and wouldn’t shoot or, if working on watched films like “The Piathe Nazi uniforms, would sew nist” and “Schindler’s List”. the buttons on uneven to their And we talked with a Holocorresponding holes, so they caust survivor. wouldn’t button up correctly. I can’t remember her name She talked about her camp’s

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liberation day; how Nazi soldiers tried to flee and how she and her fellow survivors could barely eat when the Allies offered them food because they had gone so long without decent meals they were emaciated. Trying to regulate their bodies to eating again was difficult, and often led to illness. But what shocked me the most was when she told us that there were Holocaust deniers. My classmates and I couldn’t understand this. She told us that she was glad to be able to talk with us, explaining that it was important for us to hear the stories of Holocaust survivors, who were getting old and dying. She stressed the importance for younger generations to make sure that the tragedy of the Holocaust was always remembered. On Sunday, April 27, the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga offers its annual observance of Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event is free and open to the public and will begin at 3 p.m., with members of the community reading the names of victims. According to organizers, Holocaust survivors, their children, grandchildren, and children of concentration camp liberators will join the ceremony at 4 p.m. In addition, there will be readings, music, prayers and a keynote address. This year’s keynote will be led by Dr.

John W. Steinberg, chair of the department of history and philosophy at Austin Peay State University. As a former Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum, Steinberg’s address will be on “Memory and the Holocaust in Germany and Poland in the 21st Century.” According to organizers, Steinberg has also “directed a Holocaust study tour to Berlin and Krakow and is engaged in ongoing research on the role of collaborators in the Soviet Union during the Holocaust in addition to his substantial research into the history of Russia.” Some say that history repeats itself. The famous George Santayana quote, “Those who cannot recall the past are doomed to repeat it” is perhaps now almost a cliché. But learning about the Holocaust, accepting that it happened, and remembering that the millions of tragedies took place, is the way to make sure that this history doesn’t repeat itself.

But what shocked me the most was when she told us that there were Holocaust deniers. My classmates and I couldn’t understand this.”

The Jewish Cultural Center is located at 5461 N. Terrace Rd. The observance is free and open to the public and begins at 3 p.m. For more information about this event or the Cultural Center, contact Ann Treadwell at (423) 493-0270, ext. 13 or visit the Center’s website: jewishchattanooga.com chattanoogapulse.com • APRIL 24-30, 2014 • The Pulse • 7

Fashion Spring

Fashion

Accessories Like spices in cooking, accessories add flavor, texture and zip by Janis Hashe photography by Josh Lang

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Fashion designer Marc Jacobs expressed it perfectly: “Any opportunity to adorn oneself is human, and accessories are an easy way to do it.” It’s spring, and we’re divesting ourselves of wool and heavy clothes and gratefully bringing out the linen, silks and cottons. So it’s time to think about changing up your accessories as well. Jewelry, shoes, bags, belts, scarves, hats—these can make an ordinary outfit pop. Whether you’re a conservative dresser or think of dressing as an art form, a few new accessories will rev up your warm-weather wardrobe.

The Basics Fashion is a lot like cooking—you need certain staples to create almost anything. Having most or all of these basics in your closet will make putting together daily spring/ summer combinations much easier.

• Jewelry. Simple gold or silver hoops. Which metal depends on your coloring and preference, and hoop size on where you fall on the conservative-to-artsy scale. But a mid-sized hoop of good quality will always be a go-to. Watches. You’re still going to need a workaday choice and a dress choice. Best advice: Keep both simple in design, unless you’re lucky enough to own a whole watch wardrobe. At least one piece of killer dress jewelry. Necklace, bracelet, pin, even ring— one showpiece dresses up the plainest outlet. But not all of them at once! Nothing dates you more.

• Shoes. Three picks here, especially if you’re buying new this year— strippy black sandals in a comfortable heel height that do not turn you into a raving bitch because your feet are killing you. Crabby is not attractive, no matter what the fashion rags urge. Fun, casual brown sandals (pleather for those of us weaning off leather). And a pair of espadrilles, with or without ankle ties, which work with so many things.

• Bags. Invest (or return to) a summer bag that looks great with the lighter fabrics you’re now wearing. • Scarves. Not really a scarf gal? Try finding just one long silk rectangle in a lovely print and looping it casually to one side of a summer jacket or dress. No need to turn into a Parisian. You can do it! >> P.10

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any of us occasionally or often have to zoom directly from the work day into an evening out, and as Katherine Roberts Burger of K: A Boutique By Katherine Roberts reminds us, changing out accessories to make your look dressier is easy with a little forethought. “Change into an evening sandal, like one by Dee Keller. Replace your work bag with a small evening clutch, like the python ones we have by Presmer. Definitely put on a dressier earring, perhaps something long and dangly. And darken your lipstick,” suggests Roberts Burger. “We carry a great line of evening lipstick shades by Baaii.” Don’t forget to divest yourself of your business-like coat. If you can, go without or switch to a wrap of some kind. Another simple trick: Exchange your plain brown or black belt for something in metal. As for what to wear that day, if you know a night out is coming: “You can’t go wrong with a black pantsuit and a crisp white blouse,” says Roberts Burger. She notes her boutique carries a clothing line, Raoul, which is ideal for day-to-night.

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he beach is calling. You’ve found the perfect bathing suit at last. Just as important are the accessories to put together a fun and fabulous day in the sun. • Hat. Want to avoid resembling a walnut after age 30? Sunscreen helps, but a great hat adds both protection and style. A simple visor in a coordinating color can work, but even better is a chapeau designed to give coverage to your whole head, neck and upper shoulders. (Easy tip: Once your hair is wet, smooth a little conditioner into it and wrap it up under your hat. When you wash and dry it later, your do is ready for cocktails at sunset.

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• Cover-up. As simple as a loose, easy pair of shorts or a sarong tied at the waist, or as roomy as a caftan—lots of choices here. Pick something that doesn’t wrinkle and dries quickly. Healthy Glow Studio carries some long tunics/shirts from the Mod-o-Doc line that might be just the ticket. • Bag. Nothing says “beach” more than a stylish woven or canvas bag. Choose one that fits with the look of your bathing suit. A waterproof lining is highly desirable. • Shoes. Now is the actual time for flip-flops, dear friends, or something a little dressier if that’s your thing. Try the Brazilian line Havaianas at Healthy Glow—who knows beach better than Brazilians? >> P.12

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emember the recommendation for “at least one piece of killer dress jewelry”? That may conjure up big diamonds for some, but for spring and summer, a piece created by an artist can be a more cheerful (and a lot cheaper) choice. Chattanooga is lucky to have many artists working in jewelry. One retailer that’s supported local and regional artists for years is Plum Nelly. “Accessories are all extensions of your personality,” says Plum Nelly’s owner, Catharine Bahner Daniels. She points to pieces using “repurposed materials” by Sarah Kurtz Walker and pieces by Ellie Preston using materials created by a women’s collective in Thailand as examples of the eclecticism of art jewelry. The range of price points means there’s something for nearly everyone. “Local artists can also custom create something just for you, using your favorite colors and materials,” Daniels points out. Earrings, pins, bracelets, necklaces and rings are not the only wearable art forms, though, and Plum Nelly also carries handmade scarves and unique bags. And while we’re on the subject of art to wear, as birthdays arrive and Mother’s Day approaches, giving an artwork that is also a memorable wardrobe enhancer never goes out of fashion. Most of all—don’t take it too seriously.

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Obviously, the gals have the best and most abundant accessory options and often we fellas may not think of accessorizing as something we’re supposed to do. Simple accents wrist to foot can add a personalized touch to your look. It’s just a matter of taking a moment and thoughtfully choosing the right piece to finish your outfit. The easy addition of a pocket square or funky socks can take your regular wardrobe to the next level.

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Watch Your smart phone has a clock. Your watch may, soon, be a smart phone. But when it comes to style—from the slim silhouette of a leather band and traditional face, a sporty diver’s watch, colorful and casual with a grosgrain band, to the giant-faced sports watches favored by the Hollywood set—all make sense. Rose gold is in right now. However, unless you have a substantial timepiece budget, consider more affordable versions of trend pieces. As with your wardrobe, invest in timeless choices and seek less expensive versions of the latest fad from Urban Outfitters, Swatch and even Target. Match your watch and watch band (if it’s grosgrain) to the occasion.

Pocket Square Your navy or seersucker blazer or linen jacket is at the ready. What next? A nice shirt? T-shirt? Sure. Jeans? Khakis? Shorts? All works. Now what? A super simple way to add a pop of color and style is to tuck in a pocket square. Whether square, crisp “Mad Men” style or loose and leafy as though you just tucked it in, a pocket square can punctuate and snazz up your appearance. Silk tends to be more formal, cotton or linen squares are more casual. Luckily, a plethora of options exists across the spectrum of retailers. 14 • The Pulse • APRIL 24-30, 2014 • chattanoogapulse.com

Socks Whether you’re wearing jeans and a T-shirt or a suit, take a moment to think outside the sock box. From high-end retailer Paul Smith to JC Penney, fun socks abound. Think stripes, polka dots or vibrant argyles as a start. Wanna dive in? Check out nicelaundry. com for a one-stop $99 Sock Drawer Makeover.

Shoes Stop! Don’t throw on those ratty sneakers or orthopaedic dad sandals. Consider your shoes. First, polish them. Second, comfort is king— but style is, too! A smart Converse or plimsole sneak is a great add to any wardrobe. Think differently and don’t be shy about pairing a dress shoe with jeans or even flat-front shorts. No socks, please, unless you’re Pharrell. Flip-flops are beach/ poolside footwear only.

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Cornbread Pickin' National Cornbread Festival’s music line-up is extra-tasty It’s got music, a carnival, a beauty contest, a car show, pancakes, eating contests, cooking contests, 5Ks, fireworks, street dance, and…cornbread! The National Cornbread Festival is back for the 18th year on April 26-27 in South Pittsburg. This year’s festival features a music line-up like no other before it. It kicks off Friday night at 7 p.m. with the Malemen Band and continues throughout Sunday afternoon on four stages. From bluegrass, blues and country, to Scotch/Irish folk, to classic rock, there’s something for everybody. Many of the bands and performers are from Tennessee’s border states, but Chattanoogans like Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band and Mark Kelley Hall, who’s in a duo with Savannah Lynne,

are also on the bill. The next generation is continues to take the stage by storm. Sixteen yearold local singer/songwriter Courtney Holder (whose music style has been compared to Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, and Taylor Swift), and Kinslee Melhorn, who’s opened for “American Idol” runner-up Lauren Alaina and Confederate Railroad, will both entertain. Not enough toe-tapping yet to balance out those cornbread carbs? A Bluegrass, Old Time, Traditional Jamming Tent will be open to anyone who plays anything from a fiddle to a harmonica. The jam runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. — Madeline Chambliss

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Music ERNIE PAIK

Tapes never really went away. They were just replaced with something easier to produce and over-charge for.”

Audio and video tapes have long since fallen from public favor, but certain indie music labels have revived the cassette format in recent years. The first installment of the Dilating Nexus performance series—co-presented by Secret Weave and The Shaking Ray Levi Society (disclosure: I am on its directing board) and partially funded by an ArtsBuild grant—entitled “An Evening with Tapes,” spotlights tape as more than just a format, with performers encouraged to use any type of tape (audio, video, reel-to-reel, adhesive, etc.) as an instrument. Local musician Rick Weaver (Dinner Music, Form a Log) of the presenting group Secret Weave is bringing his concept behind “An Evening with Tapes” to Chattanooga after its first presentation in St. Louis, and he’s drawn to the possibilities of analog audio formats. “Tape is not passive once it is set in motion. It is an organism with a ‘life of its own.’ To engage with it creatively is a rodeo. The bull will buck,” said Weaver. “The musician is able to easily explore musical notions such as tempo modulation, polyrhythm and microtonality that they would find challenging to achieve on a traditional instrument and tedious to achieve through a computer.” “This year marks the 70th anniversary of Halim El-Dabh’s The Expression of Zaar, which was perhaps the earliest example of tape music,” said Evan Lipson, musician and Secret Weave co-founder. “Tape represents a return to a more primitive, playful and handson approach towards the creation and performance of electronic music.” “Linear storage is more mediative, considerate, deliberate and focused than the vast

and disjunct world of digital storage,” said Weaver. “The exchange of objects from hand to hand is more conversational and intimate than throwing files into the Internet void.” The event will feature out-of-town performers Catholic Guilt (St. Louis), Harvest Team (Nashville), Chris Davis of The Cherry Blossoms (Nashville) and Nows (Atlanta), and there is an emphasis on interaction and collaboration. Davis sees the event’s concept as “a musical problem to solve” and even cited a packaging job at a brewery, taping up boxes, as something that he approached with a musical attitude. “I’m a firm believer that any action can be music...it’s more fun that way,” said Davis. Tony Levi (Secret Guilt) and Jerry Reed (Rurnt), who have a collaborative set with Australopithecine, are mainstays of the Chattanooga noise scene. Reed describes his solo work as “my love of distorted loops and loud noises and my reflections on loss, anger, depression and disgust,” and Levi says that noise doesn’t need to alienate and that it is possible “... to write pieces with actual form and feeling behind them.” Reed and Levi are co-founders of the label Failed Recordings, which almost exclusively releases cassettes, and Reed describes tapes as being “the number one D.I.Y. sound format.” “Tapes never really went away,”

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said Reed. “They were just replaced with something easier to produce and over-charge for.” Visual artist and musician Robert Parker, of Color Graphics Array, approaches the event with his artistic vision of “experimenting with and observing data, especially when it changes as it passes through different membranes.” “It’s always interesting to see how a particular technology will attempt to dither the infinite x-factors of the analogue world,” said Parker. “And even more so when that same technology gets it wrong.” Stratton Tingle (a.k.a. Prophets & Kings) will collaborate with performance artist Aaron Cowan in a piece that will “explore and approach the sonic and physical limitations of the medium” to be both “guttural” and “cerebral.” The cassette revival may be seen by some as format fetishism, and Tingle has a dissenting view among the tape-love. “I do not like tape as a medium,” said Tingle. “I’m happy to degrade the medium and do not plan to defend tapes as a legitimate format for producing or presenting art. I would find ‘An Evening with SnapChat’ to be more contemporary.” Other local participants will include EV MHIR, Guest Room, Tim Hinck, Wadsworth Longfellow, Jeffrey Mitchell, Pukelust, Ahkahshick Taper and Bridget Venuti (a.k.a.

Bridget Venuti in action. Photo provided by "Intangible Arts"

Aether Jag). While the event’s focus is on tape, ultimately, it is about letting an arbitrary artistic limitation inspire creativity and putting musicians outside of their comfort zones. “You can’t take ‘tape lessons’ at your high school or local music store,” said Lipson. “Everyone is self-taught, and therefore each artist is forced to call upon his or her own creative abilities, resources and inventiveness.” “This ‘Tape Fest’ could just as well be ‘Bread Fest’ or ‘Lawnmower Fest,’ and it would still be mind-blowing, because the performers involved in the event are all pros at their game,”

said Weaver. “Their personalities will shine through despite the restrictions of the festival.” An Evening With Tapes (Dilating Nexus series Part I) Artifact Gallery, 1080 Duncan Ave April 26, 7 p.m., $5 shakingray.com/nexus/ An auxiliary event will be presented the day after AN EVENING WITH TAPES, featuring Catholic Guilt, Secret Guilt, Rurnt, Torschlusspanik, Baby Magic and Subconscious Colors at Sluggo’s North (501 Cherokee Blvd.) at 10 p.m. on April 27. Admission at the door is $5.

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thursday4.24 Jazz at Memo’s 6 p.m. Memo Grill 430 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 267-7283 Red Bank Bluegrass Jam 6:30 p.m. Grace Church of the Nazarene 6310 Dayton Blvd. chattanoogagrace.com Songwriter Shootout 7 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com Take Me Out to The Opera: “The Mighty Casey” 7:30 p.m. Engel Stadium 1130 E 3rd St. engelstadium.com David Benedict CD Release Show, Matt Flinner 7:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org The Roadrunners 8 p.m. Bart’s Lakeshore 5840 Lake Resort Ter. bartslakeshore.com G Love & Special Sauce 8:30 p.m. Track 29 1400 Market St. track29.co Pimps of Joytime, Opposite Box 9 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com Open Mic with Hap Henniger 9 p.m. The Office 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn) (423) 634-9191 Monomath, Sir Army Suit 9 p.m. The Honest Pint

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G Love & Special Sauce 35 Patten Pkwy. thehonestpint.com Nate Hall Power Snake, Red Necklace, Downtown Brown 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com

friday4.25 Downtown Jazz 12:30 p.m. Waterhouse Pavilion 850 Market St. jazzanooga.org Shark Week 6 p.m. Miller Plaza 850 Market St. 9th Street Stompers 6:30 p.m. The Georgia Winery 6469 Battlefied Pkwy., Ringgold, Ga. georgiawines.com Mike Phillips 7 p.m. Becky’s Restaurant and Spirits

Pulse pick: Jennifer Daniels One of Chattanooga's nicest and hardest working musicians. “Daniels flirts with rock, pop and anything else that comes into her musical path. The result is pretty damn great." —The Performing Songwriter

Jennifer Daniels Sunday, 2 p.m. The Chattanooga Market First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com

2503 Westside Dr. (423) 485-3873 Cereus Bright, The Talking Blues Band 7:30 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com Lalah Hathaway & Ruben Studdard 8 p.m. Tivoli Theater 709 Broad St. chattanoogaonstage.com Mountain Opry 8 p.m. Walden’s Ridge Civic Center 2501 Fairmount Pk. (423) 866-3252 Marlow Drive 8 p.m. The Brew and Cue 5017 Rossville Blvd. (423) 867-9402 Sullivan Band 8 p.m. Sky Zoo 5709 Lee Hwy. chattazooga.com Logan Murrell

8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St., chattanooganhotel.com Scott James Stambaugh 9 p.m. The Office 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn) (423) 634-9191 The Breakfast Club 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St., rhythm-brews.com Majestico, Ranch Ghost, Eight Knives, Thee Finks 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com Ragdoll 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com

saturday4.26 JazzWalk 2014 11 a.m. Whiteside Park 398 E. MLK Blvd. jazzanooga.org Laura Meyer 12:30 p.m. The Chattanooga River Market Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. chattanoogarivermarket.com The Celebrity AllStars Band 6:30 p.m. The Chattanoogan Hotel 1201 Broad St. chattanooganhotel.com “An Evening With Tapes” (Dilating Nexus Series Part 1) 7 p.m. Artifact Gallery 1080 Duncan Ave. shakingray.com/nexus/ Take Me Out to The Opera 7:30 p.m. Engel Stadium

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Volbeat 1130 E. 3rd St. engelstadium.com William Fitzsimmons, Ben Sollee 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. barkinglegs.org Yakapo 8 p.m. Sluggo’s 501 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 752-5224 Jill Colucci 8 p.m. Charles and Myrtle’s Coffeehouse 105 McBrien Rd. christunity.org Courtney Daly & Ivan Wilson 8 p.m. Magoo’s 3658 Ringgold Rd., East Ridge. (423) 867-1351 Rough Work 8 p.m. Sky Zoo 5709 Lee Hwy. chattazooga.com Logan Murrell 8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. chattanooganhotel.com The Communicators: That 90’s Show “Spring Edition” 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com Front Porch Junkies 10 p.m. T-Bones 1419 Chestnut St. tboneschattanooga.com Hap Henniger 9 p.m. The Office 901 Carter St. (inside Days Inn) (423) 634-9191 Ragdoll 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com

sunday4.27 Louise Mosrie 12:30 p.m. The Chattanooga Market First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Jennifer Daniels 2 p.m. The Chattanooga Market First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com The Chattanooga Music Club: Annual Recital 2:30 p.m. First Cumberland Presbyterian 1505 North Moore Rd. firstcumberland.com Choral Arts of Chattanooga & Chattanooga Girls’ Choir 4 p.m. Brainerd United Methodist 4315 Brainerd Rd. brainerdumc.org Irish Music Session 5 p.m. Enzo’s Market 1501 Long St. enzosmarket.com Acoustic Gospel Jam 6 p.m. Brainerd United Methodist 4315 Brainerd Rd. brainerdumc.org Gregory Porter & Avery*Sunshine 6:45 p.m. Robert Kirk Walker Community Theater 399 McCallie Ave. jazzanooga.org Sunday Jam 7 p.m. Ziggy’s Underground 607 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 265-8711 Volbeat 8 p.m. Track 29 1400 Market St. track29.co Blind Draw

9 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com “An Evening with Tapes”: Catholic Guilt, Secret Guilt, Rurnt, Torschlusspanik, Baby Magic, Subconscious Colors 10 p.m. Sluggo’s 501 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 752-5224

monday4.28 Laura Meyer, Sarah Clanton Shaffer 7 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com Music Monday 7 p.m. Pasha Coffee and Tea 3914 St Elmo Ave. (423) 475-5482 Big Band Night 7:30 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton Coconut Room 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com

tuesday4.29 Code & Creativity 7 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com Wendell Matthews 7 p.m. The North Chatt Cat 346 Frazier Ave. (423) 266-9466 “An Evening of Cabert”: Kim Criswell & Kevin Farrell 7 p.m. OCHS Memorial Temple 923 McCallie Ave. (423) 267-9771

Open Mic with Mike McDade 9 p.m. Tremont Tavern 1203 Hixson Pk. tremonttavern.com

wednesday4.30 Dan Levenson & Old Time Music Community Jam 6 p.m. Enzo’s Market 1501 Long St. enzosmarket.com Logan Vath 7 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com Rosedale Remedy 7 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton, Lounge 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Gillian Welch 8 p.m. Tivoli Theater 709 Broad St. chattanoogaonstage.com Nick Lutsko’s Welcome Home Show, David Bronson 9 p.m. The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. thehonestpint.com Michael French 9 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com Big Eyes, Tony Molina Band, Onetimers, Anna Banaa 10 p.m. Sluggo’s 501 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 752-5224

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MUSIC CALENDAR Home Games Thu, April 24 • 7:15 PM vs. Birmingham Barons Golf Night

Fri, April 25 • 7:15 PM vs. Birmingham Barons FIREWORKS

Sat, April 26 • 7:15 PM vs. Birmingham Barons Team Photo Giveaway

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Health and Wellness Night

This weekend the National Cornbread Festival is held in South Pittsburg, TN They have a full lineup of live music, featuring popular local favorites. Get all the festival details at nationalcornbread.com friday4.25 The Malemen Band 7 p.m. Opening Night

saturday4.26 RHMS Chorus 9 a.m. Citizens Park Stage Roy Harper 9 a.m. Gazebo Stage SPES Chorus 9 a.m. Princess Theater Allison Paige McBrayer 9 a.m. First Volunteer Stage Fiery Gizzard String Band 10 a.m. The Jam Tent Scenic City Ramblers 10 a.m. Princess Theater Heaven Seekers 10:30 a.m. Gazebo Stage Leah Seawright 10:30 a.m. First Volunteer Stage Emilie Burke Band 11 a.m. Citizens Park Stage Westwend 11:30 a.m. Princess Theater

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Jesse Black Noon. Gazebo Stage Front Porch Junkies Noon. First Volunteer Stage Mark Narmore, Jerry Salley, Jenniffer Layne 1 p.m. Princess Theater Heirline 1:30 p.m. Citizens Park Stage Angie Derose, Troy Allen 1:30 p.m. Gazebo Stage Scarlet Stitch 2 p.m. First Volunteer Stage Zach Kerber Band 3 p.m. Citizens Park Stage Jerry Hall 3 p.m. Gazebo Stage Cowboy Dan 3 p.m. Princess Theater Legacy 4 p.m. First Volunteer Stage John, Michelle & Company 4:30 p.m. Citizens Park Stage Courtney Holder 4:30 p.m. Gazebo Stage Chanel Loran 4:30 p.m. Princess Theater

sunday4.27 The McCreary’s 9 a.m. Citizens Park Stage Old Time Travelers 9 a.m. Gazebo Stage Gospel Witness 9 a.m. Princess Theater. 1% 9 a.m. First Volunteer Stage Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band 10 a.m. Citizens Park Stage Penny Roark & Union Hill 10:15 a.m. Princess Theater Tyler Williams Band 10:30 a.m. First Volunteer Stage Fiery Gizzard String Band 11 a.m. The Jam Tent Michael Jacobs 11 a.m. Citizens Park Stage James Bell 11 a.m. Gazebo Stage Lonesome Hollow 11:30 a.m. Princess Theater Valley Road Bluegrass Band Noon. First Volunteer Stage

Breaking Grass 12:30 p.m. Citizens Park Stage Robert Lee 12:30 p.m. Gazebo Stage Philip Ownby & Toby Headrick 12:45 p.m. Princess Theater Rhonda Vincent and the Rage 1 p.m. First Volunteer Stage Mark Kelly Hall & Savannah Lynne 2 p.m. Citizens Park Stage Angie Derose & Troy Allen 2 p.m. Gazebo Stage Tony Martin & Friends 2 p.m. Princess Theater Back Home 2 p.m. First Volunteer Stage Charlsey Etheridge 3:15 p.m. Princess Theater Kinslee Melhorn 3:30 p.m. Gazebo Stage Marty Raybon 3:30 p.m. First Volunteer Stage. Sequatchie Valley Bluegrass 4 p.m. Citizens Park Stage

Record Reviews

BRIAN KING

Never Really Went Away Sex Clark 5 and Chuck E. Weiss return with top-drawer efforts

Sex Clark 5 Rembrandt X (Records to Russia)

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curious thing happened sometime in the early 1980s here in the southern part of the union. Somehow, music opened up dramatically. No longer was the South merely the home of Southern rock legends like Lynyrd Skynyrd or the Marshall Tucker Band. A new Southern rock began to emerge. The Athens, Ga music scene, which spawned R.E.M.,was the epicenter of this new movement and was influenced by the punk rock DIY ethos in terms of aesthetics. Some point to Memphis legends Big Star as the progenitors of pop music in the South, and that’s a well-worn story which holds a lot of water. Certainly, Chilton and Bell’s Anglophile pop group was a seminal influence. As a result, though, nearly every city in the region began incubating its own version of the Athens music scene. Mississippi spawned the Windbreakers. North Carolina gave us the dBs and Let’s Active. In Birmingham, the Primitons entered into the pop sweepstakes and over in little Huntsville, a quirky band called the Sex Clark 5 quietly put out a masterpiece of an album called Strum and Drum! and

Chuck E. Weiss Red Beans & Weiss (Anti Records) nearly instantly became BBC radio legend John Peel’s newest favorite band. The Sex Clark 5 have been variously described as sounding somewhat like the Pixies (nope) or even the Kinks (not really), but I would say the band most sounds like whatever song you happen to land on. On the band’s latest effort, Rembrandt X, SC5 continue the quirky road trip that seems to be the modus operandi of their career. On the cut “California”, shades of mid-period Byrds shine through— not in the use of 12-string guitars, but rather in the very folk-based vocal arrangement. Many songs in fact evoke the close harmonies of groups like the Byrds or even the first Gene Clark solo record. Other songs like “Nephilim” for all the world remind me of Jackson Browne sideman David Lindley’s ’60s group Kaleidoscope in its use of acoustic instruments and vaguely Middle Eastern melodies. Sex Clark 5 have likely labored somewhat under the dubious problem of issuing a sterling first album all those years ago—only to be continually reminded of its impact ev-

ery time a new record is released. Up until now, each new album has been dismissed as inferior to the debut. However, SC5 may have found their sea legs again, as Rembrandt X is a very worthy companion piece and perhaps even surpasses its ancestor in many ways. And by the way, a band this good only has 145 “likes” on its Facebook page? Go and rectify this situation immediately, readers!

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os Angles-based singer/ songwriter Chuck E. Weiss is back after seven years with the Tom Waits/Johnny Depp executive-produced Red Beans and Weiss. The veteren LA scenster delivers a solid set of his by-nowtrademark eccentric melding of R&B, rock, blues, jazz and whatever else seems to come to mind at the time. For many, Weiss has always been basically a footnote. A reference in a late-’70s soft rock song, itself largely forgotten. Yes, Rickie Lee Jones’ inspiration for”Chuck E.’s In Love” did spring from her involvement with boyfried Tom Waits and friend Weiss, all painted against the background of LA’s seedy Tropicana Hotel, and the

influence of each musician on one another is obvious. But before the age of instant information dissemination, one would have been hard pressed to turn up much on an enigmatic character who has only just released his fifth album in a carreer spanning the better part of 40 years. Weiss began as a drummer. He recorded and toured during the latter part of the ’60s with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Muddy Waters and even Roger Miller. The ’70s saw Weiss strike up his association with Waits and Jones after his move from hometown Denver to LA’s infamous Tropicana. He began cultivating his persona as the cool, hip, beat-poetryspouting, wig-wearing scenster who released his first album in 1981—then promptly spent the next 11 years playing Monday nights at the Central, the Sunset Strip club that would eventually become Depp’s Viper Room. Obviously, Weiss has never felt pressed for time, as his sporadic recording carreer can attest, and his style has never really varied much from his original blueprint. However, compared to Waits and Jones, Weiss is probably the most rock and roll of the three in his approach. He is not necessarily locked into a proto-jazz be-bop style, so the new album is rife with electrified boogie, like “Boston Blackie” and the modern day rockabilly of “Tupelo Joe,” both of which draw upon images pulled from 1940s dime novels and radio shows. Lost Rolling Stones song “Exile on Main St. Blues” is done in the style of classic Chicago blues of the ’50s. Chuck E. Weiss may not take his career seriously, but he does revere his insprirations and as such is a true original and much-needed purveyor of classic American musical styles, which are fading rather quickly these days. If it takes an actor like Depp using his celebrity to draw America’s attention to this legend, then I say hats off to Johnny Depp, and here’s hoping Weiss swings his way into more listeners’ hearts.

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Keeping the Web Flexible and Accessible to Everyone Adaptive design lets web content flow like water. What’s going on when you try to pull up an article or a product page on your smart phone and get something that doesn’t really fit on your small screen? Or maybe the page doesn’t even load, especially if you’re a Blackberry user? Web developer Aaron Gustafson has an answer. The prescription isn’t for you, though. RICH It’s for the web developers that caused your problem. Gustafson and his wife Kelly McCarthy own Easy Designs, a Chattanooga-based web consultancy based on “adaptive web design.” Gustafson focuses on development, and McCarthy consults on project management. They lecture and give workshops around the world, speaking at nearly 100 conferences since 2003. He has written a book, Adaptive Web Design, and does a lot of writing and ed-

iting in his field. The idea that content should adapt to the specifications of the device you’re using seems like a no-brainer, right? Particularly since everything is going mobile, and “mobile” means dozens of devices with different size screens, different operating systems, and varying technical capabilities. BAILEY Gustafson uses the analogy of water taking the shape of its container: “In the same way, our content should flow into whatever it is that is the container or vessel through which our content is reaching our users, be that a tiny lit square in the hand or a big screen on the wall or in their glasses.” Except that the opposite view is also a no-brainer to most of the people who design and develop websites: the twin ideas that a website needs to look

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as cool as possible and that the best website is the one that’s made with the best new developer toys. According to Gustafson, most companies are “stuck in this idea of web design that is what it’s been for the last 12, 15 years. They have designers that spend time drawing pictures of web pages in Photoshop and then they have developers that take those pictures of web pages and convert them into web pages.” This kind of web design is guided by the search for what he calls “pixel perfection” in which a web page needs to look pixel perfect and absolutely identical in every browser. “It’s a fool’s errand to try and achieve that,” he says. “Not only is each browser implementation slightly different—in some cases it’s wildly different—each device has different capabilities. And it’s kind of missing out on the whole purpose of what we do, which is to give people access to information.” He describes a holy war (one of many) within the web design

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community. On one side are “The people who claim to want to push the web forward because they want to use the latest and greatest technologies. And they want to do that in a lot of cases because those are the fun and exciting things. That’s what’s going to get them a raise or a new job.” On the other side, “There’ve been a handful of people within the web design community at large that have kind of had that visionary forwardthinking mentality of not trying to overly control what the experience is but instead trying to allow for differences of experience. The web was made to be flexible. The whole idea was that it would be able to go anywhere.” It’s also important to remember that high-end mobile devices are ubiquitous but far from universal. Although mobile devices account for 50 percent of all computing devices being sold, the expensive devices are being bought by only 30 percent of U.S. households. It is in companies’ best interest, Gustafson says, to design for all users. Then there’s the accessibility issue. Target was recently sued by the National Federation for the Blind and paid a $6 million out-of-court settlement for something Gustafson says they probably could have fixed for $2,000 worth of adaptive

web design. Gustafson has been in the adaptive design camp since he taught himself web design—both front end and back end— in the mid-1990s. He’s done it fulltime since 1999, creating sites for blue-chip clients like Deloitte Touche, Gartner and Guinness and training web professionals for the likes of the New York Times, Gartner and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “I enjoy seeing light bulbs go on over people’s heads, so that’s been a big part of what I’ve been trying to do,” he says. Closer to home, Easy Designs offers a bimonthly Code & Creativity speaker series that brings to Chattanooga some of the global web talent he and McCarthy have met in their travels to give free lectures on a variety of web design and development topics. Easy Designs has also created a Device Lab with 46 different mobile devices and laptops running a variety of browsers, which any web developer can use to test a site at no charge.

Expensive devices are being bought by only 30 percent of U.S. households. It is in companies’ best interest, Gustafson says, to design for all users.”

Adaptive design will be the focus of the next Code & Creativity evening session on April 29 with Brad Frost and Jill Pala and of an all-day workshop on May 2 with Frost and Gustafson. For more information, visit codeandcreativity.com chattanoogapulse.com • APRIL 24-30, 2014 • The Pulse • 23

ART SCENE

An Artistic Labor of Love

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Paper Dresses and Sugar Jewelry

SAAC DUNCAN HAS UNDERTAKEN THE DAUNTING and relevant task of renovating “Hands of God”, an early monumental sculpture by internationally acclaimed Mexican artist Victor Manuel Contreras. “Las Manos de Dios” had been situated near the Fine Arts Building at UTC, but this sculpture fell, impacting against concrete, resulting in significant damage to one of its sides.

Palate 2 Palette’s back and bigger than ever Sugar jewelry, food sculptures and 3D art demonstrations are just a few of the things art lovers will experience at this year’s Palate 2 Palette fundraiser. On April 26, the annual event benefiting the Craniofacial Foundation will wow the city with artistic masterpieces in the Southside District. Take the gallery stroll and enjoy the art accompanied by wine pairings and delicious cuisine at each venue. There’s also the opportunity to meet special guests and local artists. This year’s featured artist is James Parker, winner of The Food Network Challenge and owner of Veggy Art Studios. Parker will be at Niedlov’s Breadworks performing a live demonstration and sculpting beautiful edible art. The Palate 2 Palette fashion gallery

will be hosted at Debarge Winery and feature artists Lisa Norris, who will be creating 3D paper dresses, and Elizabeth Marek, a Portland, Ore. sugarpulling artist who will be creating sugar statement jewelry. Cake decorators Brenda Dellagicoma and Kim Simons will be facepainting at the event. Photos and original pieces by CFA children and local artists will be featured at the Craniofacial Foundation of America Gallery at Cobblestone Rue. The after-party’s at Track 29 for the popular ”Bubbles and Sweets” finale. Dine on complimentary desserts and champagne as you dance to live music by Willie Kitchens and his band. Further information, updates and menus can all be found at the p2pchattanooga — Leith Tigges website.

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• Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring was an avant-garde ballet and orchestral work when written in 1913 and caused riots among audience members. See what the fuss is all about. 7:30 p.m. • Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. (423) 642-TIXS chattanoogaonstage.com

• Drive a ways outta town, into North Carolina, and you'll come to a place where the 'Pump Boys' sell high octane and the 'Dinettes' run the Double Cupp Diner next door. 8 p.m. • Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8538. theatrecentre.com

• Chattanooga's outdoor lifestyle is much more than just surfing a wave or conquering a crag. It's the way we work, play, live, eat and travel around town. Come find out what the region has to offer. 10 a.m. • Coolidge Park 200 River St. outdoorchattanooga.com

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Arts MICHAEL CRUMB

‘Hands of God’ stands approximately 20 feet high, with dual, identical faces—a stereometic piece—with every square inch covered by the intricate welds that form its unique finish.”

The restoration project is being directed by Janet Spraker, head of UTC facilities, with the assistance of engineers, in order to assure a permanent placement that honors this magnificent and innovative work. Duncan will advise on this placement, and will remove the dents and restore the finish. One of the hallmarks of Contreras’s work involves the wide variety of surfaces he imparts to his sculptures; sometimes he dynamically pairs smooth finishes with a rougher texture. With respect to “Hands of God”, bronze is combined with German silver into an intricate surface that may suggest scales, but more approximates an overlay of “dots” to produce a finish with a roughened three-dimensional texture that is actually composed of smooth elements. For perspective, consider that “Hands of God” stands approximately 20 feet high, with dual, identical faces—a stereometic piece—with every square inch covered by the intricate welds that form its unique finish. Isaac Duncan III stands among Chattanooga’s foremost sculptors. He is president of the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance, and he sits on Chattanooga’s Public Art Committee. Duncan is also on the board for the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, likely the most exciting art development currently going on in the city.

"Hands of God" by Victor Manuel Contreras

Artists often possess a special perspective with respect to other artists’ works. They have in common both conceptual acuity and skills. The recognition of forms and the choices made to realize materials into artistic reality provide an artist with the ability to intimately approach an artistic work by someone else. This special skill is required to restore an artwork. Relatively early on in his stunning career, Victor Manuel Contreras connected to Chattanooga. At age 33, his prize-winning work “El Bien y El Mal” (“Good and Evil”), was installed in the Hamilton County Courthouse. Two years later, “Hands of God” was forged for UTC. Contreras’s work has been highly awarded, including receiving the French “Legion of Honor.” The artist has been recognized for both his painting and his sculptures. The significance of “Hands of God”, along with “Good and Evil” appears in the crystallization of Contreras’s sculptural vision. The complexity of both his concepts and executions shines. Contreras’s work has been difficult

to explain. In Paris, a Sorbonne University professor, Paul Jouveau du Breuil, brought out the term “surnaturaliam” to describe a “school of art that goes beyond abstractionism and surrealism.” In the semantics of aesthetics, such terms can be quite confusing, for all their intention of promoting clarity. Contreras’s vision seeks to realize essences. Gazing deeply into land and sky, he works with the forms they have produced, natural forms with archetypal significance. He often applies a quality of abstraction to these forms by “abstracting” their geometric qualities. In his “Hand of God” maquette (small version or model), he actually articulated hands, so fingers are shown, but in his monumental realization, these “hands” are abstracted to the geometrical purpose of “framing” the identical sides of this work. Now, like a coin, a simple plane will do to frame two sides, but instead, Contreras uses a kind of essence of hands, as Duncan explains it. Abstraction also refers to ideas, and ideas relate to archetypal forms. The representation of archetypes is a kind

of surrealism seen, for example, in tarot cards. Contreras’s vision, as exemplified in “Hands of God”, shows a cosmic view, and the two surfaces of curves and rises may be seen as abstractions of feminine forms and as abstractions of ancient fertility icons. Also, the entire sculpture shows elegant geometric integrity, a cosmic essence. We may begin to appreciate this artist’s genius by recognizing that more that more than one kind of abstraction infuses the concept of his work. There is so much more to “Hands of God”. The formal concept of this work, complex as it is, is further combined with other abstractions, exemplified by the intricate texture covering the entire work. Possibly, we may view the “microscopic” quality of this texture as relating to the larger “macroscopic” concept of the work. This perspective verges on fractal geometry. The great works of art reward deep contemplation with multiple insights. The spectacular elegance of Contreras’s works presents a wonderful vision of cosmic harmony. We look forward to its resurrection. chattanoogapulse.com • APRIL 24-30, 2014 • The Pulse • 25

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Edible Jazz: An Evening with Culinary Historian Michael Twitty 5 p.m. Dish T’Pass 302 W. 6th St. (423) 309-5353 jazzanooga.org Jazz at Memo’s 6 p.m. 430 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 267-7283 jazzanooga.org Youth Photography Showcase 6 p.m. St. John United Methodist Church 3921 Murray Hills Rd. (423) 894-5210 “Pump Boys & Dinettes” Captioned for Hearing Impaired 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 theatrecentre.com CSO: “The Rite of Spring” 7:30 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. (423) 642-TIXS chattanoogaonstage.com Janet Williams 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com Take Me Out To The Opera: “The Mighty Casey” 7:30 p.m. Engel Stadium 1130 East Third St. engelstadium.com

friday4.25 “The Seasoned Eye: A Celebration of Artists Working 20+ Years” 11 a.m. Ava Gallery

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“The Seasoned Eye: A Celebration of Artists Working 20+ Years” 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282 avarts.org Downtown Jazz 12:30 p.m. Waterhouse Pavilion 850 Market St. An Evening of Champagne and Chocolates 6 p.m. The Mill of Chattanooga 1601 Gulf St. (423) 634-0331 Janet Williams 7:30. 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com Jazzanooga Presents: Lalah Hathaway and Ruben Studdard 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. (423) 642-TIXS chattanoogaonstage.com “Pump Boys & Dinettes” 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St.

Pulse pick: Janet Williams The "Tennessee Tramp" has an endearing stage presence that makes her audiences think of her as a crazy grandmother, a wacky aunt, or a nutty neighbor. Good fun. Janet Williams Thursday through Sunday The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com

(423) 267-8538 theatrecentre.com Friday Night Ballroom Dance Party 8:30 p.m. Ballroom Magic Dance Center 4200 N. Access Rd. (423) 771-3646

saturday4.26 Waking up with the Birds 7:30 a.m. Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center 400 Garden Rd. (423) 821-1160 chattanoogaanc.org Out Run Abuse 5K and Fun Run 8 a.m. Greenway Farm 3010 Hamill Rd. 5th Annual Oral Cancer Foundation Walk/Run for Awareness 8 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1826 Reggie White Blvd. (423) 266-4041 The Chattery: Make Your Own Zine 9 a.m.

ArtsBuild 406 Frazier Ave. alliedartschattanooga.org Tennessee River Gorge Trust’s Hike through Cash Canyon 10 a.m. Cash Canyon Cash Canyon Rd. trgt.org Outdoor Chattanooga’s Outdoor Expo, Gear Swap & Adoptapalooza 10 a.m. Coolidge Park 200 River St. outdoorchattanooga.com JazzWalk 2014 11 a.m. E. MLK Blvd. to Bessie Smith Cultural Center jazzanooga.org Kim Kauffman - Artist Talk & Presentation 11 a.m. River Gallery 400 E. Second St. (423) 265-5033 river-gallery.com Art Demonstration & Featured Artists Show Noon. Good World Goods 8021 E. Brainerd Rd. goodworldgoods.com Eastgate Saturday Cinema: “Gravity” 2:30 p.m. Eastgate Public Library 5705 Marlin Rd., Ste. 1500. (423) 855-2689 chattlibrary.org/eastgate-library Palate 2 Palette 2014 5 p.m. Southside District P2Pchattanooga.org 4th Annual Everyday Heroes Gala 6:30 p.m. Chattanoogan Hotel 1201 S. Broad St. (423) 266-5000 chattanooganhotel.com “An Evening with Tapes” 7 p.m. Artifact Gallery 1080 Duncan Ave.

shakingray.com/nexus/ Janet Williams 7:30, 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com “Pump Boys & Dinettes” 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 theatrecentre.com William Fitzsimmons & Ben Sollee 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 barkinglegs.org Stand-Up Comedy: Mark Poolos 10 p.m. Vaudeville Café 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839 funnydinner.com

sunday4.27 Chattanooga Market Opening Day 11 a.m. Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. (423) 402-9957 chattanoogamarket.com Kidz Expo 11 a.m. Chattanooga Convention Center 1100 Carter St. (423) 756-0001 Introduction to Zazen Meditation Noon. ClearSpring Yoga 17 N. Market St. (423) 266-3539 clearspringyoga.com Undergraduate Symposium on Race 1 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art 10 Bluff View Ave. (423) 267-0968 huntermuseum.org Chocolate Fling Benefit 2 p.m.

Chattanoogan Hotel 1201 S. Broad St. (423) 266-5000 chattanooganhotel.com “Pump Boys & Dinettes” 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 theatrecentre.com CSO Concert Series: Shostakovich and Vivaldi 3 p.m. Volkswagen Conference Center 7351 Volkswagen Dr. (423) 267-8583 chattanoogasymphony.org Choral Arts of Chattanooga 4 p.m. Brainerd United Methodist Church 4315 Brainerd Rd. (423) 698-6951 Gregory Porter and Avery*Sunshine 6:30 p.m. Kirk Walker Community Theater Memorial Auditorium 399 McCallie Ave. jazzanooga.org Janet Williams 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com

monday4.28 Spring Robin Workshop 7 p.m. Uptown Art 2 Cherokee Blvd., Ste. 100. (423) 602-8580 uptownart.com/Chattanooga

tuesday4.29 “Becoming Fools” 2 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St.

(423) 642-TIXS chattanoogaonstage.com “The Fine Art of Jazz” Exhibition Gallery Talk 6 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center 200 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-8658 bessiesmithcc.org

wednesday4.30 Sip & Shop StyleWorks Benefit Preview Party 5 p.m. Chattanooga Convention Center 1100 Carter St. (423) 756-0001 The Chattery: Understanding Google Analytics 5:30 p.m. Society of Work 701 Market St., Ste. 1350. (423) 449-9112 societyofwork.com Ballroom Dance Classes for Groups 6:30 p.m. Ballroom Magic dance Center 4200 N. Access Rd. (423) 771-3646 Seventh Annual Jewish Film Series: “Aftermath” 7 p.m. Jewish Cultural Center 5461 N. Terrace Rd. (423) 493-0270

ongoing “The Fine Art of Jazz“ Bessie Smith Cultural Center 200 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-8658 bessiesmithcc.org “Bright Ideas: African American Inventors” Bessie Smith Cultural Cente 200 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-8658 bessiesmithcc.org “The Seasoned Eye: A Celebration

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of Artists Working 20+ Years” AVA Gallery 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282 avarts.org “Nature At Its Best” River Gallery 400 E. Second St. (423) 265-5033 river-gallery.com “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance Civil Rights Era and Beyond” Hunter Museum 10 Bluff View. (423) 267-0968 huntermuseum.org “UTC Art Senior Thesis Exhibitions” Cress Gallery of Art Vine & Palmetto Sts. (423) 425-4600 cressgallery.org “Serendipitous” In-Town Gallery 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214 intowngallery.com “East Asian Inspired Art: 7 Artists” North River Civic Center 1009 Executive Dr., Hixson (423) 870-8924 “From The Earth” Reflection Gallery 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 892-3072 reflectionsgallerytn.com Rock City Raptors
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Fire in the Pie Hole! Our man on the barstool warms up to Jack Daniels' “Tennessee Fire” Way back in the days of wide collars, denim flares, zodiac medallions and mood rings, a new mall opened in the Chattanooga area. They had some great stores that sold all variety of black velvet/ glow-in-the-dark paraphernalia that helped solidify the ’70s as the lowMIKE est cultural decade in the history of mankind. But, right in the center of this tacky chaos was a Swiss Colony cheese shop. And there they sold liquor-flavored hard candy. They had “Martini”, “Whiskey Sour” and other assorted flavors. It was always fun to get a sample and then walk around the arcade smelling like an eight-year-old bar fly. And like Willy Wonka says, “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.” The reason for this rant is the fact that with age, changes in taste don’t always follow suit. The liquor mar-

ket is inundated with pseudo-candies in brightly colored bottles. Of course, this really is nothing new at all. Since the 18th century, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France have been heavily into schnapps of all configurations. So it only makes sense that more modern times lead to more modern variations of the theme. The exploding world of Internet food and drink blogs DOBBS has opened up a Tardis of experimentation and deviations from the traditional cocktail. Walk into any wellstocked bar or liquor store and you’ll be astounded at the plethora of wild flavors in everything from vodka to moonshine. The advantages of this are not limited to tasting the rainbow of flavor choices available. There’s also the added bonus of being able to expand the possibilities of mixed cocktails… or just having them straight up. Over the past few months, I’ve had the great pleasure of tasting and reviewing much of what’s being of-

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After the initial blast of spicy heat, the woody-vanilla of the charcoal filtering comes though for a very smooth finish and it fits an otherwise empty glass perfectly OK. It’s not as sweet as the other cinnamon bottles on the market, which allows it to be an actual cocktail rather than a “shooter”. The longer it lingers in the throat, the more it turns from cinnamon to good ol’ Jack. It’s like the initial shock of getting in a hot shower and then going, “Ahhhh!” and not wanting to get out. Feels good. So it you’re lucky enough to be living in one of the three states where “Tennessee Fire” is available, celebrate your kismet! And if you can’t get some of this hot stuff, there’s always Hot Topic…in the mall. Cheers!

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Jewish Film Series Returns Gripping Polish films kicks off annual film series The Seventh Annual Jewish Film Series kicks off next Wednesday, April 30 and runs through Wednesday, May 28 at the Jewish Cultural Center. Five Jewish-themed, award-winning films produced in Poland, France, Israel, and here in the United States will be shown on five consecutive Wednesdays evenings at 7 p.m. The first film in the series, "Aftermath", was produced in Poland (and presented with English subtitles for those of us who neglected to learn Polish in high school). It follows the story of Franek and Jozek Kalina, who are sons of a poor farmer from a small vil-

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lage in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the ’80s and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US without explanation does Franek finally return to his homeland. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The two brothers eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown. Tickets are $7. Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Rd., (423) 493-0270, jewishchattanooga.com

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After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been cheating on. And when yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timing SOB. Director: Nick Cassavetes Stars: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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Anderson Crafts a Perfect Confection in ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

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NE OF THE MAJOR DRAWS FOR THE CHATTANOOga Film Festival was “Mood Indigo” by Michael Gondry, who is known for films like “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “The Science of Sleep.”

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The Gondry films I have seen all have a dreamlike quality to them, with scenes that are almost more interested in texture and the inexplicable rather than story. “Mood Indigo” wasn’t much different—it was a visual film where what happens isn’t as important as how something happens. Gondry films are vivid and vibrant, entertaining enough in short bursts, but ultimately pointless. In fact, not having a point seems to almost be the point. This isn’t a criticism as much as an observation. There have always been directors who favor style over substance, as is understandable with film being a visual medium. Watching a filmmaker develop a distinct style over the course of several projects is very much like watching a painter mature as an artist over the course of a lifetime. Very few people would call “THX 1188” a great movie, but it stands as visual mile marker for a director who became highly influential in film history. Sometimes films need to be made just to let the director breathe. Wes Anderson is one such director, who makes highly visual and distinct

films with similar themes, and has been criticized for doing so. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is his latest and likely his best film to date. It features his distinct markings: strong, bold use of color, intricate models and playhouse-like sets, wry jabs at the stiffness of the upper classes while celebrating the elegance the lifestyle provides. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” contains all that sets Anderson apart from other directors, but also provides an accessible and entertaining story, one that is both funny and sad. And for once, the sadness isn’t found in the weird, antisocial behaviors of the characters, but in their honest humanity. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a frame story within a frame story. Its setting is a hotel, a sprawling ornate facility that rests on top of a mountain accessible by cable car in the fictional alpine nation of Zubprowka. The country is generically European, perhaps an amalgamation of several different Germanic countries during WWI. There is a looming war in the wings of the action. The realities of the conflict are never truly defined, as it exists only as an unassailable, uncontrollable force against which our protagonists are thrown during the film. The plot involves a morally questionable but charmingly effete concierge (Ralph Fiennes), one who takes too much pride in his work as the caretaker of his elderly guests, particularly the widowed and lonely. M. Gustave, portrayed expertly by Fiennes, finds himself accused of the murder of one of his clients, an aged and wealthy aristocrat who has written

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Gustave into her will as recipient of a priceless painting, much to the chagrin of her vulturous family. What follows is a comedic adventure as Gustave tries to clear his name, always accompanied by Zero, the awkward but eager “lobby boy”. Behind the plot, beyond the absurdity, is the overwhelming power of memory. The emotional impact of the film is found in the storytelling, the recounting of events by the current owner of the now-decayed Grand Budapest, Mr. Mustafa. It is Mustafa who tells this tale to the audience, while he dines in the mostly empty and crumbling

expanse of the once-glorious Grand Budapest. Previous Anderson films have touched on serious emotion, but it was usually overshadowed in favor of stylistic choices by the filmmaker. Films like “The Royal Tennebaums” and “The Life Aquatic” were robbed of true emotional impact by the odd quirkiness of matching red tracksuits and sullen clones of Jacques Cousteau. Neither of those films was poor by any stretch of the imagination, but they seemed incomplete and somewhat unsatisfying. “The Grand Bu-

dapest Hotel” is a fuller experience by a filmmaker closing in on a masterpiece. This film is more accessible to a wider audience because it tells a better story. The charming whimsy of the characters is easier to accept in a story told through memory. It’s an exaggeration and the audience understands that. That “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has quietly stayed at the Majestic for so long is evidence of the film’s accessibility for broad audiences. It is financially the most successful Wes Anderson film, for good reason. People keep buying tickets.

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Free Will Astrology

rob brezsny emotional backlog? Are you brave enough to go in search of cathartic epiphanies? What has been dark will yield light.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You remind me of a garden plot that has recently been plowed and rained on. Now the sun is out. The air is warm. Your dirt is wet and fertile. The feeling is a bit unsettled because the stuff that was below ground got churned up to the top. Instead of a flat surface, you’ve got furrows. But the overall mood is expectant. Blithe magic is in the air. Soon it will be time to grow new life. Oh, but just one thing is missing: The seeds have yet to be sewn. That’s going to happen very soon. Right? GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Here’s an excerpt from “Celestial Music,” a poem by Louise Gluck: “I’m like the child who buries / her head in the pillow / so as not to see, the child who tells herself / that light causes sadness.” One of your main assignments in the coming weeks, Gemini, is not to be like that child. It’s true that gazing at what the light reveals may shatter an illusion or two, but the illumination you will be blessed with will ultimately be more valuable than gold. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Would you like to forge new alliances and expand your web of connections and get more of the support you need to fulfill your dreams? You are entering the Season of Networking, so now would indeed be an excellent time to gather clues on how best to accomplish all that good stuff. To get you started in your quest, here’s advice from Dale Carnegie: “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Does Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt run faster than any person alive? As far as we know, yes. He holds three world records and has won six Olympic gold medals. Even when he’s a bit off his game, he’s the best. At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, he set the all-time mark for the 100-meter race—9.69 seconds—despite the fact that one of his shoelaces was untied and he slowed down to celebrate before reaching the finish line. Like you, Bolt is a Leo. I’m making him both your role model and your anti-role model for the foreseeable future. You have the power to achieve

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something approaching his levels of excellence in your own field— especially if you double-check to make sure your shoelace is never untied and especially if you don’t celebrate victory before it’s won. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In his unpublished book The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, John Koenig coins new words that convey experiences our language has not previously accounted for. One that may apply to you sometime soon is “trumspringa,” which he defines as “the temptation to step off your career track and become a shepherd in the mountains, following your flock between pastures with a sheepdog and a rifle, watching storms at dusk from the doorway of a small cabin.” To be overtaken by trumspringa doesn’t necessarily mean you will literally run away and be a shepherd. In fact, giving yourself the luxury of considering such wild possibilities may be a healing release that allows you to be at peace with the life you are actually living. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The supreme pleasure we can know, Freud said, and the model for all pleasure, orgasmic pleasure, comes when an excess tension built up, confined, compacted, is abruptly released.” That’s an observation by philosopher Alphonso Lingis. I bring it to your attention, Libra, because I expect that you will soon be able to harvest a psychospiritual version of that supreme pleasure. You have been gathering and storing up raw materials for soul-making, and now the time has come to express them with a creative splash. Are you ready to purge your

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The potential turning points that might possibly erupt in the coming days will not become actual turning points unless you work hard to activate them. They will be subtle and brief, so you will have to be very alert to notice them at all, and you will have to move quickly before they fade away. Here’s another complication: These incipient turning points probably won’t resemble any turning points you’ve seen before. They may come in the form of a lucky accident, a blessed mistake, a happy breakdown, a strange healing, a wicked gift, or a perfect weakness. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you happen to be an athlete, the coming week will not be a good time to headbutt a referee or take performance-enhancing drugs. If you hate to drive your car anywhere but in the fast lane, you will be wise to try the slower lanes for a while. If you are habitually inclined to skip steps, take short cuts, and look for loopholes, I advise you to instead try being thorough, methodical, and by-thebook. Catch my drift? In this phase of your astrological cycle, you will have a better chance at producing successful results if you are more prudent than usual. What?! A careful, discreet, strategic, judicious Sagittarius? Sure! Why not? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): My interpretation of this week’s astrological data might sound eccentric, even weird. But you know what? Sometimes life is—or at least should be—downright unpredictable. After much meditation, I’ve concluded that the most important message you can send to the universe is to fly a pair of underpants from the top of a flagpole. You heard me. Take down the flag that’s up there, and run the skivvies right up to the top. Whose underpants should you use? Those belonging to someone you adore, of course. And what is the deeper meaning behind this apparently irrational act? What exactly is life asking from you? Just this: Stop making so much sense all the time—especially when it comes to cultivating your love and express-

ing your passion. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You need to take some time out to explore the deeper mysteries of snuggling, cuddling, and nuzzling. In my opinion, that is your sacred duty. It’s your raison d’etre, your ne plus ultra, your sine qua non. You’ve got to nurture your somatic wisdom with what we in the consciousness industry refer to as yummy warm fuzzy wonder love. At the very least, you should engage in some prolonged hugging with a creature you feel close to. Tender physical touch isn’t just a luxury; it’s a necessity. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your body contains about four octillion atoms. That’s four with 27 zeroes after it. Believe it or not, 200 billion of that total were once inside the body of Martin Luther King, Jr. For that matter, an average of 200 billion atoms of everyone who has ever lived and died is part of you. I am not making this up. (See the mathematical analysis here: http:// tinyurl.com/AtomsFromEveryone.) As far as your immediate future is concerned, Pisces, I’m particularly interested in that legacy from King. If any of his skills as a great communicator are alive within you, you will be smart to call on them. Now is a time for you to express high-minded truths in ways that heal schisms, bridge gaps, and promote unity. Just proceed on the assumption that it is your job to express the truth with extra clarity, candor, and grace. ARIES (March 21-April 19): If for some inexplicable reason you are not simmering with new ideas about how you could drum up more money, I don’t know what to tell you—except that maybe your mother lied to you about exactly when you were born. The astrological omens are virtually unequivocal: If you are a true Aries, you are now being invited, teased, and even tugged to increase your cash flow and bolster your financial know-how. If you can’t ferret out at least one opportunity to get richer quicker, you might really be a Pisces or Taurus. And my name is Jay Z.

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